The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments. But if these symptoms come back often, or don’t respond to the usual treatments, it’s time to visit a doctor for a firm diagnosis because other conditions can mimic yeast.
What do cold sores and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? A pair of studies suggests there could be a link between an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and the herpes virus that gives you cold sores that erupt in or near your mouth. In one study, researchers from Umeå University in Sweden found that being a carrier of herpes simplex virus 1 nearly doubled a person’s risk … Read More
Does this sound familiar? Wife/girlfriend/significant other urges the man in her life: Please, honey, see a doctor. This plea could be for a regular check-up or, more often, it’s for a health issue he has been ignoring. However, seeing a doctor regularly and as symptoms arise is critical to a man’s health. It allows many … Read More
Dealing with a case of shingles is painful enough. But once the skin rash resolves, a chronic pain syndrome called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) can sometimes develop. Studies suggest that roughly 30 to 60 percent of people over age 60 who get shingles — caused by the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster — go on to develop … Read More