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What to know about subclavian steal syndrome

Subclavian steal syndrome is characterized by abnormal blood flow in the arteries. The condition has many potential causes, some of which can be serious without proper treatment. Subclavian steal syndrome affects the artery that supplies blood to the neck and head or the arteries that supply blood to the arms. Because of this, people may experience symptoms in these areas. However, many people with the condition do not experience any symptoms at all. Atherosclerosis is the most common risk factor for subclavian steal syndrome. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which a person’s arteries become blocked or narrowed due to the buildup of fatty deposits called plaques. The buildup of plaques makes it difficult for the heart to pump oxygenated blood through the subclavian artery. This can make a person more at risk of subclavian steal syndrome. Subclavian steal syndrome develops due to a blockage in or narrowing of a subclavian artery. The most common cause is atherosclerosis. Other risk factors include large artery vasculitis and congenital heart irregularities. Without treatment, some causes of subclavian steal syndrome can lead to serious complications. Therefore, a person should see a doctor if they experience any symptoms of subclavian steal syndrome. Since the condition is often symptomless, however, people at increased risk of developing it should undergo regular health monitoring.

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Yeast diaper rash

There are many possible causes of a diaper rash. A yeast infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of Candida, a type of fungus commonly found in the digestive tract. A yeast infection may develop if a person does not take steps to treat a contact dermatitis rash within a few days. It is also common following a round of antibiotics. Receiving treatment for a contact dermatitis rash early on can help prevent a yeast infection from developing. If yeast is causing a diaper rash, the doctor will likely prescribe or recommend an antifungal cream. It is important to follow the instructions about how and when to apply the cream. The doctor may also recommend keeping the area clean and dry, and that the infant or adult should spend some time each day diaper-free. In some cases, over-the-counter antifungal creams treat these infections. If a diaper rash seems infected or has lasted longer than a few days, speak with a doctor. If a yeast infection is responsible for the rash, a doctor will likely prescribe or recommend antifungal cream and advise about additional steps to help the area heal and prevent the rash from returning. (Credits: www.medicalnewstoday.com)