You have a rash . It's red and itchy and you aren't sure whether to call your doctor or take a trip to the pharmacy for some over-the-counter cream. Skin rashes come in all shapes and sizes and while they can be common, they can also be scary. When you are suddenly covered with red bumps, blisters or a spreading pinkish, scaly or inflamed patches you wonder if it is the sign of something serious.
The good news is, most rashes disappear on their own within a few days and the itching is often relieved by over-the counter creams, lotions and antihistamines. Talk with your pharmacist if you aren't sure which lotion or cream would work best on your rash.
Common Causes of Rashes
There are many different conditions that may cause a rash and many have distinct characteristics that may help you determine what the underlying cause of the rash is. Some of the common causes include:
Bacterial or fungal infections
Reaction to plants, such as poison...
Our vaginas smell -- all the time. We rarely notice, of course, because when the vagina has a balanced pH level the odor remains largely consistent and indiscernible. But it doesn’t take much to upset that pH: sex with a partner wearing a condom, as well as semen, tampons, menstruation, the use of vibrators and even eating certain foods with strong flavors and odors can all change the pH and bring about new and different smells.
Some of the most common odors are:
What it might mean: A fishy smell can be a sign of either bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection, or trichomoniasis, a common and easily treated STI . With both, you might also notice a white or gray discharge .
Should you see a doctor ? Yes. Both of these infections are treated with antibiotics.
What it might mean: You have recently had your period or you have recently had sex where semen entered your vagina. Both of these c...
Some patients with inflammatory bowel disease have significant symptoms outside of the gastrointestinal tract. These extra-intestinal symptoms can at times be even more significant than the intestinal symptoms. Arthritis, skin conditions, inflammation of the eye and liver are the most common. While the cause is unknown, it is believed that all of these complications represent an abnormal response of the immune system. Activation of the immune system ignites inflammation in the intestine as well as other parts of the body. Arthritis is the most common extraintestinal complication of inflammatory bowel disease. It affects one-quarter of patients. There are three types of arthritis that occurs; peripheral arthritis, spondylitis and ankylosing spondylitis. Peripheral arthritis usually affects the large joints of the arms and legs, including the elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. It is more common in patients whose inflammatory bowel disease involves the colon. Joint disease ...
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