The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Our bodies naturally grow yeast within our bodies. Our immune system regulates the growth of yeast and keeps it to a minimum. However, when certain bacteria are killed through the use of antibiotics, yeast growth becomes more pronounced and can cause yeast infections. These infections are normally found in the vagina, on the skin or nails, Anti-fungal treatment is used to treat these infections. Proponents of this treatment believe that yeast infections compromise our natural immune system. This causes a susceptibility to ADHD and other mental illnesses as well as other diseases. Candida yeast treatment includes anti-fungal medications along with reducing sugar from your diet. In the article “Controversial Treatments for ADHD,” Dr. Sam Goldman and Barbara Ingersoll explain, “Although it is recognized that candida can cause infections of the vagina, mouth, and skin, there is little evidence to support the idea that it also causes the host of other illnesses list...
What causes fever blisters?
A fever blister located on the lips, mouth, and face is usually caused by the highly contagious herpes simplex type 1 virus. Only a small number are caused by herpes simplex type 2, the type usually associated with genital lesions.
There is no cure for a fever blister. However, there are medications that will relieve the pain and itchiness, and speed the healing of the blister.
See: Herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex)
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