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What is the difference between a cyst and a boil?
Cysts and boils are both lumps that appear under the skin. Although the symptoms are similar, the causes and treatments are different. Learn more about the differences between cysts and boils and how to identify each of them here. (Medical News Today)

How to get rid of tonsil stones
Tonsil stones occur when bacteria, food, and other debris collect in the folds of the tonsils. In this article, learn how to remove tonsil stones at home. (Medical News Today)

Study links severe gum disease to raised dementia risk
Another study has linked chronic periodontitis to higher dementia risk. However, it is the first to show that the link is independent of lifestyle factors. (Medical News Today)

How to treat a sinus infection
Sinus infections are common. They cause congestion, headaches, and pain in the face. Learn about how to get rid of a sinus infection in this article. (Medical News Today)

How to remove warts with salicylic acid
Warts are usually harmless but can be bothersome if they appear in certain areas. Learn how to use salicylic acid for wart removal in this article. We also cover other treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Meningitis rash: Pictures, symptoms, and test
In its later stages, meningitis can cause distinct marks on the skin that look like a rash. In this article, we look at the symptoms of meningitis and pictures of the rash. We also discuss other possible causes of these marks. (Medical News Today)

Hot tub folliculitis: Everything you need to know
Hot tub folliculitis is a skin infection that occurs as a result of bacteria in hot tubs, baths, and pools. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and how to prevent it here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause painful respiration?
Causes of painful respiration can include infections, injuries, and inflammation. Pain when breathing can sometimes also be due a potentially life-threatening condition, so it is important to be able to recognize signs that indicate a medical emergency. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Avocado seeds may have anti-inflammatory properties
A research team has set out to prove that avocado seeds are more valuable than they seem because they contain compounds that may be anti-inflammatory. (Medical News Today)

What causes recurrent cold sores?
Many people have cold sores throughout their lives, but some factors can make it easier for them to recur. Learn about why cold sores recur here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between stroke and changes in gut bacteria?
New findings suggest that having a stroke can disturb the gut's bacterial balance for the long term, which could prevent the brain from healing. (Medical News Today)

Lysine for cold sores: Does it work?
Lysine is an amino acid that may help prevent cold sores. Most people get lysine from their diet. In this article, Learn more about whether it is effective and how to use it. (Medical News Today)

How preventable is sepsis-related death?
New research investigates the prevalence of sepsis-related deaths and how many such fatal cases could have been prevented with better hospital care. (Medical News Today)

What to know about genital warts in women
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts, which can develop on the vulva, vagina, and cervix. Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of genital warts in women here. (Medical News Today)

Mouth sores: Everything you need to know
Mouth sores are a common complaint, and they can occur for a variety of reasons, including irritation, hormonal changes, and infection. Learn about the causes and treatment of mouth sores here. (Medical News Today)

Why do my ears itch? Causes and treatments
Itchy ears are a common complaint with a variety of possible causes, including earwax blockages and infections. Learn about these and other causes in this article. (Medical News Today)

New drug may stop sepsis from reaching major organs
The results of a preclinical trial show that a new drug may stop sepsis, which is a potentially fatal condition, from progressing. (Medical News Today)

What to know about fever in babies
Fever in a baby is a sign that their body is fighting off infection. In this article, we look at how to identify fever in a baby, common causes, and how to care for a baby with a fever. (Medical News Today)

What do skin infections look like?
A skin infection occurs when parasites, fungi, or germs such as bacteria break into the skin. Some examples of these invaders include scabies, the herpes virus, and lice. Here, learn more about skin infections and what they look like. (Medical News Today)

What does scabies on the penis look like?
Scabies is an infestation of the skin by tiny parasitic mites. On the penis, scabies can cause crusty, blister-like sores and intense itching that may get worse at night. Scabies mites spread through close, prolonged contact between people, such as during sex. Learn more about scabies on the penis here. (Medical News Today)

What causes ear drainage?
Ear drainage can occur for many reasons, including an ear infection, an earwax buildup, or an injury. Learn more about the types of ear drainage and their causes and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about viral fever
Viral fever symptoms include a high temperature, coughing, nausea, and a runny nose. There are many causes. Treatment typically involves resting and drinking fluids. Learn more about viral fever here. (Medical News Today)

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in those most at risk
Studies have already shown that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism. A new study goes one step further and proves that at-risk children are safe, too. (Medical News Today)

What are the risks of anal sex?
Having anal sex can increase the risk of bacterial infection, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, and it can worsen hemorrhoids. Taking precautions can reduce many of these risks. Learn more about the risks of anal sex, and how to avoid them, here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about acute renal failure
Signs of the kidneys failing include confusion, less urine output, and shortness of breath. Risk factors include age, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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