What Causes a Leg Cramp?

Definition Cramps are unpleasant, often painful sensations caused by contraction or over-shortening of muscles. Leg cramps are painful feeling of tightness and tension in the muscles of the legs. Also known as ‘charley horse’, leg cramps usually occur when the leg muscles suddenly and forcefully contract. There are three prime areas where these cramps mainly occur: calf (crossing the ankle and knee), the hamstring (crossing the knee and hip) and the quadriceps (also crossing the knee...

Symptoms of Arterial Blockage in the Heart

Arterial blockage in the heart is a medical condition that needs utmost care because it is a highly serious disease. High intakes of cholesterol and fats are the major causes of blocked arteries and blood vessels. Because of limited blood flow, nutrients and oxygen are not distributed to the different organs and tissues of the human body. For people who barely know this severe medical condition, it is good to look at the different treatments, diagnosis and symptoms of arterial blockage in the ...

Rib Pain

Rib pain is a very difficult experience for patients considering the severe and stabbing pain that usually goes with it. This medical condition significantly affects the lower, upper, left and right portions of the rib, causing a shooting pain, a tingling sensation and a dull feeling in the affected areas. However, patients can easily reduce the discomforts brought about by this problem if they are equipped with the proper knowledge and right information regarding its symptoms, causes as well as...

Remedy for Diarrhea

Diarrhea is characterised by the too regular passing of stools that are loose and without consistency. Although diarrhea is an unpleasant condition, it is an effective way for the body to rid itself of undesirable substances. This is why diarrhea usually follows conditions like food poisoning; the body is trying to rid itself of the substances that are unsuitable for the digestive system. Diarrhea is also associated with the following symptoms: vomiting, stomach cramps, thirst, fever, nausea and...

Cancer Treatment

There are a lot of options when it comes to cancer treatment and management. Some of the options are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgery, and monoclonal antibody therapy among others. The type of treatment to be used depends on the stage of the disease and the grade and location of the tumor. Another thing that a physician will also consider is the patient’s general health. Radiation Therapy This type of cancer treatment is also known as radiation oncology or radiotherapy. This...

What Causes Gout?

Gout is a common painful kind of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals forming in one or more joints. Uric acid is formed when the body breaks down a substance called purines. Purines are found in all of the body’s tissues and normally dissolve in the blood and pass through the kidneys into the urine and out the body. Gout occurs when there is an abnormally high amount of uric acid in the blood. Persons with gout will experience swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. High uric acid levels in the...

Treatment for Diarrhea

Having diarrhea can be quite a debilitating experience. It is characterized by the increase in the number and frequency of one’s bowel movements. There is a looseness of a patient’s stool. It is also characterized by an increase or rather an excess of water in a patient’s stool. The looseness of one’s stool is independent from the frequency of bowel movements. The treatment for diarrhea requires some safe practices and medication. Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Diarrhea There are a number...

Home Remedies for Burns

There are several degrees of burns, ranging from the least severe first degree burn, to the major third degree burn. A first degree burn is minor and only affects the epidermis layer of the skin. It causes pain, redness and swelling. Second degree or partial thickness burns affect both the epidermis and dermis layers of skin. This causes the same symptoms of first degree burns plus blisters. A third degree burn is the worst, and is characterised as a full thickness burn, or a burn which extends into...

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