So as it turns out, this is another one of those annoying, self esteem breakers. Yes the skin disease Psoriasis. You read that right it is a disease. A rather embarrassing skin disease that has been known to lead to frustration and in some cases deep depression. If you suffer from it don’t feel alone, you are just one of 80 million people world wide that suffer with the same skin disease. This makes it a rather common skin disease.

As you can imagine since Psoriasis comes from the Greek word “psora” which means “to itch”, the skin disease it is well known in living up to its name. As if itching is not bad enough it is sometimes rather painful too.

Views seem to differ in when Psoriasis may occur, yet the most common thought is that Psoriasis can happen at any age between 12 and 45. It is not prone to effect one sex more than another yet it does seem to be more common in adults than in children. Caucasians seem to be at a slightly higher risk too.

Ok, so what is it, well if you suffer from it, or know someone who does you need no introduction, but for those who are not as familiar with it, the most common form of Psoriasis (plaque Psoriasis) is when you find the skin red and inflamed with a silvery white scale on top. These scales gradually enlarge and increase in number. When the scales are scraped off a few bleeding points are visible.

Basically what happens is the skin regenerates too quickly. Skin rapidly accumulates at the effected site which causes the silvery white scales. But my next question was what causes that to happen? Well the blame seems to lie at the doorstep of the T-Cells making it an immune system disorder.

Ordinarily these T-cells are supposed to help protect the body from infection yet in the case of Psoriasis they cause inflammation and rapid production of skin cells. They seem to be trying to heal an injury, one that is not really there. It is still not known what triggers the T-cells to be released to the dermis yet it is known that a normal skin cell matures in 28-30 days but in the case of Psoriasis it can happen as quickly as 3-6 days.

This is not the only form of Psoriasis; there seem to be many variations. People generally only have one form of Psoriasis at a time yet they can change from one form to another. One form of Psoriasis may clear up and later another form will appear.

The other, some refer to it as the more severe form of Psoriasis, is Pustular Psoriasis. These are blisters that are not infectious yet are filled with pus. This pus consists of white blood cells. The skin around this area is red and tender. The blisters eventually turn brown and form a scaly crust.

Guttate Psoriasis derives from the Latin word meaning “drop” and they are small red individual spots that usually appear on the trunk and the limbs. There name is because they look like little tear drops. This form of Psoriasis is mostly commonly yet not solely linked with Streptococcal infection.

Inverse Psoriasis is found in the arm pits, under the breasts, and other skin folds around the genitals. This appears as shiny red areas with out the scales that are found with Plaque Psoriasis. It tends to be more common in over weight people as with skin folds and sweating the problem becomes much more irritated.

The general consensus seems to be that even though this disease is not contagious it does seem to be to a large degree hereditary. It is not guaranteed that it will develop from these genes that carry it but there does seem to be certain conditions that may bring it out. Skin damage due to the sun, alcohol, strep throat, stress and some medications (including pain killers and anti malarial medication) may be all that is required to trigger Psoriasis and bring it to the fore. Stress and emotional traumas are rather large contributors to Psoriasis.

It may affect anywhere yet it is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. The groin, the nails and the palms and soles of the feet are also affected areas. When the nails become affected they become pitted or discolured. The joints may also be affected and in such cases the Psoriasis is called Psoriatic Arthritis.

In the case of Psoriatic Arthritis the condition is characterized by stiff, tender and inflamed joints. There are five different forms of Psoriatic Arthritis. Generally it only affects a few fingers and toes yet in severe cases this can be rather debilitating to the point that the individual suffering cannot work as all his/her time is preoccupied in trying to alleviate the pain.

Because there is no known cure Psoriasis can be absolutely heart breaking to the person suffering with it. There are medications and therapies that are able to clear up the patches of Psoriasis and to help it go into a state of remission. Treatment varies due to the severity of the Psoriasis and what form of Psoriasis the individual is suffering from. Consulting ones doctor is imperative. It will most likely flare up again over ones life time yet you do not have to give up all hope as the positive thing is that it can be controlled. It is just a matter of finding what works for you.

Fungus Prescription Medications – What Works to Cure Fungus?

What medications are commonly prescribed for nail fungus?


Also known as itraconazole is meant for dermatophytic infections. Only affective a mere 50% of the time, Sporanox has several drug interactions. Some medications which should not be mixed with Sporanox include terfenadine, astemizole and cisapride. 


Known by various names, including Gris-PEG, Grifulvin V and Fulvicin. This medication must be taken daily while the nail grows completely out, which means six to twelve months in fingernails and one to two years in toenails. 


Also known as terbinafine has proven to be one of the most effective nail fungus fighters. It remains in the nail bed, reducing the time of the therapy. Medication is taken once a day, taking just six weeks for fingernails to heal and three months for toenails to heal. 

How do the medications work?

Most prescribed medications kill fungus and can take weeks to months. Treatment must be followed completely in order to make sure the fungus is completely gone. If treatment is stopped early, the fungus can very easily come back and then the entire treatment must be started over from the beginning again. Some people make the mistake of discontinuing medication early because the fungus may appear to be cured when in fact it is not. 

Generic versions of the medications can range anywhere from $30 a month up where as some can be in the thousands of dollars per month; very costly. 

What side effects are involved with prescribed fungi medication?


Side effects include GI disorders, rashes, elevated liver enzymes, headaches and dizziness. 


This medication is low risk for certain side effects such as bone marrow damage and liver damage. Other side effects include vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea.


This medication holds the potential risk of depression, liver and bone marrow damage. 

What if I experience side effects?

If you experience any side effects, you need to speak to your physician immediately. Side effects can be serious and should be treated as such. There are different types of medications out there and your doctor may be able to switch you to something that won’t give you side effects. 

Do I have to take the medication in order to make the fungus go away?

Unfortunately the answer to that question may be yes. There are many over-the-counter and Internet sold treatments which claim to do the trick, but often times getting rid of the fungus requires treating it from the inside out. Your doctor may ask you to take oral medications in conjunction with other topical treatments; however this varies from doctor to doctor. 

Sinus Pressure – The Allergy Connection

How many times have you heard someone say: “I think I’m coming down with a cold.”? No doubt many times. In fact, most of us have said that or made a similar statement, ourselves. Now a days when someone I know tells me that I usually reply: “Could it be allergies?” Because many of those “colds” are probably allergy reactions to the environment. As I look back to my childhood days one cannot, but wonder at the strong possibility that all those tablespoons of cod liver oil my mother faithfully administered—-in their full natural flavor, as commonly done in those days–to prevent my getting a “cold,” although not a bad idea were probably unnecessary since my frequent runny nose, coughing and post nasal drip were very likely caused by allergens. Even, perhaps, by the thick smog that had developed in the large city I grew up in.

As I studied my sinus problem several years ago, I came to the conclusion that the two main causes of my problem were: some foods and environmental allergies. Whenever I indulged in a milk shake or a large serving of ice cream I had serious post nasal drip in a matter of hours. And whenever I had a large glass of cow’s milk 3 or more days in a row I had the same result. I would stop drinking milk for several days or stop eating ice cream and the sinuses would clear up in just a few days. The seeming correlation became so obvious that I finally decided, a number of years ago, to stop using these food items on a regular basis and, of course, the sinuses cleared up indefinitely.

Then came spring time and as weeds and their flowers, and trees and their own flowers made their appearance once again in our area, the same allergic reaction I had had to the foods already mentioned, above, began to reappear, except that  I wasn’t using them. So, it became obvious that I was allergic to certain pollens and probably other allergens. I had pollen allergy tests made and sure enough there were a number of pollens I was very allergic to. With these results on hand the only alternative I had was: move to a place where there were not pollens I was allergic to–probably something rather impossible–or begin to receive allergy injections on a regular basis. I opted for the latter.

Several years went by and we moved farther North where carpets are more commonly used than in the Southwest and I began to once again have “cold” symptoms. At least that’s what we thought at first. Since I was hardly using cow’s milk and had resumed the allergy injections my wife and I wondered, what could the cause of the post nasal drip, etc., be this time. So I went back to an allergy specialist in our new area. After doing some testing he found I was very allergic to house dust. In the process of being given the allergy tests I found that not all house dust is created equal. Some dusts contain large amounts of dust mite droppings. This kind of mites thrive in a humid and warm environment, like the one produced by the human body while lying in bed, where the mites eat mostly microscopic particles of human skin that rubs off there and on the carpet. The tests did show I was very allergic to that kind of house dust. Thereupon I was given minute instructions by my doctor on how to shield my bed from the little varmints and their droppings. The devastating allergic effects I was having began to subside, especially when to my allergy injections was added the dust mite droppings antigen.

There can definitely be an allergy connection to sinus pressure and other sinus problems. My case is not unique. If one is suffering from ongoing sinus problems it might not be a bad idea to consider testing for allergies to the environment and possibly foods, especially if your health insurance covers these tests.

Menopause – Why Am I So Irritable?

Menopause is described as a condition rather than a disease. It is frequently referred to as a “Woman’s Issue.” Few, if any woman would admit anticipating its onset, although most women are aware of its unavoidable arrival. Beginning between the ages of 40 and 55 years, (and even as early as the 30’s for some women), the activity of the hormones estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease. This might occur slowly, in a natural expected sequence, or suddenly if the ovaries are surgically removed. As the body attempts to adjust to the fall in the hormonal levels, the menopausal woman begins to experience several emotional symptoms.

Irritability has been described as one of the most frequently occurring emotional symptoms of menopause. Several descriptions have been used to describe the symptom and with various degrees of severity. These include being short or bad-tempered, cross, or on edge; and being mildly, moderately or severely ill-tempered. Further, family and friends and affected women describe the behavior as becoming angry or upset for every-little-thing.

Women, who are mildly and moderately affected, described it as annoying. At this level, it is mostly obvious to themselves and some close family or friends. On the other hand, it is quite evident to everyone when women are severely affected. At this stage, the woman is so cross and quick tempered, that the symptoms are described as emotionally challenging and embarrassing; if not overwhelming and draining.

The short-tempered behavior occurs in the female during menopause due to a combination of occurrences. These include, but are not limited to (a) the biological effects of a lowered level of estrogen and progesterone which occur due to the ovaries receiving less stimulation from the growth hormones (b) surgical removal of the ovaries, mostly due to a disease. In either case, whether the loss occurred naturally or surgically, the emotional self feels the loss and will try to regulate itself to the change.

For example, as the woman’s emotional-self attempts to cope with the hormonal imbalance by making her extra alert to every thing. She feels so irritable that she often has trouble sleeping. The insomnia leads to tiredness and difficulty dealing with stress. This becomes a sleepless-tired-stress-irritable cycle, which, unless the problem is identified and practical measures taken to break the cycle, the woman can become overwhelmed.

Natural Menopause and Premature Menopause

Short-temper is also experienced by the woman who mourns the loss of her ability to reproduce. This occurs for most women and especially women who lost their ovaries unexpectedly. To help minimize the sudden onset of menopause, whenever possible, many surgeons will avoid removing both ovaries. If one ovum is left in place, it can continue to produce enough estrogen and progesterone that can help to prevent the rapid onset of menopause. This allows the woman to progress naturally to menopause when her body is matured and more ready for the change.

For women who must have the uterus removed, it is important to discuss with your gynecologist the possibility of leaving the ovaries in place, if at all possible. Women who are able to keep their ovaries intact can continue to enjoy a satisfactory level of well-being of not having to deal with premature menopause. Women, who do not have the option of keeping their ovaries intact, should discuss all available alternative options and treatments with the gynecologist prior to surgery.

How to Manage Irritability During Menopause?

Whether the woman is feeling severely cross because of premature or naturally occurring menopause, she may find the symptom overwhelming, and might consider the following practices that have been reported to be helpful by women who have had similar experiences.

Food and nutrition: Soya products for example, milk, beans, tofu. Tofu, for example have been used steamed, stir fried, and in stews.

Rest, exercise, relaxation and massages: While an after dinner walk before bed time has been proven beneficial, late naps close to bed times should be avoided. Late naps tend to interfere with a good night sleep, and so does vigorous exercise before bed time.

On the other hand, relaxing or winding down before bed time, have been used to encourage a good night sleep. For example, reading pages of a romantic novel or poetry, and listening to soft music. Some women have also reported feeling more calm after resting in a quiet place and taking 10-20 deep breaths periodically. For example, thinking on pleasant and positive thoughts while breathing in, and exhaling negative thoughts.

A warm bath and/or a slow back rub have had similar effects. Soaking the feet for 5-10 minutes in warm water followed by a foot massage have also been quite soothing (test water temperature with elbow before sub merging feet – if water feels too warm for your elbow, add cold water until it is comfortable). Further, some women have benefited from the use of Herbals and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), of which, several varieties are on the market.

Menopausal women experience varying levels of being ill-tempered as the emotional self attempts to adjust to the fall off of estrogen and progesterone. In trying to seek relief, for persistent or severe irritability, the woman may be inclined to try unusual foods, exercises, or medications. Whether over the counter medications or other substances are tried, medical approval is encouraged prior to engaging in unfamiliar practice(s).

Guaranteed Cure For Depression and Neurosis

Until today, many people are still suffering from diseases for which the cure has already been discovered but not yet learned by everyone. This is the case of people who suffer from depression and neurosis.

The solution for their problems has already been discovered a long time ago by the famed psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Jung, but his work has not been properly evaluated. When I continued his research in the unknown region of the human psychic sphere, I could see its content and simplify Jung’s method of deciphering dreams, which I proved in my scientific book as the only method which is the absolutely correct one.

Through dream interpretation, everyone can be surely cured: neurotic individuals who have only begun to have problems due to the invasion of the wild conscience into their human conscience and depressed individuals who are only starting to feel depressed because they have not developed all their psychological functions. Even if their depression is provoked by tragic events or irrecoverable losses, they can surely find support and therapy through dream interpretation.

Everything depends mainly on the patients’ attitude. If they follow the guidance they receive in their dreams to a tee, their psychotherapy is guaranteed. This is a statement that any psychiatrist or psychologist would be very afraid to make, but I can assure you that anyone who suffers only from neurosis or depression can be surely cured through dream analysis if they respect the guidance they receive and change their behaviour accordingly because I have seen the content of the unknown region of our psychic sphere and, therefore, I know the exact danger in any psychotherapy, what can be possibly achieved, what can be surely achieved and what one shall not even try to achieve because it is really impossible.

Impossibilities are encountered only in cases where we notice that the patient’s human conscience was completely destroyed by the wild side of their conscience. Even when it does happen, some patients can possibly recover their human conscience partially or even completely if they accept the indispensable suffering necessary. These are the psychotic and the schizophrenic patients. Hysterical patients can also be cured through dream interpretation albeit not as easily as neurotics and depressed individuals, but their cure can also be guaranteed if they follow the instructions they receive.

Psychotic and schizophrenic patients could be better helped and almost completely cured without the difficulty that we usually find when treating these cases. However, they do not cooperate with their doctor and are so aggressive that the psychotherapist has to be extremely patient with them and also wait for a really long time until he observes some progress in their behavior. Other factors like their environment and the people who take care of them can also have a decisive rule in their recuperation since their behavior varies according to the treatment they receive. If they are over-protected by their relatives or if their evolution is blocked and their disease is overcome with medicine, which doesn’t help them react positively but only subdues their reactions to a non-violent level, they have no chance to fight against the domination of their wild side.

However, even though the recuperation of these patients is a very sad attempt, the recuperation of depressed and neurotic patients is not only possible but also quite easy if compared with the difficulties we find in the psychotherapy of psychotic and schizophrenic patients by using the same method.

The guarantee I give is based on the recuperation of many people with very serious depression and neuroses that also affected their body and caused somatic diseases. Of course, I emphasize on the necessity of the patient’s cooperation.

If the patient does not take notes of his or her dreams and doesn’t follow the guidance received, nothing can be done. If, however, he or she pays attention to the guidance and follows it with seriousness, there is no doubt that the patient will solve all his problems in a period of time that varies from 8-12 months, depending only on the patient’s attitude in the case of depressed individuals and also on the percentage of the destruction of the human conscience, in case of neurotics.

Computer Phobias

Years ago around the end of January I would develop Chinophobia (fear of snow). Maybe it was because we had 3-5 feet of snow and I was ready for spring. Over the years I have developed “temporary phobias” for a number of good reasons.

A phobia is a handy way to get myself out of unpleasant situations. I developed Dentophobia (fear of the dentist) when my wisdom teeth decided to come in, but it was cured when the pain became so unbearable that I set out for the dentist office for some relief. Phobias also provide good excuses for why I do some of the silly things I seem to do, such as, when computers were first introduced to our school.

When computers were first introduced to our school I developed instant Cyberphobia (fear of computers or working on them). As the years passed I lost this phobia, but I noticed that there are many phobias associated with computers. In other words if you have any of the following phobias I would not be even near a computer.

Neophobia (fear of anything new)–computers change daily, oops, hourly so you need to avoid them.

Monophobia (fear of being alone)–since working on a computer is not group work you should avoid a computer.

Ballistophobia (fear of bullets)–You can get near a computer and even work on one, but avoid that bullet button at all costs.

Tropophobia (fear of making changes)–don’t even be in the vicinity of a computer because this is a continual procedure and if you don’t change your computer system often you quickly revert to the caveman era of computer technology.

Atychiphobia (fear of failure) – better not chance using a computer because the power may fail, the lights may flicker and then your system fails and you have to start all over. Besides that, one misplaced finger can make you wonder, “What happened now?”

Ankylophobia (fear of joint immobility) try sitting at a computer all day and then get up, it’s close to impossible at my age so avoid the computer.

Kaniophobia (fear of anything new or novel) with a computer it’s always changing and you may not be warned about those changes, so don’t chance it.

Allodoxaphobia (fear of opinions)–you can get on the computer, but avoid chat rooms and articles, like this, at all costs.

Castisophobia (fear of sitting)–self explanatory, just avoid the computer. Tachophobia (fear of speed)–avoid computers only if they have high speed internet and it was built last year, other wise, it is okay.

Polyphobia (fear of many things)–Everything connected to the computer is numbered in the many things category. Many functions, many buttons, many sights and especially many wires. Technophobia (fear of technology) That’s what computers are all about, technology, so avoid.

May you find your life free of any phobias and typing peacefully on your computer. Have a good life.


Anxiety is a pernicious little devil; it can hold us back, freeze our creativity and diminish our ability to fight our way out of trouble. Anxiety leads to a ‘vicious cycle’ in which anxiety feeds poor performance which increases anxiety and . . . you get the picture.

We all understand that severe problems make us anxious — career difficulties, financial worries, medical problems. What many people do not appreciate is the low-grade or ‘background’ anxiety which affects every person, every day.

Desmond Morris put it well when he said that we have constructed a “human zoo”. People in modern society exhibit behaviours which simply aren’t seen in wild animals — until they are enclosed in zoos. And it’s our wild nature which we need to look to if we wish to understand this ‘background anxiety’.

A useful clue lies in phobias. The most common phobias all relate to real dangers in the environment. Fear of spiders is a good example, as is fear of heights. Both represented significant dangers to our ancestors. But wait, take a look at some of the other common phobias. Agoraphobia — fear of open spaces. Why is this so common? Consider your hunter-gatherer ancestors, surrounded by predators and potential enemies. Being exposed is dangerous, so we have developed a natural awareness of exposure. In some people this gets out of hand, and becomes a phobia, but we are all programmed to be aware — at the very least — of situations where we are exposed, away from cover.

Social anxiety is also extremely common, with some studies showing 7% of adults suffering from the condition. Social anxiety can be extremely debilitating, and manifests in performance impairment in social situations. This also seems puzzling, at first glance. Why should humans, the great social species, suffer so extensively from social anxiety? The reasons lie in our unnatural population density. We simply didn’t evolve to cope with such intense exposure to strangers. Every stranger you meet is, to your ancient mind, a potential enemy. It’s remarkable that we all manage so well!

So you don’t suffer from arachnophobia, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder or any other anxiety disorder. What’s my point? Simply this. All of these small anxieties affect your performance, day by day. Meeting people is stressful, because your ancient mind insists on being alert to danger. Walking down the street is an adventure in social interaction and exposure. Making presentations at work — exposing yourself to a crowd, possibly a crowd of strangers — is one of the most unnatural activities a human can perform.

We all suffer from anxiety, and it affects our performance and our ability to experience joy. We all need to relax. As a hypnotherapist, I always listen out for the moment in a session when my client’s tummy starts to rumble. It’s a good sign. It shows that the stress chemicals which routinely circulate, holding back digestion (as well as a range of other physiological roles related to ‘fight or flight’) have diminished. Just think about what this means. Chances are that your body is preparing you for fight or flight right now. All you’re doing is surfing the Web. Within fifteen minutes of beginning to hypnotise you, I can say with some confidence that your tummy would start gurgling and your body chemistry would be changed, because there really isn’t any need for this constant state of readiness.

Being aware of background anxiety is the first step towards conquering it. Hypnotherapy is incredibly powerful in this respect, but sadly, people tend to call on hypnotherapists only when their problems have reached crisis point. In my next article I will highlight some of the signs of background anxiety. If these relate to you, or if you feel that you would welcome some impartial (and free) advice relating to anxiety reduction, please feel free to contact me via Confidence Club (email

Insomnia – Causes and Solutions

Many people will experience insomnia in their lives, and there are many reasons for this. First, there are two classifications of insomnia: Primary and Secondary. Primary insomnia is the much simpler of the two, it is not caused by a physical problem. Sometimes it can be as simple as room temperature, or too much noise, or other uncomfortable sleeping conditions. If this is the case, there are many things you can try to solve the problem. Flipping your mattress can do a lot to improve your comfort; you can also try moving the bed to different locations in the room which may have a positive psychological effect. The perfect sleeping conditions are a dark, cool room with minimal noise.

This is not always within your control; you may have noisy neighbors, it may be the middle of summer and you are without an air conditioner etc. In this case there are still things you can do to improve the situation. For noise, you can bring something into the room which will make “white noise”, this is a constant noise which will not change in pitch or volume which can drown out other noise. A fan can make white noise, or you can leave a radio on an unused frequency where it will produce nothing but static. If that fails, earplugs may be an option. Temperature is harder to control, especially if you cannot invest in an air conditioner. If it is too hot, again, a fan can help, and a spray bottle filled with cold water as well. For a hot room, you may want to take a hot shower before bed. This is because the air in the room will feel cool in contrast to the hot water from the shower.

There are of course certain substances which can make it very difficult to sleep. If you drink six cups of coffee per day and have trouble sleeping at night, it does not take an expert to figure out where the problem lies. You should cut down on caffeine, especially later during the day. If you are a smoker, cutting down on your nicotine will help as well especially later in the day. People seem to believe that alcohol can help cure insomnia because it makes you sleepy. First of all, sleeping after consuming a large amount of alcohol will make your sleep quality extremely poor. Secondly, some people actually find it more difficult to sleep after drinking alcohol and some even wake early after drinking.

The most common primary insomnia is caused by anxiety. More and more people are dealing with anxiety than ever before. This could be due to one of a couple reasons or all of them.

1) People are more willing to admit they are anxious.

2) The world is becoming more stressful.

3) We are losing our ability to cope with life’s stresses.

Regardless of the main factors, it is causing us to lose sleep. This in turn causes us to become more irritable and less able to deal with stress which makes us lose more sleep. There are breathing techniques you can try, as well as aroma therapy and other relaxation techniques to deal with stress and anxiety. There is of course the option of counseling if the anxiety is a severe and persistent problem. Many people will use prescription drugs to get the sleep they need in this situation, but these drugs come with many side effects and should only be used as a last resort, and for short periods. With prescription sleeping pills there is also the real risk of dependence, as well as a smaller risk of overdose. If dealing with stress and anxiety psychologically isn’t enough, there are herbal supplements which can be used instead.

These supplements come with no risk of dependence, or overdose, and patients very rarely report any negative side effects. They are perfect for someone suffering from insomnia due to mild to moderate anxiety. One of the best herbs for this use is St. John’s Wort, which is renowned for its calming effects.

Secondary insomnia is insomnia caused by a real physical problem. This can be due to hormonal changes, like when a woman experiences menopause. Insomnia during menopause is very, very common, though it is not always a viable option to simply wait it out. Decreased levels of melatonin are another cause of secondary insomnia. For treatment of these it is necessary to see a doctor, and possibly visit a sleep clinic for treatment.

Solutions for an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail can be extremely painful and cause significant complications, especially if you have diabetes foot conditions that are a result of poor circulation and blood flow. An ingrown nail causes the corner of the nail to actually grow into the skin, which causes pain and sometimes infection. Commonly affecting the big toe, severe cases of ingrown nails can cause a lot of pain and even problems with mobility.

Ingrown nails can often be care for at home, but if the pain is severe and spreading, your doctor can help you take the steps needed to relieve pain and discomfort. A person who has diabetes or a condition that causes poor circulation in the feet should have the ingrown nail looked at immediately before further discomfort and complications develop.

Treatment Options for Ingrown Nails

Your podiatrist can help diagnose the ingrown toenail based on the symptoms reported and physical examination of the toe. Your doctor will examine the nail and the surrounding skin in order to determine an effective treatment.

Ingrown toenail treatment options may include:

· Lifting the nail. This process is conducted for a mild ingrown nail that is causing discomfort around the nail bed and surrounding fleshy tissue. Redness and pain may be experienced but no discharge. Your doctor may use cotton and a dental floss type string to slide under the edge of the nail in order to separate the nail from the skin that is overlying. The procedure helps the nail grow out and away from the skin.

· Partial removal of the nail. Partially removing the nail is reserved for extreme or slightly more extreme ingrown toenails where there is pain, redness and pus. Your doctor may cut and get rid of the ingrown part of the nail in order to relieve pressure and discomfort. Before the procedure is carried out, your doctor may numb the area temporarily to reduce any discomfort through the process. An anesthetic may be injected into the toe region.

· Removal of the entire nail and tissue. For recurrent ingrown toenails and the most extreme cases, your doctor may recommend the removal of the entire toenail or s significant portion of the nail along with the underlying tissue (known as the nail bed). This will prevent the portion of the nail that continues to become ingrown entirely and keep it from growing back. The procedure can be done using a chemical, laser or other methods.

Nail Fungus – An Unsightly And Potentially Painful Condition!


Nail fungus is made up of tiny organisms (Tinea Unguium) that can infect fingernails and toenails and is not the same as athlete’s foot, which primarily affects the skin of the feet; However sometimes the two may coexist and be caused by the same type of fungus. It is more commonly found among older adults because nails grow more slowly and thicken with aging, making them more susceptible to infection. The infection also tends to affect men more often than women and those with a family history of the disease. It grows more often in people with weaker immune systems, which allow the fungus to become established. Nail fungus can be very difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common. The infection must be treated with medication once it occurs and is becoming more common in the U.S.


Fungus Infections account for about half of all nail disorders. These infections usually develop on nails that are continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or shower floors. An infection may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. Toenails are more susceptible to fungal infections because they are confined in a warm, moist environment. Bacterial Infections cause redness, swelling, and pain of the nail skin folds. Fungal infections of the nail can cause discoloration and abnormal growth. A nail fungus infection is often very difficult to treat, and may recur. Look out for signs of infection, including redness, pain or pus.


The best treatment of course is prevention. Non-surgical treatments include the use of topical or oral medications. If the topical treatments fail, more potent medications can be taken orally if your health care provider thinks it is necessary. However, because other nail conditions sometimes mimic fungal infection, most doctors will confirm the diagnosis by sending a nail clipping for laboratory evaluation — especially if treatment is being considered. To monitor side effects your physician must order periodic blood tests (usually monthly) during treatment. At least 20 percent of patients will have a recurrence of the original nail infection at some time, making re-treatment with medication necessary.

If the nail infection does not cause any of these problems, then doctors often discourage treatment because of the potential side effects, the need to monitor the blood throughout therapy and the high recurrence rate. Without effective treatment nail fungus infections can spread and may even cause pain or tenderness. The good news is your primary care physician, podiatrist, dermatologist or healthcare professional can help you find an effective treatment. They can examine your nails and find a treatment that’s right for you. Questioning the doctor about your condition can help you feel better about the treatment you receive.


An infection of nail fungus occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. As it spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges – an unsightly and potentially painful condition, But there are medications available to help clear up nail fungus. People suffering from this infection should include more probiotics (good bacteria) in their diet. Your doctor can diagnose whether you have a nail fungus infection and prescribe medicine, if needed. Many people fail to seek treatment initially because the symptoms of nail fungus may appear to be nothing more than a blemish. If you suspect that you are infected, you should seek medical treatment because these infections can last indefinitely when left alone.

Do NOT Ice a Sprained Ankle: Here is Why

Ice is the problem

If you have a sprained ankle, you can bet someone has already told you to use ice. People you don’t even know will come up to you, say sorry and shake their head at your misfortune. Then, they’ll try and be helpful and tell you to start icing it right away. Of course, if you ask them for how long, they’ll probably shrug and walk off.

So, you’ll go home and ice your ankle. It will help with the pain a little bit, but you’ll notice the ankle heals very, very slowly. And the pain, weakness and instability is still there for months afterward. And even after a few months, when you play sports, you find that there may still be some residual and nagging pain that doesn’t go away.

So, maybe you’ll wear a brace or a wrap to help stabilize the ankle, but it will slow you down. You may not realize it, but your knees will now be at risk, because your ankles are less mobile. Also, your hips and low back will be somewhat exposed to injury because your gait will be different. And the worst part… your ankle will be at a very high risk of re-injury. And that will never change, because your ankle will always be weak and unstable.

Where did ice for an ankle come from?

So, what happened? Why didn’t ice work? And why is everyone telling everybody else to ice in the first place?

Okay, ice was first used in the sixties as a cheap way to help athletes alleviate pain on the sidelines. And, it worked in that regard. It does help with short term pain relief. But then, we made a leap of logic that if ice was good at short term pain relief, it must be good at healing. But, over time, we have learned that ice doesn’t just hinder the body’s healing process, it can actually stop it altogether.

Problem #1

Let’s take swelling and inflammation first. After a sprained ankle, you will be very swollen. Most people find their ankle swells up to the size of a softball or more. It’s painful, immobile and bruised. Human nature is to want to get rid of that as soon as possible.

But, here’s what’s very interesting… the body actually knows what it’s doing. The swelling triggers the immune system to send in immune cells called macrophages. In the first forty eight hours, those little guys have one job- to gobble up all the waste and debris in the injured area.

Well, they found that ice actually STOPS the flow of macrophages. So, by icing your ankle, you are effectively stopping the healing the process. This is just the first of many things ice does to hurt your body’s attempts at healing.

Problem #2

Next, the body wants to drain the injured area of all the waste. This is called lymphatic drainage. Obviously, you want to encourage the body’s attempts to drain the ankle of all the waste and debris caused by the sprain. Well, once again, ice stops the flow of lymphatic drainage. Not only that, it has actually been shown to reverse the flow of waste back into the ankle joint!

So, ice stops the flow of healthy immune cells into the ankle and stops the flow of waste out of the ankle. I am sure you can appreciate how much this hurts the healing process. Again, you are getting some short term pain relief, but at what cost?

Problem #3

Lastly, it has been shown that lymphatic drainage requires muscle activation. In other words, to properly drain tha ankle of waste, you have to move the ankle joint. It should be down very slowly and gently. You should never cause yourself any pain, but you do need to move it.

Well, the reason ice gives you some pain relief is due to the fact that it hinders and even stops the communication between nerves and muscle. And, if the nerves and muscles cannot communicate, you cannot effectively move your ankle. And if you cannot move your ankle, the waste cannot drain.

There are more stages of the healing process than just getting out the waste and debris. You have to repair the ankle joint and then get it back to full strength. You also have to improve stability and range of motion. But, I’m sure you can appreciate the fact that ice isn’t going to do any of that.

So, the only thing it is mean to do (reduce swelling) actually has the cumulative effect of stopping the body’s natural healing process. So, your ankle will go through a very painful and slow rehabilitation and at the end, will still be very weak and unstable.

So, what can you do for a sprained ankle instead of ice?

I’ll keep this part short and sweet… You need to encourage healthy blood flow. And you need to help your body manually remove the waste and break up scar tissue that is sure to develop. And you need to actively and safely move the ankle to improve range of motion as well as increase ankle strength and stability.

Not only will all these steps improve the quality of the healing process, it will dramatically SPEED IT UP. So, you will heal much faster and better than if you just lay arond and ice your sprained ankle.

How do you do this?

You can either follow a good at home sprained ankle rehab program like the one I developed (The H.E.M. Ankle Rehab System) or go see a good physical therapist. Either way, just make sure you take care of your sprained ankle the right way to avoid months and even years of pain, decreased sports performance and frustration.

Effective and Natural Bruise Treatment

There are natural bruise treatments you can undertake to eliminate those nasty bruises. Everyone walking on earth has gotten a bruise at one time or another, if you haven’t you might want to check if your are human. When you feel like a bruise is coming on you can rub it, which works for me, gently rub it so you don’t make it worse. After you rub it apply ice to right away. Ice the bruise down for 10 minutes. The next day apply heat to it routinely which will help improve circulation.

Another method which isn’t as common as ice and heat is Vitamin K cream. This has been known to help treat and cure bruises fairly quickly. It repairs the blood vessels and prevents the blood from leaking into the tissue that forms into bruises. If you have kid who are always running around and climbing on things having this cream will be handy to you. I use to get bruises all the time and my mom never did anything for me, it was more “You shouldn’t have been doing that in the first place”, kind of attitude. So I just dealt with my bruises as best I could which was just apply ice to it.

There are commercial bruise removers but you don’t need those so save your money. The faster you treat the bruise the more likely it won’t appear as disgusting as it could be with treatment. Natural bruise treatments are so basic but still very effective.

Chronic and Acute Compression Fractures – Treatment Options

Do you want to learn more about what a compression fracture is, in simple terms?

Do you ever worry that you have one of these fractures and want to find a way to treat it?

1.) Introduction

A compression fracture in the spine is caused by axial load and flexion to the vertebra. Many times people with osteoporosis will sustain a compression fracture and not even know it, due to the weakness in the bone stock that is present. – Other times, people will fall off a ladder, for example, and accidentally flex their back too much. Excessive flexion of the spine (as if you are curling into a ball) can place pressure on the spine to the point where you can sustain an anterior column injury, such as a compression fracture. Yes, these fractures can hurt, but they are typically not life threatening and can be treated conservatively in most cases.

2.) Back Braces That Help

When an individual suffers from a compression fracture, their physician can request that they use a back support. Why is this important? A custom made TLSO, or another type of brace called a “jewett” or “c.a.s.h.” brace can be applied to help stop flexion of the thoracolumbar spine. Since a compression fracture is caused by flexion, then preventing a repetitive flexion of the spine at the injury site is something that will promote healing for the patient. – Braces do not directly cure you, however, they can prevent those movements that will keep your compression fracture unhealed. And yes, they are easily hidden when you use a shirt.

3.) When Do I Have To Wear This Brace?

Typically, people will have to wear a back support for a compression fracture when they are sitting or standing. However, people do not necessarily have to wear them in bed or in the shower, for example. In the end, it is up to your physician to advise you on when to wear your brace and for what activity levels. Why? – You know how the story goes, if your physician tells you a story on when to wear a brace, and then your local, licensed orthotist tells you when to wear it, then with best intentions, the story will be slightly different.

Note: This is health information. Medical advice on bracing should be provided to you by your local, licensed orthostist. This is good information, but everyone’s medical condition is different and this article can not be service as medical advice.

How to Treat Duodenal Ulcers?

Treatment for duodenal ulcers has changed drastically over the last couple of decades. Whereas fifty years ago, most patients with duodenal ulcers had to have their abdomens cut open and surgery performed, today most patients are treated by a combination of drugs that reduces the exposure of the stomach lining to acid. Among the most effective are drugs known as H2 Blockers, which can effectively block the production of acid in the stomach. The H2 Blockers, of which there are several on the market (such as Cimetidine, Ranitidine and Famotidine), are ex-pensive, but they have revolutionised the management of stomach ulcers.

Most patients who are shown to have an ulcer on gastroscopy are prescribed a course of H2 Blockers, usually for four to six weeks, and this usually heals the ulcers. But the drugs alone are not enough – certain measures which are known to stimulate acid production by the stomach have to be avoided. Cigarette smoking, stress and certain pain-killing drugs known as Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) are all known to increase acid production, and at least until the ulcer heals, they should all be avoided. Meals should be taken at regular hours, and long periods with the stomach empty should be avoided. To prevent recurrence, it is best if one can give up smoking and the use of NSAID drugs altogether, and cultivate an attitude of mind and a life-style that diminishes stress.

There are other drugs that help in treating peptic ulcers, antacids like Aluminum Hydroxide and Magnesia that act by chemically neutralising the acid and protective agents such as Sucralfate that coat the ulcer and prevent further damage by acid. Obviously, one’s own doctor, who knows the history of the illness and the particular nature of the patient, would be the best person to decide which particular drug or drugs would suit an individual.

If a person suffers from a recurrence of ulceration, the time has come to decide between starting on a permanent course of drugs (which can be expensive) or undergoing surgery (which nowadays, unless one suffers from other diseases, is quick and safe). Duodenal ulcers are said to be more common in the hardworking, intense type of person, so if you are one of these, and have lately been experiencing pain in the upper part of the tummy, now is the time to have your doctor check it out.

Candidiasis & Dysbiosis-The Basis of All Health Imbalances

Treating dysbiosis is the basis of treating all illnesses. Dysbiosis leads to malabsorption, which in turn leads to malnutrition: instead of absorbing good nutrients for living and healing and eliminating toxins and end products of metabolism for proper detoxification, one ends up absorbing toxins, leading to increased degeneration and cellular damage and eliminating useful nutrients, leading to deficiencies and impaired immune system function.

The concept of intestinal dysbiosis is integral to any holistic theory of medicine. Dysbiosis leads to malabsorption, therefore a substantial decrease in the basic nutrients one needs for repair and proper immune functioning; also, by leading to increased toxin absorption, dysbiosis often results in degeneration(end-product of toxicity). By compromising one’s ability to heal and detoxify properly, it interferes with one’s ability to recover from any illness.

In 1916 Alfred Nissle found that the presence of certain protective strains, E- coli bacteria prevented typhus infections in soldiers. He went on a show that intestinal dysbacteria, or what is known as dysbiosis, plays an important causative role in all chronic disease. E-coli, lactobacillus species, bifidobacteruim, etc, are important inhabitants of a healthy adult’s flora. They play a role in absorption and synthesis of folic acid, lactoflavin, niacin, pyridoxal, pantothenic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, and vitamin K, .However, they have an extremely important role in the modulation of both the local intestinal as well as global immune system.

The common yeast Candida Albicans is present in every individual. Normally, the yeast lives harmlessly in the gastrointestinal tract. However, occasionally the yeast will overgrow and lead to significant disease. Candida overgrowth is believed to cause a wide variety of symptoms as part of a complex medical syndrome. ( the yeast syndrome or chronic candidiasis.) The major body systems most sensitive to the yeast are the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems

Allergies have also been attributed to candida overgrowth.

Common causes of intestinal dysbiosis are:

* functional disorders of digestion

* Food intolerances: dairy, eggs, and BROWS grains ( Barley, Rye, Oats, Wheat and spelt) etc.

* Antibiotics

* Corticosteroids

* Heavy metal toxicity, and other toxic influences.

* Intestinal infection

* Stress, anxiety and worry

Typical chronic patient profile

* Sex: adult female

* Age: 15- 50

* Presenting symptoms are non-specific and vary, but here are a few examples:

* Past history: chronic vaginal yeast infections; chronic antibiotic used for infections or acne; oral birth control usage; oral steroids hormone usage.

* Associated conditions: Premenstrual syndrome; sensitivity to foods, chemical and other allergens; endocrine disturbances; psoriasis; irritable bowel syndrome; etc.

* Other: craving for foods rich in carbohydrates or yeast.

* Overgrowth of candida albicans in stool culture.

* Presence of high levels of antibodies against Candida Albicans

* Common symptoms attributed to the intestinal overgrowth of candida albicans can affect any system of the body, but primarily it affects the gastrointestinal, nervous, endocrine and immune systems.

* General symptoms- chronic fatigue, loss of energy, general malaise, decrease libido.

* Gastrointestinal symptoms- thrush ( candida overgrowth of the mouth), bloating, eructations, gas, flatulence, intestinal cramps, rectal itching and altered bowel function, Constipation and /or diarrhea

* Genitourinary complaints- vaginal yeast infection and frequent bladder infections.

* Endocrine system complaints- primarily menstrual complaints.

* Nervous system complaints- depression, irritability and inability to concentrate.

* Immune system complaints- allergies, chemical sensitivities and low immune function.

* Fatigue and lassitude.

Normal intestinal bacteria antagonize the growth of many types of pathogenic bacteria by secreting substances that prevent their development and by directly competing for nutrients and for existing space. The Lactobacillis Acidophilus type for example, has proven to prevent development of the faecal bacterium Escherichia Coli: existing bacteria flora prevents any pathogenic micro-organism from proliferating if it reaches the gastro intestinal tract; this is due to a sort of barrier created by the actions of different bacteria types that compete for vital space and nutriment and which therefore depends the host from external aggression. Morever, since intestinal flora is mostly of a bacteria nature, it constantly stimulates an immune system response; this complex defence reaction protects the body from external aggression and essential in order to sustain the body’s physiological health; if the immune response should become less effective, there are greater risks of contracting infections and other ailments.

The successful treatment of chronic candidiasis involves reducing predisposing factors to candida overgrowth.: decreased digestive secretions, diet, impaired immunity,nutrient deficiency, drugs, impaired liver function, underlying disease states and elimination of all factors candida thrives on( antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills) along with all dietary factors inductive to candida overgrowth: a diet high in sugar, yeast and dairy products. Reducing/Eliminating all these, along with specific naturopathic treatment leads to complete eradication of all problems caused by candidiasis.