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lidocaine patch (Lidoderm)

lidocaine patch (Lidoderm)

What is lidocaine patch-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Lidocaine is an amide-type, local anesthetic medication available in a patch form. Lidocaine, like other local anesthetics causes a loss of sensation by reducing the flow of sodium in and out nerves to decrease the initiation and transfer of nerve signals. The FDA […]

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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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How to Get Rid of Common Warts Fast

How to Get Rid of Common Warts Fast

What are warts? A wart is growth on the outer layer of the skin or the epidermis that is caused by a virus. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes common and genital warts by contact with the skin or sexual contact with another person. Genital warts are an STD, while common warts are not. Warts that […]

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Ringworm in babies: Everything you need to know

Ringworm in babies: Everything you need to know

Ringworm is a type of rash that looks like a pink or red worm has curled up just under the skin. However, ringworm is not actually a worm at all. It is a contagious fungal infection called tinea, or dermatophytosis. Spotting a ringworm rash in a baby can be alarming, but it is unlikely to […]

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Health Tip: Seasonal Skin Care

Health Tip: Seasonal Skin Care

(HealthDay News) — Everyone is susceptible to dry skin during winter. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and drier, but harsh winters can irritate anyone’s skin, the American Academy of Dermatology says. Latest Skin News To help dry skin in the cold weather, you can: Use an oil-based moisturizer. Oil creates a protective layer […]

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Are Warts Contagious?

Are Warts Contagious?

What is a wart? A wart is a small growth with a rough texture that can resemble a solid blister or a small cauliflower. Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause warts, which can grow on any part of the skin. Some HPV types are associated with the development of malignancy. Many warts resolve spontaneously after a few […]

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What to know about winter rash

What to know about winter rash

People who live in areas with seasonal weather changes may develop a dry, itchy rash during the winter months. Winter rash refers to extremely dry, or dehydrated, skin in winter. Causes include cold temperatures, low humidity levels, and using central heating. People can take steps to avoid developing winter rash. Continue reading to find out […]

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FDA Aims to Strengthen Sunscreen Rules

FDA Aims to Strengthen Sunscreen Rules

Latest Skin News THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps Thursday to tighten regulation of over-the-counter sunscreen products. Included in the proposed rule are updates on sunscreen safety, sun protection factor (SPF) requirements, and the effectiveness of insect repellent/sunscreen combinations. “The proposed rule that we issued today […]

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Tips for Healthy Nails

Tips for Healthy Nails

Latest Skin News THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Want to have attractive, well-groomed hands? Here’s a guide to the right way to trim your nails. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that short, manicured nails not only look great, but are less likely to trap dirt and bacteria that can lead to infection. […]

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Health Tip: Treat Uneven Skin Pigmentation

Health Tip: Treat Uneven Skin Pigmentation

(HealthDay News) — Unwanted pigmentation problems, such as dark spots, can occur in all skin types. Dark spots are primarily caused by sun damage, the American Academy of Dermatology says, noting that the severity of dark spots varies with a person’s history of sun exposure. Latest Skin News The academy mentions these ways to treat […]