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Home Remedies For Treating Common Back Pain - 21 July 2011
Back pain is becoming the most common complaints from people of all groups in India. Now, back pain is no longer limited to older age only. The increased work load and stress have made people in their 30s or 40s also suffer from various kinds of back pain. Certain types of back pain need immediate attention of doctors, while most common types of back pain can be treated at home.
 
If your back pain does not require medical attention, i.e. if you feel you over exerted the muscles you can perform a few actions at home to, perhaps relieve your pain. The common treatments include bed rest, pain remedies, cold or hot pads, massage, relax, and so on.
 
Sometimes when we pull the muscles, common over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce the pain. You should avoid taking multiple combined pain reliever pain medication to treat common back pain. In addition, if you have asthma, allergies, or polyps, check with your doctor before taking any medication.
 
Cold packs work well, yet if you have conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or related symptoms you should avoid using cold packs. Cold packs can reduce back pain otherwise if you allow the packs to remain on your back long enough to reduce muscle spasms, pain, or inflammation. Leave the cold pack on the area where your pain is for at least twenty minutes.
 
Later you can apply hot packs to the area. Avoid placing hot packs over areas where scar tissue is present. In addition, if you have poor circulation, avoid placing hot packs in this area as well. Leave the hot packs on your back for at least twenty minutes too. Do not use heating pads, since experts believe that the pads are unsafe. You can take a hot, steamy bath or shower, or purchase hydrocollators and place it on the area. You can find hydrocollators at pharmacy, or areas where medical equipment, meds, etc, are sold.
 
If you muscles are tight, you may benefit from a massage. If someone you know is willing to give you a massage, ask him or her to rub the area gently. Otherwise, you may find local massage therapists in your area, which offer affordable treatment. If the massage increases your pain, ask the person to stop. You may need medical treatment. You should avoid massages if you have fallen and injured your back, or if you were recently in an accident. Seek medical help first.
 
You can also relax the back if your muscles are tense. Relaxation promotes wellness, since the muscles can rest from over-exertion.
 
To avoid complicating common back pains you should move around at least 20 minutes each day. Throughout the day we sit, lie on the back, stand, walk, etc, which all applies gravity pressure to the spine. We can learn proper sitting strategies to avoid complicating common back pain.
 
When sitting you can roll a towel up and situate it at the lower back and on your chair. This will provide the lumbar support. If you have, certain conditions however avoid using such support. Conditions such as spine stenosis or spondylolisthesis can become irritated if you use back supports in such a way.
 
At the time you sit, try to use a chair that has armrests so that you can use the rests to lower your self in position. Avoid placing the legs directly “in front of you,” and do not bend when you lift your self from the chair. Avoid twisting when rising from a seated position as well.
 
To minimize back pain you should avoid sitting for long hours. Walk around in intervals if you have a job that requires you to sit for long hours. While sitting, try to position your knees so that they are somewhat above the hips.
 
Common back stress can be reduced, yet if you try remedies at home or at work and the remedies fail, you may need to seek medical advice.
 
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Bad Breath Remedies - 20 July 2011
Bad breath, also known as Halitosis in medical terminology, is an unpleasant smell that exits in the mouth while breathing. This occurrence can be both embarrassing and troubling to many who suffer from the airborne nuisance. There are different types of bad breath, which occur for different reasons and therefore require different treatments.
 
Temporary bad breath is commonly caused by a dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, certain types of food and/or smoking. Any one or a combination of these can result in bad breath. Another common type of temporary bad breath is known as morning breath, which occurs first thing in the morning as an individual opens his/her eyes. Chronic bad breath is often caused by certain medical conditions, medications and/or oral buildup.
 
The determination of bad breath is often made by the person who suffers from it. A dryness or pasty feeling in the mouth and/or an unpleasant taste are both symptoms of bad breath. The best way for a quick, and temporary, relief is to drink a glass of water. This will restore moisture in the mouth and will help to provide some fast results.
 
The treatment for bad breath may include regular dental visits and proper cleaning, brushing 2 to 3 times daily or after every meal, regular flossing, a change in food consumption and/or diet regimen. In addition, many bad breath sufferers find that brushing the tongue will help to rid the mouth of bacteria that could later lead to a foul odor. Unfortunately for many who suffer from chronic bad breath due to an illness or necessary medication, the only plan of action against bad breath is to mask the problem as effectively as possible. A mouth rinse, chewing gum or breath freshener may help to reduce the noticeability of bad breath.
 
Anyone who suffers from bad breath may wish to carry a packet of chewing gum, breath mints and/or breath spray for quick relief. In the event that it isn’t always possible to brush after every meal, such as often the case when dining at work or with colleagues, these items will help to mask any smell until the individual is able to properly cleanse their mouth.
 
The information contained in this article is to be used for reference only. It is not to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice. Anyone who suffers from bad breath that cannot be eliminated with the above methods, or whose condition seems to worsen, should consult a physician for proper diagnosis and/or treatment.
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How tobacco affects your body - 20 July 2011

Tobacco effects on the body

Brain
Nicotine, the drug that makes tobacco addictive, goes to your brain. It makes you feel good when you are smoking, but it can make you anxious, nervous, moody and depressed after you smoke. Using tobacco also causes headaches and dizziness.
 
Mouth
Tobacco stains your teeth and gives you bad breath. You won't be able to taste your favorite foods as well either, because some of your taste buds are ruined. Tobacco use also causes bleeding gums (gum disease) and cancer.
 
Heart
Smoking increases your heart rate and blood pressure. If you try to do activities like exercise or play sports, your heart has to work harder to keep up.
 
Lungs
Smokers have trouble breathing because smoking damages the lungs. If you have asthma, you can have more frequent and more serious attacks. Smoking causes a lot of coughing with phlegm (mucous). Tobacco can also increase emphysema (lung disease) and lung cancer.
 
Skin
Smoking causes dry, yellow skin and wrinkles. The smell sticks to your skin too.
 
Muscles
Less blood and oxygen flow to your muscles, which causes them to hurt more when you exercise or play sports.
 
Since you are aware now that tobacco is extremely dangerous to health, try everything possible to quit using tobacco products. It would be the best thing you can for yourself and your family. Stay healthy, will you?

 

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