Stomach Flu vs Food Poisoning

Feeling sick is never fun — especially if it involves vomiting or diarrhea. At minimal, feeling this way can be exhausting and inconvenient. But, in severe cases, you could develop dehydration and become hospitalized. While there are many conditions that cause these symptoms, the most common are stomach flu and food poisoning. How can you tell the difference between these two illnesses, and when it is time to seek emergency care? Causes of the Stomach Flu Viral gastroenteritis — more commonly known as the stomach flu — is an intestinal virus caused by contamination from another individual or ingesting contaminated Read More..

School Openings During COVID-19: How to Keep Children Safe

COVID-19 has flipped the world on its head, and as some businesses remain closed or at limited capacity, parents and teachers begin thinking about the next school year. Administrators are listening to local government officials and are determining the next steps, but there are still so many questions about what the fall school year will look like. Can your child return to school? Will they be safe? Regardless of your opinion on whether schools should reopen or not, there are a few things you can do to prepare your child in case their school decides to resume classes. 1. Practice Read More..

Why Does it Burn When I Pee?

For the average individual, using the bathroom is about as common as brushing your teeth or eating. Yet, despite its commonality, one’s bathroom habits aren’t typically the topic of conversation. That is until things don’t go as expected. Such is the case when a person goes to urinate and feels a burning sensation. Not only can this feel painful, but it’s a sure sign that something isn’t quite right. What causes painful urination, and what can you do if you’re experiencing the burning sensation? 5 Causes of Dysuria (Painful Urination) Painful urination is also known as dysuria. The pain can Read More..

Dysuria (Painful Urination)

One of the most mundane everyday activities is going to the bathroom. Everyone does it, every single day. At home, at work, while out shopping, it’s so commonplace, that it’s easy to overlook how great it is to do so without any issues. But, if you’ve suddenly started noticing a painful or burning sensation every time you urinate, you may be wondering what’s causing it. Why is it happening? What’s the best form of treatment? And, how do you know it’s time to go to an emergency room. What is dysuria? Dysuria is the medical term for painful urination. It Read More..

Sprained Foot vs Broken Foot

If you’ve recently injured your foot  — whether by playing sports, falling, or by dropping a heavy item on it — you may be tempted to tough it out. However, while the wait-and-see approach is common, it could result in complications of your injury if you’ve sprained or broken your foot. Symptoms of both injuries are similar and they both require resting to allow your body to heal. But, how can you tell whether any of these injuries applies to you? What are the symptoms of a sprained foot? What are the symptoms of a fracture? And, what’s the best way Read More..

Broken Foot

Like most parts of the body, feet are often taken for granted. They allow you to get up from bed, walk, hold your body weight, and exercise. You may pay attention to them when purchasing new shoes, but other than that, it’s easy to not pay them much attention — until there’s an injury. Whether from an accident or a sports injury, foot fractures are painful and can severely limit your daily routine. But, how do you know if your foot’s broken? What are the most common symptoms? Are there any complications? And, is there anything you can do to Read More..

Hip Fracture

Hip fractures are common injuries among senior individuals who’ve experienced a fall. Typically, when they occur to older patients, it’s due to a chronic health condition, muscle weakness, or impaired vision. It could also be the result of declining balance/coordination while walking, or difficulties getting in and out of the bathtub. On the other hand, hip fractures can also affect younger patients who’ve been involved in an accident or who’ve gotten injured while playing sports. Regardless of the circumstances, these types of injuries are extremely painful and affect every aspect of daily life. So, how can you learn to recognize Read More..

When to Go to the ER for an Allergic Reaction

If you’ve lived long enough, chances are you know someone who is allergic to something — peanuts, pollen, seafood, certain medications or chemicals in personal care products, to name a few. However, there are different types of allergic reactions that can range from mild — such as minor skin rash — to life-threatening. How can you learn to recognize them? How do you treat them? And, when is it time to go to the emergency room? What is an allergic reaction? An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive when you’re exposed to certain substances — known, Read More..

Knee Sprains

The knees are one of the joints of the body that endure the highest amount of stress. In addition to allowing you to walk, go up and downstairs, and transport heavy items, for every pound of body weight, your knees receive four times the burden. And, when you add high-impact activities — such as jumping, running, and playing sports — the shock levels are increased. Therefore, you should always ease into these types of activities gradually. This ensures a lower risk of injury. But, what happens when you suddenly start feeling pain and discomfort? Is it a strain? How can Read More..

Is My Thumb Broken or Sprained?

Anyone who’s lived long enough can attest to the fact that hurting your fingers or toes can be an excruciatingly painful experience. For such small body parts, stubbing them will make you yell out in pain. However, in many instances, waiting it out and icing the area will do the trick. But, what happens if you have a more serious injury? What if you’ve sprained or broken your thumb? What are the telltale signs of each type of injury, and what’s the best form of treatment? Anatomy of a Thumb The thumb is the finger with the greatest range of Read More..