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Cellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria.
Skin infection - bacterial
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria are the most common causes of cellulitis.
The skin normally has many types of bacteria living on it. When there is a break in the skin, however, bacteria can enter the body and cause infection and inflammation. The skin tissues in the infected area become red, hot, irritated, and painful.
Risk factors for cellulitis include:
Cracks or peeling skin between the toes
History of peripheral vascular disease
Injury or trauma with a break in the skin (skin wounds)
Insect bites and stings
, animal bites, or human bites
or a blockage in the blood supply (ischemia)
Use of corticosteroid medications o...
When I do my strengthening exercises, should I be training for large, bulky muscles, or smaller muscles for endurance?
Safely strengthening the muscles around painful joints is one of the best ways to alleviate joint pain and keep the pain from returning. In fact, keeping muscles strong and flexible is one of the best ways to keep joint pain from occurring in the first place. The question posed at the top of this blog belies an understanding that there are different types of muscle fibers in a muscle.
There are in fact two important types of skeletal muscle:
Type I muscle fibers is also called "slow-twitch" muscle. It is composed of small fibers. Type I muscle is used to carry light loads over long distances. A marathon runner has an abundance of type I muscle fibers. Picture the marathon runner - lean and toned. Type II muscle fibers are also called "fast-twitch" muscle fibers. Type II muscles are large and used for lifting heavy loads. Type II muscles are powerful bu...
Acupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery
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Michelfelder AJ. Acupuncture for nausea and vomiting. In: Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 111.
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Rossman ML. Guided imagery and interac...
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