While I’m sitting on the exam table with my legs dangling, the neurologist reaches for a metal object. He’s already poked me several times with the safety pin so I’m wondering what he plans to do with this larger pointy thing. He grasps my foot and scraps the object on the bottom of my foot along the outermost side and under the toes. My big toe jumps and the other toes look like they are trying to get away from the torture device. I have just demonstrated a positive Babinski sign.
During a standard neurological exam, the doctor will test many reflexes, or involuntary responses to stimuli. Much of that is done with a rubber mallet as the doctor taps various tendons and measures the response. However not all reflex tests involve the rubber mallet. One very important reflex test involves scraping the bottom of the foot.
“When the doctor scraps the bottom of my feet, what is he looking for?”
Itching is a symptom of skin irritation. Itching can be caused by many things, including dry skin, insect bites, and allergic reactions.
Certain breast cancer treatments may cause itching. They are:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
An allergic reaction to a pain medication also can cause itching.
If your itching gets worse or you develop other signs of an allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing or hives, call your doctor immediately. Allergic reactions can be potentially serious.
To ease mild itching, you can:
Use skin creams or lotion regularly , especially after bathing. Water-soluble bases, such as aloe vera, and menthol-based lotions work best.
Bathe in warm -- not hot -- water . Hot water can dry your s...
Alternative Names Fungal infection - groin; Infection - fungal - groin; Itching in the groin; Ringworm - groin; Tinea cruris; Tinea of the groin Prevention Keep the groin area clean and dry.
Don't wear clothing that rubs and irritates the area. Avoid tight-fitting and rough-textured clothing.
Wear loose-fitting underwear.
Wash athletic supporters frequently.
After bathing, apply antifungal or drying powders if you are susceptible to jock itch. References Andrews MD, Burns M. Common tinea infections in children. Am Fam Physician . 2008;77:1415-1420.
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