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Venous Leg Ulcers: Risk Factors, Treatment and Prevention

Venous leg ulcers are ulcers that occur on the lower leg. An ulcer is a type of sore on the skin that does not heal on its own in the way a cut usually does. Venous leg ulcers, being the most common type of leg ulcer, are a common problem among older adults. In many people, the veins of the legs become damaged over the time as a result of poor blood circulation and increased […]

Nosebleeds: Causes, First Aid and Treatment

Nosebleed (also known as epistaxis) is extremely common and almost everyone gets it occasionally. The bleeding usually stops by itself. Pinching nostrils together for a few minutes helps to stop it sooner. It is extremely rare to lose a lot of blood from a nosebleed. If the nosebleeds are frequent or heavy, a person should see a doctor. There are simple treatments to prevent them recurring. However, a doctor will need to rule out a […]

Spider Veins: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Spider veins usually develop on the legs and face as a red or blue spiderweb when a small group of blood vessels located just beneath the skin surface dilate and weaken. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but varicose veins are larger and may become raised above the skin surface. This common and in most cases harmless condition is also known as telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities. Spider veins may cause a dull, aching sensation […]

Varicose Veins: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Varicose veins are abnormally widened, swollen, dark veins, which are often twisted unlike normal, healthy straight veins. Although they may develop anywhere, they usually affect the superficial veins rather than the deep veins and are most common in the legs, especially the lower legs and feet. For many people varicose veins are merely a cosmetic issue, but in others they may also cause swelling, inflammation, itching, pain and may even develop into a leg ulcer. […]

Hemorrhoids: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hemorrhoids are lumps in the anus which occur when the veins in the wall of the anus and rectum become swollen and stretched. They are very common both in men and women as half of all people over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids, although some may not exhibit any symptoms. Paradoxically, many people who believe to have hemorrhoids actually have none at all. This is because certain anal and rectal problems, such as abscesses, […]

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that is caused by having inadequate iron in your body. It is both, relatively easy to treat and common. The three main causes of this type of anemia are the inability to absorb sufficient iron from food, a poor diet and blood loss. Your body needs iron to make red blood cells or erythrocytes. When your body does not have sufficient iron available to make erythrocytes, it dips into […]

Deep Vein Thrombosis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

When a blood clot forms deep in a vein in the body it is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots occur because blood thickens and sticks together. While deep vein blood clots can occur anywhere in the body, most of them occur in the lower legs and thighs. An embolus is a blood clot that has broken off and is traveling through the blood stream. It is called a pulmonary embolism (PE) when […]

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