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Got Scabies? Here's What to Do

Posted 10 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – If you or a family member develops scabies, you need to take immediate action, a dermatologist advises. Scabies is a common skin condition caused by the human itch mite. Symptoms include an itchy rash, sores and a thick crust on the skin. "Most people get scabies from direct skin-to-skin contact, although it's possible to get scabies from infested bedding, clothes and furniture," said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "Since scabies is contagious, it tends to spread easily among children, mothers with young children and residents of nursing homes and extended care facilities," he explained in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. If you suspect you or someone in your family has scabies, see a doctor. Medicine to treat scabies is only available with a prescription. ... Read more

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Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. "Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand the importance of good hygiene," said the report's lead author, Dr. H. Dele Davies. He's a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. "Besides showering and washing hands, athletes should be discouraged from sharing their water bottles, towels, mouth guards and other personal items," he said in an AAP news release. Most sports-related infections are spread by skin contact, contaminated food or water, respiratory droplets or airborne particles. According to report co-author Dr. Mary Anne ... Read more

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Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Itchy skin is a common problem, but there are several ways to find relief, a dermatologist says. "There are many reasons for itchy skin," Dr. Hassan Galadari said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "It could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of a contagious disease, like scabies or ringworm." To relieve itchy skin, Galadari offers these tips: Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides. Or take an oatmeal bath. Use skin moisturizers that contain no additives, fragrances or perfumes. Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine. Apply cooling agents such as menthol or calamine, or refrigerate your moisturizer to help achieve this cooling effect. Avoid scratching. It will irritate your skin and could lead to ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Herpes Zoster, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scabies, Plaque Psoriasis, Calamine, Pramoxine, Menthol, Varicella-Zoster, Calmoseptine, Anusol, Biofreeze, Tiger Balm, Hydrocortisone/Pramoxine, Terocin, Caladryl, Analpram-HC, Caladryl Clear, Salonpas

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