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Archive for the ‘Diseases and Condition’ Category

Dark eye circles are a beauty nightmare. But more than that, do you know that these unsightly discolorations beneath your eyes can also represent some serious health problems? Many people are not aware of this, but dark circles under the eyes can serve as a good indicator of one’s health condition and weakness.

Dark eye circles can imply deficiencies in your kidneys or they can also mean unhealthful sugar levels in your bloodstream. It could also be due to iron deficiency or because of the medicine that you are taking. There are certain drugs that can make the blood vessels under your eyes dilated. When this happens, blood flow will increase and become visible on your skin. Knowing the causes of your problems should prompt you to deal with them immediately. In the end, eliminating the dark circles under your eyes will help you avoid health complications and, of course, allow you to look more attractive.

My mother was hospitalized due to Gerd or acid reflux, she didn’t knew at first what’s her ailment was, she thought it was just a simple stomach ache. So i searched some info about it so i could share to her when we visit her tomorrow. Here’s what I’ve learned from medicinenet.com.

GERD (acid reflux) facts:

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which the acidified liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus. The cause of GERD is complex and may involve multiple causes.

GERD may damage the lining of the esophagus, thereby causing inflammation (esophagitis), although this is uncommon.
The symptoms of uncomplicated GERD include:
heartburn,
regurgitation, and
nausea.

Complications of GERD include:
ulcers and strictures of the esophagus,
Barrett’s esophagus,
cough and asthma,
throat and laryngeal inflammation,
inflammation and infection of the lungs, and
a collection of fluid in the sinuses and middle ear.

GERD may be diagnosed or evaluated by a variety of procedures and tests.

GERD is treated with life-style changes, diet, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs (for example, antacids, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), pro-motility drugs), and surgery.

My friend was confined in the hospital because she was diagnosed having gallstone. What is a gallstone or gallbladder stone? according to Wikipedia:

A gallstone is a crystalline concretion formed within the gallbladder by accretion of bile components. These calculi are formed in the gallbladder, but may pass distally into other parts of the biliary tract such as the cystic duct, common bile duct, pancreatic duct, or the ampulla of Vater.

Presence of gallstones in the gallbladder may lead to acute cholecystitis, an inflammatory condition characterized by retention of bile in the gallbladder and often secondary infection by intestinal microorganisms, predominantly Escherichia coli and Bacteroides species. Presence of gallstones in other parts of the biliary tract can cause obstruction of the bile ducts, which can lead to serious conditions such as ascending cholangitis or pancreatitis. Either of these two conditions can be life-threatening, and are therefore considered to be medical emergencies.

gallbladder stone

Because of what happened to her, i became conscious with my gall bladder’s health and condition. Another friend posted in her blog that it is hard to tell the the presence of gallstone because it has no symptoms. A person may only experience intense pain in the upper-right side of the abdomen when it is already in advanced stage.

What causes gallstone? Is it because of poor diet? Well according to Wikipedia, there’s no clear relationship has been proven between diet and gallstone formation; however, low-fiber, high-cholesterol diets and diets high in starchy foods have been suggested as contributing to gallstone formation.

Other nutritional factors that may increase risk of gallstones include rapid weight loss, constipation, eating fewer meals per day, eating less fish, and low intakes of the nutrients folate, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin C. On the other hand, wine and whole-grain bread may decrease the risk of gallstones.

I’m planning to have a gallbladder cleansing, I’ve undergone a lot of surgical operations and i don’t want to encounter another one. A friend shared her cleansing recipe with me. She tried it on herself and the gallstones were successfully flushed out.