Understanding Hair Loss

Hair loss can strike anywhere, whether it’s your scalp or your complete body. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — women, men, and children — can experience hair loss. Alopecia typically refers to extreme hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most prevalent cause of baldness. Some individuals rather let their baldness run its course untreated and…

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What is Laryngitis

Laryngitis is a swelling or inflammation of your voice box (larynx) from irritation, overuse, or infection. Inside the larynx are your vocal cords — two overlaps of mucous membrane coating muscle and cartilage. Usually, your vocal cords open and close smoothly, forming sounds through their movement and vibration. But in laryngitis, your vocal cords become inflamed or irritated. This swelling distorts the sounds produced by air passing over them. As…

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Understanding Pharyngitis (Sore Throats)

Pharyngitis is inflammation or swelling within the pharynx, which is in the back area of the throat. It’s most commonly referred to simply as “a sore throat.” Pharyngitis can also cause irritation, scratchiness, and coarseness within the throat and difficulty swallowing. According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), pharyngitis-induced sore throat is one of the most frequent reasons for doctor visits. More incidents of pharyngitis occur during the colder months…

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What is Infantile Eczema

Eczema may appear as red, crusty patches on your baby’s skin, often during their first few months. It’s common and very treatable. Many infants outgrow it. Not sure if your baby’s itching, an irritated rash is eczema, your pediatrician can tell you for sure. These problems and answers can help you understand what to look for. What Does Baby Eczema Look Like? It appears as patches of red or dry…

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What is Cradle Cap

  Cradle cap produces oily or crusty and scaly patches atop a baby’s scalp. The ailment tends not to cause itchiness or pain. But it can produce thick white or yellow scales that are not easy to remove. Cradle cap normally clears up on own (without intervention) in a few months. Home-care allowances encompass washing your baby’s scalp daily with a mild shampoo. This will help to extricate and remove…

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What is Epiglottitis?

Epiglottitis can be a life-threatening condition that happens when the epiglottis — which is a small cartilage “lid” that covers your windpipe — swells or forms inflammation, blocking the flow of air into your lungs. Some elements that can trigger the epiglottis to swell — burns from hot liquids, immediate injury to your throat and numerous infections. The most prevalent cause of epiglottitis in children in the past was infection…

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Understanding Food Poisoning

Food poisoning, also referred to as foodborne illness, is an illness produced by consuming poisoned or contaminated food. Infectious organisms — including viruses, bacteria, and parasites — or their toxins are the most prevalent causes of food poisoning. Infectious organisms or their viri can make food toxic at any point of processing or production. Infection and positioning can also transpire at home if food is poorly handled or cooked. Food…

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Low Sex Drive in Men (Low Libido)

The popular assumption is that the male libido is constantly in overdrive, correct? Well, that’s not right — studies have shown that one out of five men has a low sex drive. Men. High sex drive. Throbbing sexual beasts. We know what they want. And we know when they want it: right now. These are some of the thoughts that are unfair and often untrue assumptions about men. Even some…

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Understanding Croup

Croup is an illness that aggravates your infant’s upper airways and causes inflammation. As the airway underneath his vocal cords turns narrow, your child will find it difficult to breathe. His breathing will be noisy with rattling, and he’ll have a cough that sounds a lot like a high-pitched seal or dog bark. His voice will also sound raspy and dry and harsh, especially when he cries. Croup tends to…

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Immigrants and Healthcare Insurance in California

Eligibility and Immigration Most Immigrants Are Ordered to Have Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act, most individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or lawfully existing immigrants are required to have health coverage. There is a tax fine — identified as the “shared responsibility payment” — for those who do not possess health coverage and do not qualify for an exception. Although the new tax law may have affected…

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