Nearly everyone has experienced getting a cut or wound at some point in their lives. It's an injury in which either an external or internal tissue, mostly the skin that ruptures. These injuries can be body scratches, small cuts, burns, pressure sores, lacerations, etc. Wounds can also be surgical like a cut during an operation or traumatic from any accident, fights, bites, falls, or a weapon. Generally, minor damages are non-life-threatening and, with proper care, can be easily treated … [Read more...] about How to Tell if My Wound Is Infected
Cellulitis is a fairly common but potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Your skin begins to appear red and swollen and is accompanied by pain. Your skin also tends to feel warm to the touch. It can occur on any part of the body. When a crack or break in your skin occurs the bacteria responsible for cellulitis has the potential to enter. It can spread to your lymph nodes and enter your bloodstream, thus becoming life-threatening if left untreated. Signs and symptoms Redness of … [Read more...] about Cellulitis Symptoms & Treatment
Many health concerns have been raised following the devastating floods that hurricane Harvey brought to Texas. Civilians and first responders have been wading through debris ridden flood waters which increase the possibility of disaster-related injuries. Due to the contaminated flood water, the risk of exposure to higher levels of bacteria that is normal is increased. Because of these conditions, questions have been raised about the increased risk of contracting tetanus from … [Read more...] about Flood Cleanup and Tetanus Risk
Fever blister, also known as cold sores are a nuisance that cause annoyance and discomfort to millions of Americans. The condition is caused by a contagious herpes virus, either herpes simplex one or herpes simplex 2. Over 95% of cases are caused by herpes simplex virus one (HSV1). The virus causes “blisters” or small sores that are found on the face, lips, or in the mouth or in the nostrils. These sores cause pain, itching, and burning before crusting over. Most people who carry the … [Read more...] about What Causes Fever Blisters?
We have all been sick with a viral illness at one time or another in our lives. As a matter of fact, viruses are one of the most common causes of fever in children. So you may be wondering exactly what a virus is. It is a molecule with genetic material, it can only replicate inside of the living cells of other organism. The virus’s genetic material takes control of the host cell and forces it to reproduce. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, including plants, … [Read more...] about Viruses vs Bacteria… What’s The Difference?