Another week has gone by, which means it’s time for your weekly health news round up. It has been quite an informative last couple of days. We learned about what may be causing your sulfur burps (rotten egg burps) and how you can treat them yourself and the reasons why you may be having puffy eyes. You’ll also find out what nocturnal seizures are and how you can recognize them, as well as articles covering important topics such as jugular vein distention and relapsing polychondritis.
Sulfur burps (rotten egg burps): Causes and home remedies
Burping is considered a rude bodily function, but producing sulfur burps or rotten egg burps can be far more embarrassing.
In fact, burping is a normal bodily function that helps get rid of excess gas in your digestive system. Usually, your burps smell and even taste like your previous meal, but sometimes they can come out smelling like rotten eggs or sulfur.
When food is consumed, especially protein-rich foods, it is broken down and dissolved to make it easier for your body to absorb. During this process, a colorless gas called hydrogen sulfide (H2S) can be produced, which has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. Continue reading…
Puffy eyes: Causes, complications, symptoms, and treatment
Puffy eyes, or bags under the eyes, can occur for numerous reasons, and can even be hereditary. Puffy eyes are commonly associated with weakening of the muscles supporting the eyelids brought on by aging. As a result, fat that supports the eyes moves to the lower eyelids, making them look puffy. Fluid may also accumulate in the space below your eyes, also promoting the swelling.
Cases when puffy eyes are associated with a serious medical condition are very rare. As a rule, it is a cosmetic concern. Continue reading…
What causes nocturnal seizures? Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for nocturnal epilepsy
Nocturnal seizures are when a person experiences a seizure during sleep. The condition may also be referred to as nocturnal epilepsy. People who suffer from nocturnal seizures often go unaware they suffered from one at all, but may find it difficult to wake up or to stay awake. Nocturnal seizures might occur just after a person has fallen asleep, just before waking, during a daytime nap, or simply when in a state of drowsiness.
The precise reasons why nocturnal seizure in adults occurs is not fully understood but it is thought to be a central nervous system disorder where nerve cell activity in the brain become disrupted leading to seizures development. This may cause periods of unusual behavior and sensations, and sometimes even loss of consciousness. Continue reading…
Jugular vein distention: Causes, tests, and treatment for bulging neck veins
When people have bulging neck veins, it is referred to as jugular vein distention and can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. If you have jugular vein distention or as it is commonly called, JVD, you should seek medical attention immediately.
We have internal and external jugular veins that run along the right and left side of our neck. These veins carry blood from the head to the superior vena cava. The vena cava is the largest vein in the upper body and it runs to the heart, which is where blood is before passing through the lungs to pick up oxygen. When someone has jugular vein distention, it is a sign of increased pressure inside the vena cava. Continue reading…
Relapsing polychondritis: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and diet
Relapsing polychondritis is an autoimmune disorder that presents with non-specific symptoms affecting the neck, nose, throat, and ears. The disease is rare and primarily involves cartilage tissue becoming inflamed.
Any tissue that contains cartilage is at risk of being affected by this condition. The eyes, blood vessels, and heart have cartilage in them, making them potential sites for inflammation.
Twenty-five to thirty-five percent of people suffering from relapsing polychondritis also suffer from other autoimmune disorders. Continue reading…