Pink Eye

Pink eye is a common and highly contagious inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the inner eyelid. It can be spread by touching a contaminated surface and then your eye. It is also spread by skin-to-skin contact like handshakes or hugs. It can be viral or allergies, and if you…

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection affecting both men and women. It can lead to permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system making it difficult or impossible to get pregnant. Chlamydia can also lead to an ectopic pregnancy which can be deadly. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy outside of the uterus.   Transmission  You…

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Depression

Depression causes feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems thus decreasing your ability to function at work and home. Depression is a common and serious medical illness. Depression, major depressive disorder, can be mild to moderate to severe. Symptoms Sad…

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BACK PAIN

Back pain is the most common complaint in the United States. The pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Sudden pain is usually due to an accident, a fall, or lifting something heavy. It may develop slowly from degenerative changes that come with aging. The treatment varies depending on…

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Kidney Stones

A kidney stone is a solid, granule like material that can form in one or both kidneys, like a grain of sand. Rarely do kidney stones cause permanent damage if you seek treatment from a healthcare professional. So how do you know if you have a kidney stone? Symptoms & Causes Symptoms of kidney stones…

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What is Gout?

Gout is a common form of inflammation that is very painful. It usually affects one joint at a time, often the big toe. When gout gets worse and painful it is called a “flare”. When you have no symptoms, you are said to in remission. If you get gout repeatedly you can end up with…

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Skin Cancer

Summer Series Part III May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and most often occurs as a results of sun exposure (or tanning beds). Unlike other cancers, skin cancer is the one you can see. To stop it, you must spot it on time. 99% of skin…

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Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of the aging process. It is the point in a woman’s life when the ovaries quit producing reproductive hormones and menstruation has stopped for 12 consecutive months. The reduction of hormones typically starts in the 40’s to 50’s and occurs gradually. Treatment focuses on decreasing the symptoms. Symptoms Symptoms vary…

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Avoid heat rash, dehydration, and heat stroke

Summer Series Part II Common summer ailments include heat rash, dehydration, and heat stroke. Learn how to prevent them so you do not suffer from them. Protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is the first step. As mentioned in Summer Series Part 1, wear a minimum of 30 SPF sunblock and clothing to…

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