When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Edema .
Edema: a local or generalized condition in which the body tissues contain an excessive amount of tissue fluid. Although many people think of edema as occurring only in the extremities, such as legs and ankles, it can occur in most body tissues.
Alternative Names Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs; Ankle swelling; Foot swelling; Leg swelling; Edema - peripheral; Peripheral edema Prevention Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. When flying, stretch your legs often and get up to walk when possible. When driving, stop to stretch and walk every hour or so. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing or garters around your thighs. Exercise regularly. Lose weight if you need to. References Goldman L. Approach to the patient with possible cardiovascular disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 48.
Generic Name: PYRETHRINS AND PIPERONYL BUTOXIDE SHAMPOO -
TOPICAL Pronounced: (pie-RETH-rins/pip-ER-oh-nill) RID Lice Killing Top Uses
This medication is used to treat lice, which are tiny
insects that can infest and irritate the scalp (head lice), the pubic area
(crabs), or the body. This medication works by paralyzing and killing
How To Use RID Lice Killing Top
Review the manufacturer's instruction sheet and carefully
follow all directions for your product. If any of this information is unclear,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use more drug than
This medication is for use on the outside of the body
only. Avoid applying this drug to the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. If this
product gets in these areas, rinse with plenty of water. If irritation occurs,
tell your doctor promptly.
Do not use this product on eyelashes or eyebrows. Check
with your doctor if these areas have lice.
If applying thi...
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