A doctor can usually diagnose scarlet fever fairly quickly based on its typical rash and a dark-red tongue, sometimes referred to as a “strawberry tongue.” Serious complications are very rare nowadays, and because scarlet fever is caused by bacteria, antibiotics are an effective treatment.
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can come as a real surprise. High blood sugar levels are often first detected during a routine examination. Some people just have to make a few changes in their routines after being diagnosed, while others need permanent medication.
Gingivitis (inflamed gums) is usually harmless and goes away quickly. But sometimes gingivitis can spread to the tissues that support our teeth and keep them firmly in place (periodontium). This is called periodontitis. You can read about what can be done to stop it from getting worse and preventative oral hygiene.
In Germany and other countries, it is routine practice to test the hearing of newborn babies, to be able to diagnose and treat hearing problems early on. This can help improve language development in hearing-impaired children.
Being a bit worried before going into surgery is absolutely normal. But what information is important to have beforehand? What is the best way to deal with anxiety? How is wound pain treated, and why is follow-up care so important for the outcome of surgery?
Endometriosis? Never heard of it. Many people say so, even though endometriosis is one of the most common medical conditions affecting the lower abdomen (lower belly) in women. Some women are not even aware they have endometriosis, others experience severe pain every month for several days. Read about the causes, effects, typical symptoms are treatment options.
A very itchy rash with reddish blisters and mild fever are the main symptoms of chickenpox. This contagious viral infection mostly affects children between the ages of two and ten. Here you can find useful information on the symptoms, and read about options for preventing and treating chickenpox.
Our information is based on extensive literature searches for relevant high-quality evidence. In order to ensure that our website is up-to-date, we regularly check our information and update it if necessary.
The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Germany) is governed by a non-profit foundation. The institute has various legal responsibilities, including the assessment of medications and surgical procedures. And it is responsible for the content of InformedHealthOnline.org.