As summer approaches up north, it is time to change your wardrobe for something less warm and bulky. Most of us opt for summer clothing that is lighter and often more revealing which means the the unflattering bulges will show quite easily. But is it your imagination or is there really an extra bulge or two that you did not previously notice? It is possibly not your imagination. Seasonal weight changes can vary among people and it is not uncommon to gain weight during winter.
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What starts as a minor break in the skin can progress to a potentially deadly infection known as cellulitis. It is an infection caused by bacteria that involves the skin and underlying tissue but the fact that it is so superficial should not be taken lightly. Cellulitis can rapidly spread, destroying tissue and even leading to the bacteria spreading through your bloodstream to all parts of the body. It is of particular concern in the these days when multi-drug resistance bacteria makes just about any infection difficult to treat.
Smelly armpits is an embarrassing problem but one that we all suffer with it to some degree now then. For many people underarm odor is barely noticeable and does not pose a problem. More than anything it is passed off as a minor inconvenience when it is detectable. But for others, body odor problems can be ongoing and have major psychosocial implications. It can lead to social isolation, compromise career opportunities, affect self esteem and even end relationships.
Antibiotics are one of the potentially life-saving drugs that have revolutionized modern medicine. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and some other parasites. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, many people would die from bacterial infections that are considered minor these days. It is therefore not surprising that at least one or two types of antibiotics feature on the top 10 list of most prescribed drugs in the United States. But antibiotics can be ineffective, harmful and even deadly if it is not used properly.
Most women only focus on their period and go by the rest of the month without much concern about the menstrual cycle. But for women who are having difficulty conceiving or use a calender-based method of contraception, the time of ovulation is the most important time in the month. If you are one of these women then knowing when you are ovulating is crucial – it can mean the arrival of that much awaited bundle or joy, or intimacy without the risk of pregnancy. But getting it right is not always an exact science and miscalculations can be disappointing.
Dizziness is a feeling that you are unstable and about to fall. We all feel dizzy sometimes, be it after a gravity-defying carnival ride, running around on a very hot day, after a very strenuous workout or if we have not eaten in quite a while. Most of us pass off mild dizziness as being nothing serious and continue with whatever activity we are embroiled in. But when dizziness strikes, you should stop whatever you are doing and wait for it to subside. It is even more worrying when dizziness starts for no apparent reason. Dizziness due to unknown causes may be the first sign of something much more serious that could strike with fatal consequences.
Weak ankles is a common term that many people use to refer to ankle pain, ankle instability and repeated ankle sprains. It is not always a problem with the strength of the ankle joint as much as a strain by walking incorrectly or using improper footwear. However, for some people the ankles may in fact be “weak” for their body weight. Repeated rolling and twisting of the ankle (even if the pain and swelling of a sprain does not arise) can be quite disconcerting and even strike fear when walking around during the course of a regular day.
There are hundreds of different brain conditions that can affect humans. Some are more common than others and tend to affect older people more frequently than younger adults or children. We often think of the senior years as being marred with maladies of the brain. It is somewhat of typical to consider seniors as being forgetful, making errors in judgement and even being confused at times. However, this is not necessarily the norm. While there is some decline in mental health with advancing age, there is no reason that the elderly should be seen as mentally inept.
There are a host of different joint problems but when symptoms like joint pain and stiffness persist, most of us worry about arthritis. We often think that arthritis only affects the elderly. This is not true. We tend to believe that arthritis is incurable and will mean a life of disability. But this is not true either. It all depends on what type of arthritis you have. Some are acute while others are chronic. Some can be easily treated or will even resolve on its own without treatment. Others are incurable. Understanding the differences between arthritis is therefore important before reaching conclusions that are can be inaccurate.
Dehydration is a common complication of overexposure to heat, strenuous physical activity with profuse perspiration, vomiting and diarrhea. Many of us experience dehydration several times in life, often not realizing that we are dehydrated. In mild cases it can pass relatively easily with oral rehydration solutions but severe cases may usually require IV administration of fluids and even hospitalization. Dehydration is the killer complication of acute infectious diseases that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It contributes to large numbers of fatalities across the globe yet it is easy to treat at home in the early stages.
Conjunctivitis, or pinkeye as it is commonly known, is a condition of the outer part of the eye that causes pronounced redness, itching and tearing. Although pinkeye looks very serious and somewhat scary, it is actually a mild condition that rarely leads to any complications. Pinkeye can affect both adults and children but most of know about the outbreaks of pinkeye in schools. Therefore it is often thought of more as a condition among children. Indeed children are more prone to outbreaks, and for good reason – they do not practice the same preventative measures that adults would when pinkeye is doing its rounds.
As with any disease, there are many myths and and misconceptions surrounding cancer. Medical science has achieved a great deal in dispelling many of these myths and misconceptions but several still abound. Cancer is a very serious condition that is potentially life-threatening. It is important to for ever person to understand the facts about cancer as it has serious implications. Myths and misconceptions can delay the diagnosis of cancer and even affect the outcome of the treatment.
Fungal infections of the skin are common dermatological problems throughout the world. Most skin fungal infections are superficial with the fungi never consuming more than a few layers of the outer skin (epidermis). Although it does not pose a serious health risk, a fungal infection of the skin can lead to significant discomfort, damage and scarring (mainly abnormal pigmentation) of the skin. Two of the common areas to be infected are the feet and groin region, known casually as athlete’s foot and jock itch.
Ankle pain is as common as other types of joint pain. The ankles bear more force than even the knee when we stand, walk or run. Naturally this increases the likelihood of strain or injuries. Most of us do not think of ankle pain as being a serious condition. But it can be when there are underlying diseases or the pain is severe and persistent enough to hamper daily functioning. For some people it can reach a point where standing for more than a few minutes can be excruciating and limping becomes necessary to move around.
Gout affects an estimated 1 out of 20 adults in the United States and about 2 million people use medication to prevent attacks. However, there are still widespread misconceptions about the condition, even among gout sufferers. You can live with the underlying cause of gout for years and even decades and never have an attack. Potentially millions of people are at risk of gout but do not know it. However, knowing the facts about gout and ignoring the myths can help you prevent gout if you never had it before, or drastically reduce the chances of an attack if you are a gout sufferer.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) worries most health-conscious adults since it is so common and so deadly yet so silent. The narrowing of the heart arteries (coronary arteries) can start as early as childhood, develop into advanced lesions by 25 years of age but only become symptomatic by the 50s or 60s. You can literally go decades without knowing that your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart muscle disease is gradually increasing. And when the consequences strike, it does so sometimes with no prior warning and death can be quick.
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