Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas, generally found in combustion fumes produced by charcoal grills, heaters, fireplaces, car engines, portable generators, car mufflers and more. (Kahn, 2018) Carbon Monoxide poisoning occurs when one inhales too much of these combustion fumes. The body replaces oxygen with carbon monoxide in the cells if there is too much carbon monoxide in the air you breathe, which prevents the oxygen from reaching your organs. Smoke inhalation during a … [Read more...] about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Diabetes is a disease that causes sugar to remain in the blood rather than entering the body’s cells to be used for energy. Over time, high blood sugar can damage many of the body’s systems, leading to kidney disease, eye problems, nerve or vessel damage, problems with teeth or skin, foot pain, or other chronic health conditions. What’s more, diabetes medications are costly. If you have diabetes you may be taking several oral medications in addition to insulin injections to control your blood … [Read more...] about Managing Your Diabetes
Most people face mental health challenges at one point or another in their lifetime which can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. Mental health issues can also be attributed to factors in people’s lives such as relationship issues and life events. Looking after mental health can preserve a person’s ability to enjoy life. And if you’re experiencing persistent or severe mental health challenges, it’s time to get help. (WebMD, 2020) When should you get help? Here is a … [Read more...] about Mental Health Symptoms and Resources
Many people who catch COVID-19 -- maybe as many as 40%, by some estimates -- never develop noticeable symptoms. They don’t run a fever. They don’t cough or feel short of breath, and they don’t get the strange and numerous other symptoms that can be a sign of infection like frostbite-like bumps on the skin, diarrhea, or the loss of smell or taste. Asymptomatic COVID-19 Even though you may feel fine, or asymptomatic, COVID-19 is affecting lungs and lung function of asymptomatic COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Asymptomatic or Mild COVID-19
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
As a parent, sometimes it can be difficult to know when a trip to the emergency room is needed. When your child is sick, injured, or suffering in any way, our natural instinct as parents is to do everything we can for them immediately. But, when do these instances require an emergency room visit? Sore throats or minor burns, for instance, can be handled by a child’s primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Quite often the best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call your … [Read more...] about When Should You Take Your Kids To The Emergency Room?
Most of us have heard of meningitis, but what most of us are not aware of is that there are actually many causes of meningitis. Meningitis is a clinical syndrome characterized by inflammation of the meninges, which are the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. What Causes Meningitis? Meningitis can be caused by many different pathogens, including bacteria, … [Read more...] about What Are The Causes of Meningitis?
We have all heard more and more about concussion in the news lately, especially regarding athletes. The term concussion protocols for athletes returning to play after a head injury has been particularly talked about. But athletes are not the only individuals who can suffer from concussions. What Is A Concussion? A concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury -MTBI, is a type of brain injury that is defined as a short loss of normal brain function after a head … [Read more...] about How Should You Treat A Concussion?