Demystifying Your Health 2022

Alcohol Abuse

How to recognize the signs? Most people partake in drinking alcohol at some point in their lives. While an occasional drink isn’t a problem, it can become one if your drinking gets out of hand. How do you know if you have a problem related to alcohol use? What can you...

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Addiction

Why is it so powerful? When most people hear the word addiction, their first thought is that a person has problems with drugs. This is especially true now more than ever, thanks to the opioid epidemic. However, addiction doesn’t just apply to drugs but can be a number...

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Cough

How do you know if it is serious? You wake up in the morning and notice that your throat seems dry and scratchy. The next thing you know, you start coughing. After about a minute, your throat clears, the coughing stops, and you feel better. What causes this to happen?...

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Cellulitis

How serious is it? One day while you are drying off from your shower, you notice a swollen, red area on your ankle. It’s slightly tender when you touch it but otherwise isn’t too bad. You go about your day and notice a nagging aching in your ankle, but you don’t think...

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Doctor Specialties

Why are there so many of them? You are having a problem with your foot, so you go to your doctor, who recommends you go to a specialist. Should you see a podiatrist, an orthopedist, or an orthopedic surgeon? This variety in specialization occurs throughout all areas...

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Lice

What are those white spots on your head? While you are picking your son up from school, he says his head has been really itchy all day. When you get home, you look at his head and notice small, white dots scattered throughout his hair. You take him to the doctor and...

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Kidney Infection

Is it serious? You’ve had some burning when urinating and been prescribed antibiotics by your doctor for a urinary tract infection. A few days go by, and you’re still not feeling better. In fact, your back is starting to hurt worse. You go back to your doctor and find...

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Spider Bites

What do you need to know? With summer just around the corner, it is time to get ready to enjoy the sunny weather outside. Most of us have specific things we want to do during the summer, and being bitten by a spider is definitely not on that list. Unfortunately, it...

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Thyroid

Why is it important? You might have heard the word thyroid before, especially in relation to having hypothyroidism. There are commercials on television advertising medication to help combat this. So, what is your thyroid, and why is it important? What happens when it...

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Sepsis

What is your body doing? You’re sick, and it doesn’t seem too bad at first, but suddenly, it seems that your body isn’t fighting the infection as well as it usually does. What is going on? Why isn’t your body doing its job of fighting off the illness? Should you go to...

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Outdoor Survival

Do you have what it takes? While most of us like spending some time outside, it’s usually on our own terms. When you plan on participating in activities outdoors, you typically try to bring everything you might need. What happens if you find yourself stranded in a...

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Alzheimer’s

What happens to your brain? Everyone forgets things once in a while, such as where you placed your keys, why you were going into a room, and so forth. As you age, this is no different. The difference for people with Alzheimer’s is that this happens with increasing...

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Osteoporosis

What is happening to your bones? You’ve probably seen in television commercials how elderly people are at increased risk for broken bones if they fall. Typically, this is caused by osteoporosis. What is this? Why does it happen? Can you prevent it? Definition...

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STD

What do you need to know? Most of us probably prefer not talking about STDs, but it is something that everyone needs the correct information about in order to be protected. While some STDs are more serious than others, no one wants to have one. This is why protection...

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Anemia

Why don’t you have enough blood? You’ve probably heard the word anemia before and might know that it has something to do with your blood, but what does it actually mean? What causes it? Is it something serious that needs immediate treatment or a chronic condition?...

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Shingles

What is going on? One day, you start having this pain on one of your sides, just below your rib cage, starting in your back and wrapping around to the front. It’s very painful, but you don’t notice anything wrong in the area, so you put up with the pain and go about...

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Spinal Cord Injury

What happens if you have one? You’re out working in your yard and decide that you need to trim some branches off one of the trees. You grab your ladder, climb up to the right spot, and get to work. The next you know, you wake up in the hospital to find that it’s...

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome

How serious is it? You’ve noticed that your toes and ankles have had this weird prickling sensation for the past few days. This morning, you realized that your legs felt weak, and it continues to worsen throughout the day. You go to the doctor, and he suspects you...

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Meningitis

How serious is it? When most people hear the word meningitis, they immediately think of a person having a life-threatening illness. Is this always the case? It really depends on which type of meningitis the person has. How many types are there? Which one should you be...

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Torticollis

What’s going on with your neck? You’ve had a minor cold for the past few days, so you don’t feel your best. When you woke up this morning, your neck was stiff and painful. Also, you can’t turn your head to the right. Concerned that something serious might be going on,...

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Paget’s Disease of the Bone

What does this do to your bones? For the past several mornings, you have been waking up with pain in your hip. No matter what you try, it won’t go away. You go to your doctor, and after several tests, he tells you that you have Paget’s disease of the bone. What is...

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Hammertoe

What is wrong with your toe? You get home from work and take off your shoes. As you relish the moment of your feet being free, you notice that the second toe on your right foot is curled up. After a few moments, it straightens. Over the next several days, this keeps...

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Hip Dysplasia

What’s wrong with your child’s hip? You take your infant daughter to the doctor for a wellness check. During the visit, the doctor does a physical exam. Afterward, she tells you that she thinks your daughter has hip dysplasia and recommends that she be treated. What...

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Sickle Cell

Why does it hurt so much? Most people know that sickle cell has something to do with blood not functioning properly. However, many people don’t know exactly what happens during a sickle cell crisis or who’s at risk for developing one. So, why does sickle cell occur?...

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Lymphedema

What is causing the swelling? You’re visiting your grandfather after not seeing him for a while and notice that his left leg is swollen, and the skin looks different from his right leg. You ask him what’s going on, and he brushes you off. You insist on taking him to...

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Spider Veins

What causes them to appear? In a few weeks, you’ll be going on vacation, and you can’t wait to get to the sunny island to enjoy some time on the beach. You’re at the store trying on some new clothes to take with you and notice that there are many small veins on your...

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SVT

Why is your heart racing? You no sooner get to work in the morning, and your boss is yelling that you need to turn in the monthly report in an hour because he must talk about it on a conference call. You completely forgot that it was due today, and your stress level...

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Cold Sores

What causes them? One day you’re going about your normal activities when you notice that your lips seem to have a tingling, itching sensation. It’s not really bothersome, so you don’t think much about it. A few days later, you notice that some blisters appear in the...

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Calluses

What causes them? You just got home from your evening walk and are taking off your shoes and socks. On your left foot, you notice that there’s a hard, raised bump on your heel. You press on the area, but it doesn’t hurt. You ask your doctor about it at your routine...

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Pink Eye

Why are your eyes red? For the past several days, you’ve had a sore throat and nasal congestion. When you woke up this morning, you noticed that your right eye had crusted over, so you couldn’t open it. After gently removing the crust, you realize that your eye is...

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Wisdom Teeth

Do they always cause trouble? You go to the dentist for your regular 6-month checkup. After the X-rays are taken, he comes and tells you that you might want to consider having your wisdom teeth removed because they’re partially impacted. What does this mean? Why do...

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Bunions

Why do they hurt so bad? What do you think of when you hear the word “bunion?” If you’re like most people, you probably think of your grandparents or other elderly individuals complaining about their bunions hurting. Is it something that only affects older people?...

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