Thyroid Condition Symptoms In Men

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to Tell if you Have a Thyroid Problem?
    I'm 19 years old and overweight. I've tried dieting i the past, didn't do much (if anything). My grandmother has a thyroid condition. With her medication she doesn't gain any weight (in fact, she can eat anything). Neither of my parents have thyroid problems. Is thyroid-ism passed genetically? Does it skip a generation? How can you tell if you have it? Any information about thyroid ism is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid disease tends to run in families, and tends to affect women more than men. Three generations of women, including myself, on my mother's side of the family all have thyroid disorders of one type or another. There is a possibilty that thyroid disease has run undetected on my father's side as well.
      If you are having trouble losing weight, feel tired all the time, are depressed, have dry, brittle hair and nails, feel bloated and are constipated, and are sensitive to cold, then you may have what is called hypothyroidism. This means that the thyroid is not producing enough hormones, which regulate the body's metabolism. A simple blood test that looks for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T3, and T4 can determine if your thyroid is to blame. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland to make the thyroid work. If your TSH levels are high, then you may have hypothyroidism.
      If your TSH levels are low, then you may have the opposite: hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. Symptoms include: weight loss, increased appetite, sensitivity to heat, oily hair and skin, hair loss, tremors, fatigue, anxiety, high blood pressure and pulse, and heart palpitations. People with hyperthyroidism may find that they can eat what they want and not gain much or any weight.
      Since you have a family history of thyroid problems, it might not hurt to see your doctor about it. You can expect a blood test, and to wait a week or so for the results. Thyroid problems are manageable and you will be able to live a normal life.
      Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for someone who has a low thyroid count?
    I have a low thyroid count and am trying to lose some extra weight that was gained, and I didn't know if there was certain foods that you should eat for a low thyroid count?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have hypothyroidism, you need to see a doctor.

      If you do not have hypothyroidism, don't monkey with your hormone levels because there is no such thing as a free lunch and if you screw with your thyroid, you can mess it up and bring on hypo/hyperthyroidism.

      If you cook with table salt, you are getting sufficient iodine. If you are cooking only with kosher or sea salt, you need to go out and get some table salt and use it in your cooking when you don't need a specific texture, as with kosher salt on meats.

      "They" put iodine in table salt because before they did that, the common person would not get enough and it leads to health problems.

      Humans consume a rather predictable amount of salt each day and it was for the health benefit of all that his became mandated.

      You obviously don't understand the damage you can do to yourself if you fu*k with your thyroid. Please, don't do it.

      Below is information on iodine deficiency and you can google "Hypothyroidism" for more info on that.

      Raw Foods That Hurt Your Thyroid
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Raw-Foods-That-Hurt-Your-Thyroid&id=418151

      Hypothyroidism: University of Maryland
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/hypothyroidism-000093.htm

      Iodine Deficiency
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/umioddef.htm
      Iodine deficiency is caused by a lack of iodine, a chemical element essential to the body's physical and mental development, in a person's diet. It is the single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage in the world.

      Is iodine deficiency common in the United States?
      Iodine deficiency is now rare in the U.S. as a result of widespread distribution of foods from iodine sufficient areas. The incidence of iodine deficiency occurs in certain geographical areas at higher altitudes with iodine depleted soil - usually in areas away from the seacoast and in countries where salt is not fortified with iodine.

      Does iodine deficiency affect women more than men?
      Iodine deficiency is more prevalent in women than in men, and more common in pregnant women and adolescents.

      What is the role of iodine in the body?
      Iodine is an essential element for thyroid function, necessary for the normal growth, development and functioning of the brain and body. It also influences a variety of metabolic processes in the body (converting food to energy, regulating growth and fertility, and maintaining body temperature).

      What are the effects of iodine deficiency?
      When the body becomes iodine-deficient the consequences can affect a person both physically and mentally. After many months of iodine deficiency a person may develop a goiter (an unsightly swelling of the thyroid gland in front of the neck), hypothyroidism and reduced mental function. It also increases the risk of still birth and infant deaths.

      Iodine-deficient women may give birth to babies with severe mental and neurological impairment. If this deficiency occurs during infancy or childhood, it causes irreversible mental retardation, growth failure, speech and hearing defects, among others. Even mild deficiency may cause a low intellectual capacity.

      What is hypothyroidism?
      Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism that may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Since the thyroid hormone affects growth, development and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

      What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. And patients with mild hypothyroidism often have no symptoms.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism generally become more obvious as the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:
      Fatigue
      Depression
      Modest weight gain
      Cold intolerance
      Excessive sleepiness
      Dry, coarse hair
      Constipation
      Dry skin
      Muscle cramps
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Decreased concentration
      Vague aches and pains
      Swelling of the legs

      As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart, worsening heart failure and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs.

      How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
      If a patient is experiencing the symptoms listed above, a blood test can confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

      How is hypothyroidism treated?
      Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care. Consult your doctor about treatment options available.

      How is iodine deficiency treated?
      Once iodine deficiency is diagnosed, consult your doctor about treatment options. Commonly, iodine preparations are prescribed. In deciding to use iodine preparations, the risks of taking them must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will need to make.

      What foods contain iodine?
      In the United States, iodine is added to table salt so it is the primary food source of iodine. Iodine is also widely available in the following foods:
      Seafood
      Cod
      Sea bass
      Haddock
      Perch
      Kelp
      Dairy products
      Plants grown in soil rich in iodine

  3. QUESTION:
    Can starting Thyroid medication for hypothyroid (Levoxyl) cause your eyes to swell or hurt?
    I had Grave's disease (hyperthyroidism) and had past eye problems. I received Radioactive iodine 6 years ago and my thyroid became normal along w ith my eyes. Now this year I became mildy hypothyroid TSH alittle over 7.40 and everything else normal. I was put on .25 mcg of Levoxyl which I stated taking almost a month ago. Now I am experiencing soreness, burning painful eyesballs. Can the medication be doing this? Its such a small dose and I dont know if the graves eye disease is coming back.

    • ANSWER:
      HI LilJay

      NOt sure about the medication, but here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

      Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

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      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

      Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good thesis statement for legalization of medical marijuana?
    I'm having a little writer's block today. Paper is due tomorrow, but I cannot think of a good thesis statement! Can anyone help me?

    By the way, I am for legalization of medical marijuana due to relief of symptoms in patients suffering from terminal illnesses as well as some psychological disorders. But I need one more reason and I need the thesis to flow smoothly!

    SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      The Gateway Theory:
      "If you speak with the parents of children who have died from the use of hard drugs most of them will inevitably tell you that they started with the use of marijuana." - Robert Mueller - Director of FBI
      "The gateway theory doesn't work. They (hard drug users) likely started by drinking milk, then moved to beer and then to booze etc. Obviously we are not going to agree on this." Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat, Tennessee - In response to Robert Mueller's claim.
      The World Health Organization – “the gateway theory is the least likely of all hypotheses".

      Medical Uses:
      "The truth is cannabinoids kills a large variety of cancer cells. And these have been documented... we have compounds from cannabis that inhibits breast cancer growth, colon cancer, rectal cancer, glaucoma, leukemia, lymphoma, lung cancer, fetal, chromosomal, Sidamo, prostate, skin, thyroid and more... Cannabinoids are the oils of life. Do we need the D.E.A. to tell us not to smoke too much marijuana? What if happens if you take too much marijuana? You fall asleep" - University of Colorado Biologist Dr. Robert Melamead
      Accordint to studies done by The Cannabinoid System Network:
      When you smoke weed it activates the cannabinoid system in your brain and body. This is the largest bundle of nerves in the brain and body. It balances your chemicals, makes you hungry, helps you digest food better, gets nutrients to your cells better, dilates your arteries (what every body builder strives for to help reduce ammonia levels, increase oxygen levels and support nutrient delivery), tells the body to make new neurons, brain cells, skin cells and muscle fibers, aids in the learning process (by creating new neural pathways), reduces insulin rejection, balances glucose levels (insulin rejection and high glucose levels are the two main contributing factors to type 2 diabetes), increases lipid production (specifically that of VLDL which converts to LDL, good cholesterol, and lowers HDL, bad cholesterol.), Helps LDL convert to testosterone in men and estrogen in women (so it is effective in hormone treatment), fills out your cells, gives you a greater pain tolerance and helps you sleep better which increases human growth hormone levels(the main hormone responsible for healing and anti-aging), reduces inflammation, opens up your airways and helps you breath better, raises your metabolism (necessary to processing and burning off fat), increases the function of the immune system and, if smoked sparingly and not in large quantities, gives you more energy. These are conditions within the human body that body builders, nutritionists and health experts attempt through strict diet and extensive exercise to duplicate. The conclusion of this and similar studies is concluded...
      "If marijuana were a new discovery and not a well known substance with cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug" - Journal of Neurology

      Historical uses and current implications:
      The following information comes from the Encyclopedia Britannica, which was printed on Hemp for over 150 years.
      All school books were made from Hemp until the 1880's. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp. For thousands of years 90% of all ships, sails, and rope were made from Hemp. The word Canvas is Dutch for Cannabis. 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linings, drapes, bedsheets etc. were all made from hemp until the 1820's with the invention of the cotton mill. The first bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross's flag, first drafts of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from Hemp. Hemp industrialization goes back to ancient Egypt. China began using Hemp industrially and as medication nearly 5,000 years ago. In 1916 the U.S. government predicted that by the 1940's all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees needed to be cut down. Government studies indicated that 1 acre of Hemp was equal to 4.1 acres of trees, plans were in the works to implement the program. Quality paints and varnishes were made from Hemp seed oil until 1937. 50,000 tons of hemp seeds were used for paint products in 1935. Henry Ford's first model T was constructed to run on Ethanol made from Hemp and the car itself was constructed from fiberglass made from Hemp, the impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel. Bio diesels, oils and ethanol from hemp can replace over 90% of the world's energy needs. In 1938 on the cover of popular mechanics the title read "Hemp called billion dollar crop" It was the first time a cash crop had the potential to exceed a billion dollars. Mechanical engineering magazine printed an article entitled, "The most profitable and desirable crop that can be grown". It stated "If hemp is cultivated using 20th century technology it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the united states and the rest of the world."

  5. QUESTION:
    Over active thyroid treatment can the patient still do hairdressing?
    My Mums hairdresser has an over active thyroid the tablet treatment for the condition if it does not work she may have too have an iodine type tablet which apparently involves radiation.Would she be allowed to go near elderly people to do their hair, I was told the person getting treated must not come into contact with anyone for over 3 weeks my mum has had cancer and is in her 80s im very concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      geordieade,
      It is most unlikely that she will be in contact with clients until after the precautionary period - this will depend on the level of radiation that is given. Iodine 131 is a radioactive isotope of the element iodine and is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, a condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland. Iodine 131 is taken as a pill and works by destroying the cells of the thyroid gland, which eliminates the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Because it is radioactive, patients undergoing this treatment must take special precautions to avoid exposing people around them to radiation until the iodine 131 breaks down and leaves the body. After a stay in the hospital for a few days until the radiation in the body is reduced to safe levels, the patient is allowed home. patients must limit contact with other people as much as possible, especially small children and pregnant women. They should not sit close to people on couches or in vehicles and not let children sit on their lap. They should try to stay in their own room as much as possible and make sure they wear socks or slippers at all times. They must sleep alone and avoid intimate contact with a partner until their doctor allows them to resume normal activity. If possible, they should use a separate bathroom from others in their household for the duration of the precaution period. Men should urinate sitting down to avoid splashing urine, and the toilet should be flushed two to three times with the lid closed after use. Hands should be washed thoroughly after using the bathroom and patients shower at least once a day. All towels, washcloths and other laundry should be kept separate and washed at least twice before being used again by others in their household. These are just the basic precautions. The patient would most definitely be issued with a copy of the full regime that is to be followed.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  6. QUESTION:
    How to treat and what is Hyperthyroidism?
    .I was wondering what can happen if I don't get this treated? I've had it for a long time. It runs in my family.
    My conditions are that I never gain weight, I eat all the time, my heart beats faster when I'm sitting down. I'm also underweight.
    Are there anyone out there that has this treated or have this? What can I do to get it treated?
    Also what is it?
    Thanks for all you answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Definition

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland. The gland makes too much T4 and T3 hormones. Hormones are substances that affect and control many important functions in the body.

      Alternative Names
      Thyrotoxicosis; Overactive thyroid

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      The thyroid gland is located in the neck. It produces several hormones which control the way that every cell in the body uses energy (metabolism). The thyroid is part of the endocrine system.

      Hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis occurs when the thyroid releases too many of its hormones over a short (acute) or long (chronic) period of time. Many diseases and conditions can cause this problem, including:

      Graves disease
      Non-cancerous growths of the thyroid gland or pituitary gland
      Tumors of the testes or ovaries
      Inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the thyroid due to viral infections or other causes
      Ingestion (taking in through the mouth, such as in eating) of large amounts of thyroid hormone
      Ingestion of excessive iodineGraves disease accounts for 85% of all cases of hyperthyroidism.

      Related topics:

      Painless (silent thyroiditis
      Factitious hyperthyroidism
      Hypothyroidism
      Graves disease

      Symptoms

      Weight loss
      Increased appetite
      Nervousness
      Restlessness
      Heat intolerance
      Increased sweating
      Fatigue
      Frequent bowel movements
      Menstrual irregularities in women
      Goiter (visibly enlarged thyroid) may be present
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
      Weakness
      Sleeping difficulty
      Clammy skin
      Skin blushing or flushing
      Bounding pulse
      Nausea and vomiting
      Lack of menstruation
      Itching - overall
      Heartbeat sensations
      Hand tremor
      Hair loss
      Diarrhea
      Breast development in men
      High blood pressure
      Protruding eyes (exophthalmos)

      Signs and tests

      Physical examination may reveal thyroid enlargement or goiter. Vital signs (temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, blood pressure) show increased heart rate. Systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) may be high.

      Laboratory tests that evaluate thyroid function:

      Serum TSH is usually low
      T3 and free T4 are usually high
      This disease may also alter the results of the following tests:
      Vitamin B-12
      TSI
      Triglycerides
      RT3U
      Radioactive iodine uptake
      Glucose test
      Cholesterol test
      Antithyroglobulin antibody

      Treatment

      Treatment varies depending on the cause of the condition and the severity of symptoms. Hyperthyroidism is usually treated with antithyroid medications, radioactive iodine (which destroys the thyroid and stops the excess production of hormones), or surgery to remove the thyroid.

      If the thyroid must be removed with radiation or surgery, replacement thyroid hormones must be taken for the rest of the person's life.

      Beta-blockers like propranolol are used to treat some of the symptoms including rapid heart rate, sweating, and anxiety until the hyperthyroidism can be controlled.

      Expectations (prognosis)

      Hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease is usually progressive and has many associated complications, some of which are severe and affect quality of life.

      These include complications caused by treatment such as use of radioactive iodine, surgery, and medications to replace thyroid hormones. However, hyperthyroidism is generally treatable and rarely fatal.

      Complications

      Heart-related complications include rapid heart rate, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

      Thyroid crisis or storm is an acute worsening of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism that may occur with infection or stress. Fever, decreased mental alertness, and abdominal pain may occur, and immediate hospitalization is needed.

      Hyperthyroidism increases the risk for osteoporosis.
      There may be complications related to surgery, including visible scarring of the neck, hoarseness due to nerve damage to the voice box, and a low calcium level because of damage to the parathyroid glands.

      Complications may be related to replacement of thyroid hormones. If too little hormone is given, symptoms of under-active thyroid can occur including fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, mild weight gain, depression, and slowing of mental and physical activity. If too much hormone is given, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism will come back.

      Calling your health care provider

      Call your health care provider if you have symptoms which could be caused by excessive thyroid hormone production. If the symptoms are associated with a rapid, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, or change in consciousness, go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911).

      Call your health care provider if treatment for hyperthyroidism induces symptoms of under-active thyroid, including mental and physical sluggishness, weight gain, and depression.

      Prevention

      There are no general prevention measures to prevent hyperthyroidism.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is an actual, easy to understand definition of graves disease?
    I am a teen and when i tell people i have graves disease they never know what it is. Like yesterday, I went for an appointment and my crush asked my friends where I was and the dears they are told him I was at the hospital! And I didn't know how to explain to him my condition. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your thyroid gland and causes it to overproduce the hormone thyroxine.

      The abnormal immune response can affect the tissue behind your eyes as well as parts of your skin. The higher thyroxine level in Graves' disease can greatly increase your body's metabolic rate, leading to host of health problems.

      Graves' disease is rarely life-threatening. Although it may develop at any age and in either men or women, Graves' disease is more common in women and usually begins after age 20.

      There's no way to stop your immune system from attacking your thyroid gland, but treatments for Graves' disease can ease symptoms and decrease the production of thyroxine.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I be producing breast milk all of a sudden?
    This is crazy! I am a 45-year-old, divorced mother of two, and have not had sex with a man in over six years. I had a partial hysterectomy last year, so I have no uterus, but still have my ovaries, and I have been considered perimenopausal by my doctor for a couple of years now. I breast fed my children as babies, and any woman who's done so knows that the sensation created by milk letting down is unmistakeable. Well, a week ago I began experiencing it out of the blue, but attributed it to my imagination since my last "baby" is now ten. But this morning I had the sensation again so strongly (and also discovered that I can make it come on by just thinking about it happening), and I was shocked when actual drops of milk began to leak from my breasts!!! It is not clear fluid; looks exactly like breast milk. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
    Oh, dear. I'm glad I asked this question and took this symptom seriously. Thanks to the first responder who mentioned prolactin, I just did a little research and found that there are several possible causes, and that I really do need to get this check out ASAP! Hopefully, it is just a side effect of some psychotrophic medications I'm taking.

    • ANSWER:
      Someone asked a similar question at netdoctor.co.uk.:

      Question:
      My breasts are leaking milk but pregnancy test is negative Yesterday my breasts started to leak milk. I did a pregnancy test today that proved negative. My breasts are not sore or painful. I breastfed my daughter but stopped 18 months ago. It is definitely breast milk, without a bad smell or an odd colour. What is causing this?

      Answer:
      You were right to carry out a pregnancy test because this could cause some discharge as it is relatively soon after your last pregnancy. Also, the stimulation of the breast tissue which occurs in early pregnancy is quite capable of causing some leakage of milk. However, you are not pregnant so this is not responsible. It is worth mentioning that nipple stimulation, especially if prolonged during foreplay, can cause milky nipple discharge in some women, so bear this in mind as a possibility. Your breasts are not sore or painful so mastitis is very unlikely to be the problem. Oral contraception can cause some discharge. I see from your details that you stopped taking the Pill 10 days ago, so if that were the cause, the problem should be coming to an end now. One condition that can produce a milky or clear discharge is galactorrhoea, where an imbalance of hormones within the body can stimulate secretion. Certain medication may be to blame, particularly those used in treatments for some psychiatric problems, but thyroid disorders and very occasionally small benign brain tumours of the pituitary gland can lead to milk production. The discharge, you say, is definitely breast milk, which is reassuring because the investigation of any blood-stained discharge would be more urgent. My advice would be to see your doctor to undergo a breast examination and to start some simple tests to see which of the above possibilities could be responsible for your symptoms. On the face of it, it does not sound like anything to worry unduly about.
      Yours sincerely
      The Medical Team
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/womenshealth/205672.html

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some conditions that can cause this on a woman?
    Hair loss on the scalp area and sudden abnormal hair growth on arms, wrists, hands, fingers, sideburns, eyebrows, face and feet?

    Some possibilities that I am already aware of are poly-cystic ovary syndrome and thyroid problems, however, as far as know, PCOS causes only hair growth and thyroid problems only cause hair loss.

    I am looking for a condition that causes BOTH simultaneously. Please help me. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS can cause hair loss.
      If you are anorexic, then that causes hair growth all over the body as a response to starvation, plus it causes hair loss on the head as a response to starvation.

      Are you sleeping with a man who uses topical testosterone? If so, that could get onto you and cause those symptoms.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the chances this is something serious?
    I am a 14 y.o. girl and i have Hoshimoto's disease. ive been taking medication almost as long as i can remember for it and i go in for my annual checkup. today i went and she found a nodule on my thyroid and im freaked out..what if its serious and its cancer? what are the chances that it is?
    PS. a month ago i had an achy feeling in my throid and iver summer i play lacrosse and i got hit in the throat with the ball really hard.

    • ANSWER:
      Catching a lacrosse ball in the throat had to have hurt big time. I got hit with a lacrosse ball near the top of my thigh once. I was lame for days. I would have had to go to the doctor, but Dad was a sports trainer and knew what to do. It's likely the bruising to your thyroid has caused a small nodule.

      From the Mayo clinic.

      Complications
      By Mayo Clinic staff

      Left untreated, an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) caused by Hashimoto's disease can lead to a number of health problems:

      Goiter. Constant stimulation of your thyroid to release more hormones may cause the gland to become enlarged, a condition known as goiter. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common causes of goiter. Although generally not uncomfortable, a very large goiter can affect your appearance and may interfere with swallowing or breathing.
      Heart problems. Hashimoto's disease also may be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, primarily because high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol — can occur in people with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart and, in rare cases, heart failure.
      Mental health issues. Depression may occur early in Hashimoto's disease and may become more severe over time. Hashimoto's disease can also cause sexual desire (libido) to decrease in both men and women and can lead to slowed mental functioning.
      Myxedema (mik-suh-DEE-muh). This rare, life-threatening condition can develop due to long-term hypothyroidism as a result of untreated Hashimoto's disease. Its signs and symptoms include intense cold intolerance and drowsiness followed by profound lethargy and unconsciousness. A myxedema coma may be triggered by sedatives, infection or other stress on your body. Myxedema requires immediate emergency medical treatment.
      Birth defects. Babies born to women with untreated hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's disease may have a higher risk of birth defects than do babies born to healthy mothers. Doctors have long known that these children are more prone to intellectual and developmental problems. There may be a link between hypothyroid pregnancies and birth defects, such as cleft palate. A connection also exists between hypothyroid pregnancies and heart, brain and kidney problems in infants. If you're planning to get pregnant or if you're in early pregnancy, be sure to have your thyroid level checked.

      Nowhere does it reference a link between Hashimoto's disease and thyroid cancer.

  11. QUESTION:
    What causes a man to be sterile?
    What causes some men to be sterile? Can a yeast infection that he caught from his wife cause this? And what are the signs of a yeast infection in men, is chunky semen one of them???

    • ANSWER:
      It is rare and never been known to Sterilize the semen of a male.
      or a female in that fact.

      BALANITIS

      What is balanitis? The term Balanitis is used to describe all inflammation of the skin covering the foreskin and/or head (glans) of the penis.

      Symptoms
      •reddening of foreskin or penis
      •rashes, white bumps, on the head of the penis
      •pain or soreness of the penis and foreskin
      •pungent discharges

      Causes

      The male yeast infection symptoms – redness, inflammation, irritation – are all consistent with this general condition. However, many problems other than yeast infection could be the cause.

      Balanitis is usually caused by poor hygiene especially in uncircumcised men. The inflammation can also be due to a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, caustic soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing. Another common cause is from allergies, such as those of latex and chemicals used in condoms or skincare products. Several other diseases, including Reiter's syndrome and lichen sclerosis, erythema multiforme, can also cause balanitis.

      Causes of Male Yeast Infection
      There are a number of causes of yeastinfection in men. These include:

      Diabetes. Elevated sugar in urine encourages bacterial and yeast growth.
      Low immunity, which can result from other conditions, such as an under-active thyroid gland, chronic stress, Lyme disease, and HIV.
      Sexual transmission from a female with a vaginal yeast infection. Although yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STDs). While it is possible to contract one through sexual relations, sex is a rare source of infection.
      Antibiotics. An antibiotic can kill beneficial bacteria found on the penis and in the crotch.
      Condoms with nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant may contribute to an anal yeast infection.
      Continual masturbation.
      Poor personal hygiene.

      Reasons for Extra Caution
      Men who are not circumcised should be even more careful with their personal hygiene. This includes cleaning properly beneath their foreskins. This is because the warm, moist folds of the foreskin create an ideal environment for yeast to thrive. The area must be kept clean and dry to help prevent an infection. If symptoms appear, a physician can treat it and suggest a cure, including a natural remedy.

      Effects of an Untreated Infection
      Treating a yeast infection is very important. Otherwise, the result is discomfort and inconvenience. You may also end up passing it to your uninfected partner. Although a recurring yeast infection tends to be uncommon and is considered relatively minor, it is still important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms.

      A male yeast infection can be easily treated with a male yeast infection home remedy, such as antifungal creams or ointments. Anti-fungal preparations are available with or without a prescription. To make sure, it is always best to get a diagnosis from your doctor first before you treat it. It is also recommended that you avoid sex during treatment. An oil-based cream treatment also tends to weaken or break condoms.

      wish u luck

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any store you can buy a product to help you with gynecomastia that isnt online?
    im not to big, but one problem i've always had was dealing with my man boobs. i've tried working them out and tryed dieting, but nothing seems to work. I dunno if i have gnecomastia, but i think it may be a possibility. Please if anyone can knows what i can do or where i can get something to help me out i would be extremely greatful.

    • ANSWER:
      What is gynecomastia?

      Gynecomastia is overdevelopment of the male breast. The glandular tissue of the breast swells, usually in response to an excess of the female hormone estrogen or a lack of testosterone, a male hormone. It occurs in babies, adolescent boys, and older men.

      What causes gynecomastia?

      In newborns, gynecomastia is caused by estrogen from the mother. It usually goes away in 2 to 3 weeks after birth.

      In adolescent boys, gynecomastia is caused by the hormonal changes of puberty. About one-third of 13- and 14-year-old boys are affected.

      When gynecomastia occurs in adult males, it is usually caused by an underlying condition, such as liver or lung cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, overactive thyroid, or hormone problems, such as cancer of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, or testicles. Alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin use also may cause gynecomastia.

      Use of certain medications may also cause gynecomastia, including:

      Steroids, such as prednisone or Hexadrol.
      Medications used to treat ulcers (such as cimetidine).
      Medications used to treat epilepsy (such as phenytoin [Dilantin]).
      Digitalis and other heart medications.
      Chemotherapy drugs, especially alkylating agents, a family of anticancer drugs that interfere with cells' DNA and inhibit cancer cell growth.
      Antiandrogen drugs (such as flutamide, cyproterone, and spironolactone).
      Antianxiety and antidepressant medications (such as diazepam [Valium] and tricyclic antidepressants).
      What are the symptoms?

      In addition to having enlarged breasts, men or boys with gynecomastia may notice their breasts feel rubbery or firm. Boys may have a breast bud on one or both sides about the size of a nickel or quarter. Breast buds may last up to 18 months but usually go away on their own.

      How is gynecomastia diagnosed?

      Gynecomastia can usually be diagnosed from a physical examination and medical history. In most cases, tests are not necessary. However, if the breast lump is unusually large, one-sided, tender, or hard and fixed, other tests may be done to rule out other problems.

      How is it treated?

      Gynecomastia in babies and adolescents normally does not require treatment and will usually resolve on its own. If caused by medication or disease, stopping the medication or treating the disease will often cure the gynecomastia. If caused by a lack of testosterone and increase in estrogen, hormonal treatment may be prescribed.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

      1. How to prevent Sunburn* & scope for consequential skin cancer, Melanoma, etc: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. Timely exposure of body ensures safe and sufficient production of Vitamin D by Ur body. During strong winds, no exposure to sunlight, please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own risk for skin cancer/melanoma

      2. The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Spleen, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      ‘Target Therapy’ [Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies] proved to be effective for all types of cancer [including brain tumors, leukemia, melanoma, Crohn’s Disease, bone marrow cancer, breast cancer, etc., ] & all the most dreaded and incurable diseases.

      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      Dr.Vora designed it in such a way that the costs are the least for the survival/rescue of common man and the poor in villages, towns and metropolis on the globe; with NO insurance cover & NO money to bear the costs of chemo. It is most suitable to all the youngsters on this entire globe.
      U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and steadily implement it for the best results.

      •No side effects and no risk. If it clicks, mostly possible, U shall have a cure. Lest, the therapy keeps mum. No extra risk. It is the most suitable line of treatment even for the terminally ill patients. Cancer cure/prevention is quite possible. U may try it for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, Leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Syndrome, Gilbert’s Syndrome, colon cancer, Thalassemia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, bone TB., Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, CLL, Crohn’s Syndrome, endometriosis, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, skin, lungs, menses [females].
      2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels, by purging out toxins.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.
      All items for a cure—available in Ur vicinity all over the globe.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the odds that a 55 yr old man's atrial fibrillation can be corrected?
    He is otherwise very healthy.
    But he has been having the palpitations and what turned out to be, A-Fib, for about a week before going to the hospital.
    His resting heart rate was reaching 160 when he first went to the hospital.

    What would be the odds of him having the rhythm restored with just medication?

    What would the odds that he might even need a pace maker or difibrillator?

    • ANSWER:
      Atrial fibrillation is a rapid, irregularly irregular atrial rhythm. Symptoms include palpitations and sometimes weakness, dyspnea, and presyncope. Atrial thrombi often form, causing a significant risk of embolic stroke. Diagnosis is by ECG. Treatment involves rate control with drugs, prevention of thromboembolism with anticoagulation, and sometimes conversion to sinus rhythm by drugs or cardioversion.
      Causes of atrial fibrillation include:
      * Alcohol use (especially binge drinking)
      * Congestive heart failure
      * Coronary artery disease (especially after a heart attack or coronary artery bypass surgery)
      * High blood pressure (hypertension)
      * Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
      * Medications
      * Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
      * Pericarditis
      * Valvular heart disease (especially mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation)
      The disorder is usually controllable with treatment. Many people with atrial fibrillation do very well.

      Atrial fibrillation tends to become a chronic condition, however. It may come back even wtih treatment.
      Possible Complications:
      * Fainting (syncope), if atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter cause the pulse to be too quick or slow
      * Heart failure
      * Stroke, if clots break off and travel to the brain (drugs that thin the blood such as heparin and warfarin can reduce the risk)
      Radio-frequency ablation is the permanent solution for this problem.

  15. QUESTION:
    My hair is falling out, are there any remedies?
    I'm seriously freaking out because my hair feels a lot thinner than before. When i'm in the shower it literally comes out in clumps. I think i may have an over active thyroid or something, but i'm not sure. I don't really want to go to the doctors though. Are there any products in shops or home remedies i could use to stop my hair falling out and to make it thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      HEAT & CHEMICALS are hair's worst enemies. You've got any on your hair?
      Supplements, medications, anti-acne products, birth control pills ALL HAVE SIDE EFFECTS.
      Hair products are not made of glue to fix, prevent, reverse hair from getting damaged or hair falls. They are a billion dollar business. They also do not give money back guarantee from damaged hair or hair falls, caused by 'abuse'.

      Eliminate the 'causes' and your hair will improve.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair"http://www.foodforhealthyhair.com/ http://sg.news.yahoo.com/food-for-healthy-hair.html - or 10 Best Foods for Your Hair.
      http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/07/03/10-best-foods-for-your-hair/
      NO MATTER which link you picked, they all suggest the same foods. Your hair may be the fastest-growing tissue in the body but, unlike the skin, it cannot repair itself. That is why getting the right balance of vitamins and proteins is imperative. Don't expect to look like you've stepped out of a hair commercial the day after you've changed your diet. It is likely to take at least three months before you actually see tangible results. Hair is dead, but hair also has electrical energy; the negative charge of damaged hair can lead to flyways and unruly hair.

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tampered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Cutting your split ends yourself, spend 5-10 mins. on a sunny day so you can easily spot them, using a 2" scissors, cut strand by strand, section by section, allowing new growth to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good hair cut. This won't speed things up, but it will make the hair look healthier while it's growing. Even healthy hair like mine get them, due to normal brushing & styling. Hormonal changes can have a big effect on hair.

      Remember: The hair industry is a billion dollar business, they sell products that cleans & condition the hair. They also sell products that damage and causes hair loss. They also DO NOT give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'. Mechanical, chemical, or thermal styling. Hair straighteners and relaxers top the hair products pose the greatest risks. Hair relaxers, related products marketed heavily to African-American women, are dangerous because they may contain powerful chemicals such as lye, a toxic substance also used in drain cleaners.

      Man-made products & supplements can do more harm than good.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11. Pills like medications ALL have side effects. Beware. Google Shanyna Isom Grows Nails Instead Of Hair Due To Skin Condition. Huffington Post By Rebecca Ballhaus
      Posted: 08/09/2012 12:08 pm Updated: 08/09/2012 1:36 pm

      HAIR TRIVIA:
      • The hair on your head grows at about 0.00000001 miles per hour. That's a half-inch per month. Mine grows 3/4" in 29 days.
      • Every day, the 5 million or so hairs on an adult's body add about 40 yards of new growth.
      • At any given moment, about 90% of the hairs on your head are growing and 10% are getting ready to abandon ship.

      People giving advice here, should list their sources, and not try to sell you products.

  16. QUESTION:
    What to do about over active Thyroid without taking prescription drugs?
    I have overactive thyriod and do not believe in the western medicine practice of "take a pill, cut it out"! How do I control or resolve this without taking drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Drea10

      Here are some remedies to use (actually work) instead of drugs (good for you).

      Cause
      Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

      Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

      Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

      Best of health to you

  17. QUESTION:
    How does Thryriod Disease occur? Is it natural from when you are born or does it occur sometime during life?
    Please It's really important that I know this, for my research paper!

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid basics
      What is the thyroid gland?
      The thyroid gland is a soft, small, bow-shaped gland, which is located in the neck, below the voice box, or larynx.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Thyroid function
      The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system and produces the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which regulate the rate of metabolism. The thyroid gland is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary glands at the base of the brain.

      TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), which is secreted by the pituitary gland, travels through the blood to stimulate the production of thyroxine from your thyroid gland.

      T4 controls your metabolism. If there is not enough T4, your body will slow and become hypothyroid. If you have too much T4, your body will speed up and become hyperthyroid

      As T4 has an influence over every cell in your body, you will notice changes.
      T4 also controls growth of the brain in the foetus and linear growth (height) in children.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      What causes thyroid disease?
      There are many possible causes of thyroid disease. These include:

      •iodine deficiency
      •autoimmune disease
      •an imbalance in T4 production
      •nodules which have formed on the gland
      •benign and malignant (cancer) tumours of the thyroid

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      Is thyroid disease common?
      One in 7 Australians will be diagnosed with some form of thyroid disease and women are five times more likely than men to develop a thyroid condition. Thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism – or an underactive thyroid – becomes more common as we grow older.

      Iodine deficiency has re-emerged in Australia and we can expect more people to suffer from swelling and enlargement of the thyroid gland, also known as ‘goitre’.

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      Diagnosing thyroid disease
      Thyroid disease can be difficult to diagnose, due to many symptoms being similar to those of other conditions. Your doctor may:

      •palpate, or feel, your neck for any sign of swelling
      •check your heart rate and blood pressure
      •run blood tests for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH),T4 and T3, antithyroglobulin (anti-Tg) antibodies and antithyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies
      •use thyroid ultrasound to measure the size, shape and texture of the gland and to detect any nodules that may be present
      •perform a CT scan to measure thyroid function
      •use fine needle biopsy to diagnose nodules or identify tissue change

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      Treating thyroid disease
      Thyroid disease generally requires lifelong management. Your GP may refer you to an endocrinologist, who is a thyroid specialist. Regular blood tests and ultrasound scans may be necessary to monitor your thyroid function or thyroid hormone levels.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long do fingernails take to grow?
    My finger nails are just under 1cm away from the tip of my finger, I was wondering on average how long will they take to grow just a little bit longer than my fingertips?

    • ANSWER:
      OMG !!!!! i am soooo sorry.......i didn't notice that this was men's health.....i thought u r a girl and gave advice accordingly.....but read it......it might help

      Nail growth rates vary, but on average they’ll grow around an inch and a half (about 3.5 cm) each year in a normal person. The rate of fingernail growth varies depending upon the nutritional status of the person as well as how much blood flow reaches the growth center or matrix of the nail. Interestingly enough, the nails on the hand you favor grow faster than the ones on the opposite hand. If you’re right handed, the nails on the right will grow faster. Fingernail growth rates also vary based on finger length. The longer the finger is, the faster the growth rate. Age and time of year also play a role in how fast fingernails grow. Nails grow faster in people under the age of thirty and during warmer times of year such as the summer. As a teenager, your nails should grow fairly quickly.

      but you can make them grow faster:

      Start from the inside out. If you want to grow long fingernails, you need to look at your diet and overall health first. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a multi-vitamin daily to help your nails grow as strong as possible.

      Another consideration is your general health status. A variety of underlying disease states can slow down fingernail growth and make nails more fragile. These include kidney disease, thyroid disease, and a host of other medical conditions. If you’re concerned about nail growth and are experiencing other symptoms, a few lab studies might be in order to rule out underlying health conditions that could contribute to nail problems.

      The last factor to consider if you’re concerned about how to make your fingernails grow faster is blood flow to the matrix of the nail. Activities that increase blood flow to the fingernails may stimulate nail growth. Some activities that may do this include frequent typing, playing the piano, and other activities where you use your hands a lot. Surprisingly enough, biting your nails can have the same effect, although it wouldn’t be recommended. While it may not be practical to take up piano to make fingernails grow faster, using your hands as frequently as possible on a daily basis may help.

      Probably the best strategy to make fingernails grow faster is to make sure you’re getting enough protein and are practicing sound eating habits on a daily basis. Engage your hands as much as possible to stimulate blood flow and make sure you’re taking meticulous care of your nails to keep them from splitting or breaking.

      1 year ago even I was in the same situation but today I have lovely nails:(take a look)
      http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ8nz2lTTGigpXwKczX4aYQBfwd0Fqz6hXJZQDooaAH3LVrBSSpqw

      ******SERIOUS WARNING: Don't abuse your nails. Applying fake nails and lots of nail polish can really harm your nail bed, so leave them free of any additives for as long as possible. This will allow your nails to breathe. If you like the shiny look of nail polish, try using a buffer to buff your nails to a natural shine.**************

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I combat reactive depression caused by overactive thyroid?
    I have hyperthyroid which in turn leads to reacitve depression.
    I literally feel like im loosing my mind and do really irrational things that put a strain on my long term relationship
    I get very paronoid, and cry alot
    what can i do (aside from go to the Gp)?

    • ANSWER:
      When This Gland Goes Haywire, Watch Out
      Julie Amato of Simsbury, Conn., had been a high-energy person. "I ran five to seven miles a day and was always the one to say 'Go, go, go.'"

      But things changed after the birth of her first child, and Amato, 35, felt "horrible. My hands and feet were always cold. My periods were much heavier, and I had so little energy that just getting up the stairs was a major effort. I thought I was dying."

      Finally she saw a doctor "who took one look at me and said, 'It's your thyroid.'" A blood test confirmed Amato was hypothyroid - her thyroid gland was underactive, producing too little thyroid hormone. With daily treatment her energy level has gradually increased."

      Ann Maltz, 37, of Houston was also a new mother. "I was jittery, my hair was falling out, I wasn't sleeping and my heart seemed to be racing," she remembers. Like Amato - and many other women - Maltz blamed the stress of motherhood.

      One day, while she was going downstairs, her legs slid out from under her. She was too weak to stand. From the swollen appearance of her neck, Maltz's physician suspected a thyroid problem. Tests confirmed it: Her thyroid was on fast-forward, producing too much hormone. Maltz now feels fine after treatment for hyperthyroidism.

      "AFTER diabetes, thyroid disease is the most common glandular disorder," says Dr. Martin Surks, head of endocrinology at New York City's Montefiore Hospital. At least 11 million North Americans - one million of them Canadians - are being treated for thyroid conditions, usually an underactive (hypo-) or overactive (hyper-) gland.

      Because some early symptoms are easily ignored or mistaken for signs of anxiety disorders or aging, millions of cases of thyroid disease remain undiagnosed. "Some patients go from doctor to doctor for years complaining of irritability, heart palpitations, difficulty concentrating, even memory problems, before they finally get help," says neuropsychologist Robert Stern, director of neurobehavioural research at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

      Women are four times as likely as men to develop thyroid problems, probably because they're more prone to the malfunction that underlies the majority of cases. Essentially, their immune systems, failing to recognize the thyroid gland as part of the body, send antibodies to attack it.

      The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck over the trachea, or windpipe. Its job is to extract iodine from blood to produce two hormones - thyroxine and triiodothyronine - that regulate the energy use of virtually every cell and organ in the body. When your thyroid becomes underactive or overactive, here's what to watch for - and do.

      UNDERACTIVE glands are twice as prevalent as overactive ones. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's disease, named for the Japanese physician who first recognized it in 1912.

      In addition, five to eight percent of women develop hypothyroidism soon after giving birth. While this pregnancy-related condition is usually temporary and often doesn't require treatment, some new mothers may need to take thyroid hormone indefinitely.

      Radiation therapy to the head or neck, pituitary tumours, or certain drugs, such as lithium for psychiatric ailments and the heart drug amiodarone (Cordarone), can also lead to hypothyroidism.

      Whatever the cause, an underactive thyroid leaves the body running in slow motion. Changes may include fatigue, feeling cold, diminished concentration and memory, and weight gain.

      In time the symptoms become worse: dry skin and brittle nails, constipation, muscle aches or cramps, slow heart rate and, in women, longer menstrual periods with heavier flow. Because the disease brings about irregular ovulation, untreated women may have trouble conceiving and have a higher-than-normal rate of miscarriage and premature delivery.

      Depression also results from hypothyroidism. Up to 20 percent of all chronic-depression cases may be associated with low production of thyroid hormones. A University of North Carolina study found that among women with mildly decreased thyroid function, the rate of those who had suffered depression at least once in their lives was almost three times as great (56 percent versus 20 percent) as among those with normal thyroid function. Often, unfortunately, patients who are treated for depression do not first get thyroid tests.

      There's no way to cure an underactive thyroid, but treatment can be as simple as a pill-a-day lifetime hormone replacement. Determining the right medication and dose, though, may require experimenting. Too much thyroid hormone increases risk of bone loss, osteoporosis and cardiac arrhythmia; too little can lead to mild high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.

      Sometimes treatment for an underactive thyroid may even create the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and vice versa. A San Jose, Calif., woman was told she had Hashimoto's disease, and a synthetic thyroid hormone was prescribed. "One day," she says, "my heart started racing and my head was pounding. I thought I was having a stroke." It turned out that the dose was too high and brought on symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Now that her dosage has been adjusted, she is fine.

      "Even a small medication mistake may have consequences, especially if you become hypothyroid at 25 or 30 and aren't checked at least yearly to make sure the dose is right," says endocrinologist Reed Larsen, chief of the thyroid division at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

      The main cause of an overactive gland is another autoimmune disorder, Graves' disease, named for the 19th-century Irish physician who was one of the first to describe it.

      Symptoms are the flip side of hypothyroidism: rapid heartbeat, nervousness and irritability, feeling hot, muscle weakness, softening of the nails, hair loss, more frequent bowel movements, weight loss despite eating as usual, and, for women, shorter menstrual periods with lighter flow. Although some Graves' patients feel supercharged and wired, they may at the same time feel weak and wiped out.

      Many people affected by hyperthyroidism also develop eye problems, including redness, irritation, dryness or swelling. For a small percentage of patients, symptoms include increased pressure on the optic nerve or tissue buildup behind the eyes, causing bulging from the sockets. "It's like having size-ten eyes in size-seven sockets," says Nancy Patterson, executive director of the U.S. National Graves' Disease Foundation.

      Treating an overactive thyroid can also be tricky. There are three alternatives: radioactive iodine to disable the gland, drugs to turn off excess hormone production, or surgery to remove the thyroid, followed by hormone replacement. Most doctors recommend radioactive iodine. For about 90 percent of patients, this treatment also involves the use of thyroid hormones to bring levels back to normal.

      Since Graves' disease can go into remission, a doctor may decide to try other drugs instead. In about five percent of cases, however, the medications cause side effects, including a rash, low-grade fever or joint aches.

      Surgery is usually reserved for hyperthyroid patients who have a large, disfiguring goiter (enlargement of the thyroid) that is not likely to shrink with other treatment and, in some cases, for women with the condition who are either pregnant or who plan to become pregnant. Although the operation is generally safe, there's a small risk of injury to the parathyroid glands (four tiny glands adjacent to the thyroid) or vocal cords.

      Blood tests can diagnose thyroid disorders. The most sensitive test measures thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), secreted by the pituitary gland. When the thyroid is underactive, TSH levels will be high; low TSH levels signal an overactive thyroid.

      A proper thyroid test measures both TSH and the principal thyroid hormone, thyroxine. There are also blood tests for the antibodies found in Hashimoto's and Graves' diseases.

      Unless you have a thyroid nodule - a distinct lump on an otherwise normal gland - further testing may not be necessary. Although thyroid cancer is rare (about 1,100 Canadian cases a year), a nodule might be cancerous, and for this reason a scan, sonogram or biopsy is appropriate. A history of radiation exposure, especially to the head or neck, is a primary risk factor for thyroid cancer.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does sitting infront of the computer continuously decreases your height?
    I've been sitting infront of the computer these days and it seems like my height have decreased.Does it have anything to do with my spine getting compressed while sitting all these days.I mean I was sitting continuous like for 6-8 hours.What can I do to increase my height?I was 5'7 and now I'm like 5'6 and a half or something.

    Does hanging help to increase my height?If yes,when all should I hang and for how many mins?

    • ANSWER:
      LOL @ hanging to increase your height and for how many minutes (that's not going to work.)

      You're actually taller than the average Indian male (165.3 cm (5' 5") according to http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/height-chart.shtml

      If you've got 5,000 burning a hole in your pocket you can make a trip here to the U.S. and get some surgery to make you taller...lol
      "Unfortunately, other bones within the body finish growing by the end of puberty. If you're unhappy with your height by the age of 20, Mother Nature is unlikely to offer much help, though modern science may be able to give you the boost you're looking for. Limb-lengthening surgeries require doctors to break bones in the legs, and then insert spacer rings in the spaces between the broken bones. By turning these rings, you can widen the gaps between the bones, which your body will eventually fill and repair. This type of surgery comes with a steep price, however. The New Jersey Institute of Technology reveals that one student who underwent this procedure in 2008 spent 5,000 and endured 6 months of significant pain to gain 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) in height [source: Florida].

      4 possible causes of 'Decrease in height':

      1. Osteoporosis (you're only 19 years old so I seriously doubt that's the problem)

      2. Compression Fracture of the Back
      what causes it: Osteoporosis a condition that causes thinning of the bone tissue and loss of bone density. it is the most common cause of compression fractures of the back. It usually affects older men and women.

      Other possible causes of compression fractures of the back include:

      physical trauma to your back
      a tumor that either originates in your spine or spreads to your spinal area (relatively rare)

      3. Hypercalcemia
      what causes it: Your body manages the calcium level in your blood through parathyroid hormone (PTH) and another hormone called calcitonin. Normally, PTH increases when the level of calcium in your blood falls and decreases when your calcium level rises. Your body also makes calcitonin when your calcium level gets too high. When you have hypercalcemia, your body is unable to regulate your calcium level as it normally would. There are several possible causes of this condition.

      Hyperparathyroidism
      Parathyroid glands (four small glands) are located near the thyroid gland in the neck and regulate parathyroid hormone which in turn regulates calcium in the blood. When at least one of your parathyroid glands becomes overly active, the condition is called hyperparathyroidism. This is the leading cause of hypercalcemia, especially in women over 50 years old. It occurs when the glands release too much PTH.

      Lung Diseases and Cancers
      Granulomatous diseases, such as tuberculosis, are lung diseases that can cause your vitamin D levels to rise. This causes more calcium absorption, which increases the calcium level in your blood. Some cancers, especially lung cancer, breast cancer, and blood cancers, can raise your risk for hypercalcemia.

      Medication Side Effects
      Some types of drugs, such as thiazide diuretics, can cause hypercalcemia because less calcium is excreted and more retained in the body. Other drugs, such as lithium, cause more PTH to be released.

      Dietary Supplements
      Taking too much vitamin D or calcium in the form of supplements can raise your calcium level.

      Dehydration
      This usually leads to mild cases of hypercalcemia. When you’re dehydrated, your calcium level rises due to the low amount of fluid you have in your blood.

      4. Hyperparathyroidism

      Symptoms
      Back pain
      Blurred vision (because of cataracts)
      Bone pain or tenderness
      Decreased height
      Depression
      Fatigue
      Fractures of long bones
      Increased urine output
      Increased thirst
      Itchy skin
      Joint pain
      Loss of appetite
      Nausea
      Muscle weakness and pain
      Personality changes
      Stupor and possibly coma
      Upper abdominal pain

      what causes it: When calcium levels are too low, the body responds by increasing production of parathyroid hormone. This increase in parathyroid hormone causes more calcium to be taken from the bone and more calcium to be reabsorbed by the intestines and kidney. When the calcium level returns to normal, parathyroid hormone production slows down.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do people mostly get depressed about?
    Obviously people can get depressed about anything, but I want to know if there are larger trends in depression, ie. what are the things that the most people get depressed about?

    If you know of any studies that have looked at this, please reference them.
    I'm asking specifically about studies here. I also have opinions about what might cause depression, but unless I have facts behind those opinions, they aren't worth much.
    I.e. include references with your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Most people assume that depression is caused simply by recent personal difficulties. While depression can be triggered by stressful events such as separation, divorce, death of a loved one, changing schools or jobs, moving house, trauma or abuse, other long-term risk factors also play a part. These include:

      1. Family history

      Depression can run in families. However, it is important to remember that this doesn't mean you will automatically experience depression if a parent or close relative has had the illness, but it may put you at greater risk.

      2. Chronic illness

      Having a chronic illness is a risk factor for depression. Research shows that around 50 per cent of people with a major chronic illness also have depression.

      Chronic illnesses that commonly co-exist with depression include:

      * diseases of the central nervous system e.g. stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, head injury, and/or diabetes
      * endocrine disorders e.g. hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, reduced estrogen
      * acute and chronic infectious diseases e.g. Glandular Fever, Hepatitis
      * cancer - both as a consequence of the tumour and/or the treatment
      * cardiovascular disease, particularly recent heart attack
      * coronary disease

      Some treatments for chronic illnesses have also been found to trigger depression. These include:

      * hormonal treatments including some forms of the oral contraceptive pill
      * steroids
      * chemotherapy.

      3. Substance use

      Taking drugs and drinking heavily has been found to be common in people with depression. Almost 50 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men with a substance-use disorder also have a mood disorder.

      It's hard to know which comes first - the substance use or depression. On the one hand, taking drugs and drinking alcohol can bring on symptoms of depression, however studies have found that having depression can also make it more likely for someone to use substances. In the short term, some of the symptoms of depression are temporarily relieved by using drugs which can make continued drug use tempting. However, long-term use can make symptoms worse and treating the illness harder, as it can reduce the effectiveness of treatments.

      4. Age

      4.1 Young People

      People often experience their first symptoms of depression during their teenage years. Young people with depression may become very irritable, secretive and may take risks that are out of character. This is often misinterpreted by family, friends and teachers as normal teenage behaviour and so it may go unrecognised and untreated.

      Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in young people. At any given time, up to 5 per cent of adolescents experience depression that is severe enough to warrant treatment, and around 20 per cent of young people will have experienced significant depressive symptoms by the time they reach adulthood.

      4.2 Older people

      While depression usually occurs for the first time when a person is young, it may occur at any time - including later life.

      It is often thought that depression in later life occurs as a result of loss. While the death of a loved one, as well as the loss of dignity and independence, can contribute to older people feeling unhappy, it does not mean that becoming clinically depressed, as a reaction to loss, is normal. It is normal however, to grieve when faced with loss, but depression is a more severe and persistent sadness.

      Chronic illness can also trigger depression. Physical health conditions which can be related to depression in old age are vascular diseases, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, heart disease, arthritis, Parkinson's disease and cancer.

      Unfortunately, depression often goes undetected in older people. Sometimes, symptoms of depression which would cause great concern in younger people, such as problems with sleeping, are disregarded in older people as they are simply seen as a normal part of getting older.

      Doctors sometimes may also assume that problems with memory or concentration are due to age-related changes in thinking, rather than being due to depression.

      Recognising depression in older people can sometimes be difficult because they find it easier to talk about physical health complaints, rather than saying they feel sad or depressed. Sometimes depression co-exists with dementia and can make the specific diagnosis difficult. For this reason, it is important for older people who may have depression to ask their doctor for a thorough medical and psychological assessment.

      Below are some symptoms of depression commonly reported by older people:

      * memory problems and confusion
      * feeling anxious or avoiding certain situations
      * behaviour which is out of character
      * physical symptoms such as headaches, backaches or stomach upsets with no adequate medical explanation
      * persistent and vague physical complaints.

      Severe depression in older people may also be accompanied by:

      * suicidal thoughts
      * problems with memory, concentration and organising activities
      * overwhelming feelings of guilt, hopelessness or failure
      * hallucinations - e.g. hearing a voice saying: "You're bad!" or "You're evil!".

      Symptoms of depression in older people should always be investigated as soon as possible and treated appropriately.

      5. Women

      From puberty onwards, women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. Depression is more common in younger rather than older women. Women who are likely to develop depression will usually experience their first episode during their reproductive years between the ages of 15 and 45 years.

      While women may experience all types of depressive illnesses, there are certain types of depression that are specific to women:

      * postnatal depression: depression which is common after childbirth and varies from mild to severe
      * pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD): 3 to 5 per cent of women experience depression before their periods. This can involve fatigue, anxiety, tension, mood swings, depression, feeling overwhelmed or out of control. It should not be confused with 'Pre-menstrual stress' (PMS) as PMDD symptoms are far more severe than PMS symptoms
      * post-menopausal: depression may become more severe after menopause in some women.

      6. Men

      Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression.

      As a result, depression in men often goes unrecognised and untreated. This is reflected in the statistics for suicide rates. Four times more young men than young women commit suicide and in the past 30 years, the suicide rate for males aged 15 to 24 years has tripled.

      Men are also more likely to have other risk factors for depression including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They are also more likely to turn to alcohol or other drugs when they are depressed. This can mask the symptoms of depression for a while, but in the long term it can make the illness worse.

      7. Sexual Orientation

      People who are bisexual or homosexual are at greater risk of having depression than people who are heterosexual. This is reflected in suicide statistics which have found that bisexual and homosexual people are six times more likely to attempt suicide than people who are heterosexual. This may relate to people who are homosexual and bisexual being more likely to struggle with their sexual identity and/or being discriminated against or bullied because of their sexuality.

      8. Indigenous people

      Depression is a major health problem in Indigenous communities. While exact figures on the prevalence of depression among Indigenous people are not available, the use of mental health services and rates of suicide suggest that depression is high.

      Between 1999-2003, deaths resulting from mental and behavioural disorders were found to be around four times higher for Indigenous people than for the general Australian population.

      Also, Indigenous people are hospitalised for mental health problems twice as often as non-Indigenous people.

      9. Living in a rural or remote area

      People living in rural and remote areas face special challenges managing depression. Research shows that people living in these areas are less likely to get help from mental health specialists (psychiatrists and psychologists) than people living in cities. This may be because there are fewer trained specialist staff available in country areas, services are further away and people may feel they should handle their problems themselves. Recent figures show that suicide is also more common in rural and remote areas than in the city, especially among men.

  22. QUESTION:
    how does your body react to hepatitis c?
    I have a school project and I could find all the info accept how the body tries to fight hep c. Can anyone preferably send me a link or describe how your cells ,ect react.
    lol thnx alot to the top contributor guy ...haha i like soccer. cheeeazzzz

    • ANSWER:
      if you view hepatitis c as a baseball game and use this analogy, you will get an A+++++.

      Think of the liver as "homebase". Once infected with HCV (direct blood to blood cross contamination), the hcv virons enter through the blood stream and accumulate in the liver.

      Once there "the runners" are up to bat. The first batch of "runners" are sent to first base. By the time the first batch has made it to "homebase" (the liver) new batches of virons (runners) are already on first, second and third. There is "branching"-meaning some virons make it to other parts of the infield (other organs). Although they cannot replicate in other parts of the body, the "runners" find places to hide.

      Each time a batch of virons (runners) hit the ball, they are slightly different than the original batch of runners. This creates confusion as to how the body (the field) fights to win the battle with HCV.

      HCV is not just a liver disease. HCV only needs the liver to reproduce it's genetically changed virons or more commonly termed "quasispecies". Once the body thinks it's figured out how to fight the first batch of runners, the other runners behind it confuse the bodies defense mechanisms, thus overloading the field and 85% out of 100 infected become chronic.

      HCV causes many to have what we call "bi-directional" diseases, anotherwords, HCV overloads other organs and tissues, causing weakness in those which leave them more succeptable to other diseases.

      There are noted, over 150 symptoms in the hepatitis c infected community. Not every body will respond the same to the disease.

      The genotypes are classified as 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c and so on......each on has it's own genetic makeup and quasispecies.

      Common complaints amongst those with hcv infection are:
      "brain fog"-much different than depression, but often misdiagnosed as such. We tend to have rashes of all kinds, like spider nevi, shingle like pustules as well as others. Some have lung disease, kidney disease and other CNS symtpoms like bi-polar illness, major depression. Some may complain of firbromyagia-diagnosed by ruling out true arthitic conditions, although some do have Rhuematoid arthritis.
      Some have thyroid issues (women with hcv have a 3x higher chance of thyroid disease compaired to men who have hcv). Many experience a long list of symtpoms while others may just feel more fatigued than normal.

      The most common myth of HCV infection is being a-symptomatic. Everyone who has HCV has been found to have bi-directional diseases associated with their hcv infection, yet many doctors who are not aware of the ALT/AST connection diagnosed the symptoms as seperate diseases.

      The alt and ast levels can appear normal in many (including myself) which is why the doctor thought of my issue as simple depression, even though I had many physical signs of the disease.

      A person can live with HCV, but the quality of life deminishes with each passing year. Many do not find out they are HCV infected until it's too late due to the misconception of the liver panel test and it's normal appearance.

      Last but not least, everyone has one risk factor for HCV. It is not just a druggy disease, but new infections seem to point towards this belief.

      If you need a theory on those who blame their disease on their drug abuse and sharing of contaminated paraphenalia, chances are close to half of those with a "self medication" disease probably had hcv to begin with as many of these show their first complaint as depression and since HCV and the toxicities that overload the body-both pass the blood brain barrier and cause a miscommunication in how the brain chemestries relate to one another. Antidepressants/therapy ect do not make HCV go away. Some show marked improvement where their "depression" is concerned, however, it is usually limited only to realize the medications aren't working anymore. This creates the urge to do whatever it takes to feel okay (self medication, ie, drug abuse).

      Last but not least, many also have intestinal issues like gastroineteritis or diverticulitis that tend to interfere with the serretonin in the gut which is responsible for regulating the serretonin in the brain, causing depression or mood swings (bi-polar illness).

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a treatment for the skin disorder Vitiligo?
    I have heard of the ultra violet light treatments, but do they really work? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hope this helps.

      Learning about Vitiligo
      by Skincare-news.com team
      A man once dubbed the "King of Pop" is now barely recognizable. Just what happened to the face of Michael Jackson? Surprisingly, Michael Jackson claimed his dramatic facial changes on Vitiligo. But what really is this mysterious skin disorder?

      What is Vitiligo?

      Vitiligo is a common dermatologic skin disorder. It is characterized by a loss of skin pigment, which results in the appearance of "white patches" on the skin. Typically, there are no symptoms surrounding this skin condition. However, the most bothersome aspect of vitiligo is its cosmetic appearance. In some individuals, this can be quite distressing and even disfiguring.

      Causes of Vitiligo

      Vitiligo is considered an autoimmune disorder (a result of a person's own cells attacking one other) that can be inherited or acquired. The exact cause is unknown but genetics is the most likely suspect. Occasionally, it can be associated with other autoimmune disorders. In the case of vitiligo, antibodies may attack the cells responsible for pigment in the skin. Other occasionally associated disorders with vitiligo include thyroid disorders, pernicious anemia and rarely, myasthenia gravis.

      Treatment for Vitiligo

      Treatment for vitiligo includes liberal use of sunscreen, as this area is more susceptible to sunburns and injury due to the absence of tanning cells. Dermatological evaluation is also necessary to rule out associated disorders and consider treatment such as topical steroids or special light treatment called PUVA. Unfortunately, no treatment is consistently effective and side effects may occur.

      Experimental therapies involving the grafting of pigment producing cells has been shown to be effective, though this treatment may not be practical in most cases.

      The most helpful way to treat vitiltigo is with cosmetic cover up. The best product on the market is Dermablend cosmetics. These products have been recommended by dermatologists for years because they are easy to apply and are excellent for matching skin tones to hide pigment irregularities.

      ATOPALM Body Wash

      Throw out your soaps and heavily scented body washes and replace them with the ATOPALM Body Wash.

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  24. QUESTION:
    what are some signs of gigantism?
    I just turned 15, I am like 5'11, and my fingers are really big. I have watched some shows about gigantism, but I want to know more about the symptoms and how it can be treated.

    • ANSWER:
      Gigantism
      URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001174.htm

      Gigantism is abnormally large growth due to an excess of growth hormonegrowth hormone during childhood, before the bone growth plates have closed.

      CausesCauses
      The most common cause of too much growth hormone release is a noncancerous (benign) tumortumor of the pituitary gland. Other causes include:

      •Carney complex
      •McCune-Albright syndromeMcCune-Albright syndrome (MAS)
      •Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN-1)
      •Neurofibromatosis
      If excess growth hormone occurs after normal bone growth has stopped, the condition is known as acromegalyacromegaly.

      Gigantism is very rare.

      SymptomsSymptoms
      The child will grow in height, as well as in the muscles and organs. This excessive growth makes the child extremely large for his or her age.

      Other symptoms include:

      •Delayed puberty
      •Double vision or difficulty with side (peripheral) vision
      •Frontal bossingFrontal bossing and a prominent jaw
      •HeadacheHeadache
      •Increased sweating
      •Irregular periods (menstruation)
      •Large hands and feet with thick fingers and toes
      •Release of breast milk
      •Thickening of the facial features
      •Weakness
      Exams and TestsExams and Tests
      •CTCT or MRIMRI scan of the head showing pituitary tumorpituitary tumor
      •Failure to suppress serum growth hormone (GH) levels after an oral glucose challenge (maximum 75g)
      •High prolactin levels
      •Increased insulin growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels
      Damage to the pituitary may lead to low levels of other hormones, including:

      •CortisolCortisol
      •EstradiolEstradiol (girls)
      •TestosteroneTestosterone (boys)
      •Thyroid hormone
      TreatmentTreatment
      In pituitary tumors with well-defined borders, surgery is the treatment of choice and can cure many cases.

      For situations in which surgery cannot completely remove the tumor, medication is the treatment of choice. The most effective medications are somatostatin analogs (such as octreotide or long-acting lanreotide), which reduce growth hormone release.

      Dopamine agonists (bromocriptine mesylate, cabergoline) have also been used to reduce growth hormone release, but these are generally less effective. Pegvisomant, a medication that blocks the effect of growth hormone, may be used.

      Radiation therapy has also been used to bring growth hormone levels to normal. However, it can take 5 - 10 years for the full effects to be seen and almost always leads to low levels of other pituitary hormones.

      Radiation has also been linked to learning disabilities, obesity, and emotional changes in children. Most experts will use radiation only if surgery and medication fail.

      Outlook (Prognosis)Outlook (Prognosis)
      Pituitary surgery is usually successful in limiting growth hormonegrowth hormone production.

      Possible ComplicationsPossible Complications
      •Delayed puberty
      Surgery and radiation can both lead to low levels of other pituitary hormones, which can cause:

      •Adrenal insufficiency
      •Diabetes insipidus (rarely)
      •HypogonadismHypogonadism
      •HypothyroidismHypothyroidism
      When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalWhen to Contact a Medical Professional
      Call your health care provider if your child has signs of excessive growth.

      Alternative NamesAlternative Names
      Giantism

      ReferencesReferences
      Melmed S, Kleinberg D. Anterior pituitary. In: Kronenberg HM, Melmed S, Polonsky KS, Larsen PR. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 8.

      Update Date: 11/23/2009Update Date: 11/23/2009
      Updated by: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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  25. QUESTION:
    How much do you really know about Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism)?
    Out of the list of symptoms listed below, which ones are associated with hyperthyroidism? Which ones are not?

    01. Rapid weight gain
    02. Severe muscle atrophy - to the point of being crippling
    03. Muscle pain
    04. Rapid heart rate
    05. High blood pressure
    06. Goiter
    07. Hair loss
    08. Brittle fingernails & toenails
    09. Extreme intolerance to cold
    10. Severe mood swings

    Can you think of any symptoms that are not listed here?

    Also, are there any methods for the treatment of this disease that does not involve popping any pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Graves' disease can manifest with any or all of the following:

      Shortness of breath

      Weakness

      Fatigue

      Pretibial myxedema (lumpy, reddish-colored thickening of the skin, usually on the shins)

      Double vision

      Muscle wasting

      Increased eye tearing

      Infrequent or absent menstrual periods

      Abnormal breast enlargement (men)

      Increased hair loss

      Diminished sex drive

      Brittle nails

      Treatment of Graves' Disease
      The choice of treatment depends upon the age and overall condition of the patient, the size of thyroid gland, and patient preference.

      Currently, there are at least three methods of treatment: drugs that inhibit production of thyroid hormone or provide symptomatic relief, the use of radioactive iodine to destroy part of the thyroid gland and thereby reduce hormone production, or surgical removal of part of the gland.

      Drug therapy. Your doctor will prescribe either methimazole (Tapazole) or propylthiouracil (PTU) pills. These drugs act to prevent the thyroid from manufacturing the thyroid hormone.

      The side effects of this medication may be drowsiness and minor lethargy; in rare cases, they can cause agranulocytosis, a blood disease. Most of the time, however, this form of therapy is safe and restores normal hormone balance within a couple of months.

      Another medication, propranolol, is a beta-blocker that helps relieve the symptoms of Graves' disease including rapid heart rate, tremor, sweating and anxiety. Iodinated contrast agents can also provide effective treatment for hyperthyroidism of any cause.

      Radioactive iodine therapy. This is an alternative if drug treatment fails. You are given a capsule or a drink of water containing radioactive iodine. After being swallowed, the "radioiodine" is rapidly absorbed by the overactive thyroid cells and are destroyed by the radiation, so less thyroid hormone is produced.

      The radioactivity disappears from the body within days. You should not undergo radioactive iodine therapy if you are pregnant as the radiation can adversely affect a developing fetus.

      Surgery. Thyroidectomy is surgical removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. If only a single lump or nodule within the thyroid is producing too much hormone, the surgeon can take out just that small part of the gland. If the entire gland is overactive, which is more often the case, a total thyroidectomy is needed.

      Surgery is the preferred treatment for people with a large goiter who chronically relapse after drug therapy, if there is a risk of cancer, and for people who refuse or are not candidates for radioactive iodine therapy, such as pregnant women. Depending on how much of the gland is left after surgery, you may need subsequent thyroid replacement therapy.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with anxiety?
    I get it real bad if I drank the night before, Without taking medicine is there any other way to help this out besides not drinking?

    • ANSWER:
      When people casually tell you not to worry so much, they're unknowingly giving you a very smart health tip. It seems like common sense, but hard evidence of a link between anxiety disorders and physical health problems has only recently emerged. Anxiety disorders are associated with several physical conditions including respiratory disease, arthritis, allergic conditions, migraine headaches and thyroid disease.

      People who suffer from anxiety disorders seem to develop health problems the longer the disorder persists. Indeed, it appears that untreated anxiety disorders are the primary reason physical problems start to appear. Minor physical symptoms like dizzy spells, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pains may be ignored by the person—or worse yet, they may seek comfort in some unhealthy form of anxiety coping like over drinking or smoking

      There is growing evidence that stress may contribute to physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. Whatever the cause, physical diseases need appropriate medical management before any attempt is made at stress management. Almost everyone experiences some anxiety. This is normal. Anxiety disorders are different from everyday anxiety because they are more severe, can persist and may interfere with a person’s daily life. The good news is that anxiety disorders can be successfully treated.

      Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to serious depression. Depressive illness is common. Depression is about twice as common in women as in men depression can develop at any age.
      Depression is often associated with an increased incidence of suicide. The annual suicide rate for people with depression is 3–4 times higher than that of other psychiatric disorders.

      I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attack, and social anxiety disorder. My body is feeling so weak everyday, no energy at all, no concentration, and no motivation; sometimes it feels someone is squeezing my body, irregular heartbeat and occasional light-headedness. I feel like I am in a dream all the time, I suffer from unexplained mental and physical fatigue.

      I am not a doctor, but you don’t have to give up. Continue to see your doctor regularly, do not stop! You sound very anxious. In conclusion I suggest encouraging yourself to be more open to your doctor.

      Take care always.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is good for bags under the eyes due to graves disease which causes fluid retention.?
    I have tried all kinds of eye creams and even take fluid pills once in a while. It makes me look older than I am and I would like to change that if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Grandma V

      Here is a remedy and some other ideas for your condition.

      Cucumber Honey Eye Nourisher

      Ingredients:
      1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
      2 tsp. cucumber, peeled with seeds removed
      1/2 tsp. honey
      1/2 tsp. chamomile tea

      Directions:
      Steep chamomile tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In food processor or blender combine cucumber, aloe vera and honey. Blend on low setting. Add chamomile tea. Blend until smooth. Apply gently under eyes using ring finger. Store in glass dish covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to one week. Best applied chilled.

      Benefits:
      Reduces puffiness, cools and refreshes contours under eyes.

      Hyperthyroidism may be associated with and often is called Graves' disease, a condition characterized by an enlarged thyroid, bulging eyes bulge, rash and swelling in front of the lower leg.

      Cause
      Abnormal immune response is believed be a possible cause of hypothyroidism. The exact cause is not known, but certain antibodies from the immune system will launch an assault on the thyroid, disturbing hormone production. Lumps or tumors that form on the thyroid also disrupt hormone production. Temporary hyperthyroidism can be caused by infection or inflammation, and certain prescription drugs.

      Hyperthyroidism is less common than Hypothyroidism, yet for both diseases, women appear to be more susceptible than men. Be aware that a malfunctioning thyroid may be the cause of recurring illnesses.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, emphasizing foods that naturally suppress excess thyroid hormone production. Such foods include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, rutabagas, spinach, turnips, soybeans, peaches, and pears. Eliminate dairy products, over consumption of wheat products, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Thyroidium is very helpful in assisting in proper thyroid regulation.

      Juice Therapy: Drink carrot, celery, spinach, and parsley juice; or juice made from a combination of cabbage, watercress, and spinach.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help regulate thyroid function: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, choline, trace minerals, iodine, kelp, and thyroid glandulars.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating hyperthyroidism: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  28. QUESTION:
    My husband has cancer and we are having problems controlling his diarrhea.?
    What food or drinks does someone recommend with this issue. We have a very good oncologist, but could use some personal experience. My husband is starving too death. Thank Ypu soooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      With the permission of the super-specialist-oncologist, U may try try following.We pray the Almighty for his Godspeed recovery.

      IMMUNITY* BOOSTERS: How to recover ‘fast’ from the impact of chemotherapy/illness/Radiation? Here is a way out. Preparation for Surgery and Post Surgical recovery, Post-Blood Transfusions & Prevention of illnesses by keeping Ur immunity levels intact while getting treatment for HIV/AIDS, any dreaded and incurable disease condition.
      1. Good liquid Diet, green leaf juices + honey, like aloe vera juice, noni juice, wheat grass powder, fresh fruit [seasonal fruit only] juices sprouted seeds like green gram, horse gram, ground nuts, boiled- after soaking in water for 15 hours-soya beans,etc., raw coconut, raw dates, helped many a no. of Health conscious people all over the globe.
      2. Acupressure techniques can also ensure faster recovery.
      U may study the appended literature on acupressure, discuss with family members and friends and understand the concept, which is very easy. Then U may check for Urself Ur ailment and the affected organs.
      Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies:

      Acupressure techniques--- Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.

      With Ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies. Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:. Urs is a post-thyroidectomy, U must concentrate on all points in general and No.8 [thyroid] particularly to overcome the symptoms of hypo-thyroid.
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      3. No salt, no baking soda, no cooked food, No chocolates, No Pizzas, No burgers ----to boost-up immunity power to produce antibodies. Say no to Deep freeze and deep fried products from KFC and McDonald, Diet sodas with aspertime and colas made in India, etc.
      4. Hemoglobin is measured in grams per deciliter of blood. The normal levels are:

      1.Women: 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl
      2.Men: 13.8 to 17.2 gm/dl
      3.Children: 11 to 16 g/dl
      4.Pregnant women: 11 to 12 g/dl

      Treatment for increasing hemoglobin/ANAEMIA*

      Take [72] Black raisins [black dried grapes] as may be required daily. Details as to how to use them is given in the book.Soak them in a half a cup of water over night. Eat these black raisins as mentioned below and drink th
      5. Aloe Vera juice – 30 ml. + 1 tsp of honey—t.d.s.
      6. Wheat grass powder – 1 tsp of powder + 2 drops of honey + 1 cup of hot water b.d.s.
      7. Noni Juice-A French fruit. 5 ml., tds., in the I week; 10 ml tds., in the II week and 15 ml. t.d.s, from III week onwards. Add double quantity of water every time.

      God bless U. I pray the Almighty for Ur Godspeed recovery.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases---Dr.Devendra Vora has analyzed that pressure applied on certain points located on the palms and soles helps to stimulate all organs of the body, prevents disease and assists in maintaining good health. Acupressure also helps to diagnose, prevent and cure diseases like common cold, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Migraine, Paralysis, and even cancer, HIV/AIDS. Autism, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, all brain and spinal cord affected diseases.

  29. QUESTION:
    Anyone here been treated for low testosterone?
    What were the symptoms beforehand? What treatment did you have? And what effect did it have?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 23 years old and I dealt with low testosterone since i was 19.

      Symptoms before were:

      Very low libido
      Weak erections
      Inability to get an erection for sex about 50-60% of the time.
      Bouts of depression
      lack of interest in socializing
      Low energy
      Feeling exhausted after a few minutes of working out
      Unable to put on much muscle from intense weight lifting
      Very prone to soft tissue injuries (hurt knees, ankles, lower back, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck)
      Memory loss and confusion
      Unable to lose body fat
      Gaining weight easily (bodyfat)
      Very irritable sometimes. Sometimes getting mad for no reason at all!
      Extreme anxiety

      I recently got treated for my low testosterone. I have been on bio-identical testosterone treatment for 6 weeks now.

      First three weeks:

      Sex drive dramatically increased
      Erections were strong and long lasting. Got an erection for sex 100% of the time
      Felt more manly and aggressive (good aggressiveness, not bad)
      Had a much better positive attitude for things
      My mood was much better. Things that normally mad me mad didn't bother me at all.
      I had no anxiety issues
      My old injuries didnt bother me anymore!
      Felt stronger
      My cardiovascular condition improved
      My muscles got more defined, lost a few pounds of body fat on my stomach
      Just an overall feeling of well-being

      Last 3 weeks:

      Gradual decline in overall well-being
      Felt very emotional. Cried one night about how bad i felt
      Joints started to hurt.
      Felt very very tired, especially an hour after I applied the testosterone cream.
      Insomnia
      Complete loss of erections and sex drive!!!
      Horrible brain fog
      Feelings like i was going to black out and faint
      Body aches that you get when you have the flu
      Horrible depression
      Anxiety

      The last three weeks have been caused by an estrogen issue. An important thing you need to know when getting testosterone treatment is that you HAVE TO CONTROL ESTROGEN!!! Men's bodies convert their testosterone into estrogen from an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase is present in all men, but men that have noticeable body fat have MUCH MUCH higher levels of aromatase enzymes! Aromatase lives in body fat.

      Estrogen has many elements, but the one that harms testosterone therapy is estrodiol, E2 for short. This HAS to be monitored before and during the whole treatment, which is usually for life.

      I am 6'6 and I weigh 285lbs. I am about 25% bodyfat, so i have a good amount of aromatase. My body initially took in the testosterone from the cream, but over the next couple of weeks, the enzyme started converting the testosterone into estrogen, and everything got out of wack.

      Basically in my case, the testosterone from the cream was converted to estrogen, that then caused my NATURAL testosterone production to decline, so i was left with high estrogen and low testosterone. This left me WORSE than what i was before, since i had a much better testosterone to estrogen ratio than before. Also, high estrogen causes more sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) to be made. SHBG binds to testosterone and causes it to be inactive. This is why when you go to the doctor, you need to have your Total Testosterone and Free Testosterone checked. The free testosterone is the actualy testosterone that the body can use. A man needs a healthy amount of free testosterone, and a good amount of total testosterone. Total testosterone is sort of the body's supply. You need alot active, and alot of supply. So the estrogen drove down my free testosterone. Also, high estrogen causes the thyroid hormones to decline. So estrogen (estrodial) is a huge factor in testosterone therapy.

      I started taking an herbal supplement, and an aromatase inhibitor on saturday night and I am already feeling the improvements!

      I wrote this out so long because testosterone therapy is not as simple as some think!! It doesnt just involve getting a shot once a week. You need to take something for estrodiol, and you also need to think about taking HCG to stimulate the testicles to make its own supply. Without HCG, the testicles will shut down. That means no more sperm production!

      If you need to know more, email me at diezel008@yahoo.com

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can take/eat to make my nails STRONGER?
    A lot of people ask what they can eat to make them grow faster but I want to know if there's any food/vitamin that will make them stronger? My nails are long but they always get really weak so they flake/break/crack. I file them and I also have them painted basically at all times with sally hansen's hard as nails clear polish.

    • ANSWER:
      all the answers r here:

      http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=85

      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/19/35.cfm

      Tips For Beautiful Nails

      Finger nails and toe nails are primarily made of protein. All people should have healthy nails. Healthy nails reveal that your body is healthy. A beautiful woman should have clean, well-manicured and shining nails. Following are the tips for healthy nails for men and women.

      Drink lots of water.
      Eat a healthy diet. Eat lots of raw vegetables and drink fresh fruits to provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed for your nails. Eat foods rich in calcium and phosphorus like fresh carrot juice for strengthening your nails.
      Eat broccoli and onions to get sulfur and silicon.
      Eat adequate proteins that helps in building new and strong nails. Brewer’s yeast contains all the needed nutrients high in protein. Eat soy, brewer’s yeast and whole grains.
      Avoid putting your hands in water for long time.
      Avoid immersing the hands in strong detergent.

      Nail Problems, Causes and Remedy
      You might have noticed that when you go to a Doctor, he sometimes examine your finger nails. This is because, our nails tells our general state of health. If we are in poor health condition is reflected in our nails.

      Symptom Cause/Deficiency Remedy
      Dry nails Deficiency of vitamin A and calcium Eat foods rich in calcium and Vitamin A.
      Split nails Deficiency of hydrochloric acid Drink juice of half a lemon in warm water in the morning.
      Hangnails Deficiency of an essential fatty acid Put vitamin E oil or aloe vera directly on nail.
      White spots: Deficiency of zinc, thyroid malfunction and hydrochloric acid deficiency.
      White bands on the nails Deficiency of protein Eat foods high in protein
      White nails May be liver disease
      White spots on nails Deficiency of zinc Eat food rich in zinc such as nuts, root vegetables, shellfish. Take 25 mg of elemental zinc
      Pale nails, thin, brittle, ridged, and easily cracked or broken nails iron deficiency Eat more iron rich foods such as green vegetables, blackstrap molasses, whole grain, cereals, beets, beans, soybeans, pumpkins, avocados, peaches, pears, watercress, almonds, raisins, prunes, dates, eggs, etc.
      Fragile nails, with horizontal and vertical ridges Deficiency of vitamin A and B Eat food rich in vitamin A and B such as poultry, seafood and whole grains.
      If you have cracking or soft nails, take gelatine capsules or one teaspoon of powdered gelatine in a glass of water or juice daily for one month
      Fungus under nails Deficiency of friendly bacteria lactobacillus Eat yogurt
      Thick, distorted nails Due to fungus and or vitamin deficiency Apply tea tree oil. Avoid all foods containing refined carbohydrates. Apply crushed raw garlic or honey.
      No moons on all of our finger nails Sign of poor protein intake or metabolism Eat foods high in protein such as dairy foods, beans, lentils, tofu, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, etc.

  31. QUESTION:
    what exactly kind of situation that may activated hypertension causes?
    high blood stress known as a silent killer, since it doesnt carry particular symptom, I really think this could be better if we realize what exactly is make a high blood pressure, so we might avoid this particular illness

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking
      Being overweight or obese
      Lack of physical activity
      Too much salt in the diet
      Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
      Stress
      Older age
      Genetics
      Family history of high blood pressure
      Chronic kidney disease
      Adrenal and thyroid disorders
      Essential Hypertension

      This type of high blood pressure is called essential hypertension and cannot be determined. Though essential hypertension remains somewhat mysterious, it has been linked to certain risk factors. High blood pressure tends to run in families and is more likely to affect men than women. Age and race also play a role. In the United States, blacks are twice as likely as whites to have high blood pressure, although the gap begins to narrow around age 44. After age 65, black women have the highest incidence of high blood pressure.

      Essential hypertension is also greatly influenced by diet and lifestyle. The link between salt and high blood pressure is especially compelling. People living on the northern islands of Japan eat more salt per capita than anyone else in the world and have the highest incidence of essential hypertension. By contrast, people who add no salt to their food show virtually no traces of essential hypertension.

      The majority of all people with high blood pressure are "salt sensitive," meaning that anything more than the minimal bodily need for salt is too much for them and increases their blood pressure. Other factors that have been associated with essential hypertension include obesity; diabetes; stress; insufficient intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium; lack of physical activity; and chronic alcohol consumption.

      When a direct cause for high blood pressure can be identified, the condition is described as secondary hypertension. Among the known causes of secondary hypertension, kidney disease ranks highest. Hypertension can also be triggered by tumors or other abnormalities that cause the adrenal glands (small glands that sit atop the kidneys) to secrete excess amounts of the hormones that elevate blood pressure. Birth control pills -- specifically those containing estrogen -- and pregnancy can boost blood pressure, as can medications that constrict blood vessels.

      Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the exact causes of hair loss?
    Please recommend a hair loss product that has good consumer reputation.

    • ANSWER:
      Men are more likely to experience baldness than women; some men may even begin to notice signs of hair loss during their teenage years. But what really causes you to loose your hair? Is it determined by gender? Or is it caused by hereditary factors? In fact, there are many different causes of hair loss, a few of which are examined here.

      Medications

      Certain prescription medications have the unfortunate side effect of causing the scalp hair to fall out. The most common culprits are chemotherapy and steroids. Chemotherapy patients generally begin to lose their hair within the first three weeks of treatment; fortunately, this condition is reversible, and new hair should begin to grow when the drug therapy is complete.

      Anabolic steroids have many dangerous side effects, and these powerful drugs are well-known for increasing androgen levels; these hormones impede proper follicle function, often resulting in the loss of hair.

      In addition, medications used in treating high blood pressure, arthritis and even depression may also cause temporary loss of hair.

      Hair Growth Cycle

      Under normal circumstances, an individual hair has a growth cycle of about 2 to 6 years. After the growth cycle ends, the hair falls out, and the process begins over again. At any given time, about 90% of the hair is in the growth stage, while 10% of the follicles are in a resting stage.

      It is normal for some hair to fall out when you comb, brush, shampoo, dry, or even just rub your hair. Normally, about 50-100 hair strands may fall out on a daily basis. It is possible to lose as much as 40% of your hair before the thinning or balding becomes noticeable to others.

      Abnormal Hormone Levels

      Pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is caused by excessive levels of the male hormone testosterone. While this is ordinarily considered to be a men's issue, women can also experience hereditary scalp hair loss. This common problem is caused when testosterone produces high levels of DHT, an androgen that signals the follicles to stop working.

      Other hormone imbalances can also lead to hair loss. Thyroid disease and the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause can cause thinning or balding on the scalp.

      Psychological Factors in Hair Loss

      Depression, anxiety, and major stressful events can contribute to hair thinning and permanent hair loss. If stress or emotional issues are affecting hair growth, it can be difficult to diagnose the problem. If you have symptoms of an emotional disorder such as depression or anxiety, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will be able to help you treat the underlying problem, as well as advise you on the course of treatment most appropriate for your hair loss issue.

      The good news for hair loss sufferers is that there are many options for treating hair loss. Whatever the reason that your hair is thinning or balding, there is a treatment that can help. Talk to your doctor and find out which choices are available, and which one is best for you.

      Click on the link below for a product that has helped me with my hair problems.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is the inside of my vagina burning?
    Hi, I woke up today, like any normal day, and went into the shower. after going in, my vagina started to burn from inside. I really didn't do anything to trigger the burning. no soap or anything and it started burning..i had just stepped into the shower! i have never had this happen to me before, and i am not sexually active nor was i masturbating or whatever the case may be. I am 21...can someone please tell me what to do? I want to make the doctor my last resort.

    • ANSWER:
      Women's Health
      Vaginitis
      What is vaginitis?
      Illustration of the anatomy of the female pelvic area
      Click Image to Enlarge

      Vaginitis refers to any inflammation or infection of the vagina. This is a common gynecological problem found in women of all ages, with most women having at least one form of vaginitis at some time during their lives.

      The vagina is the muscular passageway between the uterus and the external genital area. When the walls of the vagina become inflamed, because some irritant has disturbed the balance of the vaginal area, vaginitis can occur.
      What causes vaginitis?

      Bacteria, yeast, viruses, chemicals in creams or sprays, or even clothing can cause vaginitis. Sometimes, vaginitis occurs from organisms that are passed between sexual partners. In addition, the vaginal environment is influenced by a number of different factors including a woman's health, her personal hygiene, medications, hormones (particularly estrogen), and the health of her sexual partner. A disturbance in any of these factors can trigger vaginitis.
      What are the most common types of vaginitis?

      The six most common types of vaginitis include the following:

      * Candida or "yeast" infection
      * bacterial vaginosis
      * trichomoniasis vaginitis
      * chlamydia vaginitis
      * gonococcal vaginitis
      * viral vaginitis
      * noninfectious vaginitis

      Each of these types of infection has a different cause and can present different symptoms, making diagnosis often complicated. In addition, more than one type of vaginitis may be present at the same time, with or without symptoms being present.
      What is Candida or "yeast" infections?

      Yeast infections, as they are commonly called, are caused by one of the many species of fungus known as Candida, which normally live in the vagina in small numbers. Candida can also be present in the mouth and digestive tract in both men and women.

      Since yeast is normally present and well-balanced in the vagina, infection occurs when something in a woman's system upsets this normal balance. For example, an antibiotic to treat another infection may upset this balance. In this case, the antibiotic kills the bacteria that normally protects and balances the yeast in the vagina. In turn, the yeast overgrows, causing an infection. Other factors that can cause this imbalance to occur include pregnancy, which changes hormone levels, and diabetes, which allows too much sugar in the urine and vagina.
      What are the symptoms of a vaginal Candida infection?

      The following are the most common symptoms of a Candida infection. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

      * a thick, white, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge, watery and usually odorless
      * itchiness and redness of the vulva and vagina

      The symptoms of a vaginal Candida infection may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
      Who is at risk for vaginal Candida infections?

      While any woman can develop a yeast infection, the following women may be at an increased risk for the condition:

      * women who have had a recent course of antibiotics
      * women who are pregnant
      * women who have diabetes that is not well-controlled
      * women who are using an immunosuppressant medication
      * women who are using high-estrogen contraceptives
      * women who have a thyroid or endocrine disorder
      * women who are undergoing corticosteroid therapy, which slows the immune system

      How is a vaginal Candida infection diagnosed?

      In addition to a complete medical history and physical and pelvic examination, diagnostic procedures for vaginal Candida infections often include a microscopic examination of the vaginal discharge.
      Treatment for vaginal Candida infections:

      Specific treatment for Candida will be determined by your physician based on:

      * your age, overall health, and medical history
      * extent of the disease
      * type and severity of the symptoms
      * your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
      * expectations for the course of the disease
      * your opinion or preference

      Treatment for Candida may include:

      * anti-fungal, vaginal creams and suppositories
      * vaginal tablets
      * antibiotics

      What is bacterial vaginosis?

      While yeast infections are the most commonly discussed vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is actually the most common type of vaginitis in women of reproductive age. This infection is caused by a bacteria, not yeast. With a bacterial vaginosis infection, certain species of normal vaginal bacteria grow out of control and trigger inflammation. The cause of bacterial vaginosis is not known.
      Q: I frequently experience vaginal discharge. Is this considered normal, or might something be wrong?

      A: It is normal for all women to have some discharge from the vagina. Depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle, normal dis

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of Wilson's Temperature Syndrome? Is it for real, or just a bunch of hogwash?
    Has anyone out there been "diagnosed" with it by their physician. I would appreciate any information you could give me from firsthand experience.

    • ANSWER:
      Wilson’s (temperature) syndrome, also called Wilson’s thyroid syndrome or WTS, is a form of low thyroid function.

      Wilson’s syndrome entered the health marketplace in 1990, when E. Denis Wilson, M.D., of Longwood, Florida, coined its name. Proponents say that the syndrome's manifestations include symptoms typical of low thyroid function such as fatigue, headaches, PMS, hair loss, irritability, fluid retention, depression, decreased memory, low sex drive, unhealthy nails, easy weight gain, and about 60 other symptoms. Wilson says that WTS can cause “virtually every symptom known to man.” He also says that it is “the most common of all chronic ailments and probably takes a greater toll on society than any other medical condition.”

      Wilson says the condition can be reversible and that people can have it even when their routine thyroid blood tests are normal. He states that the condition is "especially brought on by stress" and can persist after the stress has passed. He says that the main diagnostic sign is a body temperature that averages below 98.6 °F (37.0 °C) (oral), and that the diagnosis is confirmed if the patient responds to treatment with a "special thyroid hormone treatment" (the WT3 protocol in the Doctor’s Manual written by Dr. Wilson).

      According to Dr Wilson, persons whose body temperature is routinely below 98.2 °F (36.8 °C) should be tested for the familiar thyroid problems using the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test. However, if a person's body temperature is low and the test is normal, that person may have Wilson's Temperature Syndrome.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do I really have low blood pressure?
    I went to the pharmacy today and tried out that free blood pressure machine. Turns out I have low blood pressure.
    I'm skeptical because I'm only 13, though I'm pretty tall at 160 cm, so does this apply to children?
    And what does it mean to have low blood pressure? What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several causes for a person's blood pressure to fall below normal. Among these causes are pregnancy, heart related conditions, hormone imbalances and many other health conditions.

      The many causes for low blood pressure can be minor with an easy solution with minimal symptoms that cause the individual discomfort and others are more severe with very problematic symptoms. Here are the top 7 causes for blood pressure to drop.

      1. Age is a factor in many medical conditions and low blood pressure is one of them. It is common in elderly men and women to experience a drop in their blood pressure after consuming a larger than normal meal.

      2. During the first and second trimester of pregnancy it is not all that uncommon for the blood pressure to become low.

      3. Changes in the levels of the blood sugar in a person (generally a diabetic).

      4. Medications can also change the blood pressure. The most popular medications that have been known to cause blood pressure to drop are those designed to lower the blood pressure. For example, medications prescribed for high blood pressure treatment can sometimes be the culprit when the blood pressure drops too low.

      4. Medications can also change the blood pressure. The most popular medications that have been known to cause blood pressure to drop are those designed to lower the blood pressure. For example, medications prescribed for high blood pressure treatment can sometimes be the culprit when the blood pressure drops too low.

      In addition to medications for treating blood pressure there are other medications that can lower the blood pressure, among them are medications prescribed for some psychiatric conditions and erectile dysfunction.

      5. Thyroid disease, adrenal issues and other hormone related conditions can also be the cause for a decrease in blood pressure.

      6. Nutritional deficiencies which usually leads to anemia can also lead to a drop in blood pressure.

      7. Issues with the nervous system have also been known to lower blood pressure. Autonomic nervous system disorders such as vasovagal syncope and POTS have been known to lower the blood pressure when a sufferer has been standing too long.

      Generally speaking, low blood pressure is not considered a medical problem. However, if you experience symptoms that are bothersome you should meet with your medical care provider for an evaluation of your overall health.

  36. QUESTION:
    Eating a lot, hungry all the time, but why am I not gaining weight?
    I am a single mom w/a toddler, juggling caring for my dad w/cancer, being a student, and watching my neighbors dogs during the day.

    It feels like I'm eating enough, but I don't gain weight. So I started eating fattier foods to see if that would add weight. It does not. I feel hungry all the time even after eating a meal.

    What is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Betty:

      Have a medical checkup (have your thyroid checked).
      Some people are like you, eating a lot, always hungry but not able to gain weight...but they’ve always been that way because they have an inability to make fat reserves. It could be genetic (one of the parent is the same) or maybe they were born premature.

      If you always been that way, there’s not much you can do, except get a good education and a good job because you have to eat like a man, which is hard to do on a woman’s salary.

      If it’s a new thing for you, it’s possible that you could have developed hypothyroidism because you gave birth. 7% of women will get postpartum thyroiditis (PPT) within a year after giving birth. The first stage is hyperthyroidism (you lose weight and get real skinny), then your thyroid either returns to normal OR you develop hypothyroidism (you gain weight and get fat). This is a permanent condition in about 20% of the woman developing hypothyroidism because of postpartum thyroiditis.

      You could also have been exposed to a parasite, especially if you have a toddler that plays outside with sand or dirt or because you take care of the neighbors’ dogs. Again, your doctor should test you or might figure out what is your problem by asking you a long list of question about symptoms. If you have a parasite, then your kid should also be tested (and maybe the dogs too).

  37. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Problems which create excessive sweating?
    I sweat more than the average person. It's becomming a problem. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sweating is one of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body excretes more sweat than is actually required to maintain body temperature. Hyperhidrosis is caused by a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, which is one of the medical causes of excessive sweating.

      The primary causes of excessive perspiration are unknown but the secondary causes of excessive perspiration that aggravate the situation are identified as anxiety, obesity and psychological factors and they may be called the medical causes of excessive sweating.

      Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition and heavy sweating in people suffering from it is to the point that their hands and underarms are dripping wet and moist all the time. Heavy sweating or over sweating can lead to many psychological problems as people suffering from hyperhidrosis avoid making social contact and meeting people.

      Hyperhidrosis may start with the beginning of each day and continue throughout the day and night or it may be discontinuous as the cause of excessive sweating varies from person to person.

      Types of Hyperhidrosis

      Hyperhidrosis or Intense Sweating is found in various regions of the body but heavy sweating mostly takes place on the face, in the palms, in the armpits and some less common places like the thighs and the stomach. and feet.

      Scalp/Facial hyperhidrosis takes place due to nervousness and tension. Girls sweating on face have to encounter lots of problems as the make up comes off due to sweat. Nervousness or doubt about their looks is one of the causes of excessive sweating on the face in girls. The forehead sweats due to anxiety in most people.

      Palmar Excessive sweating in the palms can result in maximum humility as hands act as our mediator to the social world and shaking hands that are sweating is not a nice experience. Though the intensity of sweating palms varies from person to person the medical causes of excessive sweating in the hands is still not known.

      Axillary- Armpits are another place where intense sweating takes place. This is also very embarrassing as it leads to stains and wet marks on the shirts. Girls sweating in this region sometimes have to face the problem of white marks on the shirts due to salt discharge.

      Truncal- Some people also suffer from hyperhidrosis at the trunk or the thighs and others have intense sweating all over the body .

      Plantar -Excessive sweating of the feet may cause athlete's foot.

      People suffering from Hyperhidrosis

      Hyperhidrosis or intense sweating takes place in men and women, people of all races and every age group. One out of every 25 people has hyperhidrosis in the world. Asians have an even higher rate of incidence with one of every five persons suffering from hyperhidrosis as living conditions are not very good which could be medical causes of excessive sweating for them.

      Hyperhidrosis presents difficult and humiliating situations for the sufferer at any age but adolescents are at a very high risk of developing an inferiority complex for their entire lives and adults suffer from emotional stress and find it difficult to go for meetings and interviews for the fear of shaking hands.

      Treatment - Secondary hyperhidrosis is treated by first addressing the underlying disorder. If a patient is on hormonal therapy then administration of an anti estrogen (ciproterone acetate) can give relief to sweat attacks. Primary hyperhidrosis patients and secondary hyperhidrosis patients experiencing moderate to severe sweating not relieved otherwise may benefit from the following treatment modalities; Antiperspirants (Drysol), Iontophoresis. Medications (anti-cholinergics), Surgery- Endoscopic sympathectomy

      The following methods of treatment are ineffective: Botox, lasertherapy, Axillary sweatgland removal; alternative treatments; radiotherapy and hypnosis.

  38. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between the symptoms of PCOS and pituitary tumor?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Common symptoms of PCOS include

      Oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea - irregular, few, or absent menstrual periods; cycles that do occur may comprise heavy bleeding (heavy bleeding is also an early warning sign of endometrial cancer, for which women with PCOS are at higher risk)
      Infertility, generally resulting from chronic anovulation (lack of ovulation)
      Elevated serum (blood) levels of androgens (male hormones), specifically testosterone, androstenedione, and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), causing hirsutism and occasionally masculinization
      Central obesity - "apple-shaped" obesity centered around the lower half of the torso
      Androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness)
      Acne, oily skin, seborrhea
      Acanthosis nigricans (dark patches of skin, tan to dark brown or black)
      Acrochordons (skin tags) - tiny flaps of skin
      Prolonged periods of PMS-like symptoms (bloating, mood swings, pelvic pain, backaches)
      Sleep apnea
      Mild symptoms of hyperandrogenism, such as acne or hyperseborrhea, are frequent in adolescent girls, and are often associated with irregular menstrual cycles. In most instances, these symptoms are transient and only reflect the immaturity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovary axis during the first years following menarche. [1]

      Signs are:

      Multiple cysts on the ovaries (one form of ovarian cyst). Sonographically they may look like a string of pearls.
      Enlarged ovaries, generally 1.5 to 3 times larger than normal, resulting from multiple cysts
      Thickened, smooth, pearl-white outer surface of ovary
      The ratio of LH (Luteinizing hormone) to FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) is greater than 1:1, as tested on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle.
      High levels of testosterone.
      Low levels of sex hormone binding globulin.
      Hyperinsulinemia

      Signs and symptoms
      Pituitary tumors that produce hormones are called functioning tumors. Tumors that don't produce hormones are known as nonfunctioning pituitary tumors.

      Different types of functioning tumors can develop in your pituitary gland, each causing specific signs and symptoms:

      Adrenocorticotropic hormone-producing tumors. These pituitary tumors produce the hormone adrenocorticotropin, which stimulates your adrenal glands to make the hormone cortisol. When your adrenal glands produce too much cortisol, a condition called Cushing's syndrome occurs. Signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome may include weight gain around your midsection and upper back, exaggerated facial roundness, a characteristic hump on the upper part of your back, high blood pressure, muscle weakness and thinning of your skin.
      Growth hormone-producing tumors. These tumors produce excess growth hormone. The physical effects from excess growth hormone (acromegaly) may include coarsened facial features, enlarged hands and feet, high blood pressure and heart problems. Accelerated and excessive growth (gigantism) may occur in children.
      Prolactin-producing tumors. Overproduction of prolactin from a pituitary tumor (prolactinoma) can cause a decrease in normal levels of sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Excessive prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia) can affect men and women differently.

      In women, prolactinoma may cause irregular menstrual periods (oligomenorrhea), lack of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) and milky discharge from the breasts (galactorrhea).

      In men, a prolactin-producing tumor may cause male hypogonadism, which may involve signs and symptoms such as enlarged breasts (gynecomastia), erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence, infertility, decrease in body hair, and loss of interest in sexual activity.

      Thyroid-stimulating hormone-producing tumors. When a pituitary tumor overproduces thyroid-stimulating hormone, your thyroid gland makes too much of the hormone thyroxine. This is a rare cause of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid disease. Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body's metabolism, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, and nervousness or irritability.
      Functioning and nonfunctioning pituitary tumors may cause other signs and symptoms, including:

      Headache
      Vision changes, such as decreased peripheral vision or double vision
      Seizures
      Clear, watery nasal drainage
      Hair loss
      Cold intolerance
      Constipation
      Irritability
      Weakness
      Fatigue
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Low blood pressure
      Unintended weight loss or gain

  39. QUESTION:
    How to reduce sweating?
    My husband sweats a lot in his sleep, and because of this our bedroom smells of sweat the whole time. He is perfectly hygienic. Is there anything he can do to reduce his sweating, or else get rid of the smell in our bedroom?
    No piss-takers. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Luna,

      Sorry to hear the problems that you are having, however I would like to reiterate that it is VERY common and therefore not alone, however I do understand and appreciate that it must be both difficult and at times both embarrassing for you and your husband.

      It sounds very much to me that your husband could very well have a condition called;

      'Sleep Hyperhidrosis' - simply means profuse sweating during sleep and usually see's no problems during the day.

      More often than not Sleep Hyperhidrosis is due to something harmless and often 'man made/influenced' and therefore can be changed. As you haven't provided a great amount of detail I shall break the condition down as much as possible and hopefully from there you can assist yourself and your husband further.

      First of all there are some questions, which I would like you to read and consider the responses to;

      1) Do you sleep with windows closes and with a thick tog duvet?
      A) If so, simply buy a thinner tog duvet, maybe a 4tog and open a window on vent. A fan is not recommended because quite often the noise can disturb sleep, which will create another problem entirely.

      2) Does your husband sweat during the day?
      A) If yes then this makes more of the problem in the sense that it effects him for many more hours? If not then as we said it probably is 'Sleep Hyperhidrosis'

      3) Is/Does your husband smoke, over-weight, drink alcohol?
      A) All of these can have SOME influence over problems such as S.H. However you have to ask yourself how extreme if any does he do any of the above?

      4) Does your husband have any other medical problems such as heart conditions, diabetes, history of strokes, obesity etc?
      A) Again all of these can impact upon someone and cause excessive sweating either day/night or just one of the times.

      In pretty much all cases though there is NO specific treatment for the sweating itself. A Doctor will have to undertake further tests to find out WHY he is sweating so much at night and then if need be TREAT THAT problem, which in turn should resolve the S.H

      Sleep Hyperhidrosis can be due to a variety of underlying disorders, such as:

      > Febrile (feverish) illness
      > Diabetes insipidus (the chronic excretion of large amounts of pale urine, acompanied by extreme thirst)
      > Hyperthyroidism (A disorder in which the thyroid is over-active)
      > Pheochromocytoma (secretion from usually benign cells in the brain that produces excessive sweating as one of its symtoms)
      > Hypothalamic lesions
      > Epilespy
      > Cerebral and brain stem strokes
      > Cerebral palsy
      > Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania (sudden onset migrane)
      > Spinal cord infarction (sudden insufficiency in blood supply)
      > Head injury
      > Familial dysautomia (a congenital syndrome with specific disturbances of the nervous system)
      > The sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

      DO NOT assume that because your husband doesn't appear ill or show any other specific symptoms that none of the above can be possible. Many hundreds of thousands of people each year carry on as if everything is OK, when in fact (mainly men) have experienced some other symptoms for some time.

      After reading and considering the above I would book an appointment with your family Doctor for him to do further tests and treat appropriately. Our bodies are amazing 'machines' that are very precise at telling us something is wrong, don't allow your husband to be a typical British male and leave this untreated.

      Good Luck with everything (both of you) and I hope everything is sorted swiftly.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment for marfanoid hypermobility weakness?

    • ANSWER:
      People with hypermobility syndrome may develop other conditions caused by their unstable joints. These conditions include:
      Joint instability causing frequent sprains, tendinitis, or bursitis when doing activities that would not affect the normal individual
      Early-onset osteoarthritis
      Subluxations or dislocations, especially in the shoulder
      Knee pain
      Back pain, prolapsed discs or spondylolisthesis
      Joints that make clicking noises
      Susceptibility to whiplash
      Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome also known as TMJ
      Increased nerve compression disorders (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
      The ability of Finger Locking
      Do not respond well to normal doses of anaesthetic or pain medication
      "Growing pains" as described in children in late afternoon or night
      Cause: The endocrine glands produce hormones to regulate human traits, namely, Kama [desire], Krodha[anger], Lobha[Selfishness and greed]Moha[[love], Mada[lust] and matsaryas[affections]. Hormonal Imbalance is the root cause of all the chronic and dreaded & incurable diseases/syndromes or it may also be congenital due to genetic predispositions + bad diet.
      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in Brain, Spinal cord, liver, lungs, Thyroid & Parathyroid, lymphatic system, Kidneys, Spleen, gonads, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus.

      Target Therapy is worth trying. It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures. Dr.Vora[late], the world renowned Acupressurist and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 2,00,000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses, brain & spinal cord affected disorders and also many other most dreaded diseases.

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      U may study it, discuss with Ur family members/friends/acquaintances and slowly and steadily implement it for the best results.

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  41. QUESTION:
    What happens to your body when your DR. says you have thyroid disease? What does it mean?
    Do you gain weight easy? I have no clue? He tried explaining but i need more answers.
    overactive

    • ANSWER:
      this is the one you have Overactive thyroid, also known as hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis, is a condition that occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone in the body. The condition is more common in women than men.
      The role of the thyroid gland
      The thyroid gland is found in the neck. It produces hormones that are released into the bloodstream to control the body's growth and metabolism. These hormones are called thyroxine and triiodothyronine. They affect processes such as heart rate and body temperature, and help convert food into energy to keep the body going.

      Normally, the levels of thyroxine and triiodothyronine in the blood are carefully controlled so that these processes happen at a stable rate.

      However, in hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland produces an excess amount of thyroxine or triiodothyronine, which speeds up the body's metabolism. This causes symptoms such as:

      hyperactivity
      an increased appetite
      sudden weight loss or gain
      See Overactive thyroid - symptoms for more information

      Overt and subclinical hyperthyroidism
      There are several causes of an overactive thyroid gland. The most common is Graves' disease, in which the body's immune system targets the thyroid gland and causes it to produce too much thyroid hormone.

      Once diagnosed, overactive thyroid can be classed as either:
      overt, which means that it causes symptoms
      subclinical, when the levels of thyroid hormone are still within normal limits
      Outlook
      Overactive thyroid can be effectively treated using medicines to slow the production of hormones from the thyroid gland, as well as radiotherapy and in some cases surgery. For more information, see Overactive thyroid - treatment.
      However, if it is not successfully controlled, overactive thyroid can cause other health problems such as irregular heart rhythms and osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones).
      If it is not treated, overactive thyroid can be fatal hope this helps you
      go to this site you will find quite a bit on this

      www.medicinenet.com
      hope this helps you

  42. QUESTION:
    how do you get your nails to grow faster?
    other then the nail polish stuff that you can put on thats usually called maximum growth .
    THANKS ! ♥

    • ANSWER:
      i will answer your question but .............

      i read some facts about nails, here are some:

      Fingernail facts

      * The longer the finger, the faster the fingernail grows.

      * Nails grow faster in warm climates and fastest in the summer.

      * Nails grow 20 percent faster when a body is fighting off the flu.

      * Extreme dieting slows nail growth.

      * The nail on the pinkie grows the slowest, followed by the thumbnail.

      * Fingernails grow twice as fast as toenails.

      * Men's nails grow faster than women's.

      * Nails grow fastest between the ages of 10 and 14

      anyway tips on how to grow nails:

      If you're an expressive person who uses your hands when you speak, your hands and fingernails will play an important role in the image you project. You want your nails to look their best. Although long fingernails are not necessary to make a favorable impression, you may be anxious to have your nails grow faster if you happen to have experienced a bad manicure, a torn nail, or are overcoming a nail biting habit. Is it really possible to make fingernails grow faster?

      If you're concerned about how to make your fingernails grow faster, it's important to understand how fingernails grow in the first place. Fingernails are composed of protein fibers called keratin which is the same protein hair is made of. Growth occurs from the moon-shaped area seen at the base of the nail, which is sometimes known as the growth plate. As the nail grows, cells from the matrix multiply, mature, and die. Upon death, they become filled with this protein matrix, which gives the nail its tough, hard exterior.

      How fast do fingernails grow? Nail growth rates vary, but on average they'll grow around an inch and a half each year in a normal person. The rate of fingernail growth varies depending upon the nutritional status of the person as well as how much blood flow reaches the growth center or matrix of the nail. Interestingly enough, the nails on the hand you favor grow faster than the ones on the opposite hand. If you're right handed, the nails on the right will grow faster. Fingernail growth rates also vary based on finger length. The longer the finger is, the faster the growth rate. Age and time of year also play a role in how fast fingernails grow. Nails grow faster in people under the age of thirty and during warmer times of year such as the summer.

      Although these are interesting facts, they don't necessarily address the issue of how to make your fingernails grow faster. One way to ensure that nails grow at their optimal rate is to take an inventory of your nutritional habits. Extreme dieting, particularly low protein diets can slow down nail growth. Make sure you're not restricting calories excessively and are getting a sufficient amount of protein in your diet on a daily basis. Your diet should also be well balanced to provide the vitamins and minerals needed to help fingernails grow fast. If there's some question as to whether your diet is adequate, add a multivitamin and consider drinking a protein drink once a day.

      Another consideration is your general health status. A variety of underlying disease states can slow down fingernail growth and make nails more fragile. These include kidney disease, thyroid disease, cancer, and a host of other medical conditions. If you're concerned about nail growth and are experiencing other symptoms, a few lab studies might be in order to rule out underlying health conditions that could contribute to nail problems.

      The last factor to consider if you're concerned about how to make your fingernails grow faster is blood flow to the matrix of the nail. Activities that increase blood flow to the fingernails may stimulate nail growth. Some activities that may do this include frequent typing, playing the piano, and other activities where you use your hands a lot. Surprisingly enough, biting your nails can have the same effect, although it wouldn't be recommended. While it may not be practical to take up piano to make fingernails grow faster, using your hands as frequently as possible on a daily basis may help.

      Probably the best strategy to make fingernails grow faster is to make sure you're getting enough protein and are practicing sound eating habits on a daily basis. Engage your hands as much as possible to stimulate blood flow and make sure you're taking meticulous care of your nails to keep them from splitting or breaking.

      well hope this helps

  43. QUESTION:
    How serious is a tumor in the pituitary gland? I just found out I need an MRI scan to know for sure.?

    • ANSWER:
      Before you worry, find out if that is the case. You will know if you have any of the symptoms I mention below. Sometimes, people with these tumors do not show any of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms may be similar to symptoms of other medical conditions. If you are concerned about a symptom on this list, please talk to your doctor, you do need MRI/CT scan.

      Headaches - important

      Vomiting

      Vision problems - imp

      Changes in menstrual cycles in women

      Impotence (the inability to achieve or maintain an erection) in men caused by hormone changes

      Infertility (the inability to have children)

      Inappropriate production of breast milk

      Cushing's syndrome, caused by overproduction of ACTH

      Acromegaly (enlargement of the extremities or limbs) from overproduction of growth hormone

      Tiredness

      Irritability

      The pituitary is a small, pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain that functions as "The Master Gland." From its lofty position above the rest of the body it sends signals to the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes, directing them to produce thyroid hormone, cortisol, estrogen, testosterone, and many more. These hormones have dramatic effects on metabolism, blood pressure, sexuality, reproduction, and other vital body functions. In addition, the pituitary gland produces growth hormone for normal development of height and prolactin for milk production.

      If diagnosed early enough, the prognosis is typically excellent. They are removed surgically. Hormonal treatment be required in some cases.

  44. QUESTION:
    How does a person know if they have a thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperthyroidism — overactive thyroid

      Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid, meaning the thyroid gland produces too much hormone. The condition occurs eight times more frequently in women than in men, and can develop as early as their 30’s.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms

      A well-functioning thyroid makes a balanced amount of two hormones: T4 and T3. These hormones manage our metabolism and influence our body temperature, body weight and how many calories we burn. If your thyroid produces too much of these hormones, all the cells in your body increase the rate at which they function, resulting in thyroid problems and some or all of the following hyperthyroid symptoms:

      Heart palpitations; accelerated heart rate
      Chest pain
      A feeling of being too warm all the time
      Nervousness and trembling
      Insomnia despite feeling exhausted
      Breathlessness
      Diarrhea and GI upset
      Increased appetite
      Light or absent menstrual periods; infertility
      Weight loss
      Muscle deterioration
      Warm, moist skin
      Hair loss
      Bulging eyes, “spacy” gaze
      Heightened anxiety, irritability, moodiness or depression
      The symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be similar to those of other conditions, including anxiety disorders or mania-like behavior. So, rather than just assume it is just a mood disorder, thyroid function should always be checked to rule out hyperthyroidism when a woman experiences new symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, or hyperactivity of any kind.

      Hyperthyroid symptoms can also worsen gradually over time. Many women have had overactive thyroid for months or years but don’t recognize the symptoms until they become more severe. Older women may lose weight or become depressed without having any of the other hyperthyroidism symptoms.

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the differences between all the types of anxiety disorder?
    like ive heard poeple on here talking about social, general and a few other types. i was recently diagnosed with panic disorder and ocd

    who knows the types of anxiety disorders and what they effect and mean and all that kinda stuff im very interested.
    thanks so verrryy mucchhhh

    • ANSWER:
      When people casually tell you not to worry so much, they're unknowingly giving you a very smart health tip. It seems like common sense, but hard evidence of a link between anxiety disorders and physical health problems has only recently emerged. Anxiety disorders are associated with several physical conditions including respiratory disease, arthritis, allergic conditions, migraine headaches and thyroid disease.

      People who suffer from anxiety disorders seem to develop health problems the longer the disorder persists. Indeed, it appears that untreated anxiety disorders are the primary reason physical problems start to appear. Minor physical symptoms like dizzy spells, nausea, shortness of breath and chest pains may be ignored by the person—or worse yet, they may seek comfort in some unhealthy form of anxiety coping like over drinking or smoking

      There is growing evidence that stress may contribute to physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. Whatever the cause, physical diseases need appropriate medical management before any attempt is made at stress management. Almost everyone experiences some anxiety. This is normal. Anxiety disorders are different from everyday anxiety because they are more severe, can persist and may interfere with a person’s daily life. The good news is that anxiety disorders can be successfully treated.

      Untreated anxiety disorders can lead to serious depression. Depressive illness is common. Depression is about twice as common in women as in men depression can develop at any age.
      Depression is often associated with an increased incidence of suicide. The annual suicide rate for people with depression is 3–4 times higher than that of other psychiatric disorders.

      I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attack, and social anxiety disorder. My body is feeling so weak everyday, no energy at all, no concentration, and no motivation; sometimes it feels someone is squeezing my body, irregular heartbeat and occasional light-headedness. I feel like I am in a dream all the time, I suffer from unexplained mental and physical fatigue.

      I am not a doctor, but you don’t have to give up. Continue to see your doctor regularly, do not stop! You sound very anxious. In conclusion I suggest encouraging yourself to be more open to your doctor.

      Take care always.

  46. QUESTION:
    Explain the following human disorders that result from chromosomal alterations?
    1. Down Syndrome
    2. Klinefelter Syndrome
    3. Turner Syndrome
    4. CML

    • ANSWER:
      1. Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition characterized by the presence of an extra copy of genetic material on the 21st chromosome, either in whole (trisomy 21) or part (such as due to translocations). The effects and extent of the extra copy vary greatly among people, depending on genetic history, and pure chance. Often Down syndrome is associated with some impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics. Many of the common physical features of Down syndrome may also appear in people with a standard set of chromosomes, including microgenia (an abnormally small chin), an unusually round face, macroglossia (protruding or oversized tongue), an almond shape to the eyes caused by an epicanthic fold of the eyelid, upslanting palpebral fissures (the separation between the upper and lower eyelids), shorter limbs, a single transverse palmar crease (a single instead of a double crease across one or both palms), poor muscle tone, and a larger than normal space between the big and second toes. Health concerns for individuals with Down syndrome include a higher risk for congenital heart defects, gastroesophageal reflux disease, recurrent ear infections, obstructive sleep apnea, and thyroid dysfunctions.
      2. Klinefelter's syndrome, 47, XXY, or XXY syndrome is a condition in which human males have an extra X chromosome. While females have an XX chromosomal makeup, and males an XY, affected individuals have at least two X chromosomes and at least one Y chromosome.[1] Because of the extra chromosome, individuals with the condition are usually referred to as "XXY Males", or "47, XXY Males".
      In humans, Klinefelter's syndrome is the most common sex chromosome disorder and the second most common condition caused by the presence of extra chromosomes. The principal effects are development of small testicles and reduced fertility. A variety of other physical and behavioral differences and problems are common, though severity varies and many boys and men with the condition have few detectable symptoms.
      3.Turner syndrome or Ullrich-Turner syndrome encompasses several conditions, of which monosomy X (absence of an entire sex chromosome, the Barr body) is most common. It is a chromosomal abnormality in which all or part of one of the sex chromosomes is absent (unaffected humans have 46 chromosomes, of which two are sex chromosomes). Typical females have two X chromosomes, but in Turner syndrome, one of those sex chromosomes is missing or has other abnormalities. In some cases, the chromosome is missing in some cells but not others, a condition referred to as mosaicism or 'Turner mosaicism'. There are characteristic physical abnormalities, such as short stature, swelling, broad chest, low hairline, low-set ears, and webbed necks. Girls with Turner syndrome typically experience gonadal dysfunction (non-working ovaries), which results in amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycle) and sterility. Concurrent health concerns are also frequently present, including congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism (reduced hormone secretion by the thyroid), diabetes, vision problems, hearing concerns, and many autoimmune diseases. Finally, a specific pattern of cognitive deficits is often observed, with particular difficulties in visuospatial, mathematical, and memory areas.
      4. Chronic myelogenous (or myeloid) leukemia (CML), also known as chronic granulocytic leukemia (CGL), is a cancer of the white blood cells. It is a form of leukemia characterized by the increased and unregulated growth of predominantly myeloid cells in the bone marrow and the accumulation of these cells in the blood. CML is a clonal bone marrow stem cell disorder in which proliferation of mature granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils) and their precursors is the main finding. It is a type of myeloproliferative disease associated with a characteristic chromosomal translocation called the Philadelphia chromosome. It is now treated with imatinib and other targeted therapies, which have dramatically improved survival.

  47. QUESTION:
    My anxiety is getting in the way of my relationship can someone give me help?
    Me and my girlfriend have been seeing eachother for a little over 1 and a half months and I really like her. But I am so shy I really am, unless I get to know someone a lot. Anywho, I am shy around her, but I can still talk and kiss her and tell her how beautiful she is, I can do things a boyfriend would (for the most part)... when it's just me and her. BUT when we go somewhere in public I can hardly speak to her. Today we went to an amusement park with a bunch of people we knew, we were all talking and stuff except I didn't say much of anything and later my girl told me. "Man sometimes it seems like I don't mean anything to you." That hurt cause I like her A LOT and then my anxiety and shyness screws me over when I get into the outside world... is there anything I could do to completely overcome my anxiety? It was never much of a problem until nowdays (highschool years) when you actually get into relationships and what not. Should I see a councelor maybe? I need tips.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you don't have general anxiety but SocialAnxiety disorder and yes you can beat this! Most people get this during their teenage years! Here's a little indo on it:

      Topic Overview
      What is social anxiety disorder?
      People with social anxiety disorder are extremely anxious about what they will say or do in front of other people. This includes public speaking and day-to-day social situations. But it is more than just being shy or nervous before public speaking. The fear can begin weeks or months before an event. It can cause a fast heartbeat and make it hard to focus.

      Some people fear only one or a few types of social situations. For other people, many situations cause stress. This problem affects your daily life. You may be so stressed or afraid that you avoid public situations, including missing work and school.

      What causes social anxiety disorder?
      Doctors don't know what causes social anxiety disorder. They think it may run in families, but they are not sure if it's because of genetics or a response to a traumatic situation.

      What are the symptoms?
      Social anxiety disorder causes both emotional and physical symptoms:

      It can make you nervous, sad, or easily upset before or during a social event. You may worry a lot or be afraid that something bad will happen.
      The anxiety can cause you to blush, sweat, and feel shaky. Your heart may beat faster than normal, and you may have a hard time focusing.
      How is social anxiety disorder diagnosed?
      To diagnose social anxiety disorder, your doctor will examine you and ask about your symptoms. He or she may ask other questions to see how you are doing emotionally. This is called a mental health assessment.

      Your doctor may also do blood or urine tests to rule out other conditions, such as thyroid problems that can cause similar symptoms.

      How is it treated?
      Treatment of social anxiety disorder includes counseling and sometimes medicine, such as antidepressants. Whether you need medicine depends on how much the problem affects your daily life. If you already feel anxious around other people, it may be hard to ask for help. But treatment for social anxiety disorder works for many people.

      Some people with social anxiety disorder turn to alcohol or drugs to help them relax. This can lead to addiction problems. They may also have depression. It is important to treat these issues too.

      Visit the site below for more info and find a professional to talk to. It helps a lot! Good luck!!

  48. QUESTION:
    I am trying to find information about internal yeast infection as related to pancreas,thyroid,etc.?
    My doctor tells me I have yeast growing on my pancreas,and internal organs. I don't understand. Also says my thyroid is affected. Please tell me where to go on the internet for more information.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard people getting yeast infection after the pancreas surgery, but not the other way around?! Are you sure what your Dr. refers to is vaginal yeast infection caused by Candida Albicans and NOT other fungal?

      With regard to Thyroid, also I have heard that hypothyroidism can cause yeast infection. Check following URL for info in this regard:

      Candida Yeast Infections May Be Involved in Many Conditions
      http://www.drpodell.org/yeast-infection-treatments.shtml

      I suggest you get a second opinion, and from a physician who cares enough to spend some time and explain your case in laymen language, as it appears your current physician has not done so.

      Some general info on Yeast Infection:

      Yeast infection usually is cause by over population of Candida Albicans in the vagina, rectum, and mouth. While it is known to be a women health issue, men also can contract a yeast infection, if they have unprotected sexual activity with a partner who has a yeast infection (NOTE: Yeast infection IS NOT a STD).

      A yeast infection will not cause the women to miss her period. Actually the period should clear up any mild yeast infection, since fungal causing the infection (Candida Albicans) don't like the PH created by menstrual bleeding.

      Factors that may contribute to development of yeast infection are as follow:
      •Antibiotic treatments (it is recommended while taking antibiotic to eat plain yogurt having “active Yeast” as one of its ingredients)
      •Oral contraceptives
      •Hot weather or non-ventilating clothing, which increase moisture and warmth, fostering fungal growth
      •Repeated intercourse over a short period of time
      •Stress
      •Suppressed immune system (including HIV)
      •High carbohydrate intake, especially refined sugars and alcohol
      •Pregnancy
      •Diabetes
      •In cases, it has been observed that certain types of soaps, powders, new detergents, certain type of condoms, latex, and other products which cause irritation.
      While there are many over counter medication to treat Yeast Infection, it is always advised to see a physician to ensure the symptoms are only yeast infection and nothing else. Note that there are other health problems, including a few STDs which have similar symptoms, thus they should be ruled out ASAP.

      While yeast infections can cause severe discomfort and rarely cause serious health problems, recurring yeast infections may be difficult to prevent or cure, due to other underlying problems.

      To learn more about Yeast Infection, what causes the problem, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, preventions, and its danger level, please refer to the following provided reference URL.

  49. QUESTION:
    What else could have these symptoms?
    I went to the doctor with the following symptoms: constant thirst, frequent urination, cuts/bruises that are very slow to heal, constant hunger, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, frequent mood swings, and sensitivity to sugar.
    I have consumed excessive amounts of soda and candy for years but I am not at all overweight. I'm 21 and physically active. After I got fairly dehydrated about a month ago, I started having the issues with sugar and the excessive thirst/hunger, but the other symptoms were present before that. I went to the doctor and he named a few things that he wanted to try to rule out-diabetes, a thyroid condition, anemia, and low blood sugar. The thyroid problem and anemia were ruled out. I had a 3 hr glucose test done last week and it showed significant hypoglycemia rather than high blood sugar. What else could be causing these problems?
    When I started having problems with sugar, I severely restricted my sugar intake-from about 12 regular sodas a day plus candy/sweets to sugarfree sodas and sweets-and limited potatoes as well. The episodes of what I am assuming were high blood sugar (food made it worse but as time went on and I was physically active at work for an extended period of time it diminished) have become less pronounced but they are still present when I eat something like french fries. The 3hr glucose test was about two weeks into that diet change. Now, what seems like possibly low blood sugar problems-though not severe-have become more common. If I skip or delay a meal I start to sweat, I can't stay motivated and on task at work, and I start to feel jittery. Several coworkers have commented on my mood swings when I haven't eaten in a while. If I really go too long, I get to the point where I don't care about anything and don't want to eat or do anything, but if I force myself to eat then it will go away.
    I have a followup scheduled for Wednesday. All I was told was that two of the values were low and it "showed significant hypoglycemia". I don't know which 2 values or what they were. I am just wondering what other tests he might want to have done and what questions I should ask.

    • ANSWER:
      You may still be diabetic. Type 2 diabetics don't PROPERLY utilize sugar. They may have an excessive rise in blood sugar levels with increasing insulin production then a sudden utilization on this insulin causing a severe drop in Blood Sugar. This can be caused by overt Type 2 diabetes, Leventhal-Stein (also know as Poly-Cystic Ovarian syndrome a misnomer as this can affect men and women), Liver disorders and pancreatic diseases. these can all cause a type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually called adult onset diabetes however many people associate it with obesity and diet. These two things do play an important role but are not the only risk factors. You need to see an endocrinologist not a family practitioner to be diagnosed and have an appropriate treatment plan started. You will also need to FOLLOW the treatment plan which will include diet modification. Uncontrolled diabetes from any cause can lead to Cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, liver damage, Strokes, Blindness and numerous other issues.

      As an addition H1AC is an indicator of how your blood sugar has been over the last 6-8 weeks and is used in conjunction with glucose tollerance testing. Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood sugar (serum blood sugar) reading under 70 with significant hypoglycemia under 55.

      Hyperglycemia is defined (depending on the physician) as a fasting serum blood sugar above 125. Though most people are not classified as diabetic unless they have a rise over 200 during there glucose tollerane test that does not return to normal within a specified period of time.

      Also your dietary changes may have an affect on your utilization of sugar and carbohydrates are the biggest causes of sudden peaks and drops where proteins cause steady rise and then low decline ie they help the body have a more stable blood sugar level.

  50. QUESTION:
    What can make my hair grow?
    My hair used to be really long, but I cut it awhile ago. It seems like it's taking forever to grow back. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no magic bullet. If you want to go from a short Bob to long flowing locks instantly than you do have some options, but depending on a variety of factors, they may be limited. Your best bet for overnight long hair is to consider hair extensions, clip on ponytails or long wigs.

      Yes, there are lots of things that can maximize the potential of your hair growing cycle but it is absolute folly to imagine that you can go to bed one night with shoulder length hair and the next day wake up with a new inch of growth.

      The human thyroid gland plays an important role in the ability to grow healthy hair. A sluggish thyroid gland may not be able to generate the proper amount of hormones that regulate overall metabolism and other bodily functions with govern the body's overall ability to grow and maintain healthy tresses. This is known as hypothyroidism.
      Although hypothyroidism can only conclusively be proven through blood tests, common symptoms include feeling exhausted and losing more hair than normal. For some people, their hair will become dry, brittle and more prone to breakage.
      Health experts believe that more than 10 million Americans may suffer from undiagnosed hypothyroid disease.
      If you have been tested and have a clean bill of thyroid health, the problem may be a general lack of energy due to stress, poor diet or other lifestyle issues.
      Consider adopting some of the following secrets to boost your natural energy, support your thyroid and encourage the growth of new strands that are healthy, shiny and less prone to dryness or breakage.
      Coffee, tea, sugar drinks or beer does not count in your daily water count. Water means exactly that - water. Carbonated and caffeinated drinks may actually speed up dehydration which means that the body is not functioning at optimal levels. Not only can dehydration make you feel drained and exhausted, it can be a hidden factor in hair growth stoppage, dry strands or tresses that break off.
      Adjust your daily levels according to the seasons of the year (hot weather may require more daily water consumption) and the amount of stress in your life.
      When pressed for exact formulas, most experts can not give a simple answer to how much water humans should drink every day. A general rule of thumb is for women to drink between 2 and 2.6 liters of water a day. For men the rule of thumb is 2.8 to 3.5 liters.
      There are many exceptions to this general rule of thumb which are tied back to age, lifestyle, weight and climate. In essence, experts advise that you replace all the water that you excrete every day.

      Many people are sleep deprived. As a result of daily stresses and strains studies have found that humans are getting less and less sleep. For the body to function at optimal capability, which includes having the necessary energy to nourish and grow hair, humans need enough sleep.
      Unfortunately there is no pat answer for how much sleep is enough. Again, it depends on the individual. Most sleep experts recommend an average of 6-8 hours for active adults. Depending on age, health conditions and other factors you may need more than 8 or be able to survive on a little less.
      As a result of more sleep deprived people, cat naps are becoming more popular. A great way to get a daily energy boost is to schedule a 20 minute cat nap. Be sure not to sleep longer than 20 minutes though or else you will more tired than before you napped. Studies have shown that 20 minutes is the very best amount of time for getting maximum benefit. So set an alarm for exactly 20 minutes and catch some mid-day Zzzs.

      There are some very rare exceptions, but most hair on most people is genetically programmed to grow a maximum of 6 inches a year.
      There are some people like Crystal Gayle who obviously grow hair at a much faster rate than the average human soul. However, she is definitely the exception and not the rule.

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