How To Treat Bunions
March 29, 2013 – 12:00 am | No Comment
A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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Kava and Its Role as a Stress Reliever
December 7, 2011 – 4:21 am | No Comment
Kava and Its Role as a Stress Reliever
Kava is used widely in different corners of the globe for medicinal purposes. Use of this herb as a sedative is legal in the USA. People use it either in from of a beverage or as kava extracts. One should use kava only after consulting a physician, as it might lead to severe health complications if not taken in right quantities. Kava is primarily known for being an excellent stress reliever. It helps in calming down our senses and relieves us from anxiety. The root of the kava plant is used for making medicinal supplements. Other than treating stress and anxiety, kava is also extremely effective as a treatment for muscle aches and insomnia. Kava pest is used by many as topical painkiller. Another common medicinal use of the herb is for treating benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. People in the Western Hemisphere usually consume kava in form of a beverage (a decoction or a tea). Kava possesses a chemical known a kavalactone. This active ingredient of the herb is an excellent stress buster.  [...]


How to Use Pulse Oximeters for Determining Blood Oxygen Levels?
December 5, 2011 – 9:37 pm | No Comment
How to Use Pulse Oximeters for Determining Blood Oxygen Levels?
The blood oxygen levels reflect the quantity of oxygen our red blood cells is carrying to the different organs of our body. Lung disorders like COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases can result in decrease levels of oxygen in our blood. Patients with COPD require monitoring their blood oxygen levels at regular intervals. The oxygen levels in blood can be measured using pulse oximeters or the SPO2 monitors as well as by undergoing Arterial Blood Gas test at the doctor’s office. In this article, we will be discussing the process of using pulse oximeters of determining blood oxygen levels. Using pulse oximeters for measuring levels of oxygen in blood involves the following step: Take the device and attach it to your finger’s end. You will see a light shining across the finger tip. Pulse oximeters determine the levels of oxygen in blood by using light. If the blood is fully oxygenated, the hemoglobin present in blood has bright red color. The color of hemoglobin turns purple or  [...]


Overview of Coccidioidomycosis
December 5, 2011 – 3:31 am | No Comment
Overview of Coccidioidomycosis
Coccidioidomycosis, also known as the valley fever, is a fungal infection that affects the lungs. It is an outcome of the infestation of fungal species known by the name Coccidioides. This kind of organism is found in extremely dirty places and is capable of surviving in all the extreme weather conditions like cold, drought, heat and more. These organisms gain an entry through the spores that infuse into the environmental air. This kind of fungus is mainly found in certain regions of United States of America like Mexico, South America and Central America. These areas offer the perfect weather conditions that encourage the growth and multiplication of this species. The fungal spores of this species get mixed into the air by digging, ripples of strong breeze, whilst construction and more. People who deal with construction or digging of the soil like farmers, archeologists, builders, military personnel are most prone to breathing-in the fungal spores that cause this condition. Unfortunately,  [...]


Treating Occipital Neuralgia with Physical Therapy
December 2, 2011 – 4:37 am | No Comment
Treating Occipital Neuralgia with Physical Therapy
Occipital neuralgia is defined as a medical disorder marked by chronic pains in the back of the patient’s head, behind his ears and on his upper back. The areas experiencing pain related to occipital neuralgia are linked with our occipital nerves. An individual develops occipital neuralgia as a result of damages occurring in the occipital nerves. Damage to these nerves might take place due to physical stress, medical complications like bone tumors or trauma. The most common sign indicating occurrence of occipital neuralgia is chronic headache, which is often misdiagnosed to be migraines or tension headaches. Conventional treatment of occipital neuralgia involves use of steroid injection in combination with Lidocaine; the injection gets administered at the root of the affected nerve in order to number the region offering temporary pain relief. Doctors also prescribe NSAIDs for reducing nerve inflammation. However, the most effective treatment of occipital neuralgia is physical therapy.  [...]


Tips for Preventing Chickenpox Scars
December 1, 2011 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Tips for Preventing Chickenpox Scars
Chickenpox is a viral disease, which mainly affects children. The disease is not known to cause any serious health hazard and children recover from it without experiencing any harmful aftereffect. The only problem with chicken pox is the scars caused by it; the chickenpox scars, once occurred usually last for the rest of the patient’s life. However, prevention of these scars is possible. Below, we have provided some useful tips for preventing chickenpox scars. The first thing you should do for preventing chickenpox scars is avoiding scratching the sores appearing on your body. If you scratch them, they can get infected and result in formation of small and round scars on your skin. A patient suffering from chickenpox must ensure that his skin is clean. If you have clean skin, the chances of having infections in the chickenpox sores will be much less. If you can successfully avoid the occurrence of infection, you will experience must lesser bouts of itching. This will in turn reduce the  [...]