Demystifying Your Health 2019

Psoriasis

Why is your skin crusty? Thanks to TV, you’ve likely heard the word psoriasis before. However, like many people, you might not know what it is. It’s a condition that affects your skin and comes in many different forms. What does it look like? What causes it to happen?...

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Rosacea

Why is your face red? You’ve probably seen people who have a red face and, sometimes, small red bumps, but never really thought much about it until you notice that your face has these symptoms. Why did this happen? What caused it to occur? Are there steps you can take...

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Eczema

What's causing the rash? When you were a child, you remember having itchy areas on your skin, but didn’t really know what it was from. As an adult, you wake up one morning and find that on one of your arms, near your elbow, you have a spot of skin that is red with...

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Varicose Veins

Why are your veins misshapen? You’ve probably seen someone with large, dark-colored veins in their legs. For some people, this the only issue, but for others, they also have pain from their enlarged veins. What causes your veins to do this? How is it treated? Can it...

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Raynaud’s Disorder

Why are your fingers blue? The weather has turned colder, which means that it’s time to bundle up before you head outside. For most people, this is enough to keep them warm. For some, despite doing this, it’s not enough to keep their fingers and toes warm, which can...

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Male Breast Cancer

Yes, it does happen! Almost everyone is aware that women can get breast cancer. Did you know that men can get it too? Unfortunately, they can. How can this happen? What symptoms should you look for? How is it treated? Can it be prevented? Definition While it’s rare,...

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Undescended Testicle

What does this mean? The day has finally arrived…your son was just born! He looks perfect and seems to be healthy, so it probably comes as a shock when the doctor is finished examining him and tells you that your son has an undescended testicle. What does this mean?...

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Epididymitis

What is wrong with your groin? One morning you wake up and notice that it hurts while you’re urinating and you’ve got pain in your testicles. You also realize that your scrotum seems swollen and red. What’s causing this to happen? How is it treated? Can it be...

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Erectile Dysfunction

It's more common than you think! It’s not uncommon for most people to not always be in the mood when their partner is and this can contribute to erectile dysfunction. While this is completely normal, if you’re experiencing this frequently, it can be a sign that...

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Infertility

Why does it happen? With somewhere between 10 – 15 % of couples in the United States struggling to have a baby, you probably know someone who is experiencing infertility. This is a challenging situation if you’re the one going through it and can lead to many...

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Uterine Fibroids

What causes them? Most women have some form of cramping, back pain and bleeding with their menstrual cycle. What does it mean if you have heavy bleeding, your period lasts longer than a week, pelvic pain that doesn’t go away? Is it something serious? How can it be...

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Pregnancy

What should you expect? You think you might be pregnant, but how do you know for sure? Once you find out that you are, what should you expect during each trimester? What diet, exercise and sleep recommendations should you follow? What’s not a normal part of pregnancy?...

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Ovarian Cyst

Why is your abdomen hurting? You wake up one morning and notice that you have sharp aching sensation in your lower abdomen on one side. You also feel bloated and a sense of fullness in the painful area. What is causing this? Is it something that you should be...

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Osteomyelitis

What’s going on with your bones? You probably are aware that your body can get infections, but did you know that they can occur at specific areas with in your body? One of these areas is your bones. You might not think this can happen, but it can. What causes it? How...

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Brittle Bone Disease

Why do your bones break so easily? Recently, there was a movie that featured a character whose bones broke very easily, almost as if they were made of glass. While Hollywood does take some liberty with portraying certain condition when being creative, this isn’t one...

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Bone Spurs

What are they? You might’ve heard your elderly relatives talking at some point about bone spurs, but probably didn’t know what they were. Is it something you should be concerned about? How common are they? What type of treatment do they require? Is there anything you...

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Scoliosis

Why is your child's back misaligned? One day you’re looking at your child from across the room and notice that their shoulders seem uneven despite the fact that they look to be standing straight. You walk over and tell them to stand straight while you check their...

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Plantar Fasciitis

Why is your foot hurting? You wake up one morning and notice that you have sharp pain in the bottom of your foot. As you make your way to the bathroom to get ready for work, you notice that the pain starts to ease up and eventually goes away. You assume it was a cramp...

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C. Diff

What is it? You’ve been sick recently and just finished the last of your antibiotics. You feel like you’re finally starting to get better when you notice that your stomach is cramping and painful. You go the bathroom and have diarrhea that smells really bad. This...

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Colitis

Why is your stomach hurting? You wake up one morning because your stomach is hurting and all of sudden you have an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Once you’re in the bathroom, despite feeling like you need to go, you’re unable to. While you’re in there, you realize...

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Crohn’s Disease

What is going on with your stomach? You come to realize that lately you’ve been having stomach pain, diarrhea and are extremely tired. You step on your scale and see that you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. What’s causing this to happen? How do you fix it? Can...

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Celiac Disease

Why can’t you eat gluten? You’ve probably heard of a gluten free diet. For some people, it’s something to try because it’s the latest health craze. For others, it’s not just a diet, it’s a necessity. Individuals who have celiac disease must follow a gluten free diet...

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Moles

When should you be concerned? Most of us have at least a few moles because they are fairly common. Typically, they aren’t dangerous. Since it’s summer time, you’re more likely to be in shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit, so, it’s a good time to check on your moles....

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Dehydration

Why is it so dangerous? Since it’s summer, you’re probably taking advantage of the weather and spending some time outside. While doing this, it’s vital to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. Why is this so important? What happens to your body when you’re...

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Motion Sickness

What causes it? You’re excited because the time for your cruise vacation has finally arrived! You board the ship and it pulls out of port. However, within a very short time, you notice that you don’t feel so good and think you might get throw up. Are you experiencing...

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Concussion

How serious are they? It’s the time of year when you want to be outside enjoying your favorite summertime activities. For most of us, this means doing things that require us to be physically active. While this is great for your health, it can put you at an increased...

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Sunburn

Why is it so bad for your skin? Who doesn’t love being outside in summer? There are so many activities to do. The only problem is that you’re exposed to the sun. While this does have certain health benefits, issues arise when you end up sunburned. Why is this such a...

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Is it the cause of your rash? You just got back from enjoying a camping trip and notice that you feel tired, your head is throbbing and you feel feverish. You decide to go to bed early hoping that you’ll feel better in the morning. However, when you wake up, you...

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Rabies

What is the risk? When you hear the word rabies, you most likely picture an animal that’s foaming at the mouth and is acting crazy. While this can be an accurate description, how concerned should you be about it? How frequently does rabies occur? How is it treated?...

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West Nile Virus

Is it that dangerous? Summer is right around the corner and with it comes our least favorite pests…mosquitoes! While they can carry a variety of diseases, some can be more serious than others. Which category does the West Nile virus fall under? How can you tell if you...

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Lyme Disease

What is it? You’ve spent the day outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Unfortunately, after coming inside, you notice that you’ve got a tick latched on to one of your ankles. You remove it, but notice that you still have a small, red bump. What does this...

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Tonsillitis

Why is it so bad? One morning, your son wakes up and tells you that he has a sore throat and it hurts to swallow. You look in his mouth and notice that the back of his throat looks really red and swollen. So, you take him to the doctor and they tell you that your son...

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Canker Sores

What are they caused by? One afternoon when you’re having your snack, you notice that there is a small area of your mouth that hurts. By the time you get to dinner, that area is really painful. You look in the mirror and notice a small ulcer in that area of your...

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Gingivitis

What's causing your gums to bleed? One evening before you go to bed, you’re brushing your teeth and notice that your gums start bleeding. You rinse your mouth and it stops. The next morning, the same thing happens. What’s causing this? Are you brushing too hard or is...

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Abscessed Tooth

What's wrong with your tooth? You wake up one morning and notice that one of your teeth is sore and while you’re drinking your coffee, it hurts. As the day goes on, the area starts to have a throbbing pain and it hurts to eat. You call your dentist and are told to...

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Mononucleosis

Can you really getting it from kissing? When most people hear the word mononucleosis, they probably think of teenagers and kissing. While this might be accurate most of the time, adults and young children can get it too. Also, kissing isn’t the only way it can be...

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Impetigo

What's causing those sores? One morning, your child wakes up and you notice that they have small red blisters underneath their nose. A day or so later, you notice that the blisters opened and there seems to be a crust formed over the top of the area. You take your...

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Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

What is it? If you have young children, you probably have heard of hand-foot-mouth disease since it’s common for them to catch it. However, it can happen in adults. Just last summer, a professional baseball player contracted it. So, what is it and what causes it? How...

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Diaper Rash

Why does it occur? If you have kids, there’s a good chance that at some point, they’ll probably have a diaper rash. Many parents try to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, it can still happen despite your best efforts. What causes a diaper rash to happen? How is...

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Colic

Why is your baby crying? Sure, babies cry…a lot! That’s their way of communicating their needs. Usually once they are fed or had a diaper change, they calm down. What happens if they don’t stop crying? No matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Your...

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Schizophrenia

Are the things that you're seeing or hearing real? Every day we rely on our senses to provide us with information. So, if we see or hear something, we believe it to be true. What if what you’re seeing or hearing isn’t real? For people with schizophrenia, they truly...

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Bipolar

Why are you having mood swings? We all have moments when we are happy and moments when we are sad. Most of the time, we are able to function every day without either of these effecting us too much. What if you go back and forth between these two extremes frequently?...

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Bulimia

Why do you keep throwing up? Some people may think that bulimia is the opposite of anorexia because people who have it tend to eat a large amount of food and are larger in physical size than those with anorexia. While this can be true, people with bulimia often throw...

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Anorexia Nervosa

Are you "really" fat? For most of us, we can tell when we are overweight and could lose a few pounds. We also know when we’re at a healthier weight. For people with anorexia nervosa, their perceptive of weight doesn’t match their physical size. These individuals are...

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Arteriovenous Malformation

How serious is it? An arteriovenous malformation involves an abnormality of the smallest part of your circulatory system, the capillaries. For most people, it isn’t something that you have to think about, let alone worry about. If you do have one, why should you be...

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Arrhythmias

Why is your heart rhythm different? An arrhythmia isn’t something that you usually have to worry about. Some of them can occur without you even knowing you have one. Others are life-threatening and need immediate medical treatment. What exactly is an arrhythmia? How...

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Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

What is it? Congenital conditions are those that people are born with. Some are obvious and some are not. Some are serious and some are not. What is Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome? How do you find out if you have it? How is it treated? Is there anything you can do to...

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Pulmonary Hypertension

Why is this a problem? When you hear the word hypertension, you probably know that it means high blood pressure. Usually, blood pressure is related to your heart and cardiovascular system. Pulmonary hypertension is not different in this regard, but it also involves...

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Croup

Why is your child coughing? There is no question that kids get sick. Sometimes, it’s just a sniffle or a stomach bug, but other times, it can be more serious. When you child has a cough, how do you determine when it’s critical? You’ve probably heard of croup, but what...

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Sleep Apnea

Why is your snoring a problem? When you hear the term sleep apnea, you probably think of someone who snores loudly at night. Sure, this is annoying, especially for family members, but it can be a serious medical problem. How do you know if you have sleep apnea? What...

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Tuberculosis

Why is it so dangerous? When you hear the word tuberculosis you probably don’t think much about it. You probably know that it can be a serious respiratory infection, but how do you get it? Did you know that some people are carriers of it but don’t have any symptoms?...

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Pertussis

Why is it so dangerous? Recently, there have been several commercials on TV advertising for adults to get the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. In the commercial, they show grandparents interacting with their grandkids and talk about the dangers whooping cough can...

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