Year: 2019

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How to Treat a Painful Sunburn

Ahh, Summer. Time to break out the bikinis and sunscreen (hopefully y’all are remembering to slather that stuff on- at least 2 shot glass-full amounts all over the body, paying special attention to the face, particularly the nose and ears) and soak up some SUN. Time for picnics, water sports, hiking, and lounging by the pool, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

UH OH! Unbeknownst to you, you’ve acquired a nasty burn out of nowhere all over your shoulders and neck (it only takes about a half hour of sun exposure for fair-skinned people to get a lobster burn) and now it hurts like HELL and you don’t know what to do about it.

To ease the pain of a sunburn and go about your day the best thing to do it to draw the heat out of the burn. Milk works on the skin the same way it works in the mouth (remember the last jalapeno you scarfed and caught your mouth on fire? Milk was your best friend then…) If you soak a cloth in cool milk and apply it as a compress to the scorching parts on your body, it will help draw out the heat and subside the burning pain.

Keep abrasive clothing off the burn site. This just irritates the skin and traps more of that heat in, making the burn even worse.

DO NOT apply lotion to the burn- lotion has oil in it, even sunscreen, and it will act as a nice cover to just set that burn deep into the skin and make the pain even worse. If applying anything, ice-cold aloe vera (the purest form, the better) will be your best friend in easing your burn. When being outdoors for long periods of time, keep a bottle of aloe vera handy (right next to the sunscreen you wish you had put on)- better yet, keep the aloe vera cold in the ice box or keep it in the fridge so when you DO have to apply it you get that nice AHH coolness.

Once you’ve tempered down the burn, APPLY sunscreen …

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How to Prevent Painful Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters on your feet are most often caused by wearing shoes that rub- or cause constant friction- on your skin. They can also be caused by wearing socks that have holes in them, or that have been darned. To avoid this uncomfortable problem, use these 7 ways how to prevent painful blisters on your feet!

1. Buy Shoes That Fit Properly 
When you shop for new shoes, take your time and make sure the styles you choose fit your feet properly. Don’t put just one of the shoes on, try them both on. Then, feel the area of the shoes above your toes to ensure they’re not too tight. Press your thumb down on the end of the shoes. There should be a thumb’s width of room between your big toes and the end of the shoes. Also, check the sides along the widest part of your foot, as well as the heels, to make sure they don’t rub your feet. Finally, walk around the shoes store for several minutes to get a feeling for how the new shoes fit your feet.

2. Break-in New Shoes By Wearing Them Around the House 
Since new shoes are a common cause of painful blisters on your feet, you should break them in before you start wearing them on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is to wear new shoes around the house for a couple of hours every day at first. After a few weeks, the shoes will be more flexible, and, more comfortable for your feet.

3. Use Petroleum Jelly to Reduce Friction 
Whether you’re going to wear a pair of new shoes for the first time, or, you’re planning on walking or running a lot, you can use petroleum jelly to prevent blisters on your feet. Before you put your socks on, apply some petroleum jelly to any places where the shoes may rub the skin on your feet. Then, put your shoes on and you’re ready to go!

4. Place Insoles Inside Your Shoes to Cushion Your Feet 
An effective way how to prevent painful blisters …

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Why Are Foot Corns so Painful?

Foot corns are painful, for those of you who do have them I can understand where your plight is coming from.

When you show someone or state that a corn is causing the problem, they just balk at the thought “that, little bit of hard skin…ha!”

Unfortunately the information that runs around on the Internet and the treatment processes for corns is very wrong, and in some cases dangerous.

When you talk about anything medical, it is nigh on impossible to give 100% diagnosis, for the following reasons:

1- you are expecting someone who reads the article you have created to know that they have actually that problem. So for instance, someone who goes online and looks up foot corns, you would imply that they have a foot corn.

2- most people who self diagnose actually do not have the problem that they think that they have. This is horrendously problematic. Because now the patient is treating a corn, as directed online, to something that is really not a corn in the first place. So now the “corn” becomes even more painful.

3- medical conditions usually have a couple of “differentials” that go with them. Differential diagnosis means that it could be something else. Corns have many differentials, and if you are going off what a patient has said then usually you won’t get the diagnosis correct. Only by looking, or directing the patient can you truly gauge what the problem is.

So now you can not really blanket a condition without seriously considering the alternatives, if the patient has got it right to start with and also your personal idea of what the problem could be.

My own footcare site (link below and direct corn link here: Foot Corns 101 shameless promotion I know) recognizes this predicament and also tries to retrain patients into identifying their problem a little bit more.

So for corns…you just do not get a corn. Foot corns as the name implies are on the foot. But also they are inbetween toes, on the bottom of the foot, on the top of toes and even …

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How to Live With Gout and Avoid Those Painful Flare-ups

After being diagnosed with arthritis, I became used to dealing with moderate pain and stiffness in my joints. One day, the pain became unbearable, and a trip to the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City revealed I had a gout flare-up in my wrist. It was the first day I ever said the word gout, but from that day forward I was determined to learn about this type of arthritis, and why I was now living in fear of the excruciating pain I experienced. What I quickly learned was gout is manageable, and flare-ups can often be avoided.

The doctor who treated me gave me an oral medication called Colchicine, which began to relieve the pain immediately. He also drew blood and ordered a urinalysis to check the uric acid levels in my body. Listening to the explanations provided by the doctor and nursing staff was almost impossible until the pain subsided. I consider myself a manly man, after enduring years of sports injuries and military service, but the pain associated with gouty arthritis was the worst I had ever experienced. 

I was informed that people with arthritis often suffer gout flare-ups, when the body has too much uric acid. I was asked about my recent food intake and told while there is no certain cause of gout attacks. Mine was most likely caused by eating too much red meat and drinking too many sugary drinks. I was also told the condition could occur on rare occasions, known as acute gout or could develop into regular occurrences, known as chronic gout, or gouty arthritis .

Living in fear of another gout attack led me to educate myself on how to prevent it. I quickly lowered my intake of red meats and sugary drinks. I made a point of getting more active by joining a gym, which led to weight loss, also recommended. I was told at the hospital excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to gout flare-ups, but I didn’t have an issue there, as I quit drinking many years before the first flare-up. Over the next few years I had one or two flare-ups, which were …

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Relief from Painful Cold Sores

Cold sores are also called fever blisters. They are fluid-filled blisters that appear on the lips usually when you have a cold. You may not have warning symptoms, but the signs do happen in most people. You may feel a numbness, tingling or a tenderness a few hours before the blisters appear. It generally takes a couple of weeks for it to completely heal. The blisters will crust over and then dry up and will soon be gone.

Cold sores are caused by one of two closely related and contagious viruses, herpes simplex Type 1 and Type 2. The herpes virus is very common and most people become exposed to it very early in their life. The virus is believed to lie dormant until you become stressed or your body is in a state of weakened condition. The virus takes hold and a cold sore develops.

Some people may never experience one as others may suffer recurrences several times a year usually due to a weakened immune system.

Several factors can cause an outbreak. Fevers and colds cause plenty of sores but stress, some forms of dental work and weather conditions can all be factors that cause an outbreak. Some women may find an occasional outbreak during their menstrual cycle or pregnancy.

While you can’t cure cold sores, you can ease their discomfort and avoid spreading the virus to others.

Once you develop a cold sore don’t irritate it with salty, spicy or acidic foods. Stick with very bland foods.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can reduce the pain and the inflammation. Make sure the pain reliever you choose has anti-inflammatory capabilities. If you are taking other medications or have a disease or illness check with your doctor first.

You can purchase an ointment containing benzocaine. Ointments can be found in most mass-merchandisers and pharmacies.

Avoid spreading the virus. Herpes virus is highly contagious even before the blisters is noticeable. Don’t share cups, utensils, towels and makeup brushes. Avoid skin-to-skin contact, even kissing, until all blisters are completely gone.

You can reduce your chances of getting a cold sore.

Protect your lips …

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The Truth About Painful Periods

I have personally met lots of ladies complaining about experiencing painful monthly periods, most of the women say that this occurs during the first day and they usually wonder is this normal? A misconception about this condition is that ladies who experience painful periods are likely to be barren. So what is the truth about painful periods?

Painful periods are a common complaint especially among young women. The problem usually starts 2 -3 years after the first menses, and may persist till marriage and childbirth or with use of oral contraceptive pills. In such a setting id is referred to as primary dysmenorrhea, since the cause is unknown. It is thought to be related to hormonal influences as it coincides with onset of ovulatory periods (in the initial 2-3 instances of menstruation there may be no ovulation). If the pain stops with the use of contraceptive pills that suppress ovulation, then this suggests the cause was hormonal. In its primary form dysmenorohoea is not associated with infertility. What your peers tell you is related to a similar situation occurring under different circumstances.

Pain typically starts 16-12 hours before the onset of menstrual flow and subsides once the flow is fully established. The condition is common and a strong psychic influence with positive outlook helps many to cope. However, if the condition disrupts normal activity, the use of the non steroidal anti inflammatory analgesics (including the ubiquitous aspirin) and a drug to relieve the spasms (such as buscopan) helps to improve the symptoms.

Secondary dysmenorohoea occurs in a person with a background of pelvic inflammatory disease, where the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus may have a smoldering low grade infection. This type is often seen in sexually experienced individuals who have had normal periods before developing dysmenorohoea . The pain characteristics are just the same except that in secondary dysmenorohoea the pain tends to be persistent and may be accompanied by low grade fever, lower abdominal discomfort and low backache pains. In the primary form the pains tend to be colicky (coming in spasms) forcing you to literally double up.

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My Painful Bout With Appendicitis

One morning, about 10 years ago, I woke up with a sort of dull ache in my stomach. I didn’t feel like I needed to throw up or use the restroom; it just ached. I got ready for my work day as usual, thinking it would just go away, but instead, the ache got increasingly worse as time passed. I ended up leaving work sick shortly after arriving and found that nothing I did was making me any more comfortable. I was filled with an overwhelming sensation that something needed to come out of me, yet I still could not throw up nor use the restroom. Sitting hurt, standing hurt and I ended up just pacing my apartment trying to find some kind of position that would ease the pain.

Since nothing seemed to be working and the pain was only getting stronger, I went in to the Urgent Care clinic where I was told that they suspected appendicitis and that I needed to head over to the hospital immediately. After checking in, I was sent for blood work and an ultrasound. When I finally made it back to the Emergency Room I was in so much pain I could barely walk, was freezing cold, puking bile and could hardly focus enough to answer any questions. The nurse took one look at me and offered a gurney in the hallway where I finally laid down and slept for about an hour before being able to see a doctor.

I was given two options. I could either have my appendix removed or they could give me some medication to help fight the infection but that I could potentially end up going through the same ordeal all over again. Up until that point in my life, I had never felt anything so painful and could not imagine going through it again. Needless to say, I had surgery shortly thereafter and was released the next afternoon. After three days of rest, I was back to work and within two weeks was pretty much back to normal.

Looking back on this experience, I would …

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Draining the Painful Tooth Abscess

Proper treatment of a painful tooth abscess may speed the recovery. A painful tooth abscess may spread to the cheeks and other areas of the face causing severe pain. Additionally, a tooth abscess may cause death in rare cases if not treated properly and promptly.

The Dentist can help you over the phone: Call your dentist immediately for antibiotics. Your dentist will want to see you when the office opens but if your abscess begins at night or on a weekend when the dentist doesn’t have office hours, call your dentist at home. Don’t worry that you are interrupting his/her weekend or sleep. The dentist knows the faster you get antibiotics into your system, the faster the recovery. The dentist will still want to see you when the office opens. In some cases, the dentist may tell you to seek emergency medical help at the hospital. The dentist may send you to the emergency room if you have a tooth abscess with a fever, swelling and severe pain.

Vitamins can help treat a tooth abscess: At the first sign of a tooth abscess, take vitamin C, Zinc and vitamin D. Do not over does on these as they may have unwanted side effects of their own. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D have properties that fight infections.

Garlic for a tooth abscess: Garlic contains acillin, a powerful natural infection and bacteria fighter. Take a slice of a garlic clove and keep it on your tooth and gum where you feel the most pain. Leave it there for 5 minutes. Freshly sliced garlic will be spicy hot and may burn. If its too uncomfortable for you, stop immediately. Garlic pills may be ingested as well to fight infection. Follow the directions on the garlic pill bottle for direction on dosage.

Saltwater rinses for a tooth abscess: Salt water rinses may help ease the pain and help drain some of the puss from the abscess. Mix sea salt with warm water and rinse every 4 hours. Don’t over do the salter water rinse for a tooth abscess. You may damage some of the delicate …

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