Recognizing Common Ailments

Recognizing Common Ailments

There are only a few issues that most people face every year

What does it mean to be a hypochondriac? It means that the person has an obsession with the idea of having a serious but undiagnosed medical condition. Sometimes, however, the suspicion becomes a reality. It is so important to know the symptoms of several common ailments so that you can recognize them when they happen. You’ll also know when to visit a doctor and when your symptoms can be treated at home instead.

1. The Common Cold

Most children can get up to five colds every year. For adults, the numbers are pretty equal. Adults get about 3 colds on average per year. A cold is usually minor and isn’t something that you need to go to the doctor to fix unless it persists for 14 days. Symptoms of the common cold include a sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, mild fever and a blocked or runny nose. It’s most recognizable as a “head cold,” and it is infamous for causing runny noses. Most colds clear up on their own, but you can use supplements which contain added zinc, Echinacea, and vitamin c which have all been shown to shorten the duration of the cold.

2. Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is also best known by the name of “pink eye.” It’s a frustrating thing to get and can cause extreme irritation. It is caused by allergies or a bacterial or viral infection in the outer eye, or the conjunctiva. That outer layer then becomes inflamed and swollen. Symptoms include redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes. It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes. If you’re wearing contact lenses, it is important that you remove them and do not reuse them. Pink eye is extremely contagious so avoid touching or rubbing at your eyes. If another person comes in contact with something that has touched your eyes, the pink eye can be easily passed onto them. Foods rich in Vitamin A and B2 may also be helpful in the treatment of conjunctivitis. You may want to visit a doctor to treat it.

To avoid getting pink eye, avoid using a product that comes in contact with or near another person’s eye. Do not use the same mascara brush as someone else and never wear another person’s contacts. Avoid touching your eyes or touching another person’s eyes.

3. Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can happen anywhere on the body. It occurs when certain types of bacteria enter through a cut or crack in the skin. Skin injuries such as cuts, insect bites, or surgical incisions are the most common sites of cellulitis infection. The area will look inflamed, red, or puffy, and will be itchy and painful. It’s important to know the complete cellulitis healing stages so that you know when it is effectively treated. Since the infection can spread quickly to the surrounding areas, it is important to get medical attention if you think that you have cellulitis. It is caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria which can both be life-threatening if they are not treated with a prescribed antibiotic.

4. Cold Sores

Cold sores are not entirely dangerous to your health. They are, however, painful and uncomfortable. They appear as small, painful blisters that usually occur on or around your lips that are spread through contact such as kissing, sharing the same glass with someone who is infected, or even using the same dinnerware. Cold sores usually clear on their own after a week or two, but antiviral creams applied as soon as you feel a twinge or tingle can greatly speed healing. It also helps if you keep the area cold to stop the pain. You can use an ice pop or just an ice pack if the area is painful. Since flare-ups can be triggered by sun exposure and stress, slather on sunscreen and lip balm to prevent yourself from getting cold sores and don’t touch the mouths of other people who have them.

Once you’re able to recognize the reasons for common ailments, it will be easier to treat yourself and know what you should do to prevent future problems.