Wednesday, October 22, 2008

6 Ways to Tame the Pain: Gout

1. Don’t put any weight on the joint. This usually means staying off your feet as much as possible until episode subsides, accoring to Stewart. Any pressure you put on the joint will increase the plain and possibly damage the area further. “This is a serious condition because it can go on to cause a lot of major joint damaged and destruction.

2. Keep the joint elevated. This again will reduce some of the pain and keep the blood from rushing to the area, which can cause additional inflammation.

3. Immobilize the joint. This could be achieved by lying still or by actually building a splint for the joint. The less you move the joint, the better it feels.

4. Take ibuprofen. “This will help to reduce some of the swelling and decrease some of the pain associated with that swelling”. Ibuprofen and aspirin are anti-inflammatories, but taking aspirin is not advisable. Aspirin in low levels can actually exacerbate the problem.

5. Avoid icing or heating the area. Heat may feel good in the area, but it also increases circulation to the area and brings in more white blood cells, which can make it more irritated. Icing the joint can cause more crystals to form.

6. Wear comfortable shoes. Shoe that forces big toe inward can make the problem of gout worse.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Diarrhea: 15 Ways to Go with the Flow

Another ways to try from Home Remedies:

1. Ride it out. If you're not very young or old suffering from any chronic illness, it may be safe just to put up with it for a couple of days.

2. Keep hydrated. Make sure you maintain your fluid and electrolyte balance. You can lose a lot of liquid in diarrhea, but you also lose electrolytes, which are minerals like sodium and potassium, that are critical in the running of your body. Here's how to replace what you're losing.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Buy over the counter electrolyte replacement formula. Pedialyte, rehydralyte, and ricelyte are available.
3. Keep your liquids cool but not ice cold. Whatever you choose to drink, keep it cool. It will be less irritating that way. Sip, don't guzzle; it will be easier on your insides.

4. Sip some chicken broth. Or any broth. But have it lukewarm, not hot, and add some salt.

5. Rest in Bed. Give your body a chance to fight the bug that's causing this.

6. Put a heating pad on your belly. It will relieve abdominal cramps.

7. Try yogurt. You'll want to make sure you get a product that contains live lacetobacillus, which are friendly bugs that normally live in the GUT.

8. Eat light. Soups and gelatin may go down easy. Bland foods like rice, noodles, and bananas. Potatoes, toast, cooked carrots, soda, crackers, and skinless, defatted chicken are also easy on the digestive system.

9. Take the pink stuff. Stopping the diarrhea with an over-the-counter medication may not be the best thing for your body. Diarrhea probably reflects your body's attempt to get rid of a troublesome bug.

11. Take Kaopectate or Imodium A-D. Again, you're probably better off going without antidiarrheal medications. If you absolutely need some relief, however, you can try of these over-the-counter medications.

12. Don't do dairy. Avoid milk or other dairy products like cheese during the time you're having diarrhea as well as for one to three weeks afterward.

13. Cut out caffeine. Just as it stimulates your nervous system, caffeine jump-starts your intestines. And that's the last thing you need to do in diarrhea.

14. Say no to sweet treats. High concentrations of sugar can increase diarrhea. The sugarin fruit can do the same.

15. Steer clear of greasy or high-fiber foods. These are harder for your gut to handle right now. It needs foods that are kinder and gentler.

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