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Over 30 million Americans have eczema
- Understand the differences between eczema and atopic dermatitis
- Learn about the most common eczema causes and triggers – like allergens and stress
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Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are several types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Eczema is very common. And in many cases, it’s also manageable. In fact, over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.
Eczema flares often show up on the backs of the knees
Living with eczema can be an ongoing challenge. The word “eczema” is derived from a Greek word meaning “to boil over,” which is a good description for the red, inflamed, itchy patches that occur during flare-ups. Eczema can range from mild, moderate, to severe.
It’s most common for babies and children to develop eczema on their face (especially the cheeks and chin), but it can appear anywhere on the body and symptoms may be different from one child to the next. More often than not, eczema goes away as a child grows older, though some children will continue to experience eczema into adulthood.
Adults can develop eczema, too, even if they never had it as a child.
Eczema is not contagious. You can’t “catch it” from someone else. While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, researchers do know that people who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers. When an irritant or an allergen “switches on” the immune system, skin cells don’t behave as they should causing an eczema flare-up.
Acid reflux frequently causes spells of continuous cough due the irritation caused by the stomach acid to the throat. In order to protect the larynx from injury during these spells of cough, a lot of mucus is generated along the larynx and pharynx, which, over prolonged period of time, is also believed to trigger sinusitis.
Sinusitis can be treated in many ways. Commonly, nasal sprays and nasal strips are used but the particle sizes of the nasal sprays are so large that they cannot fully reach the sinus cavity and may only help the lower nasal passage. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed. However, in the sinus cavity there are very few blood cells, so the antibiotic cannot really get rid of the infection entirely.
When acid reflux is present along with sinusitis, it helps to treat the acid reflux first, following which, the mucus clears by itself. Making lifestyle changes, improving diet habits, avoiding foods and medications that trigger acid reflux, eating smaller meals more frequently, chewing the food well, regularizing sleep cycles, reducing weight, avoiding tight clothes, not lying down immediately after a meal, stress management through exercise, meditation, sleeping with the head of the bed raised by 6 to 9 inches, natural herbs, etc. are some ways which are effective in controlling heartburn.
The holistic method of treatment would incorporate all these and more changes into your daily life not only to cure acid reflux and clear the mucus but also to improve your overall health. There are no side effects and it is a long term cure without using any harmful medications. Holistic treatment is the ideal solution for acid reflux as it mitigates ALL the internal imbalances in your body that trigger the painful condition.
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Last updated January 1, 2014
Short Symptom List: Lyme Disease & Common Co-Infections
Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, and Ehrlichia
The following symptoms were excerpted from Diagnostic Hints And Treatment Guidelines For Lyme And Other Tick Borne Illnesses, by Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., M.D. (Fifteenth Edition 2008).
(Borreliosis, neuroborreliosis; also known as Lyme Disease)
Spread primarily though the bite of infected ticks that live on a wide range of mammalian species; secondary human-to-human transmission through semen, breast milk, and possibly in utero
Burning or stabbing sensations
Change in bowel function
Difficulty with concentration and reading
Difficulty with speech, writing
Difficulty finding words; name blocking
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Disturbed sleep: too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Heart valve prolapse
Increased motion sickness
Joint pain or swelling
Muscle pain or cramps
Neck creaks & cracks
Neck stiffness, pain
Poor short-term memory
Problem absorbing new information
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Shortness of breath; cough
Stiffness of the joints or back
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Unavoidable need to sit or lay down
Unexplained breast pain
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills or flushing
Unexplained hair loss
Unexplained menstrual irregularity'
Unexplained milk production
Unexplained weight loss or gain
Upset Stomach or abdominal pain
Babesia is a protozoan spread by ticks, blood transfusion, and in utero. Despite there being 20+known forms to date, current testing only looks for two of them.
Imbalance without true vertigo
(Bartonellosis, also known as cat scratch fever)
Spread by bites from infected ticks and in utero
abnormal liver enzymes
hemolysis with anemia
papular or angiomatous rash
weakened immune response
Bites from infected ticks
elevated liver enzymes
This symptom list is available in PDF format.
Headache severe, malaise, nausea sweating and vomiting my withdrawl experience
Yup….that’s withdrawal from aspertame. Stick with it.
I think many doctors don’t know aspartame can and is addictive. I was at the doctors today, (i gave up pepsi max 5 days ago and i’ve been feeling like crap, not able to attend work) and he said aspartame isn’t addictive.:-/
Multiple doctors have told me the same thing. How can we get them to warn folks about this problem if they don’t even believe what we tell them about withdrawal?
I have stopped drinking diet coke for 2 weeks, and I use to drink a case a week. Went to doctors 3 weeks ago about dizziness she put me on steroids and said it was inner ear infection. Took all meds, 3 weeks later still have dizziness going to make another appointment.
Try to stay away from MSG product as we’ll.. The two go hand and hand and it’s a silent killer…
Yikes….these doctors are scary. Your symptoms will go away in 4-6 weeks.
I am on day 9 with no Diet Coke. I have called myself the poster child for aspartame poisoning for YEARS, but I never wanted to give it up. I stopped during all 3 of my pregnancies but started right back up after having the babies. This is the longest I have gone without stopping as my youngest child is now 8. I am having all kinds of withdrawal symptoms, but I am wondering if anyone else has been eating the house apart like I have! I am going to bust out of my clothes like the Incredible Hulk soon if I don’t watch out, but I am having to do something to keep from drinking Diet Coke. Anyone else have this symptom? If so, does it go away eventually too?
This is day 6 of Aspartame withdrawals, The ringing in my ears is not as bad as it was on day 1, but still there. I was doing 4-6 12OZ. can of diet Pepsi caffeine free a day and then started on sugar free hard candy for dry mouth.I also was drinking decaf coffee, but using 6 packets of Spenda a day.also was getting tinkling thuout my body. My doctor put me on Gabapentin because she said I had nerve damage and that seemed to help the tingling I have many other health issues and I’m not sure if it because of the Aspartame or being overweight. But the terrible ringing in my ears must be from that. I have stopped it all and am drinking water and a occasional glass of milk. I think I should sue someone, but don’t even know where to start.
I recommend taking Psyllium and Betonite to detox. You can get these at the health food store or grocery store that carries vitamins and health food. I was very sick for 3 days and took the advice of someone on this site and had my friend buy them for me because I was too sick to get out of bed. Within 12 hours of taking these I felt immediate relief. I feel so much better than I did a year ago… it’s amazing!
Today is day 6 since giving up Diet Coke. I have never felt so ill. If anybody speaks to me today I’m likely to cry. I had 3 nights of going to bed at 8pm and sleeping through until morning. The next 2 nights, I was awake until the early hours and woke at 7am feeling like a deflated balloon. I don’t think anyone realises how bad that stuff is. I’m now 46 years old and Diet Coke was available in 1982 in the UK. I’ve been drinking it ever since. I was a slim teenager. 7st 10lbs until my early twenties. I now weigh my highest weight ever at 17 stone 10lbs. I feel sluggish, have depression, have IBS, muscle and joint pain. Until recently I was taking 3 different kinds of prescription tablets. I’ve been pill free for over 2 weeks and thought it was the pills that made me feel bad. I read something on Facebook last week saying that my symptoms are likely to be Diet Coke (aspartame). As I said, I now feel worse than ever. I had breast cancer 6 years ago too. I’ve also read that I’ll feel like sh*t for a while more. Just hope I can get through it. Sorry if my message seems to be all over the place but head’s mucked up too. Good luck to everyone going through this. I can’t believe it’s still legal 🙁
I quit 1 year ago this week after 25 years of drinking Diet Coke. I recommend taking Psyllium and Betonite to detox. You can get these at the health food store or grocery store that carries vitamins and health food. I was very sick for 3 days and took the advice of someone on this site and has my friend buy them for me because I was too sick to get out of bed. Within 12 hours of taking these I felt immediate relief. I feel so much better than I did a year ago. Aspartame free is the way to be. I hope this helps you.
Wow, reading your story about this poisonous addiction to Diet Coke is like reading a biography about myself! I have been drinking 6-8 Diet Cokes per day for 20 years. I’m 45! I also had breast cancer 5 years ago- the first person in my extended family to ever have cancer. I started to feel sickly a couple years before the cancer- headaches, fatigue, depression, terrible joint pain, hair loss, ringing in both ears, irritability and mood problems, racing pulse, itchy skin, and more! My doctors keep wanting to put me on more and more medications. I decided yesterday I had to get control of this or I would kill myself because I am at my wits end feeling miserable. I have been suspecting my Diet Coke being the cause all along- this is my first day without one and I’m feeling edgy, achy, and like I won’t make it, but I am determined to feel good again- I told my husband there will be no more of that crap in the house and I’m hoping I can make it through this! I get sick to my stomach when I think about the possibility of losing both my breasts because of that terrible poison! I would like to hear how your coming with this- I normally don’t message people but your story sounded so similar to mine! Good luck to you!
You can find more information about mosquitoes on the Ministry of Health website and also tips on how to avoid mosquito bites while travelling.
Zika virus infection is notifiable in New Zealand as an arboviral disease.
Guidance for health professionals (updated 24 July 2017)
Pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus can transmit the disease to their unborn babies, with potentially serious consequences. Reports from several countries, most notably Brazil, demonstrate an increase in severe fetal birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes in babies whose mothers were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
We know that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of congenital microcephaly and other severe brain abnormalities. Zika virus has also been linked to other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected before birth, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and other birth defects.
A distinct pattern of birth defects, called congenital Zika syndrome, has emerged among fetuses and infants of women infected with Zika during pregnancy. In addition to cognitive, sensory, and motor disabilities that are shared with other birth defects, congenital Zika syndrome is associated with five types of birth defects that are either not seen or occur rarely with other infections (eg, cytomegalovirus or rubella) during pregnancy:
- severe microcephaly resulting in a partially collapsed skull
- decreased brain tissue with brain damage (as indicated by a specific pattern of calcium deposits)
- damage to the back of the eye with a specific pattern of scarring and increased pigment
- limited range of joint motion, such as clubfoot
- too much muscle tone restricting body movement soon after birth.
Therefore, the Ministry of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near term should defer travel to areas with Zika virus present. If travel is essential, if possible delay pregnancy if travelling to these areas.
If travelling in Zika-infected areas, women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should consult with their health care provider. All travelers should take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including the following.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
- Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children older than 2 months when used according to the product label. Oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children under 3 years of age.
- If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents).
- Use bed nets as necessary.
- Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.
- Be particularly vigilant for the 2 hours after sunrise and the 2 hours before sunset.
We also advise that women who have travelled to an affected country without their partner use appropriate contraception for eight weeks to avoid pregnancy. However, if the partner has also travelled to an affected country then see advice on sexual transmission of Zika virus.
If you are pregnant and develop a rash, red eyes, fever, or joint pain within 14 days of travel to a Zika virus-infected country, please consult your health care provider and let them know your travel history.
This information will be updated as more research becomes available.
Zika virus is considered to be mainly spread by infected mosquitoes. However, there is growing information available about the risk of sexual transmission of Zika virus.
Due to the potentially serious implications of transmitting Zika to a pregnant woman, we advise that:
- All men who have travelled to a Zika-affected area and have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity (oral, vaginal, and anal) or use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy, whether they have symptoms or not.
- All men who have travelled to a Zika-affected area and have a partner who is at risk of becoming pregnant should abstain from sexual activity (oral, vaginal, and anal) or use condoms, whether they have symptoms or not, for at least six months after leaving a Zika-affected area.
We will continue to review New Zealand guidance as further information becomes available.
Tamiflu is not recommended for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are not receiving dialysis.
Tamiflu is not a substitute for an annual flu vaccination.
Do not take Tamiflu if you are allergic to oseltamivir phosphate or any of the ingredients in Tamiflu.
- If you have an allergic reaction or a severe rash with Tamiflu, stop taking it and contact your doctor right away. This may be very serious
- People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at an increased risk of seizure, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness
- Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, nursing, have heart problems, breathing problems, a weakened immune system (immunocompromised), kidney problems or other medical conditions as Tamiflu may not be right for you
- Also tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or if you've received a nasal-spray flu vaccine in the past two weeks
- The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, headache and pain
Please see the Tamiflu full Prescribing Information for complete important safety information.
You are encouraged to report side effects to Genentech by calling 1-888-835-2555 or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Below are four key topics to discuss with your doctor, followed by a list of questions. Keep in mind, you can only get Tamiflu through a prescription from your doctor.
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Deadly New Virus Warning: What are the Symptoms Of The Virus That Killed 8?
By iScienceTimes Staff on March 8, 2013 12:54 PM EST
A deadly new virus warning has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a statement released Thursday, the CDC warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly new virus that has never been seen before in humans.
"Genetic sequence analyses have shown that this new virus is different from any other known human coronaviruses," the CDC stated in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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The new virus has infected 14 people and killed eight since it was first reported in Sept. 2012. Most of the infections have occurred in the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, with three instances in the United Kingdom. No cases have been reported in the U.S., the CDC noted.
According to the CDC's analysis, the virus is a coronavirus, which are thought to cause the majority of all common colds in human adults. It is also part of the same family of viruses that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that first emerged in Asia in 2003, Fox News reports. When SARS first appeared, it quickly spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe and Asia before it was contained. There were 774 total deaths reported that were caused by SARS, most of which were in China. Viruses of the coronavirus family also cause a number of diseases in animals.
Three of the deadly new virus cases occurred in the UK within a single family. The small outbreak began with a 60-year-old man who had recently traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and who developed a respiratory illness on Jan. 24 while still in the Middle East. The man was hospitalized after returning to the UK, and has been receiving intensive care. Another man living in the 60-year-old's household also got the virus and developed a respiratory illness on Feb. 6. He died shortly after. A second individual, a female in the house, developed a respiratory illness on Feb. 5, but did not need to be hospitalized and has recovered. This is how the CDC learned that the virus can be transmitted through human-to-human contact.
Symptoms of infection with this deadly new virus include severe acute respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC recommends that anyone who traveled from the Arabian Peninsula recently who develops an unexplained respiratory infection within ten days should seek immediate medical treatment. The CDC has yet to issue a warning about restricting travel to the areas affected by the deadly new virus.