Saturday, 26 January 2013

Herpes

Make the Pain Go Away
One in five people has genital herpes and most of them don’t even know it. Only about one fourth of the estimated millions of people who are infected experience any symptoms. Worse yet, whether or not you have a single symptom, herpes is sexually transmittable. Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type II (HSV-2) Another strain, HSV-1, is the type responsible for cold sores, but it also sometimes causes genital infections. Once you’ve contracted the virus, it’s with you for a lifetime, living in nerve cells at the bottom of your spine. If you do have symptoms, they usually consist of a tingly or burning sensation in your genital area followed by the appearance of small red blisters and are often itchy and painful, with a watery yellow centre that eventually ruptures and grows a crusty skin.
Exit pain and suffering; medical treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms. Your doctor will probably treat you initial outbreak and perhaps recurrent outbreaks as well with the anti-viral drug acyclovir. Gradually outbreaks often weaken and may disappear altogether. Meanwhile, here are some ways to make yourself more comfortable. Moreover keep blisters clean and dry, you don’t want blisters to become super infected from bacteria on surrounding skin. Take a bath or shower daily with a gentle soap and water, or just water alone.
Even a warm bath helps relieve genital irritation, and if you have sores, it can also help relieve itching. Best of all is a soak in an oatmeal bath, and many doctors recommended Aveeno bath treatment, available from your chemist. The product contains a finely powdered oatmeal called colloidal oatmeal that’s very soothing to itching skin. Squeezing into tights and underwear or other form fitting clothes will further irritate sensitive herpes sores. You’ll get chafing, which can be extremely painful. Opt for loose fitting clothing until your sores heal. Take a non-prescription painkiller, paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin might help relieve blister pain. Follow the directions on the lable. Having sex during a herpes outbreak is bad idea for a number of reasons. The herpes outbreak is always associated with some level of pain and discomfort, and this will be made much worse during intercourse. As part of the herpes outbreak, patients may experience swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. This swelling may cause some discomfort, or it may by painless. Having sex during an active outbreak will put your partner at risk of developing a herpes infection and may place you at higher risk for contracting other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
If you don’t have herpes, but your life partner does, then using a condom offers some protection against contracting the virus. Use a condom even if no blisters are apparent. The virus is still there, an expert suggests latex over animal-membrane condoms. Best of all may be the female condom. This device consists of two plastic rings connected by a polyurethane sheath. The female condom covers the whole vulva, protecting nearby areas that would otherwise expose the virus or be exposed to it.
Symptoms of herpes, should you experience them, include a burning or tingling feeling in the genital area followed by the eruption of painful small red blisters that rupture and form shallow ulcers. Particularly with the initial infection, other symptoms may include;
Fever
Headache
Swollen lymph glands
Abnormal vaginal discharge
If you see exhibit these symptoms see your doctor, gynecologist or a specialist working in a sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic. Some family planning clinics also offer specialized services for some STD’s.

Tachycardia

Everyone heart beats faster when they dash for a bus or swerve out of the way of an oncoming car, jumping to well over 100 beats a minute compared to its normal average of 60 to 80 beats or so. But if your heart simply starts zipping along without any apparent provocation, you may have tachycardia, a scary condition in which the heart temporarily races at a faster than normal pace. The whole episode may last only a few seconds, but for women with tachycardia, the fast beats are quite noticeable.
Here’s what happens; although the heart has a tiny group of cells that normally generate electrical signals to maintain the heart’s rhythm, any part of the heart can generate these fast beats. While temporary episodes of tachycardia aren’t necessarily dangerous in themselves, in some people they could be a sign of heart disease, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy (an abnormality of heart muscle) or even damaged heart valves. In many people, particularly those with no heart disease, tachycardia is often harmless in that it is unlikely to lead to a heart attack.
For most people tachycardia is nothing to get upset about. Anxious people can often get benign harmless tachycardia, So can people who experience panic attacks a frightening occurrence in which the individual’s heartbeat accelerates for no known reason and they experience a sense of impending doom.
Though all tachycardia should be evaluated by a doctor, here’s what experts suggest you do if it’s not related to serious problems. As soon as your heart starts to race, tighten your stomach muscles, also a cardiologist. That will cause your abdominal muscles to put pressure on a group of nerves that will tell your heart’s electrical system to slow down. Take a deep, long breath and slowly let it out, because sometimes relaxation is all it takes to stop tachycardia. And deep breathing is frequently one of the fastest ways to relax. Anything that speeds up the heart caffeine and cigarettes, for example can trigger a rapid heartbeat. So commonsense says that if you’re prone to tachycardia, you should avoid any substance that might give your heart an extra kick. If your heart starts to race without any apparent reason, don’t ignore the symptoms. Have it checked out, particularly if a racing heartbeat.
You need to see your doctor when is accompanied by weakness light headness or shortness of breath, and returns again and again, as opposed to occurring as an isolated episode.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Insomnia

Toss and Turn No More
When everyone else in the house is asleep, do you find yourself taking a sheep census? Or watching late night reruns? Or folding laundry to wear you out? If you are like most people with insomnia, you’ll do just about anything to get a few good Zzzs. On third of all adults can’t sleep at one time or another. And as women get older, they’re especially prone to insomnia. One you turn 40, you are 40% more likely to experience some degree of insomnia, thanks to the midlife hormonal changes that precede menopause.  During and after menopause, a common cause of insomnia is night’s sweats, or hot flushes that occur during sleep. For most women occasional insomnia isn’t much of a problem. But a wakeful night can leave you less than perky for the day at hand. Here are what women physician’s advices for those who crave some shut-eye. You need to turn the clock to the wall, because starting at the clock makes you more tense about getting back to sleep. Instead of checking the time concentrate on restful thoughts. Dial into your comfort zone, which make sure that your bedroom isn’t too hot or cold. Many individuals  sleep best in a cool room, so open the window when you turn out the lights.  If you haven’t gone to sleep after 20 minutes, you could try to head for another room and do something dull. If you distract your brain with something boring and stop fretting over wakefulness, you will nod off.
To prevent future episodes of sleeplessness you have to follow these advices.
Take a morning walk outside. Light exposure during the day helps keep your body clock regulated. An early morning walk in the daylight upon rising will help promote sleep at night.
Set a daytime worry hour. Set a concrete time for worrying during the day, be very focused about it. List each worry in writing with a plan for handling each one. When a worry wakes you, tell yourself that you have it covered and go back to sleep.
Resist the urge to nap. Napping during the day after a sleeplessness night will only throw your body clock off balance. You want to consolidate your sleep and get enough of it.
Set a bedtime. Adults need a regular bedtime, just like children, we have body clocks that synchronize our systems. Establish a set sleep and wake time, then stick to it every day. That tells your clock to make you sleepy at night and wakeful in the morning.
Wind down before you get into bed. Giving yourself about 45 minutes of quite time before you get into bed signals your body clock that the day is done and sleep time is imminent, listen some knowledgeable stuff, write a letter something boring, but do nothing that jazzes you up and nothing work related.
De-stress your bedroom, you perhaps don’t sleep in your office. Conversely, you shouldn’t work in your bedroom. Because your bedroom is for two things only sleeping and sex, so remove your computer your office reading pile, your fax machine, emails, and even your iphone, if you can, and put your TV in the sitting room.
Lose the Booze, if you need a good night’s sleep don’t have a nightcap, though you may feel relaxed at first, use of alcohol will disrupt your sleep later. Avoid drinking anything alcoholic, and offcourse avoiding caffeine is smart too.  Moreover there are solid proofs that smoking disrupts sleep, because nicotine is a stimulant. It raises blood pressures, gets your heart going faster and makes your brain more active.
if you have tired from everything and still can’t good sleep , then it’s time to see your doctor advice, she may refer you to a sleep disorders clinic for further evaluation.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Enlarged Pores

Concealment Tactics to Minimize Flaws
You have great skin, great hair and a great body. In fact, the only thing standing between you and a cover girls perfection may very well be the enlarged pores around your nose that deflect attention from your sweet nose and sparkling eyes. Just about everyone gets enlarged pores. That’s because pores are actually tiny openings in your skin that provides a way for the oil glands underneath to lubricate and protect the surface of your skin. Pore enlarges during puberty, when oil glands in your skin begin to increase the amount of oil that they pump through your pores. The pores get bigger so that they can handle the increased output. And they stay enlarged until somewhere around menopause, when they shrink into the perfect, totally unnoticeable size that you have always wanted.
You are most likely to notice enlarged pores around your nose, because that area has more oil glands per square entimetre than any other part of your body. But it’s also possible to shrink your pores and minimize their appearance. Even models have enlarged pores; they just know how to hide them.
Here’s what expert suggest, After washing your face, smooth a lotion containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) over your skin to peel away old skin cells that build up around your pores. The AHAs are fruit and milk acids that encourage older cells to peel off, leaving younger, smoother skin underneath. You can buy an AHA containing lotion in most chemists. Use an Alpha hydroxyl acid product that is 10% glycolic acid and follow packet directions. You can improve the appearance of your pores by removing dead skin cells. Moreover use a foundation that suspends powder in liquid an apply it like a filler. Further make sure that the base you use is non-comedogenic and oil-free. There are some products available in market which minimize pores, after you smudge it over your enlarged pores, the liquid evaporates leaving your pores full of powder, like applying filler to a hole in the wall. Let the pore minimize dry for 3 to 5 minutes, then apply a water based foundation over the top. Your face including the enlarged pore area will look as smooth as silk.  

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Intermittent Claudication

Relief for “Angina of the Legs”
Dressed in shots and trainers, you step outside and breathe in the fresh spring air. You head toward the park for your daily walk. As you reach the first junction, you pick up speed, swinging your arms and striding confidently.  Ten minutes later, a cramp in your calf stops you cold. You massage your leg, wait a couple of minutes, and then resume walking but more slowly this time. That scenario is familiar to women with intermittent claudications. The leg arteries carrying blood from the heart and lungs become so narrowed by cholesterol deposits that blood (with its energizing cargo of oxygen) has difficulty getting through. So you feel pain. It’s seems angina of the legs. The oxygen supply to calf muscles is temporarily insufficient, causing a cramped feeling. Older men and women with heart disease are most susceptible.
Here’s what you can do. Intermittent claudications are brought on by walking and it’s relieved by rest. Essentially your legs have worked so hard to walk that they have run out of air. So all you have to do is stop walking for a minute or two, blood flow will be restored, oxygen will saturate your muscles, and the pain will disappear.
Contradictory though it may seem, exercise can actually build a small network of collateral blood vessels that bypass the clogged arteries in your leg and give muscles an alternate supply of oxygen. So even though walking can trigger occasional bouts of intermittent claudications, you still need to walk to build a natural by-pass. The trick is to walk right up to the moment that you feel pain, stop until the pain stops, than resume movement. Building new blood vessels takes time, but walking every day, as often as you can should eventually pay off. You will find that in time you can walk further and do more before pain sets in. Seek a smoke free environment, because cigarette smoke decreases the amount of oxygen available to your muscles, triggering the onset of intermittent claudications.
You need see your doctor, when calf pain triggered by walking should be evaluated by a doctor but does not indicate an emergency. If you have calf pain with very little walking or if the pain occurs while you are at rest you should see a doctor at once. You should consult your doctor if you know you have intermittent claudication and leg pain wakes you up at night, you should suddenly develop cold, numb or painful feet or legs.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stomach Cramps

At Home Comfort Measure
You hurt bad you are doubled over knotted up. You want to scream You want to sleep. Anything to get rid of this plan; Stomach Cramp can career around your abdomen like a ball on a billiard table. Almost every woman has had cramps sometime. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or lactose intolerance or even have the occasional bout of PMT, you know a cramp when it grips you. The exact diagnosis or cause of stomach cramps may or may not be obvious. It could be stress, or a virus, or something else.
Stomach cramps will go away on their own after a few hours or days. But you don’t have to suffer that long. Women doctors offer these comfort measures. A cramp is really just a knotted muscle. If stomach muscles are making you crampy lying in bed with a hot water bottle on your stomach may help ease the pain. A hot water bottle is much safer than a heat pad, because it cools down, while a heat pad stays hot and can burn you if you fall asleep or use it overnight. Stick to the BRAT diet, that’s bananas, applesauce and dry toast foods that are easy to digest and won’t hurt your tummy. High fibre foods like popcorn, nuts or cabbage can be hard to digest and make cramping worse. Drink plenty of water, if you cramping stems from constipation or diarrhea, the best way to ease the cramping are by drinking water, water and more water. Water gets the waste products moving through your intestines, which should ease your constipation. If you have diarrhea, drinking of water will keep you from becoming dehydrated.  
Cook up a batch of chicken soup, it works and nobody knows why, but chicken soup soothes stomach and abdominal cramps and cleans out the digestive system. If you have diarrhea or lactose intolerance, you’ll find that milk and other dairy products such as cheese and milk are hard to digest and often cause cramping. So until your cramps subside, go easy on the white stuff. If you have bowel spasms or trapped wind, peppermint oil stops the aching. Peppermint oil is available in capsule form in health food shops. Take one capsule two or three times a day between meals until your cramping goes away. Valerian fennel, ginger, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint and lemon balm teas also relieve wind and stop spasms of mild stomach cramps.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Depression

Treat an Illness, Not a Weakness
If you are depressed to the point that you can’t sleep can’t concentrate and don’t want to get out of bed, you are not alone. More than twice as many women as men have severe depression that can linger for several months, even years. If not treated, sometimes depression can lift only for symptoms to recure, when feeling bad is good. Women are also more likely than men to experience mild depression to feel overwhelmed, powerless, discouraged, ineffective or sorrowful and possibly angry or guilty. These feelings last longer than the blues but typically lift after many hours or days. A study suggests that our genes and biochemistry, our circumstances and our personal history can all independently or in combination contribute to depression. It’s an illness, not a character flaw, and experts say that it runs in families. People with severe depression seem to have a brain chemistry that predisposes them to bouts. Hormonal changes that precede menstruation and follow pregnancy also appear to play some role. Losses disappointments, difficult relationships, stress and past trauma can all contribute. So can other illnesses or certain prescription drugs including oral contraceptives. We don’t know why depression is more common in women, but a number of theories exist. In addition to hormonal and biochemical differences it may be caused by the added stress in a society where women don’t get the same opportunities and respect that men do. Differences in the ways that boys and girls are soclialised may also leave women more vulnerable.
Then there are relationships unhappily married women run 25 times of risk of depression that happily married ones do. It’s not a big surprise, but it doesn’t end there; dissatisfaction with other roles as mother or as employee can have a similar effect. A study comparing stay at home mums and working mothers found that the mothers who were most depressed were those who were unhappy with their roles whatever they were.
What you can do for mild depression; studies suggest that depression takes a toll on the immune system, leaving us more susceptible to illness, and may increase our risk of heart disease. If severe, it can lead to thoughts of suicide, so severe depression warrants professional treatment. Mild depression can respond to some tender self care. Here’s what experts suggest. Studies show that exercise alleviates depression by reducing stress and raising levels of feel good substances in the brain notes. So get up and walk, even if it’s the last thing that you feel like doing. Remind yourself I can do this it’ll be worth it. I only have to take a few steps. Set a goal of exercising 20 minutes a day three times a week. If you don’t feel like yourself it may not be enough to sit down and ask yourself, why am I feeling different? Am I depressed? It can help to write about or illustrate your feelings in a diary, note the time and place and situations in which you feel out or sorts. Eventually patterns may emerge. You may find that you’re likely to get depressed in certain circumstances. The writing stops you from obsessing and ruminating so much so the issues become clearer. If you can determine what is contributing to your depression the next is to figure out how to address it. When you’re depressed bed may seem the safest place. It isn’t,social isolation contributes to depression. If you’re down make a particular point of seeking out and confiding in supportive friends, even if only by phone. While it’s important to get out there and be with people, avoid taking on too many responsibilities, since stress feeds depression. The conventional wisdom is that large social network is a buffer against depression, but that isn’t necessarily true for women. For many women a large social network means a lot of responsibility for children who can create anxiety, for parents who need to be taken care of and so on. Try to avoid relationships that are all work and no gain. By all means, don’t let guilt or a sense of obligation keep you in a relationship that you don’t enjoy. They will make you feel worse not better.
When to see a Doctorty
If you have five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, experts recommend that you consult a physician or counselor.
Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
Insomnia or oversleeping
Appetite loss or overeating
Fatigue
Restlessness
Irritability
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Persistent headaches digestive trouble or chronic pain that won’t respond to treatment
Even if you have none of the above symptoms but have thoughts of death or suicide, you should seek help stresses.
Depression interferes with your work or relationships.
You experience periods of depression alternating with periods of extreme euphoria or mania.
Your doctor should first attempt to identify or rule out physical illnesses like thyroid disorder that can cause symptoms similar to those of depression. If your GP diagnoses depression doctor may prescribe anti-depressant medication to correct brain chemical imbalances that can perpetuate it along with talk therapy or cognitive or behavioral therapy.

Hangnails

Be your own Manicurist
Because hangnails are dead skin and are therefore painless, you may not even realize that you have one until you snag your tights. A hangnail occurs when the cuticle around your nail grows out onto the nail plate. Don’t try to chew off a hangnail with your teeth or pick at it. When removed improperly, hangnails can cause an unsightly bloody mess on your finger. Or they can get infected. With proper cuticle care, hangnails don’t have to ever become troublesome, follow the expert advices. It takes power to resist the urge to tear or bite off a hangail, so it’s good idea to have a bandage or two in your cosmetic bag for this very purpose. If you discover a hangnail, put the bandage over it to keep yourself from picking at it until you can treat it properly.  The first line of defence is a good manicure. It’s also very helpful to smooth around the nail with cream and to buff the whole nail area. Don’t cut cuticles when they are dry. It recommend softening them first by soaking them in warm water and olive oil. Since the idea is to remove only the dead skin that makes up the hangnail and not to injure the living tissue around it, clip closely without going too far down. You don’t want to leave anything to play with. If a mishandled hangnail gets infected, apply an over the counter antibiotic cream and keep it bandaged.

Heart Palpitations

Calming strategies for skipped Beats
It’s long past midnight and you’re lying in bed, wide awake and frightened. You can’t fall back to sleep because something seems to be wrong with your heart. It skipped a beat when you first woke up, and now you’re lying in the darkness, waiting to see if it’ll fall into that distinctive rhythm again.
So now you worry that you’re having a heart attack you’re going to die or you’ll die of embarrassment if you go to the accident and emergency unit and find out that nothing is wrong after all. Chances are, none of the above will occur. Skipped heartbeats generally referred to as palpitations are incredibly common and they’re not cause for panic.
Any strange heartbeat that occurs once or twice and attracts your attention qualifies as a palpitation. The heart isn’t actually skipping a beat; what you feel is a less forceful beat followed by one with more force than you’re used to. Whether your heart seems to be skipping, flipping or leaping into your throat, you probably aren’t in danger. Peoples frequently notice what feels like a skipped beat when they wake up after a bad dream, especially if they’ve been lying on their left side. Your heart is close to the chest wall on the left and if you’re lying on that side, you are more likely to notice a skipped beat.
What can you do to prevent these frightening but harmless palpitations from recurring? Here’s what some palpitations are caused by anxiety, just taking a deep breath and slowly exhaling will relieve tension and discourage future skips. Spending too little time at exercise (like walking) or other active pursuits like gardening can cause palpitations simply because your heart which is after all, a muscle is out of shape. To put your heart in peak condition, try to exercise 3 to 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. You should work your body at 50 to 75% of its aerobic capacity. Translation? If you re walking, walk fast enough so that you can talk but not sing. Drinking alcohol can cause palpitations, and so injurious for entire body, don’t use alcohol at all, alcohol can cause palpitations. Over indulgence leads to what doctors have bubbed holiday heart irregular heartbeat experienced by those who over indulge at holiday parties and then end up in the emergency unit. But it can happen any time of the year.
There’s no way to tell exactly how much alcohol it takes to interfere with your heartbeat, because alcohol is bad in all conditions, nor can doctors tell in advance who will develop alcohol induced palpitations and who won’t. So to help kep your heart on an even keel, many experts believes drinking alcohol is so injurious for your heart and caused palpitations. A drink is generally considered to be one measure of spirits or its equivalent in a cocktail; one 350 ml can, bottle or mug of beer or 150ml of table wine. Caffeine is what gives coffee, tea, chocolate and even some over the counter drugs headache remedies for example their stimulating effects. So if you’re bothered by palpitations it makes sense to avoid anything containing caffeine. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarette smoke can constrict arteries and encourage heart palpitations. So if you smoke quit. If you exercise regularly, don’t  over indulge and your doctor has determined that you don’t have heart disease, yet your heart seems to occasionally skip a beat, chances are that your palpitations are nothing to worry about. If you don’t dwell on them you’re less apt to notice repeat episodes.
You need to see your doctor when if your heart seems to skip a beat, more than just momentarily or more than once in a while, you should see a doctor. Medical attention is also in order if your heart skips a beat and;
You feel as though you are about to pass out
You also have swollen ankles or shortness of breath
You have any form of heart disease
You have chest pain or pressure.

Nicotine Dependency

Quit Smoking Once and for all, when it comes to incentives to quit smoking scare tactics don’t work. Women know that smoking causes lung cancer. They know that it raises their risk of stroke and heart attack a whopping tenfold if you also take birth control pills. Smokers and non-smokers alike are also now learning that smoking contributes cervix and pancreas. What’s more, it can lead to early menopause, fertility problems and miscarriage. Chances are, if you smoke, you’ve tried to quit several times but just couldn’t kick the habit. In a survey 73% of the 22 million American women who were smoking in one year said that they wanted to quit. But 80% of those who had tried to quit said that they couldn’t even manage to cut back. More than a third reported significant withdrawal symptoms; irritability, anxiety, hunger, fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, insomnia, constipation, of course cigarette cravings.
The truth is, cigarettes are just as addictive as cocaine or even heroin and equally hard to ditch. Studies show that it’s very difficult for people to stop using products containing nicotine. Also, fear of weight gain a common occurrence among ex-smokers also keeps many women from quitting. But it’s worth efforts to quit again. Smoking can lead permanent damage. Nicotine withdrawal, by contrast, is only temporary. Here’s what you can do to minimize withdrawal symptoms and avoid weight again. A few weeks before you plan to quit, try switching to a brand that’s lower in nicotine than what you currently smoke. Just make sure that you don’t smoke more cigarettes than usual or inhale more deeply, since that defeats the purpose. If you can quit cold turkey, consider yourself lucky. More than likely, you’ll need to cut back gradually to ease withdrawal symptoms. Smoking only half of each cigarette, or allowing yourself too smokes only during certain times of the day. Or putting a progressively lower limit on the number of smokes that you’re allowed daily, once you’re down to five to six quit altogether.  If you’ve just quit, and your mouth feels dry and woolly, or if your throat, gums or tongue hurts, try sipping ice-cold water or fruit juice. Make sure that you have lots of low calorie snacks on hand fruit, cut-up raw vegetables, small packages of lat bread, skimmed milk or sugarless gum. By taking the low cal route, you can eat more without gaining more. But don’t automatically reach for food when you think that you’re hungry. Try having a no-cal drink preferably water first. Drink through a straw if that helps. You may think that you’re hungry but you really need a drink or you simply want something your hand or mouth. Exercises relieve irritability and anxiety, and it helps you avoid adding extra pounds when you quit. Increasing the amounts of aerobic exercise that you do is one of the best ways to control your weight. If you walk for 20 minutes three times a week, make it to 30 minutes a stretch or do 20 minutes 4 times a week. Aspirin and other pain relievers can soothe a nicotine-withdrawal headache. A warm bath or shower may also do the trick.
Relaxing in a hot bath can also help ease anxiety and irritability, if there’s no bath in sight, try visualizing yourself in a soothing pleasant place. Or relax with some deep breathing. Take a long, deep breath, count to ten and release, repeat it 5 times. Most relapses happen the first week after you quit, when withdrawal symptoms are the strongest. Make quitting easier by avoiding things that you associate with cigarettes like alcohol or other smokers. Most people make four or five attempts before they succeed in quitting. One cigarette doesn’t have to lead to a pack and relapse doesn’t mean that you’re never going to quit.
Reward Yourself along the way; No doubt about it giving up cigarettes can be rough. Just ask Anne Geller, a neurologist. Dr Geller experienced nicotine withdrawal first hand when she quit a 17 year cigarette habit in 1980 and learned some withdrawal coping strategies in the process. When she was quitting, she soaked away the irritability and anxiety in a nightly hot bath. I also found that exercise was another wonderful antidote to the irritability and anxiety. After I quit I was more interested in pudding than I had been, while I was smoking, my after dinner cigarette had always been my goodies. So that she wouldn’t be tempted. She stopped making desserts. And once a week, Dr Geller says that she would take the money that she saved on cigarettes and spend it on a record or some other small treat. If you’re quitting smoking, try to build some pleasurable activities little purchases, so don’t feel you’re deprived.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sprains Easy Doest It

Sprains occur when you stretch or tear a ligament, a tough band of fibrous tissue that attaches one bone to another at a joint, such as the ankle or knee. You’ll feel sharp pain, especially if you try to use the joint, and it may swell and turn black and blue.
Speed Healing; A sprain can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to heal completely. If you can take more than three steps, you may be able to care for the sprain yourself. If it is painful, don’t put weight on the injured joint. Ice it immediately ice a sprain to relieve the pain and decrease the swelling. Keep the ice on for 20 minutes and re-apply three or four times a day until pain and swelling has decreased.
If you sprain your knee, ankle or another joint so badly that you experience extreme pain and cannot take even three steps on it, or if the injured joint looks disfigured, go to a hospital emergency department, it might be a fracture. Make sure that you wrap the ice in a cloth so that it isn’t in direct contact with your skin, and you don’t end up with frostbite.
Elevate the sprained joint, to reduce pain and swelling, you should raise your sprained joint above heart level. Bandage it, wrapping your sprained joint with an elasticated bandage will compress the area around your joint and decrease the swelling. The wrapping should be snug around the joint, but not so tight that your blood can’t circulate freely.
Take a pain reliever, anti – inflammatories such as aspirin and ibuprofen also will ease the pain, use the dosage recommended on the package or ask your physician. If you have a history of peptic ulcers, paracetamol would be a more appropriate choice.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Ingrown Hairs

Straighten out Wayward Fuzz
New high-tech razors make shaving a dream. A little lather, and they give legs the closest shave ever. No stubble! But you do have a line of tiny blemishes on your left calf. What did you do wrong? You probably shaved too close, and result is ingrown hair. An ingrown hair occurs in one of two ways. When you shave too close, you can nick the top of the hair follicle and cause it to become partially obstructed. That forces the hair inside to grow at an angle. Eventually instead of growing straight up through the hair follicle, the hair pierces the side of the follicle and buries itself in your skin and your skin reacts by setting up an inflammation that may appear as a tiny red bump. An ingrown hair can also occur when an individual hair grows straight up out of a follicle, then curls back down and re-enters the follicle.
Women with thick, curly hair are particularly prone to this latter type of ingrown hair. But anybody who shaves any part of her body uses wax to remove unwanted hair or plucks rather than trims hairs that appear on her chin, is also likely to get an ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs are also common around the upper, inner thigh also known as the bikini line. Sometimes because of rubbing that occurs in that area, the follicles close up a bit, which tends to encourage the hair to bend and grow through the side of the follicle rather than straight up through what’s left of the opening.
Taming Errant Hairs
Fortunately ingrown hairs can be cleared up within a week or two here’s what doctors suggests.
Use an antibacterial bar. To help clear up the inflammation, wash the ingrown hair area twice a day with an antibacterial soap containing benzoyl peroxide found at your local chemist. Most ingrown hairs straighten out within a week or two. If an ingrown hair persists or becomes infected, check with your doctor. You may need medication to clear up the infection and prevent scarring.
Dab on some cortisone cream. Apply an over the counter hydrocortisone preparation around the ingrown hair according to package directions. It will soothe any inflammation and speed healing.
Change your blade. If ingrown hairs are inflamed and infected change your razor blade each time you shave until the ingrown hair is gone. Otherwise you can reinfect yourself.
Preventing future problems, As with many skin problems preventing an ingrown hair is fairly simple, here’s what women doctors suggest. Shave don’t wax. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, remove unwanted hair by shaving rather than waxing. Waxing is traumatic, it rips out your hair at an angle. When the hair grows back, it grows back at the same angle instead of growing straight up, piercing the side of the  air follicle instead of reaching the opening on the surface of your skin. Try to protect your hair follicles by keeping a barrier of moisture between you and the blade. You can use the expensive foams and gels if you like, but a mild soap like Cetaphil will also do the job.

                                                                                                                                           

Bags under the Eyes vanquish Permanent Puffiness

Women and women doctors alike often talk about puffy eyes and baggy eyes interchangeably. But there is a difference. Puffy eyes primarily stem from fluid retention they’re temporary. Bags under the eyes develop over the years, as fat accumulates in the eye area. Not everyone develops baggy eyes. But unfortunately, once bags form, there’s no diet or workout to decrease them. Short of cosmetic surgery, there’s not much that you can do about bags under your eyes, says dermatologist Dr Marianne O’Donoghue, expect the following.
Pat on concealer. A concealer is more opaque than a foundation and meant to be used sparingly, says Fatima Olive, product developer for Aveda Corporation a cosmetic and health products manufacturer. For best results select a concealer that’s just one tone lighter than your foundation. Or, if  you’re wearing concealer alone, match the concealer to your shade of skin. Since baggy skin tends to be darker, you want to blend it correctly. Using an eyeliner brush apply concealer to the dark areas, then blend with your little finger, patting very lightly. Finish with foundation and with light power, or alone, to set the concealer.  

Bad Breath

Help for stubborn Halitosis
Even women who aren’t normally concerned about their breath worry when they reach for a wedge of garlic bread, a dollop of onion dip or a helping of their favourite curry.
Contrary to what you might think, popping a breath mint or swishing mouthwash may not always be the best answer. Used too often several times a day mints and rinses mask the problem and don’t get to the cause. Just as you would hunt for the source of an odour in your kitchen, your best bet is to figure out what’s causing your bad breath. Smoking and drinking alcohol are common but obvious causes.
Researchers have always suspected that the true culprit behind or dinary bad breath may live on your tongue. This hypothesis gained support in a study by Dr Erika H DeBoever, which was conducted at the department of Biologic Materials sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr DeBoever studied 16 men and women with bad breath, most of whom had already tried regular mouthwash, mints and gum. She found that the problem was most noticeable in those whose tongues were naturally coated with a film of bacteria and whose tongues also contained deep fissures in which organisms could hide. If you have bad breath more than just occasionally and you don’t smoke, and your doctor has ruled out an underlying medical cause, such as gastrointestinal upset, medications, gum disease, infected or decayed teeth or a respiratory tract infection try these tactics suggested by women doctors.
Start with the basics, occasional use of odour masking rinses can help, but it’s also important for women to pay strict attention to good dental hygiene. Start by brushing and flossing your teeth and scrubbing your tongue.
Brush with mouth rinse. A recent found that people who brushed their tongues and rinsed with mouth rinse after breakfast and before going to bed reduced foul mouth odour. Specifically, people in the study followed theses steps. They brushed their teeth with a tooth paste of their choice. Then they dipped their toothbrushes in a mouth rinse with .012 per cent chlorhexidine gluconate such as corsodyl and brushed their tongues. Then they rinsed for 60 seconds with the same rinse. Last they refrained from eating drinking or rinsing with water for at least a half hour. When the men and women in study followed this ritual for seven days, the suspect organisms in their mouths were significantly reduced, and so was their bad breath.
Switch to a rubber tipped brush. Use a toothbrush with a rubber pick on the end to do a little housecleaning when you say “ah” says internist. Food can gather not only in your teeth and gums but also in hidden folds near your tonsils “anywhere in the little pockets in the back of your mouth, she says. Left there, it can cause bad breath. A water pik-type device works, too. Snack on a sprig. For basic food related odours munching on some parsley a folk remedy of sorts really does clear the air.
Make water your after dinner drink, merely swishing your mouth with good old H 2 O will freshen your mouth after a meal or a coffee break. As an added bonus, it also helps remove plaque the sticky build up of bacteria and tartar that leads to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.