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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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  • Poison

    Sachet poisoning

    A sachet is a bag of perfumed powder or a mix of dried flowers, herbs, spices, and aromatic wood shavings (potpourri). Some sachets also contain aromatic...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Sacroiliac joint pain - aftercare

    The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a term used to describe the place where the sacrum and the iliac bones join. The sacrum is located at the base of your spine....

  • Special Topic

    Safe driving for teens

    Learning to drive is an exciting time for teenagers and their parents. It opens up many options for a young person, but it also carries risks. Young people...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Safe eating during cancer treatment

    When you have cancer, you need good nutrition to help keep your body strong. To do this you need to be aware of the foods you eat and how you prepare...

  • Special Topic

    Safe sex

    The female condom, like the male condom, is a barrier contraceptive made of latex or polyurethane. The condom has a ring on each end. The ring that is placed inside the vagina fits over the cervix, while the other ring, which is open, rests outside of the vagina and covers the vulva. The female condom is sold over-the-counter.

    Safe sex means taking steps before and during sex that can prevent you from getting an infection, or from giving an infection to your partner.

  • Special Topic

    Salads and nutrients

    A variety of vegetables in a salad can provide an abundance of nutrients to help fight disease. Beware of salad dressings which can contain unhealthy levels of fats.

    Salads can be a good way to get your daily nutrients. Salads can also supply extra daily fiber. However, not all salads are healthy or nutritious. It depends...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Saline nasal washes

  • Disease

    Salivary duct stones

    There are several pairs of salivary glands in different locations: a major pair in front of the ears (parotid glands); two major pairs on the floor of the mouth (sublingual and submaxillary glands); and several minor pairs within the lips, cheeks, and tongue.

    Salivary duct stones are deposits of minerals in the ducts that drain the salivary glands. Salivary duct stones are a type of salivary gland disorder.

  • Test

    Salivary gland biopsy

    A small piece of salivary gland is removed for examination by needle biopsy if abnormal lumps are found, or to test for Sjogren syndrome.  The biopsy needle removes a small "core" of gland tissue which is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

    Salivary gland biopsy is the removal of cells or a piece of tissue from a salivary gland for exam.

  • Disease

    Salivary gland infections

    There are several pairs of salivary glands in different locations: a major pair in front of the ears (parotid glands); two major pairs on the floor of the mouth (sublingual and submaxillary glands); and several minor pairs within the lips, cheeks, and tongue.

    Salivary gland infections affect the glands that produce spit (saliva). The infection may be due to bacteria or viruses. There are 3 pairs of major salivary...