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Must read Take Care of Yourself, 9th Edition: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Medical Self-Care you have to read.

The world’s bestselling health guide offers new material on the most recent critical health issues such as obesity, as well as additional new and updated information.

Covering over 175 healthcare problems and symptoms, Take Care of Yourself is simple to use. Readers can look up their symptoms to locate an explanation of likely causes and possible home remedies, while diagrams show how to recognize problems and treat them, and decision charts advise when it’s time to see a doctor. This comprehensive guide also covers emergencies, the 20 things everyone should keep in a home pharmacy, and how to work best with a doctor.

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Should read Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology (Oxford Handbooks) you have to learn.

Although skin conditions are common and affect people of all ages, little time is available for dermatology in the undergraduate curriculum. Junior doctors feel unprepared when faced with patients with skin conditions and most are unsure how to reach a diagnosis or plan management. The Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology provides accessible and practical advice that meets the needs of healthcare professionals working in hospitals. It will also be of value to those working in the community, and to medical students.
This book focuses on medical rather than surgical dermatology. Highly illustrated and in full colour, it covers the common skin conditions seen in all branches of medicine, the cutaneous signs of systemic disease, and the art of making a diagnosis. The problem-based approach and the pocket-size make the book an invaluable bedside tool. Readers are led through the necessary steps in order to reach a diagnosis at the bedside.
Chronic skin diseases are disabling and embarrassing. This handbook promotes a patient-centred approach and good communication, and clinicians are encouraged to use simple quality of life measure to evaluate the impact of skin conditions on the patient.

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Something of A Simple Guide to Warts, Calluses and Corns (A Simple Guide to Medical Conditions) you have to learn.

Skin warts are benign epithelial hyperplasia raised swellings on the skin caused by one of the human papilloma viruses.

They are infectious by direct contact or indirect contact through contaminated surfaces from one person to the other. They can spread from one part of your own body to another.

It is the one of the common skin conditions.

It is never life threatening.

Who is affected by Skin warts?

Skin warts are more common in :
1. children than in adults

2. contact with a person with warts

3. families with a patient having warts

What are the Cause of Skin warts?

The human papilloma virus is the cause of skin warts.
There are 100 types of HPV which has been identified as causing skin or mucosal infections.

What are the types of Skin warts?

Common wart:
Common warts are benign swellings in the skin that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

1. Periungual wart
Periungual warts are common warts around or under the fingernail and toenail.

2. Plantar warts
Plantar warts are found on the pressure areas of the foot.

The pressure causes inward growth.

They can be single, seedling or mosaic.

3. Mosaic warts
Mosaic warts are plagues of closely set plantar warts

4. Plane warts
Plane warts are flat-topped smooth papules, light brown or skin flesh in color present on the face, legs, and hands often occurring in large numbers.

5. Filiform warts
Filiform warts appear as a single long narrow growth often on the eyelid or face

What are the Symptoms and signs of Skin warts?

Skin warts can present as:
1. Round or irregular raised swelling

2. Color may be like normal skin or light brown.

3. Surface is rough (may look like cauliflower) or smooth (usually on the face)

4. Border is sharply demarcated

5. Size varies from 2-10mm in diameter.

6. They are usually found on the fingers, elbows, knees, feet, scalp and face.

How do you make the Diagnosis of Skin warts?

1. Skin biopsy under local anesthesia

2. Small lesions can be totally removed

3. Larger ones are biopsied first and surgically removed later on

What are the complications of Skin warts?

Skin warts can be transmitted to the genital area.
There is a risk of genital warts which can cause cervical cancer in women

What is the treatment of Skin warts?

Many warts resolve spontaneously.

For those that persists or grow bigger, other treatments may be used:

1. Surgery:
Skin warts are removed by surgical excision.

2. Chemical treatment (a and b can be bought over the counter):

a. local therapy with Salicylic-acid preparations which dissolves the protein forming most of both the wart and the thick layer of dead skin above it.
You may have to apply the lotion daily on the wart for about 7 to 10 days before the skin drops off together with the wart

b. podophyllin lotion or ointment acts to burn off the wart chemically

c. 5-fluorouracil(a chemotherapy agent) needs prescription to apply to warts with good effect.

d. Imiquimod is a patient-applied cream used to treat skin warts, basal cell carcinoma

e. A new medicine called verge ointment may be used on genital warts as well as other warts

3. Cautery:
Electrotherapy by cautery of the warts kills the virus and destroy the tissues underneath which allow them to grow.

4. Cryosurgery:
Aerosol wart treatments freeze warts at a temperature of minus 57 C.
This can kill the virus.

Dermatologists use liquid nitrogen which is considerably colder minus 196 C.

5. Laser treatment for difficult to remove warts

6. Immunotherapy, which gives you a shot of a substance that causes an allergic reaction and helps the wart go away

What is the prognosis of Skin warts?

Warts are generally harmless skin growths which may disappear on their own spontaneously.
Prognosis of majority of cases is good if there is complete removal.

Recurrences are common


Chapter 1 Warts

Chapter 2 Calluses

Chapter 3 Corns

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The interrested of Female Genital Infections: pocketbook (Martin Dunitz Medical Pocket Books) you have to understand.

This series of pocketbooks sets out to provide easily-assimilable, essential information on the diagnosis and treatment of the most common medical conditions. This volume deals with female genital infections.

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Must read If I Die In The Service Of Science: The Dramatic Stories of Medical Scientists Who Experimented on Themselves you have to learn.

If I Die in the Service of Science (First published as Guinea Pig Doctors) details the lives, experiments and discoveries of eight medical doctors who, in the course of their scientific investigations, used their own bodies to verify their revolutionary medical theories. Beginning with John Hunter’s work on “the pox” in 18th century England, the book recounts the fascinating, colorful lives of these “guinea pig doctors”:the Hartford dentist who “discovered” anesthesia by experimenting on himself with laughing gas the German scientists who toasted his rival with a solution laced with deadly cholera bacteria the famous case of Jesse Lazear, who let himself be bitten by a mosquito carrying yellow fever-and died-to prove to his colleagues that the disease was not spread by bacterial infection. The authors re-create these dramas in absorbing detail, focusing on the misconceptions and superstitions of society and the medical establishment against which each doctor struggled bravely-and won. The result is a rare blend of historical entertainment and incisive examination of the motivations-psychological, financial, social, professional-that drove these doctors to gamble their own lives on their theories. It is a marvelous and instructive study in human dedication.

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My Recommend of 21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Warts – Authoritative Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients (Two CD-ROM Set) you must to learn.

This up-to-date and comprehensive set of two CD-ROM discs provides a superb collection of authoritative documents on the subject of warts. Warts are growths on your skin caused by an infection with human papilloma virus, or HPV. Types of warts include common warts, which often appear on your fingers; plantar warts, which show up on the soles of your feet; genital warts, which are a sexually transmitted disease; flat warts, which appear in places you shave frequently. In children, warts often go away on their own. In adults, they tend to stay. If they hurt or bother you, or if they multiply, you can remove them. Chemical skin treatments usually work. If not, various freezing, surgical and laser treatments can remove warts. For patients, practical information is provided in clearly written patient education documents. For medical professionals, doctor reference tools and texts have detailed technical information and clinical background material. There is no other reference that is as fast, convenient, and portable – everything you need to know, from the federal sources you trust. This thoroughly researched collection presents vital information from many authoritative sources: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the relevant institute for this disease, and others. In addition to the comprehensive disease-specific coverage, this disc set also includes our Medical Encyclopedia, a $19.95 value! The Encyclopedia presents a collection of official documents about a wide range of medical topics, diseases, illnesses, health and wellness. There is vital information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Cancer Institute, and more. Topics covered include: major diseases, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, blood diseases and disorders, lung diseases, and neurological disorders such as dementia and epilepsy * CDC Health Topics A to Z, Foodborne Illnesses, Infants and Children, Injuries, Occupational Health, Older Adults, Women * CDC Travelers’ Health – Destinations, Vaccinations, Diseases, Mosquito, Tick, Food, Water, Clinics, Yellow Book, Children, Airplanes, Cruise Ships, Special Needs, Relief Workers * Dietary Guidelines * NIH A to Z from abnormalities to X-rays. Since navigating the Internet to find additional non-governmental medical information can be confusing, we’ve also provided our exclusive “Guide to Leading Medical Websites” with updated links to 67 of the best sites for medical information! Built-in weblinks let you quickly check for the latest clinical updates directly from the government and the best commercial portals, news sites, reference/textbook/non-commercial portals, and health organizations.

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