Category Archives: infection

The role of “golden stap” in eczema…






Golden Stap (Staphylococcus aureus) secretes a factor that causes mast cell (the so-called allergy cell) degranulation and activation of (Th2-type) allergic inflammation in the skin of atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is caused by abnormal immunoglobulin-E–mediated Th2 immune responses (a type of … Continue reading

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Spontaneous resolution of warts in children…






The natural course of childhood warts includes resolution in half of patients. The prevalence of warts among children ranges from 22% to 33%. Treatment failure is common, but benign neglect is frequently appropriate as spontaneous resolution often occurs. Studies of … Continue reading

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Gene linked to cold sores…






The Los Angeles Times (Oct 29, Roan) “Booster Shots” blog reported a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases which studied “43 families” and determined that a chromosome 21 gene known as C21orf91 may be important in determining why “cold sores plague some people … Continue reading

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Ring worm…






“Ring worm” is really just a fungal infection. It’s got nothing to do with any worm infestation. Fungal infection of the skin typically (but not always) appears in a near-circular fashion (thus “ring”). The source of infection may be from … Continue reading

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