Pink Eye

Having healthy eyes is something many of us take for granted. Unless one is visually impaired, they wake up, open their eyes, and go on about their day without giving their sight a second thought. Yet, as soon as there’s a visual disturbance or a change to the eye’s appearance, worry creeps in. Why do your eyes look pink? Why are they so itchy? And how can you get them back to their healthy state? One common eye condition that causes irritation is conjunctivitis (more commonly known as “pink eye”). What is Pink Eye? Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the Read More..

Fevers in Children

Having children comes with plenty of trips to the doctor for vaccines, the common cold, ear infections, and the occasional Lego stuck up a nostril. And while it’s expected that kids will have minor health-related issues every now and then, parents may be confused as to when they can address a concern with over-the-counter medications and home remedies and when it’s necessary to see a doctor. To better help you understand fevers in children, below is an overview of how to recognize a fever, and how to know when it’s time to see a doctor. What Is a Fever and Read More..

The 5 Types of Shock

When most people hear the word “shock”, one of the first images that comes to mind is that of someone experiencing psychological shock after a traumatic experience. While this condition is serious and warrants medical attention, there are other equally dangerous types of shock that affect the human body. The most pressing danger of shock is the interference of blood flow to the organs and soft tissue. If ignored, this obstruction of blood flow can be fatal. 5 Types of Shock and Their Causes 1. Anaphylactic Shock Anaphylactic Shock refers to a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur Read More..

Stress Fractures

If you’re an athlete, you’re likely familiar with the term “stress fracture.” Maybe you heard a peer complaining about the pain, or you’ve heard it at the court, field, track, [insert your sports venue of choice]. So if you’re experiencing pain that sounds like that associated with a stress fracture, you may be wondering if this is the cause. What Is a Stress Fracture? A stress fracture is the term used when a bone develops tiny cracks due to repetitive stress on a specific body part. As opposed to a sudden fracture from an acute injury, a stress fracture develops Read More..

Pneumonia

There are several diseases that seem so commonplace, that the average person tends to believe they have a rudimentary understanding of them and how they affect people. Such is often the case with the common cold, the flu, stomach “bugs”, and pneumonia. However, failing to understand how certain illnesses can progress can result in dire consequences. In an effort to shed light on one illness, below is an overview of pneumonia: What, exactly, is it? What are the symptoms? How can you treat it? While our aim is to educate our readers, always seek medical attention when you believe your Read More..

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Did you know that one out of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease? It’s a sobering statistic that showcases the pandemic proportions of this malady. It’s also an urgent reminder to (a) learn to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, and (b) be proactive about incorporating healthy lifestyle changes to lower the likelihood of suffering a heart attack. What Is a Heart Attack? A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is obstructed. The blockage is caused by a buildup of fat deposits, cholesterol, and plaque buildup inside the arteries that Read More..

ACL vs MCL Tear

The knees are such an integral part of the body. From routine activities, such as driving and walking, to more demanding movements, such as playing sports, they allow us to live life fully. When one of them is injured, the limitations on what you can do are many. Two of the most common knee issues involve torn ligaments; specifically the ACL and the MCL. Yet, unless you work within the medical field, it can be confusing as to which is which and how to treat them. In aims of helping you better understand the anatomy of your knees, below is Read More..

Rupture vs. Tear

If you play any sports, enjoy exercising regularly, or have to do heavy lifting regularly at work, you’re likely very familiar with occasional muscle soreness. You know it comes with the territory, and you’ve likely gotten adept at home remedies to alleviate discomfort. But what happens when you feel like you’re actually injured? Could it be a rupture? Could it be a tear? What’s the difference between both terms anyway? Anatomy 101 In order to understand these types of injuries, it helps to have a basic understanding of human anatomy. When speaking about ruptures or tears, the injured body part Read More..

UTI Dos and Don’ts

Having a urinary tract infection (UTI) can feel brutal. The constant urge to urinate is uncomfortable and disruptive. To add insult to injury, having a burning sensation while peeing can make even the most mundane of acts feel like torture. What can you do when experiencing a UTI? Is there anything you should avoid in order to make it heal quicker? What Is a Urinary Tract Infection? The urinary tract is a system composed of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and the urethra. An infection to any of these components is called as a urinary tract infection. Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms Read More..

Pulmonary Embolism

Breathing is one of those things most people take for granted. It’s just something we do. It’s so automatic, it often falls into the background of our consciousness. At the same time, it’s as essential to life as a properly beating heart. So when you start having difficulties breathing, it’s cause for concern. While there are several conditions that may affect a person’s breathing (such as asthma, bronchitis, or pneumonia), a pulmonary embolism is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases in the United States. What Is a Pulmonary Embolism? A pulmonary embolism is the medical term for when there’s Read More..