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What Sort Of Disorder Is Eczema
The itch that rashes: We can think of eczema as having 2 main parts: something about affected skin that makes it easier for it to dry out/crack, and external or internal 'stuff' that further irritates and damages the skin. Hydration of the skin is the most important part of skincare for eczema (thick, goupy, greasy creams often work best right after bathing). Watch also for new chemicals/foods/etc that make it act up. ...Read more
Chilblains: Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to sudden warming from cold temperatures. Also known as pernio, chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on extremities, such as on your toes, fingers, ears and nose. ...Read more
Erysipelas: Erysipelas is a superficial bacterial skin infection that characteristically extends into the cutaneous lymphatics. Erysipelas has been traced back to the middle ages, where it was referred to as st. Anthony's fire. Redness of the affected area spreads rapidly with an aching burning sensation. Treatment is with antibiotics. ...Read more
Ice Burn: Frostbite occurs due to extreme cold temperature such that the skin and possibly deeper tissues freeze, are damaged, and potentially die. If the tissues die, an open wound may be the result or possibly an amputation of the affected part (such as a finger or toe). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Atopic Dermatitis: Atopic dermatitis most often begins in childhood before age 5 and may persist into adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then subsides for a time, even up to several years. Itching may be severe, and scratching the rash can make it even itchier and cause more inflammation. Once the skin barrier is broken, the skin can become infected by bacteria, especially staphylococcus aureus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unprovoked Seizures: Epilepsy is a constellation of disorders with a common definition: the tendency toward recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The term "epilepsy' applies to anyone who has had more than one unprovoked seizure. Seizures, however, can take on many forms; from staring off for a few seconds, to prolonged, violent convulsions. Epilepsy is simply a word that tells us a patient has recurrent seizures. ...Read more
COPD: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can't see near: Farsighted eyes are focused far off into the distance. They tend to be small eyes that cannot bring near images into focus on the film layer of the eye (retina). The images would essentially form behind the eye, and one would have to walk backwards to bring the retina to the image. Glasses correct farsightedness by providing extra focus to "bring" the image forward onto the retina. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies: Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers or other agents. They can also be substances that come in contact with your skin that cause rashes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain amplification: Fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] is a chronic illness characterized by widespread body pain and low pain threshold. The pain results from central nervous system [spinal cord and brain] amplification of stimuli [pressure, heat, cold, etc] to peripheral tissues [skin, muscle, bone] that would not have been perceived as pain by a person without fms. There are many other very troublesome symptoms in fms. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can be normal: A certain amount of flatfoot is normal. Most flat feet, if they need any treatment at all, do well with off shelf orthotic inserts. Some require custom orthotics and more rarely, surgery can be necessary if there is significant pain or other underlying abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal contraction: Dystonia is often a somewhat generic term for abnormal muscle contraction. True dystonia is thought to be abnormal muscle contractions due to a problem in the spinal cord or brain. Sometimes the exact nature of the problem in the spinal cord or brain cannot be diagnosed. Mri is often used to try to help diagnose this. Any muscle in the body can develop this problem. ...Read more
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