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Taking care of skin tears

Skin tears can occur in any person, but people with delicate skin, the elderly and neonates are more prone to getting them than others. This is also because elderly people and neonates are often dependent on other people for their care and sometimes even something as little as a long fingernail can cause a skin tear. Depending on the intensity and the depth of the skin tear, it can be a serious problem, especially if not handled properly and with care. A skin tear basically occurs when trauma causes the upper layer of the skin to separate from the lower layer. If treated with care and precaution, a skin tear can heal pretty soon.

When a person gets a skin tear, the first thing to do is to stop the bleeding. This can be achieved by putting pressure on the wound. Once the bleeding stops, the next step is cleaning the wound properly and disinfecting it. The best way to do this using warm saline water. When cleaning the wound, it is important to do it gently. Rubbing the skin will only make the tear worse and the wound will become aggravated.
After the wound is clean, it should be covered with a bandage. Using an ointment is a good idea, but this should not been done without the consultation of a doctor. Once the wound is bandaged, the dressing has to be changed every second day. With skin tears, the chance of the wound getting infected is very real. When changing the dressing, it is important to check for signs of infection and to call the doctor immediately if anything is in an untoward condition.
Skin tears usually do not require sutures or staples, as the cuts are not that deep and sutures can do more damage than helping. If the skin needs to be patched up before dressing the wound, it is better to use surgical glue which is easily available and simple to use. However, if the tear is too deep and has been caused by blunt force trauma or an attack, rather than the skin being too sensitive, proper medical attention is needed and sutures might be required to close the wound properly.

Most skin tears can be avoided if the care providers are vigilant when handling the elderly or the neonates. Trimming nails, staying clear of sharp objects and gently handling the persons can make a lot of difference. Dry skin also contributes to skin tears so moisturizing the skin regularly can help keep it soft and safe from tears. Cortisone creams, used for an extended period of time, can also cause the skin to become more sensitive and thus susceptible to skin tears. Some diseases such as renal failure and heart problems can also put an individual at a higher risk of skin tears as the medication for these conditions and its overall effects have a negative impact on the skin’s elasticity.

Skin tears can occur anywhere on the body and there is no specific area which is more prone to get these. However, an area where there is already a skin tear becomes more liable to new skin tears.

Different Ways to Learn Self Defense

In the past, self-defense training used to be popular only among men. But now, there are many children and women even those pregnant ones who train for basic self-defense. Over the years, many people find it necessary to learn how to defend themselves in case they are being attacked by bad elements. Criminals now are more aggressive in attacking their victims such that they even attack in public places and in broad daylight. Some are even attacked inside their own homes. And anybody can fall victim. But the most vulnerable are young children and pregnant women.

There are several ways how you can learn self-defense. One way is by enrolling in a martial arts class where the instructor can teach you the basic moves to more complex ones. When you train in a formal school, there is a curriculum being followed depending on the type of self-defense you are learning. Normally, it also includes sparring sessions so that you can test the skills you have learned. Another advantage is that you could also make use of the facilities in the school such as the punching bags and other equipment.

Other people who like special training also employ a personal trainer, although this option can be more expensive. In the long run, it is also more beneficial because your trainer will be more focused on teaching you rather than teaching several students at one time. This approach is more applicable if you really like to master a particular skill or if you like to join tournaments.

If you have a limited time and budget but still would like to know the basic moves to defend yourself against an attack, there are helpful videos online that can help you train on your own. Many of them can be found in YouTube. Just simply search for self-defense moves and you will find numerous videos under this category. Aside from videos, there are also reading materials that teach about techniques and moves in self-defense.

Lastly, you could also learn self-defense by observing some animals known for their self-defense mechanisms. One of them is hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are exotic pets that are naturally shy and cautious because they are prey to bigger animals in the wild. When hedgehogs are raised as pets, they are normally kept in hedgehog cages by their owners. Inside their cages, they normally hide in their hideaways to escape from the peeking eyes of people. But when you let them out of their cages and they feel threatened, they normally roll into a ball with their spines becoming more pointed. This is how they defend themselves. Just like hedgehogs, you should also be cautious at all times. Be always ready with your defense so that anytime you feel endangered, you can protect yourself or the people with you.

Learning self-defense is beneficial for your safety. You have different options on how to learn it. You should be able to learn the basic moves so that you will be ready to protect yourself in case you are put in a situation when you have to do so.

Common Reasons for Tooth Pain

One of the top reasons why people visit their dentist is to get tooth pain relief. Tooth pain can be really painful and can affect anybody from children to elderly. While most people blame tooth decay for tooth pain, there are other factors that may cause it:

Tooth decay

Although it is the most common cause, it is not the only reason why a person may suffer from toothache. When the decay penetrates the inner layer of the tooth and deeper into the pulp, it could cause sharp and intense pain. Sometimes, if the decayed tooth is already infected, it can also result to tooth abscess. And when this happens, you may feel a pulsating and throbbing pain which makes it difficult to identify the tooth causing the pain.

Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease does not just cause gum pain but also tooth pain. When there is infection and inflammation of the gum, it leads to swelling and dull pain in the teeth.

Broken Teeth

For those who are into physical sports and activities like self-defense training, having broken teeth is unavoidable during practice or sparring sessions. Your partner may accidentally punch or kick you on the face which could result to broken or fractured teeth. Even if the fracture is not very deep, it could still cause tooth pain.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Sometimes, even if there is no obvious fracture or crack in your teeth and you don’t have any tooth decay or gum problems, you may still experience tooth pain. This may be caused by cracked tooth syndrome where the defect on the teeth is concealed. This condition normally happens when a person has the habit of chewing gums or grinding his teeth. It may also affect those who have experienced a past tooth injury or those who have large fillings in their teeth. Cracked tooth syndrome can cause severe pain especially when chewing.

Improper Oral Hygiene

Your teeth may detach from the gums due to gum disease or improper oral hygiene. As a result, the roots of the teeth become exposed, causing sensitive teeth to become painful every time they touch hot, cold or sour foods or drinks.

Impacted Wisdom Tooth

An impacted or misaligned wisdom tooth which failed to erupt in the gum line can be extremely painful. As the tooth tries to erupt, it can put pressure on an adjacent tooth, causing a dull pain. Additionally, if a wisdom tooth has just partially erupted, it is prone to bacterial buildup leading to infection that may cause redness and swelling in the gum area and severe pain in the tooth.

Braces

Braces can also cause painful teeth for a brief period of time. The pain is usually more severe when the braces were just tightened or adjusted.

These factors are some of the common causes of tooth pain. Different types of tooth pain require different types of treatment. If you are experiencing painful teeth, the best solution is to see your dentist for proper treatment.

5 Signs of Implantation to Watch Out For

Signs of implantation could be an initial sign of pregnancy. Technically, it happens after around nine days from the date of ovulation, which is the time when a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. Women can have different symptoms of implantation. Some women may not even notice these signs. That is why some women who like to detect implantation or early signs of pregnancy use an implantation calculator to be sure.

Knowing the signs of implantation is especially useful among women who are into self-defense training. Training involves some difficult moves as well as punching and kicking during sparring sessions which could endanger the life of the unborn child. If a woman is not careful enough, getting hit by punches or kicks in the stomach area or getting involved in accidents during training may terminate early pregnancy. Once implantation is detected, women who train for self-defense should exercise precautions during training.

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Antihistamines to Fight Allergies

Many people who train for self-defense experience having to skip training or workouts because of allergies. It could take days or even weeks before they can get back to normal training. And allergies are something that can affect anyone.

Allergy refers to hypersensitive reaction of the body to certain harmless substances. It could also mean an unusual reaction of the body in relation to the increase in the immunoglobulin level. Allergic reactions normally occur when the immune system reacts to allergens. Allergens can enter the body through the digestive system, respiratory system or skin contact. There are three common types of allergens, namely the inhalant allergens (such as pet dander, house mites, pollen, spores), ingestant allergens (eggs, peanut, milk, certain medications), and contactant allergens (such as metals and cosmetic products).

Generally, there is no cure for allergies. However, their symptoms can be controlled using certain medications including antihistamines. But antihistamines cannot give relief to all kinds of allergies. Antihistamines can relieve the symptoms of hay fever, allergic rhinitis, atopic eczema, urticarial, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic reactions due to insect bites and stings. Patients with mild allergic reaction to ingestant allergens may also find relief by taking antihistamines. In some instances, doctors may also recommend antihistamines for patients with fluid in lungs caused by allergic reactions.

How Antihistamines Work

When the body is exposed to allergens, it will trigger the body to release chemicals called antihistamines. Histamines are what causes the skin to itch or the nose to swell when exposed to allergens. To block histamines and stop the symptoms of allergic reaction, you need to take in an antihistamine.

There are different types of antihistamines available which can be categorized into commercial antihistamine and natural antihistamine. Commercial antihistamines are available in capsules, tablets, liquid, eye drops and nasal sprays. Some can be bought over the counter while others are prescription only. Popular brands of prescription antihistamines are Astelin, Astepro Atarax, Vistaril, Clarinex, Cyproheptadine, Emadine eyedrops, Palgic (carbinoxamine) and Xyzal. OTC antihistamines, on the other hand, include Allegra, Benadryl, Dimetane, Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton and Zyrtec (certirizine).

One of the disadvantages of commercial antihistamines is that some people might suffer from their side effects, the most common of which are drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, blurry vision, nausea and vomiting. That is why they resort to using natural antihistamines from plant sources.

There are some herbs that you could easily source from your pantry or backyard garden, which possess strong antihistamine properties. One good example is thyme which can aid in allergic reactions to the skin such as itchiness and skin rashes. Other herbs with antihistamine properties are basil, fennel, chamomile, ginger, parsley, saffron and nettles.

The saying that prevention is better than cure best applies to patients who have a history of allergic reactions to certain allergens. For instance, if you are training for self-defense outdoors and you are allergic to dust, be sure to find a location that is not dusty. If symptoms persist despite taking antihistamines, it is best to see your doctor immediately.

 

Is It Okay to Have a 1,000-Calorie Diet While Training for Self-Defense?

runningPeople who engage in self-defense training are considered to be active. Hence, they have a need for more daily calorie intake. However, it is surprising to know that some of those training for self-defense are on a 1,000 calorie diet. Is it okay to have a 1,000-calorie diet while training for self-defense?

The daily calorie requirement for each person per day greatly varies depending on age, gender and physical activities. For those 19 to 30 years old and engaged in moderate physical activities, the average calorie requirement is between 2,200 and 2,800 calories. If a person is more active, the calorie requirement is increased to an average of 2,400 for females and 3,000 for males. This data is based on the Estimated Energy Requirements (EER).

People on a 1,000-calorie diet combine having a special diet plan with physical activities to lose weight in a shorter span of time. The 1,000-calorie diet focuses primarily on taking in greater amounts of low carb fruits and vegetables because they are high in water and fiber which makes a person feel fuller. The standard nutritional guideline for this diet is composes of between 20 to 35 percent fat calories, at least five servings of vegetables and fruits and less than 300 mg cholesterol.

Calories are considered to be energy-giving foods. If your diet is limited to 1,000 calories, your body may not feel normal. You may suffer from fatigue and become weak and less energetic. That is why it is not recommended to engage in physically demanding activities such as self-defense training if you are on this special diet. Instead, you could do light exercises such as walking. Don’t push yourself to the limit by excessive training and exercise while on a low calorie diet because it can have a detrimental effect on your overall health. If you feel unwell and are starting to develop negative symptoms, you should seek medical assistance immediately.

If you like to lose weight, it is either you choose self-defense training or a low calorie diet. It is not advisable to choose both at the same time because it may take a toll on your health. However, you could have a low calorie diet for a week and rest from training and then resume your normal diet and training in the next week.

When done right, a low-calorie diet may be effective in helping you lose a significant amount of excess weight quickly. And while on this diet plan, it is important to ensure that your body still gets the right amount of nutrition it needs.

So, the general answer is no. While there are many success stories about people losing weight in a 1,000-calorie plan, it does not work for everyone. Some may experience muscle loss rather than fat loss or may even suffer from malnutrition, fatigue and other complications instead of losing weight. It is important that before you embark on any special diet plan, you should first consult a medical expert who can give you more advice on this matter.

 

When Treatment for Bruises May be Necessary

When Treatment for Bruises May be Necessary

 

bruiseTreatment for minor bruises is generally rather straightforward. An application of ice being one of the more commonly used methods. Although this is mostly to keep any swelling down, which can also at times keep the size of the bruise at a minimum. Most of the bruises we suffer tend to be rather mild affairs. They most often are the result of a bump or a fall.  Sometime you might even have unexplained bruising. The area that sustained the bruise will hurt at first, but the pain usually goes away fairly quickly. In its place, a bruise will eventually appear. The harder the bump, or the more damage that has been done to tissues, the larger the bruise will be. It may often be more colorful as well.

 

What a Bruise Is

 

In medical terms a bruise is a contusion. A contusion occurs when blood vessels are damaged to the extent they rupture. Most of these blood vessels lie just under the skin. For the most part they are tiny. The very smallest of them are referred to as capillaries. Should one or more of them break or spring a leak, it’s not quite the same as rupturing an artery. Nevertheless, there will be a loss of blood, which will collect under your skin since it has nowhere else to go. A collection of blood that lies just under the skin and is visible is what we call a bruise. When you receive a bruise it usually lasts for a few days to several weeks. The larger it is, the longer it tends to last. Eventually, your body reabsorbs the blood that has been lost and the bruise goes away.

 

There is usually no treatment for bruises that is needed when they are small, since they are generally harmless. Most bruises for that matter are harmless, although there are some exceptions. In general, the less harmful bruises tend to treat themselves quickly and efficiently. As they do so they will often change color. Color changes can sometimes leave you to wonder if something is going wrong. There should be no cause for alarm. Those color changes are usually an indication that things are going right.

 

The Transition from Red to Brown

 

When a bruise first appears it takes on a reddish color. This is the natural color of the blood, and the reddish color of the bruise is usually retained for a day or two. After that, your bruise may become purplish or blue in color. This is most often the case when there is some swelling involved. Swelling can cause oxygen to be cut off from the site of the bruise. When this happens, the hemoglobin in the blood turns blue.

 

The next thing that could happen is that your bruise will start to turn green. Green is not a natural color in the human body, or at least not one you’re used to seeing very often. The color green is often associated with something terrible like gangrene. That is something like what is happening here, but to a much smaller and usually completely harmless degree. The hemoglobin that had its oxygen cut off will begin to decompose. As it does so, it turns greenish in color. It’s not completely done changing color however. As it’s reabsorbed back into the body, it may turn yellowish or brown in color. Fortunately, all of these color changes are quite natural, and they are quite harmless as well. One could say that you body’s treatment for bruises is not only very effective, but quite colorful.

 

When Treatment May Be Necessary

 

Sometimes a bruise results from a more serious injury than a blow to the skin. Sometimes trauma is not a direct cause, and the bleeding that causes bruising is the result of a medical condition. When this is the case, treatment for bruises, and treatment of the underlying cause is often essential. If you experienced bruising without there being any apparent cause, you should see your doctor. Your problem may not be a serious one, but then again it could be.

 

If you’re experiencing multiple bruises that appear for no apparent reason it may be a sign that something is not as it should be with your autoimmune system. There are some autoimmune diseases in which the system attacks the body’s blood vessels, causing them to leak or rupture with the result being that of multiple bruising. If a bruise appears near your navel, and you have not experienced a blow of any kind to the area, it could be a sign of internal abdominal bleeding. If there is swelling in internal tissues or organs, that swelling could possibly cause bruises to appear on the surface. The bruises are harmless, but what is causing them may not be.

 

Summary

 

The bottom line is if you receive a bruise as the result of a blow or fall, and nothing appears to be strained, sprained, or broken, the bruise shouldn’t require any particular treatment. If on the other hand, you discover a bruise, and you don’t have any idea how it got there, it may be worthwhile having it looked into, especially if there is any associated pain that lingers on. If you suddenly begin to experience multiple bruising, you should definitely see a doctor.

Benefits of Self Defense Training on Children

Self-defense training is an activity that can be equally beneficial to children and adults. The more frequent you train, the more physical and mental benefits you will enjoy. This is especially true among young children who are still very teachable. Parents who know about self-defense could teach their children at home. But the more popular option is to enroll them in after-school training classes.

Here are some of the benefits that your child can get from self-defense training:

  • Safety

Children are most vulnerable and easy targets of criminal elements wherever they are. In school, they can be targeted by bullies. In public places, they are popular victims of attacks and even kidnapping. If your child has basic skills in self-defense, he will be more confident when facing bullies. He can also have a big chance of escaping from an attacker and seek for help.

  • Physical wellness

Self-defense training is a good form of exercise which can help tone the muscles, improve strength, coordination and balance, and promote cardiovascular health. If a child is obese, it is also a good way to lose weight. Various movements and styles involved in the training such as kicking, twisting and turning also help enhance the body’s flexibility and stamina.

  • Mental wellness

It takes more than just strength to defeat an opponent in any sparring session during training. It also needs quick planning, focus and concentration. When a child becomes good in these qualities, he can also apply them in school to achieve better academic performance.

  • Development of positive characters

Children who are taking up self-defense lessons tend to have higher self-confidence and self-esteem. They also become more responsible individuals as they learn to manage their time between school and training. Also, these trainings help them learn to become more respectful of adults and weaker people. All these attributes make them excel among their peers. Some of them even become student leaders.

Self-defense training really offers many benefits for children. There is no such thing as too early to learn self-defense. Even toddlers can learn it from their parents.

While most parents prefer to send their children for self-defense training when they are already old enough to go to school, you may start introducing some proper and basic techniques to them while still toddlers. There are many video materials that can help you on this task. However, it is important to always make sure that the children are in good health before starting every training session. Even minor health problems such as toddler constipation or diarrhea in toddlers may cause your little one to lose focus on training. Their health condition may also worsen when they are stressed out while sick.

Self-defense offers many benefits to people of all ages including toddlers and children. If you are interested to let your child learn about self-defense, options include training at home or going to formal school. But let your child decide on which type of training to choose. And always guide your child to use self-defense techniques responsibly.

Getting to Know More About the Health Risks of Tattoos

 

Many students in self-defense classes are proud owners of tattoos. In fact, it is common to find some men having one or more tattoos on their arms or chest. Tattoos are also as equally popular among women. In fact, according to one survey, the chest tattoos for men and side tattoos for girls are perhaps the most popular tattoos among those who have them.

chest tattooFor many men, knowing self-defense and having a tattoo is a complete package of a masculine look. It is becoming the “in” thing. And girls are following this trend, although many of them choose to have tattoos on body parts that can be easily hidden by clothes like at the side or on the tummy.

A tattoo is a permanent body art. This is done by inserting colored pigments into the top layer of the skin using a hand-help machine that works like a sewing machine. Every puncture of the needle leaves a tiny droplet of ink to the skin. And it is done without using anesthetics. Understandably, the whole procedure can be painful. But that is the easiest part of having a tattoo. Once you decide you want to get rid of it will be the hardest part. Tattoos are almost impossible to remove. Although it can be removed, the removal can be costly and there is no assurance that the ink will be completely removed without leaving a scar.

Additionally, having a tattoo poses some health risks which you should know about. It is best that you are well-informed so you will know if having a tattoo is really for you or not:

  • Allergic reactions – Tattoo dyes especially those that are colored green, yellow, red and blue are known to cause allergic reactions including itchy rash or redness in the tattooed area. And this can occur even after months or years after getting the tattoo.
  • Skin infections – Pain, swelling or pus-like drainage are just some of the skin infections you might get after getting a tattoo. And they could also go on for months or years.
  • Other skin problems – Tattooing may also lead to keloids or bumps. Keloids are raised areas of the skin which is a result of an overgrowing scar tissue.
  • Blood-borne diseases – There are also blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus and even HIV that can be transferred to you if the equipment used especially the needle are not sterilized or are contaminated.
  • Other complications – In certain cases, patients with tattoos who are subjected to MRI imaging may develop certain complications such as a burning sensation or swelling. In some cases, tattoos may also interfere with the quality of image that can be generated by the MRI.

It is said that tattoos can be used to express one’s individuality. It is a form of art that may find favor in the eyes of some audiences. However, before deciding on getting a tattoo, you must first consider the inherent risks associated with it.