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What is a boil?

A boil is a swollen, red, sore bump beneath the skin. It often appears the same to an oversized pimple. Boils are frequently triggered by hair follicles that become infected. The bacteria from the infection forms an abscess or pus pocket. Remember that it can grow large to trigger significant pain. Boils most often develop […]

Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is responsible for causing lung infections including various cases of mild pneumonia. It usually spreads from one individual to another via secretions from sneezing or coughing with an incubation period of 2-3 weeks. The transmission of the organism typically occurs via close contact. The reported outbreaks are prevalent in summer camps and universities […]

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis involves skin inflammation. It can affect individuals of all ages but mostly affects men. Children rarely develop the condition. The exact cause for the skin condition is excessive colonization of the Malassezia furfur fungus which is found close to the sebaceous glands usually in the scalp, nose, face, forehead, chest, head and shoulders. […]

Viral cough

A viral cough typically develops over a day or so and can be quite annoying. It is likely for other symptoms to develop and might include fever, headache as well aches and pains. The indications might recur if an infection involves the nose. The symptoms usually peak after 2-3 days and eventually settle. Nevertheless, the […]

Dyshidrotic eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema is a common group of skin issues where the skin could not protect itself normally, thus the individual ends up with dry and itchy skin. It also causes the development of small-sized, deep blisters, usually on the hands. It is also possible for these blisters to develop on the feet. Once the blisters […]

Lichen planus

Many individuals develop lichen planus. It is a condition that develops on one or several parts of the body. It can manifest on the skin or within the mouth. Oftentimes, it can develop in both areas. It is important to note that lichen planus can even change the appearance of the toenails and fingernails. In […]

What is RSV?

RSV is a virus that is transmitted only among humans. There are two strains that can cause differences in the severity. The virus can spread via infected droplets from secretions from the nose or mouth. RSV is capable of surviving for a minimum of 30 minutes on the hands and several hours on surfaces that […]

Overview on MRSA infection

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a form of bacteria that has established resistance to various widely used antibiotics. In such cases, an infection is difficult to manage than other bacterial infections. How do I acquire an MRSA infection? The MRSA bacteria typically spread via skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual or the bacteria is already […]

Norovirus

Norovirus is a common “stomach bug” that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is quite common during the winter season but one can acquire it at any time of the year. The condition can be quite unpleasant but typically clears up in a few days. It is good to note that the condition can be cared […]