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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 itself, said Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors. "While you can get serious infections from unhygienic practices and equipment that isn't sterile, infections can also result from ink that was contaminated with bacteria or mold," Katz said in an agency news release. Unsafe ink "Using non-sterile water to dilute the pigments (ingredients that add color) is a common culprit, although not the only one," she said. Katz added there's no foolproof way to tell if the ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Allergic Reactions, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections

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 to cease e-cigarette use," said Dr. Peter Taub,, of Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Alan Matarasso of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Both are in New York City. "Refraining from [e-cigarette] use four weeks before surgery is a prudent course of action, despite the fact that it has yet to be determined if the effects are similar to traditional cigarettes," they added. The doctors noted that there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the safety of e-cigarettes, which produce ... Read more

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'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 notes. "This study suggests that carrying these bacteria may not always be harmless to humans," said study leader Christopher Heaney. He's an assistant professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Previously, it was known that many hog workers had these bacteria in their noses, but it wasn't clear if the workers were at increased risk of infection, Heaney said. This study included 103 hog facility workers in North Carolina and 80 child and adult ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection, Bacteremia

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 hospitalized for lower extremity cellulitis in the hospital's emergency department. But, 79 of the patients didn't have cellulitis. Almost 85 percent didn't need hospitalization and 92 percent didn't need the antibiotics they received, the researchers said. Looking at how their findings might reflect the nation as a whole, the researchers estimated that the misdiagnosed skin condition leads to about 130,000 unnecessary hospitalizations. The problem may cause up to $515 million in unneeded medical ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Minor Skin Conditions, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections

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, skin hosts micro-environments, which can either attract or repel germs. "We describe the difference between the sweaty armpit and the smooth forearm as being like a rain forest and a desert," said study co-author Julie Segre. An analysis of skin samples finds feet, in particular, seem to change the most over time on the germ front, said Segre, a senior investigator with the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute. The findings aren't likely to affect the ongoing debate about whether we're ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Infection, Dry Skin, Minor Skin Conditions, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections, Minor Skin Irritation

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 triggers. A dermatologist also can help you create plans for skin care and treatment. Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Rosacea, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

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 10.5 per 100,000 patients. The median, or midpoint, age of patients infected with this E. coli strain was 72, according to the study published online Oct. 13 in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. "We have always considered antibiotic-resistant organisms a problem at large hospitals," senior study author Dr. Deverick Anderson, an infectious disease specialist at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., said in a university news release. "This study goes a long way ... Read more

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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 Cummins from Indiana University in Bloomington, and her colleagues. The researchers looked at the activity of different types of skin bacteria (the skin microbiome) from three different areas of the body: the upper back, the forearm and behind the knee. Overall, about 90 percent of the bacteria were either dead or inactive. But, there was significant variation depending on the location. The upper back had the highest amount of active bacteria (11 percent). The upper back also had the highest amount ... Read more

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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, physicians, public health officials and consumers need to be aware of the risks involved," Leger said in a Langone news release. For the study, researchers surveyed about 300 New York City adults, aged 18 to 69, with tattoos. Most of them had no more than five tattoos, and the arm was the most popular tattoo site (67 percent). Up to 6 percent of the study participants experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, infection, severe itching or swelling that sometimes lasted longer than four months. ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Skin Infection, Eczema, Bacterial Skin Infection, Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin and Structure Infection, Atopic Dermatitis, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections

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 Academy of Dermatology in their news release. "Athletes who are aware of these five common issues can take action to prevent the vast majority of dermatologic problems they may encounter," said Dr. Brian Adams in the academy release. He is professor and chair of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Blisters are caused by heat, moisture and friction between the skin and shoes. Adams said the best way to prevent blisters is to wear synthetic, moisture-wicking socks, which ... Read more

Related support groups: Acne, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Tinea Pedis

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 strains), various Streptococcus species and Enterococcus faecalis. Orbactiv is administered intravenously. Orbactiv is the third new antibacterial drug approved by the FDA this year to treat ABSSSI. The agency approved Dalvance (dalbavancin) in May 2014 and Sivextro (tedizolid) in June 2014. “The approval of several new antibacterial drugs this year demonstrates that we are making progress in increasing the availability of treatment options for patients and physicians,” said Edward Cox, M.D., M.P ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection

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 swelling near the wound. Long-lasting pain. Pus on or near the wound. Reddening of the skin. Loss of feeling. Inability to straighten or bend a finger or toe. Read more

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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. Aaron Chen, an emergency physician at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, said in a university news release. "The better news might be that good low-tech wound care – cleaning, draining and keeping the infected area clean – is what truly makes the difference between rapid healing and persistent infection," he added. Chen and his colleagues published their findings in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics. The study included 191 children between 6 months and 18 years of age who were ... Read more

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