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Itchy Inner Ear

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Posted on 30th March 2013 by admin in Articles

People suffering from an itchy inner ear can find it very irritating if they have to constantly poke and scratch the ear. If the itching is caused by a condition that is left untreated; it can become painful and on rare occasions may be an indication of a serious condition. The cause of an itchy inner ear is not just because of lack of personal hygiene, although this is sometimes a common misconception.

An accumulation of debris that is left by minute dust particles is the most common cause of an itchy inner ear. There are other common causes which include:

Skin Issues – One of the prime reasons for an itchy inner ear is a skin disorder The most common disorders that cause this problem are allergic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitus and eczema.

Allergic Reactions – People who wear hearing aids may suffer from an itchy inner ear. This is the result of an allergic reaction either to the plastic material that the hearing aid is made of, or the polish on the material. Another common allergic reaction that may occur within the ear is allergy to dust or pollution.

Ear Dryness – Hearing problems can be caused by a build up of ear wax. However, if this wax is removed then it can make ears dry which can lead to itching. Ears that are dry can accumulate flakes of dead skin cells which can cause ears to itch frequently.

Other Causes – There are other causes of an itchy inner ear apart from those mentioned above. Itching in the inner ear may also be caused by chlorine water, an infection or ear drops that irritate the ear. Any type of itching, including within the ear, may be a psychological problem. Scratching the ear may begin unwittingly when a person feels nervous or is lost in their own thoughts.

The underlying cause of the itchy inner ear will be the deciding factor as to which treatment is necessary. Putting some drops of vegetable oil in the ears can help to build up wax which can stop the itching, if lack of earwax is the cause. This build up can also help protect the ear as well as reduce the itching. For people that have excessive ear wax, a doctor can advise about how to clean the ears in a way that prevents excess formation. Steroid creams may be prescribed by a doctor if the itching is caused by an allergic reaction. An infection, trauma or other serious case will require medical intervention. If the ear becomes painful or the problem is recurring then an ENT specialist should be consulted.

In most cases an itchy inner ear is not a very serious condition. However, constant itching can cause damage to the internal tissues and muscles of the ear which are very delicate. Therefore, prompt treatment is required. Any damage to the ears, and other parts of the body that are made up of delicate parts such as the eyes, may lead to a permanent disablement so any problems should be investigated immediately.

Crackling sound in ear

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Posted on 21st March 2013 by admin in Articles

Sometimes there may be a crackling sound in the ear when yawning or swallowing food. It can make one feel jittery and uneasy — as if something is just not right. Whenever ear pressure is not balanced with atmospheric pressure, a crackling sound can be heard in both or just one of the ears. This is most commonly associated with Eustachian tube dysfunction. To see how the Eustachian tube malfunction leads to crackling sounds in the ear, continue reading.

The ear is one of the most important organs of the body — it provides one with the ability to hear and maintains balance of the pressure inside the ear. When there has been an alteration in pressure, the ear will click or pop. Below is an explanation of the causes that can lead to ear popping.

The Eustachian tube connects our ear to our throat, and it is one of the most integral parts of our hearing system. It maintains balance by equalizing the internal ear pressure with the external atmospheric pressure. Whenever there is a difference in ear pressure, the tube will open up to allow a release of internal pressure — thus equalizing it. This often happens when climbing to high altitudes, flying in a plane, during scuba diving, or when the ear is exposed to high decibel levels.

When there has been a change in pressure, an irritating crackling sound may indicate as such. However, this can be alarming if this happens during normal circumstances or if it happens too frequently. When this occurs, it can be inferred that the Eustachian tube has malfunctioned. With this malfunction, the tube stays closed when it should actually open up to equalize pressure. Mucus clogging up the ear can cause the tube to get stuck and not work properly. This leads to high pressure in the ear, and it’s the reason why there is a snap when a person with this problem yawns or tries to swallow. Temporary hearing loss can also affect the individual suffering from this malfunction if the pressure has been built up too high. Such high pressure causes the tympanic membrane to stiffen. The eardrum will then perceive only muffled sounds because of all the mucus moving around in the middle ear.

Remedies for Dealing with Crackling Sounds in the Ear

Keep Ears Clean – Just like the eyes, the ears need to be cleaned regularly. Cotton buds and ear wash are sufficient at removing the extra wax that gets built up inside the ear. If the accumulation of this wax is ignored, the impacted ear wax can lead to Eustachian tube dysfunctions. This can also sometimes lead to ear pain.

Exercise the Jaws – Crackling sounds in the ears when yawning can be really frustrating, and is bound to happen when there is a swelling near the ear canal. But, don’t be afraid! If you open the jaws wide and stretch them, it can help release the pressure that is built up inside the ear.

Use Therapeutic Oils to Massage – Mullein flower oil, a type of therapeutic oil, is regularly used to cure ear and respiratory problems. Take this oil and mix a little bit with olive oil. Apply the mixture directly on the ear, then plug the ear with cotton.

Eat Healthy Foods – This is one of the most overlooked remedies for a number of things. Maintaining a good diet with plenty of vitamins will help to remedy this issue. Vitamin B complex intake is vital for a healthy ear. It’s also believed that hearing orders are associated with mineral deficiency — particularly manganese.

Beano side effects

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Posted on 11th March 2013 by admin in Articles

Beano works with the body’s digestion to prevent gas before it starts. It contains an enzyme from a natural source. This aids in the process of breaking down complex carbohydrates found in foods that are potentially gaseous. It converts them into digestible sugars before reaching the colon, which helps to alleviate and eliminate gas. To learn more about Beano and gas, continue reading.

Due to the shortage or absence of certain enzymes, the body has a difficult time absorbing and digesting certain carbohydrates in the small intestine. Food that cannot be digested properly in the small intestine passes down to the large intestine where bacteria breaks it down, which results in the production of gas. Abdominal bloating, flatulence, and digestive discomfort are the most common symptoms of gas. Foods such as whole-grain breads, grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, beans, and cereals are gas-causing. The body lacks the proper enzymes needed to break down the carbohydrates contained in the aforementioned types of foods. This is what Beano is used for.

Beano, an enzyme-based dietary supplement, improves digestion by reducing gas in the digestive track. It also helps to soothe discomfort and reduce bloating and flatulence caused by gas. It contains an enzyme called ‘alpha-galactosidase’ which breaks down oligosaccharides such as raffinose. Beano was first introduced in liquid form, but that has since been discontinued. Beano is now available as a strawberry-flavored tablet called “Meltaways”.

After research on gas-causing vegetables had begun in 1981, a man named Alan Kligerman of AkPharma would later develop Beano in 1990. Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea for such a product during the 1780s in an essay entitled, “A Letter To A Royal Academy”.

GlaxoSmithKline acquired the patent for Beano in 2011 from Block Drug. In a deal that took effect in 2012, GlaxoSmithKline sold Beano and 16 other brands to Prestige Brands.

Potential Side Effects of Beano

The possible side effects that have been reported while taking Beano are: Cramping, diarrhea, and allergic-type reactions involving conditions such as a rash or pruritus. There are, however, a few rare reports of more severe allergic reactions to Beano.

Alpha-glucosidase has been known to be problematic in people with diabetes or a rare condition called ‘galactosemia’. That said, it is generally safe for those in good health to take. Because alpha-glucosidase breaks down complex carbohydrates into sugars that are more easily digestible, this can cause the blood sugar levels to rise in patients with diabetes. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, drugs that will block alpha-glucosidase, have proven to help those with diabetes. In one study, it was found that alpha-glucosidase supplements reduced the effectiveness of acarbose — a drug that is used for diabetes that inhibits alpha-glucosidase.

It is because of this reason that people who have diabetes, and are on alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, should avoid alpha-glucosidase supplements altogether. Additionally, it is entirely possible that alpha-glucosidase may increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes are not take alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. This, however, has not been thoroughly tested. Those with the rare genetic condition galactosemia should also avoid alphagalactosidase, because it has the potential to worsen the disease. Safety while using this product has not been established in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease.

Thumb twitching

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Posted on 10th March 2013 by admin in Articles

Thumb twitching may be caused by a number of factors. It can be a long and complicated procedure to find out the causes of a twitching thumb and therefore need to be dealt with by a specialist. Medical attention should be sought if this problem begins to occur frequently.

If a person is experiencing frequent thumb twitching then they should consult their doctor but it is not likely to be a reason to panic. In some cases thumb twitching does occur without any reason being found for the cause. Most cases of thumb twitching do not indicate that there is a serious problem and therefore should not be a cause for alarm.

If a person experiences this problem on a regular basis or if it has been happening for a prolonged period then they should start to look what can cause a twitching thumb and how these conditions may affect them. It is possible that it is a small injury that causes the thumb to twitch. A repetitive motion injury is the most common cause. This could be an early indication of serious nerve trauma or damage. If this is the case then a neurologist will need to be contacted as they will be able to carry out the specific tests that can detect nerve trauma and will be able to start the patient on the correct treatment.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), complex regional pain syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome are all common causes of a twitching thumb. If the twitching begins in the ribs or shoulders then it may be caused by a genetic composition. A twitching thumb can be the way that Parkinson’s disease and some types of epilepsy start.

Some other common causes of thumb twitching include:

  •   A deficiency in the diet
  •   An overdose of drugs
  •   Side effects of drugs
  •   Exercise that is faulty
  •   Twitches that are benign

A neurologist is able to conduct a number of tests that may help them discover the cause of the twitching thumb. If more than one of these tests need to be carried out, then the patient may not receive a diagnosis immediately and more than one visit to the specialist may be required. Regular tests can be carried out at the clinic and these include regular blood tests, blood sugar level tests, urine tests and nerve conduction tests. These tests should not cause too much inconvenience to the patient. The patient may be required to visit an outpatient facility to undergo other tests which include specialist blood tests, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan and a spinal tap.

People experiencing twitching thumb should not ignore the problem. The cause of twitching thumb may never be fully explained but ignoring the problem could make it worse if it is a symptom of something serious. It is not a condition that should cause panic but it should be monitored closely. If the twitching occurs over a prolonged period of time or if it occurs frequently then a specialist should be consulted.

Too much protein in urine

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Posted on 4th March 2013 by admin in Articles

The two medical terms: Proteinuria and albuminuria stand for a condition where there is an excess amount of protein in the urine. Albumin, the main type of protein that is detected in the urine, is the reason why proteinuria is also known as albuminuria. Kidneys are organs within the body that serve as a way to filter out excess chemicals and waste products from the blood. They also collect substances that are needed by the body.

A prolonged case of proteinuria is generally an indication that there is a problem with the filtering system of the body — the kidneys. The protein molecule is, for the most part, too large to pass through the glomeruli of the kidneys. There are certain medical conditions that can cause proteinuria by negatively affecting the filtering capacity of the kidneys. That aside, small traces of protein in the urine is nothing to be alarmed about and can still be considered normal.

The three main types of proteinuria are: Transient or intermittent proteinuria, orthostatic proteinuria, and persistent proteinuria.

• Transient or Intermittent Proteinuria – Usually benign and not caused by an underlying medical condition, transient or intermittent proteinuria will normally clear up on its own without any type of medical assistance. Transient proteinuria indicates a temporary rise in the level of protein found in the urine.

• Orthostatic Proteinuria – Generally found in tall, thin, and young adults. This type of proteinuria affects individuals in the upright position. When standing upright, more protein is excreted into the urine.

• Persistent Proteinuria – Persistent proteinuria is a chronic condition that usually occurs due to an underlying medical condition. Some of these conditions include, but aren’t limited to: Diseases of the kidney, heart, and of the blood vessels.

Symptoms of Proteinuria

Sometimes proteinuria may not produce any symptoms, particularly in the early stage. Still, if the level of protein in the urine is extremely high, then one of the following symptoms may become prevalent:

• Bubbly or foamy urine

• Swelling of the legs, ankles, arms, hands, feet, and face

• Weight gain (due to fluid retention)

• Back pain

• Loss of appetite

• Nausea and tiredness

• Poor concentration

• Pain or burning sensation while urinating

Frothy or foamy urine is a result of the protein having a reaction when exposed to the air. Edema, the medical term for fluid retention, is the cause behind swelling in the legs, ankles, arms, hands, feet, face, and other parts of the body. With edema, fluid is accumulated and retained in body tissues. Large amounts of protein, especially albumin, is responsible for edema. This is because the removal of this particular protein allows fluid to escape from the circulatory system and into the tissues of the body.

Treatment for Proteinuria

When protein levels in urine are too high, doctors will first begin to look for infections. If an infection is found to be the cause behind the excess protein in the urine, the doctor will then prescribe antibiotics for treatment. If, however, an infection is not found, other tests will need to be done. Diagnostic testing of the kidneys and blood will be performed. Treatment would then depend upon whatever medical condition is found. Something like diabetes can cause proteinuria. If this is the case, then the doctor will prescribe the appropriate diabetes medication to control blood sugar levels. Sometimes even something as simple as a diet and lifestyle modification can be suggested to treat proteinuria.