Natural Body Care for the Entire Family

Throughout my pregnancy, I experienced tired muscles and back pain. The extra weight I picked up during my pregnancy placed a lot of stress on my body. But after talking to my doctor, I decided to find relief. My doctor suggested that I try natural body care treatments, such as prenatal yoga, to alleviate my back pain and exhausted muscles. Although I felt skeptical at first, I finally found relief for my aches and pain. I continued to use natural body care after my baby’s birth. I even take mommy and baby classes at my local gym. If you want to alleviate discomfort in your body during and after pregnancy, keep reading my blog. You’ll find information on natural body care, as well as traditional doctor’s care advice for the entire family, including your baby.

Toddler With A Chipped Tooth: Care, Conditions, And Treatment

Learning to walk and run brings specific challenges to your toddler, and their teeth can often become a casualty of war. It’s not uncommon for toddlers to chip their teeth as they fall due to lack of coordination, and as a parent, you might be worried about what to do. Chipped teeth can vary in seriousness. As soon as you notice the chip, examine it more closely. Take notice of: The size of the chip – Large chips are more serious, while smaller ones may be superficial. Large chips may be a dental emergency because they open your child’s tooth up for infection, but small chips may not need any intervention. If the chip is small, make an appointment with your dentist to have it looked at, just to make sure that it doesn’t need filled. If the chip is large, take your child to a dentist right away. Your child’s pain level – If your child did not even notice the tooth was chipped, this is a good sign. Larger dental trauma is much more painful and can indicate the severity of the injury. Whether or not there is blood – Sometimes, a chipped tooth can be sharp enough to cut the inside of the mouth. A dentist will need to file and shape the chip to make it safe.  After your child has seen the dentist, at-home care is the next most important aspect of maintaining excellent tooth health. If the chip was filled, be sure to brush the area well to prevent cavities from forming near the filled area. If the chip was too small or superficial to...

Achieve A Whiter, More Perfect Smile With Ceramic Crowns

If you have not personally discussed your cosmetic dentistry options with a skilled dentist, it is likely that you have some misconceptions. Dental implants, laser whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures are often highlighted in the media because of their high price tags and infamous drawbacks. Although ceramic crowns have been used in dentistry since the 20th century, according to the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, many still consider it to be the best and least invasive type of cosmetic dentistry available. Obtaining Straighter, More Even Teeth To improve the appearance of crooked teeth, you must either correct their appearance externally or replace them. Braces and Invisalign can help with tooth alignment, while crowns and veneers correct cracks, chips and other surface imperfections. Only ceramic crowns allow wearers to make their teeth look pristine while simultaneously protecting their natural teeth. You can have ceramic crowns fitted over any of your teeth that are less than perfect, creating a total barrier that prevents against future tooth damage. Since porcelain crowns are designed to securely fit over your entire natural tooth, there is little risk of losing your caps or having it become dislodged. Ceramic crowns are fitted to compliment and blend in with the wearer’s existing teeth, so that no one will ever know the secret behind your beautiful, new smile. Preserving And Strengthening Your Teeth Through Cosmetic Dentistry Some people are genetically predisposed to early tooth decay, causing their teeth to crumble and deteriorate at an accelerated rate. Working with a cosmetic dentist and being fitted with ceramic crowns will enable you to protect your teeth and...

3 Unusual Causes For Post-Operative Complications After Cataract Surgery

If you experience cloudy or blurred vision, or if colors don’t seem as bright as they once where, you may have cataracts. This condition causes the natural lens of your eye to become cloudy, making vision dim and unclear. During cataract surgery the surgeon removes the natural, cloudy lens of the eye and replaces it with a clear, intraocular lens implant. This is a minimally invasive procedure, and patients typically enjoy uneventful recoveries. There are certain things, however, that can lead to post-operative complications. Here are three unusual causes that may lead to complications after your cataract surgery and what you can do about them: Smoking While smoking can lead to health problems no matter when you smoke, it is especially dangerous to smoke after undergoing surgery. Cigarette smoking leads to the destruction of small capillaries in your body, including those in your eyes. If you smoke after cataract surgery, the circulation to your surgical site may not be optimal. Because of this, healing may be slowed and you may be at greater risk for developing an infection. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation treatments such as nicotine replacement chewing gum or patches, medications, or even cognitive behavioral therapy. If you unable to completely quit smoking prior to your cataract surgery, at least try cutting down during the post-operative phase so that adequate capillary blood flow to your eyes can be facilitated.  Hay Fever You may not realize how important managing your hay fever or other allergies is especially after undergoing surgery to remove your cataracts. Allergies often cause sneezing and coughing, which can raise...

3 Uncommon Things That Can Cause Neurological Symptoms

Certain health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, sciatica, and brain disorders, can cause neurological symptoms that can affect your entire body, even your eyes. While neurological symptoms, such as numbness, tingling, loss of sensation, and feeling as though your skin is being pricked by a needle, can often be diagnosed through blood tests and medical imaging examinations, sometimes the cause is never determined. Here are three uncommon things that may cause neurological symptoms and what you can do about them: Dental Abscess A dental abscess refers to a severe infection in your tooth. While symptoms usually include a toothache, swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the affected tooth, drainage, a bad taste in your mouth, and sometimes fever and sore throat, other less common symptoms may occur. When you have an infected upper molar, it may cause inflammation of your facial nerve, leading to numbness, tingling, and burning sensations in your eye area, cheek, and chin. Although these symptoms usually resolve once your abscess has been treated, they may linger indefinitely. If this is the case, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist for further evaluation and treatment. Vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin B12, vitamin C, and magnesium may help diminish inflammation of your facial nerve, relieving your pain. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may also be effective in minimizing your discomfort.  Vaccinations If you accidentally cut yourself and you are not up-to-date on your vaccinations, you may need a tetanus booster. While effective in reducing the risk for tetanus, this vaccination may trigger a systemic inflammatory response. If you get a...

3 Common Questions That Women Have When It Comes To Egg Donation

If you are considering being an egg donor, then you likely have several questions regarding the process. Since this is a big decision for you to make, it is important that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. However, because egg donation can be such a wonderful thing, it is well worth the time to check into it. This article will discuss 3 common questions that women have when it comes to egg donation.  What Are The Requirements For Egg Donors? While the requirements for egg donors may vary a bit depending on the medical facility, there are some pretty standard requirements in terms of age and health. Most women will need to be between 21 to 30 years of age in order to donate their eggs. This is due to the fact that the woman needs to be legally old enough to sign off to donate her eggs and not too old so that the likelihood of genetic disorders doesn’t increase. Also, as part of the screening process, you will be checked to make sure that you have a clean bill of health. This increases the likelihood that you will produce plenty of good eggs. Some medical facilities even require you to have previously had children so that they can ensure that you are capable of carrying a healthy egg.  How Does The Process Work? Once again, the exact process of donating your eggs may vary a bit depending on the medical facility, but one thing you can be sure of is that you are going to go through a great deal of medical testing. As...

4 Things To Do After Drug Rehab

Dealing with an addiction of any type can be a real challenge. The chances are significant that your health is at stake if you don’t beat an addiction to either drugs or alcohol.  You may find that even after completing drug rehab you will still go through some difficult times. By knowing specific things to do after completing this program, you may be better prepared for an easier time. Alter your mindset It’s common to think negative when it comes to being addicted to any substance.  You may feel that you failed yourself a great deal, and this won’t get better on its own. You must change your mindset to a more positive one and realize that overcoming your addiction and attending drug rehab to do so took courage. Have some self-talks to work towards getting your mental attitude in the right place. Stay active It’s important to stay busy immediately following your drug rehab treatment. This can prevent you from sitting around too much and thinking about the substance you were addicted to each day. Consider being more active on a routine basis and start exercising more to improve your health. This is an ideal way to diminish anxiety and depression while making you feel better in the process. Celebrate your accomplishments Recovering from an addiction is a major thing to do in life. You should celebrate each milestone regardless of how big or small it may be. For instance, each month that passes without giving into your desire for drugs should be rewarded. Putting a routine in place and treating yourself to a meal out or an...

Get a Grip: How to Actively Prevent Falls with a Stair Lift

For people of all ages with mobility issues, a stair lift, also called a stair glide, makes life at home a little easier. Older people who are having a hard time moving up and down stairs and those who have a physical disability may need a chair lift in order to make getting around the home less dangerous. It is imperative that you make sure that the chair lift is safe for those who have mobility issues and those around them. Here are some ways to make your stair life safe. A wide foot holder One of the issues with safety on a stair lift is making sure that the person is safely encased inside of the chair lift. If there is little room for the feet inside of the chair-lift holder, this could cause issues with feet dangling and could cause someone to trip. Make sure the foot holder of the chair lift is wide and that the feet and legs can easily rest on the lift. This will provide protection from possible falls.  Armrests that can bear weight Some chair-lift holders may not automatically come with armrests on the side. Armrests should be either purchased with the chair lift or installed after the lift is set up. Armrests are necessary, as older people who have trouble walking up stairs may need something to grip for balance. Being able to hold on tight to the chair makes it easier to get in and out of the seat, or to get one’s bearings. Be sure to install armrests hat can handle the weight of a whole person leaning on...

Chicken Pox: What To Do If Your Child Gets Sick

Chicken pox, or varicella zoster, is a common infection for children. While you as a parent may even remember having chicken pox as a kid, you still might be at a loss as to what to do in order to relieve your child’s symptoms. You also need to know how to recognize when a typically non-threatening illness starts to progress into more serious complications.  Symptoms The initial symptoms are just like those of the common cold; a runny nose, cough, and sneezing are common. After a day or two, spots will begin to appear. There is no particular place where spots will or will not appear. Some people might have spots only on the tummy, while others might have them over the whole body. Spots can also appear on the legs, arms, face, and genitals. The spots will blister and crust over, eventually scabbing, but new spots will continue to appear. As the virus runs its course, new spots will stop appearing and the old spots will scab. Only at this point is your child no longer contagious.  The spots can cause scarring if they are scratched or infected. It is best to keep your child from scratching as much as possible, as infected spots will result in high fevers that will need antibiotic treatment.  Complications Usually, there are no serious complications from chicken pox, only discomfort and boredom from not being able to leave the house. However, people with weakened immune systems, including infants, can have more serious cases that lead to: Group A streptococcal infections that begin on the skin and spread to other soft tissues.  pneumonia....

Understanding The Treatment Options For Your Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

When you have been experiencing numbness and tingling down your arm and into your hand, you may be surprised to find out that the cause of your problems is an issue with your ulnar nerve (also known as the “funny bone” nerve) in your elbow referred to as cubital tunnel syndrome. Once you find out what is causing your arm discomfort and numbness, you can move forward towards finding a solution to the problem. Get to know some of the different treatment options available to you for your cubital tunnel syndrome so that you can begin your recovery process as soon as possible. Changing Your Habits One of the ways that you can improve your cubital tunnel syndrome and reduce your experience of symptoms is to adjust the way you go about your daily life and activities. Oftentimes, one of the issues that first causes cubital tunnel syndrome is that you spend too much time leaning on your elbows. When you lean on your elbows and put weight on them frequently, the nerve can get pinched, irritated, or even damaged in the process. It can also cause the bones in your elbow joint to become misshapen furthering the problem. As such, one of the ways that you can help relieve your symptoms is to consciously stop leaning on your elbows on a regular basis. If you work a job with repeated motions that may be causing issues with your elbow joint as well, you may want to make sure you stretch out and move your elbow differently. These small changes can make a big difference in how you feel....

Is Your Teen Suffering From Poland’s Syndrome? What Are The Best Treatment And Reconstruction Options?

The teen years can be replete with self-image issues, especially in modern society where certain body types are extolled and others marginalized. In many cases, teens who are teased or ostracized for looking a bit different from the norm will grow into their “look” as adults and go on to live happy, well-adjusted lives. However, if your teen daughter has Poland’s Syndrome — a genetic condition that can manifest itself in severely underdeveloped muscles and breast tissue on one side of the body — you may be worried that time and maturity alone won’t be enough to correct these issues. Read on to learn more about the best treatment and reconstruction options for a teen who has been diagnosed with Poland’s Syndrome. What are the best treatment options for a teen with Poland’s Syndrome? Although Poland’s Syndrome is a congenital condition generally present at birth, it’s often not diagnosed until around puberty, when the absence or abnormally small size of your teen or tween’s pectoral muscle becomes much more pronounced. In some cases, the nipple and areola on the affected side are smaller or differently positioned than those on the non-affected side, and in severe situations, a portion of the chest wall itself may be absent, leading to a caved-in look. Teens — especially teen girls — who have Poland’s Syndrome may be reluctant to change in public locker rooms, go swimming, or be seen in any situation that won’t allow them to wear figure-disguising undergarments. If left untreated, this condition could result in lifelong self-esteem issues and may affect your teen’s ability to breastfeed children when she reaches her...