Month: May 2020

Rose Thorns

Rose Thorns: A Risk for Bacterial and Fungal Infection

Rose Thorns and Infection Overview The beautiful rose flower tops a green stem that has sharp outgrowths. Many people refer to these as thorns. If you’re a botanist, you might call these sharp outgrowths prickles, as they’re part of the outer layer of the plant’s stem. They don’t meet the strict definition of thorns, which …

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E-Stim

E-Stim: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It May Help You

Is E-Stim the Answer to Your Pain? Overview Whether you’re recovering from an injury or stroke or dealing with the pain of fibromyalgia or another condition, you may benefit from a physical therapy procedure called electrical stimulation, or e-stim. E-stim sends mild electrical pulses through the skin to help stimulate injured muscles or manipulate nerves …

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Iron Infusion

Iron Infusion: Benefits, Side Effects, and What to Expect

What to Expect from an Iron Infusion Overview Iron infusion is a procedure in which iron is delivered to your body intravenously, meaning into a vein through a needle. This method of delivering medication or supplementation is also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion. Iron infusions are usually prescribed by doctors to treat iron deficiency anemia. …

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Butterfly Needle

Butterfly Needle for Blood Draw: How It Works and Why It’s Used

The Butterfly Needle: What to Expect Overview A butterfly needle is a device used to access a vein for drawing blood or giving medications. Some medical professionals call a butterfly needle a “winged infusion set” or a “scalp vein set.” The set gets its name because there are plastic “wings” on either side of a …

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Nipple Tattoo

Nipple Tattoo for Breast Cancer Survivors

What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Getting a Nipple Tattoo Overview If you have a mastectomy to treat breast cancer, you have the option of undergoing reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape of the removed breast. Breast reconstruction doesn’t typically involve the nipple. And not everyone is a candidate for a nipple-sparing mastectomy, depending on the type, size, …

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natural-antihistamines

The 4 Best Natural Antihistamines

The 4 Best Natural Antihistamines Overview If you have seasonal allergies, you know they can be challenging. Sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and sinus pressure — these symptoms can become difficult to tolerate. You’ve likely used many over-the-counter (OTC) solutions to attempt to lessen these seasonal symptoms and may want to try something else. There’s evidence that completely natural solutions may …

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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome – Symptoms | Causes | Treatment

Cauda Equina Syndrome Overview Low back pain affects millions of people every year and, in most cases, it improves without surgery. But severe back pain can be a symptom of a serious condition that is not well known and is often misdiagnosed. Cauda equina syndrome (CES) occurs when the nerve roots of the cauda equina are compressed …

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