| Jun 9, 2010
Every year, more than 10 million unlucky Americans suffer the itching, swelling and blistering that poison ivy leaves in its wake. This seemingly harmless plant's oil can travel through the air, be transferred through clothing and can even attack days...
| May 14, 2010
Swallowing an over-the-counter medication meant to be rubbed on the skin can have harmful effects, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has received reports of serious side effects—such as unconsciousness, hallucinations, and...
| Sep 2, 2010
| 10:08 PM
"Wherever you go, there you are."
I'm feeling the call of nature. No, no, not that way, but in myriad other forms, nature is calling to me — LOUDLY! I need to answer, chase it down, follow my muse there, wherever "there" is....
| Aug 10, 2010
Heat. Burning. Itching. Blistering. It's hard to sleep, or even put on clothes. Now you regret staying out in the sun too long and coming down with a case of garden-variety sunburn.
One of the best remedies can be found right at home, says Dr. Tara...
| Jul 26, 2010
Allergic reactions occur when your immune system misidentifies a neutral substance, called an allergen, as harmful. Allergens come into contact with your body through inhalation, swallowing, touching or by injection. Your immune system responds by...
| Nov 30, 2010
| 9:18 AM
An outbreak of scabies among some inmates at LaPorte County Jail prompted the sheriff to close the jail to visitors until Dec. 13.
A news release from Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer indicated the exact extent of the outbreak is unknown, but inmates in several...
| Nov 10, 2010
Q: What's the best treatment to relieve anal itching?
A: Anal itching is common and can be intense. Doctors call it pruritus ani. Usually there is no specific medical cause.
Itching arises because the anus is a very sensitive area and a dirty area....
| Mar 9, 2011
| 5:53 PM
Thirty-one fifth- and sixth-graders were taken to hospitals today after complaining of rashes and irritation at a Humboldt Park elementary school, but the injuries were not considered serious, officials said.
The school was holding a rally in the...
| Apr 11, 2011
| 11:50 AM
Eczema is notoriously difficult to treat in children. The torturous dry-skin disease causes intense itching and sleeplessness, and sometimes parents try making dietary changes in addition or in place of conventional treatments.
For about one-third of...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:18 AM
How well do we know our spouses? We want to think we know each other like chocolate knows peanut butter, like eggs know bacon, but do we?
I’m really not sure how well I know my wife, because I have yet to be fundamentally tested. The same goes...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Editor's note: Cindy Frazier returned last week from a two-month medical leave. This is her story.
It all started with an itch.
It was mid-February. I was sitting in a staff meeting with our veteran reporter Barbara Diamond when suddenly I couldn't...