I have gotten a number of letters that describe a mystifying skin condition where one feels that there are bugs crawling underneath the surface of one's skin, and it is driving the sufferers crazy.
There is a disease called Morgellons Disease where one of the symptoms is exactly that, the sensation of bugs crawling all over underneath the skin.
Other symptoms of this strange disease can include granules and/or threads coming out from the skin. No one knows exactly what causes this disease, but it has been around for hundreds of years.
Currently the CDC is looking into this disease and this posted site allows people who suffer from these symptoms to sign up for updates on it.
I don't know if this will give you the answers you're looking for, but it is a very valuable resource for those of you out there who are suffering from a condition that is little known, and has little to no known treatment.
Yes, keep the area covered when you go out in public. The worst problem is coming in contact with individuals who are immunocompromised. As long as you are responsible about your illness, you should not spread the virus. Once the rash blisters scab over you are less likely to be contagious.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are an excellent source of information. This is their link to their shingles page. It may give you information that you need to help you manage your shingles infection.
Shingles is an illness caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. However, in the case of shingles, it takes hold in your nerve roots, resulting in a rash, typically on one side of the body or other.
Worse than the rash is the resulting nerve pain that is often associated with shingles. Because it is a nerve-based pain, it can be debilitating. The most severe cases can experience pain for six months or more, requiring more aggressive treatment than the initial anti-viral and pain medication prescriptions.
If you are experiencing pain for longer than two to three weeks, please return to your doctor. You may need additional treatment to deal with the pain. This can take the form of lidocaine patches, timed release pain medication, or even anti-depressants that will help you to deal with the pain until it finally disappears.
Some people are reluctant to start on the antidepressants, however, if you look at this as medication to treat a condition, you might change your mind. You will not necessarily have to remain on this medication. It is designed to help you through the horrific pain of the post-herpetic neuralgia that can affect any part of your body, including your eyes.
Do not delay seeking treatment if you suspect that you have shingles. Starting on medication within two days can really ease your symptoms and lessen the likelihood of developing the debilitating nerve pain.
There have been many questions regarding gential herpes including;
Am I still contagious?
How do I prevent genital herpes?
Do I have to tell my partner?
How do I prevent spreading herpes to my partner?
What can I do once I've been infected?
Please read this CDC resource about genital herpes for facts about the disease. Too much misinformation is on the internet about this disease. When you have questions make sure you go to a reliable source such as WebMD or CDC (Center for Disease Control).
In order to maintain your health and that of your loved ones, you need to have up to date and accurate information.
Many of the questions posted on this site come from people who are suffering in silence because they have lost their medical insurance.
Most of the time, you do not have to go without medical care. Some conditions and diseases can ultimately take your life if you go without care. If you truly cannot afford to see a doctor, then seek one of these alternatives. There are choices you may have never known about.
Please visit this website to see how you might be able to get medical treatment without having insurance.
I've recently had a number of questions regarding lipomas and the best way to remove them.
Generally speaking, lipomas are benign and cause no real problems. If you have any questions about a lipoma, it is always best to see your doctor and get a medical evaluation rather than taking matters into your own hands.
It is far more dangerous to try to remove a lipoma yourself than it is to have it removed in a medical environment. It is never a good idea to perform surgery on yourself.