Archive | January, 2017

Asthma: Using inhaled quick-relief medications

There are various medications used to manage asthma. When inhaled quick-relief medications are used, it is vital that you know why it is taken, how to take it, what to expect and any warnings. Why are inhaled quick-relief medications used for asthma? The inhaled quick-relief medications are utilized to allow the individual to easily breathe […]

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis occurs if the immune system overly reacts to particles in the air or allergens that are breathed in. The immune system attacks the particles in the body, triggering symptoms such as runny nose and sneezing. Individuals who have allergies typically experience symptoms for many years. The symptoms often occur during the year or […]

Folliculitis

Folliculitis involves inflammation of the hair follicles. Remember that every hair on the body grows out from a small-sized pouch called a follicle. The condition can develop on any part of the body that has hair but quite common on the arms, beard area, buttocks, back and the legs. What are the causes? The condition […]

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious infection that triggers generalized rashes all over the body. The measles vaccine provides protection against the disease which is part of the MMR vaccine. Children are given the vaccine as part of the regular shots. Measles is brought about by a virus that spreads via sneezing, coughing or sharing of […]

Decongestants

Decongestants work by shrinking the swollen tissues in the sinuses, nose, throat and middle ear. The medication can alleviate pain, pressure and congestion. The medications can be taken orally as liquid or pill or used as sprays, drops or gels. The oral variants are more convenient but can cause more side effects than those that […]

Cold sores

Cold sores or fever blisters are clumps of small-sized blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin surrounding the blisters are often swollen, red and sore. The blisters might even rupture and drain clear fluid and scab after a few days. Cold sores eventually heal in several days up to 2 weeks. What […]

Restrictive cardiomyopathy

Restrictive cardiomyopathy results to the stiffening of the heart muscle. Once the heart muscle is rigid, it could not stretch to allow adequate blood to enter the lower chambers or ventricles. The blood that normally enters the heart backs up in the circulatory system. In most cases, this results to heart failure where the heart […]

Bursitis

Bursitis involves sore swelling of the bursa. The bursa is a small sac of fluid that is responsible for cushioning and lubricating areas where ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin or bones rub against each other. Individuals who perform repeated movements or place constant pressure on a joint during sports, at work or daily activities are at […]

Drug allergy

Drug allergy occurs if an individual develops an undesirable reaction to a medication. The immune system fights by triggering an allergic reaction. In most cases, a drug allergy is usually mild and the symptoms settle in a few days after the medication is no longer used. There are cases in which a drug allergy can […]