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Empyema

Empyema: Empyema is a condition in which pus and fluid from infected tissue collects in a body cavity. The name comes from the Greek word empyein meaning pus-producing (suppurate). Empyema is most often used to refer to collections of pus in the space around the lungs (pleural cavity), but sometimes refers to similar collections in the gall bladder or the pelvic cavity. Empyema may have a number of causes but is most frequently a complication of pneumonia. Its development can be divided into three phases: an acute phase in which the body cavity fills with a thin fluid containing some pus; a...


 

 Five Home Health Remedies for Common Problems

While some illnesses require specific treatment or medicines, others may be treated with simple home remedies that have withstood the test of time. Many people are not aware of the various home remedies that can provide safe and effective relief. Most home remedies do not cause any serious side effects as prescription medicines can.

Anyone suffering with allergies or a cold may become congested at night. In order to relieve congestion and improve breathing quality, a person may get relief from running hot water in the sink and slowly breathing in the steam from the running hot water. This will help to relieve blocked nasal passages and may help ease breathing any time of day as well.

Snoring is a common problem, but many people do not know how to improve it. In addition to available anti-snoring devices and other medical treatment options, some home remedies exist that may help improve this nighttime symptom. People who snore may find that sleeping on their side, instead of their back, may help to reduce the snoring. Adding an extra pillow may also help to lessen snoring since it elevates the head a little higher and may help to prevent breathing passages from becoming restricted, which is a common cause of snoring. If snoring worsens or does not seem to respond to home remedies, it is possible that the person has sleep apnea. This is a serious condition that requires medical evaluation and attention.

In warmer months, bees become common and this means the potential for bee stings. To reduce the itching from a bee sting, baking soda and water can be combined to make a paste that will lessen the discomfort. For some people, bee stings can be life threatening. For people who are allergic to bee stings, medical help is not always close enough. Therefore, doctors often supply such patients with an "epi pen" for emergency use. Often helpful for people without a severe bee allergy, over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is often recommended as a temporary aid to keeping the allergy under control until the bee sting sufferer can get to a doctor or hospital for further treatment.

For those with a recent tooth loss, teeth cleaning or other dental procedure that may cause bleeding in the mouth, rinsing with warm salt water two to three times daily will help reduce the chance of infection and will decrease soreness.

For anyone who finds the smell of nail polish remover unbearable or simply feels lightheaded from breathing any of it, there is a simpler way to remove nail polish. Apply clear nail polish to each nail and allow that to sit for 3 to 5 seconds before wiping it away with a napkin or paper towel. This process will help to remove most traces of nail polish.

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