Category Archives for The Digestive System

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...

Heartburn Symptoms

Also called pyrosis, heartburn is a medical condition characterized by a burning sensation and sharp pain somewhere in the esophagus. The chest area is usually affected, radiating into nearby locations like the jaw, throat and neck. Based on records, this condition is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. When suffering from this condition, patients can feel the signs of asthma and chronic cough. Check out these major and minor heartburn symptoms, diagnostic methods and treatments for a...

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Located in the anal canal, hemorrhoids are vascular structures that aid in controlling stool. To put it simply, hemorrhoids consist of connective tissues and arterio-venous channels and they function like cushions to aid the smooth passage of stools. When these cushion-like structures get inflammed or swollen, it can lead to comlications such as painless rectal bleeding or is some cases, pain in the area surrounding the anus. Types of Hemorroids and Their Symptoms Before we discuss the treatment...

What Causes Hiccups?

Hiccup, also known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF) is the “spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm that repeats several times per minute”. It is the abrupt rush of air into the lungs which causes the epiglottis to close, creating the “hic” sound. Hiccups are irritable and reflexive; as the muscle contracts repeatedly, the opening between the vocal cords snaps shut to check the inflow of air, causing the hiccup sound. Irritation of the nerves, extending from the neck to the...

Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Although some disappear after a few days, others linger on and cause intense pain. However there are remedies once the symptoms have been diagnosed. Hemorrhoids Signs There are two types: the external which is on the anal opening, and the internal which is inside. It’s possible that one has both or only one at a time. The most conspicuous symptom is blood on the feces. Red spots may also be seen on the toilet bowl. The internal types rarely cause pain. However they may protrude. When this happens,...

What Causes a High Creatine Level?

What is Creatine Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid (amino acid) that occurs naturally in vertebrates. It is produced by the liver and kidneys and used as an energy source by muscles and other organs. In humans and animals, approximately half of stored creatine originates naturally through eating certain meats, poultry and fish. Creatine is a very important compound that is naturally produced by our bodies because it performs the function of allowing our muscles to contract. However, this is...

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...

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...