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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...

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,...

Mad Cow Disease

Mad cow disease or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease found in cattle that leads to a spongy degeneration of the brain and spinal chord. The incubation period is considerably long and affects adult cattle. All breeds are vulnerable to getting the disease. As the disease progresses, the animal is likely to behave in an odd manner including having an inability to stand because of irreversible brain degeneration. The disease appeared fairly recently and has...

What Causes a Person to Blackout?

Syncope is defined as “partial or complete loss of consciousness with interruption of awareness of oneself and ones surroundings”. When the loss of consciousness is temporary and the person recovers spontaneously, it is referred to as syncope or, in non-medical terms as  fainting. Syncope or fainting, results from a temporary reduction in the blood flow and insufficient oxygen supply to the brain. When this occurs, the individual may experience lightheadedness, a “blackout” episode or loss...

What Causes a Tingling Sensation in the Left Arm?

Paresthesia is defined as “subjective cutaneous sensations (e.g., cold, warmth, tingling, pressure, etc.) that are experienced spontaneously in the absence of stimulation”. Paresthesia is associated with abnormal burning or prickling sensations commonly felt in the hands, arms, legs and feet. It may also occur in other areas of the body and usually does not come with any pain. Numbness, buzzing or itching are also possible sensations that may be felt. “Pins and needles” is a common phrase...

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...

Neuropathic Pain

Also referred to as neuralgia, neuropathic pain is closely associated with tissue injury. When suffering from this painful condition, patients may have injured, dysfunctional or damaged nerve fibers, which could lead to chronic pain in the lower, upper, right and left parts of the affected area. A sharp pain usually affects patients once their neurological function or structure is changed. One of the clearest examples for this condition is the so-called phantom limb syndrome, wherein damaged nerve...

Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain deals with the discomfort found at the lower back, wherein a nerve root connecting to the so-called sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed. Add to that, it causes weakness, numbness and a tingling sensation in the area from the back of the leg, all the way up to the lower back area. Patients can handle such pain much better if they can understand its symptoms, causes, diagnosis as well as treatments. Sciatic Pain Symptoms The pain associated with this kind of medical condition is...