Tonsil Stones Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Tonsil stones, also known as tonsil debris, tonsil calculus, or tonsillolith, are calcareous deposits that form in the tonsil crevices in some people. These deposits consist of organic debris, bacteria and dead cells. If these stones burst, they release a particularly foul smell. That smell may cause halitosis, popularly known as bad breath.

The cause of tonsil stones is still subject to debate. Some argue that they are the hard reside of food that is melted by the digestive enzymes in saliva. Other theories cite ectopia, abscess, tonsillitis, cold and phlegm, and poor hygiene. Usually found in the tonsil crypts, stones may also form in the roof of the mouth or farther back in the throat. Symptoms include coughing, bad breath, sore throat and / or a feeling of a foreign object stuck in one's throat. A single piece may be no bigger than a few millimeters, or as large as an inch. Depending on where they are found and how big they are, these anomalies can be removed with the fingers, by coughing, use natural remedies or special oral products or in extreme cases, surgery. Removal of tonsils is not advisable as tonsils are there to catch bacteria and keep them from settling deeper in the throat.

Although embarrassing and annoying, tonsil stones are really more disgusting than harmful. The best approach is prevention through frequent use of mouthwash, special toothpaste, proper diet, and regular visits to the dentist. Do not try to remove persistent stones by yourself. Consult a doctor.

Metabolic Syndrome Treatment – Walking Fights Metabolic Syndrome

Health and Fitness advice from the First Lady of Fitness, Fashion, and Fun, a Pittsburgh personal trainer, lifestyle coach, and Independent Beachbody Coach:

Have you been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a group of disorders linked to heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Some of the symptoms included abdominal obesity, blood fat disorders – high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol – that foster plaque buildups in artery walls, blood clotting problems, inflammation, elevated blood pressure, and insulin resistance.

The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommend that the metabolic syndrome be identified as the presence of three or more of these components:

* Elevated waist circumference:
Men – Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
Women – Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)

* Elevated triglycerides:
Equal to or greater than 150 mg / dL

* Reduced HDL ( "good") cholesterol:
Men – Less than 40 mg / dL
Women – Less than 50 mg / dL

* Elevated blood pressure:
Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg

* Elevated fasting glucose:
Equal to or greater than 100 mg / dL

A study conducted by Duke University and published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that walking 30 minutes 6 times per week for 8 months caused a reduction in symptoms of metabolic syndrome in middle aged men and women without changing their diets.

The study involved groups who either ran, jogged, or walked 12 miles per week and a group which did no exercise (control). The study found that people who participated in moderate exercise gained the most benefit from physical activity.

So what are you waiting on? Start walking today!

What is Diabetes? A Brief Summary

There are three main types of diabetes that people are thinking of when they ask, "What is diabetes?" These types of diabetes are the most common forms found in the United States and affect a majority of individuals at some time in their life.

In the United States, about 5-10% of children and young adults are found to have Type 1 diabetes yearly. It is the result of an auto-immune disease. When the immune system attacks the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas and kills them, the pancreas can not produce insulin. This results in no insulin being produced for the body.

The symptoms for this diabetes are rapid and extreme. A person will have extreme hunger, fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, weight loss and blurred vision. If no medical intervention is provided the person can go into a diabetic coma. Type 1 diabetes can be a life-threatening condition and is very serious if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly.

The National Institute of Health has found that 95% of the adults in the United State who are over age thirty-five suffer from Type 2 diabetes. One reason for this is that 80% of the people who have Type 2 diabetes are overweight. A person with this type of diabetes is not getting insulin because their cells have become resistant to it.

Obesity, lack of exercise, some ethnicity's, and age are just a few of the triggers for Type 2 diabetes. It is also triggered by genetics, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The greatest cause of Type 2 diabetes is unhealthy eating habits. People who do not eat properly and have daily exercise are highly susceptible to Type 2 diabetes.

People will develop the symptoms of this diabetes gradually over a long period of time. They will feel extreme fatigue, blurred vision, increased thirst and hunger, slow healing of wounds and sores, and frequent urination.

Most of the time if a person changes their lifestyle, loses weight, and begins to exercise, they will be able to resolve their Type 2 diabetes. In some cases people must continue medication for the diabetes, but this rarely occurs.

Women in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy can get gestational diabetes. This diabetes occurs in 3-8% of pregnant women and is resolved when they have the baby. Many women who develop this diabetes during pregnancy are instructed on the proper exercise and diet to keep the diabetes in control when they are pregnant.

Many women who have gestational diabetes when they are pregnant, will develop it with later pregnancies. They also have a 40% risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Diabetes, Obesity, Probiotics and Fiber – Bringing It All Together in 3 Steps

In all my years of reading, there have only been a few articles that were truly pivotal. When I first flagged this article I thought it was neat. But the more I thought about it, the more this article resonated with some of the most important chronic diseases of our time.

To understand this article better, I need to give a little background on some very important aspect of our physiology.

1) GLP-1 and its effect on the body

This aspect is so important that every resource for new drug development for treatment of diabetes is focused along this single pathway. It involves hormones called incretins that come from the gut and control our reaction to the foods we eat. They are critical in how well our body responds to our diet and our blood glucose control. It does this by stimulating the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas to grow in number, respond better to blood sugar elevations and release more insulin. At the same time, GLP-1 improves the way insulin works throughout the body as well as slows gastric emptying, thus allowing the food we eat to get absorbed slower.

The two main incretins in our bodies are Glucagon Like Peptide (GLP-1) and Gastric Inhibitory Peptide (GIP). GLP-1 has a very short life in our bodies-it is broken down by the enzyme DPP-4 in a matter of 1-5 minutes.

From a diabetic drug standpoint, Byetta and Victoza are two brand name drugs that mimic our own GLP-1. Januvia was the first drug to market that stops the enzyme DPP-4 and allows our own GLP-1 to last longer (all the latest drugs all have “gliptan” in their names).

Overall, this approach is THE Holy Grail of diabetes drug development right now. Most of the research studies focus on these pathways.

The increased use of these medications is of concern. Thyroid cancer, immune problems and destruction of the beta cells may be potential long term damaging effects of overuse of these drugs.

2) Antibiotics contribute to obesity, probiotics protect against obesity

The past few years have brought a heightened awareness to the relationship of the bacteria in our gut and the link to obesity. Of course, on the flip side, this means that the use of antibiotics, which destroy the normal, healthy flora of the gut, have been associated with obesity as well.

The need for a good blend of healthy bacteria in our gut is no longer in question. The list of benefits of probiotics have become quite long, although the list of diseases may be significantly shorter if we didn’t destroy them off in the first place.

3) Fiber in our diets is important

When we talk about fiber, we are really talking about 3 different kinds. First is what people think of when they think of fiber. This is insoluble fiber–the roughage that your mom always told you to eat more of. Our bodies cannot digest insoluble fiber, but it does help us by adding bulk to the stool and absorbing toxins present in the gut. Think bran in whole grains and the

Resistant starch is the new player in the field of fiber. We generally think of fiber as not being digestible by our digestive system. However, resistant starch is digested, but it is a slow process resulting in a slow trickle of glucose into our bloodstream, which is easier for our bodies to adapt to. Think beans and bananas.

Soluble fiber is not digestible by our digestive system, but is readily digested by the bacteria in our gut, producing compounds called short chain fatty acids (SCFA). Butyrate is the most notable of these as it is the preferred fuel source for the cells of our colon, leading to a healthier gut with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Not that you have a little more background, a recent article in the journal Diabetes will make more sense.

Most of our understanding on what triggers GLP-1 release has been focused on the carbohydrate portion. Research suggests that the main thing that triggers the release of GLP-1 is “sweet” signals, just like the sweet sensation we get on our tongues. That may be changing.

This particular article, although done in rats, finds that short chain fatty acids stimulate the release of GLP-1 from the small intestine. Knowing all the above, contemplate on what this means…

In a healthy, normal weight, non-diabetic person, the soluble fiber taken in the course of a good healthy diet is digested by the healthy bacteria in the gut to short chain fatty acids. These SCFA then cause the release of GLP-1, keeping this person lean and diabetic free.

Contrast this to the unhealthy person so typical of today’s society. Antibiotic use almost from birth. Poor quality diets low in soluble fiber. Artificial sweeteners confusing the “sweet” message our body receives. Obesity and diabetes are almost inevitable.

The take home message is that obesity is not the end result of too many calories in versus calories burned. Our bodies are far more complex than that. Avoiding diabetes and maintaining an ideal weight is a comprehensive approach never to be found in a pill, a supplement or the gym alone.

Read the research article here….. http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/61/2/364.abstract

Home Buyer's First and Last Impressions

Before you place your property on the market, repair, neutralize and de-clutter. You want your home to shine. Below is a list of all areas that you should focus on in order to get buyers ready to buy your home. You want the buyers to feel like it's their home from beginning to end.

Repairs

  • Rule of thumb … if something needs repairing, fix it!
  • Check all walls for peeling paint, nail holes, loose wallpaper and scuff marks
  • Get a pre-inspection
  • Cleaning Every area of ​​the home needs to sparkle and shine
  • Remove clutter.
  • Pack away collectibles such as figurines, model cars etc.
  • Clean all windows
  • Clean gutters. Power wash roof if necessary
  • Clean attics and basements
  • Clean all flooring including throw rugs. If old, replace them
  • Clean and polish all woodwork. Pay special attention to cabinets. Replace hardware if old
  • Clean and polish all light fixtures. Replace light bulbs

Neutralizing

  • Be cautious about selecting colors when painting and replacing carpet. Think beige
  • If your home has many different colors, think about painting all rooms the same color
  • Remove outdated wallpaper and replace with neutral paint
  • Replace old light fixtures with more modern style (great return on the dollar!)

Space Management

  • Place furniture to make each room appear larger.
  • Remove personal items such as trophies, family photos.
  • Keep the house picked up. Throw away the morning paper, empty the trash
  • Organize closets. Good time for donating items you no longer use or need
  • Place extra lamps in dark spaces to increase lighting
  • Take down draperies to let more natural light in
  • Clean the blinds

Atmosphere

  • Eliminate all offensive odors (cigarettes, pets, diaper, cooking)
  • Air freshener placed in every room
  • Cat litter boxes stored out of sight
  • Give pets a bath on regular basis to eliminate pet odors

Exterior Checklist

  • Add Seasonal plants on either side of front door in attractive pots
  • Freshly paint the front door
  • Porch / Stoop / Front door area is clean and inviting
  • All cracked window panes are replaced and repainted
  • All locks are in good working order. Replace old window hardware
  • Screens are clean and free from tears
  • Throw away old doormat. Replace with 'Welcome' mat

The Yard / Driveway

  • Yard is mowed. Sticks and debris is picked up
  • Trees and shrubs are pruned or replaced if dead
  • Flowerbeds have fresh pine straw or mulch
  • Weeds are removed
  • Animal feces are pick-up
  • Driveway is clean
  • Cover oil spots with cat litter to absorb the oil
  • Toys are picked-up from yard and driveway

Taking the time to prepare your property for sale will ultimately get your home sold faster than a home that is not ready for market.

The secret to selling your home is to remember: Buyers will buy homes in the best condition at the best price.

Anxiety on the Rise

I’m sure you know someone, either in your family or among your friends, who is highly anxious. You will recognize the rapid speech, need for reassurance and fear of new situations, sometimes accelerating into full-blown panic.

We have become scared to live.

Anxiety, according to the Report of the Surgeon General, is the most common emotional disorder among adults as well as during childhood and adolescence. About 13 of every 100 children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 experience some kind of anxiety disorder; girls are affected more than boys, in about 2:1 ratio.

The anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Anxiety disorders now appear at younger ages. I get calls from preschool teachers whose students are so anxious that they cannot color a page without tears of distress. The teachers do not describe a child’s distress when the mother leaves at the beginning of the day; they see this heightened fear anytime a child puts pencil or crayon to paper, at a level that characterizes adults giving a presentation at a business luncheon!

Yet parents may be unaware of their children’s distress. According to this month’s edition of the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology, “about one-fifth of children reported they worry a great deal or a lot, but only 3 percent of parents rate their children’s stress as extreme” (p. 23).

What is happening here?

First of all, an anxious child often grows into an anxious adult. Genetically laden with a propensity toward anxiety, these children are often raised by equally anxious parent(s). Although anxiety may decrease with age, it often resurfaces at times of transition or stress.

Second, we are all burdened by information overload. The world’s suffering, violence and mayhem seem to be at our doorstep, with concomitant fear for the well-being of our loved ones.

Third, parents and adults in general experience more stress now than ever before, despite time-saving devices. Indeed the most common descriptor that I hear about life is that it’s hectic. Women especially experience more stress symptoms than men, such as “irritability or anger, fatigue and depression” (ibid., p.24). The resultant tension affects our marriages, parenting abilities, and our children’s mental health.

Fourth, our expectations of ourselves and our children have risen at the speed of new versions of Windows. Babies are taken to “enrichment” classes, toddlers are expected to have “play dates,” and preschoolers are required to know their numbers and letters by the time they enter kindergarten. And it only gets worse.

Five-year-olds must have computer skills and fifteen-year-olds top AP and PSAT scores. The pressure is on all of us to produce outstanding results, both in our personal and professional lives.

A feeling of urgency prevails, while our sense of safety declines.

What better recipe for anxiety disorders and stress?

We cannot turn back the clock, nor would we want to. We all enjoy the benefits of technology.

So what can a person do?

1. You can erect a barrier. You can restore the boundaries that existed in prior generations between the adult and children’s worlds. You can shield your children from the traumas that occur to so many people but which they blessedly do not have to experience. Not yet.

You can give your children back their childhood.

2. You can decide to get off the express train. You can learn how to handle mediocrity and accept what you have, to take the slow track and enjoy the scenery.

3. You can learn how to say, “No.”

No to taking an extra course or to signing up your child for one, filling up every waking hour with something to learn and do.

No to more gadgets that distract and compel you to interact in cyberspace, at the cost of real-world human interactions.

No to pressure to achieve, make more money, go to more social events, attend more meetings.

Yes to listening to your heart and hearing what you and your children need.

4. You can learn how to relax, reframe your problems and tone down your emotions. Only then will you learn how to appreciate the gift of life.

Breathe deeply. You can overcome your anxiety. Then you will truly know how to live.

Scabies Rash – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Though there are over 300 million cases of scabies a year, many people have not heard of the scabies rash or think it has to do with poor personal hygiene. Scabies is quite contagious and can be caught in any close living situation or environment. There are reports in schools, nursing homes, college dorms and of Ivy League schools and other settings of scabies being discovered and transmitted.

The first symptom is often just repeated scratching due to an itch. The rash may not be visible at this time and it can take four to six weeks for a rash to even appear for many people. However, the itching usually begins earlier. Scabies is a mite that is microscopic and buries itself in the skin where it lays it's eggs. The eggs hatch, look for mates on the person's skin and this can continue until treatment with the pesticide cream is taken.

It can be extremely itchy and require antihistamines to help with sleep. A prescription is needed to get the 5 percent cream with the active ingredient permethrin. This is put on the body from the neck down and care must be taken to also put the cream inside the nail beds. People often scratch themselves and the mites can hide there. In fact, one nursing home that had trouble eradicating the scabies rash outbreaks found that it was this area that was ignored when people applied the cream. Once that was attended to more closely, they had success in stopping this epidemic.

Once someone is diagnosed with scabies, everyone in the family or who had close contact with the person ideally should also apply the cream as well. This is to stop the cycle of the mites being passed back and forth due to personal contact. After the cream is applied, it is kept on overnight and then washed off in the morning. The sheets and clothing worn during the week also needs to be washed in very hot water plus dried in a hot dryer.

One area that is hard to detect is whether the itching after the cream that continues is due to re-infestation or an eczema type of rash reaction. This can be very frustrating to people as one does not know if the cream should be re-applied or if they are just having a reaction to the cream. A physician or dermatologist is helpful to look this over. It is easy to get very upset and discouraged about scabies but it is highly treatable with attention and followig the correct procedures.

How to Heal Cold Sores in Three Days

Fever blisters, also known as cold sores, are outbreaks caused by the Herpes Simplex type-1 Virus. These can sometimes last up to 30 days and during this time cause significant discomfort and sometimes even pain. Unfortunately, as there is no cure for the virus yet, the only thing than can be done is to cure the symptoms – the cold sores. This can be quite hard an nerve-consuming sometimes, but this article is going to give you a few hints on how to heal cold sores in three days.

Nonetheless, the best thing to do is to avoid coming into contact with the virus and thus not contracting it. This however, is very hard to achieve due to the virus' capacity to spread from person to person. You can contract the virus by merely using the same towel or fork with an infected person, not to mention kissing or oral sex …

In case you do contract the virus however, you must not letting it perform its symptoms and just let it stay there in a dormant state. What you need in order to do this is a strong immune system and key to having this is avoiding stress and eating a healthy diet.

In the unfortunate case the fever blisters do show up, it is best to fight them from the moment you notice them. Here are the some important rules you should follow when you want to know how to heal cold sores in three days:

1. Keep the cold sore area dry. Cleaning and drying the are with a towel as often as possible is essential. For a cold sore to continue its regular symptoms, it thrives on moisture and dirt. Keeping the fever blisters clean and dry, will make them heal faster.
2. After noticing an outbreak near your mouth, it is advisable to change your toothbrush. The virus is known to being able to hold on to the toothbrush and make it's way back into the mouth of the infected even after the cold sore is treated and thus causing it to come back. And in case you use the toothbrush to get toothpaste out of the tube you should also buy a new toothpaste.

3. Another useful thing is to introduce as many potatoes and dairy products into your diet. These contain amino acids that help reduce the symptoms of the virus.
4. You can also try some natural remedies such as lemon balm, tea tree oil or even tea bags to the affected area since these have powerful antiviral properties which will help you dry out those sores faster.
5. Last but not least, try to avoid stress as much as you can. Try to avoid eating unhealthy food and make sure you reserve some time for exercise as well.

Types of Insomnia and Their Causes

Insomnia or sleeplessness is the difficulty experienced in falling asleep. There are several reasons that may cause this condition. Knowing the different type of insomnia will help you to better understand the responsible factors.

Types of Insomnia

1. Sleep Onset Insomnia – It is also called delayed sleep phase syndrome. In this case, the patient feels sleeplessness because he delays the major sleep episode and this delay causes sleeplessness and difficulty in getting up at the desired time.

2. Psycho-Physiological Insomnia – It is caused due to anxiety or psychological problem which creates physical symptoms and prevents sleep.

3. Childhood Insomnia – This type of insomnia is further divided into two types – limit- setting sleep disorder and sleep-onset association disorder.

4. Altitude Insomnia – This type of insomnia is an acute version of insomnia, short-lived but intense, accompanied by symptoms of headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite, all occurring when you move to high altitudes.

5. Stimulant-Dependent Sleep Disorder – This type of insomnia is caused by using drugs that stimulate the nervous system. The person becomes addicted to their use and fails to get sleep when abstinence from the drug is practiced.

6. Food Allergy Insomnia – This type of insomnia results as an allergic response to certain foods.

7. Idiopathic Insomnia – In this type of insomnia the nervous system becomes incapable of controlling the sleeping and waking mechanism of the body. The result is a lifelong failure to get proper sleep. It usually starts in early childhood.

8. Toxin-Induced Sleep Disorder – This type of insomnia is caused by the presence of certain environmental factors in the surrounding e.g. noise, smell, smoke etc.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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Psoriatic Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases – An Imbalance in the Immune System?

I recently read an article in a local newspaper pertaining to the subject of Psoriatic Arthritis. It brought out that the same biological medications used for conditions such as, RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), are also used for psoriatic arthritis sufferers.

It highlighted that there are five different types of psoriatic arthritis currently known. They are:

  • Asymmetric Psoriatic Arthritis (joint pain usually on one side of the body)
  • Symmetric Psoriatic Arthristis (joint pain on both sides of the body)
  • Distal Interphalangeal or DIP joint pain predominant psoriatic arthritis (joint pain of the fingers and toes)
  • Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis (affects the spine)
  • Arthritis Mutilans (destructive arthritis)

The article also mentioned that the risk factors included:

  • Already having psoriasis
  • A family history of psoriasis
  • Being between 30 and 50 years of age

Sadly, it mentioned, there is no cure for psoriatic arthritis. Conventional treatments involves the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Of course, the common problems of these drugs and others like them, are the number of serious side effects that can occur. If you presently use any of these types of medications, you know what I mean.

Interestingly, these drugs are immunosuppressant medications that literally suppress the immune system. Both arthritis and psoriasis are autoimmune diseases. This essentially means that the body's ability to differentiate between self and invader is hampered. In other words, the body's first line of defense, the immune system, is imbalanced.

On the one hand, a healthy immune system is both balanced and dynamic. To one 's internet According medical source ( Http://www.diagnose-me.com ), it shouldnt be balanced Between Th1, Th2 and cellular immunity, humoral immunity.

Cellular immunity, that is, what takes place inside the cell, involves T-cell and macrophage activity. Humoral immunity, outside the cell, typically involves the activities of antibodies. In a healthy immune system Th1 and Th2 activity switches back and forth between the two responses as needed. However, an inability to respond adequately with a Th1 response can result in chronic infections and cancer; while an overactive Th2 response can contribute to allergies.

The failure of Th1 arm of the immune system and an overactive Th2 arm is implicated in a wide variety of chronic illnesses. These include:

  • AIDS
  • CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • candidiasis
  • Multiple Allergies
  • MCS
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Cancer, and other illnesses

If these two arms of the immune system could be balanced, by stimulating Th1 and decreasing Th2, then many of the symptoms associated with the chronic illnesses would diminish, or, disappear and we would have found the answer to immune restoration and balance. With more than eighty (80) types of autoimmune diseases currently known, such an approach would make a significant difference in the lives of suffers and their families.

One treatment for immune system imbalance (Th2 Dominance) is raising glutathione levels. Glutathione levels in antigen presenting cells determine whether Th1, or, Th2 response patterns predominate. Increasing glutathione levels helps reduce Th2 dominance.

Glutathione (pronounced "gloota-thigh-own") is a naturally produced protein manufactured within each of the trillion cells in the body. This small protein maintains three crucial protective functions. It is the body's master antioxidant, immune system modulator and potent detoxifier.

Toe Nail Fungus Symptoms – Toe Nail Fungus, Toenail Fungus Causes, and Toe Nail Fungus Complications

Toe Nail Fungus

You may have a infected toe nail if you have these toe nail fungus symptoms. When fungi infect your toes it is called nail infection or nail fungus You will notice yellow or white spots under the tip of your nails. When it spreads under your nails, it will cause your nails to turn colors, get thicker, it will cause them to flake and cause you pain.

The reason why you have a fungus is, your feet tend to sweat in the shoes you are wearing and because you have walk on a public shower room floor bare foot. Your toes become infected if they are exposed to warm and moist environments. An infected nail may be hard to treat, but you can use a over the counter treatment for this fungus.

Toe Nail Fungus Causes

Fungi does not need any sunlight to live. Some fungi can be used for good, and some can cause bad infections and illness. Yeast and mold can cause a fungal infection. But, the most common fungi belongs to in a group called dermatophytes.

These fungi lives in warm places such as swimming pools, public showers and even your shower at home, because there could be someone in your family with the infection. They enter you skin through tiny cuts on your skin which could be a small cut between your toe nail and the bed of your toe. If your nails are exposed to moist places this can cause you problems sooner or later.

It is much easier for your toe nails to become infected than it is for your finger nails, because your shoe causes your toes to sweat, therefor creating a moist and warm place for the fungus to live. It is harder for your immune system to fight against the infection because of the blood circulation is diminished because of the shoes you wear.

Toe Nail Fungus Complications

Having an infection can be painful and if left untreated it will cause permanent damage to your nails. This needs to treated as soon as possible because the infection can spread through out your body and have an effect on you immune system.

People with diabetes are at serious risk if they have an infection because their immune system is weak. This also goes for people with leukemia and people who have had a organ transplant.

If you or someone you know have diabetes, having a nail infection can cause your blood circulation to become impaired. If you think you have an infection, see your doctor as soon as possible, so you can find a treatment for toe nail fungus.

If you know you have some of these toe nail fungus symptoms, there are plenty of remedies for nail infection you can try. Just take some time out to do some research for the products. On the Internet you will find a lot of treatments. Be sure you check with your doctor.

Ringing in Ears Allergies and Cure

Ringing in ears allergies are not the only things that can cause ringing in ears. The sounds that are driving you crazy are actually symptoms of some other root problem, and, although ringing in ears allergies certainly can produce the ringing sounds there are many other underlying conditions that can do so.

So the first thing you need to understand is that ringing in the ears is not a disease, but, a symptom of some other underlying conditions that you may have (eg allergies) and which your doctor would normally look for once having established that you have ringing in ears. He or she would then decide on the most appropriate treatment for you. But many times you can report with tinnitus and no obvious underlying conditions can be found, which makes things kind of difficult.

The main causes for ringing in ears are damage / problems caused by noise, sinus, stress, and Meniere's disease. These are things like ear infections, damaged hearing, impacted ear wax, high blood pressure, allergies, and so on.

And apart from ringing in ears, sufferers can also hear sounds that are described as ticking, clicking, whooshing, buzzing, hissing, etc. It is also believed that the type of sound you hear is a function of the underlying cause or causes.

Traditional medical treatment consists of things like, drugs, complementaries like acupuncture, audio devices to mask the sounds, relaxation exercises, etc. Surgery is an option but only in particular circumstances and is really only used as a final resort. But the main thing about all this is that there is not a proven cure for ringing in ears using traditional medical treatments, so that, around 93% of sufferers never get full relief from their symptoms.

There are millions of folks who have ringing in ears and who just can not get relief. If the sounds are only occasional and not of a particularly high volume then you can probably just about put up with it, even although it's very annoying. And many times that's just what some doctors recommend. But for vary many people (perhaps you're one) tinnitus just drives them crazy. It prevents natural sleep patterns, leads to fatigue, undermines job performance, leads to depression, affects relationships; basically it just screws up your life.

That's why many folks nowadays are taking their cure into their own hands and researching (as you are right now) for any information they can get on alternative treatments. But of course to do this properly and get the right cure for you (because everyone is different) you will have to spend a lot of time and energy on research, interviews with medical experts and other sufferers, finding and pouring over medical journals, etc . Also, you are better to use the word 'tinnitus' when searching as that is the medical term for ringing in ears.

Luckily there's one tinnitus (cured) sufferer who has already gone through this whole process. It took over 2 years of research, testing and development, but, the outcome is a proven alternative treatment for tinnitus with a 80% success rate (compare that with the 93% who do not get relief using traditional methods) and very many satisfied ex-tinnitus victims worldwide. At its heart is a series of 11 secret techniques to stop the ringing. And the beauty for folks like yourself who just want to get their life back on track fast, is you just download them straight to your computer.

What Is Teething?

Chances are you may have noticed that babies love to chew on objects, are fussy and drool a lot. These typical habits and characteristics of babies can be attributed to teething. Teething typically begins at the age of six to eight months. This is the period in which the infant’s teeth grow in (or erupt) through the gums. The teeth come in pairs with the front middle teeth coming in first and the last molars in the back coming in last. All 20 teeth are in by the time the child is 3 years of age. The teeth that come in during this stage are called baby teeth. These teeth are temporary, eventually falling out starting between the ages of three and six. They are replaced by the permanent teeth which come in in the same way as the baby teeth did; in pairs and the front first and the molars last. Teething has for a long time been incorrectly called “cutting.” Despite popular belief, the cells and tissue of the gums are killed off by certain hormones which allow the teeth to fully erupt through the gums.

Symptoms of Teething

Teething is an unpleasant experience for an infant. It usually involves pain and soreness, especially when the molars come in. Symptoms of teething can begin as early as tree months. Common symptoms include:

· drooling or dribbling

· mood changes

· irritability or crankiness

· swollen gums

· crying

· sleeplessness

· restless sleep at night

· mild fever

· painful and sensitive gums

Treatment

Fortunately, teething is a temporary phase that last a few years. There are no treatment options to totally eradicate the pain, but there is a wide range of treatment options available to help lessen the severity of the pain and soreness.

Teething Toys

The traditional, and most common way, to relieve the teething pain is by some sort of soft, yet firm toy a baby can continuously chew on. Teething toys allow the baby to put pressure on the irritated gums as well as aid in the breakdown of gum tissue to help the teeth emerge easier. These teething devices come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from carrot sticks, to toys to damp washcloths.

Cold foods also help relieve the pain for some infants. Items such as pureed fruits and vegetables, applesauce and yogurt work best and are the easiest for the baby to swallow.

Medication

Sometimes chewing on a toy or a cold object may not be enough to relieve the teething pain. In these cases, a pediatrician may recommend pain-relieving medication. The medication most often prescribed are NSAIDS and child-safe doses of benzocaine, lidocaine, and choline salicylate. These medications need to be closely monitored as incorrect dosages and combinations can cause serious health complications.

Rub on Gels

Lidocaine gel, which is rubbed onto the gums can also be used. It creates a temporary numbing sensation that can relieve the pain for 10-20 minutes. Other gels, which are similar to those used to treat sore gums and toothaches in adults are also prescribed. These numbing gels dull the nerves of the gums, reducing the feeling of pain. There are also powder forms of teething gel called “teething powder.”

Pain Killers

Pediatricians may recommend child-safe doses of Acetaminophen and ibuprofen in extreme cases where the pain is severe.

Teething is an exciting, yet difficult time for both babies and their parents. It is an important phase of growth. As important as this phase it, it can be overwhelming in trying to figure out how to help your child. It is never too early to establish positive dental hygiene habits with your child.

Cure Toenail Fungus Home Remedies

Toenail fungus, alternatively termed as onychomycosis, is a condition that leads to the destruction, discoloration, and disfiguration of nails. It usually occurs when a kind of dermatophytes in the form of Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton interdigitale feed on the keratin – the tough protein that makes up the toenail’s hard surface. Putting on tight shoes and socks for prolonged period, spending too much time in public gyms and swimming pools, poor foot hygiene, skin trauma, and the skin’s abnormal pH level are regarded as some of the top causes for the development of toenail fungus. Further, since it is contagious, toenail fungus can also spread to other parts of the body.

A number of treatment options are available for toenail fungus, from oral medications and ointments such as Medicated Nail Laquer, Terbinatine, and Whitfield’s Ointment to laser treatment. Certain home remedies are also considered effective for toenail fungus, especially in its initial stage. Mentioned below are some of the home remedies available for toenail fungus.

  • Using vinegar, particularly apple cider vinegar, may sometimes prove helpful to cure toenail fungus. Pour equal quantity of vinegar and water in a bucket and then soak your affected foot in it for 25 – 30 minutes. Then thoroughly dry your toenails.
  • Another effectual home remedy to cure toenail fungus is to soak your affected foot in a solution of water and Listerine mouth wash – a kind of antiseptic lotion.
  • Applying yoghurt on the infected toenails and leaving it for 25 – 30 minutes may also help to cure toenail fungus.
  • Likewise, using Vicks vaporub can aid for the prevention of further spreading of toenail fungus.
  • Applying a mixture of one teaspoon of olive oil and few drops of oregano essential oil on the infected nails can help for the prevention of toenail fungus.
  • Onions also contain properties to heal toenail fungus. All you need to do is to remove its peel and slice it in order to rub it on the nails with fungal infection.
  • Alcohol can also help for curing toenail fungus. Take a cotton ball and dip it in alcohol. Then rub it on the affected area at least three times a day.
  • Applying turmeric paste is also considered effective to get rid of toenail fungus.

Apart from these, it is equally important to keep your feet hygiene and dry through the proper usage of shoes and socks. Pedicures can also help to ensure the health of your toenails as well as feet.

Depression – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Depression is the lack of energy and disposition to continue your battle in life, the absence of hope, and the sadness without end that turns your life in martyrdom.

External reasons responsible for its appearance can be many, like:

1. Betrayal

2. Deceptions in love

3. Financial losses

4. Existential problems

5. Diseases

6. Misfortunes

However, what really causes depression is the existence of a wild conscience in the human psyche, which is very violent, primitive and cruel. It keeps trying to destroy the human side of the human conscience through craziness, causing various problems in the person's life.

Therefore, the internal reason for the manifestation of depression is the sadness that the person feels because they start realising that there is too much absurdity in the human mind and in the human world.

It is first of all a warning that indicates that they are near neurosis and worse mental illnesses.

If they do not treat their depression immediately, the anti-conscience (wild conscience) will manage to completely destroy the human side of their conscience through craziness, and control their behavior.

Depression is also the comprehension of the depth of human absurdity, depending on each one's experiences of life, and the notion that human cruelty has no limits, when they become victims of other people's selfishness and evil.

The absolutely safe and unique depression treatment that guarantees the cure of patients who precisely follow the directions they receive, is dream therapy according to the scientific method.

The wise unconscious mind that produces our dreams is constantly trying to save our human conscience from the attacks of the anti-conscience, that keeps trying to destroy it.

If you precisely follow the unconscious 'guidance, you will be able to verify in practice the unconscious' wisdom, since you will come to understand why you behave the way you do and what you must do in order to completely develop the human side of your conscience, becoming more intelligent and self-confident.

You will also come to understand how other people think, feel and sense, being able to analyse their psychical world, the same way that you analyse your own.

This way you will have answers for all your questions. You will understand why someone reacted in a certain way and not in another, why your plans failed, why your suppositions were wrong, why things could not be the way you were expecting them to be in the situation you were in, and so on.

This knowledge completely eliminates your revolt. You stop crying about being a victim of other people's cruelty and you stop complaining because nothing is as you wish it was, understanding that the objective reality in which you live is totally different from what you had imagined.

Then you start developing your personality, and all your hidden capacities finally have the chance to come to the conscious surface. This means that they start helping you make wiser decisions and easily solve your problems, while before they were immersed in the wild side of your conscience, without being of any use to you.

Your depression immediately disappears, as well as the danger of neurosis, since you eliminate your worst enemy (anti-conscience) by transforming it into a positive part of your human side, and since you become so intelligent and so full of good disposition and energy , you suddenly discover many magical solutions for all the unbearable problems of your daily life.