Archive | January 2016

How Long Does It Take To Cure Fingernail Fungus?

images (93)One of the most pressing issues these days would be the impact of our health on our lifestyle. So it hardly comes as a surprise that you need to figure out some home remedies for things that could in fact be minor, however having said that this all depends on the person.

For example how long does it take to cure fingernail fungus is a question that is asked by so many people, especially since this is somewhat of a common problem which faces a lot of people.

Yet it should be stated that figuring out how long it takes to get rid of fingernail fungus is a question has been asked lots of time. There is in fact probably more questions than answer to this problem. However there are solutions and it is not rocket science!

Finding a Cure for Finger and Toe Nail Fungus

When you ask yourself about finding a cure for fingernail fungus, remember that this is something that depends from person to person. So you can never really tell when exactly your issue with fingernail fungus will end.

All of it depends on how healthy you presently are and what type of medication you are taking. As most of you probably know, there are many types of medication that are available. For instance did you know that while many people would prefer to go to their family doctor and get medicine to sort this issue out, the more adventurous type of people would actually try some home remedies which are past down from generation to generation.

If you really want to know the approximate time for curing fingernail fungus, the best resource is to get information from your doctor or ask friends who had this problem.

The Progress Could be Slow in Finding a Cure

Don’t worry too much about knowing the answer for erasing fingernail fungus since what is most important is to see if the medicine that you are using is actually effective. While the progress per se may be slow, the factor in finding out how long it will takes depends on part on the medication being taken and your state of health currently.

Finally just remember that it would be good advice at this point to find a few other individuals who have had the same issue. This way you could find out at least an approximate time as to when exactly you would be relieved of fingernail fungus

 

This entry was posted on January 22, 2016, in Health.

Predicting Drug Response

images (92)According to the CDC Adverse drug events are a serious public health problem, an estimated 82% of American adults take at least one medication and 29% take five or more; 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations are due to adverse drug events annually.

Three and a half billion dollars is spent on extra medical costs of adverse drug events annually, at least 40% of costs associated with adverse drug events occurring outside hospitals can be prevented.

Often, an effective drug response is found in a few patients treated, while most benefit little or not at all. Much could be gained if we could select the optimal drug for the individual patient before treatment begins.

Researchers are learning how inherited differences in genes affect the body’s response to medications. These genetic differences will be used to predict whether a medication will be effective for a particular person and to help prevent adverse drug reactions.

Just as a patient’s age, lifestyle, existing co-morbidities, and other medications affect the selection of a drug, genetic predisposition to do well or poorly on that drug is a crucial clinical factor that health care providers can now consider.

Case study

There are four main isoforms, or families of mixed-function oxidases known as cytochrome p 450 (CYP450) involved in xenobiotic, or drug metabolism. Cytochrome CYP2C19 is an enzyme that metabolizes some commonly prescribed drugs

Metabolism by CYP2C19 can either activate or alter activity of a drug

– Clopidogrel ( platelet inhibitor) is activated by CYP2C19

– Amitriptyline ( has many psychiatric indications ) is metabolized by CYP2C19 to a less active form

Genetic variations in the CYP2C19 gene may lead to changes in metabolic activity of the CYP2C19 enzyme (increased or reduced function).

What are a person’s odds of having a reduced function of CYP2C19?

Approximately 40% of the population, the exact percentage varies by ethnicity

What can we expect with a low CYP2C19 activity?

Low CYP2C19 activity is associated with diminished antiplatelet response to clopidogrel leading to a higher risk for another heart attack or stroke.

Action: alternate therapy.

Amitriptyline would be associated with a higher incidence of adverse events and toxicity.

Action: start with a lower dose or alternate therapy

Understanding various genes activities will lead to predictable patient outcomes when evaluated with regards to environmental exposures, medical history, family background, and other factors.

There are many community resources available to assist with medication therapy, for no or a small fee you can consult with a qualified healthcare professional to enable you and your healthcare team choose the right medication and the right dose that increases the likelihood of achieving the desired therapeutic effect and reducing the risk of unintended adverse drug reactions.

 

This entry was posted on January 22, 2016, in Health.

The Medications And Therapy Used In A Pain Management Clinic

download (34)Finding a way to control your pain is important so that you can go on living your life to the fullest. No matter if your pain comes from arthritis, cancer or cancer treatments, fibromyalgia, an injury, or surgery, controlling the discomfort and pain is a must. It can also affect how your body heals and recuperates too. So what is the best way to approach pain management?

The first step you should take is making an appointment with your primary care provider. They may find the cause of the pain and be able to address the matter with medications. If they aren’t able to find the cause or the cause is more than they are able to handle, they may refer you to a clinic that can manage your pain.

A pain management clinic will have a staff of different specialist that you’ll be able to access. They will be specialized in arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia and many other things that can be a cause for pain. They will work together to create a pain management plan approach that will address your issues while keeping your best interest in focus.

In addition to having a complete exam and blood drawn, as well as CAT scans, CT, MRI, and/or X-rays, you will need to provide a complete medical history to the pain management clinic. This includes your own history as well as your family history. The information from all of this will give the specialists a foundation to work from.

They will also need you to explain your pain to them. But to give them a full explanation, you should have a thorough understanding of pain yourself. Experts explain pain is an unpleasant sensory experience that can have an effect on you emotionally as well.

It is important that the emotional suffering is addressed as well as the sensory aspect of pain so that it can be eased completely. This is why you’ll be interviewed by the pain management clinic’s staff behavioral specialist as well as one or more of the other specialists.

Pain Is Experienced Differently With Everyone

Pain is a real thing and it is physical. Nobody can argue that. However, pain must be measured to each person independently and specifically because each of us has a different perception and tolerance of the pain.

What our brain perceives as pain is indisputably emotionally charged according to many experts. Meaning that those who are afraid of pain, anxious or depressed may experience pain different and more severely, than the person that has pain without those emotions.

Treating Body And Mind

It is important to approach pain both emotionally and physically and a pain management clinic is able to do that all under one roof. They address patients as human beings, individual people. Even while chronic pain medication is effective and it is important for pain management, it is not the only tool that a pain management clinic has available.

There are many different medications that can be prescribed for pain such as benzodiazepines and opioids. However, they are not always the best option for every patient. Each of those treatments can bring different problems, especially when used for a long period of time. And that alone is a point in the favor of a pain management clinic – they will use many other options for pain management.

A pain management clinic will offer different types of therapy that are focused on the body as well as the mind. Having a good balance mixture of therapies for the body and the mind are key in a person recovering and regaining their life. Some of the other types of therapy that a pain management clinic will offer are cognitive behavior, meditation, physical therapy, and relaxation therapy.

 

This entry was posted on January 12, 2016, in Health and tagged , , .

What Is Functional Medicine

download (33)Functional medicine is an evolutionary practice that addresses the unique healthcare needs of those in the 21st century.

Rather than treating just the symptoms of any disease, functional medicine focuses on the underlying cause of disease by using an approach that focuses on the body’s systems and their primary functions. Practitioners work to engage the patient in a partnership that will lead to overall better health and wellness.

Functional medicine practitioners focus on the whole person, rather than just the isolated constellation of symptoms. This shifts medicine from traditional sick care to a more patient-centered approach. These practitioners spend a great deal of time with their patients and listen to histories, while also evaluating the environment, lifestyle, and genetic factors that may play a role in long-term health and the development of chronic disease. By doing it this way, practitioners offer their patients a unique experience in healthcare, which will lead to higher engagement and vitality for each individual.

Why is Functional Medicine Needed?

There are several reasons why functional medicine has become more and more popular in our culture. Some of these reasons include the following:

Current medical practice is aimed toward acute care (or sick care), the diagnosis and treatment of disease or trauma, and conditions that need urgent attention such as broken bones or appendicitis. Medicine is not focused on the wellness of a human body, but in the curing of an already sick one.

There is a drastic increase in the number of chronic disease diagnoses among those in our society. These diseases include heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, cancer, and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Acute care medical approaches do not allow the ability to treat or prevent complex chronic diseases. This is generally because it does not account for the unique make-up of the individual or outside factors that could be playing a role, especially in the environment, which exposes us all to toxins. Lifestyle choices also play a primary role in overall health and may have a direct influence on the rise of chronic illness in our Western culture

There is a gaping chasm between the way doctors practice and the research in their selected fields. This gap is enormous, as much as 50 years, especially in the field of chronic disease.

Sadly, most modern day physicians are not trained to look for underlying causes of disease. They are not taught to look at treatment strategies such as diet, nutrition, and exercise that could improve illnesses in their patients.

Functional Medicine Differentiation

The origins, prevention, and treatment of chronic disease, especially, is of primary concern to a functional medicine practitioner. The principles of functional medicine that differentiate them from conservative approaches include the following:

Patient-centered healthcare: The whole patient is the primary focus. This practice promotes positive vitality beyond the absence of disease and promotes overall good health. By truly listening to patients’ stories and background, the functional medicine practitioner is able to guide the patient into self-discovery and then further tailor treatment to fit their individual needs.

Scientific and integrative healthcare approach: This is unique in itself. Doctors look for causes of illness by evaluating the web of interactions in the patient’s history, lifestyle, and physiology. Alone, the genetic makeup of a person can cause illness, so it is of primary concern to a functional medicine practitioner. Additionally, both external (social and physical environments) and internal (body, mind, and spirit) factors affect the body’s overall health as well.

Using best medical practices that are integrative: The practice brings together both alternative medicine practices, as well as traditional Western medical practices. They focus primarily on prevention through diet, nutrition, and exercise routines. They use the latest and best lab results and other diagnostic studies to assist in their diagnosis and treatment of each individual. They prescribe a combination of pharmaceutical medications, natural supplements, botanicals, detoxification programs, stress-management strategies, and therapeutic diets.