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What is Goiter?

Goiter

A goiter (GOI-tur) is an abnormal enlargement of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below your Adam’s apple. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough and make it difficult for you to swallow or breathe. The most common cause of goiters worldwide is a ...

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What are keloids?

Keloid scar

What are keloids? When skin is injured, fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks. However, keloids can affect any ...

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Here is what you need to know about nail fungus

What’s a Nail Fungus? Nail fungus also know as onychomycosis  is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails. If your condition is mild and ...

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What Is Bronchitis ?

bronchitis

What Is Bronchitis? Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic. Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more ...

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What you need to know about Cataract

cataract

What is Cataract? A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina. What causes cataracts? Aging and exposure to sunlight can cause cataract? Changes in your eyes are often a normal part of aging. But the changes do not always lead to cataract. Cataracts can also happen ...

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Acne Vulgaris

Acne Vulgaris

What is Acne? Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples,especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Causes Though acne is essentially a normal physiological occurrence, certain conditions may aggravate the condition including: Fluctuating hormone levels around the time of periods in women Manipulating (picking/prodding) acne lesions Clothing and headgear (for example ...

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Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

What Is Dry Mouth? Dry mouth is often due to the side effect of certain medications or aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer. Less often, dry mouth may be caused by a condition that directly affects the salivary glands. Decreased saliva and dry mouth can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has ...

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What are the reasons for itchy ear?

itchy ear

What are the reasons for itchy ear? No matter the cause of your itch, it’s never a good idea to stick any objects in your ears. You could damage your inner ear, including the tiny bones that help you hear. Some reasons for itchy ears include: Buildup of Earwax. Wax is your body’s way of cleaning dead skin cells and dirt ...

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What is Meningitis

meningitis

MENINGITIS Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck. Seek immediate medical care if you suspect that someone has meningitis. Early treatment of bacterial meningitis can prevent serious complication SYMPTOMS Early meningitis symptoms may mimic the flu (influenza). Symptoms ...

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What Is Peptic Ulcer Disease?

peptic ulcer disease

Peptic ulcer disease refers to painful sores or ulcers in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. What Causes Ulcers? No single cause has been found for ulcers. However, it is now clear that an ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum. Most ...

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