Jellyfish Stings

Jellyfish stings are common in Florida and may or may not need medical attention. Jellyfish stings are a common problem for people swimming, wading, or diving in seawaters. The long tentacles trailing from the Jellyfish body can inject you with venom using thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. Jellyfish stings vary...


Cat Bites

A small bite from a cat or kitten can range from minor to severe. Cats have sharp, pointed teeth that may be able to puncture through human skin. There is bacteria on your skin and a lot of bacteria in a cat's mouth. When a cat tooth punctures your skin,...


Breast Infection / Mastitis

Mastitis is a common, painful, red swelling of the breast. It is due to bacteria getting into the skin and the glands of the breast. Blocked breast ducts can contribute to this condition. It is most common in women who are breastfeeding, but also occurs in women who are not....


Kidney Stones

If you have a kidney stone that is trying to pass, you should be in a lot of pain. Your two kidneys are in the back aspect of your mid-abdomen. They clean the blood and create urine from the waste. The urine leaves the kidney in a tube called the...


What is this blister on my lip?

There are different types of herpes infections. Cold sores are the result of a previous exposure and infection with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Once infected with this viral infection, it moves into your nerve root and lives there as long as you do. This herpes virus primarily infects...


I have an itchy rash! Scabies?

Scabies is a common contagious skin condition caused by a tiny mite that burrows in the skin. The most common symptom is an itchy rash, worse at night. The rash is usually on the hands, breasts, armpits, genital area and waistline. Scabies can affect everyone. It is easily spread from...


What do I do with a tick bite?

Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. They can range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil eraser. They are an arachnid, which means they are related to spiders. The different kinds of ticks can range in color from shades of brown to reddish...


I have wax buildup in my ears!

Earwax also known as cerumen is a normal substance produced to protect the ears. It keeps particles such as dirt and dust from going further into the ear canal. Wax is produced in the outer part of ear canal, not deep in the ear canal. The body uses a self...


Do I have ringworm?

The term ringworm or ringworms refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin. The name is derived from the false, early belief that the infection was due to a worm. There are many types of rash caused by fungi most do not mimic the round scaly...


Smelly Armpits

Underarm odor is a common issue. Let me explain the cause and some treatment options. Everyone has glands in their underarm area called apocrine glands. These glands secrete oily fluid (a type of sweat) that have no smell when they reach skin and soften it. This softened oily skin is...