Cerebrovascular Disease

This is a group of brain dysfunctions relating to the disease of vascular tubes (blood vessels) supplying the brain. This disease is known primarily to affect elderly persons; however due the nature of the disease it can affect anyone if care is not taken to be healthy. Changes in the design of the blood vessels may make them narrow, stiff, deformed amongst other deformations, these changes in the blood vessels result in increased blood pressure in the brain since they vessels get narrower, which...

What Causes Hangovers?

Definition A hangover describes the sum of unpleasant physiological effects following heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. The most commonly reported characteristics of a hangover include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst. A hangover may also induce psychological symptoms including heightened feelings of depression and anxiety. Causes of hangovers Dehydration Alcohol is a diuretic, i.e. a drug that increases urination and flushes fluids...

What Causes Foot Cramps?

A Foot Cramp is an involuntary contraction of muscles in the foot or feet especially the inner arch of the feet, toes and thigh and calf muscles. Pain is usually associated with the contraction of the muscle and even it has subsided one may still encounter aching. Causes of a Foot Cramp Foot Cramps may be caused by environmental, medical and lifestyle factors. Athletes and persons in old age are in the group of persons at high risk for foot cramps. However, it may present as the most common type...

Treatment for Herpes

The sexually transmitted disease herpes can affect both sexes. The following treatments will have to be taken according to the recommendations by your doctor. The amount and medication type may vary per individual. Treatments and Medications Medications that may be prescribed include acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and famciclovir (Famvir). There is no cure for this disease. But these oral antiviral prescription medications will heal sores more quickly following an outbreak. These drugs...

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

The heart pumps blood in the body and transports it to various organs of the body through the arteries. The pressure exerted by the blood on the walls of the arteries is referred to as blood pressure. Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the blood pressure readings are higher than the normal rate (that is above 120/80mmHg (millimeters of mercury)).There are two kinds of hypertension namely, primary and secondary. In the the case of primary hypertension, no definite medical cause can be...

Bone Pain

Also known as osteodynia or ostealgia, bone pain is a general term commonly used by patients and medical professionals to refer to severe or mild pain felt within or around a bone. It can be caused by minor disorders or injuries, but patients should be aware of the symptoms that can indicate serious conditions related to the pain. To identify the prognosis of osteodynia, physicians should determine the underlying problem that causes the pain. To ease the pain felt by patients, it is also important...

Rotator Cuff Pain

A group of tendons that is highly important in stabilizing the shoulder joint, the rotator cuff allows the shoulder to move in different directions especially when healthy. However, just like all the other parts of the human body, it is subject to injuries and diseases. These factors can contribute a lot in producing sharp pain and dull sensation, which greatly affect the lower, upper, left and right parts of the rotator cuff. It is easy to be in control over this type of severe pain by learning...

Joint Pain

Known to medical professionals as arthralgia, joint pain is a common health condition that is characterized by swelling, stiffness as well as mild or severing aching in a person’s joints. The pain can result from minor injuries, bruises, disorders, illnesses as well as tumors. To avoid experiencing chronic conditions that are related to joint pain, it is important to identify the symptoms that require patients to ask for immediate medical assistance. In addition, patients should also undergo diagnostic...

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