Heat Rash Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Acne: Localized skin inflammation as a result of overactivity of the oil glands at the ba...

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Antihistamines: Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by bl...

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Atypical: Unusual, or not fitting a single diagnostic
category.

Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope to check for ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Conditioning: 1) Exercise and practice to build the body up for either improved normal pe...

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Congenital: A condition that is present at birth, whether or not it is inherited.

Contact dermatitis: A skin condition caused by contact between skin and some substance. In...

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Cortisone: A naturally occurring adrenocorticoid hormone that is produced in minute amount...

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Dehydration: Excessive loss of body water. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that ca...

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Dermatitis: Inflammation of the skin, either due to direct contact with an irritating sub...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Diaper rash: An inflammatory reaction localized to the area of skin usually covered by the...

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Dizziness: Painless head discomfort with many possible causes including disturbances of ...

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Eczema: A particular type of inflammatory reaction of the skin in which there are typicall...

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Elbow: The juncture of the long bones in the middle portion of the upper extremity. The bo...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Folliculitis: An infection or inflammation of the hair follicles of the skin. Inflammation...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Generic: 1. The chemical name of a drug. 2. A term referring to the chemical...

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Gooseflesh: A temporary local change in the skin when it becomes rougher due to erection o...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Heat stroke: A core body temperature that rises above 104 F (40 C) accompanied by hot, dr...

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Hives: A raised, itchy area of skin that may be a sign of an allergic reaction. It can be ...

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Hyperhidrosis: A condition characterized by extreme and excessive sweating. Primary hyperh...

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Infant: A young baby, from birth to 12 months of age.

Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Malaise: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed...

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Microscopic: So small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope. As opposed to macro...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Niacin: Nicotinic acid, one of the B-complex B vitamins. Deficiency of niacin in the diet...

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Obese: Well above ones normal weight. A person has traditionally been considered to be obe...

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Occlusion: The act of occluding. See: Occlude.

Overweight: The term "overweight" is used in two different ways. In one sense it is a way ...

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Pimples: Small papules or pustules. See: Pimple.

Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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Skin biopsy: Removal of a piece of skin for the purpose of diagnostic examination. Skin bi...

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Staph: Very commonly used shortened form of Staphylococcus, a very common and important gr...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Sunburn: Sunburn is an inflammation of the skin that develops in response to exposure to u...

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Sweat: A colorless transparent acidic fluid with a distinctive odor secreted by the small ...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Urticaria: Another name for the hives. Raised, itchy areas of skin that are usually a sign...

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Ventilation: The exchange of air between the lungs and the atmosphere so that oxygen can ...

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