A common mild rash of unknown origin that can appear on a person of any age (most commonly at 10-35 years of age). It may last from several weeks to a few months, often begins with a “herald” patch, a large single pink patch on the chest or back and, within a week or so, more pink papules appear on the torso, arms and legs. There may be itching, especially when overheated. Treatment may include medications for the itching and soothing lotions or lubricants, and lukewarm rather than hot baths. There is no specific therapy for this self-limited process.
Inflammation of the pharynx. Pharyngitis is a common cause of sore throat.
Having to do with the pharynx (throat).
- PKU, maternal
See Maternal phenylketonuria.
A “sugar pill” or any dummy medication or treatment. For example, in a controlled clinical trial, one group may be given a real medication while another group is given a placebo that looks just like it in order to learn if the differences observed are due to the medication or to the power of suggestion. […]
- Placebo effect
“Where there is hope, there is life.” And hope is positive expectation, by another name. The scientific study of the placebo effect is usually dated to the pioneering paper published in 1955 on “The Powerful Placebo” by the anesthesiologist Henry K. Beecher (1904-1976). Beecher concluded that, across the 26 studies he analyzed, an average of […]