Sty (Stye) – Hordeolum

Published April 21, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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A sty is an acute infection of the secretory glands of the eyelids.

This common infection results from blocked glands within the eyelid. When the gland is blocked, the oil produced by the gland occasionally backs up and extrudes through the wall of the gland, forming a lump (chalazion), which can be red, painful, and nodular. Frequently, bacteria can infect the blocked gland, causing increased inflammation, pain, and redness of the eye, and even redness of the surrounding eyelid and cheek tissue. The medical term for sty is hordeolum.

The lump can point externally (outward) or internally (inward). Frequently, the lump appears with a visible whitish or yellowish spot that looks much like a large pimple. Usually, one obvious area of swelling is apparent on one lid, but many styes can appear on one or both eyelids simultaneously.

The lump frequently goes away when the blockage of the gland opening is relieved. Furthermore, the infection goes away when the pus is drained from the sty.

Sty Causes

Styes are usually caused by obstructed orifices (or openings) of the oil glands in the eyelid. Very frequently, they are infected by bacteria, most commonly Staphylococcus bacteria.

Seborrhea (excessive oily discharge from the glands) may increase the likelihood of developing one of these infections. Certain factors can contribute to the blockage of the glands:

  • improper or incomplete removal of eye makeup;
  • use of outdated or infected cosmetics;
  • poor eyelid hygiene;
  • inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, such as blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea;
  • stress;
  • and hormonal changes.

Sty Symptoms and Signs

  • A lump on the top or bottom eyelid
  • Localized swelling of the eyelid
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Crusting of the eyelid margins
  • Burning in the eye
  • Droopiness of the eyelid
  • Scratchy sensation on the eyeball
  • Blurred vision
  • Mucous discharge in the eye

Treatment:

People of all ages and both genders can develop a sty. Application of a warm compress or washcloth to the affected area for 10 minutes, four to six times a day, can speed rupture of the sty and aid in the relief of symptoms. A sty should not be pressed or squeezed to facilitate drainage. If a sty persists for several days, a doctor may lance (drain) the infection under local anesthesia.

source : emedicine.net

6-Layer Salad: Yummy and Perfect for Summer Eating

Published April 12, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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We are going to have some recipe fun this week where we will be sharing 5 recipes (one each day) that in the end could be a super yummy 5-course summer meal and guaranteed to please all pallets :)  We love these recipes and some are our unique recipes and some are sharing some from our friends that we have adopted and make and love!

With that, the first one is a 6-Layer Salad.  This one is really, really, yummy and very easy to make, serve and even take to events.  Linda from our church has shared this with us after a few times of indulging in this salad goodness at potlucks!

It is 6-layers and only 7 ingredients!

Here’s the ingredients:

  • 1 head of lettuce cut to shreds
  • 1 16oz. package of Frozen Peas
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 16 oz. container cottage cheese
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 12 or 16 oz package of Bacon cooked and crumbled

How to make:

  • Cook bacon and crumble.  I have to be honest and tell you we rarely have bacon for three reasons: 1. I don’t like pork and since I am the cook, I decide what gets cooked and eaten, 2. If I were to eat any pork, it would be bacon occasionally already, but since I HATE cooking bacon, then it is even less often, 3. It is expensive! But we recently shared how to get FREE natural and nitrate free bacon, so especially if you got this, I would recommend it for this salad :)  However, I have a trick to cooking bacon that works well for crumbles for recipes, dishes and casseroles.  I take the strips uncooked and stack them and cut into about .5″ – 1″ pieces and place in a big stock pot! I then cook them on medium for a long time until much of the fat cooks off and they are crispy! Then drain and cool on paper towels.  I like cooking it this way to prevent grease from going all over my kitchen and easier clean-up!

  • Then cut the lettuce into shreds and place as the bottom layer in a 9×13 pan
  • Then add the layer of frozen peas
  • Sprinkle the sugar on the peas layer
  • Then mix the 1 cup mayo mixed with the 1 16oz. container of cottage cheese and add this layer on top of the lettuce, peas and sugar
  • The add the layer of 2-cups of shredded cheese
  • Finally add the cooled crumbled bacon on top
  • Then Wha La! A super yummy  6-layer salad!
  • Then just scoop and serve!

6-layer salad

This is what is looks like in the end!

source: Thrifty couple.com

Some Healthful Doctors’ tips for Women

Published April 6, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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An Ob gynecologists share these health tips for taking care of women’s body:

1. Go commando anytime you can  

  • A. Panty-less
    “I know women who are never out of their undies—the only time they’re pantiless is in the shower! But when you wear underwear 100 percent of the time, you’re trapping moisture and body heat that can increase the growth of bacteria on the skin of the vulva. If you notice a not-fresh smell, usually the odor isn’t coming from the vagina, it’s coming from bacteria that grow after your vulva has been sitting inside of underwear for hours and hours. It’s even worse in the winter, when people wear tights or nylons and then jeans on top of that. Obviously you don’t want to have a Paris Hilton moment at work, so wear underwear during the day, but as soon as you get home, the panties should come off. And no woman ever needs to wear them to bed.”
  • B.  Bra-less

 

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              Going bra less -around the house .According to the results of a 15-year study in France , bras provide no                      benefits to women and may actually be harmful to breasts over time.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, the breast does not benefit from being deprived of gravity,” Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, told France Info.

Conducting the study at the university’s hospital, Rouillon measured and examined the breasts of more than                     300 women, aged 18 and 35, taking note of how the additional support provided by bras affects the body                           over time. (It should be noted the study does not mention breast size.)

Overall, he found that women who did not use bras benefited in the long term, developing more muscle tissue to provide natural support. As France’s The Local notes, Rouillon also noticed that nipples gained a higher lift, in relation to the shoulders, on women who went braless. When bras are worn, the restrictive material prevents such tissue from growing, which may actually accelerate sagging, the study concluded.


2. Yogurt can be great medicine—down there

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“You’ve probably heard that eating yogurt can be helpful in warding off yeast infections because of the good bacteria it contains. Try it in another way, too. If a woman who’s had a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis before starts to feel like it’s returning, inserting organic, unflavored yogurt with live cultures into the vagina can help balance things out. I tell women to use about a quarter cup before bed, and to be sure to wear a panty liner the next day because there will be some discharge. Some people are too squeamish for it, but in my experience, it works. And if it doesn’t, of course you should head to the doctor.”

 

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 3. Your chances of a natural pregnancy after 42 are basically zilch

“I’ve had to discuss the realities of fertility with a couple of women I care about who are in their 40s. One had just gotten married and told me that she and her husband had tossed the condoms and she couldn’t wait to get pregnant. I had to break the news that her chances were actually really low. She didn’t want to believe me and said, ‘My Aunt Whoever got pregnant when she was 50!’ Sure, once in a great while something like that happens, but the odds are tiny. By the time you’re in your early 40s, the quality of your eggs has declined to the point that even if one does get fertilized, it most likely won’t divide and implant normally. It’s tough—when you look at the media, you see a lot of older stars getting pregnant and having babies. But we doctors know that most of the time, that’s thanks to egg donation, not spontaneous natural conception. Women assume that if they’re still having their period every month that means they’re fertile, but it doesn’t.”

4. Your weight could be ruining your sex life

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“You have to be very gentle when talking to patients about weight, said an Ob Gyne. But I found myself leveling with a family member recently. She had put on about 50 pounds, and admitted to me that she hated the way she looked and didn’t want her husband to see her naked anymore. Then later she was talking about how she had lost her libido and it must be her hormones! I told her that testosterone wasn’t going to fix what was going on with her, but that losing weight could. She got mad at first—it wasn’t easy to hear, and she thought I was being mean. But then we really started talking about it and she realized her feelings about her body were the culprit. She decided to lose weight, and went about it in a really smart and gradual way. It took about a year, but she did it. And her libido came right back.”

 

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5. Don’t blame him if you’re not having orgasms

“When my girlfriends complain about not having orgasms, there’s a tendency to blame it on their partners. What I usually say to them is this: It’s up to you to make it happen—climaxing is a learned experience. That means you have to feel comfortable with your own body and know what you like and how you like it in order to help someone else figure it out. If your boyfriend or husband doesn’t have a clue, you’ve got to figure your body out first, and then teach him and guide him.”

source: Redbook.com

 

 

Roasted Pork Belly Lechon : Easy to follow recipe

Published April 5, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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Ingredients

1.5 kg pork belly slab, skin on
3 whole garlic bulbs, peeled and roughly chopped
½ cup oregano leaves, washed then chopped
3 red onions, peeled and chopped around 4 – 5 lemongrass stalks, sliced the zest from 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon
a little over 1/8 cup salt, plus more for an even rub around the pork
4 tablespoons crushed black pepper

Directions

  • Combine all the aromatics in a bowl and mix well. Lightly mash everything together with the back of a spoon. Alternatively, use a food processor to bring everything together with only around 2-3 pulses.
  • With the skin side down, rub the mixture all over the meat. Roll the slab, carefully invert the meat and secure it with butcher’s twine. It’s okay if there are a few pieces of herbs that fall off, you can place it back later. Rub coarse salt all over the meat, including the skin. With a paring knife or fork, poke the skin of the meat. This will ensure a nice crackling. Transfer it to a roasting fitted with a rack and the bottom lined with foil. Place it in the refrigerator to chill overnight. This will dry the skin, which helps the crackling form.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 C. Just to be sure, pat the skin of the pork dry with a paper towel. Roast the pork for 5 hours. Afterwards, increase the temperature to 220 C, and allow the pork’s crackling to form. This will take another 30 minutes to an hour. When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit before slicing. Enjoy!

 

source ; Kusina master.com

What you need to know about Tanning

Published March 28, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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Summer’s here and that means many people will be outside a lot, particularly after a wet spring in much of the country. But how many will protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays? A dermatologist says not nearly enough.

A  University survey of young Americans, ages 12 to 18, found that only a third regularly use sunscreen. The survey, published last year in the journal Pediatrics, also found that 83 percent had at least one sunburn the previous summer and 36 percent had three or more. And it’s not all happening outside, or in summer.
Ten percent of all those surveyed — and 14 percent of girls — also said they’d used indoor tanning. Spencer says those numbers only increase in the college years, especially for young women.

Does it really matter if I get a sunburn every once in a while?
Yes, it does. The likelihood of developing skin cancer and wrinkles increases with the more sun you get. But even just a few bad sunburns increases the risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
This is particularly true when you’re younger. It seems that, before age 20, our skin is much more sensitive to the harmful effects of the sun than when we’re older.

 

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What’s the best way to treat a sunburn?
It may take up to 24 hours before the full damage of a sunburn is visible. The two most common types of burns are first degree burns and second degree burns.
First degree sunburns cause redness and will heal, possibly with some peeling, within a few days. These can be painful and are best treated with cool baths and bland moisturizers or over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams. Taking aspirin may lessen the pain. Avoid the use of “-caine” products (such as benzocaine) which may cause sensitivity.

Second degree sunburns blister and can be considered a medical emergency if a large area is affected. When a burn is severe, accompanied by a headache, chills or a fever, seek medical help right away.
No matter what kind of burn you get, be sure to protect your skin from the sun while it heals and take better precautions in the future.

Is there any way to tell if my skin has been damaged?
If you’ve tanned or burned, you’ve already damaged your skin. A burn is a clear sign of damage. A tan, in fact, is the body trying to protect itself from more damage.

 

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If I only tan and don’t burn, does that mean I won’t get skin cancer?
No. When our skin is damaged by ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the skin senses that damage and makes the brown pigment melanin to protect itself from more harm. Melanin blocks the ultraviolet rays from entering the skin.
But to develop a tan, you must damage your skin first. So there is no way to tan safely.
Is tanning at indoor salons any safer or better for my skin?
No. Sunlight contains two types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB. The UVB is primarily responsible for a sunburn. But both types of UV radiation cause wrinkles and skin cancer.

Indoor tanning salons use devices that give off ultraviolet radiation — a mixture of both UVA and UVB that’s meant to mimic the sun. So, whether you tan at the beach or in the tanning salon, you’re damaging your skin.

Below is an Indoor tanning machine:

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This is an indoor tanning machine.

Sunbeds are twice as likely to cause skin cancer than a holiday in the Mediterranean, scientists warn.
They say the risks posed to users – who mainly comprise young women – are far higher than previously thought.
The experts found that on average sunbeds in England are emitting harmful radiation that is twice as high as the recommended safe levels.
They have calculated that a ten minute session on a sunbed is twice as likely to cause skin cancer than spending the same time in the midday sun in the Mediterranean.

Are creams and other products that produce a fake “tan” safe for your skin?
Overnight or instant “tans” are dyes that color the outermost layer of the skin. The dye usually lasts four to five days and is completely harmless. But remember, it does not protect you from the sun.

How to Get a Good Healthy Tan Bathing in the Sun

Sunbathing by the swimming pool or sitting on the beach is sometimes preferred to other laborious safe tanning methods, because it makes for a pleasant, even relaxing pastime. Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before going to the beach – this way you create a smooth, ready-for-tan skin. You shouldn’t wear any makeup or perfume.

Apply a broad spectrum SPF protective lotion every 30 minutes or right after getting out of the water. For an even, healthy tan change posture every 15 to 20 minutes, and stay no longer than 3 hours in the morning or in the afternoon, when the sun’s effect is less harmful.

How to Get a Healthy Tan Fast

You don’t want to wait until your next self-tanning session? You can get a healthy tan fast by combining self-tanning products with short sunbathing sessions. This way, your face tan will be the healthy base tan for your glowing bronze to develop on. You should wait for the self-tanning products to set in, so it’s best to go the following day. Be sure to apply a SPF sunscreen, as self-tanning sprays won’t get you a healthy tan fast, they will get you sunburned. Sun protection is vital!

 

source:  nbcnews.com

 

Real labor Pains : How will I know when I am in labor?

Published March 24, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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Worrying leads you to more false pains. An expectant mother and a follower of Feminine touch has these questions.
Please follow advises of OB Gyne. The nearer your expectant date, the more that you should consult.

How will I know when the pains are real?

Labour is different for every woman, and pinpointing when it begins is often not really possible. It’s more of a process than a single event. A number of changes in your body work together to help deliver your baby.

If you’re really in labour, one or more of the following things will happen:
You may have persistent lower back or thigh pain, often accompanied by a crampy premenstrual feeling.
You will have contractions at regular and increasingly shorter intervals, and they will become longer and stronger in intensity.
You may find yourself using the toilet a lot. Some women have a need to empty their bladder, others an urge to pass stools!
You may have a bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge). If you pass the mucus plug that blocks the cervix, labour could be imminent. It could also still be several days away, but this is a sign that things are moving along.
Your waters may break with a gush, or they may leak.
Your cervix will become progressively thinner and softer (also called effacement) and may dilate (up to 10cm).

When should I call my doctor?

You will already have talked to your doctor about what to do when you think you’re in labour. If you think the time has come, don’t be embarrassed to call your doctor to be sure. Most doctors give their phone numbers for exactly this kind of a situation. Doctors are used to getting calls from women who are uncertain whether they’re in labour and who need guidance.

Your doctor can tell a lot by the tone and tenor of your voice, so just talking to her can help. She will want to know how close together your contractions are, whether you can talk through a contraction, and any other symptoms you may have.

You should also contact your doctor if:
Your waters break, or if you suspect you’re leaking amniotic fluid.
Your baby is moving less than usual.
You have any vaginal bleeding (unless it’s just a small amount of blood-tinged mucus).
You have fever, severe headaches, changes in your vision, or abdominal pain.

What should I do early on in labor?

If your hospital bags are ready and arrangements are made for your trip to the hospital, then just try to get some rest to prepare yourself for the work ahead. When your labour sets in, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids. Alternate between walking and resting, or try taking a warm or cold bath or shower to ease any aches and pains.

Keeping calm and relaxed will help your labour to progress and help you cope with the contractions.

Can I have contractions and not be in labour?

Yes. You’re in false labour if your cervix doesn’t dilate (your doctor can confirm this during an examination), contractions are erratic and don’t feel increasingly intense, and any pain you may feel in your abdomen or back is easily relieved by a warm bath or massage.

Can I tell if labor is about to happen?

Maybe. Although you’re probably blissfully unaware of all that’s going on, your body starts preparing for labour up to a month before delivery. By the time true labour begins, your cervix may already have started to dilate and thin.

Other signs that your labour may start soon include:
Lightening (when your baby’s head begins to drop into position in your pelvis).
An increase in vaginal discharge.
Increased frequency of passing urine.
The appearance of a bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge).
More frequent and noticeably more intense practice ( Braxton Hicks) contractions.
What can I do while I am waiting for the pains to begin?

When you are close to your due date, you may get a lot of advice from elders about what to do to make your delivery easier. This may include squatting to help the baby come down, drinking ghee with milk to help the baby ‘slip out’ easier or eating ‘hot’ foods to initiate labour.

Many women swear by these age-old techniques but try not to put yourself to any strain or discomfort in an attempt to speed up labour. If you are really impatient for your little one to arrive, there are some scientifically proven natural ways to bring on labour.

In the meantime, try to be as prepared as possible for your delivery. Discuss what you plan to do with your husband and family and make sure you are organised well in advance. Arrange for safe transport for the trip to the hospital and decide whether your husband or a friend or relative, will drive you there. It helps to have a backup plan as well. Work out how long it will take you to get to the hospital, so you can set off in good time. Make allowances for traffic and road conditions, as well as weather conditions like monsoon downpours. Check if there are any local festivals or occasions of public gathering close to your due date and plan accordingly.

It might help to visualise the whole sequence of activities and play them through in your mind. Ask your husband to arrange his work related travel so that he can be available, if you want him to be around. If you want your mother or someone else to be there to support you, talk to them well in advance.

Once all that is sorted you can rest, relax and enjoy the last few days of peace before your baby comes.

source : baby center

Eight Things You Don’t Know About Your Heart

Published February 22, 2014 by by : teacherdahl

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1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.

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The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.
2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.

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Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels and risk of heart disease, too.

3. Your Body Type Won’t Make You Prone to Heart Disease.

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For years, “apples” (people who carry extra weight around their middle) have been warned they’re at increased risk for heart disease. But a report that looked at records of more than 220,000 people concluded that body shape has no significant effect.

4. Heartbreak Really Can Hurt Your Heart.

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Losing a loved one, through death or a breakup, can be so emotionally devastating that it can lead to broken-heart syndrome, a condition that could lead to heart failure or heart attack-like symptoms.

5. What’s Worse: Doughnuts or Eggs? Doughnuts.

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Besides being high in saturated or trans fat, both of which are bad for your heart, the doughnut is loaded with added sugar, which can raise your risk for heart disease. Although egg yolks are high in cholesterol, recent research has found that an egg a day isn’t associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

6. Walking Can Be Better for Your Heart Than Running.

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Brisk walking might have the edge over running. Any aerobic activity improves heart health. But in a recent study published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, walkers saw twice the reduction in heart disease as runners when both groups burned the same number of calories while exercising. That means that if you walk you should exercise about twice as long as runners to get those benefits.

7. The Best Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids is Salmon.

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Both salmon and walnuts are great ways to boost your omega-3 intake, which can benefit heart health. But salmon is better for you: Walnuts pack loads of ALA (the plant-based source of omega-3s), which your body must convert into EPA and DHA (forms of omega-3s your body can use), and the conversion process is inefficient. On the other hand, fish-based sources, such as salmon, already contain DHA and EPA-which is why many experts tout fatty fish as the better option.

8. Signs of a Heart Attack May Not Be Chest Pain.

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Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack, others include nausea, sweating, shortness of breath and light-headedness, as well as pain in the back, stomach, arms, neck or jaw. Women are somewhat more likely than men to have the other symptoms-which is why many women do not get proper medical help.

source : yahoo she

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