Definition Strep throat is caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Alternative Names Pharyngitis - streptococcal; Streptococcal pharyngitis Causes, incidence, and risk factors Strep throat is most common in children between age 5 and 15, although anyone can get it. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It commonly spreads among family or household members.
A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Cervical cancer is the third largest type of cancer in women worldwide, but is less widespread in the United States due to the use of routine Pap smears. According to the website, SymptomsofCervicalCancer.com, 10,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2006 and 4000 women died from it during that year. The cervix is the lower portion of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina. Cervical cancer begins in the outermost lining of the cervix and is a slow growing cancer. When detected early, there is an excellent chance for full recovery. Routine Pap smears are the most important part of early detection. Usually, there are no symptoms during the early stages of cervical cancer. Symptoms appear during the more advanced stage, when cancer has spread to adjoining tissue. The main symptoms, at this stage, include: Vaginal bleeding at times other than the menstrual cycle. A woman can have bleeding after sex, spotting in between periods, bleeding af...
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