Archive | January, 2017

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery supplying blood to the brain. In most instances, it does not trigger any symptoms and left unnoticed. In rare cases, it can rupture and release blood into the skull and trigger a stroke. Once a brain aneurysm ruptures, it is called […]

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that often occurs in the spine. This can trigger pain and rigidity in the lower back, middle back, buttocks and the neck as well as in certain areas such as the chest wall, hips or heels. The condition can also result to swelling and diminished movement in these […]

Chagas disease

The Chagas disease is brought about by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This infection is typically acquired via contact with the droppings of a diseased triatomine bug (kissing bug) which is a blood-sucking insect that targets both animals and humans. An infection can also transpire from the following: Congenital or mother-to-baby Laboratory accident Contaminated blood products […]

Child care: Adenovirus infections

Adenovirus infections can affect individuals of all ages. These infections often involve the upper respiratory tract and prevalent in late winter, spring and early summer months, but can occur any time of the year. The adenoviruses spread from one individual to another via direct contact or from the secretions that are sneezed or coughed into […]

Stingray injury

A stingray injury can occur among those who spend time in the beach. It is important to note that stingrays are not aggressive. Injuries occur as a defensive measure. If one is accidentally stepped on, the spine close to the base of their tail lashes out and cause lacerations or punctures. What are the possible […]

Management of tendon rupture

A tendon rupture is likely to develop among middle-aged individuals or the elderly. Due to the deterioration that occurs as one starts to age, the risk for ending up with a ruptured tendon is high among the elderly. Self-care measures at home A tendon rupture regardless of the location is managed using the RICE method […]

Puncture wound

A puncture wound is a forceful injury from a pointed, sharp object that pierces the skin. This wound is typically deeper and narrow than a scrape or cut. Many individuals accidentally end up with a puncture wound during daily activities or in the workplace. Most cases are minor and home treatment is usually enough. Sharp […]

Home care for nail injuries

Nail injuries can vary from minor bruising or partial or full separation of the nail. Depending on the severity of the injury, these injuries can be properly treated to thwart any complications. Remember that the fingernails are essential in the functionality of the fingers. It provides support to the finger pad as well as aids […]