Web site can help ID risky symptoms

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A new Web site, with materials written by scientists at LA BioMed, includes thousands of pictures of various skin conditions to help clinicians and patients recognize everything from suspicious moles to staph bumps. “Using the right antibiotics at the right time is very important,” said Dr. Noah Craft, who helped develop the Web content along with Dr. Loren Miller, both at LA BioMed. The Web site, created by Logical Images Inc., is at www.logicalimages.com/resourcesMRSA.htm. Diagnosing staphylococcus correctly is important because if antibiotics are overused, they will lose their effectiveness, scientists say. The bacteria that cause certain skin conditions evolve very quickly and are able to eventually outsmart antibiotics. By Melissa Evans Staff Writer What may look like a spider bite – itchy, bumpy, reddish skin – may actually be a dangerous form of staphylococcus that is being found more frequently outside of hospitals. Diagnosing this condition can be difficult both for doctors and people who don’t know what to look for, health officials say. Staph, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause abscesses, boils, fluid-filled vesicles, plaque and erosions on the skin. Patients don’t necessarily have to have been to a hospital recently to contract the disease. People should contact their physician or go to the emergency room if they suspect infection, health officials say. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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