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Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
Complex regional pain syndrome is a little understood but very painful syndrome that can begin after a seemingly minor injury. What makes this syndrome even more puzzling is the allodynia , severe pain results from a relatively harmless action, such as brushing lightly against the affected limb. Because it is neuropathic , or nerve pain, it is particularly hard to treat. Many of the medications that are tried have side effects that may make them unbearable for the patient, regardless of the ability to relieve pain. For this reason, researchers are constantly working on finding an alternative for people living with this disorder. Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that is used mostly by veterinarians, but may be used for humans. It causes the person to feel as if he or she isn't part of the pain, it's often called a dissociative anesthetic . Using smaller doses, not enough to induce unconsciousness, may help relieve some types of pain, most often after surgery, but also chronic pain. But i...
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