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Seabather's Eruption Symptoms and Treatment

Seabather's Eruption Symptoms and Treatment

Seabather’s eruption is an itching, burning rash that occurs when jellyfish larvae are trapped between the skin and swimming garments. While it can be very uncomfortable, the rash is easily treated at home with over-the-counter antihistamines and topical steroids.


Lidocaine Can Cause Harmful Effects

Lidocaine Can Cause Harmful Effects

Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, works by causing a temporary numbing effect. When used sparingly and as directed, topical lidocaine is generally safe. Misuse, overuse, or overdose can cause serious problems and even death.


Acne Treatments: Severe Allergic Reaction Warnings

Acne Treatments: Severe Allergic Reaction Warnings

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a number of cases of severe allergic reactions to acne medicines containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Symptoms included chest tightness, trouble breathing, faintness, and severe swelling of the face, throat, lips, and tongue. Anyone with these symptoms should call 911 right away.


Ivermectin: Is It Safe To Use for Covid-19?

Ivermectin: Is It Safe To Use for Covid-19?

Ivermectin has been safely used to treat parasites (such as heart and intestinal worms) in animals and is approved for use in humans for parasite infections, head lice, and rosacea. It has not been shown to be effective for preventing or treating COVID-19 infection and taking products not intended for human use may lead to serious adverse effects.


Lime Juice + Sun Can Cause Skin Rashes

Lime Juice + Sun Can Cause Skin Rashes

When human skin is exposed to ultraviolet light and certain natural plant-derived substances, a skin condition called “phytophotodermatitis” can occur. This condition is frequently reported after skin exposure to the combination of sunlight and lime juice, and can include skin rashes, blistering, and dark pigmentation. Although it may be painful, phytophotodermatitis generally resolves on its own over time.


Can Sunscreen Cause A Sunburn?

Can Sunscreen Cause A Sunburn?

We use sunscreens to protect our skin from the sun's harmful rays. In some cases though, the use of sunscreen can result in allergic reactions or photoallergic dermatitis. Fortunately, in most cases, the rash is self-limiting and can be prevented in the future by avoiding use of certain sunscreen products.


Turmeric: From the Kitchen to Cancer and COVID-19

Turmeric: From the Kitchen to Cancer and COVID-19

Turmeric is a popular spice that has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Despite its popularity, turmeric is actually poorly absorbed by the human body. Although some have advocated for its use as a treatment for COVID-19, data to support the use of turmeric for COVID-19 are lacking.


Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Check out our tips and articles for preventing poisonings during the Fourth of July.


Capsaicin: When the "Chili" Is Too Hot

Capsaicin: When the "Chili" Is Too Hot

Capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, can be intensely irritating on the skin, in the eyes, to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, and if inhaled.


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