My Spider Bite Story

spider bite I never had a spider bite before, but I knew something was wrong when I woke up in middle of night with a huge red lump, pain and itching. It was on the weekend, so I decided to go to the local drug store in the morning to show it to a pharmacist. She couldn’t give medical advice, but suggested I see my doctor on Monday, but during the weekend take an anti-inflammatory as well as something for pain if needed. She recommended I keep it covered and if there was fever or more severe symptoms to go to an urgent care clinic to get an antibiotic. Read the rest of this entry »

Circulation and Skin Issues

Poor circulation due to heart failure, thickened arteries, weak veins, or a whole host other issues, causes more problems than most people realize. Not only does it cause annoying symptoms, like cold hands and feet, but infections clear up more slowly, muscles cramp even when they are not in use, and the skin discolors. Physiologically speaking, poor circulation leads to a decrease in oxygenation levels in the body and decreases its ability to remove toxins and waste products from the system. This means that helpful cells, like those that control infections, cannot get into tissues and perform their duties. Other cells that normally clean up after healthy functioning cannot perform their intended duties either. The ill effects are system wide and can be seen by the naked eye when they alter the health, look, and feel of the skin. Read the rest of this entry »

Heat Rash, Chafing and Yeast Rashes

Heat rash, also called miliaria, is a common summertime woe for those young and old. It’s July now and a ripe time in the US for this issue. Anyone out enjoying the weather in a humid area will experience dampness on their skin and clothing caused by the inability of sweat to properly dry when there is too much moisture in the air. What actually happens in the body is an entrapment of sweat under the upper layers of skin. The sweat glands become blocked and blister-like pustules filled with this unpassed sweat are trapped.

Their formation can be caused by a variety of things. Skin that is heavily creased can trap moisture, as can too tight clothing. Lotions and creams that are too thick can trap sweat and block the pores as well. Babies have immature glands and the process can start on their skin when they have simply been sweaty for too long. There are a few medications known to cause heat rash, like isotretinoin, clonidine, and beta blockers. Read the rest of this entry »

Zithromax and Skin Rash Reactions from Azithromycin

Zithromax is a semi-synthetic macorolide antibiotic. It is commonly prescribed for bacterial infections that cause tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, middle ear infections and some sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea and Chlamydia. It works well against infections caused by most forms of mycobacteria. Unfortunately, this effective antibiotic has been shown to cause for some people side effects that have a great range of severity from rashes to intestinal reactions. Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Allergies to Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a popular item to keep in the car, beach bags, strollers, and diaper bags and is applied before spending time in the sun to avoid sunburn and to protect the skin from damaging rays that can lead to skin cancer. In the US, the temperature is heating up and people are buying various creams and sprays . The damaging effects of too much sun are known all too well. For those who are allergic to sunscreen though, deciding what to do about both the allergy and the sun can be a difficult decision. Sunscreen allergies can appear as a rash where the lotion or spray was applied. Some are lightly spotted, while other rashes are bright red and raised. Certain individuals who are extremely allergic will have heavy swelling. If the sunscreen was applied to the face or if it was a spray screen that was inhaled, trouble breathing might occur. It is best to get to a physician right away when any respiratory issues arise. Airways can continue to swell leading to serious breathing problems. For skin reactions to sunscreen, let’s look at ways to address the problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Camp Rash Problems

Summer camp is an essential part of growing up for any kid that loves horses, girl and boy scouts, team sports, space, art, science, or gardening. There are so many opportunities for a child to get out and enjoy time away from home to learn while exploring the world around them. Camps come with fire pits, bunk beds, fishing and cafeteria foods that children come to love. With all that fun comes a lot of close contact- with unusual animals, nature, and other little ones. With close contact comes a variety of bugs, fungi, parasites, and inflammatory oils. Summer camp rashes are not partial to one kind of kid or a single camp, they pop up everywhere and in all types of homes. Dealing with most is a simple process but they have to be identified to be treated. Knowing the difference between different kinds of summer camp rashes is 90% of the battle. Read the rest of this entry »

Pupps Rash During Pregnancy

The PUPPS rash has nothing to do with your dog, but refers to a very itchy rash during pregnancy. That’s right, this PUPPS rash refers to Pruritic Urticarial Papules And Plaques Of Pregnancy. No one really knows what causes the PUPPS rash and it usually begins in and around pregnancy stretch market. Researchers feel that the sudden rapid expansion of skin layers and connective tissues in the abdominal region could be the reason for the skin irritation. Other studies have shown that baby DNA could be the reason for the irritation. The baby’s DNA has been isolated from the mother’s abdominal tissue. The DNA may act as a skin irritant and give rise to the Pupps Rash.

Pregnancy can be a tough time and women do experience a huge range of rashes. The only way to accurately diagnose the Pupps Rash is through visual appearance. The rash is typically located along pregnancy striae but it avoids the belly button and the area around it. This is the most common distinguishing mark that differentiates it from all other kinds of pregnancy rashes. The rash itself appears like red elevated patches called wheals along with small fluid filled bubbles called vesicles. The rash is not contagious to others, but it does spread on to the buttocks, back, thighs, arms and breasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes and Skin Issues

Around a third of people with diabetes have a diabetes related skin condition. Skin problems for diabetics are an early indication of the disease. This is especially true if they accompany other symptoms of the illness. Thankfully, diabetic skin complications can often be prevented and treated.

The conditions a person experiences will be unique to themselves. However, these conditions can be placed into general categories. Listed below are some of the most common skin conditions experienced by people with diabetes including fungal infections, bacterial issues, diabetic dermopathy and NLD. Read the rest of this entry »

Coins And Eczema

nickel eczema In the UK, new coins with higher amounts of the metal nickel have been released in the beginning of 2013 and this creates concerns that those prone to eczema may have an allergic skin reaction. Although there are specific amounts regulated for the amount of nickel contained for certain categories of items that touch the skin such as jewelry (necklaces and earrings) and watch bands, this isn’t the case for coins.

Those that conduct studies and research at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London as well as the Karolinska Institute are quoted for their concerns over the increased risk in skin allergic responses from the coins. In the past, the composition of the coins had been about 70 percent of copper and 25 percent made of nickel. The new coins released are made from steel and have a thick nickel coating. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Rashes in the News

lake rashes It was reported this week that due to parasites from birds that can be present in lakes, there have been problems of swimmer’s itch in some Arizona lakes. The specific lake mentioned is Lake Saguaro in Phoneix, Arizona. This can manifest as small pimples or blisters on the skin. Dr. England, the director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health states that , “Not everyone who visits a lake or even wades in shallow water will be exposed to this. Maricopa County Public Health is absolutely not advising people to avoid swimming in lakes.” Recommendations are to try to avoid the areas that have vegetation as those areas can be breeding grounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Reactions To Pets

pet allergies According to statistics, more than 15% of people are allergic to different types of animals. Eleven million people are supposed to be allergic to cats alone and the number is almost double for dogs. Yet, animals are wonderful companions and we create deep, emotional bonds with them.

The proteins that are found in the skin, hair and saliva of pets can irritate the human body. The human body may consider these proteins as dangerous bodies and start to attack them in an effort to removethem from direct contact. The exact type of body reaction or allergic reaction will vary considerably. Some patients experience hay fever, skin rashes, general itchiness, breathing difficulties or even asthmatic symptoms that may get worse over time. All these reactions are an effort by the body to push the foreign proteins away and to warn the brain that the proteins are dangerous. This is particularly true in children. Does that mean you need to avoid keeping any type of animal at home?
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Common Problems For People With Fair Skin

light skin problems You’ve got lovely light skin and you take the best care of it with the latest moisturizers, toners, sun blocks, and skin care products. But, even after so much care and protection, your skin still seems to have issues. There are wrinkles, dark patches and other irregularities. Is there any particular reason for this?

Fair skin is particularly susceptible to a range of skin conditions. A person’s natural skin color plays an important role in protection from the sun. Melanocytes or skin pigment containing cells produce melanin or skin pigment which is responsible for tinting skin. The amount of melanin that is produced will depend on sun exposure and a range of other factors. Usually, sun exposure will result in the formation of more melanin which protects the person from ultraviolet sun rays. Europeans generally have a lighter skin color due to a combination of genetics, sunlight and environment. Those with fair skin can have issues related to sun damage and problems such as rosacea or actinic keratosis. Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Piercings And Possible Complications

skin tattoo Skin piercings are a very popular fad and both body jewelry as well as tattoos are common. As a result, thousands of tattoo parlors and body piercing centers have emerged. Before you rush out to get your body pierced and poked, it is good to do your research. Price is not necessarily the best way to judge services and not all tattoo parlors and body piercing centers follow strict medical standards. As a result, there can be skin complications after these procedures are performed. Let’s just take a look at why and how this can happen.

Generally, if the procedure is done correctly with sterilized needles and medical-grade dyes, complications are minimized. However, specific risks that that may happen with skin piercings include skin infections, allergic reactions or metal sensitivity. Read the rest of this entry »

Odd School Rash In Hollywood Florida

school rash picture On May 17th 2012, twelve students and two teachers who were studying in one room suddenly came down with a red rash on their arms, legs and body at 9.30 in the morning. The unusual problem created a tizzy and school authorities were quick to call in the regional hazmat response team to evaluate the condition. The school was closed down and 80 unaffected students were shifted to another building for evaluation. The affected students were separated by gender and transported by bus to the Memorial Regional Hospital.

Before entering the hospitals, they were made to undress and walk through multi-stage showers, cleaned with several showers of emulsifying or neutralizing agents, and then monitored for 24 hours. None of the patients developed further problems or breathing conditions and were discharged within 24 hours. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Rid Of Old Acne Marks

One of the worst parts of acne problems are the marks and scars that are left behind. Sometime even a large pimple which does not pop, stays behind under the skin leaving a raised red bump or a dark black round patch on skin. They may leave a dark reddish black mark on skin.

We know that most dermatologists state that if you leave the pimple to ripen and erupt by itself, it won’t leave marks or scars, but many people claim they never touch their skin and they still have leftover residues. Some people get icepick scars from cysts or severe acne. Others get macules which are marks left on the skin. There are methods to help resolve the above problems. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mystery Of Hot Tub Rashes

hot tub rash problem We’ve had some hot days this spring and many people are ready to fill up the hot tub and have a nice soak. Be warned though, there is a chance that your hot tub could be hosting an unseen danger which can result in skin irritation or a rash. Also, it may not erupt immediately so you can easily think it was due to another cause. Last week one of my clients came in and told me that a rash that she thought was due to an allergic rash to wheat products was actually a hot tub reaction.

A hot tub rash or folliculitis is called by a hardy little organism called as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This organism thrives in hot water and it can remain hidden in the nooks and crevices of a hot tub for an indefinite period of time. As soon as a person uses the pool, the infecting organism enters skin through the skin pores and infects the epidermal or top layer of skin. It actively kills host cells and reproduces in the skin pore causing the red dots or rashes that appear. This infection is usually limited to the top layers of skin and the person will note an immediate or delayed red rash all over the body. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise And Rash Problems

exercise and rashes You are frustrated by an annoying irritating rash that just does not seem to go away. It’s red and may increase in size or redden when your work out and continues to itch all through the day. Initially, you thought that the rash might have been caused due to new clothes or exercise friction but now you’re starting to get worried. Could this be the sign of something dangerous? Could the rash and exercising be related?

There can be many reasons for rashes that appear after, before or during a workout. There are a number of common causes for rashes in relation to various forms of exercise activity. One are we’ll discuss is how sometimes runners will get itching if they are new to this form of exercise and why. Read the rest of this entry »

The Frustration Of Diaper Rash

baby rash picture There are many unavoidable things parents of a newborn are going to encounter. And one of the most unnerving ones is diaper rash. Yes, no matter how well you clean your baby and prepared you think you are, diaper rash often creeps its way into the picture. Fortunately there are a number of ways to combat it and keep it from getting worse. There are also issues for seniors that live in nursing homes or at assisted living facilities.

The number one cause of diaper rash is extensive exposure to moisture and wetness. This usually occurs when a baby’s diaper is not changed often enough. Exposure to urine and feces can be abrasive to the skin. Parents must constantly check the diapers to make sure they are not soiled. Some people also say that just using a wet cloth for cleaning the child may be needed for babies that can’t tolerate baby wipes. If you use the throw-away diapers you can try different types to see if a certain brand may be problematical. Are the diapers too snug? Read the rest of this entry »

HIV Rash Appearance On The Body

The rash appears like other skin reactions but is distinguished by a couple features that are exclusive to HIV infection. It is important to seek the advice of a healthcare provider for any skin irritation that does not go away within a few days or becomes worse with time. This is important both for diagnosis as well as treatment. There can be a great deal of anxiety over rashes since the mind circles over each possibility.

There are some similiarities between allergic rashes and eruptions due to HIV. However, unlike other types of skin irritations they generally do not cause pain or itching that are often associated with allergic reactions. A person with an HIV rash generally breaks out within 2 to three weeks after initial exposure to the virus. This is not something that happens with environmental allergens or foods. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Spring Allergies Cause Rashes

spring allergy rash Seasonal hay fever and symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, watery or itching eyes, and congestion can also be accompanies by other physical symptoms. Can spring allergies cause rashes? The answer is yes. Occasionally people will be sensitive enough to break out when they come in contact with various pollens, molds, or other organisms. The hives or small bumps are almost always accompanied by other signs though they can occur by themselves.

There are many ways to distinguish a contact rash or contact dermatitis from other types of skin irritations. Usually the fine bumps will itch and will occur in the form of red, raises pustules. Unlike hives of a more serious reaction they are generally smaller in size, though they can be just as uncomfortable and create sleep issues. Also, it can be complicated because one may be allergic to the pesticides that are applied to the area or to products that kill weeds. One also may be reacting to chiggers or insects and mistake this as an allergic rash. Read the rest of this entry »