Here is a link to some information about MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that you may find helpful.
MRSA is becoming more and more common and it is important to understand the nature of the illness and what it means so that you can treat it appropriately. While it can be dangerous, it is usually handled with alternative medications and preventing it from spreading.
A very common skin condition complaint is the persistence of "acne-like" bumps on the back of the arms, on the thighs, buttocks, etc. Some people describe it as chicken skin.
This is not a disease, but rather a skin condition that is hereditary. People with this condition produce excessive deposits of keratin that accumulate in the pores of the skin.
Do not pick these lesions. You risk both infection and scarring.
One way to minimize the appearance of keratosis pilaris is to gently exfoliate every day and follow that with the application of a lotion or cream that has either urea or alpha-hydroxy in it as these can soften the hard buildup.
Recently I've had a number of questions from my patients about fever blisters (also known as cold sores). Both problems are actually the same thing and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once you become infected with this virus, it will be with you for life. This means that you are susceptible to periodic outbreaks throughout your life.
This resource will help to answer questions you have about what causes fever blisters/cold sores, how to avoid it if you don't have them, how to manage an outbreak and how to help prevent future outbreaks. I'm sure you will find this information helpful.
Here is an excellent slide showing examples of some of the most common precancerous skin lesions. If you have any type of suspicious skin lesion, review this slide show. Any suspicious lesion needs to be evaluated by your dermatologist. The sooner such a lesion is seen and treated, the better the outcome.
Having lice is a frustrating part of being a parent. Rest assured, it is no reflection on whether you are a good parent or not. It simply comes with the territory. This article helps to answer basic questions on the topic of lice, how to treat, and what to do when the initial treatment didn't seem to work.
For those of you who are concerned about an impetigo infection, please go to this site to see what the common signs and symptoms are for this condition and how you should go about getting treatment for it.
It is an extremely contagious condition, so great care must be taken not to spread the infection to other parts of the body or to other people.