The medical name for a nosebleed is epistaxis. Nosebleeds are frequent in adults and children between the ages of 3 and 10. In most cases, they aren't severe and can stop on their own. They last from a few seconds to a few minutes (lasting a maximum of 15-20 mins) depending on how heavy or light the flow is. There are two kinds of nosebleeds. An anterior nosebleed occurs when the blood vessels in the front of the nose break and bleed. A posterior nosebleed occurs in the back or the deepest … [Read more...] about Is My Nose Bleed an Emergency?
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Gallbladder Function The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located in the upper right abdomen in the area between the chest and hips, right below the liver. It is a place where are bodies store bile from the liver. An abnormal functioning gallbladder will produce something called gallstones which can be chronic and extremely painful. Here is what you need to know about gallstones. Gallstones Gallstones are hard fragments that develop in the gallbladder made of protein, fat and … [Read more...] about Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack
The appendix is a pouch-like organ that sits in the lower right side of your belly. Appendicitis describes an inflamed or infected appendix. However, appendicitis is a medical emergency and can be life-threatening if an inflamed appendix ruptures. According to the National Institute of Health, acute appendicitis is the leading cause of emergency abdominal surgery in the US. (Swain-Wilson 2019) As per researchers and studies, about 5 percent of Americans experience abdominal pain caused by … [Read more...] about Symptoms of Appendicitis: When to Seek Emergency Care
When a child is running a temperature, the tendency to worry is natural, perhaps even universal among parents and caregivers. But fever, the body’s natural response to infection or illness, should not be cause for unnecessary concern. Here are a few guidelines that will help you to recognize the signs and causes of fever, understand how to properly care for your feverish child at home, and know when it’s time to call the pediatrician. WHAT CAUSES FEVER? Fever in itself is not an illness … [Read more...] about Pediatric Essentials: Fever
If your child has allergies, you’re probably on high alert for signs of an allergic reaction and its triggers. This guide will help you understand allergies, how you can treat them at home, and when to seek the advice of your pediatrician or emergency medical facility. SYMPTOMS: MILD OR SEVERE? For most people, allergy symptoms usually range from mild to moderate. For example, during hay fever season, your child may experience itchy, watery eyes, frequent sneezing or nasal congestion. … [Read more...] about Pediatric Essentials: Allergies
The human-to-human infection of COVID-19 is widespread across the world. Coughing, fever, and shortness of breath are primary symptoms found in most of the patients. COVID-19 also affects the lower respiratory tract, so those patients with chronic cardiovascular and lung disease are at high risk for complications of the disease. Many advisories have focused on the risk facing older people, those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and people with compromised immune systems, such as … [Read more...] about Can Vaping Worsen the Risk of Contracting COVID-19?
It’s been months since researchers in China sequenced the novel coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. With billions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake just depending on a vaccine for COVID-19, scientists around the world are working 24x7 to create an effective and safe vaccine as quickly as possible. However, by some optimistic estimates, the world could see a vaccine in the not too distant future. But with every vaccine, there are unpredictable unknowns. Or worst-case … [Read more...] about The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine
Texans with a green thumb or those who venture into the wild in this state have a lot to be thankful for because Mother Nature didn't short-change us on natural beauty. Lovers of the great outdoors will occasionally run across certain hazards, whether they're out in the woods or in the backyard. Our high humidity can lead to a host of fungal problems in our gardens. No one should eat unfamiliar plants and people should research what's in their yards before a young child or a pet accidentally … [Read more...] about Seasonal Deadly Poisonous Texas Plants
The outbreak of COVID-19 has induced general fear among many people and is keeping patients with medical conditions like heart attacks, strokes, acute appendicitis or other medical emergencies away from hospital ERs. They fear getting infected with the coronavirus or that hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. This fear is real. Knowing about the hospital you choose for emergency treatment does matter. Know before you go. ER Rooms During COVID-19 Statistics confirm that the number … [Read more...] about Is Your Emergency Room Clean and Safe?
Vespa Mandarinia, a species of hornet dubbed as murder hornets, was first discovered in Washington by a beekeeper and has alarmed agricultural scientists. First, the coronavirus, now ‘murder hornets’? But, is it something that we really need to worry about? Let's first try and understand more about ants, hornets, and wasps. Every year, mosquitoes are responsible for millions of yearly deaths worldwide from malaria, dengue fever, and other diseases, according to the World Health Organization. … [Read more...] about Do we really need to worry about ‘Murder Hornets’?