Steroid Creams Can Help with Skin Inflammation but Are Not a Cure

Steroid Creams Can Help with Skin Inflammation but Are Not a Cure October 28, 2011 Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it true that using steroid creams can thin the skin to the point that the skin is damaged? I have never heard of this and have used hydrocortisone and others for skin irritations on my five-year-old […]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding adrenal insufficiency

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is adrenal insufficiency? Is it the same as Addison’s disease? ANSWER: There are a few forms of adrenal insufficiency, which is an uncommon disorder caused by the adrenal glands not making enough of certain hormones. Primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is one form. Your adrenal glands are located […]

Home Remedies: Treatments and therapies for back pain

Most acute back pain gets better with a few weeks of home treatment. However, everyone is different, and back pain is a complex condition. For many, the pain doesn’t go away for a long period, but only a few have persistent, severe pain. For acute back pain, over-the-counter pain relievers and the periodic use of […]

Women’s Wellness: Painful sex after menopause

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my late 50s and have recently found that sex is becoming quite uncomfortable. I am assuming this is because I’m past menopause, but what’s the best way to make sex less painful? ANSWER: Dyspareunia, the term for painful vaginal sex, is quite common. Estimates vary, but surveys of postmenopausal women […]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding vitiligo

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am in my mid-30s and have many small patches on my lower legs, ankles and arms that are much lighter in color than my skin. These patches don’t tan or change color. Is this vitiligo? If so, will these areas increase in size over time? Is there anything I can do […]

Home Remedies: Dealing with that darn diaper rash

Diaper rash can alarm parents and annoy babies. The rash causes reddish, puffy, irritated skin in the diaper area. The rash generally is caused by a combination of moisture, acid in urine or stool, and chaffing of diaper fabric on your baby’s skin. Some babies also get a rash from the detergent used to launder cloth diapers, […]

Home Remedies: Darn that diaper rash

Diaper rash can alarm parents and annoy babies. The rash causes reddish, puffy, irritated skin in the diaper area. The rash generally is caused by a combination of moisture, acid in urine or stool, and chaffing of diaper fabric on your baby’s skin. Some babies also get a rash from the detergent used to launder cloth diapers, […]

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the December 2014 Issue

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit http://healthletter.mayoclinic.com/ or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full […]

Relief from Persistent Itching and Scratching

ROCHESTER, Minn. — There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for persistent itching. But there are effective therapies for most types of severe or persistent itching, according to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Itching can have hundreds of possible causes. In general, there are skin problems that cause an itchy rash and internal problems that […]

For Some, Pain from Shingles May Linger and Become Long-term Condition

For Some, Pain from Shingles May Linger and Become Long-term Condition November 25, 2011 Dear Mayo Clinic: I have been diagnosed with shingles of the trigeminal nerve affecting my face. How do I reduce the pain in my head and eye after having shingles? Answer: For most people, the pain from a case of shingles […]

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