Bell’s palsy is a sudden paralysis of one side of the face that is often mistaken for a stroke. It causes anxiety and panic for both the patient and their loved ones, but unlike a stroke the consequences of Bell’s palsy is almost never fatal. Most cases of Bell’s palsy recovers completely and even without treatment. Symptoms typically ease within a few weeks from the time it starts but sometimes can take as much as 6 months to resolve completely. In some rare cases Bell’s palsy may recur but for the vast majority of patients they never experience it again.
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Nausea is a common symptom that is present in a wide range of conditions. It is a feeling of wanting to vomit or being ‘sick in the stomach’ as is commonly described. Most of us think that nausea is related to problems with digestive tract. While digestive conditions do account for vast majority of nausea incidents in life, sometimes nausea stems from hormonal problems, injury to the head, medication and certain toxins. It is always important to find the exact cause of nausea, especially if it is persistent or comes and goes on a frequent basis. Without treating the root cause, remedying nausea may at best only offer short term relief.
Eating like a diabetic is often said to be the way that every person should eat, even non-diabetics. Certain foods affect glucose levels in different ways. But the body of a non-diabetic is able to intervene to prevent sudden spikes (sharp increases) in blood glucose levels. Diabetics cannot do so as efficiently. Therefore foods that can rapidly increase blood glucose levels have to be avoided. But these problem foods are not always as obvious as one would think. Refined sugar is a problem in diabetes but so are many other foods that may not have a sweet taste. Simply going by foods which taste sweeter than others is a careless way to control your diet if you are a diabetic.
Most heart conditions are said to be silent. This means that a person will experience little to no symptoms at the outset. It can be years or even decades before symptoms develop, and even when it does many people ignore it initially. Often there is no sure way of knowing if you have a heart problem without routine screening and diagnostic investigations which can be expensive. But there may be certain indicators of whether you have an unhealthy heart. Minor signs and symptoms that may be the first signals that all is not well with your ticker. Or factors that could mean that you are at high risk of having certain heart problems or may already have it despite there being no symptoms.
The fingers are the most active appendages in life. It allows humans to conduct a range of activities and even more so in a modern world where pressing buttons all day is a norm. Naturally finger-related symptoms will arise, the most common being pain. Usually it is short lived and short periods of rest are sufficient to ease the pain and associated symptoms. But sometimes finger pain does not resolve as easily. It persists and gradually gets worse. Other finger symptoms arise, like stiffness, swelling and weakness. Eventually it reaches a point where daily use of the fingers becomes difficult and can negatively impact a person’s life and career.
Asthma affects about 23 million people in the United States, 7 million of whom are children. It is one of the common chronic airway problems that is not related to an infection. Although asthma can be well managed with drug therapy, asthmatics are still advised to take responsibility for their condition and make the appropriate lifestyle changes where and when necessary. One of these conservative measures is to avoid factors that may trigger asthmatic attacks. The exact trigger may not always be obvious but there some common triggers that affects the majority of asthmatics.
Pain on or in the nose can be quite distressing. We often tend to get more concerned about pain anywhere on the head, and particularly with parts of the face, than we do with pain elsewhere on the body. But many of the cause of facial pain are similar to pain that affects other parts of the body. Nasal pain is no different. It can be due to an acute injury like a blow to the face, and specifically when the nose is struck. It may be as common as a cold or the flu. But it can also be due to some fairly rare and serious condition like cancers within the nose or lower parts of the brain.
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Pain of the hand and wrist are common occurrences. The hand is the most active appendage in the body and moves at the wrist to carry out tasks throughout most of the day. Any problem affecting the hand may also involve the wrist. But sometimes the cause of hand pain stems from the wrist. Treating hand and wrist pain largely depends on the cause. Pain is only a symptom and while it can be relieved, the cause of the problem needs to be attended to in order to prevent the pain from persisting or worsening. In modern life, pain of the hand and wrist is often due to overuse and strain.
The heart is a vital organ that needs to be working every minute of every day to sustain life. You can only survive a few minutes at most if your heart stops functioning. And whether you are awake or sleeping, your heart never stops beating. But like any organ in the body, the heart is prone to different types of diseases. All of these heart problems can eventually lead to death if the heart stops functioning. However, modern medicine has now allowed for people to live long and productive lives even with heart problems. Understanding how these heart diseases differ and the symptoms of each can mean early diagnosis and proper treatment.
There are many different types of bowel conditions but IBS and IBD are among the two most common. These are two conditions are often confused with each other. Despite the commonality in location and some symptoms between both conditions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are two entirely separate conditions. One is a disease, the other is not. One is associated with a higher risk of cancer, the other other is not. One may require surgery to remove a portion of the bowel, the other does not. But both conditions can be debilitating and adversely affect a person’s quality of life.
A burning sensation in the stomach is not always hunger pangs. It can be a symptom of some stomach problem. Yet all too often these different signals are confused for one another. Gastrointestinal complaints that present with a burning stomach sensation or pain are common throughout the globe. In many of these conditions, eating seems to help ease the pain in part or completely. But it is only short term relief. These changes in eating patterns leads to obvious consequences that are undesirable – the main one of which is weight gain. But it also has other equally severe consequences like disturbance in sleeping patterns.
Globally, about 40% of mothers breastfeed their babies and health authorities around the world continue to encourage women to do so due to the nutritional benefit of breast milk. But breastfeeding can raise some concerns for mothers, especially first time mothers. The main such concern is whether baby is getting enough milk. Unlike with bottle feeding, whether it is baby formula or expressed breast milk, there is no way to verify the exact quantity of milk being breastfed.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is not considered to be risky. In fact alcohol use is widespread across the world and is the norm in many cultures. However, alcohol and its byroducts are known to be toxic. The body can handle this toxicity in small amounts and rapidly eliminate it before there is any serious damager. However, excessive alcohol consumption in the way of daily drinking of amounts higher than the safe limit and binge drinking is dangerous. Sometimes the potentially deadly effects can occur with hours or days as is the case in alcohol poisoning. But for many it is the long term consequences of alcohol misuse that can lead to life-threatening conditions.
Most cases of acute sinusitis arise with the common cold. It usually does not require and treatment and will clear on its own within a few days. In fact many people do not even know that they have sinusitis when they are down with a cold. However, in some instances acute sinusitis may require treatment with drugs like antibiotics. It is usually people with a history of allergies and other nasal problems who will tend to get a more severe case of acute sinusitis.
Although flu season peaks in January to February in the United States, it starts from as early as October. Therefore the most recent flu vaccines will be available in September. The seasonal flu is not a huge cause for concern. It affects large numbers of the population, most commonly in the flu season, and the virus is such that it rarely ever leads to death. But in the wake of new strains of the influenza virus and mutations that have allowed it to cross species, everybody is scrambling to take the vaccine or stock up on antivirals.
Getting an infant to sleep is not an easy task. A baby can be well fed, have a clean diaper and be gently rocked for long periods but may still not sleep. It often proves to be frustrating for both parents and caregivers but can be much worse if the baby cries non-stop during the time awake. Parents may be at their wit’s end trying to find the reason why a baby is not having a good quality sleep but sometimes the most obvious problems are missed. It is always important to speak to a pediatrician – your baby could be unwell even though there are no otherwise obvious symptoms.
The basics may be obvious to most parents – feed regularly, change the diaper, make sure they are tucked in, a short lullaby and some gentle rocking. But it is not always a fool proof formula. All too often babies are labeled as being ‘colicky’ when the exact reason why he/she is not sleeping cannot be identified. But sometimes it is the simplest of measures that can make all the difference and help baby sleep soundly for at least a few hours.
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