Hypertensive Crisis

High blood pressure has become so common in the United States, most people don’t bat an eyelid when hearing about someone’s diagnosis. After all, it’s a health condition that affects one out of every three adults in the country. Yet, having high blood pressure can be devastating for someone’s health. Uncontrolled, it can result in a long list of health problems — such as heart attack, dementia, or aneurysm, to name a few. Therefore, this diagnosis should be taken seriously, and you — or your diagnosed loved one — should make immediate lifestyle changes to reverse it. What is a healthy blood Read More..

Blood in Urine (Hematuria): When to See a Doctor

Using the restroom is such a regular part of your life that you probably don’t even recount it when listing what you’ve done during the day. Yet, while urinating seems like second nature, it can be alarming to see blood in your urine. Some cases of this happening are harmless, but typically, blood in urine indicates more severe issues. What causes it, and when is it serious enough to see a doctor? Causes of Blood in Urine Blood in urine — also called hematuria — can occur as a side effect of using medications like aspirin, heparin, and penicillin. In Read More..

When to Go to the ER for Kidney Stones

When you suddenly experience severe pain in the abdomen, your mind races to what could be causing the problem — is it your gallbladder, a cyst (if you’re a woman), or your kidneys? Has your time on this earth finally reached an end? While that last question may be a little dramatic, most people experiencing sudden, extreme pain usually only think about one thing while in the moment — how to make the pain stop. When the cause is kidney stones, a trip to the emergency room is typically your best bet. But, what if you’re not yet experiencing excruciating pain? Read More..

Fainting & Passing Out: When is Fainting Serious?

Turn on any soap opera, and there is no doubt that at some point during your viewing, you’ll see someone faint. You’ll watch as the character slowly falls on the nearest piece of furniture – unable to comprehend the scene that has unfolded before them. But, for some Americans, fainting isn’t an act to stimulate drama. It’s a real condition that occurs suddenly with little indication. Why does fainting occur, and when should someone who has passed out visit an emergency room? Causes of Fainting & Passing Out Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness that typically occurs from insufficient Read More..

When to Go to the ER for Chest Pain

If you’ve ever experienced heartbreak, then you know that not all chest pain is something that needs immediate emergency care. But, as you get older, any chest pain should not be taken lightly. When you experience pain — whether it’s sharp, dull, severe, or mild — recognize if there are any other symptoms that are also occurring. What symptoms constitute an ER visit? And, how can you prevent them? 3 Chest Pains that Require a Visit to the Emergency Room Heart Attack Probably the first one on everyone’s mind — when they experience any kind of chest pain — is a heart attack. Heart attacks occur Read More..

When to Go to the ER for Back Pain

If you live a semi-sedentary lifestyle, then there are good odds that you may experience some sort of back pain during your lifetime. But, sedentary lifestyles aren’t the only cause of back pain. With so many different variations, it can be difficult to determine when a trip to the local store for an ice pack or a trip to the emergency room is more appropriate. So, how do you know when a trip to the ER is necessary, and what caused your pain in the first place? Causes of Back Pain The cause of your back pain is typically determined Read More..

How to Recognize Walking Pneumonia Symptoms

Catching a cold is never fun, especially when it brings coughing and fatigue. The cause of your sickness can often be difficult to pinpoint, and different diseases require specific treatments. One common illness that often gets misunderstood as a different problem is walking pneumonia. Most people have heard about pneumonia, but what is walking pneumonia? And, how can you recognize and treat the illness? What is walking pneumonia? Also called atypical pneumonia, walking pneumonia is a bacterial infection that impacts the upper and lower respiratory tract. It’s not as detrimental as other types of pneumonia, and it’s often mistaken for the Read More..

Meningitis: Symptoms, Treatment, & More

Fever, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light – these can all be symptoms of the flu or other common illnesses. But, did you know that they can also be signs of meningitis? What makes that so scary is that meningitis can have deadly consequences if not diagnosed and treated in time. To help determine the cause of your flu-like symptoms, learn how to detect meningitis, and identify your treatment options. What is Meningitis? Meningitis occurs when the meninges in the membranes around the brain or spinal cord become inflamed. Meninges surround your brain and spinal cord, so when swelling occurs, it can cause symptoms like Read More..

Shingles: Symptoms, Treatment, & More

When you think about your early childhood, you probably become overwhelmed with feelings – including nostalgia, bittersweetness, pride, or joy. You may remember the time you learned how to ride a bike, tie your shoes by yourself, or hit your first home run. But, do you remember when you had the chickenpox? The chickenpox often occurs in young children and is a viral infection that causes itchy, red bumps all over the body. While the chickenpox only lasts for five to 10 days, the virus can remain in your body in a sleep-like state for decades. Years after you’ve had the chickenpox, Read More..

What to Do After a Dog Bite

From the tiniest Min Pin to the largest of Great Danes, dogs come in all breeds and sizes. There are quiet and yappy dogs, lazy and active dogs, and passive and aggressive dogs. So, when someone lets the dogs out, and it results in you or a loved one getting bit, what do you do next? Steps to Take After a Dog Bite Step 1. Get to safety. Whether it’s a rogue bite from a pet being played with or an attack from an unknown dog, remove your loved one’s presence from the dog. Use force if necessary, but be Read More..