How to Cleanse your Liver Naturally with these fantastic Detox Drink Home remedies

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Liver is an important organ of the human body which plays a vital role in metabolism. It is used to filter, control, and cleanse about a liter and a half of blood per minute. It simultaneously processes 500 indispensably vital biochemical, metabolic reactions. The liver can regrow from a tiny piece of a donor liver and functions with only 10% of all the healthy tissue available in the human body. About 200 grams of a healthy or a transplanted liver can save a human life. The entire liver weighs about 2 kilos, and when it is full of blood, it weighs up to 3 kilos.

What is the importance of Liver in the body

As the liver purifies the blood, it can be considered as the blood purification plant of the body. of the impurities from the blood and excretion of harmful endogenous and exogenous compounds. Over a while, these toxins start affecting the liver also, and it is manifested with many toxins, leaving it very fragile. In such a situation, it also degenerates rapidly.

Degeneration of the liver can result from many factors including but not limited to unhealthy eating habits and unregulated consumption of alcohol. Unhealthy eating habits can lead to the formation of fatty liver diseases. Continuous consumption of alcohol also harms the liver. Such a situation causes the liver to overwork. This prevents the liver from accurately processing toxins and fat.

Therefore, taking good care of the liver becomes all the more important by using highly effective detoxification remedies for the liver. There are no specific medicines that can take care of this need of the liver, and in many cases, medicines also play a role in stressing the liver. There are various natural remedies that can be used to cleanse the liver from various toxins in the body. One of the best options in such a situation is the consumption of foods that can help with detoxification of the liver.

Foods to help with liver detoxification

Some foods that can help in detoxification of the liver have been listed below. These foods work by stimulating the liver’s natural ability to get rid of toxic wastes without any additional supplements: –

  1. Apples

Apples contain pectin in abundance, which helps in cleansing and releasing toxins from the digestive tract. This process aids the liver to handle toxic load during cleansing and helps in natural detoxification. Indeed, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

  1. Turmeric

Truly a magical spice, turmeric naturally detoxifies the liver. Raw turmeric is the best source of nutrients that promote health benefits. It boosts enzyme functions and helps in the flushing process of dietary toxins from the body.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables

Cauliflower and broccoli are cruciferous vegetables and are rich sources of glucosinolate. It promotes enzyme production in the liver. The natural enzymes in the liver act as flushing agents and send out carcinogens and other toxins out of the body.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is yet another wonder root that helps in cleansing the liver. It stimulates liver enzymes which aid the body to flush out toxins. High amounts of allicin and selenium have also been found in garlic, which helps in activating the cleansing action of the liver.

  1. Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the most recommended super food. They are beneficial for the health and proper functioning of the heart. Walnuts can help in cleansing the liver naturally. They are rich sources of the amino acid arginine – which is beneficial for the liver and detoxifies the stored ammonia. Omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts cleanse the liver naturally.

  1. Olive oil

The liver is majorly affected by the cooking oil present in your diet. Olive oil is one such oil that helps the liver in many ways. Organic oils like flaxseed, hemp and olive oil are great cleansing agents for the liver. These organic cooking oils have a lipid base that successfully absorbs harmful toxins from the body. The same lipid base helps in the natural detoxification of the liver.

  1. Green tea

Green tea is one of the healing ingredients for the liver. It contains antioxidants like catechins. These plant-based antioxidants increase the efficiency of the liver and help in the smooth detoxification of the same.

  1. Lemons

Lemon contains citric acid and like other citrus fruits helps in cleansing the liver naturally. It helps the body to detoxify, and the toxins are flushed after being absorbed by the water present in the body. The consumption of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the morning helps in stimulating the liver for better functioning and increases its efficiency.

  1. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is an excellent drink for the human liver. It can be easily digested by the body and is a rich source of a lot of anti-oxidants which help in the smooth detoxification of the human liver. Chamomile tea has sedative properties which release stress and improves the quality of sleep. Chamomile tea, hence, is a highly recommended beverage for people suffering from insomnia and depression. The tea must be consumed preferably in the evenings.

  1. Mint tea

Mint leaves contain essential oils which improve the body’s ability to remove waste and detoxify from within. The menthol present in the mint leaves promotes the specific detoxification of the liver as well.

  1. Ginger and lemon tea

Ginger and lemon have been found to promote weight loss. Both ingredients contain Vitamin C and antioxidants which help in eliminating toxins and improving the metabolism of the body. Both drinks have been found helpful in removing toxins from the liver.

  1. Potassium-rich foods

The recommended intake of potassium is 4,700 milligrams per day. Considering the present lifestyle, there are chances that you are not consuming an adequate amount of potassium. Potassium has been found to lower cholesterol, lower systolic blood pressure, and stimulate a healthy cardiovascular system which also helps in cleansing the liver. Some of the rich sources of potassium are bananas, sweet potatoes, beetroots, and spinach.

With regular consumption of these foods, you can get rid of the toxins that can have an adverse impact on your liver. This should be accompanied by intake of a nutritious diet and an active routine to ensure that your liver stays healthy and keeps on performing its usual functions.

Author Bio:

Dr.Sohil Guntagani is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. After graduating from Rajeev Gandhi University Of Health Sciences, He embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies. During his travel and research, he found the purpose to enlighten and empower others with this knowledge and help them led a much healthier and stress-free life.

Pain in Right side of Neck: and Shoulder, Throat, Sharp, Causes, Remedy

structure of the neck - muscles

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, Pain in the right side of neck is a problem that affects millions of people in the United States and that the common misconception by many people is that it is usually caused by poor posture or neck stiffness. However neck pain in the right side of the neck can be caused by a muscle strain or another benign cause, in this article find out on more reasons for this problem, and how to get rid of it.

Pain in Right Side of Neck Causes

The causes of pain on the right side of neck are varied and can come from a number of disorders and diseases or physical activities and usually involve the tissues and ligaments in the neck region. Pain in right side of neck can arise or stem from one or more of the following causes:

  1. Whiplash (Neck sprain)

Whiplash is basically injury to the neck ligament and neck muscles. Whiplash causes the muscles and ligaments to enlarge more than their normal range of movements, resulting to damage of the soft tissues in the neck. Whiplash can be sustained from sport injuries, head-on car collision, park riding or physical abuse or fights.
Some of the symptoms that will tell that you have whiplash include:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weariness
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Headache
  • Right side of neck pain.
  1. Cervical Disc Herniation

This is a condition of cervical vertebrae (bones of the neck). The condition is also known as cervical spondylosis and, it causes wear and tear of the spinal disc in the neck. It is important to note that cervical herniation does not show any symptom, but sometimes it can result to complications such as:

  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Loss of bladder control or bowel movement problems
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms, leg or foot.
  1. Brachial Plexus Injury

Branchial plexus is a group of nerves in the body that interconnect the shoulder, hand and arm with spine. Any injury to the branchial plexus such as when you engage in contact sports or in a traumatic accident leads to pain in the neck and shoulder. Also numbness and weakness in the affected hand may be experienced as a result.

  1. Muscle Strain

Muscle strains can are usually occasion by  anxiety ,stress or  spending long hours working over the computer or driving long distances, reading on your bed or gritting your teeth. These activities weaken the muscles and restrict neck movements. This stiffness of the neck may affect the nerves hence resulting to pain in right side of the neck.

  1. Degeneration of neck Joints

Joints degeneration of neck joint occurs due a condition known as osteoarthritis. This condition severely damages the neck joint cartilage, making the joints of the neck to get worn out. This affects the movement of the neck resulting to pain in right side of neck.

  1. Neck Vertebrae-conditions

There are several degenerative health conditions that affect the neck vertebrae system and other parts of the neck that can result to pain, some of these conditions include:

  • Cervical fractures
  • Inflammation of the neck-joint cartilages
  • Inflammation of the nerves
  • Pinched nerves
  • Arthritis of neck joints
  1. Poor Sleeping Position

Poor sleeping position such as sleeping on your stomach or sleeping on too many pillows or on a position that does not align your head and neck properly, can also result to pain in right side of neck.

  1. Sex and Exercise

Having sex for long hours and engaging in extraneous physical exercises can result to what is medically referred to as orgasmic headache. This headache can also cause symptoms such as sharp pains in right side of the neck due to constriction of blood vessels in the head and neck.

Pain in Right Side of Neck and Shoulder

Risk factors for pain in right side of neck and shoulder include:

  • Athletic sports
  • Weight lifting
  • Throwing moderately heavy object
  • Moving a heavy luggage
  • Aging
  • Car accident

Symptoms and Signs of Pain in right side of neck and shoulder

  • Swelling of the arm and inflammation of the bursa due to muscle spasms or tightness
  • Numbness of the arm: if your nerves in the arm are damaged or bruised, you may not be able to feel any sense of touch normally. But due to this there is usually a burning or tingling sensation around the shoulder and right side of the neck.
  • General body weakness: General body weakness may arise from severe painful muscles or bone movements.
  • Pain: sharp pains from the base of the skull
  • Headache: headache due to damaged nerve or nerves within the arm or neck region.
  • Skin color changes: the color of your arm-skin may change color as a sign that arteries or veins have suffered injury from vigorous muscle movement’s i.e during weight lifting.

Causes of pain the right side of neck and shoulder
Shoulder and neck pain can be categorized in many different ways.  Sometimes it can happen that a person experiences only neck pain or only shoulder pains while another person may experience pain in both the neck and shoulder at ago. Shoulder being a ball and socket joint it has high risks of injury and pain can arise or stem from one or a combination of the following causes:

  1. Trauma

Trauma or injury is the main cause of shoulder, neck and arm pain. Trauma to the shoulder and neck can be as a result of assault, exercises, car accident, and sharp or blunt force trauma. Severe trauma can cause a big damage and tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can also result to fractures of bones in the arm, neck or shoulder and this can result to pain in the neck and shoulder.

  1. Involuntary muscle movements

Involuntary muscle movements (muscle spasm) can also cause pain in the neck region and shoulder. For example when portions of muscle in the hand involuntary contracts and remain so for long period, pain start to be experienced within the arm, neck and shoulder.
Some of the factors that cause involuntary muscle spasms include: dehydration, mineral deficiencies, poor circulation, poor posture or certain over-the-counter medications.

  1. Heart conditions

Neck and shoulder pain, could be a sign of a heart attack or cardiac arrest especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive sweating, dizziness and nausea.

  1. Circulation problems

Circulation problems can occur as a result of peripheral arterial disease. When this disease strikes your arteries in the arm, the arteries become narrowed and hence there is insufficient blood supply to the tissues of the arm. This can sometimes result to pain in the neck region and shoulder.

  1. Gallbladder disease

Gallbladder disease is also known to have symptoms such as pain in the shoulder.

  1. Swollen tendons

Tendons are structures that connect the muscles to the bones. However, due to muscle straining or muscle injury, the tendons can become swollen and cause pains in the shoulder and neck. This condition is referred to as tendinitis.

  1. Broken collarbone (shoulder joint instability)

Broken collarbone can also result to pain in the shoulder and neck. Collarbone can break if one falls on his overstretched arm for example when one falls off from a tree, bicycle or building.

  1. Nerve compression

Nerve compression in the shoulder and arm can also trigger pain in the shoulder and arm. While this condition cause arm pain and shoulder pain, it does not cause neck pain. The common conditions that cause nerve compression are carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome.

  1. Other causes

Other causes of pain on the right side of neck and shoulder include: frozen shoulder, phlebitis, shingles, torn rotator cuff muscles, cellulitis of the arm and adhesive capsulitis.
Diagnosis of Neck and Shoulder Pain

  1. MRI :-( Magnetic resonance imaging) this procedure of examination can reveal the component details of nerve-related elements as well as the conditions affecting the tendons and ligaments.
  2. Myelography/CT scanning: this method can be used for the same purpose as MRI.
  3. Electrodiagnostic studies/ Electromyography (EMG)/ Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) these methods are normally used to diagnose neck and shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling.
  4. X-rays: simple or complex x-rays can reveal details of the space between two spinal bones, slipped discs, instability of the spinal column and fractures.

Pain in Right Side of Neck and Throat

Pain in right side of neck and throat is caused by various factors of which some are serious and potentially life threatening.  The causes of this condition may include:

  1. Thyroid glands

Thyroid conditions like thyroiditis or enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) can result to pain in right side of neck and throat.

  1. Infections of the airways

Infections of the airways include pharyngitis which is the infection of the throat, tracheitis which is infection of trachea or windpipe and laryngitis which is the infection of voice box. These infections can result to pain in right side of neck and throat. Also factors that cause inflammation of the windpipe such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can result to pain in right side of neck and throat.

  1. Cancer

A number of structures and organs in the neck region may be damaged by cancer and result to pain in right side of neck and throat. Example of the types of cancer that can affect the neck region structures and organs include:

  • Thyroid and parathyroid cancer
  • Throat cancers such as cancer of the voice box (larynx)
  • Lymphoma which is the cancer of the lymph nodes
  • Metastatic cancer (cancer that spread from other regions such as mouth)
  1. Lymph nodes

Lymph nodes in the neck region can be infected and get enlarged; these enlarged lymph nodes may result to pain in the right side of neck and throat.

Sharp Pain in right Side of Neck

Sometime headache such as migraine can develop in the head and cause the pain to spread to the shoulder or base of the skull. In some cases sharp pains (pin or needle-like pain) may develop in the neck region, the causes of these pains may be one or a combination of the following:

  1. Cervical posture syndrome

Cervical posture syndrome is also known as kyphosis. This condition is caused by vigorous repetitive movements of the neck, factor that result to sharp pain in right side of neck. This condition affects cyclists, athletes, base ball catchers and body-builders.

  1. Tight muscles

Tight muscles in the neck restrict effective blood circulation within the neck. Lack of effective blood circulation within the neck denies the neck muscles necessary nutrients and oxygen; this makes the muscles weaker and tight, a factor that triggers a sharp pain in right side of neck.  Tight muscles can be as a result of bad posture, scoliosis or incomplete stretching of muscles after tough training sessions.

  1. Stress

Stress is a very is also known to be a common cause of sharp pain in the neck. Many people when stress they hold their stress in the neck region and shoulders, unconsciously clenching those muscles whenever they find themselves in a stressful situation. Over time, this may result to overworked muscles and hence a sharp pain in the neck.

  1. Occipital neuralgia

An injury to the occipital nerve can result to symptoms such as sharp pains in the neck and head at sometimes at the base of the skull. Occipital nerves are nerves that run from top of the spinal cord to the base of the skull.

  1. Rebound headaches

Use of over-the-counter painkillers every time you experience pains in the body can cause severe headaches that are accompanied by symptoms such as sharp pains in the neck, anxiety and difficulty in getting sleep.

  1. Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and it is caused by a viral infection. Meningitis is usually accompanied Symptoms and signs such as stiffness of the neck and sharp pains on any side of the neck.

Pain in Right Side of Neck Remedy

There are several remedies or ways that can be tried to ease neck pains, below are some of the ways you can try:
Over-the-counter painkillers
For less severe injuries of the neck, the common  effective over the counter-painkillers that can be administered or prescribed include, naproxen sodium, paracetamol , ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen.
For severe injuries to your neck or severe muscle spasms, you need to visit your doctor for prescription of stronger painkillers, or muscle relaxants to relieve pain from your neck muscles. Your doctor depending on the severity of the injury, he may recommend you for further clinical examination of the neck position and muscles. Specific examination procedures such as ECG, MRI, CSF,X-ray Analysis may be conducted.
It is therefore important to visit your doctor if your neck pains do not subside within few days.
Neck Braces and traction
Neck braces are very effective in bringing neck muscles and soft collars to rest. It is important to note that the use of neck muscles for longer time can cause muscle weakening.
Physical Therapy
Physical therapies such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture or electric nerve stimulation are very effective in healing your neck against pains.
Avoiding posture that can hurt your neck
You can avoid bad postures that can put your neck at risks of pains. It also advisable to engage in muscle relaxation techniques and go for good posture health to get rid of the neck pains faster. You can try to use objects that make your neck stable-upright such as a soft foam collar or a posture corrector.
Regular exercise
In order to get rid of neck pains and to attain faster recovery you need to engage your neck in exercises. You can engage in slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side or from ear to ear. Various studies have showed that people who exercise on a daily basis show lower risk of experiencing neck pains and back aches. Simple exercises such as walking or running are very effective in enhancing muscular strength and neck flexibility.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)  
This may not be a common treatment of neck pain, but it is a non-invasive treatment in which non-thermal laser irradiation is applied to areas of the body with severe pains. Though the procedure may not that be common but it has been used for a number of people and found to be effective.
Other tips to get ease of neck pains

  1. Use a neck-supporting chair at work place or at home
  2. Increase magnesium intake by taking fruits, vegetables or beans.
  3. Use ice therapy, by applying ice compress on your neck.
  4. Apply ointments and creams on your neck such as magnesium oils, aloe Vera oil or tea tree oil.
  5. Make regular visit to a physical therapist for neck exercises.
  6. Stay hydrated to maintain disc height and proper spinal alignment.

Further references:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/symptom/neck-pain
  2. https://www.medicinenet.com/neck-pain/article.htm

Itchy Ears inside Causes: Deep, and Throat, Meaning, Remedies

anatomy of the ear

What exactly do itchy ears mean? What causes the itching? Get to know the possible causes of itchy ears and the various available treatments that can be used to get rid of the problem.

Itchy ears refers to the uncomfortable irritating sensation within the ear structure, the itchiness is often in the outer ear i.e canal, earlobe, behind the ear and sometimes on the middle ear. The itching can be mild or in some cases severe or persistent. It can also affect either one ear or both. In some cases this problem is usually persistent at night.

Itchy Ears inside Causes

  1. SKIN INFECTIONS

Skin conditions that can severely damage the skin on any part of the body also affect ears and cause dryness, flaking, crusting and itching in the ear canal. Some of the skin conditions include:

  • Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. Ear canal eczema in most cases is usually accompanied by symptoms such as flaking, scaling, itchy rash, and inflammation of the skin area around the ear. The cause of eczema could exposure to allergens or it could be a spontaneous infection such as chronic otitis externa.
  • Ear Psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that can affect the outer and inside of the ear. People with ear psoriasis will have dry flaky skin inside the ear, because of the skin rejuvenation cycle that accelerates the dead skin to pile up over the skin causing scaly patches. Psoriasis condition can spread to the rest of the face and neck.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis can on rare cases cause flaking of the skin both outside and inside the ear.
  1. ALLERGIES

Allergens are the main causative agents of persistent itchy ear and it is triggered by an environmental factor such as pollen, dust or certain chemicals that come in contact with the skin of the ear. These environmental triggers are harmless but can cause an allergic reaction to an individual sensitivity to it.

  1. FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Ear fungal infection is also known otomycosis and it commonly affect people with ear liquid because moist environment provide an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria. The ear fungal infection is usually characterized by scaling and itchy rash. Ear fungal infection accounts for around 10% of those diagnosed with ear inflammation. The common cause of the infection is fungal species of candida and aspergillus.

  1. OTITIS EXTERNA

Otitis externa is the inflammation and swelling of the passage of the outer ear. Otitis externa is also known as swimmer’s ear. There are many factors that contribute to otitis externa, among them is water being trapped in the ears.  This condition is common among people who swim though it can affect any other person. Otitis externa is usually accompanied with symptoms such as itchiness of the ear canal, an ear discharge and pain. The treatment of this condition can involve use of either injectable or oral antibiotics, which are good in relieving the pain. Hydrocortisone containing antibacterial and antifungal agents can also be used to reduce the inner ear infection.

  1. EXCESSIVE EARWAX

Earwax is also known as cerumen and is naturally produced by the cells lining the ear canal. It plays an important role in moisturizing these skin cells, repelling insects that enter the ear canal as well as preventing infections. Small amounts of earwax naturally drain out on a constant basis but sometimes when the wax production is excessive or pushed in with cotton buds then it can become impacted and cause a range of symptoms from itching to pain and even slight impairment.

  1. OTITIS MEDIA

Otitis media is characterized by inflammation, earache and itchy ear on the space behind your eardrums. Though this condition is common in children, it can also affect adults too. When children are affected by otitis media, they will engage in persistent pulling of either one of the ears or both, cry, experience irritable periods of sleep, fever, reduce eating among other symptoms.
Persistent itchy ears or ear discharge might be an indication that you either have a faulty or clogged Eustachian tube. In such a situation it is advisable you seek medical help from a professional doctor.

  1. REGULAR SWIMMING

Various investigation have showed that 70% of regular swimmers have complains of ear itching problem than those that are not regular swimmers. The possible cause of this can be too much moisture and possible exposure to many bacteria and fungi in water.
To avoid being a victim of ear itchiness and ear infection due to swimming you need to use a swimming cap or earplugs when you go for swimming or use a cool blow dryer to remove any moisture after a shower or swimming.

  1. HEARING AIDS

Ill-fitted hearing aids exert pressure on some parts of your ears hence resulting to an allergic reaction to this hearing aid can lead to itchiness and inflammation within the ear.

  1. OTHER CAUSES

There are also many other factors and conditions that can cause itchy ears and they include Eczema, warm climatic conditions, ringworms, too little earwax, contact dermatitis, cold and flu, medications and  sticking blunt objects into the ears which can break your skin leading to germ entry especially bacterial.

Itchy Inner Ear and Throat

Itchy inner ears and throat is due to a condition known as allergic rhinitis. This can simply be defined as inflammation of the nose. This happens when you come in contact with environmental allergens such as pollen, dust or chemical substances. Also, itchy ear and throat can happen due to dehydration. Dehydration leads to drying of the mucus lining in the throat and as a result, you experience itching inside the throat. Dehydration also occurs as a result of side effect of certain medication or excessive smoking.
Itchy inner ear and throat can also be caused by certain viral and bacterial infections. Some of the symptoms associated with itchy inner ear and throat include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes nose and throats
  • Running nose
  • Tickle in throat and coughing
  • Stuffy nose, ( nasal congestion)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the nose and ear
  • Pressure in the ear
  • Hearing loss after sometime
  • Post-nasal drip

Treatment for rhinitis includes avoiding allergens or medications (both over-the-counter and prescriptions). Treatment can also involve administration of antihistamines. Antihistamines substantially reduce the allergic response to certain allergens.
Antibiotics such as penicillin can also be administered to treat bacterial infections causing itchy ear and throat. Surgery is the last resort to correct any structural issues in the sinuses that may be causing the symptoms. Certain herbs such as green tea and licorice can also help to get rid of the problem.

Itchy Ears Allergies

Allergies to various allergy-causing-agents such as medicines, cleaning detergents, bathing products, pollen, pet dander, insect bites, dust, mites and foods can trigger allergic reactions that can cause general body itchiness, swollen face and ears.
The best way to deal with allergy is to avoid allergens, get allergy shots and trying over-the-counter antihistamines, among other treatments to manage the various symptoms that result from hay fever such as ear itchiness.

Home Remedies for Itchy Ears

Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil
Coconut oil has ingredients such as Lauric acid which has hydrating and nourishing properties that help to hydrate the skin. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that help to fight bacteria causing infection.
To use Tea tree oil and coconut oil:

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Using an ear-dropper, place 1 drop of this mixture into your ear and another 1 drop around the ear
  3. Massage the area around your ears with this solution.
  4. Repeat this process 2 times a day for 1 week.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to contain ingredients with antiseptic properties. The antiseptic properties of the vinegar will break down the yeast build up, relieve itchiness, clean the area of dead skin build up and kill any bacteria.
To use Apple cider vinegar:

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water.
  2. Using an ear dropper pour 2 drops of this solution onto the affected area
  3. Massage your ear gently.
  4. Leave the remedy to sit for 30 minutes and then wipe it clean with a wet towel.
  5. Repeat this process 2 times a day for 1 week.

Wet Cloth
To keep the white flakes in the ear canal from forming again you need to remove the crust and excess oils from your ear. This is very important as it facilitates the healing process.
To use wet cloth in this process:

  1. Dip a thin fiber cloth in lukewarm water and wring out the excess water.
  2. Gently remove the crust and flakes around the ear.
  3. In this process, be careful not to insert the cloth too deep into your ear canal.
  4. Repeat this process on a daily basis.

Olive Oil and Garlic Oil
Mixtures of olive oil and garlic oil have been used for a very long time as a remedy for itchy ear. The both oils together contain antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. These properties fight bacterial and fungal infections causing itchiness and inflammation in your ear. The two oils (olive and garlic oil), clears excess oils, yeast and dust particles from your ears.
To use a mixture of Olive and Garlic:

  1. Mix 3 tablespoon of olive oil and 3 tablespoon of garlic oil.
  2. Using an ear dropper, pour 2 drops of this mixture into your ear and areas around your ear.
  3. Massage areas around your ear for 2 minutes.
  4. Let the solution sit on the affected area for 30 minutes.
  5. Then, rinse your ear with clean lukewarm water.
  6. Do this once on a daily basis for 1 week.

Almond Oil
Almond oil is rich with large quantities of vitamin E and antioxidants, which promotes a healthy skin and removes flaky dry skin in the ears.
To use Almond Oil:

  1. Take a few drops of almond oil into the palm of the hand.
  2. Massage your ear gently in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on overnight.
  4. In the, morning rinse your ear clean with lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat the process once in a day for 1 week.
  6. Alternatively, using an ear dropper pour two drops of almond oil inside the ear canal and massage the outer part of the ear gently.

Alcohol and vinegar
Alcohol is antiseptic in nature. When used as a remedy for itchy ear, it melts the earwax away making the ear canal clean. Vinegar has acetic acid that kills the infection-causing bacteria.
To use Alcohol and Vinegar:

  1. Mix 1 part of alcohol with one part white vinegar
  2. Using an ear dropper, put 2 drops inside your ear canal.
  3. Hold it for a few minutes and then drain it out.
  4. Rinse off your ear clean with lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat this process, 2 times a day for 1 week.

Shea Butter
Take a pinch of pure shea butter and rub it on the area around your ears to treat dry flaky skin in the ears. Its deep emollient properties will treat white flakes in ears. Repeat this twice a day and let it get absorbed naturally.
Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera contains ingredients such as Allicin and antioxidants which restore the PH balance soothe inflammation and reduce swelling.
To use Aloe Vera:

  1. Peel an aloe vera plant leaf, open it up and extract its gel in a bowel.
  2. Using an ear dropper, put 2 drops of this extract into your ear canal
  3. Hold your ear for a few minutes then, draw the extract out.
  4. Do this 2 times a day for 1 week.
  5. Alternatively, add few drops to the dry flaky skin in your ear canal and massage gently. Repeat this process 2 times a day for 4 days.

Olive Oil
Olive oil contains ingredients that are rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and oleic acid, which can heal, nourish and promote regeneration of new skin cells.
To use Olive Oil:

  1. Take an ear dropper, and pour 2 drops of this oil directly into your ear canal.
  2. Using your fingertips, massage the area to distribute the oil.
  3. Try this remedy for itchy ear canals once a week.

Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is a powerful emollient, which alleviates itchy skin, removes dryness, helping the skin to lock in moisture a factor which accelerates the healing process.
To use petroleum Jelly:

  1. Take a pinch of the petroleum jelly on your fingers.
  2. Massage your ears gently with this jelly.
  3. Avoid applying it inside the ear canal.
  4. Do this 3 times a day for 5 days.

Itchy Ears inside Treatment

Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide inside the ear canal can be used to get rid of bacteria or fungal infections.

  • Using an ear dropper, pour few drops of the hydrogen peroxide in the infected ear.
  • Do this 2 times a day for 1 week.
  • If the symptoms fail to go way, seek medical advice.

Antibiotic Ointment
For otitis media, dermatitis and fungal infection, antibiotic ointment can be used. For those with chronic medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes or HIV you need to seek medical attention. It is advisable to consult your doctor so that he can prescribe medications that can avoid allergy and other medical complications.
Miscrosuction
This is a painless procedure whereby the ear wax is drained by sucking. The procedure is usually very quick and can only be done by a qualified health professional.
Ear irrigation
This is a medical procedure where an electric pump is pushed to pump water into the ear. The procedure helps to wash the earwax out and reduce blockage that cause itchiness. Ear irrigation also helps to keep the ear canal wet to prevent the itching and irritation.
Aural toilet
This is a thin instrument with a hoop and is used to clean and scrape out the ear wax that is blocking the ear canal and to some extend causing irritation and inflammation.
Antibiotics
When ear itchiness is accompanied by symptoms such as fever and headache, antibiotics can be helpful in getting rid of these symptoms. Antibiotics can also be administered in case of swelling, bleeding or lumps in the ear.
Steroidal topical ointment
A common steroid useful In this case is hydrocortisone. It works effectively against inflammation, swelling and itching caused by skin and body complication.

How to prevent having the problem of ear itchiness

  • Use jewelries that are anti-allergenic
  • When taking a shower prevent excess water from entering your ear.
  • When going for swimming ensure you wear a swimming headband.
  • Regularly clean your ears to prevent the build-up of wax, by using a little olive oil.
  • Be careful with hearing aids and ear plugs. If you have to put the hearing aid in your ears, ensure that your ear canal is dry after showering before putting them back inside your ears.
  • Reduce your exposure to allergens and take antihistamine medications when necessary.

My Ears Itch Deep Inside

When ears itch deep inside and you have tried natural home remedies without success, and that with time the itchiness is continuing to be consistent and persistent, with severe bleeding or excessive discharge, it could be a symptom of a serious anaphylactic reaction which impairs breathing, causes swelling, fainting and vomiting. In such a case you need to visit a professional health doctor for examination.
FURTHER REFERENCES:

  1. https://www.medicinenet.com/chronic-rhinitis/article.htm
  2. https://www.everydayhealth.com/ear-nose-throat/rhinitis.aspx
  3. https://www.healthline.com/symptom/itchy-ear
  4. https://www.livestrong.com/article/146111-remedies-for-inner-ear-itching/

How to use Aloe Vera on Face Overnight: Skin Whitening

Aloe Vera plant

Aloe Vera contains healthful plant compounds that has plenty of benefits on human health. Being an antioxidant and antibacterial agent, Aloe Vera is used for treatment purposes. It has also been discovered to as an important ingredient in dermatological products. However, what we want to know is, how to use Aloe Vera on face overnight for flawless skin, more benefits and side effects.

Is Aloe Vera Gel good for your Face

Have you ever tried Aloe gel on your face? If you have, then you can agree with me that Aloe Vera is an effective remedy that can help to treat various skin problems on your face as well as other parts of your body.
Aloe Vera gel or cream is extracted from a natural cactus plant called Aloe Vera. The herb is known from ancient time to be an excellent solution for various skin problems such as inflammation, rashes, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and others.
The Aloe Vera gel or cream has powerful medicinal properties. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal abilities that make it have the healing property. Also, the herb contains vitamins that can help to nourish your skin for better health.
In addition, you can use Aloe Vera to whiten your skin. The natural gel is a friendly skin exfoliator that can help to remove the dead cells from the surface of your skin. Unlike harsh chemical peel, Aloe Vera has no more side effects on your skin.
Above all, there are several results that you can acknowledge after using Aloe Vera on face. They include the following:

1. Clear away acne

You can use Aloe Vera gel to remove acne from your face. Aloe Vera has plant hormones and enzymes that can help to relieve skin inflammation and pimples. It can also help to clear away dark acne scars from your face.
The soothing effect of Aloe on the skin can help to facilitate the healing of facial pimples that are itchy. The herb is a good home remedy that may protect your face against acne, blisters, bumps or any other types of skin blemish that are related to acne.

2. Good for sunburns on skin

The Aloe Vera is a good home remedy that you can use to treat sunburn on your face. The natural soothing properties of the herb can help in the healing of itchy sunburned face. It can as well remove black sunspots from your face.

3. Excellent skin moisturizer

To treat the problem of dry, scaly or flaky skin on your face, simply apply the Aloe Vera gel or cream to the affected area. The wonderful nature of Aloe Vera can moisturize your face without giving the skin oily appearance.

4. suitable for age spots

You can restore your skin to a young and bright appearance by using Aloe Vera on face. The herb is an effective home remedy that can help to fight skin aging. It can help to remove dark premature age spots or liver spots from your skin.
Aloe Vera has skin anti-aging properties. It contains natural antioxidants such as vitamin E, D, and Carotene that can help to restore your skin to a glowing appearance by removing black age spots, freckles, and wrinkles.

5. Whiten your face

If you are planning to whiten your face, no need to go for a most expensive method like plastic skin surgery. You can alternatively use the Aloe Vera gel or cream to whiten dark blemish on your skin and attain bright glowing skin that can improve your beauty.

6. Good remedy for skin condition

Aloe Vera is a natural home remedy that has medicinal properties that can help to treat various skin infections or conditions. The herb has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory that can help to initiate the process of healing skin infection
Aloe Vera can work effectively on your face if you have the following skin infections:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Ringworms
  • Rash
  • Folliculitis and others

7. Heal open wounds

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera can help to heal open wounds or sores on your face. You can apply Aloe Vera on blister of cold sores on lips or any other open wound on your facial skin.

8. Clear away stretch marks on face

Stretch marks being common on legs, arms, buttocks, belly, and shoulder, they can also appear on your face typically around the cheeks. Applying Aloe Vera on face can help to stretch marks on your cheeks to fade away.

9. Facial make-up remover

Eyeliner is a wonderful cosmetic product that can make your face more beautiful. However, it can be so stubborn and difficult to remove this makeup from your face. Washing alone with soap cannot remove some of the dyes in this facial make-up.
The use of Aloe Vera on face is an effective solution that can help to remove fecal make-ups without damaging your skin. A combination of Olive oil and Aloe Vera gel has high dissolving power that can help to remove sticky facial make-ups.

10. Nourishes eyebrow

The use of Aloe Vera on your face can help to nourish your eyebrows to look more attractive. The vitamin E and D in the Aloe Vera can help to make your eyebrows to be silky soft with tinted natural appearance.

How to use Aloe Vera on Face

Using Aloe Vera on your skin is not just smearing the gel or cream on your skin. This might not work effectively. It is important for you to follow the necessary steps on how to use Aloe Vera juice, cream or gel of your skin for excellent results.
Firstly, we would explain for you on how to extract the gel from the natural leaves of the Aloe plant. The procedure can help you to avoid extra expenses to buy a ready-made product especially if the plant is locally grown in your area.
The extraction of the Aloe Vera juice or gel includes the following steps outlined below:

  • Get few fresh leaves of Aloe Plant
  • Wash the leaves by using clean water to remove dust or soil particles
  • Use your hands to press the leaves gently to soften it but be careful it has thorns that can cut your skin
  • Use a sharp knife to cut each leaf into halves then cut each end of the leaf
  • Grip it tightly and spit it and press to allow the thick juice to come out of leaves
  • Collect the Aloe juice in clean bowl ready for use

If the Aloe Plant is not available for you, you can alternatively buy a ready-made product of Aloe Vera in form of a gel or cream. The procedure of using either your own extracted Aloe Vera gel or commercial gel is similar. It includes:

  1. Clean the skin

Use warm water to clean your skin and pat dry it off with a towel. This can help to remove grease and dirt from the surface of your skin to allow Aloe Vera to gets direct to the surface of your skin.

  1. Apply Aloe Vera on face

Use your hands, apply the Aloe Vera gel, juice, or cream to the affected area of your face. Gently spread it over the skin by rubbing it.

  1. Rinse your skin

Allow the Aloe Vera to stay on your skin for more than an hour before you rinse it off with warm water. Alternatively, if you may not move out of your house, you can leave it to stay on your skin for the whole day or night.

  1. Repeat the this treatment

You should ensure that you repeat this treatment two times daily for few weeks until you notice some improvement on your skin. You can notice the results of using Aloe Vera on face after few weeks of continuous use.

Benefits of Aloe Vera on Face Overnight

What are the benefits of using Aloe Vera on your face overnight? Medically proven by Mayo Clinic, there are several benefits that you can get from the use of Aloe Vera on your skin. Some of these benefits include the following:

  1. Quick solution for premature age spots on skin

You can keep your skin young and attractive by using Aloe Vera gel or cream. The herb can help to remove signs of premature aging such as premature Dark Age spots, black spots, freckles, and wrinkles from your face.

  1. Help to treat sunburns

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera can help to cure sunburns and sunspots on your face and other parts of your skin.

  1. Skin moisturizer

Using Aloe Vera on your face can help to moisturize your skin and keep it supple with not greasy appearance. It can work effectively to treat chapped lips and dry scaly skin on the face.

  1. Treat acne on the face

The use of Aloe Vera can help to treat and prevent acne or pimples to appear on your face. it can make your skin to appear smooth and attractive.

  1. Whiten the skin

Continuous use of Aloe Vera can help to whiten or brighten your skin to improve your beauty and confidence. The antioxidant properties of the Aloe Vera can bleach dark acne scars, black spots, patches or any other blemish on your face.

  1. Facilitate healing of sores or wounds

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory nature of Aloe Vera can initiate the healing of open skin cuts wounds, sores, and blisters.

  1. Heal and prevents skin infection

The use of Aloe Vera can help in the healing and prevention of various skin infections such as rash, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, and others. It improves the ability of the skin to resist infection hence can make your skin to look healthy and more attractive.

  1. Nourishes facial hair

The vitamin in the Aloe Vera can help to nourish the facial hair such as eyebrows to look nice, healthy and attractive. It can also help to prevent folliculitis infection of the facial hair after shaving.

  1. Reduce the risk of getting skin cancer

The natural detoxifier in the Aloe Vera can help to reduce the chance of getting skin cancer by preventing the growth of malignant cells on your skin.

  1. Help to reduce stretch marks on the face

Stretch marks on your face around cheeks can fade away after continuous use of Aloe Vera on face.

How to Make Aloe Vera Gel

You can make the Aloe Vera gel using various procedures depending on the available materials and other ingredients. You can start with the extraction of the Aloe Vera gel from fresh leaves of the Plant or get a ready-made gel and add other ingredients to improve it.
Extraction procedure of the Aloe gel includes:

  • Obtain a fresh leave from the Aloe Vera plant
  • Use cold water to wash it
  • Spit the leaves into halves by sharp knife
  • Press and squeeze out the gel from the leaves
  • Collect it over a clean bowl
  • Keep it ready for use

You can add other natural ingredients into the gel before using. Also, these ingredients can be added into ready-made commercial Aloe Vera gel product. The common ingredient you can add to you gel includes lemon juice, Olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, oat flour, ginger juice, apple cider vinegar and others.
The procedure on how to make Aloe Vera gel by adding other ingredients include:

  • Get 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera juice, cream or gel
  • Measure ½ of other ingredients such as olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or any other and mix it with Aloe Vera extract or gel in small bowl
  • After mixing, keep it ready for the use.

The reason why you may add another ingredient to your gel is to improve the healing power of Aloe Vera on face to be more effective. The combination of Aloe Vera with other ingredients might give it triple healing power for better results.

Does Aloe Vera Lighten Skin

According to information of cosmetic industries, Aloe Vera is one of the Products that are attributed to lighten the skin effectively without any side effects on your health. For your practical use, you may also acknowledge the skin lightening benefit of Aloe Vera.
Using Aloe Vera on face can help to lighten the skin.it can also lighten any other parts of your body to look bright and fair. Aloe Vera is a natural skin exfoliator that can help to remove dead skin cell and leave you with new lighter skin than ever before.
The Aloe Vera has natural ingredients such as vitamin E, vitamin D, carotene, enzymes and plant hormones such as gibberellin. All these components give it natural bleaching properties that can help to lighten your skin.
More wonderful, Aloe Vera might not lighten your skin permanently. These means you can restore back into your normal natural skin color by not using it. If you desire to lighten the skin temporally, this is the effective method you can opt for.
Despite lightening the skin temporally, it clears away skin blemish or lesion such as blackhead, freckles, age spots and black spots permanently. Once the Aloe Vera has been lightened the dark acne scar, this mark cannot reappear again when your skin restores to your normal skin tone.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Neck one side: under Jaw, Pictures, Causes, Treatment

normal and swollen lymph nodes

What causes swollen lymph nodes on one side of the neck or under the jaw? Get an overview of lymph nodes in neck, under the jaw and their possible home remedies and treatment.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Neck one Side

Lymph nodes are small glands that are part of the lymphatic, they are mainly found in the groin, neck and armpit. Lymph nodes as part of the lymphatic system play the function of filtering lymph fluid and trapping viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and other pathogens and eliminating this debris from the body.
Human body has around 600 lymph nodes of which 0ver 200 are located in the neck region alone. Within the neck region they are invariably located just under the skin. Lymph node structurally they are soft in consistency and round or oval in shape, however if the lymph nodes get infected or inflamed they become swollen and tender to touch.

Symptoms of swollen lymph nodes in neck one side

Swollen lymph nodes are usually a pointer that something is wrong within the body; however symptoms of swollen lymph nodes may include:

  • They may be painful and tender when touched
  • Swollen nodes may have the shape and size of a kidney bean
  • Sore throat and difficulty in swallowing
  • Night sweats
  • Sometimes swollen lymph nodes may be accompanied by fever and runny nose.

Swollen lymph Nodes in neck One Side-causes
Some of the potential causes of swollen lymph node in neck one side are:

  1. INFECTION

Common infections that cause swollen lymph nodes include:

  • Systemic infection like measles, mumps and Rubella
  • Infected wound like cellulitis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases such HIV infections and herpes
  • Severe ear infection
  • Strep throat
  • Skin infection
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Parasites transmitted from infected cats or undercooked food.
  • Glandular fever
  1. ALTERED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Immune system of human body is responsible for fighting and overcoming diseases. When the immune system is altered by certain conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus which affect lungs, leukemia, viruses and other type of cancers, all these can lead to swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

  1. SIDE EFFECT OF MEDICINES

Swollen lymph nodes in neck one side can be experienced as a result of side effects of some medicines like phenytoin ( prescribed for seizures); or side effects of immunization against malaria, typhoid or symptoms of some diseases like sarcoidosis, Kawasaki diseases and disease of glycogen storage.

  1. ALLERGIC REACTION

Swollen lymph nodes in neck one side can be caused by allergic reaction to various agents such as deodorants, antiperspirants and cosmetics.

  1. INJURY

Injury to the neck or face can lead to swollen lymph nodes in neck one side.

  1. CANCER

Swollen lymph nodes can be due to cancers such as lymphomas (cancer of the lymphatic system) or can be due to cancer of the blood known as leukemia. Depending on the type of cancer, the lymph nodes may or may not be present with any pain.

  1. LIPID STORAGE DISEASE

This is a disease that leads to excess lipids in the blood stream. These lipid substances include cholesterol, triglycerides and lipoproteins. Once these lipids are in the blood stream they can be deposited to wrong places such as neck, groin or hands, this further result to swollen glands.

  1. SKIN TRANSPLANT

Skin transplant is the process of transferring skin cell from one site to another. For a transplant to be successful, the donor and the recipient must be immunologically compatible. If this is not achieved, the recipient immune system may reject the transplant and treat it as a foreign substance. The immune system in response generates a type of reaction that cause swelling of the lymph nodes.

Swollen Lymph Nodes under Jaw

Sometimes the lymph nodes may get infected due to some disorder in the body, which can lead to jaw pain under the jaw line, or on one side of the jaw line or both. Sore lymph nodes under jaw can be quite discomforting for chewing and speaking.
However tooth infections and abscess are known to be responsible for painful lymph nodes under the jaw. Infections in the ear can also trigger the feeling of pain in the glands, below the chin and Jaw. Also Lymph node under jaw may appear to be painful and swollen as a result of over production of white blood cells in the lymphatic system.

 Swollen Lymph Nodes in Neck Pictures

Home Remedy for Swollen Lymph Nodes in neck on Side

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric being a therapeutic herb is particularly effective in reducing the swelling of enlarged lymph glands. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic properties that help reduce swelling and pain. It also has anti-bacterial ingredients which even fight infections and facilitate healing.

  • Mix 2 tablespoon of turmeric powder with enough honey to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste on swollen area; leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this process 2 times daily for about a week.
  1. Echinacea

Echinacea is a widely used remedy for swollen lymph nodes in the neck and throat. It contains strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Using Echinacea can help to strengthen the function of the lymph system, fight the infection causing swollen lymph nodes and purify the lymph nodes and blood.
To use Echinacea ointment

  • Apply Echinacea ointment or cream to the swollen areas two or three times a day for about one week to reduce swelling.
  • Drink 2 cups of Echinacea tea daily for one week.
  • Take 300mg of Echinacea supplements twice daily for no more than 1 week after consulting your doctor.
  1. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is a powerful and effective remedy for swollen lymph nodes because it can work as a natural stimulant. When used it reduces the symptoms of swollen lymph by boosting the resistance. To get a significant relief, it is advisable drinking cayenne pepper tea.
To use Cayenne Pepper:

  • Add powdered cayenne pepper and honey into a glass of warm water.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Drink 3 cups of this solution daily for one week to reduce the symptoms of swollen lymph nodes.
  1. Tea Bags

Tea bags are effective in alleviating swelling and other lymph node related symptoms:
To use Tea bags:

  • Take some tea bags and soak them in hot water for a few minutes.
  • Apply it to the affected areas.
  • Repeat it three times daily for one week to get the satisfactory results.
  1. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is used a spices in foods, it contains aphrodisiac properties that helps to treat the symptoms of swollen lymph nodes by boosting the flow of lymphatic fluid and improving the immunity. It also contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to alleviate lump on the neck or throat.
To use Nutmeg:

  • Add Nutmeg powder into a cup of hot water
  • Add one tablespoon of honey to taste
  • Drink it daily for one week to treat swollen lymph nodes effectively
  1. Plantain and Raspberry leaves

Plantain and raspberry leaves have been used for medicinal purposes for a very long time.
To use this remedy:

  • Crush a handful of plantain and raspberry leaves into a fine paste.
  • Add these pastes to a cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes
  • Strain the solution,
  • Drink two cups of this solution daily for one week to treat the infections causing the lymph nodes to swell.
  1. Warm compress

Warm compress is very powerful when it comes to reducing swelling of the lymph glands. The warm temperatures help to increase blood circulation which in turn reduces pain as well as swelling.

  • Soak a washcloth in hot water, remove and wring out the excess water.
  • Place the warm washcloth on the swollen lymph nodes
  • Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before removing it.
  • Repeat this process a few times daily until the swelling is gone.
  1. Honey

Honey has constituents that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help to ease pain, swelling and fight infection that is likely to be causing swelling of the lymph nodes.

  • Mix 2 teaspoon of raw honey and some fresh lemon juice in a cup of water
  • Drink this remedy 3 times daily.
  • Alternatively, apply some raw honey on the swollen lymph nodes
  • Allow it to sit for 30 minutes then,
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this process 2 or 3 times daily until the swelling goes always.
  1. Garlic

Garlic has antibiotic ingredients that help to cleanse the system, ease symptoms and promote healing. Garlic is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling in the lymph nodes.

  • Crash 2 raw garlic cloves daily.
  • Apply remedy over the swollen lymph glands as you massage the area gently for at least 10 minutes.
  • Allow the remedy to sit for 10 minutes then,
  • Rinse the swollen area with lukewarm water.
  • Alternatively, you can take a garlic supplement daily, after consulting your doctor.
  • You can also eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves daily.
  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider vinegar helps to create an alkaline environment and maintains a Healthy PH in the body. Also has an antibacterial ingredient that helps to kill bacteria that may be causing this problem.

  • Mix equal amounts of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Soak a washcloth in the solution and apply it on the swollen lymph glands.
  • Leave the remedy for at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat this process two times daily for 1 week
  • Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little raw honey in a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.
  1. Massage

Massaging stimulates the lymph nodes to help them function normally. This helps to get rid of the swelling and reduce the accumulation of impurities in the nodes.

  • Using your fingers, gently massage the lymph nodes for about 5 minutes.
  • Repeat this 2 or 3 times daily until the swelling goes away.
  • You can also hire a professional to give you a lymph drainage massage.
  1. Cleavers

Cleavers has therapeutic properties that stimulate the functioning of the lymphatic system to reinforce proper functioning. This in the long run helps in reducing swelling.

  • Add 2 tablespoon of cleavers herb to a cup of hot water. Steep for 10 minutes then strain it. Drink this tea 2 to 3 times daily until you notice improvement.
  • Alternatively, take 20 to 30 drops of cleavers tincture mixed with water daily.
  1. Castor oil

Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, to reduce swelling in lymph glands. It also improves the flow of lymph throughout the body, speeding up the removal of toxins. This helps reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. It even gives a boost to your immune system.

  • Gently rub some castor oil on the swollen area for 5 minutes.
  • Dip a washcloth into hot water then wring out excess water.
  • Apply the warm compress on the area for another 10 minutes.
  • Repeat this process 2 times daily for a week.
  1. Spirulina

Spirulina contains antioxidants, B vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients such as potassium that are necessary for health. These nutrients make spirulina to become one of the most effective and powerful home remedy for swollen lymph nodes. Omega 3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties of spirulina can alleviate the symptoms of swollen lymph nodes like pain and inflammation effectively.

  • You can buy the organic Spirulina smoothie at the market.
  • Drinking this smoothie every day can help to improve the swollen lymph nodes within one week.
  • Alternatively, you can take Spirulina capsules after consulting your doctor.

When to see a doctor and diagnosis

It is always advisable to see your doctor if you notice lymph nodes with the following characteristics.

  • Hard lymph nodes that is difficult to move under the skin
  • Having had swollen lymph nodes for two to four weeks
  • Lymph nodes have sharp pain that does not go away
  • Lymph nodes having additional symptoms like night sweats, night chills, fatigue, weight loss and a high fever.

If you experience any of these symptoms, or if you have painful swollen lymph nodes and no other symptoms, consult your doctor. Lymph nodes that are swollen but not tender can be signs of a more serious condition.
At your doctor’s office, your doctor will generally get a full history of the currently manifesting symptoms to get a better understanding of why you have swollen lymph nodes. In the process of physical examination, the doctor will touch to have a feeling and to get a better idea of the size of your lymph nodes and probably get to know how inflamed they actually are.
After physical examination, a blood test may be carried out to check for certain diseases or hormonal disorders. Also your doctor could possibly conduct a biopsy of the lymph node itself to reveal any abnormalities.  A biopsy involves using a thin, needle like tools to remove a sample of cells from the lymph node. After which the cells are taken to the laboratory where they are tested for major disease, such as cancer.
After your doctor has received the laboratory tests, he may opt to remove the entire swollen lymph node.

Treatment of lymph nodes in Neck one side

Having swollen lymph nodes may not always be a cause for concern; however, because they are caused by many causes and circumstances, it is important that they are inspected by a medical professional. Typically, swollen lymph nodes go away after the underlying infection has been treated successfully. However, if they remain for an extended duration and are accompanied by another symptom such as fatigue and weight loss, there may be a serious underlying condition you should have assessed right away. Below are some of the treatments that can be administered to get rid of swollen lymph nodes:

  • Prescribed medicine: There are medications such as antibiotics to get rid of swollen lymph nodes that are prescribed by the doctors after analyzing the underlying causes. Minor viral infections may go away on, its own within a couple of days.
  • Painkillers: Over-the-counter pain medications can be taken
  • Iodine Intake for Thyroid disease: Sufficient supply of amount of iodine helps control the swelling of the thyroid glands.
  • Gargling: Gargling with warm salty water can to a great extend reduce the swelling of the glands If the cause is tooth abscess.
  • Swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer may not shrink back to normal size until the cancer is treated. Cancer treatment may involve removing the tumor or any affected lymph nodes. It may also involve chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

FURTHER REFERENCES:

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/armpit-lump?m=#overview1
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/disease-condition/sarcoidosis/home/ovc-20177969

Why do People Snore: Causes, How to stop immediately

causes of snoring

Snoring occurs when a person produces a rumbling sound while sleeping usually due to improper breathing process. Am sure you know how snoring sounds like and how annoying it can be when your partner is affected by it. The basic reason why people snow is because the tissue in and around your upper airways vibrates during the act of breathing. The vibrations are the reasons for that rambling sound. It is not always one part of the body that causes the vibration – it can be a tongue, soft palate, tonsillar pillars, uvula or any other areas in the mouth or inside nose.

Why do People Snore?

The vibrations that results to snoring are caused by turbulent airflow through your narrowed airways. There are numerous things that affect snoring such as the stage of sleep, your sleeping position and the use of certain medications and alcohol.
Although snoring seems an obvious thing, it is important to note that nobody snore while he/she is awake. The reason behind this is that when you sleep, the muscles relax in the body, including those found in your neck and throat area. This relaxation narrows down the airways thereby making the space by which air passes through to be smaller and therefore snoring develops.
There are many reasons why people snore although these reason does not have strong evidence to support them. What we have discussed above is just a biological background on snoring, but is does not give facts why some people snore and others don’t.
Other sources reveal that snoring can be due to too much tissue in the throat and nasal areas. This is why increase in weight is usually connected to snoring. A number of people who never snored in their passed will start snoring when they add up weight. When you add on weight, this can add to the weight of your neck which presses down your throat while you sleep.

What causes snoring?

  1. Genetics

Genes have a major role in our physical and mental features. According to research findings, the first and major factor that is behind your snoring is maybe because you inherited that character from your biological parents. People can inherit breathing patterns as part of the physical traits acquired from parents, and that may increase the likelihood of your airways being obstructed and place you at a greater risk of sleep apnea and snoring.
Therefore, if your grandparents used to snore, be sure that it is the reason why you have the same problem. This usually takes into account inheritable features that can expose you to snore excessively. One of these features is reduced metabolism which may cause an increase in weight.

  1. Nasal congestion

Nasal congestion may occur due to allergies, sinus infections, and trauma to the nose and other illnesses that may cause your nostrils to block at some points throughout the year. Usually, mucus may block the airways or reduce the space where air should pass through while you breathe and therefore result into snoring. Snoring resulting from these conditions can be beaten by just finding ways in which you can treat these sicknesses.
Nasal congestion is a common condition and almost everybody has ever experienced it. Therefore, if your loved one has not been snoring before and just started recently after you realized him sneezing or having a runny nose, blame the common cold for his/her sounding like a loan Moore while sleeping.  Nasal congestion can just be treated successfully at the comfort of your home with simple remedies such as the use of lemon ginger tea mixed with a tablespoon of honey.

  1. Sleeping position

Did you know your sleeping position could be the cause for your snore even if you don’t usually do it? Almost all sleeping positions you know have some benefits attached to them. Generally, when you sleep on your back it is considered to be the best sleeping position for the spine so that you will not experience neck and back pains when you wake up the next day. However, when it comes to snoring, this is the worst sleeping position. This is because sleeping on your back makes your muscles to relax and this causes your airways to collapse more easily.
If you want to notice this you may try tilting your head back to where it ends up nearly parallel to the ground and then relax your throat and make a few breaths. You will realize that in this position, it is a bit difficult to breathe without making a snoring noise. While you sleep on your back, the same effect may occur. When it comes to sleeping position, you can decrease snoring by sleeping on your side. However, this may not be as good to your neck and shoulders, but it may eliminate obstruction to your airways caused by sleeping on your back.

  1. Use of alcohol and some drugs

The use of alcohol is a popular habit and may people practice it. Research has found that going to sleep while you are drunk may increase snoring since it reduces the airway muscle tone and therefore making it easier for vocal vibrations to occur. Alcohol has same sedative effects that make it to be so good and eventually it causes people to snore. In fact, people who used not to snore may start snoring as they increasing their drinking habits.
However, alcohol is not the only drug that causes snoring, as narcotics and sedatives can as well reduce the muscle tone and therefore case snoring to occur. In such cases where snoring is caused by the use of certain drugs, you can eliminate the condition by quitting the use of the drug involved.

  1. Smoking

Smoking has an inflammatory effect to the airways and therefore it is not surprising to hear people who smoke snoring. Generally, increase in smoking may make the congestion in your nose to increase and therefore there will be greater obstruction to your breathing while you sleep.
Even secondhand smoke can be a reason for snoring. Research has found that people who are exposed to secondhand smoking are more likely to experience snoring and other respiratory conditions than those who are not exposed to any smoke. Furthermore, female smoker are more likely to be affected by snoring than male counter parts.

  1. Being overweight

Increase in weight will means that the whole body including the area around the neck has increased in fat content. This will make more pressure to be exerted in your throat hence reducing the airway. As you breathing, there will be vibration that will result from more force applied so that breathing process is successful and in that case snoring will occur.
You can reduce your weight by carrying out a bit of exercise and changing your eating habits and this may help reduce your snoring and improve your sleep quality.

  1. Sleep deprivation

This can as well be problematic when it comes to snoring. Just as alcohol, sleeping very short time at night may cause you to snore anytime you sleep thereafter. This is because; lower sleep amount causes loss of muscle tone in your air ways hence snoring breaks. This is very common with people who have hard day’s work and come home and immediately fall into a sleep.
The snoring itself can actually result into sleep deprivation. Therefore, to solve this you have to find the immediate reason why you snore and find solutions to clear it. Meanwhile you may try sleeping longer so that your snoring should not be connected to lack of enough sleep.

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea

This is a sleep disorder whereby something obstructs your airways. This is a condition that affects very many people across the world. Similar to the way snoring happens, it may as well occur because of some kind of airway being obstructed. The difference between snoring and OSA is that people with OSA experience obstructions to their airways that cause them to stop breathing for a few seconds. Due to this they then wake up to catch their breath before going back to sleep.
OSA is usually treated using CPAP which involves wearing a specific mask before going to sleep. This mask delivers air and keeps your airways from collapsing.

  1. Jaw features

It is believed that there are certain mouth features that can put you at a higher risk of snoring while you sleep. Some research findings have concluded that risk factors that increase the probability of snoring in children such as having a cross-bite or receding chin. Since the tongue can have a tendency to accidentally block the airway and result in snoring, some jaw and face features can result to the sagging of the tongue while sleeping and therefore result in this condition.

What Causes Snoring in Females

Snoring is a common condition and it can affect anyone regardless of sex or age. However, the condition is very common in men who have much weight. Other sources suggest that snoring may tend to increase with age. If you are a habitual snorer, you will not only cause sleeping problem to those around you, but you will also impair your own sleep quality. People who snore frequently should seek immediate medical assistance to get rid of this condition.
All factors that cause snoring in male can as well cause snoring in women equally. However, when it comes to smoking, women are said to be more affected than men.
Pregnancy
During pregnancy, women experience the most symptoms including loss of breath during the night and snoring in some cases. About one in three pregnant women are affected by snoring while they sleep. Some women who don’t regularly snore usually come to realize they snore during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons why females snore during pregnancy:

  • Excess gain in weight- during pregnancy, it is obvious that a woman will gain more weight than the usual. This will cause the neck size to increase and as we explained above, you will end up snoring at night.
  • Nasal congestion- an increase in hormonal activities during pregnancy drives mucus production and this may cause the swelling of the airways.

How to Stop Snoring Immediately

Everybody wants a nice sleep and you will have a great morning if nobody complained that you caused them a sleepless night. There are numerous ways you can use to snoring problem immediately so that you have a nice sleep. Some of the ways to use may take long time but for you to solve your problem immediately, you will have to do the following:

  • Prop yourself up in bed- if you realized that snoring denies you some sleep, add some extra pillows behind your head rather than sleeping flat on your back. This will prevent the tissue in the neck or throat from compressing your airways.
  • Sleep on your side– as we said above, snoring is increased by sleeping on your back since it makes your muscles to relax and this causes your airways to collapse more easily. You may sleep on your side with your hands wrapped in a pillow to avoid shoulder pains as well. Also, while you sleep on your back, there are possibilities that your tongue and soft palate may rest against the back of your throat and therefore blocking the air passage.
  • Take a decongestant or antihistamines for nasal congestion – as we have seen above, blocked nostril also results in snoring. If you have a cold, you may take some drugs to relieve your nasal congestion and if allergies are causing you to develop nasal congestions, antihistamines may help to bring relieve.
  • Use a humidifier – dry air can be the cause of your snoring and therefore humidifier may help to vaporize the air around your environment so that your air passage is kept moist. Always clean the humidifier as per the manufacturer’s information regularly.
  • Don’t eat heavy meals or drink alcohol before sleep – within three hours before sleep, do not eat heavily as this will contribute to snoring. Both may cause your throat muscles to relax more than normal.

How to Stop Snoring Naturally – Home Remedies that work

There are a number of home remedies that you can use to stop snoring so long as you know the reason behind your snoring. Stopping snoring naturally means that, the condition is solved at the comfort of your home without intervention of any medical treatment. Here are a number of ways to stop snoring naturally:

  1. Side sleeping

If your snoring is not caused by any serious condition, you may solve it by just changing your sleeping position. The main challenge may be maintaining your sleep on side positions. This sleeping position may help to prevent the relaxed and untoned muscles in your throat from blocking the breathing pathways.

  1. Peppermint oil and goldenseal

If you are easily affected by nasal and chest congestions, this may be the best remedy to stop you condition which eventually result in snoring. Peppermint oil is greatly used in solving sore throat and nasal congestion which in turn could be the reason why you have snoring condition.
Goldenseal on the other hand is a supplement that can help in dealing with chest and nasal passages congestion. It is found in powder, liquid or capsule.

  1. Spearmint and fenugreek

Usually, digestion plays an important role when it comes to our sleep patterns and it may be the reason why we snore. Fenugreek when mixed with spearmint can be amazing herbs that may help to cure snoring that result from digestive issues particularly indigestion due to acid problems.

  1. Reduce weight

Weight can be reduced by working out regularly and changing your eating habits. We found that people who are overweight tend to snore at night. This kind of snoring can be solved by carrying out activities that will help to reduce weight which include regular exercise and avoiding junky foods.

  1. Vitamin C

Sinuses may obstruct the air passage and therefore cause the mouth to open and your uvula, the fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate above the throat to vibrate while you breathe to cause snoring. Vitamin C will help to boost your immune system hence prevents this condition to occur. Just eat fruits that contain sinus-fighting bromelain such as papaya, pineapple, broccoli and many others.

  1. Eucalyptus and peppermint

Eucalyptus can help in dealing with chest problems. It can therefore help to provide snoring-free night. Put eucalyptus leaves in steam inhaler and breath it through your mouth and nose can help to clear the sinuses.

Snoring Medical Treatment

There are numerous snoring treatment devices that have been developed to prevent it such as special pillows, dental bites and chin straps. All these treatments are based on behavior modification and they do not physically correct the underlying condition. Your doctor will review your signs and symptoms and your medical history. Physical examination may also be conducted.
Treatment
Treatment for snoring may include the following:

  • Oral appliances– this include form-fitting dental mouthpieces that help advance the position of your jaw, soft palate and tongue to keep the airway open.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) – this approach involves wearing a special mask over the nose or mouth while you sleep. This mask will direct pressurized air from a small pump to your nose to keep it open while you sleep.
  • Upper airway surgery- there are numerous procedures that seek to open the upper air passages and prevent further narrowing during sleep such as trimming excess tissues from the throat, moving upper and lower jaws forward.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Groin: Pictures, Female, Male, Causes, Remedy

Swollen lymph nodes in groin

What is the reason for swollen lymph nodes in groin both in Male and Female? Explore more on causes, treatments and effective home remedies have been also been discussed. Also pictures have been attached to aid understanding of the problem.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Groin Causes

  1. Organ transplant

Organ transplant is a process of transferring cells, tissues, or organs from one site to another. Most often the organs involved are liver, skin, heart or even kidney. For this process of transplant to be successful the donor and recipient they have to immunologically compatible.  If this does not happen the recipient body treats the donated organ as a foreign substance hence this may result to reactions that cause lymph nodes to swell.

  1. Common infection

Infections are the most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in groin because one of the functions of the lymph nodes is to fight off infections and thus they are exposed to pathogens more frequently than other parts of the body, thus they become swollen as more antibodies are produced to fight off infection resulting in swollen lymph node. The common infections that cause lymph node swelling include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections [STIs].Sexually transmitted infections that cause swollen lymph node are mononucleosis (kissing disease), HIV-AIDS and syphilis. Syphilis for example affects the lymph nodes in the groin and sometimes makes them inflamed.
  • Throat infections. Throat infections such as sore throat cause difficulty in swallowing, a lot of irritation and discomfort. Bacteria and viruses are a major cause of throat infections. Throat infections can cause swollen lymph nodes in any part of the body where lymph glands are located including the groin.
  • Flu and Cold. Common cold and flu causes lymph nodes to swell in the groin. This is because the body is trying to fight off the illness sending the immune system into an overdrive causing swelling of the lymph node in the groin.
  1. Uncommon infections

Uncommon infections usually shake the entire body system and are usually accompanied by symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes in any part of the body. Some of these uncommon infections include:

  • Toxoplasmosis– This is a parasitic infection that occur as a result of coming in contact with feces of an infected cat or generally eating undercooked meat. This infection causes lymph nodes in the groin and other places in body to swell.
  • Cat scratch fever– These are a bacterial infection from a cat scratch or a cat bite that cause lymph node in groins to swell in the process of fighting the bacteria causing cat scratch fever.
  • Cellulitis– this is a skin infection that cause lymph nodes to swell. The condition normally occurs when a broken skin encounters bacteria and then the bacteria enter the lymphatic system causing the lymph nodes to malfunction and swell.
  • German Measle– this is a viral infection caused by rubella virus which results in reddish pink rashes on the skin. The rashes begin on the face and spread throughout as the infection spreads. This infection also results in swollen lymph glands in the groin.
  1. Complications

Some of the complications that can cause lymph nodes in the groin to swell include:

  • Abscess formation. An abscess is a localized collection of pus caused by an infection, this Pus contain fluid, white blood cells, dead tissues and bacteria.
  • Blood stream infection. This condition is also known as bacteremia. This complication arises as
  • Blood stream. The infection is usually accompanied by mass swelling of lymph node within the body system.
  1. Immune system Disorders

Immune system disorders can to result to massive swelling of the lymph nodes within the body system and some of among other disorders include:

  • Lupus-this is a chronic inflammatory disease that can target your joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs and blood cells.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis-a chronic inflammatory disease which affects the joints lining tissues.
  1. Cancers and Tumors

There are certain type of cancers that have accompanying symptoms such as swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin and those in other parts of the body. Some of such cancers include:

  • Leukamia– This is popularly known as cancer of the blood. It is cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissue, including the bone marrow and lymphatic system and it causes massive swelling of the lymph nodes in the body.
  • Lymphoma – This type of cancer originates and affects the lymphatic system and sometimes it accompanied by symptoms such as swelling of the lymph glands.
  • Pelvic malignancy this type of cancer spread from cancer of anus or vulva and may result in swollen lymph nodes.
  • Melanoma is one of the types of skin cancer which may cause swelling of the lymph nodes around the affected area.
  1. Certain Medication and Vaccines

There are certain medications that can cause lymph nodes to swell they include anti-seizure medications like Dilantin. Also preventative medications such as anti-malaria drugs for example pyrimethamine and sulfa drugs.
Certain vaccinations such as MMR (measles, Mumps and Rubella) and typhoid vaccination may also cause generalized lymph node enlargement.

  1. Allergies

Common allergies which cause itching in the genitals also cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. This is as a result of the immune system trying to fight off the allergens the body causing the symptoms. During this action of fighting off the pathogens the lymph nodes in groin get swollen.

  1. Hernias, Aneurysm, or Nodules

Hernias or aneurysms are bulging sections in a muscle or blood vessel. A nodule is usually a growth on a gland. Hernia, aneurysm or nodule may be felt under the skin but may not be visible. These type of lumps need more medical evaluation.

Swollen Lymph nodes in Groin Female

In female, groin is just above the top of the leg, between the lowest part of the tummy and the top of the thigh. The groins are also on either side, around the crease where the leg joins the rest of the body. Also there is a group of glands in the groin area, which normally cannot be felt. These glands contain the inguinal canal on each side. The inguinal canal is a passageway for structures such as ligaments to pass between the tummy and the genital area.
Lymph nodes are an important part of the immune system. The groin has a uniquely high concentration of lymph nodes and as part of the immune system; lymph nodes reflect abnormalities in the groin. In women, infections are generally the cause of lymph node enlargement such as urinary tract or serious infections such as sexually transmitted Diseases.
Consulting with the doctor is the best defense against figuring out the symptoms and treating the infections. Giving the doctor detailed information about the swollen lymph nodes in groin may be the first approach towards finding a solution.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Groin Male

In Male the lymph nodes are near the penis are in the groin and inside the stomach or ‘abdomen’. In the groin, there are sets of lymph nodes on both the left and right sides. When swollen, the lymph nodes in the groin will feel like little lumps that usually have a rubbery texture. Swollen glands inside the abdomen can’t be felt by touch and can only be examined with the aid of a scanner.
If there is evidence of the cancer spreading to the glands in the groin, then the treatment often involves removal of the surrounding lymph nodes. This may involve removing the lymph nodes in the left or right of the groin, or on both. Occasionally, surgery is also performed to remove the lymph nodes within the abdomen. The procedure for removing the lymph nodes can be undertaken before, during or after the treatment of the primary cancer of the penis although it is usually undertaken afterwards.

Home Remedies for Swollen Lymph Nodes in Groin

Here are 12 home remedies that have proved to be effective over time, consider the following:
Warm Compress
When warm compress is used, the warm temperature helps to increase blood circulation, which in turn reduces swelling and pain as well.

  • Soak the clean washcloth in hot water
  • Wring to remove excess water
  • Place this washcloth on your affected areas for about 10 minutes
  • Repeat this treatment 3 times daily to get satisfactory result.
  • You can also wash the affected areas with warm water several times a day to fasten healing.

Castor Oil
Castor oil contains ingredients that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help to a great extend in reducing swelling of the lymph nodes. Castor oil helps to boost the flow of lymph throughout the bloodstream and body tissues.

  • Rub some cold-pressed castor oil on the affected areas gently for about 10 minutes.
  • Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring out excess water.
  • Place this warm washcloth to the swollen areas for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat this process 2 times daily for 1 week in order to get satisfactory results.

Panax Ginseng
According to University of Maryland Medical School, panax Ginseng is effective in treating colds and its associated symptoms such as swollen Lymph nodes and fever.
Panax Ginseng is available in powdered form, capsules or a liquid extract. It is recommended taking 400mg of ginseng dose daily for 1 week to treat the cold, flue, and swollen lymph nodes.
Plantain and Raspberry
Plantain and Raspberry leaves have been used for a very long time to treat swollen glands and for other medicinal purposes.

  • Crush a handful of plantain and raspberry leaves into a fine paste.
  • Place the paste into a cup and add hot water to it.
  • Allow it to steep for 10 minutes and then strain the solution.
  • Drink the solution. You need to drink 2 cups of this solution per day for 1 week.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is very effective in its ability to treat many health problems such as headache, nausea, respiratory problem among others. Peppermint oil is rich in minerals and nutrients such as calcium, folate, magnesium and potassium. It is also a great source of vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin C.  When peppermint is applied to swollen lymph nodes, it soothes the lymph nodes and fight the bacteria causing pain in the glands. To use peppermint oil, you need to massage the affected swollen areas with few drops of peppermint oil.
Mullein Leave
When lymph glands are infected they can lead to other infections such a sore throat and pain. The ingredients found in mullein are antiviral and antibacterial in nature; this makes them effective in fighting bacteria and virus.  Mullein has also been used for very days as an ingredient during manufacture of many acute ailment medicines. It is also very powerful when used to treat hoarseness, colds, fever, flu, whooping cough and sore throat.

  • Take a handful of mullein leaves and put them in a jar.
  • Add a cup of hot boiling water to this jar.
  • Let it steep for a few minutes and then drink it.
  • Drink three cups of this solution every day for 1 week to cure sore throat and swelling.

Lemon
Lemon contain components of rosmarinic acid, caffeic acids and chlorogenic acids, these components make lemon to have  antibacterial and antiviral properties which hence forth makes lemon effective for medicinal purposes. Lemon juice can help to heal sore throat and thin mucus. It can also be effective to treat swollen lymph nodes.
To treat swollen lymph nodes with lemon:

  • Add a teaspoon of honey, lemon juice into a glass of warm water.
  • Drink it 3 times a day.
  • Alternatively, you can cut a lemon in a half. Then add some Epsom salt and pepper over it, then lick the swollen glands using this remedy.

Turmeric
Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for a very long time. And as a therapeutic herb, it contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it very powerful in reducing the pain and swelling of the enlarged lymph nodes.

  • Make a paste of turmeric by mixing 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and some honey.
  • Apply the paste over the swollen glands as you rub gently for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off, with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the process 2 times a day for 1 week.
  • Alternatively, you can drink a glass of Turmeric mix with milk or take turmeric supplements, after consulting your doctor.

Echinacea
Echinacea has powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help to strengthen the lymph system as well as fight infections by purifying blood and lymph nodes.

  • Apply Echinacea cream or ointment topically 2 or 3 times a day to reduce swelling.
  • You can also make a cup of Echinacea tea and drink it daily until the lymph node heals.
  • Alternatively, take Echinacea supplements of 300mg 2 times daily for a week. Consult your doctor before taking this supplements

Cleavers
Cleavers is also known as goosegrass or stickyweed. It is a therapeutic herb that stimulates the function of the lymphatic system to reinforce proper functioning. This in turn helps to fight infections and reduce swelling.

  • Take a handful of cleavers leaves and crush them into a paste-like.
  • Place the paste in a cup and add hot water to it and cover it.
  • Allow the solution to steep for 20 minutes and then strain it,
  • Drink this tea 2 or 3 times per day until there is improvement.
  • Alternatively, take 20 to 30 drops of cleavers tincture mixed with water daily.

Garlic
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling in the lymph nodes. This antibacterial food also helps cleanse the system, ease symptoms and promote healing.

  • Mash 2 garlic cloves into a paste and apply it over the swollen glands.
  • Massage the swollen area with Garlic paste for 20 minutes.
  • Repeat this process 2 times daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps to create an alkaline environment and maintain a healthy PH level in your body. It also has antibacterial properties that fight infections that may be causing the problem of lymph glands swelling.

  • Mix equal parts or amounts of fresh-unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Soak a washcloth in this solution and then apply to the swollen glands.
  • Massage the area gently for 20 minutes and then rinse the area with lukewarm water. And then pat dry.
  • Repeat once or twice daily.
  • Alternatively, you can mix 1 tablespoon of fresh apple cider vinegar and a little raw honey in a glass of water. Drink this mixture 2 times a day.

Swollen Lymph Nodes in Groin Treatment

 Swollen lymph nodes in groin, when to see a doctor
Lymph nodes will always go back to normal when the causative agents such as infections have been dealt with. See your doctor if your swollen lymph nodes:

  • Have been accompanied by persistent fever most occurring at night, excessive sweating or unexplained weight loss.
  • Feel hard or rubbery or don’t move when touched.
  • Continue to swell and get enlarged or have been present for more than three weeks.
  • Have appeared for the reason that can’t be explained

Treatment
The type of treatment to be administered depends on what type of infection has invaded your lymph nodes. Once an infection has invaded the lymph nodes, it becomes easy for the infection to spread to other parts of the body, so it is important to find the cause of the infection and start treatment quickly. Some of the treatment may include:

  • Surgery to drain the lymph node if it filled with pus
  • Medicine to control pain and fever
  • Antibiotics administered orally or through injection to fight an infection caused by bacteria
  • Medicine to reduce swelling

FURTHER REFERENCE:

  1. https://www.childrenscolado.org/conditions-and-advice/conditions-and-symptoms/symptoms/lymph-nodes-swollen/
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sarcoidosis/home/ovc-20177969

Red Bumps on Arms Causes: Itchy, Small, Get Rid

bumps on arms remedy

The appearance of red bumps on the skin is a common condition. These bumps are harmless and are caused by an infection, an allergic reaction, a skin disorder, and skin cancer. Consult a dermatologist to conduct some test and examination on the condition. Get insight on the causes of red bumps on arms and some of the basic home remedies.

Why do I have Red Bumps on Arms?

Red bumps on the arms are said to be harmless. The skin condition is quite common among children and young adults. The bumps mainly appear on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The bumps do not itch nor hurt.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of red bumps on the arms include:

  • Painless small red bumps which occur on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks
  • Dry, rough skin in the areas with bumps
  • Bumps tend to worsen when there is changes in weather due to low humidity where the skin tends to be drier
  • Sandpaper-like bumps resembling goose flesh

These red bumps on arms occur due to buildup of keratin which is a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection.
The accumulation of these substances causes the blocking of the opening of the hair follicle. The clogging could result in patches of rough, bumpy skin.
There is not exact result that shows why there is buildup of keratin on the skin. But it may occur in association with genetic diseases or with other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition.

What are these Itchy Red Bumps on Arms?

Here are the likely causes of itchy red bumps on arms:

  1. Allergic reactions

This is due to cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and even the laundry detergent. People tend to be allergic to preservatives, and some are more allergenic than others. Check the type of cosmetic and laundry you are using to avoid the appearance of red bumps on the skin.

  1. Eczema

This is a type off skin condition that results in different types of inflammation of the skin, or dermatitis. The red spots can appear anywhere on the body. The bumps mainly occur on the elbow creases or behind the knees. The rashes can be itchy, red, and dry.

  1. Keratosis pilaris

This is a common skin condition that result in the skin appearance as chicken skin. It causes skin cells to cluster around hair follicles, trapping the hair underneath and causing a raised bump. The condition mainly appears on the backs of the arms and thighs in large patches of rough, raised skin.

  1. Rubbing from fabrics

There are some cloth fabric when put on can result in itchiness which result in the development of rashes. This happens due to friction especially when working out and your clothes start to slide against your sweaty skin.

  1. Bug bites

Red bumps that are itchy develop after being bitten by certain bugs. It can also been seen with mosquito bites which result in a bumpy, itchy red rash around the area you were bit. The presence of red bumps in the morning is an indication of bug bites.

  1. Heat rash

It causes itchy red bumps that may also feel prickly and tingle, and usually happens around the neck or other areas where sweat becomes trapped beneath clogged pores. The rash is common in hot, humid weather, and usually goes away on its own once the skin is cooled down.

  1. Allergic reactions to food or medicine

Eating foods that react to your body could result in the development of hives. Hives are itchy, red rash that appears as welts (very large bumps). Consult your dermatologist in cases of allergies to foods and medications since it can be dangerous.

  1. Sun allergy

The most common type is sun poisoning. This condition occurs due to a reaction to a sudden burst of sun exposure. The condition mainly affects the forearms, shoulders and the back.

What is this Keratosis Pilaris

This is a common skin condition that result in the development of tiny red bumps on the arms. Most of these bumps on the skin look like goosebumps or the skin of a plucked chicken. These bumps can be mistaken as small pimples on the skin.
The appearance of the red bumps on the skin could be due to clog of dead skin cells. The clogging of the dead skin cells mainly occur on the upper arms and the front of the thighs. These bumps occur on the cheeks of the children.
These bumps on the skin are said to be harmless but in cases where you get bothered, consider seeking for treatment. Treatment will help you see the skin clearer since it helps to ease the symptoms.
The first thing you should do is to treat the dry skin which make the bumps to be more noticeable. In Europe, these bumps are more common during winter and they do disappear during summer.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of Keratosis pilaris include:

  • The skin become dry and rough
  • The skin looks like a plucked chicken or goosebumps
  • The spots become noticeable during winter or dry climate
  • Itch
  • Color of bumps varies. Some will be white, red, pinkish purple (on fair skin), and brownish black (on dark skin)

There are certain medicines that can be prescribe by a dermatologist and will help to get rid of dead skin cells. These medicines contain the following ingredients:

  • Alpha hydroxyl acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • A retinoid (adapalene, retinol, tazarotene, tretinoin)
  • Salicylic acid
  • Urea

The following are some of the factors that increase the risk of getting keratosis pilaris:

  • Close blood relatives who have keratosis pilaris
  • Asthma
  • Dry skin
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Excess body weight, which makes you overweight or obese
  • Hay fever
  • Ichthyosis vulgaris (a skin condition that causes very dry skin)
  • Melanoma

What Causes keratosis Pilaris

The immediate cause of the KP is buildup of keratin. According to experts, there is not exact reason as to why some people develop excess keratin and others do not. Individual with dry skin, eczema, and skin allergies are more susceptible of getting KP.
Dry and cold climate tend to make the skin to become drier hence making it prone of getting KP. KP also appears to have a genetic component. According to experts, the tendency to develop KP is a genetically dominant trait. This is where people who have one parent with KP are at a significant risk of developing the condition themselves.
A 2012 study looked at 25 people with a history of keratosis pilaris and found that the hair follicles affected by KP were coiled. This tries to explain the reason why not only accumulation of keratin on skin can cause the condition but also ingrown hairs.
Research also shows that the circular hair shaft bursts the tissue lining the hair follicle. This will result in inflammation that may cause abnormal patterns of keratin buildup.
KP is not linked to any serious health concerns. KP bumps do not become cancerous. They are not contagious, and they do not typically become infected.
Ways on how to manage KP include:

  • Frequent moisturization
  • Avoiding dry skin
  • Avoiding allergens
  • Treat underlying skin conditions
  • Topical creams
  • Chemical exfoliation

Reasons for Small Bumps on Arms that Itch

Some of the possible causes of bumps on the arms include:

  1. Hives

The condition occur as a result of an allergic reaction to food, environmental surroundings (i.e., dust), or medication. It causes development of some itchy rashes on the arms. The red spots have the ability of occurring anywhere on the body.

  1. Psoriasis

The skin condition result in the formation of a thick red rash that appear as white patches or silvery scales. The skin condition mostly appears on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. The condition causes itching effect and it is due to compromised immune system.

  1. Acne

This is a condition that mainly occurs in teens due hormonal imbalances at puberty. It occurs as whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red lesions on shoulders and arms as well as back. Sometimes, they are caused when the skin pores are blocked by oil, bacteria, and dirt.

  1. Shingles

These bumps are caused by chicken pox. These bumps begin like rashes then develop into painful and itching blisters. They last for several weeks before disappearing. People who get chicken pox during their childhood are susceptible of getting shingles.

  1. Skin Tags

It results in the formation of a flap of flesh-colored tissue that protrudes from a “stalk” near the shoulder of the arm, neck, armpit, and chest. It develops where there is constant rubbing of the skin. This is a harmless condition and it mainly occurs in women and other seniors.

  1. Warts

Warts are contagious in nature and it result in the development of raised bumps on hands and feet. Most warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and are painful, and stubborn to eradicate.

  1. Herpes Stomatitis

This is a viral infection that results in mouth ulcers and inflammation. It can also be caused by a mouth injury, a virus or bacteria tobacco use, chemotherapy or radiation treatment, immune system conditions (i.e.,  Crohn’s disease), or irritation from mouth braces.

  1. Carbuncle

This is a skin infection that occurs when the lump of hair follicles become infected deep in the skin. The lumps may be filled with a mass of pus. After healing, it can cause a permanent scar and it can appear on ay part of the body.

  1. Impetigo

This is a contagious skin condition that mainly occurs in babies and toddlers. It occurs due to diaper irritation, or irritation due to bacterial infection of the face, neck, and hands of infants. It rarely occurs in adults.

  1. Dyshidrotic Eczema

It results in raised, itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the soles of the feet and on the palms of the hands. It is caused by seasonal allergies or stress and it takes some months to disappear.

Do Bumps on Back of Arms mean Vitamin Deficiency

Vitamin D plays a vital role in the body since it helps to absorb calcium and enables healthy bone mineralization. It also plays other functions like staving off certain cancers and heart disease. It also has the ability of soothing the skin to be smooth and even free from hives and rashes.
According to MedlinePlus reports, the use of skin creams containing vitamin D can ease symptoms of keratosis pilaris. It several week for the condition to clear up completely.
According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, eating food rich in Vitamin D help to get rid bumps on the skin or outbreak of chronic hives. Vitamin D supplementation might offer relief to people who get the itchy skin bumps.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health survey reports, about tens of millions of Americans have low blood levels of vitamin D. Part of the reason is because vitamin D is created in the body when ultraviolet sunlight hits the skin.
It is advisable to going outside in the sun for 15 minutes, three times weekly, to help the body synthesize vitamin D. This is according to Dr. Michael Holick from the vitamin D skin and bone research laboratory at Boston University.

How to Get Rid of Red Bumps on Arms

The following are ways on how to get rid of red bumps on arms:

  1. Exfoliation

Daily skin exfoliation is the only simple way on how to deal with red bumps on the back of the arm. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells, accumulated dead skin debris around the hair follicles and even opening up of the skin pores.
This should be done on a regular basis in order a smooth feel of the skin. The expected period of improvement should be 2 weeks. This should either be done at home or by a specialist in a beauty parlor.
Skin exfoliation can either be done mechanically or by use of chemicals on the skin. In case of sensitive skin, mechanical exfoliation and use of chemical peels can cause skin irritation to some extent. The skin can also be rougher due to constant exfoliation that causes skin dehydration.

  1. Loofah or Sponge scrub

It is recommended to use a spongy scrub or loofah every time we take a bath in order to get rid of the keratosis pilaris on the affected part of the skin. You should consider using konjac sponge in case your skin is sensitive but a washcloth can also do. It is very gentle on the skin.
Avoid scrubbing the bumps at one go since it could irritate and inflame the hair follicles. Use a sponge with rougher texture in order to even out the bumps on several days. To keep the skin hydrated, apply the moisturizer.

  1. Oatmeal skin rub

You will require 2 Tbsp oatmeal crushed and 2-3 Tbsp water/milk. Oatmeal is a gentle scrubber and it does not react with the skin instead it makes it appear smooth. Obtain a mixture of either water or milk and apply on the affected area.
Massage the skin in a circular motion for some few minutes and then wash off. This makes the skin to appear messy but at the end, the skin will look smooth.
Alternative method put some oatmeal in a muslin cloth and the rub down the body while bathing. Apply a moisturizer after washing off the oatmeal residue.

  1. Olive oil skin rub

Requirements:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp table salt

Obtain a mixture of olive oil and table salt. The mixture forms a slight abrasive skin scrub that can help to remove red bumps on the arms. Rub the skin by massaging it for some time and then wash off.
Repeat the process on a daily basis since the salt act as an exfoliator while olive oil play a role of moisturizing the skin. Regular exfoliation is recommended for effective result.

  1. Coconut oil skin rub

Requirements:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar/brown sugar

Coconut oil can be used in place of olive oil since it plays the same role. Obtain a semisolid paste from sugar and coconut oil which will melt down from the heat that comes from the body during rubbing. Massage the affected area in a circular motion before or after bath.
Wipe off the paste and rinse the area with normal water. The presence of anti-inflammatory properties in the coconut oil makes it ideal for sensitive skin. It can also be absorbed into the skin completely so rinsing with plain water to remove the sugar crystals should be sufficient.

  1. Baking soda and salt

Requirements:

  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp table salt

Mix the two components with water to obtain a paste. Apply on keratosis pilaris affected area and leave for 5-10 minutes. Rub well and wash off. Repeat 3-4 times a week. Baking soda has a mild chemical, action while the salt provides the abrasive power.

  1. Apple cider vinegar

You might require 3-4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar. Use either a sponge or washcloth to apply directly on the affected area. Use a wet washcloth to help in diluting the apple cider vinegar and leave it to stay on the skin for some minutes like 30 minutes.
The acidity of the vinegar acts as a chemical exfoliating agent, helping to gently peel away the excess skin cells plugging the follicles. If the skin becomes too dry, use a moisturizing cream or a few drops of coconut oil.

  1. Yogurt

Apply yogurt directly on the affected part of the skin and leave the application to stay for some 30 minutes. Rinse off with gentle soap. The lactic acid in the yogurt exfoliates the skin chemically. The milk fats may moisturize the skin.

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids

These are organic acids such as citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, and glycolic acid which have mild to medium exfoliating action depending on their concentration.
The use of creams that contain 10% alpha hydroxy acids can be used on the skin without causing any side effects. Massage the skin for better or effective result. Rinse off the cream after 10 minutes. People with sensitive skin should try to use lotions with 5% alpha hydroxyl acids.

  1. Vitamin A/retinol

Requirement:

  • 1-2 capsules of Vitamin A

Use of both Vitamin A and its derivative retinol play a vital role on the skin as far as treatment of body acne is concern. They also help in removal of keratosis pilaris too since it help in regulation of keratin production and prevention of the follicles from getting clogged with dead cells.
Vitamin A helps to ease the inflammation in case of keratosis pilaris rubra faceii. Apply the paste of vitamin A on the affected area. Use your fingertips to rub on the KP. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Avoid going out in the sun when you are using Vitamin A or retinol. They make the skin highly photosensitive.

  1. Diet modifications

Dry skin is known to worsen the state of keratosis pilaris. Therefore, making the skin to be hydrated from inside with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit can be beneficial. Drink plenty of water. Oily fish, nuts and other foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids may be of help too.
According to the recent research, Keratosis pilaris has a genetic factor and this factor make it hard to get rid of the red bumps on the arms. Stick to a regular gentle exfoliating routine and keeping the skin moisturized at all times can definitely keep the unsightly bumps in check.

Pimple like Bumps on Buttocks: Causes of Itchy Butt Breakouts, Treatment

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Pimples on the buttocks is sometimes referred to as “butt-ne” and are skin infections usually bacteria that start deep inside the skin then progress to nearby skin cells. Build-up of inflammatory cells and oil [sebum] from the sebaceous gland causes a pimple to form. The process can involve a single follicle or several at once. So what exactly causes itchy butt breakouts? And how can butt breakouts be treated? Below is an insight:

What Causes Bumps on the Buttocks

  1. Folliculitis

This is a condition experienced when hair follicles are inflamed. It can be due to friction resulting from putting on very tight clothes or even be triggered by certain infections.
Folliculitis is mostly found on the skin surface and it manifests itself as shallow little bumps filled with pus. This condition is characterized by small red bumps or whiteheads on the affected area- [back, face, chest, scalp, buttocks and legs].
More often, folliculitis will tend to be very itchy or irritating other than being painful.  According  to webmd  when follicullitis affects the buttocks it manifest as pinpoint red bumps and each bump having a small dot of pus at the top.

  1. Sweat

Excessive sweating results to a type of acne known as pityrosporum folliculitis which is occasionally triggered by sweating especially during hot and humid climate.
In addition, overworking your body or undertaking intense body exercise can also be a reason for this kind of acne. According to  Dr. Bowe on Health.com “You should note that sweat-dirt that accumulate on your moist skin after undertaking an exercise could lead to skin irritation and pores being clogged thus resulting to acne”. He also note that butt acne breakout for this case can spread out to your inner thighs.

  1. Bacterial infections 

In situations where bacterial infection is the cause of acne, some persons will develop infected pimples that usually appear to be pus-filled, sore or lesions on the buttocks. They can also manifest themselves as white-headed zits or white bumps. The American Sexual Health Association in one of their publication notes that, “If in any way you develop clusters of pimples and sores on your buttocks, this can be an indication of bacterial infection”.
When bumps are due to bacterial infections they can sometimes grow large or big and ooze pus and they won’t heal faster. If this is the case, then you need to visit your doctor immediately, because it might be a type of staph infection known as MRSA. MRSA is always a serious infection that normally eats away the skin leaving behind severe scars and depressions.

  1. Hormonal imbalance in the body

In women butt acne may be due to hormonal changes they experience during pregnancy, after giving birth and before periods or during menstruation.
During these this stages, the hormonal changes and imbalances can trigger excess production of oil that may influence the dead skin cells to be sticky.  This could lead to pores being clogged leading breakouts on any parts of the body.
Also in teenagers during puberty stage, there are a lot of hormonal changes in the body hence resulting to acne breakouts to any part of the body including buttocks.

  1. Shaving and waxing

If you Shave your buttocks or wax them you are potentially likely to get razor bumps on your buttocks. These may appear as red raised bumps that later turn into white pimples on the buttocks.
Shaving and waxing can result to ingrown hairs-(hairs that curl back into the skin instead of growing out) which may erupt into pimple-like bumps on the buttocks. The pimples like bumps also cause irritation within the skin.

  1. Sitting or cycling for long

Sitting for long results to too much pressure on the butt cheeks, this reduces the circulation of air on the skin a factor that encourages multiplication of anaerobic bacteria which in turn cause pimples on buttocks.
Cycling for long results to excessive sweating of the body including buttocks, sweat dirt clog the pores of the butt skin, resulting to irritation and hence rashes begin to form on the buttock cheeks.

  1. Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is known to cause some skin disorders and complications. Pimples present on the buttocks and other parts of the body such as legs, face and inner thighs could be a result of diabetes.
According to Dr. Cynthia Baily, a Dermatologist based in California, “Individuals that have diabetes are more susceptible to skin problems such as diabetic rash, sore and blisters. They also tend to be more prone to bacterial skin infections such as zits, boils, bumps on the buttocks, nail infections among others.”
She also note that diabetes results to dry skin, a factor that lead to inflammation, scratching and formation of red bumps on the buttocks.

Are bumps on the buttock a sign of std

According to Physicians Research Network, many sexually transmitted diseases have a correlation with bumps on your buttocks and bikini areas. Many researches have proved that a HIV positive patient is highly likely to develop swollen folliculitis papules as well as itchy red papules on their skin.
Herpes is another STDs that is known to cause bumps on the buttocks. These bumps, boils or blisters on buttocks may crust over to form scabs. Normally these scabs can easily be confused with pimple scabs that are sometimes present in the genital area. Herpes is caused by herpes simplex 1 or 2 [ HSV-1 and HSV-2] virus.
However, it is important to note that presence of pimples on the buttocks does not necessarily mean that one is suffering from HIV. Many other STDs such as gonorrhea, syphilis and candidiasis can result to pimples on the buttocks.

How to get rid of Bumps on the Buttocks

Consider the following remedies:
ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION
Antiviral medications are used to manage and ease genital bumps from herpes and HIV. These are used most commonly when the affected person is suffering from a primary HSV attacks. Aciclovir is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for treating genital herpes.

  • Aciclovir slows down the multiplication effect of the virus.
  • Other medications used to treat genital herpes include famciclovir and valaciclovir.
  • If you have sores on the buttocks from a herpes infection, apply petroleum jelly such as Vaseline to prevent dry scabs and bleeding.

COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is infused with antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal ingredients to get rid of stubborn acne. The painful zits and pimple on the buttock if left unattended to could lead to fungal infections. However, coconut oil is very effective in getting rid of them.

  • Apply coconut oil on the affected area and rub gently for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat this process twice a day for 1 week, to get rid of stubborn bumps on the buttocks

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar is enriched with vitamin C and other anti-bacterial properties, this makes it effective to get rid of bumps on the buttocks.

  • You can apply evenly all over your buttocks using cotton ball.
  • Wash it off after 60 minutes with cold water.
  • Do not pop or scratch your acne pimple or zits on buttocks for this can aggravate the problem. Let the acne soak, Vitamin C and this will help in unclogging the pores.

TURMERIC POWDER AND LEMON JUICE
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties loaded in turmeric powder works effectively to get rid of itching, painful acne and pimples on buttocks. Lemon juice contains Vitamin C which will help revitalize the skin and unclog the pores.

Make a thick paste of the turmeric powder, lemon juice and a bit of water to intensify the mixture.

  • Apply it evenly on your buttocks and rub consistently and gently for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with distilled water.
  • Repeat this process twice a day for 2 weeks for effective results.

HONEY
Natural honey is an excellent cure to many skin problems including butt pimples. Honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to fight bacterial causing acne. Also, its medicinal properties help to cure wounds. Hence, it is an effective remedy to cure butt pimples.
BAKING SODA
Baking soda is one of the best effective remedy for butt acne and pimples.

  • Prepare a thick paste out of the baking soda and water.
  • Keep this paste on the pimple and lie down on your belly.
  • Leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
  • Repeat this process twice a day for 1 week to get rid of bumps on your buttocks.

LEMON JUICE
Application of acidic lemon juice (citric acid) kills the bacterial infestation in your butt acne. Once you apply the lemon juice, the thick oil from your acne spontaneously discharges as pus and blood.

  • Rub lemon juice on your buttocks bumps gently for 10 minute.
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse it off with distilled water.
  • Repeat this process twice a day for one week to get rid of bumps on your buttock.

ICE PARK, WARM COMPRESS AND TURMERIC
Application of ice packs also kills the germs and relieves a lot of the pain from butt zits. You have to keep applying it once in a while, but also remember to try other remedies like lemon juice or turmeric. Turmeric paste possesses amazing anti inflammation properties. You can buy turmeric ointments from local stores. Ice reduces the blood flow to the affected region and gets the swelling to cease.

  • One needs to prepare a paste of turmeric in water and apply it directly on the affected area. Mint juice can be used instead of cold water for further cooling effect.
  • Allow the paste to dry for ten minutes and let it harden.
  • Wash it and repeat it periodically before you bathe.
  • You can also apply the paste before going to bed at night and let it act for a prolonged time.
  • Expect fast action with this highly effective remedy. Just like the ice reduces swelling, lukewarm water causes the pore to expand, making it easy for the clogged dirt to eject.

SUN TREATMENT
You should head on to the nude beach if you live anywhere nearby or use your courtyard or sunlit verandah to bask yourself in the sun. During this basking period avoid excess exposure as it can cause sunburns.
GARLIC
If you are worried about acne on your buttock then garlic is the solution you should look for. It is the best natural remedy for treating acne as it works as an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

  • You need to take a clove of garlic, peel off the outer skin, paste it properly and apply it on the affected area of your buttock.
  • Rinse it off with water after 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Repeat this procedure two times a day for few days to get rid of the acne.

TEA TREE OIL
If you want to get rid of butt acne then you should apply this remedy. Tea tree oil is an effective remedy for curing butt acne and is easily available in the market.

  • Take a cotton ball and soak it in warm water.
  • Add 4 to 6 drops of tea tree oil on it.
  • Now rub the cotton ball gently on the acne affected area of your butt.
  • Practice this method before going off to bed as it will help the skin to absorb the oil benefits overnight.
  • Repeat this process for 1 full week, for effective results.

ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera is known as a natural soothing agent for curing acne easily. You can simply heal the butt acne with the help of aloe vera. All you need to do is:

  • Take some aloe vera and rub it on the acne affected area.
  • Let it dry out completely so that the skin absorbs all its goodness.
  • Alternatively, you can buy natural aloe vera gel and apply it on the acne after you wash it with warm water. It helps in soothing the skin, reduces inflammation and heals effectively.

ANTISEPTICS FOR CLEANING

  • Keeping the skin disinfected and clean is one of the best remedy one can opt for curing butt acne. Don’t forget to use antiseptic on your buttock bump before going off to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, don’t forget to wash it and keep it clean for the rest of the day. This will help in keeping the skin disinfected as well as help your immune system fight infections.

NEEM OIL

  • Neem is considered as an ancient remedy for all kinds of skin infection. The antifungal and antiseptic properties present in neem oil helps in curing butt acne. Apply it on the acne affected area 5 to 6 times a day for effective results and faster healing.

SKIN EXFOLIATION
Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells and clears away excess oil and dirt that clogs pores, causing bacterial infection in the pores. The infections erupt into bumps on buttocks and can be very uncomfortable. Below is how exfoliate your butt to get rid of bumps faster.

  • Take a long hot shower.
  • Soap up a washcloth
  • Gently scrub the skin on the buttocks to remove dead skin cells.
  • Rinse and repeat twice a week to prevent recurring bumps on your buttocks

You can also use a salicylic acid shower gel to aid the exfoliation process. When using salicylic acid avoid scrubbing too much. This can irritate the skin and cause a rash on the buttocks that can grow into larger pimples.

How to Prevent Butt Breakouts

As is always said that prevention is better than cure, below are 4 simple and effective ways of preventing butt breakouts:

  1. Avoid tight fitting clothes

Let the buttocks feel airy and breathe in loose comfortable light clothes preferably cotton or rayon. Soft silhouettes must be preferred especially during scorching summers and humid weather to avoid acne bump or acne pimple to occur.  You can also choose cotton underwear and ditch the nylon or fancy fabrics.
Also practice the following:

  • Does not stay with one dress or clothing from the time day start to the end; change it frequently to avoid sweating and clogging of pores.
  • Wearing cotton clothing is the best way to make your skin take breath.
  • Keep the affected area clean; clean it for three to four times a day.
  • Do not use cosmetics and sprays which may irritate you.
  1. Maintain hygiene

Maintaining hygiene is the best way to prevent outbreak of pimples and bumps on your buttocks. Bacteria being the main cause of pimple can be born and live on any medium. It grows fast by feeding on the sebum. Hence keeping clean and fresh helps to avoid bumps on the body.

  1. Undergarments care

What you wear matter big when it comes to skin problems. So always look for clean, neat and comfortable undergarments. Help your skin take breath by wearing the comfortable clothes rather than the tight and uneasy ones.

  1. Acne combating ingredients

Use the products that have constituents of Benzoyl-peroxide to cure the butt pimple. Also try using the salicyclic acid which is renowned to fight bacteria causing butt pimples. Salicyclic acid reduces inflammation, exfoliates the skin and there by gives you best results.

How to Stop a Cut from Bleeding: after Shaving, in Mouth, Finger

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In our day to day life, you may at one time experience a cut on any part of your body. This may happen either in the kitchen or in the field of work trying to cut something. When you get a cut, your body will automatically get into activities that will help in trying to stop the bleeding. However, this process may require some help so that it takes as short time as possible to stop the bleeding. When it comes on how to stop a cut from bleeding, there a number of things you should, and we are going to discuss them in this post.

How Long Does it Take to Stop a Bleeding from a Cut?

When you get a cut, it may be hurting so much which is normal but bleeding should not continue for long time as this will make you lose a lot of blood. The first thing that should come in your mind after you get a cut is how to stop it from bleeding. Is there any first aid that will help to rescue the situation?
First aid will not only stop the cut from bleeding excessively, but it will also ensure your wound is clean and in a position to heal as first as possible, through preventing any infection that may take advantage of the poor hygiene.
 Blood clotting process
When you get a cut, your body may try to stop bleeding via coagulation – a process whereby a blood clot is formed on the affected area. This is a normal mechanism, unlike the blood clotting that take place in the veins of your legs, which it gets its way to the lungs can pose a very dangerous condition.
During this complex process referred to as coagulation cascade, a certain enzyme found in the blood commonly known as thrombin allows a protein called fibrinogen to form a net-like structure that eventually hardens up and contracts.
In combination with platelets (blood component for clotting process), they may together facilitate the formation of a blood clot. This is how blood clotting process happens in order to stop bleeding from a cut biologically.
However, some medications such as aspirin can thin the blood and some health problems such as hemophilia or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) may pose a problem on the clotting process of your body. These conditions may also make it hard for body to stop bleeding automatically.

How to Stop a Cut from Bleeding

It is very important to stop bleeding as fast as you can so that you prevent yourself from losing a lot of blood. In some cases, immediately you stop bleeding, pain that originate from the cut will eventually fade away. Therefore, it is very important to know numerous processes that may help you on how to stop a cut from bleeding. The steps you have to take after you get a cut may depend on the following factors:

  • How big the cut is – if the cut is big, this means that bleeding will be high and therefore more cautious measures should be taken.
  • How deep the cut is – if the cut is dip, this means it damaged the inner vessels of the body and therefore bleeding will be high, and more special treatment is required
  • Area of the body on which you got a cut – there are some areas on the blood that have fewer vessels and therefore bleeding is not much, while other areas of the body like muscles have numerous blood vessels hence more caution should be observed
  • Environmental factors – it is said in hot humid areas, blood flow is high and therefore bleeding may be high as compared to cold areas where blood clotting process is very fast.

How to stop a small cut from bleeding

Step 1: wash the area with tap water
If you happen to cut your finger while you were slicing tomatoes or cut yourself while you were shaving, you first have to wash the wound immediately to prevent germs from infecting it.
Step 2: apply pressure on the wound
You may then use a paper towel, tissue or gauze to apply pressure directly to the wound so that you can stop the bleeding. This is because pressure applied on the wound will help to slow blood flow, which enable the body form a blood clot very easily. While you do this, the bleeding will stop or slow down significantly.
Step 3: clean the wound
If the bleeding has stopped, you may then run some warm water over the area of the wound with antiseptic soap to ensure that it is clean. Some sources advise not to wash the wound itself.
Step 4: apply medication on the wound
After that you may apply antibiotic cream to ensure no bacteria will take advantage of the wound to cause infection.
Step 5: cover the wound
After ensuring the wound is clean and dis-infected, you should cover it with a band aid or gauze and then apply a tape. Make sure you change this daily and keep the area as clean as [possible daily. This helps to protect the cut from outside germs and re-opening.

How to stop a big cut from bleeding

Step 1: apply direct pressure on the wound
In case you have a larger cut, the process of stopping it from bleeding is slightly different. For big cuts, the process of stopping the bleeding should be fast enough so that the patient does not lose a lot of blood in a short period of time. In this case, it is recommended that you apply a direct, focused pressure on the site of the wound for about 10 minutes so that the bleeding can stop. It may take several minutes before a stable clot is formed on the wound to stop bleeding. Therefore, direct pressure applied on the wound will prevent increased loss of blood in the meantime.
Step 2: Wash the area of the wound
Once the bleeding has stopped you may wash the wound by use of tap water and antiseptic soap to ensure it is clean (while doing this make sure your hands are clean),
Step 3: apply an antibiotic
Then apply an antibiotic cream to prevent any infections and the bandage to cover the wound.
In both scenario, it is also recommended that the patient get a tetanus shot in case he/she haven’t had one before in a span of five years back and the wound is dirty and deep. Some parts of the body may bleed more than others as we stated above, therefore you should not panic if you see more blood is these areas. These may include the shin and other areas will a lot of blood vessels such as the muscles.

How to Stop a cut from bleeding Home Remedies

While at home, there at numerous treatments you may use to treat a cut. You do not necessarily need to have an intervention of over the counter medication. Some of the home remedies that may help to stop a cut from bleeding include the following:

  1. Coffee grounds

In case you tried a simple first aid and it did not offer any help while trying to stop bleeding, you may try coffee grounds. The leftover coffee grounds can provide excellent results when it comes to stopping bleeding from a minor cut. In case you do not have coffee grounds at hand, you may as well use dry instant coffee.
You just need to sprinkle some coffee grounds evenly over the wound and let it stay there for 5 to 10 minutes, then brush it off with your clean hand. Use this three times a day if the wound won’t stop bleeding. You should keep your wound dry while using coffee grounds.

  1. Cayenne pepper

Though applying this home remedy on your bleeding wound may sound like an awfully painful act, it is not as you may think. Cayenne pepper is a home remedy that has been used for long time when it comes to stopping a bleeding cut in less than one minute. It contains an active ingredient referred to as capsaicin that helps in blocking pain signals to the brains to reduce pain.
This home remedy is very effective when it comes to treating dry mouth as well, reducing migraine pain and getting rid of laryngitis. You just need to apply cayenne pepper on the cut and let it stay there for around 5 minutes, before brushing it off.
If there is need, you may apply cayenne pepper and then cover the wound with a bandage to prevent germs from the outside and promote faster healing. Cayenne paper can stop bleeding from minor cuts within a period of 10 seconds. You may need to repeat the use of the remedy at least twice a day in case the bleeding won’t stop.

  1. Raw honey

This a home remedy used for treating numerous conditions at home. In this case, natural honey is considered as a natural antibiotic. When natural honey is applied on a bleeding would, it produces hydrogen peroxide that helps in disinfecting the wound and promoting faster healing of the skin.
You just have to cover the bleeding cut with honey. Smear the wound generously with honey before covering it with a bandage if needed. Natural honey may as well help when it comes to killing bacteria on open wounds. Do this at least twice a day.

  1. Ground black pepper

This is considered as a natural antibacterial agent that can encourage blood to coagulate quickly so that bleeding may stop in small and medium sized cuts and wounds. Ground black pepper may also be used to promote faster healing of the wounds and may prevent scarring as well.
You just have to sprinkle black ground pepper generously on the cut, and apply pressure on the wound using a bandage or clean fingers until bleeding stops. The bleeding will stop within one minute, and cover the area with a bandage overnight before changing the dressing the next day.

  1. Styptic pencil/alum

This may also be used to stop bleeding from minor cuts. Alum is a common agent used when it comes to sealing cuts that result from wet shaving and it may treat canker sores. Alum is said to be aluminum sulfate that contains astringent properties. Therefore, it can constrict blood capillaries and stop bleeding in a short time as possible.
You just need to rub alum block or styptic pencil over the cut or wound. Then, wait for a few seconds and reapply if there is need. This home remedy can stop bleeding from wounds in a short time and facilitate quick healing.

  1. Vaseline

Though this remedy will not speed up the coagulation of blood in any case, however, it creates a protective seal on the wound that will prevent it from further bleeding and may as well protect the cut from infections. This will then give the blood sufficient time to form a clot on the cut naturally and seal the wound.
In this case, scoop some Vaseline and apply it directly on the cut. This will prevent the flow of blood and help to stop bleeding instantly.

  1. other home remedies that may help

Some other home remedies that may prevent bleeding after they are applied on the wound may include the following:

  • Turmeric powder mixed with little amount of water to form a paste
  • Calendula tincture
  • Aloe Vera gel

How to Stop Bleeding in Mouth

Most of the cuts in the mouth are caused by accidentally biting yourself while enjoying that favorite meal or injuring yourself while brushing. You may as well hit yourself on something on the areas around the mouth and cheeks and develop a wound in the mouth in that process. There are numerous steps you can follow when it comes to stopping mouth wounds from bleeding. If emergency care is not needed, the following steps may help to protect the wound from excess bleeding.
Before you try to stop bleeding in mouth, Wash your hands effectively with water and soap.

  1. Inner lip bleeding

Press the bleeding site against the teeth or jaw or place a rolled or folded piece of gauze between the lip and gum. One bleeding from inside the lip has stopped, do not pull it out again to look at it. You should avoid laughing or yawning uncontrollably as it may make the bleeding to begin again.

  1. Tongue bleeding

Squeeze the bleeding area with gauze or a piece of clean cloth for some period of time until bleeding stops. Meanwhile you should not try to suck your tongue as this may increase the bleeding.

  1. Inner cheek bleeding

In this case, place a rolled gauze or a clean piece of clothe between the wound and the teeth. After that you may apply pressure from the outside of the cheek on the affected area so that you may reduce the bleeding.
Note: In case you had a tooth extraction, you will need to follow the instructions of your dentist. If no instruction was given, place a ball of gauze in the area where the tooth was extracted and let it stay there until bleeding will stop. If pressure does not control the bleeding you may try biting a moistened tea bag for some few minutes. While you practice all these, you should avoid spitting, using tobacco products, and sucking anything, they may make bleeding to become worse.
Mild bleeding usually stops without any intervention, or may slow after a slight pressure is applied on the wound. In case of a skin flap, return it into its normal position as it may help to stop bleeding. If possible, help the flap to remain in its position with the help of a clean cloth or gauze.

How to stop a Shaving Cut from Bleeding

A cut while shaving may be caused by a bump on the skin or an ingrown hair. This is because, while your shaving master blade was sliding on a smooth skin, it got held by the bump to cause a cut. In some cases, it may just be due to shaving too fast. However, shaving cuts are normal and no one would want to walk around with open wounds. There are numerous ways you may use to stop a shaving cut from oozing more blood and it is important to know them.

  • You may hold a tissue paper on the wound until it stops bleeding in case you do not know much when it comes to this problem. Minor nicks have numerous ways to heal them. Best of these ways will disinfect and eventually heal the wound.
  • Other men would prefer the lip-balm method. The lip-balm facilitates cleaning the cut, halting the bleeding and healing the wound quickly

Shave –Cut Healing Regimen

  • Press a warm towel against the affected area for about 30 seconds until the bleeding stops or slow down. Warm water may help to clean the wound and reduce blood loss.
  • Apply a witch hazel based tonner on the wound or alcohol free solution to disinfect the cut.

How to Stop a Bleeding Finger Cut

If you cut your finger while cooking, you may just use the same process we talked about while looking at minor cut injuries above. Finger injuries are common and they usually do not require any emergency treatment. However, if the cut is too deep, or the sharp object has stuck in the skin, the bleeding is too much that you cannot control, you may seek the help of your medical provider.
More references

  1. How to stop bleeding from skin wound: https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/how-to-stop-bleeding-from-a-skin-wound
  2. Mouth wounds: how to stop bleeding: https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/mouth-wounds-how-to-stop-bleeding-topic-overview