Adult Acne: Blasting Zits Into Oblivion

My name is Jamie Turner and when I turned 22, I started to form a horrible case of acne. I used every cleanser and lotion I could find and I even asked my physician for a topical steroid cream to clear up the zits on my face. After six months of treatment, my physician completed a blood test that concluded that a hormone imbalance was causing my acne. I started on therapy to control the amount of estrogen my body produced. The therapy along with a good diet and exercise regimen helped to clear up my acne. I am sharing my story, because acne is not just a condition that affects teenagers. It can affect adults at any age, and it can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Don't let your acne go untreated. Read my blog instead and learn about both natural and medical treatments that can help you.

4 Common Foot Problems

Health & Medical Blog

Your feet benefit you greatly on a daily basis, so why not take some time to learn about some of the most common conditions that can affect them?

Athlete's Foot 

  • What: Athlete's Foot is a common fungal skin infection. It is most often seen in people whose feet sweat a lot while wearing tight shoes. This is due to the damp, dark, and humid environment that is created, which encourages fungus growth. Although Athlete's Foot usually occurs on a person's foot, it can also spread to their hands. Athlete's Foot is mildly contagious and spreads by direct contact, as well as through any affected skin particles that may be left on clothing, towels, bedding, and even floors. 
  • Symptoms: Itching and burning of the affected area, inflammation, dry skin and scaling are all symptoms of Athlete's Foot. Blisters can also form and will often crack, leading to additional pain and swelling. 

Corns & Calluses

  • What: Corns and calluses are thick, hard layers of skin that form when the skin tries to protect itself from irritation caused by constant friction and pressure. When this thickening occurs at the top of the foot or on the toe, it is called a corn. If it is on the bottom of the foot then it is called a callus. Corns and calluses are not caused by a virus and therefore are not contagious. If pressure is applied to a corn, it may become painful. 
  • Symptoms: Corns and calluses will appear rough, dry, and dull. They may resemble a wart, and be raised and rounded. The skin can also be flaky or waxy. 


  • What: A bunion occurs when the bone (or tissue) at the big toe joint moves out of place and forces the big toe to bend towards the next toe. The result is a hard lump of bone (a bunion) that forms on the joint found at the base of the big toe. 
  • Symptoms: A firm, bony bump is the main symptom of a bunion. Redness, swelling, or pain around the joint of the big toe can also occur. The skin around the base of the big toe may become thickened. Corn or calluses often develop near where the first and second toes overlap. The big toe may be restricted in its movement or become painful to move. 

Ingrown Toenails

  • What: An ingrown toenail is a common defect that occurs when the sides or corners of the toenail grow into the soft flesh of the toe. This usually affects the big toe and can be quite painful. An ingrown toenail could even lead to an infection. 
  • Symptoms: An ingrown toenail can cause pain and tenderness in the toe or along the side of the toenail. The area surrounding the nail may become swollen and red. Oozing pus can drain out from around the nail if it becomes infected. 

if your feet have developed these issues or any others, don't hesitate to visit a clinic like West Central Podiatry Consultants to have them treated. 


12 January 2015