Anemia is a condition that occurs when there is a deficiency in the amount of iron in the body. This causes a significant reduction in the number of red blood cells in the body.
Ascites is the medical term for a condition that causes an increase in the fluid of the peritoneum.
Beautiful strong nails enhance the beauty of one’s hands. Not only are such nails easy to style, they also a great self-esteem booster. Brittle nails on the other hand, are nails that chip with ease, causing distress for many people.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (abbreviated CFS) is a disorder that manifests with extreme fatigue in the absence of any underlying diseases.
Arteries make up the circulatory system, and are one of the key vessels in the body tasked with transporting oxygenated blood to the vital organs. These arterial system spans from the brain to the toes. Typically, healthy arteries feature smooth walls allowing for the seamless flow of blood.
COPD, in full Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a condition where inflammation of the lungs prevents the proper flow of air to the lungs.
Diabetes is a condition that affects one for life, and is manifested by high levels of sugar in one’s blood. There are two main types of diabetes, referred to as Type 1 and type 2.
A deviated septum refers to a condition where the septum, the cartilage that separates the nostrils, is crooked and lies off line.
An enlarged liver, medically referred to as hepatomegaly, is often a sign of an array of underlying diseases. In some cases, this change in size is attributed to a disease that affects the liver itself, while in some cases, it points to genetic disorders, bacterial and viral infections as well as specific heart conditions.
A fatty liver, just as the name suggests, is a condition that occurs when the liver is surrounded by high levels of fat.
Fluid retention, just as the name suggests, is a condition that develops when excessive fluid accumulates in the body tissue. It often occurs on the legs and the feet, but this retention may be experienced just about anywhere on the body.
Gallstones refer to deposits of fluid that accumulate and hardens in the gallbladder, an organ located just below the liver.
Hemorrhoids refer to a condition where the blood vessels located in the rectum swell and become tender and painful.
High blood pressure, medically referred to as hypertension, is a condition where one’s blood pressure registers a reading of 140/90 mmHg or more.
Cholesterol, by definition, is a kind of fat that is transported and found in blood in the human body. This fat is essential for various bio-synthetic pathways, and its production is made possible by specific cells in the body.
Creatinine is an important indicator of the health of one’s kidneys. This is because it is a chemical compound whose levels are a reflection of the functioning of the kidneys. High levels of creatinine show that the kidneys are not performing optimally.
Sweating is a natural mechanism the body uses to help regulate temperature. Some of the activities associated with sweating include difficult manual work, high external temperatures, intense exercise routines and emotions of anger and fear.
Hyperthyroidism is the medical term used to refer to a condition where the thyroid gland is extremely active. This results in the production of excessive thyroid hormones with specific effects on the body.
An underactive thyroid gland is the term used to describe a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce an adequate amount of the thyroid hormone.
Jaundice is a medical condition that causes the skin and eyes to acquire a yellow coloration. This change results from the accumulation of a compound known as bilirubin.
Kidney stones are tiny deposits of mineral salts found in the kidneys. These deposits constitute acid compounds and mineral salts that accumulate within the kidneys.
Low blood pressure, medically referred to as hypotension, is a condition that occurs when the blood pressure in the circulatory system falls below a certain threshold.
Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, is a medical condition that occurs when the concentration of sugar in the blood dips to below 4 mmol/liter (this is a unit of measuring the levels of blood sugar).
Low platelet count is a medical condition known as thrombocytopenia where the platelet count is below 150,000 platelets per microlitre of blood.
Mononucelosis is a viral infection that is usually spread through coming into contact with saliva. The virus responsible for this is known as the Epstein-Barr virus.
Mumps is a highly contagious disease that results from a viral infection. The most visible symptom linked to mumps is the tender and swollen section on the sides of the face, just below the ears.
An overactive bladder is a condition that affects the bladder’s ability to store urine so that one experiences a sudden urge to pee.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis which affects millions of people globally. This disease develops when the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones is degraded over a period of time.
Pancreatitis is a condition that causes the inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that constitutes part of the digestive system, and which is located just behind the stomach.
Treating your dogs for parasites is an important thing to do if they are to lead healthy lives. For most canine owners, the challenge presents itself in the fact that dogs are, by nature, scavengers. What this means is that they will eat just about anything, ranging from content in the bin to animal fecal matter.
Pelvic inflammatory disease, abbreviated PID, is a type of infection that targets the female reproductive system. It often develops when bacteria accesses the vagina and spreads to the Fallopian tubes, uterus and the ovaries.
Pleurisy is a condition that refers to the inflammation of the pleura. The pleura is the medical term for the double layers that surround and cover the lungs as well as line the rib cage.
Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes the inflammation of the air sacs in either one or both lungs. Following the infection, the air sacs are filled with pus or fluid, which in turn leads to labored coughing.
Swelling in any part of the body occurs when the tissue and/or organs enlarge, usually as a result of fluid accumulation. Depending on the type of injury, the swelling may also be the result of inflamed tissues.
Trichomoniasis, sometimes shortened to ‘trich’, is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite known as the trichomonas vaginalis.
Tinea versicolor is a common condition that leads to the formation of dry, scaly and discolored patches on the skin.
A urinary tract infection, commonly abbreviated as UTI, is a condition that affects the kidneys, the bladder as well as the tubes that link these two vital organs. While this infection can attack anyone, it is more prevalent in women than in men.
Vertigo refers to the feeling that the world around you is moving or spinning. It is often a symptom rather than a condition in itself, and its extent varies from one person to another.