Prevention, removal, and recovery information regarding aging spots. Plus, natural remedies and other possible procedures.
Some people don't believe fibromyalgia exists, but patients with this painful condition certainly do. Learn about why it is so hard to diagnose, symptoms, and the current treatment options.
Swollen ankles in the summertime not only look unsightly but can be very uncomfortable, too. Read on to find the cause and how to avoid swelling.
My ‘journey’ health wise culminates in colostomy surgery! Prior to that time my life was filled with emotional ups and downs, and at the end of it all I had to wear a colostomy bag? . . . Oh heck!
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions faced by millions each day. A few simple stretches and strengthening exercises may be an effective remedy.
Have you ever had a wound that took time to heal? Later on it progressed and caused a massive inflammation of your whole leg? Learn more about these disease with a case review of a 4 year old patient.
People with phantosmia have an illusory sense of smell; they smell things that simply are not there. Read more about this uncommon smell disorder.
This is my extraordinary cure for fungal toenails. I had lived with the condition for more than ten years and it was getting worse, presenting on every toe nail.
This is the story of how I survived a battle with prostate cancer. I received my diagnosis at the age of 38, which is a young age for this disease.
Some of us do not feel comfortable hearing the cracking and popping that occur when being adjusted by a regular chiropractor. Alternative chiropractic services offer a much gentler technique.
Learn about the causes of dyshidrotic eczema, as well as both medical and home treatments for the condition.
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.
Learn how to take care of your skin when you have lupus. Reduce malar rashes and other skin irritations by following a few common-sense precautions, as well as your doctor's instructions.
Polydactyly affects the fingers and toes to produce extra digits. Syndactyly causes the fusing or webbing of the digits. These anomalies can occur in humans as well as a variety of other animals.
For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. Today, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!
The gallbladder stores bile, which helps fat digestion take place. Gallstones are solid lumps in bile that can cause a lot of pain when they enter bile ducts.
The causes, signs, and symptoms of having foot drop. This article is about my personal experience dealing with foot drop.
You no longer need to endure the embarrassment of cold sores. From effective first aid to long-term prevention, modern developments have transformed life for cold sore sufferers.
A pelvic hematoma can occur when there is serious trauma to the pelvic region. A hematoma in this region is a very serious condition that normally requires surgery.
Injuring part of the hand can cause long-term pain if not treated correctly in the initial stages. Learn how a mere pinky injury affected my life, and what I did about it.
An encounter with transient global amnesia, or sudden memory loss. How life can change in an instant...
What started as a fun weekend at a local water park ended in two surgeries and a hospital stay. Nail infections, known as paronychias, are a serious condition.
Sleep apnea was a major contributor to NFL star Reggie White's death at age 43. What is sleep apnea, and how is it treated?
This article explains an allergic reaction to minocycline, which is part of the tetracycline family. Puffiness and redness around the eyes are potential symptoms.
How to get rid of boils, ingrown hairs, and some MRSA-related skin infections. These home remedies are effective and inexpensive.
Parotitis is the medical term for an infection and inflammation of the salivary glands. The salivary glands are also known as the "parotid glands."
My doctor recommended surgery for my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but so far I've managed to avoid it with these alternative treatments.
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.
I had a positive experience using microfiber mattress and pillow encasings to avoid allergies caused by dust mites.
Visiting a person who is terminally ill can be intimidating. I know this from personal experience; I had a brain tumor and spent over half a year in and out of the ICU.
Here is the scoop about sleep studies. Learn about what to expect from a registered sleep technologist. Also, how you can participate in research studies and get paid!
This article discusses the staging of cancer and the various complications that arise during treatment.
Ease an aching back by doing these simple stretches for a few minutes every day. An alternative to taking painkillers for back pain.
Twenty-two years after surviving breast cancer, I was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. I decided not to let cancer beat me. This is my story.
Concentrated oxalic acid is poisonous. Oxalic acid and oxalates are present in plants and may cause health problems such as kidney stones.
Although you may think you already know about all of the common sense methods to treat insomnia, they are worth going over again. That's because they really work.
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.
Working and having a successful career with fibromyalgia is possible! Learn how to save energy, be productive, and stay healthy in the workplace.
Psoriasis is a chronic and recurring inflammatory condition of the skin. It has been linked to an increased incidence of obesity, heart disease, and strokes.
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.
With proper management and some patience, you can overcome molluscum contagiosum. This article will teach you how to manage the condition to minimise its impact on your life.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects approximately 17 million Americans. Many don't know they have it, as it's often confused for acne. Rosacea needs to be treated differently.
Improve alignment, mobility, and strength in the affected joint with one or more of these 10 exercises to ease arthritic pain.
A sleep study may help you stop snoring and start sleeping through the night. Here's what the experience of having a sleep study was like for me.
Lack of sleep is very detrimental, not only to your daily life, but also to your health. I know from personal experience! Here are 20 strategies that helped me get a better night's sleep.
Suffering from eczema? There are many so-called 'cures' out there, but Silcock's Base stands out from the crowd. It' s cheap, soothes the skin, and gets rid of eczema or dermatitis.
The parathyroid glands produce a hormone that controls the amount of calcium in the blood. A problem with the glands may cause hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia.
The painful story of how I lost friends after I was diagnosed with cancer. I'd heard from my cancer therapist that it's actually a common phenomenon, but I never thought it would happen to me.
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.
The appendix is often thought of as a useless organ, but it may be helpful. In appendicitis, the appendix becomes inflamed and swollen and may rupture.
Though awareness is spreading, fibromyalgia is still considered to be a “controversial” diagnosis. This poses a problem for those of us who have it.
This article discusses the signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction, what you can do to treat it on your own, and how to know when to seek help.
Disease burden varies widely depending on location, wealth, gender, age, and race. This article looks at the top 5 causes of death in high-income countries, and how you can prevent these illnesses.
I had a herniated disc in 2008 (L5-S1) and suffered for 5 grueling months of different treatments before I got surgery. Here I explore those options I tried; many others share their experiences in the comments.
Dysautonomia, any disorder of the Autonomic (Involuntary) Nervous System, is likely the most misdiagnosed condition of all time. Know the signs and symptoms of this invisible, chronic illness.
Unless you’re having unusual chest pains, you probably don’t have pericarditis—but I wanted to share my experience because of how quickly I was broadsided by this condition.
Road trips and car travel can increase the risk of blood clots. Here are a few easy things you can do to prevent these potentially fatal clots.
The story of a young U.S. military academy grad's struggle to become an Army Ranger while battling a life-changing diagnosis.
Shingles is a very serious and painful viral infection. If you have had chicken pox in the past, you have a higher risk. This article explains symptoms, typical treatments, and risk factors.
It's no secret that obesity has become a serious problem in America. This article explores the causes of obesity and the effects it can have on your health and well being.
Regenerating bone without the use of medications or invasive procedures is the optimum way to deal with osteoporosis.
Escherichia coli is a bacterium that exists as different strains. Some strains live in our gut and are very helpful. Others cause foodborne illness and disease.
Caring for a Bartholin gland that has developed a cyst does not need to be an arduous or painful process. Learning to recognize your early indicators is important and will aid you more than anything else on your road to recovery. It is important to...
This is my experiences with gallstones. I also share the information I've gathered about the diagnosis and symptoms of this condition.
On September 13, 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is my story, with my tips for coping with your own breast cancer diagnosis.
Did that 3D movie just turn your stomach? Learn more about "3D motion sickness," what causes it, and how widespread it really is.
Postoperative nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects after anesthesia and surgery. Find out from a board-certified anesthesiologist how to prevent and treat this unpleasant side effect.
An article on ASMR, a term we coined to describe a pleasurable tingling sensation on the scalp that might travel to other parts of the body.
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.
Heel pain can have many causes. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which can be related to heel spurs and policeman's heel.
Whether you’re young or old, the thought of being housebound due to illness or disability is probably pretty horrifying. For some of us, though, it’s a reality—and not an easy one to live with.
Almost a year ago, I had an implantable cardiac loop recorder placed in my chest to monitor my arrhythmia. This is a short tale of that experience.
Most natural remedies relieve the symptoms of cystitis, but don't remove the cause. Correct dosage, and using them synergistically, can improve their effectiveness.
Explanation for the newly diagnosed and their caregivers about lupus. Tips about living with the disease, exercise and saying "no."
So, what helps migraines go away fast? While there is no exact cure, a number of effective treatment options can help get rid of the symptoms.
Aspirin relieves inflammation by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme. It also inhibits the COX-1 enzyme. This process may cause stomach irritation and bleeding problems.
When children experience grief during their early developmental stages, their emotional health is compromised. Our actions as adults can help them work through their grief and learn to trust again.
Losing my hair as a result of FEC-T chemotherapy was devastating in ways I did not anticipate. This is my story.
When Geraldine Ferraro was diagnosed with cancer, she was given 3 years to live. She lived for 12 more years. Learn what she believed helped her cope—and why she survived far longer than expected.
How to prevent, manage, and treat cystitis, urinary bladder inflammation, and urinary tract infection (UTI). The author shares what she's learned from personal experience.
Insulin resistance is a serious problem for many people who are trying to lose weight but can't. Do you think you might be? Learn about why this is and what you can do about it.
A personal account of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for avascular necrosis of the femoral head (AVN). Also, a list of available resources in the UK.
Societal taboos, unresolved anger, and flying monkeys may complicate the scapegoat's grief for his or her narcissistic personality disordered mother.
Exercises to help alleviate pain and muscle stress associated with TMJ disorder. I've had TMJ problems for a large portion of my life.
I recently had an implantable loop recorder (ILR) placed. It has given me a great deal of much-needed peace of mind. It is well worth the bother to be monitored at all times for paroxysmal AFib.
What are freckles and how do you get them? Find out what causes freckles and who is more likely to get them. If you don't like your freckles, there may be ways to remove or fade them.
Avoid tossing and turning (and prevent cricks in the neck!) by using proper pillow placement to align the spine and muscles for optimal relaxation.
This article explains the lung disease of bronchiectasis, including tests and treatments. Childhood cystic fibrosis is also discussed, as it can be related.
Chicken pox is much less common in adults than it is in children, but it can have some nasty symptoms. I recently went through this unfortunate experience. This is what you should look out for.
Glial cells affect the activity of neurons, or nerve cells. Problems with astrocytes, a type of glial cell, may cause or worsen amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
If you're reading this, chances are you have Burning Mouth Syndrome, or I've perked your interest. It is a syndrome that has no exact answers.
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.
I've had more than my fair share of urinary tract infections. This is what I've learned about how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
A hunched posture not only looks bad—it is also a bad sign. If your posture looks hunched, that means your spine is hunched, as well. Learn what causes a hunched back and how to correct it.
Aldosterone is a hormone that affects blood pressure. Excess aldosterone can cause high blood pressure and low aldosterone can result in low blood pressure.
When you first realise you’ll have to wear a colostomy bag, your first thoughts will be “Goodness, I’ll have to wear a s**t bag”. I know because I‘ve been there too.
In someone with an anemia disorder, there are either not enough red blood cells in the blood or the cells contain abnormal hemoglobin. Symptoms range from mild to severe.
How to treat cracked fingers and fingertips. You know, those painful little slits that look like tiny paper cuts, but feel like major surgery.
Burow's solution was first invented in the mid-19th century by Karl August Burow for ophthalmic use. Domeboro soaks are a useful way to dry out skin eczema weeping and have antiseptic qualities.
I noticed my son itching the back of his knee and noticed it was not his eczema. It looked like warts. In fact, he had molluscum contagiosum. Find out what the condition is and how to treat it.
The best inserts for plantar fasciitis replace the flat insoles in running shoes, casual footwear and dress shoes. Orthotics and special insoles help reduce heel pain by providing arch support, contributing to foot stability.
Have you considered moving because of your chronic arthritis pain? Could living at a higher altitude be helpful?
Here are the natural and medicinal treatments that I use to control my psoriasis. Everyone is different; they may or may not work for you. Speak with your doctor before trying any new treatment.
Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to a friend who is facing the loss of a loved one. Here are some words and verses that may provide comfort . . . as well as some advice about what NOT to say.
A biphasic sleep pattern is a type of segmented sleep that allows one to gain an extra 2 hours a day!! You could do a lot in 2 hours!!
What I've learned about living with diabetes. Diabetes education is vital. Living with diabetes does not have to be a lifelong prison sentence.
Millions of people are affected by eczema. Understand what causes flare-ups, and learn how to maintain proper skin care.
The best solutions for insomnia range from common sense practices to specific gadgets. Here are 5 of the best insomnia solutions.
Lower back pain affects more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. It hurts to sit, walk, and lie in bed. These natural treatments are effective and can be done easily in your own home.
I experienced Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) in the eyes, so I can tell you about the warning signs and symptoms.
In some cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a protein called SOD1 is misfolded due to a gene mutation. In mice, a copper compound can prevent the misfolding.
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...
Perhaps my story of how I discovered I had appendicitis can help you identify you or your family member's symptoms.
Microcalcifications are common mammogram findings. Some are determined to be suspicious, and a biopsy may be recommended. Learn from my experience after microcalcifications appeared on my mammogram.
It's a tough decision to go to the ER when you're in bed with mild chest pain. Maybe it's nothing serious. Maybe it's a heart attack. Here's what to expect if you do decide to go to the hospital.
TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder) is a problem that takes place in the jaw region. TMD sufferers experience a lot of pain and discomfort, such as headaches, difficulty chewing, or a stiff feeling in their jaw. The severity of TMD varies, and different ways can be used to reduce the pain, such as exercises and possibly surgery.
Pilonidal cysts appear most commonly on the tailbone area at the top or near the top of the cleft of the buttocks. Most doctors believe that it is caused by an ingrown hair that then becomes infected.
I finally got rid of the feeling of a lump in my throat, which my doctor diagnosed as Globus Pharyngeus. Just a few easy lifestyle changes and it's gone. What a relief!
Adult Sensory Processing Disorder (ASPD) is a relatively new category of sensory disease, although the problem itself is far from new.
Impetigo is a debilitating skin disease that affects both children and adults. Learn about its symptoms, causes, types, diagnosis, complications, treatments, and remedies.
Your illness symptoms may be caused by your sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Learn what electromagnetic field sensitivity is and how you can live with this affliction.
When my late husband lost his battle with cancer, I was fortunate enough to be present when he took his last breath. I learned what a privilege it was to be with a person at their life's end.
If you were diagnosed with cervical dystonia, you may be wondering what it is. I know I had no clue what it was when I was diagnosed with it.
If you've recently had a colostomy, you may have a lot of questions about food and eating. As a fellow ostomate, here are my tips how to approach your diet.
You may have encountered thin layers of tissue somewhat like plastic wrap when handling raw meat—that is fascia, a contiguous network of connective tissue that can be found throughout the body.
Rosacea is a common condition that afflicts at least 16 million Americans. These are the skin care treatments and supplements that work for me.
Your doctor may not tell you everything about what to expect during treatment for breast cancer. I learned the hard way.
Learn about the different complications of gout if you are not careful in treating your high uric acid in the blood.
Learn about what causes the various types of kidney stones and the best ways to avoid developing them in the future. Here's a hint: you should have listened to your mother!
Although certain signs of heart attack are the same between women and men, there are some important differences, as well. Learn about the differences. It may save a life!
Maybe you were diagnosed with IC, but the diet and symptoms don't fit the diagnosis. Could it be something else like a recurrent infection? Find out here.
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.
Some disease and disorders are so rare that many people have never heard of them. Here are eleven of them.
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.
Traveling with back pain and sciatica is a challenge. I would like to share some useful tips from my personal experience, as well as guidance from others, that will make it easier for you.
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.
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease coupled with psoriasis. Causes treatments are discussed in full. This article also includes diet guidelines to alleviate the symptoms.
Urinary tract infections can be extremely painful. If not treated properly, they can cause serious damage to your body. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.
This article will advise you how to prevent kidney stones. I lost a kidney due to a Staghorn stone. I could have avoided losing a kidney by following this advice.
A contrast bath is the alternating use of warm and cold water. This technique is one of the best and most simple strategies to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness in the hands.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that, until recently, was thought to be caused solely by wear and tear. Scientists are now discovering that inflammation is involved.
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.
Most people today have heard of Crohn's disease, but when I was diagnosed 20 years ago it was much less known. Though doctors understood much more about it today, it can still be tricky to diagnose.
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.
My wife was astonished by the migraine fore-warnings. Here are explanations for the physiological symptoms of migraine based on her reports. Confusion over symptoms can cause much anxiety.
If you have trouble falling asleep or maintaining a regular sleep pattern, foods with naturally high levels of melatonin can help you without the need for sleep medication.
Eczema is a distressing condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It afflicts children and adults alike.
Pareidolia is a condition in which one perceives familiar patterns in inanimate objects. One of the most common examples is seeing faces. This is known as facial pareidolia.
This article discusses current medical treatment for IBS by examining a case study of a 47-year-old female patient. Diagnosis and disease management is covered.
There are several causes of abdominal pain after you have eaten food, some of which are caused by eating too much, too quickly, or too soon before you have exercised.
Being diagnosed with scoliosis is stressful. Once you add in high school drama, lots of pain, and major surgery, you end up with my life story.
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.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that steals your vision like a thief in the night. What is it? What are the symptoms? Learn more about this silent thief.
Since 1975, when Lyme Disease was first discovered near Old Lyme, Connecticut, the illness has spread to every continent except Antarctica.
My family has dealt with scabies twice, and I want to share what I've learned. In one case we struggled with these mites for over 3 months until completely getting rid of them within 2 days.
Lumbosacral neuritis is a term that is used to describe the irritation of the several nerves that line the vertebrae or spinal column, particularly in the lower back of the person being diagnosed.
The Mohs procedure is used to remove Basal Cell Carcinomas. The author also provides tips on the prevention of skin cancers.
Sleep paralysis is a fairly common condition characterized by either partial or total paralysis of muscles. It occurs upon awakening from sleep or falling asleep, and can be quite frightening.
Osteoarthritis has become quite prevalent in our society, and there are several types. This article is based on my own experience with this condition, as well as my research.
The pancreas makes digestive enzymes and essential hormones. Pancreatic disorders include inflammation, known as pancreatitis, and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
A stroke can significantly affect an individual in more ways than one. An investigation into the social, emotional, financial, and physical effects of stroke.
Aspergillus is a mold that can live inside the human body, causing an infection called aspergillosis. Aspergillosis may be a minor, serious, or deadly illness.
Learn how to get rid of a fever blister fast with a very simple, inexpensive, over-the-counter remedy. This is what works for me.
I used to suffer terribly from psoriasis. This alternative treatment restored my healthy skin, and I hope it will help you, too.
Are you still awake? Insomnia leading to sleep deprivation for several consecutive days may cause health problems. Learn effective methods to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are expected by many to be as productive as healthy people, despite dealing with constant pain and mental fogginess. Productivity tips for fibromites.
What are purines and how do they affect people who suffer from gout? Foods that are high in purines raise uric acid levels, which negatively affects those with this condition.
McKenzie Method exercises and stretches are a great way to combat lower back pain from bulging/herniated discs and compressed sciatic nerves.
Symbrachydactyly is a congenital hand malformation that occurs in 1 in 32,000 births. I was born with this condition, and this is my story.
Not all doctors agree about how ingrown toenails should be treated. This is a discussion of various treatment options based on the author's personal experience and research.
Blood pressure tends to rise as we age. Continually high blood pressure (hypertension) can cause serious health problems. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of hypertension.
There are a variety of foot sanding tools on the market, but I find most of them rather ineffective. The assistant at the podiatrist's recommended using the Dremel. Here's my experience with it.
Coronaviruses often cause mild to moderate problems in the respiratory tract. One type is the MERS virus, which may cause a deadly infection.
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.
Pneumonia can be a killer. It is often a serious complications of other medical conditions. What exactly is pneumonia, and is it the same as pleurisy?
The Black Death, or bubonic plague, did not die with its victims all those centuries ago. It is alive and killing right here in the 21st century!
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.
What is Rosacea and how is it identified? Learn about this inflammatory skin condition and how it is treated.
Severe GERD symptoms often begin with frequent heartburn. Discover more symptoms that point toward this potentially dangerous disease.
Do you know someone who has recently lost a loved one? Here is some advice for what's comforting—and what's not.
Chilblains are painful red bumps that appear after chilled skin has been rewarmed. A boil and a carbuncle are painful skin abscesses formed by a bacterial infection.
There are a lot of over-the-counter choices to treat allergies. Learn the differences between Allegra and Claritin, Benadryl and Sudafed, and Flonase and Afrin. Don't let allergies ruin your day!
Sciatica-related lower back pain is caused by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the spinal cord through the hip area and down the back of each leg.
An in-depth review of the early signs of diabetes. Find out what the symptoms are, discover whether you should be screened, and learn if you fall into one of the high-risk groups.
A ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate. The diet can be very helpful for some people with epilepsy, though it may not be a cure.