A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Are you like me and wonder about those yogurt commercials that advertise probiotics? A couple of years ago, I would have turned my nose at them, but increasingly researchers are looking into the health benefits of healthy bacteria and other “critters” that live in our body.
Welcome to your microbiome!
Smithsonian.com pointed out that technological advances have really opened a window into microbial life – bacteria, fungi and viruses -- both in and around the body. Stating that this huge effort involves multiple key stakeholders (think international research partnership using leading edge DNA sequencing technology and datasets), the website added, “It also promises the biggest turnaround in medical thinking in 150 years, replacing the single-minded focus on microbes as the enemy with a broader view that they are also our essential allies.” That’s because the microbes have approximately eight million genes that collaborate in helping humans function, ...
Shortly after a child is diagnosed with diabetes, parents often invest in a few medical ID tags in case of emergency. Ideally, these tags alert medical practitioners or others first on the scene to a child's medical condition and help with proper treatment until the parent or regular doctor can be contacted. Yet what if a child or teenager is on a trip for either school or a sports team or away at camp and has a medical emergency or accident requiring hospitalization and the parent cannot get to them quickly? A medical ID tag will alert emergency workers that the child has diabetes, but what then? What if the child has multiple medical issues that could play a role in determining next steps, but the child's regular doctor or parent cannot be reached for consult? There's little doubt that at long last the revolutionary technology that we've seen in telecommunications and entertainment finally is coming to healthcare. Medical records quickly are moving from paper to paperless and are be...
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