How to Get Rid of Acne (No More Mistakes)

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You want to know real quick how to get rid of your acne (obviously) and preferably by yesterday.

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Well first up, I will answer your question in just a moment and tell you what is considered the absolute and number one best home remedy for clearing up your acne at this moment in time.

After that, I’ll tell you the next best home remedies for acne alternatives in case the number one doesn’t work for you. You have to understand that your body chemistry like your finger print, is very unique which is the same as saying that everyone’s skin is different.

It means that what may work great for me might not work so well for you if at all.

The upshot is that we may both might have to try out a few alternatives before we find the one that works for us.

Anyway, next up I’ll tell you about the best over the counter acne solutions and products in terms of curative effectiveness and positive buyer reviews.

After that comes the more high tech treatment options on the market, the prescriptions medicines you’ll most likely be offered if you decide a visit to your doctor is a must and finally your therapy and surgery options when things have gotten totally out of hand!

The No1 and Best Acne Home Remedy

So what is the number one natural home remedy acknowledged by all to be the best for getting rid of your acne (also known as acne vulgaris by the way) faster than most of the competition?

The answer is Apple Cider Vinegar.

Do all the research on the net that you want and check out all the recommendation and top 10 home remedy acne cures on offer and you’ll find this particular treatment at or very near the top of every list for one simple reason, it’s effective.

But it may not be for everybody, read on to discover why.

ACV is certainly effective but it’s even more so when you combine it with one other treatment and that’s taking a zinc supplement.

Just so you know, Apple Cider Vinegar is not really recognised by the medical establishment as a proven treatment for acne.

You’ll find, if you care to look into it, that very few home remedies for any condition are approved by medical science!

But the evidence on the ground where ACV is concerned contradicts the science in many cases so the only way to know if it will work for you is to try it and see…

Lets look at Apple Cider Vinegar first and why and how you should use it.

You want to use it because Apple Cider Vinegar contains various and very useful organic acids.

  • Acetic acid is one and is know to have antibacterial properties.

  • Succinic acid is another and its claim to fame is to prevent inflammation which may in turn prevent scarring while lactic acid is helpful in naturally improving the appearance of scars resulting from acne.

Apple Cider also has keratolytic properties which means that when applied to your skin it helps in both the loosening and shedding of the horny (outer most) layer of your skin (epidermis).

This is good because in simple terms this outer layer essentially consist or is made up of dead skin cells which are regularly shed in a process called desquamation.

How you use the vinegar is straightforward but must be done with a degree of caution because it can be very irritating to the skin.

So much so in fact that it can cause chemical burns which is why you must dilute it with water with the mix being about one part vinegar to four parts water.

Even then, try it out on a tiny area of your skin first to test for potency and dilute it even more if you know or suspect you have sensitive skin.

If there is no bad effect then you can carefully experiment with a stronger solution for faster results.

Once you have the solution that’s right for you, gently apply the mixture to the skin using a cotton ball or swab (as you would a toner) and leave it there for five to twenty seconds when you first start out before rinsing it off.

Gauge the effect on your skin and if all is well, you can gradually increase the amount of time you leave it on up into the minutes, five to twenty minutes is not uncommon.

You will need to repeat this process once or even twice per day depending on results. Now lets talk about that zinc supplement.

Best Zinc Supplement For Acne

While the Apple Cider Vinegar is topical solution for the outside, Zinc works on the inside.

Zinc is a very familiar acne treatment and in fact studies into Zinc as a acne remedy revealed that more often than not, people suffering from the condition have much lower levels of Zinc in their bodies than their acne free counter parts.

Zinc plays its part in many essential body function like cell growth for example as well as hormone production and the proper workings of your immune system to name just a few.

When you buy the supplement, you are not getting the pure Zinc.

What you are getting is a substance (or compound) which contains a quantity of Zinc and this quantity or amount is referred to as elemental Zinc.

Since Zinc is available in many forms and in many products. The amount of elemental zinc in each varies but is highest in the form of zinc oxide products at well over 75%.

Studies show that there is a marked effect on reducing your acne when you consume between 30-40 milligrams of elemental Zinc daily with 40 mg being the recommended upper daily limit.

More than that requires your doctor’s involvement and supervision, with intestinal irritation and stomach pain being the typical result for those who consume excessive amounts.

At the end of each treatment use a moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin with a moisturizer designed for the purpose loosens sebum built up inside pores and so is an essential part of treating acne.

Answer Conclusion

With so many home remedies and anti acne treatments on offer, it can be pretty daunting when it comes to deciding on the one that will work best for you.

But this combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and Zinc Supplement is a good place to start simply because each, individually, has an excellent reputations, established over a long period of time, for producing results.

Taken in combination, this treatment should bring you even better results as its done for many others but if it hasn’t worked for you, lets take a look at your other options as you continue searching for something that will.

Alternative and Natural Home Remedies For Acne

Tea tree oil.

Tea Tree Oil’s natural ability as an anti inflammatory is no secret.

Many who use it say that a 5% solution of Tea Tree Oil is less harsh than the equivalent solution of Benzoyl Peroxide and is every bit as effective in reducing acne but they also say that of the two, Benzoyl Peroxide is faster.

To use it, allow a few drops of the oil to fall onto a cotton bud, cotton pad or swab then dab it directly and gently on to your pimples.

It only needs a small amount to penetrate your skin where it works to;

  • Unclog glands

  • Disinfect pores

  • Dry out whiteheads,

  • Dry out blackheads,

  • Dry out pimples.

Best Over the Counter Acne Treatments For Adults

Before talking about topical over the counter (OTC) remedies generally or individual products specifically, let me first tell you about the ingredients you’ll pretty much find in all of them.

Just remember as well that most of these over the counter treatments are for cases of mild acne.

Benzoyl peroxide.

This is the active component present in a lot of over the counter medications.

Benzoyl peroxide works by killing the bacteria that cause acne (Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes).

In addition it helps treat acne by exfoliating the skin and helping to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells from your outer skin or epidermis.

These dead cell can clog pores and in doing so allow the bacteria associated with an acne outbreak to grow.

Salicylic acid.

In milder cases of acne, salicylic acid is pretty much all you need. It does not stop the production of sebum (see below) like many products do nor does it kill bacteria but what it does do is help treat acne by exfoliating (washing or rubbing) the skin so as to rid it of dead skin cells that can block or clog up your pores.

Note: Sebum is an oily secretion that comes from your sebaceous glands (small glands in your skin). This secretion goes into your hair follicles where it lubricates both the follicles and your skin.

Just like benzoyl peroxide, you need to use products containing salicylic acid continuously because its effects wear off not long after you stop using it and the blocked pores and acne returns.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (aha)

Traditionally, teenagers and young people fight their pimples and acne with over the counter meds based on benzoyl peroxide.

This coupled with a reasonably decent skin care routine will go a long way in keeping the condition at bay, however…

For many people, the severity of their acne means that this approach is not enough and this is where Alpha Hydroxy Acids (which you may recognise if you have ever experienced a chemical peels) can help with harsher acne outbreaks by preventing new lesions from forming.

It’s when your skin’s sebaceous glands produce too much oil (sebum) that acne results.

Too much of it clogs your skin’s pores which then becomes the perfect environment for the bacteria that ultimately causes acne (Propionibacterium Acnes) to take up residency and proliferate massively.

Alpha hydroxy acids based products don’t stop the sebaceous glands from producing oil which would seem like the obvious thing to do to solve the problem.

But your hair follicles and skin needs the oil secreted by the glands, just not excessive amounts of it!

The Alpha Hydroxy Acid works to restore your skin by peeling off the outer layer of skin. Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds.

The upshot of this peeling is that dead skin cells are removed during the process and your skin’s pores are de-clogged at the same time.

With the skin’s outer layer gone a nice, new and unblemished clear skin begin to emerge from beneath the old.

Sulfur – Latest Acne Care Ingredient

Sulfur is well know for its distinctly unpleasant rotten egg smell but it’s only relatively recently it acne, eczema and psoriasis curing properties has been rediscovered (after centuries of neglect) and is now finding its way into many skin care products as topical treatment for mild acne sufferers.

In action, sulfur peels the outer layer of your skin (it has keratolytic properties in other words) and as you might expect has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial (or antimicrobial) properties as well.

In plain English this means it doesn’t like bacteria generally and is very efficient at clearing out the acne causing bacteria from your skin’s pores particularly.

Sulfur does however affect the production of Sebum in your skin. Too much Sebum is the reason why some of us have such oily skin.

So Sulfur in effect dries out your skin to a degree.

Not so good in a person with healthy acne free skin but quite good for acne-sufferers because it’s the excess of Sebum that ultimately lead to a acne breakout in the first place.

The side effects of using Sulfur is that the drying out process can cause irritation and dryness which is not to the liking of many acne patients.

Because of the irritation factor, it worth consulting a dermatologist before buying into Sulphur based acne or skin care products.

A diluted variation of Sulfur is often used by dermatologists. This comes as a cream and in use is excellent as a de-scaling agent for your skin.

There is one other downside to Sulfur usage and that is the smell. It’s not nice, you’ve been warned!

Now, having discussed the ingredients you’ll find in over the counter acne treatments lets talk brand names.

Which ones are the best you should go for in terms of reputation and reliability? Let’s see…

Best acne treatment brand names

The topical acne agents supplied by brands come in the form of creams, lotions, washes, gels all of which contain ingredients to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, keep acne bacterial growth under control and fight the formation of comedones (black heads).

If you didn’t know there are two types of comedones.

Where infection causes your skin’s pores to become completely shut off from the surface, a whitehead results.

Where your pores are wide open, the oil in them is acted on by oxygen in the air (oxidization) and the oil, normally colored white changes to black, resulting in blackhead formation.

Now lets talk about the brands you should consider in your fight against acne. There are many, but here I will only speak about those that are top of the tops in terms of star rating and buyer reviews

Truskin Natural

If you read the description, this product is all singing, all dancing and will even wake you up with a nice cup of tea in the morning!

The bottom line is does it actually work? According to it’s near five star rating and over 800 buyer reviews it’s worth a try for moderate acne symptoms.

It’s active ingredients are Retinol, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid.

Retinol (also known as vitamin A1) is a yellow compound found in egg yokes, fish liver oil and in both green and yellow vegetables, to name just a few places and

Vitamin A derivatives are referred to as retonoids.

Spreading Retinol over your skin unclogs your pores which allows the other ingredients in the Truskin Natural formula to work more efficietly.

Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3, nicotinic acid and Nicotinamide) is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient with multiple benefits for acne troubled skin and works with minimal side effects.

Hyaluronic Acid (aka HA, Hyaluronan or Hyaluronate) is the amazing “new kid on the block” skin care ingredient at this moment in time if you listen to skin care professionals, but don’t believe all you read.

The science says the jury is still out while others say that the jury is back in and it’s all good.

Hyaluronic Acid occurs naturally in your body where, very simply, it behaves like a lubricant in your joints does the same for your hair eyes, skin and its appearance, helping to keep it soft, supple and pliable.

It’s in your skin tissue you’ll find most of your body’s store of Hyaluronic Acid.

InstaNatural Vitamin C Skin Clearing Serum

Another in the same vein as TruSkin Natural with the same claim to being stuffed with natural and organic ingredients and, just as before, ingredients include all the usual acne cure suspects like vitamin C and Niacinamide which are antioxidants by nature.

Antioxidants are substances thought to protect your body’s cells from the damaging and degrading effects of coming into contact with oxygen, a process commonly referred to as oxidisation)

Again, the near five star review and over 6000 buyer reviews says InstaNatural may be worth a look see.

Humane Acne Wash – Very nearly a five star product based on the tried, tested and trusted Benzoy Peroxide as the active ingredient.

It’s a body and face wash but,with the Benzoy Peroxide content standing at 10% you don’t want to be using this on sensitive skin.

All the same, with over 2000 buyer reviews its been around for a while and the near enough five star rating suggests it’s to be taken seriously as a reliable treatment for mild to moderate acne breakouts.

Note: Although these are so called “natural” over the counter medications, be aware that they can have side effects and if you are a nursing or pregnant mom especially, or you’re already on medications for pre existing conditions, read the labelling with great care and even check in with your health care professional if you are not sure.

Now lets see what kind of medication is available on prescription when your acne is serious enough to warrant a visit to your doctor.

Common Prescription Acne Medication for Adults

So you’ve persevered for a long time with non-prescription over the counter acne that promised to get rid of your acne and they haven’t delivered on the promise.

So now you go to see your doctor who’s able to prescribe stronger, more potent acne treatment medications.

The following is a sample of what is available from your doctor by prescription, the list is by no means exhaustive…

  • Adapalene (brand name: Differin) a topical retinoid gel typically applied once each day for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.

    It works to slow the build up of skin cells inside the hair follicle which might cause your pores to become clogged.

  • Benzoyl Peroxide (brand name: Benzac AC, Brevoxyl, Triaz, Benzaclin)

    You will find that Benzoyl Peroxide is available as both an over the counter and prescription drug.

    Of all the drugs available for the treatment of acne, it’s the only one able to introduce oxygen below the surface of your skin.

    And since it’s impossible for bacteria to survive in the presence of oxygen, they are almost totally wiped out when Benzoyl Peroxide is present as the active agent in topical acne products.

  • Azelaic Acid (brand name: Azelix)

    Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring acid with anti-bacterial properties found in whole-grain bread and cereals).

    It kills acne bacteria and prevents the proliferation of cells which can clog skin pores and so helps to prevents pimples and blackheads.

  • Dapsone (brand name: Aczone) is a sulphur compound and antibiotic which is also bacteriostatic in action (stops bacteria from reproducing).

    Dapsone is used in the treatment of all sorts of skin disorders which include conditions like leprosy and nodulocystic acne. In the form of a 5% topical gel, you generally use it twice daily.

  • Clindamycin (brand names: Cleocin T, Clinda-derm, Clindets) is an antibiotic which you apply two times per day. It’s a topical treatment that kills the acne bacteria (P.acnes).

The good thing about prescription acne meds is that they generally work well and do so by reducing sebum oil production, accelerating skin cell turnover, disposing of the acne bacteria which causes the infection and or reducing inflammation which prevents your skin from developing scarring issues.

The bad thing is that with the majority of prescription acne drugs, it can be up to between four and eight weeks before you see any kind of improvement in your skin condition which is quite likely to worsen before it gets better.

Now lets look at the high-tech gadgets and gismos available right now which promise to sort out your acne issues almost overnight (they don’t)…

Acne Therapy – High Tech Treatment Alternatives

One high tech alternative to over the counter medicines and home remedies are the lamp or laser acne treatment which can be used to treat mild to moderate acne and |Dermabrasion is one such treatment option.

Basically the top layer of skin is removed using a laser (a low tech wire brush specially designed for the job can achieve the same thing).

Another way is using a laser to apply heat to the Sebaceous (oil producing) Glands beneath your skin causing them to reduce markedly in size and so produce less Sebum oil and all done without affecting the epidermis (the most outer layer of your skin).

At this point let me say that lasers or other light treatment for acne are not miracle cures!

Even when the laser is being handles by a skilled dermatologist result can vary and it’s always best to go in for a series of treatments rather than a one-off and even then it will take time to see any improvement.

Be mindful as well, that high tech acne laser treatments still come with low tech side effects. Redness and swelling being the most common.

A laser is a sophisticated light treatment technology of course and the lasers used to treat acne comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes and that includes the light each produces.

So it’s not a case of one size fits all in the field of acne laser therapy.

Visible light lasers for instance use blue or red lights while other lasers use a combination of the two.

These lasers are typically used to treat pimples only.

They are ineffective against blackheads, white heads or acne cysts and, having been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will generally find them in homes but they are not as powerful as the ones the professionals use.

Using home lasers of this type does not guarantee you anything.

The plain fact is that they’ll work for some people and not at all for others but if you don’t mind taking your chances (and having read the instructions very carefully) you’ll discover that investing anything up to an hour of your time every day, two times per day for up to five weeks (at least) may get you the desired results (maybe).

Infrared light treatment, just like the visible light lasers are FDA approved for treating pimples on all areas of your body including your back of course but are ineffective against cysts, nodules, blackheads and whiteheads.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Now this a treatment generally used to eradicate abnormal cells and amongst its very many uses is the treatment of certain types of cancers. It’s also used in the fight against warts and is showing great promise in treating acne.

In a two stage process, a light sensitive medication in the form of a cream is applied to your skin. But it can also be injected or offered to you as a drink.

As a cream it remains on your acne-prone skin for anything up to up to 3 hours. In fact you, may even be asked to go home and return up to days later. For all this time the medication is building up inside the abnormal cells.

Then comes the light treatment in which a dermatologist uses a lamp or laser to treat your skin for between 10 and 45 minutes.

PDT therapy is a promising treatment for moderate to severe acne.

Some sufferers who had acne cysts in the past still remain clear of the condition years after being treated with PDT.

Photopneumatic Therapy

This is a novel technology which works by using pneumatic energy (a vacuum basically) to raise affected tissue in the dermis, closer to the surface.

The dermis is the thick layer of living tissue directly below the epidermis (outer skin comprising of essentially dead tissue).

Blood vessels in the form of capillaries plus nerve endings and sweat glands as well as hair follicles are all housed in the dermis.

Once brought closer to the surface, the tissue is exposed to an Intense (broadband) Pulsed Light (IPL) laser.

The overall effect is the removal of excess oil and dead skin cells from clogged pores.

The treatment is FDA-approved to treat some pimples and both blackheads and whiteheads.

It’s not effective in treating acne nodules or cysts.

There is a form of acne that is very severe called Nodular Acne.

Large, inflamed and painful breakouts called Acne Nodules (or cysts) result from it and these nodules are much larger than your average pimple and far more serious because they are able to affect the deeper layers of skin tissue.

Those treated with Photopneumatic Therapy have shown noticeable improvement in the appearance of acne and the lesions associated with it.

Chemical peel.

The reason for undergoing a chemical peel is to improve and smooth the texture of your skin.

The treatment is aimed mostly at your facial skin where, having been treated, the dead skin falls away leaving behind fresh, rejuvenated skin that’s smoother, less wrinkled and more visually appealing than the old.

In the case of acne, a chemical peel can improve scarring.

The procedure uses a chemical solution such as Aalicylic, Glycolic or Retinoic acid which is applied repeatedly.

While a chemical peel may improve acne in the short term, it does not last for long which necessitates repeated treatments.

Minor Surgical Procedures

Whiteheads and Blackheads Removal

Where topical medications or home remedies haven’t cleared up blackheads or whiteheads, your doctor, using specialised surgical implements, can extract them.

While this is effective, the downside is that it can leave scarring.

Steroid Injection.

Nodular and cystic lesions can be treated by injecting a steroid drug directly into them and the steroid most often used to do the job is Cortisone.

A cystic acne outbreak amounts to large, localised and very painful super pimples that are nothing like normal pimples at all.

For many sufferers, the effects of a Cortisone injection amounts to a miracle cure with a spectacular improvement (within the hour most times) and a very significant decrease in pain to go with it but it doesn’t work on normal pimples.

How it works

While it’s not an antibiotic (does not kill bacteria), Cortisone shots acts to reduce the inflammation, swelling and pain associated with acne cysts by shrinking the walls of the cyst which have swollen abnormally.

A Cortisone injection (using a micro needle) is moderately painful and the only real side effect is sometimes a depression in the skin which usually clears up in 6 months or so. There’s no bleeding or bruising associated with the procedure.

Conclusion

Acne is a skin condition that flares up when your hair follicles get clogged up with dead skin cells and oil secreted from your skin. The main causes of acne in adults are:

  • Excess skin oil

  • Acne-causing bacteria on the skin

  • Sticky skin cells blocking your pores

Hormonal imbalances, lifestyle and diet are all players in an acne outbreak but the truth is, there’s no definitive and clear answer as to why many of us suffer a sudden and unexpected acne breakout which may clear up in a few days or months or lasts for years.

Watch your diet

High Glycemic Index (GI) foods are those like, flour, bananas, grapes, many cereals, water melons and raisins.

The high glycemic index is a number based system that measures the rise in blood sugar levels in your body as it responds to your carbohydrate intake and the higher the number, the higher is your blood sugar response.

High GI foods are known to provoke acne in many people so cutting back on these sugary food is a good idea.

Instead replace them with low GI food like nuts, stone-ground whole wheat bread, pasta, barley, corn, legumes and lentil.

7 Remedies for Acne That Really Work

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A Guide To How to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids at Any Age

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You’re here for a fast way to both instantly relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms in the short term (like now) and to get rid of them altogether in the long term so let’s look at the short term first.

If it’s of any comfort by the way, everyone has hemorrhoids! When you go to the toilet and you strain even slightly to expel your stools, blood vessels in the rectum are pressured and stressed.

For many of us no pain or anything comes of it but for others, the blood vessels react by swelling up and it’s then you start to experience the really unpleasant nature of hemorrhoids also known as piles.

In this article I’ll give you the cheapest, most popular, reliable and fast acting home remedy not just to relieve you of your piles symptoms but which offers you a long term cure as well when combined with the right diet.

Then we’ll look at the best over the counter (OTC) treatments and medications proven to gain you some instant respite when your discomfiture become unbearable.

Finally we’ll look at some well known proven to work prescription medicines your doctor will most likely give you if you decide get some medical advice especially where the condition has become chronic and lastly at your surgical options for the worst possible cases….

Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Fast and Permanently – Whats Best?

Hemorrhoids is such an embarrassment to many that we don’t even want our doctor to know about!

This is why there is such a demand for hemorrhoid home remedies that work and one treatment which works very well to mute the pain and itching is to take a sitz bath regularly.

As home remedies go, it’s one of the best and most reliable ways to treat and rid yourself of piles quickly and permanently and may help healing providing you change your eating habits at the same time, a sitz bath on its own won’t cure you.

Even doctors will recommend a sitz bath. And not just for piles but for women who’ve recently given birth and medical conditions like anal fissures for instance.

So what’s a sitz?

It’s basically a tub in which you can bathe while in a sitting position and a sitz bath is where you sit with your hip and bottom immersed in warm water. If you don’t know what one looks like click this link.

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Sitz Bath for Hemorrhoids

So why is a sitz bath great for soothing your hemorrhoid symptoms?

Because a sitz bath treatment is so easy for one thing! All you need is the physical sitz bath itself and water.

While you can use just water with nothing added, doctors may also sometimes prescribe or recommend other additives to put in the water depending on severity of the condition.

Once such additive is povidone-iodine for example, well know for having antibacterial properties. Other possible additives are table salt, baking soda and vinegar all of which can help to soothe the condition.

The therapeutic effect of sitting in or over a few inches of water or moist heat for short periods (15 to 20 minutes up to three times a day) is increased blood flow throughout the rectal region (or more pointedly the anus area) which promotes fast hemorrhoid pain relief from soreness and inflammation.

You don’t have to buy a sitz bath. You could just as easily use a normal bath tub, fill it with water at a mild temperature (and enough to cover your genital area) then simply climb in and sit in it to achieve the same result..

After that use a very soft towel or flannel to gently pat the area dry or better still, a hair dryer.

To Get rid of hemorhoids in the long term you need to address the very real and over riding issue of diet and we’ll do that right now!

Hemorrhoids and Diet – The Real Permanent Cure

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Constipation Diet Fruit and Veg

Whether you’re suffering from internal or external hemorrhoids, you avoid hemorrhoids altogether by avoiding constipation altogether.

It’s really that simple in most cases because the only other reasons for getting hemorrhoids in the first place is pregnancy or as a result of the side effects of medication taken for other heath issues.

So in most cases you avoid constipation by avoiding foods that are well know for bringing on constipation and bloating in the first place.

I’m talking about constipating foods that have a reputation for “binding” up as opposed to foods that “loosen”.

Food that are known for binding up include dairy products like cheese, butter, milk and ice cream. Also to be avoided are red meat, chips and all fried foods as well as cookies, bananas and the like.

So wholesale junk food rejection is a must if you want to have a bowel movement that’s regular and consistent and having done that…

Start drinking plenty of water immediately! And do it throughout the day.

It’s the principal way you have to keep your stools soft and easy to pass without overly straining.

Over doing the straining is the number one cause of the ruptured veins, swollen blood vessels and bleeding in and around the anus area associated with hemorrhoids.

A high fiber intake is the other way nature has of softening your stools, allowing the easy passage of waste matter though your digestive tract where it ends up being stored in and expelled from your rectum.

Foods that “loosen” contains a lot of fiber. Beans abound with fiber as does vegetables, fruit, wholegrain bread and cereals of course.

If you are not able to take in enough fiber from these sources then you’ll need to take a fiber supplement.

Hemorrhoids & Exercise

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Exercise Helps Keep Colon More Regular

Exercise can’t cure hemorrhoids.

Where it is useful – like water and fiber intake – is in preventing the constipation which can result in hemorrhoids.

The medical viewpoint is that high impact aerobic exercise helps to prevent your digestive system from “clogging up” so to speak. Even just going for a power walk every day is very good for avoiding constipation.

Conclusion

The real secret of how to get rid of hemorrhoids in a huge majority of cases, comes down to the consistent application of a simple sitz bath home remedy and an anti-constipation dietary regime.

Your condition will clear.

How fast it does so simply comes down to how determined and consistent you are!

When it comes to natural home remedies for piles relief and even helping to cure piles it does not come any more cheaper, natural or simple than a sitzt bath!

But it’s not the only natural home remedy out there.

If you want to know of a few others also held in high regard which you might want to try, read on…

Hemorrhoids – Ice and Easy Instant Relief

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Ice For Instant Hemorrhoid Relief

Ice cubes on hemorrhoids? You wouldn’t think so would you…

But when your hemorrhoid symptoms are driving you mad and the pain and irritation brings you close to tears, reach for some ice either chipped or in the form of ice cubes and enjoy some near instant relief.

How to treat piles with ice

Ice is used to relieve the pain, itching and swelling associated with hemorrhoids because it not only numbs and anaesthetizes the anal area as you might expect, it also acts to reduce the irritation and inflammation very quickly at the same time.

Even if you’re suffering from enlarged hemorrhoids, treatment in the form of an ice pack will work wonders but what you don’t want to do is apply the ice directly to the area.

Instead, first wrap the ice in a soft cloth like a flannel or wash cloth and then apply it. keep it in place for as long as you need although up to around twenty minutes is long enough and you can do this for up to three times daily.

Can ice do more than just give you temporary relief? Can it help to shrink hemorrhoids for example?

Well, any action you take that cuts down the blood supply to hemorrhoids will result in them reducing in size. This is the “shrinking” we’re talking about.

And shrinking is what applying an ice pack to the affected area actually does but, it’s more of a relief therapy than a long term cure.

Best Fast Acting Home Remedies for Hemorrhoid Relief

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Lemon Juice and Milk for Hemorrhoids Relief

The prevailing opinion is that extracting the juice from a lemon (preferably organic) and mixing and drinking it on an empty stomach every four hours with a cup of warm milk (for quick results) reportedly works well in over eighty five percent of cases.

This mixture does have the appearance of curd by the way which is not to everyone’s liking so have a cup of warm water on stand by to help wash it down!

How does it work?

In the majority of cases, hemorrhoids can be traced back to constipation and it’s the constipation aspect the lemon plus milk combination works on to bring about hemorrhoid relief.

It softens the stool considerably which makes bowel movement smoother and easier and with less straining (which pressures blood vessels tremendously and ultimately causes hemorrhoids) cures piles

In the long term, the nutrients contained in a lemon (like citric acid, vitamin C and various other proteins) work to strengthen the walls of blood vessels which further helps to prevents piles from forming in the first place.

The science behind this can only be described as vague but there is no doubting the practical evidence that it appears to help. The good thing about lemons as treatment for piles is that you can use it internally and externally.

Soaking a soft cloth in lemon juice and applying it to the affected area gets you fast pain relief but be prepared for the initial sting that may last for around a minute before you become pain free.

Aloe Vera

While Aloe Vera is noted for it’s curative action in addressing hemorrhoid flare ups, it has to be said that the medical evidence to support this claim is sketchy. This is nearly always the case with natural home remedies.

On the ground however, the anecdotal evidence suggests that Aloe Vera and Aloe Vera gel in particular, while not considered a cure for piles, is very effective as a topical treatment for fast hemorrhoid relief.

How Does Aloe Vera Work?

Pure Aloe Vera gel consists of mostly water with glycoproteins and polysaccharides as ingredients.

Glycoprotein is noted for its inflammation and pain reduction properties while polysaccharides’s own properties are to do with skin care and repair.

Together they act to boost your body’s ability to repel bacterial infection in and around the area of both the anus and the rectum.

To use it all you have to do is place a modest amount of Aloe Vera on the tips of two fingers and gently massage it into your rectum.

Again, while not considered a permanent cure, Aloe Vera gel can certainly mitigate the effects of hemorrhoids and provide on going relief while you search out a treatment that can provide a more permanent solution.

Witch Hazel – Hemorrhoids Benefits

Witch Hazel is a broad leaf twisted shrub that in the late fall and winter blossoms with masses of pleasant smelling bright yellow flowers.

Known for its piles symptoms crushing capabilities, knowledge of it goes way back deep into native American history.

And in fact, as a homeopathic medicine, it’s well know for its curative properties in all kinds of illnesses and affliction.

As ever the science says all the claims made for it are somewhat dubious and unproven for the most part but the anecdotal and historical evidence says otherwise so on that basis it’s worth your time and attention.

In use, get hold of some witch hazel extract and apply it as a lukewarm and soggy compress at least twice daily. Morning and bedtimes are best.

When used to treat hemorrhoids, Witch Hazel is often blended with Horse Chestnut.

And just so you know and for the sake of completeness, the pure essential oil of Witch Hazel cannot be bought as a consumer product over the counter or anywhere else.

This is because the plant does not produce enough essential oil to make production economically viable.

This is why you’ll discover that what is referred to as Witch Hazel is not the essential oil itself but various distillates of Witch Hazel called hydrosols or hydrolats.

Conclusion

As you can see, other home remedies that are highly thought of and considered fast acting and effective are out there.

Just remember that our individual body chemistries are as unique as our fingerprints so what may work extraordinarily well for you may not have the same results for me.

The bottom line is, we may end up having to try out a number of these alternative approaches before we find one that will work for us.

We have looked at home remedies as a source of constipation relief but if you want something that may possibly act more quickly and bring about faster results then an over the counter remedy is your last stop before going to see your doctor…

Best Over the Counter Hemorrhoid Solutions

You’ll go to your local drug store or pharmacy instead of straight to your doctor if you’re still only experiencing mild discomfort.

The over-the-counter (OTC) solutions comes in the form of pads, creams, ointments or suppositories with the main active ingredients being lidocaine in most cases.

These products also contain ingredients such as Witch Hazel, or hydrocortisone acitate cream, pramoxine hydrochloride (anesthetic) and as I have said, lidocaine amongst others and most all of them work by relieving pain, itching and so on through the shrinking of blood vessels to some degree.

In use it’s generally considered unwise to use over the counter medication for more than 7 days because some of the ingredients in these products acts to thin the skin. So if the problem remain unresolved for more than 7 days go and see your doctor.

Amongst all the brand names, the ones that carry huge reputations are Preparation H, Hydrocortisone Cream, Tronolane and Alleviate. The most talked about in terms of positive buyer experience is Tronolane.

The newest in terms of a fast building reputation for instant relief and effectiveness is Burt’s Bees Res Q Ointment.

Want a more natural approach to hemorrhoid and anal itching?

Burt’s Bees has received oceans of positive comments for its Res Q Ointment treatment whose astonishing list of natural ingredients would get an approving nod from any self respecting master herbalist.

But don’t take my word for it, read what its buyers have to say here

By the way, it’s extremely wise to read the labelling on these medications very carefully especially if you are a pregnant or nursing mom or you’re someone on medication for a current medical conditions.

Preparation H for example is a hemorrhoid cream which contains phenylephrine a decongestant drug which works to shrink blood vessels while Hydrocortisone Cream (also available as a foam or suppository) reduces redness and soreness and in all of its forms is used by insertion into the rectum.

This concludes the section on over then counter medicines, medicines which offer a temporary relief for the most part but no real possibility seemingly of a permanent cure which is nearly always the way with over the counter medication.

It’s when your condition becomes particularly painful or chronic that medical advice has to be sought for sure and this is, generally speaking, where home remedies and over the counter meds may have to take a back seat.

Once your doctor has diagnosed and confirmed your condition and the degree to which it has degenerated lets say, then he or she will be in a position to then prescribe a treatment.

So let’s look at what that may be…

Hemorrhoid Prescription Medication

OK, you’re done with the home remedies and all the creams and ointments available at your local drugstore and you’ve been to your doctor for some more (hopefully) potent prescription medication.

There are more prescription medications available from your doctor than you can shake a stick at.

But the tried, tested, recommended and well ahead of the pack on reputation are Anusol HC and Protocourt.

Anusol HC

Anusol (more popularly known as hydrocortisone acetate) comes both as a cream and as a suppository.

It’s really down to you which form you take from your doctor.

It’s your experience using the cream form of other similar medications in the past as well as the actual location of your hemorrhoids which will probably decide the outcome.

In action, hydrocortisone works by muting the activity of the cells and chemical actions responsible for the swelling, itching, inflammation and pain in the anal area.

Generally, what your doctor will prescribe will always be more powerful than the over the counter version.

In this case the hydrocortisone acetate contains a more powerful dose of corticosteroids.

Corticosteroids is the active ingredient primarily responsible for soothing the most irritating and painful symptoms associated with an hemorrhoids outbreak.

Anusol HC in its suppository form is usually preferred by sufferers.

The relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids lasts longer with a suppository because of the gradual release of the medication over time.

In the end, it’s all down to personal preference.

Proctocort

Just behind Anusol HC in popularity comes Proctocort. The principal ingredient of this medication is hydrocortisone.

Proctocort comes as a cream and provides relief from hemorrhoids by addressing the itching, swelling and inflammation going on in your rectum and anus.

As a suppository, you use proctocort (as directed by your doctor) in the rectum around two or three times a day.

How much you use and for how long you use it depends on the severity of your condition and how well your body respond to the drug.

Ultimately, drugs like Anusol, Proctocort and prescription drugs of a similar nature (and hydrocortisone based) act to reduce swelling and it’s this one action that has a knock-on effect in reducing the other symptoms associated with piles.

Reduced swelling means a hemorrhoid that’s shrinking and in so doing much of the itching, pain, irritation and general discomfort it was producing shrinks with it.

The hydrocortisone found in Proctocort and similar prescription medications reduces swelling which in turn reduces the other major symptoms of piles. For more information on Proctocort go here to learn more.

Now we have looked at the common medication available under prescription lets now look at the surgical options available, especially when the condition has become chronic…

Hemorrhoid Surgery Options

External hemorrhoid thrombectomy Procedure

A thrombectomy is a surgical procedure used where a patient has developed thrombosed hemorrhoids.

Now there are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external.

The internal ones are actually inside your rectum (where your fecies or waste matter is stored prior to being expelled) and the external ones are those around your anus.

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are of the external variety.

They are so called because they have zero blood flow due to a blood clot having been developed in the supply vein inside the hemorrhoid itself.

The patient can be in extreme pain because of it and can sometimes barely walk or even sit. Topical over the counter medication or home remedies are of no help in this case.

A thrombectomy is where your doctor can, with a very simple procedure, remove the clot which usually offers prompt relief for the patient.

Hemorrrhoid Removal – Rubber Band Ligation

Also called “rubber banding”, this is not exactly surgery but its close enough to be placed in this area of the article.

Rubber band ligation has been around for a long time and is now a proven, reliable and common way to get rid of hemorrhoids when over the counter treatments or home remedies have (quite unusually) done nothing for you whatsoever.

It’s an invasive technique that’s very minimal in that a rubber band is used to tie the base of the hemorrhoid in such a way so as to cuts off blood flowing into the hemorrhoid.

Starved of blood in this manner the hemorrhoid literally falls off around 7 days later.

Other minimally invasive procedures

For hemorrhoids which constantly bleed and are very painful, other minimally invasive surgical procedures are available which can be done at your doctor premises and which generally do not need an anesthetic.

Injection – sclerotherapy hemorrhoid treatment

The aim here is to shrink the hemorrhoid.

To do so your will doctor inject a chemical into the hemorrhoid, a procedure that causes very little pain but may not be as effective as rubber band litigation.

Coagulation – infrared (or laser) treatment hemorrhoid removal

This particular methodology uses infrared light (or a laser) in such a way as to cause small to medium sized internal hemorrhoids to shrivel up by cutting off the blood flow.

There are few side effects but the rate of recurrence in comparison to rubber banding is higher.

Hemorrhoidectomy hemorrhoid removal.

Hemorrhoidectomy is the wholesale surgical removal of hemorrhoids and is used only in the most severe situations when all other treatment options have failed and the worst symptoms of hemorrhoids persists.

To date, hemorrhoidectomy remains the most effective way to deal with recurring hemorrhoids.

Complications may arise however with some people experiencing infections and difficulty urinating.

Stapled hemorrhoidectomy (aka stapled hemorrhoidopexy)

Stapling (or hemorrhoidectomy) is used to fix prolapsed hemorrhoids.

This where, with tremendous straining, the hemorrhoids and part of the rectum protrudes from the anus and can be seen on physical exam outside the anal verge.

Simply put, a surgical staple is used to fix the prolapsed rectum and hemorrhoid back into place.

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How to Get Rid of Constipation (Old School)

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Constipation is a symptom not a disease. In both men and women constipation can be caused by many different reasons which is why there are many differing answers to the question of how to get rid of constipation.

But even among the many common causes of constipation, diet and lifestyle (in the form of low intakes of fibre, water and lack of exercise) feature prominently as one of the great causes of constipation in the population at large in the 21st century.

If this describes you and you’re looking for a natural way to relieve your constipation symptoms, encourage regular bowel movements and just generally get things moving, here’s your answer to how to rid yourself of constipation fast…

(By the way, if diet and lifestyle isn’t it for you, read on and learn more below about the other common causes of the conditions, the most popular and effective home remedies for constipation well as the over the counter (OTC) and prescription medicines available to help prevent constipation in the first place).

Constipation Relief – Drink More Water

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Constipation Water Relief

Does drinking water make you poop more? A common question regularly asked. The answer is a very straight forward, no. But it can help with constipation, a well know fact.

And actually, in an age where all kinds of soft drinks are available and preferred to water, it’s this lack of pure water consumption that leads to constipation in many cases.

Start your constipation relief regime by drinking lots of water, at least 8 glasses of fluid per day. This because dehydration is very, very well known for bringing on constipation.

Its been observed and is the practice of many to start the day with a drink of very warm or even hot water first thing in the mornings and to do so on an empty stomach. It’s said to improve bowel movements and is helpful with constipation by more easily breaking down foods as it passes through your digestive system.

Dehydration happens by the way when your body simply does not have enough water to carry out the “housekeeping” tasks its supposed to. This can be for all sorts of reasons including vomiting, diarrhea or simply not drinking enough.

There is another cause of dehydration which should encourage you to consume plenty of water. The food you’ve eaten eventually departs your stomach and finds it’s way to your large intestine (or colon).

It’s the large intestine’s job to extract the water from your food waste, but not so much that it becomes completely dried out, rock hard and difficult to pass, if it continue it’s the beginnings of chronic constipation.

If there is a problem in your colon this is what happens which in turn leads to excessive straining which in turn can lead to haemorrhoids in which case drinking plenty of water works to offset the excessive “drying out” action of your colon.

Diet – Foods to Relieve Constipation Fast (Eat More Fiber)

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Constipation Diet Fruit and Veg

Next up is you need more fiber in your diet.

Where do you find fiber? Fiber is in pretty much everything that is plant based including vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds.

But plant based fibre isn’t the only kind of fibre, there is another type called chitin and this form of fiber you’ll find in the shells of crabs, shrimps, lobsters and some other crustaceans.

How much fiber do I have to consume to stay healthy? You need to pay close attention to your diet especially in terms of your fiber intake and you need to be consuming at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day in the form of flax seeds, pears, apples, beans, berries and many others.

What exactly is fiber? There are two.

Soluble and insoluble.

The insoluble variety is the edible parts of plants or carbohydrates that are not digested in your stomach because they are resistant to the action of the digestive enzymes your stomach produces.

This simply means they go through you in tact and come in the form of whole grains, vegetables and wheat bran.

It’s the insoluble variety that adds bulk to your stool and seemingly helps food pass more quickly through the digestive system which includes the stomach and intestines of course.

Soluble fiber is found in all kinds of things. Peas, some fruit and vegetables as well as oat bran, nuts of all kinds, barley, lentils and beans are all rich in fiber.

In the bowel, the action of soluble fiber is to act as a sponge, absorbing excess fluid or water from its surroundings. The end result of this is that loose stool is bolstered or firmed up.

You want to be eating both types for a healthy nutritious lifestyle.

But if you are having problems with diarrhea particularly, it’s soluble fibres you want to be eating because of its water absorbtion properties while insoluble fiber is said to help constipation, the opposite of diarrhea.

So What Form Does the Best Fiber for Constipation Come in?

The absolute best fiber you want to be tucking into is insoluble fibers that comes in the form of bread (whole wheat grain), pasta, cereals, the skin of fruits, beans and potatoes, brown rice, broccoli and spinach.

Whole wheat grain is particularly good for you because it contains all the components that make up the natural grain with nothing left out namely, bran, endosperm and germ. As opposed to the not so good wheat bran which is the hard outer layer of the grain only…

Lifestyle Constipation Remedy – Do More Exercise

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Constipation and Exercise

So how does exercise affect constipation?

The idea behind exercise is that activity will affect bowel movement for the better. However research on the effect of exercise on bowel movement and constipation turned up varying results.

Results in fact suggested that exercise does not affect bowl movement frequency at all.

But the story does not end there.

IBS (irritable bowl syndrome) is known to be closely related to constipation in those who suffer from IBS.

A recent controlled study on constipated people suffering with IBS revealed that exercise could significantly reduced symptoms and this has been backed up by other studies which targeted the same group type.

At the time of writing, the general consensus is that while exercise does not increase the regularity of bowl movement in constipation sufferers and trips to the toilet, what it does appear to do is significantly decrease some constipation symptoms.

Are There Particular Exercises for Constipation Relief?

If you enjoy exercise, consider aerobic style exercises like running, jogging, cycling, swimming, or even swing or line dancing, for example.

Aerobics exercises by their very nature naturally increases blood flow to your organs generally and to your gastrointestinal tract in particular.

This results in more powerful and effective intestinal contractions which has the effect of kick starting the process whereby food wastes move more quickly through your colon, intestines and out of your body.

Yoga is exercise of a sort and it is known that certain yoga positions have the same effect on your body has aerobic or high intensity exercises in that it helps to increase blood flow in around your digestive system and provokes into action the mechanisms that makes your intestines want to contract and finally produce the desired bowel movement.

The yoga positions that appear to relieve constipation most effectively are the Virasana, Adho Mukha Virasana and the Pavanmuktasana.

Constipation Relief – Using Baking Soda

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Constipation & Baking Soda Relief

Constipation is not only discomforting, it can be often times painful as well and when that happens many people will resort to home remedies to relieve their discomfiture and one of the best home remedies is reputed to be baking soda, a common household product typically used for both baking and cleaning but, can it really help?

According to medical experts, no. At least, most doctors are not going to recommend it.

Reasons being that for one, it’s high in sodium and too much of it can create health risks in those who are salt averse, those with high blood pressure or suffering from heart or kidney disease.

For another baking soda produces carbon dioxide when mixed with stomach acids.

Introduce it into a digestive tract that’s full and you run the risk of producing a gas which has no way to get out and may rupture your stomach in the process of trying to escape its confinement.

This is admittedly rare but a possibility all the same.

But as you might expect, some people take the opposite view point and many are firm in their conviction that baking soad works and has worked for them. You can read about one such account here.

The recipe used is one teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) plus a quarter cup of water. Mix thoroughly and drink.

Other well known constipation antidotes are olive oil, castor oil and lemon juice

Castor Oil and Constipation

Castor oil can certainly be used to treat the constipated.

It’s what’s known as a stimulant laxative. Laxatives helps with stool evacuation by inducing bowel movements which basically causes the contraction of muscles in your intestines.

Because it’s a laxative, the dosage is really not as simple as merely swallowing a teaspoon of castor oil. How much you take is age dependent and reliant on other factors. Click here to learn more about its usage.

Olive Oil and Constipation

Olive oil is not a laxative but it has a laxative effect.

In basic terms the fats in the oil smooths the inside of the bowel thus making stools easier to pass.

To find out if it will work for you, all you need is one tablespoon of olive oil taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

The expectancy is that it will markedly relieve your symptoms. If you’re tempted to take more than a teaspoon full, don’t. Over dosing can reportedly lead to diarrhea and cramps.

Constipation and lemon Juice

As you can see, treating constipation doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking! And one of the simplest and cheapest home remedies for constipation there is involves lemons and water.

Water intake for constipation we have already addressed above. It’s a natural lubricant which softens stools and encourages easy bowel evacuation. Lemon juice has a high acid content.

Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to a cup of warm water and drinking it a couple of times a day produces and anti constipation combo which together works on your digestive system to not just get things moving quickly but also make stools easier to pass.

Prune Juice and Constipation (Adults and Children)

For both children and adults, prune juice is recognised as an effective remedy for constipation.

You can even feed it to infants but follow the Mayo Clinic guidelines for doing so by trying just two to four ounces at a time and adjusting the amount needed as you go.

In adults, drinking four to eight ounces of prune juice first thing each morning to provoke bowel movement will suffice.

Aloe Vera and Constipation

Historically speaking, various preparations of aloe vera have been used as a natural remedy for constipation but it’s not recommended as it can just as easily cause you to develop diarrhea in the process and become unsafe. Aloe vera has also been linked to kidney disease and cancer.

However if you really want to use it to relieve constipation know that it’s basic action is that of a laxative and a very powerful one at that.

As such it comes in juice, gel or capsule form which you can buy from drug or health food stores and which you must use very sparingly. For more detailed information click here.

Sesame Seeds and Constipation

It’s no hardship or bad thing to snack all day long on sesame seeds.

What they do in action is to provide roughage and bulk in and to your stool and in so doing soften the food wastes in your intestines so making it easier to pass.

In use, just lightly sprinkle your salads and other foods with the seeds. Drink plenty of water in the process and be sure not to consume more than an half ounce or so per day.

Coffee Constipation Relief

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Coffee is a Stimulant

Coffee contains caffeine and caffeine is a stimulant.

As such and like any stimulant, it can cause you to have a bowel movement by stimulating your intestinal (or gut) muscles. So you might think that drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages morning, noon and night is the ideal “treatment” for constipation relief, right?

Not so!

Because caffeine has a side effect. It can also cause dehydration. And dehydration is one of the principal cause of constipation in the first place.

Best OTC Constipation Relief Medications

Most everybody will experience constipation at some point in their life. But it’s when the problem persists for three or more months (and you’ve tried a few home remedies without success) you may want to get some medical advice.

But just before you do go see a doctor, it may be a good idea to check out some over the counter (OTC) solutions first..

Broadly speaking, home remedies offer the possibility of permanent long term relief but, it will take time. OTC medication on the other hand are generally more fast acting but tend to wear off and you have to keep on taking them.

So what’s the absolute best OTC constipation med?

There is no best in absolute terms. Instead you have to decide what’s most likely to be causing your constipation.

If you suspect it’s your diet because you simply aren’t getting enough fiber, then you may decide that a fiber supplement is the way to go. So let’s talk about those.

Psyllium Husk is typical of the fiber supplements available. Available for sale on Amazon, the link will take you directly to the buyer reviews.

There is a good reason for its popularity. It’s generally acknowledged by experts that the best fiber supplements are those that are 100% natural and contain psyllium.

Psyllium is a leafy stemmed Eurasian plantain. Its seed are used as a laxative and bulking agent.

The psyllium husk (the dry outer covering of the seed) is edible and is a soluble fiber as well as being a prebiotic (it promotes the growth of beneficial intestinal microorganisms)

Once eaten, it expands and soak up water present in the colon. The end result is the fast and efficient evacuation of waste from the colon more quickly and efficiently.

Additionally, psyllium husk has a most welcomed “side effect” – it highly beneficial in the healthy maintenance of your heart and plays a part in controlling your body’s levels of cholesterol.

After fiber supplements, other OTC medications you can buy include laxatives and stool softeners. Let’s take a look at one of the most popular laxatives around…

MiraLax Constipation Relief

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Typical Over The Counter Constipation Relief

If you only suffer from constipation occasionally, your body will most likely deal with it and you probably won’t have to take anything.

But if the opposite is the case and being constipated has become a regular event (meaning that over a two week period you’re going to the bathroom fewer than three times a week) you need to talk to your doctor.

But if you’re desperate and need something immediately, one long standing OTC solution you can consider while you’re waiting to see your doctor is the ever popular product called MiraLax which has built up a reputation for being highly effective with few side effects.

It’s derived from the laxative drug polyethylene glycol, comes in powder form in this case and is entirely tasteless.

Like all such medications, in action it softens the stool for easier excretion.

It’s real attraction for many buyers is that it does it without too much of the usual side effects associated with stool softeners which are usually a huge and sudden desire to get to the bathroom as fast as possible, bloating, intestinal cramping and excess gas.

Using it simply involves dissolving it in water (or pretty much any hot or cold beverage you favor) and drinking it.

MiraLax is also available on prescription but the over the counter version works well enough for most and will save you money as well.

Rival OTC solutions to MiraLax include medication like Correctol (generic bisacodyl), Ex-Lax and Senokat.

Correctol, like MiraLax, is a stimulant laxative which works by causing rapid movement in your intestinal muscles which softens the stool.

The end result is the stool being shifted and moved along but, it’s this same rapid movement that can cause cramping and other unwelcome side effects. Ex-Lax and Senokot (generic senna) are similar in operation.

One thing is for sure, stimulant laxatives like these are fine as one-off treatments but are no good long term because after a while, they will stop working for you.

However, where laxatives can be good is if, once they have cleared the problem, you follow up with a return to an anti constipation diet.

This of course will include plenty of fruit and vegetables like broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower, whole grains and nuts as well as going to the toilet immediately your body tells you to.

Do not delay and go when it suits you because this simply allows a build up which may prove much harder to shift later and then you’re having to reach for the MiraLax or what ever you have chosen to use, once again.

OTC Meds and Side Fffects – While it’s easy to pick up these meds at your local drug store and they are non prescriptive, bear in mind that they still all come with side effects and potential side effects of one sort or another.

So read the label carefully especially if you’re a pregnant woman or if you’re already on medication for other pre existing conditions.

Best Prescribed Constipation Medicine For Adults.

Once you have been examined by your doctor and your diagnosis confirmed, you are most likely to be prescribed one of three prescription-only medicines used to treat constipation:

  • Lactulose (Enulose, Kristalose and generic),

  • Linaclotide (Linzess) and lubiprostone (Amitiza).

  • Amitiza

Once taken, lactulose (a synthetic sugar) breaks down in (and draws water into) your large intestine and this softens your stool and eases constipation.

Linaclotide is prescribed to those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which often goes hand in hand with constipation.

As well it’s often used to treat constipation where the cause is unknown, a condition called idiopathic constipation.

In action, linaclotide operates “locally” meaning its action is confined to the intestine, it’s not absorbed into the body. Its success is measured in terms of it’s ability to increase bowel movements while reducing pain.

Amitiza (lubiprostone) like linaclotide, is used to treat chronic constipation in adults as well being used to treat IBS in women where constipation is the primary symptom of their condition.

While it’s effective when used as chronic constipation relief, there are many side effects associated with amitiza and infact all these medicines come with the issue of side effect so it’s very important that you are clear as to where you stand especially if you’re pregnant, breast feeding or taking other medications for a preexisting condition. Learn more here.

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At Last, The Secrets To How to Cure Toe Nail Fungus Revealed

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A fungus is a particular type of micro-organism that feed on organic matter, including moulds, yeast, mushrooms, toadstools and the like but when all is said and done, the answer to how to clear up the fungus happily living under your own toe nails (or onychomycosis to give it its proper medical term) boils down to three approaches you can take…

  • The natural home remedy solution

  • The over the counter solution you can get from any drug store or buy online…

  • The what a doctor would prescribe solution.

First up is the home remedy solution.

There are many of these but hovering at or near the very top as ingredients, no matter where you look on the internet, is apple cider vinegar and tea tree (no matter if you don’t have any apple cider vinegar to hand white vinegar is just as good an alternative).

In this home remedy treatment the two are combined to get effective, faster than normal results – bearing in mind that some of the anti fungal medication prescribed by a doctor can take up to a year to work!

As a home remedy for toe nail fungus, both apple cider and tea tree oil have a fierce reputation for getting the job done and here is how you use it:

First get your hands on the vinegar and it’s preferable if it’s organic but if not, don’t worry too much about it, just get some! You’ll also need to get the tea tree oil and some epsom salts as well.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Footwash

Next you’re going to need a container large enough to contain both your feet because you’re going to soak your them in it. Make sure your feet fit in there nice and comfortably.

Once you have that, you’ll need a cup or mug which you are going to quarter fill with the vinegar, OK?

Now fill up your container with water that is comfortably warm to the point where it just it’s enough to cover and soak the affected area without coming up to your ankles when you finally put your feet in.

First into the container is a cup full of epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Stir and wait for it to dilute.

After its done so, this is when you pour in your quarter filled cup of apple cider vinegar, stir that in as well and having done that follow it up by dropping in ten or so drops of the tea tree oil.

It’s the tea tree oil that’s your real secret weapon so to speak. It’s the major component in this mixture that is primarily responsible for killing off the bacteria that have made underneath your toe nail their home.

Now you’re ready to put in your feet and there they will remain for at least twenty minutes, the longer they are in there the faster the clear up. But understand this, there will be no overnight success.

Rather this is a process in which stubborn fungal growth and the bacteria that causes it is being hammered back every day. The bacteria will not relinquish its hold easily but will be defeated in the end by your perseverance and persistence.

If the infection is so bad that it’s now at the point where your toenails are raised, do this foot soak in this solution twice a day. This natural foot fungus remedy is excellent and offers the possibility of a permanent cure but, it will take some time to achieve.

So what are your options for much faster results? Lets take a look at the second approach to getting rid of your foot fungus…

The Over the Counter (OTC) Toenail Infection Solutions.

There are a number of OTC remedies that can help you take off your socks with zero embarrassment and great confidence.

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You can buy the following solutions at your local pharmacy or drug store. But the one thing that has to be said about all of them is that they are unlikely to cure foot fungus permanently.

They are more designed to offer short term relief and if one works for you, you’ll end up having to buy it repeatedly to keep your toenail fungus at bay unlike the natural apple cider vinegar plus tea tree oil approach which may take some time but offers the genuine possibility of clearing up your condition once and for all.

While these OTC medications are never going to be effective as the medicines a doctor would prescribe, they might still be worth a try as a way to fast temporary relief. Don’t be surprised by the way, if some of the meds coming up are already in your medicine cupboard at home!

Compound Undecylenic Acid Topical (For the Skin)

Undecylenic Acid belongs to the group of medicines known as antifungalsis.

It’s the active ingredient in a lot of over-the-counter products including those designed for the treatment of skin fungal problems like athlete’s foot and jock itch. It’s simply a “fatty acid” that specialises in preventing the growth of fungus.

It’s sold under the brand names like : Blis-To-Sol, Caldesene, Cruex, Desenex, Fungi-Nail, Breezee, Mist Foot Powder and Protectol

You will find it in the form of a spray, cream, ointment and powder but for use on your foot fungus, it comes as a liquid or a polish you paint onto your toe nails. In action, it also soothes the the raw skin irritation that often accompanies toe nail fungal infection.

Tolnaftate Topical

Like undecylenic acid, tolnaftate also belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals and is also used to treat a number of fungus infections. Together with some prescribed medicines, it can also be taken by mouth for the treatment of nail fungus infections.

Amongst other things, it’s used in the treatment of ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot and comes as a cream, powder, spray, or liquid.

Typically, you may feel relief after a couple of days use however, you really should keep on applying it for at least a couple of weeks after symptoms disappear to ensure no recurrence any time soon.

US brand names include: Absorbine, Jr Antifungal, Aftate, Dermasept Antifungal, Fungi-Guard, Podactin, Q-Naftate, Tinactin, Tinaderm and Ting.

Clotrimazole Topical

Like the others I have already mentioned, clotrimazole topical is an anti-fungal medication that acts like an antibiotic (meaning it likes to kill micro-organisms).

Clotrimazole fights infections such as the ubiquitous athlete’s foot and jock itch as well as ring

worm and of course toenail fungus.

It can also be taken by mouth and oral clotrimazole is used to treat and prevent yeast infections in both mouth and throat.

In a trial that lasted for three months, scientists in the United Kingdom discovered that it worked well for most of those who used it.

Terbinafine Topical

It’s pronounced ter-bin-a-feen and being topical is applied to the skin.

It treats infections caused by a fungus of course but you may be more familiar with terbinafine through its Lamisil brand name (or Lamsil Dermgel in Canada). It works by either killing the function outright or limiting it growth.

If you have a toenail fungus breakout, terbinafine is as good a place as any to start.

As well, it can be used in the treatment of fingernail infection, ringworm of the body (tinea corporis), ringworm of the foot (or athlete’s foot), ringworm in your groin ( jock itch)…

You can buy it from a drug store or pharmacy as a gel, cream, powder or spray. It can also come in in tablet form when supplied by a doctor. A typical prescription is one tablet each day for three months.

Terbinafine works and will certainly kill toenail fungus, however patience is required because it may take months before you start to see your new fungus free toenails begin to emerge.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as melaleuca oil, Tea tree oil is what’s called an “essential oil” and an essential oil is a natural oil produced through distillation. All essential oils have the fragrance or smell typical of the plant from which it was extracted.

In the case of tea tree, it comes from literally steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree.

When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to have powerful antibacterial properties. It’s used to treat a host of conditions including acne, athlete’s foot, lice, finger nail fungus and you can even add insect bites into the mix but of course our main interest is in it’s use as an anti-toe nail fungus solution.

Curiously and despite it’s immense popularity as a toe nail fungus destroyer, research does not back up tea tree oil (even when used in its absolute purest form or in combination with other anti-fungal therapies) to be effective in treating toenail fungus, yet others take the opposite view and swear blind as to it’s effectiveness!

The general sway of opinion is that perhaps both parties are right, as the effectiveness of the oil (or lack of it) might be due to how the tea tree leaves are harvested.

Results may differ simply because there’s never been a standardized methodology for harvesting tea tree leaves, steaming them to extract the oil and then converting them into products containing the oil.

What does this mean for you? It means that you’re just going to have to experiment with the various OTC ant-fungal tea tree medications until you find one that works for you (or not).

Mentholated Cream

You are very likely to be familiar with this medication because you may have used it to treat a bad chest cold by rubbing it on your chest. Another manifestation of mentholated cream is as Vicks Vapor Rub, an OTC medication also reputed to clear up chest coughs while making it easier to breathe.

Our interest here though is in mentholated cream not so much as a chesty cold solution but as a vapor rub that can be used to treat and clear up your toe nail infection, which is why mentholated cream, is also a popular home remedy for treating your toenail fungus, who knew?

Does it work?

Some say it does while other say it doesn’t although it has to be said also that in one (very small) study of just eighteen people, over fifty percent reported that it was effective in treating their toenail fungus.

The bottom line is that if you’re curious and you happen to have some vapor rub of whatever brand in your medicine cupboard you can check it out for yourself…

Now let’s take a look at other well known cures for toe nail fungus which you may or may not have heard about but are tried and tested solutions well known for their effectiveness in fighting onychomycosis!

We start with…

Snakeroot Extract

Don’t be scared off by the name. The “snakeroot” refers to a whole variety of North American plants said to carry the antidote to snake poison but it has a multitude of other uses including being used as a treatment for toenail fungus of course.

The Biomedical Laboratory of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro conducted research into the effectiveness of snakeroot extract in combating toe nail infection and discovered with great surprise that snakeroot leaf extract was as good as some prescription medications when applied topically.

Amongst the best of them is Zane Hellac Anti-Fungal Solution. It’s an Amazon best seller with over three thousand buyer reviews. This link will take you straight to the reviews where you will hopefully be able to gauge whether or not it will do anything for you.

Baking Soda Paste

Get some warm water and good old sodium bicarbonate (baking soda to you) and mix them together so that a paste results.

Now apply this paste to your fungus infected toe nails for a few minutes each and every day.

When you’re done be sure to rinse the baking soda off completely and thoroughly dry your feet.

Expect to see the baking soda getting rid of your fungus thickened and crumbling toenails. They will loosen and fall away before being replaced by new, healthy replacements according to the folks over at www.SkinEnergizer.com.

Ozonized (or Ozonated) Sunflower Oil

What is ozonized sunflower oil?

In simple terms its sun flower oil through which ozone is bubbled for a period of time and according to research, oil treated in this manner takes on some very unique properties including having exceptional germicidal properties meaning they destroy germs or micro organisms particularly well.

By the way, both olive and coconut oil exhibits the same properties when treated with ozone in a similar way.

So what does ozonated sun flower oil do for your toe nail fungus and how fast does it do it?

Following a study that was respectfully large, participants with a fungal nail infection were treated.

The treatment was applied topically and continued for a period lasting three months.

When the results were in, over 90% were cured, while the remainder demonstrated a marked improvement in their condition but there’s more…

Astonishingly, around 3 % of those treated with ozonized sunflower oil had their condition recur after one year.

In this same time period, just over forty four percent of the control group who were all treated with an anti-fungal cream. had their condition recur.

So now you know all about the potential germ fighting capabilities of sunflowers!

Eucalyptus Oil

A fast-growing evergreen Australasian tree that’s now found most everywhere, everyone loves this popular plant because of its fresh wonderful fragrance but it has more going for it than just smelling good.

Easy and safe as well as being inexpensive, it also does a nice job of annihilating toenail fungus and some scientists say it does just as good a job as any treatment your doctor can prescribe.

Eucalyptus Oil has both anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that not only fights toenail fungus but prevent it from growing and spreading as well, plus the oil’s antibacterial properties also make it much more difficult for other types of infections to start growing and get a foot hold (no pun intended) when your nails are weakened by bacterial infection.

Eucalyptus Oil anti fungal foot soak:

First fill a basin with enough warm water to cover your feet completely and then add two to three jobs of eucalyptus oil along with a handful of Epsom salts and soak your feet in the mix for around a half hour.

When you’re done, dry your feet vigorously and thoroughly and repeat the process regularly until the condition alleviates, that’s it.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a fatty oil that comes from the flesh of the coconut and is used in cooking and in cosmetic products but uniquely, it’s the only natural topical treatment that can lay claim to being anti fungal, antiviral and antimicrobial and this makes it ideal as a anti fungus infection fighter.

Here’s how to prepare and use it:

The length of the treatment will depend entirely on how bad the infection is.

Wash and dry your feet thoroughly because water feeds the fungus and bacteria and will act to spread the infection which you don’t want.

You need some warm coconut oil. Now rub the oil into the infected areas three to six daily. The aim is to keep the infected areas “awash with coconut oil” so to speak, all the while ensuring that the oil penetrates right under the nail bed.

Expect to see results inside of a month and keep applying the treatment even after the infection has cleared entirely.

Medication Side Effects (Important)

In deciding to use any of these over the counter toe nail fungus treatments, the possible risks involved in taking or applying them must be weighed up gained what is to be gained in the light of any issues you may involving, allergies or of a geriatric or pediatric nature as well as pregnancy and breastfeeding concerns.

With this in mind, if you have any questions or doubts see a doctor before taking any of these OTC medications.

Prescribed Toenail Fungus Medication Options

Before prescribing the most appropriate treatment or medication, you know of course that your doctor or a clinician will have to make an accurate diagnosis of your fungal infection because other medical conditions (especially in those who have diabetes or psoriasis for example) can mimic a fungal infection quite easily.

OK, Having done that, your doctor’s prescription may take the form of an:

  • Oral anti fungal drug

  • A medicated nail polish or…

  • A medicated nail cream or…

  • Surgery.

Oral anti fungal drugs may have to be taken for several months.

They are designed to cure toe nail fungus specifically and are very often prescribed first because they tend to clear the infection more quickly than their topical (applied to nail) counterparts but the downside is that they have greater side effects.

Current medical guidelines at the time of writing recommend that doctors use terbinafine or itraconazole as first-choice treatments.

Medicated nail polish or Creams involve being given ciclopirox polish or amorolfine primarily. Others you may come across are named below.

Many sufferers will at first try to treat onychomycosis with a nail polish that’s entirely colorless.

For increased success in doing it, it’s wise to clean up the infected area before applying the polish by using nail clippers to cut away as much infected nail as you can then filing down any excess to leave behind a smooth surface on which to apply the polish.

As I said, the nail polish contains one of two types of growth-inhibiting and antifungal ingredients, amorolfine or ciclopirox.

The products differ in how often they have to be used and results can vary.

In the first month of treatment, ciclopirox based products are generally applied every other day to start, then twice weekly during month two and in month three, once a week while amorolfine in comparison is simply applied one or two times weekly, period. But things change so check your prescription carefully.

Other prescription medicines which you can be offered include terbinafine (Lamisil®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), griseofulvin (Fulvicin®) and of these medications terbinafine is marginally the most effective, with a seventy to eighty percent fungal infections clear up rate with just one course of treatment.

Surgery – Surgical Fungal Toenail Removal

No surgery is to be taken likely and all surgical procedures carry a risk no matter how minor the procedure appears to be.

All the same, for severe or recurring fungal fungal infections, surgery is an option.

Surgery can involve the toenail or nails being removed in their entirety (avulsion) or only in part (debridement). It can be carried out in a clinic or your doctor’s office after a preparatory pain relief injection in the toe.

Risks of Surgical Treatment of Nail Fungus

Excessive bleeding complication can result although a patient’s risk of excessive bleeding would have been assessed before hand. There is always the risk of bacterial infection in the wound post-op. One other potential risk worth noting is that of nail growth that’s abnormal in nature.

Toenail Fungus Infection Causes

Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is increasingly common with around ten percent of Americans affected it. Reduced blood circulation to the feet along a weakened immune system and lifestyle are thought to be just a few of the possible reasons why the condition is becoming more and more prevalent.

5 Incredibly Useful Remedies For Bad Breath That Actually Work

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I learnt in school that when you put salt in water and stir, the resulting mixture is called brine and I’ve been using brine as a brilliant mouth wash and natural home remedy for bad or morning breath for many years.

Most days I clean my teeth with brush and toothpaste in the regular way, same as everyone else.

But when bad breath or halitosis (its proper medical name) rears its ugly head, I reach for my glass of warm water loaded with salt to eliminate odors and freshen things up.

I thoroughly mixed in two teaspoonfuls of salt (salt dissolves much quicker in warm water of course) and after a long bout of gargling, rinsing and spitting out (I never swallow it!) I know that after around 10 minutes (say) of doing this every day for a week, I’m on top of the mouth bacteria causing my bad breath (the same bacteria that play their part in gum disease and tooth decay by the way).

So How Does a Salt Water Mouth Wash Work, What’s the Science?

In layman’s terms, the brine that results from simply mixing salt with water is also referred to as a “saline” solution for the exact same reason.

Bacteria thrives in moist environments and so can’t survive without water.

Because a salt water rinse has the effect of dehydrating the mouth, the rinse becomes an effective bacteria killer (if that is, the water’s salt content is strong enough. If not, it will instead act to limit bacteria growth with weaker solutions if used regularly).

But as the salt water rinses around in your mouth, the question has to be asked…

Is it all-good as a daily mouthwash?

Well it’s certainly not to be swallowed and while it’s used in dentistry to ease the swelling and pain following dental procedures, many dentist, while acknowledging its effectiveness as a halitosis cure point to its highly acidic nature and how, if used daily, it will very likely damage tooth enamel.

Using salt water as a mouth wash for halitosis is nothing new and according to researchers it’s been going on for thousands of years. Want to know more about the benefits of brine as a salt water rinse for halitosis (and other unhealthy mouth area conditions)? Go here.

Brine works for me every time but my preference is not for everybody. Salty water in the mouth for prolonged periods is not to everyone’s taste so what are the other home remedies for halitosis you can use to get rid of bad mouth odors?

Remedies for bad breath include both commercial and home made solutions. One of the most popular commercial solutions is TheraBreath.

Claiming to be alcohol free and able to“neutralize sulfur-producing bacteria, destroy morning breath & food odor and stop dry, sticky mouth” TheraBreath has over 4,000 Amazon buyer reviews and a near five star rating. So it’s undoubtedly popular but will it work for you?

There’s only one sure way to find that out.

The general consensus on commercial products though is that they are effective as short term fixes. In other words you’ll have to keep on taking them whereas with natural home remedies for bad breath there is a potential for a permanent cure if you are consistent in your usage.

The significance of TheraBreath’s claim to being alcohol free relates to a time not so long ago when alcohol (and some chlorine compounds) was the prime agents in commercially available mouthwashes like Listerine and Corsodyl.

According to medical experts, alcohol constantly coming into contact with the contents of your mouth can have a detrimental effect on your gums, mouth tissues, teeth and is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer.

Alcohol also plays a part in teeth staining and those chlorine compounds especially so.

Here are the top 5 traditional and most effective home remedies for bad breath that’s generally accepted as being able to produce great results.

Salt Water Mouthwash

This one you already know all about!

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Salt Water Brine Mouthwash Halitosis Treatment

Fennel

In any bad breath home remedy top 10 you will nearly always find fennel at or near the top!

Fennel is a widely cultivated herb that grows pretty much everywhere but originally came out of southern Europe and Asia. A very aromatic herb, it grows very erect and up to 7 ft tall with leaves that grow up to two feet long.

It’s edible and is highly favoured for it powerfully flavoured seeds, bulbs and leaves with a flavour many compare to licorice.

It works for halitosis relief because chewing on the seeds has the effect of increasing saliva which not only acts as a mouth freshener but also fights the bacteria in the mouth responsible for bad breath because of it’s antimicrobial properties as well.

Not only can you chew it you can also take it as a tea.

A couple of times per day is fine and all you have to do to make it, is put a couple of teaspoons of fennel seeds into a cup. Pour on the hot water, leave it to stand for around 10 minutes and you’re good to go.

Fennel in seed form is the norm but it can also comes in a small tube around the same size and weight as lipstick and can be carried around with the same ease.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an aromatic spice made from the peeled, dried and rolled inner bark that comes from a particular family of east Indian trees.

It’s claim to fame as a bad breath remedy however stems from the fact that it contains the organic compound cinnamic aldehyde.

Cinnamic aldehydean is the chief constituent of cinnamon-bark oil and cinnamon oil.

So it’s basically an essential oil used as a flavour as many are but this one comes with the added benefit of being able to cover up and hide bad breath by reducing the amount of bacteria in your mouth as it’s being consumed. That’s because cinnamic aldehyde’s has powerful antimicrobial properties.

To use it, you put one teaspoon of cinnamon powder (along with some bay leaves and crushed cardamom) into a cup of water and bring to the boil for around10 minutes.

Next up, strain the mix and use it to rinse your mouth twice per day and you’re done.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek tea is highly effective when bad breath is caused by catarrhal inflammation as well as being very potent in the removal of bacteria from tongue and teeth which causes halitosis generally.

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Fenugreek Herbal Remedy For Halitosis

Catarrhal inflammation refers to infection of the mucous membranes most usually with associated with the throat and sinuses.

It’s the phlegm produced by catarrh that can cause your breath to become particularly pungent which is where Fenugreek comes in.

Fenugreek is an herbaceous (related to herbs) plant belonging to the pea family. Its aromatic seeds are used for flavouring especially when ground up and is commonly found in curry powder.

As a halitosis home remedy just throw a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds into a small pan, pour in a cup of water and bring to the boil.

After that, strain and drink the tea first thing in the morning and if necessary through out the day and on until your bad breath problem alleviates entirely.

Cloves

Native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia, clove is a herb you will find used in tooth paste, cigarettes, soaps, cosmetic, perfumes and all sorts of medicines.

Chewing cloves is said to bring about all kinds of medical benefits but the one we’re interested in is its effect on halitosis.

The practical result of chewing cloves for bad breath is that it acts as an antibiotic (antibiotics are medicines like penicillin that inhibits the growth of or destroys micro-organisms – that’s bacteria to you and me).

This is why clove is so popular as a solution for bad breath and is reputed to be the fastest, easiest, quickest way to immediate bad breath relief.

Just put a few pieces of cloves into your mouth and start chewing to achieve results in minutes.

Clove tea is also a useful option. Simply bring a cup of water to the boil, add a single teaspoon of ground cloves, stir thoroughly and leave it to stand for five to ten minutes or so. Then drink the tea or use it as a halitosis mouth wash to rinse your mouth twice a day.

Parsley

Parsley is a biennial herb originally native to the Mediterranean which belongs to the carrot family and contains chlorophyll (the famous green substance in plants, that allows them to use the energy from the Sun to grow, in simple terms).

But as well as all that, chlorophyll also has bacteria neutralising properties that can help to alleviate bad breath.

To freshen your breath just chew on a fresh sprig of parsley.

For a more tastier experience, dip your sprig in vinegar and chew thoroughly. Some people put parsley leaves through a juicer and sip the juice for instant and ongoing anti-halitosis relief.

Lemon Juice

Lemons are the fruit of an evergreen tree native to Asia and curing halitosis with a lemon mouth rinse is as old as the hills.

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Lemon Juice Halitosis Mouthwash

It’s not hard to understand why.

Lemon juice is so acidic in nature that, taken on a regular basis, the juice is able stall the growth of the halitosis causing bacteria and bring about a fresh breath results faster than all the other natural home remedies we looked at so far.

Another plus for lemon juice usage is that the lemon’s strong pleasant fragrance masks the odor of bad breath even more thoroughly, another layer of protection!

To use it, just stir a generous amount of lemon juice into a cup of water, swill and rinse out your mouth thoroughly.

Adding a little salt to proceedings by the way helps to make the mixture even more potent.

Research suggest that you can expect good results all day, every day if you commit to doing a lemon juice mouthwash regularly.

How to Cure Bad Breath!

This method uses a cup of water, baking soda, an empty baby jar and a lemon!

Medical Conditions Causing Bacteria

In this article I’ve looked at possible cures and remedies for halitosis but the causes of bad breath can be traced to a number of very differing conditions and one of the most prevalent many people suffer from is “dry mouth”.

It’s medical name is xerostomia and involves a lack of saliva production in the mouth which can lead to bad breath and extreme halitosis all too easily.

It’s because saliva naturally keeps your mouth moist and neutralizes the acids produced by plaque.

At the same time it washes away the bacterial debris and food particles that accumulates on the surface of the tongue and in and around your gums, cheeks and places where even careful flossing and vigorous brushing can easily miss.

Without saliva to carry it all away, dry mouth results in this bacterial debris decomposing right there in your mouth, causing your once healthy mouth to smell awful through no fault of your own.

Conclusion

Let’s face it, bad breath can be downright embarrassing.

If it persists, we can all but say goodbye to our social lives and we become the victim of ever diminishing self confidence with the possibility of depression bringing up the rear.

Fortunately there are all sorts of genuinely helpful halitosisadvice available about how to get rid of bad breath.

Whether it’s an over the counter solution, a doctor prescribed drug or a home remedy using natural ingredients most everybody can easily get their hands on, ultimately your mouth can only benefit from all the attention and better daily oral care.

Studies have shown that all the above home remedies can be highly beneficial and very helpful but the biggest secret to success is your being consistent in your usage of whatever method or mixture of methods you choose to use to maintain high oral hygiene and healthy living standards.

Then you will be in control of your condition instead of it being in control of you.

Article Resources

Causes of Halitosis

Halitosis Treatment & Prevention

Bad Breath Mouthwash Ingredients

 

The 3 Most Important Things You Need To Know About How to Get Rid of Man Boobs

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Back in the day, as a young, healthy, testosterone driven man with a body fat index far more respectable than it is now, I worked out regularly, kept a careful eye on my calorie intake and gave my body plenty of rest (facilitates fast muscle growth) for the same reasons all young men do and that was to look good to the opposite sex and, it worked!

I ended up with a wonderful wife, kids and a not so wonderful big mortgage all of which left little time for gym work outs and, in my fifties, I took a chance and looked in the mirror fully for the first time in years and there it was, the dreaded man boobs!

What was once fabulous chest muscles had been transformed by age, lack of interest and exercise into sagging breast tissue and chest fat.

Instead of sculpted pectoral muscles as in the days of my youth, I was now sporting male breasts in my more mature years, my pecs were long gone and I wasn’t happy.

So, like you dear reader I went in search of some fast answers to the “how do I get rid of my man boobs” question and after lots of research (I’m a researcher and content writer by profession) below (and in bold) is the answer I came up with to my Gynecomastia, the proper medical term for my moobs or man breasts issue.

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Gynecomastia – Breast Reduction

There are all kinds of how to lose man boobs solutions and treatments doing the rounds in the “down with man boobs” market place and you can put all the treatments and approaches under one of two general headings: treatments that come with or without surgery.

Best Gynecomastia Treatment Without Surgery

1.  For the very patient, treatments without surgery includes creams, potions and pills of various sorts with some claiming to be “specifically engineered” to destroy and melt the stubborn breast fat around the pectoral muscles that make up the chest area.

Among these is Gynexin, a new treatment taken in pill form that’s been supposedly created by herbalist and nutritionists as a safe natural way to lose man boobs naturally as opposed to going under the knife to resolve gynecomastia.

It’s reported to be highly effective in attacking chest fat and producing the masculine chest I prized in my young days so I admit to being curious about this one.

You’ll discover that many of these pills and creams also claim to exercise some kind of control over estrogen in men since high levels of estrogen is know to contribute to gynecomastia.

At this point let me briefly mention Danazol. It’s a genuine one hundred percent credible estrogen control drug used to treat gynecomastia.

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A synthetic derivative of testosterone, it decreases estrogen synthesis from the testicles. Drugs such as Clomiphene and Tamoxifen are similar and are also anti-estrogen’s in nature.

Ultimately, whether those other creams and pills will really do anything for you is debatable, the point is they are readily available and the only real way to gauge their effectiveness as “chest fat destroyers” or whatever is to read the buyer reviews on Amazon or where ever else and if you’re encouraged by what you read, trying it out for yourself.

(By the way, special “compression” shirts are also available which will help hide the condition while you’re hopefully working on a more permanent solution).

2.   Still continuing with the none surgery theme and for those who want to get there faster, exercise, diet and weight loss is the way to go and there are plenty of exercises designed specifically to rid you of your moobs.

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Man Breast Reduction Bench Press Exercise

These exercises and exercise regimes guarantee to firm, shape and lose you pounds per week as a cure for your man breasts frustrations in the short or long term (depending how hard you want to go at it and see results).

The exercise approach is of course entirely plausible because in it’s simplest form, man breasts amounts to little more than an excess of fatty tissues around your chest area so naturally, any kind of persistent cardiovascular exercise (which can include weight or strength training) is bound to have an effect.

As it turns out, one of the fastest ways to get rid of man breasts is through the bench press, a particular exercise geared toward strengthening and growing the chest or pectoral muscles.

I can vouch for the effectiveness of this particular strength training exercise because it was a favorite of mine back in the day for the reasons already stated so I guess I’ll be returning to it shortly!

Now let’s speak briefly about the best breast reduction diet. In short you’re going to have to leave out the fat!

Whether you adopt the surgery or non surgical approach, it’s all going to be a waste of time if your dietary habits remain unchanged and clearly right now it’s bad, otherwise it would not have gotten you into man breast trouble in the first place.

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Get Rid Of Chest Fat Work out

One of the better options you can choose while you are doing what is necessary to get rid of your man breasts is to check out the Atkins diets which is famous for it zero carbohydrates intake approach which in turn brings about fast results but there’s a downside. Constipation can be a problem for many with the Atkins.

But the fact is that you can consider any low-carb diet. If you want to keep man boobs at bay once you lose them, choose a diet (and exercise) regime you can live with in the long term.

Foods That Cause Man Boobs (Gynecomastia)

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Options

3.   But if patience is not your thing and exercise and strength training holds no attraction for you whatsoever, then (assuming money’s no problem) consider male breast reduction through keyhole liposuction as well as a form of male mastectomy which has become increasingly popular with men suffering Gynecomastia.

This is a “loose man boobs” solution that’s not for the squeamish but, it has to be said that as a cure, it’s very fast and very effective. Literally, it’s a case of having embarrassing moobs one day and no sign of them the next.

A word of warning here. No matter which of the above you find appealing as way to lose your moobs, go and see your doctor first and get some expert input before swallowing anything or attempting 3001b bench presses to flatten chest area fat!

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Exercise Best Man Boobs Reduction Solution

Conclusion

My answer to the best way to rid yourself of moobs concludes with the simple observation that while gynecomastia can be the result of (say) an hormonal imbalance brought about by having a real medical problem, it’s also a fact that for many – myself included – it can also result from nothing more than a lifestyle deficient in healthy eating and exercise with weight gain and man breasts (amongst other health consequences) the inevitable result.

It stands to reason then that the real cure for how to get rid of man boobs is simply the reverse of the above.

Since unhealthy life habits brought about my saggy man breasts, a change to a more active and healthy lifestyle (which will include a return to the gymnasium and regular workouts as well as the consumption of healthy foods) will have the opposite effect, it’s hardly rocket science is it?

I’ll let you know how I’m getting on!

Article Reference Material

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Enlarged breasts in men (gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia Medication

Gynecomastia (UK) Cost

Gynecomastia (US) Cost