Tonsil Crypts – Why Do I Get Tonsil Stones?

If you're a sufferer of chronic tonsil rocks in your tonsil crypts, you're probably thinking "Why me?"

Why do I get tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones (also known as tonsilloliths) form from a variety of different reasons and it is not necessarily your fault. You also should know that tonsilloliths are quite common. You are not alone in your struggle against bad breath and tonsilloliths.

First and foremost, let's explain what they are. These stones are off-white to yellow curd-like balls that form on the tonsils. They are made up of calcium, sulphur, dead cells, post-nasal drip and food particles. They can cause a sore throat and make swallowing difficult. Worst of all, they can cause foul smelling breath.

Both adult and children can get them but they are more common in adults. Some people get them but others do not. Post why?

Everyone is different. While some people are tall, others are short; while some people have small eyes; others have larger, more prominent eyes. This is the same with our tonsils. Some people have larger tonsils and wider tonsil crypts and crevices where tonsil stones can easily form. This is not something you did wrong; nor is it something you can prevent (unless you remove your tonsils all together).

Just because you get white balls in your tonsil crypts does not necessarily mean that you do not brush or floss your teeth. You may have an overactive salivary gland or an excess of oral bacteria.

Experts suggest that every day, every person's tonsils shed oral mucosa or dead cells, which is the stuff that lines the crypts of the tonsils. While some people swallow these dead cells, other's do not. They build up and turn into the white balls on your tonsil crypts.

If you are prone to tonsil stones you need to take extra precaution in your daily oral hygiene. Brush, floss, and gargle with non-alcoholic mouthwash daily. You can also add salt water into your regular oral hygiene routine which helps to reduce the build up of debris in your tonsil crypts.

So you've been 'blessed' with larger tonsil crypts, all the better for forming tonsil stones. Do not shy away from society and do not blame yourself. Practice good oral hygiene and embrace what you've been given with confidence.

What Is Metabolic Weight Loss?

Metabolic weight loss is quite a common term to hear these days but what is it all about? In a nutshell, metabolic weight loss refers to a form of diet that concentrates on a person’s metabolism instead of having a defined list of what is healthy to eat and what is not. But what is our metabolism and why should we be considering it? Metabolism is the name given to the process whereby the body uses its stored reserves of energy.

In a metabolic weight loss diet the dieter arrives at a specific solution for their sex, age, body type and size. This type of diet focuses on losing weight through eating the right kinds of food for a particular individual rather than purely eating less.

The way a person’s weight is set is through a balance between the number of calories consumed versus the number burned. If the number burned is fewer than those eaten then fat will be produced to store it. The process through which calories are used by the body is called thermogenesis and is comprised of the Basel Metabolic Rate (BMR) and all other physical exercise. The BMR represents the number of calories the body burns just to exist and is commonly 60-75% of our daily calorie consumption. So if a dieter can boost their BMR, which uses most of our calories, then that will help greatly with fat loss.

How is this achieved? The method that most choose is to eat more healthily and take up exercise. A metabolic weight loss diet will provide a dieter with a wide range of foods that are suitable for their body and their goals. There are certain foods that many are unaware give boosts to our metabolic function, a notable one is the chilli. Adding foods that increase your metabolic rate, even if just for a short time, will assist in weight loss. If you raise the amount of exercise you undertake then not only will you burn more calories as you exercise but also your metabolism will speed up and you’ll carry on burning calories for a long while after each session. IT is a great help that as you get more fit and strong this prolonged period of post-workout calorie burn will get longer so losing fat actually gets easier the fitter you get. As people age they tend to lose muscle mass, this is perfectly natural but it is important to resist this as much as possible. If you can maintain or increase your muscles then this too will help with weight loss because a muscle cell requires more energy to maintain it than does a fat cell. If this is overlooked it can get harder to lose weight as we age but nothing is irreversible and things can be turned around whatever stage you’re at.

You don’t have to look very hard to find a huge amount of dietary supplements and pills available online that claim to boost metabolic function. These seem to be very easy shortcuts that cut out all the hard work. In my opinion this is tantamount to getting something for nothing and these sorts of schemes rarely ring true. Losing weight requires dedication and often such pills either do not work or have unpleasant side effects. There is no real alternative to fostering a healthy dietary outlook and boosting your metabolic rate naturally.

There are fad diets that come and go but if you can follow a healthy diet that focuses on your own particular needs then you’re onto a winner. A metabolic weight loss program will raise your metabolism so that you can achieve metabolic weight loss and lose weight naturally.

How Does Diabetes Affect My Teeth and Gums?

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas in your body to control this blood sugar. Diabetes thus, can be caused by too little insulin production, resistance to insulin, or both.

To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested:

A sugar called glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel for our body. The body now produces insulin. The role of this insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be stored.Diabetics have high blood sugar because their body can not move sugar into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored for energy.

Why does this happen?

Their pancreas either does not make enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to insulin normally.Both of the above ca also occur

There are three major types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed to control this. The exact cause is unknown.

Type 2 diabetes makes up most of diabetes cases. It most often occurs in adulthood, but teens and young adults are now being diagnosed with it because of high obesity rates. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it. In this type of Diabetes the cells of the body require higher insulin levels to clear the blood of sugar

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes.

Complications of Diabetes:

Periodontitis: Periodontitis is an infection of the supporting structures of the teeth ie, the Alveolar bone the ligaments and the gingiva on top. Uncontrolled diabetics show increased levels of gum infections which results in early loss of their teeth. In uncontrolled diabetics there is increased production of advanced glycation end products.these do not allow the collagen to be remodeled therefore the collagen tends to break down at the slightest infection resulting in multiple abscess in the gums

Diabetic cardiomyopathy: damage to the heart, leading to diastolic dysfunction and eventually heart failure.

Diabetic nephropathy: damage to the kidney which can lead to chronic renal failure, eventually requiring dialysis. Diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of adult kidney failure worldwide in the developed world.

Diabetic neuropathy: abnormal and decreased sensation, usually in a 'glove and stocking' distribution starting with the feet but potentially in other nerves, later often fingers and hands. When combined with damaged blood vessels this can lead to a diabetic foot. Other forms of diabetic neuropathy may present as mononeuritis or autonomic neuropathy. Diabetic amyotrophy is muscle weakness due to neuropathy.

Diabetic retinopathy: growth of friable and poor-quality new blood vessels in the retina as well as macular edema (swelling of the macula), which can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.

Is there an association between gum disease and Diabetes?

For the nearly 50 million Indians that have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about Periodontitis being an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of advanced gum disease called periodontitis among those with diabetes, The American Diabetic Association has added periodontitis to the list of other 5 established complications associated with diabetes, macro vascular disease such as heart disease, micro-vascular diseases , retinopathy, nephropathy (renal disease) and neuropathy.

If I have gum disease like Periodontitis will I have more diabetes?

Research is showing that when gum disease / periodontitis is present it results in increased levels of TNF-alpha. The ability of the body to respond to insulin decreases therefore the patient requires a higher dose of insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs to control their rising blood sugar levels. Research has also shown that once this gum disease is controlled the amount of medication required reduces.

Is There a Two-Way Street?

Yes, the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

Diabetics should get their periodontal health examined by a periodontist every 6 months.

If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems?

If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be an important factor in causing blood sugar to rise. Other oral problems associated to diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

How Can I Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes?

First and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Get regular blood check ups done Then, take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months.

Flossing every day helps prevent build up of plaque or tarter which results in gum disease. Care should be taken not to snap the floss between the gums as it will hurt the underlying gums.

Brushing should be done twice a day and care should be taken to reach all areas of the mouth or you can ask your dentist to correct your method.

Some dental patients complain of excessive dryness this can result in caries and fungal infections our specialists provide gels to prevent such dryness.

To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear dentures, remove and clean dentures daily.

Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes?

Yes, people with diabetes have special needs.please inform us of changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.

The most common complication for diabetics on the dental chair is hypoglycemia, due to the hypoglycemic medications.Please do not come empty stomach for appointments.

Prior to any major dental appointment it is required to get a glycated hemoglobin test done. This test tells us the blood sugar levels over a period of three months

With appropriate care and awareness on the part of the patient and doctor, Diabetes can be defeated.

Urogenital Disorders in Astrology

Urogenital is a term used for the urinary and genital organs. Urology is the branch of medicine concerned with the urinary tract in both genders and the genital tract or reproductive system in the male. Urologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

The Urogenital disorders may include many diseases like kidney incompetence or failure, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate enlargement, and bladder control problems. The problems in the urogenital system may be caused by genetic abnormalities, aging, illness, injury, pollution etc.

Astrological prediction of urogenital disorders in the native’s life is possible by carefully analysing his horoscope

Factors responsible for urogenital disorders

  • Moon/4th house: genito and urinary derangements, testicles
  • Mars: inflammation, infections
  • Mercury: genito urinary problems
  • Jupiter: degeneration, diabetes
  • Venus: suppression of urine, venereal complaints
  • Saturn/Rahu: obstruction to the metabolism process, chronicle diseases
  • Sign Virgo/6th house: venereal diseases
  • Sign Libra/7th house: nephritis, renal troubles, calculi, and uriters
  • Sign Scorpio/8th house: bladder, testicles

Different combinations for urogenital disorders

  • Venus posited in 6th/8th/12th or associated with the lord of 6th creates genital problems
  • Lords of ascendant and 6th associated with Mercury and Rahu, genital disorders are indicated
  • Venus, Saturn and Mars placed in 7th
  • Venus in 7th aspected by Saturn and Mars
  • Lord of ascendant is posited in 6th and the 6th lord is associated with Mercury, possibility of having urological problems
  • Lord of 6th, Mercury and Rahu posited in ascendant, creates problem in urogenital organs
  • Lord of 6th and Mars placed together without having the influence of any benefice planet causes genital problems
  • Moon is in water sign [Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces], and lord of the Moon sign is placed in 6th and aspected by Mercury / any other planet, of water sign, creates urological problems.
  • Lords of 4th and 7th posited in 6th/8th/12th
  • Lords of 4th and 7th placed in inimical signs and aspected by malefic
  • Lord of 3rd, Mercury and Mars placed in ascendant
  • Lord of 6th/7th associated with lord of 12th and aspected by Saturn, indicates urogenital disorders
  • Lord of 3rd, Mercury, Mars and Saturn placed on ascendant, renal calculi is possible




Obesity: America's Epidemic

The most threatening epidemic facing Americans today is not a deadly virus, it is obesity and the resulting often deadly diseases it can cause, such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. In fact, Type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed routinely in teens and young adults where it used to be a disease of later years.

Over 60% of Americans are overweight with about 20% of the population considered obese. While adult obesity is a major problem, the alarming increase of overweight children has tripled, from 5% to 16% between 1963 and 2002 according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which charts the most recent trends for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here is the kicker, in an article published March 17, 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine, University of Chicago researchers contend that life expectancy for Americans could drop by two to five years in the next half century if the current trend continues. Unlike previous studies, their calculations were not based on past mortality trends. Instead they used data on obesity rates and previously published studies on which factors contribute to obesity shortening lifespan.

What is going on? According to a study done by the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and Nutrition at the University of California at Berkeley, up to one third of the American diet consists of empty calories from chips, soda, alcoholic beverages, sugary desserts, and snacks. To add insult to injury, fruit and vegetable consumption adds up to less than 10% of the American diet with statistics even lower for our kids, leaving us with a nation of overfed undernourished people with toddlers quickly joining the club. It is almost as though obesity has simply become a common condition of being American. It is no surprise then that America is the fattest nation on the planet.

What can we do? Change has to start at home. Families need to get away from prepackaged over processed foods and the addiction to fast food convenience and get back to the basics of preparing healthy meals at home. In addition, schools need to become health promotion advocates by offering healthier choices, replacing vending machine selections with healthier options and promoting physical activity. Health and nutrition education is imperative for these changes to become viable. Transformation will not happen over night, but small consistent changes can add up to big results.

What will the outcome be if we do not change? According to statistical history and the trend escalating at the current rate, we could become a nation of almost exclusively overweight people in the next half century. The negative chain reaction and consequences that this will cause could very likely leave us so weak and sick we can not recover. The US is already groaning under the weight of providing social security and Medicare benefits to an aging population. How can we possibly hope to take care of an ailing nation that has become sick before it's time due to the resulting diseases caused by obesity? This is not a pretty outlook but it is a serious problem that needs our attention and we need to take action, not tomorrow, not next week, but today.

Whose Champion Are You?

When you think of being a champion, what comes to mind? Do you think of winning a competition or earning a title? Do you imagine being awarded a trophy or title and receiving the accolades of an adoring crowd? Let’s add two more words and see how the image of champion changes. When you think of being a champion for someone, what comes to mind? Where does the focus go? Who notices? What is the “win”?

At a recent workshop with educators, the focus of our discussions turned to the need of every child to have a champion who believes in them and provides the supports they need until they can believe in themselves. Many kids and teens have been so hurt by their experiences in the world that they react with anger and resist the efforts of those who try to help them. These young people seem to be determined to recreate the abandonment, rejection, and disillusionment that have been their experience in the world. Teachers spoke of their emotional stress as they try to create meaningful connections with these hurting youths and continually experience defiance, hostile resistance, and even volatile eruptions.

Consider the unspoken message in the response of one young man to his teacher when she tried to reach through his anger to let him know how much she cared: “Why should I? You’re just going to leave like all the others.” His experience was that no one stayed. Teachers didn’t stay. His parents were in jail. He had no one but his elderly grandma. When he pushed back against his teacher’s attempts to connect with him, he was trying to recreate what he had previously experienced. He needed someone to see him beyond his anger, through the bristling protective shield he had erected, to the young man reacting from a place of emotional pain and needing to be loved, crying out for someone to believe in him no matter what. He needed her to be his champion – to believe in him and to love him unconditionally until he could begin to love and believe in himself.

Who do you know that needs a champion? Who has a gruff, keep-everyone-away layer on the outside that hides the tender being inside? Who reacts and acts out because their life experiences have hurt them so much? Who needs someone to see beneath the layers of hurt and fear to who they really are? There are those who use words to cry out for help; there are even more whose actions and ways of being in the world express their need to be loved and for someone to truly see and believe in them. From a surface view, their actions and ways of being push people away, but look closer to find the beautiful being hidden beneath layers of self-protective anger and hostility. Bristles on the outside speak of broken trust and lack of hope on the inside. Anger and attack speak of inner hurt and disillusionment. Beneath whose protective layers can you see?

There are also those who don’t speak or act out to express their need for a champion. They suffer in quiet isolation. Don’t assume that because someone is alone that solitude is their desired state of being or that because someone doesn’t express their need that it doesn’t exist. Everyone needs someone to care, to truly see them and believe in them until they can love and believe in themselves.

Who do you know that needs a champion? Whose inner being do you sense in spite of external appearances? How might you show that you recognize the hidden cry for recognition and affirmation? How might you show that you see and care, in spite of what appears to push away, attack, or be self-sufficient? Whose cry to be seen and loved do you see or hear?

Think back to the young man’s words: “Why should I? You’re just going to leave like all the others.” His teacher tried to show she cared, and he reacted – not the way she hoped, but in a way that expressed his inner hurt. Can she recognize the underlying message and not give up? He will try to push away and recreate what he has experienced. Why should he trust? Why should he believe? But, if she holds onto her inner knowing about him and shows up every day to be his champion, in time, he will begin to let the protective walls down and let her in. In time, her belief in him will translate to his own ability to believe in himself. It won’t happen overnight just as his hurt wasn’t a one-time occurrence. He needs her to truly see him through the anger and hostility and to keep seeing him through the defences he has erected in self-protection. He needs her to be his champion until he can be his own.

If these words are resonating within you, you already know or sense someone who needs a champion. Will you be like so many others who have responded to what is visible on the outside and backed away, or will you be the one who can see through the outer expressions that seem to say “stay away” to the precious being who is crying out to truly be seen? Trust your inner knowing and be someone’s champion. Who will notice? The one who truly matters – the one whom you see. What is the “win”? Something beyond measure by the standards of the outer world – the opening and blossoming of one who has been hiding behind walls of hurt.

Be someone’s champion. Show that you understand the meaning of Namaste – the Divine light within me recognizes and honours the Divine light with you. Namaste, my dear sisters and brother. With great love, Linda.

The DIY Alcoholism Treatment Program

There’s no better place for a bad time than home, and take it from me that treating alcoholism is a real rough ride. Alcohol withdrawals are as severe as was the urge and habit of the patient. Yes patient. A person who has given up being an alcoholic will become as weak and helpless as a hospital-admitted patient.

The very first step is acknowledging the problem and not brushing it aside with an ‘I-don’t-have-any-drinking-problem’ retort. Once you realize and recognize that a problem exists and it must be dealt with, you will feel no shame in your alcoholism treatment at home plan. It’s way better than a rehabilitation center.

Thus when you do it at home in the care of your family you will recover and normalize faster. Very severe drug and alcohol addiction cases have no choice other than to be treated at Rehab Centers. But non-severe cases can be treated in the comfort of your home.

As your body re-adjusts with the missing chemicals that it was so used to, you will get many different ailments. You might vomit after the morning tea, or feel shivers at noon, have high fevers and basically act like a diseased person. These will slowly recede too along with the urge to have a drink.

Having a family member or friends help regulate and monitor your diet, exercise, time-table and activities will make it a lot easier to endure the pain. It is recommended that you also keep your family physician in the loop on the developments. There are certain medicines that help you counter the adverse side-effects of alcohol withdrawal.

Detox with family dinners and outings with the kids. Go out with friends more often than regularly to minimize the withdrawal pains. Take a break or sabbatical from work and along with bidding alcohol goodbye you can also discover more about yourself and your goals. Cook, paint, read, write, watch movies, listen to music, do all this more often than normally and keep your thoughts away from alcohol at all times.

The other benefit of treating alcoholism at home is that you will be free of most of the stresses of work and travel. Stress is the main reason why people choose to become alcoholics. Yoga and other exercises can help detox faster and keep oneself stress-free.

A very humorous line in the movie “28 Days”, about rehab clinics, went thus – go home and grow a plant, if you can keep the plant alive for 4 weeks, then you can start drinking. So if you can follow a new lifestyle and time-table for at least a month then you can be assured that you are somewhat cured. The ultimate cure is hard-wiring it into ones brain to never become an alcoholic again and to never face the problem again.

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Diaper Rash: Common Causes and At-Home Treatment

What is Diaper Rash or Nappy Rash?

Diaper rash is a generic term applied to skin irritation that develops in the diaper-covered area that is caused by various disorders and irritants. It causes the baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. In bad cases, the rash can cause pimples, blisters and sores on the baby's buttocks, thighs or genital area. If the rash gets infected, it may become bright red and the skin may get swollen. Small red patches or spots may also spread beyond the main part of the rash, even out of the diaper-covered area.

Common synonyms are including diaper dermatitis (skin inflammation), napkin dermatitis and ammonia dermatitis. Amongst all published causes of diaper rash, contact irritation seems to be the most significant factor. Diaper rash could develop as early as in the first week of a new born baby. As surveyed, the highest risk is recorded between the range of 9 and 12 months old. There are almost 40% of children in this age range will be attacked by diaper rash.

In general, there are few causes that contributed to diaper rash:

1) Irritant or Contact Dermatitis could show various severities vary from mild redness (similar to sunburn) to skin erosion. To differentiate contact dermatitis from other causes, it seldom involves the skin fold areas which are not in immediate contact with urine. It can be caused by rubbing of diapers against the skin and tight fitting of diapers onto the baby's body.

2) Bacterial infection is resulted from a disruption of skin integrity and overwhelmed skin defence mechanisms within the diaper-covered region. Visually, bacterial infections could be a small blisters (1-2mm) and pustules that covering the baby's buttock, lower abdomen, anus, umbilical cord, thighs as well as other parts of the body. When the baby's urine mixes with bacteria from feces, it breaks down and forms ammonia which can be very harsh.

3) Yeast or Fungal infection is characterized by bright red zone with slightly raised small dots extending beyond the main rashes. It is usually tender, painful and appears in the folds of the baby's genitals, legs and creases. Conversely to contact dermatitis, they are commonly found in the skin folds creases, around the baby's anal and can spread to the front and back of body.

4) Allergic reactions due to allergens like fragrances and materials of the diaper (dyes, super absorbent gels) and laundry chemicals eg detergent, bleach and softener. These regions often have well-defined zones of redness with superficial vesicles and erosions on the legs and in the groin area.

5) Metabolic and Nutritional Deficiency could happen during the introduction of new food or solid food to the baby. New foods can change the composition of the baby's feces and increase the bowel movement at the same time. This could lead to a diaper rash, and the rashes get worsen with happening of diarrhea. If baby is breast-fed, their delicate skin could even be reacting to those foods mothers are eating.

6) Immunodeficiency and Malignancies is likely to be one of the causes of diaper rash nowadays. Sometimes, diaper rash can develop on a baby who is taking antibiotics, or the baby is breast-fed by the mother who is on antibiotics. Antibiotics reduce the number of healthy bacteria that combating with yeast, as well as the harmful bacteria that meant to be destroyed.

Despite other intrinsic factors, there are few handy tips which can be used to prevent diaper rash:

1) Change your baby's diaper diligently as soon as it is wet and soiled. Newborn babies urinate and pass loose stools very often and there is always trace amount of moisture left on the baby's skin. You should always keep the baby's skin as dry, clean and cool as possible, in order to get rid of feces and urine in irritating the baby's skin.

2) Put your baby on an open cloth diaper during nap time. As baby often urinates right after falling asleep, the diaper should be checked shortly after the baby falls asleep and replace instantly if it is wet. You may even let your baby to sleep with a bare butt (with plastic sheet placed on top of bed sheet) for a speedy recovery.

3) Soak the baby's bottom with running water occasionally in between of diaper changes; or by squirting with a water bottle. If possible, only use warm water with (or without) mild soap.

4) Allow the baby's skin to dry completely before covering up with a clean diaper. Avoid using plastic pant or diaper with plastic edge. Diapers with anti-leak plastic prevents air circulation, thus conduces a warm and moist environment where fungi can thrive.

5) Pat the wet bottom gently with a soft cloth or towel, rather than scrubbing that can lead to irritation on sensitive skin.

6) Put on the diaper loosely to prevent chafing, or use a bigger-sized diaper will be leaving more rooms for better air circulation. Make sure the diaper or nappy fits firmly, instead of tightly.

7) Avoid using scented wipes and soaps, which may contain alcohol, perfume or fragrance that make skin irritation worse. If you are using disposable diapers, you must buy ones that are fragrance-free.

8) Use cream which contains zinc oxide ointment or petroleum jelly to protect your baby's skin from moisture. Never use creams that contain boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate or benzoin tincture.

9) Do not use talcum powder or cornstarch in healing diaper rash. Talcum powder can be inhaled into the baby's lung, whereas cornstarch could worsen a yeast-infected diaper rash.

10) Boil washable diapers for approximately 10-15 minutes after thorough cleaning to kill germs and remove chemicals like soap that could potentially irritate the baby's skin.

11) Food allergies may cause diaper rash. When you introduce new solid foods, try to do so one at a time so that a particular allergy can be identified easily.

With some diligence and perseverance in following those best practises, diaper rash should be healed within 3 to 4 days without seeking an out-patient consultation.

Please consult your family pediatrician if the rash turns to be complicated with yellow patches or open sores. The pediatrician may either prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic for your baby, or antifungal drug for yeast infection. You should also consult the medical experts if your baby develops a fever, diarrhea or any kind of discomfort after several days of home treatment.

By Ding

Cold Sores – Cold Sore Treatments

Cold sore treatments are wide and varied. In fact there are so many cold sore treatments it is hard to know where to turn to when you feel a cold sore coming on. Also as well for a lot of people these days, natural treatments are high on the agenda, as putting chemicals and such like on their skin is now a big no no. So where do we start?

Well first of all what happens if we do not do anything? Well on their own, most cold sores will probably disappear in about a week or so. Now of course this really is not a great deal of time, and in fact a majority of people will simply wait for their cold sores to go of their own accord. However, for the rest of the sufferers, a week is too long to wait and they want a quicker healing time.

The reasons for wanting a quicker healing time vary from person to person. For some it may just be because it is painful, for others it feels embarrassing, or they may have an important appointment coming up. So if this is the case what treatments are best?

Well of course this is going to vary from person to person as there are so many different types of cold sore treatment available. For a lot of people that are suffering their first cold sore it is quite often recommended to take an antiviral medication. These are only available by prescription, so of course you would have to see a doctor first of all.

If you have not got the time or the inclination to see a doctor then of course there are over the counter remedies available. Quite often these come as creams containing docosanol, and the reason for this is because docosanol is used to fight against the herpes simplex 1 virus that causes cold sores. Also it helps to relive the pain as well as help the cold sore to heal sooner.

Another route you may wish to go down is to use a conventional pain relief medicine such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Although not really classed as a cold sore treatment, these drugs can help to treat the inflammation, providing pain relief.

A Few Ways You Can Get Food Poisoning

Do you know how you can get food poisoning? It is when you don’t cook meat it all the way through or when you don’t wash you hands good or at all. It can happen when the meat is not good or if it is not cooled down enough and if you use the same knife from different kinds of meat. Food poisoning can come from many things, especially if you don’t clean things off well. You can even get it from fast food places.

When you don’t cook your meat well enough it can make you sick, and you can end up in the hospital. Meats like chicken and pork are two things that need to be cooked thoroughly because it can also give you salmonella poisoning. All types of meat can give you food poisoning when it is not cooked right. When you get it, it will tear up your stomach, and you will burp up the taste of egg. It is very nasty!

If you don’t wash you hands the bacteria from them will get on the meat, and it can give you food poisoning. It is very important to clean your hands before and after you touch anything. If you touch all different types of meat and do not wash your hands, it will get on the other meat, and it will make you sick. If you do not wash them well, you will still have some bacteria on your hands.

If you eat leftovers you can still get it, especially if you keep on heating it up. After you heat it up once you need to throw it away. You should not leave out leftovers out for too long. Meat will become bad due to it being left out too long or getting freezer burn. If you pay for meat at the store you need to make sure it is good because you can get one that is spoiled, and you won’t know it until you eat it or when you smell it.

You need to let it cool down so you know that it is cooked right. You also need to have the meat cool down before you even think about putting it in the refrigerator because it can get bacteria in it over night. If this happens and you eat it you will get food poisoning.

If you use a knife on one meat and then on another it will spread the bacteria. If you use it to cut up some vegetables and you already used it in meat you also can get it that way. Like I said, it can come from anywhere.

Psoriasis, Sex and Beauty – A Different View of Psoriasis

There are different ways of looking at psoriasis, sex and beauty. A 2007 study was published in the journal Dermatology. Almost half of people who have psoriasis, experience problems with sexual desire and/or ability. Time to make lemonade out of lemons.

It’s natural to feel unattractive when you have psoriasis. Don’t be critical and judgmental of yourself. Your skin condition should not control you. Take control your reaction to your condition.

Try to develop an outlook of acceptance, solidarity and love for your present body. Be confident with your body as it is and love yourself as you are. A confident attitude is attractive and sexy. It’s nice to enjoy yourself no matter what has happened. Focus on the ‘right now’ instead of the past and future. What are the gifts that your illness has brought to your life? Like patience, being OK with not being ‘perfect’, focusing on what’s really important in life.

Don’t let other peoples opinions determine how you live your life. Your partner may be sexually oriented to some aspects of your psoriasis. He may enjoy touching and kissing it. He may find the strange, offbeat, and sublime beauty in it. Other people may label him as having a fetish. Question his motives. Assume he is deviant in his sexual relations.

Appreciate your partner who is with you, who loves and accepts you, no matter what. Talk about what you like as well as what you do not like. Ask your partner what he would like and what he does not like. Be grateful for your partners intimacy, arousal, acceptance and loving gestures. Be grateful for the amazing connection you experience with your partner.

Reinvent your idea of psoriasis, sex and beauty. To be perfect, simply is not human. There are freckles, scars, moles, pimples, uneven skin tone, and other blemishes.The effects of your skin condition is simply real.

There may be times when you are experiencing too much pain or you are simply too tired for sexual intercourse. Talk with your partner about his feelings and non-intercourse techniques of lovemaking.

Use your other senses to make sex more enjoyable. For example, have satin sheets on the bed, light some scented candles or play music. Depending on the type of psoriasis, consider massage therapy. Coconut, grapeseed, almond oils, vaseline or with unscented cream, may be options.

Focus on sensations instead of performance. Men, let go of performance expectations. Women, let go of attachment to outcomes. Let go of past experiences. Focus on the present, sensual moment. Instead of striving, allow orgasms to occur.

Don’t be critical and judgmental of yourself. Consider the possibility of re-imagining your skin condition as sexy. Redefine your perception of your psoriasis, sex and beauty. It may be a key to living healthy and happy.

How Severe Toe Nail Fungus Happens

Anyone would cringe at the thought of a severe toe nail fungus. When left untreated, it can cause extreme pain on the foot. When in its advanced stages is unsightly, too. Not many people would want to be near you if you have it. You should therefore, prefer to avoid it if you can. Here's what you should know about severe cases.

Toe Nail Fungus

It starts as a little dot. After some time, the white dot may grow bigger and may begin to spread. The white color may later make your toe nail look dull. The color could also change to yellow. This is the early stage of the condition. If you do not do anything, it can get even worse.

The Color – Severe conditions can turn your nail color to black. The edge of your nail could become ragged and the surface, flaky. Your nail will become thicker and thicker due to dead nail cells piling up. You may begin to experience some slight pain. Your nail may also begin to give off a foul odor.

Making it Worse

Some cases do not become worse. The problem can be treated in its initial stages. Sometimes though, we can make toe nail fungus much worse because of our own actions. Some of the temporary solutions that we adopt can actually make the condition worse.

Covering up for example can worsen the condition. Some people may naturally try to mask their condition. Since toe nail fungus is an ugly and embarrassing sight, they may try to use nail polish, closed shoes or even fake nails to disguise toe nail fungus. All these masking techniques however can do more harm than good. Toe nail fungus loves dark, moist and warm environments. You are providing just that by covering up. Masking your problem can only lead to severe toe nail fungus.

Solution for Severe Cases

Options – The solutions for severe cases are not pleasant. If your condition no longer responds to topical applications, you may be prescribed with oral antifungal medication. In some cases, oral medication may result in side effects. The most serious side effect that you can expect would be liver problems caused by prolonged intake of antifungal medication. If medication is not enough, a doctor may have to remove the infected nail.

What You Should Do

Treat it early. You do not want to end up with a bad infection. You should therefore try your best not to get infected. You can do this by keeping your nails clean and trim and by avoiding bare contact with public wet surfaces. You should also be careful with your choice of salon if you are in the habit of getting a pedicure.

Be cautious. You may not be able to avoid nail fungi entirely. If you already have it, make sure you respond early and quickly. Early stages of toe nail fungal infections respond better to treatment in its early stages. Apply a good topical treatment on it as soon as you notice symptoms.

The True Cause of a Stomach Ulcer is More Understood Today

A gastric ulcer, also referred to as a stomach ulcer, is a ruptured lining in the stomach. Another name for a gastric ulcer is peptic ulcer, and takes place in the upper small intestine or in the stomach. The prevailing thought at one time was that stress, a unhealthy diet, and possibly smoking were some of the causes of peptic ulcers.

Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria

However, two doctors that both won the Nobel Prize found that a bacteria named Helicobacter pylori was responsible for 60% of the known cases of stomach ulcers. Indigestion is caused by this bacterium, so using antibiotics as the treatment to rid of the bacterial infection is the best way to go. Taking drugs may be a part of the treatment in some cases to stifle the stomach acids.

So, what symptoms are most commonly associated with stomach ulcers? Abdominal pain under the ribcage, weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea, and indigestion are all included. Also, seeing blood in your vomit is also an indicator as well as feeling lightheaded, which also happens to be an anemia symptom.


Helicobacter pylori, as previously mentioned, is the primary cause. Taking aspirin, or medications similar to it, may actually be a cause in some instances. Some people take aspirin on a regular basis to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

In addition to aspirin, these ulcers can also be caused by drugs that treat arthritis and also non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDS. Approximately 40% of all cases are thought to be caused by NSAIDS.

Stomach ulcers are diagnosed by doctors using several methods. Endoscopy can be utilized as well as Barium metal. Also, a biopsy can be performed or the doctor can use what is called a C14 breath test.


There are several different treatments that can be used for sufferers. First, the bacteria Helicobacter pylori needs to be destroyed by taking medications. Or, if your stomach ulcers are caused by medications that you are currently taking, your doctor may only make a slight adjustment to them. Making lifestyle changes could also help you in your fight against ulcers.

Facts About Wheat Allergies

Many people complain about suffering from allergies. Food allergies seem to be an ever increasing health problem. The fact about food allergies is that many are not true allergies but simply the intolerance to a certain type of food. In recent years often people complain about wheat allergy. The truth about wheat allergies is that only a very small percent of the population suffers a true wheat allergy.

Most people with complaints against wheat have the intolerance to wheat but not an allergy. An allergic response to wheat and wheat products will come on suddenly for the patient and can be life threatening. The person may suffer anaphylactic type symptoms such as hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, coughing, and projectile vomiting.

A person having an allergic response to wheat will need immediate medical attention to prevent serious complications and possibly death.

Diagnosing a Wheat Allergy

If a person suspects that he or she is allergic to wheat or wheat products, he or she should see product contents whenever possible. The doctor can perform a simple blood test to determine if there is a true allergy. This is important to do, so that after determining it a correct step can be taken to prevent exposure to wheat and thus an allergic response.

Even small children may have wheat allergies and their parents will need to take forward step toward getting them diagnosed. A child may not understand the diagnosis but parents and the physician can begin to teach adaptations to him or her in the early child’s life.

Treating a Wheat Allergy

The only treatment for a true wheat allergy is to avoid completely wheat in the diet. This may seem simple and easily undertaken but is very complex. Wheat is present in many food items in the American diet. Of course, the basic foods to avoid are grained products such as bread, cereal, and pasta.

The allergy sufferer will also have to avoid caking, cookies, crackers and pies. Wheat may also found be in many canned food items. Wheat is often used as a thickener so foods such as soups, gravies and sauces need to be avoided. Some drinks such as beer and root beer will probably contain wheat products.

The list goes on and on for food which may contain wheat. A person with wheat allergy would be wise to consult a registered dietician for diet alterations which will prevent an allergic reaction and it will also maintain a healthy well rounded diet.

Stop Being Irritable – Some Simple Steps to Take

Getting on everyone's nerves around you and having everyone get on yours can be quite a pain. Soon you end up losing friends and family members start steering clear of you. Learning to stop being irritable can be quite an exercise in self-discipline.

Learn to accept: Most often, we do not like situations around us. We want to change our workplace, our spouse, our city and almost everything we do not like. Learning to accept things as they are and helping yourself realize that there is just so much that you can control and change will help you become less irritable. When you grow out of your 'child ego' as psychiatrists would say, you realize that the world is not of your making. There are limitations to what you can alter and usually these limitations are limited to yourself. The moment you start thinking about improving yourself and not being bothered about how others behave or react, your irritation will start melting. The idea is not to be confused as in compromising with people and situations but to rise above them.

Physical fitness: Ensure that you follow some kind of a physical fitness regime. Hitting the gym regularly or taking up yoga at a studio near you will go a long way in not only building your physical abilities but your mental tenacity as well. This will, in turn, stop you from getting irritated easily. You can also take up some hobby classes that will keep you focused on your own activities and achievements rather than other people and their actions.

Selective interactions: Become selective about friends and people you interact with. This is not to serve like a kind of ego-based classification process of people you meet but just being careful of people who tend to put you into a negative mood by their criticisms and comparisons.

Meditation and spiritual progress: Start learning special breathing exercises for relaxation, different types of meditation for centering your attention, laughter therapy or any such New Age techniques. Soon, you will have no clue how you transformed into such a cool creature.