Folliculitis

Folliculitis

What it is–Folliculitis is inflammation caused by an infection of a follicle or follicles. Follicles are spaces from which hair emerges from the skin.  What Causes it–it is usually caused by bacterial or less commonly by a fungal infection. Staphylococcus...
Erysipelas vs. Cellulitis

Erysipelas vs. Cellulitis

Erysipelas and cellulitis are often hard to tell apart because they are quite similar. In general, erysipelas involves the outer layers of the skin, while cellulitis is found in deeper layers, sometimes spreading deep to the skin. Erysipelas is usually caused by...
Gout (Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention)

Gout (Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention)

Gout is a disease that has been well-documented in history. It was first identified in ancient Egypt, and was termed “the unwalkable disease” by Hippocrates. Due to the severe pain that it can inflict, it has sometimes been depicted as being demonic in origin. It is...
Eczema: Definition and Treatment Options

Eczema: Definition and Treatment Options

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as reddened, itchy, dry or weeping patches of skin usually seen on the hands, feet, ankle, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, and inside the elbows and knees. It is caused by environmental irritants. The immune...
Scabies: Treatment and Preventing Reinfestation

Scabies: Treatment and Preventing Reinfestation

Scabies is caused by a microscopic mite, a tiny animal with a round body and eight legs. The female mite burrows into human skin, laying eggs that cause a local allergic reaction. The reaction causes red, itchy, sometimes blistered or crusted pathways just below the...
Treatment of Hives

Treatment of Hives

Hives, also known as urticaria, are raised red skin outbreaks that appear quickly, frequently in response to allergens such as certain foods or medications, or to emotional stressors. They can itch, burn, or feel painful. It blanches upon slight pressure. A large...