I've had a rash for two months now. I have been prescribed antihistamine lotions and pills, but neither has helped. A few years ago I went on a course of antibiotics for Lyme disease. Do you think this is causing the problem?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. This condition can cause long-lasting symptoms, but usually occurs if the infection is not adequately treated in a timely manner.
Symptoms include joint pain, numbness, memory problems, and even heart problems, but usually no rash. It can develop after an affected person is bitten, but usually clears up within a month or two.
Lyme disease is often compared to dynamic fatigue syndrome because both affect the immune system, leading to associated symptoms. Itchy rashes are probably the most common ailment I see across all age groups.
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Usually a GP and usually a pharmacist can make a prognosis just by trying a rash sample.
For example, with eczema and dermatitis, the skin looks very dry and cracked. But with hives or hives, the skin becomes blotchy and swollen.
Antihistamines are used to control itching, but they are unlikely to solve the problem before the rash is considered an allergy.
The simplest solutions depend on the cause of the problem. There are medical moisturizers to soothe the skin, steroids to soothe irritation, and special lotions for conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Often an itchy rash is just a patch of extremely dry skin.
If it's not clear what's going on, the doctor may try a remedy, similar to an emollient steroid cream, to see if it helps. Care providers often get a prognosis for skin problems in this way.
But if the rash does not go away - even with treatment - the GP can simply refer the patient to a dermatologist. We just take a medical picture of a certain world and send it to our colleagues.
About 15 years ago I was in a car accident and was seriously injured. Since then I regularly suffer from dizziness or extreme dizziness. They've hardly gotten any less over the years, but I still get them at night. Is there an answer to this question? Or the obvious premise?
It is not uncommon for head injuries to cause problems that last for a few years. Usually they last almost all life.
A head injury from a car accident is what doctors call a traumatic mental injury, including a blow to the head.
This is especially the case with cars because the car comes to a sudden stop, causing the top to suddenly move, which can have an effect on some nerves in the brain. It can also lead to more extensive damage known as diffuse mental disorders. The long-term results depend on the mindset affected.
Vertigo makes you feel like you're twisting or spinning, even when you're not moving. There are many possible causes, including concussions that affect the inner ear. Docs Vertigo can be studied using tests that include movements designed to elicit sensations. Depending on the severity of the problem, remedies are also available.
If the attacks usually occur at night, with no risk of falling, you may feel that a tablet is useless. These medications include anti-nausea medications and antihistamines.
The charity Headway has detailed information about psychological incidents on their website headway.org.uk.
My eyes have been very hard and sore for years and no treatment seems to work. I study hard for a few minutes or do something that requires concentration. Is there a cure?
The problem of dry, tired eyes obviously has a detrimental effect on one's quality of life. When patients have tried many treatments without success, they should be referred to an ophthalmologist.
The current recording time can also be extended, but it's worth it. In dry eye, the attention layer becomes infected and doesn't produce enough tears to lubricate the world. Usually the problem is caused by an underlying trigger.
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This can be a side effect of allergies, vitamin A deficiency, or medications such as beta-blockers, certain psychiatric drugs, and bladder control pills. Identifying the trigger often leads to the answer.
Many diseases are also associated with dry eyes.
Examples are autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, Parkinson's disease and rosacea.
Non-drug treatment is necessary, as is staying away from contact lenses. Using a humidifier can help, as can avoiding the air conditioner.
For those of you studying or using a computer, try to keep looking down as your eyes are less open and less likely to dry out.
There are several tear substitutes and eye lubricants. If one drop doesn't work after a month, try offering a unique drop, such as the one with sodium hyaluronate.
If the patient does not respond to treatment, they should be referred to an ophthalmologist after three months.
Taking painkillers? This can be a warning signal
Tracking women's shopping habits by analyzing loyalty card data months in advance could help detect ovarian cancer months in advance.
That's the surprising conclusion of a study from Imperial College London that could make women more likely to receive beneficial treatments and survive the disease.
Symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, and upset stomach can be subtle in the early stages of ovarian cancer, so it's often not noticed until later stages, when it's more difficult to treat. But Imperial reviewed the loyalty cards of girls who later developed ovarian cancer and found that as early as eight months before they realized there was a serious problem, they were buying painkillers and indigestion medicines and seeking medical help.
I'd be happy to hand over my Boots card details if it's used to signal serious issues, but such a plan is a way out. In the meantime, ladies, don't just hang around. Discomfort or pain for weeks or months is not normal and no one should ignore it.
Monitoring women's shopping habits by analyzing loyalty card data could help detect ovarian cancer months earlier, new study finds
Is your 111 emergency room closed?
I'm anxious and patients have to travel miles when they're ready to easily help with things like nasty wounds or germs.
When those affected have problems that are too urgent to go to the GP, but not serious enough for emergency care, they can be referred to so-called emergency treatment centers via 111.
These clinics are run by general practitioners to relieve emergency care. However, from what I've heard, many people have to walk a long way to get an open copy. After they get there, they line up for hours to get ready. Apparently this has something to do with a labor shortage, but I wonder how many of you are affected.
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