Having a limb fall asleep and then feeling pins and needles is more common if you have poor circulation.
Allergies are problems of the immune system. Most allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to a “false alarm.” Normally, the human body defends itself against harmful things, such as viruses or bacteria. But sometimes the defenses violently attack mostly mild things, such as dust, mold, or pollen.
In children under age 3, it’s normal to not have full bladder control. As children get older, they become more able to control their bladder. When wetting happens in a child who is old enough to control his or her bladder, it’s known as enuresis.
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Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.
Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.
Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.
Most headaches in kids are caused by tension, not disease. Your pediatrician can determine what kind of headache your child has.
Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.
Muscle cramps -- involuntary muscle contractions -- are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don't cause damage.
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Cluster headaches -- called "cluster" because of their pattern of striking in groups or clusters -- hit at the same time of day for a period of weeks or months, then vanish as suddenly and as mysteriously as they appeared.
Most cosmetics have long shelf lives, but since they can be contaminated with bacteria after only one use, it is a good idea to keep track of how long you have been using products, such as mascara and eyeliners.
Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.
When your immune system doesn’t work the way it should, it is called an immune system disorder.
You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu shot.
Diabetes affects the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body.
With today's world filled with flashing images of MTV, quick news reports, and fast-food restaurants on every corner, are we capable of concentrating as well as we used to?
In general, only about 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.
Here are some common terms that may help you describe your skin condition to your healthcare provider.
Brushing and flossing your teeth isn't hard to do, and doing both properly can help prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely.
Concussions affect many athletes, but these sports injuries are the least understood.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, a clear, soft structure behind the pupil that works much like a camera lens. The top cause of cataracts is aging. In fact, more people over 70 have cataracts than not.
Taking arthritis medication is important, but what you do for yourself, including exercising, doing relaxation exercises and managing your emotions and attitudes, is just as crucial to your ability to lead an active, productive life.
A tonsillectomy may be recommended if your child has throat infections that keep coming back. Adenoidectomy is recommended if your child has a lot of trouble breathing through the nose. Often the tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time.
Otitis media is infection or inflammation in the middle ear. Most kids have at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. But, adults can also get ear infections.
Measles (rubeola) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It causes a red, blotchy rash. It’s a very contagious illness.
Uterine fibroids are tumors in a woman's uterus. They are usually not cancer.
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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because the death may happen when a baby is sleeping in a crib. It’s one of the leading causes of death in babies from ages 1 month to 1 year. It happens most often between 2 and 4 months old.
Claudication is pain in your thigh, calf, or buttocks that happens when you walk. It may be a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This is when narrowed or blocked arteries reduce the blood flow to your legs.
Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments fail to offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.
Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee seem monumental.
Scientists believe bone spurs happen because of osteoarthritis or when the body tries to heal itself after a trauma by replacing bone.
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In adults, a screening blood sugar test is generally used to determine if your blood sugar is too high. For adults, having an elevated blood sugar usually will not give you symptoms and may indicate a pending or current problem with type 2 diabetes.
When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.
Surveys show fewer than one in 10 women perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat. But it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target.
Healthcare providers who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.
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In the past, a woman who miscarried several times might never know why it happened. Today, more and more women are finding out the causes of their recurrent miscarriages.
Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you’ll have to manage.
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When your child has a fever, the body resets its thermostat at a higher temperature. This helps the body fight off invading microorganisms.
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Over the long-term, your quality of life is tied to how severe your heart attack was and how it was treated. Beyond that, any change will depend largely on you.
Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching.
Don't assume you're safe just because you're inside. The air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
About 50 million Americans have tinnitus. For nearly 25% of them, the phantom noise is distracting enough that they seek medical advice.
Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.
Major depression goes beyond the day’s normal ups and downs. It involves a teen’s body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.
Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.
Low-vision devices are categorized as either optical or nonoptical. Optical devices are magnifying lenses or closed circuit TV. Nonoptical devices are large-print books and talking computers.
Eye allergies usually affect both eyes. The main symptoms of an eye allergy include itchy eyes, increased tearing, red or pink eyes, and mild swelling of the eyelids.
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic skin disorder. It commonly affects infants and may last until adulthood. It causes itchy, scaly patches on the skin.
People who feel they're unable to regain control of their lives because of their responses to the trauma may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.
As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.
Most Americans survive a first heart attack. By taking action, however, they can significantly reduce their chances for a second heart attack.
Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, people with fair skin who blush easily may be at the greatest risk for it.
The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.
Millions of Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. Even so, it's often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by people with the condition.
Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.
Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking. This approach appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.
Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.
For some people, taking medication every day can help prevent migraines and make them less painful when they occur.
Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy. The symptoms of gestational diabetes usually go away after delivery. But sometimes they do not, or you may develop type 2 diabetes later.
You and your loved ones will benefit if they understand your condition and how best to help.
Caring for someone you love who is sick or disabled is never easy. When the illness affects your loved one’s state of mind, the demands placed on you can be especially difficult.
For some people, frightening memories of a terrible event can resurface months or even years after the ordeal. In reliving the event, people become fearful and unable to cope with daily life.
The way you respond to a heart attack can make a profound difference in what happens to you in the future.
Even if you already have atherosclerosis or have had a heart attack, there’s a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.
How do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?
Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, healthcare providers say.
Putting babies to sleep on their backs has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. One unexpected side effect: Many infants now have a flattened head.
There are 5 main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.
If you’re pregnant with twins, you’ll want to carefully consider this advice. It can help increase your chances for a full-term pregnancy.
Although some behavior problems can be attributed to normal child development, some need professional help.
In older people, it's easy to mistake memory problems for the everyday forgetfulness that some people experience as they grow older.
People with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.
Without enough shut-eye, children are more likely to struggle with their school studies, do poorly on the playing field, and suffer depression.
A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.
Tonsillitis means that your tonsils are inflamed. Your tonsils are large, fleshy glands at the back of your throat. These glands make antibodies that help fight infection.
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Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three.
Although nausea and vomiting can make you feel miserable, it's important to remember that these are not diseases, but rather symptoms of many illnesses.
Infectious mononucleosis is characterized by swollen lymph glands, fever, sore throat, and chronic fatigue.
Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.
Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Most of your body's fat is stored as triglycerides.
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Hereditary hemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders in the U.S. Itcauses your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat.
For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.
Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process.
Every year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder that interferes with their ability to function at work or school or in their daily lives.
Spirometry is an easy test that tells your healthcare provider how well your lungs are working.
Diabetes affects every part of your life, and it can create problems that aren’t easy to talk about with your healthcare provider.
The stress of illness or injury can cause blood sugar to rise and make insulin less effective. This can lead to serious problems, including diabetic coma. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when illness strikes.
Too often, diabetes leads to kidney disease. But it doesn’t have to. When kidney problems are caught early, you can take steps to prevent more serious kidney disease.
Whether you pack a suitcase every week or once a year, you probably know that traveling takes a little extra preparation when you have asthma.
The best way to prepare the school staff to meet your child’s needs is to develop an asthma action plan.
Having asthma isn’t easy, and for most kids, neither is being a teen. Here are some common teen issues and suggestions for easing your child’s concerns.
Many people with diabetes need to change their treatment plan at some point. There are advantages to this. For example, taking insulin can make it easier to manage your blood sugar.
About one-third of people with diabetes get a skin problem sooner or later. Fortunately, most problems can be prevented or easily treated.
To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the tests or checkups described here.
Atherosclerosis can start as early as childhood and can lead to many health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.
A key way to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome is to lower high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and salt in your diet is a great start.
Cardiac asthma can the same symptoms as true asthma. But the symptoms are caused by heart failure, which leads to fluid buildup in the lungs.
If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.
Heart failure makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood, causing shortness of breath.
Colds and the flu can be serious for people with heart disease.
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a ministroke or warning stroke, causes symptoms similar to those of a stroke.
As a patient, understanding the basics of the guidelines can help you take a more active role in your treatment.
If you are like most people with heart disease, you have several providers who each treat you for a different health issue.
Research shows that informed, supportive teachers and staff can play a big role in helping students manage their asthma.
Auras may include visual disturbances (jagged lines with bright spots or flashes); temporary, partial vision loss; numbness; and tingling sensations.
If you have heart failure, you may wonder if physical activity is good for you.
College can pose challenges for the student with asthma. New and unfamiliar living quarters, school and social stresses, and other factors can trigger a flare-up.
Asthma can be unpredictable, but it is important to recognize the difference between a minor flare-up and an attack that could be life-threatening.
If you have heart failure, knowing your body can help you manage your condition.
Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain.
Smoking damages your arteries, and it’s thought that the damaged arteries in the discs and joints in your back may lead to pain and injury.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks five major air pollutants that cause significant health effects: ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and microscopic particles called particulate matter.
The condition called dry eyes may feel a sand-like grittiness that can range from mild to severe.
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Rotavirus is a contagious virus that causes nausea and diarrhea. It is the leading cause of severe infectious diarrhea in children.
Many people think of asthma as a childhood disease, but it often occurs as a new condition in older adults.
Children who have ADHD are often given medicine as part of their treatment plan. The type of medicine most often chosen is a psychostimulant.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs.
It's not high blood sugar, heart disease, or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It's their feet.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Over time, HCV can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms for years. Many don’t know that they are infected until their liver is already damaged.
When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.
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Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.
Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.
Symptoms of eye problems in children include crossed eyes, redness in the eyes, squinting, and excessive tearing.
What kind of care would you want if you were no longer able to speak for yourself?
People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.
Not everyone who has had a heart attack needs open-heart surgery, such as a bypass operation.
Participating in a disease management program gives you the chance to ask questions about exercise, medication, diet, and other treatment options.
If you think you may have allergies, talk with your healthcare provider about getting tested.
It's good to learn as much as you can about your asthma medicines.
Did you know that smoking cigarettes can make your asthma worse?
Metabolic syndrome is marked by higher levels of glucose in the blood. That's also a sign of prediabetes.
You may be wondering what questions the healthcare provider will ask or what tests and exams your child will need.
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Control your blood pressure, keep your cholesterol in check, and take your medicine as prescribed.
Regular soft drinks contain sugar—empty calories in your diet. Sugary drinks also raise insulin levels, which causes you to put on more deep fat.
People with more visceral fat or an apple-shaped body—two factors associated with the metabolic syndrome—are more likely to have depression.
These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.
Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common infection of the nerves that is caused by a virus. It causes a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin.
Here are measures you can take to protect yourself from the flu at the office.
Warm weather may have an impact on your MS symptoms. These tips can help.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be a frustrating condition to deal with because it doesn’t have an easily identifiable cause. It’s an autoimmune disorder, which means your immune system literally attacks your body—in this case, your joints.
Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are chronic diseases that can be treated as successfully as many other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.
You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.
Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's healthcare provider.
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It happens during certain seasons of the year—most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.
Cancer of the endometrium is a disease in which cancerous cells are found in the lining of the uterus. It is highly curable when found early.
Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.
Color blindness is when you are unable to see colors in a normal way. It does not mean you can’t see any colors at all.
At least 8 million people in the U.S. are living with an eating disorder. The overwhelming majority—about 90%—are female.
Recent studies have found that people who take proton pump inhibitors are significantly more likely to break their hipbone or any other bone.
You have a number of tools at your disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings, along with brushing and flossing often, are important for a healthy mouth and a health pregnancy.
When you're faced with a highly stressful event in your life, the strategies outlined here will help you cope.
The bite of a deer tick can pass on several diseases, including Lyme disease and Borrelia miyamotoi disease.
Diabetes is nothing to smile about. The disease can cause serious damage to your body. It can even harm your teeth.
Celiac disease, or celiac sprue, is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances normally dissolved in the urine.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic illness. It begins with inflammation in the rectum and can progress to involve much or all of the large intestine.
Even though you know death is a part of life, losing a loved one is one of the most difficult events you can experience. Understanding grief and learning how to cope can help you heal and move forward with your life as you honor the person you miss.
About 60 percent of newborn babies develop jaundice, but managing it is important because it can cause long-term health problems in rare cases. Here’s what you should know about this common and usually mild condition.
Your thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck, is one of your body’s most important organs. It produces two thyroid hormones: triiodothyronine and thyroxine, otherwise known as T3 and T4. They travel in your bloodstream to affect every organ in your body.
If you’re on daily medication, you know that you need to take it every day—but is there a best time to take it? Often, the answer is yes, depending on the type of medicine as well as your symptoms and preferences. In some cases, you may be able to time your daily dose to make the most of your body’s natural rhythms and cycles.
Joint replacements are safe and effective, but there’s an alternative: taking steps to care for the joints you already have. Be kind to your joints by:
Feeling like you need a nap an hour after downing a venti latte is a pretty clear clue that you’re not getting enough sleep. However, there are some more subtle signs that you’re lacking z’s. Here are three to watch for
Staying active is key to living a healthy life as you age. Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a common disease that can lead to serious injuries and compromise your mobility. Osteoporosis affects both men and women and causes your bones to become weak and fragile.
Although about a quarter of U.S. adults have arthritis, many aren’t taking advantage of ways to reduce pain and stay active, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Try these simple ways to live well and manage arthritis symptoms:
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest type of gynecologic cancer. That’s probably because it typically is not diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage. But you can help protect yourself by knowing if you are at risk for this cancer and what symptoms to watch for.
If you’re caring for aging parents, there’s a good chance one or both of them has a chronic condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 85 percent of older adults in the U.S. have at least one. And 60 percent have two or more.
Stress and chronic pain have a complex relationship. Living with pain day after day can be stressful. It can also lead to mental health problems. In fact, one-third of adults with arthritis experience anxiety or depression.
While medical advancements have made aging easier for some, changes in society may make it more difficult for others. Researchers estimate about 22 percent of Americans are at high risk of aging without a family member or caretaker looking after their needs. This new and growing group is called “elder orphans.”
Mental health conditions are more common than you might think. In the U.S., more than 18 percent of adults lived with a mental illness in the past year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Here are the top 10 most common mental disorders among adults in the U.S.:
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Eye problems often hide in plain sight, damaging your delicate visual system before you notice any symptoms. Regular eye exams can help your eye doctor spot common eye conditions and treat them before you lose vision. Here are some of the problems he or she seeks—and the therapies that relieve them.
Annually, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms kill more people than breast cancer, AIDS, and traffic crashes combined.
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Need a reason to lace up your sneakers and head out the door? Whether you prefer a neighborhood stroll, a yoga class, or a round of golf, exercise can do more than keep you fit—it may reduce your risk of developing cancer as well.
Your bladder isn’t the most exciting organ in your body, but it’s certainly an important one. And it makes sure to remind you of that fact several times each day.
When you’re busy, it can feel impossible to schedule in some down time. But giving yourself a break is important. Self-care can sometimes feel selfish, but stress management is key to preventing health problems, like depression and heart disease.
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women. Part of the reason is that lung cancer often has no symptoms until it’s already at an advanced stage. Lung cancer screening aims to find the disease at an earlier stage, when treatment is more effective.
It’s very likely that you or someone you know has heart disease. Heart disease is very serious: It is the most common cause of death in the U.S. and is responsible for one in every four deaths. While heart disease is very common, it’s also treatable if you know what to do.