Health topics

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Macrocephaly

What is Macrocephaly? Macrocephaly refers to an overly large head in infants. Not all cases of macrocephaly are cause for alarm. However, it is often a sign of other complications within the head or brain. The generally used standard for…

Lightheadedness

What Is Lightheadedness? Lightheadedness is feeling as if you might faint. Your body may feel heavy while your head feels as if it is not getting enough blood. Another way to describe lightheadedness is as a “reeling sensation.” Lightheadedness may…

Keratosis Follicularis (Nail Abnormalities)

Highlights Keratosis follicularis is a condition caused by an abnormal gene. It is characterized by hardened, wart-like skin lesions. If one parent carries the abnormal gene, then their child has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene. Keratosis follicularis…

Impaired Taste

Impaired Taste Impaired taste means that your sense of taste is not functioning properly. Impaired taste can refer to the absence of taste or an altered sense, such as a metallic taste in the mouth. Most people experience impaired taste…

Impaired Smell

What Is Impaired Smell? Impaired smell is the inability to smell properly. Impaired smell can describe a complete inability to smell, or the partial inability to smell. It’s a symptom of several medical conditions and may be temporary or permanent….

Impaired Sensation

People rely on their sense of touch to quickly pull away from a hot object or feel changes in terrain under their feet. These are referred to as sensations. It’s known as impaired sensation if you can’t feel as well,…

Hump Behind the Shoulders

What Is a Buffalo Hump? A hump behind the shoulder, also called a buffalo hump, can develop when fat gathers together behind your neck. This lump of fat is not necessarily a serious condition. Tumors, cysts, and other abnormal growths…

Hypermobile Joints

What Are Hypermobile Joints? If you have hypermobile joints, you are able to extend them easily and painlessly beyond the normal range of motion. Hypermobility of the joints occurs when the tissues holding a joint together—mainly ligaments—are too loose. Often,…

Hives

Hives, also known as urticaria, are itchy, raised welts that are found on the skin. They are usually red, pink, or flesh-colored, and sometimes sting or hurt. In most cases, hives are caused by an allergic reaction to a medication…

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious condition that affects one in three adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s called the “silent killer” because people often have no symptoms, yet…