Heat exhaustion (hypothermia) is a condition that is not life threatening. However, it could turn into serious illness or heat stroke if you ignore the symptoms.
You know you have heat exhaustion if the following symptoms occur:
- Headache, thirst, pale/clammy skin
- Muscle cramps
- Heavy sweating and thirst
- Dizziness, fainting, or nausea
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rising body temperature (up to 104 degrees)
You can prevent or get rid of heat exhausting using one or more of the following tips:
- Drink some water. This will help prevent you from becoming too tired while in the sun. It will also prevent you from experiencing any of the other above symptoms of heat exhaustion.
- User water to cool off your body. You can poor it on you, or if you have a water sprayer nearby use that. You could also just go swimming or bath in cool water.
- Seek shelter or sit in a shaded area. Spend some time indoors in a well-ventilated or air-conditioned room, or sit under a tree. Some parks even have pavilions or tents you can stand or sit under
- Keep your body nourished. On the hottest days of the year especially, you would benefit from eating foods with plent of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Some of the most important anti-heat exhaustiong nutrients includ mangesium, calcium, and potassium. Sea vegetables, seeds, bananas, spinach, broccoli, whole grains, nuts, and molasses are some foods that have these nutrients present in them.
- Seek herbal relief. With caution, certain herbs can be very helpful. For instance, willow bark works great for reducing fever and exhaustion. However, children under 16 should not use it because it can cause Reye’s syndrome.
It should also not be used if you are allergic to aspirin. If you can handle using elder flower or cayenne pepper those would be more options for you. The elder flower you can combine with peppermint leaf to treat fever/exhaustion, and the cayenne can help lower body temperatures.
- Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. During the summer, the sun usually burns the hottest from the late morning to mid-afternoon (approximately 11 a.m. To 3 p.m.). You should stay inside or in the shade during these times. Save your yard work and/or plan family reunions and other fun summer outings in the afternoon or early evening.
- See medical attention if your symptoms worsen. For instance, if you have checked your body temperature a few times and the temperature of it continues to rise (especially if above 104 degrees), call for help. Either dial 911 or call a local medical emergency hotline. Do not wait too long in this case, or you could end up suffering a heat stroke.
- Wear loose clothing and a hat, and some sunscreen. This will help let the air travel through your body while you are in the sun. The hat will help keep your face and body from being burned. The sunscreen can reduce chance of getting sunburned, so as not to complicate matters while avoiding heat exhaustion.
- If you are inside, close the shades and/or windows. Closing the windows is especially necessary if you are running a cooling system in your home (air conditioner or central air). Closing the curtains is important if you want to keep out the heat from the sun but yet still allow the windows open for air circulation.
Did you ever (or do you now) have a very minute piece of wood, paper, or other debris stuck under your skin? Maybe you are not sure how to get rid of a sliver, especially if your top layer of skin has already grown over it.
The difficultly in removing a sliver depends on how severe it is. Sometimes having a tiny object stuck in your skin can cause pain, especially if it is on the bottom of your foot.
The worst cases of slivers are those that reside right underneath your nail bed. These hurt the most and are the hardest to remove.
What you Need
Two of the main tools used to take out slivers include a pin (or needle) and a tweezers. You can also make use of one or more of the following: Warm water, Povidone-iodine solution, cotton balls, soap, sticky tape, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and nail clippers. A bee-stine swab and/or surgical gloves might also be very helpful.
Steps to get rid rid of a sliver:
- Clean the spot and surrounding area. While you wash the wound and the area around it with soap and water. make sure you do not push the silver furhter into the skin. A cotton ball with povidone-iodine is recommended for this purpose instead of isopropyl alcohol because it cleans out more bacteria.
- Clean your hands thoroughly with soap. You can use an antibacterial soap for this step. However, make sure you do not dry out your hands in the process as too much of this kind of cleansing agent will do more harm than good. After you have washed your hands you can then wear protective rubber gloves to prevent further infection.
- If the sliver is in a sensitive area of the skin, bee-sting swab. This particular cleaning object can dull the pain of the sliver, especially if it is in a sensitive area such as under a nail
- Clean wound after removing the object from your skin. Once the sliver is removed, you can prevent Burning, redness, and irritation if you clean the wound. Just wash the area as you would your hands and then cover the cleaned area with gauze or adhesive bandage. This preventative and protective action can further safeguard you against infection.
Additional Removal Methods
Another common way to remove a splinter that has not become embedded in your skin is to squeeze the splinter with two fingers. Then, force the object out from the base of it until it is dislodged from the skin.
An additional tip for making it easier to remove your splinter is to soak it in warm water and/or dab the area with hydrogen peroxide. This will loosen the skin around it and over it. After that, you can attempt to squeeze it out with your fingers or use a tweezers to squeeze it or force it out.
You could also just wait if it does not hurt. Chances are it will eventually fall out on its own. You could also use tape or a glue and baking soda paste to strip it out with a ripping action.
Hernia is a common medical condition that results in pain, bulging, and discomfort. This problem can occur on different parts of the body, such as the abdominal or intestinal tissue or the femoral canal.
Pressure in certain areas causes organs to push through. Generally speaking, this is how a hernia develops. However, an existing week spot that has developed before the hernia occurred. Pregnancy is one main cause of a hernia.
However, it also can be caused by obesity or too much heavy lifting. It also can be caused by lifting items improperly even if the item is only moderately heavy to light.
There are actually six main different types of hernias:
- Femoral hernia-This occurs when parts of the intestines enter the femoral canal. This is the path through the artery, nerve, and vein leading to the abdominal cavity, on into the thighs. Usually the location of this hernial bulge resides below the inguinal crease (below the crease of the the torso and the thigh).
Umbilical hernia-This is one of the more common hernia cases. This type usually occurs in the bellybutton area, in a place that normally would close before or after a woman has a baby.
- Inguinal hernia-This one is the most common type of hernial of the abdominal area. It occurs 25 more often in men than in women. It occurs in the crease between the torso and the thigh.
- Indirect inguinal hernia-This is a bulging that occurs from the abdomen down to the scrotum. It extends along a similar path as would the testicles of a baby that is still in development. Anyone of any age can experience this condition.
- Direct inguinal hernia-This usually occurs very close to where an indirect hernia would occur, only it does not protrude into the scrotum. It takes place more often in middle-aged or elderly people and it has a slightly thinner abdominal wall.
Here are ways to prevent or get rid of a hernia:
- Maintain a healthy diet. Eat foods higher in fiber and lower in cholesterol and fat. Also, find foods that are less sugary and salty to eat. You almost can never go wrong eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lead means and lean dairy.
- Refrain from lifting too heavy of objects unless you get help. However, if you must lift an object by yourself you should bend from your knees and not the waist. Either that or if you have a mechanical lifting device take advantage of it.
- Avoid too strenuous of activities. Physical activity is important. However, when you are trying to recover from hernia treatment you should not put too much pressure on your abdominal area. Ask your doctor what you can and cannot do while you attempt to complete daily tasks.
- Exercise and stretch on a regular basis. it will help keep your muscles stretched and tone. Regular face-paced physical activity can also help you burn fat, and thus keep weight off. This further helps you prevent a hernia in the event you have never had one in the first place.
It can be healthy to enjoy the sun for awhile, as long as you are properly protected with sunscreen. Everyone to some extent enjoys some outdoor activity such as swimming, walking, or hiking. However, too much sun could cause heat exhaustion.
In the worst-case scenario you can experience a heat stroke. This condition is usually characterized by red and flushed skin, excess sweating, and extreme body temperatures (up to 106°F).
Rapid heartbeat, headache, confusion, and seizure could also be the sign that you are having a heat stroke. Shallow and rapid breathing and unconsciousness also are common symptoms of heat stroke.
- Get help immediately. If you are already experiencing some of the symptoms of heat strokes as described in this article’s instruction, call 911 or local emergency number right away! This is very important because heat stroke can be fata. While getting treated, you should also follow your doctor’s advice as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of water. Plain water is best, but you could also benefit from certain types of sports drinks for replenishment of body electrolytes. If you choose to drink vitamin or mineral water you should try to find one without an sugar in it because this will most keep your body hydrated. Avoid drinking sodas or other beverages with too much sodium or caffeine, too.
- Keep yourself cool. One way to do this is by bathing in a cool pool or bath of water. You could also take an ice pack or cold towel and place it on your forehead or the back of your neck. This will help keep you cool. Another way to remain cool is stand in front of the fan when you are sweating or get a spray bottle and fill it with cool water to mist on you. You could also dampen a bed sheet, put it on your bed, and lay on it.
- Wear looser-fit clothing. This will allow air to travel through your body on the hottest days. Light-colored fabrics are better because they reflect sunlight rather than absorb it. If you wear a hat to protect you from the sun, you may have to take it off occasionally if it makes you sweat
- Do yard work and other outdoor activities during cooler times of the day. The sun is usually hottest during the middle of the day, from approximately 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. If you can go out after this, it would be best (unless of course it is winter time). Wear sunscreen as well if you plan to be in the sun for longer than 15 minutes or you may burn.
- Seek shelter or shade. If you notice you are getting tired find a shady area or a sheltered area to sit under, or in. Parts and pools may have tables with umbrellas or pavilions you could sneak under. Certain outdoor amusement parks might even have an air-conditioned room you can sit in for awhile.
Memory is a terrible thing to waste. You have to keep your brain working in order to get rid of poor memory. Exercising your mind regularly can even prevent you from rapid degeneration caused by Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and more.
Memory Loss vs. Dementia
Memory loss is a fact of life. It usually occurs as we age. However, even young people can experience temporary forgetfulness. Usually this is a condition brought on by tiredness, illness, depression, stress, anxiety, and so on.
Some people may also be forgetful because they have been diagnoses with ADD or ADHD (two different types of hyperactive disorders of which often includes poor memory.) However, poor memory does not mean you have a degenerative disorder.
On the contrary, degenerative diseases usually result in a more rapid deterioration of the brain and result in far more severe memory loss. It often is genetic or is a result of poor diet and poor lifestyle choices. In any case, it usually is characterized by extreme loss in nervous functioning and is not the result of any viral, bacterial, or other pathogenic disease.
In any case, you can get rid of poor memory in most cases by following one or more of these steps:
- Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. If you receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night as adult your mind will be more alert. As a result your work productivity and cognitive ability will improve immensely. On the contrary, if you lack sleep you will have a tendency to be spacy and forgetful. So, get enough rest/sleep
- Force yourself to concentrate. Many people have a bad habit of daydreaming, especially when they are bored, stressed, or depressed. This can cause you to miss very significant points discussed in a lecture or report. Find a reason to concentrate on the message being delivered by a speaker. Make it your goal to learn something from the speech no matter how boring it is!
- Rehearse important facts or processes. Whether it is playing music, learning math problems, or remembering historical data, rehearse. Think of ways to associate the information to something that is relevant to your life, or create an acronym or song. These are all ways to help you remember facts, especially if you are planning to take a school exam soon. This will also help if you want to play music or sing in public some day.
- Slow down and do not push yourself too hard. You should give yourself plenty of time to learn material for a test, for instance. Also, if you have to go over and over an item and you are not remembering it right away take a break for at least five minutes. Maybe even take a 30 minute nap before you return to studying or learning. Pacing yourself will help retain whatever you are trying to learn for longer times.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods with all the essential vitamins and minerals is very helpful. You might also consider taking a multivitamin or antioxidant supplement. Reduce the amount of fat, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol you consume. All this will help preserve your brain power.
If you want to get rid of bleeding gums you can using one of a variety of home remedies. However, if this problem persists, you should see a doctor.
In the mean time here are several ways to get rid of bleeding gums:
- Use mouthwash. The solutions that have herbal ingredients you can use for treating bleeding bums would help. You could also try using a popular mouthwash that has antiseptic qualities in it. The herbal approach may be preferred by most people because it is made with more natural ingredients, but the regular antiseptic mouthwashes are powerful for removing germs.
- Apply gentle pressure using gauze material. First, soak the gauze in ice water, or apply ice directly on your gums in between soaking up the blood with the gauze. Direct pressure and cold water is the key to stopping blood using this remedy. Use this method carefully because it can cause sensitivity in some people.
- Use a salt water rinse. Do this at least once a day for a few days instead of brushing. However, if the bleeding persists after a few days you should really consult an emergency dental technician. The salt can help clean out any bacterial infection and it can stop the bleeding.
- Avoid using gel pain relievers, as much as you can. Numbing of a bleeding gum area can relieve pain for awhile. However, sometimes it can also cause the disease to advance further. The result is even more pain and complications. Therefore, try to use these pain relievers as little as possible.
- Use blood root. This rare herb plant has in it a number of alkaloids that fight off all kinds of mouth bacteria. It is an herb that is even found in many toothpastes. You can let it sit on the sore and bleeding parts of your gums for awhile.
- Increase vitamin C intake. Use supplements, drink juice, and eat fruits. Oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit, are some fruits with the highest levels of this ingredient. Less-acidic fruits such as mango, guava, or grapes have a potent amount of vitamin C in them as well.
If you want to avoid bleeding gums you should brush at least twice a day and in between meals. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages, because they can cause dry mouth and bleeding gums. You should also avoid aspirin intake because it affects the blood clots.
Also try to stop smoking as soon as possible, because the use of tobacco is one of the worst offenders. Also when you brush your teeth, do so gently. Too violent of strokes could lead to further gum bleeding and more long-term discomfort.
Going to the dentist on a regular basis can also help decrease the effects of bleeding gums. Your dental hygienist can give you a thorough cleaning and inspection of your mouth. Then, if any problems persist you can get it taken care of before it worsens and turns into advance stage gingivitis or other gum disease.
“Charlie horse” is a nickname for an involuntary muscle cramp that occurs in your legs. It usually is a result of leaving your leg remain in the same position for too long. This painful spasm often is the result of poor circulation sent to the muscles of your legs.
Muscle fatigue and deficiency of potassium, calcium and magnesium are other reasons these spasms occur. Pregnancy, mineral deposits (particularly calcium), and medication are other reasons charlie horses occur.
Here are ways to get rid of a charlie horse:
- Avoid excess lifting and exercise. Oftentimes this type of muscle spasm will go away in a few minutes after you attempt to sit up or stand. However, if it persists you should refrain from exercising too much and refrain from lifting heavy objects.
- Treat the affected area with ice. Place some ice cubes in a bag and it sit on the painful area for up to 24 hours. You may want to lay or sit in the position you were in before the charlie horse attacked occurred while doing this.
- Try shaking your leg, or massage it. Sometimes massaging the charlie horse will help get rid of it. If you give it a good shake this could help loosen up some tense muscles as well. This will help improve blood circulation to your leg as well.
- Whatever you do, NEVER use heat! You think this would help relieve the cramping. However, in the case of a charlie horse it can actually increase the swelling and intensify the pain. This is because the heat causes excess blood flow to the location you are working on.
- Keep your leg elevated. You can encourage the right amount of blood flow to your leg if you life your limbs towards your heart. You can sit or lie down on a couch or bed, and then prop your feet up with pillows.
- Stretch out your legs. This especially will help get rid of a charlie horse that persists for days. Gently perform a set of quadriceps routines for 30 seconds each and do this five times a day. Squats or leg lifts in quantities of two to 10 repetitions in each of the five sets you do could be very helpful in stretching out the affected leg muscles.
- Take a strong dose of Vitamin E, pain reliever, or anti-inflammation drug. Usually a dosage of about 400 iu is recommended. This especially is helpful for people who experience charlie horses during the nighttime hours. You might also find relief from a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication as prescribed by a doctor.
- Keep yourself well-hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can most benefit your while you work to recondition your muscles, as this will help keep all your joints lubricated. You should especially drink before and after your workout so that your muscles are not strained.
It would benefit you to see a doctor if the pain persists for longer than a few minutes. Receiving a medical checkup may not always be urgent but it could rule out any worse complications.
Seeing a doctor could benefit you in another way as well, in that your physician can suggest a physical therapy routine.
Dandruff is not the only cause of an itchy scalp, although it is one of the top reasons that this itchiness occurs. Sometimes you need to get rid of an itchy scalp by examining the true diagnosis of the skin condition.
Common Reasons the Head Itches
As mentioned already dandruff (a.k.a. Seborrhea) is a main cause of scalp itching. Oftentimes a person who struggles with this condition notices that the skin is flaking and that the scalp is red. This could be a result of dry scalp caused by using the wrong shampoo, or it could be an allergy to a hair soap, conditioner, or styling product.
Another main origin of itching is psorisasis, which is a condition marked by scalp dryness, and red patches and scaling. This condition could also affect a person on the skin, elbows, knees, and genitals.
The third primary cause of scalp itchiness is headlice. This is a condition that should be taken care of immediately so you do not spread it around, especially to other children. Other adults could also become infected by lice, too. No one is immune.
Yet one more reason people may have an itchy scalp or skin is because of ringworm. More information about this is provided in the “More Info” section of this article.
Here are some general facts to help you get rid of itchy scalp (by type of main condition):
- Consult a skin/hair care specialist or see a doctor. Before you choose a shampoo or dandruff care product, you are advised to seek a skin care or haircare specialist. You also should consider seeing a doctor to verify that it is dandruff and not another condition, especially if the flaking is severe. In some cases, a medication is needed to get rid of all the flakiness and itchiness.
- Find the right shampoo. After you have had your scalp and hair examined you are more than likely to receive information about the right kind of shampoo. Milder cases of itchiness and dryness can be taken care of using the appropriate brand name shampoo.
However, more severe cases may require a prescription scalp shampoo or medicinal treatment. The products or medicines you use depends on how severe the dandruff, head-lice or psoriasis is, and of course the solutions used are specific to symptoms/condition you have.
- Have someone your hair and scalp. If someone you know is able to spot head-lice, nits, and eggs at every growth stage the lice the lice can be easier removed. The sooner that this invasive bug is found nexting on the crown, side, and back of your head, the sooner you can eliminate it. Check behind the ears too.
- Refrain from itching your head. This will particularly help stop psoriasis from scabbing or spreading. It also helps prevent transmission of lice and eggs to another individual. It also helps stop flakes of dandruff from falling when you least want it to.
- Change your diet. If you take in enough B complex vitamins as well as enough supply of Vitamin A and E it will keep your scalp moisturized. As a result, you have less chance of experiencing dryness and itching.
As far as what foods to eat, include a balanced among of green and leafy vegetables as well as vegetables of other colors (i.e. orange, yellow, light green). Eat moderate servings of lean beef, or eat fish and chicken.
Cut down on high-fat foods such as bacon, deep fried meat, fried potatoes, and so on. Eating low fat foods helps prevent scalp oiliness versus scalp dryness.
- Participate in relaxation activities. Yoga, massage, saunas, and baths are way to reduce stress. This reduction in anxiety and distress will help improve the circulation to your scalp and thus will keep it healthier.
- Brush your hair regularly. This is one more way to get rid of an itchy scalp because it provides a similar benefit as a scalp massage. It helps improve the blood flow to the brain and helps send more blood to the scalp when you need it.
Most of the tips mentioned above help deal with cases of scalp dryness, itching, or scaling. Additionally, when head-lice is detected you can finally get rid of itchy scalp. However, beware of ring worms.
This is a skin condition that often requires an oral or anti fungal medication. You might also be given a anti-fungal shampoo as recommended by your doctor during your checkup.
In some cases, home remedies have also been successfully applied to help relieve all itchiness, dryness, and scaling (regardless of origin or condition): Tea tree oil, natural topical treatments, or herbal supplements. Use these or any prescription medicine with care.
A bad memory often is triggered by circumstances, people, places, or events that remind you of a traumatic occurrence. Sometimes this memory can creep up to you in the middle of the night in your dreams.
If you want to get rid of a bad memory you can analyze the meaning of that moment. For instance, maybe you did something embarrassing like slip and fall in the mud right in front of everyone.
Either that or someone in your past hurt you or violated you, or maybe you were in a bad car accident. Spousal unfaithfulness might be another example of a bad memory, and so could be parental abandonment. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend leave you for someone else also can trigger traumatic feelings.
Hear are ways to help get rid of a bad memory (or at least a way to turn it into a positive):
- Take some time to grieve. This grieving may be for the loss of a person, loss of an opportunity, loss of innocence, or some other loss due to trauma. Do not be to hard on yourself if you cannot let go of a bad memory immediately, but find a healthy outlet to help you get rid of emotions attached to it.
- Keep yourself as busy as possible. If it is a relationship you have lost make some new friends and socialize again. You will eventually find someone else. You could also take this time to travel to new locations as a way to get a break from the familiar that could be weighing you down.
- Take up a new hobby or profession. Taking on a new hobby can be a healthy outlet. It can be therapeutic and it can open the door up to meeting new people. Taking on a new profession could fulfill you in the event you could no longer continue another career because of an injury. Your life is not over no matter what the trauma is you suffered.
- Reflect on the unpleasant associations, and learn from it. As you overcome memories of a traumatic experience, ask yourself what you learned from it. For instance, maybe you would learn how to spot potential dates who are more commitment-minded or maybe you will have learned to drive more carefully.
- Forgive when necessary. If someone violated you in a personal way or if someone somehow betrayed your trust, forgive the person. Otherwise, you are hurting yourself more than you are that individual.
- Find someone to talk to. There is no need to suffer in silence. If you are harboring traumatic feelings from something that happened to you talk to someone. It is always easier to deal with a problem, memory, or trauma when you have the right kind of encouragement and support.
- Create new memories. For instance, if you are now single because of a loss of relationship through breakup, death, or divorce it may be time to start meeting new people. You do not necessarily need to get into a new relationship right away, but once you feel you are ready you can.
Gallstones (cholelithiasis) are abnormal crystallized bile deposits. They oftentimes are found in the gall bladder, and they cause similar problems as does a kidney stone. These stones could also accumulate in other parts of the digestive system such as the kidney, pancreas, and/or bile ducts.
Oftentimes these stones are quite painful and uncomfortable. The pain you experience is most likely in the upper right hand side of the abdomen and usually it is accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Pain might also be felt between the shoulder blades or below the right shoulder. Women nearing age 40 who are premopausal are highest at risk of getting a gall stone and it often occurs in obese people.
Here are some ways to get rid of gallstones:
- If adominal pain persists, see a doctor. A thorough examination and assessment of your health history via a questionnaire is the first step towards diagnosis. From here, the appropriate course of treatment will be planned based on the severity of your condition.
- Treatment option #1: Oral ursodeoxycholic acid-This prescription medicine can be used to dissolve most cholestoral gall stones. However, this may not work for larger formations. Sometimes more serious action is required for removal or dissolution. Note: gall stones could re-develop once medicine is stopped.
- Treatment option #2-Endoscopic retrograde sphinceterotomy (ERS) before endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) -These two procedures performed consecutively can remove gallstones that have blocked bile ducts. It might also be used in other places in the digestive tract where obstructions have occurred.
- Treatment option #3-Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy-This is a procedure that usually works better on kidney stones. However, this treatment can also be used on softer and less brittle gall stones. If this does not work another type of surgical or laser procedure can be used.
- Treatment option #4: Cholecystectomy-This is a gull bladder procedure that helps in the event a person experiences recurring cases of cholelithiasis. However, this procedure is usually limited to people who are showing physical symptoms currently, but lack of a gall bladder does not seem to affect most patients. There is a traditional knife procedure that can be used to perform this operation and there also is the laparascopic version that involves laser usage.
- Treatment option #5: Gall bladder flush-Usually this procedure requires drinking a liquid solution for the purpose of cleansing the gall bladder organ. One popular remedy for this purpose is this recipe and menu: Four glasses of apple cider, five apples, and a magnesium supplement.
Along with these items taking daily for five days in a row, large quantities of lemon juice or grapefruit juice should be consumed. These acidic juices are easier on the stomach when mixed with olive oil or lemon juice. You will know this solution worked if green and/or brown pebbles have passed out of your body.
Gallstones may not always be preventable. However, eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grain pastas and breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats and dairy will benefit the body. Risk of gallstones is also reduced when you cut down on consumption of fats, sugars, and salts.