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How Allergies & Tinnitus Are Linked Together

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you notice that your ears start to ring when your allergies kick in, you may be experiencing allergy-linked tinnitus. Tinnitus Is A Symptom Tinnitus is the term used to describe a ringing sound inside of your ears that you can hear, but others cannot. This sound may pop up occasionally throughout the day, or it may be a constant presence in your life. Tinnitus is not considered its own disease; rather, it is considered to be a symptom of numerous other disorders and diseases, much in the same way that a cough or a running nose is a symptom of other diseases, such as the flu, allergies or pneumonia. The tricky thing about tinnitus is that it is a symptom that can be hard to pin to an overarching disease easily. Medical professionals agree that there are a wide variety of different issues that could cause one to experience tinnitus. Some of the most common issues include poor circulation, an ear infection, neck trauma, head trauma, abnormal bone growth, high blood pressure, and allergies. This is not an exhaustive list; it is just a few of the things that medical professionals try to rule out as the first cause of tinnitus. The Link To Allergies When you are suffering from allergies, you may get fluid inside of your ear or experience ear aches and infections, all of which are symptoms associated with tinnitus. Your sinuses as well as your ears can also get inflamed due to your allergies. All of these changes to your ears can result in tinnitus showing up alongside your allergies. In addition, some of the common medications used to treat allergies actually include as a warning that the use of those medications can worsen or trigger tinnitus in some individuals. Tinnitus is notoriously difficult to diagnosis because it can be linked to so many other diseases. However, if your tinnitus only occurs when your allergies show up, it should be easier for your allergist to determine and treat the cause behind your particular type of tinnitus. Your allergist can work with you to determine if you have fluid or inflammation on your ears that needs to be treated in order to eliminate your tinnitus. Getting rid of your allergy-based tinnitus may also be as easy as switching medications. If you start to notice your ears ringing when your allergies kick in, be sure to let your allergist know so they can figure out which of your allergy symptoms are behind your tinnitus...

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Three Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Retinol Creams

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Retinol creams are helpful for a wide array of skin conditions, from acne to wrinkles. There are prescription and over-the-counter options. No matter what type of retinol you’re using and what you’re using it for, you need to make sure you’re using it properly. Otherwise, you may end up with more side effects and less impressive results. Here are some specific mistakes to avoid when using retinols. Mistake: Not wearing sunscreen When you’re using a retinol, your skin becomes overly sensitive to sunlight. A few minutes in the sun may not be a big deal for someone else, but it can leave you with sunspots and excessive dryness. Even if you only use your retinol cream at night, your skin will still be reacting to it during the daytime, so get into the habit of applying a good quality sunscreen to your face every morning. If you wear makeup, choosing makeup with SPF 15 or SPF 30 will suffice. Mistake: Giving up too soon Retinol works by increasing the rate that your skin cells turn over. It can take your skin some time to get used to the medication, so for the first few weeks, you might have some redness and peeling. This does not mean you should stop using the retinol product. These symptoms will go away in time if you just keep on using your product. In the meantime, you can use a light moisturizer to keep dryness under control. If it’s really pronounced, you can reduce your retinol use to once every other day, and then build to using it every day once the peeling subsides. Mistake: Using other harsh skincare products at the same time You don’t want to use other harsh products like benzoyl peroxide washes and salicylic acid masks when you’re using a retinol product. This will just dry your face out too much and make matters worse. Instead, use mild, non-medicated versions of your other skincare products – including cleansers, moisturizers, and toners. You may even want to seek out sensitive skin formulas of these products as they’ll contain fewer irritating dyes and scents that may making peeling from the retinol worse. If you’re struggling with your retinol treatments, talk to your dermatologist. They can be finicky, and there’s a good chance you just need to make a few adjustments to the way you’re using your cream. Remember to be patient, too. You should start to really see the effects after a few weeks of use. For more information, visit sites...

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Your Options For Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Prostate cancer is a slow growing tumor that may be present for years without causing any symptoms. By the time you notice any changes in your health, the cancer may be advanced and require aggressive treatment to remove it completely. If you find yourself with an advanced stage of prostate cancer, here is why more serious treatment is needed and the options available to you. Localized Versus Metastatic Cancer In the early stages of prostate cancer, the tumor cells stay within a well-defined area in the prostate gland. Surgical removal of all of the cancerous cells is still possible. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment is also effective at destroying all of the cells before they have spread. When the tumor begins to spread its cells beyond the prostate gland, surgery and ultrasound can’t get at all of the cells. Advanced prostate cancer treatment must find the cells wherever they have developed in the body and remove them. Radiation Therapy As the tumor begins to spread, the cells still remain in and around the prostate gland. Radiation treatment can be used to destroy the tumor and any cancerous cells in the immediate area. Two forms of radiation therapy are done: Targeted Beam – A beam of radiation is focused on the tumor and the tissue around it. The radiation disrupts the reproductive process of the cells and they eventually die. It normally takes several treatment sessions to completely remove the cancer. Radioactive Pellets – Tiny pellets about the size of a grain of sand are irradiated and injected into the prostate gland. These pellets destroy any cancer cells in the gland and in the surrounding tissues. During the period of time in which you receive radiation treatment, you may experience one or more of the following side effects: bloody stools abdominal cramps diarrhea The side effects go away once the treatment stops. Chemotherapy When the cancer cells have spread to other organs, muscles and bones, the targeted treatments won’t get all of the cancer cells. Chemotherapy introduces medications into the bloodstream which circulate throughout the body to find the cancer cells and destroy them. Several treatment sessions will be needed until the cancer cells no longer pose a threat. Some of the side effects you may experience with this treatment include: appetite loss diarrhea vomiting hair loss These also go away once the chemotherapy treatment has completed. Early detection of cancer through regular prostate screenings allows you to start treatment before the tumor becomes advanced and spreads to other parts of the body. When treated before it has spread, there is a higher chance that all of the cancer cells will be removed and you’ll be out of danger. For more information, contact a clinic like Unity Urology...

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Asthma And Camping: When An Attack Happens Somewhere Remote

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Most asthmatics are cautious about keeping a rescue inhaler handy in the event of a sudden attack, but severe attacks may prevent the inhaler from helping adequately. There are many allergy and asthma triggers in nature and the physical exertion of hiking, swimming and preparing a campsite may lead to breathing problems even in people who keep their asthma under control. Anyone that has experienced a severe asthma attack or watched someone endure one can understand how frightening the situation can become. When people are hiking or camping they are often a great distance from adequate medical help, but there are many things family and friends can do to help their loved one while they wait for assistance.  Remain in Control It is important for the bystander to not panic. The person with the attack will already be upset and allowing them to see someone else panic will make their stress worse. Panic releases chemicals in the body that narrow the airways. In addition, many people breathe faster and shallower when they are stressed and this breathing may worsen the attack. Keep calm and speak firmly, but gently, to the person having the attack.  Encourage Deep Breathing When an attack occurs the oxygen level in the blood will drop because they are not breathing in as deeply as necessary. This can lead to confusion, fainting and dizziness. Have the person sit up and not hunch their shoulders. The exhaustion of an attack may make them want to slouch, but having the shoulders and back straight will make it easier for them to breathe in deeply. Raising the arms and resting their hands on their head may help as well. Encourage them to breath in through the nose and blow the air out through their mouths as if they are blowing out a candle. Make certain they are not breathing from the chest, but the diaphragm instead. To do this, make certain their stomach, not their chest, is moving during their breaths.  Give Them Water Have the person sip cold water if it is available. If their attack was brought on by allergens, the cool water may help to reduce some of the inflammation in the throat. Water also hydrates the body and makes it easier to expel mucous. Asthmatics often have a dry cough during an attack. A more productive cough has the potential to relieve the attack somewhat.  Know Pressure Points Acupressure helps some people with asthma to control their attacks when they are in progress and to avoid as many attacks in the future. There are pressure points in the chest, shoulders, throat and hand. Many people believe that pressing on these points will help to increase the flow of oxygen in the body and keep the person safer while waiting for medical assistance. Of course, someone should call or run for medical help while these asthma treatments are taking place. In order to help reduce the odds of this type of event it is important for asthmatics to visit their physician prior to any remote vacation. They should make certain their long term control medications and their rescue inhaler are full, up-to-date and are being used properly. Avoid carrying heavy backpacks or performing strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day or when the weather...

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What Types Of Pain Management Is Used For Fibromyalgia?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Fibromyalgia is a condition that involves having long term pain that spreads throughout the muscles, tendons and other tissues all over the body. It often includes other symptoms such as chronic fatigue, depression and sleep disturbances. While the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, there are different methods used to treat the symptoms. These are some types of pain management that are used to treat fibromyalgia. Medications  There are various medications on the market that have been found to provide some relief for those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. These include anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and corticosteroids.  Some medications that are specially marketed for fibromyalgia may be a combination of both a pain reliever and an anti-depressant. Narcotic pain medications may also be prescribed for those who have extremely severe fibromyalgia pain. Sleep Enhancement  Sleep enhancement treatments can also help relieve fibromyalgia pain to some extent. Often the chronic fatigue that one suffers from is due to not getting an adequate amount of rest. Therefore, taking steps to improve the sleep of a patient with fibromyalgia often reduces the fatigue and pain. These treatments may include establishing a more normal sleep routine by avoiding caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants that may prevent restful sleep. Relaxing techniques such as meditation or yoga before bedtime also helps reduce stress and encourage better sleep. It may also help to take a sedative each night before going to bed. Exercise  Low-impact aerobic exercises are often a good way to better manage pain from fibromyalgia. This includes walking, swimming, bicycling and water aerobics. This helps reduce pressure and stress on the musculoskeletal system and can also reduce the risk of joint pain developing as well. Alternative Treatments  There are other treatments that may also help one manage fibromyalgia pain. This includes deep tissue massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis. Some patients also find relief by getting regular treatments from a chiropractor or physical therapist. Rotating heat and cold therapy to the areas of the body that have the most pain can also help make fibromyalgia pain easier to manage. Once you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is very important to avoid overworking your body even on the days when your pain is at a minimum. This can trigger a severe flare up of your fibromyalgia which may leave you in severe pain for an extensive period of time. It is best to take breaks and allow your body to rest frequently. For more information on pain management, check out websites like

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2 Simple Tips To Alleviate Dry Eyes After Eye Lid Surgery

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Loose and sagging skin near your eyelid can result in vision impairment and other issues. This makes it difficult to see clearly unless the excess skin is removed. Eyelid surgery is usually done to tighten the areas around your eyes and eyelids that have loose skin. The surgery gives your outer eyes a rejuvenated look. While the recovery process after eyelid surgery is fairly short, you may experience dry eyes. Dry eyes can make your eyeballs feel itchy and red. This discomfort will usually go away once your eyelids fully heal. For the time being, there are a few tips that you can use to help alleviate dry eyes after eyelid surgery. Use a Humidifier While at Home Since dry eyes cause the moisture levels in your eyes to decrease significantly, it is important to make sure that there is enough moisture in the air around you. Sitting in dry environments will only cause further aggravation and irritation to your dry eyes. You can keep the air in your house moisturized by using a humidifier. A humidifier increases the humidity in the room that you are in. Since this exposes your eyes to increased moisture levels, this will help to alleviate your dry eyes and soothe any discomfort. It is important to try to keep your humidifier on while you sleep so that you do not wake up with red and irritated eyes in the morning. Reapply Artificial Tears Throughout the Day Individuals who wear contacts often struggle with dry eyes. Therefore, artificial tears are often recommended to help ease these issues. Artificial tears can also be used following your eyelid procedure to help you get a handle on your dry eyes. These tears mimic your natural tears and create a solid lubricant for your eyes. The artificial tears should be reapplied to your eyes throughout the day. If you are located in a dry environment, then you may need to apply the tears more frequently in order to restore the moisture balance. In addition, it is important to apply the tears before bed. This will help you to avoid any discomfort when you wake up in the morning. Eyelid surgery can be effective for correcting vision issues and giving your eyes a fresh look. However, dry eyes are a common side effect when the procedure involves working around your eyes. Therefore, use these tips to help alleviate your dry eye issues once and for all. For more information, talk to a professional like Todd S. Kirk,...

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Summer Strength Training Exercises For High School Athletes Looking To Get Ready For Fall Football Season

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re a football player, then you understand the importance of keeping fit during the summer. You want to take the summer break to build mass and strength. Once the season starts you will be running drills, learning new plays, and getting lots of coaching. You won’t have as much time to put in heavy strength training sessions, so it’s important to gain as much strength and mass as you can during the summer. Here is a quick breakdown on what you should do. Upper Body Workout Incline Bench Press and Flat Bench Press The bench press is an excellent workout for building chest muscle. It specifically targets the pectoral muscles. The pectoral muscles are very large and bodybuilders refer to them as having an upper and lower region. The incline press will help to hit the upper areas of the pecs that don’t get a maximum workout when you are doing a flat bench press. Shrugs It’s important to have very well developed traps. These are the thick muscles that run from your neck to your shoulder. They also extend down from your neck on your upper back. They help to protect your neck and upper spine when you are tackling or when you get tackled. To do shrugs take to heavy dumbbells and hold them at your side. Then shrug and pull the weights up with your trap muscles. Core Workout Deadlift The deadlift is a powerful lift because it hits so many different muscles. The lift targets your lower arms, glutes, abs, quads, and also your erector spinae. This last muscle is actually a group of different muscles that surround your spine. A strong erector spinae is vital when playing a contact sport such as football because it surrounds your spine, which is an area you want protected. Lower Body Workout Squats The deadlift will give you a great core workout and does hit your leg muscles, but if you want to really isolate your legs, then you should load up the squat rack and get busy. These lifts will build the massive quads you need for lightening fast speed on the field. Calf Raises The calf muscle is used when you are jumping to catch a ball, or when you are pushing off when running downfield after the snap. If you have weak and underdeveloped calf muscles, then you can end up with a tear or a sprain. One way to avoid this is to build the calf muscles up by doing seated calf...

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): A Treatment For Lower Back Pain

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When medications and physical therapy no longer offer adequate relief for back pain, you may seek other ways to manage the pain – even if only temporarily. Studies indicate that a medical procedure known as radiofrequency ablation, also referred to as radiofrequency neurotomy, can help alleviate chronic lower back pain, including back pain due to arthritis. But before deciding whether RFA is the right choice for you, it helps to know more about the procedure. How the Procedure Works Although you will be awake during the procedure, which is usually performed on an out-patient basis, you may be given a local anesthetic and mild sedative so that you don’t feel pain while the doctor performs the procedure. A small needle is then inserted into the area where you normally have pain. Using X-ray imaging to guide the needle to the correct position, the doctor inserts a microelectrode through the needle. When the needle and electrode are in place at the location of your pain, the tip of the needle heats the surrounding tissue as a radiofrequency current passes through it. Radio waves target nerves surrounding the facet or sacroiliac joints located on each side of the lower spine. Heating the nerve tissue in the affected area blocks pain signals that travel from the spine to the brain. Degree of Pain Relief How much pain relief you get from RFA varies depending on the kind of pain you suffer as well as the type of arthritis causing the pain. If the procedure is effective at alleviating your back pain, it may continue to give you pain relief for up to 9 months. For some people, pain relief lasts longer. Once the ablated nerves regenerate and the effect of RFA wears off, you can receive another treatment. Possible Side Effects Although the radiofrequency ablation procedure generally is safe, some people suffer tenderness and skin bruising where the needle is injected. The bruising normally heals within a few days. While you may experience leg numbness due to the local anesthesia you receive intravenously during the procedure, the problem should disappear within a few hours after RFA. You also may experience mild back pain once the anesthesia wears off, but the discomfort should go away after a couple of days. Other Potential Complications Since infection and bleeding at the needle insertion site are potential complications that can occur following the procedure, your doctor may not recommend this type of treatment to relieve your back pain. Although complications are rare, you are at higher risk if you have an active infection at the time of treatment or a bleeding disorder that prevents your blood from clotting the way it should. Therefore, if you are considering radiofrequency ablation, discuss with your doctor any other health problems you have. Click the link for back pain treatment or do an online...

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Six Of The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Regularly Taking Prescription Drugs

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Patients shouldn’t take the responsibility of taking prescription medications lightly. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of common mistakes prescription drug takers make that could make taking prescription medications less convenient, more expensive, or even hazardous to their health.  The following are six of the most common prescription drug medication mistakes patients make: Always going to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions Many patients suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease must take a prescription medicine regularly over the long term. For these patients, it’s often possible to have medicine delivered through the mail from an online pharmacy. Mail delivery of prescription medications makes getting prescriptions filled much more convenient. It also makes it less likely that patients will forget prescription renewals.  Buying brand name drugs when generics are available Generic drugs have been shown by research studies to be just as effective as brand name drugs. They’re also 80 to 85 percent cheaper than brand name drugs. If your health insurance doesn’t cover all of your prescription drug costs, you should definitely look into the cost advantages of generic prescription drugs.  Taking crushed pills without first discussing it with the doctor Don’t assume that you can take any pill in its crushed form without first discussing the matter with your doctor. Some medications might be ineffective if they are crushed before being taken.  If you’re having trouble swallowing a large pill, discuss the matter with your doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe the drug in liquid form or in another form if it cannot be crushed when taken in pill form.  Neglecting to look at drug expiration dates It’s easy to overlook expiration dates when you’re taking a prescription drug, but you should make sure that your prescription is still good before you take it. A prescription drug that has gone past its expiration date might be less effective or not effective at all.  Storing prescription medications in the wrong environments Some prescription medications need to be refrigerated to remain effective. Even if a prescription drug doesn’t need to be refrigerated, you can assume that it is liable to go bad if it is kept in an excessively hot or humid environment. Likewise, prescription drugs can become altered if they are stored in very cold environments.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how your prescription medications need to be stored. Not strictly following the prescription When you’re on a prescription drug, you need to be conscientious about not forgetting doses. If you don’t follow your prescription carefully, you face overdose or addiction risks. You also face the risk that you will take too little and render the drug ineffective.  Contact a pharmacist for additional...

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4 Reasons To Seek Out A Depression Counselor Trained In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are hundreds of tried and tested counseling techniques used for the treatment of mental illness, but not all of them are equally helpful when it comes to fighting against depression. If you’re feeling unmotivated and exhausted by life, retraining your brain with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective way to improve your mental health without resorting to medication. Find out why CBT works when it comes to lifting the fog of depression. Disconnecting Thoughts and Emotions CBT is based on the concept that you experience an external event, think about it with your cognitive mind, then form an emotional reaction. This means you can separate the thoughts and the emotions for more control in difficult situations. This means that CBT is an ideal treatment for depression patients who are also struggling with a more reactive secondary mental illness, such as anxiety or anger management. Accepting the Right to Feel Better Recent studies reveal that many people with long-lasting depression can’t feel better about their lives, even when they improve, because they have trouble actually accepting and feeling positive emotions. Going through a course of CBT helps disable the internal pessimism known as dampening that causes many people to unconscious fight against their own recovery. After learning new techniques for controlling how you react to negative life events, you’ll likely find it much easier to embrace the positive events that come along. Changing Your Perceptions The work done during CBT to change how you react to stimulus has long-lasting effects on your perception as a whole that can change your entire life. For example, your depression may cause you to feel worthless and take every small work mistake as proof you’re not skilled in your chosen profession. Changing those perceptions about yourself and the world around you could help you release you deserve a higher rate of pay, helping you seek out a promotion or a new position that results in a measurably better life. Learning Lifelong Coping Mechanisms The skills you learn during your treatment sessions with the counselor will remain helpful and useful for the rest of your life. Even if you’re experiencing your first depressive episode and hope to never experience it again, the emotional control skills taught as part of CBT also help with anxiety, grief, and other overwhelming feelings. You won’t need to return for counseling unless you’re overwhelmed and find your coping skills aren’t enough for the particular...

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How Caregivers Move On After A Loved One Switches To Assisted Living

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Being a caregiver is a physically and emotionally strenuous position. Caring for a loved one as their health declines is a challenging task, but one that many people feel grateful to be able to provide. Unfortunately, for many families, there will come a point where the loved one will need more care than what their family can offer. This is when many are forced to make the switch from at-home care to an assisted living facility. Caregivers can often feel many conflicting emotions at this point, so finding a way to overcome their feelings and live life for themselves again can be difficult. Filling the Time Many caregivers spend numerous hours a week providing care. This often means they have given up their careers, distanced themselves from friends and forgotten about their hobbies. Suddenly, they are left with free time and no idea how to spend it. Many will benefit from finding employment, even if it is just part time. This makes them feel useful again and exposes them to new people. Joining clubs and reconnecting with friends and family are also important. However, since most will have neglected their own needs while acting as a caregiver, this is also a good time for them to take it easy and take stock of their health. Dealing With Emotions There are many emotions that are common to people who provide care to someone who is ill or aging. These people can feel disconnected to the world, relieved to finally be free and guilty for feeling any relief. They may be lonely, depressed or even empty feeling because of no longer being needed. Some of the feelings may seem irrational, but all are normal. To realize how normal they are, they should join a support group and talk to others with the same experiences. There are in-person groups and online meetings that can make it easy for people to meet others who understand their emotions. Check with hospitals and senior support agencies for local groups, or visit the website for The Family Caregiver Alliance. They connect people from all over the country who are in need of a little emotional support.  Building New Tradition The loved one may be living at an assisted senior living facility, but that does not mean they no longer need the love and care of their friends and family. Starting new routines and traditions with them is a wonderful way for caregivers to feel better, and help their family member at the same time. They can reserve a day each week to have lunch together or go shopping. If possible, they could take them to their medical appointments. This will make it easier to stay informed of their medical needs while also giving them the personal attention they need. Caregivers may even be welcomed to volunteer at the facility to teach an art class, or help to supervise outings. Nearly 30 percent of the American population provides some level of assistance to a family member. Most of these people are also working, caring for children and taking care of their own home. It may seem as if these people would be so overburdened by the task of providing care that it would be a welcome relief to have some freedom, but this is not the case...

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