The longest nerve in the body, which is called the sciatic nerve, runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. The pain that radiates along the path of this nerve is called sciatica.
Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that involves the nerve, such as a herniated disk; it isn't a disease in itself. The pain of acute sciatica, which could be considerably uncomfortable, usually ... more
When a couple is unable to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year, it means that they are infertile. If this is the case with a couple, there might be a chance that something treatable may be interfering with their efforts to have a child. The cause behind infertility may be a single problem in the patient or the partner, or a mix of factors that interfere with the occurrence or continuity of pregnancy. ... more
The small bumps that develop just beneath the skin on the face, neck, trunk and sometimes the genital area are called epidermoid cysts, which are painless and slow-growing. Even though epidermoid cysts are usually referred to as sebaceous cysts, however, real sebaceous cysts are much less common than epidermoid cysts.
Epidermoid cysts are surgically removed when they rupture, become infected, or if they’re a cosmetic ... more
When the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs, lupus occurs, which is a chronic inflammatory disease. The skin, joints, blood cells, kidneys, lung, heart and other body systems could be affected by the inflammation caused by lupus.
The four types of lupus are:
Systemic lupus erythemaosus
Discoid lupus erythematosus
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
The ... more
When an antibody called IgA lodges in the kidney hampering its ability to filter waste and excess water from the blood, a common kidney disease called IgA nephropathy or Berger’s disease occurs. This disease can contribute to blood and protein in the urine with time as well as swollen hands, feet and elevated blood pressure.
This disease doesn’t have a cure though some medications help in slowing its course. IgA ... more
Also called allergic rhinitis, hay fever causes cold-like symptoms including congestion, sinus pressure, sneezing and a runny nose. However, hay fever is caused by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor airborne allergens such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander, while a cold is caused by a virus. For some people, hay fever could get worse at certain times of the year, mostly in the spring, summer or fall. Other people have hay fever ... more