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  • Dec 2018

    How to identify and treat snake bites

    Most snakes in the United States are nonvenomous, but pit vipers and coral snakes can inject venom. In this article, we look at the symptoms of snake bites, how to identify venomous snakes, and the best treatment and first aid for snake bites.

  • Dec 2018

    What causes patches of dry skin?

    Many common issues can cause patches of dry skin, including cold weather, allergies, and certain medical conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. In this article, we look at symptoms, treatments, and pictures of dry skin patches.

  • Dec 2018

    How to identify and treat scaling skin: A picture guide

    Scaling skin occurs when the outer skin is damaged, either by injury or a medical condition. In this article, we look at the symptoms and treatment for common causes of scaling skin, along with pictures for identification.

  • Dec 2018

    Herpes simplex: Everything you need to know

    Herpes simplex is a very common virus that affects billions of people globally. It can cause sores around the mouth or on the genitals and surrounding areas. Learn more about herpes simplex here.

  • Dec 2018

    How to identify baby acne vs. a rash

    Baby acne can look similar to other types of rash, such as those of an allergic reaction, erythema toxicum, or eczema. In this article, we look at the symptoms of common rashes, how to tell the difference, and treatments.

  • Dec 2018

    HIV and hair loss: What's the link?

    While older HIV drugs may have caused hair loss, this is unlikely with modern medicines. In this article, learn more about the possible links between HIV and hair loss.

  • Dec 2018

    Could sonic hedgehog be the answer to hair loss?

    Despite much scientific effort, regrowing hair is still not possible. A recent study asks whether the sonic hedgehog signaling pathway could offer clues.

  • Nov 2018

    Causes of mouth sores in people with HIV

    People living with HIV have a higher risk of developing mouth sores. Possible causes include viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, canker sores, and dry mouth. Learn more about the causes of HIV mouth sores and how to treat and prevent them here.

  • Nov 2018

    What is the link between HIV and shingles?

    Some people with HIV are more likely to develop shingles. In this article, we look at the factors that increase a person's risk, and cover treatments and possible complications.

  • Nov 2018

    Hair loss: Clues found in the palm of your hand

    A new study finds out why the soles of our feet do not grow hair. The mechanisms involved may help design the hair loss treatments of the future.

  • Nov 2018

    Does diabetes cause hair loss?

    Diabetes can cause hair thinning or noticeable hair loss in some people. However, maintaining good blood sugar control may help reverse the effects of hair loss. Some medications are also available and may be beneficial. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    What to know about hyperpigmentation

    Hyperpigmentation occurs when a person develops darker patches on the skin, such as age spots or melasma. Learn about the causes, types, and treatments for hyperpigmentation here.

  • Nov 2018

    What to know about erythema multiforme

    Some infections and medicines can trigger an immune skin reaction called erythema multiforme. Erythema multiforme causes a distinctive rash resembling a bullseye. In severe cases, people may have painful lesions with mucus. In this article, learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of erythema multiforme.

  • Nov 2018

    What causes purple feet?

    Purple feet can result from bruising following a minor injury. However, purple skin can also indicate a problem with blood flow to the feet, which can be a sign of an underlying health condition. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Benefits of soaking your feet in vinegar

    Vinegar has antimicrobial properties that make it useful for a variety of conditions. Using vinegar on the feet may provide relief from foot odor, athlete's foot, and warts. It is simple to make and safe to use in moderate quantities for most people. Learn how to make and use a vinegar foot soak here.

  • Nov 2018

    What is melasma?

    Melasma causes dark patches to appear on the skin. It is a pigmentation disorder that is more common in women. Learn about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatments here.

  • Nov 2018

    What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

    The best-known symptom of psoriasis is the way it affects the skin. However, psoriasis is a complex condition, and its impact can be wide-ranging, with effects on the nails, joints, and mental wellbeing.

  • Nov 2018

    Symptoms and treatment of psoriatic arthritis rash

    Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) causes pain and inflammation of the joints. Many people with PsA also experience the red, scaly rash that is characteristic of psoriasis. Treatments for the rash include topical medications, light therapy, and oral and intravenous drugs. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    Managing psoriasis on the feet

    Psoriasis can develop almost anywhere on the body. However, psoriasis on the feet can be particularly painful and challenging to treat. It is also necessary to be able to tell the difference between psoriasis on the feet and athlete's foot, as the treatment for these two conditions is very different. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    How to identify and treat scalp psoriasis

    When psoriasis affects the scalp, it causes dry, itchy, and flaky skin under the hair. It can be more challenging to treat than other forms of psoriasis. In this article, we provide pictures to help people identify scalp psoriasis and explain the symptoms and treatment of this condition.

  • Nov 2018

    What's the difference between inverse psoriasis and intertrigo?

    Inverse psoriasis and intertrigo are two skin conditions that cause a rash in areas where the skin folds. They are separate conditions with different causes and treatments. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2018

    What to know about baby acne

    Baby acne, or neonatal acne, affects around 20 percent of newborns. It usually clears up without treatment. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and similar conditions here.

  • Nov 2018

    What to know about psoriasis and keratosis pilaris

    Psoriasis and keratosis pilaris are both common skin conditions. People can develop both at the same time, although psoriasis and keratosis pilaris have different causes and treatments. We discuss both conditions here.

  • Nov 2018

    Best treatments for chickenpox scar removal

    Most people experience chickenpox at least once during their lifetime. Some people may develop scars from it, especially if they scratch the lesions. Learn about different methods of chickenpox scar removal here.

  • Nov 2018

    New genetic culprit found for early progressive hair loss

    New research has identified a key factor in the case of a progressive form of hair loss that starts in early childhood. The main culprit is a mutated gene.