Alternative Names Legionella pneumonia; Pontiac fever Symptoms Symptoms tend to get worse during the first 4 - 6 days. They typically improve in another 4 - 5 days. Symptoms may include: Chest pain Coughing up blood Fever Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling ( malaise ) Headache Joint pain Lack of coordination ( ataxia ) Loss of energy Muscle aches and stiffness Nonproductive cough Shaking chills Shortness of breath Signs and tests The health care provider will perform a physical exam, and may hear abnormal sounds called crackles when listening to the chest with a stethoscope. Tests that may be done include: Arterial blood gases Chest x-ray Complete blood count ( CBC ), including white blood cell count Erythrocyte sedimentation rate Liver function tests Sputum or bronchoscopic culture for the Legionella bacteria Sputum or bronchoscopic indirect fluorescent antibody test for the Legionella bacteria Urine tests to check for Legio...
What is atopic dermatitis?
It's a chronic, often long-lasting skin condition marked with itching, skin rashes, inflammation. Eczema is often substituted as a clinical term. The atopic dermatitis triad includes: eczema, asthma and allergies like hayfever (and when the term atopic dermatitis is used, we often mean the triad) and is is typically found in males. In atopic dermatitis the skin can get very itchy, inflamed, red, crusty and scaly and ooze fluid. It typically runs in families. Dry skin features prominently.
What causes atopic dermatitis?
First, let's make clear that it is not contagious . There seems to be hypersensitivity and a tendency to have itchiness stimulated easily. It is associated with stress as an instigator of recurrences. Clearly there is a relationship with allergies. It can be familial.
How is it typically treated?
Doctors will typically create a personalized treatment plan that may involve avoid...
Canker sores and fever blisters
Are fever blisters and canker sores the same thing?
No. Canker sores occur only inside the mouth and are not contagious. They sometimes occur as a result of trauma (biting the inside of the lip, burning the mouth with hot food), but may also occur without any known reason.
or cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. Fever blisters often come back in the same location.
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