A Good Night's Sleep May Mean a Good Day's Work
A Good Night's Sleep May Mean a Good Day's Work SUNDAY, Sept. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting enough sleep each night may mean you're less likely to take time off from work due to illness, a new study suggests. The study included more than 3,700 people in Finland, aged 30 to 64, who were followed for an average of seven years. Those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours a night were much more likely to have extended absences from work due to illness, the investigators found. People ...
ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth, Study Finds
ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth, Study Finds TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulant medications -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta -- used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, won't stunt their growth, a new study suggests. "Stimulant medication did not affect children's final height as adults," said study researcher Dr. Slavica Katusic, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Katusic noted that results o...
Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline?
Action-Packed TV a Threat to Your Waistline? MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Watching action shows on TV may be bad for your waistline, a new study contends. People eat much more snack food while watching action films and programs than something less exciting, according to the Cornell University researchers. "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too," study author Aner Tal, of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, said in a university news re...
Antitussive Combinations with Analgesics Oral suspension
Antitussive Combinations with Analgesics Oral suspension What is this medicine? ACETAMINOPHEN; CHLORPHENIRAMINE; DEXTROMETHORPHAN; PHENYLEPHRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; klor fen IR a meen; dex troe meth OR fan; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a pain reliever, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and a decongestant. It is used to treat the aches and pains, cough, fever, congestion, runny nose and sneezing of a cold. This medicine will not treat an infection. How should I use this medicine? Take this m...
Antihistamines Combinations with Analgesics Oral solution
Antihistamines Combinations with Analgesics Oral solution What is this medicine? ACETAMINOPHEN; CHLORPHENIRAMINE; DEXTROMETHORPHAN; PHENYLEPHRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; klor fen IR a meen; dex troe meth OR fan; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a pain reliever, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and a decongestant. It is used to treat the aches and pains, cough, fever, congestion, runny nose, and sneezing of a cold. This medicine will not treat an infection. How should I use this medicine? Take this...
Almotriptan Malate Oral tablet
Almotriptan Malate Oral tablet What is this medicine? ALMOTRIPTAN (al moh TRIP tan) is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. It is not used to prevent migraines. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine is taken at the first symptoms of a migraine. It is not for everyday use. If your migraine headache returns afte...
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Abdominal Aneurysm--Open Repair, AAA Repair, Triple A Repair, Abdominal Aneurysmectomy, Endovascular Aneurysm Repair, EVAR) Procedure overview What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair? Location of the Aorta and Arteries in the Human Body (Click to Enlarge) Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta. Repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may be performed surgically through an open inci...
Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves
Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves What are heart valves? The heart consists of four chambers, two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers). Blood passes through a valve before leaving each chamber of the heart. The valves prevent the backward flow of blood. Valves are actually flaps (leaflets) that act as one-way inlets for blood coming into a ventricle and one-way outlets for blood leaving a ventricle. Normal valves have three flaps (leaflets), except the mitral valve, which on...
Anatomy of the Respiratory System in Children
Anatomy of the Respiratory System in Children Click Image to Enlarge What is respiration? Respiration is the act of breathing in and breathing out. When you inhale, you take in oxygen. When you exhale, you give off carbon dioxide. What makes up the respiratory system? The respiratory system is made up of the organs involved in the interchanges of gases and consists of the: Nose Mouth Throat (pharynx) Voice box (larynx) Windpipe (trachea) Airways (bronchi) Lungs The upper respiratory tract includes the f...
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
AIDS, HIV and Pregnancy What is HIV? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus destroys or weakens the cells of the immune system. A weak immune system reduces the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers over time. The term "AIDS" means the HIV infection is in its most advanced stages. How is HIV transmitted or spread? Adults and teens most commonly get HIV through sexual activity with someone who already has the virus. Nearly all chil...
Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)
Adolescent (13 to 18 Years) Adolescence is a transition period between childhood and adulthood. It is a stressful developmental period filled with major changes in physical maturity and sexuality, cognitive processes (ways of thinking and thought content), emotional feelings, and relationships with others. Addressing the healthcare needs of this age group requires not only addressing identified health concerns, but also considering the complicated interactions of developmental changes on healthcare need...
Age-Appropriate Speech and Hearing Milestones
Age-Appropriate Speech and Hearing Milestones Hearing develops early in fetal development and is fully functioning at birth. While children respond differently at different stages of growth and development, hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help to decide if your child is experiencing hearing problems. It is important to remember that not ever...
Anterior Pituitary Disorders
Anterior Pituitary Disorders The anterior (front) lobe of the pituitary gland makes up 80 percent of the gland's weight. It releases a variety of hormones that affect growth, physical and sexual development, and other endocrine glands. Oversecretion or undersecretion of certain hormones by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland will cause other endocrine glands to over- or underproduce certain hormones, as well. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding anterior pitu...
Anatomy of the Endocrine System in Children
Anatomy of the Endocrine System in Children The following are integral parts of the endocrine system: Click Image to Enlarge Hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is located in the brain, near the optic chiasm. It secretes hormones that stimulate or suppress the release of hormones in the pituitary gland, in addition to controlling water balance, sleep, temperature, appetite, and blood pressure. Pineal body. The pineal body is located below the corpus callosum, in the middle of the brain. It produces the hormo...
Achondroplasia What is achondroplasia? Achondroplasia is a group of rare genetic (inherited) bone disorders. Achondroplasia is the most common type of what was once called dwarfism, in which the child's arms and legs are short in proportion to body length. The head is often large and the trunk is normal size. The average height of adult males with achondroplasia is about 52 inches (or 4 feet, 4 inches). The average height of adult females with achondroplasia is about 49 inches (or 4 feet, 1 inch). What ...
Anatomy and Development of the Mouth and Teeth
Anatomy and Development of the Mouth and Teeth Teeth begin developing in the fetus. Good nutrition from the mother during pregnancy is important in the development of the teeth. The mother's diet should have adequate amounts of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Certain medications, such as tetracycline, should not be taken by the mother while she is pregnant as these can cause discoloration to the developing teeth of the embryo. There are four main stages of development of the tooth: The fi...
Atrioventricular Canal (AV Canal or AVC)
Atrioventricular Canal (AV Canal or AVC) What is an atrioventricular canal defect? Atrioventricular canal defect (AV canal) is a congenital heart defect. That means it is present at birth. Other terms used to describe this defect are endocardial cushion defect and atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD). As the fetus is growing, something occurs to affect heart development during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, and certain areas of the heart do not form properly. AV canal is a complex heart problem that i...
Asthma Triggers What are the triggers that can cause an asthma flare-up? According to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and other organizations, triggers for asthma include: Allergens Pollen Grasses and trees Mold Dust Cockroach droppings Respiratory infections Colds The flu Sore throat sinus infection Irritants Strong odors and sprays, such as perfumes, household cleaners, paints, and varnishes Chemicals, such as coal, cha...
Asthma in Children Index
Asthma in Children Index Asthma is considered a chronic respiratory disorder that requires clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below is some additional information about asthma, for which we have provided a brief overview. All About Asthma Asthma Attack Triggers Avoiding Asthma Triggers During an Asthma Attack Peak Flow Meters / Oximeters / Spirometers Levels of Asthma Management and Treatment of Asthma Asthma Medications Hand-Held Nebulizer Treatments...
Anaphylaxis What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is a severe and sometimes life-threatening reaction to an allergen. (The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens.) Call 911, this is an emergency . The reaction to the allergen can occur seconds to as long as an hour after the exposure. It is necessary to have come in contact with the allergen at a previous time for sensitization to occur. What causes anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is caused by exposure to an aller...
All About the Immune System
All About the Immune System What is the immune system? The immune system keeps infectious microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, out of the body. It also destroys any infectious microorganisms that do invade the body. The immune system is made up of a complex and vital network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. Click Image to Enlarge The organs involved with the immune system are called the lymphoid organs. They affect growth, development, and the release of lymphoc...
All About Allergies in Children
All About Allergies in Children What are allergies? Allergies are physiological reactions caused when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance (allergen) that has been inhaled, touched, or eaten by a person. Normally, the human body defends itself against harmful substances, such as viruses or bacteria, but, sometimes, the defenses aggressively attack usually harmless substances such as dust, mold, or pollen. The immune system makes large amounts of the antibodies called immunoglobin E (IgE), to ...
Adolescent Health Problems and Injuries
Adolescent Health Problems and Injuries Listed in the directory below, you will find additional information regarding adolescent health problems and injuries, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Adolescent Health Problems Acne Asthma Breast Conditions Breast Self-Examination Diabetes Eye Care / Avoiding Eye Injuries Gynecological and Menstrual Conditions Recognizing Gynecologic Problems Pap Test Vaginitis Vulvitis Menstrual Disorders Amenorrhea Dysmenorrhea Premenstrual Syndrome (PM...
Adolescent Growth and Development
Adolescent Growth and Development As your adolescent grows and develops from childhood into adulthood, many considerations regarding his or her growth and maturation must be taken into account. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Normal Growth Female Physical Development Male Physical Development
Adolescent Mental Health
Adolescent Mental Health There are many different mental health problems affecting adolescents that require the clinical care of a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Adolescent Mental Health Overview Schizophrenia Mood Disorders Overview of Mood Disorders Major Depression Dysthymia Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder Teen Suicide Anxiety Disorders Generalized Anxiety Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Phobi...
Anatomy of the Skin
Anatomy of the Skin Click Image to Enlarge Facts about the skin The skin is the body's largest organ, covering the entire body. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection, the skin also: Regulates body temperature Stores water and fat Is a sensory organ Prevents water loss Prevents entry of bacteria Throughout the body, the skin's characteristics vary (for example, thickness, color, and texture). For instance, the head contains more hair follicles than anywh...
Asthma Click Image to Enlarge What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease involving recurrent breathing problems. The characteristics of asthma are three airway problems: Obstruction Inflammation Hyperresponsiveness What are the symptoms of asthma? Common symptoms of asthma are listed below. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. In some cases, the only symptom is a chronic cough, especially at night, or tightness, noisy breathing, or wheezing. Some people think...
Anatomy of the Respiratory System
Anatomy of the Respiratory System Respiration Respiration is the act of breathing: Inhaling (inspiration). The act of breathing in oxygen. Exhaling (expiration). The act of breathing out carbon dioxide. Respiratory system Respiratory System - Click to Enlarge The respiratory system is made up of the organs involved in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and consists of the: Nose Mouth Pharynx (throat) Larynx (voice box) Trachea (windpipe) Bronchi (large airways) Lungs The upper respiratory tract ...
Angiogenesis Inhibitors What is angiogenesis? Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels. The process is controlled by certain chemicals produced in the body. The word comes from 2 Greek words, angio meaning blood vessel and genesis meaning beginning. Although this may help in normal wound healing, cancer can grow when these new blood vessels are created. New blood vessels near the cancer cells provide them with oxygen and nutrients. This allows the cancer cells to multiply, invade nearby tissue...
Antibiotics What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are powerful drugs used to treat certain illnesses. However, antibiotics do not cure everything, and unnecessary antibiotics can even be harmful. There are 2 main types of germs that cause most infections. These are viruses and bacteria. Viruses cause: All colds and flu Runny noses Most coughs and bronchitis Most sore throats Antibiotics cannot kill viruses or help you feel better when you have a virus. Bacteria cause: Most ear infections Some sinus infectio...
Anatomy of the Endocrine System
Anatomy of the Endocrine System The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's internal metabolism (or homeostasis), energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress, and environmental factors. The following are integral parts of the endocrine system: Click Image to Enlarge Hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is located at the base of the brain, near the optic chiasm where the optic nerves behind e...
The Adrenal Glands Anatomy of the adrenal glands Adrenal glands, which are also called suprarenal glands, are small, triangular glands located on top of both kidneys. An adrenal gland is made of two parts--the outer region is called the adrenal cortex and the inner region is called the adrenal medulla. Function of the adrenal glands Adrenal glands work interactively with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain. For example, for the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroid hormones: The hypothal...
Anatomy and Function of the Heart's Electrical System
Anatomy and Function of the Heart's Electrical System Click Image to Enlarge The heart's electrical system The heart is, in the simplest terms, a pump made up of muscle tissue. Like all muscle, the heart requires a source of energy and oxygen in order to function. The heart's pumping action is regulated by an electrical conduction system that coordinates the contraction of the various chambers of the heart. How does the heart beat? An electrical stimulus is generated by the sinus node (also called the s...
Atherosclerosis What is atherosclerosis? Click Image to Enlarge Atherosclerosis is a type of thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. Plaque is made up of deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium, and fibrin, and can develop in medium or large arteries. The artery wall becomes thickened and stiff. Atherosclerosis is a slow, progressive disease that may start as early as childhood. However, the disease has t...
Anatomy and Function of the Coronary Arteries
Anatomy and Function of the Coronary Arteries Click Image to Enlarge Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. Like all other tissues in the body, the heart muscle needs oxygen-rich blood to function, and oxygen-depleted blood must be carried away. The coronary arteries run along the outside of the heart and have small branches that dive into the heart muscle to bring it blood. What are the different coronary arteries? The two main coronary arteries are the left main and right coronary arterie...
Arrhythmias What is an arrhythmia? An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Some arrhythmias can cause problems with contractions of the heart chambers by: Not allowing the ventricles (lower chambers) to fill with an adequate amount of blood because an abnormal electrical signal is causing the heart to pump too fast or too slow. Not allowing a sufficient amount of blood to be pumped out to the body because an abnormal electrical signal is causing the heart to pump too slowly or too irregularly. Not al...
Angina Pectoris What is angina pectoris? Click Image to Enlarge Angina pectoris (or simply angina) is recurring chest pain or discomfort that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood and oxygen. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when arteries that carry blood to the heart become narrowed and blocked due to atherosclerosis or a blood clot. What are the symptoms of angina pectoris? Angina pectoris occurs when the heart muscle (myocardium) does not ...
Anatomy of the Breasts
Anatomy of the Breasts Click Image to Enlarge Each breast has 15 to 20 sections, called lobes, that are arranged like the petals of a daisy. Each lobe has many smaller lobules, which end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can produce milk. The lobes, lobules, and bulbs are all linked by thin tubes called ducts. These ducts lead to the nipple in the center of a dark area of skin called the areola. Click Image to Enlarge Fat fills the spaces between lobules and ducts. There are no muscles in the breast, but mus...
Avascular Necrosis What is avascular necrosis? Avascular necrosis is a disease that results from the temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the bone. It is also called osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, or ischemic bone necrosis. When blood supply is cut off, the bone tissue dies and the bone collapses. If avascular necrosis occurs near a joint, collapse of the joint surface may occur. Avascular necrosis may occur in any bone, but most commonly occurs in the ends of a long bone. It may affect one ...
Anemias M any types of anemias require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Anemia Aplastic Anemia Anemia of Folate Deficiency G6PD (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase) Deficiency Hemolytic Anemia Iron-Deficiency Anemia Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia Sickle Cell Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis What is ankylosing spondylitis? Click Image to Enlarge Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid, spondyl means spine, and itis refers to inflammation. The disease causes inflammation of the spine and large joints, resulting in stiffness and pain. The disease may result in erosion at the joint between the spine and the hip bone (the sacroiliac joint), and the formation of bony bridges between vertebrae in the spine, ...
Allergy and Asthma Statistics
Allergy and Asthma Statistics Statistics related to asthma and allergies According to the American Lung Association, the CDC, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Asthma About 7.4% of people of all ages in the U.S. currently have asthma. That is about 25 million people in the U.S., with at least 7.1 million of them children under the age of 18. Asthma is one of the leading serious, chronic illnesses among children in the U.S. More than 3 thousand Americans die each year from as...
Allergens: Pollen What is pollen? Pollen is the tiny egg-shaped male cells of flowering plants, including trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen is microscopic in size. It is the most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, sometimes known as hay fever . Which plants produce pollen that cause allergic reactions? Plants that have powdery granules of pollen that are easily blown by the wind, such as: Trees, such as oak, western red cedar, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress, walnut, ...
Allergens: Mold What is mold? Mold is a member of the fungus family. It is a branching-type growth called hyphae. It rarely dies from heat or cold exposure, but remains dormant until a particular season, such as spring or fall, when it grows and thrives. Where does mold grow? Mold lives in moist conditions where there is oxygen and other chemicals. Places mold may be found are: Outside: On dead or dying vegetation Moist, shady areas Rotting leaves and logs Inside: Damp basements and closets Bathrooms Fo...
Asthma and Exercise
Asthma and Exercise Asthma is a long-term condition causing swelling and narrowing of the airways. The muscles around the airways tighten and extra mucus is produced. These changes make it more difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. Triggers are things that cause asthma flare-ups and worsen symptoms. Triggers may be dust, pollen, pets, infections, cold weather, smoke, air pollution, and exercise. Exercise is a common trigger for many people with asthma. For some, exercise, and other things, caus...
Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites
Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites What are dust allergens? Dust allergens are substances found in dust, and may include: Fabric fibers Lint Feathers Stuffing materials Animal protein (dander, saliva, urine, body oils) Bacteria Mold and fungus spores Food particles Plants Insects and their waste What is a dust mite allergen? Dust mites are microscopic organisms that can live and thrive throughout homes and businesses. The mites and their waste products thrive in: Draperies Stuffed animals Bedding Upholstere...
Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks
Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks Many allergies require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the allergens that cause allergic reactions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Animals Chemical Sensitivity Dust and Dust Mites Foods Egg Allergy Diet Diet for Lactose Intolerance Milk Allergy Diet Peanut Allergy Diet Shellfish Allergy Diet Soy Allergy Diet Tree Nut Allergy Diet Wheat Allergy Diet Insect Stings Latex Mold Polle...
Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity
Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity What is chemical sensitivity? Chemical sensitivity is not considered an allergic reaction because it does not involve the release of IgE (immunoglobin E) antibodies, histamine, or other chemicals by the immune system. However, reactions to certain chemicals may cause reactions similar to those experienced with allergies. Chemicals that cause sensitivity may include synthetic and natural substances found in: Carpeting Plastics Perfumes Plants Paint Cigarette smoke Poorly v...
All About Asthma
All About Asthma Many symptomatic conditions of asthma require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions that result from allergic reactions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Asthma Overview Triggers for Asthma Attacks Management of Asthma Asthma and Pregnancy Asthma and Children Asthma and Exercise Occupational Asthma Peak Flow Meter Treatment for Asthma Asthma Knowledge Quiz
Allergens: Animals What is an animal allergen? Allergens found in animals are a common cause of allergic reactions. They are caused by the protein found in an animal's: Skin Dander Saliva Urine Household pets, like cats and dogs, are the most common sources of animal allergens.
All About Allergy
All About Allergy Many symptomatic conditions of allergy require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions that result from allergic reactions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Allergy Overview Allergies and the Immune System IgG Deficiencies Pemphigus Vulgaris Allergens: Triggers of Allergy Attacks Animals Chemical Sensitivity Dust and Dust Mites Foods Egg Allergy Diet Diet for Lactose Intolerance Milk Allergy Di...
Acute Severe Asthma
Acute Severe Asthma Acute severe asthma was previously called status asthmaticus. It is a sudden severe asthma that does not respond to medications. It is a life-threatening emergency. If you think someone has acute severe asthma, call 911 right away. Treatment takes place in the emergency department and the hospital. Causes Anyone with asthma can have an acute severe flare-up. Causes include: Respiratory infections, like a cold or sinus infection Severe allergic reactions Inhaling irritants Not taking ...
Asthma on Campus
Asthma on Campus College has extra challenges for the student with asthma. New and unfamiliar living quarters, school and social stresses, and other factors can trigger flare-ups. As always, prevention is important: Do your best to avoid triggers and to stay healthy. Update your asthma action plan, including how to deal with emergencies. These tips can help. Your new space Before you leave for college, review your triggers with your allergist, pulmonologist, or primary care provider. Then review this li...
Asthma: Dealing with Your Child's School
Your Child's Asthma: School Strategies If your child has asthma, you may worry about how he or she copes with asthma at school. Research shows that informed, supportive teachers and staff can play a big role in helping students manage their asthma. School strategies The CDC has identified six key strategies that teachers and staff can use to help children with asthma thrive at school. Not every strategy is appropriate or practical for every school situation. In general, however, the more strategies used...
A Kids' Asthma Journal
Kids' Asthma Journal Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing! By following the examples below, you can use a journal to track day-to-day changes in your asthma. The information helps you and your health care provider take better care of your asthma. This may be something you can do with he. If your parent or guardian help from an adult. Make copies of this page before you write on it so you can use it again! Starting date: ____________________ Symptoms Check the boxes belo...
Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child
Your Child's Asthma: First Office Visit Your child has been coughing or wheezing, and you’re wondering whether it might be asthma. The first step toward finding out is scheduling a visit with your child’s health care provider. As you prepare for this visit, you may be wondering what questions the provider will ask or what tests and exams your child will need. With the information below, you and your child can go to that first visit knowing more about what to expect. Medical history Before starting the e...
Asthma: When to Get an Allergy Test
Asthma: Allergy Testing If you often have allergy symptoms—such as itchy, watery eyes; a runny nose; wheezing; sneezing; and hives or itchy skin— allergy testing can help determine if your symptoms are from allergies. Sometimes you can tell the allergic substance because of the time that your symptoms happen in the spring or fall, for instance. But you may need specific allergy testing to figure out other allergies. The health care provider will test how you react to allergens. For example, dust mites, ...
Adult Immunizations Quiz
Quiz Yourself: Adult Immunizations Find out what you know about getting immunized by taking this quiz. 1. You should get a tetanus and diphtheria booster every 15 years. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is You should get this booster every 10 years. Tetanus and diphtheria are serious diseases caused by bacteria, according to the CDC. The tetanus bacteria enter the body through a cut or wound. Diphtheria can be passed from person to person. If you are older than 65 and hav...
Athlete's Foot Quiz
What Do You Know About Athlete's Foot? Itch. Scratch. Itch. Scratch. The itching caused by athlete's foot can be intense. Named for the active people who seem most prone to this condition, athlete's foot can affect even couch potatoes. Find out more by taking this multiple-choice quiz. 1. Athlete's foot is caused by: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The fungi are called dermatophytes, and they like to grow in warm, moist places, like the insides of your sweaty shoes. T...
Your Child's Asthma: Quiz Children are more likely to have asthma than are adults. In fact, asthma is the most common long-term childhood disease, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Find out more about this condition by taking the following quiz. 1. Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S., and it is increasing. A. True B. Fa...
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