Monday, July 28, 2008

Causes and Treatment for Hair Loss

Causes of Hair loss

A lot of men today who suffer from hair loss are usually so intent on finding a solution, they will try almost anything. It's not that they are looking for some fountain of youth. They are just tired of hair loss making them look ten to fifteen years older than they really are, and they are committed to doing something decisive and positive about it.

Baldness and hair loss are not always inevitable, and the amount and rate of loss can often be diminished with the correct treatment. Some men have areas on the scalp that are very sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men's blood. The hormones make the hair follicles - from which hair grows - shrink. Eventually, they become so small that they cannot replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are no longer able to perform their task.

Treatment for Hair Loss

There are various solutions for baldness available but only some of them work appreciably in reducing hair loss or controlling baldness. Baldness is generally regarded as natural, and not a disease. So if a person decides they wish to try to get their hair back, they will probably have to pay for the lengthy, expensive procedure themselves.
To solution to solving such a physical problem is to consult a doctor and follow the advice with the prescribed medication.

Finasteride (Propecia) is a medicine taken in tablet form that partially blocks the effects of the male hormones (an 'anti-androgen'). It is used in a higher dose to reduce the size of the prostate gland in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy. Propecia has been shown to halt further hair loss and promote re-growth of scalp hair in approximately 80 per cent of patients after three to six months. Treatment must be continued to sustain the improvement in hair growth.

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Label: Causes of Hair Loss, Treatment for Hair Loss

Monday, July 14, 2008

What Is Sore Throat

A sore throat (also known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis) is a disease primarily located in the area around the tonsils. It can be caused by both a virus and a bacteria. A sore throat is partly a disease in itself and partly an effect of other diseases such as flu and glandular fever.The disease is normally seen in children and young people but it can occur at any age. The characteristics of the disease are throat pain and trouble swallowing. If the disease is due to bacteria it can be treated with antibiotics. Usually there are no complications.

What are the signs of a sore throat?

Breathing through the mouth (can cause drying and irritation of the throat)Common coldViral pharyngitisInfluenzaStrep throat (caused by streptococcal bacteria)Infectious mononucleosisFish, chicken bone, or other foreign substance stuck in the throat. (For emergency actions, see choking child or adult or CPR.)Endotracheal intubation (tube insertion)Surgery such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomySore throat caused by bacteriaBacterial causes of sore throat or tonsillitis can require further attention from parents and pediatricians. Streptococcus, or strep, is the most frequently found bacterial cause of sore throat. This germ requires an antibiotic for rapid treatment. Antibiotics do not lower the body's immune system or make it "lazy." On the contrary, antibiotics enable the normal, healthy immune system to kill bacteria (like strep) more rapidly and effectively.

Treatment For Sore Throat

Viral pharyngitis: Treat symptomatically with hydration, decongestants, saline nasal spray, analgesics, and restStrep pharyngitis: Appropriate antibiotics (e.g., penicillin, erythromycin) and symptomatic treatment with analgesicsMononucleosis: Symptomatic treatment with analgesics; limit contact sports if splenomegaly is present –Hospitalization in patients with encephalitis, airway compromise, or dehydration due to nausea/vomiting secondary to hepatitisAllergic pharyngitis: Antihistamines, nasal steroidsForeign body: Protect airway; removal by ENT doctorGERD: H2 blockers (e.g., ranitidine) or proton pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole), elevate head of bed, weight loss, small meals

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Label: Symptoms of Sore Throat, Ask From Medical Experts

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tonsillectomies - To do or not to do

Tonsillectomies have long been the 'bread and butter' of the ENT surgeons. When they are indicated, they are a great help for the kids and parents, however it has been seen that a lot many tonsillectomies are NOT NECESSARY!So how do we decide when a tonsillectomy is indicated?A tonsillectomy is generally done for recurrent 'sore throat' or throat infections.

However in most children it has been shown that there is no significant decrease in the number of Upper respiratory infections (URI) after undergoing tonsillectomies (Sept 11, 2004, BMJ).

Only those children who get a documented (seen by a doctor, preferably)attack of URI of 6-7 times in 1 year, or 5 episodes per year for 2consecutive years, or 3 episodes per year for 3 consecutive years shouldprobably be taken up for tonsillectomy.

Among other reasons for tonsillectomies would be extremely large tonsils interfering with sleep (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) detected by snoring, irregular sleep, daytime sleepiness, and mouth breathing. Also if a child has very severe URI's with long lasting symptoms tonsillectomy may be undertaken sooner.

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Breast feeding cuts Asthma Risk

There is more good news for parents that have been exclusively breastfeeding, a recent published by AAAAI clearly shows that Babies who are exclusively breast-fed for their first four months of life have a reduced risk of asthma during their first four years. Researchers analyzed data about 4,089 infants and found that asthma rate was 6.4 percent among 4-year-old children who'd been exclusively breast-fed for the first four months or longer, compared with 9.1 percent of those who'd been exclusively breast-fed for less than four months.The important thing to note is that these kids had been given NOTHING but breast feed for the first 4 months. The study also found that continued partial breast-feeding after exclusive breast-feeding also helped protect children against asthma.Given the trend of increasing asthma in Indian kids, this study shows a simple way to try and reduce this epidemic disease.For more question about breast feeding visit us at and post your question online.

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