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FDA Warns of Tattoo Dangers

Posted 5 May 2017 by

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Considering a tattoo? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to think before you ink. America's body-art craze is not without risks, the agency says. From 2004 to 2016, it received nearly 400 reports of problems with tattoos, such as infections from contaminated tattoo inks or allergic reactions. Potential concerns for consumers include unsafe practices and the ink ...

Plastic Surgeons Urge Giving Up E-Cigs Before Procedure

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Plastic surgery patients should avoid smoking e-cigarettes for at least four weeks before their procedures, two plastic surgeons advise. Patients who smoke are believed to face a higher risk of skin flap failure, apparently because nicotine reduces blood flow, the surgeons said. "Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates ...

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Some workers at hog production facilities in the United States have skin infections from drug-resistant "superbugs," researchers report. Hogs are given antibiotics to speed their growth. But, overuse of the drugs has been linked to the development of bacteria that don't respond to many antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections, the researchers said in background ...

Skin Condition Cellulitis Often Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Problem

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Misdiagnosis of the bacterial skin condition cellulitis often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and hospitalizations, a new study says. About one-third of people diagnosed with cellulitis don't actually have it, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. The researchers looked at a 30-month period, examining the medical records of 259 people ...

Your Healthy Skin Germs Stay Put, Despite Cleaning

Posted 5 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 4, 2016 – Some things never change, and your personal collection of skin bacteria may be one of them – despite the use of sanitizers and antibacterial wipes. Human skin encounters countless germs every day, and researchers expected to find that the colonies of bacteria, viruses and fungi in skin fluctuated over time. Instead, they found the germs stay fairly constant. However, ...

Health Tip: Coping With Rosacea

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

-- The redness of rosacea can be difficult to manage, but getting treatment can help your skin and your confidence. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Keep a journal logging things that seem to trigger rosacea flares. Some common triggers include exposure to sunlight, certain beverages and foods, and emotional stress. See a dermatologist, who can help you determine and avoid your ...

Small Hospitals Seeing More Drug-Resistant E. Coli Infections

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Drug-resistant E. coli infections are on the increase in small community hospitals, where more than half of U.S. patients receive their health care, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from 26 hospitals in the Southeast, and found that cases of drug-resistant E. coli infections doubled from 2009 to 2014 – from slightly more than 5 per 100,000 patients to ...

Many Skin Bacteria Are Dead or Inactive, Study Finds

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – The many different types of bacteria that live on your skin are your first line of defense against dangerous germs, but the protection they provide may be reduced by exposure to ultraviolet light and lack of nutrients and moisture, researchers say. These challenging conditions cause some bacteria to die and others to become dormant, according to study author Sarah ...

Tattoos May Pose Health Risks, Researchers Report

Posted 28 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Getting a tattoo may put you at risk for long-term skin problems, a new study warns. "We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo," said senior investigator Dr. Marie Leger, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Given the growing popularity of tattoos, ...

Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Sprains and fractures aren't the only hazards athletes face. Certain skin problems are also common among sports enthusiasts. The five skin conditions most often seen in athletes are blisters; turf burn (abrasions from falls on an artificial surface); athlete's foot (a fungal infection); sun exposure, and a type of acne called acne mechanica, according to the American ...

FDA Approves Orbactiv (oritavancin) to Treat Skin and Skin Structure Infections

Posted 10 Aug 2014 by

August 6, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Orbactiv (oritavancin), a new antibacterial drug to treat adults with skin infections. Orbactiv is approved to treat patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI) caused by certain susceptible bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant ...

Health Tip: When an Animal Bite Becomes Infected

Posted 7 Dec 2012 by

-- When Fido or Fluffy bite someone, it poses risks of nerve and tendon damage and, more often, infection. The chances of infection from a cat bite is much higher than that of a dog bite, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes. If you are bitten by a pet or a wild animal, the academy suggests you seek prompt medical treatment for these potential warning signs of infection: Warmth or ...

Timely Care May Be Key to Treating Infected Cuts

Posted 23 Feb 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 23 – When treating children infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), thoroughly and quickly cleaning the wound is more critical than the kind of antibiotic used, new research suggests. "The good news is that no matter which antibiotic we gave, nearly all skin infections cleared up fully within a week," study author Dr. ...

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