Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. It is characterized by intense itching , usually at night. Scabies is a relatively common problem caused when the scabies mite burrows into the skin of an unsuspecting individual. As the mite burrows, it lays eggs in the surface layer of the skin. Several days later the eggs hatch and the mites begin to move. Scabies is highly contagious through skin to skin contact. Although the mite doesn't live very long away from people, it can be contracted by sleeping in the bed of someone who has the problem. Intense itching is the most common symptom of scabies. This usually occurs at night. Unlike hair lice, it is essentially impossible to see the mite without the aid of a microscope. However, itching and scratching will often cause characteristic nodular bumps in areas infested with the scabies mite. These can occur anywhere on the body except the face. Diagnosis of scabies is made by scraping the skin and viewing the mat...
Many rheumatologists at least verbalize a reluctance to use “cortisone”-like drugs such as prednisone in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis ; but many, if not most, rheumatologists do use prednisone. Prednisone, even in low dosages, can cause high blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and osteoporosis . And prednisone may also contribute to increased infection risk, hypertension , depression , cataracts, and peptic ulcer disease.
But prednisone is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and it has been conclusively shown that low dosages of prednisone decrease bone damage due to rheumatoid arthritis. Patients report decreased joint swelling and tenderness, and researchers have noted a slowing in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Medications such as prednisone enter cells and bind to a receptor. This decreases biochemicals which produce inflammation, in as little a dose as 7.5mg of prednisone. Prednisone can also replace the body’s natural “cortisone,” which is normall...
Are you thinking about remodeling your home, or building a new
one? If so, there are several things you need to know about the
impact this may have on your allergies. The dust, debris and fumes
from remodeling or construction can wreak havoc on your eyes, nose
and skin. Knowing about some specific hazards, however, can help
you minimize the impact on your allergies.
If you are putting in new floors, consider using hardwood,
vinyl, linoleum tile, or slate instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
The carpet is an ideal home for dust mites. These tiny insects are
one of the worst enemies of people with allergies. Too small to be
seen with the naked eye, they live inside carpeting, cushions and
bedding. There they excrete waste products that cause allergic
symptoms. Bare floors with small, washable area rugs are much
easier to keep free of dust mites than carpeting. (See the Asthma
and Allergy Answer fact sheet, "Living With Dust Mites.")
Before you install new flooring, talk to your...
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