What is Flatulence? How to Get Rid of It?

Is flatulence normal?

The average adult has flatulence between 13 and 21 times a day. Flatulence is a normal part of the digestion process. But if flatulence builds up in your intestines and you’re unable to expel it, you may start to feel pain and discomfort.

Gas pain, bloating, and flatus frequency can be exacerbated by anything that causes diarrhea or constipation. Flatulence can also be caused by:

  • overeating
  • swallowing air while you eat or drink
  • gum chewing
  • smoking cigarettes
  • eating certain foods

Make an appointment with your doctor if your flatulence symptoms:

  • cause you distress
  • change suddenly
  • are accompanied with constipation, diarrhea, or weight loss

Your doctor can determine the underlying cause.

How to get rid of flatulence?

Often, your flatulence is caused by what you eat. Food is digested primarily in your small intestine. What is left undigested is fermented in your colon with bacteria, fungi, and yeast, as part of digestion. This process produces methane and hydrogen, which are expelled as flatus.

For many people, changing dietary habits is enough to alleviate flatulence and its accompanying symptoms. One way to determine which foods are giving you flatulence is by keeping a food diary. Common culprits include:

  • high-fiber food
  • foods with high fat content
  • fried or spicy food
  • carbonated beverages
  • artificial ingredients commonly found in low-carbohydrate and sugar-free products, such as sugar alcohol, sorbitol, and maltitol
  • beans and lentils
  • cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • prunes or prune juice
  • foods containing lactose, such as milk, cheese, and other dairy products
  • fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAP) — molecules found in a wide range of foods, such as garlic and onion, that may be hard to digest
  • over-the-counter fiber drinks and supplements

When Should You See Your Doctor?

If your flatulence and bloating concern you, discuss these symptoms with your doctor. She will check your history and symptoms to see if they point towards a health condition that can cause excessive flatulence. Many of these are treatable.

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Claustrophobia Treatment Tips

Claustrophobia is one of the most common phobias. It is a situational phobia triggered by an irrational and intense fear of tight or crowded spaces. It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by things such as being in a crowded elevator, a small room without any windows, or driving on a congested highway.

Claustrophobia Symptoms: For some people, claustrophobia may disappear on its own. Others may need therapy to manage and cope with their symptoms. Symptoms of claustrophobia vary. However, some common symptoms include: sweating, increased heart rate, dizziness, hyperventilating, inability to breathe, headaches, and trembling.

Claustrophobia Treatment Tips: If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor. Don’t wait until your claustrophobia becomes too overwhelming because an early diagnosis can help you better manage your symptoms. Claustrophobia is most commonly treated by psychotherapy. Different types of counseling can help you overcome your fear and manage your triggers. Counter conditioning and exposure therapy (gradually exposing people to situations that trigger anxiety) can help people build a tolerance and learn coping mechanisms. Others can benefit from therapy or medication.

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How to Avoid Ligament Injuries

No one wants to get sidelined with a ligament injury. Ankle sprains and injuries to the knee, particularly ACL injuries (anterior cruciate ligament) are common in young athletes. Is there anything you can do to prevent yourself from missing valuable playing time? Absolutely!

Learn how to move with good alignment so you protect your knees. Develop body awareness, strength, and balance to support your knees and ankles. Always jump, land, stop, and move with your knees directly over your feet. Do NOT let your knees collapse inward. Develop strength in your hips and thighs. Warm up and stretch before games and practice. Perform a variety of drills until the movement patterns are second nature and you don’t have to think about it. Say to yourself:

  • Chest high and over knees
  • Bend from the hips and knees
  • Knees over toes
  • Toes straight forward
  • Land like a feather

Successful injury prevention programs may differ in specific exercises and drills but they share a common focus: improving flexibility, strength (particularly of the core, hips, and legs), balance, agility, and your ability to jump and land safely.

Don’t let a packed schedule of practices, games, and schoolwork leave you so tired that your technique gets sloppy. Rest is essential for gains to occur. Adequate sleep, rest days, and alternating hard workouts with easier workouts are all important strategies in reducing your risk of injury and making you a strong, powerful athlete.

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Wrinkles: Causes and Treatment

Wrinkles are caused by thin, sagging skin. They particularly appear on the face, neck, backs of hands, and tops of forearms.

Wrinkles occur as part of the natural aging process, when the collagen and elastin in the connective tissue of the skin become weak and break down due to changes in fibroblasts that produce collagen and elastin.

Premature or excess wrinkles can also be caused by factors like too much exposure to sunlight or harsh environments, smoking, use of certain drugs, excessive stress, sudden weight loss, loss of vitamin E, and genetic predisposition.

There are many easy natural remedies that will help reduce wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. Most natural wrinkle remedies do not have many side effects. You can usually try natural remedies for wrinkles without investing a lot of money or suffering from potentially serious complications.

However, it is a good idea to first consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist, as even the best home remedies for wrinkles can have serious side effects, especially for those with sensitive skin and those prone to allergic reactions.

What are Hair Loss Treatment Forums?

Aren’t they the equivalent of an online ‘big group hug’?  All touchy, feely?  Full of love, acceptance and moral support?

They can be, but online hair loss forums are also one of the best places on the net to get open and honest advice about what’s worked for real people … and what hasn’t.

There are a number of factors to keep in mind when browsing, joining or contributing to a discussion forum. I’ve filtered over 50 hair loss related forums and discussion groups using certain criteria to arrive at a best of list.

The Top 3 Best Hair Loss Forums

#1 Hair Loss Forumforum.besthairlosspills.com

Hair Loss Forum is the online community of the www.besthairlosspills.com site.  Whilst its focus is on hair loss treatment pills, it does provide good coverage of other hair loss issues and causes. A good reference for those trying to navigate the pros and cons of the numerous hair loss treatment pills and supplements available.

#2 ForHair Forumforum.forhair.com

A focus on surgical hair restoration, but includes some interesting discussion on other treatment options.

#3 Hair Sitehairsite.com/hair-loss/default-view-board.html

A particularly good resource for educating yourself on both the causes and variety of solutions for hair loss.

Get only FDA Approved Prescription Ear Drops

When your child next has ear pain the FDA wants to ensure they get only FDA approved prescription drugs that are effective and safe for your child.

The FDA is telling companies to cease marketing sixteen unapproved prescription drugs which have labels indicating they relieve swelling and ear pain. These drops contain active ingredients like hydrocortisone and benzocaine, but the FDA has not evaluated them for safety, quality, and effectiveness.

Pharmacies as well as health care providers have sold drugs that had labels which didn’t disclose that the product wasn’t approved by the FDA. Charles E. Lee, M.D of the FDA says that we don’t know if the drugs have any benefits and we can’t accept the chances that they may have risks.

Why FDA Is Taking Action at this Time

The FDA has its Unapproved Drugs Initiative, so it’s taking action. The FDA seeks to protect consumers from drugs that aren’t proven to be safe, of high quality, or effective.

It’s a risk to public health when a drug isn’t shown to be effective, especially if it has some safety concerns. The FDA has received reports that state the products can cause mouth, face, neck, eye, and ear local allergic reactions. Other symptoms can include burning, stinging, itching and irritation of the ear.

Unapproved ear drug products which require a prescription containing these ingredients are covered by the action of the FDA:

  • benzocaine and antipyrine
  • benzocaine, antipyrine and zinc acetate
  • benzocaine, chloroxylenol and hydrocortisone
  • chloroxylenol, pramoxine and hydrocortisone
  • benzocaine
  • chloroxylenol and pramoxine

The quality of the drugs isn’t known for certain. When a drug is approved by the FDA, the drug manufacturing process is reviewed which ensure that the drug is of purity ad well as consistent quality. These unapproved ear drops have not been examines in this way. The products are prescribed for infants and small children so this is troubling. Drugs that are intended to be used on children should be tested in children. The drugs mentioned haven’t bene shown to be effective in anyone so there’s no proof that the products actually work.

Alternatives Approved by the FDA Available

There are other treatment options available for children with ear problems. The FDAs action only impacts a small percentage of drugs prescribed to treat otitis externa (outer ear infections), excess buildup of earwax, and otitis media (middle ear infections). There’s also F many OTC products available that can be used for earwax buildup or swimmers ear.

There are other solutions for ear problems and choices for consumer sot make. You need to use the products that are known to be safe and avoid the ones that haven’t been test fully for safety and effectiveness.

What are Biosimilars? New Treatment Options Are Coming

The marketplace for medications is about to get a lot larger. The FDA recent approved the first biosimilar product called Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) and expects to approve more of them soon.

Associate Director for Therapeutic Biologic Leah Christly, Ph.D., says we need to understand biological products before we can understand biosimilars.

Biologics are medications we make from living organisms. This can include animal, humans or microorganisms like bacteria or yeast. These are different from conventional medications which are usually made from chemicals or are chemically synthesized and have an easy to define structure.

Biologics aren’t made by following a chemical recipe as they come from living organism which vary in nature. These are more complex and not easy to characterize or define. They need a more complex process to manufacturer.

The FDA thoroughly and rigorously evaluates a biologic just like they would do for a regular drug before it gets approval. These biologics are the fasted growing segment of the market for prescription drugs.

Understanding Biosimilars

A biosimilar is a type of biologic that is very similar to an already FDA approved biologic which is called the reference product. The biosimilar is not just a generic drug. The structure is very complex and it’s not easy to produce as a generic drug. The biosimilar isn’t a copy of another biologic, it’s just very similar to it.

Before any biosimilar is approved by the FDA. It’s verified by experts to make sure there are no clinical meaningful differences between the reference product and the biosimilar.

The biosimilar must also have the same dosage form and strength as well as route of administration as the reference product. The Current Good Manufacturing Practices must be used in the manufacturing of the biosimilar.

FDA approved biosimilars are effective and safe and patients can rely on them. A physician must approve the biosimilar just like they need to approve a biologic. In the marketplace for medications the biosimilar products will create greater competition. This will increase the number of treatment options for patients and lead to less expensive alternative therapies when compared to regular treatments. There are many biosimilars on the market now and consumers get an effective and safe treatment when they use the product at lower costs to them.