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Monthly Archives : October, 2013

Gastritis Coping and Support

Here are some of the ways that can help you deal effectively with your gastritis problem

Be sure to eat 6 small meals instead of 3 big meals in a day – Having a full amount of foods in the stomach increases pressure in the stomach and can aggravate the lining of the stomach already affected by gastritis.

Never eat foods that only enhances the production of acid in your stomach – There are a lot of foods and beverages that can cause heartburn and add to the production of stomach acid. If you want to prevent or relieve gastritis or heartburn then you need to avoid these foods and beverages.

Stop drinking alcohol – Alcohol makes your stomach more acidic making you more prone to stomach ulcers or gastritis.

Use an antacid – Antacid drugs like Tagamet help neutralize or minimize gastric acid in your stomach. The use of these drugs will treat the symptoms and assist in the healing process.

Sleep with your head and shoulders elevated – Sleep in a way that makes the head positioned higher than the stomach.

Don’t smoke – Cigarette smoking is a catalyst in the production of stomach acid so it’s in your best interest to stop smoking if you have gastritis.


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Depression – Coping and Support

The desire to be alone is one of the reasons why depressed people find it hard to cope with their depression. The best way to cope with depression is to talk with your therapist or your doctor.  You can also try to do these tips to help you contend with depression:

Make plans for your day – You can make a list of to-dos for a single day.  Try to make these plans constructive like doing chores, walking outside, enrolling in a yoga class or visiting a friend. Use post-its to remind yourself of what it is you need to do for a specific time.

Find ways to help lessen your stress and be relaxed – If you are interested in Eastern philosophy, you can start doing tai chi, yoga or meditation. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and learn how to find meaning in your life. Yoga and tai chi, on the other hand, can make your body more flexible and loose enabling you to relax the tight muscles in your body.

Eat healthily – A good diet can help your body gain more energy and make your immune system much stronger. A good lifestyle like proper and adequate sleep everyday, regular exercise and cessation of alcohol intake and illegal drug use improve the health of your mind and body.

Stop making decisions if you are in a depression – When you are depressed you will be unable to have a clear view of things and life and it will impair your ability to decide well.

Do not commit yourself to anything when you are in a state of depression – If you commit on something or somebody and not be able to deliver because of your depression, it might add more to the negative outlook of yourself.

Try to visit friends on a more frequent basis – You can also attend parties with your friends and reunite with family members even if it’s just to say hi to them.

Find a support group for depression – A support group helps a lot since you are with people who are proactively doing something to address their depression. Sharing your problems and sadness with them will help you unburden yourself a little and get encouragement from members of your support group. You can also join an online support group if you find it more convenient.

Read highly inspirational and motivational literature – Inspirational books can help lift     your spirits and help you think about positive thoughts. You can also use the Internet to know more about fascinating information or watch funny and interesting videos on Youtube.

Write – Keep a diary and write down the feelings you have as a way to help release pressure inside you which can eventually feel better afterwards.

Coping with Rash

Having rash may force you to deal with its accompanying and annoying symptoms: flaking skin, redness and extreme itching.  The worse thing about this is that the more you scratch, the likelihood of secondary skin infections may occur with you ending up with complications more than you’ve bargained for.  This is why it’s important that you need to be well-informed of your rash problems and find effective ways to cope with the problem once it starts.

Skin with rashes may become dry and get cracked opening the skin and making it prone to bacterial and viral infections. Children are particularly vulnerable to catching impetigo which they can get in day care centers, camp bunks and in other places where they have close contact with other kids.

One good way to cope with rash is to cut the nails and keep them short and clean at all times. Using creams and moisturizers can help relieve the itching. Children and adults can be taught to use paper towels and cold at school or camp instead of scratching their itch. They should know that the risk of getting broken skin and worsening discomfort from scratching is a worse alternative from their itching than patting the skin gently with clean paper towels soaked in cold water.

When using the paper towels to help relieve the itch, you should utilize a patting motion instead of a scratching motion to the itchy skin. Young children can be fitted with cotton mittens to prevent them from using their fingers to scratch themselves.

Apply conventional and alternative treatments like cool compresses, antihistamines, moisturizers and oatmeal baths to prevent the need to scratch your itchy rash and in the process help the skin to heal well.

For those who tend to break out with rashes when sweating, it is best to always bring dry, loose cotton clothing that readily absorbs their sweat. They can also bring talcum powder and a medium-sized towel that they can put in their back to contain the sweating.
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Coping and Support Osteoarthritis

A lot of osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers are finding it quite hard to deal with its symptoms that interfere with their regular activities of daily living in a major way. Good ways to deal with your physical limitations to know that you are making the best effort in getting relief from pain and finding ways to improve the range of motion of your affected joint. You can certainly better your ability to cope with his condition. Here are some ways to better deal with OA:

Identify the early symptoms and signs of osteoarthritis.  Talk to your doctor regarding the symptoms and signs you’ve observed to receive a correct diagnosis from your doctor.

Be faithful to your treatment plan after you’ve been given a diagnosis and a course of treatment.

Evaluate on a periodic basis your treatment plan with your doctor to see if it really effectively addresses your symptoms.

Always protect your joints. This can be done by not straining your joints or putting excess stress on them. Wear or use adaptive equipment, orthotic support or assistive devices if you think they are necessary to safeguard your joints from injury or damage.

Do not live a sedentary life. Exercise and perform physical activities on a daily basis. This will help you better deal with your limitations and pain.

Take supplements and eat a healthy diet.  Your supplements and foods should contain antioxidants that can help relieve your OA symptoms.

Enjoy life. Make time for more leisurely activities like watching a movie, playing with your pet, reading, listening to music or anything that will keep your mind off your pain.

Try to uplift your life by planning and taking leisurely trips. Going to a place of beautiful scenery can relieve stress and get you in a good mood.

Try to make your family understand the condition you are suffering from. If you need help ask for it. Osteoarthritis can become a debilitating condition that may severely limit the things you can perform.

Modify the way you work if you need to. This can mean working in a light-duty activity or requesting for a much better work schedule.

Own a journal or diary. You can write down important details about your condition in a diary journal and let your doctor read it. It can also be used as an outlet of your sadness, anger or frustration.

Join a support group. Your life can be much easier to cope with when you talk and share experiences with people in a local or online support group. In a support group, you are with people who knows what you’re experiencing first-hand.

Remember to balance activity and rest. Both physical activity and rest are important factors in helping you deal well with OA. Balancing these two factors is important in improving you condition.

Be well-informed regarding your OA.  Keep abreast of the latest news about OA can lead to positive and helpful steps that can help you better deal with your OA symptoms.

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Miami, FL 33129
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Headaches – Prevention

To stop your headaches and to prevent them from recurring, you can avail of ways to avoid or at least lessen the frequency and triggers of your headaches.

  • Sinus irrigation – A lot of headaches are caused by the blockages of the sinus passageways due to infection or allergy. You can treat blockages by using sinus irrigation products that can be bought over-the-counter in your local pharmacy.
  • Food triggers avoidance – Once you know what foods causes your headaches, you may want to make a list of them so you may be able to avoid these headache triggers in the future.
  • Adequate hydration – Drinking copious amounts of fluids balances the electrolytes in your body and makes many of your body systems function better particularly the circulatory system where blood pressure and vessel dilation are properly regulated.
  • Have your eyes checked – Bad eyesight function may cause headaches for some people. You may need to wear glasses or contact lenses to see well and to prevent headaches.
  • Good posture – If you have a habit to stoop while walking, sitting or standing, chances are high that you will develop frequent headaches. Correcting your posture will not only prevent the onset of headaches but make you more attractive as well.
  • Improve circulation – Inactive people often develop headaches because of poor blood circulation caused by constricted blood vessels. Performing light exercises like or stretching or even neck exercises can help improve circulation and relieve stress and tension in the neck and head.
  • Address your temporomandibular joint disorder problem– The usual side effect of TMD is headaches. A neuromuscular dentist is a medical specialist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.
  • Niacin avoidance – Niacin may trigger migraines. This ingredient is a vasodilator, which can spell headache spell for migraine sufferers.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking can cause headaches as well as a plethora of other health conditions so stopping this habit is imperative if you want to live a headache-free and healthy life.

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6840 Dykes Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Phone: (954) 880-0090

Causes of Gastritis

Helicobacter pylori

For most people who have experienced gastritis the most common culprit for this condition is a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori for short.  This bacterium can infect an individual through person to person contact or through eating or drinking contaminated food or drinking water. The H. pylori bacterium is also one major cause of stomach ulcers.


Taking naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin (Motrin) on a daily basis can induce gastritis. These medications are effective in relieving pain; unfortunately, they have negative side effects one of which is eroding the lining of the stomach.  Taking one or two tablets of these drugs occasionally will not risk the likelihood of a person developing gastritis but taking them daily can easily cause gastritis and/or stomach ulcers.

Alcohol, Caffeine and Street Drugs

These substances are generally bad for you and can be particularly bad for your stomach lining. Cocaine use, drinking a lot of alcohol and too much caffeine can lead to gastritis. Cocaine will not only cause you gastritis and other major physical conditions it can do severe damage to your brain as well.

Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy

These very harmful and invasive “therapies” are causal factors in gastritis.  Cancer victims undergoing them face a high risk for gastritis because radiation and the toxic chemicals used in chemotherapy inflame and irritate the stomach lining. Heavy radiation therapy and chemotherapy often cause permanent damage to the mucosa or stomach lining making the person susceptible to gastritis.

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New York, NY 10024
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Bronchitis Complications

Some of the conditions that may arise from bronchitis include:

Pneumonia – Around 5 persons in a hundred with bronchitis can acquire a pulmonary secondary infection that can lead to pneumonia. This pulmonary infection is often brought about by bacteria even if the primary infection that led to the bronchitis is virus caused.

The bacterial infection specifically affects the alveoli, tiny air sacs located at the ends of the lung bronchioles.  People who are at high risk for developing pneumonia include:

  • People whose immune system is weak and is at risk of getting bronchitis complications such as pneumonia
  • Patients with lung or heart diseases along with bronchitis have a high risk of developing pneumonia. These patients can include those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma or heart failure.
  • Infants and old people with an age-related weakened immunity system – Both have immune systems that are weak making them vulnerable to secondary infection.
  • Smokers who have weak immune functionality and are also are at risk for frequent chest infections. These are people who are likely to get secondary bacterial pneumonia after suffering from bronchitis.

The symptoms of pneumonia can consist of:

  • For the infant a general feeling of listlessness and illness
  • Appetite loss and the infant’s refusal to feed
  • Cough
  • Pain in the chest
  • Appetite loss
  • Shivering and sweating with fever
  • Shallow and rapid breathing – Breathing rate 24 per minute and over
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)  – Heart beat 100 times and over per minute
  • Breathlessness and breathing difficulty even when at rest
  • High fever – 38 degrees centigrade and over

When you have pneumonia the doctor may hear through the stethoscope sounds such as fremitus and rales in your body.

For a person with mild pneumonia, bed rest, drinking copious amounts of fluids and antibiotics are usually all what the person needs to treat his pneumonia. For severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.

If a patient suffers from respiratory failure and cannot breathe on his own, he may need to use a ventilator. Typically in this scenario the patient would also be given antibiotics administered intravenously.

COPD Development – A person with chronic bronchitis has a likely chance to also develop chronic COPD that can significantly lower lung reserves and exacerbate breathing problems. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also increases the chance of bronchitis flares as well as increased risk of frequent chest infections.

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