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What Causes Low Sodium in the Human Body?

The normal concentration of sodium in the blood plasma is 136-145 mm. If the sodium level falls too low, it’s called hyponatremia; if it gets too high, it’s called hypernatremia. A sodium level in the blood that is too low is dangerous and can cause seizures and coma. Sodium is a mineral element which is an important part of the human body. It controls the volume of fluid in the body and helps maintain the acid-base level. About 40% of the body’s sodium is contained in bone, some...

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,...

Addison’s Disease

Addison disease is a condition that occurs when the body does not generate acceptable amounts of specific proteins made in the adrenal glands. The adrenal gland will produce inadequate amounts of coritsol and aldosterone in some instances. It is also refered to as adrenal insufficiency or hypocorticsolism. It may manifest at any age however the customary age of infection is between 30-50 years of age. It may also possibly progress into a life threatening illness. Read more

Cold Sore Remedy

Facts about Cold Sores The following list includes some basic facts about cold sores. Cold sores are also referred to as fever blisters. They are red, painful blisters that are filled with fluid and usually appear around the lips, chin or cheeks and in the mouth. They could also appear in the genital area. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which invades the cells of the outer skin layer. Cold sores are contagious (passed through close personal contact) and will cause the affected...

Swine Flu Symptoms

Also known as H1N1 influenza or hog flu, swine flu is a viral infection caused by viruses that are endemic in hogs or pigs. Humans who are regularly exposed to pigs are at risk of having this disease. The severity of the infection depends on the virus strain experienced by patients. The virus strains include influenza A subtypes H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2 as well as H2N3. Aside from the subtypes, influenza C also causes hog flu. To prevent the etiology of other diseases associated with the infection...

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...

Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades

Pain in this particular body part can be due to any number of ailments. Some can be serious while other causes are quite ordinary. Causes of Pain between Shoulder Blades Oftentimes the cause is mundane. Typing for several hours might result in throbbing pain. If you work on the computer nonstop, the pain might become chronic. A more serious cause is a gallbladder attack. Most of the time discomfort here begins in the abdomen but it can go up to the shoulders. Arthritis is another potential culprit....

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...