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Uncleaned hot tub.: Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. The bacteria causing the infection is called pseudomonas aeruginosa, and is associated with skin contacting bacteria-contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. The infection is treated with antibiotics. The cdc has an excellent facts website all on the subject of hot tub rash. ...Read more
Not likely heat rash: If your rash is occurring in cold weather, that is not likely heat rash. The term heat-rash refers to a rash occurring due to excessive heat. Eczema is often worse in cold and dry weather and so you may want to have it checked out. Without knowing what the rash looks like and its distribution on the body, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. So, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.
Heat: Heat will often make eczema worse - it causes release of histamine from cells in the skin and histamine causes itching. Interestingly, humidity (which frequently comes along with warm weather) often makes eczema better. That said, every baby has his own triggers and sensitivities that exacerbate or improve eczema. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topical & Systemic: Pseudomonas folliculitis is classically associated with hot tube use and improper chlorination of the water. Treatment can be topical using Acetic Acid (vinegar) soaks or other agents. Systemic treatment is often centered around oral antibiotics. Sometimes people will carry the bacteria in the nose and eradication there will cure the problem. See a dermatologist to help with management. ...Read more
You may feel more: Comfortable but it doesn't mean it will pass more quickly. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. ...Read more
No: It is my understanding that humidifiers add litle to the humidity of a house (most moisture goes into ceiling and rafters) so these are of little to no benefit for dry skin. What works best is "soaking and trapping". That is soak skin and then trap the moisture within 2 minures with moisturizers. ..And creams are better than lotions and ointments and oils are better than creams.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do warm gel compresses seem to not work as well as warm wet (towel soaked in warm water) compresses for my meibomian glands?
Hot compresses: 1st, keep using the hot compresses on your closed eyelids. 1-2 a day...Those 1-2 minutes of Rx will be very helpful,comforting, and beneficial to decrease styes and remove the ''granulated'' dandruff-like dried oil at the eyelash roots and along the edges of your 4 eyelids...Do a little rubbing also, like when a woman is trying to remove her eyeliner. 2nd, the moist heat is reported to be better ...Read more
Unlikely: There are many ways to try to treat or soothe insect bites, but applying anything warm is not one of them. With most insect bites, there is a histamine release which causes itching and redness & anything warm will make this worse. Applying a cool compress, an OTC steroid cream (2 times a day) may help with this. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or another antihistamine may help with the itch. ...Read more
Fallacy: It's no more difficult to catch a cold in summer than in winter. Most experts agree that it's more a matter of our tendency to aggregate indoors when the weather turns colder. Careful hand hygiene and keeping hands away from the face are helpful as well as avoiding sick people while they have running eyes or nose. Colds come from virus which can live on surfaces so watch your exposure to people. ...Read more
Either will work: Anything warm or hot will help dilate and open up the clogged oil gland causing the stye. Either wet or dry will work. Typically we recommend damp/wet warm compresses as these are easier to make at home with hot water and a wash cloth. You could also place rice in a sock and place it in the microwave for 45 seconds. This will stay warm for up to 20 min, thus increasing heat to the stye. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heat is key: See firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, but heat is key to naturally opening up meibomian gland: it can be wet or dry. Washing lids/lashes with hot water (without burning skin) is also important. Diluted tea tree oil also helps naturally clear lashes from bacteria & mites that can clog glands. ...Read more
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