This new Congressional report highlights the misleading information being told to tanning bed users (and particularly to teenagers). Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States. Please avoid tanning booths and read what misleading information they are telling consumers.View Thread
There have been many questions about facial redness this month. Sometimes facial redness is an indication of rosacea, otherwise known as adult acne. The National Rosacea Society website has much useful information about rosacea, and tips to control it.View Thread
I am 70 and within the last couple of years the skin on my arms has gotten very thin. It even hurts when I take a shower with the water beating on my arms. Blood tests have shown nothing. Does anyone have this same problem? Help!View Thread
[a name=OLE_LINK4> Hi all, my name is Suzanne and I work with a company that connects people to clinical research studies. We're actively trying to get the word out about this study, which is designed specifically for people SCLE or DLE. If you want to get more information about the study, check out our website and www.lupusskin.com/sns.htm . Be sure to learn the facts about clinical studies by visiting the FAQ page of our website or http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/info/understand.View Thread
First timers with are often surprised with the diagnosis of shingles. They may start out feeling as though they have the flu - fever, chills, headache, and nausea. These are merely the symptoms of shingles that appear before the rash breaks out. Medical people call this pre-rash phase the prodromal stage. Although these viruses are out of reach from your immune system when they are latent and also when they are traveling through nerve fibers, the prodromal stage is still a good time to boost your immunity in preparation for the outbreak that is coming. Herbs that have antiviral and immune-boosting activity would be most helpful at this time (e.g., creosote bush). Antiviral drugs suppress the immune system, which makes such drugs seem like a bad idea right when you want to get your body ready for the battle. A rash may not appear for another 2 to 5 days after the prodromal stage begins. As the appearance of the rash approaches, several additional symptoms appear. These include numbness, a tingling or burning sensation, burning pain, or itching. Anti-inflammatory creams and oils that DO NOT contain warming ingredients (such as capsaicin) will help keep down the pain-causing inflammation. General products that offer help for inflammatory skin disorders can be helpful. A short list of these would include emu oil, vitamin E oil, creosote bush lotion, and lemon balm cream. Diet, nutrition, vitamins, amino acids, herbs, and even tai chi have effects on shingles. Sometimes the effects are positive and sometimes they are not.View Thread
The National Psoriasis Foundation has a program called "Psoriasis One to One." Trained psoriasis mentor volunteers who also have psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis are available to answer questions, provide support and resources through a private online forum.
For more information and to sign-up, please click on the link provided or visit www.psoriasis.orgView Thread
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.
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.
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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.
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