A common childhood disease that now can be prevented with a vaccine is measles. A red, blotchy skin rash, fever, sore throat, inflamed eyes, runny nose and cough are included in the signs and symptoms of measles.
For small children, measles, which is also called rubeola, can be serious and even fatal. The disease still kills several hundred thousand people a year, most under the age of 5, while death rates have been falling ... more
The skin condition that causes purplish or reddish patches on one's skin is called morphea. In general, morphea affects women more than men, though it occurs in all age groups and in both sexes. It usually appears on the arms, legs and torso.
Scleroderma is a condition that can cause a wide variety of problems, from skin discoloration to internal organ damage. Morphea is a localized form of scleroderma. With no damage to the ... more
A broken leg is a break or crack in one of the bones of the leg. A broken leg could be a severe shattering break due to a serious car accident, or it may be a simple hairline stress fracture, which is a quite common condition in runners.
Immediate medical attention should be sought in case a person shows any signs or symptoms of a broken leg, particularly after a motor vehicle accident or a fall. To heal completely, prompt diagnosis and ... more
One of the most common reasons that people, especially children, visit a doctor for is swollen lymph nodes and the signs and symptoms that accompany this condition.
Many things can cause the lymph nodes to become swollen, but infection is usually the most common cause. The glands that play an essential role in helping the body fight off bacteria, viruses and other things that may cause illnesses are the lymph nodes.
The ... more
Ganglion cysts are noncancerous fluid-filled lumps or cysts that mostly develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists, hands or feet.
These cysts could develop either suddenly or gradually over time. Unfortunately, the exact cause of a ganglion cyst is still not known.
Mostly, ganglion cysts require no treatment, cause no pain and go away on their own. In case someone needs treatment because of pain, interference with ... more
The group of hereditary disorders that affect the nerves in the legs and arms causing muscle weakness, decreased sensation and decreased muscle bulk, is referred to as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Symptoms tend to worsen very slowly over time, and even among family members these symptoms may vary widely in severity.
The arms and hands may be eventually affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, though this condition usually begins in the ... more