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LA Sees Rash Of Reopenings, But New Rule May Stall More Openings

LOS ANGELES, CA — Angelenos can once again get their nails done indoors, and next week they’ll be able to shop at indoor malls again, as the Los Angeles emerges from the summer lockdown. However, a new state requirement may put the brakes on LA’s fledgling reopening.

California issued a new requirement for reopening, forcing large counties to address coronavirus infections in the hardest hit communities, which tend to be poor and minority communities. The measure, which goes into effect later this week, would require counties to invest in testing and contact tracing, while helping infected people to isolate, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the meantime, county health officials Thursday allowed salons to offer indoor services at 25% capacity. Though it’s allowed, health officials strongly encouraged salons to keep working outdoors as a safety measure.

Card rooms can reopen with outdoor operations only beginning Monday, minus food and beverage service. Indoor shopping malls can open their doors Wednesday, also at 25% of capacity, but food courts must remain closed. Nail salons that reopen indoors were encouraged to continue offering outdoor service as much as possible.

Health officials said they are still working with county attorneys to finalize plans for the reopening outdoor beverage service — with food sold by third-party providers — at breweries and wineries. That process is expected to be “completed in a week,” according to the county.

Outdoor playgrounds can open at the discretion of individual cities, but visitors over age 2 must wear face coverings and adult supervision and physical distancing will be required.

Schools that want to provide in-person instruction for students in pre- kindergarten through second-grade can submit applications to the county for waivers beginning Monday. Waivers will be limited to 30 schools per week, with priority given to campuses in the generally lowest-income areas.

Schools that are granted waivers will have to limit groups of students to no more than 12, and no more than two supervising adults in each classroom. Those teacher-student groups must remain together for the entire day “for all activities,” according to the county.

Complete safety protocols for all reopening businesses will be posted on the county’s website. Public health director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday strict adherence to the protocols is essential to ensuring infection control and the continues operations of the businesses.

“We have determined that with really good adherence — and this is critical — to the directives that are in place, these are activities that we think can be done with a lot of safety,” Ferrer said. “And if they’re done with a lot of safety we’re hopeful that we won’t see a big surge in cases. It’s pretty easy to know when things aren’t going well because our cases tend to increase within a couple of weeks.”

Ferrer noted Wednesday that the county was moving ahead with the openings despite seeing a recent uptick in daily COVID-19 case numbers and the local transmission rate. She warned in a statement Thursday that

Itchy foreskin no rash: 6 causes and treatments

Uncomfortable symptoms that affect the penis, such as itching, pain, and burning, can be both bothersome and concerning. Occasionally, a person might experience an itchy foreskin with no rash.

This symptom does not necessarily indicate a serious health issue. However, anyone with discomfort around the foreskin should see a doctor to prevent complications.

There are various causes of an itchy foreskin with no rash. Common causes include:

The cause of the itching will determine the treatment options.

Balanitis is the medical term for swelling or inflammation that develops at the head of the penis. This condition can cause an itchy foreskin with no rash. It can also cause rashes, discharge, painful urination, and difficulty peeling back the foreskin.

Balanitis can occur as a result of many different factors, including allergies, infections, and poor hygiene.

Research suggests that circumcision reduces the risk of balanitis, which affects 11–13% of uncircumcised males and only 2% of circumcised males. Washing the penis regularly, including the inside of the foreskin, can help prevent future itching and infections.

Although health experts do not consider balanitis a serious health concern, it significantly increases the risk of penile cancer. Anyone who notices symptoms of balanitis should see a doctor.

Treatment

The treatment for balanitis will depend on the severity of the inflammation, what causes it, and the age of the individual. Treatment options include:

  • washing with warm water
  • washing with warm salt water
  • switching to hypoallergenic soaps
  • over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for relieving pain
  • antifungal ointment
  • steroid ointment
  • antibiotics
  • changing diapers more frequently, in infants

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that occurs as a result of bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 2.86 million cases of chlamydia in the United States each year.

Chlamydia often does not produce any symptoms. However, it can sometimes cause an itchy foreskin with no rash. Other possible symptoms include pain when urinating and discharge from the penis. More rarely, it may cause swollen and painful testicles.

Treatment

Treatment with antibiotics is effective. It is very important that people with chlamydia complete the full course of medication before having sex with anyone.

Reinfection is a significant risk. A healthcare professional may advise a person to get a repeat test for chlamydia 3 months after completing treatment.

Candidiasis is the medical term for a yeast infection, which can affect different areas of the body. Candidiasis can develop under the foreskin because that area provides favorable conditions for the yeast to grow.

Yeast infections can cause balanitis, leading to itching on and around the penis. Jock itch is a superficial infection that can also cause itching around the groin area. However, it usually presents with a rash.

Treatment

OTC antifungal ointments can bring many yeast infections under control. A person may need prescription medications for longer lasting or extensive outbreaks.

As high blood sugar levels increase the risk of yeast infections, people with diabetes are more likely than other people to develop them.