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...
When you consider how many of us have problems with our feet, you might expect to find lots of resources full of good advice. Then, when you reflect that peripheral neuropathy is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, you could hope to find a book that could help you to keep the legs you stand on.
Until now I have looked in vain for such a book. But I just read it.
Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy . This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.
The publisher is Nightengale Press . and the book lists for $22.95. However, Amazon offers it for about $16 or $17. It came out March 1, and the ISBN-13 is 978-1933449715.
As the chief of podiatry services and director of podiatric medical education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Hinkes has seen far too ...
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...
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