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Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in Mineola, N.Y., and an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) board member. "Atopic dermatitis is underdiagnosed in the United States," Fonacier said in an ACAAI news release. "Many adults don't seek out medical care, preferring to self-treat instead, either with home remedies or over-the-counter drugs. Often, they aren't aware they have eczema, and they also don't know treatments have changed a lot in the last few years. There are new drugs and topical medications that can make a ... Read more

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Cyndi Lauper's Psoriasis Battle Shows Her 'True Colors'

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – With her pink tresses and eye-catching stage costumes, pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper was never one to hide. But that's exactly what she wanted to do when she developed psoriasis, which spread to most of her body and sapped her strength before the skin disorder was controlled. Appearing first on her scalp and later covering everything except her face, psoriasis struck Lauper in 2010 while the Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter – famous for 1980s' hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" – was on tour. She soldiered through appearances despite crushing exhaustion and an inability to regulate her temperature, which left her zigzagging between hot and cold. "It's funny – you start wearing gloves, or this and that, hoping that [psoriasis] is invisible, but it's not. I wasn't wearing it like, 'Woo-hoo, check this out!' ... Read more

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Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a doctor for this common inflammatory skin condition, new research shows. Eczema causes the skin to become red and itchy. Roughly 11 percent of children in the United States are affected by the condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Previous studies have demonstrated disparities in overall health care utilization among racial and ethnic minorities, but few studies have examined this question specifically for eczema," said senior study author Dr. Junko Takeshita. She is an assistant professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "This is the first study to look at racial and ethnic differences in health care utilization for eczema on an individual level rather than ... Read more

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Severe Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Earlier Death

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – People with severe cases of the skin disease psoriasis appeared to have almost double the risk of dying during a four-year study than people without the condition, research suggests. But the increased death rate was only seen in those with psoriasis affecting more than 10 percent of their body surface area. For those with less-severe disease, the risk of dying early was actually less than it was for people who didn't have the skin condition. Dr. Robert Kirsner, chair of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that over the last decade or so, doctors have learned that people with psoriasis tend to be less healthy. "They are overweight, have diabetes mellitus, smoke, drink and have high cholesterol," he said. "These factors – as well as the presence of psoriasis itself – increases their risk for vascular disease and other poor ... Read more

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Food Allergies Can Hit Your Four-Legged Friends, Too

Posted 2 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Fido and Fluffy can suffer from food allergies just like people, a new report says. But the allergic reactions of cats, dogs and horses mostly affect the skin, followed by the gastrointestinal tract, according to a new position paper from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. "Not only humans but basically all mammals are susceptible to developing allergies, as their immune system is capable of producing immunoglobulin E," said lead author Isabella Pali-Scholl. She is an associate professor and head of nutritional immunology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria. Immunoglobulin E is an antibody that usually helps the body fight off invaders. But it can also cause hay fever symptoms, allergic asthma and anaphylactic shock – a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction, the study authors said. This new paper says other ... Read more

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Health Tip: Feeling Sick After a Trip?

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin the pleasant memories of a dream vacation faster than coming home sick. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should see a doctor if you have: A fever within a month of visiting a country where there's malaria. See your doctor without delay. Diarrhea that lasts two weeks or longer. Rashes, bug bites, boils or fungal infections, especially if accompanied by fever. If you do see a doctor, share all details of your travels, including where you went, the length of your trip, where you stayed and where you swam. Read more

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Swimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the Water

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – A dip in a pool, stream or lake on a hot summer day is refreshing, but take some precautions to avoid bacteria and parasites that might lurk in the water. "One of the worst offenders is the kiddie wading pool," said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Warm, shallow water and kids in swim diapers – which don't do a good job of containing feces – can create a perfect breeding ground for water-borne infections even though the water is chlorinated," he said. "The best way to prevent young children from getting sick is to keep them from swallowing that water." Ohl offered some other tips: For starters, keep children who have had any type of gastrointestinal illness away from pools or water parks for several days to prevent contamination of the water. Don't swallow the water when ... Read more

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How to Dodge Summertime Threats

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – During the summer, poison centers get an increase in the number of calls about bites, stings, plants and pesticides. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers these tips on how to avoid poisonings – and other hazards – this summer. "If you are stung, call the poison center. Close observation for allergic reaction is important, especially in the first hour after a sting," the center said in a news release. Use only insect repellents that are meant to be used on skin. Products containing DEET should be applied sparingly to exposed skin and clothing – and repellents with less than 10 percent DEET are as effective as stronger ones. Wash thoroughly once you go indoors. A seasonal threat to kids is exposure to gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluids and torch fuels. These products are among the top 10 causes of childhood poisoning deaths in the United States, according ... Read more

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Could You Spot Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room?

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – While many travelers think that finding bed bugs in their hotel room would be the stuff of nightmares, very few know what one looks like, a new survey shows. Just 16 percent were able to spot bed bugs in a lineup of five bug illustrations. Ticks and lice were most often mistaken for bed bugs, while ants or termites were least likely to be confused with the pesky blood suckers. Study co-author Michael Potter, a professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, said the findings suggest that plenty of travelers are in the dark about these night-time nuisances. "Considering all the media attention paid to bed bugs in recent years, the fact that most travelers still have a poor understanding of them is troubling," he said. Most travelers who took the survey also said they'd seek different lodgings if they saw a single online report of bed bugs, even if it ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Skin Rash, Insect Bites, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Telemedicine is playing an ever-expanding role in the U.S. health care landscape. Among the reasons: a growing national shortage of doctors, both primary care and, in certain areas, specialists. And one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas without easy access to care. So, telemedicine has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, more than 10 million Americans now use it every year. Telemedicine, or telehealth, are terms for virtual office visits – video chats made through your smartphone, tablet or computer, sometimes with no waiting at all. You can see and speak with a doctor using real-time audio and video technology. Services can vary from getting a diagnosis and a prescription for minor medical issues, to ongoing monitoring of chronic conditions – especially helpful to older adults. Some health insurance providers now offer telehealth as part ... Read more

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Scientists Spot Genetic Clues to Disfiguring 'Fish Scale' Disease

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Scientists have discovered another gene mutation behind certain cases of ichthyosis – a group of rare disorders that cause dry scales to form on the skin. The term ichthyosis is derived from the Greek word for "fish," and the disorder is sometimes called "fish scale disease" because of its effects on the skin's appearance. Less severe cases can look like a mild sunburn, but for some people the condition is disfiguring, said senior researcher Dr. Keith Choate. So, on top of physical discomfort, ichthyosis can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem and depression, added Choate, an associate professor of dermatology at Yale University. Researchers have already found over 40 gene mutations linked to ichthyosis, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which partly funded the study. Those mutations, the NIH says, can be passed down from one or ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Dry Skin, Minor Skin Irritation, Ichthyosis, Minor Skin Conditions

FDA Warns of Tattoo Dangers

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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

'Dr. Google' May Undermine Parents' Trust in Their Pediatrician

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Health information gleaned online can alter parents' views on the advice they get from a pediatrician, a small study finds. These days, it's almost a guarantee that when kids develop a rash, fever or other worrisome symptom, parents will turn to Google, noted Dr. Ruth Milanaik, the lead researcher on the new study. Based on her team's findings, that web search may affect parents' trust in their pediatrician – which is a concern. "Google is a fantastic tool, but it's not a doctor," Milanaik said. She's a pediatrician and associate professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, in Hempstead, N.Y. The study presented nearly 1,400 parents with a vignette of a child who'd had a rash and worsening fever for three days. The parents had at least one child, and the parents' average age was 34. The parents were split into three groups. One group was then given online ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Fever, Diagnosis and Investigation, Kawasaki Disease

Hollywood Villains Are No Dermatologist's Friend

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – Movie villains often have a "look," and it's not a good one, a new study reports. Scary, evil characters in films tend to have certain types of less-than-attractive facial features – bulbous noses, warts and scars among them, the researchers said. But while these nasty personalities are fictional, the way they look could have real-life consequences for people who suffer from skin problems, the study authors warned. "Negative portrayals of skin conditions in film likely serve to perpetuate a tendency toward discrimination in our society, targeted at those with certain skin diseases," explained researcher Dr. Julia Croley, from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In the new study, the investigators assessed the top 10 antagonists and protagonists from the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains List. Croley's team found ... Read more

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Itching for a Solution to That Rash?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Maybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something going on inside your body, Piliang said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "The most common cause is eczema," Piliang said. Eczema is the term for different conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. "But some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes, an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as ... Read more

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