Archive for August, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Duct tape occlusion therapy

If you have been suffering from the painful and embarrassing problem of warts for a long time now, perhaps it is time to give duct tape occlusion therapy a try. In this therapy, the warts are covered with duct tape for an extended period of up to 6 days after which they are left open for only 12 hours and scrubbed lightly with a pumice stone before being covered again. This treatment lasts for at least 8 weeks or unless the wart resolves.

Even though there is no evidentiary proof of the effectiveness of this therapy, some doctors vouch for this wart treatment over cryotherapy. It has also been noticed that by using the duct tape occlusion therapy, one can experience complete resolution of their warts in a period of 28 days. Off late, this therapy has gained massive popularity among both adult patients and parents of children suffering from warts.

PostHeaderIcon Oral cancer treatment

Perhaps the biggest challenge that is facing medical practitioners all over the world in this century is finding an effective treatment for cancer. Just like most cancer treatments, oral cancer treatment also calls for a multidisciplinary approach to get the best results. This usually includes surgery and radiation therapy or chemo therapy. The choice of treatment for oral cancer depends largely on the stage of the cancer.

Once a patient undergoes a surgery to remove the tumor in the mouth or throat, he or she can opt for radiation or chemo therapy to destroy any cancer cells that are still left in the area. One can go for either internal or external radiation therapy as suggested by the doctor. In chemo therapy, intravenous drugs are used to kill the cancer cell throughout the body. Apart from these forms of oral cancer treatments, a patient can opt for palliative care and symptom management to relieve the pain and side effects of therapy.

PostHeaderIcon Sinusitis awareness

More and more cases of sinusitis are coming to the fore with every passing day. Sinusitis is caused by the inflammation or infection of sinuses that are basically air cavities located within the facial skull around the nose. A person can suffer from acute sinusitis that lasts for less than a month or subacute sinusitis that lasts between 4 to 8 weeks or chronic sinusitis that can continue for over 8 weeks at a time.

Some of the common symptoms of sinusitis are given below:

• Difficulty in nasal breathing
• Facial pain and swelling in and around the nasal area including dental and jaw pain
• Congestion of the nasal cavity
• Fever and headache
• Foul smell of the nasal drainage
• Snoring during sleep

To get some relief from sinusitis, you can try the following treatments:

• Antibiotics to eliminate bacterial infection
• Pain relievers to reduce the soreness
• Nasal spray and other decongestants to reduce nasal blockage.

PostHeaderIcon Preventing occurrence of cataracts

Though the idea of preventing cataract sounds good, it is not really a possibility. However, you can definitely delay the occurrence of cataract by taking certain precautionary measures such as avoiding ultra violet radiation by staying out of the sun as much as possible and wearing shades every time you step out. It would also help if you quit smoking, went easy on alcohol and included lots of fresh fruits in your everyday diet. Consuming xanthophyll-rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables have also been found to be of great help in preventing the onset of cataract early on in one’s life.

Yet another way of slowing down the aging process in the eye and protecting it against cataracts is by taking Vitamin E and C supplements that have been prescribed by a doctor. Some studies have also proven that consuming foods such as carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and tomatoes that are good source of Carotenoids also help prevent the occurrence of cataracts.

PostHeaderIcon Get the better of canker sores

Just the mention of canker sores makes one wrinkle his or her nose at the thought of the pain associated with these mouth sores. If the medical research data is to be believed, nearly 30 to 40 percent of American population suffers from these once in their lifetime. These sores appear in the form of small shallow ulcers that make it difficult to eat or talk for the person suffering from it. However, do not confuse these with cold sores that one usually gets during fever.

Canker sores are most commonly caused due to bacterial infections, hormonal disorders, stress or food allergies and have a tendency to recur every few months. You can however reduce their frequency by cutting out acidic or spicy food from your diet, which cause irritation in your mouth. It is also advisable to use a soft-bristled brush after meals and flossing on a daily basis. Lastly, avoid chewing gum as it may trigger a canker sore.