Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes
Introduction:- Everybody has heard someone saying ” I have blood sugar” . everybody has sugar in their blood and nobody can survive without sugar blood in their blood. Sugar levels in blood can give rise to problems when sugar level rise above the normal level. Blood sugar is also called blood glucose. When the blood sugar levels go above normal, that condition is called diabetes mellitus. Therefore the body needs more and more insulin to control the level of the sugar in the blood. someone’s body is not always ready to produce enough amount of the insulin. If the insulin is not produce required amount the level of the sugar in the blood would be increased. When sugar is sufficiently high, glucose can pass through to the kidneys and presence in urine.
Some women get diabetes only when they are pregnant. It is called “gestational diabetes” it effects only 2-3% of pregnant women. It is figured in the world where majority of meals composed of carbohydrates or starch. If it controlled it may be effect mothers as well as the babies in the future. it develops in the women during pregnancy because an increase of some certain hormones, which can effect the blood sugar ( glucose) levels. In the words, in the pregnancy the placenta produces some hormones. Which block or act against the action of the hormone in the blood sugar control ( insulin).
Who are effected mostly:- it is more common in women who are over weight, older, have a family history of diabetes. However we can list given
 Gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
 A large baby in a previous pregnancy ( over 3.5kg)
 An unexplained still birth ( like dead baby delivery)
 Being over 35 years old
 Family history of diabetes ( Mother, father etc…)
 Physical inactive.
 High blood pressure and pressure
 Having previous history of cardiovascular system.
Symptoms:- Increasing thirsty or need to pass out are common in pregnancy however it is very difficult to find out in pregnant women as soon as they having it. This is found in pregnancy in any time but usually begins after 24 to 28 weeks as the hormones that block the action of insulin start to increase at stage of the pregnancy and almost disappears once the baby has been born.
Importance and Causes:- Raised blood glucose level in pregnancy are passed through the placenta to the developing baby causing an increased risk of complication during pregnancy, labour and delivery. If the mother body can not produce enough extra insulin to counteract this blocking effect the pancreas produce the hormone insulin.
Tests – Screening and diagnosis Screening test screening is the method of finding out those who are at a high risk of getting a particular condition. Screening test ‘positive’ does not mean that she is having the condition screening for. A further test has to be done to conform the condition that we are going to diagnose. Screening is mostly done when it is health problem which can asymptomatic. Because gestational may be asymptomatic but have serious consequences that can be reduced by treatment, it is a candidate for screening. The screening test for diabetes is a test of urine to check for sugar which is each and every clinic visit. Presence of sugar in urine doesn’t mean that you are having diabetes. Due to hormonal change in the pregnancy’s blood and supply of the blood to kidney is increased, therefore more sugar will be filtered into blood. This condition is called ‘Renal Glycosurea’ it is commonly normal not to worry.
Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) Which describes around 75g of glucose is given to pregnancy orally to how coping with this load. In this process the mothers let to keep fast overnight and taken sample of urine to test fasting sugar in blood, then glucose is given after blood is taken hourly twice, if the system is working normally the level sugar in the blood returns normally within two hours.
After completing test, if gestational diabetes is diagnosed the pregnancy will be admitted to hospital for controlling sugar in blood. If sugar is controlled in hospital you will be asked to go to antenatal clinic. Then you have to check your level of blood frequently which could be in a normal lab by glucose meter.
Treatment In some case food habit of pregnancy has to be changed, this is called ‘diabetic diet’ An information of leaflet will be given to pregnancy which includes what meals she should take. It is important to reduce sugary food like cake, biscuit, soft drink and tea etc. gentle exercise may also prevent excessive weight of the body, it is also helps to control the level of the sugar in the blood. Insulin given as an injection pregnant could be trained how to inject her own.
Baby most of women who have diabetes can have healthy babies, but they a higher risk of getting complications than non-diabetic pregnancy. Having high blood sugar levels can effect the baby’s growth in the womb. This can cause the baby to grow larger ( knows as macrosomia). Which can make the delivery difficult, and high pressure in the blood. If there is excessive water around the baby ( known as polyhydramnios ) which is seen commonly in diabetic pregnancies, it can lead to premature delivery giving rise to breathing problems of the baby. Inside the womb the fetus produce extra amount of insulin to cope up with the high blood sugar levels which it receives through the umbilical cord, a short after birth, the baby may continue to make extra insulin even though high levels of blood sugar are no longer present. This may cause the baby to have low blood sugar. ( known as hypoglycemia) which can be harmful to baby. If the level of sugar in the blood is lower than normal amount sometime baby might need a glucose drip. It more likely that that your new born baby will develop jaundice ( yellow color skin) it is normally fades out without any medical treatmen, but sometimes phototherapy has to be done for few days. If born early baby will feel to breath difficulty because of lungs are premature, some extra oxygen is needed for a few days. but rarely, sudden death may occur inside the womb.
After delivery after delivery your level of the sugar in the blood returns to normal. This happen basically due to expulsion of the of the placenta following delivery, which is is the cause for onset of diabetes. The drip will be stopped your usual diet can be resumed, and the insulin will be discontinue. A glucose tolerance test will be arranged for you 6 to 8 weeks after your baby is born to ensure your blood glucose has returned to normal.
Breast feeding breast feeding is strongly encouraged and it also helps to bring down the blood sugar levels back to normal.
Conclusion if you are pregnancy, if you suspect that you having diabetes go to your doctor and take the test of the OGTT sure you don’t have gestational diabetes it is the way to make a strong baby.

Life Lessons From a Slob

I have a confession. Being neat and tidy… organized… doesn’t come easily to me. I have to work at it. That’s why I know so much about it.

I used to say – defensively – that I was too busy having a life to spend my time cleaning. The thing that I didn’t realize was that life is so much better when you can see the floor. For some reason it’s easier to walk on. That is a good metaphor in general.

In letting chaos abound around me, and finally climbing out, I realized a few key lessons that had been in the making.Here are a few things that took me too long figure out…

1. The faster you go, the less you live. I have this theory that people rush and hurry because of an inner fear of dying before they get to live. Before they can get it all done. Guess what. Skimming through to get to the next thing takes the enjoyment and the experience out of everything. Slow down and take the scenic route. Don’t just live your life. Feel it.

2. Less really is more. In almost any area. Less to look after means more time to enjoy it. More time to do it better. More time to appreciate what you have.

3. Life is in the clear spaces. Room to breathe. Breath is the stuff of life. Take a deep one.

4. Things will always be there. Always more to do. People on the other hand will fade away. Time spent with people is never a waste of time.

5. Getting clear on the inside is a matter of deciding to do it. Nothing is important enough to carry around, taking space from the good things life brings. It’s always your choice. Minute by minute.

Have you ever thought, I’ll get to it after I get this mess under control, having no idea when that actually will be? If that’s the case, start living today. Dedicate one hour per day to get the clutter and the mess out and letting your life shine in.

Bottom line? Hiding behind clutter comes easy, but living in clear spaces is more fun. Don’t waste another day.

Let today amaze you.

How to Lose a Belly by Correcting Your Posture

The human body is something marvelous. It is designed in a way that everything is connected, everything you do in one part influences the other. You can’t separate them because the human body is a whole. This way you’ll understand how correcting the posture on your back determines the way your belly looks. Just by changing your posture to a correct form you can in fact look slimmer and fit. Here are a few tips you must keep in mind in order to achieve what I have just told you.

Stand Up Straight

Well don’t just stand straight, sit straight as well! Slouching will make your stomach look bigger, so by straightening your spine you’ll look much slimmer. You may find it difficult to remain in a correct posture at all times, this is because your back muscles need to adapt to the correct posture. So what is happening here? You are also working the muscles of your back. This brings another butterfly effect, which are less back pain and problems.

Back pain is one of the reasons people stop exercising. I all start with a bad posture and from that you need to work. So it is simple this advice, yet you have to keep it in mind at all times. I recommend you write it on a small paper just to remind you.

Do Back Extensions

If you’ve read my other articles, you know the crunchless crunch. This is a similar movement but backwards.

1. Lie on your stomach, forehead on the floor.

2. Put your arms on the sides with your palms facing the ceiling.

3. Contract your back muscles to lift your torso off the floor, and hold the contraction briefly.

4. Slowly and with control, lower back your torso down to the floor, repeat for a set.

Following this simple advice in the article will do wonders for both your posture and your belly. Back muscles are as important as stomach muscles so I recommend you to keep working on them but with care and the help of a professional, since a back injury is terrible. You can also work some Pilates exercises which are all designed to strengthen your core area (abs and back). Good luck!

Obesity Cause Factor: The Allergens That Cause Obesity

Have you felt hungrier when you had consumed things like a cake, ice cream, some fruit or cheese? Have you had any kind urge to food experience when you couldn’t satisfy such cravings except having the same food?

Incase you have a Yes as an answer to the above questions, and then you are probably fat now and have food allergy. This allergy could make one fat, and it has already a proven fact. Once you become fat it is very difficult to lose weight. Gaining weight also makes you lazy.

People who are allergic crave for the foods which they are allergic to and food sensitiveness is the main cause. Take notes of drug addicts which exhibit withdrawal symptoms. These people who are allergic to foods experience discomfort and they are unable to eat certain type of foods.

Obese people could attest inevitable power of their food allergy. Many people nowadays are eating allergenic foods continuously and get addicted. This is definitely not good for health. They are unaware that these eating habits and cravings for food have a psychological effect. It’s a must that these withdrawal symptoms must be halted.

Professional doctors who treat and diagnose allergies are accepting now the simultaneous phenomenon of allergy and addiction to both food and chemicals. These doctors are generally called ecologists (clinical). They believe that all the persistent health problems such as migraine, depression, fatigue and arthritis are caused by food allergies and chemicals. A large number of people living in the industrialized countries are also affected by allergies caused by food.

The similar kind of food could well cause dissimilar reactions to people. This genetic predisposition of every person is said to be the determining factor incase the concerned individual is vulnerable to such conditions.

When an individual has vasculitis or edema, blood vessels are the body organs that are targeted. Water retention or edema is a common condition among the individuals having food allergies and it is one of the major factors that encourage obesity. You could lose 10 or more pounds in a week if you quit having the food you’re allergic from. This is shall happen without the use if diuretic.

Fat people could lose weight even without undergoing any special plan. Sensitivities of food cause the body to keep hold of water and fats and your body wouldn’t hold any excess fat or water if you eliminate these foods. There weight reduction becomes easier. You could also seek help professionaly so that you could be provided a diet which is low in allergen. Most of the doctors believe that weight losing has nothing in relation to calories in a person’s diet.

Food sensitivity affects the brain’s limbic portion as it is the control center. All your memory functions, emotions, body temperature, sexuality, blood pressure, hunger, thirst, sleep and vegetative functions are being controlled by this limbic portion. There has been a conclusive study showing that the vital functions are affected by the food allergies.

According to the analysis by the neurophysiologic, allergenic foods could trigger opioid enkephalin in the brain. This Narcotic is produced by the body and narcotic will rise or increase as you consume allergenic foods frequently.

Major allergen of food includes wheat, corn, eggs, diary products and coffee. Earlier, Doctors used to ignore food allergies as there was no specific drug which could be used to professionally treat such a condition. In today’s world doctors however rely on avoidance of allergenic foods and certain supplements

How To Take Care Of A Skin Condition Naturally

Borage Oil

Borage oil, also known as starflower oil and borage seed oil, comes from the seeds of the borage plant (Borago officinalis). People are deficient in GLA due to aging, glucose intolerance, dietary fat intake, etc. And this is actually where borage oil supplements come in. Borage oil offers an abundant source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is noted for having a lot of health benefits.

Health Benefits

ARTHRITIS

Borage oil has both anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic properties, and as such, it has been used to help with rheumatoid arthritis, in terms of joint pain and swelling. Borage oil appears to be effective in some cases of arthritis and may even help with other inflammatory ailments, such as Sjogren's syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

SKIN CONDITIONS

Aside from this, borage oil is said to also help with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. It is believed to be able to reduce skin inflammation, dryness, scaliness, and itchiness.

There was a study made of borage oil which involved a group of children suffering from the skin condition infantile seborrheic dermatitis. They were treated with borage oil, and after 10-12 days, "all of the children were free from skin lesions, even in the areas not treated with borage. Moreover, using the oil topically two to three times a week kept the seborrhea in remission until the patients were six to seven months old. " However, there was also a study wherein patients who suffered from eczema were given borage oil. And unfortunately, they were unable to experience similar results.

OTHERS

Borage oil is also believed to be able to help with cancer. "Borage oil has been used with some preliminary success in some cancers, principally cerebral gliomas."

In addition, it has also been used to help with the inflammation of the lungs, as well as symptoms of menopausal disorders.

Side Effects

People sometimes experience mild side effects when taking borage oil supplements such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea and headache. Call the doctor, though, if you experience side effects such as stomach upset, stomach pain, yellowing eyes and skin, and dark urine.

When not to use

Borage seeds from which borage oil is derived from, supposedly contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), which are toxic to the liver. Hence, do not take borage oil supplements if you have any liver problems.

People who are pregnant, as well as those with seizure disorders, hemophilia / other hemorrhagic diatheses, and immune deficiency disorders like AIDS should consult a doctor first before taking borage oil supplements.

Drug Interactions

Those with hemophilia or other hemorrhagic diatheses that take anticoagulants like warfarin and antiplatelet drugs (eg aspirin & NSAIDs) should avoid borage oil supplements. In addition, supplements that have antithrombotic activity such as fish oils should also avoid taking borage oil. This is because it would result in negative effects such as nosebleeds, as well as a susceptibility to bruising.

Secondly, those with seizure disorders such as schizophrenia who are taking neuroleptic medications such as aliphatic phenothiazines (eg chlorpromazine) should also avoid using borage oil, since it can lead to other types of seizures.

Lastly, borage oil should not be used with herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba).

A Bad Case Of Diaper Rash Burns Like Fire

When a baby or a toddler has diaper rash, usually the only way they can let you know how bad it hurts is by crying. Diaper rash that gets out of hand is much more than uncomfortable, it can feel like there is a fire going on inside their diaper or training pants. Some people think that when a baby gets diaper rash, it is probably because of bad mothering or fathering, but that is definitely not always the case. Even the most attentive of parents can have a baby or toddler to develop diaper rash.

Sometimes diaper rash redness and irritation is caused because of the strength of the urine or bowel movements, but sometimes a child just has extremely sensitive skin. Many times the rash develops because the child is allergic to something that the child has drank or eaten and when it comes out the skin is irritated. Sometimes juices that have citric acids like orange juice can cause diaper rash.

Then again, many times babies do get diaper rash because their diaper has not recently been changed often enough. When a child has sensitive skin, it is important to change them regularly and make sure their bottom area is cleansed each time too. Even the constant wiping and washing of the bottom area can make skin dry and sensitive. There are many different brands of baby wipes available today and some of them have moisturizers that can help alleviate the damage that can be done from excessive wiping. Choosing one that works well for your baby might require a little experimenting with several.

One thing that many parents do when they change a diaper or training pants is to put a protective ointment on the bottom area. This will work with disposable diapers or training pants to keep moisture off of the skin to begin with. When babies have extremely sensitive skin this is a good measure to take.

When your child has a recurring diaper rash or other breakout that you can not seem to control no matter what you do, you should really consult with your pediatrician as there could be a more serious underlying cause that might require special treatment. When it comes to the health and comfort of a baby, nothing is more import to a parent than to make sure they are never in pain especially if it is preventable.

What to Look for in a Full Coverage Automobile Insurance Quote in Ohio

It’s been estimated that as many as twenty percent of the drivers in Ohio aren’t insured. For someone who is involved in a collision with one of them, it can mean a financial headache in addition to a damaged automobile. When you are looking for a full coverage automobile insurance quote in Ohio, consider getting uninsured motorist coverage.

This type of coverage isn’t considered mandatory but it provides valuable protection in the event you are hit by another driver. This coverage pays for your vehicle repairs as well as any medical expenses you may be facing as the result of injuries. Ask for this coverage to be included in the quote when you contact new insurance companies. Many agents already do add it on when giving a potential customer a quote for a policy, but it’s important to ensure that the agent knows you want it.

If you recently purchased your automobile and you had to take out financing, you will need comprehensive and collision coverage. Some financing companies will try and sell you their own type of insurance coverage that is called forced placement. This essentially just protects their investment, which is your car. The problem is that you’ll be required to pay for it and it’s often incredibly expensive. A better alternative is to ask for ample comprehensive and collision coverage in your full coverage automobile policy.

You can certainly still take advantage of any discounts you may be eligible for even when taking out a full coverage automobile insurance policy. Safety devices such as car alarms and indoor parking facilities, as well as driver’s training courses, often are viewed by insurance companies as positives. You can often enjoy a percentage discount if you fall into either category. Ask about any available discounts when you call to get a quote.

Different Kinds of Acne – Clearing Up Acne

There is nothing like having beautiful, healthy, blemish free skin. It’s one of the first things you notice about a person. For some of us who suffer from Acne, having that gorgeous skin tone can be a battle. Acne comes in various types and levels of severity. One person may get an occasional whitehead, another breakout with pink bumps under their skin, and yet another have large painful cysts that cause scarring. All Acne and Skin Blemishes, whether mild or severe can be broken down into 2 basic categories, non-inflammatory and inflammatory.

Non-Inflammatory Acne….the non-inflammatory version consists of 2 types of comedones or blocked pores.

Whiteheads….these are plugged up follicles that lie below the skin surface.

Blackheads….enlarged plugs that are dark in color, and come up through the surface of the skin.

Inflammatory Acne….inflammatory acne has comedones that are inflamed due to bacteria buildup in the clogged follicles.

Papules….hard bumps that are pink in color.

Pustules….small round bumps that appear red and yellowish with a white center.

Nodules….lumps that are very large and painful, that become lodged deep under the skin surface, and can cause scarring.

Cysts….pus-filled lesions that become painful, lie deep under the skin and carry a high potential for scarring.

No matter what kind of acne you have, preventing and clearing up acne starts with taking simple steps to keep the skin clean. Acne is brought on by clogged pores which causes pimples to develop. Increased production of oils, fast shedding of dead skin cells, and bacteria are the 3 major factors in the development of acne. Once the follicle becomes plugged and the skin oils build up, bacteria has a place to live and breed. To help with the clearing up of acne, learn how to take better care of your skin.

Avoid touching your face all the time. Your hands contain oils and bacteria. Don’t touch, squeeze, pick, or scratch your pimples or blemishes. Also read the labels on the lotions and cleansers you are using on your skin. Some of the products you are using right now may be loaded with chemical additives, and over drying your skin.

Rashes on Neck – Types of Skin Diseases

Whenever any sign occurs at the area of neck this is known as neck rash. The rashes on neck can be occurred with some reasons and these can be diseases or any skin problem. Some of the common problems that can cause are mentioned below.

Measles-This is a viral infection and is a very common disease in United States. Now a day this is getting less common as with the uses of vaccination. This disease is more common in adults as compare to children. This is an acute and highly contagious viral disease that is marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash. The rashes start from face and reaches to neck. This problem also causes sore throat and sometimes fever.

Lupus- This is an ulcerative kind of skin disease in which linings and different organs are affected. This may come with rashes on cheeks and pain in joints. This is an autoimmune disease, which is more common in women. It affects different parts of body.

Sunburns- The environment around us contains very harmful elements and sunrays supply some problems as sun contains harmful ultraviolet rays, which are bad for skin. The symptoms of sunburns vary from patient to patient but some of the common symptoms include fever, swelling, pain, blisters and shock.

Rosacea– This is a type of skin disease, which is caused more often in adults as compare to children. In this disease blood vessels of the face expand and that results in a flushed appearance with reddishness around the cheeks, forehead, nose or chin.

Boil- Boils are skin problems and it generally occurs due to infection on skin. This results to a painful red bump on the skin. Many a times even a cluster of such bumps is formed which is called Carbuncle.

Acne-Acne is a disorder, which results from the actions of hormones on the oil glands of the skin. The problem leads to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Most of youngsters and teenagers complain of having acne on their face. Around 17 million United States people are caused by acne in their teenager or after.

What are Symptoms of Early HIV Infection?

HIV infected people usually do not have any symptom at first. Couple month later they may suffer a flu-like illness. There symptoms are not something extraordinary: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes especially in the neck and groin. Everything looks like any other flu.

Then symptoms go away. However, at this stage the affected people are very infectious. They make a lot of HIV that is easily transmitted by genital contacts. That is the danger for other people. This period of "asymptomatic" infection depends on the person. Really severe symptoms sometime occur only a decade later. Children born from HIV mothers may show symptoms earlier. Some people develop the symptoms within a few months.

During this asymptomatic period the HIV virus is actively spreading it he body. The virus kills immune cells. It also hides within infected macrophages and lymphocytes, and stays dormant. The clear sigh of HIV infection is the drop in CD4 positive T-lymphocytes counts. The virus destroys these important cells of immune system.

The loss and deactivation of the immune system eventually leads to complications. The first signs of infection are enlarged lymph nodes (lay people name them glands). This is sign of majority of infections and other inflammatory conditions. Other symptoms are also not specific to HIV only. Low energy, weight loss, fevers and night sweats are also common for tuberculosis, rheumatic diseases and many others. Later the loss of immunity leads to yeast infections (inside mouth or vagina), skin rashes, inflammatory conditions, which do not respond to regular treatment.

Eventually different weird bugs that are easily destroyed by a normal immune system, take control over in the HIV infected persons. They cause unusual infections and tumors. Herpes infections of mouth and genitalia become frequent guests. Shingles happen too often.

Types of Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a medical disorder that affects the joints and the skin. It is not contagious and will usually cause red scaly patches on the surface of the skin that is affected by it. The scaly patches are referred to by doctors as psoriatic plaques. The affected areas of skin will accumulate around connecting areas and create a silvery to white appearance. Affected areas are usually on the knees and elbows – but it can also affect the genitals and scalp.

This is a recurring disorder that can vary in how severe it is. When it is minor it will have localized patches or it can cover most of the body. It can also cause the joints to inflame – which is referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Close to 15% of people with arthritis suffer from psoriatic arthritis.

Doctors have not been able to determine the cause of psoriasis. After much research they believe that it is possibly caused by certain genetic components. There are many thing that can irritate the condition. These factors include; smoking, stress, and an abundance of alcohol.

There are several types of treatments available to those who are affected by this medical condition. But because it is a recurring condition it can sometimes be hard to treat the symptoms of it.

Plaque Psoriasis is the most common form. It can affect around 80 to 90% of people and will appear as raised areas of inflamed skin. This skin is covered with white scaly skin.

Flexural Psoriasis will appear on the skin as inflamed patches. It can affect a person in skin folds that can usually be found around the genitals, armpits, underneath breasts, and underneath a stomach of someone that is overweight. Sweat and friction can irritate the affected areas and they will be very vulnerable to different fungal infections.

Guttate Psoriasis will appear as several small round spots. These spots will appear over large areas on the body and is usually found on the limbs, scalp, and trunk. It can be associated with streptococcal throat infection.

Pustular Psoriasis will appear on the skin as raised bumps filled with pus that is not infectious or contagious. The skin that is underneath and surrounds the pus filled bumps is tender and red. It is more commonly found on the feet and hands and can appear in wide patches.

Nail Psoriasis will produce several different changes in the both the toe and finger nails. The changes will be the pitting of the nails, lines running across the nails, discoloring of the nails, the loosening of the nails, and the thickening of the skin underneath the nails.

Psoriatic Arthritis will cause inflammation of the joints and the tissue connecting it. It will cause the joints to swell and will usually affect the spine, knees, hips, toes, and fingers.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis is the exfoliation and inflammation of the skin that covers a wide amount of the skin. It will usually cause an unstable amount of plaque psoriasis that will follow a withdrawal of systemic treatment. This type of psoriasis can be fatal because the extreme exfoliation and inflammation can disrupt the ability for the body to control its temperature.

Bloody Urine in Dogs – Canine UTI

What to Watch For
If you notice blood in your dog's urine, you should also watch to see if they are straining when the urinate, if they are having trouble or pain when urinating, if they are going more often (with perhaps smaller volume), or if they have abdominal pain. It is a good idea to have your dog examined by a veterinarian if you observe any of these symptoms.

Causes of Hematuria
Hematuria can be caused by everything from calculi in the urinary tract to rare parasites or congenital defects, but one of the most common causes is a urinary tract infection.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) occur nearly as often in dogs as they do in people, and they are just as uncomfortable. UTIs are caused by bacteria in the bladder or urethra (the tube through which urine flows), and can make it very painful to urinate. Importantly, if the infection is not caught and treated quickly, they can spread to the kidney and cause more serious medical problems.

Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
The typical treatment for UTI in the dog is to undergo a veterinary examination and diagnosis via a urine culture. Once the infection is confirmed, a cause-dependent treatment is started. Often, a 1-3 week course of antibiotics is prescribed. Following the course (usually 1 to 3 weeks), a second urine culture is performed to confirm that the infection has been cleared up.

While antibiotic treatments will relieve the symptoms of the infection, they can also have a weakening effect on the animal's immune system. This general weakening can cause further medical problems for the animal, particularly if they are prescribed on a regular basis.

More and more dog owners are considering the use of herbal and homeopathic treatments for UTI, because they have been shown to be effective at controlling the symptoms of UTI. They also tend to strengthen the dog's overall immune system, which can lead to fewer infections over time.

The Bottom Line
Hematuria is a serious issue, and if you see evidence of it from your pet you should take them to the veterinarian for evaluation. Once the cause of the bleeding can be determined, treatment should be medically sensible and work toward the long-term health of your dog.

Tips to Get Rid of Toe Fungus

Toe fungus is one of those ailments that is unattractive to look at and can be progressive in its destruction of the nail structure. Individuals that use public restrooms or activity centers will need to be extra vigilant so that they do not pass on any nasty infections to their fellow patrons. At the same time there has to be a system of controlling the condition as it progresses.

Treatments can vary from anti – fungal ointments to tablets or other sublingual medications. But for some people who aren’t so keen on pharmaceutical products, there are also natural methods for treating nail fungus. Vinegar, Listerine, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide are some items that you can find at home, which will treat the condition and eliminate the fungal infection.

Several oils must be used. Tea tree oil is a must. It is a very powerful, all natural antiseptic that should be applied directly to the infected area. (Never orally because it can be very hard on the digestive system and it won’t be effective anyway.) Almond oil should be used for it’s moisturizing capabilities. Jojoba oil also moisturizes, plus prevents water from leaving the skin.

Another thing you want to do is to make sure to develop a solid routine for washing and drying your feet as you fight the fungus. You might want to use a strong anti-fungal soap, and then apply some kind of foot powder or spray once your feet are dry.

Lavender oil is also good for toenail fungus. You can combine such treatment with a healthy diet that includes yoghurt and turmeric meals. This will assist in boosting your immune system and fight the fungus.

Maintaining your body with healthy diet helps you to fight this infection. You must take in essential nutrients for a healthy body. If you have a healthy body, any infection cannot easily attack the limbs. Nail fungus occurs mostly in people with weakened immune system. So, you need diets plenty in nutrients and vitamins.

Tree tea oil can be effective in fighting toenail fungus. This substance contains natural antifungal properties, buy a bottle and apply two to three drops under your toenail and on top. If you can combine this oil with lavender and olive oil increasing potency that can fight the fungus effectively.

Ointments. To get rid of toenail fungus, you can also try using ointments. Vicks vaporub is the most popular ointment that you can use. Using Vicks is much better and much cheaper than buying some of the prescribed ointments by your foot doctor.

If you find that standard medication will not work for you, then it is time that you should consider a home remedy for your nagging nail fungus. There is nothing for you to feat, let alone lose so why not give it a try? Keep in mind, however, that not every single home remedy will work for every person and it may take several attempts to find the right one for you.

Topical solutions would only work perfectly if they are able to penetrate the diseased areas of the toenail and nail bed; otherwise you can be assured that fifty percent of that expensive medication would be wasted. Be careful during application and keep it clean.

How To Take Care Of A Skin Condition Naturally

Borage Oil

Borage oil, also known as starflower oil and borage seed oil, comes from the seeds of the borage plant (Borago officinalis). People are deficient in GLA due to aging, glucose intolerance, dietary fat intake, etc. And this is actually where borage oil supplements come in. Borage oil offers an abundant source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is noted for having a lot of health benefits.

Health Benefits

ARTHRITIS

Borage oil has both anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic properties, and as such, it has been used to help with rheumatoid arthritis, in terms of joint pain and swelling. Borage oil appears to be effective in some cases of arthritis and may even help with other inflammatory ailments, such as Sjogren's syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

SKIN CONDITIONS

Aside from this, borage oil is said to also help with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. It is believed to be able to reduce skin inflammation, dryness, scaliness, and itchiness.

There was a study made of borage oil which involved a group of children suffering from the skin condition infantile seborrheic dermatitis. They were treated with borage oil, and after 10-12 days, "all of the children were free from skin lesions, even in the areas not treated with borage. Moreover, using the oil topically two to three times a week kept the seborrhea in remission until the patients were six to seven months old. " However, there was also a study wherein patients who suffered from eczema were given borage oil. And unfortunately, they were unable to experience similar results.

OTHERS

Borage oil is also believed to be able to help with cancer. "Borage oil has been used with some preliminary success in some cancers, principally cerebral gliomas."

In addition, it has also been used to help with the inflammation of the lungs, as well as symptoms of menopausal disorders.

Side Effects

People sometimes experience mild side effects when taking borage oil supplements such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea and headache. Call the doctor, though, if you experience side effects such as stomach upset, stomach pain, yellowing eyes and skin, and dark urine.

When not to use

Borage seeds from which borage oil is derived from, supposedly contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), which are toxic to the liver. Hence, do not take borage oil supplements if you have any liver problems.

People who are pregnant, as well as those with seizure disorders, hemophilia / other hemorrhagic diatheses, and immune deficiency disorders like AIDS should consult a doctor first before taking borage oil supplements.

Drug Interactions

Those with hemophilia or other hemorrhagic diatheses that take anticoagulants like warfarin and antiplatelet drugs (eg aspirin & NSAIDs) should avoid borage oil supplements. In addition, supplements that have antithrombotic activity such as fish oils should also avoid taking borage oil. This is because it would result in negative effects such as nosebleeds, as well as a susceptibility to bruising.

Secondly, those with seizure disorders such as schizophrenia who are taking neuroleptic medications such as aliphatic phenothiazines (eg chlorpromazine) should also avoid using borage oil, since it can lead to other types of seizures.

Lastly, borage oil should not be used with herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba).

Causes of Food-Borne Illnesses

If you have ever experienced food poisoning in your life, you know what a terrible condition it truly is. You could be sick for hours, days, or even weeks on end as your body tries to eliminate the bacteria, virus or parasite that has entered your digestive system. Common symptoms of this condition include diarrhea and vomiting, as well as abdominal cramps, fatigue, fever, joint pain and nausea. In rare cases, complications can occur due to dehydration or hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can lead to kidney failure or death.

Food preparation and improper handling are some of the causes that can lead to these kinds of illnesses. If you have experienced food poisoning because of the negligent behavior of others in handling or preparing your meal, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact a personal injury lawyer at your soonest convenience.

Common causes of food-borne illnesses include the following:

  • Improper refrigeration after food preparation
  • Unsanitary conditions in the kitchen or improper sterilization of tools used to the prepare the dish
  • Unclean surfaces used to prepare foods
  • Contamination of ready-to-eat foods from exposure to raw meat or juices from that meat
  • Failure to wash hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper
  • Allowing food to marinate in room temperature, rather than in the refrigerator
  • Use of unclean dish towels or sponges

If you acquired a food-borne illness at a restaurant, school cafeteria, hotel, or any other establishment in which the food is prepared for you, you may have the ability to bring your case to a court of law and file a claim against the guilty party. To do so, the help of an experienced attorney should be employed for best chances of favorable results.