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Meningitis rash: Pictures, symptoms, and test

Meningitis rash: Pictures, symptoms, and test

Meningitis causes a characteristic rash on the skin. Learning to spot the signs and distinguish a meningitis rash from similar rashes can help a person receive treatment quickly. Meningitis is an infectious disease caused by certain viruses, bacteria, or fungi. It causes swelling of the meninges, which are the coverings on the brain and spinal […]

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Hot tub folliculitis: Everything you need to know

Hot tub folliculitis: Everything you need to know

Hot tub folliculitis, or pseudomonas folliculitis, is a skin infection that results from bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The infection is usually the result of using poorly maintained hot tubs. In this article, learn about the causes and symptoms of hot tub folliculitis, as well as what it looks like and how to treat it. Causes […]

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finasteride (Propecia)

finasteride (Propecia)

What are the uses for finasteride-oral (hair growth)? : Finasteride (Propecia) is used for the treatment of male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia in males only. What brand names are available for finasteride-oral (hair growth)? Propecia (for male hair growth) Is finasteride-oral (hair growth) available as a generic drug? Is finasteride-oral (hair growth) available as […]

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benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clearasil)

benzoyl peroxide (Proactiv, Neutrogena, Clearasil)

What is benzoyl peroxide? Benzoyl peroxide is a topical medication used for treating acne (pimples). It is active against Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium which has been associated with acne. Why is benzoyl peroxide used? Benzoyl peroxide is used for the treatment of acne. Is benzoyl peroxide available as a generic drug? Yes Do I need […]

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Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Aging skin may play a role in driving chronic disease. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our […]

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clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton)

clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel (Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton)

What is clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is a combination of an antibiotic, clindamycin, and benzoyl peroxide, another drug that has antibacterial effects. Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is used topically (applied to the skin) for the treatment of pimples (acne). Both agents are active against Propionibacterium acnes, […]

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What to know about heat rash in babies

What to know about heat rash in babies

A heat rash can appear suddenly and look alarming, but it is not usually a cause for concern. Babies have delicate skin and are more likely to get heat rash than adults. Heat rash, which some people call prickly heat or miliaria, is a skin flare that happens after the skin gets too warm. These […]

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pimecrolimus (Elidel)

pimecrolimus (Elidel)

What is pimecrolimus, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Pimecrolimus is a chemical that is used to treat atopic dermatitis (eczema). Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, itching, scaling, and inflammation of the skin. The cause of atopic dermatitis is not known; however, scientists believe that it may be due […]

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Lysine for cold sores: Does it work?

Lysine for cold sores: Does it work?

Cold sores are tiny blisters that appear either in the mouth or on the lips. Some people use lysine, which is an essential amino acid, to help treat or prevent cold sores, but does it work? A virus causes cold sores, so a doctor will typically prescribe antiviral medications to help treat an outbreak. They […]

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isoniazid

isoniazid

What are the side effects of isoniazid, INH? Hepatitis When isoniazid is broken down by the liver, one of the products is acetylhydrazine, a potent toxin for the liver. When taken over a long period of time at standard doses, isoniazid can cause important and even fatal liver injury (hepatitis) in approximately 1 out of […]