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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...
Someone recently Tweeted that what she wanted for Mother's Day was some fibromyalgia relief, a foot massage and some chocolate. That got me to thinking about all of us mothers who live with some type of chronic pain. I suspect that pain relief would be near the top of all of our Mother's Day wish lists.
If I'm going to be honest, though, for me there's another fibromyalgia symptom I'd like relief from that's even higher on my list than pain – heat sensitivity. Fortunately, over the years I've gradually put together a combination of treatments and therapies that help keep my pain at tolerable levels ( How I Manage My Chronic Pain ). Unfortunately, I've never found anything that eases my extreme sensitivity to heat other than hibernating in an air-conditioned room. Of all of my symptoms, heat sensitivity has been the most life-limiting.
But I digress. This is about Mother's Day wishes. Truthfully, I'm not hard to please. All I really want is for my three children to re...
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