Month: October 2019


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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