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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

The list of IBS symptoms are often termed Rome III criteria by doctors to identify IBS symptoms from similar symptoms caused by other problems of the intestine. Interestingly, some people exhibiting symptoms outside of the Rome III criteria may still have IBS. People can be diagnosed with IBS if they show symptoms meeting the Rome III criteria for at least 6 months, experience stomach discomfort or pain at a minimum of 3 days per month for three months in succession or may experience at least two of the following conditions:

  • A pain that is related to a change in the consistency or look of your feces
  • A pain that is related to the change frequency of your bowel habits
  • A pain that is assuaged by making a bowel movement
  • The presence of any of the following symptoms supports a diagnosis of IBS

When you have irritable bowl syndrome, your bowel movements can change frequently over time. You can experience at least a couple of the following conditions or more.

  • You might experience some gas or bloating in the intestines
  • Changes in your passing of stools – You can feel that even if you have passed stool, you feel that you still haven’t emptied out all in your bowels; you may have the immediate need to pass out your stool; or you may have a hard time passing out stool
  • Changes in the appearance of your stool – Your stool may look watery and loose, thin like rods or may be small and hard
  • Diarrhea or constipation – You can experience bowel movements for three or more times a day or three or less in a week

Some people with IBS may experience stomach pain combined with constipation that is then followed by diarrhea. Some patients will feel stomach pain and some light constipation but without diarrhea. Others might feel gas in the intestines combined with mucus presence in the feces.

IBS symptoms not involving the gastrointestinal system

  • Urinary conditions – These can include difficulty emptying the urinary bladder, difficulty starting urination, the urgent and recurrent requirement to urinate
  • Heart palpitations – Heart flutter or skipping of the heart beat
  • Sleeping difficulties – Insomnia caused by other things not related to your IBS symptoms
  • Backache
  • Bad taste in the in the mouth
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety

The aforementioned symptoms may be experienced more often than not during:

  • Menstruation
  • Times of stress
  • After a meal

It is important to call a doctor or any other health expert if:

  • You notice blood in your stool
  • You have stomach pain that used to be felt in only one part of the stomach but now can be felt in other areas of your stomach or body
  • You have pain in the abdomen that is unmitigated by passing of stool or gas or stomach pain unrelated in the manner or habit you pass stool
  • You start to have a weak appetite
  • You begin to loss weight for unknown reasons
  • You feel more tired than you normally do
  • You already are diagnosed with IBS but your symptoms are only becoming worse that they do not respond to your doctor-prescribed treatment and they start to affect your regular activities

Some of the more serious symptoms manifested by IBS which likely indicate a far more serious underlying condition can be:

  • Known family history of inflammatory bowel conditions or even colon cancer where both can cause chronic intestinal inflammation
  • Anemia
  • Blood in your feces
  • Weight loss from unknown causes
  • Fever

 

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Tremors Risk Factors

With regards to age groups, younger patients have a higher tendency to exhibit higher frequency tremors compared to older people who, on the other hand, tend to develop higher frequency tremors.

Tremors may be associated with other movement problems or be sporadic in nature or familial in origin.
They can develop at any age; however, their prevalence and incidence increase with age.
The severity of your tremor can be exacerbated by factors such as caffeine, fatigue, and physical or emotional stresses.

The most common type of tremor experienced by most humans is essential tremor.

Incidence

Tremors can affect certain body systems like the voice (ENT), musculoskeletal and neurologic systems.
The likelihood of developing tremors usually starts after the person reaches 49 years of age.
Tremors can develop at any age but bimodal highs happen around the second and sixth decades.

Prevalence

Tremors affect 4% to up to 5% of the human population

Risk Factors

Genetics

Around 50% to 70% of people diagnosed with tremors have a family history of them (familial tremors). A lot of families exhibited autosomal dominant inheritance although other studies have revealed that environmental factors also play a role in the development of tremors.

Although it is highly likely that person willing develop tremors if he has a family history of one, even people without any family history of tremor can also develop essential tremor.

 

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

 

Tonsillitis Lifestyles and Home Remedies

There are a number of natural remedies you can resort to protect your tonsils.

To lessen inflammation, you can use apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural disinfectant to minimize the discomfort and inflammation caused by tonsillitis. In one cup of warm water, add one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar and mix. Gargle using the solution for around 30 seconds or more and then rinse your mouth. You can also drink lemon juice after you have gargled to disinfect your throat even more. The lemon juice also helps take away the vinegar taste in your mouth.

To ease your tonsillitis symptoms you can use Echinacea along with golden seal tablet. These two herbs, when taken together, can greatly relieve your tonsillitis. They also help quicken your recovery from colds, flu and from other viral infections like tonsillitis. Golden seal is available in spray form that helps in healing and soothing throat infections.

The soothing of discomfort and pain especially for sore throat can be done using lozenges made out of
liquorice root. This type of lozenge is often only sold in health food stores. Find relief from your sore throat by sucking this lozenge in your mouth for the whole day. The lozenge coats the throat to mitigate and soothe the pain and discomfort of sore throat caused by tonsillitis.  This type of lozenge should not be taken by those who have high blood sugar or diabetes.

To lessen inflammation and minimize coughing, create a mixture of 12.5 drops of almond oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and 3 drops sandalwood oil.  Rub this mixture on both your throat and chest. This mixture can help both reduce the inflammation of your tonsils and your cough. It is a potent treatment for relieving major tonsillitis symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Some of the lifestyle changes recommended to boost your immune system can include:

Frequent and thorough washing of you and your child’s hands
Relaxation
Cessation of alcohol intake and smoking
Stress management
Regular exercise
Healthy diet

A healthy diet implies eating foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, folic acid plus foods loaded with zinc, iron, magnesium and flavonoids. These all help in dealing effectively with your tonsillitis symptoms. You can also add large portions of fruits and vegetables in your diet list for everyday consumption.  Avoid high-sugar content foods, high fat products and refined carbohydrates.

Supplements like coldwater salmon oil and starflower supplements often have antioxidant properties that beef up your immune system and so taking them every day is highly recommended.

If you have been diagnosed with chronic tonsillitis and find these natural alternatives to be very helpful, you will still need medical help from your physician who can evaluate you for any underlying problems that may be causing your tonsillitis.

A lot of natural alternatives are available for you to help address your tonsillitis symptoms. Still, it is important that you talk to your doctor to make sure your condition does not worsen.
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Sore Throat – Lifestyles and Home Remedies

Sore throat due to viral infections has no known treatment. Some home remedies, are quite effective when alleviating the discomfort and pain of sore throat regardless of its cause. Listed below are some helpful recommendations to better manage you sore throat.

 

  • Aromatherapy – Popular oil essentials can help alleviate sore throat discomfort and pain when they are added to water. These essential oils include:
    • Thyme
    • Sandalwood
    • Geranium
    • Eucalyptus
  • Supplements – The most effective supplements to quickly treat sore throat include bioflavonoids and vitamin C. These two have potent attributes that help shorten the duration of a sore throat.
  • Humidifier – Humidifying your place with a cool-mist humidifier can alleviate the inflammation, pain and discomfort in your ears and throat. Having this kind of humidifier during winter can prevent or at least minimize the chance of sinus and throat irritation.
  • Medications – Use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen is encouraged to alleviate sore throat pain and discomfort. Aspirin can also be used for sore throat pain but should not be given to children or teens who are recovering from flu or chickenpox.  Consult first with your doctor if you intend to use new and/or unprescribed medications.
  • Popsicles – Cold treats like these and even flavored frozen ice have been recommended to lessen the discomfort and pain of sore throat and make it easy for the sore throat sufferer to swallow.

 

Some other helpful home remedies to treat sore throat can include:

 

  • Keeping yourself clean all day – Always wash your hands especially before eating. If no water or soap is available, use rubbing alcohol or sanitizers treated with alcohol.
  • Rest – This is to help improve your immune system as well as to minimize the risk of infecting others
  • Stop talking – If your voice is strained from over use of your vocal cords or if the sore throat has affected your larynx, then rest your voice box and let it heal first.
  • Avoid irritants – Avoiding exposure to household cleaners, paints, cigarette smoke and other air pollutants can help improve your sore throat.
  • Throat lozenges – Strong throat lozenges or hard candies can help minimize the discomfort and pain of a sore throat.
  • Lemon – Mixing lemon to honey and warm or hot water can help soothe and cool a burning sore throat.
  • Salt and water – Place half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and use this solution to gargle. This helps soothe the burning pain and removes mucus from the throat.
  • Fluids – Saturate yourself with juices, tea, warm soup, or water to replenish the fluids lost due to the body’s production of mucus and to fever. Caffeine or alcohol is not recommended since they only cause dehydration instead of rehydration.

 

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Sinusitis Lifestyle and Home Remedies

A severe sinus infection can be an incapacitating experience to those who suffer from it. The good news is that there are certain options you can take to limit its symptoms or avoid it altogether. These options can include:

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle – Sinusitis is very hard to avoid and chances are you may experience it at least once a year. Potentially anyone you interact with from family members to acquaintances can inadvertently transmit the pathogen to you. Keeping a healthy lifestyle and being conscious of your health will greatly improve your immune function. So, exercise, get adequate rest, eat nutritious foods and use sinus treatments that have proven effective for you.

Regularly clean your nasal passages – Cleansing and bathing your nasal channels every day can make it easy to drain out your sinuses.  You can utilize a small bottle to squeeze water into your nose. In doing this your nasal membranes will always stay moistened and will wash away the glut of mucus.

Inhale steam – This is a very effective way to melt your mucus and clean and clear out your sinus openings. You can do this while showering in hot water and let the steam accumulate in the bathroom or boil water in a small pan, add a dab of Vick’s Vapo Rub or two teaspoonfuls of efficascent oil, cover your head with a towel to suck in all the vapors and bend over the pan to inhale the steam.

Stay hydrated – Taking in copious amounts of water, juices or fluids can aid in keeping the mucus thin and loose and keeping your sinuses healthy. You can either drink eight glasses of water each day or fill up a bottle with water or fruit juices and bring it along with you always to keep you well hydrated throughout the day.

Avoid dry environments – Always use a humidifier when you sleep or when you are in a room so that your nasal passages will not dry out.

When you sleep try to sleep with your head elevated as sleeping with your head down will tend to make the mucus accumulate to your sinuses.

Manage your allergies – If you have allergies then you are at risk for sinusitis. The best thing to do is to know your allergy triggers and avoid them at all times.

Drink hot herbal tea – Tea made from thyme is good for minimizing sinus infection. Also drinking cayenne water or inhaling peppermint drops are very practical, easy and effective sinus home remedies.

It is almost impossible to go through life without catching episodes of sinus inflammation, flu or the colds. The best thing we can do is to minimize them from occurring by applying common sense and living a healthy and clean lifestyle. Good habits like moving away from a person who is coughing, not sharing utensils or washing your hands regularly are great ways to beat sinusitis.

 

Dr. Cui Han is a Florida licensed acupuncture physician and the founder of AcuHealing Medical Center in Miami, FL.

Influenza Symptoms

Symptoms and signs of influenza can include:

 

  • Upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever (38°C temperature or higher)

 

It can typically take up to three days to experience the symptoms after you’ve caught the flu virus.

 

The duration of the most severe symptoms can take about five days; the coughing, on the other hand, can take as long as two to three weeks.

 

Warning Signs

 

You may need to immediately go to the hospital if you exhibit:

 

  • Signs of serious illnesses like meningococcal disease (which can entail symptoms like photophobia or dislike of bright lights, stiff neck, vomiting, sleepiness, severe headache and sometimes, rash)
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Bluish or purple discoloration of your toes, fingers, skin or lips
  • Chest pain or breathing difficulties
  • Severe shaking or chills
  • High fever that is persistent especially if you are pregnant

 

Be also on the lookout for dehydration signs such as irregular passing of urine and dizziness when standing.

 

You may need to call your doctor if someone you know is confused, unusually quiet or less responsive than normal.

 

Warning Signs for Babies and Young Children

 

If you see a child or baby grunting, wheezing or if his breathing is noisy or fast, you may need to bring him to a doctor. You need to see if the region below his ribs sucks inward (rather than typically expanding) as the child breathes in.

 

You need to urgently see the doctor if your child/baby looks:

 

  • Dehydrated – This means he may shed not tears when crying or has dry nappies
  • Unable to move or limp
  • Very irritable and not wanting to be held
  • Difficult to wake up or drowsy
  • Very pale

 

If the child has symptoms of other severe conditions like meningococcal disease (symptoms can include rash, dislike of bright lights, stiff neck and severe headache, and even vomiting and sleepiness), then you need to bring him to the hospital immediately.

 

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Influenza Risk Factors

Your body’s immunity may become weak if you practice poor lifestyle habits. This may make you a great risk for acquiring the flu. Furthermore, the likelihood of catching the flu may rise if any of your coworkers or family members have the flu or if you come into contact with pathogen-laden objects like countertops, computed keyboard and mouse, phone receiver or doorknobs that they have touched.

Changing your lifestyle habits like performing regular exercise, doing stress management, getting adequate sleep and eating a balanced diet may strengthen immune function and may greatly lessen your chance of catching the flu.

Toddlers and babies are very prone to come down with flu-related complications. As babies and young children grow, their bodies are constantly battling with all kinds of bacteria and viruses as their immune systems develop. The truth is it is perfectly normal for a young child to catch on the average about 6 to 8 cold infections each year as well as croup, acute bronchitis, sinusitis and ear infections. A young child with a weak immune system or one who gets sick frequently has a higher risk than other children to catch the flu virus and develop complications.

Seniors (65 years and older) are also a high risk group in acquiring flu-related complications. This is reflected in the CDC’s statistics that show people 65 years old and above comprising about 60% of flu-connected hospitalizations and about 90% of flu-related mortalities. As people get older, their immune system gets weaker and weaker making it easier for the influenza virus to wreak more havoc in them. Seniors are also likely to develop chronic health problems like lung disease, diabetes and heart disease that further exacerbate the risk of flu infection.

Individuals living in cramped living environments like nursing homes or retirement centers are very susceptible of getting sick from the flu virus. Researchers who have studied healthy nursing homes with patients who have antibiotic-resistant bacteria have found that three reasons as to why these types of bacteria have proliferated in those areas. These three reasons included transfer or patients between hospital and nursing home, poor hand-washing rates among nursing home workers and too much use of antibiotics.

The flu virus can be contagious for up to a whole week from the onset of the infection. The virus can be identified for up to a whole day prior to the manifestation of the symptoms. This shows that you can infect others for a full 24 hours before you even exhibit any signs and symptoms of the flu itself. Young infected children can transmit the flu to others through their secretions even after two weeks after they’ve acquired the virus.

 

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

Heart Palpitations Coping and Support

In order to stop palpitations while they are ongoing, some individuals use poor methods instead of correct alternatives they are most probably simply unaware of. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to quickly cease palpitations once they commence.

One other potential problem is not remembering other treatment approaches if the one you’re presently utilizing does not work.

One practical way to treat palpitations stat is to utilize a series of remedies collectively termed as ARCTIC which is an acronym of these approaches.

A – Adjust Your Clothes

Adjust your clothes – When you experience palpitations, be sure that your body is not constrained by jewelry or clothing.  Keep your body free from any tightness in your clothing. Remove your shoes, take off any jewelry, remove your watchband, loosen your belt and do anything that frees your body from any constraints and help you feel more relaxed. These are simple practical ways to help you avoid getting palpitations.

R – Relax Your Mind

Many times, heart palpitations are caused by extreme stress. If you feel stressed out, shut your eyes and try to think envision a soothing scenario. Try to think that you’re in a tranquil happy place. You can visualize yourself on a beach with white sands and pristine waters or see yourself being intimate with the one you love. Regardless of what you visualize, make it as full of life and as real as possible. Visualizing happy and relaxing things is a simple but effective technique in calming yourself.

C – Cough

Coughing is a truly great way of relieving heart palpitations. Keep on coughing whenever you’re experiencing palpitations. It forces the heart back into a proper sinus rhythm.

T – Temperature Change

We know that the Arctic region is an extremely cold place. Remembering this should assist you in remembering that “T” signifies temperature. How can you relate temperature in addressing your palpitations? The idea is to quickly alter your body temperature. Some of the ways in doing it entail drinking cold icy water. Drinking really cold water is a very effective way in shocking your body particularly your nervous system that can force your heart to stabilize its rhythm. If you are in the kitchen, you can get ice cubes in the fridge ad rub them on the top of your spine, neck and face.  You can also take a very cold bath or cold shower or just simply splash your face with cold water. You can likewise just go and stand in front of an air conditioner blasting maximum cold air.

I – Inhale (Deep Breaths)

For the stopping of heart palpitations, take in slow, deep breaths. Breathe in using your nose and allowing your stomach to expand with each inhalation. Your heart rate will regulate using this quite effective method not only in stopping ongoing palpitations but also in preventing them from occurring in the first place. A lot of people are unable to take really deep breaths. Some of them may have a condition known as hypertonia whose symptoms can include speech ad breathing difficulties among others.

One effective breathing technique to stop heart palpitations and control your heart rate is the Valsalva maneuver. The Valsalva maneuver effectively stimulates the vagus nerve in a light way. The vagus nerve supplies nerve fibers to the throat, windpipe, lungs, esophagus and heart.

In doing the Valsalva maneuver you hold your nose closed, take a deep breath, close your mouth and try exhaling. Exhale in a manner that mimics the way you strive for a bowel movement. A guaranteed sign that you are performing this maneuver correctly is when your ears feel like popping.

If the Valsalva maneuver still fails to stop the palpitations, try to blow a balloon instead. This may seem an unconventional way of addressing a condition but in truth, it is a common way for decreasing the heart rate among personalities working in the entertainment industry.

C – Change Your Body’s Position

If you start to experience palpitations while you are standing up, slowly sit down and raise your feet preferably above your heart. You can also lie down and stay still. If your palpitations happen when you’re lying down, raise yourself in bed and try some of the aforementioned methods.
 
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Low Blood Pressure Definition

When the blood pressure in your arteries is too low, you have a condition called low blood pressure or hypotension. This implies that your heart has a lower-than-normal capacity to pump blood throughout your body.

If your blood pressure registers just about 90/60 or less, you are considered to have low blood pressure.

A low blood pressure reading should not be a reason to worry if you do not show any problems or symptoms related to your hypotension. Still, if you experience just a mere 20 mm Hg dramatic drop in blood pressure, you may likely experience some kind of dizziness or even fainting. A sudden drop in blood pressure can mean that you may be suffering from an underlying problem. This problem may be:

  • Orthostatic or postural hypotension
  • Allergic reaction
  • Severe infections
  • Uncontrolled hemorrhaging

Postural hypotension can be experienced by certain individuals when they stand from a sitting or prone position. They suddenly experience a drop in their blood pressure causing symptoms like blurred vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, and sometimes fainting. These may be a result of too much heat, heart conditions, diabetes, too much bed rest and dehydration and from medicines like drugs for Parkinson’s disease, antidepressants, antipsychotics, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics. Some people may experience postural hypotension when squatting or sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time.

If you have any lightheadedness or dizziness you may need to talk with your doctor about this. If you have spend too much time in a hot tub or the sun, have low blood sugar or have been dehydrated, you may need to be concerned more about how fast your blood pressure falls instead of how low it falls. Monitor and record your activities the time the symptoms occurred as well as the symptoms themselves.

 

Dale Roach is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Dale Roach, MD,L.Ac in Larchmont, NY.

Itching – Lifestyle and Home Remedies

In order to prevent skin inflammation and skin itching, you can consider these remedies and lifestyle applications to make your day and night as itch-free as possible.

  • Do not use or put substances or things in your body that can irritate your skin. These can include cosmetics, cleaning products, perfume, jewelry or nickel.
  • When washing your linen, pillow sheets, bed sheets, towels and clothes use mild laundry detergents that carry no heavy chemicals or perfumes that can irritate your skin. Thoroughly rinse, your laundry by using the washing machine’s extra-rinse cycle, if it has one.
  • Shower or bathe in soaps that are free of heavy chemicals, perfumes or dyes. Wash thoroughly the soap off your body. When you have dried, you can gently rub your skin with a lotion or a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and to protect it from harsh environmental factors.
  • If possible wear at all times cotton clothing that has smooth texture to prevent your skin from becoming irritated.
  • If you are bathing on a hot tub, use cool or mild water so as not to agitate the skin. Before bathing you can put in colloidal oatmeal, uncooked oatmeal or baking soda in the tub filled with mild or cool water to help neutralize your itching. You can use Aveeno or oatmeal that is finely grounded, not course.
  • In lieu of scratching you can soothe your itchy skin by applying wet, cool compresses on the itchy areas.
  • To prevent scratching you can wear gloves the whole day or night particularly while you’re sleeping. You can also cover the itchy areas with dressings or bandages to prevent you from scratching them. Always keep your hands, fingers and fingernails clean and trim your nails regularly.
  • If your itch is severe, you can apply an over-the-counter ointment or cream containing 1% hydrocortisone to relieve the itch. You can also try using diphenhydramine for severe itches.
  • You can use creams like CeraVe, Eucerin, Cetaphil or Vanicream that are proven very effective moisturizing creams to keep your skin from itching or to relieve severe itching. You can apply these creams on the affected areas one or two times a day until the itching goes away.

 

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