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

Is stress making your allergy symptoms worse?

Feeling stressed can affect allergies. One effect is psychological. Since stress amplifies the emotional reaction to any symptoms, it can also affect how bothered one feels about allergy symptoms. The other effect of stress on allergies is physical. Stress can make the allergic response worse. It’s unclear exactly why, but it may be because stress hormones can ramp up the already exaggerated immune system response to allergies. Therefore, stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, may help relieve allergy symptoms. More »

Should I be worried about a pancreatic cyst?

Many cysts of the pancreas are discovered by accident during a CT scan performed for other reasons. Although most cysts are noncancerous, some show features that are worrisome and need further evaluation. (Locked) More »

Can cycling cause erectile dysfunction?

Cycling is a great low-impact exercise, which is ideal for many older men. But can putting in miles in the saddle cause temporary erectile difficulties? It depends. According to a Harvard Special Health Report, Erectile Dysfunction: How medication, lifestyle changes, and other therapies can help you conquer this vexing problem, the Massachusetts Male Aging Study found that in certain circumstances, bike riding can damage nerves and compress arteries in the penis, which may lead to erectile problems. The risk was highest among men who cycled more than three hours a week. The reason cycling may cause ED is that the seat puts constant pressure on the perineum—the area between the genitals and anus. This pressure can harm nerves and temporarily slow blood flow, which causes tingling or numbness in the penis and, eventually, ED. More »

Is that dry skin really something more serious?

Sometimes it’s hard to discern if dry skin is a sign of a more serious condition. Common conditions include eczema and contact dermatitis, which both include dry, cracked, itchy skin. Psoriasis causes thick, raised, red or silvery patches of scaly skin on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. A concerted effort to moisturize the skin throughout the day may be all it takes to get rid of itching and dryness and build up the skin’s moisture barrier. When moisturizing alone isn’t enough, a trip to the dermatologist may be in order. (Locked) More »