Drinking or sniffing rubbing alcohol? What you need to know

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Drinking and sniffing rubbing alcohol for its intoxicating properties is a trend. Commercial rubbing alcohol preparations made from isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) or ethanol are cheaper and easier to obtain. Thus, people unable to get alcoholic beverages–such as young people under the legal age limits–may resort to rubbing alcohol preparations to get drunk. Adults who can … Read more

11 warning signs of orthorexia healthy eaters should know

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Orthorexia (orthorexia nervosa) is an obsessive preoccupation with healthy eating that inspires maladaptive behavior disruptive of well-being and overall quality of life. At CARE healthy living, we share the principles of healthy eating with our readers. These principles are based on the results of scientific research intended to improve well-being. Most people are familiar with … Read more

Blue sclera and iron deficiency: What you need to know

blue sclera and iron deficiency

Blue sclera is a common sign of iron deficiency in children and adults. It is characterized by a blue-tinted appearance of the sclera of the eye. The sclera is the fibrous, white tissue that covers the eyeball. It extends from the cornea to the optic nerves in the back of the eye (see illustration below). … Read more

B12 deficiency symptoms: Early warning signs in tongue and skin you need to know

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This article covers everything you need to know about the early warning signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia in the tongue, skin, nails, and hair. Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is a complex water-soluble vitamin produced by anaerobic microbes, such as Pseudomonas denitrificans, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, and aerobic microbes, such as Bacillus megaterium … Read more

Iron deficiency symptoms: Strange cravings, including pica (What you need to know)

strange cravings and pica

Strange cravings (such as pica), obsessive-compulsive behavioral patterns, emotional and psychiatric disorders are among many signs and symptoms of iron deficiency. Iron deficiency occurs when you don’t have enough of the essential mineral to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps distribute oxygen from the lungs to tissues and organs. Strange cravings, … Read more

Strep throat symptoms: Everything you need to know

Strep throat symptoms in a child

This article covers everything you need to know about strep throat symptoms in adults and children, what causes strep throat, how you get it, how to prevent infection, and red flag signs that indicate you need to see your doctor immediately. Strep throat is caused by bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils by Streptococcus … Read more

57 pernicious anemia and vit B12 deficiency symptoms you need to know

Pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency

You may experience pernicious anemia symptoms when you don’t have enough red blood cells because you are low in vitamin B12. Anemia refers to any condition in which your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to distribute oxygen from your lungs to target tissues and organs. Anemia may be due to iron, … Read more

Symptoms of pneumonia: Everything you need to know

Symptoms of pneumonia are due to infection

Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lungs caused by infection with various pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The common symptoms of pneumonia are due to inflammation of the alveoli following infection of one or both lungs. Alveoli are tiny balloon-shaped air sacs found at the end of the lung’s bronchioles (see image below). … Read more

Symptoms of dehydration: Everything you need to know

Drinking water to prevent dehydration

You develop symptoms of dehydration when your body doesn’t have enough water to function optimally. Water is essential to health and life, and you can’t survive for long without it. The high water content of our bodies indicates the importance of water in maintaining life. The total body water (TBW) of a newborn is up … Read more

31 low iron symptoms: Unusual warning signs you should know

Iron helps to make red blood cells

Low iron symptoms occur when you are not getting enough of the essential mineral to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells (erythrocytes) that binds with oxygen during transportation from the lungs to various body tissues and organs. When left untreated, iron deficiency leads to anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is when you don’t have … Read more