Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes
When people are suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, they often ask themselves, “Am I having a mental breakdown?” Intense, negative feelings and any number of mental breakdown symptoms can make you feel like you’re losing control.
The truth is that, for better or worse, most people
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?
Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that usually attacks the lungs, from where it can spread to other organs. Before effective treatment became available in the 1940s, TB (which was formerly known as consumption) killed many people. In fact, in the early 1900s one out of every seven people in
Nobody wants bad breath, and many who have it don’t know they’re afflicted—until they notice that people are standing farther and farther away when they speak. If you’ve ever suffered from halitosis, you’ll understand how embarrassing this condition can be. Some are so embarrassed they won’t even mention it to
Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).
Delirium is considered a medical emergency.
Barfing, puking, hurling, ralphing, blowing chunks, tossing cookies—whatever you happen to call it, vomiting is no fun at all. But it’s one of the ways our body tells us that something’s wrong. Think of it as an alarm system going off, but directly in our stomachs. Yuck!
If you’ve ever had
Asthma is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood but can occur for the first time in adulthood, even later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18.4 million adults and 6.2 million children in the United States have asthma.
Asthma causes inflammation in the
Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first step is to
Which would you rather have—a head cold, or a chest cold? Pick your poison, right? A head cold can take you out of play for a few days, thanks to all the typical symptoms—sinus congestion, clogged ears, watery eyes, a runny nose, chapped skin on your face from all the