Archive for November, 2009
Acne vulgaris (commonly known as acne) is a common skin condition, caused by changes in pilosebaceous units, skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland, via androgen stimulation. It is characterized by noninflammatory follicular papules or comedones and by inflammatory papules, pustules, and nodules in its more severe forms. Acne vulgaris affects the areas of skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms. Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, blemishes, spots, zits, or simply acne.
Acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, affecting more than 89% of teenagers, and frequently continues into adulthood. The cause of acne in adolescence is generally an increase in male sex hormones, which people of both genders accrue during puberty.For most people, acne diminishes over time and tends to disappear-or at the very least decrease-after one reaches one’s early twenties. There is, however, no way to predict how long it will take to disappear entirely, and some individuals will carry this condition well into their thirties, forties and beyond.
The face and neck are the most common affect areas, but the chest, back and shoulders may have acne as well. The upper arms may also have acne, but lesions found there are often keratosis pilaris, not acne. Typical acne lesions are comedones, inflammatory papules, pustules and nodules. Some of the large nodules were previously called “cysts” and the term nodulocystic has been referred to describe severe cases of acne.
Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem, confidence and, according to at least one study, depression or suicide. Acne usually appears during adolescence or teenage years, when teenagers tend to be prone to harsh social environments. Early and aggressive treatment is therefore advocated by some to lessen the overall impact to individuals.
There are many remedies including steroids, anti-biotics and topical bactericidals, hormonal teratments, photo therapy and dermibrasions.
More and more people are testing and following natuaral holistic trens due to the often painful and long process of using chemical based treatments.
During medical consultation it is important and critical for the doctor to ask the right question and ask it on the right manner in order to get you talking and give him the information that he needs. Most of the time your doctor is working hard in order to get all the pieces of the puzzle in order to diagnose your condition properly. Don’t hesitate to answer what your doctor ask or if you feel that the doctor is not asking the right question feel free to tell them the following helpful information:
1. OTC Over the Counter Medications. Tell your doctor about the medications that you are taking. Ask your doctor if it is okay to continue these medications.
2. Fatigue- What kind of work are you into, does it bring you to fatigue that could be the cause of what you are feeling.
3. Personal Problems with financial and relationship. Do you have any family or financial problem that is bothering you.
4. Depression or Anxiety. Do you have any depression or anxiety condition that your doctor needs to know about.
5. Drug Use. Are you using any drug, legal or illegal.
For anyone who find themselves interested in the medical field but do not have the confident to be a doctor or a surgeon, but are keen to help others and do not have the phobia on the sight of blood, then a medical assistant might be the career which is suitable for you.
Before you sign up for a program or course for a medical assistant, let us visit some of the key advantages for being a medical assistant.
I. It is not an easy job, but it is a satisfying one which one will get the opportunities to help lots of helpless people who need medical attention and treatments. It is the fulfilling and satisfaction which one can gain from this career.
II. A certified medical assistant will get more opportunities compared to others to be promoted as a medical officers or supervisors with sound medical technology skills and expertise in hospitals or medical clinics if the candidate is performing well and proved him to be capable.
III. Due to the on-going expansion and advancement of the medical and health care industry, the demand for this medical profession is acute and highly required.
IV. A certified medical assistant is always preferred by the employers as compared to their peers whom have not being certified although it is not mandatory by law for one to get the certification at this stage. Nevertheless the ability to get one to be certified shows that the candidate is really committed and serious aabout his medical career.
V. Also within this job, one has to be very capable to solve and handle a wide variety of different administrative jobs as well as clerical jobs on daily basis. This is good for someone who loves to be responsible for multiple different tasks as this helps to aggregate the sense of satisfaction which he tend to obtain from this multitasking.
VI. A certified medical assistant should be able to be equipped with quality information that helps you to connect to the latest health care news and inventions as well as new threats.
VII. As medical assisting is ranked as one of the fastest growing occupations from now till 2016, its employment is expected to increase by at least 30%. The expansion of this health care industry with the new invention of immunizations and the aging of the population as well as the massive development in the medical technology has led to the rapid growing of the medical assisting job, which helps to open diverse opportunities for this profession in many medical facilities and fields.
Erectile dysfunction affects a large number of men across the world. Do not hesitate in discussing the condition with a doctor as there are convenient options available that can effectively treat your erection problems and help you lead a normal sexual life.
About erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a sexual dysfunction that affects all men at some point in their sexual life. The condition refers to an inability of a man to get and maintain erection long enough to complete sexual intercourse. An occasional episode of impotence is not deemed as a problem but if it happens on a frequent basis men must take the condition seriously and visit a doctor.
Impotence is more commonly reported by men in their 60s, not that it’s related to ageing process only, but because elderly men are more likely to suffer from conditions that may lead to erection problems.
Though impotence is not a life-threatening condition, it does affect the quality of life. Men suffer from low self-esteem because of their inability to satisfy their partner. Besides, their relationship is also affected because of a lack of intimacy. Medical specialists sincerely advise patients to discuss impotence, as it may be a manifestation of an underlying condition such as diabetes, heart diseases or high cholesterol that may warrant immediate attention.
Erectile dysfunction causes
An erection is a complex process involving the brain, hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. If something disturbs the harmony of various processes leading to erection and the required flow of blood into penis is affected, men may suffer from impotence. The flow of blood to the penis may be affected to due to physiological or psychological factors. However, in the majority of cases physical factors are the chief cause of impotence in a man. While, in young men the cause is mostly psychological in nature.
Some of the commonly reported physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)
• Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
• Kidney disorders
• Anomalies of the penis
• Hormonal problems
• Neurologic disorders
• Nerve damage from prostate surgery
• Alcoholism and drug abuse
• Side effects of prescribed drugs
Commonly reported psychological causes of erectile dysfunction include:
• Stress and anxiety from work or home
• Performance pressure
• Problems within your relationship
• Unrealistic sexual expectations
• Poor communication with your partner
• Sexual boredom
• Unresolved sexual orientation
• Guilt (in the case of infidelity)
How to diagnose erectile dysfunction?
If you face erection problems quire regularly, you must discuss this with your doctor. You must talk about your problem in detail without hesitation. Impotence is a common problem and your doctor is used to discussing the subject. To form a diagnosis for the condition, your doctor will ask you relevant questions pertaining to your sexual life and will conduct a physical examination. Your doctor may also request laboratory test of your blood and urine to diagnose the cause of erection problems. Once the doctor confirms impotence, he/she may suggest relevant treatment options such as oral erectile dysfunction treatment medicines such as Viagra (Blue Pills) , Cialis or Levitra or use of vacuum pumps or penile injection to help you achieve firm and prolonged erection.
Have you ever experienced your armpits dripping sweat while in a social gathering or while delivering a public speech? Sweating profusely while you are in midway of an important interview or competitive exams can be most damaging your confidence. Well there are many of us like you, troubled by excessive sweating in various situations.
Sweating is a process where sweat glands release sweat through skin to control the temperature of the body. We all perspire in hot and humid conditions, while exercising, when we are mentally tense and while suffering from fever.
However sweating excessive abnormally is most uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing state of body called hyperhydrolysis attributed mostly to inherited Genes.
COMBATING AND WINNING THE BATTLE OF EXCESSIVE SWEATING
When excessive sweating is a physical problem, there are a number of things you can do to curb your sweating behavior. Use of foot powder, “crotch” powder, deodorant, antiperspirant, wearing light weight and light colored clothing, drinking excessive amounts of water or Gatorade, regular exercise, wearing damp cloths around one’s neck, not putting on moisturizing lotions, and lowering the temperature of their house will help an individual not perspire.
Depending on what works for you, all of these methods will help you curb your excessive sweating to a manageable point or will help you stop it for good. These methods will help you keep your excessive sweating under control while gaining the confidence to handle all social situations
Now, It is important to follow through with a medical doctor as well to make sure you aren’t exhibiting symptoms of another illness. If you are sweating excessively due to anxiety or other psychological reasons, you should plan to see a mental health professional because they may be able to help you with whatever issue you are facing and can help you curb your sweating with prescription medications if needed, or through therapy. If you find that my fast and easy techniques do not work for you, please consult your primary medical doctor for further assistance as you may have an underlying medical issue. Many found that the simply following specific methods help them permanently keep away sweat from their lives while others find it simply minimizes it.
Experts are now arguing that the fact you suffer with erectile dysfunction does not ergo that Viagra Sildenafil Citrate, Cialis tadalafil or Levitra Vardenafil is the answer. Although the larger majority of cases can be treated with these three treatments, many sufferers fail to recognise that the condition can often occur as the result of other factors aside from blood flow and penile damage.
Low testosterone levels are also big causes of impotence, as are psychological problems and stress. Testosterone is an integral part of the erectile process and it is responsible for the production of nitric oxide. This is needed for the blood vessels to expand. Your health care provider will tell you that it is a good idea to get your testosterone levels checked in order to rule this out as a cause.
There are a number of misconceptions concerning erectile dysfunction, including the fact that it isn’t a common condition. Despite what we see on the big screen and the media, we aren’t all pumped up and ready for action and a large proportion of us will suffer with some form of erectile dysfunction at some stage in our lives. Simply stressing out about one particular sexual encounter can lead to a loss of an erection as can being presented with sexually confident women.
The truth of the matter is, although the treatments out there are highly effective and clinically proven, it is perhaps best to discuss the issue with a trained expert before beginning one.
Perception: The recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin. However, when faced with a barrage of challenges, there’s a natural and powerful force that can suck you into themes and memories of the masses (fear, pessimism, misery) instead of your own. Be aware and think it through. Also, it might be time to create some new memories.
When you expand your thoughts and experiences, your perceptions will follow. A delightful illustration: Mark Twain, when 14, wrote that he thought his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have him around. He added “When I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years.” Pause to process . . . now, fast forward 7 years. Does today look different?
It’s also effective to gain perspective by stepping outside and looking in. Here is an exercise designed to open the eyes of those sporting rose colored glasses as well as those donning double eye patches. All the world’s a stage! Pretend for a paragraph that you are watching a play of your life. Is it a comedy, drama, tragedy? How long has this play been running? Is it successful? How many acts and scenes are there? Are the original actors still performing? Are they any good? What is the setting? What is your role?
1. Stage LEFT! You havfe bowed out and rejoined the audience to watch and critique.
2. Behind the Scenes: You work hard, receive recognition . . . or feel burned out, bored, and unappreciated.
3. Supporting Role: You are satisfied but keep your eyes open for your big break.
4. Lead Actor: You are the center of attention and not really concerned with much else. Reviews are good and you’re rockin’!
5. Director/Producer: You are in charge, calling the shot, and coordinating all the pieces and players.
Do you stick to one role or combine a few? You may be pleased with your performance and settle in for another season. You may dust off that huge hook, yank some folks off stage and send them to the Soaps. You might have no desire to partake in this play any longer.
The curtain closes. In any event, whether you pretend or act, you enrich and enliven your experiences. Then, when faced with opportunities to “keep it in perspective”, you will have that many more costumes, themes, sets, and lines to chose from. “Whether you think you are (optimistic, happy, fulfilled) or that you are not, you are usually right.” Act 1, Scene 1 . . . the curtain rises.
Time’s a Tickin’: “1st rule of holes. When you’re in one, quit digging.” Ever waste time complaining, commiserating, and repeating scenes gone awry ad nauseum?
1. Deal with conflicts ASAP. Write (even if you don’t send), call, email then let it go. It will release the tension. Often it is you who suffers while the other sits clueless.
2. Focus on your message and be satisfied with your effort regardless of the reply.
3. Establish a plan for behaving and responding in the future and give yourself a break.
Kass Hanson is the founder of BALANCE ACT http://www.balanceact.com and has been involved in the health and fitness industry in various capacities for over 17 years. She is dedicated to inspiring and motivating all ages to create healthier, happier, more balanced lives through nutritional analysis, fitness programs, and a healthy attitude and best practices.
Kass practices what she preaches and is an avid athlete and fitness guru. She tries to incorporate humor and humility into her articles, reports, and presentations to encourage people to face reality, take responsibility for their health and fitness, and yet keep it all in perspective and maintain a healthy attitude.
To live is to love – oneself, others, and this amazing, magical universe we occupy for such a short speck of time!