Swimming is an affordable and popular form of mass sport. You can swim at any age, there are minimum contraindications for swimming in the pool, and the health benefits are huge. However, many are afraid to visit the public pool for fear of catching some kind of infection. How justified are such fears? Is it possible to get something in the public pool? And if so, how to protect yourself from infections as much as possible?
Where is the danger lurking?
Not at all in the water, as many people think. Water in a public pool is constantly disinfected, and the chances of catching an infection through water are low. Continue reading
Frambesia is an infectious disease that affects the skin, cartilage and bones. It is caused by the bacterium Treponema pertenue. This is a subspecies of spirochetes belonging to the same species as Treponema pallidum – a pale spirochete, the causative agent of a sexually transmitted disease – syphilis. But unlike the latter, frambesia is not sexually transmitted, therefore it is sometimes called a type of non-venereal syphilis and is assigned to the group of treponematoses.
This disease is characteristic of tropical countries with a humid, hot climate, so its other name is tropical syphilis. Frambesia is also known as pian, tropical granuloma, tropical polypapilloma.
The disease is common in equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Continue reading
The stories of people suffering from this disease resemble a fantastic thriller. And it is not surprising that the doctors whom the unfortunate turn to send them to a psychiatrist. Judge for yourself: under the skin, something (someone) crawls, then an ulcer forms and some creature emerges from it, similar to a hair or even an insect. It is difficult to pull it out, and when you try to remove it, it can hide under the skin. How could it be? No and no again. Delusions, hallucinations, dermatitis of a psychogenic nature.
But, unfortunately, this is not nonsense: thousands of people from all over the world have already found similar symptoms. So, the disease exists and something needs to be done. To begin to understand what it is.
But all in order. Continue reading