Alternative Names Candidiasis - oral; Oral thrush; Fungal infection - mouth; Candide - oral Prevention If you have frequent outbreaks of thrush, your doctor may recommend taking antifungal medication on a regular basis to avoid recurrent infections. If an infant with thrush is breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about ways to prevent future infections, such as an antifungal medication. Sterilize or discard any pacifiers. For bottle-fed babies with thrush, discard the nipples and buy new ones as the baby's mouth begins to clear. To prevent spread of HIV infection, follow safe sex practices and universal precautions when working with blood products. References Kauffman CA. Candidiasis. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders; 2007:chap 359.
Reader's Question: I have a few brown spots on my face. Are these cancer? If they're not cancer, what can I do to get rid of them?
Sue's Response: Unfortunately for all of us, melanocytes just can't stop working overtime. As I've discussed in previous posts , melanin (released by melanocytes) is a key component of our bodies' defense against sun exposure. This is why darker people burn less easily after sun exposure and why lighter people are most often affected by skin cancer. However, a newly darkened area on your skin doesn't always turn out to be melanoma.
These dark patches on the skin are called solar lentigenes, hyperpigmentation, or less formally, sun spots. These discolorations are not cancerous and don't cause negative effects on your skin health. If you neglect sunscreen or have neglected sunscreen in the past, chances are you have a few of these sun spots on your face, neck and hands. People with darker skin tones may experience these solar lentigenes as patc...
The single best strategy for allergy symptom relief is to avoid your allergy triggers, things like dust mites, pollen, animal dander and molds. That works better than any medicine experts can dream up.
But it is also one of the hardest things to do for your allergies, because we can never really get rid of our environmental triggers totally. Still, any efforts you CAN make in that direction will definitely benefit you. So, it's worth doing.
Here are five things you can remove from your environment right away to help with allergy relief:
1. Carpeting. Dust mites , one of the most common allergy triggers, love carpets, even throw rugs. They burrow down in the fibers and it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of them, even with vacuuming. So, people with allergies will benefit immensely from removal of carpets in favor of wood, laminate or tile flooring. If you must use throw rugs for warmth, buy machine washable ones and wash them weekly in hot ...
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