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What is the difference between nummular eczema and ringworm?
Nummular eczema and ringworm can both cause red, itchy patches on the skin. However, nummular eczema typically causes coin-shaped patches, while ringworm tends to result in ring-shaped areas. These two conditions have different causes and treatments, so it is important to be able to tell them apart. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Vision loss in glaucoma may be due to immune response
Glaucoma is a condition that leads to progressive loss of vision, but its root causes remain unclear. New research says an immune response may be to blame. (Medical News Today)

Treatment and home remedies for pinworms
A pinworm infection is a common worm infection in children and those living in close quarters. If a person believes that they have a pinworm infection, it is best to seek medical attention initially. A person can then also try a variety of home remedies, such as coconut oil and garlic, as complementary treatments. (Medical News Today)

The war on disease: Revisiting old haunts
By doubling back and re-examining familiar components of the cell, scientists are finding new ways to approach difficult-to-treat diseases. (Medical News Today)

About Candida albicans: Natural yeast and problematic infections
Candida albicans is the most common yeast that we live with. It’s found naturally on our skin and in certain parts of our bodies. We explain what Candida albicans is and 11 scenarios when its overgrowth or presence means infection. Learn about other Candida infections and how they’re diagnosed, too. (Medical News Today)

Could probiotics cause 'brain fog' and bloating?
A small study links probiotic use to brain fog, abdominal distension, bloating, and gas, likely due to too much D-lactic acid and small intestine bacteria. (Medical News Today)

How to treat shingles on the face
Shingles is a skin condition that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles results in a painful rash that may also burn or itch. It typically appears on the torso but can develop on the face and affect the eyes. Treatments include antiviral drugs. Learn more about shingles on the face here. (Medical News Today)

What can cause a rash after a fever in toddlers?
Fever is common in toddlers and usually resolves on its own. At times, a rash can develop after the fever passes. Causes of a rash after fever in toddlers include roseola, scarlet fever, fifth disease, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. Learn about these common childhood illnesses and when to see a doctor here. (Medical News Today)

How are HPV and herpes different?
HPV and herpes are both viral infections that can be transmitted through sex and lead to skin problems. Each infection also causes distinct symptoms and health problems, and methods of treatment and prevention can differ. Learn more about the differences between HPV and herpes here. (Medical News Today)

Telling the difference between genital pimples and herpes
Many people develop pimples on their genitals. Sometimes, these pimples resemble lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. Although genital pimples and genital herpes have some similar characteristics, they are very different conditions. Learn more about how to tell the difference between genital herpes and pimples. (Medical News Today)

Bacteria are becoming resistant to alcohol-based disinfectants
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. A new study looks at an emerging concern: some bacteria are becoming resistant to alcohol-based disinfectants. (Medical News Today)

Flu: People with obesity may be contagious for a longer time
New research suggests that it takes longer for people with obesity to shed the influenza virus, which may raise the risk of contagion. (Medical News Today)

What is explosive diarrhea?
Explosive diarrhea is a forceful form of loose or liquid stool. This severe type of diarrhea can result from infection, food intolerance, or certain medications, among other causes. In this article, learn about the factors responsible for explosive diarrhea, how to treat it, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Are holes in tonsils normal?
Holes in the tonsils, or tonsillar crypts, can trap bacteria and become blocked with food and other debris. Some infections can cause the tonsils to become sore and inflamed. In this article, learn about the link between the holes in the tonsils and a variety of conditions, including strep throat and tonsil stones. (Medical News Today)

Chickenpox vs. measles: What's the difference?
When it comes to chickenpox vs. measles, there are differences as well as similarities. While both are viral infections, they’re caused by different viruses. While both cause rashes, one produces an itchy rash whereas the other comes with a non-itchy rash. We’ll compare these two conditions in several different areas. (Medical News Today)

What are the best natural H. pylori treatments?
The bacteria H. pylori can cause a range of gastrointestinal issues, including gastritis. Infection may even lead to gastric cancer. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to help treat it, including honey, aloe vera, broccoli sprouts, and lemongrass oil. Learn about eight natural treatments for H. pylori here. (Medical News Today)

What causes dizziness and vomiting?
Vomiting and dizziness are not pleasant but often go away on their own. However, it is vital to be aware of causes that warrant medical attention. Learn about possible causes of dizziness and vomiting, including anxiety, infections, inner ear problems, migraines, and cyclic vomiting syndrome. (Medical News Today)

What to know about babies and cold sores
Cold sores are not common in newborns or babies. However, if a baby does catch the cold sore virus, called herpes simplex, it can be very dangerous. People with cold sores should avoid kissing babies or sharing towels or bedding. Learn about the causes, complications, and treatment of cold sores in babies here. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about bibasilar crackles
Bibasilar crackles are abnormal sounds from the base of the lungs, and they usually signal a problem with airflow. Some causes of bibasilar crackles include bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, and heart failure. In this article, we describe the sounds and symptoms in detail. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How a cat parasite can change your personality
A new study finds a link between being infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and displaying riskier, more entrepreneurial behavior. (Medical News Today)

What causes patches of discolored skin?
Patches of discolored skin have many possible causes, including birthmarks, pigmentation disorders, rashes, infections, and skin cancer. While not all causes are serious, some may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Anyone who notices a new patch of discolored skin should see a doctor. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How your immune system promotes friendly gut bacteria
New research reveals that IgA antibodies released by the gut encourage friendly bacteria to grow and cooperate by altering their gene expression. (Medical News Today)

What is the best kind of toothpaste to use?
To choose the best toothpaste, people need to consider a range of factors. These include fluoride content and whether or not the American Dental Association (ADA) have approved the toothpaste. People should pick a product that is suitable for their specific dental needs. Learn how to choose the best toothpaste here. (Medical News Today)

What to do about a smelly penis
Most of the time, regularly cleaning the penis will keep odor to a minimum. However, poor hygiene and some conditions may cause the penis’ odor to change or smell foul. In this article, learn about the possible causes of a smelly penis, including smegma, balanitis, and urinary tract infections. We also cover treatment. (Medical News Today)

Medieval skeleton sheds light on deadly Salmonella
Salmonella infections cause a host of unpleasant symptoms, and some bacterial strains can be life-threatening. How long have these pathogens been around? (Medical News Today)

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