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Abdominal pain may be minor and of no great significance, or it can reflect a major problem involving one of the organs in the abdomen.The characteristics of the pain -- location, timing, duration, etc. are important in diagnosing its cause. Persisting ab

Posted on 27 March, 2015 at 12:46 Comments comments (0)
Abdominal pain (Pain in the belly) can be associated with a variety of conditions both within and outside of the abdomen. Abdominal pain can be acute and sudden in onset, or the pain can be chronic and longstanding. 

The cause of abdominal problems can be hard to pinpoint. Sometimes minor and serious abdominal problems start with the same symptoms.  Pain that increases with movement or coughing and does not appear to be caused by strained muscles is more likely to be a symptom of a serious problem.  

Severe abdominal pain is a greater cause for concern. If it starts suddenly and unexpectedly, it should be regarded as a medical emergency, especially if the pain is concentrated in a particular area. 

Whether it's a mild stomach ache, sharp pain, or stomach cramps, abdominal pain can have numerous causes. Fortunately, most abdominal problems are minor, and home treatment is all that is needed. Some serious causes of sudden severe abdominal pain include:

  •  Appendicitis – the swelling of the appendix (a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine), which causes agonizing pain in the lower right-hand side of your abdomen, and means your appendix will need to be removed.

  • a bleeding or perforated stomach Ulcer – a bleeding, open sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine)

  • Acute Cholecystitis – inflammation of the gallbladder, which is often caused by gallstones; in many cases, your gallbladder will need to be removed

  • Kidney stones – small stones may be passed out in your urine, but larger stones may block the kidney tubes, and you'll need to go to hospital to have them broken up

  • Diverticulitis – inflammation of the small pouches in the bowel that sometimes requires treatment with antibiotics in hospital

Some of the more common causes include:
  • Indigestion after eating
  •  Pregnancy, gas,
  • Bladder infections
  • Appendicitis, ulcers, gastritis,
  • parasite infection, 
  • Abdominal muscle injury, 
  • Abdominal hernia, 
  • lactose intolerance, 
  • Food poisoning,
  •  Menstrual cramps,
  •  abdominal organ injury from trauma, and constipation.
  • Abdominal pain can also be a common side effect of medication. When you use certain drugs chronically, it can cause abdominal pain. In some cases this can be solved by switching the medication for similar other drugs

In order for your health care provider to assist you in managing your pain, it is helpful for you to be able to adequately describe your pain. If your abdominal pain lasts longer than 24 hours, or gets worse as time passes, call your doctor right away.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (STI) :------- HPV vaccine can prevent certain cancers and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus and help prevent Health problems such as: genital warts and cervical cancer.

Posted on 28 October, 2014 at 1:03 Comments comments (17)
Get vaccinated against HPV.  HPV vaccines are safe and effective. Prevention is better than treatment. Get your girls and your boys vaccinated at 11 or 12, or as soon as possible if they're already 13 or older. HPV vaccine produces a higher immune response in preteens than in older teens and young adults.

What is HPV?
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).Nearly all sexually active men and women will get HPV at some point in their lives. HPV vaccines can protect males and females against diseases (including cancers) caused by HPV when given in the recommended age groups. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses, long before being exposed to HPV.  

Health care providers classify HPV as low risk and high risk. 
-----Low-risk HPV infections usually cause genital warts. 
Genital warts may appear as flat lesions, 
small cauliflower-like bumps or otherwise.

Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it. Some people find out they have HPV when they get genital warts. In most cases, your body's immune system defeats an HPV infection before it has a chance to create any warts.

------High Risk Strains:  Strains of HPV classified as "high risk" are associated with both mild and severe cervical abnormalities found on a Pap test. When left untreated for several years, these abnormalities could develop into cervical cancer. Less frequently, high risk strains can cause atypical genital warts that can have precancerous and cancerous changes within them

HPV can lie dormant for many years before causing cancerous changes to the cervix. It is important that women continue to get regular Pap smears throughout their lifetimes. No woman should ever have to die of cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears can detect HPV-induced changes to the cervix early, when they are still very treatable.

Engaging in high risk sexual behavior increases your risk of contracting both high and low risk strains of HPV. 
You can be infected with more than one strain of HPV . An infected person can be a carrier of several strains of HPV concurrently. The good news is that for most people, both high and low risk HPV infections clear up without medical intervention.

STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) And YOU?

Posted on 27 February, 2014 at 4:09 Comments comments (2)
Some  diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, can be transmitted without sexual contact. Others, such asgonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can only be transmitted through sexual contact. 

Who are at Risk for STD's???
  • People with multiple Sexual Partners
  • People who use condom inconsistently
  • People who have anonymous sexual partners
  • people who are sexually active and infected with HIV

Although STD's can be Deadly,it is considered both curable andPREVENTABLE.  If you  suspect you have STD's or is  at Risk  you should seek medical attention immediately.  Early detection is often the key to successful treatment. Antibiotics can treat STD"S effectively, however, if left untreated it may cause serious Health Complications including, infertility.

The choices you make every day go a long way toward securing a healthy Happy life. 

STI

Posted on 26 January, 2013 at 23:32 Comments comments (5)
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia continues to be of great concern in the adolescent population, as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STI). As practitioners, we must make time at each visit to discuss STI prevention. 

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