E Coli Symptoms

E. coli, which stands for Escherichia coli, is classified as a Gram-negative bacterium that affects the lower intestine, usually of warm-blooded organisms. Some of its strains pose grave threat to human health as they can lead to food poisoning. For instance, the so-called E. coli O157:H7 causes severe symptoms like painful abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea. When left untreated, these signs can lead to life-threatening medical conditions such as hemolytic uremic syndrome. Here is a quick take...

What Causes a Mole?

A mole (or melanocytic nevus) is an abnormal collection of pigment cells present within the skin. These cells are known as melanocytes. Moles are extremely common and are usually brown or black in color. They can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person’s life. Some moles may not appear until later in life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood. As the years pass, moles usually change slowly,...

What Causes Asthma?

Definition Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition (long-lasting or recurrent) are said to be asthmatic. The inside walls of an asthmatic’s airways are swollen or inflamed. This swelling or inflammation makes the airways extremely sensitive to irritations and increases your susceptibility to an allergic reaction. Causes of asthma Asthma is most often triggered in children by a respiratory infection, such...

Panic Attack Symptoms

Panic attack is a medical condition wherein patients experience a sudden episode marked by intense fear triggered by no clear reason. Patients usually think that they are dying, losing control or suffering from heart attack. Possible causes include changes in brain functions, stress and genetics. Help fight the different minor and major panic attack symptoms by taking a closer look at the diagnosis and treatments for this particular condition. Signs of Panic Attack Amongst the numerous symptoms...

Treatment for Warts

HPV infections are the real cause of warts, no matter what superstitions you might have heard. The real reason why one gets warts is due to an infection caused by the human papillomavirus. Many people consider this disease to be quite contagious. However, a common scenario is where only one family member will get it while the others won’t. Treatment for warts will vary and one should also take note of the different kinds of warts. Types of Warts Warts often just infect one part of your body, like...

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is one of the life threatening and chronic illnesses characterized by the development and spreading of cancer cells in the various parts of the ovary. Cancer cells may arise from egg cells as well as the epithelium. The symptoms of this disease are not specific and localized, which cause diagnostic delays. Physicians usually categorize the illness based on tumor histology. The classifications include germ cell tumor, surface epithelial-stromal tumor, sex cord-stromal tumor as well...

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki syndrome or mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome is also known as Kawasaki Disease.  It is a disease that can affect many organ systems in the body including the blood vessels, mucous membranes, skin and lymph nodes. It may lead to serious consequences if the disease begins to affect the heart and causes severe coronary aneurysms. About 80% of the people with the disease are under age five. However, children over age eight can be rarely affected. The disease occurs more often among boys (over...

Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer treatment can come in the form of radiation therapy, removal of the cancer via surgery or chemotherapy. Combination of these treatments is also possible. The treatment to be given will depend on the diagnosis of the attending medical specialist. This will be based on the severity of the tumor and the health of the patent. Surgery Removing the tumor is possible during stage 1 or stage 2. If the cancer has not gone beyond the lung, surgery may be done. 10%-35% of lung cancers may be taken...