Archive | February, 2017

Foot stress fractures

Foot stress fractures usually develop due to prolonged repeated loads on the legs. Individuals who run long distances are prone to develop this type of injury. It is important to note that stress fractures among athletes mainly occur in the lower leg and foot. Indications of foot stress fractures There are various types of foot […]

Childcare emergencies: Extreme temperature exposure

Extreme temperature exposure can be life-threatening among children. This usually occurs for an extended time and if the child was not properly dressed or given other protection. Common forms of extreme temperature exposure Hypothermia Extreme temperature exposure especially to cold can lead to hypothermia. This develops if the temperature of the child drops below the […]

Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a potentially lethal ailment caused by toxins of 2 types of bacteria – staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes. It was initially recognized in adults and children in 1978. Most of the early cases were linked with Staphylococcus aureus among menstruating teenage girls and young women who use highly absorbent vaginal tampons. […]

Motion sickness

Motion sickness arises if the brain receives contradictory signals from the moving parts of the body – eyes, inner ears and nerves in the extremities. Normally, all these body parts respond to any motion. Once the signals they receive and transmit are inconsistent, the brain receives contradicting signals and triggers a response that cause a […]

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a skin growth that develops on skin exposed to the sun particularly on the hands, face, neck and forearms. The condition is often seen among fair-haired, pale-skinned, light-eyed individuals, usually starting at the age of 30-40 and becomes common with age. What are the indications? Actinic keratosis is characterized by small and […]

Broken toe

A broken toe is a common injury that can occur in both children and adults. The injury can occur if a heavy object was dropped on the foot, stubbing the toes on hard surfaces or excessive bending. Indications Pop or snap at the time of injury Pain is worsened if the affected toe is touched […]

What is the RICE method?

The RICE method is widely used for injuries such as sprains. When helping an individual with an ankle or knee sprain, this first aid technique is the ideal measure. After a possible injury, you can alleviate the swelling and pain as well as promote healing and flexibility with the RICE method. What does the RICE […]

Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain or discomfort in the front part of the knee. It typically occurs among adolescents, athletes and those involved in manual labor. The condition is oftentimes brought about by wearing down, roughening or softening of the cartilage beneath the kneecap. Possible causes Injury Overuse Excess weight Misaligned kneecap Alterations below the […]