Keeping An Eye On Your Oral Health

Even if you brush your teeth, floss, and rinse daily, it is still possible that your oral care routine is not enough. When you’re a transient, this can be especially difficult since getting help for your oral health isn’t always necessarily possible. One moment, you may have the best pearly whites in the world and the next, you are dealing with aggressive gingivitis. Here are some tips on how to best care for your teeth and how to keep an eye on your overall oral health.

 

  1. Brush at Least Twice a Day
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Dealing With Toenail Fungus

                                               

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When you lead a transient lifestyle, it can be easier for you to catch illnesses and develop infections that are easily curable for others. Among the infections that you will probably deal with in your lifetime is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. If you are suffering from a fungal infection in your toes, learn more about toenail fungus and how you can deal with it below.

 How Does One Get Toenail Fungus?

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The type of fungus that affects your nails and other parts of your body thrives in dark, warm, and moist environments. Fungi that have been left by others in places such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and public showers can easily be transferred to you when you walk barefoot across these surfaces. You can also get toenail fungus by wearing tight shoes that trap moisture in or by sharing nail care products with someone who has a fungal infection and who hasn’t sterilized their tools.

What Can I Do About My Toenail Fungus?

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You can either purchase a toenail fungus medication from the drugstore (which is mainly preventative and has a tendency not to work once the infection has reached its later stages) or you could try using natural remedies to deal with the fungus.

Here are some natural remedies that you can try out on your toes:

  • Tea tree oil is a powerful oil known for its ability to kill fungus and other bacteria. You can apply a little bit of it to the infected nail daily until the infection goes away. Be careful, however, tea tree oil is strong and shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin. If you’re worried that you may accidentally get some of it on your skin while you are applying it to your nails, mix it with some olive oil beforehand to dilute it.
  • Coconut oil works to get rid of the fungus by destroying the wall that protects the fungus from harm. Unlike the oil mentioned above, coconut oil is not harmful if applied to the skin and it is actually used by some as a moisturizer. Use the oil daily on your infected toenail and wash off at least 15-minutes after you apply it.
  • Mix mouthwash and vinegar. It may seem unusual but both of the liquids contain chemicals that have antifungal properties. Make a mix that is half mouthwash and half vinegar and place your toes in the mix for about an hour to reap the benefits.
  •  Urea paste helps dissolve the part of the nail that is infected. However, this will only work if the nail is lifted or is separate from the healthy part of the nail. Also, you will have to use antifungal medication after you have dissolved the nail to prevent it from getting infected again.
  • Borax and baking soda work hand in hand to get rid of the fungus and to prevent it from growing back. If you choose to use these two powders, mix them and then add water to create a paste for your toenails. Use the paste at least twice a day until the fungus has disappeared and then keep using it for a couple of weeks afterward to keep the fungal infection from returning.

There will be some fungal infections that will not be curable by medications or natural methods if it has gone too far. If your nail is completely infected or if you are having severe pain because of the fungal infection, you need to visit a doctor to get the medication for the toenail or to have it removed.

Preventing Major Strokes After A Mini Stroke

There is a direct connection with substance abuse and related heart ailments, strokes included. To reduce chances of a stroke, one needs to seriously seek help for addiction.

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My friend’s dad just had an ischemic stroke a few weeks ago. I remember him complaining of numbness and tingling in his arms all the way down to his fingers. He said that he was having difficulty smelling and tasting his food and had blurred visions while he was watching television. Then, just as he stood up to get a drink, he said he felt dizzy and eventually passed out. We really freaked out and called 911, waited for an ambulance to come and get him. It was only when we reached the hospital when we discovered that his dad just had a minor stroke.

This Too Shall Pass

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Have you ever felt sad or had a feeling of lost? We experience a whole range of emotions on a daily basis and while many of us are able to carry on with our daily lives, many find it very difficult. However, does that mean to say these feelings will always be with us? Well, yes and no. there will be times when we feel upset and angry and sad and happy but they are transient and will pass over time.

Why We Experience a Range of Emotions

Sadness is Transient

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Who doesn’t feel sad from time to time? There are some who go on for days feeling sad and lonely and it’s an awful feeling. You can find you don’t want to interact with others and just want to be alone and at ease with your own company. It’s not as uncommon as you might think and if you think about it, sadness is all around us. However, sadness is transient and it doesn’t have to overtake our lives.

Mental Health Within The Transient Community

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We live in a world which is fast moving and impermanent. Nothing lasts the same forever and we are all constantly changing too. It’s the world in which can affect our mental state on a great level and while you might not think too much about your mental health, it’s an important element of life. When our mental health is healthy and happy, we can live a fairly decent life and when it’s out-of-shape, everything can go wrong. How can we deal with mental health within the transient community?

Natural Remedies For Body Odor

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That Embarrassing Smell

Admit it. You’ve had your share of embarrassing moments when you were on a bus that was crowded with passengers, and your sweat just won’t stop dripping from your armpits, smelling really bad. You remember people looking at you, candidly covering their noses. You thought, “Well, you smell too, you know!” And they did. They, too, were sweating like crazy. What’s worse was that you were still on your way to work! How can you survive this sticky feeling walking around in your office and stinking like you haven’t bathed for days?

Most likely, we blame our sweats for the stink that comes out of us when are in crowded or hot places, but surprisingly they are not the reason for the smell. Do you sometimes notice that sometimes even when you’re in a cool place you smell something bad from your body – the underarms perhaps? It is because it’s not the sweat but the bacteria that have proliferated in the sweat that caused the smell. Bacteria love to stay in moist areas so don’t wonder why the groin and the armpit areas are some of the most common areas that stink.

There are some natural ways that we can do to control or stop our body odor, some quick tips to remedy that smell when you’d have to stay in the office the whole day and can’t go back home to change.

 

Natural Remedies 

  1. Practice proper hygiene. Taking a shower everyday is the most basic way to avoid body odor. You can use a mild soap if you think strong soaps clash with your natural body smell. If your underarms sweat and stink most of the day, you can try washing it with warm water, as this kills more bacteria. Wash and soap all parts, especially those that sweat easily, such as the underarms, the feet, and the groin. And after showering, take time to dry your whole body so that no moisture is left for bacteria to thrive. If you’re someone who’s extra-sweaty, it would be best to bathe twice or thrice a day.

 

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  1. Wear clothes that are made of cotton or silk. These types of material do not absorb sweat but rather allow it to evaporate. Synthetic materials lock moisture and cause body odor. Also, if you plan to go somewhere busy and crowded, wear comfortable, loose clothes that won’t stick when you perspire. Don’t use strong perfumes and deodorants, as these can clash with the acid that forms in your body.

 

  1. Watch what you eat. Do you notice that people who regularly eat spicy food smell ‘different?’ It’s because whatever we take in reflects in our body through smell. If you want to smell clean and fresh, you have got to eat food that’s mildly flavored. Also, research has proven that beef and pork produces more sweat in the body than does chicken, fruits, and vegetables.

 

  1. Manage your stress levels. When you are tense or anxious, your body produces more sweat, which in turn causes more body odor. Find simple ways to relax, like stretching every morning when you wake up or meditating.

 

  1. Dab some apple cider vinegar on your underarms. Acid from apple cider vinegar or from a lemon is believed to prevent the proliferation of bacteria that triggers body odor. However, you must make sure that you don’t have cuts or wounds in your underarms, as acid causes skin irritation.

 

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Body Odor Comes from Anywhere

It may be surprising to know that unpleasant smells not only come from the underarms or the feet, but also from other parts of the body – the hair, scalp, and the back of your ears! Bacteria so love to live in you, so be keen and keep clean.

Say No To Hay Fever This Summer

 

Summer is probably one of the most-awaited seasons for kids and adults alike. It means spending time with family, swimming in the beach, or traveling. But because the mornings are super hot and the evenings are cold, some of us suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant sneezing. These are the symptoms of hay fever.

 

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Headaches And What They Mean

Headaches And What They Mean

 

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Introduction to Headache

Often, when we wake up on ‘the wrong side of the bed,’ we complain of a morning headache that won’t disappear after eating breakfast or taking a pain reliever. Your eyes are teary throughout the day and it’s just disturbing. At night, you wonder where that pounding one-sided headache came from and you wish it would go away with rest but it doesn’t. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what your headaches were trying to tell you?

Almost half of the world suffers from headaches once or twice a year. They are among the most common health concerns worldwide, which have been left for granted despite their high prevalence in late teens, working adults, and seniors. This article will attempt to describe three common types of headaches and hopefully help you know how to treat them.

 

What type of Headache Do You Have?

  • Tension headache. Most commonly seen in the late teens and adults, tension headaches are also referred to as stress or chronic headaches. They are elicited initially by a tightness of the head, shoulder, and neck muscles due to excessive stress. You can also get these headaches when you have poor posture or have the habit of grinding your teeth.

 Pain relievers usually cure tension headaches but are not to be used too often as this may cause addiction or dependence. Taking too many pain killers has also been reported to cause rebound headaches and eventually hepatic damage.

 

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The safest and healthiest way to get rid of these headaches is exercise. Rolling the shoulders backward with palms facing your body can greatly influence and correct one’s posture. Stretching the neck muscles by tilting it to the right, left, back and center also relaxes the neck and shoulders. These moves may be simple but are definitely beneficial in getting rid of the tension that is building up from the day’s work and may help in avoiding another headache episode.

  • Migraines. This presents with a sore or pounding headache, with mostly mild to moderate pain. The individual looks sick and pale. He usually feels nauseated with blurry visions and a hypersensitivity to light, strong smells, and noise. Migraines interfere with daily activities if left untreated, as they may persist for 3 to 4 hours. When stomach pains are present, these are called abdominal migraines.

 

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Known to be the sixth most disabling illness worldwide, migraines are more prevalent in women than men and are thought to be genetic in some instances. They are considered a neurological condition, due to disrupted electrical changes from the brain stem. Individuals who have migraines are often coffee or alcohol drinkers and are advised to reduce their consumption of these substances to prevent further aggravation. Those who diet inappropriately and are dehydrated also get these disturbing headaches that come and go.

The best way to stop migraines aside from taking strong pain relievers is to prevent them from occurring, which means keeping track of triggers and staying away from them as much as possible. Some examples of triggers are caffeine, alcohol, cheese, and chocolates.

  • Cluster headache. As its name implies, this type of headache occurs in groups and is described as pain that is intense and excruciating. It occurs just right after falling asleep and may last for about two hours, up to seven or eight episodes a day for a few consecutive weeks. Ironically, most individuals report that the headaches disappear suddenly after occurring for several weeks, and then come back, still as intense as they were. Triggers are nicotine and alcohol.

 

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Since cluster headaches are by far the most painful and distressing, stronger painkillers are used to treat them. Some people don’t get cured with painkillers and need to be injected by a nerve block at the back of the head so the individual can tolerate the pain. Pure oxygen therapy has also proven to be very effective in treating cluster headaches.