The Cold Facts about Raynaud’s

The Cold Facts about Raynaud’sMany of us experience numbness in our fingers and toes after exposure to extremely cold temperatures; however, for those who live with Raynaud’s Disease, cold conditions or emotional stress (such as anxiety or anger) can trigger an attack of numbness, pain, or stinging, which can cause the tips of the digits to turn pale, then blue, then red.

Raynaud’s is categorized as primary or secondary. Primary Raynaud’s disease is often referred to as Raynaud’s syndrome. It is a rare condition and most often occurs in women between the ages of 15 and 30. Men can become afflicted with Raynaud’s syndrome as well, but nine times more women than men are diagnosed with it. It is estimated that approximately 3-5 percent of the population suffers from Raynaud’s disease and its cause is unknown, although individuals who live in cold climates or have a family history of this condition are more prone to developing it.

While primary Raynaud’s disease appears to develop on its own, secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon can develop in response to medication or an injury. Individuals who develop Raynaud’s phenomenon usually do so later in life, most often around the age of 40. While less common than primary Raynaud’s, it can often be more serious in nature.

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The Dangers of Dry Eye Syndrome

The Dangers of Dry Eye SyndromeNearly everyone suffers from occasional eye dryness. However, if you experience frequent itching, irritation, or pain in your eyes, you may want to see your health care provider to determine if you have dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye syndrome occurs when you do not produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated or when you produce tears that contain a chemical imbalance. Without proper moisture, your eyes can become irritated very quickly. Worse yet, if left untreated, dry eye syndrome can permanently impair your vision.

Post-menopausal women have the greatest incidence of dry eye syndrome, although if you’re 50 or older, your chances of developing this condition increase regardless of your gender. Dry eye syndrome is so common, in fact, that approximately 50 million individuals in the U.S. alone experience symptoms on a frequent basis.

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5 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

5 Surprising Symptoms of Acid RefluxIf you’ve ever experienced frequent heartburn or have been awakened in the middle of the night with stomach pain or nausea, you know how debilitating chronic acid reflux can be. However, there are other lesser-known symptoms of acid reflux that could indicate that you need to seek treatment for this condition.

Below are five symptoms of acid reflux disease that you may be unaware of.

Difficulty Swallowing. If you experience acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week, it is possible that your condition has progressed to gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. This occurs when the muscle at the end of your esophagus does not properly close, thereby allowing stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. The result? The lining can become irritated, and you can experience difficulty swallowing. Food can also get lodged in the esophagus because the damage can prevent food from traveling into the stomach.

Hoarseness. Hoarseness, particularly after a meal, could indicate that you have developed acid reflux disease. When the acid in your stomach travels back into your esophagus and irritates your vocal cords, the result is a husky voice. Other symptoms may include a sore throat or sore tongue.

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Common Triggers for Headaches

Common Triggers for HeadachesWhen you have a headache, your world changes. Migraines can sideline you from your daily routine, and a cluster headache may take you by surprise in the middle of the night and last for weeks, even months. Although tension headaches may not prevent you from going about your day, they can make it very difficult to focus on the tasks at hand.

Regardless of headache type or severity, there are several triggers that may cause you to develop headaches. Read on to discover why you may be experiencing pain and how you can avoid or lessen it.

Stress. Stress is a common cause for tension headaches. While it may not be possible to avoid stress altogether, you may find it helpful if you take steps toward managing stress more effectively. If you can control your reaction to stressful events in your life, chances are you’ll control the number of headaches you’ll experience. Try massage, meditation, exercise, or deep breathing techniques to decompress from a taxing day.

Smoking. Smoking is a common cause of headaches, particularly if you suffer from cluster headaches. In fact, you may be able to reduce the severity or duration of the pain by eliminating smoking from your life altogether. Keep in mind that secondhand smoke is also a trigger. If you can avoid exposure to smoke, you may be able to curb – even eliminate – your headache pain.

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Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract InfectionsIf you’ve ever experienced a urinary tract infection, you know that the symptoms can range from mild discomfort to nauseating pain. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect anyone, but women are 10 times more likely than men to develop a UTI. In fact, approximately eight million U.S. women are treated for UTIs each year.

Overall, urinary tract infections account for the second leading cause of doctor’s office visits in the United States alone. Most UTIs begin as infections in the urethra or bladder and are often treated successfully with antibiotics. However, left untreated, a UTI can eventually lead to a serious kidney infection.

A UTI may go unnoticed at first because it often begins as an urge to urinate more frequently; however, there are several telltale signs that may indicate that you have a urinary tract infection and should, therefore, seek treatment.

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3 Causes of Memory Loss

3 Causes of Memory LossMemory loss. For many of us, it seems to be a natural consequence of growing older. However, there are many other reasons why you may not remember as well as you did when you were younger. While there are several factors that can contribute to a faulty memory, such as substance abuse, stroke, sleep deprivation, depression, and stress, there are a variety of other reasons and lifestyle choices that can impair your cognitive functioning, as well.

Here are three common causes of memory loss that may surprise you.

Smoking. If you smoke – even if you consider yourself only a “social smoker”— you may experience smoking-related memory loss. It’s true. In fact, when compared to non-smokers, individuals who light up daily – or just occasionally – can lose up to one-third of their “everyday” memory. This includes tasks that require “familiar” recall, such as matching names to faces or remembering the words to a song. Because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain, it impairs cognitive functioning, even in younger people.

Medications. Certain medications are often instrumental in memory loss; however, if you’ve been taking your medicine over a long period of time, you may not attribute your memory lapses with your prescriptions.

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5 Common Symptoms of Adult ADD/ADHD

5 Common Symptoms of Adult ADD/ADHDThe diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are often associated with children; however, ADD and ADHD are also common in adults. Individuals with ADD or ADHD are often misunderstood because impulsivity and lack of focus often interfere with work, social situations, and family dynamics.

Although many individuals are diagnosed during childhood, it is possible that you or someone you know could be living with ADD or ADHD and not be aware of it. Read on to discover five common symptoms of these disorders.

Difficulty staying motivated. Individuals with ADD/ADHD have a difficult time staying motivated. For instance, they may begin a task with enthusiasm but soon thereafter get bored or lose interest. Because their brains have lower levels of dopamine, their motivation levels are, consequently, low as well.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved in motivation. Therefore, individuals with ADD/ADHD are naturally wired to lower levels of long-term inspiration. Because they tend to get overwhelmed easily and have difficulty prioritizing tasks, they often feel stressed when there are unfinished tasks at hand.

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5 Simple Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

5 Simple Remedies for Seasonal AllergiesAllergies. If you have them, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to get through your day with the sneezing, wheezing, and overall feeling of malaise. Approximately 50 million individuals in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. This equates to nearly 30% of adults and 40% of children. While there is no cure, there are steps you can take to relieve some of your discomfort.

Here are five simple remedies for calming allergy symptoms.

Wash your hair at night. If pollen throws you into a sneezing, wheezing fit or makes your eyes water, try shampooing your hair at night before going to bed. Since pollen collects in your hair during the day and deposits on your pillow as you sleep, allergy symptoms often intensify at night. If you use hair mousse or gel, your hair will trap even more allergens. Therefore, you’ll also want to wash your pillows and bedding to ensure that there is no lingering pollen in your bedroom.

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Do You Experience Chronic Fatigue?

Do You Experience Chronic Fatigue?It’s not uncommon to experience occasional tiredness, especially if you have had a restless night, have been sick, or have engaged in heavy physical labor. However, if you feel tired all the time despite your best efforts to get enough sleep, you may be experiencing chronic fatigue.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of tiredness that is not relieved by rest and lasts for a period of at least six months. CFS goes beyond just feeling tired; it causes individuals to feel so run down that they find it difficult – and, at times, impossible – to function and engage in daily activities.

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Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney StonesApproximately one million individuals develop kidney stones each year. If you’ve had them, you know just how excruciating the experience can be.

The symptoms may begin as a pain in your back or side – just below the ribs – and often radiates with variations in intensity. Eventually, the pain becomes worse and gravitates toward your groin. Regardless of whether they are as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball, kidney stones can be very painful.

Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, frequent and painful urination, foul-smelling urine, and urine that is pink, red, or brown.

Kidney stones form from soluble salts in the urine, such as calcium-oxalate, calcium phosphate, and struvite. These substances form crystals and can bind with other crystals, forming a stone. Although they do not usually cause pain while in the kidneys, stones can become very painful as they pass through the bladder and out the urethra.

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