joint inflammation

The Four Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with … Read More

Joint Inflammation Is Easy to Recognize, But Difficult to Treat

Joint inflammation is easily recognizable—it's a condition that affects 80 percent of the world’s population. You’ll know inflammation by its symptoms: pain, warmth, redness, swelling, and perhaps loss of joint function. The symptoms are uncomfortable but manageable with rest, ice, compression, elevation—the classic "RICE" treatment—and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like … Read More

Tick-Borne Diseases: 12 Types to Beware

Want to know something that really grosses me out? Ticks. These tiny pests hide in tall grass or bushes, waiting to jump on their next meal. They’re not picky about who they choose—any mammal, reptile, or bird will do. Then, bam! They’re on you, grabbing hold with their little hypostomes … Read More

Diuretic Definition, Uses, and Side Effects

The diuretic definition is anything that promotes the body to lose water by increasing the excretion of urine and fluids. Diuretics cause the kidneys to excrete more water and sodium. They are used to eliminate excess fluid and decrease swelling. There are three main types of diuretics: thiazide, loop, and … Read More

What Is Ulcerative Colitis? And What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What is ulcerative colitis? Simply put, it’s a condition that causes inflammation and ulcers in the inside lining of the large intestine (rectum and colon). It affects just the top layer of the intestinal lining (called the mucosa). Crohn’s disease also causes inflammation, usually in the small intestine, but it … Read More

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