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imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara)

imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara)

What is imiquimod, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Imiquimod is a topical medication that activates the immune system and is used for treating (not curing) genital warts. Although the exact mechanism of action imiquimod is not known, imiquimod is presumed to work by activating immune cells and chemicals that affect the immune […]

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Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)

Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)

What is Zoster Vaccine Live (Shingles Vaccine), and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zoster vaccine contains live, attenuated (weakened) varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Varicella-zoster causes chickenpox and then becomes dormant in nerves. VZV reactivates and causes herpes zoster (shingles or zoster) later in life (usually 60 years of age or older) when immunity against […]

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What’s the best shower frequency?

What’s the best shower frequency?

In many parts of the world, taking a shower every day tends to be the norm. However, from a strictly medical perspective, it is not necessary for most people to shower this frequently. Personal hygiene does provide health benefits, and most people do need to shower regularly. In addition to its use for routine washing […]

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What to know about genital warts in women

What to know about genital warts in women

Genital warts are a very common sexually transmitted infection. They can develop on or around the genitals and may appear as small bumps or fleshy growths. These warts result from infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). People who have the virus can pass it on through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Genital warts can cause […]

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Mouth sores: Everything you need to know

Mouth sores: Everything you need to know

There are many potential causes of mouth sores. When these sores appear, they are often painful and can make everyday activities, such as brushing the teeth or eating hot food, more difficult. In most cases, mild irritation causes a sore to appear. Avoiding the irritant can help a person prevent mouth sores in the future. […]

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What do skin infections look like?

What do skin infections look like?

A skin infection occurs when parasites, fungi, or germs such as bacteria penetrate the skin and spread. When this happens, it can cause pain, swelling, other types of discomfort, and skin color changes. A skin infection may be mild or serious. Skin infections are different from rashes. A rash is an area of swollen or […]

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What does scabies on the penis look like?

What does scabies on the penis look like?

Scabies is an infestation of tiny parasitic mites and can affect any part of a person’s skin, including on the penis. The mites spread by close, prolonged skin-to-skin touching, such as sexual contact. Scabies mites, known scientifically as Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis, are microscopic parasites that burrow into the top layer of a person’s skin. […]

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Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Valtrex (valacyclovir)

What are the side effects of Valtrex (valacyclovir)? The side effect profile of Valtrex is similar to that of acyclovir (Zovirax). Common side effects are: Other important side effects are: More serious side effects include central nervous system side effects which are more likely to happen in the elderly, for example: What is the dosage […]

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mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)

mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)

What is mupirocin? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Mupirocin is an antibiotic that is used topically (on the skin) for the treatment of impetigo, a bacterial disease of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus and Streptococcus pyogenes. It also is used intranasally (inside the nose) by patients and some people who […]

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Bad Reaction From a New Tattoo? Here’s What to Do

Bad Reaction From a New Tattoo? Here’s What to Do

Latest Skin News FRIDAY, March 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The biggest worry a person usually has when they’re getting a tattoo is how it will look. But sometimes, getting inked can lead to something worse than bad body art, an expert warns. If you suffer skin problems after getting a tattoo, see a dermatologist […]