How to Tell If Your Toe is Sprained or Fractured

It can be difficult to tell the difference between a broken toe and a sprained toe.  Sometimes you will hear the bone break, or you will see that the toe has been knocked out of its socket (i.e., dislocated).  These signs and symptoms usually point to a traumatic toe fracture and not a sprain.  But stress fractures, which are not usually caused by a single traumatic event, can be harder to distinguish.  

Both strains and stress fractures result in swelling and pain in the injured area.  Both are often not diagnosed by a doctor because the pain comes and goes, and the injured person is able to walk and continue with his usual daily activity.  However, this mobility can be misleading.  Untreated sprains or stress fractures on the toes can lead to chronic foot pain, deformity and arthritis as well as ankle, knee and hip pain.  For example, the Jones fracture (a special type of fracture that occurs at the base of the fifth metatarsal, or the little toe) is often misdiagnosed as a sprained ankle.  But treating a Jones fracture as a sprained ankle can lead to serious complications in the future.

In order to properly distinguish a sprained toe from a fractured toe, it is necessary to visit your doctor.  Stress fractures often require x-rays to arrive at a confident diagnosis (this kind of “hairline” fracture shows up as a faint line on the metatarsal bone in the x-ray).  Another distinguishing factor is the localization of the pain.  Both traumatic and stress fractures most often result in what doctors refer to as “pinpoint” pain.  That is the pain occurs exactly at the point of the fracture.  Sprains, on the other hand, result in more general pain and swelling in the affected region.  

Toe fractures and sprains are often treated by icing the injury, wearing comfortable shoes that protect the toes and, most importantly, resting the foot.  Fractures (particularly traumatic fractures) are often also treated by splinting the toe in order to keep it immobile.  Sometimes the injured toe is taped to toe next door also in an effort to stabilize the injured toe.  This treatment is referred to as “buddy taping.”  A stiff-soled shoe also can be used as a sort of splinting device.  In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.  All of these treatments are, of course, subject matter to be discussed with your general practitioner or podiatrist.

Bruise – Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

A bruise gets its deep color from a blood vessel or vessels that break under the skin and leak blood into the surrounding area. As it heals, it becomes paler in color and less painful to the touch. Depending on how many vessels were broken, bruises can be the size of a pencil eraser or 6 or more inches across. A black eye is also bruise-if there is no accompanying eye damage or nose breakage, it can be treated just like any other bruise.

An injury involving rupture of small blood vessels, a bruise causes discolouration without a break in the overlying Skin. Bruises are associated with external and internal causes. If the blood is pooled or trapped in tissue or an organ, the term haematoma is used. A common example is a blood blister.

Signs and Symptoms:

Bruises can last from days to months and usually occur in several stages. A bruise generally starts out as a pinkish-red area or as tiny red dots or blotches on the skin. The bruise may be very small and may blend in with the texture of the skin, or it may be large, swollen, and painful. Within days to a week or so, the bruise becomes more purple. As it heals, it becomes brownish-yellow. Generally, bruises heal and disappear within 2 to 3 weeks.

Prevention:

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins like C and K, which are found in many fruits and vegetables
Accidents proof your house to avoid frequent falls.
Wear protective gear while playing sports

Conventional Medical Treatment

Unless the bruise is especially large or is accompanied by broken skin or a raised and swollen area, medical attention is rarely necessary. Your doctor also may instruct you to elevate the injured area and ice the site for 30 to 45 minutes several times daily for 2 or 3 days after the injury.
Homeopathy Arnica is excellent for bruising. Take a tablet of 6c strength every hour up to four times a day, or apply as a cream. You can also apply a cold compress of diluted mother tincture. If the bruising does not disappear quickly, take Ledum 6c three times a day for four days. (It can also be used for puncture wounds.) Use Hypericum for severe bruising. When bones under the bruised region feel sore, Symphytum 6c is recommended. Ruta grav., or Bellis per are also helpful here. For a black eye, Lachesis is the best remedy.

Arnica is considered by some practitioners to be among the best vulnerary (wound-healing) herbs available. As a homeopathic remedy, arnica is often recommended as both an internal and topical means to treat minor injuries. Some healthcare practitioners recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of arnica tincture in 500 ml water, then soaking thin cloth or gauze in the liquid and applying it to the injured area for at least 15 minutes four to five times per day.

Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus Tox) is taken from poison ivy, and is also known as snow rose. The leaves of the plant are used in the creation of the remedy. This remedy is good for joint and muscle pain, rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis, low back pain, connective tissue disease, toricolis, tendonitis, sciatica, housemaid’s knee, lumbago and sprains.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Your Options

In Austin, orthopedic surgery is the best option for severe bone- and joint-related problems. With technological advancements in the medical field, orthopedic doctors can carry out effective surgical procedures to help you get rid of discomfort permanently. In Austin, orthopedic surgery uses a number of procedures to treat your condition, whether you are suffering from hand and wrist ailments, back and neck ailments or hip and knee problems.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Dealing with Upper Body Ailments

Here are some of the common upper body orthopedic ailments and surgery procedures for their treatment.

Hand, Wrist and Elbow: Orthopedic surgical procedures can help treat a number of hand and wrist conditions, such as flexor tendon injuries, finger conditions like trigger finger, swan neck and bouttoniere, hand dislocations, ganglion cysts, wrist fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome. Elbow conditions, such as cubital tunnel syndrome, pitcher’s elbow and tennis elbow, can also be effectively treated through orthopedic surgery. Some of the common surgical procedures for hand, wrist and elbow conditions include arthroscopy, open release carpal tunnel surgery, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and joint replacement.

Neck and Back: Neck and back ailments include degenerative joint disease, coccydynia or tail bone pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, stress fracture, slipped vertebrae and facet joint syndrome. Some of the non operative procedures for neck and back pain treatment include epidural injections, lumbar radio frequency neurotomy and costovertebral block, while some of the surgical procedures include spinal lumbar fusion, lumbar disectomy, laminectomy and anterior cervical disectomy and fusion (ACDF).

Shoulder: Conditions of the shoulder, such as bicep tendon tear, rotator cuff tear, shoulder dislocation, shoulder separation, shoulder impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder and SLAP tear, can be effectively treated in Austin with orthopedic surgery procedures. Some of the treatment procedures are rotator cuff tear repair, arthroscopy, shoulder impingement syndrome repair, reverse shoulder replacement and total shoulder replacement.

Austin Orthopedic Surgery: Lower Body Ailments and Treatment

Here are some of the orthopedic surgery procedures for lower body orthopedic problems.

Hip and Knee: Austin orthopedic surgery procedures can help treat conditions of the hip and knee, such as hip fracture, meniscus tear, knee ligament tear, patellofemoral syndrome, hamstring muscle injuries and snapping hip. Effective treatment procedures include direct anterior hip surgery, minimally invasive hip replacement, hip fracture open reduction internal fixation and total hip replacement.

Ankle and Foot: Conditions of the foot and ankle, such as Achilles tendon tear, bunionette, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, LisFranc dislocation, and a number of other conditions can be successfully treated with surgical procedures, such as arthroscopy and joint replacement procedures.

Duodenal Ulcer – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Ulcers often occur within the duodenum, usually in the first part just beyond the stomach which is called the duodenal cap. Ulcers can come in all shapes and sizes. Image 1 shows a single white-based ulcer. Image 2 shows numerous small ulcers scattered across the duodenal cap. Image 3 demonstrates a huge duodenal ulcer almost filling the cap. Note the brownish areas across the whitish base which is caused by some old blood. Some fresh bleeding is seen at the edge. Duodenal ulcers are caused by the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, or by arthritis medications such as Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, aspirin and many others. All of these ulcers healed under appropriate therapy.

Duodenal ulcers usually occur in younger people, while gastric ulcers occur in older age groups. It is still not clear what, if any, role stress plays in the development of ulcers. Alcohol and diet are not felt to play a very important role in the formation of ulcers. Some ulcers are caused by an organism called Helicobacter pylori, some are due to medications, and a few are caused by stomach or intestinal cancer. Therefore, treatment and long-term outcome depends on the cause of the ulcer.

Symptoms

Pain in the upper abdomen just below the sternum (breastbone) is the common symptom. It usually comes and goes. It may occur most before meals, or when you are hungry. It may be eased if you eat food, or take antacid medicines. The pain may wake you from sleep.

Symptoms of ulcer disease are variable. Many ulcer patients experience minimal indigestion or no discomfort at all. Some report upper abdominal burning or hunger pain one to three hours after meals and in the middle of the night. These pain symptoms are often promptly relieved by food or antacids. The pain of ulcer disease correlates poorly with the presence or severity of active ulceration. Some patients have persistent pain even after an ulcer is completely healed by medication.

Causes

Cigarette smoking not only causes ulcer formation, but also increases the risk of ulcer complications such as ulcer bleeding, stomach obstruction and perforation. Cigarette smoking is also a leading cause of ulcer medication treatment failure.

A duodenal ulcer is caused when the lining of the stomach is eaten away by stomach acid and digestive juices. A type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, also called H. pylori, commonly causes this. Other common causes of duodenal ulcers include anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, stress, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol use.

H pylori infection is generally regarded as the most important etiologic factor in the development of duodenal ulcer. Most authors regard H pylori as the cause of 85-95% of duodenal ulcers. All evidence supports the assertion that H pylori is the major cause of duodenal ulcer.

The most common cause of such damage is infection of the stomach with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori). Most people with peptic ulcers have this organism living in their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. On the other hand, many people have this organism living in their GI tract but they don’t get an ulcer.

Treatment

If possible, you should stop the anti-inflammatory medicine. This allows the ulcer to heal. However, in many cases the medicine is needed to ease symptoms of arthritis or other painful conditions. One option is to take an acid-suppressing medicine each day. This reduces the amount of acid made by the stomach, and greatly reduces the chance of an ulcer forming again.

Colon Health And Dysbiosis

Dysbiosis is the imbalance of bacteria in the colon, or bowel, which often leads to bad health. The idea of dysbiosis was postulated by Metchinkoff in the nineteenth century. Metchinkoff correctly identified that:

* Excessive putrefactive bacteria (the harmful type) in the colon cause toxins to be produced – especially the damaging ‘amines’, and that

* Eating fermented foods containing probiotics – ‘friendly bacteria’ – could reduce ill health. These foods include yoghurt and sauerkraut.

The colon and small intestine contain 3-400 species of bacteria and, surprising to many, most of the bulk of the stool consists of bacteria.

Friendly And Unfriendly

Most of the bacteria in a healthy colon are the ‘friendly’ type. These are predominantly the ‘anaerobic’ type – they do not require oxygen to live – and they have a beneficial effect on our health. There are also a small number of ‘unfriendly’ bacteria in the healthy colon. These are predominantly ‘aerobic’ – they do need oxygen – and they also produce toxins, notably the toxic ‘amines’ mentioned above.

In good health, the harmful bacteria are kept in check by the abundance of beneficial bacteria. Unfortunately, the bacteria in the colon often get out of balance – the ‘dysbiosis’ of Metchinkoff.

Dysbiosis both:

* Increases the ‘toxic load’ the body has to deal with, and

* Reduces the benefits provided by the ‘friendly bacteria – which are many, including keeping us energetic and boosting our immune system.

The increased toxic load results in ailments including:

* Auto-immune diseases – such as rheumatoid arthritis
* Candida overgrowth
* ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
* Unexplained fatigue

As always with your health, if you are ill, seek help from a trusted alternative health practitioner, as well as keeping your doctor ‘in the loop’.

Dealing With Dysbiosis

The partial answer to dysbiosis is to supplement with a very good quality bowel flora product. This will usually contain good strains (which will be patented) of several different species of bacteria. These are often acidophilus, bifidus and sometimes faecium. This supplementation might be for a course of 3 months and can helpfully be repeated annually. Nowadays, these supplements are stable – i.e. they don’t need refrigerating. This can be useful for travel. However, if you do refrigerate them they will remain more powerful than if left at room temperature. A product with a claimed 1 million organisms may start its life with 10 million so that it can arrive at the end of its stated shelf life with at least 1 million. So do keep unused pots in the fridge. And DO buy from a trusted source.

Some other matters to pay attention to, to deal with dysbiosis are:

* The diet – reduce meat and fish in the diet. Harmful bacteria thrive on partially digested meat.

* Antibiotic use – these kill the friendly bacteria.

* Low fibre in the diet – increase vegetable consumption which are favoured by friendly bacteria. Brown rice and whole wheat and other whole grains are also high in fibre.

Colon cleansing is a prime method to promote good health. Supplementing of bowel flora combines well with any colon cleansing programme to help counteract dysbiosis.

All About Ovulatory Dysfunction and Anovulation

Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments for Anovulation

What is Anovulation?

Anovulation means lack of ovulation, or absent ovulation. Ovulation, which is the release of an egg from the ovary, must happen in order to achieve pregnancy. If ovulation is irregular, but not completely absent, this is called oligovulation. Both anovulation and oligovulation are kinds of ovulatory dysfunction.

Ovulatory dysfunction is a common cause of female infertility, occurring in up to 40% of infertile women.

What are the Symptoms of Anovulation or Ovulatory Dysfunction?

Usually, women with anovulation will have irregular periods. Or, in the worst case, they may not get their cycles at all. If your cycles are shorter than 21 days, or longer than 36 days, you may have ovulatory dysfunction.

Also, if your cycles fall within the normal range of 21 to 36 days, but the length of your cycles varies widely from month to month, that may also be a sign of ovulatory dysfunction. (For example, one month your period is 22 days, the next it’s 35.)

It is possible to get your cycles on an almost normal schedule and not ovulate, though this isn’t common. A menstrual cycle where ovulation doesn’t occur is called an anovulatory cycle.

How Does Anovulation and Ovulatory Dysfunction Cause Infertility?

For a couple without infertility, the chances of conception are about 25% each month. So even when ovulation happens, a couple isn’t guaranteed to conceive.

When a woman is anovulatory, she can’t get pregnant because there is no egg to be fertilized. If a woman has irregular ovulation, she has fewer chances to conceive, since she ovulates less frequently. Plus, it seems that late ovulation doesn’t produce the best quality eggs, which may also make fertilization less likely.

Also, it’s important to remember that irregular ovulation means the hormones in the woman’s body aren’t quite right. These hormonal irregularities can sometimes lead to other issues, like lack of fertile cervical mucus, thinner or over thickening of the endometrium (where the fertilized egg needs to implant), abnormally low levels of progesterone, and a shorter luteal phase.

What Causes Anovulation?

Anovulation and ovulatory dysfunction can be caused by a number of factors. The most common cause of ovulatory dysfunction is polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS.

Other potential causes of irregular or absent ovulation:

  • Obesity
  • Too low body weight
  • Extreme exercise
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • “Advanced maternal age”, or low ovarian reserves
  • Thyroid dysfunction (either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism)
  • Extremely high levels of stress

How is Anovulation Diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask you about your menstrual cycles, and if you report irregular or absent cycles, ovulatory dysfunction will be suspected. You doctor might also ask you to track your basal body temperature at home for a few months.

Next, your doctor will order blood work to check hormone levels. One of those tests might include a day 21 progesterone blood test. After ovulation, progesterone levels rise. If your progesterone levels do not rise, you are probably not ovulating.

Your doctor may also order a ultrasound. The ultrasound will check out the shape and size of uterus and ovaries, and also look to see if your ovaries are polycystic, a symptom of PCOS.

Ultrasound can also be used to track follicle development and ovulation, though this isn’t commonly done. In this case, you might have several ultrasounds over a one- to two-week period.

What are the Potential Treatments for Anovulation?

Treatment will depend on the cause of the anovulation. Some cases of anovulation can be treated by lifestyle change or diet. If low body weight or extreme exercise is the cause of anovulation, gaining weight or lessening your exercise routine may be enough to restart ovulation.

The same goes for obesity. If you are overweight, losing even 10% of your current weight may be enough to restart ovulation.

The most common treatment for anovulation is fertility drugs. Usually, Clomid is the first fertility drug tried. Clomid can trigger ovulation in 80% of anovulatory women, and help about 45% get pregnant within six months of treatment. If Clomid doesn’t work, there are many other drugs worth trying.

For women with PCOS, insulin sensitizing drugs like Metformin may help a woman start ovulating again. Usually, six months of treatment is required before you’ll know if the Metformin will work. If Metformin alone doesn’t help, using fertility drugs in combination has been shown to increase the chance of success in women who didn’t ovulate on fertility drugs alone.

If the cause of anovulation is premature ovarian failure, or low ovarian reserves, then fertility drugs are less likely to work. Because of the low success rate, some (but not all) doctors will refuse to treat women with fertility drugs if they have a diagnosis of low ovarian reserves. In that case, your doctor may suggest using an egg donor, or an alternative family building option like adoption.

For infertility Patients:

There are several methods of reversing infertility in couples. The first resort I always give to my patients and has worked wonderfully for nearly 80% of them is the Pregnancy Miracle System. Pregnancy Miracle is an all natural holistic solution for infertility patients. Read more about it here.

Gallbladder Polyps: Causes, Risks, Treatment Options, Prevention Tips

Gallbladder polyps are masses of tissue that grow in various sizes on the inside wall of the gallbladder. They may be extremely small, although some of the larger ones grow to one centimeter in diameter or larger. They often protrude from the interior lining. Approximately one in twenty-five patients are found to have gallbladder polyps when they visit their doctor for gallbladder problems.

Doctors haven’t been able to determine why gallbladder polyps grow. But statistically, someone who has reached 50 years of age or already has gallstones is more likely to have gallbladder polyps.

Five different categories of gallbladder polyps have been categorized by the medical profession.

* Cholesterosis – Of the five gallbladder polyp types, this is the most common. It is partially formed by cholesterol.

* Adenocarcinoma – This type is actually a form of gallbladder cancer, and is therefore dangerous.

The other three types are known as hyperplastic, adenomyomatosis, and cholecystosis.

Most people who have this disorder don’t even know it because gallbladder polyp symptoms are rare. However, they may cause some degree of tenderness in the abdomen. This discomfort occurs in the upper right of the abdomen, and may be steady or intermittent. If discomfort is severe and constant, it is probably not a symptom of gallbladder polyps. The cause is more likely to be gallstones.

More often than not, polyps are discovered because your doctor is diagnosing other gallbladder problem symptoms. They can be seen in a simple ultrasound test.

When polyps are detected, follow up tests will be needed to determine if they’re malignant.

Gallbladder polyp management or treatment usually isn’t needed. Gallbladder polyp surgery usually means removing the entire gallbladder, and is typically done only when the patient is experiencing a distressing level of pain. “Cholecystectomy” is the medical term for a gallbladder removal operation. A cholecystectomy is often the best way to prevent future gallbladder problems once they begin to appear. Your gallbladder is not a critical organ, so it can be removed without danger. The liver “takes over” many gallbladder functions once the gallbladder has been removed.

As was previously mentioned, the most common gallbladder polyp (known as cholesterosis) is a combination of cholesterol and tissue. To avoid gallbladder polyps (in fact to avoid most types of gallbladder problems), you should eat a low cholesterol diet that includes a lot of cholesterol free foods.

You can improve your chances of preventing gallbladder polyps and other gallbladder problems by following these additional guidelines:

* reduce your consumption of fried foods as much as possible and limit the amount of red meat in your diet

* be careful of salad dressings which contain a lot of unhealthy fats or sugars. Stick to olive oil and vinegar.

* stay away from high cholesterol, fatty foods and big meals just before bedtime

* if you wish to lose weight, do so at a moderate pace. Doing too much too fast can be harmful to your gallbladder and the rest of your digestive system.

To avoid making gallbladder trouble worse if you already have problems

* stay away from carbonated drinks

* use low fat dairy products when possible

* when shopping for meat, choose lean cuts and remove visible fat before cooking..

* ask your doctor about fish oil capsules. These contain omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the amount of cholesterol formation in bile..

* find recipes that contain ginger and tumeric, which have been shown to be good for the gallbladder.

And naturally, a diet that’s good for your gallbladder will benefit your heart too, so make sure your meals include a lot of fruits, vegetables and grains.

Cervical Myomas

Cervical myomas are non-cancerous tumors in the cervix or lower part of the uterus. Myomas are tumors made of muscle tissue. Often, cervical myomas are also seen with myomas in the upper part of the uterus also called fibroids. Myomas have many sizes; the large ones may be seen protruding into the vagina. Large myomas that protrude are called prolapsed myoma. There is always a possibility that myomas may become infected. They may be the cause of bleeding. Myomas also can block the passage of urine.

The Underlying Cause of Myoma

According to experts, the cause of myoma is estrogen dominance or too much quantity of estrogen in the body compared to the quantity of progesterone. Estrogen causes the proliferation of body cells. In contrast, progesterone slows down body cells; it prevents them from reproducing.

The Symptoms of Cervical Myoma

Some cases of cervical myomas are asymptomatic. Most cases, especially those dealing with large myomas, cause symptoms.  

One of the most common symptoms of cervical myoma is bleeding. Bleeding can be either mild or heavy. The heavy type of bleeding caused by cervical myoma may result in anemia.
A feeling of fatigue and physical weakness may also be experienced by women suffering from cervical myoma.
Women with this illness may also experience pain during sexual intercourse.
Another symptom of cervical myoma is when a woman feels heaviness and swelling in the abdomen.
Those who suffer from cervical myoma may also have difficulty urinating because the growth obstructs urine flow. Cervical myomas may cause urinary tract infections.

How a Cervical Myoma is Diagnosed

When one feels the above symptoms, she should go to a gynecologist. The doctor identifies the myoma during physical examination, in particular, pelvic inspection. Prolapsed myomas are easily seen. Doctors may also feel myomas when they check the cervix with one hand while the other hand is placed on top of the abdomen.

One reliable method that doctors use in diagnosing cervical myoma is by obtaining an image of the cervix and uterus through an ultrasound device inserted into the area, a procedure called transvaginal ultrasonography. In the process, it is also detected whether or not the myoma causes obstruction of the urine flow.  

In order to address the problem of anemia, blood tests are undertaken to determine whether or not there may be cervical cancer, a certain test called Papanicolaou or Pap test is usually done.

The Treatment of Cervical Myoma

If the size of the myoma is small it usually does not cause symptoms. If this is the case, no treatment may be necessary. However, if the cervical myoma is big, it causes discomfort and even complications. In this case, the cervical myoma is surgically taken out. The procedure of removing cervical myoma is called myomectomy. Sometimes, only the myoma is removed. In this case, the patient may still become pregnant.  In cases dealing with bigger myomas, the entire uterus is removed in a process called hysterectomy. Unfortunately, women who have undergone hysterectomy can no longer have children.

Hemorrhagic Ovarian Cysts – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hemorrhagic cysts are a type of ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid. Hemorrhagic cysts are formed when the blood vessels in the wall of a cyst breaks resulting in blood flooding the ovarian cyst. A cyst on ovary can vary in size. Some are the size of an almond, but many can grow and develop into a significantly larger cyst. Perhaps they can grow as large as a tangerine. Hemorrhagic cysts are considered functional.

What Are The Causes Of Hemorrhagic Cysts

These functional cysts develop during the course of the menstrual cycle. They are formed as a result of a slight dysfunction of the otherwise normal function of the ovary. Functional cysts are not the result of cancer. Many women who have a functional cyst may not experience any sort of symptoms. They many not even know it is there.

What Are The Hemorrhagic Cyst Symtoms?

Some cysts however, may continue to grow and cause different symptoms like lower pelvic pain, irregular periods, and painful intercourse.

These types of ovarian cysts occur in women throughout the world and can be simply a normal part of the female reproductive system. If you by chance have a cyst on your ovary, your cyst may go unnoticed. It may dissolve all on its own.

However, occasionally these cysts continue to grow and cause painful symptoms and discomfort. They may even rupture or burst. This can be quite painful and you will want to seek immediate medical attention and get an ovarian cyst treatment.

Are There Treatment Options For Hemorrhagic Cysts?

If you have or suspect you have any type of cyst, you will want to see your doctor and have them determine the type and size of ovarian cyst you have. Although the size and type will not necessarily determine whether or not your doctor will want to remove the cyst. Your doctor may prescribe birth control pills as an ovarian cyst treatment.

Birth control pills, however cause other problems. Also, many women who suffer from ovarian cysts are seeking help for fertility. So with the pill preventing ovulation, women who want to have a child, will see this as only a temporary fix. Besides, this type of treatment only masks the real problem.

Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication. Again, this may or may not relieve the symptoms of the ovarian cysts and will not get rid of them. Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts may interfere with daily living and cause nausea as a reaction to the pain.

When women suffer from significant pain, it is easy to understand that they want an ovarian cyst treatment as quickly as possible. So often, women seek help in surgically removing ovarian cysts. Unfortunately, surgery is dangerous and will not prevent the cyst from growing back again and again. So we must get to the root of the problem. Prevention is very important when getting an ovarian cyst treatment that will work and prevent hemorrhagic cysts from coming back.

Are There Natural Treatments?

If you have seen your doctor and have been diagnosed with Hemorrhagic or any type of ovarian cyst, natural treatments may help relieve the pain by helping your body get healthy again. These treatments will get your body in the best possible condition to heal the cysts and prevent them from growing back.

Mouth Thrush – How to Treat Mouth Thrush With Natural Remedies

Pain and tenderness in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, irritation of the gums – let’s face it mouth thrush can really be uncomfortable. The mouth is by nature so sensitive, so even the slightest problem in that area can cause a lot of suffering. Those tell-tales white patches of yeast overgrowth, or sometime tiny red bumps can often become chronic when not treated properly.

I know from personal experience just how persistent yeast cells can be. They’re highly adaptable little organisms, and they better they get a foothold in your body, the harder they are to get rid of.

Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of them permanently. I’m going to explain to you why a lot of treatment approaches simply aren’t successful.

First of all, the pharmaceutical approach is toxic – a bit like taking a fungicide internally – so rather than restoring your body to health so you can fight off the yeast next time, it actually makes your body weaker and more vulnerable to yeast. This approach can also cause the yeast to become even more resilient and entrenched in your body.

Second, so many “home remedies” or natural remedies just aren’t sufficient to really correct the problem. They often treat the yeast topically, and either they aren’t strong enough to knock it out or they knock it out temporarily – just like the drugs. However, I want to warn you a lot of popular home remedies for mouth thrush aren’t completely safe either. For example, gentian violet – a popular home remedy for thrush – is linked to an increased risk of oral cancer over the long term.

There are two crucial steps that are required to cure mouth thrush naturally:

1. Kill the yeast with potent, but completely non-toxic antifungals.
2. Restore the underlying imbalance in the body so that the yeast doesn’t grow back – this is absolutely crucial.

Step #2 seems to be what’s missing for the vast majority of people and is the primary reason why so few people have success in getting rid of mouth thrush in a safe, healthy way.

Yeast is everywhere – so if you’re body wasn’t able to combat it the first time, what will change the next time around? Nothing – unless you correct the underlying imbalance that allowed the yeast to grow out of control in the first place.

Another important point to consider is that while mouth thrush may be the obvious yeast that you can see – it’s extremely likely that if you have mouth thrush it’s also growing in other parts of your body, only where you can’t see it.

Just as the yeast/thrush can cause pain, inflammation, etc. in your mouth, it can be insidiously attacking other parts of your body, causing you to have all kinds of health problems – or simply making existing health issues worse. This is another reason why it’s so important to cure the yeast overgrowth at the root.

Hepatitis A, B, C

Hepatitis is a state or condition where in hepatic cells at the liver, are inflamed or has been infected. “Hepa” is derived from hepatic or liver and “itis” means inflammation or swelling. However, there are 3 common classifications/types of hepatitis. They vary in causes, routes/ method of acquisition, as well as treatments.

The three common types of hepatitis are; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Let us start with their common feature. First is that they are all infection of the liver and requires prompt medical attention. Also, they are all viral in nature. It means that all the causative agents are hepa viruses with different strains and features.

Hepatitis A is the most common of all hepatitis. It is acquired via oral-fecal route and is a common problem in countries or remote places where hygiene, water sanitation, and sewage system is generally poor. Hepatitis can also be acquired through sexual intercourse and can be considered as an STD.

Hepatitis B can be acquired through blood and other body fluids. It is highly prevalent in cases of unprotected sex and health worker exposures. This type is potentially lethal when symptoms are left untreated. Some may even be carriers through a lifetime.

Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood to blood. It is a possible prerequisite to chronic infection once the symptoms already started to occur. Live cirrhosis is one of its common complications.

General symptoms of hepatitis are nausea, vomiting, and more importantly jaundice of the skin and the sclera. Jaundice is a state where pigments of skin or the white of the eyes become yellow. There are other 7 known types of hepatitis and it is essential that one seeks medical attention right away because of possible liver cirrhosis. Effective prevention of hepatitis is hygiene and antiviral medications are available to market as treatments.

What Causes Kidney Stones, How Do You Get Kidney Stones

Kidney stones form when urine and other types of minerals and acids in the body are out of balance. When this occurs, the urine carries more substances that are prone to form into crystals. These substances include uric acid and calcium. There are so much of these substances that they are not able to be diluted in fluid. Generally during this time, the urine is lacking substances that keep substances from creating crystals. Kidney stones are known to develop in urine that is extremely acidic or extremely alkaline.

By figuring out the problem of why we get them we can sometimes better protect ourselves and other people we know. Many people get kidney stones every year and it can be very painful and a big problem in their lives. If we can acquire some kind of knowledge about the causes of kidney stones, we may be able to help ourselves and others better. This is a preventive measure to keep them from becoming more of a problem.

Causes were also found when there is a decrease in urine volume or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine. The most common type of kidney stone contains calcium in combination to either oxalate or phosphate. Other chemical compounds that can cause stones in the urinary tract include uric acid and the amino acid cystine.

Kidney stones bring about hasty, extreme pain. This is typically concerted on one side of the back but, in addition, could run into the stomach or down to the groin where it is able to effect in piercing pains. The similar type of pain can also be produced by haemorrhage or infection in the urinary system. These assaults can be very painful they produce extreme suffering to the sufferer. The pain is frequently complemented by nausea and vomiting.

Kidney stones can be a very painful medical condition. Perhaps you are a sufferer or someone in your family? There are several things which it is important to know if you want to prevent this condition.

The primary reason for the presence of kidney stones is concentrated urine. When your urine gets concentrated, minerals and other salts form crystals. They get attached to the inner lining of your kidney. These crystals develop over time to form calculus of different sizes. Most kidney stones are passed out harmlessly. It is those large kidney stones which cause pain and infection.

Kidney stones are mostly composed of calcium. However, a smaller number consist of uric acid or something called struvite. Kidney stones form due to an imbalance of water, calcium oxylate, uric acid, and phosphate that are usually present in the urine. Stones are also known to form when the pH of the urine is not normal or when normal mechanisms that protect the kidney’s are inundated.

The cause of kidney stones is something that many people do not stop to consider. Instead they focus on the passing of the stone and getting relief from the condition. However, understanding the cause of the condition can help one take preventive measures so that kidney stones do not become a problem.

Vomiting and its Treatment

There are several different causes behind vomiting. There are medicines out there which cause vomiting as a side-effect. Particularly the medicines that are prescribed for cancer patients are notorious for causing vomiting and nausea. Alcohol can also cause vomiting. Note that when you drink alcohol, you may not vomit immediately. In fact, if you drink alcohol at night, the vomiting will start in the morning. This vomiting is known as ‘hangover’. Similarly, vomiting can also occur during pregnancy. Vomiting usually occurs during the first few months of pregnancy but for some women vomiting may continue well for a longer time.

If someone you know is vomiting after they have eaten, it is imperative that you take them to the doctor because there may be some underlying problem. If it should turn out that it is because of acid reflux, there are some interesting things that a person can do to keep them from experiencing this. There doctor may give the person medication that will stop the person from vomiting.

I wanted to talk to you about the emetophobia cure for a fear of vomiting. A lot of people have not heard of this type of fear, nor do they really see the problem with it. No one enjoys vomiting and if they could, they would rid it from their life. Granted, they don’t have a fear of it, but they still don’t enjoy it. The thing to really focus on here is that this fear is irrational. It invades all aspects of a person’s life and takes over. Emetophobia is often misdiagnosed as agoraphobia, xenophobia or even anti-social. It’s a very disabling problem to have, so this is why I want to talk to you about the emetophobia cure for a fear of vomiting.

Once the cause is discovered and the vomiting controlled, some foods can be reintroduced, starting with clear vegetables soups, followed by whole meal toast or boiled rice and vegetables, before gradually resuming a normal diet.

Any healthy child, even a baby, can safely go for up to 12 hours or more without drinking much, as long as there are no fluids being lost by vomiting ,diarrhea or very heavy and continuous sweating.

The last thing you have to know to get morning sickness help is that if you know when you will get sick, then you can help to prevent or at least lessen the chance you get sick with your prenatal vitamin. Take it about 2 hours before you usually get sick to give your body something it needs because you will not vomit with all those nutrients in your body.

A possible type of treatment for this fear is regression hypnotherapy in which you return to that first incident and view it through your adult perspective. You can see the event for its true nature and correct any fear you had associated with vomiting. This type of treatment is effective with even the most severe cases of emetophobia.

Food Poisoning – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment – peterhutch

Food poisoning is a common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people in the U.S., and throughout the world. People infected with foodborne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Depending on the type of infection, people can even die as a result of food poisoning.

Food Poisoning Symptoms

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause a mild illness (often termed “stomach flu”) with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, and low-grade fever. These symptoms usually resolve in two to three days. It is the most common viral cause of adult food poisoning and is transmitted from water, shellfish, and vegetables contaminated by feces, as well as from person to person.

Symptoms of scombroid poisoning will usually develop 20 to 30 minutes after you eat an affected fish. They can include flushing (turning red), nausea, vomiting, hives and difficulty breathing. These symptoms are similar to other allergic reactions. However, getting scombroid poisoning does not mean you are allergic to fish.

Causes of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning can affect one person or it can occur as an outbreak in a group of people who all ate the same contaminated food.

Even though food poisoning is relatively rare in the United States, it affects between 60 and 80 million .

The most common causes are as follows: (1) leaving prepared food at temperatures that allow bacterial growth, (2) inadequate cooking or reheating, (3) cross-contamination, and (4) infection in food handlers. Cross-contamination may occur when raw contaminated food comes in contact with other foods, especially cooked foods, through direct contact or indirect contact on food preparation surfaces.

How to Fight the Germs

Many things can be done to prevent food poisoning. These precautions should be taken at every stage a food takes — from preparation to cooking to storing leftovers. A lot of this responsibility falls on grown-ups, but kids can help fight germs, too.

Diagnosis Food Poisoning

One important aspect of diagnosing food poisoning is for doctors to determine if a number of people have eaten the same food and show the same symptoms of illness. When this happens, food poisoning is strongly suspected. The diagnosis is confirmed when the suspected bacteria is found in a stool culture or a fecal smear from the person. Other laboratory tests are used to isolate bacteria from a sample of the contaminated food. Botulism is usually diagnosed from its distinctive neurological symptoms, since rapid treatment is essential.

Treatment Food Poisoning

Most cases of food poisoning clear up within a few days without seeing a doctor. However, you should get medical advice if:

The illness lasts for more than a few days or general condition worsens, there is blood in the stools, if someone suspects that food bought from, or eaten in, a specific shop, takeaway or restaurant is responsible, they should also inform their local environmental health department, so food hygiene standards can be investigated.

People worldwide each year and results in approximately 6 to 8 million deaths.

Peptic Ulcers -causes, Symptoms, Treatment

An ulcer is an open sore that forms when the lining of the gut is corroded by acidic digestive juices. Peptic ulcers can form in the lining of the stomach (gastric ulcers), duodenum (the first part of the small bowel or intestine) or the esophagus (gullet or swallowing tube). Peptic ulcers are quite common; it is known that 5-10% of the world’s population suffer from peptic ulcers at least once.

What Causes Ulcers?

Use of painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, and others), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Midol, and others), and many others available by prescription. Even aspirin coated with a special substance can still cause ulcers.

Ulcers are sores on the lining of your digestive tract. Your digestive tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum (the first part of the intestines) and intestines. Most ulcers are located in the duodenum. These ulcers are called duodenal ulcers. Ulcers located in the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Ulcers in the esophagus are called esophageal ulcers.

Almost all peptic ulcers occur in people taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or those infected with Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori). NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. H. Pylori is a bacterium that has adapted to living on the surface lining of the stomach. H. Pylori and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories impair the ability of the stomach and duodenum to protect themselves from acid and pepsin and are thus predisposed to ulcer formation. Emotional stress in itself does not cause ulcers, but it may contribute to their development in a small degree.

Signs and symptoms of peptic ulcer

The most important symptom of an ulcer is pain. It is usually sharp and severe. In a few cases there is also a steady aching or gnawing sensation in the upper abdomen. The patient can always put his finger on the sore spot.

In duodenal ulcers the pain comes on when the patient is hungry; it may even be severe enough to awaken him at night. In many cases the pain is relieved by eating food, but is made worse by taking alcohol, condiments, and coffee.

Patients with stomach ulcers may feel worse after taking food. Sometimes the ulcer may not be noticed for several weeks or months, only to flare up again under emotional strain or after taking alcohol.

Treatment of peptic ulcer

You should see a doctor if you have symptoms of an ulcer. Treatment often involves a combination of medications to kill the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, reduce acid levels, and protect the GI tract. This combination strategy allows your ulcer to heal and reduces the chance it will come back. Take all of your medications exactly as prescribed.

The medications may include one or more of the following:

Antibiotics to kill Helicobacter pylori

Acid blockers (like cimetidine, ranitidine, or famotidine)

Surgery

Since peptic ulcer disease has become a curable condition, surgery is no longer considered an acceptable treatment for ulcers, except for patients experiencing an emergency complication that cannot be managed by medical or endoscopic treatment. Surgical resection of the gastrinoma is the optimal treatment for patients with ZES.

Endoscopy is a procedure used to treat most bleeding ulcers. The doctor inserts a long, thin instrument with a tiny camera on the end through your mouth and into your stomach and duodenum Heat or electricity can be applied to the sore, which makes the blood clot. Treatment may include injecting epinephrine or another medication into the ulcer. Bleeding may recur after treatment.