February 1st, 2008

mew

angioedema


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My mother has this disease and it's horrible. Not many people know of this, even some doctors have no clue what it is, but it's a horrible, horrible thing to have. Angioedema (actually hereditary angioedema)was covered on an episode of House M.D. and I would've totally known it if they had shown it as bad as my mom has it.

What is it?

"Angioedema is the rapid swelling (edema) of the skin, mucosa and submucosal tissues. The skin of the face, normally around the mouth, and the mucosa of the mouth and/or throat, as well as the tongue, swell up over the period of minutes to several hours. The swelling can also occur elsewhere, typically in the hands. The swelling can be itchy. There may also be slightly decreased sensation in the affected areas due to compression of the nerves. Urticaria (hives) may develop simultaneously.

In severe cases, stridor of the airway occurs, with gasping or wheezy inspiratory breath sounds and decreasing oxygen levels. Intubation is required in these situations to prevent respiratory arrest and risk of death."

Sometimes it's caused by allergies, but most of the time there are no triggers. It can be really scary and make you look like a monster.

wikipedia link
Hello

Spiders on Drugs! goes here to die

Why has this not been posted here? I'm well aware it's older than the sun, but it's perfect for this community even if it's a spoof. There is an ounce of truth as most of the footage is from a real documentary of how web-building is affected by spiders on drugs.

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If you got more animals on drugs, post 'em!
chris chan

call of the coqui

The Common Coquí or Coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui) is a frog native to Puerto Rico belonging to the Eleutherodactylus genus of the Leptodactylidae family. The species is named for the loud sound (sometimes reaching as high as 100 dB at a distance of 0.5 m) the males make at night. This sound serves two purposes. 'CO' serves to repel males and establish territory while the 'QUI' serves to attract females. The Common Coquí is a very important aspect of Puerto Rican culture and it has become an unofficial national symbol of Puerto Rico.

I COPIED THE ABOVE FROM WIKIPEDIA IF YOU WANT MORE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE