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  • Aug 2018

    What causes rosy cheeks?

    Rosy cheeks can be the result of many benign causes, such as being hot. However, there are several causes that may require medical attention, including acne, rosacea, and lupus. We look at some of the causes of facial flushing and explain the steps that people can take to treat, manage, and prevent them.

  • Aug 2018

    What to do about vaginal cysts, sores, and bumps

    A lump or bump on the vagina may have a variety of causes. Causes can include cysts, warts, polyps, and, rarely, vaginal cancer. Treatment depends on the cause and may involve medication, lifestyle and hygiene changes, or even surgery. Learn more about the causes and treatment options of lumps on the vagina here.

  • Aug 2018

    Ten tips to prevent stretch marks

    Rapid weight or muscle gain, growth spurts, and pregnancy can all cause stretch marks. Genetics may also be a contributing factor. These lines are not harmful to health, but some people dislike their appearance. In this article, learn about ways to help prevent stretch marks and keep the skin looking supple and smooth.

  • Aug 2018

    How to treat peeling skin

    There are many reasons why skin peels. People may notice their skin peeling several days after they get a sunburn. As the skin heals, it sheds layers of old damaged skin and replaces it with new layers. People can prevent peeling with moisturizer and staying hydrated. Learn more about how to stop peeling skin here.

  • Aug 2018

    Stage 4 melanoma: What you need to know

    Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin cells. If it has progressed to stage 4, this means it has spread beyond the skin to other organs, such as the liver, brain, or lungs. In this article, learn about survival rates, traditional treatments, and new treatment methods, such as targeted therapy drugs.

  • Aug 2018

    What do the colors of a bruise mean?

    Bruises happen when an injury causes blood to leak into the skin. Bruises naturally change color over time from red, through purple, to yellow or brown. Bruises that do not change color may need medical attention. Learn more about why bruises change color, and when to worry about a bruise, here.

  • Aug 2018

    What do your nails say about your health?

    People's nails can say a lot about their health. Nail abnormalities are common, affecting the shape, thickness, or color of the nails. In this article, we look at possible abnormalities that affect the fingernails or toenails, with a picture guide. We discuss how to maintain good nail health and when to see a doctor.

  • Aug 2018

    PUPPP rash treatment options

    A pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) rash appears as itchy red hives and swelling inside stretch marks. There are many natural treatments, including cold compresses and oatmeal. Learn more about these and other remedies, as well as risk factors and tips for prevention here.

  • Aug 2018

    Why are my fingers pruney or wrinkled?

    Pruney fingers are a common experience after taking a long bath, swimming, or washing dishes. They may be more likely to happen in warm water than cold water. In this article, learn about why this happens, as well as other causes of pruney or wrinkled fingers. We also cover treatment and when to see a doctor.

  • Aug 2018

    How to treat shingles on the face

    Shingles is a skin condition that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles results in a painful rash that may also burn or itch. It typically appears on the torso but can develop on the face and affect the eyes. Treatments include antiviral drugs. Learn more about shingles on the face here.

  • Aug 2018

    What causes a bleeding mole?

    Most bleeding moles result from superficial cuts or snags. A person can treat a bleeding mole at home by applying pressure and a bandage. However, if a mole bleeds for no apparent reason, or it starts to resemble an open sore, speak to a doctor. In this article, learn about these and other symptoms of melanoma.

  • Aug 2018

    What are the health benefits of goji berries?

    Goji berries are used in traditional medicine for their health benefits. Several scientific studies back some of their purported health-giving properties, which include fighting eye diseases and cancer and promoting healthy skin. Learn more about the scientific evidence behind the benefits of goji berries here.

  • Aug 2018

    How to identify lice bites

    Lice are external parasites that live on the skin. Most lice are harmless to overall health, but they do cause tiny bites, which can be bothersome. In this article, learn how to identify lice by sight and by the part of the body affected. We also describe the difference between lice bites and bed bug bites.

  • Aug 2018

    What can cause a rash after a fever in toddlers?

    Fever is common in toddlers and usually resolves on its own. At times, a rash can develop after the fever passes. Causes of a rash after fever in toddlers include roseola, scarlet fever, fifth disease, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. Learn about these common childhood illnesses and when to see a doctor here.

  • Aug 2018

    How are HPV and herpes different?

    HPV and herpes are both viral infections that can be transmitted through sex and lead to skin problems. Each infection also causes distinct symptoms and health problems, and methods of treatment and prevention can differ. Learn more about the differences between HPV and herpes here.

  • Aug 2018

    Chickenpox vs. measles: What's the difference?

    When it comes to chickenpox vs. measles, there are differences as well as similarities. While both are viral infections, they’re caused by different viruses. While both cause rashes, one produces an itchy rash whereas the other comes with a non-itchy rash. We’ll compare these two conditions in several different areas.

  • Jul 2018

    Can dietary changes help acne?

    Acne is a common skin condition. While many myths surround the diet's impact on acne, some scientific evidence suggests that a person may be able to fight breakouts by consuming high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and avoiding certain foods, such as dairy products. Learn more about the anti-acne diet here.

  • Jul 2018

    What to know about babies and cold sores

    Cold sores are not common in newborns or babies. However, if a baby does catch the cold sore virus, called herpes simplex, it can be very dangerous. People with cold sores should avoid kissing babies or sharing towels or bedding. Learn about the causes, complications, and treatment of cold sores in babies here.

  • Jul 2018

    Diet-driven hair loss and skin damage may be reversible

    Johns Hopkins researchers confirm that a Western-style diet can lead to hair loss and skin damage. Can an experimental compound reverse these effects?

  • Jul 2018

    How to treat turf burn

    Turf burn is a common injury for people who play soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and other sports that take place on artificial grass. In this article, learn more about turf burns and how to treat them. We also discuss prevention, provide tips on how to make the healing process faster, and explain when to see a doctor.

  • Jul 2018

    Everything you need to know about ice burns

    Freezing temperatures or coming into direct contact with a cold object, such as an ice cube or ice pack, can damage the skin tissue and cause an ice burn. In this article, learn about the symptoms and risk factors of ice burns. We also cover how to treat them at home using first aid and when to seek medical treatment.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes patches of discolored skin?

    Patches of discolored skin have many possible causes, including birthmarks, pigmentation disorders, rashes, infections, and skin cancer. While not all causes are serious, some may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Anyone who notices a new patch of discolored skin should see a doctor. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Can too much vitamin D hurt you?

    Vitamin D has many important functions. The body produces it after exposure to sunlight, but in winter months or areas with less sunshine, many people choose to take supplements. Taking too much vitamin D can lead to negative side effects, including brittle bones and dehydration. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Psoriasis: Mediterranean diet may slow disease progression

    A new study suggests that sticking to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, wholegrain cereals, and olive oil may reduce the severity of psoriasis.

  • Jul 2018

    Can menopause cause itching? Tips for relief

    Many people experience itchiness during menopause. Estrogen plays a vital role in skin health, and changes in the levels of this hormone can lead to dry, itchy skin on the face, body, or specific areas, such as the genitals. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for itchiness during menopause here.