The Diagnosis and Treatment of Sesamoiditis

Pain under the big toe joint can have many causes, although one common cause is unique to the anatomy of the big toe joint itself. Inflammation of two small, unique bones called sesamoids can cause significant pain under this joint. This article will discuss the condition known as sesamoiditis, and the treatment options available.

Sesamoiditis is generally unique to the big toe joint, as this is the only part of the foot where these bones consistently appear. The word sesamoid is used to describe a round or oval shaped bone found outside the usual connected skeleton. Several extra foot bones that appear in some humans are sometimes called ‘sesamoid’ bones. However, true anatomic sesamoid bones found in all humans are the consistently appearing bones found under the big toe joint. These two small, egg-shaped bones about the size of a peanut M&M candy sit under the big toe joint, and fit within two shallow grooves formed on the bottom of the first metatarsal head, the long bone that forms the first part of that joint. Sesamoids can appear as complete bones, or can form after birth in two or three separate pieces. Serving in an assisting role in bearing weight across the big toe joint during foot push-off, as well as a stabilizer for the various structures that cross over and around the big toe joint, the sesamoids bear a great deal of weight and stress during walking and running. Injury to these bones can happen on an acute and chronic basis.

Acute injury to the sesamoids can happen due to a variety of reasons. These include falling from a height onto the ball of the foot, crushing injuries to the big toe joint, directly kicking an object that forces the big toe upwards, or a direct blow to the bottom of the foot. Chronic injuries to the sesamoids can take place during repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot from activities such as dancing or stair climber use. This can also be seen in repetitive work-related activities, such as pedal use in machinery or platform standing. Indirect force from abnormal pulling of the tissue that attaches near or on the sesamoids can also lead to injury. In general, only one of the two sesamoids usually becomes injured, as injury to both is possible but uncommon.

Symptoms of sesamoiditis can include a sharp pain or dull ache on the bottom of the big toe joint. This pain becomes worsened when the toe is flexed in an upwards direction. Any activity that stresses this joint, including walking, running, and jumping, can cause pain. This is especially true while one is barefoot. Using flat and supportive shoes helps to decrease the the pain of this condition, while high heels makes it worse. The tissue under the big toe joint may feel swollen or full, and may even be warm to the touch in less common cases.

This condition is typically diagnosed during a simple physical exam by a foot specialist, although x-rays may be needed to rule out a stress fracture of true fracture. Stress fractures of the sesamoids can mimic the symptoms of sesamoiditis, and may be difficult to diagnose properly as they may not show up early on the x-ray. Special imaging like an MRI or nuclear bone scan is often needed to confirm a stress fracture. True fractures are typically easy to find on an x-ray, however the presence of a sesamoid in several pieces may not always be distinguishable from a naturally occurring multi-piece sesamoid that is simply inflamed. A physician must evaluate the nature of the line between the pieces to determine if it is a fracture or simply a natural separation.

Treatment of sesamoiditis can be difficult at times, as healing may be slow. The basic treatment course involves removing the inflammation, and reducing the stress that caused it in the first place. Inflammation can be reduced by using anti-inflammatory medications. Icing is also an important part of this treatment course. More direct intervention can be considered in stubborn cases: if no fracture or stress fracture is suspected, a steroid injection can be given to reduce the inflammatory reaction of the bone and its surrounding region. These measures address the inflammation causing the pain, but the underlying stress also needs to be reduced for proper healing. This is made possible by using offloading padding or specialized shoe inserts to reduce pressure under the ball of the foot, or by modifying the activity that caused it in the first place. The use of stiffer-soled shoes is usually necessary, and impact activities must be curtailed during the healing process.

More serious cases may require immobilization in a walking boot or in a cast for up to several months. Cases that simply won’t heal with any of these measures may require surgical intervention. Surgical removal of one of the sesamoids is typically effective at eliminating the pain, and is sometimes also necessary when stress fractures or true fractures won’t heal. However, it should be noted that most people recover uneventfully and don’t need surgery or prolonged immobilization. Dancers and athletes can return to activity once the condition resolves, but with the knowledge the condition may return if stress to the big toe joint continues. The same applies for those with repetitive foot tasks at work.

Sesamoiditis can potentially be a long-term condition if not treated properly and promptly, and is often mistaken for other general big toe arthritic conditions with inadequate treatment the result. This common foot problem is easily treated, although the time to full healing may be somewhat lengthy. By seeing a foot specialist when the symptoms begin, a speedier recover can be potentially achieved, avoiding months of pain and disability.

The Low Down on Shoulder Injections for Pain Management

When a patient has a painful shoulder, it is often possible to treat the individual without surgery. This is especially true if the patient has impingement syndrome or a partial rotator cuff tear. Treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and Tylenol, chiropractic treatment, and injection treatments can make all the difference.

What are the different types of shoulder injections and how well do they work? First of all when a patient has shoulder pain it is important to figure out exactly what the diagnosis is that is causing the discomfort. One problem could be tendinitis in the biceps, which as far as the biceps goes it has two tendons one that goes through the shoulder joint itself, and another one that goes outside it.

An injection for biceps tendonitis is most commonly be done in the painful area around the biceps tendon outside the joint which is where patients typically get tendinitis of the biceps. This works really well for temporary pain relief.

If the individual has impingement syndrome (also known as rotator cuff bursitis), that involves inflammation in the soft tissues directly underneath the bone on top of the shoulder. That bone is called the acromion and the space underneath the bone is called the subacromial space.

When a patient has impingement syndrome, one excellent treatment is a steroid injection into that space, which can immediately relieve symptoms. In an office setting, the doctor can do an injection with a numbing agent along with the steroid, and pain relief should occur very quickly. And then the steroid medication can allow for pain relief for months afterwards.

If the injection works and then wears off after a few months, it can be repeated at that point. Steroid injections should not be given too frequently, as there can be side effects from too much cortisone.

Another injection into the shoulder can go right into the glenohumeral joint itself. This is a true shoulder joint injection and is indicated for a patient with significant osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint. This injection can provide excellent relief for shoulder arthritis and it may last for months. It is the same theory behind administering steroid injections into an arthritic joint, with the eventual hope that surgery can be avoided and pain relieved.

One additional injection site around the shoulder is in the joint where the acromion bone meets the clavicle. This is called the acromioclavicular joint, or commonly known as the AC joint. Inflammation along with arthritis can develop in this joint and it may help tremendously to obtain one of these injections. If a person has had an injury to this joint before, often called in layman’s terms an AC separation, they will be prone to pain from arthritis later.

Along with these injection sites, there has been a slow movement to change the type of injections that are done with regards to the medication. There are some studies being done looking at regenerative medications including stem cell therapy that can potentially grow back some of the lost cartilage and also help to heal an injury in the shoulder such as from a labral tear or a rotator cuff tear. If these do well in research studies, it will represent a new revolution in the treatment of shoulder pain.

Conversation on Living With Cerebral Palsy

Yesterday, I went online to look for sites related to Cerebral Palsy. Although I saw a couple of sites with medical information and a personal site about a particular person, I did not see a website dedicated to the conversation of daily living with CP.

Searching for Answers

For example, where is the answer to the question: how to teach your child to dress, if he/she is disabled? If you child cannot do something in the conventional manner, because of the disability, are the alternate ways to accomplish the same task? Why is it extremely important to find a caregiver on occasion, and do normal activities, even if your loved one with cerebral palsy cannot?

The questions can go on forever. When I was born, my mother knew nothing of the disability and had no one to turn to for answers to her questions and concerns. Forget sitting down to talk with another mother facing the same challenges and questions. Then, what about the person living with a disability? Do I sign up for welfare and just cope with my life? What if I want to get an education, work, have a family, live as independently as possible, and more?

Who is out there to answer all of these questions? Is there someone to talk to that understands what I go through on a daily basis?

Somebody needs to get the conversation started. Someone needs to open up and be willing to share how to cope with a disability and still get the most out of life. I do not mean just getting through the day; with only one life to live, it should be enjoyed and appreciated.

Instead of concentrating on what people with cerebral palsy cannot do, it is time someone told people just what people with cerebral palsy can accomplish, if given the opportunity.

I am one such person. I am living with cerebral palsy for 50 years now. I am an incomplete paraplegic in a wheelchair. However, I have a home, a family, an education beyond high school, and a job. I have a lot more potential than expected when I was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Admittedly, I have what would be considered a moderate case. I realize there are others with severe or profound cerebral palsy. However I also know individuals that give up, before they get started, and never truly reach their potential-whatever that may be. They are not really living with cerebral palsy; they are only existing.

It is time to get the conversation started.

Erb’s Palsy and Childbirth

Erb’s Palsy is one of the most famous types of long-term damage that can occur as the result of birth injuries. Also known as Erb-Duchenne Palsy and Brachial Plexus Palsy, it is the paralysis of an arm caused by injury to the nerves of the upper arm, usually during the birthing process. Depending on the severity of the injury to the nerves, it may necessitate therapy or even surgery. In some cases, the injury is so slight that it resolves itself over a period of a few months. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with a doctor about the seriousness of the injury.

While it is not always limited to birth injuries, an abnormally difficult birth process is the leading cause of Erb’s Palsy in the United States. Called dystocia, a difficult or abnormal labor process can cause additional force to be exerted on the infant; many cases are caused by the baby’s head and neck being moved as the shoulders are passing through the birth canal.

If your child suffers from a birth defect caused by improper medical care, the doctor may be held accountable for the injury. An experienced medical malpractice or personal injury lawyer may be able to get you the money you and your child deserve.

The Medical Effects

The effects of Erb’s palsy can be severe if untreated or improperly treated. Some of the most common signs and effects include:

· The loss of feeling in the upper arm, which can lead to paralysis.

· The paralysis and resulting atrophy of several muscles of the arm, including the deltoid and biceps.

· When it occurs in young children or infants, the affected arm can be permanently withered and poorly developed. The bones, muscles, and fingers of the affected arm may underdeveloped and noticeably smaller than the other arm.

Improperly treated Erb’s Palsy can have an enormous effect on the sufferer’s life. It can lead to life-long disability and deformity, and can seriously affect his or her quality of life. If someone you love has been injured in this way, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your loss. It can help to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Some of the Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain and Injury

Over the course of their lives, the vast majority of people will experience back pain and discomfort. While many people will only have acute pain lasting a few hours, days, or weeks at the most, others will suffer from chronic lower back discomfort. This can make major part of their lives uncomfortable, from sitting down to engaging in different types of physical activities. There are a number of common causes of back pain, some of which people are more susceptible to in their early decades of life, and others which they are more at risk of getting and can create painful conditions as they get older.

Many times, neck pain is also present in certain back pain sufferers. The small vertebral bones of the neck are just as easily injured as the bones and connective tissues of the spine. In fact, muscle strain and sprained ligaments are tow of the most common causes of back pain. It is somewhat commonplace to lift too heavy a load and damage back muscles, or sit for too long in one position and overload the endurance capacities of the muscles to support the spine. Ligaments, when they are sprained or stretched beyond their normal limits, can lead to severe pain that does not go away for many months.

Herniating one (or more) of the discs in between the vertebrae is also a common back injury, although younger people are more at risk of this than people in their 50s and older. The discs are a bit stiffer and have more fluid content in younger people, which creates the higher risk of herniation. As people age, the risk of herniating a disc decreases, but the incidence of conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis is much higher. Aging causes the joints to lose cartilage, which causes the bones to rub against each other. Obviously, if this occurs in the back, serious pain may result.

Serious infections can also lead to back pain, such as arthritis that becomes infected or a spinal abscess. Tumors in the vertebrae or spinal cord will also lead to discomfort and injury. And obviously, any kind of trauma, fracture, or breaking of bone can easily result in pain. Spinal cord compression can also cause pain in the back, as the discs lose their ability to create the normal space in between each vertebra, and the range of motion of the spinal cord itself is decreased as a result. In fact, compression of the spinal nerve can lead to more serious causes of pain such as sciatica.

The treatments for many of these causes of back pain involve rest, reducing the pain through oral or topical pain relievers, and building up the muscles of the back to be able to withstand the demands of the body. With each disorder, various treatments may be appropriate, and it can take months or years for a back to heal completely. Building muscle endurance and managing pain are two of the most important ways to treat any kind of back pain, so these should be what many sufferers focus on as they are recovering from a back injury.

A Cold Sore Vaccine is Coming Soon – Information About Current and Soon-to-Be-Released Vaccines

Current Herpes Vaccines

The odd thing is that there has been a vaccine around for the herpes virus for a while now: it’s called Zostavax. The thing is, though, that it’s a vaccine designed to prevent shingles, also known as “herpes zoster”–yes, the herpes virus causes the disease normally found in people over 60 usually known as shingles. In a 2005 study of 38,000 elderly adults, Zostavax prevented 1/2 the cases of shingles and reduced the number of cases of postherpetic neuralgia by 2/3. In October 2007 the vaccine was officially recommended in the U.S. for healthy adults aged 60 and over. Now, obviously, the problem with this is that it’s only effective against herpes zoster (shingles), and not cold sores or genital herpes, but don’t lose hope: the point of me telling you this is that herpes vaccines are in the works, and when one is successfully developed then another one for a different version of the virus, cold sores for example, is just one step away.

Vaccines Yet To Be Released

A much more promising vaccine that has been specifically said to potentially end up becoming a vaccine against HSV-1 (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, the strain of the virus that causes cold sores), is a vaccine currently in Phase III trials that’s designed to be a vaccine to prevent genital herpes in women. Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV-2) is typically the strain of herpes that causes genital herpes, but HSV-1 and HSV-2 are over 99% genetically identical and the scientists developing the vaccine are saying that they’ve found that those persons who: 1) Have never been exposed to either HSV-1 or HSV-2 and, 2) Receive the Herpevac vaccine, show immunity to both strains of the virus.

This means that the Herpevac vaccine, which is due to be approved by the FDA sometime in the very near future (probably less than a year), could potentially provide protection against HSV-1 IF you’ve never been exposed to herpes (either strain), thereby keeping you from ever developing a cold sore, or getting genital herpes for that matter (nice bonus isn’t it?).

If you’d like to get more information about the Herpevac trial OR you’d actually like to possibly participate in it (you must be a woman), then you can go to the official National Institute of Health Herpevac Trial for Women website at

Does Flat Head Syndrome Correct Itself Naturally?

If your baby is suffering from flat head syndrome (also known as brachycephaly) you may be wondering whether you should seek treatment or leave the condition in the hopes that it will resolve itself. Babies are born with naturally malleable heads and, in some cases, flat head syndrome will correct itself naturally over time. However, in some situations intervention is required to correct your child’s head shape. So should you seek treatment? This article will give you all the facts you need to make the right decision for you and your child.

So what is flat head syndrome?

Flat head syndrome, also known as brachycephaly, is a type of plagiocephaly (a type of skull deformity). This might sound serious and scary but it is actually very common. Around 25% of babies suffer from some degree of plagiocephaly during their development. Flat head syndrome refers specifically to the flattening of the skull at the back of the head. Babies suffering from flat head syndrome may have a widening of the head which, in severe cases, can cause the front of the skull to bulge forward. This condition can have an effect on the alignment of eyes and ears, giving a ‘wonky’ effect.

Flat head syndrome is one of the most common forms of plagiocephaly, especially since parents have been encouraged by medical experts to ensure their babies sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Babies skulls are naturally malleable for up to 18 months after birth and spending long periods of time in one position can have a flattening effect.

Will flat head syndrome naturally correct itself?

This is often the most important question on parents’ lips. Often doctors are not particularly helpful when asked about brachycephaly – they tend to say that these conditions usually naturally resolve themselves unless the condition is extreme.While this is often true, it is not always the case. Unfortunately the window for professional correction is small as, after 18 months, a baby’s skull loses its malleability.

Getting a professional scan to judge severity and the need for correction is a good way to gauge whether your baby’s head can safely be left to develop or whether it needs correction before the window closes. Sadly, the NHS usually regards such scans and treatments as purely cosmetic so you may need to find a private clinic to assist you with this decision.

For the majority of babies, flat head syndrome will resolve itself on its own over time. There are a few natural ‘home remedies’ you can try to speed the process along. These may include:

  • Tummy time – keep your baby on his or her front as much as possible during the day and encourage them to change position regularly.
  • Chop and change – when it’s bedtime change the position of toys and mobiles and the direction your little one sleeps in the cot. This can encourage them to sleep on different areas of the head

Tonsil Stones 101 – Some of the Signs of Tonsil Stones

The tonsils are an important part of the human immune system. The help catch and kill bacteria or viruses in the mouth, helping to prevent infections. In the main, this system works well, however some people are prone to tonsil stones whose scientific name is tonsilloliths. This condition plagues many more people than one might realize.

For those who have larger tonsils than average, the crevices in their tonsils are larger and this bacteria and mouth debris can actually get trapped and begin forming into small whitish or yellowish balls. The mucous and bacteria that are trapped inside may sometimes concentrate, harden and calcify to form tonsil stones.

A person who has a tonsil stone or several tonsil stones will normally suffer from bad breath, sometimes a sore throat, and always visible lumpy white material present at the back of the throat.

The bad breath will smell similar to rotten eggs – this is because there is a high sulfuric content that accompanies the bacteria associated with the tonsil stones. Sulfur compounds are one of the key symptoms. Almost 70% of the people who have tonsil stones will have the odor.

If the tonsil stones become larger, a person may possibly experience symptoms such as a sore feeling in their throat, but not always. It is important to keep in mind that a sore throat does not necessarily indicate tonsilloliths as it could even result due to a tonsillitis infection.

Other symptoms such as lumpy stuff which is white or yellowish in color may be seen as well.

Facts About Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) – For Women Only

As the name suggests, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is diagnosed in women who seldom or never drink alcohol. Medical doctors report that women diagnosed with NAFLD are often significantly overweight.

Weight gain and obesity are the most commonly associated risk factors for fatty liver. Moreover, research proves that women with high blood sugar, insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) or diabetes are commonly diagnosed with NAFLD.

NAFLD is associated with:

  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • High blood sugar
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Ovarian cysts

Women who suffer from NAFLD commonly experience hormone imbalances and menstrual irregularities. Studies have shown a direct link to estrogen hormone and ovarian cysts.

Several medical studies show that women who are diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (metabolism imbalance) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (ovarian cysts) are also being diagnosed with NAFLD.

Dr. Kinkhabwala at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine published a landmark report in 2007 showing that 70% of women who are overweight and diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and ovarian cysts, also suffered from fatty liver disease.

That same landmark study showed that those women who lost just 9% of their total body weight had a complete reversal of their liver disease.

What Causes NAFLD?

As you may know, the liver plays an important role in the metabolism of fats. When something goes wrong in this process of metabolism, fat starts building up in your liver.

At first you might think that eating fatty foods causes fatty liver, but this is not the case. Although being overweight is often a precursor to NAFLD, it is because the liver cannot properly metabolize the fats in your food–no matter how much or how little you eat.

In addition, the liver is responsible for storing excess blood glucose (sugar). If your blood sugar is too high, the excess sugar converts to fat and accumulates in your liver.

Health Experts Admit They Don’t Know

In fact, some health experts believe that chronic or systemic candida overgrowth causes serious problems with metabolism. They are finding evidence that Candida albicans, a type of bacteria yeast found in your intestinal tract, may be at the root of NAFLD.

Candida overgrowth can cause sugar cravings–which also makes women gain weight and contributes to fatty liver disease. Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (which convert to sugar in your body) are the worst offenders.

Candida overgrowth causes excess bacteria, sugar and toxins to build up in the body. These are serious factors that lead to metabolic disorders, high blood sugar and hormone imbalances. All of these health risks also contribute to both weight gain and fatty liver.

Three Key Factors

The fact is, losing weight, lowering blood sugar and cleansing toxins are key factors to getting rid of liver fat. Keep in mind, the evidence suggests that chronic candida overgrowth may be the root cause of fatty liver disease. Candida has been linked to weight gain, metabolic disturbances, high blood sugar and hormone imbalances. These happen to be the most critical factors in fatty liver, too.

The simple truth is, our liver has a remarkable power to heal. It can repair damaged cells and regenerate its own tissues. Women who is serious about overcoming fatty liver can experience the freedom of feeling healthy again. A woman who finds herself suffering with NAFLD can reverse fatty liver by treating or removing the underlying cause.

Natural Alternatives to Diabetes Drugs

Natural therapies such as diet changes, exercise, and specific nutritional supplements are very helpful in helping to better manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If followed closely, they can effectively reverse pre-diabetes. It is important to consult with your doctor prior to starting a nutritional protocol for diabetes. Proper monitoring is very important.

Proper diet and exercise are critical in controlling diabetes. Everyday have three meals with moderate portions. Breakfast is essential in to maintain blood glucose fluctuations in the morning. Your snacks should include nuts, seeds, protein drinks vegetables or fruits. Make sure to include at least couple of servings of fruits and three or more servings of vegetables every day. Some foods shown to reduce glucose level include vinegar, grapefruit, peanuts and peanut butter, chile and cinnamon.

A regular exercise program will reduces insulin and glucose levels and shrink fat cells, making glucose control more effective. People with diabetes are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, and regular exercise will protect against these disease.



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The Obesity Epidemic and Juvenile Diabetes

The increasing obesity epidemic among children today is thought to be a leading cause in the increase in juvenile diabetes in this country today. While not everyone agrees on the causes and affects it is hard to argue with the continuing increase of children with Type 2 diabetes who are also overweight. In fact as the percentages of obese children raises so does the percentage of those affected with juvenile diabetes at nearly the same rate.

There appear to be two main reasons for this increase in Type 2 diabetes among children. Most children these days have a sedentary lifestyle that revolves around watching TV, playing video games, or using their computer to chat with and email their friends. The second issue for many kids is their poor eating habits and nutrition. Living the fast food life style or eating a bag a chips while playing video games is one of the major reasons for the preponderance of overweight kids we see today.

For many years Type 2 diabetes was something that overweight adults had to contend with, mainly because children weren’t having the weight issues they have today. Type 2 diabetes in an adult is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes. The primary treatment for this type of this disease is lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise for both children and adults.

One of the main concerns with type 2 juvenile diabetes is the affects it can have later on in a child’s life. Children with type 2 diabetes have been found to have more life threatening complications than type 1 diabetics. Some of the major problems juveniles with this type of diabetes face include heart disease, damage to the nervous system, renal failure, blindness, and limb amputations, particularly of the feet and lower legs.

The first line of defense against juvenile type 2 diabetes is probably the most obvious. Maintain a healthy body weight through proper diet and exercise thus preventing the onset of the disease. For children already diagnosed this same treatment applies if they are to avoid the complications to their health later in life.

For the juvenile diabetic a healthy diet is the cornerstone of their treatment. A well balanced diet low in sugar, saturated fats, and salt is the way to go. High fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables, along with complex carbohydrates are best for the diabetic. Even then foods high in carbs should be eaten throughout the day to help prevent large rises in blood glucose levels. Regular physical activity or exercise is also recommended to help insulin move glucose out of the blood and into the cells.

Childhood obesity is an epidemic all parents should take seriously. The long term health affects of all children are at stake, particularly with an increased risk of juvenile diabetes, a disease that will affect any child for their life time. By making easy lifestyle changes centered on a healthy diet and physical activity the onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented, or even delayed in children at high risk.

Vaginal Rash

Vaginal rashes are not anything to laugh about. They are irritating, sometimes itchy and even painful. They come about as a result of different conditions, or sometimes as a precursor to something more serious. These rashes sometimes come under the guise of very serious conditions such as yeast infections, genital herpes, genital herpes and trichomoniasis. The only way to really know what is causing the vaginal rash is to undergo a medical check up, and from there look at treatment options.

Some of the symptoms of rashes in the vaginal area include painful or burning sensation when urinating, intense itching, and vaginal discharge, swelling leading the area to be sore and red. Once you find out the cause of the rash, then you can begin a course of treatment. Before and during your treatment, it is advisable that you abstain from having sexual intercourse to avoid infecting your partner. If you can’t abstain, you should practice safe sex and use a condom. The types of treatment available vary, from over the counter medication, herbal remedies and prescription medication from your doctor. The course of treatment you take depends on your prognosis and your preference as an individual.

Vaginal rashes are not to be taken lightly. Anytime you get one, see your medical practitioner. Many a time women will just opt to use home remedies to treat themselves while a serious medical condition is lurking. Some of these medical conditions if left unchecked can mutate into something else, even cancer. So, don’t ignore that itch. Get it checked out.

The Corner of My Mouth is Split and Sore – Is it Angular Chelitis?

If the sensitive skin at the corner of your mouth is split and ulcerated, it is quite often Angular Chelitis. The skin becomes crusty and the sores typically split when opening the mouth, making it painful to open it. Bleeding sometimes occurs.

If you have Angular Chelitis, there is a simple cure. Millions of Americans suffer from Angular Chelitis every year. It is traced back to an iron deficiency, however many also seem to report getting an attack during a cold snap or at the onset of winter. It is observed that a certain type of person is susceptable to Angular Chelitis, for this reason a reliable cure should be sought for these symptoms should the condition worsen.

A sufferer typically gets an attack several times a year and some sufferers continue to tolerate the painful symptoms on an almost permanent basis. The reason for this is a 1% hydro cortisone topical cream is usually prescribed. This type of treatment is very ineffectual and leads to a patient simply giving up on controlling the symptoms.

Left unchecked, angular Chelitis is accompanied by a contagious oral yeast infection inside the mouth. This fungal infection, Candida, (oral thrush) is contagious and is characterised by a coating on the tongue, often with a whitish hue. Ideally, the best way to sel diagnose the condition is by looking at real life pictures of actual sufferers and comparing your own symptom to the photo/s. In this way you can identify your condition and verify it. When you know the clinical name for it, it becomes a lot easier to find more information on it. Of course the best course of action, if you are not sure, is to see a competent health professional.

Angular Chelitis is not connected to herpes or cold sores.The majority of people with Angular Chelitis would do anything to rid themselves of the painful and ugly legions when the affliction sprouts in full bloom.

Baths and Psoriasis

If you have been recently diagnosed with psoriasis, your dermatologist will go over all the ins and outs of proper skincare. Two of the most important topics will be about moisturizing and bathing. Bathing can be a great way to deal with the pain and aching psoriasis can cause.

Your doctor will strongly advise against taking long baths or showers and tell you to avoid hot water. All bathing should take place as quick as possible and in lukewarm water. You may not need to shower or bathe on a daily basis and doing so can actually be more harmful to the skin by drying it out. Once you have finished with the shower or bath, pat yourself dry and make sure to moisturize the skin thoroughly afterwards to keep in the moisture.

Too many showers or baths can dry out the skin considerable if proper care is not taking right afterward. Dry skin is the worst nightmare for someone who suffers from psoriasis because dry skin equals itchy skin. Itchy skin leads to another flare-up.

Doctors will tell you short showers and baths are acceptable. Taking a shower can help aid in alleviating the symptoms of psoriasis and can give the body much of the moisture it needs. However, it is necessary to capture and lock in that moisture by applying skin creams and lotions.

When drying off, avoid quick rubbing motions that you may be used to. Instead, pat yourself dry and gently remove the excess water from your body. You don’t have to be completely dry to moisturize, the little bit of water needs to be there in order to keep the skin hydrated. Immediately after toweling off, apply the lotion so the access water doesn’t evaporate.

It may help to add some oils into the bath like olive oil, mineral oil, or vegetable oil. All these oils will help soothe the skin and fight of inflammation. Adding in some Epson salt will help relieve some of the symptoms as well, and help keep those dry, patchy spots at bay.

Baths or showers can help keep the skin moisturized and relieve some of the pain psoriasis causes. Just remember to limit the amount of time spend in showers or baths and keep the water lukewarm.

Toenail Fungus Tea Tree Oil Remedy

For many people with toenail fungus tea tree oil is like a magic potion. Anecdotal stories abound of people who have used this essential oil to treat fungal nail infections. It is one of the popular natural healing alternatives to expensive oral prescription drugs feared for their possible side effects, and it is readily available because it is also used as a natural healing treatment for other conditions.

Bottled tea tree oil for fungus comes from an Australian tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly called the Tea Tree. It is being investigated for its abilities to kill bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses, and there is some evidence that it may indeed be an appropriate weapon against toenail fungus; tea tree oil may soon take its place beside the currently accepted prescription medications for this condition.

Tea tree oil for fungus infections can be purchased from homeopathic and alternative medicine suppliers. In preparations specifically for toenail fungus, tea tree oil may be only one of the ingredients: in many cases it is blended with other essential oils believed to have some effectiveness against nail fungus. Other supplements to tea tree oil toenail fungus treatment include DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide), vaseline (mixed 50/50), Vicks VapoRub, iodine, and apple cider vinegar taken orally (don’t take tea tree oil orally!). These treatments all come under the heading of home remedies: no scientific studies validate their effectiveness.

Before using toenail fungus tea tree oil treatment, visit your doctor and get a proper diagnosis. Other things can cause toe nails and finger nails to discolor and become thickened or deformed. These things include injury, bacterial growth, skin conditions and other issues. If the problem is not toenail fungus, tea tree oil probably will not help and you will have wasted time and money. If your doctor confirms that the problem is a fungus (you may need to have a nail sample collected and sent to the laboratory for a definitive answer), then it may be worth trying the tea tree oil toenail fungus remedy.

Talk to your doctor about your options. A doctor can provide current information on the prescription drug choices for toenail fungus, and advise you about the cost of treatment and risk of side effects. He or she may also be able to discuss the treatment successes and failures of other patients. Learn about the options and weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not to use toenail fungus tea tree oil remedy.