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Health Tip: Do You Have Athlete's Foot?

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal skin disease that leads to pain and itch, notably between the toes. The warm, moist and dark environment created by our footwear is an ideal breeding ground for fungus. The germ often lingers on pool decks and in public showers. The American Podiatric Medical Association says athlete's foot symptoms may include: Itching and burning between the toes, which may increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the feet. Scaling and peeling skin. Swelling of infected areas. Blisters, which may lead to cracking or peeling skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed. Read more

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How Savvy Are You About Nail Care Safety?

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Before your next manicure or pedicure, give some thought to the safety of your nail care products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says nail polishes and removers are safe when used as intended. But under the wrong circumstances, going for that polished look can ignite problems. For example, some nail products can catch fire easily. They should not be exposed to flames, including lit cigarettes, or heat sources such as curling irons, the agency warns. Also, some nail products should only be used in areas with good air circulation (ventilation). Some also can harm your eyes and can be harmful if swallowed. The products must list ingredients in the order of decreasing amounts. If you have concerns about certain ingredients, check the labels. Possible troublemakers include nail hardeners and nail polishes that contain formaldehyde, which can cause skin ... Read more

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When Is It Nail Fungus?

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – If you think you have nail fungus, you might be tempted to hide your problem with nail polish or self-treat with over-the-counter antifungal products. But you should visit a doctor instead, a dermatologist suggests. "Nail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, but you shouldn't be embarrassed to discuss it with a board-certified dermatologist, who can help you manage this condition," said Dr. Shari Lipner. She is an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. "Although nail fungus is the most common nail disorder that dermatologists treat, not every nail problem is caused by fungus, and there are several other conditions that may look similar, including nail psoriasis and nail trauma," Lipner said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "If you treat something that's not a fungus as a fungus, it may not help your ... 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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Dermatologist Offers Tips for Dealing With Warts

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 17, 2015 – No one is completely immune from warts, but some people are more susceptible to these unattractive skin growths, one expert says. Warts plague children and teens more often, along with people who frequently bite their nails, and those with weakened immune systems, said Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "Warts are caused by a virus, and the virus can sometimes spread from one place on your body to another or from person to person," Friedman said in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release. "However, each person's immune system responds to the wart virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with the virus develops warts," he added. There are ways to prevent warts from spreading. Don't pick or scratch your warts, and don't touch someone else's wart. ... Read more

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Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are applied to the skin. They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs, the FDA said. The products are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, the agency said. The serious allergic reactions caused by these products differ from the less harmful potential problems – such as dryness, itching, burning, peeling, redness and slight swelling – already listed on the products' labels. "There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the ... Read more

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