HENOCH SCHONLEIN PURPURAI sure don’t remember this condition in nursing school! Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) is a disease involving inflammation of small blood vessels. It most commonly occurs in children. The inflammation causes blood vessels in the skin, intestines, kidneys and joints to start leaking. The main symptom is a rash with numerous small bruises, which have a raised appearance over the legs or buttocks. Although HSP can affect people at any age, most cases occur in children between the ages of 2 and 11. It is more common in boys than girls. Adults with HSP are Continue reading


ringwormIt seems as though there have been a lot of people with ringworm these days. Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm in humans, is a relatively common superficial fungal infection. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of the skin and stays on the outside of the body at all times. There is no actual worm involved and this infection can affect anyone at any time. In recent years, ringworm has increased substantially in humans. This is partially due to the rising number of people with immunocompromised conditions including things like cancer, AIDS and diabetes. This fungus is also more prone to people that live in a warm, humid climate and have direct contact with active lesions on someone else (like a pet).  Further, individuals with eczema, children before the age of puberty and boys seem Continue reading


         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 Continue reading


          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 Continue reading


          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 Continue reading


          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 Continue reading