Nosebleeds: How to Stop and Help Prevent

Occasional nosebleeds are common, especially among the elderly. Although they are not as dangerous as they may seem (at least in most cases), you can stop them faster if you follow certain steps. Besides, there are measures you can take to help prevent them. Image Credit: nhathuoclongchau.com Occasional nosebleeds are common, especially among the elderly. Although they are not as dangerous as they may seem (at least in most cases), you can stop them faster if you follow certain steps. Besides, there are measure...

Glandular Fever, Kissing Disease, Mono: the Many Faces of Mononucleosis

If you know what mononucleosis is, congratulations - your knowledge of infectious diseases is excellent. If you don't, no worries - the mono virus is not too dangerous... though almost all adults have it! Image Credit: warrior3d / depositphotos.com Epstein-Barr - one of the commonest viruses We have already written about the cytomegalovirus - an exceptionally common virus that most of us carry yet few of us ever feel. Epstein-Barr is somwhat similar: it belongs to the family of herpes viruses, it inhabit...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as Another Symptom of Poor Thyroid Gland Function

Tingling, numbness and pain in fingers are what can be considered common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a condition which in most cases is associated with injury, overuse and other causes. However, there may be another disease behind it, namely hypothyroidism, and it should not be overlooked. Image Credit: Alliedtravelcareers.com What is carpal tunnel syndrome? The way you use your hands is controlled by your brain. The brain communicates with hands (as well as with other body parts) by means of ner...

Ultrasound Therapy: True Healing or Bogus?

Scientists are divided on the matter of therapeutic ultrasound: on the one hand, it is the most popular method of physiotherapy, on the other, research does not really support its efficiency. Is there any good in it? Image Credit: de.123rf.com Ultrasound basics Ultrasound has established itself as an essential element of modern medicine: getting an ultrasound of soft tissues is the first step to diagnosing and treating hundreds of diseases and injuries. All pregnant women get their ultrasounds, and so do all in...

What Products Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect?

Inflammatory processes occurring in the body can be associated with a variety of reasons, but they certainly affect the quality of life. High temperature, pain, and swelling are the main symptoms of almost any inflammation. These symptoms signal you that your own immune system is resisting an infection in the body. But sometimes your body needs some help to fight with this infection effectively. Image Credit: a_namenko / Getty Images Sometimes you can have the symptoms of inflammation for several weeks. They can...

Pneumothorax: When Lung Collapses

Although the description of pneumothorax sounds scary, in most cases the condition is treatable and not life-threatening. Learn more about pneumothorax, its symptoms and ways to treat in order not to overlook it when your relative or you experience it, because it can be dangerous if neglected. Image Credit: istockphoto.com Although the description of pneumothorax sounds scary, in most cases the condition is treatable and not life-threatening. Learn more about pneumothorax, its symptoms and ways to treat in order n...

New Ingestible Sensor Monitors Gas In Guts

Do all diagnostic means and tools related to guts send shivers down your spine? Are you horrified when you hear the word “colonoscopy”? The industry is making every effort to make gastrointestinal diagnostics less invasive and more bearable. Now they have introduced a pill that can monitor gas in your guts. Yes, this info can be useful. Image Credit: nature.com Fart and furious The novel device was developed by Australian researchers and engineers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. As its invent...

Curious Body Mechanisms

Our bodies are complex systems, and the principles of working of many organs and subsystems remain unknown. However, some of the mechanics we know are kind of weird, and these body quirks seem to be illogical and curious. Wondering why your head is aching when you are eating ice-cream? Or how hiccups work? Welcome to the article! Image Credit: Alp Aksoy / fr.123rf.com Ice-cream-triggered pain in the head Have you ever noticed that eating ice-cream can be accompanied by headaches? The mechanism behind it involve...

Frozen Shoulder – Learn Where your Pain Comes from

Pain in the neck and shoulders is well known to all who have to stare into a computer screen all day. And yet, if you suddenly lose the ability to move your shoulder, it can be scary. Fear not: most probably, you have frozen shoulder. Image Credit: helios-gesundheit.de There is a wide range of shoulder and neck issues that can cause soreness and pain, but frozen shoulder - or adhesive capsulitis - is quite easy to recognize. First, a person developes a nagging, sometimes strong pain in the shoulder, and moving t...

Scarlet Fever Management: Its Symptoms and How to Alleviate Them

The distinctive red or pink rash is the symptom that is likely to urge you to call a doctor and hear him say: “You guessed right, it’s scarlatina”. How do you recognize scarlet fever when it attacks your child? What are the ways to alleviate the symptoms? For how long will your child remain contagious? Let’s find out. Image Credit: irishnews.com Know your enemy Your child has a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and strange rash? It’s time to call a doctor. The primary symptoms are: Red or pink rash. Suc...

Is Pain After Surgery Normal?

The short answer is ‘Yes’. However, the intensity and duration of pain determine the ‘but’ that follows the ‘yes’. While pain of a certain kind is supposed to follow any kind of surgery, there are several ways to help alleviate it. Image credit: theodysseyonline.com If you have already undergone surgery It may well be the case that you have come across this article while trying to find out why your abdomen/leg/other body part does not feel well after surgical operation. If we’ve guessed right, then chances are t...

How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy?

Every day we use cars and fill them with fuel, we go to some places by buses and taxes, and we do not even think that we gradually kill not only our environment, but also our body, or being more precise our lungs. We live in era when there is not enough clean air, and we have to breathe in air with impurities because it is the only option. But what can we do change the situation and to take care of our lungs? Image Credit: Sergey Nivens / Shutterstock Respiratory system is very important for a person as our life d...

What Can Cause Low Back Pain?

Having low back pain means having the range of activities available to you limited. You have difficulty bending, standing for a long time or even walking if there is something wrong with your low back. However, finding out what part of your body is ailing can be a challenge, as there are a number of candidates which can be to blame if low back pain prevents you from moving freely. Image Credit: shutterstock.com Lordosis The leading cause of low back pain is poor posture. Most of us hunch over laptops instead o...

Arthritis Flare Management Tips

Arthritis flares, or periods of intense pain in affected joints combined with fatigue and stiffness, are kind of inevitable if you suffer from some type of arthritis. However, there are several things you can do to try to alleviate the debilitating symptoms. Image Credit: Arthur Tilley / gettyimages.com Let your joints rest Even if your work implies physical activity, it is recommended that you find a way to let your joints rest if an arthritis flare strikes. The less you use the affected joint, the faster the fl...

Are Antibiotics Safe?

Antibiotics are special medicines that have been discovered recently, but have already saved lives of many people. Today the doctors all over the world cannot agree if antibiotics are good or bad for the health of a person. Image Credit: nokwalai / Shutterstock Before antibiotics Before the antibiotics were discovered the ideas that are today familiar to every three-year-old child due to the advertisement of antibacterial soap, were not common. The thing is that nobody knew about the existence of bacteria. Only i...

Don’t Panic! Tips for Taking Care of a Person with Multiple Sclerosis

Over 2.5 million people across the globe suffer from multiple sclerosis, and most of them eventually needs a caregiver. Finding yourself in the caregiver role can be overwhelming; stay calm and read our advice! Image Credit: pl.123rf.com Understanding MS Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that makes your own immune cells attack the protective outside lining of your nerves. Eventually, nerves get damaged and lose proper connection with the brain. There is no cure, but it doesn't mean that all people wi...

One More Incurable Disease or Just Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that usually affects young people from 20 to 40. Scientists still do not fully understand what causes the disease and thus no reliable ways of treatment could be found. However, if multiple sclerosis is diagnosed at early stage, it is possible to minimize the effect of symptoms and let the person live the normal life. Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the functions of the body due to the distraction of nerves in the brain. Immune sys...

Flies Can Be More Dangerous Than You Think

Flies are definitely not the kind of animals you would like to see in your home. Not only are they disgusting – they can also be reservoirs for microbes. A recent research showed that flies are more dangerous than it had been supposed. And here is why. Image Credit: egaga.pl Everyone knows that rinsing fruits and vegetables is a must, since the chances flies have already contaminated the food when it was waiting for customers to take it home from the local open-air market are very high. Be it a pear from a ma...

Another Panacea?

Migraine is the most common disorder all over the world that many people suffer from. About 12% of Americans have migraines regularly. Headache very often comes with such symptoms as sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds, and nausea. Image Credit: Ehimetalor Unuabona / Unsplash People who often suffer from migraines will probably get another treatment opportunity soon. The new medications don’t only help to control pain but preventы it from starting. The available treatment options are limited and there haven’...

Bump on Your Hand: Is It Hygroma?

Have you ever noticed how often do you use your hands during a day? Quite a lot of times, don’t you? Hands play an important role in our life. We need them to cook, to eat, to take a shower, to drive, to buy something, to simply open a door, and many other things! That’s why it is important to take care of our hands, so do not wait to visit a doctor if you noticed that something is wrong with them. Image Credit: KenTannenbaum / iStock One of the most common diseases of hands is cyst or hygroma. Hygroma is a convex...