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What Skin Illness Would Cause Long Term Heel Lesions With A Strong Smell
Bacterial infection: Heel lesions with small holes in the skin are caused by a kind of strep called pitted keratolysis. It is caused by excessive sweating which allows the bacteria to over grow. Decrease sweating with antiperspirant at night on feet, insole to absorb excessive sweat and topical Erythromycin as used for acne. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the possible causes of a yeast related skin rash in an infant? How long does it take to clear up with an ointment & is it contagious?
Part of life: Yeast is around us in the environment & by later infancy at least 5% of the dry weight of poo is yeast. The skin surface is resistant to yeast unless irritated or over hydrated ( like wearing diapers ). The yeast creates a rash when it takes the opportunity of a simple exposure & sets up housekeeping on irritated skin.Improvement with rx occurs within days. ...Read more
What is the treat for aseptic meningitis caused by reaction from ivig? And does it have any long lasting affects? Like h/a more frequently
Conservative: Pain relief meds for headaches, good hydration...tincture of time. Symptoms will pass & you are not more likely in the future to get headaches unless you do the IVIG again. You may wish to look into a device for headaches and neck pain called SOOTHEAWAY. Find at www.sootheaway.com. Most insurance DOES NOT cover this thing in my state. I do not own stock in this company (Drat!) but it works well ...Read more
How do you treat severe dry mouth, cracked lips, and a white tongue as a side effect of radiation therapy? How long will these symptoms last?
Xerostomia:: The effect of incidental irradiation to the parotid (salivary) glands. It may be permanent. You need to visit and speak with your radiation oncology team that provided your treatment. There are some simple things that can ameliorate, and there were some options to use during treatment..No sense going there. Your follow up should check tumor control as well as these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Penicillin is a type of fungus which i'm allergic to. If I have a minor feet fungus can it lead to brain damage?
An MRI has shown white matter build up in the periventricular area. Without other symptoms of ms, and with a history of diabetes and hypertension, how likely is MS as a diagnosis? Can it just be bp?
Unlikely: These changes usually reflect alterations in the white matter as a result of narrowing of small blood vessels to the white matter. This is called chronic microvascular ischemia. Your history of diabetes and hypertension are likely the cause of these changes but they are commonly seen in the elderly. Ms usually has a different distribution of white matter changes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sulfacetamide 10% sulfur is prescribed for acne, usually… But can this formulation be used as an antibiotic cream for ulcerative skin lesion as a result of falling off of a bicycle and… I have three lesions and have this on hand. Any recommendations?
No no no!: Acne medications can be very irritating to open wounds. A better option (in addition to a mild soap & warm water) is an antibiotic ointment that's specifically used to treat open wounds along with daily wound care and protective bandaging until the wounds heal. I'm glad you asked! Dr. Anne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can celibacy lead to any long term problems for a male? I'm 22 and just have vey little interest in sex with either gender. Is it use it or lose it?
No: There is no use it or lose it relationship with celibacy. Loss of interest may be related to depression or welbutrin (and other anti-depressive medications). Additionally, there are other medical issues that can cause a loss of interest, as mentioned by others. You should sit down and talk with your physician and have an examination to help determine the cause and possible treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is Cinquair/nucala ok to use for someone with a history of VIN3 secondary to long standing lichen sclerosis?
Depends: There are various chemicals in carpet and some of these are volatile and get in the air. If you are allergic to any of these chemicals, you may have respiratory allergic response. People differ in their sensitivity to various chemicals some may have adverse response. For vast majority of the people there are no ill effects. ...Read more
Does it matter what skin area is biopsied when the goal is to diagnose a condition such as lupus. I had puspular and circular scaly places.
Confusing statement: Herpangina is in the mouth, impetigo is on the skin. It is one or the other by location. Herpangina is caused by a transient virus which disappears after the infection is over. Impetigo is caused by bacteria that can be killed off, but could come back with a new exposure. ...Read more
Could nail pitting without no skin lesions nor family history of psoriasis be associated with non-diseased states? For example, too much hand washing?
Not all the same: Not all pitting is the same. Psoriasis, alopecia areata, lichen planus are some of the things you may find. NOT due to calcium or fungus. Some pitting is very trivial, sometimes annoying. A dermatologist may be able to put it in perspective. Nail biting often causes ridges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm experiencing a particularly bad case of pityriasis rosea. What can I do about the flaking skin?
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
I understand that hypostatic pneumonia can be caused by a virus or bacteria (if a patient is non-ambulatory for a long time). Are there any other causes?
Yes: Fungal in some cases as well but very unlikely unless immunosuppressed. More likely bacterial or viral. Depending on the facility you may be able to get chest physiotherapy which may assist and possibly reduce the risk of this unfortunate complication developing ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
From what ive read, zika is a limited diseAse for a male. But can it cause future issues? Similar to how long standing h pylori can cause cancer
Not persistent infec: Zika is a virus infection which is cleared by the immune system in a matter of weeks. So the virus does not persist in the body for more than a few months because the body makes good antibodies against it and that is all that is left behind after the virus has been cleared up in your blood(It can persist in the semen for a longer period of time). ...Read more
Corset issues...: Think of your body as a balloon like the long ones people make animals out of. If you squeeze and tighten one section, the stuff (air in a balloon, all sorts of stuff in a human) being squeezed must pop out in a different section of the balloon or the body. Where else would all the stuff go? Abdominal muscles are vital to supporting the back and abdomen. A corset interferes with abdominal muscles. ...Read more
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