STDs affect individuals of all ages, but some of the highest rates are among young people. Many STDs have no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can cause serious complications. If you have been exposed it is important to get tested and treated right away.
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The main function of a ligament is the stability of the ankle, they are mostly stressed in side-to-side movement. Most people with an ankle sprain can walk or, at least, place weight on their foot without significant pain. There are always outliers to this generalization, but the pain level with a fracture is going to be much higher, especially when placing weight on that area.
The ankle is made up of the fibula (outside bone), tibia (inside bone) and the talus, which is the part of the foot connected to the ankle. Although ligament injuries can cause pain at the edges of those bones because it is where they attach, a fracture will have pain in a much larger area. Pressing upwards along the ankle bone is not going to commonly produce pain in the setting of a sprain. Be sure to also check the 5th metatarsal bone, which is located on the outside of the foot. This is commonly fractured during an ankle sprain, but also easily missed.
Swelling is common in both a fracture and a sprain, but a fracture results in a piece of bone becoming unstable from the rest of the bone. In most cases the surrounding soft tissue provides enough support to keep the bone in place. In some instances, the fractured piece of bone is moved out of position. This results in a protrusion of bone which can be visually evident on examination.
Similar to swelling, bruising accompanies almost every ankle sprain and fracture. Ligaments tend to be located at the tips of the bones in the ankle. Because of this, any bruising will be located around the tips of those bones. Bones are very vascular, meaning they have a lot of blood flow, which results in more bruising. A fracture that occurs at the tip of the bone can have similar bruising patterns, but many fractures occur higher up the leg. The resulting bruising can be seen extending higher up the ankle.
Pain is likely to accompany both and ankle sprain and fracture. With appropriate treatment of rest, ice and compression most ankle sprains have significant decrease in pain after the first week. If your pain continues beyond that point, there is a higher likelihood that a more extensive injuries is present.
Not all ankle sprains or fractures will apply to these general rules. Certain ankle sprains can require extensive treatment and longer recovery time. Because of this, it is always critical to have prompt evaluation by a physician, which can result in early proper treatment, quicker recovery and better long- term results.
Getting sick with a single strain does not necessarily protect you from others
This flu season is a particularly severe one, and it’s not over yet—health officials say flu activity will likely remain elevated for at least several more weeks. But if you already caught the flu, are you in the clear for the rest of the season?
Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That’s because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting sick with one strain of flu won’t necessarily protect you from a different strain.
But the good news is that it’s pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. Having this happen would be “quite a stroke of bad luck,” Schaffner told Live Science. [6 Flu Vaccine Myths]
Most people who get the flu this season are getting sick with the H3N2 strain. But a smaller portion of people (around 10 to 15 percent) are getting the H1N1 strain or the influenza B virus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (H3N2 and H1N1 are both strains of influenza A.)
Seasonal flu shots contain three to four strains of flu virus, because there isn’t much “cross protection” between strains, Schaffner said. It’s possible that getting sick with one type of influenza A virus would offer some modest protection against another type of influenza A, but it probably wouldn’t give you any protection against the influenza B virus, Schaffner said.
If you do catch the flu, and you haven’t received the flu vaccine for the season, doctors generally recommend that you still get a flu shot after you’re no longer sick, particularly if it’s early on in the flu season, Schaffner said. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older.
This flu season is turning out to be one of the worse since the 2009 “swine flu” epidemic, CDC officials said last week. Health officials are seeing “widespread’ flu activity across the entire country.
For the past five flu seasons, health officials found that flu activity was elevated for around 16 weeks. So far this season, flu activity has been elevated for nine weeks, meaning that the flu season may be only about halfway over, the CDC said.
Accidents are unpredictable and can occur at a moment’s notice. When an accident happens, it can be difficult to know what to do. It’s hard enough to just stay calm! As a society we have been trained since childhood to rush to the emergency room. However, depending on the severity of the injury this may not be the best option.