Category: Health

Treat Toenail Fungus

A group of fungi called dermatophytes love humidity. They flourish in damp areas of your body that includes your toenails. When you wear dirty socks and shoes for long periods of time and use public showers and swimming pools barefoot on a regular basis, these fungi begin to flourish on your nails. There are other factors such as weakened immunity, injury to nails, dermatological problems and diabetes that make you prone to the infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Fungal Nail Infection

The most distressing symptom of the infection is not pain but the social stigma it carries. When the fungi colony grows, the following signs and symptoms occur:

  • The infected nail appears grossly thick and coarse with a white, black, yellow or green discoloration.
  • Within a few weeks, nails become very brittle and even break off completely.
  • Adjacent skin becomes inflamed, itchy and painful.
  • Foul odor
  • Psychological trauma
  • How to Tackle the Fungal Infection

Today we will tell you a bunch of tried and tested treatment options and nail fungus medicine that will help you cure the fungal infection beyond doubt.

Oral Medication

Whether you have a mild or severe fungal infection, the first-line treatment is oral medication. Follow your doctor’s prescription and finish the entire course. Its only disadvantages are a risk of allergic reactions and adverse effects to the drug.

Topical Agents

Application of anti-fungal cream or gel directly over the infected areas is a highly effective method to treat mild infections of the nails. You can either buy over-the-counter creams yourself or get a written prescription. However, for individuals with a severe infection, topical agents won’t be very beneficial.

Homeopathic Treatments

Although many people don’t opt for alternative medical options, homeopathic methods are known to be quite effectual. The idea of the therapy is to treat the disease with the sole use of naturally occurring substances rather than using pharmaceutical drugs. Examples include direct application of tea tree oil, oregano oil, aloe vera, witch hazel astringent and other natural materials on the infected nails.

Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is a type of alternative medicine that employs several natural treatments such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, acupuncture, diet planning and lifestyle counseling. If you follow a healthy diet, lead an active life and incorporate some home remedies to treat the fungal nail infection, your condition will definitely improve.

Ketogenic Diet Helps Squash Migraines

Decreased Migraine Frequency

In recent studies, scientists have found that the ketogenic diet significantly reduced the frequency of migraines in 90% of patients. This completely dwarfs the effects of migraine drugs.

Glutamate Inhibition

Glutamate is found in both epilepsy and migraine patients. Medications that work in epilepsy (anti-seizure drugs) also block glutamate production. These drugs have been used to treat migraines as well. Since about 500 BC, ketones have worked to help prevent seizures, but the ketogenic diet has only been popular for the last century.

Processed Food

I have said many times that processed foods are bad for you, especially if you suffer with migraine. “Food-like products” are filled with preservatives, chemicals, and other triggers that could be affecting your migraine symptoms. Any diet that removes those processed foods, including the ketogenic diet, would be a good step to controlling migraine symptoms.

Saturated Fats

Several studies have debunked the great saturated fat myth. There are plenty of saturated fats (and other healthy fats) in a ketogenic diet, which has been found to reduce bad cholesterol and help the body produce serotonin and vitamin D, both of which help prevent migraines.

Hunger vs. Weight Management

Hunger is a major migraine trigger, so is weight gain/obesity. Some studies have found that weight gain and/or obesity increases the risk of migraines by 81%. Ketones help reduce hunger, while controlling insulin problems, promoting weight loss, and regulating glucose levels in the blood. Weight loss and sugar control are well-known benefits to adding MCT or coconut oil to your diet. Now, as you can see, they will help control migraines by helping you feel nutritionally satisfied, more energetic, improve cognitive functioning, and lose fat.

Consider Before Using Invisalign

Pain

Knowing how to handle the pain caused by the aligners is imperative. Some patients complain of pain after fixing the clear aligners. This is normally caused by the sharp edges of the aligners. It is advisable to report the pain to the dentists. The dentists will file the sharp and rough edges of the aligners to smoothen them. However, most patients solve the problem on their own by using wax to cover the sharp edges. This is an effective means of reducing the pain.

Results

The clear aligners will only be beneficial if they provide positive results. However, it is important to know how long it will bring those results. For most individuals, it does not take long before results are seen. A majority of the people obtained better results after 2 or 3 months. However, it will not exceed a year. Knowing the duration of the treatment will enable users to be committed when wearing the braces. Apart from that, both the dentists can determine the effectiveness of the aligners using time.

Is it the perfect solution?

The clear aligners are not capable of solving every misalignment problem. The dentist or orthodontist know your dental problem. They are in a good position to advise if the Invisalign will manage to solve your problem. Consult several dentists to access accurate information about the reliability of the clear aligners. Patients are required to wear the aligners for 22 hours every day. This is because the teeth ought to be under constant pressure in order to be aligned properly. This will speed up the treatment.

Removing Nasal Polyps Naturally

What are Nasal Polyps?

So what are nasal polyps anyway? Well they are abnormal tissue growths that develop in the nose. They vary in size and can be pink, gray or yellow in color. For the most part they have a teardrop shape. These growths of course are what made breathing through my nose hard to do.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of nasal polyps include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, facial pain and your significant other’s most trouble symptom of yours, snoring.

Who is at Risk for This Condition?

Basically anyone can suffer from this condition. However most people who develop the condition have had many sinus infections, chronic sinusitis and sinus irritation.

Remove Nasal Polyps Naturally

Sometimes people will undergo surgery to remove their polyps. However, surgery can take longer to recover from and as with any surgery is always more risky than a natural remedy.

The good thing about treating this troublesome condition is that you can remove nasal polyps naturally. That means without surgery and without the pain of going under a knife.

Below are some methods to treat these nasty little growths that develop in the nose.

  1. Saline Rinse
    Keeping your nose clean and free of debris is great for most anyone, especially for those who are prone to sinus irritation and have developed polyps. Rinsing the nose will help reduce inflammation and ease up the symptoms. This is one the easiest methods of removing nasal polyps naturally.
  2. Tea Tree Oil
    Tea tree oil smells great and can be used for so many different ailments, including growths in the nose. In order to use it for removing nasal polyps naturally, you will first want to dilute just a few drops. Next, take a cotton swab and swab the polyps inside your nose. If you can’t reach them, the just swab the openings of your nostrils.
  3. Red Chili Peppers
    I love these things. They are hot and no joke. They have a chemical called capsaicin in them that increases blood flow to your nostrils to help with inflammation of the growths in your nose.

Composition of a Tooth

Tooth Enamel

The part of the teeth you’re most familiar with is the tooth enamel. This is the hard, translucent, outer covering of the tooth. It is this part of the tooth that cavities can destroy and leave the tooth vulnerable to further decay and disease. The enamel is said to be the hardest and most mineral-packed substance of the body. Tooth enamel is made up of mostly minerals, with some organic compounds and water. The enamel is the thickest (and strongest) at the cusp of the tooth and is weakest along the tooth edges.

As we age, the years of use, abuse and wear and tear, the enamel slowly wears off in what is called attrition.

What is enamel made of? Crystalline calcium phosphate called hydroxyapatite accounts for most of the minerals found in tooth enamel. These minerals give teeth their strength, as well as their brittleness. Enamel also doesn’t contain collagen like other parts of the tooth. Tuftelins, ameloblastsins, ameloblenins and enamelins are proteins that help develop enamel.

Dentin

Underneath the enamel is a porous, yellowish material called dentin. It is this material that gives teeth their classic yellow, or preferably white color. Dentin is made up of inorganic and organic materials as well as water. It is made of mineralized connective tissue and collagen proteins. Dentinogenesis, or the process of forming dentin involves the secretion by odontoblasts of the tooth pulp. Dentin contains a matrix of microscopic tubules that don’t criss-cross each other. The length of the tubules are determined by the radius of one’s tooth. Dentin is the substance between enamel or cementum and the pulp chamber.

While dentin isn’t as strong as enamel, it still gives your teeth extra strength, support and protection. Because it is softer than enamel, it decays more rapidly and is subject to severe cavities if not properly treated, but dentin still acts as a protective layer and supports the crown of the tooth.

Cementum

The innermost layer of the tooth is called the cementum. This part of the tooth resembles bone and it covers the tooth pulp. Like the tooth enamel and dentin, the cementum is made of inorganic (mostly hydroxyapatite), organic (mostly collagen) and water. Cementum is softer than the enamel and dentin and is secreted by cementoblasts that are in the root of the tooth. It too has a yellowish color and is the thickest around the apex of the tooth root. This part of the tooth has the purpose of being a medium through which the periodontal ligaments (the ligaments of the gums) attach to the tooth, giving the tooth stability.

Tooth Pulp

In the center of each tooth is the pulp. The pulp consists of connective tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. The tooth pulp supplies the tooth with blood and nutrients as well as infection-fighting macrophages and T lymphocytes. It is in the pulp where the odontoblasts which make dentin are located as well as nerve endings, which give the tooth the ability to react to hot or cold food and drink.

Popular Food Fads

Fruit juices are as good as fresh fruits

Many people prefer to drink fruit juices as compared to eating fresh fruit. Cold juice is a lot more refreshing than eating fruits. However, juicing removes the healthy fiber content of fruits, though it still retains the vitamins and minerals that are present in the fruit. Fiber is an important part of our diet, and helps to keep our cholesterol low and bowels healthy. When possible, opt for fresh fruit rather than fruit juice.

Coconut oil is good for you

This has been a controversial topic for quite sometime now, but things are now getting clearer. It was previously believed that coconut oil is good for you, but there does not appear to be any scientific evidence to support that. In fact, coconut oil is loaded with harmful saturated fats that are responsible for the clogging up of the heart arteries. The American Heart Association issued a statement recently debunking the health benefits of coconut oil, stating that is does more harm than good. When possible, use olive oil or rice bran oil.

A gluten free diet is better for health

This is a popular food fad. There is absolutely no truth in the statement that gluten free food is good for you and healthier than regular food. In fact, gluten free food is only good for those who have gluten intolerance or a condition called coeliac disease. Opt for whole wheat items instead as a healthy food choice. In fact, make sure you choose a diet that is high in soluble fiber, as this has a number of properties ofprotecting your heart.

Eggs are bad for you

While the yolks in eggs can increase cholesterol levels to an extent, they do not seem to do so in worrying levels at all. Instead, they are packed with vitamins and good fats along with the highest quality protein. Try and limit yourself to no more than 3 yolks a week.

Anti-oxidant supplements are better

Using anti-oxidant supplements are in no way superior to eating fruits and vegetables that contain them. In fact, it is better to opt for natural sources due to the added benefits they have. Keep your choice of vegetables colorful and expand your choice and variety in your cooking.

Headaches in Children

Scalp, skull, and brain

The brain is housed inside the skull bone. The skin covering the head is called the scalp. Many muscles, nerves, and blood vessels crisscross the thickness of the scalp.

Tension or stress headaches

Emotions, both bad and good, can cause headaches. More commonly, in the case of headaches, bad emotions fire up the muscles of the head and face.

The frontalis muscle stretches over the forehead and the occipitalis covers the back of the head. The temporalis muscle is located on the sides of the head. The masseter muscle is in the cheek area and parts of the trapezius muscle extend to the upper neck.

Nearby nerves pick up noxious tensions from these muscles and transmit them to the pain awareness center of the brain.

Migraine headaches

Unlike a tension headache, which is clearly known to arise from the tightening muscles of the head and neck area, the cause of a migraine headache is still debated. A disturbance of the brain’s biological and physiological elements-hormones, peptides, dilatation and constriction of brain blood vessels-is implicated.

Other causes of headaches

Headaches also often go with many illnesses. Malaria, ear infection, sinus infection, throat infection, runny nose, and toothache are examples of diseases which come with a headache. This kind of headache goes away once the illness has run its course.

Three pictures of headaches recently seen in my private office

  • Take the case of a seventeen-year-old female who has had headaches on and off over a couple of months. She wears music earphones and plays music all night long. A constant bombardment of music to the ear, together with a lack of sleep, contributed to her headache.
  • There was an 18-year-old boy who presented with a headache for the first time. He goes to school from 7 am until 5 pm, and then works in a factory from 6 pm until 11 pm. In between school and job, he has plenty of personal errands to run. He hardly sleeps.
  • Then there is a nine-year-old male whose mother has been picking him up twice a week from school because of headaches in class. He throws up when a headache comes. Light and sound bother him a lot during the headache episodes. His mother and grandmother have suffered from migraine headaches their entire lives. The child saw a neurologist, who sent him for imaging studies, MRI of the brain, which was normal. I then confirmed he was also suffering from migraine and started preventative medication.

Evaluating children with headaches

When presented with a child who complains of a headache that comes and goes, be it at a daily, weekly or monthly interval, the practitioner must consider one of these conditions.

  • Is the child merely repeating what they hear from the nearest caregiver, for example a grandmother, mother, or older sister, who goes around saying ‘I have a headache’? I have singled out women because men tend to internalize suffering.
  • Does the child genuinely have a common-type headache, also known as a tension headache, which many adults experience? Sufferers feel a dull aching pain and pressure over the forehead, sides and back of the head, and sometimes neck.
  • Does the boy or girl have a particularly agonizing kind of a headache called migraine headache, that runs in the family, lasts for hours at a time, is worsened by exposure to light and sound, occurs on one side of the head, and is accompanied or preceded by tummy-ache, nausea, and vomiting?
  • Does the youngster, especially when under age five, have a more ominous medical condition such as infection around the brain, bleeding in the brain, or a tumor in the brain? Clues include a headache which begins early in the morning, keeps the child awake at night, and is worse when coughing, sneezing, urinating or passing stools.
  • Is this a one of a kind headache, a headache so severe that it surpasses any pain the patient has suffered in the past? This description may point to a lethal condition: bleeding in the brain, the ballooning or aneurysm of vessels in the brain, and other surgical emergencies.

Modern Way To Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants are titanium based small screws which are made to fit inside a jaw bone. Implants come in a variety of measurements. They vary in sizes according to the tooth. There are however two components of dental implants. One is the titanium screw and the other is the tooth portion. The titanium screw is drilled inside the jaw and left for further osseointegration.

This is a procedure of blending in of the two components together i.e. bone and the titanium post. When the bone gets completely adapted to the foreign body, i.e. after about three months, it is time for the next appointment to fix the tooth portion on the titanium post. The tooth portion is something that will be seen in the oral cavity.

Dental implants are undoubtedly the most effective, efficient and the most modern way to replace the teeth. There are many other dentures which have been and are being used by the dentists even today as they are more feasible cost wise as well as technique wise. The removable dentures are the oldest treatment option when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

In earlier days, people used to get their teeth replaced very easily but then the hygiene maintenance and the method was not convenient nor it was ethical. The dentists used to take the impression and quickly arrange the ceramic teeth on the acrylic bed and place the denture on the missing teeth portion. In those days if the denture misfits the only option used to was to fasten it somehow using the other teeth through wires.

Times changed and so did the method of dentures. Removable and fixed dentures came into existence and they were much better than the previous ones. They were more hygienic and convenient. They were more scientific and were made to fit in the mouth very decently so that the patients get adapted easily.

Dental implants are a recent discovery and till now they have been on the top. We can say that dentistry is not complete without dental implants. However, dental implants come with their own drawbacks. Since they are an invasive procedure, they may not suit everyone. Patients who are prone to diabetes or hypertension or any sort of cardiac disease are not at all indicated for dental implants. Also the patients who are old in age and have a very less jaw width and length should not get the dental implants done.

Pay Attention Towards Your Dentist

If you are neglecting a dental checkup due to the cost, time or fear, you might face all risks. Finally, the bad situation drags you to spend more on dental treatments and rupture you peace of mind. Most of us run to the dental clinic for any sudden problem in teeth. In this piece, it is explained that “When to pay attention towards the dentist?”

  • Sudden pain and swelling in the lymph nodes near face or neck may be a signal for oral cancer. While visiting to diagnose such case, the dentist will check your teeth, tongue and lymph nodes to rule out the suspicion.
  • When the gums turn puffy and they start bleeding while brushing or flossing, it is the time to take an appointment with your dentist
  • In case of infected teeth with bad breath, swelling and inflammation, visiting dental clinic help you to avoid further damage to the adjoining teeth.
  • If you feel your teeth are dull with stains, visiting dental unit will clear out the stains and make your teeth like a pearl. You will be advised to quit the habits which make the teeth staining.
  • When you have a missing tooth and try to hide it, and longing to get a bright and perfect smile, break out the barriers and consult your dentist
  • If you are already fixed up with dental fillings, crowns, dentures, then it is must visit your dentist to confirm your foreign body’s condition.
  • When you suffer from heart ailments, eating disorders, diabetes (or) undergoing radiation, chemotherapy for cancer, hormone replacement therapy, you ought to schedule with your dentist often.
  • Most of the women are caught up with dental problems during their gestational period. So, do not miss making an appointment with the dentist to save your fetus health.
  • Whenever you find any difficulty in swallowing, chewing, eat liquid or soft food until you meet the dentist
  • When you feel parched, it could be the sign of any medicine’s side effect or a medical problem
  • Bad breath, tobacco chewing, smoking cigarettes are dreadful to life. In the later period, the person may find blisters, inflammation in the mouth. Do not hesitate to consult your dentist, if the discomfort persists.
  • In case your jaw is locked, difficulty in biting, it is time to see your dentist avoid further complications.
  • If you feel any discomfort in the mouth, any mouth sores that last for more than a week, then your dentist should examine the teeth. Cold sores, Candidiasis, Leukoplakia, canker sores are the common mouth sores. Each one varies in severity and causes. Mouth sores may be the symptoms of any mouth disease. Infection from bacteria, fungus, viruses, irritation and injuries caused by dentures, braces should be treated immediately to avoid further dental injuries.
  • Plaque is a hard and sticky material that deposits to the teeth, gum line and it contains hazardous bacteria. The building of plaque results in tartar which spoils the teeth color. Irregular brushing, flossing and other criteria cause the plaque formation. If you find any discolored teeth, tartar visually, consult your dentist for further treatment to remove the deposited plaque.

Rosemary Oil Exposed

How & Why Rosemary Oil Gets Used

In ancient times, a number of cultures and religions believed that rosemary was a sacred plant – one with powers and properties to ward off evil spirits and intentions. It was often employed in rituals of protection, purification, love and intellect.

Rosemary oil can be used “neat” – on a cloth, cotton ball or using aromatherapy inhalers. Diffusers and vaporizers are also popular dispersion methods. The essential oil can also be added to shampoos, body butters, massage oils or even added directly to your bath, with or without Epsom salts.

Depending on the application method employed, rosemary has been prized in a host of uncomfortable situations, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Circulation problems
  • Gout
  • Intestinal troubles
  • Mental fatigue
  • Stress
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin inflammation and puffiness
  • Varicose Veins
  • Thinning Hair
  • An immune booster
  • Indigestion aid
  • Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
  • As a study aid and memory tool

Rosemary oil has also been used to treat dandruff, to stimulate hair growth, as a mouthwash and to treat problems like cellulite and stretch marks. As an added bonus, rosemary has also been shown as an effective insect repellant.

Perfect Rosemary Pairings

Rosemary can be great all alone. It’s a common favorite among members of both sexes and depending on who it is for, can be made more masculine or feminine based upon which complimentary oils you pair it with. Prime candidates include bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, cypress, citronella, geranium, hyssop, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, peppermint, spearmint and thyme.

Rosemary Risks

Essential oils are very volatile and have powerful properties that can prove hazardous to your health. It’s a good idea to consult with your medical practitioner before launching an aromatherapy protocol.

Those at the greatest risk in regards to rosemary usage include pregnant women, those who suffer from epilepsy and those battling high blood pressure.