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Sore Throat: Symptoms, Causes and Home Remedies

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sore throat

Sore throat refers to scratchiness, pain, or irritation of the throat. Throat pain makes it hard to swallow food and liquids. 

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Painful or a dry throat is one of the main symptoms of sore throat. Often this pain is accompanied by itchiness and irritation.

    •    Difficult to swallow or talk due to pain.

    •    Swollen glands in your jaw or neck.

    •    You may notice white patches on the tonsils.

    •    Hoarseness is also a sign of sore throat.

    •    You may also experience fever, cough, sneezing, running nose, body aches, or headache before you get sore throat.

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Causes

 

    •    A number of bacterial infections, or Viral infections such as common cold, flu, mononucleosis, chickenpox, etc., cause sore throat.

    •    Allergies and irritants can contribute to sore throat.

    •    Dry indoor air can make your throat feel itchy and rough and can cause sore throat.

    •    Muscle strain, caused by screaming or talking loudly leads to sore throat.

    •    Severe medical conditions such as HIV infection or cancerous tumors in the throat can cause a sore throat.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Sore Throat

 

Lemon

lemon

    •    Lemon helps remove mucus and thus relieves sore throat.

    •    Squeeze half a lemon to get the juice and add one teaspoon of honey to it. Add this mixture to a cup of hot water and sip it slowly.

    •    Alternatively, you can lick half a lemon sprinkled with little pepper over it.

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Apple cider vinegar

 

    •    Antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar helps treat sore throat.

    •    Add one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey and one tablespoon of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water. Drink it 2-3 times daily.

    •    You can also gargle with apple cider vinegar solution; add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle with it several times a day.

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Cinnamon

cinnamon

    •    Cinnamon is an excellent remedy for sore throat caused due to common cold.

    •    Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and black pepper with a glass of warm water. Strain this mixture and gargle with it several times a day.

    •    Alternatively, consume the mixture of one teaspoon of honey and few drops of cinnamon oil twice daily.

Garlic

 

    •    Antibacterial and antiseptic properties of garlic helps treat as well as prevent sore throat.

    •    Consume 2-3 raw garlic cloves daily.

    •    Alternatively, add 4-5 drops of garlic oil to 1/4th cup of water and gargle with it 1-2 times daily.

 

 

 

posted Jun 8 by Kiran

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female sterility

Female sterility is a condition of being an infertile woman. The state of being unable to reproduce may result from congenital defects in the reproductive system, such as fallopian tube blockage, problems with ovaries, uterus, cervix, or vagina. 

 

Symptoms

 

  • The main symptom of female sterility is not being able to get pregnant after years of trying.
  • Abnormal bleeding during periods; heavier or lighter bleeding may also be a sign of female sterility.
  • Irregular cycles or variations in leuteal phase is an indicator that you're not ovulating.
  • No periods or painful periods with back pain, pelvic pain and cramping also indicate problem with ovaries or uterus.
  • You may also notice some additional symptoms such as skin changes, acne, hair growth on face, weight gain. All these are due to hormone imbalance.
  • In addition to these, external factors such as stress and excess weight may also reduce the chances of getting pregnant.

 

Causes

 

  • Ovarian defects or diseases such as PCOS(Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) may cause non ovulatory cycles and female sterility. Another ovarian factor, Endometriosis can affect the quality of the oocyte. 
  • Menopause (premature or not) is also a reason for female sterility as age shows the chances of pregnancy.
  • Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes also prevent pregnancy.
  • Hostile cervical environment is another reason for female sterility as it may kill sperms before meeting the egg.
  • Uterine factors can contribute to the inability to get pregnant. Uterine fibroid can lead to malformation of endometrial cavity making it difficult for implantation.

 

 

Home Remedies To Cure Female Fertility

 

Ashwagandha

 

  • It is an Indian ginseng. It is effective for maintaining hormonal balance and promoting healthy reproductive organs.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of ashwagandha powder in a glass of warm water. Drink 2 glasses daily.

 

Pomegranate

pomegranate

  • Pomegranate boosts fertility by increasing the blood flow to the uterus. It thickens the uterine and reduces the chances of early miscarriage.
  • Add ½ teaspoon mixture of finely powdered pomegranate seed and bark to a glass of warm water. Drink twice a week.
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Cinnamon

cinamon

  • Cinnamon is effective in fighting female sterility as it can help with proper ovarian functioning (helps treating PCOS).
  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of water and drink once daily.
  • You can also add cinnamon powder to your daily diet by sprinkling some on yogurt or cereal.

 

Chaste-berry/Vitex

 

  • If infertility is due to hormonal imbalance, then chaste-berry is an effective remedy.
  • Add one teaspoon of fresh or dried vitex to one cup of boiling water and cover it for 10 minutes. Strain and drink it daily once.
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morning sickness

Morning sickness is also referred as nausea gravidarum, pregnancy sickness, or emesis gravidarum. It affects about 80% of the pregnant women. Females who use hormone replacement therapy or hormonal contraceptives may also experience symptoms of morning sickness. Pregnant women should consult doctor if they experience serious discomfort due to morning sickness.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • They may faint or feel dizzy when they stand up.
  • Females with severe morning sickness pass only small volume of urine, also they might have dark urine colour.
  • Women suffering from morning sickness may also experience difficulty in holding liquids down.
  • Some of the most severe symptoms include vomiting blood, heart races, etc.
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Causes

 

  • Early stages of pregnancy causes morning sickness.
  • Increasing levels of estrogen/progesterone may cause morning sickness.
  • Hypoglycemia, caused by the placenta draining energy from the pregnant women's body.
  • Sensitivity to odors during pregnancy also contribute to morning sickness.
  • The most important pregnancy hormone, hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) may also have link with morning sickness.
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Home Remedies For Morning Sickness

Lemon

lemons

  • Lemon is a great home remedy for reducing morning sickness.
  • Mix one teaspoon each of lemon juice and mint juice with one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of ginger juice. Consume this mixture 2-3 times a day.
  • You can mix a fresh lemon juice with a glass of water and drink it every morning.
  • Alternatively, simply bite on a lemon slice or chew some lemon candy at regular intervals.
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Ginger

 

  • Ginger has chemicals named shogaols and gingerols that help relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Chew small pieces of ginger for quick relief from nausea.
  • You can consume mixture of 5-6 drops of ginger juice and a tablespoon of honey first thing in the morning.
  • Alternatively, boil some grated ginger with water. Let it cool and drink it at regular intervals.
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Fennel

 

  • Licorice-tasting and aromatic fennel seeds help to calm your abdomen and relieve nausea and vomiting.
  • Add some fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Strain and add little lemon juice and honey for taste. Drink this fennel tea regularly. 
  • Also, just chew one tablespoon of fennel seeds after your meal.

 

Curry Leaves

Curry leaves

  • Curry leave juice is an Ayurvedic medicine to treat morning sickness.
  • Extract curry leave juice by pressing 20-25 curry leaves against sieve. Add one teaspoon each of sugar, honey, and two teaspoons of lemon juice to this and mix well. Drink this mixture 2-3 times daily.
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hoarse voice

Hoarseness is an unusual change in the voice. This change can occur in your volume or pitch, ranging from breathy, soft voice to a harsh and deep voice. Hoarseness is caused by variety of conditions.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Sudden change in the pitch or volume of your voice could be first symptom of hoarseness.
  • You may also feel irritation, swelling, and inflammation in your vocal cord.
  • Raspy and harsh quality of the voice is also one of the symptoms of hoarseness.
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Causes

 

  • Laryngitis, inflammation of your voice box (Larynx) causes hoarseness.
  • Vocal cord cysts or polyps also cause hoarseness as they could interfere with the normal closing of vocal cords during speaking.
  • Allergies, acid reflux, certain thyroid conditions also make you experience hoarseness.
  • Smoking causes hoarseness at some stage.
  • Several medical conditions such as larynx cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spasmodic dysphonia cause hoarseness.
  • Inhalation of foreign body or caustic material also causes hoarseness.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Hoarseness

 

Ginger

 

  • Ginger is an effective remedy for hoarseness as it is soothing to the mucous membrane surrounding the larynx and helps to relieve inflammation.
  • Add chopped ginger to a cup of water and boil it for 10 minutes, strain it and drink 3 times a day. You can also add little honey to this mixture.
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Honey

 

  • Honey helps relieve and comfort  irritated throat by reducing the inflammation.
  • Simply consume one tablespoon of honey a few times daily.
  • Alternatively, you can add 2 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of black pepper to a glass of warm water, drink it regularly.
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Salt Water

salt water

  • Gargling with salt water helps restore your original voice. In addition, it is best for removing mucus from respiratory tract.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of water, heat it for 5 minutes. Gargle with it 2-3 times daily.
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Lemon

Lemons

  • Lemon relieves hoarseness quickly as it keeps your throat moisturized. 
  • Add the mixture of one tablespoon each of honey and lemon to a cup of warm water. Keep sipping this mixture at regular intervals.
  • Alternatively, sprinkle some pepper and salt on a slice of lemon and lick it slowly.

 

Garlic

 

  • Garlic is another quick remedy for hoarseness. It reduces the pain and promotes quick relief. 
  • Put half of a garlic clove on each side of your mouth and slowly bite. Keep sucking the juice for quick healing and to reduce irritation.
  • Alternatively, add few drops of garlic oil to one-fourth cup of warm water. Gargle with it twice a day.

 

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high blood pressure

High blood pressure is defined as the high pressure in the arteries, which are the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Blood pressure reading contains two numbers. The top number is systolic blood pressure, pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and the bottom number is diastolic number, pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes.  Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 and a blood pressure of 140/90 or above is considered as high.

 

Symptoms

 

  • A person having high blood pressure may get severe headache.
  • Fatigue or confusion are also signs of high blood pressure.
  • Chest pain and difficulty breathing are often caused by high blood pressure.
  • Irregular heartbeat and pounding in chest, neck, or ears are also some of the common symptoms of high blood pressure.
  • You may also experience vision problems.
  • You may notice blood in the urine when your blood pressure increases.
  • High blood pressure may also lead to serious problems such as heart attack/failure, stroke, or kidney failure.
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Causes

 

  • Poor diet, too much salt consumption may cause high blood pressure.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption are also dangerous if you want to avoid high blood pressure.
  • Stress, lack of physical activities, being overweight, or obesity also contribute to high blood pressure.
  • Your odds are high if you've any family history of high blood pressure.

 

Home Remedies To Cure High Blood Pressure

 

Lemon

lemon

  • Lemons reduce high blood pressure by keeping blood vessels soft, pliable, and removing any rigidity.
  • Add juice from half a lemon to a cup of warm water. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
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Garlic

 

  • Garlic helps to relax blood vessels by stimulating the production of hydrogen sulphide and nitric oxide. This helps to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Eat 1-2 raw garlic cloves daily.
  • You can also add 5-6 drops of garlic juice to 4 teaspoons of water and take it twice a day.
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Banana

 

  • Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium. Bananas help to control the high blood pressure.
  • Eat one or two bananas daily.

Honey

honey

  • Honey has a calming effect on blood vessels and it helps to reduce pressure from the heart. So it is helpful for preventing high blood pressure.
  • Consume 2 teaspoons of honey first thing in the morning.
  • Another option is to consume a mixture of 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of ginger and 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds twice a day.

 

 

 

 

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stomach worms

Stomach worms can come in many shapes and sizes. They are more common than you may think. Most of the times, stomach worms can thrive in the human body with no signs of its presence. However, sometimes a person can feel constantly ill and have no idea what's going on. Most common stomach worms include tapeworms, pin-worms, roundworms, etc.

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Abdominal pain, bloating, or gas is the common symptom of having stomach worms.

    •    You may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    •    Stools containing blood or passing worms in your stool.

    •    You may have itching or rash around the rectum.

    •    Sometimes you may feel tired or may lose your weight.

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Causes

 

    •    Living in or visiting the sites known to have parasites can cause stomach worms.

    •    Poor hygiene or poor sanitation (for both water and food).

    •    Incompetent immune system.

    •    Ageing; Children and elderly are more likely to get affected by stomach worms than adults.

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Home Remedies To Cure Stomach worms  

 

Coconut

 

    •    Coconut acts as a anti-parasite agent and expels out all types of stomach worms.

    •    Consume one tablespoon of shredded coconut with breakfast and after three hours, drink a glass of warm milk mixed with 2 tablespoons of castor oil. Repeat daily once until you get relief.

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Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

    •    Pumpkin seeds also have anti-parasitic properties and thus they can paralyze stomach worms.

    •    Mix one tablespoon each of roasted, crushed  pumpkin seeds and honey. Eat this mixture first thing in the morning for about a week. 

    •    Alternatively, add 2 tablespoons of crushed pumpkin seeds to 3 cups of boiling water. Let it boil for another 20-30 minutes. Allow it to cool and drink it.

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Garlic

 

    •    Garlic is helpful for dealing with any kind of stomach worms due to its anti-parasitic nature. In addition, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties of garlic help body to get rid of microbes.

    •    Eat 3-4 fresh, raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily for about a week.

    •    Alternatively, add 2 crushed garlic cloves to half a cup of milk and boil it. Drink it on an empty stomach, repeat daily for about a week.

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Carom Seeds

carom seeds

    •    The thymol content in carom seeds hinders the growth of stomach worms.

    •    Eat a small piece of jaggery on an empty stomach and after 15 minutes, consume ¼ or ½ teaspoon of crushed carom seeds and then quickly drink a glass of water. Repeat daily once for about 2 weeks.

 

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