Is Diabetes Curable?

Most doctors will tell you that diabetes is an incurable disease. If you are one of the unfortunate many who are diagnosed with diabetes, the medical establishment will expect that you will be testing your blood, watching your diet carefully and taking medication each day for the rest of your life. In itself diabetes has become its own industry, bringing in many billions of dollars each year.

In 2007 I was diagnosed with diabetes and given no hope of living a life free of this disease. Despite all the ‘eat this, not that’ lists, all of the do’s and do not’s, publications about exercise, glycemic index pamphlets and information on how to live a productive life despite diabetes I was told that diabetes would be with me the rest of my life. I simply had to learn to live with a restrictive diet, pricking myself and a lifetime of medication. If I didn’t I would die. Does that sound as hopeless to you as it did to me?

I followed all the rules. I ate more fruits and vegetables. I ate a low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-sugar diet. I ate more fish. I exercised daily. After a time I was riding my exercise bike and walking an average of over 90 minutes daily. I did everything they told me. It had no effect whatsoever on the amount of medication I took daily, nor on the test results for blood sugar. All the effort and I was still at risk for heart disease and so many other problems.

I had heard of other people who had become diabetes free, so I knew it had to be possible. Was this something only a few could overcome? Or was it possible for anyone to overcome diabetes? I started researching articles, books and medical studies. I asked questions of people I knew who had overcome diabetes. There had to be a cure. Even the Diabetes Association had a statement on an obscure page that diabetes was curable.

After much research, I found studies that resulted in Type II diabetes sufferers being disease free and even Type I diabetes patients being cured. In one study that lasted for 90 days 100% of the Type II diabetes participants and more than half of Type I diabetes participants no longer needed medications of any sort. The rest of the Type I sufferers had their medications cut by up to 75%. Everyone who completed the 90 day program had major positive results. There was a way to cure diabetes.

Now the question was what these people went through to obtain these amazing results. Did they have to take a different kind of drug? What was the secret? After reading the protocols and cross-checking these protocols in other studies and in various books, I found the process was actually quite simple. In fact it seemed too easy, too simple. I was determined that I would give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Within 45 days of starting a program I was diabetes-free. No more blood glucose meters. No more medications. I enjoy a diet free of counting calories or tracking fats, carbohydrates, proteins, sugars or anything else. I can eat what I like. And I know how and what to eat and drink so I will never experience diabetes again. Diabetes is definitely a curable ailment.

Obesity- A Curse or A Treatable Disease

Obesity is clearly one of the biggest problems in the world, and it’s this black box. We really don’t know why, but we see it and it’s getting worse.

As of 2005 the WHO estimates that at least 400 million adults (9.8%) are obese, with higher rates among women than men.The rate of obesity also increases with age at least up to 50 or 60 years old.

Right now two thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The scary part is that we are predicting that by 2015, ie, within 5 years, three fourths of Americans will be either overweight or obese. These are truly staggering numbers.

China probably has one of the fastest growing populations of obesity, and Australia now has said, “look,  our number one leading cause of preventable death is now obesity, not smoking, but obesity.”

In India urbanization and modernization has been associated with obesity.In Northern India obesity was most prevalent in urban populations (male = 5.5%, female = 12.6%), followed by the urban slums (male = 1.9%, female = 7.2%). Socioeconomic class also had an effect on the rate of obesity. Women of high socioeconomic class had rates of 10.4% as opposed to 0.9% in women of low socioeconomic class.

Then being obese is costly: If you look at the average obese patient, that person is going to cost the healthcare system 2-3 times what the average person does, and if that person is morbidly obese, it’s now 10-12 times. These are extremely expensive numbers, and we see it regularly at our Diabetic Clinics.

Obesity is recognized by a lot of different groups, such as researchers and healthcare organizations, but as professionals we tend to sometimes ignore it.

If we try to consider the possible consequences of being obese, we see that almost all body systems are affected.

Obese people have increased tendency for problems like Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Severe Pancreatitis, Fatty Liver diseases, Cirrhosis, Gall bladder diseases, Lung diseases like Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Hypoventilation Syndrome, Gynaecological abnormalities like abnormal menses, infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; Increased rate of Cancers of the organs affected, Gout , Skin problems like Acne, etc.

A study that was done many years ago looked at the relationship between the amount of weight that patients gain when they are adults and the development of diabetes. Notice that just a small amount of weight change — and we’re talking about 6, 10, and 15 kg — increases the risk for diabetes 6-fold.

As we talk about treatment, many people think that you have to reduce somebody back to normal weight, but that’s not really true. Many of the co morbid conditions, i.e., the illnesses that are associated with diabetes, can be greatly benefited by small amounts of weight loss.

According to a study done in United States on Diabetes Prevention( Diabetes Prevention Programme, DPPI) consisting of three groups, i.e., lifestyle intervention; a placebo group and then a group treated with medications, such as metformin. They found that when individuals lost 7% of their body weight [i.e., 3.5 kg at the end of a 3-year period] they were able to reduce the development of diabetes by 58% — a modest amount of weight loss; these people [had originally] averaged about 95-100 kg.

Hence when we want to treat our obese patients, it’s important to emphasize that modest amounts of weight loss have great health benefits. Ideally, we’d like to reduce everybody down to normal; they would look wonderful and they would feel better about themselves, but whatever degree of weight loss one gets in a treatment program is very beneficial.

Essentially, if someone is 200 lb and loses 10-15 lb, that person is cutting the diabetes to more than half.

Also their blood pressure will go down; their lipids will get better; and their cholesterol [will improve]. Frequently, they can reduce the amount of medications that they have to take.

Apart from stressing over just weight loss clinicians also consider ways to cut down weight gain with regular monitoring.

A person with BMI more than 30 should be visiting a weight loss clinic.

But the clinician ought to understand that the BMI is not ideal. For example, if you have a big muscular football player, one of the professional football players, he’ll have a BMI of 38 or 40 kg/m2. They’re not fat. On the other hand, your average obese individual who has a BMI of 38 or 40 kg/m2 has 40%-50% body fat. There actually have been some studies looking at these large men who are very muscular, and if you follow them over time, BMI still predicts early death.BMI is a funny number because it’s actually very predictive as to how long you are going to live.

In addition to BMI, recording of the waist circumference is good way to estimate the amount of abdominal fat.

There is a disease called the metabolic syndrome, which is associated with visceral obesity, and it’s a cardiovascular risk. People with “the metabolic syndrome” have lipid abnormalities, a big waist circumference, and high blood pressure. The waist circumference is an additional measure, so when you put the BMI together with the waist circumference, you get a lot of additional information.

Severely obese individuals may also be benefitted by Bariatric surgery.

So clinicians have a spectrum of treatments, and the goal for clinicians is to apply the appropriate treatment to the patient and have realistic expectations for you and the patient, and be supportive. If we do that, we will surely make an impact in treating our obese patients and contributing to the battle against this evil.

Understanding Odd Rashes On Your Skin Due To Environmental Factors

If you find yourself scratching an itch often and having red marks, stop to look at the situation. Often we ignore things. Is the skin red and inflamed? Are there patches? What caused it?

First of all, is the location of the rash in one area? Do you remember an object in contact right at the place on the skin? For instance, were you wearing a new piece of jewelry or a new belt? Even if in the past you had no negative reactions to metal, now you ma. Did you recently get a tattoo in that part of your body? If so you may be reacting to the ink. Was your wrist or arm resting on your desk at work and could there have been a cleaning compound or furniture polish residue on the furniture?

Look at factors similar to this but also include fragrances, new cosmetics, a recently purchased body wash or shampoo as well as exposure to pets at someone’s home. Dust mites and construction work can also result in a rash, even if you weren’t the one doing the work.

Contact dermatitis due to jewelry is easy to test by taking off the new earrings, watch or bracelet and seeing if the area starts to heal. In the meantime, use a good moisturizer and if the situation is severe you can also use a cortisone cream if recommended by your doctor.

There are some rashes that can be triggered by foods that you are allergic to. For instance, eggs, wheat-derived products, milk products and the popular peanut are allergenic foods for many people. It isn’t easy to change one’s diet because we are emotionally attached to what we eat. However, to put a strain on your body by consuming something it can’t tolerate is not going to help your skin or immune system. If you put it under a strain like that constantly it won’t be happy.

Sometimes we think a rash is due to an environmental reason but in fact it’s the result of fungus, bacteria, a viral rash or anxiety. You have to keep reflecting to reach the true reason why the rash has appeared. Also, always check to see if there is something contagious going around at school or work. Scabies can be in the school systems as well as bacterial rashes or impetigo. Ask the teacher to get more information on outbreaks in the classroom.

Scalp Sores Caused By Seborrheic Dermatitis

Are you suffering from scalp sores and other irritations in the scalp? This may be because you have Seborrheic dermatitis .This is a condition of the scalp where in the scalp goes unhealthy dry and flaky. Itchiness and bad odor from your scalp are often one of the symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis. If untreated this kind of skin irritations will also affect the face, the chest and other part of your body. This type of sores often is red, itchy, and flaky and often spreads so fast. Such condition would give us uncomfortable feeling. You must act quickly to prevent the spread of this kind of dermatitis and the better chance of keeping it away from your scalp and skin. You might wonder how you will be able to illuminate the spread of Seborrhea.

Good hygiene is one of the major ways to prevent seborrheic dermatitis. Frequent Washing with soap will improve and prevent the spread of seborrhea.  Patients with seborrheic dermatitis should be teach with the proper and regular way of good grooming thus cleanliness would always give a good credit to it.

But in some cases the spread of Seborrheic dermatitis is getting worst, since this type of skin disease may result to serious damages of the skin and scalp. You have to consult a doctor to give you appropriate advice regarding this situation. Most doctors recommend the use of Seborrheic Dermatitis shampoo. That is specially formulated to cure seborrhea.  Many cases of seborrhea are treated with anti dandruff shampoo containing 2.5 percent selenium sulfide or 1 to 2 percent pyrithione zinc. Alternatively, ketoconazole shampoo can also be use. The shampoo should be applied to the scalp and should be left for 5 to 10 minutes before you rinse. A conditioner may be use after to prevent drying of the hair. Topical terbinafine solution has also been known to be effective in the treatment of scalp seborrhea.

Often the longevity of treatment depends on the means of medication. If you are using anti dandruff shampoo, you need to leave it for at least 5 to 10 minutes. During the first attempt of medication, you need to use it daily. If seborrhea begins to disappear it would be advice to use your anti dandruff shampoo at least twice a week. You may notice that scalp sores caused by seborrheic dermatitis don’t heal easily .You must understand that this is a slow process. Sometimes it would take you 4 to 6 weeks in curing this kind of dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis shampoos are now distributed on the market world wide, though formulation of it really differs from each other depending on the manufacturer. This shampoo can be bought with out prescription and you can always choose to which you think would fit to your current condition. This can also be bought online. There is a lot of seborrheic dermatitis shampoo that is available on the net. Plus you can always read different reviews about it including its formulation and effectiveness.

Psoriasis – a Natural Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Psoriasis is a prolonged inflammation of skin. The causes of psoriasis are still unclear. This condition is neither infectious (Do not spread from one person to another) nor does it affect the general health. It affects both the genders and may start at any age.

Psoriasis is quite common, affecting around two per cent of the population, although people with very mild symptoms may not be aware they have it. Psoriasis can begin at any age but usually starts either around the age of 20 or between 50 and 60.

Causes of Psoriasis

As said earlier according to modern medical science the causes of psoriasis are unknown .But the following factors can trigger psoriasis.

1.Heredity – If one parent is affected then there is 15% of chances for the child to suffer from psoriasis. If both the parents are affected then the possibility of child getting the psoriasis is 60%.

2.Throat infections trigger psoriasis.

3.Trauma or hurt on skin like cuts, bruises or burns may cause psoriasis.

4.Some medicines or skin irritants initiate psoriasis.

5.Smoking and alcohol are other two factors which activate psoriasis.

6.Mental stress or psychological trauma may also set off psoriasis

What does ayurveda say about psoriasis?

Psoriasis is caused by vitiation of vata and kapha dosha. The vitiated doshas affect the skin and blood tissues. They also influence water element of the affected region on skin. Thus the skin which is influenced by affected doshas becomes discolored (white or copper colored), scaly and thin.

Causes of vitiation of Doshas

1.Consuming opposite foods.

2.Controlling natural urges.

3.Exposure to severe climatic conditions

4.Consuming food that is too salty, too sour and/or too heavy for digestion.

5.Sleeping during the afternoon.

6.Taking bath in cold water immediately after physical exertion.

7.Mental stress.

Changes that occur on skin during psoriasis

It takes 27 days for skin to replace itself with new mature skin cells. But the regions of skin affected by psoriasis the skin replace itself within 3-4 days with plenty of immature skin cells forming thick psoriatic patches.
According to ayurveda principles the vitiated vata dries the water element of skin and also initiate rapid growth of skin tissue. The vitiated Kapha dosha causes itching on the affected skin. The blood which is affected by vata and kapha adversely influences healing process.

Self-care for psoriasis

•Avoid all factors which trigger psoriasis.

•Reduce stress levels through meditation and Yoga .

•Do not prick, peel or scratch skin. This may trigger psoriasis.

•After bath or wash pat dry the skin. Do not rub the towel vigorously on skin.

•Avoid soap. Instead use gram flour (besan flour) as soap dries the skin.

•After washing, pat the skin dry, don’t irritate it by rubbing vigorously.

•Apply moisturizing creams liberally on affected areas after bath.

•Opt for cotton clothes over synthetic ones.

Ayurvedic tips for Psoriasis

1.Avoid consuming opposite foods.

2.Do not control natural urges like vomiting, urination, bowel emptying etc.

3.Do not take cold water bath immediately after a heavy work out, traveling, a long walk etc.

4.Take care not to consume foods which cause indigestion.

5.Absolutely do not eat too much of salty, sour or acidic foods.

6.Avoid sleeping in afternoons.

7.Say no to radish, urad dal, sesame, jaggery (gur), curds, fish and other sour foods.

8.Always apply besan flour or herbal scrub instead of soap.

9.Smear herbal balm which is infused with vata and kapha balancing herbs.

10.Keep on applying moisturizing gels or creams continuously to maintain the moisture levels of skin.

Toenail Candida Cure Alternatives

Nail Candida Treatment Possibilities

So you have toe nail fungus. If it is any comfort and ease you are undoubtedly not alone. It is imagined that over 35 million folks in the States have a toenail yeast problem.
So how does a single cure nail fungi. It is actually not a problem that you need to leave untreated, as it can keep on to deterioriate and eventually turn into very distressing and significant. The difficulty in healing toenail fungi is that there is not any typically accepted treat. If you check out with a health practitioner you are most likely planning to be informed that there is not any real treatment. This is downright upsetting. If this is the circumstance, you could ask “Why bother even hoping?”
Nonetheless, on the positive side there are many men and women who have experienced achievement in dealing with nail fungi employing a broad variety of therapy software programs. These variety from orthodox prescription drugs to far more normal “home based” remedies. The approved medicines can have quite severe problems and can be very costly. They can produce restricted outcomes, even following months of use.

For that explanation I feel a great method to acquire is to firstly attempt a amount of organic nail yeast therapies to decide if any are successful for you. Effortlessly you have to have to seek out healthcare suggestions if you have received a serious toe nail yeast problem, prior to selecting on a appropriate program of treatment. The pure remedies are usually low cost and have no side-results. Some folk achieve exceptional final results using a organic method whilst other people acquire no advantage at all. What is profitable for one person may not perform for one more.
From my knowledge it pays to be committed – don’t basically try a single treat and give up if it’s not successful. Understand from the begin that you may well will need to try out a few various treatment options till you come across 1 that operates for you. Your brain-established is as essential as the therapy that you decide on. If you are creating a powerful call to “beat your toenail fungus”, then you virtually surely will – even if it demands a tiny time.
Let’s have a look at some of the a lot more well-liked normal remedies. These contain apple company cider vinegar, tea tree essential oil and vicks vapor hit.

Apple company Cider Vinegar –
Apple company Cider Vinegar has been presented as a near miracle cure for several situations because standard instances. Planning back a couple of generations it was usually used as a well being tonic and approved as a treatment for plenty of life’s ills. It has confirmed anti-fungal properties and a lot of have obtained accomplishment in treating their toe nail fungi with apple company cider vinegar. Fans of healing toenail fungi with apple company cider vinegar advise having the vinegar internally. Consider around a single teaspoon in a consume of cozy water two or a few occasions per working day. It is advised that you utilize apple company cider vinegar to the infected areas twice daily as well. In addition you may possibly want to include a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your clothing washing cycle as properly. If you want to try this apple cider vinegar treatment it’s very best to get natural unfiltered apple company cider vinegar with the “mother” or healthful bacteria existing. You need to be ready of discovering this at most wellbeing stores.
Tree Tea Oil –
A lot of have had good results making use of tea tree essential oil in fighting their toenail fungus. Teas tree oil has extremely sturdy anti-fungal and antiseptic components. Purely apply pure teas tree oil to the infected toenail 2 -several occasions everyday.

Vicks Vapor Smash –
The ultimate therapy, which several swear by, is VicksVapor Hit. This could seem to be like a surprising cure – it undoubtedly was to me. The remedy is truly effortless – smash vicks vapor smash on the contaminated nails, 2 occasions a day time. As simple as that. I discovered this cure to be beneficial, and it is affordable and simple.
None of these remedies are immediate cures, so you should give them a fair trial to figure out if any of them operate for you. There are quite a variety of effortlessly dependent items that have been developed to deal with toenail candida. as properly. These consist of herbal and homeopathic cures.
It is undoubtedly well worth getting the time to test some of these possibilities to get rid of your toenail candida. The crucial with all of these therapies is you require to be constant and determined.
You will be really thankful, when you discover the treatment that functions for you, and you when much more have apparent, healthful nails.
So you have toenail yeast. If it is any comfort and ease you are undoubtedly not on your own. It is assumed that around 35 million individuals in the States have a toenail candida trouble.

So how does 1 treatment toe nail fungus. It is truly not a problem that you ought to leave untreated, as it can carry on to deterioriate and ultimately grow to be very distressing and severe. The difficulty in managing toenail fungi is that there is not any typically accepted remedy. If you examine with a physician you are possibly heading to be advised that there is not any true treatment. This is downright upsetting. If this is the situation, you could request “Why bother even hoping?”
Nevertheless, on the optimistic aspect there are many folks who have experienced achievement in managing toe nail fungi making use of a wide choice of therapy software programs. These array from orthodox prescription drugs to much more organic “residence based” remedies. The prescribed medicines can have really serious complications and can be very costly. They can generate limited results, even following months of use.
For that purpose I think a very good method to carry is to to start with attempt a quantity of organic toe nail candida treatment options to ascertain if any are prosperous for you. Effortlessly you require to find medical suggestions if you have obtained a significant toe nail candida problem, before choosing on a appropriate training course of cure. The normal treatments are typically low-cost and have no aspect-results. Some folk obtain amazing final results getting a pure method whilst other folks obtain no gain at all. What is productive for a single individual may well not operate for an additional.
From my experience it pays to be committed – don’t purely attempt one particular remedy and give up if it’s not productive. Comprehend from the commence that you may well have to have to attempt out a couple of diverse treatment options until you discover 1 that performs for you. Your thoughts-established is as crucial as the therapy that you decide on. If you are making a robust call to “beat your nail fungus”, then you almost undoubtedly will – even if it needs a minor time.
Let’s have a appear at some of the a lot more well-known natural cures. These include apple company cider vinegar, tea tree essential oil and vicks vapor smash.

Apple Cider Vinegar –
Apple company Cider Vinegar has been supplied as a close to miracle cure for many problems because standard times. Likely back again 2 generations it was normally used as a health tonic and recommended as a cure for a lot of life’s ills. It has established anti-fungal components and a lot of have had good results in healing their toenail candida with apple cider vinegar. Fans of managing toenail fungi with apple company cider vinegar propose getting the vinegar internally. Carry around a single teaspoon in a drink of cozy drinking water two or three instances per working day. It is advised that you employ apple cider vinegar to the infected places twice everyday as nicely. In addition you may want to add a tablespoon of apple company cider vinegar to your clothes washing cycle as well. If you want to attempt this apple cider vinegar therapy it’s greatest to get organic and natural unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother” or nutritious bacteria existing. You ought to be capable of acquiring this at most wellness shops.
Tree Teas Essential oil –
Numerous have experienced good results employing tea tree essential oil in fighting their toe nail fungi. Teas tree oil has quite powerful anti-fungal and antiseptic attributes. Merely utilize pure tea tree essential oil to the infected toe nail two -several instances every day.

Vicks Vapor Strike –
The last remedy, which several swear by, is VicksVapor Smash. This could look like a astonishing treatment – it undoubtedly was to me. The cure is truly effortless – strike vicks vapor rub on the contaminated nails, two occasions a day time. As simple as that. I observed this therapy to be advantageous, and it is low-cost and simple.
None of these treatments are quick cures, so you should give them a fair trial to figure out if any of them operate for you. There are very a variety of obviously centered items that have been developed to handle toenail candida. as effectively. These contain herbal and homeopathic remedies.
It is definitely really worth using the time to look at some of these choices to get rid of your toenail fungus. The essential with all of these remedies is you will need to be constant and decided.
You will be really thankful, when you discover the treatment that operates for you, and you once a lot more have distinct, healthy nails.

All about Ragweed Allergies and Symptoms

Ragweed is commonly found in the United states. They are most common in the Eastern states and the Midwest. 75% of  Americans suffering from  allergy to pollen producing plants have ragweed allergy. Seventeen species or types of ragweed grow in North America. Ragweed also belongs to a larger family called Compositae. Other members of the family that spread pollen by wind can cause symptoms. They include sage, burweed marsh elder and rabbit brush, mugworts, groundsel bush and eupatorium. Some family members spread their pollen by insects rather than wind, and cause few allergic reactions. But sniffing these plants can cause symptoms of ragweed allergy.

People with allergies to one type of pollen tend to develop allergies to other pollens as well. People with ragweed allergy may also get symptoms when they eat cantaloupe and banana. Chamomile tea, sunflower seeds and honey containing pollen from Compositae family members occasionally cause severe reactions, including shock.

The allergic reaction to all plants that produce pollen is commonly known as hay fever. Some  symptoms of rag weed allergy include eye irritation, runny nose, stuffy nose, puffy eyes, sneezing, and inflamed, itchy nose and throat. For those with severe ragweed allergy, asthma attacks, chronic sinusitis, headaches and impaired sleep are symptoms.

Identify an allergy to ragweed  requires a careful medical history, a physical exam and testing. The main approach to confirm a suspected allergy is the skin sensitivity test. For this, the skin is scratched or pricked with extract of ragweed pollen. In sensitive people, the site will turn red, swollen and itchy. Sometimes blood tests are used to see if an antibody to ragweed is present. This is sometimes necessary, but it takes longer for processing by a laboratory and it is more expensive.

There seems to be  no cure for ragweed allergy. One of the best control method is to avoid contact with pollen especially that of ragweed. This is difficult given the amount of ragweed pollen in the air during pollination time.

  • Track the pollen count for your area. This can be tracked in the news especially during high pollination.
  • Stay indoors in central air conditioning with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter attachment when the pollen count is high. This will remove pollen from the indoor air.
  • Get away from the pollen where possible. People in the Eastern and Midwestern states may get some relief by going west to the Rocky Mountains and beyond. Going to sea or abroad in late summer can greatly reduce exposure. But check the area abroad you plan to visit. It may have a ragweed season as well. (See the Asthma and Allergy Answer article on, “Pollen and Mold Counts.”)

You might even consider moving to get away from ragweed. Although this often helps people feel better for a short time, it is common for them to develop allergies to plants in the new location within a few years. A well thought out treatment plan is a better way to live with your allergies.

  • Take antihistamine medications. These work well to control hay fever symptoms, whatever the cause.

All About Baby Teething

Teething is a natural phenomena in growing babies. Generally, baby teething has no pattern on when it will begin, how long it will take, or how painful it can be for babies.

As a parent, it is important for you to know that some babies grow their tooth overnight without feeling any pain, while there are babies who go through the process for a long period of time, unfortunately experiencing pain. Also, baby teething has a certain hereditary pattern. This means that if both parents experienced early or late teething, there is a big chance that their baby follows the same pattern.

Symptoms of Teething

The symptoms of teething actually vary from one baby to another. Below are some of the common symptoms of baby teething:

  • Drooling

Too much drooling is normal for babies who are three to four months old. This is a strong indication that the baby is already teething.

  • Irritability

Once you baby starts to grow teeth, his gums may become too painful and sore, thus, making your baby very irritable and fussy. However, every baby may experience different reaction to teething.

  • Chin rash.

This symptom is associated with drooling. As your baby drools, it goes down to his chin, thus, causing rashes to his skin. You can always wipe your baby’s chin and mouth periodically to avoid skin rashes.

  • Cold and fever symptoms

Babies who are teething may also show symptoms of cold and fever. Your baby may feel hot and may have runny nose as well as coughing.

Teething pain relief

Now that the common symptoms of teething are expounded, the next things you need to know is how to ease your baby’s teething pain. The following are some tips that you can do to give your baby teething pain relief:

  • Let your baby chew.

When your baby starts teething, you have to give him something that he can chew. Specialty baby stores have teething rings or rubber toys that can help lessen your baby’s teething pain. You can opt to put these things on the freezer to chill, for the cold can further ease his mouth and gums.

  • Give your baby cold water.

Drinking small amounts of cold water can ease your baby’s teething pain and discomfort. This will also help replace the liquids lost due to your baby’s constant drooling.

  • Apply teething gel.

You can apply teething gel to your baby’s gum to numb the sore and painful areas. Ask your pharmacist about these gel products that you can use for your baby’s teething pain.

  • Rub your baby’s gums.

You can use your fingers or a chilled spoon to massage or rub your baby’s gums. This can reduce the teething pain and discomfort that your baby is experiencing.

  • Take your baby to the doctor.

You can talk to your baby’s doctor about his teething pain. Ask for prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever that your baby can take to reduce pain. Strictly follow your doctor’s advice on whatever he recommends to ease your baby’s teething pain.

Clinical Depression – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or unipolar depression when compared to bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual’s social functioning and/or activities of daily living. Depression affects people differently. Some feel down for extended periods of time; for others the feelings of depression come and go. Depression is a mood disorder that causes you to feel sad or hopeless for an extended period of time. More than just a bout of “the blues” or temporary feelings of grief or low energy. Many people identify the feeling of being clinically depressed as “feeling sad for no reason”, or “having no motivation to do anything.” One suffering from depression may feel tired, sad, irritable, lazy, unmotivated, and apathetic.

Clinical depression is not just grief or sadness. Clinical depression is generally acknowledged to be more serious than normal depressed feelings. It often leads to constant negative thinking and sometimes substance abuse. Extreme depression can culminate in its sufferers attempting or committing suicide. There are three main types of depression; unipolar disorder (major depression), bipolar disorder (manic depression) and dysthymia (prolonged sadness). Major depression usually strikes people between the ages of 25 and 44, although it can affect any person at any age. For most people, episodes of major depression last from six to nine months. Feelings of total indestructibility are common, and the manic person may believe for example that not even moving cars can stop him or her, or that he or she can fly. They experience delusions and hallucinations and sometimes talk so fast that their speech becomes illegible.

Causes of Clinical Depression

1. Genetic Predisposition (Hormonal imbalance ).

2. Medical conditions (Neurochemical ).

3. Dietary .

4. Alcohol and other drugs.

5. Sleep quality.

6. Certain styles of thinking.

Symptoms of Clinical Depression

1. Persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, or anxiety

2. Overreaction to irritations

3. Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, including sex

4. Sleeping too much, sleeping too little

5. Losing or gaining weight.

Treatment of Clinical Depression

Medication that relieves the symptoms of depression has been available for several decades such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). Under some circumstances, medication and psychotherapy may be more effective than either treatment separately. Family of drugs includes fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), escitalopram (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft). These antidepressants typically have fewer adverse side effects than the tricyclics or the MAOIs, although such effects as drowsiness, dry mouth, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, decreased appetite, and decreased ability to function sexually may occur. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta) are a newer form of antidepressant that works on both norepinephrine and 5-HT.Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are medications that increase the amount of the neurochemical serotonin in the brain.

Norepinephrine (noradrenaline) reuptake inhibitors (NRIs) such as reboxetine (Edronax) act via norepinephrine (also known as noradrenaline). Tricyclic antidepressants are the oldest and include such medications as amitriptyline and desipramine. Tricyclics block the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and serotonin. They are used less commonly now due to the development of more selective and safer drugs. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as phenelzine (Nardil) may be used if other antidepressant medications are ineffective. Because there are potentially fatal interactions between this class of medication and certain foods, particularly those containing Tyramine. electroconvulsive therapy, are used in severe cases.

The Truth About Social Phobias

We have all experienced some kind of social awkwardness during one point or another in our lives.  Sometimes we have the fear of talking in front of a large audience or we may feel like we don’t fit in at a social gathering.  This is normal on occasion, but when these feeling become more and more frequent preventing a normal life, there is a problem to be addressed.  You should see a health care professional, but it may a disorder called social phobia or anxiety.

You might call someone “shy” who has this disorder exhibiting strong feelings of persistent fear when engaging in social situations or interactions.  They will even go to the extreme as to completely isolate themselves to avoid these feelings.  Up to 13% of the population has been diagnosed with this disorder.  It affects an equal part of the population usually first appearing during teenage to young adult years.  Besides parties, some situations that might be avoided or feared are: eating and drinking in public, making eye contact with others, being the center of attention, meeting strangers, amongst others. 

The majority of social phobia cases can be cured by therapy and/or medication.  A person will begin seeing a psychologist who will develop an individualized treatment plan.  The patient will learn that their issue is not a permanent personality trait, but rather a learned behavior based on false and unconscious patterns.  They will also practice social skills in real life situations until the anxiety decreases to a reasonable level.  Prescription drugs may also be involved if cognitive behavioral therapy alone will not work, but they come with many side effects.  Self help groups seem to be beneficial so the patient can feel as if they are not alone in this battle. 

There has been a debate on the causes of social anxiety from hereditary to environmental.  The most apparent one seems to be the experiences childhood and the parental upbringing involved.  If the parents are shy, constantly worrying or are overprotective, then the kids will feed off those feelings and the phobia will manifest itself.  The key is to seek help if you or a friend needs it – it is never too late to shine.

German Shepherd Anxiety- Why It Occurs And How To Solve It?

German shepherd anxiety is a panic disorder that occurs in German shepherd dogs, which are famous for their loyalty to their owners. This disorder may arise when the animal breed is separated or isolated to their human families and may become worse when not resolved as soon as possible.

When you leave home, the Shepherd dog may experience German shepherd anxiety and can lead to German shepherd aggression problems such as German shepherd barking and destroying your personal belongings. While this can be a hard situation to handle, fortunately, there are quick and easy steps to alleviate this condition. However, when faced with this problem, you should be fully aware of its contributing factors.

What are the five main causes of German shepherd anxiety?

Pack-oriented nature

German shepherd anxiety may occur when you leave your Shepherd dog in your house alone. This is called the German shepherd dog separation anxiety. Generally, canines come in packs in the wild and they have their top dog to follow to. This particular behavior is adapted from their ancestors, the wolves.

The German shepherd treats you as his leader and when he does not see you for long stretches of time, he might feel abandoned, thus easily gets irritated.

Genetic inheritance

German anxiety may occur due to genetic predisposition. German shepherd, along with the Springer spaniels, Airedales and other, is among the dog breeds that are prone to this certain deviation.

For this reason, it is important to know what type of breed you want to purchase in a pet store and to become knowledgeable of its background before thinking of owning one.

Trauma with previous owner

Some German shepherds that are abandoned by their previous owners are placed in dog shelters, thereby causing German shepherd anxiety. This traumatic experience makes them distrustful to their new human families.

These shelter dogs may become frightened that the same thing might happen again with their new-found owner.

Early weaning

As early as eight weeks old, Shepherd puppies can already be separated from their mothers and siblings. Through this, German shepherd anxiety may develop sooner or later.

This is common in German shepherd puppies that are being caged in pet stores for purchase. They tend to become wild since they always struggle for freedom and they are being deprived of play opportunities with other canines.

It is in their original families that German shepherd puppies learn basic things for survival, such as social skills and food hunting. Early separation from them can bring about psychological trauma.

Lack of time

German shepherds also need to spend time with their owners. Physical neglect would cause them to experience German shepherd anxiety that is why it is necessary to give extra attention and affection to your guard dogs.

If you are the type who work long hours outside your home and no one is left to keep an eye on your German shepherd, then, you better think twice before deciding on owning this dog breed.

When this case becomes serious, this will lead to destructive behaviors such as German shepherd chewing inappropriate items, as well as self-mutilation such as pulling out his fur.

How can you solve this problem in four ways?

Crate training

German shepherd crate training is one effective way to alleviate German shepherd anxiety. Make your Shepherd dog get attuned to being alone at home by making him stay in his nice and comfy crate and teach him to do his business outside the house.

Provide exercise routines

German shepherd anxiety may be avoided by providing exercise activities with your German shepherd dog. Before leaving for work, take him to a short walk for about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to put him on a leash while doing it.

Distract from boredom

While your German shepherd puppy is alone in his crate, give him something to chew or bite such as marrow bones and soft toys. This way, his attention will be diverted and will provide an outlet for him to have fun with himself rather than become destructive.

You may also turn on the radio and play soothing music which he will surely love to hear.

Positive reinforcement

Once your German shepherd does not react to your leaving anymore, shower him with praises and give him his favorite treats. In this sense, he will associate behaving well with rewards and is more likely to repeat this favorable conduct.

German shepherd anxiety should be taken seriously by all owners since this could also make the lives of the Shepherd dogs at risk. Just like human beings, they also need much love and affection from their families.

Is Asperger’S Disease Related To Sleep Disorders?

First thing to know is, what is Asperger’s disease? Before you try to treat a sleep disorder, or associate it with having Asperger’s, make sure you know that the child experiencing sleep issues actually has Asperger’s disease.

This disease is a neurological condition belonging to autism spectrum disorders. Most common effects are those relating to motor skills. They will be uncoordinated, and will have difficulty doing things that comes natural to most children.

Such as jumping, running, climbing, and riding a bike. But it is important to recognize the difference between this condition, and what is considered to be autism. Although sometimes confused with autism, there is one key difference, and that is in communication skills.

Those diagnosed with autism usually have problems with both verbal and nonverbal communication. On the other hand, those with asperger’ disease actually achieve a high level of communication, and speak very well.

The problem is, they tend to be very narrowly focused on a singular subject. They will talk obsessively about their interest and little else. They will actually excel in the knowledge of the subject that is consuming them to the point of becoming an expert.

Unfortunately, anything someone else might want to talk about, takes a back seat to his or her interest. This makes it difficult for them to interact with others who would normally want to talk about a wider area of interests.

Some other symptoms to watch for are, limited social skills, problems expressing themselves in a nonverbal manner, routines they can’t break away from that they will continue to repeat, and problems relating to their peers.

There is a better than average chance that if a person has asperger’s disease they probably suffer from a sleep disorder, more commonly insomnia. Children with asperger’s disease usually have a problem with initiating sleep, and the continuity of sleep.

This is do-to the neuropsychiatric deficit that is inherent of asperger’s. Of course this will more than likely carry into adulthood. If the individual is loosing sleep, then other problems will start to arise.

Daytime fatigue, loss of appetite, and possible depression are a few of those problems. All of these things should be taken into consideration when planning a course of action that should include medical help.

There have been sleep studies done with adults that have asperger’s syndrome. In those cases, sleep diaries were used to document all sleep habits. Included were times the participants fell asleep, length of time they slept, how often the woke, naps during the day, along with what their eating, drinking, and smoking habits were.

In the end regardless of each persons own personal habits 18 out 20 people had insomnia. So there does appear to be a correlation between having asperger’s syndrome, and suffering from a sleep disorder.

Of course always speak with a medical professional before trying to treat anything on your own. In this case you have two disorders to treat. First you need to take care of the asperger’s disease, which could be causing the anxiety that leads to the insomnia.

You don’t want to start taking, or giving medication to someone for an issue that might lead to more problems down the road. Consult your doctor, get the best medical advice you can, and be safe.

Tips For Trimming Toenails

Clipping toenails is an easy task – and you can stop the ingrown toenails that make you flinch. Different steps to follow while you trim your nails.

  • Spread tissue or newspapers on the ground to catch nail clippings.
  • Sit on the ground and hold toe clippers in one hand, grasping your foot with the other. Your foot should be placed over the tissue or newspaper.
  • Cut straight across your big toenail.
  • Repeat for other toes.
  • Gather the tissue or paper with clippings and throw away.
  • Warnings: Cut toenails straight across and avoid cutting them too short; otherwise, you might get ingrown toenails (a condition in which edges of toenails push into the skin).
  • The best way prevent ingrown is to cut straight across the nail and then remove any sharp edges with a file.
  • Cut your toenails outside, so you don’t need to worry about runaway ones!
  • Thick toenails treatment: If you have rather thick and/or very dry toenails, instead of clipping try to just file them; this prevents cracks in the nail. An electric pedicure set can be very helpful, but handle with care

Ingrown toenails

  • Toenails, Ingrown – Ingrown toenails are a common toenail problem of uncertain etiology. Various causes include poorly fit (tight) footwear, infection, improperly trimmed toenails, trauma, and heredity. The great toe is the most commonly involved.
  • An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner or side of one of your toenails grows into the soft flesh of your toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. The condition usually affects your big toe.
  • In most cases, you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is severe or spreading, however, your doctor can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications.
  • If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications. Seek a doctor’s advice earlier on caring for an ingrown toenail.

Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: Pain and tenderness in your toe along one or both sides of the nail. Redness around your toenail. Swelling of your toe around the nail. Infection of the tissue around your toenail

Causes

Ingrown toenails result when the nail grows into the flesh of your toe, often the big toe. Common causes include:

Risk factors of toenails

  • Anyone can develop an ingrown toenail. But you may be more prone to ingrown toenails if you have toenails that curve down or grow faster at the edges than at the center.
  • Ingrown toenails are also more common in older adults, because nails tend to thicken with age. This thickening or change to the curvature of your nails can cause ingrown toenails.
  • When to seek medical advice: If you experience severe discomfort in your toe or pus or redness that seems to be spreading, see your doctor. If you have diabetes or any circulation impairment to your lower extremities, seek the advice of a foot doctor (podiatrist) on how to properly care for ingrown toenails. Also seek prompt treatment for any foot sore or infection.

Complications

  • Left untreated or undetected, an ingrown toenail can infect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection.
  • Complications can be especially severe if you have diabetes, because the circulation and nerve supply to your feet can become impaired. Therefore, any relatively minor injury to your foot – cut, scrape, corn, callus or ingrown toenail – can lead to a more serious complication. In rare cases, an ingrown toenail can result in a difficult-to-heal open sore (foot ulcer), which could eventually require surgery. Foot ulcers left untreated may become infected and eventually even gangrenous. Sometimes amputation is the only treatment.

Toenail Treatment
If home remedies don’t help, your doctor can treat an ingrown toenail by trimming or removing the ingrown portion of your nail to help relieve pain. Before this procedure, your doctor numbs your toe by injecting it with an anesthetic. After the procedure, you may need to rest your foot and soak it in warm water. Your doctor may also recommend using topical or oral antibiotics, especially if the toe is infected or at risk of becoming infected.

For a recurrent ingrown toenail, your primary doctor or foot doctor may suggest removing a portion of your toenail along with the underlying tissue (nail bed) to prevent that part of your nail from growing back. This procedure can be done with a chemical, a laser, or other methods.

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An Overview of Onychomycosis (Nail Fungus) and New Laser Treatment Options

Onychomycosis (nail fungus) affects approximately 7-10% of the adult population. Although not associated with morbidity and mortality, it can be painful and often associated with psychosocial problems due to thick, discolored, and/or disfigured nails. Treatment has been limited to oral anti-fungal medications with a significant propensity for side effects and re-occurrence. Recently, the use laser energy show promising signs of safely and effectively treating this difficult condition. This article describes the causes, risk factors, differential diagnoses, and treatments for nail fungus, including the newest modality- laser treatment.

Causes:

Onychomycosis or “Tinea unguium” is a common nail disease usually caused by a dermatophyte (skin fungi). Other causes include Candida species (yeast) and non-dermatophyte molds. The most common pathogen is Trychophyton Rubrum, which accounts for ~80% of all cases. T. Rubrum also causes athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis), therefore, both conditions should be treated simultaneously if evidence of both are found.

Other causative dermatophytes include Epidermophyton Floccosum and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes. Fungi thrive in warm, humid environments, therefore, are difficult to eradicate once embedded in and under the nail plate. Fungi also secrete enzymes that breakdown nail keratin, resulting in “subungual hyperkeratosis” or excess keratinous matter under the nail. Infected nails appear thick, porous, discolored (usually yellow, brown, or white), flakey, cloudy and/or crumbly.

Nail plates can become infected as a result of blunt trauma (sudden) or micro trauma (gradual). In either case, the protective peripheral barrier around the nail is damaged, thereby allowing the entry of pathogenic organisms. However, onychomycosis can occur spontaneously without symptoms, known trauma, or concurrent athlete’s foot. Onychomycosis is also a common cause of nail dystrophy and onycholysis. Nail dystrophy is defined as “misshapen or partially destroyed nail plates”. Onycholysis , or “separation of the nail from the nail bed” is a commonly associated with dystrophic nails.

Risk Factors:

Risk factors for onychomycosis include: Increasing age, male gender, diabetes, nail trauma,
hyperhidrosis (excess perspiration), peripheral vascular disease, poor hygiene, Tinea pedis, or immunodeficiency. Onychomycosis affects approximately 50% of men over the age of 40 and is rarely seen in children and adolescents.

Differential Diagnoses:

Fungal infections only account for about 50% of nail dystrophy (destroyed or damaged nail plate). Differential diagnoses include: Psoriasis, lichen planus, contact dermatitis, traumatic onychodystrophies, congenital pachyonychia, bacterial infection, yellow nail syndrome, idiopathic ohycholysis, or onychogryphosis. A detailed description of these diagnoses is beyond the scope of this article. Therefore, readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider and/or research as needed.

Traditional Treatments:

Historically, onychomycosis has been difficult to treat due to the time required for nail growth, the inability to penetrate the hard nail with effective medicinal treatment, and the overall virulence of the causative pathogen.

For decades, griseofulvin was the only oral antifungal available. However, its effect was limited due to a weak antifungal spectrum and poor pharmacokinetic profile. Cure rates were low and reoccurrence was common. The newer generation oral antifungal agents, terbinafine and itraconozole, have improved antifungal activity and more favorable pharmacokinetics. Both agents are absorbed into the nail matrix following recommended courses of oral administration. However, both are associated with liver toxicity (hepatotoxicity) and cannot be administered with other medications metabolized by the same liver enzymatic system. Consequently, liver function tests are usually recommended every 4-6 weeks. Itraconazole is also contraindicated for patients with congestive heart failure.

In studies, these oral therapies yielded marginal clinical cure rates of 30-50%. Clinical relapse is also common as medication concentrations in the nail bed drop below the minimum concentration required to eliminate residual dermatophyte spores. Only one viable spore can re-germinate and lead to clinical relapse.

Most topical antifungals are simply ineffective against onychomycosis. Most lack a keratin soluble (oil or lipid based) carrier required to actually penetrate the nail plate and reach the site of infection. Also, many topical antifungals have limited activity against a potentially broad spectrum of causative pathogens. Over-the-counter (OTC) antifungals may (at best) treat fungus on nail plate surfaces and adjacent soft tissues.

Cleare Nails PRO is an innovative topical antifungal developed in 2011. Clear Nails PRO contains a blend of three potent antifungals (6% ciclopirox, 6% terbinafine, and 2% fluconazole), which act synergistically. This compounded agent features a patented, nail penetrating carrier system, a proprietary blend of botanicals which allow the suspended medications to be carried deep into the nail matrix. Clear Nails PRO is used exclusively by Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO (see author’s bio).

Other topical antifungals include Penlac (8% ciclopirox) and Formula 3 (1% tolnaftate). Both antifungals have the disadvantage of a single medication. Prescription Penlac must be used for several months and has about 10% efficacy. Formula 3 also features a nail penetrating base, however, contains a low concentration of active drug.

Alternative (Laser) Treatments:

Recently, the clinical use of laser energy has attracted increasing attention. There are currently several technologies and treatment plans being promoted as safe and effective alternatives to oral and topical medications. These lasers emit various wavelengths with corresponding mechanisms of fungal de-activation. Here are some examples:

The “CoolTouch CT3+” ND:YAG 1320nm by New Star Lasers is a mid infrared, gold-standard skin laser. The CT3+ has inherent advantages for nail fungus treatment, as nails are simply modified skin. 1320nm energy is absorbed entirely by water, resulting in thermal necrosis (killing by heat) of fungal infections in the nail matrix (water vaporization is vital in laser nail fungus treatment). The laser spot size is variable from 3mm-10mm, which allows precise and uniform treatments by controlling beam width and depth of penetration according to nail size. The thermal sensor allows the operator to monitor and optimize the treatment temperature in real-time. The cryogen feature manually or automatically cools the treatment surface with a compressed gas for patient comfort and thermal shock effect. The CoolTouch laser allows superior control of key treatment parameters. The CoolTouch CT3+ is FDA cleared for use in general podiatry and dermatology, and currently under investigation for onychomycosis. The CoolTouch CT3+ laser is used exclusively by Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO (see author’s bio).

The “Pinpointe” ND:YAG 1064nm is a modified mid-infrared dental laser. 1064nm is a versatile wavelength used for dark hair removal, dark ink tattoo removal, collagen remodeling, and enlarged pore reduction. 1064nm energy is absorbed by melanin (skin pigment), hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells) and water. The Pinpointe is simple to operate and widely marketed. However, it lacks a thermal sensor; thus treatment temperatures cannot be monitored. It also has a 1.5mm fixed spot size and no cooling function. The Pinpointe is FDA “cleared for temporary increase in clear nail”, an indication which has NO bearing on safety and efficacy. See end of article for more information on FDA “clearance” vs. “approval”. Reference: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194460.htm

The “Noveon” laser by Nomir Medical is a near-infrared diode laser which delivers dual wavelengths (870nm and 930nm) exerting a “photo-inactivation” mechanism of action against fungal pathogens. The Noveon features electronic probes attached to infected toes. The automated process does not require a laser operator to administer the procedure. The Noveon is FDA cleared for general podiatry and dermatology and also under investigation for onychomycosis.

As of early 2013, numerous lasers have flooded the market, each claiming to be safe and effective for nail fungus treatment. Bear in mind: The laser alone will not insure optimal outcomes. The laser operator’s skill, experience, and collateral treatment parameters are of vital importance.

Conclusion:

Once nail fungus sets in, spontaneously resolution is rare. As the nail plate has no blood supply, there is no immune response. Therefore, nail fungus usually worsens as fungal growth gradually exceeds nail growth. The ideal time to begin treatment is at the first sign of infection and/or a positive nail culture.

Nail fungus treatments are neither equivalent nor interchangeable. This condition is inherently difficult to treat and prevent from re-occurring. High overhead medical clinics are generally expensive and profit oriented (vs. clinically oriented). As a result, outcomes may be compromised with inadequate technique, laser, and # of treatments. Physicians, Podiatrists and other “western” practitioners routinely treat nail fungus with prescription oral medication (i.e, Lamisil (terbinafine) 250mg QD for 90 days), which often requires monthly liver functions tests. This antiquated process of repeated office & pharmacy visits is inefficient, relatively ineffective, and potentially dangerous.

A popular alternative is treatment by a CLS (Certified Laser Specialist) that specializes in nail fungus. Modern medical aesthetic lasers are safe and effective. This laser energy is non-ionizing, non-mutating, and allows targeted treatment at the site of infection.

Consider the following if you are researching the most cost-effective treatment:

  • Does the clinic specialize in laser nail fungus treatment?
  • Does the clinic have substantial treatment photos and patient testimonials?
  • How many separate treatments are performed and in what intervals?
  • How many passes per nail/per treatment and how are treatment endpoints determined?
  • What topical medications are used, if any? (Combining a nail penetrating, medicinal topical with laser treatment is inexpensive, safe, and “standard of care” for best outcomes)
  • What is the wavelength of the laser and what is the energy absorbed by? (water, hemoglobin, melanin, etc)
  • Are treatment rates for one visit or a comprehensive package? (Avoid “fixed price, single treatment” plans which are clinically and economically unfavorable)

For more information from the author, please call, visit our website, or arrange a free consultation/evaluation with Laser Treatment Specialists in Centennial, CO. Contact information located in author’s bio.

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Important note on FDA “approval vs. clearance” of medical devices:

If a laser is promoted as “FDA approved”, validate by requesting documentation, specifically the FDA definition of “approval” vs. “clearance”. Many clinics falsely advertise their laser as “approved” for nail fungus, while the device may only be “cleared for temporary increase in clear nail”.

FDA clearance only requires “substantial equivalence” to existing devices legally marketed for the same use. FDA approved devices are evaluated based on safety and efficacy. Refer to http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm194460.htm for more information.

   

         

      

     

When To Know That Your Sprain Injury Requires Medical Intervention

What is a sprain and why do so numerous people suffer from one and not even recognise it? Musing along these lines, well you are not alone. It is fascinating to note that physicians are musing about the portion that has utterly reasonable people ignore the pain they are suffering and rather than seek out a physician they alternatively opt for treating what is a sprain but what they believe to be little more than a pulled muscle. Possibly this dates back to the last time they sought the services of a doctor who did not agree with their judgement and instead of treating a sprain, merely suggested some over the counter pain killers.

Having understood that they are actually having pain of a sprain, they lost trust in themselves to adequately recognise what a sprain is, and instead of paying tremendous amount of money for medical check up, they choose self medication. Doctors agree that in some cases the lines are rather blurry, but even so the belief of failing to seek out medical advice when suddenly there is a joint in pain, still surprises them more than they would like to let on.

Again this begs the question; how would you recognise a sprain? and how do you know what is in sprain that requires medical attention? Commonly speaking, sprains are extremely normal injuries that happen regularly over a lifetime. Some sprains are minor, but others may be so stern that they require medical treatment. As a general rule of thumb, in an effort to identify what is a sprain and when does it demand medical treatment, listen to your body. If the joint hurts so gravely that use of the limb is greatly curtailed, it is time to visit the doctor.

Contrary to this, even if the pain is endurable, notwithstanding a pack of ice and a few over the counter pain relief can efficaciously cause the distended surface on the skin to subside quickly, also using the limb with caution is still feasible, then a physician’s visit may be temporarily suspended till the next day. Physician’s visit can feasibly be forgone if there seem to be no more swelling, discoloration skin, or any other signs that the limb is in distress. At this point it is apparent what is a sprain that does not require medical intervention; all others should be brought to a physician’s attention as soon as possible.