Ingrown Toenail Remedies And Causes

The two question that people want answered when they find that they have an ingrown toenail is, what are the causes and are there any ingrown toenail remedies? This condition is when the toenail grows downward into the skin causing redness, irritation and pain.

The medical term for the condition is onychocryptosis and it is considered to be a nail disease. If left untreated for to long fungus can form under the toenail and the can become infected. If there is drainage of yellow pus, redness, swelling and the toe is hot to the touch then it is infected and you should see a podiatrist “foot doctor”.

So, what does cause ingrown toenail? The most common cause is poorly fitting footwear like tight shoes and even socks. Tight footwear can force the toenail to grow inward or downward into the skin. Another common cause is improper foot care. Things like cutting you toenails to short, letting them grow to long or rounding the edges can cause the toe to grow in such a way that they dig into the skin.

Some other not so common cause are bumping the toe into something and heredity. Bumping the toe can make it grow inward especially if you hit real hard. If you are born with nails that are curved they will tend to grow downward.

Ingrown toenail remedies can vary from soaking to surgery. If you have a mild case you can try soaking of the toe that’s affected in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts for about 15 days, 2 or 3 times a day and cut the nail straight across then gently rub the skin from the toenail. You can put little puffs of clean cotton under the edge of the nail and let the nail grow out from the skin.

If you have a sever case of ingrown toenail surgery may be needed so you will have to see a podiatrist. On another note here, some people think that cutting a V in the top of the toenail will force the toenail to have to in to fill the V thus making it grow out of the skin. Just a word of warning, it doesn’t work and can cause harm if you make the cut too deep.

One of the best ingrown toenail remedies is prevention. To prevent this condition you basically just do the opposite on the causes. Wear shoes and socks that fit right, not too loose and not to tight. Take proper care of your feet. Don’t cut your toenails to short or let them grow to long. You want to cut the nail so that it’s just at the end of the toe.

If you suffer from an ingrown toenail you want relief fast, but you want to get it right. Before you start working on that toenail yourself get all the information you can.

How to Treat Children With Nail Fungus

Nail fungal infection is usually contracted in warm and moist environments where there are a lot of people sharing the same things. These include swimming pools, gyms, and public shower rooms.

There is a slightly higher rate of children with nail fungus than adults and this can be explained by the playful nature of kids. They move constantly and sweat a lot, creating a lot of moist and warm spots on their bodies especially on the feet and toes. These are the areas that are most attractive to infection-causing fungus.

Furthermore, children with nail fungus have immune systems that have not completely developed, which is why they are more prone to having this condition. They are also not that conscious about being healthy and keeping their bodies clean.

Children with nail fungus will experience the same kinds of symptoms as grownups. The very first physical manifestation of nail fungus is the discoloration of the fingernail or toenail. It usually starts with a yellowish stain on the nail that will soon turn a darker shade of brown and spread throughout the entire nail.

In the beginning, they will not feel anything different but as the infection spreads, children with nail fungus will start feeling the pain in the affected nail and fingertip.

Treating children with nail fungus will take up to 3 months, which is the length of time that it takes for a nail to grow and replace the old infected parts. There are several kinds of ointments that you can buy at your local pharmacy to cure nail fungus. You can also take oral medication. All these medications have to be taken continuously until the nail is fully healed.

Although these remedies are quite effective, they may have a few side effects as well which can cause complications in children with nail fungus. Certain ointments may cause skin irritation such as scaling, blistering, and redness in some people.

Oral treatments, on the other hand, can be harmful to the liver of some children with nail fungus. That is why it is vital to consult with your doctor first before you begin to give your child any kind of medication.

Another important part of the treatment of children with Nail Fungus is the constant attention and emotional support. This is especially necessary for younger kids who experience a lot of teasing and discrimination from their playmates due to their condition.

It is important to let them understand that they are really not that different from their friends and that their situation is only temporary and can be completely cured.

How Much is My Neck Injury Worth in Compensation? A Guide to Compensation Amounts

Neck injuries, primarily whiplash and soft tissue injuries, are without doubt the most common side effect of being involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle. Thousands of accident claims every year are made by people who have injured their necks in accidents on the road. this article will highlight some general figures for compensation claims involving neck injuries, which are detailed in the 9th Edition of the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines.

Quite often, if you have been in an accident where the vehicle you were travelling in has been hit by another vehicle, the force of the impact will have left you with some form of soft tissue injury. This could be anything from minor bruising, if you are fortunate, up to severe soft tissue injuries that may leave you with lasting pain and discomfort.

Minor neck injury: Less than £1,000

At the lower end of the scale, some minor neck injuries might in fact be worth less than £1,000, which might mean a claim would have to be made through the small claims court, and you would not be able to recover any legal costs. However in cases such as these, it is worth seeking independent legal advice as it might be possible your injuries are worth over the £1,000 small claims limit.

Whiplash injuries/other minor soft tissue injuries: £850 – £8,750

Whiplash injuries and other minor soft tissue injuries to the neck are typically worth in the region of £850 to £5,000. Compensation towards the upper end of this range is paid out in cases where the recovery from the injury takes between 18 months and 2 years. In cases where a whiplash injury has taken longer than two years to recover from, or where you have been left vulnerable to further injury, the injury component of your claim would be worth £5,000 to £8,750.

Moderate neck injury: £8,750 – £16,000

Moderate neck injuries might include things like wrenching injuries and disc lesions, which might be likely to leave you with limited movement in your neck. The level of compensation you could expect to receive for injuries of this level would depend on factors like the degree of restriction to the movement of your neck. Somewhere between £8,750 and £16,000 would be what we would expect to recover for clients with these types of injuries.

Severe neck injury: £35,000 – £95,000

Severe neck injuries range from fractures and dislocations of the bones in the neck right through to incomplete paraplegia and injuries that might require you to wear a supporting neck brace 24 hours a day for several years after your accident. Severe neck injuries will be worth between £35,000 and £95,000, although cases at this level are very rare.

Smegma: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Dead skin cells and sebum oils combine beneath the penis foreskin, and appear as small white lumps. This is known as smegma. While it may be alarming when first noticed, it is a natural occurrence and helps to promote lubrication between the glans and the foreskin. Smegma should be removed through normal washing processes, but in some cases when hygiene is low or washing under the foreskin difficult, smegma may build up and causes problems further down the track. Regular washing, penis health crèmes and medications may be required to control smegma.

Symptoms

Smegma is present beneath the foreskin of all men as the skin is constantly producing it, but it is not always apparent. When it does become visible, smegma appears as moist white materials forming into tiny balls between the glans and foreskin. While smegma is odorless, in some cases when hygiene is very poor smegma can harden into “smegma stones” which can be highly uncomfortable. Eventually hardened smegma can cause cultures of bacteria under the foreskin to increase, and raise the risk of infection and disease. If smegma appears with other symptoms such as itching, inflammation or pain, check with your doctor to rule out sexually transmitted diseases or yeast infections.

Causes

Hygiene: Why don’t all men experience smegma? It depends upon the differences in hygiene habits, as washing beneath the foreskin will remove exfoliated skin cells before they can gather sebum oils and become visible smegma. According to a review of research published in The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology in 2006, researchers have determined that smegma is made up of dead skin cells, oil, prostate secretions, sex hormones and white blood cells. Doctors used to believe that smegma could cause diseases, like prostate cancer, but scientists now understand that smegma is common in adolescents and adult men. It helps to lubricate the space between the head of the penis and the foreskin, and may even have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Phimosis

Men who experienced difficulty retracting their foreskin back and exposing the head of their penis may have a condition known as phimosis. Most often congenital, phimosis may also be the cause of trauma, infection or scarring. Due to the difficult in retracting the foreskin, hygiene and cleaning is very difficult in many cases, making the presence of smegma more likely. According to a study published in The Journal of Urology in 1973, men with phimosis are almost twice as likely to experience smegma as men without phimosis. If cleaning of the space beneath the foreskin is too difficult and does not remove smegma properly, circumcision or partial circumcision may be required in order to prevent discomfort and the onsent of disease.

Treatment

Washing: Smegma is a natural lubricant and antibacterial agent, but it can build up if penis hygiene is not performed regularly. Regular cleaning of the penis glans beneath the foreskin with soap and warm water helps to remove exfoliated skin cells and keep them from accumulating. This good hygiene practice should be completed every day, especially in men with a tendency for developing smegma, as a preventative measure.

Medications: In some cases antibiotics can have a regulatory effect on sebum oil glands in the skin, and may benefit cases of several smegma build-up when the causes is not due to phimosis or poor hygiene. Antibiotics are commonly used for severe cases of acne, though they take several months to take full effect on the sebum oil glands. Antibiotics can cause side effects in some cases, such as poor immune function, gut dysbiosis and digestive problems. Check with your doctor to find out if antibiotics are appropriate for you.

Crèmes: Penis health Crèmes can help to balance sebum oil glands beneath the foreskin, and keep penis skin moisturized. Many men experience dry skin on their penis, glans and foreskin, due to the high amount of soap they have to use to remove smegma build-up. Specialist topical formulas (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing nutrients such as vitamin E, C, A, B3 and shea butter may help to support normal skin regeneration, soften dried smegma that’s become hardened, and keep the penis skin healthy.

Unleash the Power of Your Menstrual Cycle

On my 12th birthday, at 7:12 pm God gave me the second greatest gift that any girl could ever want. I got my period. My first greatest gift was my boobs and I had already had them; so I was pretty damn happy. I read the book, “Are You There God it’s Me, Margaret,” twice and identified with the main character’s anguish over getting her period. To date, this is still one of my all time favorite books in the world. My mother told me that when my menstrual cycle started that would mean that I had blossomed into a woman capable of giving life and that I should never let a boy come near me. My father gave me a $20.00 increase in my weekly allowance the day my period started. “You are now a young lady and you need the extra money to buy special girlie things,” my daddy said. Ever since my period entered into my life; I have always loved her and she has always been my best friend.

When I was fifteen, she did not come home for two months. I was hoping that she had not run away with a boy– but unfortunately my instincts were right. After this incident I always tried to control her with synthetic hormones, fertility charts, sexual positions, and a variety of other barriers but she has always had a mind of her own. There were times that I really, really hated her too– like right before a hot date; a trip to the amusement park, and surprising me while I was wearing my white jeans in my seventh grade home economics class; not to mention the funk that she would put me in alerting me that she was on her way home. Thirty years later I have learned that my menstrual cycle is not simply designed to notify me of whether or not I am ovulating or pregnant; my menstrual cycle holds within it the key to healthy balance in my biological, psychological, and spiritual well-being. As women we are biologically designed to be the emotional givers and nurturers of life. We cook, clean and take care of other people and if it was not for our periods we would never know when to sit down and allow someone else to nurture us and bring us a cup of tea.

Most theorists, scientist, and researchers believe that the primary purpose of the menstrual cycle is to create and prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy. Due to groundbreaking new studies on the impact of hormonal changes on a the female brain and how this affects her behavior, I believe that the menstrual cycle is nature’s alarm system that provides women with the emotional, psychological, and cognitive adaptive skills and clues that allow them to function and survive in a male dominated society. A woman’s menstrual cycle is nature’s psychological and biological navigational map that is designed to guide and instruct her on how to improve her life and maximize her full potential.

The menstrual cycle’s ebb and flow is not only connected to the waxing and waning of the moon, each week of the cycle is symbolic of the weather cycle of winter, spring, summer and fall as well. Each season of the weather has secrets, rituals and responsibilities that must be utilized to maintain a harmonious flow of nature that stabilizes the environment to maintain and perpetuate the cycle of life. If squirrels do not hide food in the late summer and throughout fall, their species would cease to exist. The same natural wisdom that tells birds when to migrate, bears when to hibernate, and flowers when to blossom is encoded in the menstrual cycle of each woman. Modern women have been conditioned to curse and hate their menstrual cycle as interference in their daily life as opposed to embracing its innate knowledge, wisdom and practical common sense.

A woman’s mood, memory, and cognition are affected by her menstrual cycle. The first day of a woman’s period is day one of her menstrual cycle. During the two weeks before a woman releases an egg (before ovulating) her moods are dominated by estrogen. Estrogen is an antidepressant hormone that promotes bonding in sexual and non-sexual relationships. Estrogen gives women their secondary sex characteristics, lubricates the vagina and helps it to maintain a thick lining, causes the lining of the uterus to thicken, increases connections in the hippocampus the part of the brain responsible for long term memory, and regulates the liver’s production of cholesterol. Testosterone levels also rise within in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Testosterone is responsible for increased mental focus, better mood, increased spatial ability, more energy, muscle and bone growth, more risk-taking, increased orgasms and interest in sex. Testosterone increases your overall sense of well-being and self-esteem. Estrogen and testosterone reach a crescendo together during, spring the second week of the menstrual cycle. During winter and spring, the first two weeks of our menstrual cycle, our brains are more active, rational, focused, and we are better able to hear positive words.

After a woman ovulates her moods are dominated by progesterone which rises in the second half, third week of the menstrual cycle. A woman’s sex drive decreases after ovulation. Progesterone neutralizes the effect of estrogen and testosterone. Progesterone causes breast tenderness, sleepiness, fuzzy thinking and increased hunger and thirst. Progesterone lowers anxiety, diminishes anger and is an overall mood stabilizer. After ovulation progesterone causes a woman’s body temperature to rise just as the sun increases the heat during the summer. Progesterone is similar to valium; it has a sedative affect that creates a warm, fuzzy, environment to support a growing fetus. In the second half of your menstrual cycle, during late summer and fall, you are more likely to hear and talk about negative emotions. You are also more likely to hear negatively charged words, see yourself as fat, criticize yourself and others and be more intuitive.

Most women tend to be social beings interested in relationships and pleasing others. One of the primary purposes of a woman’s menstrual cycle is nature’s way of helping her to look inward and take notice of her own needs, desires, strengths, weakness and overall biological and psychological well-being. Do you know the perfect week during the month of your menstrual cycle to travel to unknown destinations, take an exam, end a relationship, clean the garage, be creative, get a pedicure, take a vacation or hang out with your girlfriends? Each week of the menstrual cycle is broken down into a season that correlates with its biological and psychological characteristics. Each season of the menstrual cycle will give suggestions that will help you utilize nature’s energy force to maximize your full potential.

Winter 1st Week Release Reflect Week

Like winter, the uterus is barren and empty. The uterus relieves the pain of the past by physically drawing a woman’s attention to her body, her emotions and her surroundings. Winter provides the opportunity for renewal.

The first day of your period begins the menstrual cycle. This is the best time of the month to go within and nurture your soul. This is the perfect time for painting, drawing, journaling, meditating, beading, knitting, crocheting, and reading. Be selfish with your time, energy and resources. Don’t censure your tears, you need quiet time and space to renew your spirit and become whole again. Connect with yourself and ponder what things, projects or people that are working in your life. Release all things that are not good for you emotionally and psychologically, as natures is doing physically.

This is a good time to work on projects already in progress, and brainstorm new ideas. Watch what you say and how you communicate with others. Your words may be perceived as brutally, icy-cold, brisk, crisp and straight to the point like a freezing winter morning. Your words may be truthful and honest, but without estrogen and testosterone fully restored you lack the hormonal cushion to soften the cold blow of words and emotions that were held back during spring and summer. Spiritually, this time of release, urges you to say things that you would never say so that you can cleanse your psyche and maintain emotional and psychological balance in your life. This is the perfect season of your menstrual cycle to ponder whether or not you should break up with your boyfriend or divorce your husband. You should also ask yourself whether or not you are genuinely happy with your job, school or other endeavors in your life. Wisdom of winter is self-reflection without judgment.

A couple days into winter is a good time to have a heart to heart talk about what is ailing you, just remember to be cautious about how it comes out. What is good about this season of the month is that it connects you to the truth of your heart and soul. Don’t be afraid of this truth let it guide you and blossom in spring. Take care not to say something that you may regret in the spring, after the ice melts.

Go to the movies, coffee shop, or book store drink a warm of cup of tea and relax. Aaaah!

Spring 2nd Week Sexy Power Week

Ruled by Estrogen which causes the lining of the uterus to grow and thicken, and promotes growth and development of all parts of the reproduction system and breasts.

In spring time the ground is moist from the melting snow and pouring rain falls. The flowers are blossoming, the grass begins to grow and birds and other creatures are singing mating calls. Mother Nature is extremely busy creating, procreating and dancing. Nature is wet, buoyant, and flourishing.

This is the best week of your menstrual cycle to clean your garage, do laundry, any activity that requires a lot of physical energy. Due to estrogen’s affect on the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for long term memory, this is the perfect time of the month to take standardized tests, written exams, and go on job interviews. Your verbal ability is at sharpest; you will not be at a loss for words during this week. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Rationally, this could be the perfect week to break up with your boyfriend; hormonally this may not be the best week if you are simply attracted to your work colleague. Look at your assessment during the winter season to determine if you are speaking from your soul of libido.

Due to an increase in testosterone this improves your spatial ability. If you are traveling to an unknown destination, this is the best week of the month to go. Your brain is better able to read maps. Thanks to testosterone and estrogen this is your sexy, flirty season. If you are unhappy in your relationship, this is the week that you are more likely to cheat on your mate. If you are in a happy relationship, this is the week that you will feel more attracted to your mate and want to engage in sex. The mucus in your vagina is wet, stretchy and slippery. You body is creating the perfect environment to conceive new life physically, spiritually, and psychologically. The wisdom of spring is, “I can do anything, I am confident, beautiful and successful.” This is your season of power.

This is the perfect time to shop for new clothes and shoes, try on new make-up, dye your hair, go on vacation with your mate; visit your in-laws (especially if you don’t have a good relationship with them–you are emotionally stable and capable of overlooking negative comments and judgments). If you are going to host a party and you want to look and feel your absolute best plan it during the spring week of your menstrual cycle.

Late spring, early summer is when you are most fertile.

Summer 3rd Week Laid-back Relax Week

Just like the summer months your temperature rises. Progesterone makes the lining of the uterus stronger and spongy, just like the thick, lush, grass that covers the ground in summer. Summer is ruled by progesterone which causes breast tenderness, sleepiness, fuzzy thinking and increased hunger and thirst. Progesterone lowers anxiety, diminishes anger and is an overall mood stabilizer.

Summer is the week of your menstrual cycle when you are tired and sleepy no matter how much sleep you get during the night. If while driving home from work you can barely focus on the road or keep your eyes open, after 8 hours of sleep, it’s just your summer season injecting your body with valium, nature’s chill pill. Your body just wants to sleep, eat and drink. It’s not your imagination that you are extra tired and sleepy, it’s the summer heat sedating you, stealing all of your energy and ambition. Go to bed earlier than usual and eat breakfast in the morning. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas, and eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables.

This is the perfect week to get a pedicure and manicure, a body message, and relax on the beach. This is the best season of the month to take an all girl vacation for two primary reasons. Now that you have ovulated there is a decrease in your sex drive, therefore you are not looking at the romantic scene from the beach wishing your boyfriend was there to cuddle with you. Secondly, your sense of taste is heightened and you and your girlfriends can pig out at the buffet bar, when hormonally food could not taste any better. Summer is the perfect time to chill out with your girl friends, drink ice teas, ice cream sundaes and watch chick flicks in between naps. The wisdom of summer is to live in the moment and take time to enjoy life.

The challenge of this week is remaining focused, organized and energetic. Try to get your work clothes together the night before, cook meals for the week in advance and do not schedule any projects or events that require an extra expenditure of energy and time.

Fall 4th Week Wise Wacky Week

The ground is dry and covered with leaves this is an infertile season. Fall can be a beautiful season if your body is balanced in winter, spring and summer with a balance of exercise, nutrients, vitamins and rest. If you have been exercising and eating a well-balanced diet, fall is a breeze. It’s like going outside and being prepared for snow, rain or heat all in the same day. You know in advance that the weather is unpredictable due to climatic changes and you are prepared for Mother Nature’s myriad of possibilities.

The fourth week, of the menstrual cycle is when women experience premenstrual syndrome. Think of hormones as having many of the same capabilities as the sun. When the sun begins to withdraw in the fall, this causes unpredictable weather and it affects chlorophyll’s ability to use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into a tree’s food. This causes the leaves to change colors, die and eventually fall from the tree branches. Progesterone’s laid-back effect withdraws 2-3 few days before your period, leaving your brain susceptible to stress. This is why you may cry easily, be argumentative, combative and feel depressed. This causes a hormonal imbalance that is responsible for many of the mood swings that some women experience before their periods. If you are crying over greeting cards, commercials, or someone not liking your new lipstick color, you are probably in the fall season.

Due to a decrease in hormones, your chemicals are imbalanced. This is not the best week to break up with your boyfriend, ask your husband for a divorce, kick your children out your home or try to put them up for adoption, or quit your job. Watch what you say because under stable hormonal weather conditions, you may have a totally different perspective or viewpoint. Your chemicals are imbalanced therefore you are more likely to be negative and critical of yourself and suffer from low self- esteem. Remember to tell yourself that your thoughts and negative self-talk are colored by the reduced sun light and changing weather conditions–these are not your true colors. You should not shop for clothes, new makeup or a new hairstyle during the fall season of your menstrual cycle because your estrogen levels are low and you are less likely to be analytical, rational and positive. In addition, you may have retained water and feel achy; this is not the best time to really see how beautiful you will look in a new sexy outfit.

Fall is a very special season because it is a reflection of your overall physical and psychological health. Fall brings you the spiritual lesson of being grounded and rooted in good health and sound mind; otherwise you will be susceptible to high winds blowing you in several directions like falling leaves. The most important lesson of this season is to postpone making any life changing major decisions until the sun returns.

The wisdom of fall brings two lessons: The first lesson is that you should pay close attention to what is missing or out of balance in your life. The second lesson is for women to learn to be patient and loving with them selves.

Herewith listed are some suggestions that will make fall a bearable season: Exercise, stretch, do yoga, or meditate daily. Take vitamin supplements, increase your intake of B6 found in bananas, soybeans, fish, bean, leafy green vegetables, raisins. Increase your intake of magnesium which is found in cashews, almonds, buckwheat. Boost your calcium intake found in milk products, tofu, okra and broccoli. Watch your diet by cutting back on caffeine, sugar, salt, sugar and white flour. Drink herbal teas and plenty of water.

When progesterone subsides this induces menstrual bleeding, a woman’s body releases the uterine lining, thus turning fall into winter, the first week of the cycle.

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms – 13 Warning Signs That Should Never Be Taken For Granted

Ovarian cysts are developed on the female reproductive organs (ovaries) which are fluid-filled sacs. As the ovaries are setting up eggs to discharge into the fallopian tube during the menstrual cycle, the more high risk women can get the chance to build up the cyst. Many of those are not harmful (benign) but some can pose threat to health that makes it malignant. The cysts contain tissue like hair, teeth, bone and develop at the ages of 20 to 40. Whenever it cuts off the passage to ovaries, the patient may experience pain and with further diagnosis, it may lead to operation procedure.

The kind of cyst will be depending on the symptoms patient are experiencing. Some women may feel the signs from mild to severe. It may not be noticeable all the time but there are common warning signs you can observe. Here are some ovarian cyst symptoms:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Lower backache and on the upper legs
  • Irregularity and abnormalities in menstrual cycle
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pressure
  • Gain weight
  • Urinal urgency or problems passing urine
  • Painful in sexual function

If the cysts get worse, severe manifestations will occur such as:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Relentless abdominal pressure and pain

Consulting to doctor and undergo series of examinations will confirm the correct diagnosis base on the symptoms that are mentioned above. Routine ultrasound exam may help detect if there is any development of cyst inside the ovaries. It will play the major role in confirming the level of doubt with regards to any serious ovarian growth. Appearance of a collapsed sac with free fluid in the cavity can be detected by the ultrasound.

Getting consultation from someone with medical background can help women get through this. It could easily disrupt their lives and making sure to handle the symptoms with outmost care is imperative and should not be taken for granted. If the symptoms are suspicious, another examination will perform to make sure if the cyst is already malignant. Surgical operation such as Laparoscopy is often done if the stage is still benign. The incision is above the navel while the patient is under general anesthesia. In cases that there is larger mass in the ultrasound and higher CA-125 in the blood exam, removal of ovaries is considered to prevent the cyst to metastasis outside the ovaries and some other parts of the body. The surgical procedure will be hysterectomy and oophorectomy as the suggested method.

Always seek for the professional advice before starting any therapy or any changes to the existing treatment. Never delay or disregard the advice that will be given or to worsen the situation. The risk of getting an ovarian cyst is very common to all women regardless of age, ethnicity and health condition. This useful information will help all the females to handle the ovarian cyst symptoms very well and never ever take this for granted.

Baby Thrush Infection – How Do I Know If My Baby Has Thrush Yeast Infection

Although thrush can occur in anyone at any age it usually affects babies or toddlers. It is a yeast infection in the mouth, but not limited to the mouth as it can also cause a diaper rash in a baby. Thrush is very similar to a vaginal yeast infection.

As with all healthy people, there is a presence of fungus in different areas of our bodies including the mouth. This fungus has a delicate balance, which unfortunately is affected by some medication, more particularly antibiotics and by some medical conditions. Once the balance of the fungus is disturbed, an overgrowth of yeast occurs resulting in an infection.

The symptoms of thrush include whitish lesions resembling cottage cheese, usually on the tongue, but may also be found on inner cheeks, the palette, on the gums and in the back of the throat. Pain is often associated with this type of infection and bleeding can occur if the lesions are scraped. If you suspect your baby has a thrush infection, refrain from breast-feeding as the infection can be passed on to the mother resulting in a nipple infection.

If you believe that your baby has a thrush yeast infection in the mouth you should see a doctor or a dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further spreading of the infection, which can lead to more serious conditions. Thankfully, there is an effective treatment for such an infection, with the use of anti-fungal drugs. Typically, thrush will be cleared up within two weeks.

Cirrhosis – When the Liver Finally Loses the Battle

People other than health-care professionals who are directly involved with trying to save the lives of alcoholics have no concept of the agony, destruction, degradation, and just plain waste caused by this disease. The following article is definitely not for the ‘faint of heart, but if you want a feel for what really happens when an alcoholic finally dies from his or her disease, then continue reading.

Cirrhosis is a condition where the liver is reduced to a non-functioning shriveled knot after years of drinking.

First, I need to make a disclaimer. Though I worked with physicians in academic settings for many years, I am not a trained physician, and I have absolutely no clinical experience (i.e., experience treating patients). Therefore, the following observations, other than the definitions and material taken from references as general as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, medical dictionaries, The Merck Manual of Medical Information, and the Physician’s Desk Reference, are taken from experience with health professionals who do. However, to be fair, I need to add that I took my bachelor’s degree in biology, served in the training department of three drug companies, and worked as a clinical research associate setting up and monitoring drug studies. Academic medicine has been a major part of my life for over 40 years.

A Healthy liver is capable of metabolizing about an ounce of alcohol per hour. Anytime a person drinks at exactly that rate he or she is matching the rate at which the liver can handle alcohol, so they are about “breaking even.” Humphrey Bogart figured this out early in his career. He was famous for being able to drink all night without appearing drunk. What he did was pace his drinking so that he was drinking at the same rate that his liver broke down the alcohol.

The liver, as the principle detoxifying organ in the body, responds to alcohol the way it does to any other poison. It tries to protect the body by minimizing the amount of alcohol that enters the blood stream where it can travel to other organs and cause damage. The individual, in the meantime, is drinking for some reason. Maybe that reason is to relax, or to go to sleep, to loosen anxiety in social situations, or just to “get high.” In a real sense a battle is going on here between the individual and his or her liver. In other words, while the person is trying to achieve some effect from the alcohol on his or her body and/or brain, the person’s liver is trying to prevent the alcohol from getting to the body and/or brain!

The liver’s first strategy in this strange battle is to just metabolize the alcohol by using the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase. We humans make this enzyme naturally because alcohol does occur in foods due to fermentation of any vegetable matter. However, the amount of alcohol occurring naturally is infinitesimal compared to the amounts present in, say one beer. If the rate of consumption stays low, then this ploy by the liver works. This is what made Bogart’s system work. The person’s liver “cleaves” the alcohol molecule with the same enzyme over and over again until ultimately the alcohol molecule is converted to simple vinegar and water, which is then urinated out of the body. It is also excreted in small amounts through the sweat glands, which is why the families and friends of alcoholics all describe that characteristic sweet smell of alcohol that lingers around alcoholics.

However, if the individual “ups the ante” on the liver by tossing down alcoholic drinks faster in order to achieve the desired effect, then the liver has to resort to more drastic measures. What the liver does is allow as little alcohol as possible into the bloodstream by temporarily storing the alcohol, untouched within itself, in little storage units called vacuoles. The liver’s strategy is like this; it creates a vacuole, a tiny opening within its own tissue to store the alcohol…sort of like a Baggie. This is actually quite clever. After the person stops drinking, the liver can metabolize the poison at its leisure. This is what is happening during a hangover. So the strategy here is to just hold the alcohol temporarily intact within the liver. It is basically a delaying tactic.

Unfortunately, every such episode results in a tiny hairline scar when the liver tissue seals up the little internal “Baggie.” The scar is in effect a zipper. That zipper is a fine line of scar tissue, which is lighter in color than normal liver tissue, and less supple (i.e., it is hard like any other scar tissue). After decades of creating these little baggies, more and more of the liver looks like scar tissue. At autopsy, livers of alcoholics are shrunken pale masses of hard tissue. This scarred liver tissue was, in the end, totally incapable of performing the liver’s vital functions.

We are now entering an area that is about as complicated as any medical subject, because the liver is on a minute-to-minute basis performing the body’s chemical operations on a level commiserate with that of the brain performing its mental and regulatory operation. But for the sake of clarity, the focus here needs to stay on the issue of blood flow to and from the liver.

Cirrhosis…The Final Days.

A healthy liver is like a healthy city. In a healthy city, traffic moves into and out of the city. It flows smoothly and rapidly. Imagine this liver-city with two major freeways entering from above and below. The one from the intestines with its blood loaded with nutrients brings in all the raw materials the liver uses in its various manufacturing plant to create just about everything the rest of the body needs to survive: the blood itself, complex proteins to build and repair cells, and, most important to this story, what physicians term “clotting factors.” Clotting factors are a complicated range of cells and organic chemicals that basically plug up any holes that appear in the body.

The big freeway coming from the north, the hepatic artery, delivers a steady stream from the heart and lungs. Here is the good clean oxygen-laden blood to stoke the furnaces of the plants doing the manufacturing throughout the liver. This blood is under high pressure, having just left the muscular chamber of the left ventricle of the heart, and has been cleansed of waste gases like carbon dioxide and metabolic wastes that accumulated during the last pass the blood took through the body.

In a cirrhotic liver, both major freeways are constantly backed up with traffic, because the fatty tissue and scarring has blocked vessels throughout the liver…not only the major highways themselves, but even the thousands of smaller highways and short-cuts the liver has been using for years trying to keep itself working.

So how does this all result in the symptoms of cirrhosis? Let’s just focus here on those two freeways. Blood carrying only partially digested nutrients from the intestines is forced into the general circulation without the benefit of the liver’s detoxification system. This material is called bilirubin. It is in some respects like liquid fecal material. Bilirubin itself is a red pigment that is left over after red blood cells are destroyed.

This material being pumped throughout the bloodstream doesn’t make your body feel very good. For example, when it is pumped through the brain, the patient becomes very tired and very grumpy. VERY grumpy. Also, bilirubin is what makes the skin appear bright yellow. This is jaundice. I saw a patient once who was as bright a yellow as a school bus during a training session in internal medicine my company sponsored at Hahnaman General Hospital in Philadelphia.

Moving now to the other freeway, the nearest vessels available for the backup of the hepatic artery are those lining the esophagus. When all of that blood that should be going into the liver backs up into the small vessels lining the esophagus the pressure gets so great that they start to rupture. This causes what the medical professions terms esophageal varices. This is when the medical profession is faced with a losing battle, and some really tough decisions.

Remember those clotting factors normally made by the liver? They are needed now more than ever. The first rupture of a good-sized vessel relieves the high blood pressure and creates another problem…a sudden DROP in blood pressure. Right away physicians start looking to find the biggest holes and pumping in units of blood from the hospital blood bank. In the back of their minds they know that every unit of this precious blood is going to be flushed quickly out through some holes somewhere. The most common place is through the bowel. Most people do not realize how much blood there is in a human being. This can end up all over everything!

At some point the physician is faced with alcoholism’s ultimate bad choice; either continue keeping this person alive using other peoples’ donated blood, or stop the whole process and allow the patient to bleed out and die. Almost every hospital runs with a shortage of blood, but teaching hospitals, cancer centers, and most government-operated hospitals are just ALWAY in a panic for more blood. The family is right down the hall, and asking questions almost constantly. There are no good choices.

As I stated at the outset of this writing, being associated in any way with death due to alcoholism is not for the faint of heart.

Alcoholism is still rampant all over the world. The tragedy is that, while there is no cure at the moment, there are ways that the disease can be managed. The highest success rate for five-year sobriety remains the AA program, based on the 12 steps. As family members of alcoholics, we also have a support groups based on the same 12-steps program called Al-Anon and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics). Whether you have the disease of alcoholism yourself, or are close to someone who does, there is still hope as long as there is breath. Call one of these programs immediately. You can find AA in the very beginning of any telephone book, and you can reach Al-Anon at 1-888-4AL-ANON or on their excellent web site at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org.

Cirrhosis can be lethal, especially when it has been allowed to progress without treatment. If you live with a family member who drinks routinely and heavily, and if this person begins to exhibit some of the symptoms mentioned earlier, it is important that you get that person to medical attention. As an Al-Anon, we go to great lengths to avoid being an enabler to an alcoholic, but you need to understand that, once alcoholism reaches this point in its progression, it is as life threatening as a loaded gun in the hand of a suicidal individual.

Call 911!

Lastly, in Al-Anon one of our “Do’s and Don’ts” is to “…learn the facts about alcoholism.” You can help others do just that by passing this article to friends and family who might need the information, to 12-step program friends, to treatment centers, health-care professionals, or anybody whom it might help.

How to Stop Vomiting – Foods to Avoid

There are many reasons why people vomit and many wan to learn how to stop from vomiting. Before you try to stop vomiting you need to try to determine why you or someone else is vomiting in the first place. Most vomiting is due to diarrhea, cholera or food poisoning. Vomiting can sometimes be caused by very serious diseases like diabetes so if you can’t determine the cause of your vomiting you should speak to a doctor.

One of the best treatments is to try to prevent it from happening in the first place. You can take steps to make sure that you eliminate the need to vomit. These steps include not eating stale foods, avoiding deep fried and spicy foods, don’t use a lot of oil, eating fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your insides healthy, and not eating too much meat.

Some ways to stop vomiting include taking an electrolyte liquid or rice water to the individual vomiting, avoid giving them lemon water, do not drink water or liquids as it can cause the vomiting to get worse, give soda water as it can counteract vomiting, chew gum with a minty flavor, have the person lying down and resting, avoiding fatty foods, and sipping lukewarm water, but only after it has been boiled.

When you vomit you can easily become dehydrated but it can be difficult, as some liquids will cause your vomiting to get worse. It is best that you wait an hour after vomiting so you don’t trigger the vomiting again. Sports drinks and flat soda are popular.

A great and effective home remedy used roasted cardamom in a mixture of honey. Ginger tea can help with the nausea associated with vomiting and honey can soothe your throat. Ginger is a natural remedy for motion sickness and is excellent at settling your stomach.

Food Poisoning Dangers

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is one of the most uncomfortable illnesses that one can develop. This disease, which typically only lasts for 24 to 48 hours, causes severe digestive system discomfort in its victims. People can get food poisoning through the ingestion of contaminated foods or by coming into contact with someone else that has been infected.

Causes

Food poisoning originates in food and beverage products that have been contaminated with certain types of bacteria, viruses, or parasites. This can happen in a number of ways:

·         When food comes into contact with animal feces during the harvesting, processing or packaging stages

·         Raw meat and other perishables being left out for an extended period of time

·         Food preparers failing to wash their hands or follow sanitation techniques before handling edibles

·         Improperly packaged or stored foods

·         Undercooking meat

·         Not washing produce before eating it

All of these situations open up the possibility of food becoming contaminated with dangerous microorganisms. 

This illness can also be caused by toxic sources, such as dangerous mushrooms, certain poorly prepared foods and the presence of pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

Common Types

There are a number of different strands of food poisoning that may infect a person. Some of the more common viruses and bacteria include the following:

·         Noroviruses

·         Rotaviruses

·         Cholera

·         Salmonella

·         E. Coli

·         Staphylococcus aureus

·         Botulism

You likely have heard of most or all of these illnesses, but you may not have knows that they are all forms of food-borne illnesses. To avoid suffering from these unwanted and dangerous conditions, take the time to prepare and store your food properly. If you become sick because a restaurant or manufacturer provided you with contaminated food, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Symptoms

The symptoms of food-borne illnesses are very painful and generally encompass stomach or intestinal tract discomfort. All strains of this illness cause the same general health effects in their victims:

·         Severe stomach cramps

·         Diarrhea

·         Fever

·         Nausea and Vomiting

·         Headache

·         Weakness

If the above symptoms are particularly bad, or if they remain for several days, then the victim may be at risk of suffering severe dehydration and other dangerous side effects. Medical attention will be necessary for a safe recovery.

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If you would like to learn more about food poisoning, or if you have suffered food poisoning as the result of another party’s negligence, then Austin personal injury lawyer Vic Feazell can help. To learn more, contact him today at http://www.withvic.com/.

Vitamins For Ulcer

In the past people suffering from peptic ulcers were restricted from taking small amount of bland food and milk regularly. Researches however showed that this in no way helps in decreasing the recurrence of ulcers. However, a diet rich of fibers may minimize the chances of developing ulcers, and will help in fast healing of the existing ones. In particular, fiber found in fruits, vegetables are very protective, and with vitamin contained in most of these foods, the benefits are increased.

There are some evidences that show that exercise helps in reducing the risk of ulcers in some people. In a study in 2000, it was found that although exercise is helpful for men but it has null effect on ulcer development in women. Stress relief programs are not known to have an impact on ulcer healing. However, they have other health benefits that are useful.

Treat Ulcer with Vitamin A

When it comes to ulcers, the main role of Vitamin A is to protect the lining of the stomach so that the sore, if in case it developed already, won’t get worse. Vitamin A also allows for the speedy healing of the affected areas of the small intestines. Patients suffering from peptic ulcer are advised to take foods rich in Vitamin A and dietary fiber such as fruits and vegetables.

Doctors would normally recommend peptic ulcer patients an initial dosage of 25,000 IU of Vitamin A daily for an entire week. Then the dosage is reduced to just 10,000 IU everyday for maintenance. However, pregnant women or those who want to get pregnant are advised not to take more than 5,000 IU of Vitamin A daily.

Vitamin C can help Ulcer

Vitamin C works favorably for the patients of peptic ulcer because it directly inhibits the growth the very bacteria that cause the disease. Also, if the H. pylori bacteria were abundant, it would directly impair the body’s absorption of Vitamin C. When this happens, the patient has higher risks of developing stomach cancers from the condition that merely started as peptic ulcer.

The normal dosage of Vitamin C for peptic ulcer patients is 1,000 mg taken twice a day. Because Vitamin C could induce diarrhea, the dosage can also be taken in a buffered form.

A hormone found in the brain that has a role in sleep is known as Melatonin. Researchers have found that the hormone might have properties that will help in preventing ulcers along with reduction in acid secretion and an improvement in blood flow. Until now, it is not known if it will benefit people with peptic ulcers but it might well do so. However, high doses of Melatonin have adverse affects like mental impairment, severe headache and nightmares.

In the past anti acids were the drugs that were preferred for ulcers but now it has been replaced with proton pump inhibitors. There are natural alternatives that work really well to heal ulcer and can be used with other prescribed drugs. Researchers claim Deglycrrhizinated licorice {DGL) as a good complement to the therapeutic measures recommended by your health care professional. DGL works positively by addressing the underlying factors causing ulcers rather than trying to hide the symptoms. DGL works by promoting the natural defense mechanism that is already present in our body to fight against ulcers. Other drugs that are also beneficial in curing ulcer carry some side effects along with them but DGL has no side effect.

Therefore, although there is no sure cure for ulcers but choices available for getting rid of it are many and a proper treatment will see you through. The patient must consult the doctor for proper treatment and correct guidance. If the patient reaches at the early stage, ulcers can be easily cured with fewer complications.

How to Fix Hormone Imbalance For Women’s Health

There is a directly proportional relationship between hormone imbalance and women’s health. As long as hormones are in adequate levels, cells, tissues, organs and systems will function properly and the body will be able to combat stress, fight disease and recovery better. There are several natural methods to help attain optimum health by balancing hormones. Here’s how.

Herbal Treatment

Chaste tree berry or vitex agnus castus, monk’s pepper or hemp tree is considered by many as the most important herb in treating PMS or premenstrual syndrome. It is known for its positive effects on alleviating symptoms such as breast pain, painful menses and irregular menses. The herb primarily acts on the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain. The fruit of the plant specifically has contents with dopamine-like activity that inhibits the release of prolactin thereby increasing progesterone production during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen dominance can be avoided and treated.

Wild yams contain diosgenin which manufactures natural progesterone efficiently. The hormone is actually plant-derived but has exactly the same chemical properties as the ones naturally produced by the body. Estrogen dominance during the luteal phase is suggested to be the leading cause of PMS symptoms so taking adequate amounts of the herb can correct the problem.

Evening primrose oil or oenothera biennis comes from the seeds of the plant and is known for its essential fatty acid content. The important oils in the herb are gamma-linoleic acid or GLA and linoleic acid. The conversion of linoleic acid to GLA is generally impaired in most women exhibiting PMS symptoms. Evening primrose oil can improve levels of GLA to improve PMS.

More Methods

Other herbs that are known to alleviate menopausal syndrome include Dong Quai or Angelica sinensis which helps with cramps, weakness and irregular menses, licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra which helps increase progesterone levels, Black Cohosh or Cimicifuga racemosa which exhibits estrogen-like activity, Kava Kava or Piper methysticum which relieves anxiety and stress and Valerian or Valeriana officinalis which helps improve sleep and rest.

Try alternate methods that relieve stress and boost hormone production such as aromatherapy, massage, therapeutic touch, acupuncture, acupressure, hypnotherapy and mental imagery. Stay away from alcohol and tobacco since these can aggravate PMS symptoms. Eat more nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals especially iron to alleviate bleeding problems. Exercise regularly by doing mild to moderate cardiovascular activity at least three times per week. Sleep well each night and rest for at least 7 to 8 hours.

Menstrual Problems

There are three common menstrual disorders namely dysmenorrhea which is excess menstruation, menorrhea which is less menstruation and amenorrhea which is absent menstruation. Scanty menstruation may be caused by vitamin B, vitamin C or potassium deficiency. In some cases hyperacidity and flatulence may also cause the problem so women need to eat healthy and high-fiber diets to ease discomfort and pain. Primary amenorrhea can be related to genetic links while secondary amenorrhea is basically caused by stress or illness. Hydrotherapy, steam baths, acupressure and massage can alleviate the symptoms.

As for PMS, patients can try deep breathing exercises 2 to 3 times each day. To fix hormone imbalance for women’s health, individuals need to consume more raw fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and soups. Supplementation especially iron and calcium are also recommended. Women may also want to try naturopathic treatments which are proven to be safe, natural and reliable.

How to Fix Hormone Imbalance For Women’s Health

There is a directly proportional relationship between hormone imbalance and women’s health. As long as hormones are in adequate levels, cells, tissues, organs and systems will function properly and the body will be able to combat stress, fight disease and recovery better. There are several natural methods to help attain optimum health by balancing hormones. Here’s how.

Herbal Treatment

Chaste tree berry or vitex agnus castus, monk’s pepper or hemp tree is considered by many as the most important herb in treating PMS or premenstrual syndrome. It is known for its positive effects on alleviating symptoms such as breast pain, painful menses and irregular menses. The herb primarily acts on the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain. The fruit of the plant specifically has contents with dopamine-like activity that inhibits the release of prolactin thereby increasing progesterone production during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen dominance can be avoided and treated.

Wild yams contain diosgenin which manufactures natural progesterone efficiently. The hormone is actually plant-derived but has exactly the same chemical properties as the ones naturally produced by the body. Estrogen dominance during the luteal phase is suggested to be the leading cause of PMS symptoms so taking adequate amounts of the herb can correct the problem.

Evening primrose oil or oenothera biennis comes from the seeds of the plant and is known for its essential fatty acid content. The important oils in the herb are gamma-linoleic acid or GLA and linoleic acid. The conversion of linoleic acid to GLA is generally impaired in most women exhibiting PMS symptoms. Evening primrose oil can improve levels of GLA to improve PMS.

More Methods

Other herbs that are known to alleviate menopausal syndrome include Dong Quai or Angelica sinensis which helps with cramps, weakness and irregular menses, licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra which helps increase progesterone levels, Black Cohosh or Cimicifuga racemosa which exhibits estrogen-like activity, Kava Kava or Piper methysticum which relieves anxiety and stress and Valerian or Valeriana officinalis which helps improve sleep and rest.

Try alternate methods that relieve stress and boost hormone production such as aromatherapy, massage, therapeutic touch, acupuncture, acupressure, hypnotherapy and mental imagery. Stay away from alcohol and tobacco since these can aggravate PMS symptoms. Eat more nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals especially iron to alleviate bleeding problems. Exercise regularly by doing mild to moderate cardiovascular activity at least three times per week. Sleep well each night and rest for at least 7 to 8 hours.

Menstrual Problems

There are three common menstrual disorders namely dysmenorrhea which is excess menstruation, menorrhea which is less menstruation and amenorrhea which is absent menstruation. Scanty menstruation may be caused by vitamin B, vitamin C or potassium deficiency. In some cases hyperacidity and flatulence may also cause the problem so women need to eat healthy and high-fiber diets to ease discomfort and pain. Primary amenorrhea can be related to genetic links while secondary amenorrhea is basically caused by stress or illness. Hydrotherapy, steam baths, acupressure and massage can alleviate the symptoms.

As for PMS, patients can try deep breathing exercises 2 to 3 times each day. To fix hormone imbalance for women’s health, individuals need to consume more raw fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and soups. Supplementation especially iron and calcium are also recommended. Women may also want to try naturopathic treatments which are proven to be safe, natural and reliable.

Do You Have Gastritis?

Contrary to common belief, gastritis is not a single disease but rather several different conditions. “Gastritis” simply means “inflammation of the stomach,” and stomach inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors. When the stomach becomes inflamed, it is because something has happened to irritate the stomach lining. Gastritis can be mild or severe, temporary or chronic. It can be very painful in some patients, and even fatal if it is not dealt with properly.

Injury, illness, bacteria, or viruses can cause gastritis with the most prevalent cause worldwide being a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. This bacterium invades the mucous lining of the duodenum and stomach and can cause peptic ulcers in addition to gastritis. It is one of the few known bacteria that can survive the stomach’s very acidic environment; most other organisms are destroyed. Luckily, it is possible to have the Helicobacter pylori bacterium in your stomach and never see any symptoms.

You can also develop gastritis due to a breakdown of the immune system. If you’ve had a prolonged illness, or if you are on immunosuppressant drugs for cancer treatment or have HIV, this can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to developing gastritis.

One type of gastritis is more specifically known as erosive gastritis. This is where the stomach isn’t just inflamed, but is being worn away. The stomach lining can be eroded by a variety of irritants, including aspirin. Crohn’s disease can wear the stomach lining away, too. Typically, a person with erosive gastritis doesn’t know he has it at first, because it generally develops very slowly over time. Often, the person is otherwise quite healthy and shows no symptoms until finally the erosive gastritis becomes severe enough to be noticeable.

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A subcategory of erosive gastritis is called acute stress gastritis. This is when a sudden injury or illness causes a breakdown of the stomach lining and inflammation of the stomach. The injury need not even be stomach-related — sometimes an injury that involves heavy bleeding or major skin burns can cause it. The reason why these seemingly unrelated injuries could cause erosive gastritis is not definitively known, but a theory is that the injuries cause decreased blood flow to the stomach as the blood is being sent to the damaged areas for healing purposes, which causes the stomach lining to become weak.

Radiation treatment can cause gastritis, too, if it is inflicted upon the lower left side of the chest or the abdomen, near the stomach.

Some patients who have had stomach operations, particularly to remove part of the stomach for weight-loss reasons, develop gastritis afterward. Usually the gastritis erupts in the place where tissue has been stitched together after surgery. It is thought that it happens because the surgery restricted blood flow to the lining of the stomach, or because the lining was exposed to too much bile during the surgery.

Pains in the Chest – Is This a Heart Attack?

Not all pain in and around your chest is an indication that you are heading for a heart attack. Though it is always best to seek medical help when you experience ANY type of chest pain, it is good to be aware of the fact that there are many other kinds of chest pains.

Heart related pain

1. Aortic dissection – this feels like a horrible stabbing pain that explodes from within suddenly. It spreads fast towards the mid section of your back – just between the shoulder blades.

2. Pericarditis – this pain occurs due to inflammation of the membrane that covers the heart – the pericardium. This is very different from angina pain – it is very pronounced and sharp. It gets worse with every breath you take in and it becomes unbearable when you lie down. You will find slight relief only when you bend forward.

3. Myocarditis – this pain is very similar to pericaridatis; it is caused by inflammation of the heart muscles.

Lungs related pain

4. Pneumonia – this is a disease that causes acute chest pain. However, this would be associated with fever, cough, breathlessness, and accumulation of phlegm.

5. Pleuritis – this is an inflammation of the pleura or the membrane that covers the lungs. Like pericarditis, this pain too is accentuated by breathing in.

6. Pneumothorax – this is when your lung collapses owing to accumulation of air around it. The pain is sharp, sudden and gets aggravated by taking-in breaths. The pain is associated by a feeling of suffocation, as the lung is unable to expand and take in air.

7. Pulmonary hypertension – in simple words, this is high blood pressure in the blood vessels that irrigate the lungs. You would feel a huge pressure in the chest region that gets aggravated by physical exertion and deep breaths.

Gastro-esophageal related pain

8. Reflux pain – this is one of the most common of pains associated with indigestion and acidity. The pain, accompanied by a burning sensation, usually starts under the breastbone and is associated with acid regurgitation. This pain is fast relieved by antacids.

9. Spasm of the esophagus – this is a rare condition; the reason why it happens is not clear yet. There would be a sudden spasm of the esophageal muscle, which generates swift stabbing pain just under the breastbone. This pain is aggravated by swallowing and relieved by ingestion of nitroglycerine.

10. Tearing in the esophagus – this usually happens after heavy bouts of vomiting and it is a common occurrence with alcoholics. It is aggravated by swallowing. Boerhaave’s syndrome is a more acute manifestation of rupture of the esophagus the pain of which is very severe.

Other Types Of Pains

11. Muscle spasms – this pain is caused by back or chest muscle spasms or sprains that normally follow some severe physical strain. The pain is usually localized and sensitive to touch.

12. Anxiety and stress – sudden anxiety and stress can cause constriction of the chest, which is very similar to angina. You would also feel dizzy and breathless in this situation.

There are many more types of chest pains that were not described here. As mentioned before, you need not wait to self-diagnose what type of pain you may be experiencing. The best solution (and the safest) is to go to your nearest medical facility for an immediate check up.