Things that raise your risk of Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that forms in the mouth and on the tongue. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following factors can increase your risk of developing thrush:

Using steroid medicines. Having HIV/AIDS. Undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Taking medications that suppress your immune system. Having a weakened immune system, which often occurs among infants and the elderly. Being in poor health.

When an animal bites you

Since animal bites can lead to infection, rabies or internal injury, they should always be taken seriously.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says it’s time to visit the doctor if an animal bite shows these signs:

Heat or warmth to the touch.
Swelling around the bite.
Pain around the bite.
Pus discharge.
Red skin surrounding a bite.
Difficulty straightening or bending a finger.
Numbness at the tip of a finger.

Decongestants aren’t safe for everyone

A stuffy nose and chest congestion can make it difficult to breathe, and decongestants can provide relief. But they’re not safe for everyone.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says decongestants shouldn’t be taken without a doctor’s approval by people with the following conditions:

Conditions affecting the heart.
Problems with the prostate.
High blood pressure.
Abnormalities of the thyroid.

Understanding Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is what joins the muscles in the calf to the heel bone. When it is overused or injured, it becomes inflamed -- a condition called Achilles tendonitis.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common causes of Achilles tendonitis include:
Among runners, rapidly running much faster or for longer distances.

Changing your exercise regimen to include running up hills or climbing stairs. Beginning to exercise again too soon after a rest period. Very strenuous exercise of the calf muscles, such as during a final sprint. Overusing the calf muscles. (HealthDay News)

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