Diseases & Conditions

The human body is a remarkable structure. It's designed to efficiently manage the wear and tear of everyday life and fend off all sorts of threats. Most of us are healthy for most of our lives. But we're also susceptible to hundreds of injuries, diseases, and conditions. Some are quite common, others are extremely rare. Here are some of the most common conditions that affect humans.


Diseases & Conditions Articles

Should I get a COVID-19 antibody test?

A test for COVID-19 antibodies, which shows past infection, can be helpful in the rare situation of a person who has COVID like symptoms but a persistent negative nasal swab test. Also it may help diagnose people who have long-term symptoms post COVID, known as "long COVID." (Locked) More »

What are the long-lasting effects of COVID-19?

Fewer people who get COVID-19 are dying, but not all of the survivors are recovering fully. Some people are left with evidence of injury to the heart and kidneys. It is too soon to know whether the damage is permanent and whether it will affect their level of function. And some people, called "COVID long-haulers," experience debilitating symptoms for many months after beating COVID-19. Symptoms include fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, inability to exercise, headache, and trouble sleeping for many months after beating COVID-19. (Locked) More »

What is a hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach slides through a natural hole in the diaphragm, which can lead to acid reflux. (Locked) More »

What to expect after COVID

COVID-19 may have lingering effects, such as headaches, fatigue, and cognitive problems, and possibly lung, heart, or kidney damage. Because so little is known about why this happens, there are no official follow-up guidelines or recommendations. Some experts say it may be worth a conversation with a doctor. It is hoped that research may yield more information in the future. (Locked) More »

Why am I itchy all over?

Generalized itching has many potential triggers, such as older age, dry environments, medication side effects, nerve damage, or allergens. Itch relief involves treating underlying causes, moisturizing the skin, and using a humidifier. If there is no identifiable cause of generalized itching, it may help to take gabapentin (Neurontin), use topical anesthetic patches or creams containing lidocaine, or take antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. UV light treatments and over-the-counter anti-itch creams may also provide relief. (Locked) More »

Why do my legs swell at the end of the day?

Leg swelling, also called edema, is caused by fluid buildup in the soft tissues beneath the skin. Modifying certain medications, keeping feet elevated when sitting, and wearing compression stockings can all help manage the condition. (Locked) More »

Feel woozy? Do this first

People who’ve never experienced wooziness should call 911 if the symptom comes on suddenly or severely, especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms. However, a person who has experienced wooziness before or been unwell recently should sit down, have a drink of water or juice, and rest for 10 to 15 minutes. If the feeling of wooziness persists, if other symptoms develop, or if it’s hard to get up without feeling faint, one should call 911. More »

Should I worry about a sudden swollen tongue?

A sudden swollen tongue can result from a side effect of medication like ACE inhibitors, an infection, vitamin B12 deficiency, and, in rare cases, an underactive thyroid gland. People should see a doctor if the condition doesn’t improve. (Locked) More »

The new-old way to treat gout

The American College of Rheumatology recently released updated guidelines on how to best treat gout and prevent future flare-ups. They included first-line treatments like anti-inflammatory medications and ice therapy. A combination of diet and lifestyle changes and medications (including urate lowering therapy, or ULT) —is typically recommended if attacks recur or become chronic. (Locked) More »