Sunday, October 28, 2012

Health Threats You Can't Ignore!

Usually when you get a nosebleed or a pimple your first instinct is to head to the doctor's office. Most of the time, it's not something to worry about. Sometimes something that seems small is an indication of something bigger going on. These are "third-tier" complaints that just might be trying to warn you about a first-tier problem.

Blister - A blister caused by skin-on-sock friction may be a sign that you need to spring for new shoes, but it's hardly a health threat. However, blisters that pop up between your toes as a result of athlete's foot are, in fact, a medical emergency in the making. Every year, patients end up in the hospital for 5 to 7 days with IV antibiotics because of foot infections that could have been prevented. Intercepting the fungal infection before it reaches the blistering point would be the best way. At the first sign of athlete's foot, do the obvious: Start using an over-the-counter (OTC) cream such as Lamisil 2x a day. Before your evening application, soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts for 20 minutes. Follow this regiment for two weeks, and if you don't see improvement, ask your doctor about ciclopirox gel, a prescription medication that's been shown in studies to kick both fungal and bacterial butt.

Source: Men's Health

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