Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Are The Common Symptoms And Causes Of Tonsillitis?

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The tonsils are crucial to a person’s health. They sit in the back of the throat, and they act as filters. Their main job is to filter out germs and keep them from getting into the airways and causing a nasty infection. Unfortunately, the tonsils sometimes become infected in the midst of serving their bodily purpose. The following is some information on a condition called tonsillitis.

What Is Tonsillitis?

The term tonsillitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tonsils. The inflammation of the tonsils is usually a symptom of another condition. A doctor who inspects a patient with tonsillitis will notice an extremely red swollen area. The person’s throat will most likely hurt. The severity of the pain will depend on what caused the condition. Sometimes a person will have a bad cough. Other symptoms that may occur are headache, halitosis, headache and fever. The specialist will want to conduct research to discover the cause of the problem.

What Causes Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis can be caused by a number of bacterial and viral infections. Streptococcus bacteria usually cause cases of tonsillitis. Some viruses that may cause the condition are adenoviruses, the influenza virus and the herpes simplex virus.

What Are the Treatment Options for Tonsillitis?

The specialist would have to conduct an individual assessment of the affected person to determine a viable treatment option. Pain neutralizers such as ibuprofen can help to alleviate the pain. Extreme cases of pain may require a hospital grade dosage of ibuprofen or a pain pill. If the tonsillitis comes from a bacterial infection, the doctor will want to prescribe antibiotics. Viruses do not respond to antibiotics, so the specialist would not prescribe them for such a condition. However, he or she would conduct a strep test to ensure that the patient does not have strep throat.

Recurrent cases of tonsillitis may call for removal of the tonsils. The procedure can spare a person from missing work frequently and feeling under the weather. A tonsillectomy is an option that the doctor will offer.

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The Basics Of A Low Dose Aspiring Regimen

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Salicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin, was hailed as the wonder drug of the century when it was introduced in the 1800s. It relieved pain, reduced fever and brought down swelling. The 19th century doctors did not know as much about the drug as medical science does today. Today, people use it to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clotting.  Someone who wants to start a low dose aspirin regimen should start by seeing his doctor.  People who are allergic to aspirin should also avoid using an aspirin regimen as a therapy.

Why Start With a Doctor?

The doctor can recommend the appropriate dose, as well as screen for potential risk factors. Patients who start an aspirin regimen need to make sure they do not take any prescription drugs that interact with this common over-the-counter analgesic.  A physician can check for any hazardous interactions.

What Does Low-Dose Aspirin Prevent?

Doctors have known that aspirin can help prevent heart attacks for decades.  The drug can also prevent other blood clotting problems. Stroke patients and heart attack patients receive low dose aspirin in addition to or in lieu of other blood-thinning medications.

How Does It Work?

Aspirin works by preventing platelet from clumping together. When too many of these platelets congregate in one spot a clot results.  The clot’s location determines whether the patient has a heart attack, a stroke, or an infarction.  Any infarction, regardless of where it occurs, is a serious medical condition. If an individual suspects he has an infarction, he should seek medical attention immediately.

Blockages anywhere in the body can move to the blood or the heart.
Aspirin bottles sit on almost every shelf in the United States. These white pills relieve headaches, fevers, and swelling in the body. Like Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium, salicylic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Long-term use of  this drug at dosages above those required to prevent heart attacks or strokes can lead to stomach problems.  Few stomach problems should resort from people who do not use doses above 100 milligrams total. Buying brands that contain a coating designed to protect the stomach can reduce this risk further.

Know The Symptoms Of Alcohol Poisoning

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Alcohol poisoning is a very serious condition that happens when an individual consumes too much alcohol in a short period of time. While the majority of alcohol poisonings lead to extreme sickness, it can lead to death if the blood alcohol content gets too high, and thus it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms in yourself and in others. Alcohol poisoning symptoms and also alcohol overdose signs are easy to notice. They include the following: confusion, irregular (10 seconds between breaths) and/or slow breathing (less than 8 breaths per minute), low body temperature, blue-tinged or pale skin. More serious symptoms include vomiting, passing out and seizures. Not all of the symptoms are seen happening at the same time, but rather progress, therefore it is important to seek medical help early in the progression.

If the person passes out and cannot be awakened, it is important to get help as soon as possible, as they are at a risk of dying. Call for medical help even if you do not see the classic symptoms but still suspect that the person has ingested enough alcohol to produce alcohol poisoning.

If you or someone you are with displays alcohol overdose/alcohol poisoning symptoms this is what you need to do. First call 911. Do not make the assumption that the person can simply sleep it off. Second, be ready to give out information, particularly about what alcohol the person was drinking, what they were drinking and how quickly they consumed. This can help them treat the person. Thirdly, do not leave the person alone, especially if they are unconscious. Alcohol poisoning affects the gag reflex so if the person is unconscious and starts vomiting, the person can easily start choking. Fourthly, if the person does start vomiting, help them. Keep them sitting up. If the person cannot stay upright, make sure that the person’s head is off to one side. This way, if they start vomiting, this will help prevent the person from choking. As much as possible, try to keep the person awake so they do not slip into unconsciousness.

Alcohol poisoning is a serious concern, as is the disease of alcoholism; if you or someone you know is drinking large enough amounts of alcohol to induce alcohol poisoning, they may be at risk for alcohol abuse or even alcohol addiction. Individuals suspecting alcoholism or alcohol addiction should seek addiction treatment immediately, as alcohol addiction can be just as deadly as alcohol poisonings.

All Natural Treatments For Chest Congestion

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Chest congestion is something that we have all experienced during a bout with the flu, bronchitis or other illnesses, but what exactly is it? Chest congestion is the inflammation of the lung lining and in some cases a full infection of the upper respiratory system. Its telltale sign is a buildup of mucus and fluid in the lung that causes excessive coughing in the body’s attempt to rid the lung cavity of these fluids.

Treating Chest Congestion

There are plenty of over the counter medicines, expectorants, and treatments available for the treatment of chest congestion at your local pharmacy or drugstore, and while these medicines are best in treating moderate to severe chest congestion, there are many individuals out there that want to know what natural treatments are available for helping with mild chest congestion. Below are some of our favorite natural treatments for chest congestion.

Onion and Honey Chest Congestion Treatment

Onion has natural anti-inflammatory properties which can aid in the lessening of inflammation of the lungs — resulting in less mucus being produced, and a shorter duration of chest congestion. The old “farmers’ secret” for treating chest congestion with onion is to slice onions into rings — just like slicing onions for making fried onion rings — and soaking the rings in raw honey. After the onion rings have been soaked overnight, you simply eat the onion rings.

Salt Water Gargle for Chest Congestion Treatment

This is a quick and effective treatment for chest congestion that will help to dislodge the mucus that has built up on the lining of the lungs. Simply bring water to a boil and add salt in fairly hefty amounts — the ratio should be 1 cup of water to 2 Tablespoons of salt. The water should be very salty like seawater. Let the water/salt mixture cool until lukewarm and a safe temperature, and simply gargle with the saltwater for 20-30 seconds. This process can be repeated 4-5 times a day as needed.

Bay Leaf Chest Congestion Treatment

While it is sort of an old wives’ tale that chicken soup helps to treat cases of cold and flu, chicken soup does actually contain one ingredient that is beneficial in treating a multitude of health ailments: Bay Leaf. All you have to do is to make a tea from bay leaves and sip it to get powerful chest congestion treatment. While it really helps to relieve chest congestion, try limiting yourself to one cup per day, as too much bay leaf can give you an upset stomach.

Black Coffee Chest Congestion Treatment

Drinking black coffee to relieve chest congestion works on two fronts: first, breathing in the steam from the coffee can aid in breaking up mucus in the lungs and esophagus. Also, coffee — and caffeine — can act as an expectorant, just like is found in over-the-counter medicines. This will aid in shortness of breath and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Above are just a few of the more popular natural chest congestion treatments that are out there, but there are plenty more available. It is important to use these only for mild cases of chest congestion, and to remember that sever chest congestion can easily lead to severe bronchitis or pneumonia which can be fatal. Check with your doctor on these natural treatments and whether or not you need antibiotics or stronger treatments.