Ailmemts & Remedies

Ear Health

Waxy ears:
One of the most common complaints seen by GPs is a blocked ear, usually caused by wax that has been pushed into the ear by a cotton bud.
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As well as the blocked sensation, waxy ears can reduce hearing, cause a ringing sound (tinnitus) and, occasionally, pain.
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There’s no need to clean your ears with a cotton bud. The ear has its own internal cleaning mechanism. Fats and oils in the ear canal trap any particles and transport them out of the ear as wax. This falls out of the ear without us noticing.

When we try to clean the ear, this wax gets pushed back and compacted. There’s also no need to dry ears with a towel, cotton buds or tissue paper. Let them dry naturally or gently use a hair-drier on low heat.

Olive oil can help to soften the wax and enable it to come out. Apply two drops in each ear twice a day. Wax-softening drops can also be bought from a pharmacist.

Sometimes, the wax needs to be syringed out by a GP or practice nurse.

Itchy ears:-
These can be irritating, and when ears are affected with eczema or psoriasis they can cause constant discomfort. But scratching or poking damages the ear’s sensitive lining, allowing infection in, called otitis externa.

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The immune system normally responds to harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and toxins by producing symptoms such as runny nose and congestion, post-nasal drip and sore throat, and itchy ears and eyes. An allergic reaction can produce the same symptoms in response to substances that are generally harmless, like dust, dander or pollen. The sensitized immune system produces antibodies to these allergens, which cause chemicals called histamines to be released into the bloodstream, causing itching, swelling of affected tissues, mucus production, hives, rashes, and other symptoms. Symptoms vary in severity from person to person.

This can also happen when ears gets waterlogged through swimming. The ear canal swells, becoming narrow and painful. Hearing becomes a problem and discharge often appears.

Treatment requires antibiotic drops and strong painkillers. In severe cases, the ear needs to be cleaned by an ear specialist.

Anything that damages the skin can allow infection in. This is often the case with ear piercing, especially when the skin isn’t cared for properly during or after the piercing. Follow care advice carefully.
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Many people are allergic to certain inexpensive metals, such as nickel, which can make the outside of the ear swell and feel uncomfortable.

The tops of the ears are exposed to the sun and sensitive to its harmful UV rays. Skin cancer affects ears, too.

Make sure you apply suncream and wear a hat that keeps your ears in the shade.

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.


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Benefits Of Yoga And Tai Chi

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Yoga and tai chi can benefit the elderly.
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Tai chi is easier to perform for older adults

A new study has revealed that mind-body therapies such as yoga and tai chi that cause interactions between the mind, body and behaviour can help elderly people get rid of chronic pain. The study published in Pain Medicine said that elderly people suffering from chronic pain can release themselves with eight mind-body interventions, which includes progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi and yoga.

The article finds evidence that, in particular, progressive muscle relaxation may be effective for older people with osteoarthritis pain, while meditation and tai chi appear to improve function and coping with low back pain and osteoarthritis.

Chronic pain is common among older people. Sufferers are often unable to receive adequate treatment because of limited physician training in pain management for the elderly and the increased likelihood of side effects from pain medication.

The trials we reviewed indicated that mind–body therapies were especially well suited to the older adult with chronic pain,” concludes lead author Natalia E Morone, MD, MSc. “This was because of their gentle approach, which made them suitable for even the frail older adult. Additionally, their positive emphasis on self-exploration was a potential remedy for the heavy emotional, psychological and social burden that is a hallmark of chronic pain.

Source:The Times Of India

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Migraine in men linked to higher risk of heart attacks

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Men who suffer migraine headaches have a higher risk of heart disease, particularly heart attacks, according to a study published .

The researchers found a 24% increased risk for overall cardiovascular disease in men who experienced migraines compared to those who did not, including a 42% increased risk for heart attacks. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, follows similar findings among women.

Tobias Kurth of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and colleagues tracked 20,084 men aged 40 to 84 who had no history of heart disease from the early 1980s through 2005. About 7% of the men reported having migraines.

Kurth said it is unclear what it is about migraines that is increasing the risk.   The honest answer is: it’s unknown, Kurth said. But he noted that people who have migraines tend to have more cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

At this point, it’s far too early to really say that migraine directly is causing cardiovascular disease,  Kurth said in a telephone interview.

Migraines, a particularly painful kind of recurring headache, often are marked by dizziness, nausea, vomiting or extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Women are three times more likely than men to get migraines.

This study focused on men with migraines. The same researchers last year published a study tracking nearly 28,000 women that showed those who had migraines were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease as well.

Kurth said that, relatively speaking, migraines are associated with perhaps a moderate increase in risk for cardiovascular disease, particularly compared to traditional factors like high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and elevated cholesterol.

People who get migraines should be mindful of these risk factors, he said.