Posts Tagged ‘rash’


         My oldest son had roseola when he was about 18 months old.  The fever was extremely high and he was actually hospitalized, had several tests, and finally he broke out in a rash.  I felt kind of dumb as a nurse (I had never heard of the disease) but when the doctors were also puzzled, I didn’t feel so stupid and I was glad they took full precautionary measures.  Also referred to as the sixth disease, or roseola infantum, the disease is usually a harmless illness caused by a virus.  It occurs Read more…

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          Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remains inactive in certain nerve roots within the body.  If it becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles.  In the United States, 98% of adults have been infected with the chickenpox virus.  If you are an adult, chances are you are one of many at risk Read more…

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          Persons with psoriasis have irritated patches of skin.  The skin disorder is quite common and persons with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.  The redness is most often seen on the elbows, knees and trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body.  For example, there may be flaky patches on the Read more…

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          Lyme disease is an infection that derives from a tick bite. The disease has a variety of symptoms, including changes affecting the skin, heart, joints and nervous system.  It is also known as borrelia or borreliosis.  Most cases of Lyme disease occur in the spring and summer months.  Lyme disease is reported most often in the Northeastern US from Maine to Maryland, in the Midwest in Minnesota and Read more…

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