How to Prevent Gout Flares

How to Prevent Gout Flares

Gout is a type of arthritis, or joint inflammation. It is caused by uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid reaches the bloodstream when purine, a molecule found in certain foods and body cells, is broken down by the liver. The kidneys normally eliminate uric acid...
Chalazion vs Hordeolum (Stye)

Chalazion vs Hordeolum (Stye)

thChalazion and hordeolum may be unfamiliar terms for some of us. Another better known word for hordeolum is ‘stye’.  What is the difference between a chalazion and a hordeolum (stye)?  Both chalazion and hordeolum are eye lesions that are characterized by...
Vertigo–When to Worry?

Vertigo–When to Worry?

Vertigo is a false sensation of movement, often of objects spinning, along with dizziness or lightheadedness. Some patients experience nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, the condition is usually benign, brought on by changes in head position and a problem with the...
EpiPen: What You Need to Know

EpiPen: What You Need to Know

EpiPen (epinephrine) is a solution injected under the skin or into the thigh muscle to treat severe allergic reactions. It usually comes in a prefilled syringe as part of a so-called auto-injector.   What is Anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening...
What Types of Blood Thinners Are There?

What Types of Blood Thinners Are There?

When we talk about blood thinners, we might think of medications that make the blood more watery, but that’s not really the case. The medical term is anticoagulants, meaning drugs prevent blood coagulation, or clotting. They are prescribed for patients in danger of...