Treatment for Shingles

Although the infection is not fatal, treatment for shingles may be necessary to alleviate the pain. Proper treatment can also reduce the risk of suffering further health complications. Oral Antiviral Medications Antiviral drugs should be taken within 72 hours of the initial signs of the infection. Among the medications that may be tried are famciclovir (Famvir), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and acyclovir (Zovirax). For the pain, numerous drugs may be taken. Among them are oxycodone and anticonvulsants...

Symptoms of Liver Diseases

There are many types of ailments that can affect the liver. The following are some of the most common. Liver Disease Signs Hepatitis is brought about by viruses. There are three variants, hepatitis A, B and C. A is treatable and can dissipate in six weeks. Type B and C can be fatal. Cirrhosis is caused by injury to the liver. It damages the liver and is characterized by a swollen spleen. The skin and eyes turn yellow (just like hepatitis). In major cases the brain swells and causes death. Gallstones...

Heart Attack Symptoms

The best way to deal with a heart disease is by knowing the symptoms. Armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to determine the right course of action. Heart Attack Signs The most common symptom is pain in the chest area. This sensation can be a sudden sharp pain, or develop slowly. Other times the feeling is more of tightness, like the muscles are being squeezed. An indication of a possible major stroke is spreading of the pain from the chest to the shoulders. This will then extend to the...

Depression Treatment

There is more to depression than just a feeling of being sad or a feeling of impending doom, lifelessness, emptiness, and apathy. Depression is no ordinary feeling as most would describe. It engulfs one’s life day in and day out. It often interferes with the ability to sleep, study, work, and eventually have fun. Depression treatment will require one to understand what depression is in order to cope with it. Symptoms/Signs of Depression Part of the initial stages of depression treatment is identifying...

Atherosclerosis Disease

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up on the insides of your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. The Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. The flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body is reduced. This can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke, or even death....

Upper Abdominal Pain

Upper abdominal pain is a common health condition characterized by severe or mild pain felt in the umbilicus up to the rib cage’s lower margin. Recurrent or sudden aching in the upper part of the abdomen can be caused by injuries, disorders or diseases. To ensure the safety of patients who usually feel the pain, it is necessary for them to know the symptoms that require them to go to medical clinics or hospitals and ask help from physicians. By doing this, doctors can perform different tests to...

What Causes Crying Jags?

A jag is described as overindulgence in an activity such as crying hence the term crying jag. Crying jags are uncontrolled bouts of crying which may last for long periods and can be cathartic. Developmental psychologist Dr. Aletha Solter states that “crying removes excess stress-related chemicals from the body and serves the purpose of restoring the body’s chemical balance after a stressful event has occurred. Crying is a beneficial physiological process that allows people to cope with stress...

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...