Signs Of A Yeast Infection & How To Deal With It Naturally

Keeping yourself healthy should be a priority, which is why you should visit your ob-gyn and eat a well balanced diet. But, health issues can still arise, like vaginal infections (or yeast infections) that occur in about 75 percent of women at least once. The following guide will show you how to deal with it and signs that you may have such an infection. Common Symptoms Related To A Vaginal Infection A vaginal infection or yeast infection is usually associated with an overgrowth of Candida, which is a type of yeast. This overgrowth is associated with the consumption of bad sugars, processed foods, and processed carbohydrates. Yeast infections also occur because you have diabetes, unusually high estrogen levels, or you are taking some type of antibiotic. The following are some symptoms that you may notice: There may be some itching You might experience some soreness There could be pain or a burning sensation when you urinate or have sex Some women notice a white, clumpy discharge that has no odor and could look like cottage cheese Be sure to talk to your ob-gyn if you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, so that he or she can help you get to the bottom of the problem. Natural Remedies That May Help Consider some of the following natural solutions that may help while you wait for your appointment: Fermented Foods The yeast that is wreaking havoc is usually eaten away or controlled by your body’s natural probiotic content, which are good bacteria. You can find huge amounts of good bacteria, probotics, or live cultures in fermented foods. Studies have shown how live cultures may help reduce the infection because they will begin to eat away the infection. You will need some of the following: Raw milk or fermented milk or kefir Yogurt with live cultures Aged cheese from unpasteurized milk Kombucha or other types of naturally fermented drinks You can purchase most of these from your local health food store, farmer’s market, or farm. Coconut Oil Another good yeast infection combatant is coconut oil, as long as it is unrefined and organic to ensure you are getting the strongest yeast-killing type of coconut oil. The reason that coconut oil is good is because the fatty acids, like acrylic acid, seem to be extremely poisonous to Candida. You can simply apply some coconut oil to your cleaned vagina, or use a little coconut oil with your douche. You can also purchase unbleached and unscented tampons to dip in coconut oil. Leave the coconut oil-drenched tampon in your vagina for a few hours. Remember that these solutions are just meant to help and not replace your ob-gyn’s advice or...

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Community Paramedics: Can They Help You?

Every year, the nation’s emergency rooms handle 136.3 million visits.  Many of these visits could be handled by a primary care physician or other healthcare professional outside of the hospital. People who do not have insurance often use the emergency room as their only source of medical care. Other people with chronic conditions simply have to visit the emergency room frequently due to sudden and severe flair ups. If you are someone who needs such care, consider using a community paramedic or EMT for some of your medical needs.  Community Paramedic A paramedic traditionally provides emergency care on the scene and then transports a patient to the hospital if necessary. Some communities have expanded their role to include providing health care services at hospitals, clinics, and homes outside of an emergency situation. These professionals often receive additional training so that they can offer this expanded level of care. These community  paramedics have the potential to lower the number of emergency room trips and admittances.  Cost The cost of an emergency room visit can be astronomical, with many procedures costing between $750 – $73,000. Even with insurance coverage, your portion of this bill can be significant. If you do not have insurance, much of the bill may never be paid, contributing to a higher cost for medical services in your area. When a community paramedic goes to the homes of those with chronic conditions or other problems that are not truly an emergency, it lowers the cost of service for everyone. These visits can stop the revolving door of emergency room visits for those with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease by providing necessary care in the home.  Patient Benefits In addition to cutting costs, this program means that patients benefit from excellent follow-up care after surgery. The patient’s physician can write up orders for an evaluation. The paramedic can then perform the evaluation and write a report for the doctor. This method identifies possible problems without the patient having to go into the office, an often stressful experience when you are physically weak. This in-home care removes stress from the patient and the healthcare system.  If you suffer from a chronic condition or are simply suffering from an illness that requires attention, but doesn’t warrant an emergency room visit, consider using a community paramedic. You can receive the care you need in your home while cutting costs. Also, they can help you manage your conditions so that your health stabilizes. Community paramedic programs can improve the quality of your life. To learn more, speak with a business like Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative...

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Tips For Surviving Substance Abuse Group Therapy

One of the key parts of substance abuse treatment is group therapy. Group therapy gives you a chance to interact with other people who have had the same experiences as you and have gotten a little bit stronger and a little bit further into recovery. As you go through group therapy over a few months, you will slowly become one of those old-timers who you looked up to and will act as a role model for people who are new to recovery. However, group therapy can be frustrating at times. Here are some tips for getting through group therapy without losing your cool. 1. Bring Something to Occupy Your Hands You are always going to be expected to pay attention in group. You want people to pay attention to you while you are speaking and sharing your experience and it is fair for others to expect the same from you. However, group therapy can get frustrating, especially on a day when you are not focused or have had something happen to you that is emotionally upsetting. Having something to occupy your hands but not your mind will help you maintain your focus during the group and get as much out of group as possible.  Some ideas for activities that occupy your hands include knitting, crocheting, coloring, doodling, or stringing beads. These activities don’t require you to focus on the task in order to complete them but keep you just occupied enough with your hands to tame any jitters you might have. Make sure that you check with the group leader before you bring any of these activities. 2. Focus on Empathizing With Whoever is Sharing If you find that your attention is wandering when other people are speaking, try focusing on how you would feel in whatever situation they are describing and how you would react. Try to see things from their point of view. By actively trying to empathize with the speaker, you will focus more on them and be able to get more out of group therapy. 3. Don’t Give Advice Unless people ask for it, don’t give advice. This will help discourage others from giving you advice when you don’t ask for it, which you probably find very frustrating. If someone does try to give you advice, practice saying “I’m not looking for advice right now, just empathy” without getting angry. This is a polite way to get the advice-giving to stop without offending the person trying to give it. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in substance abuse treatment, like Dr. Lewis A. Weber &...

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