Archive | February, 2018

Bird flu

The bird flu is a communicable form of influenza that mainly affects birds. In sporadic instances, it can also affect humans. There are various strains of the bird flu virus which do not infect humans, but the notable strains that resulted to serious health concerns include H2N1, H5N6 and H7N9. Even though these viruses do […]

Septic arthritis

Septic arthritis is characterized by joint inflammation due to a bacterial infection. Any joint in the body can be affected but likely to affect the hips and knees. Remember that more than one joint can be affected simultaneously. Generally, most can achieve full recovery after treatment. If not treated, it can lead to lasting joint […]

Close look on antihistamines

Antihistamines are drugs often given to alleviate the symptoms of allergies such as conjunctivitis, hay fever, hives and reactions to insect stings or bites. These drugs are often given to prevent motion sickness and as a brief treatment for sleeping difficulties. What are the types? There are different types of antihistamines and generally categorized into […]

Close look on antacids

Antacids are drugs that counteract the stomach acid to alleviate heartburn and indigestion. It is available as chewable or liquid tablets and available over-the-counter. When do I need one? Antacids are generally given if the individual has the following: Heartburn Indigestion Gastritis Stomach ulcer The drug can rapidly relieve the symptoms in a few hours […]

Close look on chickenpox

Chickenpox was previously a common form of childhood infection. With the introduction of a vaccine, the cases have drastically dropped. What are the signs? The characteristic indication of chickenpox is an itchy rash that is localized in the abdomen, chest, face, back and upper legs and arms along with fever up to 105 degrees, headache […]

Spinal fracture

A spinal fracture can range from minor trauma among those with osteoporosis to serious injury from falls or vehicular accidents. In severe cases, it results to instability of the spine with high risk for spinal cord injury and pain. What is the cause? If an external force is placed on the spine such as during […]

Uveitis

Uveitis is defined as inflammation of the middle eye layer or uvea. The uvea includes the iris or colored region of the eye, choroid and ciliary body. It is important to note that the uvea is essential since it include several veins and arteries that transport blood to regions of the eye required for vision. […]

Rotavirus

The rotavirus is a prevalent form of infection among children triggering vomiting and diarrhea. The condition generally arises during late winter up to early spring. It can affect individuals of all ages, but usually children below 1 years of age. The condition is common among children due to its contagious nature. The rotavirus is transmitted […]

Sepsis among elderly

Sepsis is a severe systemic response of the body to an infection. Generally, the whole body is experiencing an inflammatory response. Remember that this is a dangerous condition that necessitates immediate medical care. The elderly is typically affected and face a higher risk than younger individuals. What are the indications? The indicative sign of sepsis […]

Jellyfish sting treatment

A jellyfish sting is likely to occur when swimming in open waters particularly oceans. Remember that certain species are considered dangerous and necessitate emergency attention. The jellyfish tentacles is capable of stinging even after they have been removed from the body of the creature. The tentacles along with the nematocysts that are left on the […]