Ten Common Myths about Eyes and Eye Health

You are probably aware of many of these myths about the eyes and the sense of sight. Many of us grew up with them. These myths have been passed from one generation to the next and despite ever-increasing access to accurate information, many of them still persist. 1. Reading in the dark will hurt your … Read more

What is an Abrasion?

An abrasion is a superficial wound to the epidermis only, which does not tend to bleed, although some abrasions may extend into the dermis and more severe abrasions may cause a layer of skin to be torn off. The word abrasion comes from the Latin word abradere, meaning to scrape away. Such wounds are caused … Read more

Sports Induced Acne From Helmets, Pads, and Other Gear

Acne caused by sports activities is often a type of acne called acne mechanica. This acne is caused by the combination of pressure, friction, heat, humidity, and occlusion. Any repeated and prolonged mechanical irritation to the skin, such as rubbing, pressure, friction, pinching or pulling can produce these inflammatory papules and pustules. (Both papules and … Read more

Homeopathic Asthma Remedies: Do They Work?

Many of the over the counter asthma treatments available in drug stores and online are actually homeopathic products. Some of these products may not prominently display the word “homeopathic,” however, but claim on their labels that they treat the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness of asthma. These products can not replace your asthma … Read more

What is Bursitis? Its Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Bursitis involves inflammation or irritation of the bursa of a joint. The word bursitis comes from the word bursa and “itis” which means inflammation. A bursa is a small, synovial fluid containing sac surrounded by a membrane. These sacs act as cushions for the joints. Located in areas that are subject to friction, as when a muscle or … Read more

Pitted and Smelly Feet: Pitted Keratolysis

What Causes Little Holes in Feet? Pitted Keratolysis is an infection of the skin of the feet caused by a bacterial infection. Excessive sweating and tight, unventilated shoes can predispose you to this condition. The primary symptoms of this foot infection are bad foot odor and shallow pits on the bottom weight-bearing (plantar) surface of the … Read more

Plica Syndrome Of The Knee: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Plica syndrome is a post-traumatic or post-inflammatory thickening, chronic inflammation (synovitis), and/or fibrosis of the synovial plicae of the knee. This means that the plica (PLI-kah) has been irritated by overuse or injury to the knee. Most commonly affecting the medial plica, the symptoms mimic those of other knee problems, such as a torn meniscus, … Read more