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Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as nighttime wounds. Then, when analyzing the wound recovery for 118 people with burn injuries, the researchers found that wounds that had occurred at night took 60 percent longer to heal than those that had occurred during the day. The body clock, also called your circadian rhythm, regulates wound healing by skin cells and optimizes healing during the day, the researchers concluded. They added that this could prove helpful for surgery and other medical procedures and might also lead to new drugs to improve wound healing. "We've shown that the daily cycles in our body clock control how well cells can repair damaged ... Read more

Related support groups: Burns - External, Scrapes, Minor Burns, Minor Cuts, Wound Infection, Minor Skin Conditions

Tattoo Today, Regret Tomorrow: Tips to Parents From Pediatricians

Posted 18 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – That tattoo and nose ring may look cool now, but what about tomorrow? Teens should pause before getting inked – especially with the name of their current sweetheart. That's some of the advice in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a leading group of doctors who care for children. Tattoos and body piercings may have hit the mainstream, but the report details some of the risks – from skin infections to potentially damaged job prospects. But the point is not to put the kibosh on body art, said Dr. Cora Breuner, the lead author of the report. "This isn't necessarily something to be looked down upon. We just want young people to be aware," said Breuner, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. It's difficult to know how often tattoos or piercings cause infections or other complications, because it's not specifically tracked, Breuner ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Minor Cuts, Wound Infection, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care – a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think. Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults. "In another study, we found that 3 percent of all adults who were seen in the emergency room for urinary injuries had injuries related to pubic hair grooming," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Breyer. He's an associate professor of urology and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. In this latest report, Breyer and his team found that nearly 67 percent of men and 85 percent of women said they groomed their pubic hair. Among those who did so, nearly 26 percent said they had injured themselves in the process. Injuries were ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Jobs including manufacturing, food preparation and construction may expose your skin to harsh, irritating chemicals. The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's how you can protect yourself: Make sure your work area is clean, and chemicals appropriately labeled and stored. Dispose of all waste in appropriate containers. Have eye wash stations and safety showers available, and always wear protective goggles, gloves and aprons. Before you leave work, change out of any clothing soiled with chemicals. Wash your hands with soap and water, and apply lotion or cream after washing. If you work outdoors, use sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat with a wide brim and clothing that covers your body. Follow the safety procedures for your workplace, including what to do if your skin comes in contact with harmful chemicals. Don't smoke, drink or eat in your work area. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Topical Products by Phillips Company: Recall - Due to Concerns of Manufacturing Practices

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Phillips Company is voluntarily recalling all lots of Tetrastem, Diabecline, Tetracycline-ABC, VenomX, Acneen, StaphWash, StringMed, NoPain and LidoMed distributed by Phillips Company, with business offices located in Sun City, Arizona, to the retail level. The products are being recalled after an FDA inspection found significant manufacturing practices that calls into question the safety, identity, strength, quality and purity of unexpired drug products made at the firm during the past three years. Manufacturing practices that are not in adequate control represent the possibility of risk being introduced into the manufacturing process in decreased quality and consistency of the product. These may have an impact on the safety and efficacy of the product posing a risk to patients. To date, no adverse events have been reported. BACKGROUND: The topical antibiotic products are ... Read more

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Health Tip: Control a Bleeding Wound

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Rinsing a wound with cold water helps clean it, but it may not be enough to prevent infection. Bleeding is the body's natural way of cleansing a wound. Then again, too much bleeding isn't healthy either. Here's how to stop heavy bleeding, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: If available, use a sterile or clean piece of cloth, gauze or tissue. Hold the material over the wound, gently applying pressure. Have another piece of clean material on hand. If the bleeding soaks the first piece, apply another clean piece on top, but don't remove the first piece. Hold the clean material in place for another 20 minutes with firm pressure. Raise a bleeding leg or arm above the level of your heart. Read more

Related support groups: Bleeding Disorder, Scrapes, Coagulation Defects and Disorders, Wound Cleansing, Minor Cuts, Wound Debridement, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: Using Kitchen Knives

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While you're tackling many tasks at once in the kitchen, a slip of a knife can lead to serious and permanent injury. The National Food Service Management Institute recommends: Avoiding any distractions and focusing solely on cutting food. Making sure blades are kept sharp. Choosing a knife that's an appropriate size for the job, and avoiding a kitchen knife for any reason other than cutting food. Avoiding holding food in your hand as you cut. Holding the knife only on top of the blade. Keeping knives away from the edge of a countertop or table. Promptly washing knives, drying them and storing them in a knife drawer or rack. Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Hands While Gardening

Posted 26 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Digging and weeding can pose dangers for your hands, so use caution while working in your garden. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand suggests these precautions: Wear a pair of leather gloves to protect hands from bites, scratches, blisters, poison ivy, chemicals, fertilizers, bacteria and sunburn. Perform a different task every 15 minutes to avoid repetitive use of the same muscles. Such tasks include: raking, digging, planting, trimming or pruning. Use a small hand shovel to dig, to avoid cuts from buried debris. Make sure any sharp tool has a safety lock. Only use such as tool as intended. Practice proper body posture. And make sure your wrists are relaxed and straight (not bent) for maximum strength. Avoid tools with grooves on the handles that are meant to improve grip. If such tools don't fit your hand, they can lead to soreness and calluses. Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Minimize Scarring

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Minor wounds and surgical scars should heal themselves, but there are things you can do to minimize scarring. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Use gentle soap and water to clean the area. Apply a bit of petroleum jelly to keep the skin moist. Use an adhesive bandage to cover a wound after it has been washed and protected with petroleum jelly. Change the bandage daily. Follow your doctor's recommendations for wounds that needed stitches. Once the skin has healed, protect it with sunscreen. Read more

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