Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Is Valley Fever?

Valley fever is an infection that can turn into a severe form of pneumonia or a chronic illness if the person who has it does not receive treatment for it. Another name for valley fever is coccidioidomycosis because of the origin of the disorder. Valley fever comes from the coccidioidomycosis fungus, which is found inside of soil. Valley fever is more common in Southwestern areas of the nation than it is in other parts of the dirt. People catch the infection by inhaling it into their lungs. Anyone who works or lives in an area that valley fever affects can contract the condition.

What Is Valley Fever? How Valley Fever Spread?

Valley fever can spread in several ways. Construction work can spread it. Farming tasks and strong winds can spread it into the air, as well. The incubation period for valley fever is about three weeks, so an affected person may not show any symptoms until then. Some people show no symptoms at all, while other people show severe symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of valley fever are fever, cough, achy joints, chest pains, sweating, fatigue and rashes. A red and spotty rash may appear on the legs and arms of a person who has valley fever.

How Valley Fever Is Diagnosed and Treated

A doctor can diagnose valley fever using a blood test or a chest X-ray. Specialists may test the skin of the affected person, as well. Once the doctor confirms the diagnosis, he or she can implement a treatment plan. Some cases of valley fever resolve themselves while others require treatment. The doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medication. The specialist may tell the person how to take care of himself or herself, as well. Care may include fluid intake increases, bed reds, and breathing mechanisms if severe breathing problems occur.

Anyone who experiences the symptoms of valley fever should speak with a specialist immediately for testing. Travelers should stay on the lookout for valley fever if they visit Arizona and similar places for hiking trips. A case of valley fever can resolve quickly if the doctor and patient catch it early enough.

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Signs That You May Have An Addictive Personality

The term addictive personality can describe billions of people in the world. The reason that the term is so versatile is that it can have many subdivisions. A person can have an addictive personality that responds to one item and does not respond to another item. The following is some information on addictive personalities and how someone can tell if he or she has one.

What Is an Addictive Personality?

An addictive personality is a type of personality that causes a person to develop habits too quickly. Some habits such as cleaning and reading are healthy. Other habits are extremely unhealthy. Unhealthy habits that a person may develop are habits such as drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, Internet addiction and unhealthy relationship addiction. An unhealthy habit or addiction can cause the person to lose friends, family members, loved ones and health components. An unhealthy addiction can cause a person to die in an extreme case.

How to Tell if You Have an Addictive Personality

It may be difficult for a person to tell that he or has an addictive personality. Some signs and symptoms can help a person to see a clear picture of such a personality.

Signs of an addictive personality include:

  • Strong need to do something repeatedly
  • Impulsiveness
  • Extreme need for instant gratification
  • Addictive person gets a rush from certain activities
  • Stress when the activity is not repeated
  • The habit or activity becomes the person’s main priority
  • Finances and relationships suffer because of habits and activities

A person may want to schedule an appointment with a psychotherapist if he or she believes that an addictive personality exists. The specialist can conduct an intake and perform testing to see if the individual shows enough symptoms and signs to qualify. The specialist can then help the person to develop a recovery plan and work with that person to improve addictive behaviors.

The key to solving addictive behavioral problems is getting to their root. An experienced specialist can help an affected person to find that root, which may be found in genetics, childhood experiences or the person’s current environment.

The Connection Between Dental Health And Heart Disease

Here at ScannerDoc we understand the importance of seeing the connection between two medical issues. Your body is a full system, and if you’re seeing a problem in one section of the body, chances are there are issues happening elsewhere, as well. Sometimes you’d never guess how one thing can affect another, such as the well established connection between dental health and heart disease.

While it’s hard to figure out a 100% bit of proof on causation, the correlation has come up so often that it is generally accepted that the two are connected in some way, shape, and form. People with extremely bad dental health also consistently are at a much higher risk for heart disease.

A large number of people suffering from heart disease happen to have bad dental health, as well, especially with gum disease and overall oral health. There are several possible causes, including potential causes that we don’t fully understand yet. There could be a cause X that hurts heart health and dental health. There are also theories that gum disease allows infections to enter the blood easily, as well as the fact that truly terrible diets with high sugar are likely to lead to bad dental work, obesity, and suggest a lack of care of one’s own body.

There is also a strong possibility that all of these factors are connected in some way, shape, or form. Swollen and bleeding gums are a serious sign of gum disease, and going with slight changes in diet and taking care of your teeth and gums to keep your mouth clean and healthy can go a very long way towards giving yourself the best chance to keep your heart healthy and live a better quality of life.

There are a few clear signs to look for:
– Is your breath chronically bad?
– Gums that bleed any time you brush or floss
– Loose teeth that are separating from each other
– Red and tender gums

If you see these signs, it’s time to see a dentist and improve your treatment.

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Understanding The Differences Between Type I And Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is collection of diseases that affect how the body uses sugar (glucose). It interferes with the regulation of energy to the body’s muscles and brain. People who have unregulated diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are chronic diseases that if untreated can lead to bodily injury and death.

The pancreas secrets the hormone insulin and the amount of insulin secreted controls the blood sugar levels. Insulin enables glucose to be absorbed by the cell. It is the primary factor in the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

What are the Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 is the most serious of the two, and more difficult to regulate. Diagnosis occurs earlier in life, and is sometimes called insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset diabetes. In these individuals the pancreas does not make insulin. Individuals must inject themselves with insulin in order to survive. Modern insulin pumps help to improve the blood glucose regulation in Type 1 individuals.

Hypoglycemia occurs when a person injects too much insulin in relation to the amount of blood glucose. When this happens glucose levels drop, the brain doesn’t get enough sugar, and the person passes out. If not treated quickly, the person could die.

Hyperglycemia occurs when the sugar levels remain too high for an extended period of time. In this case a person with Type 1 diabetes does not get enough insulin on a regular basis. The individual experiences ketoacidosis that leads to a diabetic coma, and death.

In Type 2 diabetics, the pancreas either secretes too little insulin or the body becomes resistant to insulin. It generally occurs later in life, and is called adult-onset diabetes. This type of diabetes can be treated with diet, exercise and oral medication. In these individuals, hyperglycemia occurs more often than hypoglycemia.

Both types of diabetes lead to long-term complications.  Hyperglycemia leads to kidney disease. Individuals are more prone to heart disease, stroke and circulation problems. They also suffer nerve and eye damage.

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