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Dry, Itchy Feet? It May Be Athlete's Foot

If you have been suffering from extremely dry skin on your heels and the soles of your feet, it may not be just a bad case of xerosis, the medical term podiatrists use for dry skin.  According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM), nearly 70 percent of people will suffer from tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, at some point in life. Here's what you need to know.

Three Healthy Things That Can Make You Sneeze

When people sneeze, they automatically connect their reaction to allergies, the common cold, or other nasal irritants. It's true that these are some of the common causes of sneezing, but they aren't the only ones. In fact, even some healthy things can make you sneeze; here are three examples of such things: Sexual Arousal It's a fact that sex has several health benefits. As strange as it may seem, however, sexual arousal can trigger sneezes in some people.

Parkinson's Disease And Your Skin

Parkinson's disease isn't just a movement disorder. The disease can cause numerous other symptoms, including skin problems related to the loss of dopamine – a neurotransmitter that plays a role in how muscles and nerves affect the body's movement. But too little or too much dopamine, whether through natural dopamine production or given through medication, can have adverse effects on the skin. Therefore, if you have Parkinson's disease, it's important to be aware of the common skin problems that can occur and how a dermatologist can treat them.

Tooth Removal: When Is It Necessary And How Is It Done?

Tooth removal is a very common procedure, and there are several reasons why it may may be done. The idea of having a tooth 'pulled' may not be a very pleasant idea for most people, but in many cases, it is a necessary procedure. Tooth removal can help alleviate pain and reduce risk of infection. Why Might Tooth Removal be Necessary? Decay and Infection Food and drink that are high in sugar can damage your teeth.

Help! I've Selected The Wrong Medicare Supplement Plan

All Medicare supplement plans are not created equal. Consequently, it's quite easy to select a plan that isn't suited to meet your needs without the right advice. Since these plans generally come with a set open enrollment period, having the wrong plan can leave a person in a state of panic. Don't fret. While you may have to wait until the next open enrollment period before you can change your plan, there might be a way around any struggles you're facing.

Getting Relief For Chronic Pain When You Have A Chemical Dependency Disorder

Chronic pain can be a debilitating condition for anyone—however, chronic pain in someone that has a chemical dependency disorder presents unique challenges for both the physician and the patient. Physicians are understandably concerned about patients relapsing into destructive cycles of substance abuse. Patients, for their part, may be afraid both of relapsing and of being unable to get adequate pain relief.  If you're a patient with chronic pain and a substance abuse disorder, this is what you should know about how those challenges can be met.

4 Tips For Handling Depression

If you are dealing with depression, you know how difficult it can be to come out of it. When this happens, having the motivation to do anything can be challenging and it can pull you away from your relationships with friends and family. In order to deal with this in a healthier way, consider these four tips: Exercise:  When you are feeling depressed, you can simply get outside and walk or stay at home and do yoga or another workout routine.

Taking Care Of The 600Lb Homebound Patient: What In-Home Health Care Can Do

If you have been the primary caretaker of a friend or family member for someone who is over five or six hundred pounds, you may be wondering if you should continue this labor of love. There are many scenarios and situations where it may not always be appropriate for you to provide care to this individual, and/or medical situations for which you do not have the skills to provide care. It may be time to consider in-home health care for this six-hundred pound homebound patient, and here is what in-home care can do that you probably cannot.

Pediatricians Now Advised Not To Use Nasal Spray For Flu Vaccination

Children who are uncomfortable with needles have previously had the option of getting an intranasal spray to vaccinate against influenza. But the live attenuated influenza virus, or LAIV, in the nasal spray may not be very effective against the flu, so this year, most medical professionals are no longer recommending it. Why Flumist is No Longer Recommended Known by the brand name Flumist, the LAIV is administered by squeezing it up the nasal passage rather than giving an injection.

Treating And Preventing Hammertoe Through Surgical And Non-Surgical Methods

If you wear constrictive shoes every day for work or fashion, your feet may eventually suffer from more than just the standard aches and pains. Hammertoe is a relatively common condition that occurs when pinched toes are wedged into a bent position, thrusting the middle joint upwards and causing it to chafe against any shoes you wear. When caught early, hammertoe can be corrected without much trouble, but once the bones and tendons become locked into place, you may need orthopedic surgery to be realigned to their intended position.