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What Causes Purple Lips?

Purple lips also know as Cyanosis is a medical condition that causes discoloration and bluing of the skin and membranes. Linked to lack of oxygen, cyanosis may be attributed to underlying lung or breathing problems. Often seen in infants with birth defects or lung problems, cyanosis also affects the elderly. Although human blood is always a shade of red, the optical properties of skin distort the dark red color of deoxygenated blood to make it appear bluish purple. Cyanosis can occur in the fingers,...

What Causes Circulatory Shock?

What is Circulatory Shock Circulatory shock, commonly known as just shock, is a serious, life-threatening medical condition characterized by a decrease in tissue perfusion to a point at which it is inadequate to meet cellular metabolic needs. As the blood carries oxygen and nutrients around the body, reduced flow hinders the delivery of these components to the tissues, and can stop the tissues from functioning properly. Circulatory shock should not be confused with the emotional state of shock as...

What Causes Low Platelet Count?

A platelet (also known as thrombocyte) is defined as an irregular, disc-shaped element in the blood that assists in blood clotting. During normal blood clotting, the platelets clump together. Platelets are the smallest of the three major types of blood cells, the normal platelet count is 150,000 to 350,000 per microliter of blood, but since platelets are so small, they make up just a tiny fraction of the blood volume. The principal function of platelets is to prevent bleeding. Platelets are produced...

Heel Pain

The heel is a part of the foot that is subject to many different unhealthy conditions caused by varying factors. People can feel a sharp pain when the soft tissues and blood vessels found within the lower, upper, left and right part of this all-important part experience abnormalities. The same also goes for the bones and skin part, which are usually marked by chronic and stabbing pain when injured. For those who wish to be free from pain, it is good to know the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments...

Symptoms of Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is a condition that occurs due to the presence of an extra 21st chromosome. It is named after the British physicist, John Langdon Down. Down Syndrome can be detected through a series of screenings and tests, performed before child birth. However, it is not possible to predict how these complications will develop, after the birth of the child. People with Down Syndrome can encounter cognitive and physical disabilities and  their problems can range from mild to severe, but having said...

What Causes Sore Feet?

Sore feet also referred to as foot pain can result from several causes ranging from accidental trauma to nerve conditions. The human foot combines mechanical complexity and structural strength. The ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber, and propulsion engine. The foot can sustain enormous pressure and provides flexibility and resiliency. The foot and ankle combines to account for one-quarter of the bones that make up the human body, 26 to be exact. They also contain 33 joints, a network of blood...

Lower Right Abdominal Pain

Characterized by sudden or recurrent pain in the right part below the umbilicus or belly button, lower right abdominal pain can be caused by minor injuries or serious disorders. In this regard, it is important for patients to identify which symptoms indicate medical emergencies to avoid suffering from life-threatening health conditions. To know which are the appropriate treatments, physicians should be able to diagnose the underlying cause of the pain. Below are the common symptoms and causes as...

What Causes Heat Stroke?

heaDefinition A heat stroke is mainly the harshest form of any heat related illness, when this occurs the temperature of the body will be higher than 41.1oC or (106oF). Most times this can be linked to neurological dysfunction. All this is however, very different than fever, as with fever there is only a physiological increase in the normal temperature set point of the body. Heat stroke is thus a very serious medical condition and must be responded to urgently, for the body systemic way of cooling...

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