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Staph Infection on the Skin – Signs and Symptoms

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Staph skin infections are caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. This type of bacteria lives on skin and also manifests itself in variety of symptoms.

Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a general sign for staph infection in skin of nose or face and it more often than not influences the hair follicles. The symptoms of this particular problem may come in the form of red and irritating white head pimples around the infected skin. You can see this in a place that is vigorously rubbed against a cloth or recently shaved.

Boils

Boils are also known as furuncles, and it is the most common indication of a staph skin infection. You can see this infection as red and engorged bump. Usually, they are filled with pus and are painful. Boils can grow larger until they break open and drain. They are usually found on the face, under arms, or inner thighs, and can also appear wherever the infection is present.

Impetigo

Impetigo (infantigo) is a staph skin infection sign that generally appears in the form of a pimple or a blister that crust over and it can spread rapidly on the infected area. It usually affects nose, hands mouth, and feet.

Hordeolum

Hordeolum is also called as stye, and it is the staph skin infection of eyelid. It is pretty painful and may cause swollen as well as irritated look in the region of the infected eye area.

Cellulitis

It is a symptom of staph skin infection. Usually, you can see this on legs and can affect any part of the body. Signs of cellulitis will cause more swelling with pain and irritation at the infected area. Skin may also turn out to be uncomfortably warm and can lead to fever or illness.

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How do Podiatrists Treat Blisters on Feet?

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Foot blisters are a very common problem suffered by people who wear shoes for long periods of time such as walkers and athletes. Active people run the risk of developing these blood blisters on the outer skin of their feet which can be painful and debilitating at the same time. Some severe cases of blisters on feet can restrict a person from doing household chores and can hamper a normal daily routine. Most foot blisters heal naturally but some need medical treatment. When encountered with foot blisters that won’t heal naturally, you should immediately consult a podiatrist.

What are Podiatrists and how can they help?

A podiatrist is a trained medical doctor who is an expert in dealing with problems related to the ankle, foot and the lower leg. This is the specialist to go to if you are suffering from an in-grown toe nail, a foot blister, or other foot related conditions. A podiatrist is better equipped to assess the condition of a foot blister and to advise a person about possible treatments. In addition to treating blisters on feet, a podiatrist specializes in the fields of sports medicine, surgery and bio-mechanics.

Podiatrists play a very important role in treating blisters on feet. They first determine the cause of the formation of the blisters on the patient’s toe or foot then proceeds towards treatment.  If the foot blister is a small one, the podiatrist will likely prescribe a topical medication to treat it. If the foot blister is large, the podiatrist may recommend surgery. The best thing about getting treatment from a podiatrist is that the doctor is skilled at preventing an infection from occurring during treatment.

Call a Podiatrist If Needed

Many people think it is a waste of time and money to consult a podiatrist for treating foot blisters because they believe that the treatment of blisters on feet can be taken care of at home. Although it is true that many blisters can be treated by home remedies, in many cases the blisters can become infected by home remedies too. People that are diabetic need to be very watchful of a blister on foot because if it is not treated promptly it can result in many complications. Therefore, diabetic patients need to consult a podiatrist immediately if they find a blister forming on their foot or toe.

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Strep Throat in Adults


An infection that occurs in the mucous lining of pharynx or sometimes even in the tonsils and larynx is termed as strep throat. People belonging to all age groups can be a victim of strep throat though it occurs more in the teenagers and kids. Adults are also a victim of this epidemic disease so it’s better to have a review of how this disease affects adults and what does strep throat look like and what are the symptoms.

Here are some images for this condition:
pictures of strep throat

A strain of bacteria which is known as streptococcus bacteria belonging to group A is thought to be the cause of Strep throat infection. This disease is contagious and spreads with ease when the infected person sneezes or coughs. The responsible bacterium is mostly present in throat and nose and lives there for many days and even months but symptoms are seen when person experiences low immune system or is under stress. Observable symptoms and signs of strep throat in adults are headache, sore throat and fever. Sometimes swollen neck glands and formation of pus cells on the back and side of throat are also considered as strep throat symptoms.

Diagnosis of strep throat is done by checking the symptoms and doing physical examination of the adult. Throat culture is done for confirmation of strep throat by the physician. Administration of antibiotics is the most common treatment for strep throat. Pain killers are also given to relieve throat pain. But make sure to undergo treatments because severe complications result if strep throat not treated properly. Symptoms may be reduced by administrating antibiotics and the person is not contagious any more. In some cases symptoms may also be reduced without the usage of medications but the person would still be a house of infections and can harm others as well. Plenty of juices and gargling with hot water are some of the home remedies that the physician may also prescribe for strep throat treatment.

But things that are to be kept in mind so that strep throat in adults does not occur are maintenance of personal hygiene. Practice washing hands before food consumption and even after that. Use tissue to cover mouth when coughing and sneezing and then dispose the tissue after use.

Strep throat in adult people is caused by the bacteria named as streptococcus pyogens and it causes infection due to weak immune system and stress. In adults strep throat is accompanied by running nose and cough. Some other bacteria which are the reasons for strep throat are hemophilus influenza and staphylococcus. Lack of rest, proper sleep, unhealthy lifestyles and stress are some of the factors which cause strep throat in adult.

If untreated or mistreated there are certain complications that strep throat can produce in adults which include kidney inflammation, acute rheumatic fever, tonsillopharyngeal cellulitis or abscess (in which severe throat inflammation occurs and pus cell accumulate as well) and ear infection occurs. Children have stronger immune system than adults so adults must not take this disease lightly and must go for proper prevention and appropriate treatments.

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Common Symptoms: Blood in Stool

For hemorrhoid sufferers, the most common symptoms of blood in stool was the one that made them the most nervous. You read a lot of rubbish about how this means that you must have cancer.  Finding bright red blood in the toilet bowl or on the tissue isn’t pleasant but it doesn’t mean that you have a life threatening illness. You could simply have an anal fissure i.e. a cut in the skin on your anus which will bleed when you open your bowels to evacuate the contents.

You could have piles or you could have something more sinister but the fact it is bright red or maroon blood is actually a good sign.  It is the darker tarry blood that usually accompanies the worst illnesses but as I am not a doctor you do need to discuss any new symptom of blood in stool with your medical advisor.

There are some things you can do at home to help ease your symptoms and discomfort. Drinking more water will help to reduce constipation. This is turn will stop you having to strain when passing a motion but it will not in itself cure piles.  When you are suffering you should wear cotton underwear as it is least likely to aggravate the problem.  Also use any un-perfumed toilet tissue apart from white.  White toilet tissue can aggravate the itching due to the bleach that is used to whiten it and so is best avoided.  A bath with a small amount of salt in it might be soothing as well but it is a bit unrealistic to have a bath every time the itchiness causes discomfort. You would never get out of it!

Blood in stool symptoms are only one of the many that both internal and external hemorrhoids can cause.  An internal hemorrhoid is the term used to describe the problem veins that occur inside the anus and external the ones outside.  Sometimes the piles can drop causing small lumps to fall outside of your anal opening. These could feel like a tiny bunch of grapes.  This is extremely unpleasant and can be particularly painful.

Hemorrhoidmiracle will explain the other symptoms that are likely to be causing you some discomfort are pain both as a constant ache and more severe when you actually pass a bowel movement.  You may also have an intensely itchy rear end and depending on the blood loss you may be suffering from anemia as well.

These symptoms, blood in stool being the most worrying, can be cured when you get rid of the hemorrhoids.  The sad fact is that you do not need to suffer embarrassment or an aggravating itch you can’t scratch, well at least not in public. Instead visit hemorrhoidmiracle for some great information. Millions of people suffer from piles and are too embarrassed to do anything about it.  I can understand you not wanting to walk into a drug store and announce your blood in stool symptoms to the world.  I would feel the same way hence why I think buying a book online, that has been proven to help similar sufferers, is much more discrete.

Just see pooping blood article at healthguidesdaily.

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Yo mama, you rock!

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TO: KATHY MELLOTT
FROM: KELLY MELLOTT, ASSISTANT FASHION EDITOR

Have you ever experienced a moment and caught yourself thinking, “I’m going to remember this exact second — from the outfit I’m wearing to the smell hanging in the air — for the rest of my life”?

For me, that moment came the middle of April. I was 18 and approaching the end of my high-school life, nervous and excited for the changes to come. I can still hear the sound of a drill droning on from a nearby office and the sharp, sterile smell of the dentist. I nodded reluctantly as the man in the crisp, white coat explained to me how and when he would remove my wisdom teeth — a dreaded, but expected outcome of the visit.

My aunt had accompanied me that day, and at the time I was confused why — why she had come all the way from Ohio to visit me in Pittsburgh in the first place, but more so why she, and not my mother, drove me to Merten’s Dental that day. She stammered something about my dental surgery timing. But I never expected to hear the words that seemed to escape her mouth, a runaway sentence that spilled onto my lap without warning or structure: “They found something, emergency surgery, your mother, sick.” The words bounced off my forehead and tumbled to the floor as I tried my hardest to make sense of what was happening, all too fast, all too serious.

The rest of the day swirled around me like I was stuck in a watercolor, dripping with too much wetness that would eventually settle in the middle like a murky puddle. The something they found was ovarian cancer, a disease I knew far too well. The same disease that had my grandmother griped in its deadly lock for years now. The same disease that would take her away from us in the weeks to come. And now, the same disease that had my mother too.

I’m happy to report the passing of the three-year anniversary of that memory. I’m happier to report that my mother has been cancer-free for more than a year now. The journey was a struggle, filled with anxiety, pain, plenty of tears, and surprisingly, plenty of laughs as well. But through it all, I learned more from my mother than I could have ever asked for. I learned the strength of the human spirit, the power and beauty of a tiny woman just a little too stubborn to give up. I learned that sometimes, letting go is not an option. I learned that my family is the best resource I will ever have. I learned that there’s nothing wrong with admitting that some things are just too hard to deal with on your own. I learned that health is something you should never take for granted; it controls your world. But above all, I learned that I was blessed with a role model, a best friend, a teacher, a mother, and a hero.

Our mothers are our history, our present, and our future. They give us a gift that can never be replicated — life. They install in us dreams and the means to achieve them. And now, on Mother’s Day, the writers and staff of Venus Zine would like to reflect on these important and irreplaceable women.

TO: LINDA KALWINSKI
FROM: GRETCHEN KALWINSKI
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how über-DIY my mom is. I have fond memories of my hippie-parents building their own garage and cutting labels off clothing to protest advertising. But my mom’s Do-It-Yourself attitude wasn’t just ’60s counterculture-nonconformity, it was necessity. She came from scrappy immigrants who re-used every plastic baggie, every piece of aluminum foil. Then her father died when she was 16, and DIY took on a whole new meaning for her family — making their own clothing, canning vegetables and fruit actually helped the 6 of them survive. During my childhood, she managed to work full-time while also making clothing and costumes for us kids, designing her own “Snugli” before they were popular, cooking from scratch, baking elaborate birthday cakes in the shapes of trains and animals, and still attending every game, every dance performance. Even now, when it’s no longer financially necessary, she re-uses materials, gardens, and makes clothing herself. I believe that every creative urge, every cooking, yoga, or gardening impulse that my siblings and I have, we owe to the DIY street-cred instilled by my amazing mother when we were kids.

TO: PAMELA LISS
FROM: LAUREN LISS

On my 21st birthday, the profound realization hit me: I am the same age as my mother was when she had me. I was still in college, working at a very low-paid internship, and was scraping by on credit cards and saltines. Every birthday since then, I put this into perspective. This year, I reminded myself that I was in second grade on my mother’s 27th birthday.

I am constantly impressed by her resilience and selflessness in raising her children, and the amount she sacrificed to do the right thing. Without that strength of will, I might not be here today. Some people worry about turning into their mothers, but I secretly relish in it.

TO: SAYCHOU TAING
FROM: MENGLY TAING, WRITER

My mother’s life began halfway across the world in a time and place foreign to me. To some, the B-52s are an ’80s rock band, but to my mother, they were the soundtrack to a life of fear. At my age, she labored in concentration camps in Cambodia’s countryside, living through a war she still can’t comprehend today. She immigrated to America with the dream of a better life, only to find her struggles did not stop when the sounds of guns did. She has given everything to her children in the hopes that we will lead the life she never had.

There is no denying that my mother is my best friend, and to her, I owe more than words could ever express.

TO: CHERIE BIBO LEHMAN
FROM: LAUREN LEHMAN, ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER

My mom is one of those women who gets a different nickname everywhere she goes— Cher, Shirley Biblo, Aunt Shirley, Frau Lehman, The Grand Tortoise, Cherie Baby, and Momma-C. I have a small handful of friends (and a boyfriend) who still insist on calling her “Ms. Lehman” which is bizarre to me because my mom is definitely one of those “first name” types of moms. When I think of the nicknames she has accumulated over the years, I am reminded that my mom is a confidant, a beacon of positive energy, a teacher, a leader, a jokester (you bet your sweet ass I am!), a woman who embraces and embodies the importance of love and expression, an inspiration, and a mother.

TO: MARY CASE
FROM: MAIREAD CASE, WRITER

My fifth-grade science class was taught by an earnest lady with corkscrew hair, chunky jewelry, and the same name as a famous kiddie-lit prize. She was nervous about sex ed, so Mom (a pathologist, totally like Scully on The X-Files — except I had the red hair and Mom believed in aliens) said she’d teach it. We went to the drugstore together, she in control and me a little gut-squirmy, the items on the belt including: Kotex, Trojans, Kotex with wings (not lube, unfortunately for the Bleacher Submarine Vixens). The morning of, Bridget B. rescued a baby mole from her kitty’s jaws and brought the li’l dude, still bleeding, to school in a sock. As Mom unrolled the Durex, Mr. Squishy emerged, blinkingly, like a fetus crawling from a giant purple rigatoni. Luckily no one else saw him because Mom was busy waving her fingers like Fallopian tubes. “They’re beautiful,” she said. “Really beautiful.” It’s true.

TO: NANCI WAGNER
FROM: LISA WAGNER, PROMOTIONS INTERN

My mother is one of the strongest ladies you’ll ever meet. Yeah, she did the whole single-mom thing while raising two daughters, which is a difficult task on its own, but she did so much more than that. She managed to keep my sister and I in the ritzy, upper-class suburb that we had begun growing up in, which also put us in one of the best public school districts in Illinois. She did everything she possibly could and more to make sure we were as happy as we could be.

And what did I do to thank her? Well, like many pre-pubescent teenage girls, I was a total bitch. This woman has put up with more bad attitudes, hateful words, and teen angst than I ever could. And now after that phase has passed, she still manages to be the most wonderful mother I could ever ask for. I can only hope that as a mother, I will be half as amazing as she. And, Mom — sorry again!  I really didn’t mean it!

TO: VICKI BOBBITT
FROM: MELISSA BOBBITT, WRITER

My mom is one of those spectacular, fearless women who really would do anything for her two daughters. She’s braved a Smashing Pumpkins mosh pit with me, has driven 100-plus miles to console me when my relationships have gone awry, and welcomed my motley crew of friends into “the Bobbitt family hostel” each year when Coachella rolls around. She’s a candidate for Coolest Mom Ever (she had a crush on Zach Braff long before you did, trust me). Our happiness is her happiness, and for a person to be that selfless and warm is a rarity in this world. You are a diamond, Mom. You’re radiant and you make everything you touch sparkle.

TO: MARGIE MANNERING
FROM: CHRISTY MANNERING, WRITER

If I can ever be even half the woman my mom is, then I know I’m going to do OK in this world. She has been a mom for many of my friends and for the children in her day care. With her great love and compassion, she has reached out and touched the lives of many, many people. Though she may never admit to it, she is one of the strongest people I know. My mom is real; she doesn’t play games or mess around. She’ll tell it like it is if you ask, but she is the best silent listener when necessary. I have been blessed with an amazing mom, but it is with great honor and pride to say she is one of my truest friends.

TO: CRYSTAL ASHLAND
FROM: JENNIFER HOLLOWELL, WRITER

When I was about 10, I remember looking out my bedroom window while my mother watered her garden. For some reason, the hose’s sprayer stopped working, so she looked to see why. After pressing the trigger and spraying herself (causing her long hair to fly straight up) she quickly looked around to see if anyone saw and resumed her attempt to water. It clogged again for some reason, until she pointed it at herself and did the same thing again. That day, she gave new meaning to rinse and repeat. Few family gatherings go by without this story coming up.

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3 Real Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

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You’re careful about what you eat, you go to the gym four days a week — and still, the numbers on the scale don’t budge. What’s tripping you up? According to Leslie Bonci, she sees the same three traps over and over. Look at these common scenarios — and see if any of them fit you:

Trap 1: The “I’ve Blown It” mindset

What It Looks Like: The “I’ve Blown It” Mindset goes something like this: You tell yourself you have to “be good” and eat perfectly. Bran flakes for breakfast, grilled chicken salad for lunch, salmon for dinner, no carbs, no desserts. But every once in awhile, you fall off the wagon with a forbidden food. You have a big piece of cake at a party. And then you figure that since your whole day of eating is wrecked, you might as well go out for the triple burrito combo at the Mexican restaurant, with the guacamole and margarita…and dessert after that…

Whoa, whoa, whoa! “It’s rarely the initial response that’s the problem,” Bonci says. “So you went to a party  and had the cookies or the cake. Fine! But people set up such rigid guidelines for themselves, then they feel like once they deviate, they’ve blown it, and therefore they might as well keep eating until they go to bed.”

Try This Instead: After you eat the treat, try saying this to yourself: “Well, I feel better because I ate that food. Maybe it was more caloric than I wanted, but it’s not the end of the world.” Later on, skip the starch with dinner, double up on your veggies and you’ll be fine. “With that perspective, people will be far more successful continuing on the path to weight loss,” Bonci says.

Trap 2: I eat well on the weekdays, but the weekends are a challenge.

What It Looks Like: Your weekdays are so tightly scheduled, you have to eat healthy. You have seven minutes to gobble down your oatmeal in the morning, you eat lunch at your desk and you have a healthy dinner when you finally get home. But you’re so ready to unwind by Friday, you kick off the weekend with happy hour. Then the Belgian waffle at Saturday brunch, and it goes downhill from there.

Try This Instead: Aim to eat the same amount of calories every day, rather than being “good” during the week and “bad” on the weekend. If your normal Saturday routine includes eggs Benedict and a tub of buttered movie popcorn, try eating your healthy weekday breakfast on Saturday, so your day isn’t 100 percent indulgent. And allow yourself a little flexibility during the week, too. If you have a treat on, say, Wednesday, then you won’t feel so deprived when the weekend comes and feel like you deserve to overeat. “Find a middle ground,” Bonci says. “Get out of this good-and-bad mindset and even out the calories from weekday to weekend rather than riding a rollercoaster.”

Trap 3: I had a hard workout today, so I get a free pass on my eating.

What It Looks Like: You put in 30 minutes on the treadmill, part running, part walking, and the sweat is pouring off you. You think to yourself, “I must be losing weight, right? I can eat whatever I want today.”

Absolutely, running is a great calorie-burner. It burns more calories in less time than almost any other activity, which makes it an efficient way to create the calorie deficit you need to lose weight. But it’s not a panacea. You still have to be careful with your diet. The average person burns about 100 calories per mile of running, so if you’re running and walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes, you might burn somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 calories. Which is about the same amount in a glazed donut. “I have weight-loss clients who start exercising for 20 minutes a day for the first time in their lives, and they’re offended that the weight isn’t melting off them,” Bonci says.

Try This Instead: If you feel very hungry after a workout, immediately drink some water and aim for a high-protein snack in the first hour after a workout ends. Here are three to try: A 5.3-ounce cup of Greek yogurt, 10 ounces of 1% chocolate milk, or a small skinny latte. These will give your stomach the feeling of, “Yes, there’s something in there,” and help you fight the urge to overeat later.

Try to get your brain in the game, and figure out how many calories your workouts are really burning. Educate yourself about the other side of the ledger, too: how many calories your usual snacks and treats contain. Run Your Butt Off! can show you how to do the calorie math you need to do to shed pounds.

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What is a Hernia?

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We have often heard of a hernia but how many of us actually know what a hernia is? This may be a difficult question to come up with an exact answer. However, we need not worry. Today we are fortunate that we have the internet, a very reliable source of everyday reference for many of us.

So, if we do not know what a hernia is, the first thing we will do will be to look up on the Internet. And hopefully, amongst the many sources of information providing an answer to what a hernia is, this article will appear.

Hernia is the protrusion of a body part from the structure that normally contains it. Most of the hernias are a result of a weakness in the abdominal wall.

Various abdominal organs or structures protrude out through the abdominal wall forming a bulge or a lump outside the abdomen. These are the external hernias. The bulge or the lump will contain the herniated structures and the weakened part of the wall.

Sometimes, the herniated structures will be inside the body and may not be visible. These are called internal hernias. Hiatus hernia or hiatal hernia where the upper end of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity is an example of an internal hernia.

Often, hernias will protrude through naturally weak areas in the structures it contain. The inguinal hernia for example occurs through a weakness in the abdominal wall called the inguinal ring and passes through a tunnel like part called the inguinal canal. Inguinal hernias amount to as much as three fourths of all abdominal hernias and are more common in men compared to women.

Some babies have hernias at birth. When present at birth it is called a congenital hernia.

Incisional hernias occur after surgeries. The structures may pass through the site of a surgical incision because the incision would have made that area weaker. It is also commonly seen after abdominal surgeries.

Most hernias are painless and pain is usually considered an alarming feature. So, if you have a hernia and you have recently started to have pain on it, you should consult a doctor without delay.

Treatment of hernias is usually in the form of surgery. In a hernia surgery, the herniated contents will be pushed back and the weakened area repaired.

If you think you have a hernia, better to get evaluated by your doctor.

Resource:

Hernia: Causes, Treatment, & Prevention – Healthline

Inguinal hernia News From Mayo Clinic – Mayo Clinic

Infant Hernias: Exploring the Types and Treatments

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Ten Eco-Friendly Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is plagued with criticism for being too commercial or too depressing and falling on a Tuesday this year doesn’t seem to make things any easier. Green dating doesn’t have to mean recycling or planting a tree, there are many fun, eco-friendly ways to celebrate inexpensively and stress-free, here are some of our favorites:

For food lovers:

1. Cook a romantic Vegetarian or Vegan dinner together (try some of these delicious recipes)2. Take the ‘Eat Local’ challenge if only for one night and head to your local farmers market.

3. Go to an organic wine-tasting, or hold your own at home! If you’re up to it try to make your own wine.

4. Have a picnic under the stars (make sure to pack food in a way that avoids waste or littering). Too cold? Have one in your living room! Soy candles are like scented stars.

Lets Get Physical:

5. Take a bike ride together, go hiking or even kayaking if you’re able to.

6. Go ice skating, sledding or have a snowball fight.

7. Volunteer somewhere and spread the love, doing something charitable together will make you feel closer.

Quirky Dates:

8. Get crafty and try some DIY projects together.

9. Play metro roulette: Take public transportation to a neighborhood or area of town you’ve never been and explore it together.

10. Head antiquing or shopping at thrift shops and different second hand stores to see what you find.

More tips for Valentine’s Day:

-Choose plants over flowers. They last longer and are cheaper.

-Make your own Valentine’s Day card out of recycled materials you have around your home.

-Choose eco-friendly gift wrap or some of these alternatives.

-Staying in? Stick with (soy) candlelight. It’s more romantic and saves energy.

What are your green tips/date ideas for Valentine’s Day?

Reference:

From $5 to $30+, Date Ideas for Every Budget – Wise Bread

Inexpensive and Creative Date Ideas – Healthguidances.com

100+ Date Ideas | Washington.org

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Types of Hysterectomies

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Hysterectomy is defined as the removal of whole or part of the uterus. It is quite a common procedure performed on many women due to various reasons. It has been estimated that every third women has a hysterectomy by the age of sixty.

Hysterectomy is performed because of many reasons. It is performed generally when other treatment options has failed. Hysterectomy is used in uterine fibroids causing excessive bleeding or pain; prolapse  of the uterus; cancer involving the uterus, ovaries, or the cervix; endometriosis; abnormal vaginal bleeding; chronic pain of pelvis; or adenomyosis.

The hysterectomies can be chosen according to the condition of the women. There are four types of hysterectomies that can be chosen from which includes Total hysterectomy, Hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, Supracervical hysterectomy, and Radical hysterectomy.

Total hysterectomy is done in two ways, known as Total abdominal hysterectomy and Total vaginal hysterectomy. Total abdominal hysterectomy refers to the removal of uterus as well as cervix through an incision on the abdomen. The incision is usually about 3 to 5 inches long and can either be vertical extending from the belly button to the pubic line, or horizontal along the pubic line. It is performed in cases of abnormal vaginal bleeding which is heavy and is associated with pain, as well as cancer of the uterus or ovaries, endometriosis, and large fibroids. Total abdominal hysterectomy leaves a scar behind which most women are uncomfortable with. Furthermore, the recovery time is also long, requiring six to eight weeks for a woman to fully recover. On the other hand, Total vaginal hysterectomy refers to the removal of uterus and the cervix through the vagina. This type of hysterectomy is performed in cases where the uterus is not large, such as uterine prolapse, endometrial hyperplasia, or cervical dysplasia.

Hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy refers to the removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes together with the uterus, through an abdominal incision. Generally, this is done in cases of cancer involving the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the uterus. Moreover, it is also sometimes performed in complicated cases of pelvic infection.

Supracervical hysterectomy is the type of hysterectomy which leaves the cervix behind while removing the uterus. This procedure is performed in some cases of endometriosis. This type of hysterectomy is simpler with less recovery time; however, the risk of vaginal prolapse is much higher.

Radical hysterectomy is an extensive surgery that removes the uterus, upper part of vagina, as well as all the surrounding tissue of the uterus. It is performed in cases of cancer.

Sources: 

http://www.medicinenet.com/hysterectomy/page4.htm

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Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

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I love using my crock pot or slow cooker as it’s usually called in the UK. Mine is a very basic model. It doesn’t have a temperature range. It is either on or off. That doesn’t stop it being really useful and capable of producing the most delicious meals.

One of my favourite recipes is a version of the famous French dish, Chicken with forty cloves of garlic. Yes, I said forty. That is not a misprint! The secret of this dish is that it should be cooked long and slow in an enclosed pot and no peeking until it is ready! A perfect dish for the slow cooker.

Ingredients to serve four

1 large chicken jointed into eight pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
4 heads of fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4-6 sprigs fresh thyme OR 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary (I prefer thyme, but the rosemary is good too!)
French baguette crostini

1. Switch on slow cooker so it heats up.
2. Melt butter and olive oil together
3. Season chicken with pepper and then brown in the oil and butter mixture
3. Place unpeeled heads of garlic, chicken pieces and sprigs of herbs in slow cooker.

Leave to cook for 4 hours without opening pot.

When ready to serve place two pieces of chicken, a head of garlic and two crostini on each plate. The garlic will be sweet and melting and should be squeezed out onto the crisp baguette.

Serve with a green salad or steamed green veg.

To make French baguette crostini

Slice baguette thinly on a diagonal to make long slices. Brush the slices with olive oil and bake in a hot oven until crisp. Gas mark 4 180C or 350F for 15 minutes is about right.

Reference:
1. Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network
2. 40 Cloves and a Chicken Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network

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