10 Most Common Reasons for an ER Visit

Emergency Services Houston

By: Marianne Spoon When you think about emergency rooms, the dramatic, gurney-rolling scenes from TV and movies might flood your mind. But the truth is these portrayals overlook much of what typical ERs deal with regularly. Emergency services provide expert care to save lives, but they’re also places people seek treatment for mysterious symptoms or […]

3 Things to Consider When Determining if Your Child has Allergies or COVID-19

Posted on Mar 08, 2022 You’ve probably noticed the yellowish pollen dust on your car or maybe your eyes are feeling a bit itchy. It’s official — allergy season has arrived. For kids with allergies, this time of year can be quite uncomfortable with respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Because allergies and […]

Tips for a Healthy Summer

Follow these tips to help prevent chronic disease and have a #HealthySummer. 1 Move More, Sit Less! Get at least 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity every week. Physical activity has immediate benefits for your health: better sleep and reduced anxiety are two. 2 Wear Sunscreen & Insect Repellent Use shade, wide-brimmed hats, clothing that covers, and broad-spectrum sunscreen […]

Heat-related health dangers for older adults soar during the summer

NIH tips help reduce risk of hyperthermia. As we age, our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. Older people are at significant increased risk of heat-related illnesses, known collectively as hyperthermia, during the summer months. Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when […]

Sports Injuries

Overview Most sports injuries are due to either trauma or overuse of muscles or joints. The majority are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones, including: Contusions (bruises) Sprains Strains Fractures Dislocations What is a contusion? A contusion (bruise) is an injury to the soft tissue. It is often caused by blunt […]


Featured Experts: Nisha Aggarwal Gilotra, M.D. Myocarditis occurs when the heart muscle becomes inflamed. When your heart muscle is inflamed, it can affect your heart’s electrical system. This can cause arrhythmia, or a rapid or abnormal heartbeat. Myocarditis can cause the heart muscle to weaken and can lead to cardiomyopathy. Johns Hopkins cardiologist and heart […]

11 Heart-healthy Foods Good for Heart Patients

Reviewed By Jabeen Begum, MD on 4/14/2022 11 Heart-healthy Foods Good for Heart Patients People with a heart condition have to pay extra attention to their diet, making sure to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants while cutting back on high-fat or high-calorie foods. As is the case with any healthy diet, a diet that’s good for the […]

Cold Sweats: What to Know About Causes and Treatments, According to Experts

Plus, why you shouldn’t ignore them if they happen often. By: Korin Miller Published on November 20, 2020 Sweat is a normal bodily function—you sweat, for the most part, when your body gets hot and needs to cool down (think: when it’s when it’s warm outside, when you exercise, or even when you’re anxious, nervous, or afraid). […]

Drug Side Effects Explained

By Jim Morelli, MPH Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on March 07, 2022 From the homely aspirin to the most sophisticated prescription medicine on the market, all drugs come with side effects. Many are minor, some are just an inconvenience, a few are serious, and some are just plain strange. Perhaps the most common set of […]

Sore Throat

Last Updated March 2021 | This article was created by familydoctor.org editorial staff and reviewed by Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD, FAAFP What is a sore throat? A sore throat means that your throat hurts. It feels irritated or scratchy. You may feel mild discomfort or a burning pain. A sore throat may feel worse […]