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Dependent edema

Dependent edema is defined as gravity-related swelling in the lower part of the body. Gravity has an effect of drawing down fluid to the ground, causing it to accumulate in the lowest body parts such as the legs, feet or hands. Edema is simply swelling which occurs if excess fluid is trapped in the body […]

Gum abscess

A gum abscess is a painful condition that can result to serious complications. An abscess is a pocket filled with pus that can form in any part of the body including within the mouth. A gum abscess forms once bacteria within the mouth triggers an infection in the space amidst the teeth and gums. In […]

What is a sinus headache?

A sinus headache arises if the sinus passages behind the nose, eyes, cheeks and forehead are congested. The discomfort can be felt on either or both sides of the head. The pressure or pain can be felt not only in the head, but anywhere in the sinus region. Oftentimes, it is a sign of sinusitis. […]


Chafing is a common skin issue due to a combination of friction, irritating fabric and moisture. Prolonged rubbing on the skin causes it to sting or burn followed by a mild, reddened rash. In severe cases, chafing can be accompanied by bleeding, swelling or crusting. Chafing is likely to occur on body parts that rub […]

Peanut allergy

Peanut allergy is known to trigger a severe allergic reaction. An individual who is allergic to the food might experience a severe reaction from exposure to a trace amount. In most cases, children are likely to have this type of food allergy. Even though some can outgrow the allergy, others have it for life. If […]

Decubitus ulcer

A decubitus ulcer is an open wound on the skin. It often occurs on the skin overlying bony areas. The usual sites where a decubitus ulcer forms include: Back Hip Ankle Buttock The condition is prevalent among the old individuals, those with diminished mobility, those who spend extended hours in a wheelchair or bed, those […]

Purulent drainage

Purulent drainage is a form of fluid released from a wound. It is often described as “milky” in appearance and an indication of an infection. If an individual is recuperating from a wound, it is vital to monitor the drainage. Characteristics Purulent drainage can be described as: Thick or dense consistency “Milk-like” appearance Distinct scent […]

Intercostal muscle strain

An intercostal muscle strain has a variety of causes. The intercostal muscles are positioned amidst the ribs which attaches them to one another. The muscles can be damaged by twisting movement. The pain might manifest either from a sudden injury or gradually from repetitive movements. What are the signs? The indications of an intercostal muscle […]

Close look on poison ivy

A poison ivy rash is brought about by exposure to the poison ivy plant.  The sap of the plant contains urushiol which is an irritant that triggers rashes and an allergic reaction. Remember that the oil can remain in gardening equipment and shoes. Characteristics If the skin was exposed to poison ivy, it triggers thin […]

Refrigerant poisoning

Refrigerant poisoning occurs if an individual was exposed to the chemicals utilized to cool appliances. Refrigerant includes chemicals specifically fluorinated hydrocarbons. Freon is an odorless, tasteless gas but if deeply inhaled, it can disrupt with the movement of oxygen to the cells and lungs. In case of limited exposure such as a spill on the […]