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Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

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No one enjoys having acid reflux. This is a condition that can cause you to end up actually regurgitating some of your food and thereby having it back in your mouth hours after eating. That’s a rather disgusting thought and it’s not something that will win you many points for hosting. On top of this though, acid reflux can also be very painful. That’s because it is actually caused by the esophageal sphincter opening up and thereby allowing food to travel back up the food pipe and into the mouth. Problem is that it isn’t just food that travels up – you’ll also get the bile and stomach acids in the stomach free of charge, which cause a nasty burning sensation in the chest. This is what many of us will refer to as heartburn – though the two don’t necessarily always occur together. Th...

Natural Remedies for an Ear Infection

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An ear infection is a painful and unpleasant condition that can not only hurt but also make it very difficult to hear what people are saying. That might sound like a minor annoyance, but just wait until you experience it for yourself. This is incredibly frustrating as you feel like you’re walking around in a bubble. You can’t hear anything anyone has to say to you, people have to keep repeating themselves and it can even feel dangerous when you’re crossing the road or doing other things where you need all of your awareness. But an ear infection is more than just a painful blocked ear. The clue is in the name: this is also an infection and as such it means that you have some form of bacteria or virus causing the pain. This means you can also expect to feel all the unwanted symptoms of an...

Remedies to Treat Vertigo

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If you have ever experienced real vertigo, then you’ll know it’s no laughing matter. Not only can this make you feel very unsettled on your feet and potentially put you at risk of falling, but it can also make you feel sick and nauseous. In some cases, it might even trigger actual bouts of vomiting. The reason for this is that vertigo can confuse the body. When the alignment of the input coming from the ears doesn’t line up with the input coming from the eyes this tells the body: something is wrong. It then suspects poison and thus you can find yourself feeling sick. You know when the room spins because you’ve had too much alcohol? That’s what your body thinks is happening and thus you feel unwell as well as unsteady. So where does this come from, to begin with? There are actually...

Remedies for a Sore Throat

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A sore throat is certainly no fun. Not only is it painful (hence the name!) but it can also make a lot of tasks less enjoyable. You might wake yourself with painful snoring in the night (as well as your partner!), you may lose your voice and struggle to talk and food will certainly lose its luster. That’s the most offensive part of all… There are many potential causes of a sore throat. Most often we will associate this ailment with colds and flu but actually it can come about for a whole host of reasons. Other common causes for instance include allergies – which can likewise cause inflammation and discomfort, singing too loudly, smoking, and more. Whatever the case, it is important that you address the root cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. That way, you can ease the disc...

Natural Remedies for the Hiccups

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If you’ve ever had the hiccups then you’ll know just how frustrating and upsetting this can be. Hiccups prevent you from being able to relax and rest and they can even get in the way of sleep. They can be embarrassing too – being only one step removed from belching – and they can be a real challenge to get rid of. Every time you think you’re done with hiccups, one comes back and ruins your optimism! The good news is that there are ways to overcome hiccups, you just need to know what’s causing them in the first place and what you can do to address the problem at its root. So, what does cause hiccups? This is actually caused by spasms in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that sits just below the lungs and which flexes in order to help us inhale and exhale. When this begin...

Home Remedies for Dizziness

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It’s a horribly unsettling feeling when you get a bout of dizziness and it can make you feel very unsteady on your feet. Not only can you feel at risk of falling through, but it can also make you feel less trusting in your own body and less certain of your reality. You might wonder if the world really is moving and you might even second guess whether you’ve been drinking! And this is actually exactly what happens in the body too. You see, your body will often associate a mixed signal from different senses as being a sign that you’ve been poisoned or you are very ill. Thus, it begins to want to purge the system and you can, therefore, start to feel sick and nauseous and you might even be sick. This only adds insult to injury as the world spins and it’s just one more reason to deal with t...

Home Remedies for Pink Eye

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Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a condition that affects the conjunctiva, the mucus membrane that lines the surface of the eye and the eyelid. When the conjunctiva is healthy, it is clear; however, when it is irritated or when an infection occurs, the white portion of the eye becomes swollen and red, thus causing the eye to look puffy and pink in appearance; hence the name “pink eye.” Pink Eye Types and Causes There are different types of pink eye, and each type is associated with a different cause. Here is a look at the different types of pink eye and the factors that cause each type to occur: – Viral pink eye. This type of conjunctivitis is caused by a virus, such as the common cold. The virus enters the eye and affects the lining of the eye and the eyelid....

Easy Ways to Achieve Sciatica Pain Relief

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There are a few conditions that are more unpleasant and distracting that sciatic nerve pain. This is pain caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve, or by other forms of irritation. Either way, this means disruption for the largest nerve in the human body and that can in turn interrupt the flow of information to the brain from the legs and vice versa. This can then result in discomfort as the nerve sends faulty pain signals but it can also lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, and even difficulty moving the desired limb. If you’ve ever woken up in the night and found that you’ve been lying on your arm in an awkward way, then you may be familiar with how this makes it difficult to the move the limb and how it causes it to become weak, numb and even somewhat ‘floppy’. And it ma...

Sciatica Treatments

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Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain in the legs and the lower back. It often also presents with tingling, numbness, and weakness in the lower limbs. This is the largest nerve in the human body and carries a huge number of signals between the legs and the brain. Sciatica is caused by pressure placed on the nerve. This can be pressure caused by a damaged bone or joint, it can be pressure caused by a sprained or torn muscle, or it can be pressure caused by infection. Because sciatica can have such a range of causes, the precise symptoms can vary slightly. The pain can be felt in different parts of the legs and the back and it might feel more like numbness and tingling, or more like sharp, shooting pains. At the same time, this also means that sciatica needs to be treated di...

Home Remedies for Lice

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Your head is itching uncontrollably and you fear the worst-case scenario: you have lice. Upon further investigation, you discover that you have, in fact, been invaded by these parasites. Lice are small parasites that attach themselves to human hair and feed off of blood. Though lice can affect any part of the body that is covered with hair, the most common spot these parasites take up residence is on the head. That’s because this part of the body usually has the most hair. An infestation of head lice is medically referred to as Pediculosis capitals. Head lice are extremely contagious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12 million people are affected by head lice every year in the United States. Though it is believed that people who do not exe...