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Health Topics

Health Topics are guides to common health concerns written and edited by physician members of our editorial staff. Logically grouped by problem area, a Health Topic serves as a starting point for health education by providing a basic disease group overview with links to medical information about related diseases and conditions. With topics ranging from sun damage and basic skin care, to skin conditions related to pregnancy, or even a quick list of the most common itchy rashes, our Health Topics are designed to help guide you to a clearer picture of health.

Health Highlights

  • MRSAStaph bacteria live on the skin and inside the nose of some healthy people. Approximately 20-30% of healthy people…
  • Skin Cancer and MolesCancerous lesions, precancerous lesions, and moles are commonly found on sun-exposed skin. The common types of skin…
  • Acne and Acne-Like ConditionsAcne is sometimes called pimples, zits, and blemishes and is very common in teens but is also fairly common in adults and…
  • Headache symptoms, overviews, and treatment informationHeadaches are among the most common of all neurological disorders, experienced in one way or another by nearly…
  • First AidThe subject of first aid encompasses a large scope, anything from removing a splinter or draining a blister to acting in…
  • Foodborne/Waterborne DiseasesFoodborne and waterborne diseases are illnesses caused by bacteria that are present in contaminated food and water…
  • Insect-Borne DiseasesInsect-borne diseases are illnesses transmitted to humans by insects. Some of these illnesses are rare and deadly…

Beauty and Aging

  • Common Dermatologic ProceduresMany common dermatologic procedures are done in a physician's office to test for a wide variety of diseases or to treat…
  • Cosmetic ProceduresEffective and safe cosmetic procedures (plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, laser surgery, etc.) can reduce many of…

For Adults

  • New Itchy Skin Rashes in AdultsA rash is an outbreak of many red bumps or patches on the body, which can be brought about by a number of different causes.…
  • Chronic Itchy Skin Rashes in AdultsChronic rashes, those that typically last longer than a week or two or that come and go several times over weeks to…
  • Itchy Bumps on the Skin in AdultsThe location of itchy bumps on adults may provide a clue to their cause. Conditions that commonly cause itchy bumps…
  • Common Skin Problems in PregnancyChanges in hormone levels during pregnancy produce a wide variety of changes in the skin. Stretch marks are extremely…
  • Skin Problems Related to ObesityBeing overweight can cause different types of skin problems due to a variety of reasons, including hormonal changes…
  • Sun DamageSun damage to the skin can cause a wide variety of changes to the skin that range from painful sunburns; freckles, moles…
  • Skin Problems Related to DiabetesDiabetics are prone to a variety of potential skin problems. Some of these skin problems, such as acanthosis nigricans…
  • Sexually Transmitted DiseasesSTDs are infections that are typically spread from person to person through vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse. STDs…

For Children

  • Chronic Itchy Skin Rashes in ChildrenA chronic rash, generally, is defined as any rash that lasts more than a week or two or comes and goes over the span of weeks…
  • New Itchy Skin Rashes in ChildrenA rash is an outbreak of red bumps or patches on the body, which are very common in children and can be found in limited…
  • Itchy Bumps on the Skin in ChildrenItchy bumps in children can have a variety of causes, such as different types of bug bites, fungi, viruses, or…
  • Painful Skin Bumps in ChildrenSkin bumps that are painful: conditions, treatments, and pictures of painful skin bumps.
  • Childhood Contagious DiseasesChildren have immune systems that have not fully developed and, thus, they are susceptible to many of what are known as…
  • BirthmarksBirthmarks are marks or lesions present on a baby's skin at birth. These marks can range from small to large, flat to…

By Body Location

  • Common Hair ProblemsConditions involving the hair and scalp range from hair loss to infections and disorders that cause itching and…
  • Itchy Scalp or NeckAn itchy scalp is very common, particularly in adults. Dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis…
  • Common Eye ProblemsCommon eye problems are caused by infections to the eye, such as from bacteria, viruses, and fungus; inflammation;…
  • Mouth Sores and Lip ConditionsMouth sores and lip conditions: conditions, treatments, and pictures of sores in the mouth or on the lips.
  • Itchy Hands or FeetConditions found on the hands or feet that are often itchy include the fungal infection known as athlete
  • Common Nail ProblemsNail problems that can affect the fingernails and toenails can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as injury to the…
  • Common Conditions Affecting the GenitalsMany common conditions affecting the genitals are sexually transmitted and are rare in children and those who are not…
  • Common Foot ProblemsThe feet are subject to many common skin conditions simply due to the body weight placed upon them and their exposure to…