We just posted a pretty sweet live map of where people are tweeting about Zika: http://how2med.com/zika-visualizer/. This led to some requests for must know facts about Zika, as if you hadn’t heard enough already.
I treat a lot of UTIs. UTIs are urinary tract infections. The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys (makes urine), ureters (transfers urine to the bladder), bladder (stores urine), urethra (the hole where your urine comes out). It causes burning, pain, and trouble urinating. If the infection gets to your kidneys, it can make you really sick – vomiting, fever, severe pain, you name it. Close to 3% of women will get an UTI every year, and the majority will have one in their lifetime. So, it is not surprising that women will apparently do, try, and avoid ANYTHING to prevent a UTI.
In Part 1, we discussed what to do with stings from Cnidaria (jellyfish and related creatures). Now I want to talk about things that don’t sting but rather cut and puncture you. I’ll also tell you what happened to my friend’s new wife.
Before becoming a doctor, I never knew so many people walked around every day wondering if some part of their body was infected. Ever since medical school, my family, friends, and (sometimes) strangers alike seem to want to show me their random, often disturbing body parts, and want to know if they have an infection. Once a stranger in an elevator tore off his shirt to show me his recent surgical incision.