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  • What are some of the most common reasons for not taking thyroid medication? There are many reasons why you might avoid taking medication, but of course there are many important benefits, as well.

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    by Boo McCourt165

  • Histamine has important functions but also causes the symptoms of hay fever. It's released from mast cells. Helpful techniques can prevent or reduce hay fever symptoms.

    Histamine, Mast Cells, and Hay Fever Allergies

    Histamine, Mast Cells, and Hay Fever Allergies

    by Linda Crampton20

  • Remedies for every stage of the cold sore. If you get cold sores, these are some of the best ways I've found to get rid of them.

    Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

    Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

    by JRs5

  • My cluster headaches created intense pressure on the eye region. This article describes how I managed to get rid of these headaches without the use of medication.

    How I Managed to Cure My Cluster Headache

    How I Managed to Cure My Cluster Headache

    by Irfan5

  • When there is difficulty moving, clenching, or opening the jaw, there could be a lump under the jawline. A discussion of the possible causes, treatments, and when to seek help.

    Lump Under the Jawline

    Lump Under the Jawline

    by Sree Vani1

  • An ear abscess (medical name - mastoiditis) is a dangerous infection of the skull, provoked by bacteria in the ear. It primarily affects toddlers and infants, although in rare occasions older individuals may be susceptible. The cause is always the...

    Ear Abscess: Everything You Need to Know

    Ear Abscess: Everything You Need to Know

    by piplaw lm6

  • The life expectancy of someone living with multiple sclerosis is somewhat lower than that of the general population. Recent research estimates the difference to be about 7 years.

    Multiple Sclerosis and Life Expectancy

    Multiple Sclerosis and Life Expectancy

    by Edmund Custers0

  • Information about pinched nerves, nerve damage, and peripheral neuropathy. Videos by health care professionals are included.

    Nerve Damage: My Experience

    Nerve Damage: My Experience

    by Holle Abee19

  • Written by someone who knows sciatic pain inside and out, this article takes a detailed look at the range of medications available to treat this condition.

    Medications for Sciatic Pain

    Medications for Sciatic Pain

    by Kymberly Fergusson34

  • Sleep architecture is the amount of time spent in each sleep cycle. Abnormal architecture may be caused by sleep-disordered breathing, periodic leg movements, or other sleep disorders.

    What Is Sleep Architecture?

    What Is Sleep Architecture?

    by Leah Lefler17

  • It can be difficult to exercise with costochondritis—chest wall pain. Find out which movements to avoid and which stretches and exercises will help!

    Costochondritis and Exercise

    Costochondritis and Exercise

    by Kymberly Fergusson47

  • If you have diabetes, you should be aware of the recommended foods that best maintain your health. You can get healthy blood sugar levels by combining complex carbohydrates, low-fat protein, and fiber in your diet.

    Best Foods for a Diabetic to Eat: Diabetes Meal Planning

    Best Foods for a Diabetic to Eat: Diabetes Meal Planning

    by Stephanie Hicks24

  • Are you really flexible? Have you dislocated your knees or other joints? Hypermobile joint symptoms may mean you have a disorder often called hypermobility joint syndrome, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    by MaryBeth Walz28

  • Vitiligo is a skin disorder involving loss of melanin, the pigment that colors skin. It's most likely an autoimmune condition. A variety of treatments are available.

    Vitiligo: Skin Pigment Loss and Treatment

    Vitiligo: Skin Pigment Loss and Treatment

    by Linda Crampton30

  • Doctors and other professionals advise against popping cold sores—and for good reason—but the temptation will always be there. Learn how it worked for me and how to do it safely.

    Can You Pop a Cold Sore? My Experience

    Can You Pop a Cold Sore? My Experience

    by crissytsu140

  • Have you ever seen someone who can bend their thumbs backwards? A hitchhiker's thumb is a recessive trait that causes this flexibility. Here is an explanation, complete with video and pictures.

    What Is a Hitchhiker's Thumb?

    What Is a Hitchhiker's Thumb?

    by Amy Gillie41

  • There are many different kinds of coughs: productive chest cough, non-productive or dry cough, whooping cough, barking cough, psychogenic cough, and reflex cough. When should you see a doctor?

    Different Types of Coughs and When to See a Doctor

    Different Types of Coughs and When to See a Doctor

    by blairtracy18

  • What does a green bowel movement in adults mean? Is it a sign of a serious medical condition? Green stool can be the result of several different causes, which range in severity. Learn more here.

    What Does a Green Bowel Movement Mean?

    What Does a Green Bowel Movement Mean?

    by Edmund Custers4

  • A sleep disorder called catathrenia causes a person to moan in their sleep, which can make it difficult to sleep next to them. Yet, there are several methods which help to prevent this condition.

    How to Stop Moaning in Sleep

    How to Stop Moaning in Sleep

    by David7

  • In this article, I will share my journey with Efudix skin treatment. I've included photos to show how my skin changed and notes about how I felt throughout the process. I hope that reading about my experience will help anyone undergoing the same treatment.

    My Journey Combatting Skin Cancer With Efudix

    My Journey Combatting Skin Cancer With Efudix

    by mawsonks34

  • Many people who use Accutane (isotretinoin) for acne are aware that it can cause severe hair loss. I lost 70% of my thick, long hair from Accutane; luckily, I managed to regain most of my hair within 2 years due to topical minoxidil (Rogaine), peppermint oil and an anti-inflammatory, fat-rich diet.

    How to Recover From Accutane Hair Loss: Rogaine and Peppermint Oil

    How to Recover From Accutane Hair Loss: Rogaine and Peppermint Oil

    by Lucy0

  • The side effects of chemotherapy can be difficult, but they are not as bad as many seem to believe. Here are the more common issues cancer patients face during chemo treatments.

    What Really Happens to Chemotherapy Patients

    What Really Happens to Chemotherapy Patients

    by Rebecca Burg3

  • When the pain of costochondritis flares, it can feel like a heart attack. Once cardiac causes have been ruled out, you are often just given a prescription. Here are other healing treatment options.

    Costochondritis Treatments: Chest Pain Relief

    Costochondritis Treatments: Chest Pain Relief

    by Kymberly Fergusson112

  • Acid reflux disease is the result of a variety of genetic, age-related, and environmental factors. Some are controllable and some are not.

    How Do You Get Acid Reflux Disease?

    How Do You Get Acid Reflux Disease?

    by Scott S Bateman13

  • Adult Sensory Processing Disorder (ASPD) is a relatively new category of sensory disease, although the problem itself is far from new.

    Adult Sensory Processing Disorder

    Adult Sensory Processing Disorder

    by Marye Audet55

  • Though hardened stools may not have bothered you in the past, as you age, you may find yourself suddenly on the lookout for every impacted stool home remedy available.

    Best Impacted Stool Home Remedy

    Best Impacted Stool Home Remedy

    by Sree Vani5

  • Death is difficult to accept, and yet it is a part of life that we cannot change. Having a better understanding of the stages of the dying process will help ease the experience for all involved.

    Stages of the Dying Process and What to Expect

    Stages of the Dying Process and What to Expect

    by Sharon Smith150

  • Chronic hives are a result of an underlying disease condition. My experience is with acute hives, which results from an allergic reaction that may occur only once in a lifetime.

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    by John R Wilsdon12

  • A community of artists have popped up on YouTube to promote sleep and relaxation using ASMR, a tingling sensation caused by soft speaking and slow movements. These are my favorite ASMR channels.

    My Top 15 Favorite ASMR Artists

    My Top 15 Favorite ASMR Artists

    by Laura Smith11

  • Most of us think that itchy skin is just a nuisance. However, persistent itchy skin could be a sign of a serious medical condition.

    The Unseen Causes for Itchy Skin

    The Unseen Causes for Itchy Skin

    by Helen Murphy Howell26

  • Tips for living with dizziness and inner ear disorders. These are the techniques I use to reduce my symptoms and get on with my life.

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    by Kim Kennedy33

  • This is the story of how my husband and I dealt with his colostomy, colostomy bag, stoma care, and several surgeries. I have included personal photos and informative videos, as well.

    Colostomy and Colostomy Bag: Our Experience

    Colostomy and Colostomy Bag: Our Experience

    by Holle Abee15

  • Hair loss for a woman can be devastating. If you are woman facing hair loss, the first step to combating it is to learn about it - the types and causes of hair loss and the myths surrounding it.

    Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

    Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

    by Gemini Fox2

  • Pinworms are parasites that live in the intestine. Sometimes they try to exit through the anus and cause an uncomfortable and embarrassing itch. Here's how to get rid of the worms and the itch.

    How to Get Rid of Pinworms and Itchy Anus

    How to Get Rid of Pinworms and Itchy Anus

    by JamieRiderBush112

  • In this article, common causes of high LDL cholesterol are discussed, and suggestions for improving cholesterol levels are given in the conclusion.

    What Causes High LDL  (Bad Cholesterol)?

    What Causes High LDL (Bad Cholesterol)?

    by Simon Lam4

  • The best shoes for plantar fasciitis offer good arch support and motion control for your foot. I've compiled recommendations that can help with heel pain as well as a torn or inflamed plantar fascia.

    Shoes That Work for Plantar Fasciitis

    Shoes That Work for Plantar Fasciitis

    by Chris Telden248

  • Worms in humans are common, even in developed nations. They take a toll on a person's health, and cause horrific disfigurations and disease. Let's take a look at the most common of these parasites.

    The Most Common Worms in Humans

    The Most Common Worms in Humans

    by Gable Rhoads15

  • Nasal folliculitis, or nasal vestibulitis, is caused by a buildup of oil and/or dead skin cells. This leads to the pores getting infected by staph which can lead to a painful and maddening pimple.

    Nasal Folliculitis: Causes and Treatment

    Nasal Folliculitis: Causes and Treatment

    by John R Wilsdon0

  • A dialysis (or renal) diet is one that is prescribed for people who have chronic renal failure and are on dialysis. Diet and nutrition are a vital part of living well with kidney disease/failure.

    The Dialysis Diet: What It Is & Why It's Necessary

    The Dialysis Diet: What It Is & Why It's Necessary

    by Dominique Powell2

  • A hip labral tear is a painful condition that may require arthroscopic surgery to repair. The cause may be traumatic or spontaneous.

    Hip Labral Tear

    Hip Labral Tear

    by Mickmc3

  • Ringworm isn't a worm at all; it's a fungal infection that is not only contagious but also embarrassing. I tried a succession of treatments over a 3-month period before I finally got rid of the rash.

    How to Get Rid of Ringworm

    How to Get Rid of Ringworm

    by Robert T Gasperson64

  • Sort out your itchy, flaky scalp! Find out what causes this condition and how to relieve the symptoms. You may need to evaluate your hair products as well as your diet.

    Why Is My Scalp Dry and Flaky?

    Why Is My Scalp Dry and Flaky?

    by Emma Kisby24

  • Over my many years in the medical field, I've witnessed many deaths. Some people see death as a tragedy. Some see it as a release from pain and suffering. One thing is certain: death is inevitable.

    Final Symptoms of Terminal Lung Cancer and Dying

    Final Symptoms of Terminal Lung Cancer and Dying

    by Lela29

  • A popping, clicking, or cracking sound of your sternum, or breastbone, is usually not a cause for alarm. What causes this phenomenon, and when should you be concerned?

    Sternum Popping: Everything You Need to Know

    Sternum Popping: Everything You Need to Know

    by Sree Vani2

  • The death of a loved one while sleeping can come as an enormous shock, particularly if the deceased had no known health issues. Some, however, view death while sleeping as the most peaceful way to go.

    Dying in Your Sleep: Possible Causes of Death

    Dying in Your Sleep: Possible Causes of Death

    by Sree Lakshmi89

  • Nearly 1,500 in Ohio need healthy lung transplants annually, but there are not enough donor lungs for them all. That changes now, because a leading university hospital can fix damaged lungs fast.

    Damaged Lungs Can Be Repaired in Four Hours

    Damaged Lungs Can Be Repaired in Four Hours

    by Patty Inglish MS32

  • When your glucose levels spike and there are no emergency medical resources around, here are some ways to quickly and naturally lower your blood sugar. Look for these diabetes symptoms.

    How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Fast

    How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Fast

    by Lori Phillips127

  • Tons of easy, fun, and successful breast cancer fundraising ideas that allow you to simplify your group's fundraiser planning and get down to the business of raising money for charity.

    Breast Cancer Fundraising Ideas That Really Work

    Breast Cancer Fundraising Ideas That Really Work

    by Melanie Palen36

  • Your stool can serve as a good indicator of your general state of health. Discovering black specks in the stool can be distressing for anyone. Learn why this might happen—and when to worry.

    Black Specks in Stool: When Should You Worry?

    Black Specks in Stool: When Should You Worry?

    by Sree Vani0

  • Lipoma is a skin condition that causes many people to worry. It affects many people in the world today. Here is everything you need to know about it.

    The Ultimate Guide for Lipoma

    The Ultimate Guide for Lipoma

    by Chloe Ben5

  • Bone cancer has few symptoms. When my sister received her diagnosis, I learned a lot about the symptoms, treatments, and how to help a loved one cope with this condition.

    What Are the Symptoms of Bone Cancer?

    What Are the Symptoms of Bone Cancer?

    by Abbyfitz15

  • Did you wake up with a weird waddle hanging down the back of your throat? It could be a swollen uvula. Here I share information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.

    My Experience With Uvulitis (Not Fun)

    My Experience With Uvulitis (Not Fun)

    by victoriuh50

  • Urinary Tract Infections can occur in any person of any age. The one thing they have in common is that they totally suck. Learn at-home-treatment options and ways to prevent future infections.

    What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

    What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

    by Kierstin Gunsberg9

  • What I thought was a little bump on my nose turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. In this article, I discuss what causes it, how to recognize it, and what you can do to prevent it.

    Basal Cell Carcinoma—The "Good" Skin Cancer

    Basal Cell Carcinoma—The "Good" Skin Cancer

    by MaddieB10

  • Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP, is a genetic disease that turns the human body into a living, breathing statue. There is no cure. Louise Wedderburn and Harry Eastlack are discussed.

    What Is FOP? The Mannequin Disease

    What Is FOP? The Mannequin Disease

    by Nell Rose119

  • Stubbing your toe or catching a fingernail can cause a blood blister to form under the skin. Relieving the pressure is a simple and painless procedure that can prevent complications from occurring.

    How to Treat a Blood Blister Under the Nail

    How to Treat a Blood Blister Under the Nail

    by Bobby4

  • Recovery from a pulmonary embolism takes a lot of time. Lung damage from blood clots is very serious. Based on my own experience with this condition, I will share what to expect during your recovery.

    What to Expect During Pulmonary Embolism Recovery

    What to Expect During Pulmonary Embolism Recovery

    by Lena Welch746

  • Have bloating or gas in the afternoon or evening? Here's how to diagnose the source of the problem; the culprit is usually something you ate for breakfast or lunch.

    Afternoon and Evening Bloating and Gas

    Afternoon and Evening Bloating and Gas

    by Jason Menayan15

  • Scabies is a nasty condition and is usually extremely itchy. Sadly, treatment is not instantaneous, and the condition can get worse before it gets better. Here are some tips to help you cope.

    Is Your Scabies Worse After Treatment?

    Is Your Scabies Worse After Treatment?

    by infostreamnetwork4

  • To determine whether your body is processing sugar properly, you need to know what normal blood sugar levels are, especially if you have a metabolic disorder like diabetes.

    What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

    What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

    by Edmund Custers4

  • Colon bacteria make butyric acid. This acid improves the health of the intestinal lining. It may also reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of colon cancer.

    Butyric Acid, Gut Bacteria, and Colon Health

    Butyric Acid, Gut Bacteria, and Colon Health

    by Linda Crampton16

  • The symptoms of thyroid malfunction can easily be mistaken for other conditions such as allergies, menopause, and depression. It is important to insist on a blood test to determine whether this is the cause of your problems as the thyroid gland plays such a huge part in many bodily functions.

    Is it Allergies or a Thyroid Disorder?

    Is it Allergies or a Thyroid Disorder?

    by tebo44

  • Ingrown toenails can be painful and debilitating, but surgery to remove the toenail is no fun, either. You may be able to avoid surgery with these tips.

    How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    by Sondra Rochelle2

  • Carrageenan is a thickener used in many foods that can cause allergy and intolerance symptoms in some people. Learn the symptoms of a carrageenan allergy and how to avoid foods with carrageenan.

    Carrageenan Allergy Symptoms

    Carrageenan Allergy Symptoms

    by carolynkaye6

  • Staph infection is caused by a bacterium that has evolved to resist many of our current antibiotics. Though many infections are minor, some can cause serious damage or even death.

    Staph Infection and MRSA: Symptoms and Treatment

    Staph Infection and MRSA: Symptoms and Treatment

    by Whitney175

  • A common misconception is that certain foods like nuts and seeds can cause diverticulitis. However, there is no scientific evidence for this. Here is a general guideline for what foods you can and can't eat when you have diverticulitis.

    Foods You Can or Can't Eat When You Have Diverticulitis

    Foods You Can or Can't Eat When You Have Diverticulitis

    by healthhubs100

  • Eczema is a distressing condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It afflicts children and adults alike.

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    by Eugene Brennan10

  • When we are under pressure; for example, when we are living with a chronic illness, it's then that God shows us lasting treasures!

    Chronically Ill and Finding Diamonds

    Chronically Ill and Finding Diamonds

    by Diana Majors4

  • Nothing is worse than chronic eczema that just won't go away, especially if your child suffers from it, too. My son and I have tried every remedy under the sun, and this one is definitely the best!

    The Cream That Finally Made Our Eczema Go Away

    The Cream That Finally Made Our Eczema Go Away

    by Nikki Schilling19

  • Cystitis is a painful illness, but there are a few self-help ideas that you can try. Based on my experience, these remedies will work relatively quickly, as long as you follow these instructions.

    The Quickest Way to Get Rid of Cystitis Symptoms

    The Quickest Way to Get Rid of Cystitis Symptoms

    by Nell Rose105

  • Biotech companies are striving to find new cancer treatments using immune therapies and targeted biologics. New detection and screening tests are also under development to diagnose patients earlier.

    Cancer Treatment & Biotechnology

    Cancer Treatment & Biotechnology

    by Leah Lefler14

  • How do normal cells become cancerous? Here are six properties of cancer cells that make them mutate and proliferate -- six properties that distinguish normal from abnormal cells.

    Cancer Cells vs. Normal Cells: Six Differences

    Cancer Cells vs. Normal Cells: Six Differences

    by LM Gutierrez2

  • I have MGUS—monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance. Never heard of it? Neither had I until it was discovered on a routine blood test.

    MGUS: Living With a Time Bomb

    MGUS: Living With a Time Bomb

    by Holle Abee213

  • Rabies is found throughout the world, caused by lyssavirus that is transmitted through bite wounds. The disease is now treatable, though the success rates vary immensely.

    Rabies in Humans: Symptoms and Treatment

    Rabies in Humans: Symptoms and Treatment

    by Leah Lefler8

  • It might be that you find yourself dropping things without, seemingly, any reason. The objects you are dropping might not even be heavy or in any way difficult to handle: You pull a fork out of the drawer and it mysteriously slips out of your hand,...

    Why Do I Keep Dropping Things?

    Why Do I Keep Dropping Things?

    by Nathan Bernardo20

  • Gout is a form of arthritis that usually attacks the foot—and can be extremely painful. This article examines the day-by-day symptoms of a gout attack for the first week.

    My First Week of Gout Pain and How I Treated It

    My First Week of Gout Pain and How I Treated It

    by Charlie Claywell4

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