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Information on Health Conditions and Treatments

Welcome to the Scripps health information library. It’s part of our commitment to partnering with you for lifelong wellness.


Here you can read articles on hundreds of health conditions and wellness topics, complete with medical illustrations and links to related symptoms, procedures and conditions.


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  • Disease

    Labyrinthitis

    Ear anatomy

    Labyrinthitis is irritation and swelling of the inner ear. It can cause vertigo and hearing loss.

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Labyrinthitis - aftercare

    You may have seen your health care provider because you have had labyrinthitis. This inner ear problem can cause you to feel like you are spinning...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Laceration - sutures or staples - at home

    A laceration is a cut that goes all the way through the skin. The cut can be small and cared for at home. Or it can be large and need medical attention right...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Lacerations - liquid bandage

    A laceration is a cut that goes all the way through the skin. The cut can be small and cared for at home. Or the cut can be large and need immediate medical...

  • Poison

    Lacquer poisoning

    Lacquer is a clear or colored coating (called a varnish) that is often used to give wooden surfaces a glossy look. Lacquer is dangerous to swallow. Breathing...

  • Disease

    Lacrimal gland tumor

    The lacrimal gland is located within the orbit above the lateral end of the eye. It continually releases fluid which cleanses and protects the eye's surface as it lubricates and moistens it. These lacrimal secretions are commonly known as tears.

    A lacrimal gland tumor is a tumor in 1 of the glands that produces tears. The lacrimal gland is located under the outer part of each eyebrow. Lacrimal gland...

  • Test

    Lactate dehydrogenase test

    Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is a protein that helps produce energy in the body. An LDH test measures the amount of LDH in the blood.

  • Test

    Lactic acid test

    Blood is drawn from a vein (venipuncture), usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. A needle is inserted into the vein, and the blood is collected in an air-tight vial or a syringe. Preparation may vary depending on the specific test.

    Lactic acid is mainly produced in muscle cells and red blood cells. It forms when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy when oxygen levels are...

  • Disease

    Lactic acidosis

    Lactic acidosis is when lactic acid builds up in the bloodstream faster than it can be removed. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels in the body drop.

  • Disease

    Lactose intolerance

    The digestive system organs in the abdominal cavity include the liver, gallbladder, stomach, small intestine and large intestine.

    Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products. An enzyme called lactase is needed by the body to digest lactose. Lactose intolerance...