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One of the most commonly used forms of symptomatic relief used by people with migraines and headaches is the application of heat and cold. Ice bags and gel packs are helpful, but they have drawbacks. They sweat and drip. They often don't stay warm or cold long enough.
I'm constantly on the lookout for products that heat or cool effectively and easily as well as products that work well and conveniently when traveling. When we were in Los Angeles in June for the American Headache Society's annual scientific meeting, Cyndi Jordan had a cooling device that I'd never seen before. It was called a Chillee, and you can see it in the image here. The two on the right are the Chillee.
Whether it was coincidence or divine intervention is up for speculation, but lo and behold, the Chillee was actually for sale in the hotel gift shop. What's more, it was on sale for half-price. Obviously, I had to have one! What was really fun is that the one I bought is purple, the awareness color fo...
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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