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What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis refers to a medical condition that involves inflammation of the appendix, a finger-like pouch that extends from the bottom of the large intestine.  When this pouch gets inflamed, severe pain may be felt near the lower right abdominal area. The exact cause of appendicitis is not entirely known to the medical community.  Most experts [...]

What is meningitis?

Meningitis refers to the inflammation of the meninges which form the outer covering of the brain and spinal cord.  Infection may be secondary to bacterial or viral exposure and in rare cases some medicines may lead to this kind of medical condition.  In terms of prevalence, younger people like children and teens are prone to [...]

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is a condition where there is inflammation in the bursa.  Many joints in the body have bursa which basically functions to help ease the friction between the movements of the bony parts.  Each bursa in the body contains fluid which lubricates the joint and allows for smooth movement. The shoulders, elbows, and knees for [...]

What is ringworm?

Ringworm refers to a fungal infection that affects various parts of the body including the arms, legs, and even the face.  Medically known as tinea corporis, ringworm can affect both men and women and at any age.  Children may get this infection and so are the adults and the elderly.  The infection involved in ringworm [...]

What is an ESR blood test?

What is an ESR blood test? ESR blood test, or Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate blood test, is a type of blood testing to check if there is an ongoing inflammatory activity inside the body.  This type of test is classified as “non-specific” because it provides inflammatory indications but will not pinpoint the exact location on where [...]

What are H. pylori symptoms?

“H. pylori” is short for Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacterium that is present in the stomach.  This bacterium is also classified as a gram-negative and micro-aerophilic type which may or may not cause symptoms to people infected with it.  In fact, most people that have h. pylori found in their stomachs do not actually [...]

What is HSP?

What is HSP? HSP or Henoch-Schonlein purpura is a systemic disease characterized with a type of skin rash that commonly affects children.  Specifically, this disease affects the small blood vessels of the skin causing inflammation or vasculitis.  The skin lesions usually occur along with arthritic symptoms and are commonly found in the buttocks area and [...]

What is Pneumonitis?

What is Pneumonitis? Pneumonitis is a general medical term which indicates the presence of inflammation in the lung tissues. This inflammation may be due to several factors including infection from a virus or as an allergic reaction. Certain drugs or materials such as silica or asbestos may irritate the tissues of the lungs and cause [...]

What is Bronchitis?

What is Bronchitis? Bronchitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the air passages to the lungs. Inflammation may be due to trauma, irritation, or some form of infection. Usually it is the lining of the tubes that get inflamed. And when this happen, the amount of air in [...]

What is Cystitis?

What is Cystitis? Cystitis refers to an inflammation of the urinary bladder. But cystitis may also be used as the term for any inflammation involving the urinary tract. It is said to be very common in women, but men can also have this condition. A person gets cystitis usually from a bacterial infection. Bacteria typically [...]

What is Gout?

What is Gout? Gout is a medical condition characterized by intense pain at the joints (commonly the foot), typically affecting the joint of the big toe. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, causing swelling in joints. With gout, the affected individual experiences severe pain, swelling, tenderness and a burning feeling in [...]