Mood is a word used to describe the fluctuation of the emotional and mental state of a person. For instance, it could mean that a person might be happy and then suddenly sometimes within a matter of minutes.
Sometimes it can be difficult to live with or deal with a person who has this problem. The one with the mood swings is often a difficult person to read because his or her moods are so unpredictable.
The cause of a mood swing varies. Sometimes it is because the person might have just heard some bad news or it could be a chemical imbalance, or a result of stress.
For instance, mood swings are sometimes a sign of bipolar disorder or other depressive disorders. Mood swings also result in women before, during, and after a menstrual cycle, and even sometimes during menopause.
Symptoms of mood disorders such as bipolar include one or more of the following:
- Sudden or gradual switch between extreme highs and extreme lows
- Exaggerated sense of self-worth
- Deflated sense of self-worth
- Signs of aggression or anger over seemingly minor issues
- Lack of concentration and/or coordination skills
- Hopelessness or worthlessness
- Interrupted sleep or difficulty falling asleep
- Appetite problems
- Suicidal tendencies
- Pains that occur for seemingly no reason
Getting rid of Mood swings
This is not an easy task to do. However, getting rid of mood swings is quite possible. One way to stop a mood swing is to get professional help. It is highly imperative that you seek this professional assistance as soon as possible if you want to live a more normal life.
Professional counseling or psychotherapy often are the answer and so can be taking the right medication. Lithium or Debakote are two good examples of mood stabilizers that are given to a patient, and sometimes these are combined with an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication.
However, it is important for depressed people not to medicate themselves. For instance, sometimes people use street drugs or drink excess alcohol in order to numb the emotional pain. This is not healthy because it can trigger mood swings and cause a person’s depression to worsen.
Find a favorite hobby to indulge in, such as a sport you like or a craft class. If you are in any way musically inclined that could also be a possibility.
It also helps to have a solid friendship and support system. That way, when you have people you need to talk to you do not feel all alone when your counselor is not around.
Precautions to Take
On a far more important note, you are advised to have some emergency contacts on hand in case of an emergency. You should try to carry with you wherever you go suicide hotlines, your therapist’s phone number, and and/or a personal contact phone list.
Post emergency contact info not only in your mobile phone address and phone book but also display them on your refrigerator or in your office area. That way, you will always have them.
Warts often occur on various parts of the body. However, one of the worst locations to have them is on the bottom of the feet, because they can hurt when you step on them.
People are looking for a way to get rid of warts if they have them on their feet. That way, they can walk easier without feeling so much soreness and discomfort.
How Foot Warts Spread
Foot warts are actually caused by one strand of an HPV virus. Warts are spread by walking in public showers barefoot, by drying off with someone else’s towels, or even wearing someone else’s shoes. It is possible to get these foot warts just about anywhere.
If you feel like one or both of your feet have stones under them it might be a wart. Usually the easiest way to inspect the bottom of your feet is with a mirror and magnifying glass. However, doctor’s intervention is suggested to make sure it is not a worse problem.
After your doctor inspects the bumps on your feet with the magnifying glass, a scalpel will most likely be used. This is done to help pare down the bumps.
The doctor will perform this action after discerning that the warts are not really a callus or a corn. This usually determined after taking a foot tissue sample and/or noticing signs of bleeding.
Foot warts often are very painful, and the huger they are the worse pain you can experience. Furthermore, warts on the feet can become very easily bruised.
Therefore, medical treatment might be needed to remove them. This is necessary in the event a person really wants to be able to walk properly again.
Cryosurgery-This is a form of freezing also known as cryotherapy. Usually the substance used for this procedure is liquid nitrogen. This procedure is very effective, and it is preferred because it is far more painless than a more invasive and traditional surgery.
Minor surgery-This is more invasive, and could be more painful although anesthesia would be used. In any case, it requires the cutting of war tissue. A close second would be to use an electric needle.
Laser surgery-This is a less invasive than using a traditional knife. However, it can be expensive and mild scarring could occur. On the other hand, this solution is often chosen because the warts may be too large to be removed some other way.
Cantharidian-This is a chemical treatment designed specifically for use on warts. It really does wonders, but does require bandaging up the sores. Be prepared for the possibility of deal with blisters once the bandages are applied.
One of the most popular home remedies for any kind of warts is to use the duct tape method. This can be a challenge to do on your own feet, so you might want to have someone else do this for you.
Always wear clean socks and always use clean towels in a public place. Likewise you should wear shoes in a public pool area.
The last thing that people want to do when they go to the beach is get stung by a jellyfish. The sting of this sea creature can be quite painful-way more painful than a bee sting even.
It can be very easy to get stung by a jellyfish when you are at the ocean. This can even happen while you are still on dry land, and if this has happened to you here is a brief lesson.
Of course, if you feel an intense pain shooting through your foot, leg, or anywhere else in the body after being in the water it most likely is a jellyfish sting. This pain is often accompanied by an itchy rash, raised welts, nausea, and vomiting.
Sometimes people who are stung with a jellyfish sting might also experience lymph node swelling, numbness, or muscle spasms. This situation should not be ignored, especially since in the worse-case scenario shortness in breath, coma, or death could occur.
Getting Rid of a Jellyfish Sting
A multitude of steps can be taken to help get rid of the jellyfish sting. These actions are described below mostly to instruct you so you really can clean the area good.
- First you should remove any leftover tentacles immediately. Of course, you should also remove the body of the jellyfish itself if you have not already. Use gloves and wear tweezers while doing so, and never let anyone else tough the stingers after they have been removed.
- Use vinegar to cleanse the area. Just a standard 5% acidity is all that is necessary. You might want to put the vinegar in a spray bottle for easy application if you have a clean bottle available. You can also dip a cloth in the vinegar solution and use the cloth to dab into the solution. Another alternative is to use either sea water or 70% isopropyl alcohol, or perhaps a commercial jellyfish sting.
- Use a razor or knife edge or other plastic-edged tool to scrape off the area. This will help further scrape and squeeze out any jellyfish venom. You can also use shaving cream or lotion to prevent a scratch.
- Dress it with a bandage, above and below the sting location. The pressure of the bandage will help slow down the spread of toxins. However, in doing so you should not stop circulation in the affected area.
If you want to further relieve the pain you can try a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Just remember to follow the instructions for use that are provided on the pain reliever label if you need it.
More importantly, medical attention should be sought if the sting has affected the mouth, face, or genital areas. These areas or other sensitive locations such as the breasts may require special attention.
If you want to prevent from being stung in the future you can. All you need to do is wear a bodysuit, or at least wear swimming shoes. This will further help prevent stinging action.
Just about everyone has experienced a cold sometime in their life. Usually it is not life-threatening but it can be contagious.
Sometimes colds may worsen and turn into an upper respiratory infection such s bronchitis if not attended to. However, sometimes a cold is just a cold and it will pass.
Still, there are ways to shorten the amount of time that a cold persists. That way, you can prevent spread of the cold virus to your family members, co-workers, or other loved ones.
Causes and Symptoms Overview
Symptoms of the common cold originate from one or more of over 200 viruses. This is the reason why the symptoms of colds are so vastly different from person to person.
For instance, one person might have a sore or scratching throat and stuffy or runny nose. On the other hand, another person might have congestion and persistent cough.
Additional cold symptoms include the following: Watery eyes, fatigue, mild fever, or body aches. Since symptoms are so different the treatments used may be very different.
One way to get rid of a cold is to apply a home remedy. Certain over-the-counter medications can really help and these have a variety of pharmaceutical ingredients in them. There are both liquid and solid remedies available.
Home remedies are available as well and these are the types that often have common herbs and household ingredients in them. Some solutions have, for instance, some type of soothing mint or eucalyptus in them, as well as lemon or honey.
The natural remedies you use with the natural ingredients in them are usually absorbed faster into the skin. These are usually less toxic than certain home remedies made with chemical and lab ingredients.
These home remedies might work. However, in some cases they may not be potent enough. Instead, you might need to try a prescription drug either in a liquid or solid form.
However, usually a minor cold and mild fever can be treated at home. Usually prescription medications are only needed for treating bronchitis or chronic cough. Certain kinds of medications are only needed for getting rid of a severe sore throat.
Additional Care Tips
Chicken soup has long been a home remedy to help sooth throat, fever, and cold symptoms. One reason why it is used is because it keeps the body warm and it also helps produce sweat to detoxify the body.
It also sooths the throat and causes mucus caught in the throat to be loosened. This all is necessary to help remove the viruses that caused the sickness in the first place.
Garlic is also great for the immune system. A generous amount of it in a soup is very helpful. Two very helpful reasons to use garlic is that it helps cleanse and detoxify the body.
A healthy, potent supply of garlic can also open up respiratory passages. Three or four cloves of it in a cup of water are ideal. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), warm baths, humidifiers, and increased fluid intake also can help.
Puffy eyes occur for a number of reasons, one of which is from endless, uncontrollable crying. Red, puffy, and sore eyes could also be the result of stress and hormone changes, or just not getting enough sleep.
Sunglasses may help cover up the problem temporarily. However, a more permanent solution might be needed, as described below.
One way to deal with this problem is to use medications made especially for reducing redness and inflammation. Certain medicines could also get rid of the soreness or pain that you feel.
Other tips for getting rid of eye puffiness include the following:
- Splash some cold water on your face, and let it sit. You could also try an ice pack with a towel wrapped around it.
- You can set tea bags over your eyes. Do this after you have soaked them in the hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, after you do this you should take them out to cool.
- Try using slices of cucumber on your eye. This especially works if you have just pulled an all-nighter studying or working and now you have “bags” under your eyes.
- Cut potato slices and put them on your eyes. This solution has a similar effect as does using cucumber slices. It has a cooling and soothing effect and the nutrients help reduce puffiness
- Use egg whites. Any popular egg white facial mask recipe might work. However, you could also try just mixing only the egg white mixture.
- You can use two cold spoons. All you need to do is place them over your eyelids. The coldness of the metal can reduce the swelling and ease the soreness.
- A warm water and salt mixture could help. A little of this dipped in a facial pad and then applied to your skin can really help. Just make sure you are very careful not to get salt in your eyes or it could sting or burn your eyeballs.
- Drink water. This is a close cousin to splashing your face with cold water. When your body is properly hydrated it helps every aspect of it function normally.
- Eyelasticity™ Age-Defying Eye Therapy is having clinically proven active ingredients which strengthens the skin under the eyes as it stops the fluid from staying in one place around the eyes. When this fluid is prevented from staying around the eyes, the puffiness and bags also disappear.
If you are concerned about safety or you are not sure if you should try any of these methods you can ask your doctor for advice. This will help you find a way to deal with the eye puffiness regardless of how it started.
In case you ever noticed rough bumps on your hands and fingers they might be warts. If you are not sure you may want to seek doctor’s advice.
You can also read the information provided below. It will steer you in the right direction as far as treatments are concerned.
Common hand warts are generally not painful. They are also not dangerous or life threatening in any way, and they are not necessarily as unappealing as the warts on the face.
However, they still look somewhat unsightly. Therefore, people seek a way to get rid of them just as a way to feel more confident.
The Infection Process
The common warts found on hands are not serious or fatal. However, they can be spread from one person to another very easily.
This condition present on the hands develops as a result of a person becoming contaminated with one of the many strands of HPV. However, you have no need to panic because this is not the same HPV that causes cancer (i.e. cervical, ovarian, or other reproductive cancers).
In any case, the HPV that causes hand warts can be spread via a dirty towel or by touching someone’s dirty clothes. It can be spread by holding hands too.
It helps to get proper diagnosis of warts on the hands. That way, this condition can be properly treated.
You should really seek a doctor to get further information. However, for now you can identify this condition by way of the following symptoms: flesh-colored, tan, white, or pink sores. They might appear like pimples, but they also could be flat or raised.
If you pick at these skin blemishes long enough they could bleed. Warts are generally hard to remove and sometimes doing so could require medical intervention.
A variety of non-medical or medical solutions are sought for getting rid of hand warts. Herbal solutions and over-the-counter remedies might be useful in some cases.
Some herbal or over-the-counter solutions are topical (applied directly on the affected area) while others are oral. These are less drastic or less painful measures that can help.
However, in some cases more drastic solutions may be required. One of these is laser surgery, and it is very effective but also can be costly. It is less painful than any kind of traditional surgery, though.
However, laser surgery might not help in every case. Therefore, minor surgery may be needed in some cases. This solution involves cutting the warts and/or destroying them with an electric needle.
This more invasive kind of surgery can be painful. However, anesthesia is available. Still, this is considered to be one of the last resorts.
Chemical cleansing treatment might also be used. Usually it requires the application of a substance such as cantharidan and then the placement of a bandage.
As far as home removal solutions, there is one that has not been mentioned yet. It is the use of vinegar and/or alcohol along with duct tape. Instructions regarding such can be found in other literature.
Ulcers are not usually very pleasant, whether or not it is they occur within the stomach or intestinal tract or whether or not they occur elsewhere on the body. By the way, an ulcer is a general term often used to describe open or tender sores on the body.
In this case, we are referring to the ulcers of the mouth. Please keep reading for a further explanation of symptoms as well as examples of treatments used today. It will prepare you for what is ahead, and it will help you learn what to expect.
Cold sores and canker sores are two very common types of ulcers. Usually a cold sore appears on the outside of your mouth, and you can notice it first appear when you feel a tingling sensation.
Then, red blisters appear. It might itch and burn as well. This is different from a canker sore which appears on the inside of your mouth oftentimes near your gums.
The exterior cold sores are a form of herpes, and are caused by an HSV infection. Canker sores on the other hand are not a form of herpes, and can result from poor diet usually. These types are not contagious but the oral herpes are.
Mouth Ulcer Removal
Getting rid of a mouth ulcer is not easy. Doing so first requires that you find out what kind of mouth ulcer you have. Remember that a cold or canker sore is two very different things.
Then, you would choose one of these treatments (divided by category):
Cold Sore Treatment
- Canker sore treatment-An antiviral medication can be used to treat canker sores. One example of such is Docosanol, which is a topical medication. This solution should be applied up to five times a day.
- Make sure you do not pick at the blisters or sores. If you do, it can prolong the time that it takes for these sores to heal, and it can even cause the herpes virus to spread.
- Use a pain reliever. An over-the-counter pain reliever can really help sometimes. It takes away the pain of the sores or blisters you have. Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are some choices.
Canker sore Treatment
- Use a mouthwash rinse-Tetracycline is one good example of such. It helps reduce pain and it also speeds up healing time. It is usually prescribed by a doctor.
- Find a topical solution. A number of over-the-counter and prescription remedies that are offered today. You can find a variety of them and some popular names of such include the following: amlexanox, fluocinonide, or debractoral.
Additional medical treatments might be available for treating herpes (mouth ulcers). You should talk to your doctor about these at will as you disclose your health history.
The length of time for treating mouth ulcers or canker sores may vary. Effectiveness of treatments also are also not the same for each person either, as each case is individualized.
Additional medical information about mouth ulcers and canker sores can be sought from your doctor. Treatment advice questions should be brought to the appropriate personnel as well.
Freezing is a great way to get rid of HPV warts, some of which are found only in the genital area and others of which are non-genital warts. You have many reasons to want to get rid of warts even if they are not fatal.
Importance of Treatment
As far as genital warts it is said that there is not really a cure for the HPV that causes these skin pumps to form. However, these warts could spread when itched and in some cases they could be painful and uncomfortable.
Types of Warts
There are several types of treatments that are applied to warts, and these remedies are administered depending on the type of wart you have. The freezing of warts is generally applied to the removal of genital warts, but this process could be used for other kinds of warts.
Please read the descriptions below:
Flat warts-These pumps usually appear on the face, forehead, and arms. Teens and children often get them, but so do adults.
They are fairly harmless and can be treated with vinegar soaked on the affected solution. Another alternative would be to place a prescription or non-prescription medicine on the affected area.
Periungal and subungal warts-The periungal varieties usually grow on your nail cuticles or around your fingernails. The subungal types usually grow under the fingernails.
Common warts-These kinds often grow on the hands, feet, elbows, or knees. Usually they are cauliflower-shaped and they are usually raised. They might have an unsightly appearance but they are not cancerous.
Plantar warts-These are the kind that grows on the soles of your feet. Of all the warts that are not cancerous these cause the most damage because of the pressure put on them when walking.
Genital warts-If not treated, they could spread and another person could become more easily infected. Genital warts are not linked to cervical cancer, but rather a different form of HPV is.
The Freezing Procedure
Cryosurgery is typically used for removing genital warts. This process usually requires application of liquid nitrogen that sheds them off.
This freezing procedure might require several trips to the surgeon or specialist before the warts are removed. Then, one or more of the steps as shown below are used.
- A doctor typically uses a magnifying glass to get a better view. It is usually pointed in the locations where the warts exist so that they are most noticeable.
- After the doctor has had a good look with the magnifying glass some liquid nitrogen is applied to the warts. This freezing substance is left on the warts until the affect location thaws again.
- This freezing and thawing routine that doctors use usually is then repeated several times. An average of three or four cycles of treatment is needed before these warts can be removed.
- The place where treatments are most needed is usually in the genital area. Anal warts and/or warts that are on the urethra might also be removed using the freezing method.
People respond in varying degrees to cryotherapy (cryosurgery) treatments. The success of said treatments depends on the size, number, and location of the warts. In any case, you should seek all the advice you can from your doctor.
Narcolepsy is a condition in which a person falls asleep spontaneously. Sometimes this happens while someone is driving, or even while someone is working on and operating on dangerous machinery.
A further explanation of narcolepsy is provided later in this article. For now, you will be introduced to the purpose of sleep.
The Purpose of Sleep
Sleeping helps the body repair worn tissues. It also helps them replace dead cells with new ones, and the body regenerates itself while sleeping. It just helps you refresh yourself totally from head to toe.
People need sleep just as much as they need food or exercise. Sleep in fact is imperative to proper mental, physical, and emotional functioning. It makes you healthy all around.
Consequences of Insomnia
Hallucination and delirium are two main consequences of prolonged insomnia. Lack of sleep can also have a mental or emotional breakdown from not sleeping properly.
This is one reason why lack of sleep and/or learning how to prevent narcolepsy is so important. The first step towards prevention of course is to underline the causes.
Causes of Narcolespy
The causes of narcolepsy are somewhat complex. However, not sleeping regularly is one main cause. This lack of sleep might be involuntary, but it could also be a result of a person who works too hard or for whatever reason just does not sleep much.
In any case, when sleep patterns are interrupted for some reason it can cause narcolepsy. This is especially the case when a person does not fall into what is known as the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep stage. However, sometimes faulty nerve functioning could be the cause.
Treatment of Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy can be a very unpredictable condition, and as of yet there really is no known cure. However, this condition can be managed if a person makes and effort to sleep more often.
On the other hand, the issue of insomnia may need to be addressed if a person cannot sleep. This is part of why lifestyle changes such as participation in regular stress-reducing exercise routines or following a proper diet are recommended.
Taking prescription medications for sleep also might help. The more soundly you sleep at night the less chance you will of falling asleep during the day.
An alternative prescription medication treatment could also be applied. This would involve the taking of stimulants during the day to stay awake.
Additional narcoleptic episode prevention tips are shown below:
- Stop smoking, as this can add to sleep problems because when you come down from the nicotine high you can feel tired.
- Alcohol in excess should be avoided because it is one main cause of drowsiness.
- Eating too heavy of meals is not recommended, as digestion of these richer foods (i.e. white pasta, fried foods, sweet cakes) can cause greater fatigue.
Finding the proper balance between relaxation, play, and work also helps you to correct sleeping patterns. Humor also helps you throughout the day in order to prevent endless worry that could cause a person to be up all night, and thus prevent daytime narcoleptic episodes.
Lazy eye is a condition known as amblyopia. This condition is characterized by poor vision in one or both eyes. It is a situation that is not correctable by eyeglasses or contact lenses.
It also is not a symptom of an eye disease. Rather it is a result of interrupted visual development. This is a condition that takes place usually starting during early childhood from birth age to seven years of age.
There are ways to identify lazy eye in yourself or your child. The first way to identify it would be to understand what lazy eye is not. For instance, having lazy eye is not the same as being crossed eye or turned eye.
Here are some eye inspection tips that will help you, especially if you are attempting to identify this problem in a child:
- You can fine a pen or other bright-colored object.
- Tell your child to concentrate on the pen or other reference open (to look at it).
- Then, when you move the object in front of your child’s face
- Tell your child to follow the pen/object with his or her eyes.
- Have your child follow the object firs to the left, then to the right, and then stop at the center.
- After the above steps, then cover one of your child’s eyes and move the object in the same way as above. The same step should be repeated with the other eye.
The objective of the above steps is to find out if one eye is moving slower than the other. You can also identify lazy eye by the symptoms presented in the next section.
Just so you know, people do not always know that they have lazy eye until they are older. In any case, the characteristics of this condition include poor depth perception, poor spatial acuity, low sensitivity to contrast, and binocular vision problems.
The first step towards treating lazy eye is seeing your doctor. The proper testing is what will help your doctor determine your real diagnosis.
Amblyopia is one of the most common types of lazy eye. One of the most common ways to take care of this issue is to get glasses that have a specific type of lens.
Of course, the purpose of the eyeglasses is to help restore focus. Another way to deal with amblyopia is to use an eye patch, which is supposed to help correct the impaired eye.
Vision therapy is also a treatment option. The objective here is to help train the affected eye to work the way it used to. By the way the reason for the impairment in a lazy is often is because the brain fails to use the eye simply because the vision might be blurry in that eye.
Usually a variety of vision exercises help restore vision. This also is true of the corrective lenses.
You are reminded that the lazy eye should be corrected as early as possible. Early detection is one reason why it is highly advised to have your children’s eyes inspected on a regular basis.