Conditions & Disorders – Food Pyramid Tue, 02 May 2017 10:19:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pain Under The Right Rib Cage Mon, 01 May 2017 11:44:37 +0000 The problem of having pain under the right rib cage can be very unpleasant. There are different things that can cause the pain. While it could just be a simple […]

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The problem of having pain under the right rib cage can be very unpleasant. There are different things that can cause the pain. While it could just be a simple trauma to your right ribs, there could also be other more serious things causing the pain. You see, the rib cage takes up a large area of your body that protects many organs. If you are feeling pain below the right rib cage or having a right rib pain that moves around, it can be due to issues in the organs that the rib is protecting. Even some of the organs that are close to the rib cage, but not protected by the rib, can also cause pain.

The Rib Cage

If you look at the image below, you can see that the rib cage protects a few organs. You can also see which organs that are close to the right rib cage area.

Some of the above organs can actually cause a minor discomfort or even a constant pain if they are not in good health. We will take a closer look into how the organs can cause pain, but also cover other possibilities that may cause discomfort in the right rib area.


Causes of pain under the right rib cage

Sometimes there are infections and abnormalities that can appear in different organs. The affected organs will complain by manifesting different unpleasant symptoms. Pain is one popular symptom, which can be felt as a dull, sharp, or a stabbing pain. Even if you just feel a pressure under the right rib, or a constant pain, it is a symptom that there is something wrong going on.

Let’s take a closer look into the organs that can cause problems.

Colon Problems

Some parts of the colon lie just below the right rib cage. The transverse colon, the hepatic flexure, and the ascending colon are the ones that can be affected. Diseases related to those parts can cause pain under the right rib cage, and they include:

  • Right Colonic Diverticulitis – This is a condition caused by an inflammation of the pouches formed in the wall of the colon called diverticula. You may experience a sharp pain under the right rib cage. This condition seem to appear more in Asian countries.
  • Gases – Trapped wind can cause pain under the right rib cage when breathing sometimes. The pain is due to the accumulation of gas causing the colon to swell. The pain can occur in the hepatic flexure, which is the part where the colon bends.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – this chronic condition affects your bowel movement. Bloating, cramping pain, and abdominal pain are common symptoms. The discomfort levels can vary.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease – This means that there is an ongoing inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease cause chronic inflammation of the colon wall. This can result in dull aching pain in the right side of the rib cage.

Gallbladder Problems

The gallbladder stores bile needed for digestion of food. It is positioned under your liver and close to the end of the ribs. It is not uncommon that you can feel a dull pain under the right rib cage due to the following conditions:

  • Cholelithiasis – this is when stones build up in the gallbladder. Gallstones occur due to the sediments of bile formed in the gallbladder. You will feel pain under the right rib cage when the stones obstruct the bile duct. Pain is also felt in the back.
  • Cholangitis – this is a serious infection of the bile duct, which can be caused due to the gallstones blocking the passage of the bile. Expect feeling a sharp pain.
  • Gallbladder cancer – this is the spread of a malignant tumor. It can cause mild to moderate pain in the upper right abdomen area in the late stages of the disease.

Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Parts of the upper gastrointestinal tract include the food pipe, stomach, and duodenum. Disturbance in those organs can also cause pain under the right rib cage.

  • Acid Reflux – This condition is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is when the stomach content runs back up to the food pipe (esophagus). It can cause a burning sensation in the throat, nausea, vomiting breast discomfort, and also cause a sharp or tender pain along the right rib cage.
  • Ulcers – Stomach and duodenal ulcers are sores in the lining of the organs. The duodenum is a part of the small intestine directly connecting to the stomach. That part is the one that actually is located closer under your right rib. The ulcers can sometimes cause severe pain under the right rib cage.

Kidney Problems

The right kidney is situated behind the liver. Diseases affecting the right kidney can cause pain in the flank and also below the rib cage. The cause of pain under the right rib cage and back due to the disorders affecting the kidneys include:

  • Kidney Stones – pain under the right rib cage can actually occur due to the build up of kidney stones that obstruct the flow of urine. Small stones can pass through the ureters causing a flank pain that may radiate from the back to the front of your right rib cage.
  • Kidney Infection – bacteria can cause infection in the right kidney resulting in sharp burning pain under the right rib cage. Other common symptoms would be fever, flank pain, and pain while passing urine.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease – caused due to presence of cysts in the kidney. It is a genetically-linked disease, and as the cyst grows it can cause a sharp or dull pain under the right rib cage.

Liver Problems

The liver, being the largest organ in the abdominal cavity, occupies a large area under the right rib cage. Pain associated with the liver include:

  • Trauma – a blunt trauma to the abdominal area can cause a stabbing pain under the rib cage. In rare cases, an injury can also occur after a laparoscopic liver surgery.
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease – Damages to the liver due to the abuse of alcohol can lead to pain in the liver. Alcoholic hepatitis can cause constant pain under the right rib cage, especially during the initial stages of the disease.
  • Viral Hepatitis – this caused by an infection of the liver and can cause discomfort under the right rib cage together with nausea, vomiting, loose motions and loss of appetite.
  • Hepatic Steatosis – this condition happens due to the accumulation of fat in the liver, which is also called fatty liver disease. It is often linked with obesity, high levels of cholesterol, and hypertension. This condition can cause an aching pain below the rib cage.
  • Pyogenic Liver Abscess – a rare acute condition that occurs due to the accumulation of pus. It develops due to an infection in the liver and causes pain along the lower right rib cage.
  • Liver Cancer – when cancer grows in the liver during the later stages of the disease, you can experience pain.
  • Hepatitc Cysts – are sacs filled with fluid, and when the cyst becomes large they can cause pain on the lower part of the rib cage.
  • Cholestasis – This is a disturbance that happens when the flow of the bile from the liver slows down. It could be due to several reasons, including during pregnancy when the pregnancy hormones are very high.

Lung Problems

Pain under the right rib cage may occur due to the conditions affecting the right lungs, and the plural membrane covering the lung. There are many different pulmonary problems that can actually cause pain, to name a few:

  • Pleuritis – This is when the lining of the lungs become inflamed. You will likely feel a stabbing pain when you cough or when you breath deeply.
  • Lung Abscess – This is when a pocket of puss is created in the lungs do to an infection of the tissues. This can occur due to pneumonia, abnormalities of the lungs, or other infections.
  • Shingles – This is a type of herpes that develops into rash of blisters along the ribs. You will likely feel itching and pain on the right side of the rib cage even before the rash appears.

Pancreas Problems

The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach close to the duodenum. Like any other organ, it can also get affected by different unwanted health conditions. This can in turn be the cause of pain under the right rib cage.

  • Pancreatitis – This is a condition when digestive enzymes start tearing apart the pancreas. Nausea, vomiting and pain in the abdomen just under right rib cage are symptoms to look for.
  • Pancreatic Cancer – This type of cancer is hard to catch in the early stages because the pancreas is hidden behind organs. Therefore, it is hard to discover tumors during a regular routine exam. It is said that 1 in 4 pancreatic cancers are caused by smoking.


Other things causing pain under the right rib cage

Pain during cardio

Some people may feel sharp pain under the right rib cage when running or doing other cardio exercises. The exercise-related pain is described as a stabbing and cramping pain felt under the rib cage. The pain usually subsides after taking rest. The actual cause to this phenomena is still unclear according to studies.

Painful rib syndrome

This is an uncommon inflammatory disorder where the upper ribs are affected. The pain is felt where the ribs connect to the breastbone (sternum). If you also feel pain in the sternum, there could be other underlying causes.


This is when internal organs and tissues stick together due to scar tissue. Organs are normally slippery and they will not stick, but if you have undergone a pelvic or abdominal surgery, it may have caused an injury to your organs. Pain can come months or years after surgery.

Fractures and Muscles

A bruised or fractured rib will certainly cause an intense pain on any part of your rib cage. Also, intense exercises can lead to muscle strains causing pain in the right rib cage area.


A woman’s body needs to cope with at lot of things during pregnancy. Many things can cause pain under the right rib cage during pregnancy. Pain can come from the gallbladder, growing uterus, baby kicks, rib cage spreading, implantation, and a few other things.

Treatment and Diagnosis

Diagnosis of the underlying cause of having pain in the right rib cage area can help in initiating an appropriate treatment for the condition, which will help to get rid of the symptom. The cause can be detected with the help of evaluation of the symptoms including the type of pain, its nature, and the history of alcoholism or injury, physical examination, and diagnostic tools like X-ray, CT scan, and ultrasonography.

If you suspect that you have more than a workout pain, you may want to consult your doctor and set up an appointment quickly. It is important to address the problem quickly, and not wait until the the symptoms escalate.

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Sneezing After Eating Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:51:49 +0000 Do you know why same people start sneezing after eating a meal? Well, some people think that sneezing is a condition that only occurs because you have a cold. However, […]

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Do you know why same people start sneezing after eating a meal? Well, some people think that sneezing is a condition that only occurs because you have a cold. However, excessive sneezing after eating usually occurs due to an allergy to foods or to the ingredients in foods such as the additives. It can also occur to some other reasons, but before we get into the reasons that make you sneeze after eating, let’s briefly explain why a sneeze occur.

Some people sneeze after plucking their eyebrows while some sneeze when exposed to the bright sunlight. Basically, sneezing occurs when the nerves in the mucous membrane lining the inner wall of our nostrils are irritated or stimulated. Sneezing is the body’s response to the cause of irritation with an effort to eliminate it from the body through the forceful act similar to blowing the nose. It is a reflex action that is beyond our control.

Let’s take a closer look to the different factors that can irritate the nasal mucosa and cause sneezing after meals.


Causes of Sneezing After Eating

Food Allergies

The most common cause of meal-related sneezing is food allergies. Many people complain of sneezing after eating chocolate, wheat, peanuts, seafood, milk, and eggs due to the heightened sensitivity of the body to them. The body triggers an immune response when a person eats these foods resulting in a series of symptoms usually beginning with sneezing.


Certain foods may cause sneezing and runny nose after eating

Eating too much

Sneezing after eating too much can be attributed to a distended stomach. When you eat too much beyond the usual capacity of your stomach, its walls are stretched. This causes irritation of the nerves within the mucosal lining of the stomach causing sudden sneezing fits after eating. This peculiar condition is called Snatiation, which is thought to be genetically linked. People with this trait often sneeze incessantly when their brain registers a full belly. The sneezing after overeating happens irrespective of the type of food ingested. It can be controlled by simply avoiding heavy meals, eating smaller portions, and eating more frequent meals.


Showing the stomach and the mucosa lining


Airborne Causes

A person may sneeze after eating due to allergies hidden in the environment causing what is called allergic rhintitis. What does that mean? You see, particles may float in the air that can cause allergic reactions. You might get sneezing attacks in an environment with dust, pollen, perfumes, detergents, smoke, and fur of pets. These “allergic triggers” may be what cause sneezing after eating sometimes. Symptoms can often be more severe than just sneezing. To avoid this from happening, you need to study your environment and see if you find a common factor that triggers the sneezing every time you eat.

Gustatory Rhinitis

Gustatory rhinitis is a non-allergic rhintitis causing congestion in the nose, continuous sneezing, and a running nose after meals. It usually occurs due to certain foods like ice creams, cold drinks, spicy foods, and alcohol as these can trigger a reaction in the nervous system that causes swelling of the nasal mucosa. People with allergic rhinitis or who smoke are according to a survey  more likely to experience gustatory rhinitis symptoms.


Location of the nasal mucosa.


Tips to Prevent Sneezing After Eating

Keep a food diary – People who develop sneezing after eating due to an allergy do not get the symptoms after all meals. Hence, if you are experiencing the bouts just occasionally – that is when you have consumed or been exposed to the allergens – the cause is most likely an allergy. It can be avoided by keeping a food diary in which you can record the foods you eat. This will help you observe a pattern between the ingredients, food types, or methods of cooking and your episodes of sneezing such as sneezing after eating bread or nuts. This will help you identify substances that could be the allergen for you. The next step is simple; you just need to avoid those allergens!

Change Eating Habits – If you notice that the attacks are accompanied by a feeling of fullness in your stomach, then you can try eating smaller meals at frequent intervals. This will prevent the bloating of your stomach and the resulting stimulation of the nervous system to sneeze.

Nasal Irrigation – Irrigate your nose with sterile water using a squeeze bottle or bulb syringe. A daily nasal lavage will help to flush out the irritants and prevent the allergy symptoms.

Drink Water – Increase your water intake to keep your body well hydrated. This will prevent the dryness and irritation of the mucous membranes.

Inhale Steam – A hot bowl of water is enough for this. Just sit over the bowl and use a towel over your head. This can loosen the mucus in the nose and reduce the congestion.

Keep It Clean – Keep the dining area clean and free from suspected allergens like dust.

See a Doctor – It is obviously a good thing to consult with doctor if you feel that you can’t control the discomfort of sneezing after eating. The doctor may prescribe you a nasal spray or maybe suggest you to do a food allergy test.

It can be quite embarrassing to sneeze uncontrollably when you are eating out at a restaurant or even at home with anyone around. Though this is not a dangerous symptom or a sign of any serious illness, it can cause a lot of discomfort and inconvenience. You can easily get rid of sneezing while eating by identifying which of the above-mentioned factors is causing irritation or stimulation of the nasal mucosa and taking steps to avoid them.

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Lump Behind the Ear Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:08:00 +0000 It might a bit frightening to find a lump behind the ear. The lumps can be small or large, and painful or painless. There are several conditions that can cause […]

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It might a bit frightening to find a lump behind the ear. The lumps can be small or large, and painful or painless. There are several conditions that can cause both large and small lumps behind the ear. While most causes are not serious, and do not need any active treatment, some others may need medical attention. Let us have a look at the possible causes and the different ways to treat the lumps.

Causes of Lumps Behind the Ear


The build-up of dead or waxy skin cells as a result of dermatitis can cause a lump behind the ear. These signs are usually accompanied by the flaking of dry skin, inflammation, swelling, and redness. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common form of dermatitis that can cause a lumps behind the ears, especially in patients with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS. It is usually triggered by a stressful situation, or climatic changes. Dermatitis can also occur due to the neurological conditions, or fungal infections.

The ear lumps caused by dermatitis can be treated with topical creams and lotions containing corticosteroids like hydrocortisone and betamethasone. These medications help to reduce the discomfort and itching. The lumps caused by a fungal infection can be managed with the help of oral and topical antifungal medications like Ciclopirox and Ketoconazole. A soothing bath using uncooked oatmeal or baking soda can also assist in treating bumps behind the ear.


Seborrheic dermatitis with small lumps behind the ear.


An allergy is another factor for what causes a lump behind the ear, especially a painful and itchy one. The swelling may occur due to an allergy from ear accessories, perfumes, or even cosmetics. The best way to prevent this is to identify the allergen and then, stop its use. The allergen can be identified by keeping a diary in which you can note down the occurrence of the symptoms and the use of particular cosmetic, jewelry or perfume and then, relate the both to know what exactly caused the lump behind the ear and itching. Insect bites can also cause allergic reactions, and what may at first feel like an innocent pea sized lump can swell up to a big bump.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Lymph nodes can cause lumps behind the ear, which are soft, tender, and painful. An enlarged lymph node can be a sign of an infection in the ears or the area surrounding them. Some other conditions like Streptococcal sore throat, common cold, and sinusitis can also cause the lymph nodes to swell. In case of a generalized infection, there can be lumps behind both ears along with severe weakness, and fever.

A lump behind the ear caused by these infections can be managed using antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. The anti-inflammatory medications help to relieve the pain and swelling while the antibiotics destroy the bacteria responsible for the infection. Sore throat, sinusitis, and common cold can be treated by gargling with warm salt water.


Big lump behind the ear caused by a swollen lymph node



Another reason for what causes lumps behind the ear is mastoiditis. It is an infective disorder affecting the mastoid bone located behind the ear. The infection is usually secondary in nature that has spread from an infection in the middle ear or throat. The infection results in the formation of a swollen lump behind the ear by causing inflammation and structural disruptions in the mastoid bone. It may also cause redness, suppuration, ear pain, and swelling along with fever, irritability, headache, and hearing loss.

Mastoiditis can be treated using oral or intravenous antibiotics like Ceftriaxone together with antibiotic ear drops. Some people say that putting few drops of a strained mixture of garlic and olive oil into the ear can also help to relieve the sore lump behind the ear. In severe cases of mastoiditis, surgery is needed to remove the lump behind the ear.


Child with mastoiditis causing a painful lump behind the left ear.



Acne is the most common skin condition affecting young adults at the age of puberty. It leads to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, and small nodules on the skin. In some cases, a lump on the skull behind the ear can be a simple acne eruption. The lump is caused by the hormonal changes occurring in the body during puberty, stress, unusually high levels of androgens, an infection, or even genetic predisposition. Acne lumps can actually appear anywhere behind the ear and they are often painless.

Acne can be treated using medicines containing retinoid (A form of Vitamin A) or benzoyl peroxidase. In case of severe hormonal imbalance, an anti-androgenic hormonal therapy can be prescribed. Oftentimes, this type of condition goes away by itself, just make sure you wash and clean the infected area thoroughly.


A pimple behind the ear



A large or a small painful lump behind the ear can be a cyst. Cysts are fluid-filled bumps that are formed due to several reasons. They are sometimes formed due to the blocked sebaceous glands. These cysts are usually accompanied by the build-up of sebum, in which case they are referred to as a sebaceous cyst. A cartilage piercing bump behind the ear can be the result of a cyst that has burst. An epidermal cyst is made of accumulated keratin, in which case the lumps are formed behind the ears as well as the other body parts. These cysts may get infected and fester.

A cyst can be treated using anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics, and hydrogen peroxide gels. Warm compresses and heating pads can help to drain the pus and provide relief from the pain. Surgical excision of the cyst or laser therapy may be recommended in severe cases.

A small cyst close to the earlobe.

A small cyst close to the earlobe.



An itchy lump behind the ear may be due to an infection that has turned into an abscess. An abscess is an enclosed “capsules” with a wall that is filled with pus. An abscess can also develop around a foreign body or from an existing cyst. The treatment involves the use of antibiotics or a surgical excision.

Benign Tumor

A benign tumor may become evident as a lump behind the ear. The swelling is usually soft, painless, and movable. The tumors that can cause a hard painful lump behind the ear include those arising from the salivary glands that have spread to the part behind the ears. These painless tumors may or may not increase in size. A tumor that grows on the mastoid bone is called cholesteatoma. This malformation can destruct the tissues near the ears and cause hearing loss, tinnitus (an abnormal ringing or buzzing sounds in the ears), dizziness, and drainage in the ear.

A benign tumor pose a lower health risk than malignant tumors. Benign tumors behind the ear may grow slowly, but can disappear on their own. Surgical excision may be required for the lump that hurts and makes the jaw movement difficult.


A tumor behind the ear may grow slowly over time.



A lump behind the ear can be a malignant growth due to the cancer of salivary glands or the skin. These lumps are usually painless and can grow larger over time. They can be treated with chemotherapy drugs, radiation therapy, surgical excision or a combination of these. The treatment option is based on the stage of the cancer and the extent of its spread.


Lipoma is a swelling caused by the growth of fatty tissues and results in the formation of a lump.  The fatty lump often forms between the layers of the skin. These lumps are harmless and can sometimes clear up spontaneously, but in general they tend to grow very slowly. If the lump behind the ear grows or feels bothersome, surgical removal may be an option to opt for.


Hemangioma is a noncancerous growth formed due to the abnormal collection of blood vessels. This condition is more common in infants than in adults. It appears as a red/purple bump and is usually found on the skin and the organs, particularly the liver. In rare cases, hemangioma may form behind the ear but they are in most cases benign and harmless.

An early detection of the hemangioma can help to initiate the treatment before any complications arise.


Baby with hamangioma



Keloids form when scar tissue overgrows due to a skin injury. This type of condition can form on any part of the body, but when it comes to the ear area, it is often due to piercing. If you have had your ear lobs pierced or an ear cartilage piercing and you are noticng a bump behind the ears, this can be the cause.

Keloid lumps behind the ear are not dangerous and are primarily a cosmetic concern. They can be treated with steroid injections, cosmetic surgery, and compression.


Cartilage piercing bump behind the ear together with a pea sized lump behind the ear lobe.

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Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:13:08 +0000 Have you ever seen people with two different eye colors? Heterochromia Iridis is what the condition is called. It changes the color of your eyes, and it is a condition […]

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Have you ever seen people with two different eye colors? Heterochromia Iridis is what the condition is called. It changes the color of your eyes, and it is a condition rarely associated with any disease. Heterochromia iridis is often acquired during fetal development.

It might be rare to see people with a set of different eye colors, but heterochromia of the eyes does not only manifest in having two different eye colors. There are three different types of heterochromia, which are: complete (two different eye colors), sectoral/partial (patches of colors), and central heterochromia (radiating from the pupil).

Diving in to the world of superstars. Are there any celebrities with heterochromia? Let’s take a look at some famous people with heterochromia, and which type of it they have.


Celebrities with Complete Heterochromia


Josh Henderson, the actor who played J.R in the revival of the Dallas TV series, was born with complete heterochromia iridis. His right eye is blue, and his left eye is green. Some gossip sites state that the actor is nearly blind in his left eye without a contact lens.



If you are into Major League Baseball you might know about Max Scherzer. He is a professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals.  He was born with both eyes blue. However, when he was four months old, one of his eyes changed to green. Within a year, the green eye changed color again to brown, according to an interview with Mr Scherzer’s mother.




Tim McIlrath is an American  punk/rock musician and lead vocalist for the band Rise Against. His left eye is blue and his right eye is brown.




Shawn Horcoff is a Canadian born professional hockey player currently playing for the Dallas Stars, but played for many years for the Edmonton Oilers. His complete heterochromia manifests in having the right eye brown and left eye green.




Dan Aykroyd is a famous comedian and best known for his work in the movies ”The Blues Brothers” and “Ghostbusters”. He was also born with complete heterochromia iridum. His right eye is green, and his left eye is brown.



Alicia Eve is a British born actress, which you might have seen in movies like ”Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Before We Go”. This is another celebrity with different eye colors, having her right eye green and her left eye blue.




Michael Flatley is an Irish born entertainer and famous for his Riverdance shows. His right eye is green and his left eye blue.



Cricket fans should know about this guy. The Australian born Shane Warne is often regarded as one of the best cricketers in history.  He has a set of very vibrant eye colors. Left eye in a green/yellow color and his right eye in light blue.



Russin born Ilya Kovlachuk was a 1st overall pick in the NHL draft of 2001, and spent most of his career with the Atlanta Trashers. He is still active but he is now playing for a Russian hockey team. His left eye is dark brown and his left eye is dark hazel.




Mila Kunis is an actress that you might know from the Oscar award winning movie “Black Swan”. Although she might not technically have complete heterochromia, she do has different eye colors. Her right eye is green, and her left eye is hazel. Her different eye colors developed while struggling with chronic iris inflammation, leaving her almost blind in one eye for several years. However, to correct her sight she decided to have a new lens surgically implanted. This is what can be classified as an acquired heterochromia.


Celebrities with Sectoral/Partial Heterochromia


Henry Cavill is an actor who is actually born in Jersey. Well, it is not New Jersey, but Jersey from the Channel Islands, UK. The British “Man of Steel” star was born with sectoral heterochromia. His right eye is blue and his left eye is partial blue with a sector of brown color.



The American actress Kate Bosworth is another celebrity with partial heterochromia. However, she usually wears contacts on film to hide her true eye colors. Her right eye is partial blue/brown and her left eye is blue.



The English actor/model/musician Dominic Sherwood does also have a change in his eye colors. His right eye is blue and his left eye partial brown/blue.



Marshall Lancaster is a British actor. Some sources state he has one green and blue eye, but what can be told from images, it looks like the right eye is blue with a hazel colored sector, and his left eye is blue.



Jane Seymour of ”Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and ”Live and Let Die” was born with sectoral heterochromia. The English actress’ right eye is brown/green, and the left eye is green.




The ”Legally Blonde” star Jessica Cauffiel has a green colored iris on the right eye. Her left eye is partial green and brown.




Elizabeth Berkley is an American actress famous for her role as Jessie Spano from the TV series “Saved by the bell”. Her eyes are green, but the right eye has a brown colored sector.




The Canadian actor Liam James – known as the young “Sean Spencer” in the TV series “Psych” – was born with sectoral heterochromia. His right eye is partial brown/blue and his left eye blue.


Celebrities with Central Heterochromia


Paris Hilton, a very famous celebrity entrepreneur, and known for being the great-granddaughter of the Hilton Hotel founder, Conrad Hilton. She has sky blue eyes with a brown shade surrounding the pupils.



The “How I Met Your Mother” and “American Pie” star Alyson Hannigan was born with central heterochromia. Both of her eyes are green with light brown inner rings.



The American actress Olivia Wilde is known for her exotic eyes. The color of her eyes are very hard to pinpoint as it shifts depending on the light. She has central heterochromia with the colors grey/blue with green inner rings.



The American actor and Oscar winner Joe Pesci is famous for his roles in “Raging Bull”, “Casino”, and the “Lethal Weapon 2 -4” movies. Both of his eyes are blue with a shade of brown surrounding the pupils.



Terrence Howard is an American actor that you might remember from the movies “Hustle & Flow” and “Ray“. His both eyes are green with brown inner rings.



La La Anthony is an actress/business woman/author married to the NBA star Carmelo Anthony. Both of her eyes are grey with brown inner rings.


Other Celebrities with Heterochromia

There are several celebrities with heterochromia, but the vast majority with this condition have either partial or central heterochromia. In most cases you can hardly even notice the difference in eye colors.

Some articles mention that Christopher Walken, Simon Pegg, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi More, Benedict Cumberbatch, have two different eye colors, but that is not true. What might be true is that they might have partial or central heterochromia, and in some cases it is only a slight variation in eye color.

David Bowie is another celebrity that is often mentioned having heterochromia. He was actually born with blue eyes, but when Bowie was a teenager, he got into a fight over a girl with his best friend George Underwood. The friend was wearing a ring while punching Bowie, causing great damage to Bowie’s left eye. Bowie had to stay out of school for eight months due to operations that were needed to fix the eye. Unfortunately, the doctors couldn’t fully repair his left eye. His color vision was mostly lost, leaving him with a faulty depth perception, and a permanently dilated pupil (a condition called anisocoria). As a result, his eye colors is commonly mistaken to be different when in fact it is the dilated pupil that is causing the illusion.



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Strawberry Allergy Thu, 01 Jan 2015 22:56:29 +0000 Strawberry allergy is an uncommon form of food intolerance. Popular for its heavenly scent and succulent taste, strawberries are literally everywhere from jams and ice creams to shampoos, creams and […]

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Strawberry allergy is an uncommon form of food intolerance. Popular for its heavenly scent and succulent taste, strawberries are literally everywhere from jams and ice creams to shampoos, creams and even air fresheners. For this reason strawberry allergy in toddlers is caught at an early stage, but it is common that the allergy develops later in life.

Compared to some other food allergies, strawberry allergy is not as serious in the sense that it rarely causes anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening immunological reaction of the body against substances that it does not recognize. That being said, it is essential to immediately seek treatment for an allergic reaction to strawberries since strawberry allergy symptoms if left untreated can become increasingly serious.


Yummy looking strawberries, but they may cause an allergic reaction.

Strawberry allergies – what really happens?

People who have an allergy to strawberries often ask about the biological processes that are occurring in their bodies. The protein that causes the allergy has been identified as “Fra a1”or Fragaria allergen 1, and this allergen, according to a study by Christian Seutter von Loetzen et al, is found in ripe red strawberries and absent in white ones. Now, what happens is that in people who have an intolerance to strawberries, the protein “Fra a1” is not recognized by the immune system. This causes the formation of Ig E antibodies that latch on to this allergen and cause the release of histamine and other inflammation causing substances. The whole cascade of released substances that follows leads to the symptoms observed in people who have allergic reactions to strawberries.

Symptoms of Strawberry Allergy

The signs of strawberry allergy usually appear within two hours of ingestion and primarily manifest on the mouth or throat. A strawberry allergy reaction often begins with tingling around the mouth area that may be followed by swelling of the lips, tongue or throat. Swelling of the lips and tongue can impede speech if serious and out of control swelling of throat can close up respiratory passages and make it difficult to breathe. For this reason it is essential to seek treatment for strawberry allergies, especially if you can feel your throat closing up.


A strawberry allergy reaction may cause swollen lips.

Strawberry allergy rash is also one of the symptoms. The histamine released due to the allergic reaction can cause widespread swelling of the skin and may also lead to red blotches and strawberry allergy hives. It can lead to the formation of itchy, red patches of skin and can even cause watery eyes and a stuffy nose. Many people who are unaware that they are allergic to strawberry first find out about their allergy when they get a rash from strawberries. A strawberry allergy test can also be done to confirm this diagnosis and then proper prevention must be followed to avoid any symptoms.

A strawberry allergy can also give rise to some gastrointestinal symptoms. As the body is not reacting well to the ingested strawberries, nausea, vomiting and abdominal bloating may accompany an upset stomach. In severe cases, the allergy can also cause abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Even though anaphylaxis is very rarely seen in patients with strawberry allergy it is best to be prepared for anything. A rapid pulse, sudden drop in blood pressure or loss of consciousness are warning signs to rush for medical attention. In such cases of emergency you can use an Epi pen to bring quick relief to the patient.


Picture of an arm with mild strawberry allergy. Hives can break out as an allergic reaction to strawberries.

Strawberry Allergy Treatment

To battle some of the symptoms of a strawberry allergy you can consult your doctor for treatment. Usually anti-histamine tablets are prescribed for throat discomfort, sneezing or rhinitis. As for the skin symptoms, hydrocortisone creams or topical anti-histamine is commonly prescribed to patients with strawberry allergies. In the event of an emergency when the patient is rushed to the hospital with difficulty in breathing the doctor will administer an epinephrine injection which will bring quick relief to the patient. If you have experienced an anaphylactic shock before or swelling of the throat you can ask your doctor to prescribe you an Epi-pen in case of an emergency. The disadvantage with these medications is that most of them can cause side effects like irritability, dry mouth and drowsiness. However, they are life savers and should be carried with you in case you get a severe reaction.

For those with mild strawberry allergy you might consider using natural remedies that are free of nasty side effects and easy enough to put together any time at home.

Natural Remedies for Strawberry Allergy

1. Avoid Strawberries at all cost
Why worry about treating your allergy when you can just avoid it altogether? It may be pretty difficult at the start but once you have informed your friends and family of your allergy, they can help you stay in a strawberry free environment. Not only must you avoid strawberries, jams, cakes, but juices must also be avoided. Some lotions, lip glosses and air fresheners also contain strawberry so if you suddenly start sneezing make sure to inquire whether a strawberry spray has been used. It is also wise to wear a medical alert necklace in case of an emergency.

2. Use a cold compress
The swelling brought on by an allergy on the lips, face or general skin can be alleviated with a cold compress. Some people have experienced relief with this method.

3. Apply an Aloe Vera salve
Hives or itchy skin can be treated by an aloe vera salve. Just rub some gently on the affected area and sit back as the miraculous soothing effect of aloe vera clears up your skin situation. Do not put the salve on your lips as some aloe vera gels should not be ingested.

4. Sip on some green tea
You can always rely on easy to make herbal concoctions like green tea or chamomile tea that have an anti-histamine effect which may aid in relieve many of the symptoms of strawberry allergy including rashes, itching, hives and sore throat.

If you have suggestions to any kind of treatment that have helped you to relief a strawberry allergy, please share it in the comments section.

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How to get rid of a hickey Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:03:11 +0000 In the heat of the moment with a significant other it is all too easy to find yourself with a hickey. The next thing you know you’re searching “how to […]

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In the heat of the moment with a significant other it is all too easy to find yourself with a hickey. The next thing you know you’re searchinghow to get rid of a hickey on the internet and hoping to find something miraculously to fix the love bite. Remember that a hickey is really just a minor bruise. This condition is caused when small blood vessel under your skin tear and the blood leaks, causing a blue and black color. So, getting rid of hickey is pretty much like getting rid of a bruise.

How do you get rid of a hickey?

There are lots of different ways to get rid of hickeys. If you use any of the methods below and still can’t seem to get rid of the hickey, you could always try to conceal it. Take note that not all methods work for everyone. Our bodies react differently to different treatments so if one method does not work just try another and hopefully you will see results.

1. Apply ice on a hickey

Perhaps the fastest way to get rid of a hickey is to apply an ice compress to the skin. This ice method works best for getting rid of fresh hickeys. Just wrap a couple of ice cubes with a paper towel and press your home-made ice compress to the part of the skin affected. The cold temperature will make your capillaries constrict, preventing more pooling of the blood under your skin. This stops your hickey from increasing in size even if you ice it a few hours later, but for best results you need to do this as soon as possible after you received the hickey. Make sure you don’t bring the ice cubes directly in contact with your skin, as this is unnecessary, painful and risks damage to your skin.


Putting ice on a hickey can help.

2. Freeze a spoon

If you don’t happen to have ice cubes available, don’t panic. Just put a metal spoon in your freezer for a few minutes. Take out when cooled and press the cold spoon to the skin affected. Make sure though, that the spoon covers the entire hickey as leaving some parts uncovered can lead to an even weirder looking and attention grasping hickey.


Pressing a cold spoon on the hickey.

3. Apply toothpaste

Peppermint has the medicinal property of increasing blood circulation. Hence, applying a layer of mint toothpaste over the skin affected can get the blood moving faster. All you need to do is wait till the tingling stops and wipe it away with a towel. Some people have very sensitive skin which can cause irritation when applying toothpaste. These people should try other methods instead of endangering their skin further.


Apply toothpaste on a hickey.

4. Brushing/Scraping

For some, this is probably the best way to get rid of a hickey. You see, brushing will actually break up the blood that has gathered to form the hickey. For this method you could use different tools.

Toothbrush – Not did you know that you could use your toothbrush to brush away a hickey. Just use a toothbrush and gently but firmly stroke the skin in different directions until the blood is dispersed completely. The bristles of the brush make for a very efficient system in getting rid of hickeys.

Coins – Yes, any kind of coin will do. So if you have a quarter, dime, or any other coin at your disposal, just scrape away the love bite. Yes, it will be like scratching a scratch card, except your prize will be different. With one hand you use your fingers to pull back the skin to stretch the hickey. Then with your other hand you take the coin and start scraping the hickey with the edge of the coin. Start from the center of the hickey and out. It might get a little painful but well worth it.

Remember to ice the area as it might be a little sore after the procedure. In case you don’t have a toothbrush or if your skin is sensitive to metals, you could use other devices like a plastic comb. Whatever you use to scrape make sure not to use sharp objects or anything that could hurt your skin and make things worse.


Scrape your skin with a coin.

5. Massage the hickey

This is a very easy and quick way to get rid of love bites as you do not need anything but your fingers. Just gently massage your hickey with your fingers to disperse the pool of blood that has gathered under your skin. Just apply pressure from the middle of the hickey and drag your fingers outwards so that you break up the blood clot. You should see results after doing this for 5 to 10 minutes.


Massaging a hickey can help.

6. Use herbs and plants

Healing ointments made of herbs and plants like Aloe Vera, Arnica and Witch Hazel don’t only work on regular bruises but also on hickeys. Applying salves containing these ingredients is a very quick way of getting rid of hickeys. These miracle remedies, known for their astringent and swelling reducing properties can work wonders on hickeys overnight. For example, Arnica gel is commonly used for bruise control and has even been recommended by famous doctors like Dr Oz.


Applying arnica for hickeys can fix the situation.

7. Boost up on your Vitamins

Particularly Vitamin C can be very effective when it comes to healing bruises. Vitamin C contains collagen that makes up the capillary wall so you can understand the reason for its miraculous effects.


How to hide a hickey?

Sometimes a hickey can be really hard to get rid of. In this instance one has no other option but to try to hide the hickey. Hiding hickeys is really not that difficult, you just need to be creative. Let us give you a few ideas.

Use clothes – You can cover a hickey by wearing a light scarf around your neck, making sure that it covers the whole area. Hiding a hickey is probably easiest during colder weathers because you need to put clothes on anyway. You can wear a turtleneck without any questioning eyebrows being raised.

Use your hair – Depending on where the hickey is and how long hair you have, you could cover up a hickey by wearing your hair down. Try tucking some hair inside your shirt so it doesn’t expose the love bite.

Use make-up – Use a concealer that matches your skin tone and try your best to cover it up. You can even go for a foundation first, and then apply the concealer. You would really need to experiment and find what works best for you. Just make sure you bring your make-up with you so that you can reapply more make-up in case you need it.

Use a bandage – You can always use an adhesive bandage to cover up the hickey. It might not be the best solution as you might be getting question why you have a bandage on your neck. However, it will cover up the love bite.


You can hide a hickey with a turtleneck.


How is a hickey formed?

There are a lot of different types of vessels in your body that carry and transport blood. The smallest of these vessels are called capillaries; they are minuscule and very easily prone to getting damaged. Thus, passionate kisses or love bites can break these vessels and cause blood to pool around the surrounding tissue. Now since the capillaries are so tiny, the blood loss is minimal and your body patches up the break in the wall almost immediately so it’s not really a serious thing to be worried about. The worst that can happen is an itching feeling and some swelling. This is very similar to how a bruise forms and so getting rid of a hickey is not much different from trying to get rid of a bruise.

I just want to know how to get rid of hickeys fast. Is there a cure-it-now method?

A hickey is a bruise, and as any other bruises some need time to heal. However, many have experienced applying ice or brushing the hickey with a coin to be very successful. Often a combination of both is used for best results

How does a hickey look like?

As mentioned earlier, it looks like a bruise, and you will sure notice if you have one. Take a look at a the image below showing several hickeys around the neck area.


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Avocado Allergy – Can you be allergic to avocados? Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:28:56 +0000 Since avocado allergy is not a very common occurrence you may have been caught unaware of an allergic reaction to avocado. Like all other food allergies it is important to […]

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Since avocado allergy is not a very common occurrence you may have been caught unaware of an allergic reaction to avocado. Like all other food allergies it is important to deduct the allergen from your diet in order to avoid any negative symptoms. According to a study by Elissa M Abrams et al, anaphylaxis due to avocado intake is extremely rare. Anaphylaxis is an immunological reaction of the body against foreign material that can be life-threatening. It is still important to remember that avocado intolerance is an allergy and so must be treated before the situation aggravates.

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Can you be allergic to avocado without knowing?

Types of Avocado Allergy

There are in fact two types of avocado allergies that affect the general population. The first is the oral allergy syndrome and the second is an allergy associated with latex. Oral allergy syndrome is the less severe form of the two and is manifested upon eating the fruit or any food containing it. It is caused by the body reacting to the avocado after not being able to recognize its biological molecules. In doing so the body reacts to the avocado much like it does to pollen as an allergen. Oral allergy syndrome actually affects up to one third of the people who have pollen allergies.

As for the avocado-latex connection, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that approximately half of the people with latex allergies are also allergic to avocados. This is because the proteins present in the latex are similar to the ones in these fruits and are not recognized by your body which prompts the immunological system to attack them. Allergy to avocado in association with latex allergy is more serious and severe than oral allergy syndrome. In addition, intolerance to other foods like chestnut, kiwi, tomatoes and bananas may also be present.

Symptoms of Avocado Allergy

Avocado allergy symptoms vary depending on the type of allergy. As described earlier, if you already suffer from latex allergy the symptoms will be much more severe. However if you suffer from oral allergy syndrome the symptoms will not be much different from those that affect people with pollen allergies. To put it in other words, the symptoms of oral allergy syndrome to avocado may appear on the mouth, lips and throat. You may experience itching or a tingling sensation in the moth or throat area. It is also not uncommon that swelling may occur on you lips, throat and tongue. Again, similarly to pollen allergy, the patient may also experience itchy and watery eyes and frequent sneezing after eating an avocado or food containing it, for example guacamole. It is extremely rare to suffer from anaphylaxis as a result of oral allergy syndrome to avocados.

If you already know that you suffer from latex allergy perhaps after an unfortunate reaction to balloons, it is wise to stay away from avocados, kiwis, bananas, chestnuts and tomatoes. Symptoms produced by this crossfire include hives, skin rashes, itching, watery eyes, wheezing, nasal congestion and frequent sneezing. In addition the patient may also experience nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, hoarse voice, and sore throat, trouble in swallowing and avocado diarrhea. This shows the wide range of symptoms that you can be affected with from mild to severe so it is best to consult a doctor and get an avocado allergy test done.

avocado allergy symptoms

Symptoms of avocado allergy may include sneezing and stuffy nose.

Avocado Allergy Treatment

According to a case examined by Allan B Becker et al, a fifteen year old patient with an avocado allergy who’s symptoms did not respond to anti-histamine tablets was taken to the emergency where he was treated with an anti-histamine injection and steroid. Upon release, he was prescribed a steroid and also given an epi-pen. Since every patient’s response to an allergy is unique to themselves it is best to consult a doctor as to what particular medicine would be suitable for treating your allergy symptoms. Sometimes patients develop a tolerance to avocados after repeated exposure but obviously there are risks associated with it and it is better to be safe. Since allergies can never really be completely obliterated it is best to have a couple of natural remedies to fall back on every time you accidentally encounter an allergen. Let’s look at some of those.

Natural Remedies for Avocado Allergy

Avoid Avocados and Avocado containing foods – Prevention is better than cure. It is most advisable that you avoid eating avocados at all cost and also beware of foods that contain avocado like guacamole, salsa, soup and mixed fruit juices. If you react severely to avocado, wear a medical alert necklace that can help in case of emergency.

  • Apply Aloe Vera – Rashes or itchy skin caused by avocado allergy can be treated with the soothing effects of Aloe Vera. Just buy a tube of Aloe Vera gel or cut a leaf of Aloe Vera and apply it to your skin to calm the allergic reaction.
  • Drink some green tea – Herbal concoctions like green tea or chamomile tea have an anti-histamine effect that can relieve many of the symptoms of avocado allergy including rashes, itching, hives and sore throat.
  • Pomegranate and Sugar cane juice – Who ever thought that the cure for an allergy would be so delicious? Freshly made pomegranate and sugar cane juice soothes the stomach and alleviates all traces of nausea. Vomiting and diarrhea can also be prevented by sipping on these fresh juices.
  • Inhale steam – Inhaling steam can open up your nasal pathways and clear away all the mucus that’s making you all stuffy. For a magic touch, add some chamomile tea in it!

Now you’re well equipped to deal with an avocado allergy. Just remember it’s better to be careful than sorry!

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How to get rid of bruises Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:44:48 +0000 How do you get rid of bruises? Well, it is no secret that bruises is something we all have experienced during our lifetime. However, finding the best way to get […]

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How do you get rid of bruises? Well, it is no secret that bruises is something we all have experienced during our lifetime. However, finding the best way to get rid of bruises is something many of us have not figured out yet. There are many ways to treat a bruised area, and as some methods may work well for you, same methods might have no effect for others. Also, depending on how serious the bruise is, the location of the bruise, and its size, each method you use could be different. However, keep reading and you will find some of the best ways to get rid of bruises.

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A bumped knee might end up with a colorful bruise.

Ways to get rid of bruises

Sometimes you suffer from an ugly bruise nuisance on your face or arms when an important event of your life is right around the corner. In such scenarios you struggle to land the fastest way to get rid of a bruise. Well, the good news is that you have an array of options to choose from here below, and it is just a matter of finding your personal best way that will work for you. Let’s explore what gets rid of bruises effectively:

1. Applying ice on a bruise – In order to subdue inflammation, icing a bruise is among the most popular and helpful ways to get rid of bruises. You will need a resealable plastic bag filled with ice chips and directly apply it to the bruised region. You can also use a frozen bag of vegetables from your fridge. Whatever you use as an ice pack you will apply it for fifteen minutes to the bruised area. Then take one hour rest before you apply the ice pack again to successfully reduce the swelling. If you apply the ice pack for an extensive time it may lead to skin itchiness.

2. Heat for bruises – Warm compress is an effective treatment to heal bruises quickly. Take a cloth, dip it in warm water, and apply it on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. You will need to repeat this process several times during the day, depending on the severity of inflammation and pain. You can also iron a warm cloth and massage the area. The heat allows to increase the flow of blood to the injured tissue and to pace up the healing process. Using heat for bruises works best if you have had the bruise for a few days. If the bruise is fresh apply ice instead.

3. Vicks for bruises – Vicks is an over-the-counter topical ointment that has various uses in our everyday life. One main usage of Vicks is how it assists in getting rid of bruises in a fast manner. The ingredients present in Vicks aid the healing process by breaking down the accumulated blood clot in the region. So for those of you left wondering how to get rid of bruises efficiently, applying Vicks may help in fading the discoloration of the injured area.

4. Vinegar for bruises – One of the main reasons why vinegar is considered to be an effective remedy to get rid of bruises is due to its ability of increasing the blood flow in the area where it’s applied. If you apply vinegar to the bruised region, the blood flow will be enhanced which will dissipate the pool of blood accumulated in the injured region. It is best to apply apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water for it is a popular method for getting rid of bruises. However, using white vinegar have been reported to work as well.

5. Banana peel for bruises – Banana peels are known to cure various skin related problems. It comes as no surprise that they might be a successful remedy for getting rid of bruises. Some people have seen results with this method. Bananas have a mixture of enzymes called Bromelain, which has a blood-thinning effect. What you need to do is to cut a banana peel of approximately the same size as your bruise. Rub it on the region for a few minutes and repeat this process daily to see a noticeable difference.

6. Epsom salt for bruises – Epsom salt has been used since centuries as a popular topical treatment for relieving skin pain and healing sour muscles. By soaking your bruise in a mixture of Epsom salt and water for a while you will feel the inflammation pain pacifying. It is best to have a long warm bath with Epsom salt to heal your swollen bruise. This is because Epsom salt has a relaxing effect on the muscles which aids in the process of healing the injured region.

7. Aloe Vera for bruises – Aloe Vera has a medicinal usage in alleviating muscle and bruise pain. Whenever you question the elderly as to how to get rid of bruises they suggest using Aloe Vera as the ultimate cure for relieving bruise pain. Just cut a leaf of Aloe Vera and apply the gel on the bruised area, but If you do not have access to the plant you can buy a tube of pure Aloe Vera gel.

8. Essential Oils for bruises – How do you get rid of bruises by using essential oils? Bruises can be treated by using essential oils giving a soothing effect to the bruised area. The most popular essential oils used for massaging a bruised region are Fennel, Hyssop or Lavender. You need to be careful that in your attempt of getting rid of bruises with oils, you do not apply excessive pressure on the vulnerable area. While massaging you need to control your finger movement so they are headed outwards from the middle of the bruise.

9. Elevation – You can use gravity to your advantage by elevating your bruised area, such as leg or hand. This will make the flow of blood smoother and after a while you might see an improvement. However, this method is usually part of the RICE approach, which is the abbreviation for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

10. Wrap an elastic bandage – Immediately after suffering a heavy blow or trauma you need to wrap an elastic bandage tightly around the bruised region. This will prevent the blood to leak from the capillaries underneath the skin and as a result a severe swollen bruise can be avoided.

11. Arnica – The use of Arnica cream can help relieve symptoms of bruising. Just apply to the affected area and massage gently. Arnica has also been recommended by Dr Oz.

When to see a doctor?

Although most bruises are not severe and may not require medical attention this may not always be the case. If you notice reoccurring bruises without any significant trauma, injury or fall then it is best to consult a doctor. Also, if your bruise is accompanied with a very high fever or you feel that your bruise is getting infected then this may be an alarming situation. Sometimes, lack of oxygen to the tissues lead to a permanent paralysis and such a condition is known as compartment syndrome.


What is a Bruise?

As a result of impingement, the blood capillaries near the skin surface are damaged. You must have witnessed that upon hitting your hand or leg on a hard surface, the affected area suddenly becomes blackish-blue and swollen. This is because the broken capillaries start to leak in the surrounding tissues. It is advised by doctors to never leave the bruised area unattended. We often exhibit carelessness when it comes to bruises and assume that it will heal on its own. Getting rid of bruises is a simple task but you need to repeat the chosen method properly. Bruises accumulate blood in the trauma region for at least 10 to 15 days During that time your skin might also go through color changes ranging from green to yellow.

How do you get a bruise?

As explained above, bruises are a form of skin discoloration that occurs as a result of injury or trauma. You can get a bruise in different ways. Here are a few:

  • Trauma and Injuries – The most common way of getting bruises is to experience different levels of injuries to your body. It might be bumping your knee on to a table, hitting your fingers and toes, or more severe levels of trauma.
  • Aggressive exercises and work out regime – Athletes and weightlifters may experience bruises mainly due to the excessive stress and tension applied on the muscles. Upon rigorous exercise, the fine blood capillaries may sometime suffer microscopic tear and suddenly the area is seen turning blue or black.
  • Bruises in elderly people – As you age your skin starts to become thinner. As a result, the cushioning support of the tissues provided to the blood capillaries near the skin starts to deteriorate. This results in reoccurring bruises on your legs and other regions. This is the main reason why doctors recommend elderly individuals to make Vitamin C an essential part of their daily diet.
  • Bleeding disorder – In extreme cases, some individuals suffer from rare disorders such as Thrombocytopenic purpura in which random blood clots appear all over the body.

If you get a bruise from one of your daily routines, will any of the suggested ways to get rid of bruise work?

No, not all methods will work for you. It will depend on how you got the bruise, its location, and the size of it.

I am just interested to know how to get rid of bruises fast. Is there ways to get rid of bruises instantly?

There is not really a quick fix to get rid of bruises instantly. Each method can have great success, but there is no “one” solution for all. If you find one please share your secret method.

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How to Get Rid of Nausea without Medicine Sun, 18 May 2014 16:27:20 +0000 How do you get rid of nausea without taking medicine? There is nothing worse than feeling nauseated. In fact, most of the time nausea is accompanied by diarrhea, stomach cramps, […]

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how-to-get-rid-of-nauseaHow do you get rid of nausea without taking medicine? There is nothing worse than feeling nauseated. In fact, most of the time nausea is accompanied by diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and/or severe fatigue. Many times, you wish you could just vomit and get it over with, but alas you are forced to endure minutes, hours and days of nausea.

This unpleasant sensation typically occurs as a result of an illness (i.e. cancer, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, viruses, motion sickness, ulcers, heart attacks and infections), medications (i.e. chemotherapy drugs, steroids, etc.), food poisoning, pregnancy (i.e. increased pregnancy hormone – estrogen, progesterone and HCG) or excessive drinking (i.e. hangovers). There are alternative ways to get rid of nausea and get back to feeling like your “old self.”

For those who are interested in learning how to get rid of nausea without medicine, this article will help you with that. Hopefully, some of the ways will eliminate or at least reduce your nausea. It is important to note that if your nausea worsens or reoccurs, contact a medical professional immediately.

Ways to get rid of nausea without without medicine

1. Fresh Air

A good way to get rid of nausea is to get some fresh air. Sometimes all you need to feel better is a good dose of oxygen, especially if you have been “cooped up” inside all day or you have been exposed to an overly warm or hot indoor environment. If you feel yourself becoming queasy take a walk outside and take a few breaths of the crisp, cool air. You can get rid of nausea – relief is waiting for you outside.

2. A Cold Glass of Water

Another effective way to reduce nausea and gain some relief is to drink a cold glass of water. Make sure the water is unsweetened and refrain from “gulping” the water. Sit down somewhere quiet and slowly sip the water until you feel your nausea ease up. The water will not only keep you hydrated, it will also replenish any fluids that you lose, should you start to vomit. You may be nauseated simply because you are hot and tired. The water will revitalize you.

3. Ginger

Ginger in any form can help getting rid of nausea. Flat ginger ale can for example help get rid of nausea during pregnancy. It can also help you get rid of hangover nausea. If you start to feel queasy, you will probably want to sip on a cold, flat ginger ale because it can calm your stomach. Ginger is known for its calming properties and has been used for centuries for gastrointestinal distress (i.e. diarrhea, vomiting and nausea), but there are also other health benefits of ginger. If you aren’t very fond of ginger ale, there are other ginger-based products (i.e. hard candy or ginger tea) that you may be able to tolerate better. Ginger ale and ginger products are especially beneficial if you are pregnant because many times pregnant women are limited on what medications that can safely take – this is an alternative to taking medicine.

4. Crackers

Crackers might help to ease the nausea. Bland foods like crackers can help you get rid of nausea. These high stark foods absorb stomach acid and can relief nausea caused by an upset stomach. Do not consume too many crackers because it can worsen your nausea and/or lead to vomiting. Rather, eat slowly, taking small bites. A small amount of bland foods like crackers will give you strength so you can fight whatever is making you ill.

5. Bananas

Bland foods like bananas can help you get rid of nausea. Truth-be-told, getting rid of nausea can be challenging, to say the least, but a snacking on bananas, if you can, while you are nauseated can give you some relief. Bananas contain high levels of vitamins and nutrients. They also consist of a smooth texture, which is easy on your stomach. Bananas contain properties that stimulate mucus production in your digestive tract and soothe heartburn-related and ulcer-based nausea.¹

6. Cold Compress

Is cold compress the best way to get rid of nausea? Well, maybe not the best way as it depends on what works best for you. You just have to try different things until you learn what eliminates or reduces nausea. However, a good way to alleviate nausea is to place a cold compress or cold rag on your head, neck or chest. Lay down until you feel better. The coldness will reduce your fever (if you have one) and provide you with cooling relief.

7. Herbal Tea

You can get rid of nausea with herbal teas like peppermint, chamomile and ginger tea as they work best for soothing a queasy stomach. Take a tea bag and place it in a cup of boiling water. Let the tea bag steep for approximately 5 minutes and remove the bag. Slightly sweetened the tea, if necessary, but be cautious with the honey or sugar. These sweeteners can actually make your nausea worse, if you consume too much of them. You may also want to try green tea because of its antioxidant properties. The properties will strengthen your immune system so you can fight off whatever is ailing you.

8. Deep breathing

Believe or not, just by taking a few deep breaths it can help you get rid of nausea. Just inhale slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your month. Make sure to focus on your breathing

9. Acupressure

Acupressure is about putting physical pressure on different pressure points on your body. Stimulating the P6 acupressure point is the way to get rid of nausea. There are several studies that have found this technique very effective. Just massage the point with constant pressure for a few minutes and hopefully you can feel the nausea diminishing. You have probably seen the “Sea-Band”, which is a wristband that sets pressure on the P6 (Nei-Kuan) point. It is said to work well for those wanting to get rid of nausea during pregnancy.

10. Lemon

For those who love lemon, just the smell of citrus can make you feel better. However, sucking on pieces of sliced lemons could be very effective. You could of course try lemon juice or add lemon to your tea.

11. Ice

What about if you eat ice to get rid of the nausea? For some people eating ice can actually provide nausea relief. You can try flavored ice cubes or a handful of ice chips. You can let the ice melt in your mouth, but nothing wrong in chewing it.


If you know other ways of getting rid of nausea please share them in the comment section below.

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Tips To Improve Your Sleep Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:38:58 +0000 Sleep is the body’s recovery period, when the body heals and relaxes. Today’s stressful lifestyle can cause sleep problems, and in the longer term it can result in health problems. […]

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Sleep is the body’s recovery period, when the body heals and relaxes. Today’s stressful lifestyle can cause sleep problems, and in the longer term it can result in health problems. Depression, poor immune function, obesity, increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and decreased sex drive, are examples of health conditions that can be related to poor sleep.

tips to improve your sleepHow much sleep do we need?

According to experts, we need about 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Most people sleep about 7,5 hours per night, but some people only need to sleep for 5 hours while others need to sleep for at least 9 hours. Women often need a little more sleep than men. Also, as we get older we tend to need less sleep.

Studies show that women sleep worse than men, and tend to experience more symptoms of insomnia. Worse off are the long term unemployed women and women who have taken early retirement. About 50% of these women have experienced some form of sleep disorder.

Men at the age between 45 and 54 are those who tend to sleep the best.

Do you have sleep problems?

You have sleep problems if you:

  • you have trouble falling asleep at night
  • you wake up more than three times a night and have trouble getting back to sleep again
  • you wake up an hour earlier in the morning
  • you are not refreshed when you wake up and are tired during the day

Tips on how to improve your sleep

There are different things you can do if you have trouble sleeping at night. Here are some effective tips to improve your sleep naturally:

  • Exercise – 30 minutes a day is enough. Remember not to exercise too late in the evening, because this can disrupt your sleep habits.
  • Avoid caffeine & quit smoking – Don’t drink anything that contains caffeine such as coffee, black tea and Coca Cola, especially in the evening. Smoking can also result in sleep problems.
  • Don’t eat too late – Avoid fatty and spicy foods at night. Your last meal should be 2-3 hours before getting to bed, and try to eat healthy.
  • Drink alcohol moderately – Alcohol impairs sleep quality by interfering with your deep sleep. Also, you have to get up and pee at night because of the diuretic effect.
  • Review your bedroom – Your bedroom should be quiet, dark and cool. Ear plugs and sleep mask can be helpful. Avoid ceiling lights 2 hours before going to sleep and lit a few candles instead.
    Avoid long naps – Brief nap (15 and 20 minutes) at midday may is good, but do not sleep too long, and not too close to bedtime.
  • Establish a good sleep routine – Go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up the same time every morning. Good sleep routine is a way for your body to learn when it’s time to sleep.
  • Relax – Take the time to relax before you go to bed. Take a hot bath, read a book, listen to soft music, or do some yoga before bedtime for a better sleep.
  • Review your bed – Your mattress should be moderately hard to avoid back and neck problems. If you share your bed with a partner, try out a mattress for you and one for your partner.
  • Increase Serotonin for better sleep – Altered levels of serotonin can interrupt your sleep. Foods rich in tryptophan can help balancing your serotonin level. Milk, banana, turkey, chicken, fish, cottage cheese, nuts, eggs, beans, dark chocolate, and healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids all contain high levels of tryptophan. Avoid stimulants such sugar, caffeine, energy drinks, and alcohol since they all suppress serotonin. Also, exercise, relax, and get enough sunlight to boost your serotonin level.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT has helped many people to overcome their sleep problems. You will meet a specially trained therapist about 8-10 times, and learn the importance of regular routines and various relaxation techniques. You will also keep a sleep diary. Talk to your employer and contact your doctor for more information on CBT and how you can improve your sleep.

What about sleeping pills and natural herbs?

If none of the above tips to improve sleep helps, sleeping pills may be a solution. There are both prescription sleeping pills, and natural sleeping pills. Talk to your doctor and see what’s the best solution for you. Below are examples of natural herbs and oils that can help improving your sleep.

  • Chamomile – Tea made on chamomile flowers have sedative and antispasmodic properties and can help you sleep better.
  • St. John’s Wort – Can help with mild anxiety and insomnia. Not to be combined with other drugs. Talk to your doctor before using St. John’s Wort.
  • Lemon balm – The essential oil of lemon balm has a calming effect and makes it easier to fall asleep.
  • Passion Flower – Anxiolytic, muscle relaxant and pain reliever. Passion flower is considered effective against insomnia when it is combined with other herbs such as hops and chamomile.
  • Valerian – The root is dried and used. It has a long-known sleep-inducing effect and can improve sleep quality.
  • Hops – The bitter substances humulone and lupulone that are found in hops, have a sedative and hypnotic effect. In the past, people used to place hop cones in the pillow to sleep better.
  • Lavender – lavender and lavender oil have a mild sedative effect in migraine, nervousness and anxiety, and may aid in insomnia, leading to better sleep.
  • Dill – The dried dill seeds are antispasmodic and soothing. Try a cup of dill seed tea!

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