Laryngitis

Laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx caused by an infection, or by over-use of the voice, or by irritation. What to look for hoarseness and loss of voice. pain when speaking. raw feeling in the throat. a constant need to clear the throat. flu or a cold The first indication that you…

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Lice

Lice are parasites that live by infesting humans and sucking their blood. There are several types of lice. What to look for head lice: intense itching on the scalp, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. body lice: unexplained scratch marks on the body, hives, eczema, and red pimples. pubic lice: continual…

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Liver Cancer

What to look for... Like most cancers, liver cancer usually has no initial symptoms, but may eventually cause: pain, swelling, or tenderness in the upper right section of the abdomen. jaundice. body itching. swollen legs. In the advanced stage, symptoms may also include fever, appetite and weight loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, general weakness,…

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Lung Cancer

What to look for... As with most cancers, lung cancer normally has no symptoms until it has spread significantly to other parts of the body. the 'smoker's cough'. blood in mucus. recurring bronchitis or pneumonia. shortness of breath, wheezing, persistent chest pain. hoarseness. swelling of the neck and face. pain and weakness in the…

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Lupus

What to look for profound fatigue muscle or joint aches skin rash. sun sensitivity. weight loss.  nose, mouth, or throat ulcers. enlarged lymph nodes. poor circulation in fingers and toes. bald patches. discoloured urine, or frequent or blocked urination. Lupus is a disease of the immune system in which the body fights part of…

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Lymphoma

What to look for... Hodgkin's disease, one type of lymphoma, may cause no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they may include: swollen lymph nodes. fever, chills, night sweats, loss of weight and appetite, persistent fatigue, and general weakness. The symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in addition to those listed above, include: swelling or fullness…

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Kidney Stones

These are deposits that form in the kidney or bladder when substances which are normally dissolved in the urine turn into solids. What to look for sharp pain. nausea and vomiting. profuse sweating. blood in urine. If there is an infection present as well... fever. frequent urge to urinate. painful urination. cloudy urine…

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Kidney Infections

Occurs when bacteria or other infectious organisms enter the kidneys and cause infection. What to look for continuous pain that usually begins in the back above the waist and spreads down into the groin. rapidly rising fever frequent urge to urinate, even though the bladder is empty. cloudy or bloody urine. severe nausea…

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Kidney Disease

Kidney disease a the inability of the kidneys to perform their normal functions. What to look for frequent thirst and urge to urinate. the passing of very small amounts of urine. swelling of the hands and feet, and puffiness around the eyes. unpleasant taste in the mouth and urine like odour to the…

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Kidney Cancer

What to look for... reddish or cloudy urine. dull pain in the abdomen, back, or side. a mass or lump in the lower back that feels smooth and firm but does not necessarily hurt. intermittent fever, vomiting, appetite and weight loss. The kidneys are a pair of organs positioned above the waist on…

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