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Causes of Tinnitus

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Tinnitus can come about due to of a number of reasons.

Cochlea damage – A vast majority (about 85%) of individuals with tinnitus have this condition because of damage to their cochlea. Listening to very loud ear-deafening sounds (explosions, loud sound from mp3 players or iPods, firecrackers, industrial noise, loud stereos, concerts, etc.) for prolonged periods of time can lead to cochlea damage. When your cochlea has been damaged it may not only lead to tinnitus but to temporary or permanent hearing loss as well.

Besides extended exposure of your ears to very loud noise, damage to your cochlea can also be caused by other factors. This can include head surgery, a serious blow to the head, nasal or ear passage surgery, ear infection or even ear wax removal. These factors do not entail any exposure to any loud sound in your ears to cause you to develop tinnitus.

Stress-related tinnitus – One out of ten people with tinnitus has this condition caused by stress. Stress related tinnitus is the next most typical cause for tinnitus. Stress can become too much for the body that the body can be physically affected. When stress is the cause of your tinnitus, the brain, (particularly, the hypothalamus) is usually the affected part of your body that leads to that distinctive hearing problem among others. People who are always under severe stress will be at a high risk of tinnitus symptoms that are particularly more severe than normal. The reason for this is that the hypothalamus being extremely exposed to long-term stress suddenly ceases to produce specific essential chemicals that the body requires to function normally. Reducing or managing stress is the best way to reduce or prevent this type of tinnitus.

Sinus infection – About 5% of tinnitus sufferers develop this hearing problem due to sinus infection. Tinnitus caused by sinus infection is the third most prevalent cause of tinnitus. People who suffer from chronic allergies, rhinitis or sinusitis are at high risk to develop this type of tinnitus. Tinnitus as a result of sinus infection stems from the accumulation of mucus in the middle ear and this actually is not because of the sinus infection but as a side effect of the antihistamine and antibiotic medicines for allergic conditions or sinus infections. The mucus in the middle ear eventually becomes infected eventually resulting in ringing in the ear. A good way to address this kind of tinnitus is by thinning the mucus down making it easy to be drained out from the ear.

Meniere’s Disease – Tinnitus is actually one of the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease. Meniere’s Disease is also an ear problem that causes symptoms of nausea, tinnitus, ear pressure, vertigo and dizziness in a person. This disease is a chronic disorder and an individual suffering from it often feels very tired and needs too sleep a lot particularly after the flare up of the disease.

Tinnitus can become severe enough to affect your daily activities and be very annoying. If you target the underlying problem that causes tinnitus, you eventually will be able to treat this ear condition.

 

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December 29th, 2013 at 4:22 am

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Definition of Tonsillitis

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Tonsillitis is the swelling and inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsil swells due to a strep throat infected by a virus or bacteria. The tonsils are the organs found in the back of the mouth. Tonsils are lymph nodes that usually prevent germs and bacteria from infecting the body. Some other parts of the throat may also be infected when one has tonsillitis. One related infection is the inflammation of the pharynx termed as pharyngitis.

Children are especially vulnerable to tonsillitis.

Pharyngitis which is also throat inflammation caused by viruses can lead to sore throats. Sore throats can also be caused by tonsillitis although the pathogen causing this can be bacteria or instead of a virus. It may be difficult to identify what may be causing sore throat in the patient but usually tonsillitis entails the inflammation of the palatine tonsils. Teenagers and children are especially at risk in developing tonsillitis compared to adults.

Acute tonsillitis can develop all of a sudden and typically resolves itself in about a week or two. It can develop many times in a year and for certain reasons may turn into a chronic condition. In recurrent and chronic tonsillitis, bacteria have resided in the tonsils making the tonsils consistently inflamed albeit slightly. An acute infection can be accompanied by severe symptoms that can recur at any time. The worst thing about a chronic infection is that it can lead to complications that aggravate the already painful tonsil condition.

 

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

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December 29th, 2013 at 4:20 am

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Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

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Your allergic reaction symptoms usually depend on the type of allergy you are suffering from.  The different types of allergies include pet allergies, seasonal allergies, food allergies and a whole lot more.

Pet Allergies

Dog allergy symptoms include:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Itchy, red eyes
Wheezing and coughing

Cat allergy symptoms:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Skin redness on the body part where the cat has licked, bitten or scratched you
Itchy, red eyes
Rash or hives on the face and chest
Wheezing and coughing

Seasonal Allergies

Spring, summer, fall and winter allergy symptoms

Dark circles under the eyes
Runny nose
Itchy nose and eyes
Coughing
Sneezing
Watery eyes

Food Allergies

Food allergies can include food intolerances. They can be experienced by virtually every person at certain times in their lives.

Milk Allergy – Allergic reactions of milk allergy can include hives, vomiting and wheezing.
Egg Allergy – Symptoms can include hives, allergic rhinitis, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing and anaphylaxis symptoms and signs like lump or swelling in the throat, stomach cramps and pain, rapid pulse and shock
Wheat Allergy – Bronchospasm, allergic rhinitis, eczema, stomach pain and, sometimes, anaphylaxis.
Nut (Peanut) Allergy – Runny nose, wheezing or shortness of breath, throat tightness, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, throat and mouth discomfort, swelling, redness or hives
Fish Allergy – Rash, itching, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a burning sensation in the mouth and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms
Shellfish Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, fainting, lightheadedness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Sulfite Allergy – Bronchospasm, headache, postnasal drip, rhinitis, sinus and nasal congestion and asthma.
Soy Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, runny nose, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Casein Allergy –  wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, red itchy skin, hives swelling in the face, throat, tongue, mouth and lips and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Other Allergies

Hay Fever – This condition is an immune problem. It is particularly as an allergic reaction to pollen grains and other pollen and certain non-pollen substances. Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis, hay fever has two types: one is seasonal, which means the reaction happens when certain plants start to pollinate and the other is perennial, where reactions can potentially occur all days of the year. Hay fever has symptoms that include:

Runny/blocked nose
Itchy nose
Itchy throat
Watery eyes
Itchiness spreading to the ears, nose and throat
Facial pain due to congested sinuses
Taste and smell loss
Headaches
Sweating
Insomnia
Irritability
Fatigue

Pink eye or Allergic Conjunctivitis – This is caused by STDs, viruses or bacteria and can be contagious. Its symptom includes eyelid swelling, blurred vision, itchy eyes, increased amount of tears and redness in the inner eyelid or in the white of the eye.

Urticaria or hives – Symptoms include sudden appearance of skin welts and patches as well as pale red and swollen bumps that develop because of allergies and other causes.

Allergies to Sumac, oak and Poison Ivy – The oily sap named urushiol from these plants causes an allergic response such as an itchy rash that becomes visible within hours or several days after contact.

Bee and Insect Sting Reactions – Symptoms include itching, warmth at the area of the sting, mild to moderate swelling, pimple-like spots, redness and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Mold Allergy – Mold allergy symptoms can include asthmatic symptoms such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and other symptoms like watery eyes; throat, nose and eye itchiness; postnasal drip and cough; stuffy or runny nose; and sneezing.

Pollen Allergies – Symptoms include cough, itchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes and sneezing

Skin Reactions to the Sun – Symptoms can include hives; blisters; skin bleeding, crusting or scaling; small bumps that may combine into raised patches, pain or itching and redness

Salicylate or Aspirin Allergy – Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, swelling on the face, tongue or lips, red eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Cosmetic Allergy – Cosmetics can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. Ingredients found in cosmetics like preservatives and fragrances can become allergens that trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms of cosmetics allergy include scaly and itchy skin that turns into patches. They sometimes turn into red rashes that eventually convert into blisters. When coming into contact with harsh substances or when scratched, the blisters can ooze fluids. Other symptoms include itching, redness and swelling in the skin.

Nickel Allergy – Symptoms can include draining fluid, blisters, patches of dry skin, redness or skin discoloration, mild to severe itching and bumps or rash on the skin.

Drug Allergy – A lot of medication do have negative side effects that trigger allergic reactions. When an allergic reaction to drug occurs, the immune system erroneously responds to the medication by developing an immune response to thwart its effects. Some of the symptoms of drug allergy can include shortness of breath, facial swelling, fever, itching, hives and for severe reactions anaphylaxis symptoms.

Dust Allergy – This type of allergy has symptoms that include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing and other symptoms such as allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, watery itchy eyes, stuffy or runny nose runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes.

Chemical Allergy – Certain individuals using detergents, cosmetics or shampoos that contain chemicals that can trigger allergic dermatological reactions can show symptoms like cracked, leathery and darkened skin, sun sensitivity, hives, swelling in the genital region, face and eyes, intense skin itching or burning, oozing blisters, scaly patches and red skin.

Penicillin Allergy – This is an allergic reaction that happens when the immune system abnormally responds to the effects of penicillin antibiotics. Symptoms of this type of allergy can include angiodema or swelling of the face, tongue or lips, wheezing, itchy skin, rash, hives and symptoms of anaphylactic reactions.

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December 25th, 2013 at 3:54 am

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Acne Treatments and Drugs

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The goals of acne treatments are fourfold: reduce the inflammation, neutralize bacterial infection, accelerate skin regeneration and lessen oil production. Prescribed medications may provide results after a month or two and the look of your acne may even become worse before improvements start to show.

Some of the medications your dermatologist or physician may prescribe for your acne include oral drugs or topical drugs. Oral acne drugs should never be taken by pregnant women particularly during the first three months of pregnancy.

Listed below are some of the acne remedies:

Antibiotics – These are often prescribed for mild to severe acne. Acne antibiotics consist of two kinds: topical and oral antibiotics. Antibiotics help reduce inflammation and kill skin bacteria. The doctor usually advices the patient to slowly wean out the antibiotic since the bacteria may become resistant to it after a while (around three months).  These medications can have side effects like nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, skin discoloration and upset stomach.

Over-the-counter topical medications – These include acne lotions that help slough dead skin cells, kill bacteria and dry up the sebum. These lotions often contain ingredients like sulfur, salicylic acid, resorcinol and benzoyl peroxide. They are ideal for light acne but have side effects like skin flaking, dryness and irritation.

Prescription topical drugs – These are recommended if OTC drugs fail. Some of these drugs include tazarotene, adapelene and Tretinoin. Their job is to unclog hair follicles and accelerate skin regeneration. Some topical drugs contain antibiotics which kill skin germs.

Isotretinoin – This is used to lessen sebum production, alter skin oil properties and prevent skin hardening. Isotretinoin is used for severe acne. Pregnant women should avoid using this drug as its use can lead to birth defects. Some other side effects of this drug include impaired night vision, high cholesterol, sunlight sensitivity, muscle spasms, nosebleeds, itching, dryness of the skin, nose, lips, mouth and eyes depression and can even increase the risk of suicide in a depressed person.

Oral contraceptives – These products contain ingredients like ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate. These ingredients have good anti acne properties but have side effects like depression, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches and cardiovascular and heart problems.

Laser and blue light treatment – These kinds of therapies can treat the deepest skin layers without damaging the surface of the skin. Laser therapy destroys the oil glands minimizing their sebum production. Light therapy destroys bacteria causing acne inflammation. Both treatments enhance the smoothness of the skin texture and help minimize skin scars. The downside of these treatments is that they skin burn the skin if not done properly.
Cosmetic options – These include dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and chemical peeling. All these options have long been used to treat the effects of acne and to address other skin problems like small facial scars, skin damage caused by the sun and fine lines. The side effects of these treatments include skin discoloration (can be permanent or long-term), blistering and scaling and temporary but painful skin redness.

Skin surgery – This surgical procedure entails the excision of acne scars one by one. This procedure helps repair the holes that were left by the acne.

Natural Treatments for Acne

Herbals Medicines and oils– These include Burdock derived from the plant arcticum lappa. Burdock enables the person to sweat a lot that cleans out the skin ducts of harmful bacteria; calendula officinals an anit-inflammatory and antibacterial herb; taraxacum officinale, known as the dandelion flower that clears the body of bad skin bacteria and lavandula angustifolia also known as Lavender, an essential oil with astringent, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial attributes

Acupuncture Treatment for Acne

Practitioners of this ancient oriental treatment explain that acne is caused by excess heat in the lungs and the way to address this is to cleanse and cool down the lungs. The lungs according to acupuncturists control the functions of the skin and so the imbalance in the lungs should be addressed in order to treat acne. The acupuncturist’s way to cool the lungs is by inserting extremely fine needles at essential points along the body’s meridians. Acupuncture treatment for acne breakout entails more than one session and can include cupping techniques in which glass cups are utilized to certain parts of the skin. Cupping helps cool down the lungs and remove toxins in the body that might have caused the imbalance.

 

John Frink holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist in Davis, CA., with special training in Chinese herbal medicine.

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December 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

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Weight Loss – Lifestyle and Home Remedies

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Unexplained weight loss is obviously a result of nutritional deficiency stemming from a loss of appetite or from certain types of sickness. Listed below are some home remedies that can help stimulate the appetite and reverse the effects of weight loss.

Topical Treatments

One recommended therapy that may help boost your appetite is dry-skin brushing. It aids the lymphatic system in flushing out toxins. It also helps improve kidney and digestion function when utilized on the stomach area. When doing dry-skin brushing use a non-nylon bristle brush and utilize it on your stomach; this activity will stimulate and release the gastric enzymes via the histamine which will improve your appetite.

Cool and warm compresses used alternately on the stomach and liver region may aid in bettering your appetite. You can apply a cold ice-bag over your stomach for half an hour prior to meals to increase your hunger pangs.  You can also take cool baths 2X a day to also increase your hunger. These home remedies are helpful in improving the appetite of people with anorexia.

Home Remedies

An herb called blessed thistle is useful to help stimulate appetite of women suffering from loss of appetite as well as those with menopausal symptoms and menstrual cramps. Blessed thistle helps improve the movement of bile in the liver. Calumba and cardamom are herbs that greatly improve digestion. Other plants like roasted ground caraway seeds, juice extracted from coriander leaves and golden root are excellent ways to improve the appetite. Ginger as well as garlic has been known to enhance the desire for food.

One glass of port wine helps the elderly stimulate their appetite. This wine is usually slowly drunk just before meals. Culantro (not cilantro) is one herb that has been used to treat diarrhea and certain stomach problems. It is eaten to help improve appetite and digestion. Fresh Culantro leaves are turned into chutney and eaten.

Lifestyle

Exercise can induce short term appetite loss especially if it’s aerobic exercise. This type of exercise produces blood protein that suppresses hunger.  After an hour or so, though, you will find your appetite coming back.  However, you need to observe if your appetite is substantially affected by the aerobic exercise causing you to eat less rather than more.

A study done at University of Florida a few years ago concluded that exercising in cold water does help boost a person’s appetite. Subjects in this study had a caloric intake of almost 45% after they have exercised in cold water rather than in warm water.  A 41% increase in caloric intake was seen in subjects who rested instead. A low body temperature is seen to stimulate and increase your appetite.

Written by Valerie

December 22nd, 2013 at 9:38 am

Causes of Allergic Reactions

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Allergic reactions happen when the body, particularly the immune system, fails to recognize a foreign material that has entered the body and as a result responds negatively to its presence.

A person can acquire allergies to specific conditions and foods that he often is not aware he is allergic to until he has been in contact with or has consumed them. An allergic reaction is often termed as an “attack” by doctors. When a person experiences an allergic attack he develops many kinds of negative bodily occurrences. These occurrences may be a minor response such as an itchy feeling or a rash while sometimes it can be extremely severe and even deadly such as an anaphylaxis reaction that entails breathing difficulty like in an asthma attack.

The foreign substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens and they can be very different and varied.  A lot of individuals usually already know what items or substances they are allergic to. Allergens, generally, are things that bother your nasal passage and perceived by your immune system as foreign and harmful to your body.

The most common factors causing allergic reactions are foods. A lot of people are allergic to certain food items like crops, shrimps, shellfishes and nuts. When it comes to fruits, a many individuals are allergic to strawberries. While some have no allergic reactions to poultry and dairy products, there may be moments when a person can experience reactions like rashes when eating them if he has been eating these products more than a few times per day.

Another and more dangerous factor that can trigger allergic reactions are medicines.  Some of the more commonly known drugs that can trigger allergic reactions include penicillin, amoxicillin and aspirin. Analgesic medicines such as Mefenamic acid and anesthesia can trigger deadly allergic responses especially if the immune system can find these medicines useless to the body.

Products and substances that contain a lot of concentrated amounts of harsh chemical in them such as dyes and detergents can likely cause skin allergic reactions to develop. Other substances that can lead to allergic reactions can include environmental factors like temperature, hay, dust and pollen.

Basically and potential any substance can cause an allergic reaction to some people. There are also allergic reactions that have been inherited from someone in a person’s family tree even if that family member has lived and died generations ago.  The important thing to remember in all these is that you need to be aware of your allergic reactions.  These reactions can sometimes act nastily and affect you severely all of a sudden. However, if you know what your allergens are and how they affect you, you could easily prevent them from occurring or avoid them altogether.

Vickery Health & Wellness
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Tarzana, CA 91356
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December 16th, 2013 at 7:11 am

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Asthma Treatments and Drugs

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Unfortunately asthma has no known cure and is a chronic type of disease. The aim of asthma therapy, therefore, is to control the symptoms and their frequency. Asthma treatment should:

  • Block bouts of asthma which may necessitate hospitalization
  • Enable you to live a normal life and help you sleep well at night
  • Enable you to enjoy healthy lung function
  • Lessen your need for instant relief medications
  • Hinder discomforting and chronic symptoms like shortness of breath and coughing

There are two kinds of asthma medications: one is instant relief drugs and the other is drugs for long-term asthma management. Instant relief drugs are used during asthma exacerbations while long-term control drugs help block asthma symptoms and address airway inflammation.

The first asthma treatment you will receive will be based on the seriousness of your symptoms. Followup therapy will be based on the rate of success of your treatment plan and will involve the prevention of future exacerbations and the management of symptoms.

Your ability to control your asthma can fluctuate over time and can be affected by situations in your work place, school or home. These situations may change your exposure to the things that aggravate your asthma.

The doctor usually increases the dosage of your medications or even adds more medicines you need to take if your present medicines are not enough to control your asthma. And if your symptoms are well controlled after many months, the physician can then lessen your medicine intake.

You can map out with your physician an asthma treatment plan. This can entail your daily treatments like medications to use and when to use them. Going to the emergency room or calling the doctor when needed should also be part of the plan.

People who take care of your asthmatic child like camp workers, schools, daycare centers and babysitters should be aware and properly follow your child’s asthma treatment plan.

Long-Term Control Medicines

These medicines are used to better manage and prevent symptoms. Drugs that address airway inflammation are considered good long-term meds. These types of drugs; however, are not effective in providing instant relief from symptoms.

Inhaled corticosteroids – These are the long term medications usually prescribed by doctors for long-term asthma management. They address swelling and inflammation of airways that are quite sensitive to specific inhaled materials. In hindering inflammation, the series of reactions that eventually lead to symptoms can be stopped.

As long as they’re used as prescribed, inhaled corticosteroids are quite safe to use. They, nevertheless, do have side effects although not as bad as the symptoms they effectively prevent. One side effect of these meds is thrush. You can prevent this side effect by attaching a holding chamber or a using a spacer on your inhaler to prevent the corticosteroid from going to the back of your throat or staying in your mouth. You can also just rinse your mouth with water to wash out the inhaled corticosteroid to minimize the risk of thrush.

Other medications used for long-term asthma control include:

  • Theophylline – Used to widen the airways
  • Leukotriene modifier – Taken orally and prevents the sequences of events that aggravates airways inflammation
  • Inhaled long-acting beta2-agonists –These widen the airways
  • Omalizumab (anti-IgE) – Administered by injection once or twice a month. Inhibits the body’s reaction to asthma triggers like dust and pollen.
  • Cromolyn – Medication taken through a nebulizer. Cromolyn suppresses inflammation of the airways

Long-term medications should only be discontinued if the doctor says so. If you stop taking them without doctor’s orders your symptoms will only get worse or return.

Quick-Relief Drugs

Short-acting beta2-agonists – During exacerbations or flare ups, these drugs immediately loosen the tight muscles in your airways to allow enough air to flow to and from your lungs.

Always bring along quick relief meds wherever you go. Confer with your physician if you’ve been using these drugs for at least two days a week. The doctor may do some modifications to your asthma action plan. For your asthmatic child, be sure that people caring for him have your child’s quick-relief meds. They should be well instructed in the proper administration of these meds to your child.

Using a Peak Flow Meter

A peak flow meter is a gadget to gauge the lungs ability to move air in and out of the body. The person blows into this gadget and it indicates a peak flow number. The number will signify how well your lungs function during the test. Based on your peak flow score, the doctor will instruct you on how to take your medications. This device can warn you beforehand of an impeding asthma attack, even if your symptoms haven’t yet showed up. If your peak flow number indicates worsening breathing, you need to take your quick-relief medications as indicated in your asthma action plan. After a while, you can again measure your peak flow number to see how effective your meds have been.

Alternative Therapies

  • Natural dietary supplements and herbs – A lot of supplements, plants and herbs have been effective for asthma. Using supplements and herbs rich is vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants are particularly potent in treating asthma and asthma attacks
  • Yoga and other breathing techniques – Because stress is a major factor for asthma attacks, breathing exercises like yoga, Papworth method or Buteyko breathing technique have shown to help certain asthmatic people to relieve stress.
  • Diet – If you are allergic to certain types of food, you obviously need to avoid them which can also help you avoid getting asthma attacks if your asthma is caused by allergy.
  • Acupuncture – This is an ancient Chinese medical technique that uses very thin needles inserted at specific parts in the body. Acupuncture is totally safe and despite the insertion of needles in the body is quite painless.  More and more asthmatic people have benefited from this treatment helping them to greatly lessen asthma attacks and vastly improving their breathing function.
  • Biofeedback

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December 16th, 2013 at 6:50 am

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Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

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Listed below are some helpful tips to help you deal much better with your attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.  Perhaps not all these tips are applicable to you so select those that relate to you and practice them on a regular basis. You will discover that the more you apply any one of these tips, the easier will you be able to deal with your disorder.

Coping Tips for ADHD

  • Get enough sleep, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet and exercise regularly
  • Follow a healthy routine – Prepare yourself for work or school at the same time, in the same manner everyday.
  • Organize yourself – Sort, arrange and store your things in an organized manner. Some examples of this can include keeping your video game consoles in one place, and CDs or DVDs or CDs in another. Keep your bills in one place and your personal mails in another.
  • Keep yourself abreast of matters by posting notes to remind yourself of things you need to do – You can paste or tape these notes in the dashboard of your car, in your school locker, on the refrigerator or on the bathroom mirror to help you remind you of things.
  • List down things you need to be reminded of in a notebook with dividers – You can list down diverse kinds of information like phone numbers, appointments and assignments, each in different sections of the notebook.  If possible, always bring the book with you all the time.
  • Praise or reward yourself for accomplishments whether big or small. Give yourself short breaks. Accomplish one task at a time. Work in a quiet area. You can, for example, take a 5 minute break after reading one chapter of a book.
  • Create a list of things you need to do each and every day – You can start by planning the best way to do a task. Then you can create a schedule for doing the task. Utilize a daily planner or a calendar to make sure you are always on track.
  • Divide large tasks, jobs or assignments into simple and small tasks. Give yourself a reasonable deadline for each work. After accomplishing a task, reward yourself for it.
  • Make sure you fully understand the instructions of your boss or teacher. Have them repeat the instructions if need be. This is much better than have you guessing what to do. Don’t hesitate to list down the instructions while your boss or teacher is telling them.
  • You need to know that dealing with ADHD is something you need to do each and every day of your life.  Patience is needed to learn new behaviors and skills; the good news is that with daily practice and application of these behaviors and skills, they will become a regular and normal part of your life. Do not forget taking the medications and treatments prescribed and recommended by your doctor.

 

Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.

 

Written by Valerie

December 15th, 2013 at 7:14 am

Coping with Allergic Reactions

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Listed below are some recommendations to help you deal with allergic reactions effectively.

Getting Adequate rest even with allergies – You can feel very tired and have problems sleeping if you suffer from nasal allergies. If you have an allergy treatment and prevention plan formulated by you and your doctor, you need to follow it to the letter. Other suggestions to let you be able to sleep well at night include:
Exercising regularly probably around at least three hours before your sleeping time – Exercising regularly can also help you relieve stress that might be the one causing you sleepless nights
Following your regular bedtime schedule – This means following a sleeping and a waking up schedule.
Avoiding or minimizing caffeine intake

Cleaning out pet dander – All cats and dogs come with animal dander that you may or may not be allergic to. Dander is the word for the dead skin cells of animals. Your pet’s saliva can also be an allergen for some people so if you suffer from pet allergies and have a pet you love, you need to bathe it at least once a week or even more if your pet is often outdoors especially during the pollen season. Make the room where you sleep off limits to your pet and keep all your upholstered surfaces off limits to it as well.

Keeping your home allergen-free – Mold and dust mites are typical allergens that need to be removed and the best way to do this is via a thorough house cleaning.  To achieve this you need to:
Apply a bleach solution to eradicate bathroom mold. If you see any liner, shower curtain or mat that has mold, throw them away.
Keep papers and books stored in shelf cabinets that are always closed.
Avoid keeping house plants if you can since mold often develops in their soil
Install an exhaust fan in the bathroom and use a dehumidifier in your basement
Avail of furnace and HEPA fllters that are specifically designed to trap allergens
To kill dust mites in your bedding wash them in hot water around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Enclose mattresses and pillows in covers that are allergen-proof.

Allergy Medication – Antihistamines are over-the-counter allergy drugs that help relieve itchy eyes and runny nose symptoms.  These drugs, however, can cause a side effect such as drowsiness in a lot of people. The good news is that newer brands of antihistamines that are considered to have no drowsiness side effects are now sold in the market.

Other over-the-counter (OTC) nasal allergies medicines can also be used to offset allergic reactions. They may include nasal decongestants and nasal saline rinses. If these OTC medications don’t work you may need to set an appointment with an allergist to help identify the exact cause of your allergy and the degree of severity of your allergy. He can perform treatments that can include medications like antihistamines; prescription leukotriene inhibitors and nasal corticosteroids that lessen symptoms by addressing inflammation; and allergy shots that are also known as immunotherapy.

If you suffer from nasal allergies, the best thing to do is to avoid its triggers. This may be easier said than done since avoiding pollen in spring can almost be an impossible feat to accomplish.  You can avail of the news announcing pollen count for the day so that when the pollen count is high you can stay indoors and avoid being exposed to potential allergens. If you want to go outside, early morning or after a rainfall can be the best times to do it since pollen levels then are relatively low.

Some tips to consider before going outdoors.

During windy days, pollen is more likely to be borne by the wind making you at high risk for allergic reactions. Therefore, staying indoors may be a good idea during windy days.
When you arrive home after being outdoors, you need to remove your clothes and change to new ones as soon as possible. Also you need to bath or shower to wash away any pollen that might be lingering in your hair and skin.
Put your outside clothes in the laundry area and keep them far from the bathroom or bedroom. If you need to do some yard work, wear a face mask.

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December 9th, 2013 at 2:57 am

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Acne Symptoms

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Acne has 4 overt types of symptoms all visible as they rise up to the skin’s surface.  Listed below are the types of acne, their symptoms and description.

Blackheads – These are sebum that got trapped in the pores and have turned black not because of dirt accumulation but due to the oxidization of the pores from the skin pigment when the pores open up. Blackheads are the most common types of acne.

Whiteheads – Whiteheads are blackheads that have not been oxidized solely because the pores have not opened up. Whiteheads should not be popped out as this will cause skin breakage.

Pustules – This is acne where the pores have filled up with pus making the skin surface look like a “volcano” or a “balloon.” The pus is whitish yellow in color and typically will form a yellow ‘head’ when the acne starts to heal. Since pustules contain pus, they are painful when touched.

Nodules – These types of acne are severely painful and they tend to get deep into the skin layers often resulting in scars.  Nodules usually take the form of large lumps and are the most common signs of severe acne – they also often appear in clumps and disfigure the skin.

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.

Written by Valerie

December 9th, 2013 at 2:35 am

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