It's often recommended that adults visit a family doctor on a regular basis—annually or even more often, as your doctor recommends. However, you may want to consider visiting a medical centre between your standard checkups if you have a medical issue that isn't an emergency but which shouldn't wait until your next standard appointment. While your doctor is always the best person to tell you when it's time to visit a medical centre, note a few conditions which you might discuss with him or her, and which might warrant a visit to a physician as soon as possible.
If you're suffering from diabetes, high blood sugar may damage the nerves and blood vessels leading to your feet. Through a combination of poor circulation and reduced sensation, you could encounter injuries that you don't address, which then turn into ulcers or wounds that are difficult to heal. Diabetic foot occurs in 15% of people with diabetes, but there are ways to prevent it from happening and treat it as it arises.
If you have a delicate back and are suffering from back pain, it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, not sleeping well can often result in you feeling worse, as pain is exacerbated by tiredness. Here are some tips to help you get a great night's sleep even with a back issue.
Choose the right pillow
The right pillow helps to cushion and support the neck. Often back problems can actually stem from the head and neck as the head is a heavy part of the body and poor neck position can create extra and uncomfortable forces on the neck.
Cholesteatoma affects the middle ear and is characterised by an abnormal growth that typically starts behind the eardrum. The growth is composed of cysts and skin, and it will grow in the ear canal if left untreated. This can cause permanent damage to the middle ear, and if an infection takes hold, it can spread to your nasal passages and brain. Here's what you need to know about cholesteatoma:
Causes And Symptoms
Bone is a living tissue and consists of a soft inner layer that has an appearance similar to honeycomb and a dense outer layer known as the cortical. Your bones contain collagen and a number of minerals including calcium, and they have the capacity to renew themselves, but their ability to do this can vary depending on your life stage and general health.
As you age, it's normal to experience some bone loss, as bone renewal slows down.