Archive for November, 2010

PostHeaderIcon The truth about toenail disorders

Nail fungus, also known as Onchymosis affects the toenail more often than the fingernail, though it may be ignored and may be evident only when the infection becomes chronic in nature. According to latest clinical research, 1 person in every 10 suffers from toenail fungus. It hardly occurs in young but the infection is more prominent with increase in age. 40% Americans are said to get a toenail fungus in their late seventies.
Fungal toenails (onychomycosis) is an infection of the nail as well as the portion of the toe from where the nail grows which is called nail matrix. There are several types of toenail fungus which causes discoloration and thickening of the nail which is painful and even difficult to trim.

People who are having problems with their toenail fungus can feel a lot of pain while it is untreated for long time. That is why a treatment is a must starting with the first stages of the infection. A common misconception is that the problem arises due to lack of proper hygiene, but the truth is that it is just an infection and even the most fastidious person can catch this problem. But still necessary precautions can be taken like flip flops should be worn on public places in order to avoid contact with the bare floor. Feet needs to be dried properly as fungi multiplies in darkness and wet places. There are antibacterial medications and even some herbal treatments are also helpful.
Prevention is always better than cure. Avoiding the fungi infection from developing will be easier to do so that we can be free from the disease so it is advisable to wear comfortable and well fitted shoes and also maintain necessary hygiene of our body parts.

PostHeaderIcon Nutritional benefits of cauliflowers

Cauliflower is a nutritious and versatile vegetable that can be used raw or cooked, alone or with other vegetables. It is an annual plant which is cultivated from seeds and matures to be eaten only once in a year. Though, this vegetable is overlooked at times yet it contains nutrients like indole-3-carbinol, or 13C, and the photonutrient sulforaphane which lowered the chances of breast tumors in lab animals by 40% in a research done at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and other essential vitamins which strengthens our immunity system. High fiber content makes this cruciferous vegetable a great choice for digestive system support and also for anti cancer ailments.

Forseeing the benefits of cauliflower, this should be included in at least 2-3 meals in a week since it is available throughout the year and can be cooked in number of ways.

PostHeaderIcon Blocked artery signs and symptoms

There may be signs of blocked arteries all around us but most of the time we tend to ignore it and if left untreated for long time it might develop into a huge problem. In this article we will talk about signs and symptoms of blocked arteries that everyone should be aware of.
Where the blockage occurs will determine the signs. If the plaque deposit reduces blood flow to the heart, a tightness is felt in the middle of the chest which is referred as angina in medical term. People often tend to misinterpret it as indigestion because if the blockage is not too severe then pain might disappear on relaxing for sometime.If the pain doesn’t disappear on resting, this is one of worst signs of blocked arteries and signals trouble ahead (a heart attack) and means the blockage may have reached 90 percent or more.

If the blockage is in the arteries which supplies blood to the brain then symptoms such as numbness, difficulty in swallowing, speaking, blindness, mental disorientation, or paralysis can occur.
Though there is no permanent cure, often most healthy people are also most likely to suffer from this problem. But still one can take effective measures by bringing change in our eating habits, reducing stress levels, avoiding tobacco and smoking, losing extra weight and exercising for at least 5 days in a week.

PostHeaderIcon Causes of the clogged artery

Unhealthy eating habits have engulfed our lifestyle up to a large extent. Many of us are so occupied in our own luxurious lifestyle that we hardly get any time to do exercise or eat healthy food in order to stay fit & healthy. We take inadequate quantities of high cholesterol, saturated fats, high amount of sugar on day to day basis which results in clogging of arteries which is also termed as atherosclerosis.

Many of us think that one of the most important cause responsible for clogged artery is the excess deposition of fats and cholesterol in the body. However experts have found out that it is actually the deficiency of Vitamin C that causes this problem. Insufficient intake of vitamin C leads to breakages and cracks in the arteries which further results in internal bleeding. Therefore, body uses cholesterol to patch the wounds and breakages. Further, when this procedure continues for a long time, the cholesterol hardens and lodges in the arteries which is termed as clogging. Many people suffer from this problem due to diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, mental stress, etc.
If unhealthy eating habit is one of the major reason responsible for this, then we need to change our eating habits and follow a balanced diet in order to stay fit & healthy.

PostHeaderIcon Reflux Esophagitis

Reflux esophagitis is complication of digestive disorder also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). As the stomach contents drains into the lower portion of the esophagus, they can produce inflammation in form of esophagitis.
People suffering from this disorder may suffer from problems like heartburn (burning sensation or pain in chest), acid regulation, difficulty in swallowing solid and liquid things. If left untreated for a long time, it might also lead to ulcers or even cause scarring.
Once you’ve got control over GERD and its complication of reflux esophagitis, you can put into place some self-care measures to reduce the chances of its recurrence. Avoiding triggers and maintaining a healthy weight are two of the most effective measures and one can also change their sleeping posture to reduce the impact of the disorder.

PostHeaderIcon Causes and symptoms of bile duct stones

Bile duct stones (choledocholithiasis) are collections of solid material, majorly cholesterol, bile pigments or calcium (gallstones) present in bile ducts, which is a small tube that carries bile from gallbladder to the intestine. These stones may remain inside the duct and thereby resulting in blockage of the duct.
Blockage of bile duct can cause the ducts to widen (dilate)causing fever, chills and jaundice (a yellowish discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes), loss of hunger, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain in right upper or middle upper abdomen, etc. Most gallstones do not show any symptom for a long time.

In the United States, about 20% of people older than age 65 have been suffering from gallstones and about 15% of people with gallstones have stones in the common bile duct. Each year, more than half a million people in the United States have their gallbladder surgically removed.

PostHeaderIcon Treatment of Breast Milk Jaundice in Infants

Breast milk jaundice is more of a biochemical problem and occurs mostly in newborn babies which is exclusively breastfed and in whom other causes of jaundice have been ruled out. Breast milk may contain a substance that increases reuse of bilirubin in the intestines.The jaundice appears at the end of the first week of life and can last even up to two months.Usually jaundice in infants is not harmful. For most babies, jaundice usually resolves without treatment in 1 to 2 weeks. Baby should be well hydrated with mother’s milk which encourages frequent bowel movements, which further removes bilirubin through the stools. (Bilirubin is what gives stool a brown color).

If the jaundice level is very high, phototherapy is done in which special blue lights are used to break down bilirubin in the skin. As per American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding should be continued through phototherapy also if possible.In critical cases, baby’s blood is also replaced with fresh blood.

Last but not the least, in newborn, some degree of jaundice is normal and probably not preventable. The risk of significant jaundice can often be reduced by feeding babies at least 8 to 12 times a day for the first several days and by carefully identifying infants at highest risk. Also, all pregnant women should be tested for blood type and unusual antibodies. All babies should be seen by a health care provider in the first 5 days of life to check for jaundice.

PostHeaderIcon Causes of Yellow to Green Bilious Vomit

Vomiting bile often represents bright yellow to dark green color in the vomiting. While the color may be due to the breakdown of food, the presence of bile should not be ignored as it could be related to serious causes that require immediate medical attention, especially if this happens all of a sudden. In most cases, the vomiting is accompanied by nausea and small bowel obstruction, especially in infants.There may be various reasons behind this, yet yellow to green vomit should not be immediately considered as bile vomitus as intake of variety of foods and drinks may also impart color to the gastric contents.

Any obstruction of the small intestine also results in expulsion of intestinal contents which have already mixed with bile in the duodenum. However, bile vomiting will not be present in a case of gastric outlet obstruction or any blockage lying proximal to the duodenum.

Most common symptom is constipation (also referred to as obstipation in intestinal obstruction) and abdominal distention. Abdominal pain is typically present but in infants this may only be evident as constant crying. There may be other signs and symptoms also like unintentional weight loss, heartburn, etc.

PostHeaderIcon Nutritional benefits of pears

Pears are the member of Rose family and are closely related to apples & quines. Though, they are available in the market from August to October yet wide variety is available throughout the year with skin color varying from yellow, green, brown, red or may be blend of two or more of these colors.Our food ranking system also terms pears as an adequate source of antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin C and copper which helps to protect cells in our body.

They are also rich source of dietary fiber and are recommended by doctors as a safe fruit for infants. Even the prospective study on 51,823 postmenopausal women for an average of 8.3 years showed 34% decrease in breast cancer risk for those who consume fruit with fiber.Not only this, they have higher amount of pectin than in apples and thus also help in lowering cholesterol levels and in toning of the intestines.So many benefits in one delicious package with less than 100 calories per piece. Anyway you can slice it, a pear can be a great addition to your diet that can help you to look and feel your best.