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What is hypochlorhydria?

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:00:00 PDT

People with hypochlorhydria are unable to produce enough stomach acid. This can lead to problems with digestion and nutritional deficiencies. Stress, advancing age, zinc deficiency, or certain medications may be responsible, but prompt treatment can ease symptoms and prevent serious complications. Learn more here.

Cinnamon may help battle infections

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

With antibiotic resistance only getting worse, we need new ways to attack bacteria. A recent study asks whether cinnamon might provide assistance.

Alzheimer's risk 10 times lower with herpes medication

Sun, 15 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT

New research offers 'the first population evidence for a causal link' between herpes infection and the development of Alzheimer's disease.

What to know about salivary gland infections

Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Salivary gland infections usually affect the glands under the ears (parotid glands) and the glands under the chin (submandibular glands). Having salivary stones or other blockages can lead to infections. Common symptoms include swelling, redness, and a bad taste in the mouth. Learn about causes and treatments here.

What is griseofulvin?

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Griseofulvin oral tablet is a prescription medication used to treat fungal infections of the hair, nails, and skin. It's available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drug Gris-PEG. Griseofulvin also comes as an oral liquid suspension. Learn about side effects, dosage, warnings, and more for the oral tablet.

What is acyclovir?

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:00:00 PDT

Acyclovir comes in several prescription forms, including an oral tablet. The acyclovir oral tablet is used to treat viral infections such as shingles, genital herpes, and chickenpox. This form is available as both a generic drug and the brand-name drug Zovirax. Learn about its side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

What is cephalexin?

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:00:00 PDT

Cephalexin oral capsule is a prescription medication that comes as the brand-name drug Keflex and as a generic drug. It's used to treat infections caused by bacteria. These include infections of the ear, skin, bone, throat, respiratory tract, and urinary tract. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

Will home treatments work for a Bartholin's abscess?

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Bartholin’s glands are positioned on each side of the vagina. When they become blocked a cyst may develop. A Bartholin’s abscess occurs when a Bartholin’s cyst gets infected. The treatment options include draining, marsupialization, and surgery. Learn more about Bartholin’s abscesses here.

Pseudomonas infections: What to know

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Pseudomonas infections occur due to a specific type of bacteria and can affect different areas of the body. While these infections are usually mild in healthy people, they can be life-threatening for people who are in a hospital or have a weakened immune system. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here.

What are some natural treatments for toddlers with a yeast infection?

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Yeast is present in the body and grows naturally on the skin. Too much yeast can cause an infection. This can occur in toddlers wearing diapers. There are natural treatments for yeast infections, including tea tree oil and garlic. Learn more about the natural treatment options for a toddler with a yeast infection here.

Study shows how 'friendly' bacteria keep our gut healthy

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A new study explains the mechanism by which good bacteria help our guts stay healthy. The results have therapeutic implications for conditions such as IBD.

What does HPV look like in your mouth?

Wed, 04 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can affect the mouth, as well as other places. Symptoms include small, hard bumps that can be slow-growing. Not using proper protection during oral sex is one of the causes of HPV in the mouth. There is no cure, but a vaccine can lower the risk of developing the virus. Learn more here.

Scientists 'completely surprised' by immunity-boosting virus

Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Cytomegalovirus — a common, asymptomatic virus — may actually boost the immune system's response to infection, much to specialists' surprise.

How to treat and prevent bacterial gastroenteritis

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Bacterial gastroenteritis, or food poisoning, is a gut infection that can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. People with bacterial gastroenteritis need to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Here, we look at the causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and complications of bacterial gastroenteritis.

What are the symptoms of viral pneumonia?

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Viral pneumonia causes symptoms that include a cough, fever, and chills. It often occurs as a complication of the common cold. Those more at risk include young children and older adults. The condition usually resolves without treatment, but doctors may prescribe antiviral medication. Learn about viral pneumonia here.

Everything you need to know about ascariasis

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT

Ascariasis occurs when a parasitic roundworm infects a person's small intestine. It may not cause symptoms initially, but an extensive infection can lead to dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ascariasis here.

What to know about the KOH exam for fungal infections

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT

Doctors use the skin lesion KOH exam to test a person’s skin for fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or ringworm. During the test, they take a skin scraping and place it in a potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution. In this article, we look at the procedure, results, what the KOH exam tests for, and alternatives.

Why does it hurt when I swallow?

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:00 PDT

People can experience pain when swallowing for a wide range of reasons. Depending on the cause, they may feel sharp or dull pain in various places, including the mouth, throat, esophagus, chest, or one or both sides of the neck. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of pain when swallowing here.

What to know about anal herpes

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 05:00:00 PDT

Anal herpes is a form of genital herpes. Like genital herpes, it is caused by HSV-2 and is passed on through sexual contact. Anal herpes causes blisters or sores around the anus. It can be treated using antiviral medication. In this article, we discuss how to identify this condition, treatments, and prevention methods.

A color-coded guide to vaginal discharge

Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Vaginal discharge often changes colors, depending on the time of the menstrual cycle. Some colors indicate that the area is healthy, while others can signal an infection or a hormonal imbalance. In this article, we provide a color-coded guide to vaginal discharge. Learn what the colors show and when to see a doctor.