Strep throat is a contagious infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the streptococcus bacteria. It can make your throat feel painful and scratchy. Strep throat can be treated with antibiotics. But first, you need a medical test to make sure your sore throat is being caused by the bacteria.
A computed tomography (CT) scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and a computer to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.
You feel bad. Was it something you ate? Maybe it's just a common cold. But what if it's something more serious? When you're sick, it's not always easy to know when you should see a doctor. But ignoring illness can be dangerous. Here are some signs that you need to get help.
This is an overstretching or tearing of one of the muscles of the stomach area. These are in a group of muscles we call the "core" muscles. They support your organs and your spine. They give your torso strength. These muscles play a key role in a wide range of activities, like sitting, standing and walking.
This is a break of one of the thin, curved bones that protects your chest cavity. Your ribs connect to each other with layers of muscles. They attach to your spine. With a minor fracture, your rib may only be cracked. With a severe fracture, you may have a complete break. Your rib may shift out of place.
Whether you have a chronic skin ulcer, a surgical wound or some other skin injury, proper wound care is important. Without it, even a minor skin wound can turn into a big problem. If your doctor has given you a wound care plan, follow it carefully. Let's also review some wound care basics.
After a concussion, you may have some unexpected physical and emotional effects. You may experience things like headaches, memory problems and depression. We call this "post-concussion syndrome." You can have this syndrome even if your injury didn't seem severe. And, these effects can last for a long time.
During this outpatient procedure, the physician removes a mass that has formed beneath the skin of the foot. This animation will show the removal of the most common type of soft tissue mass (a ganglion cyst). A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled sac that is connected to a joint capsule or tendon sheath. Ganglion cysts commonly form near the ankle.
When you arrive at the ER, the hospital staff needs to quickly figure out how sick or hurt you are. They need to know if you have a life-threatening medical problem and if you need a doctor immediately. They do this with a process called "triage." Let's take a moment to learn more about it.
A heart attack is an emergency, but the condition that causes it usually takes years to develop. Over time, fatty substances collect on the walls of the heart's arteries. As these arteries become narrower, it's more likely that one will become fully clogged, causing a heart attack.
Most insect bites are harmless and cause only minor swelling or itching. But if you're allergic to insects such as wasps or bees, a sting can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction. The venom (poison) from scorpions and certain spiders can also be deadly, although this is rare. Knowing when to seek emergency care could save your life.