Hi there! I'm Rashida, a skilled B2C freelance health content writer from Kenya. My nursing background enables me to craft engaging, evidence-based content on various health topics. My work has been featured in reputable health brands like Healthline and Healthgrades. When I'm not writing, I work in a correctional facility to support offenders with mental health conditions, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share my expertise with you, and I can't wait to work together to create impactful content. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me :)

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Understanding Sudden Deterioration in Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease usually progresses gradually, but stress, an infection, or issues with medications can contribute to a sudden deterioration in symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the loss of dopamine-producing cells in your brain, primarily affecting movement, causing tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. Parkinson’s usually progresses slowly over time, but certain events may cause the disorder to worsen suddenly. You might noti

Can Dehydration Cause Constipation in Adults or Children?

Dehydration can cause constipation by resulting in dry and hard stools that are difficult to pass. It can also lead to other effects, such as diarrhea and bloating. Dehydration occurs when the body lacks sufficient fluids to function as it should. Several factors, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive sweating, can cause it. Constipation is a condition characterized by infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stool, typically less than three times per week. Inadequate fiber intake and

The link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease | Optum Perks

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and heart disease share common risk factors like high blood pressure. This can lead to reduced blood flow and vascular damage that affects both the heart and penis.

Erectile dysfunction and heart disease are interrelated. Heart disease affects erectile function by restricting blood flow to the penis through narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Lifestyle changes and medication help manage heart disease, which shares risk factors with ED. Both ED and heart disease can have

How long does Tamiflu take to work? | Optum Perks

Tamiflu, also known by its generic name oseltamivir, is a widely prescribed antiviral medication for treating influenza (the flu). Its effectiveness depends on prompt administration, typically within 48 hours of symptoms, especially for those at greater risk of complications.

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) inhibits the influenza virus’s neuraminidase enzyme, limiting viral spread and alleviating symptoms. Pregnant people, young children, older adults, and those with underlying chronic health conditions

Signs of a tooth infection | Optum Perks

A tooth infection often occurs when bacteria enter the innermost part of a tooth or the surrounding gums. Common signs of a tooth infection include severe toothache and tenderness or swelling in the gums. People may also experience fever.

Not receiving appropriate dental care and having difficulty recognizing signs of infection can lead to serious complications like tooth loss or blood infections.
• persistent and throbbing tooth pain that worsens with pressure or chewing
• swelling in the gums

Anal Cancer Lump or Hemorrhoids? How to Tell Them Apart

Hemorrhoids and anal cancer can share some symptoms, but they have distinct characteristics that can help you tell them apart. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the anus or rectum. Symptoms often include: They are typically caused by increased pressure in the rectum. Anal cancer is a rare form of cancer that can develop in the tissues of the anus. Possible symptoms may include: It’s often associated with certain risk factors like an HPV infection, smoking, and a weakened immune system. He

Can stress cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? | Optum Perks

ED is a common condition that affects many people with a penis, and chronic stress is a contributing factor that can affect sexual performance.

When you’re stressed, your body undergoes a series of physiological responses that can interfere with the erection process.

Chronic stress can add to these physical symptoms by diverting attention away from sexual stimuli and worsening conditions like anxiety and depression.

Stress can have a negative effect on your sexual health by activating the hyp

What’s the Relationship Between Exercise and Alzheimer’s?

Exercise can’t cure Alzheimer’s, but it can slow its progression and improve your quality of life. And while there’s no definitive way to prevent Alzheimer’s, exercise may reduce your risk. Aerobic exercise can help promote healthy blood flow to the brain and reduce the accumulation of certain proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. By reducing the accumulation of these proteins, regular exercise can help slow down the disease and enhance cognitive function and memory. But people with Alzh

Why Am I Not Losing Weight in a Calorie Deficit? What to Know

Many factors other than calorie intake contribute to weight. Reasons you may not be losing weight can include changes in your metabolism and an underlying health condition. Some authorities say that all you need to do to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body burns. Though the number of calories you consume can significantly affect weight and body composition, many other factors also play a role.

This article discusses reasons you may not be losing weight in a calorie deficit and w

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"It has been a pleasure knowing Rashida because her writing skill is an excellent talent - one to reckon with. She seems to draw much writing strength from her passion for health and health awareness. I would hire her for health writing jobs and I suggest you do too if you need a capable hand."

Joy Emeh - Health Editor

"I’ve worked with Rashida for nearly a year now, and I appreciate her talent, reliability, and technical expertise. Rashida is amazing at meeting deadlines, following guidelines and an assignment brief, and formatting articles in a way that makes them easy to read. I’ve enjoyed working with Rashida and would recommend her to other editors who appreciate dedication, accuracy, and reliability in a writer."

Sandra Silva Casabianca MSc - Senior Editor at Healthline Media

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