Archive | December, 2016

Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is described as deep and rapid breathing. It results to a drop in the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. This decrease can cause the individual to feel lightheaded, have a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. There is also numbness or tingling sensation in the feet or hands, fainting, anxiety and […]

Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and the intestines. It is important to note that bacteria and viruses are highly contagious and can spread via the consumption of contaminated water or food. In almost half of diarrheal outbreaks, there is no specific cause. The condition can spread from one […]

Respiratory issues in children: Whooping cough

Whooping cough or pertussis was once a common childhood disease. With the availability of the pertussis vaccine, it made most children immune to the disease. Before a vaccine was developed, there have been widespread cases reported. The condition is caused by the pertussis bacteria which impair the coating of the breathing passages. This results to […]

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome was initially recognized back in 1993 when an outbreak was reported. The viruses that trigger the condition originated from hantaviruses which are carried by certain species of mice. An individual can become infected by direct exposure with infected rodents or droppings, saliva, urine or inhaling air contaminated by the virus. In rare […]

Chlamydia pneumoniae infections

Chlamydia pneumoniae is responsible for causing respiratory conditions. These lung infections can spread in the same way with other respiratory diseases. It can be passed from one individual to another from sneezing or coughing or indirectly via microorganisms on the hands or other objects. The cases of these infections typically peak among school-aged children between […]

Close look on bends

Bends or decompression sickness typically occurs among divers or in high altitude. The condition develops once dissolved gases come out of the solution in bubbles and can affect any part of the body including the lungs, joints, heart, skin and the brain. What are the indications of bends? The musculoskeletal and nervous system are often […]

Blepharitis

Blepharitis involves irritation of the eyelids. The condition has various causes that ranges from allergies, irritation, infections as well as skin cancers. It is one of the most common conditions affecting the eye. In most cases, it is simply a nuisance and typically responds well to treatment. What are the causes? Blepharitis can be triggered […]

Home remedies for eye allergies

There are various home remedies that can be used for eye allergies. It is important to note that eliminating or reducing exposure to allergens can provide symptomatic relief. Recognizing the responsible allergens can be beneficial in managing the condition. Control measures to reduce allergen exposure Dust mites Reduce the level of humidity by using a […]

Battery ingestion

Battery ingestion has known to occur among young children. Electronic toys and gadgets nowadays are increasingly miniaturized which requires smaller and compact batteries. These pill, disk or coin shaped batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, zinc, cadmium, silver, nickel and lithium. Some of these also contain concentrated solutions of caustic electrolytes, usually sodium or […]

Broken ankle

A broken ankle involves damage to one of the ankle bones including the fibula, tibia and the talus. What are the indications? The indications of injuries to the ankle are obvious such as the following: Pain is the usual complaint that might not originate from the site of the fracture. There is usually pain in […]