Signs, Dangers And Treatments For Concussions

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newsMost injuries sustained on the sports field have obvious tell-tale signs such as pain, bleeding, swelling or discoloration. The nature of a concussion, however, can make it extremely challenging to recognize at first glance – the physical evidence is hidden beneath the injured person’s skull, after all. Concussions are commonplace among high school athletes, affecting about 63,000 students every year.

Although many injured athletes are eager to get back into the game, a person suspected of having a concussion should immediately be removed or remove themselves from a game or any activity or sport. An increase in heart rate can worsen symptoms, but perhaps more importantly, a quick return to activity significantly increases the injured person’s risk of an even more serious brain injury. A doctor should always be consulted before an athlete returns to a sport or activity.

“Concussions are serious business, but we don’t always know how severe the damage is immediately after the injury occurs,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “If you or your child has taken a blow to the head, you might be wondering if a concussion has developed. I recommend referring to our symptoms checklist and heading to a doctor if you have even the slightest suspicion that it is a concussion. The healing process may take time, but a quick response will be your athlete’s best bet for a solid recovery.”

Concussion facts and tips:

1. What is a concussion? It is the mildest form of brain injury, but can still lead to death and/or permanent brain damage if not treated properly.

2. How does a concussion occur? Usually, it is from a blow to the head, but a person can get a concussion by just abruptly stopping, even if he or she does not hit their head.

3. What are the consequences of a concussion? Usually, if treated properly, concussions resolve without any long term consequences. But if not treated properly, and sports are attempted while still recovering from a concussion, the concussion can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.

4. What are symptoms of a concussion? Headache is the most common symptom of concussion, but it is not always present. Nausea, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light, confusion, difficulty with concentration, behavioral changes, slurred speech, dizziness, blurry vision, sleep disturbance, and emotional changes can all occur.

5. How is a concussion treated? The brain must rest. At first this may mean rest from ALL activity including talking on the phone, watching TV, or even reading. Eventually, the concussion resolves and the athlete returns to all activity without difficulty.

6. How does a person know when their concussion has resolved? It is difficult to tell sometimes. But generally, three things need to be in place: 1. All symptoms have resolved; 2. The physician’s physical exam of the concussed person is normal; and 3. The person is able to think clearly and use their brain at the same level as prior to the injury.

7. How does a person know if they are able to use their brain the same as before? There are computerized tests which can measure concentration, memory and reaction times. If this test is taken before the head injury as a baseline, it can be used as a measure of when the test scores return to normal after the injury.

8. Where should a person go if they think they have a concussion? If a person is injured and their symptoms are worsening despite rest, they should go to the ER. If they have symptoms which occur that they think are related to a concussion, they should seek medical care from a physician who has experience with concussions and has the ability to test concentration and memory skills. Otherwise, it may be difficult to tell when the concussion has been resolved. Medicine in Motion has the capability to do a full evaluation.

– Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

Signs That You Are Vitamin Deficient

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By Vivian R. Smith

doctorThe human body is one of the modern wonders of science for many different reasons. When your body becomes deficient of certain vitamins, it has a way of letting you know, which in some cases can save your life. Knowing what signs to look for can let you know stay abreast of any deficiencies in your body and will allow you to take the proper steps to fix these problems. There are many different vitamins and supplements on the market that can help you to rectify any deficiencies that exist in your body all you have to do is find a quality product from a supplement supplier. Scheduling a visit with functional medicine experts in Edmonton is a great way for a person to find out what is going on with the nutrients in their body. The following are a few signs that you may be vitamin deficient.

Check Your Mouth

One of the most noticeable signs that you may be vitamin deficient is the appearance of deep cracks in the corner of your mouth. These cracks can range in severity and can be quite painful if left unattended. Usually, these cracks are an indication that you have an iron or B vitamin deficiency, which can be fixed by changing your diet or taking a supplement. You can east more poultry and fish to increase these vitamins in your body or you can find a good multivitamin to fix the problem.

Face Rash or Hair Loss

Another obvious sign that you have a vitamin deficiency is the appearance of a red scaly face rash that will sometimes cause hair loss as well. This deficiency usually surfaces in people who eat raw eggs for protein because this prohibits the body from absorbing biotin. Biotin is an essential vitamin and without it the body will begin to suffer. While a vitamin B supplement can help this situation, you will also need to start cooking the eggs you eat.

Fatigue and Anxiety

If you start to become increasingly anxious for no apparent reason, then you may be dealing with a vitamin deficiency. In most cases, extreme anxiety can be linked to a vitamin b deficiency, which can be helped with supplements. Another symptom of this deficiency is extreme fatigue, which can diminish your productivity and overall well-being. You need to find a potent and quality vitamin B supplement that can give you rapid results. Be sure to speak with your primary physician to get advice on the best kind of supplement for your particular situation and health condition.

You will have to take your health seriously and notice any warning signs that may tell you that there is an issue with your body. Finding the right medical professionals to help out is vital.

New CDC Vital Signs Report – Alcohol Poisoning Kills Six People In The US Each Day

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informationMore than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three in four alcohol poisoning deaths involve adults ages 35-64 years, and most deaths occur among men and non-Hispanic whites. American Indians/Alaska Natives have the most alcohol poisoning deaths per million people.

Alcohol poisoning deaths are caused by drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This can result in very high levels of alcohol in the body, which can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature – resulting in death.

More than 38 million U.S. adults report binge drinking an average of four times per month and consume an average of eight drinks per binge. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on an occasion. The more you drink, the greater your risk of death.

“Alcohol poisoning deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers of excessive alcohol use, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Ileana Arias, Ph.D. “We need to implement effective programs and policies to prevent binge drinking and the many health and social harms that are related to it, including deaths from alcohol poisoning.”

Alcohol poisoning death rates varied widely across states, from 46.5 deaths per million residents in Alaska to 5.3 per million residents in Alabama. The states with the highest death rates were in the Great Plains, western United States, and New England.

CDC scientists analyzed deaths from alcohol poisoning among people aged 15 years and older, using multiple cause-of-death data from the National Vital Statistics System for 2010-2012.

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) was identified as a contributing factor in 30 percent of these deaths, and other drugs were noted to have been a factor in about 3 percent of the deaths. While this study reveals that alcohol poisoning deaths are a bigger problem than previously thought, it is still likely to be an underestimate.

“This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people,” said CDC Alcohol Program Lead and report coauthor Robert Brewer, M.D., M.S.P.H. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing binge drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.”

Vital Signs is a report that appears each of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Tips On Recognizing Signs Of Dementia

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seniormanAccording to neuropsychologist Dr. Kenneth Freundlich, many dementias are progressive and a clinical diagnosis is key to identifying the underlying condition and getting the most from the available treatments.

Although an isolated episode of forgetfulness is hardly reason to call the doctor, millions of Americans are understandably concerned when they see signs of dementia, either in themselves or in a loved one. “The truth is that dementia is widespread among seniors, and its effects can be devastating,” says Dr. Kenneth Freundlich, a neuropsychologist with Morris Psychological Group.

According to the latest government estimates, about 3.4 million Americans age 71 and older—one in seven—have some type of dementia. Dr. Freundlich points out that changes in memory are normal and to be expected. We all become forgetful. But while it is common in elderly individuals, dementia is not a normal part of the aging process—many people live to a ripe old age without any symptoms—nor is it something to ignore.

“Dementia can be caused by a few different conditions, many of which are fatal,” says Dr. Freundlich. But whatever the cause, it is important to get diagnosed as soon as possible, he says. “Many dementias are progressive—they start out slowly and gradually get worse—and a clinical diagnosis is key to identifying the underlying condition and getting the most from the available treatments.”

Tips for recognizing Dementia

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells, which inhibits the cells’ ability to communicate with one another and interferes with brain functioning: thinking and reasoning as well as emotions and behavior. Dementia is not a disease but a set of symptoms that are caused by a group of disorders affecting the brain, Dr. Freundlich explains.

Dementia symptoms include decreased intellectual functioning that interferes with normal life functions (such as memory, language, perception, judgment or reasoning, and relationships), plus personality changes and a loss of emotional and behavioral control. But while memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, it’s not the only one.

“We diagnose dementia when there is significant cognitive impairment that interferes with independence in everyday activities,” Dr. Freundlich explains. Moreover, while dementia is certainly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other serious conditions, it also can be caused by reactions to medications, endocrine and metabolic problems, nutritional deficiencies, infections, and heart and lung problems. In addition, other treatable conditions, such as depression or alcoholism can mimic dementia.

To further complicate matters, a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) presents as a more focused memory impairment and frequently does not resolve itself. According to Dr. Freundlich, MCI is often a precursor to more serious cognitive impairment and is generally seen as an intermediate stage between normal functioning and dementia.

Is It Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for roughly 50 to 60 percent of cases. It’s caused by the formation of plaques (deposits of a type of protein) and tangles (twisted strands of another protein), which damage and kill nerve cells in the brain. In AD, memory loss is usually the first symptom—difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events—along with apathy and depression. Later on, patients show communication difficulties, impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and physical difficulties (in speaking and swallowing, for example).

Accounting for about 10 percent of dementia cases, vascular dementia is caused by brain injuries from cerebrovascular disease, a stroke or other problems with vascular function, such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and blood vessel blockage. In some cases, impaired judgment, decision-making, planning or organizing will be the initial symptom (memory loss and personality changes can come later). Further down the list of dementia-causing disorders are Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and several other rare conditions. In many cases, there is more than one condition contributing to dementia (for example, vascular dementia can occur alongside AD). This is known as “mixed dementia.”

Diagnosis is key

A doctor can diagnose dementia with many methods, including the patient’s medical and family history, a physical exam, neurological evaluations, and imaging tests (CT scans, MRIs and PET scans). Additionally, cognitive testing is essential to fully evaluate the nature of the dementia. If dementia is identified, the doctor can prescribe treatments to reduce symptoms and slow the progression of AD (or the other disease that’s causing the dementia).

“The warning signs of dementia can be confusing, in part because they might look like the normal changes that come with aging,” Dr. Freundlich says. “Even after they’ve been noticing symptoms, many people avoid seeing a doctor because they assume that there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s so there’s no point in getting a diagnosis.” But memory loss isn’t necessarily dementia, and dementia isn’t necessarily AD, Dr. Freundlich says. “Delaying your diagnosis only leaves you (or your loved one) in the dark. The sooner you know, the sooner you can start managing the condition,” he says.

Kenneth Freundlich, PhD., a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 30 years of experience, is the managing partner of the Morris Psychological Group and head of the neuropsychology division. His clinical practice is devoted exclusively to neuropsychological evaluation and consultation.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com

New CDC Vital Signs Report Shows Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries Are Frequent And Costly

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newsAmericans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries.

More than 2.5 million people went to the emergency department (ED) – and nearly 200,000 of them were hospitalized – because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lifetime medical costs for these crash injuries totaled $18 billion. This includes approximately $8 billion for those who were treated in the ED and released and $10 billion for those who were hospitalized. Lifetime work lost because of 2012 crash injuries cost an estimated $33 billion.

“In 2012, nearly 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day due to car crash injuries,” said CDC Deputy Director, Ileana Arias, PhD. “Motor vehicle crash injuries occur all too frequently and have health and economic costs for individuals, the health care system, and society. We need to do more to keep people safe and reduce crash injuries and medical costs.”

Key findings include:

* On average, each crash-related ED visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about $57,000 over a person’s lifetime.

* More than 75 percent of costs occur during the first 18 months following the crash injury.

* Teens and young adults (15-29 years old) are at especially high risk for motor vehicle crash injuries, accounting for nearly 1 million crash injuries in 2012 (38 percent of all crash injuries that year).

* One-third of adults older than 80 years old who were injured in car crashes were hospitalized – the highest of any age group.

* There were almost 400,000 fewer ED visits and 5,700 fewer hospitalizations from motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012 compared to 2002. This equals $1.7 billion in avoided lifetime medical costs and $2.3 billion in avoided work loss costs.

For this Vital Signs report, CDC analyzed ED visits due to crash injuries in 2012 using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. The number and rate of all crash injury ED visits, treated and released visits, and hospitalized visits were estimated, as were the associated number of hospitalized days and lifetime medical costs.

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety

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stressedwoman62 Signs and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Men and Women, a new report on the site Vkool.com shows simple and easy ways to recognize if someone is suffering from depression or anxiety disorders. In the first part of this report, people will discover warning signs and symptoms of depression in men and women such as:

* Difficulty in maintaining looks and appearance: women who have depression cannot maintain looks and figure. They can stop wearing makeup without reason, wear sloppy or unclean clothing, or have an increase of weight fast.

* Irregular menstruation: irregular menstruation is a sign of depression in women. Depression can also be one of the factors that cause pre-menstrual syndrome.

* Lack of sexual desire: lack of sexual desire is one of signs and symptoms of depression in both men and women.

* Exhaustion and fatigue: fatigue and exhaustion or lack of energy is a sign of depression in men and who men who have unexplained fatigue

* Negative comments, mood swings, and complaining

* Loss of self-esteem and excessive crying

* An increase or reduction in appetite

* Digestive problems

* Difficulty in falling asleep or sleep disturbances

* Chest pain, joint pain, muscle aches, back pain and neck pain,

* Feelings of sadness and irritability

* Loss of interest

In the next part of this article, the author reveals to readers important signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders in men and women including:

* Emotional signs of anxiety: people with anxiety disorders have signs such as feeling jumpy and tense, feeling dread, watching for signs of danger, being angry, being irritable, and anticipating the worst.

* Physical symptoms of anxiety: people with anxiety disorders can manifest some common physical symptoms such as fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, diarrhea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness or stomach upset, and insomnia.

* Excessive worry: people, who have generalized anxiety disorder, often worry about everyday things or large and small problems.

* Sleep problems: anxiety disorder sufferers have difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep

* Irrational fears

* Chronic indigestion

* Self-consciousness

* Flashbacks

* Perfectionism

* Compulsive behaviors

* Self-doubt

Kienkid Pham from the site Vkool.com says, “62 Signs And Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety In Men And Women is a good report that helps readers understand more about depression and anxiety disorders. The report also covers a wide range of simple and easy ways to know if someone is depressed or anxious.”

If people want to get more detailed information from the “62 Signs And Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety In Men And Women” article, they should visit the website: http://vkool.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-depression/.

How To Identify Signs Of High Cholesterol And Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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healthywordsAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every six Americans has high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA explains how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 17% of Americans–one out of every six adults–have high levels of cholesterol. While this is a serious condition, affecting millions of people, too many individuals don’t take action and try to lower their cholesterol levels because there are few outward signs and symptoms that easily identify the problem. Sadly, for many people, it’s only after they suffer a heart attack or stroke that they find out that they have high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA has recently published a video on how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

WebMD says that some people may notice bumps, from a build up of fat and cholesterol, on their hands, skin or feet. Other than that there are no outward ways to identify high cholesterol. People with certain risk factors, including eating a poor diet, being overweight, being inactive, smoking, taking certain medications, age, having diabetes or a family history of cholesterol, should keep a close eye on their cholesterol levels.

Starting at age 20, Mayo Clinic recommends that adults have their cholesterol checked every five years unless the doctor says otherwise. People who are at a higher risk for elevated cholesterol levels should take measures to lower their LDL (“good”) cholesterol and raise their HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

While many medical professionals advocate the use of prescription medications to lower cholesterol, there are natural options for individuals who prefer to take a more holistic approach to their health. Adjusting one’s diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing cholesterol levels or preventing them from getting too high.

Some foods which aid in lowering cholesterol include:

* Avocado and avocado oil– Enjoy chopped avocado pieces on a salad, or stir fry vegetables in avocado oil.

* Dark chocolate– Sprinkle dark cocoa powder on coffee for a guilt-free indulgence.

* Wine– A small glass after dinner assists in lowering LDL levels and provides antioxidants.

* Nuts– Have a handful as a snack, or sprinkle on oatmeal and salads.

* Salmon, Tuna, Halibut– Broil or bake un-breaded fish filets for a wholesome, filling meal with plenty of hearty-healthy fats.

* Apples– Grandma was right; an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apples, and pears, have pectin which is a type of fiber that assists in lowering cholesterol.

fruits-and-vegetablesFor work lunches, try swapping out low-quality fast food meals for homemade salads and fresh fruit. Walk, and take the stairs, whenever possible to be more active. Buy a fitness DVD to do in the early mornings or evenings to help lose weight. None of these activities require much time or money, but they will all help people live longer, healthier lives and spend less on health care.

To make long term lifestyle changes, it’s important to make the changes gradually. Start with one change a week, adding a new one while maintaining previous ones. It’s only natural to make mistakes and slip-up from time to time; recognize the mistake and jump back on the path to better health. Over time, these changes become second nature.

For more information on this and other topics related to health and wellness please visit Dr. Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

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10 Early Warning Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease

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By Hooman Azmi

newsAs many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease: This is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. [1]

Parkinson’s is characterized by a lack of dopamine in the brain which, as a result, inhibits functioning in the central nervous system. “People with Parkinson’s disease may lose up to 80% of dopamine in their bodies before symptoms appear.”[2] Early treatment can include introducing various medications that will replace, prevent the breakdown of, or mimic the properties of dopamine in the body. Deep Brain Stimulation is also a common option in patients who don’t respond to medication or who exhibit an advanced condition because it utilizes a high frequency electrode to provide stimulation to the impaired movement center of the brain.

“Early intervention is the key to a high functioning, superior quality of life. Therefore, it is crucial for people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of this debilitating disease.” – Dr. Hooman Azmi.

According the Parkinson’s Foundation, there are 10 early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease.

They include:

* Tremors or Shaking

* Small Handwriting

* Loss of Smell

* Trouble Sleeping

* Trouble Moving or Walking

* Constipation

* A Soft or Low Voice

* Masked Face

* Dizziness or Fainting

* Stooping or Hunching Over

To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, its warning signs and treatment options, Dr. Azmi is available for interviews. Please contact Steve Allen Media at sara@steveallenmedia.com or 201-906-8251 or 661-255-8283.

– Hooman Azmi, M.D., Director of the Division of Movement Disorders at Hackensack UMC, specializes in the surgical treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Azmi explains, “For those patients who are diagnosed early, we are able to successfully treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s with several medications and surgical procedures.”

[1] According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

[2] According to Parkinson’s Health.com

6 Signs That Your Baby Has Allergies

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By Julieane Hernandez

mombabyBabies are not invincible. From the moment they enter world, they are very, very fragile beings. They are handled by care with all, to make sure that they are protected well.

But no matter how you do your best to protect babies, they will still be prone to a variety of sickness that serve to strengthen their immune system from future attacks. This is why they still need medicine for headache and fever from time to time.

One of the ailments that could trouble your bundle of joy are allergies. An allergy is a hypersensitive bodily reaction to normal irritants, signaling a dysfunction of the immune system. It could be triggered by food, animal fur, and even pollen!

But how can you tell if your baby has allergies? In this article, we’ll look at the 6 signs of this human hypersensitivity disorder.

1. Constant sniffles

If your infant regularly contracts the sniffles, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis, caused by allergens in the air during certain seasons or even those inside the house.

2. Crankiness

Allergens can be a bother to a point that it wakes up babies in the middle of the night, called micro-arousals. This can cause babies to be surprisingly grouchier because of the lack of sleep. You might even awaken to your infant’s cries or coughing episodes in the wee small hours.

3. Itchiness in the eyes

Do your little tots frequently rub their eyes to the point it turns red? Do you catch them frequently balling their hands into fists and scratching their eyes out? Itchiness there is a major indication of an allergic reaction, while red, unscratched eyes is a possible sign of a fever.

4. Clear phlegm

A phlegm-filled nose and throat is another indication of an allergic reaction. The color won’t be any hue of green or yellow, for that matter. Phlegm-induced allergic spells are clear in color. In relation to their viscosity, the clear phlegm is thin, instead of thick like the yellow/green colored ones.

5. Breathing difficulty/breathing through the mouth

babyThe fifth sign almost always goes hand-in-hand with the first. If a baby’s nose is clogged, he/she will definitely have a struggled breathing. What happens then is that an infant will be forced to breathe heavily through the mouth instead.

6. Rashes and swelling

Sometimes, children will contract rashes and possible swelling of a certain body party when near an allergen. Normal rashes look like red pockmarks on the skin. But if they are accompanied by swelling, then the rash is a definite sign of an allergic reaction.

Conclusion:

To avoid this unwanted scenario from happening, get your child immediately tested for allergies before they even happen. This involves skin and blood work to determine what will set off one’s bodily reaction when faced with an allergen. Once the results are you, you’ll know what specific food, substances, or environments to avoid so that your baby doesn’t suffer from an allergic reaction.

And that ends our article. To recap, some of the signs a baby has allergies are constant sniffles, crankiness, itchiness in the eyes, clear phlegm, breathing difficulty, rashes and swelling on a certain body part. We hope you learned something new today.

Have you successfully averted any of these reactions with your infants? Do you know of any more signs that your baby suffers from allergies? If you have any more information regarding the above questions, let us know in the comments section below.

– Julieane Hernandez is a freelance writer and a hotel and restaurant management graduate turned designer. She’s an advanced tri-athlete during weekends. She’s been in the industry for about 6 years now and She’s learned so much from all the experiences she’s been through. Follow her on twitter and google+

18 Signs You Can See On Your Body Of Potential Disease

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By Dr. Michael Wald

healthywords1. Cracked lips could be an indicator of diabetes because blood sugar grows Candida, a yeast-like fungus, in thin-skinned areas.

2. Creamy white patches on the tongue and gums can be signs of thrush, or yeast.

3. Loss of hair at the outer part of the eyebrows can indicate a thyroid problem.

4. Acne on the chin and upper lip is linked to hormone imbalance. This could be an indicator of PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

5. Unexplained nosebleeds could mean that the blood is not clotting properly due to a lack of vitamin K, protein and prothrombin.

6. Pale lower eyelids could indicate a lack of iron. Droopy eyelids could indicate a muscular and nerve problem or even a stroke.

7. A yellow tinge to the whites of the eyes could be a sign of liver problems.

8. A white ring under the iris (colored part of the eye) could be a sign of high cholesterol.

9. The Institute of Cancer says that men whose index fingers are longer than their ring fingers are less likely to acquire prostate cancer.

10. Men whose index finger is shorter than the ring finger may have longer penises.

11. Bad breath could be an indicator of heart disease, tonsillitis, GI disease or cancer.

12. Skin tags may indicate diabetes.

13. Loss of sense of smell may indicate a predisposition to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

14. Small calves may indicate a hidden cardiovascular risk.

15. A diagonal earlobe crease may indicate a hidden cardiovascular risk.

16. Bulging neck, hair falling out and fatigue may indicate low thyroid.

17. Adult acne is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

18. A 5 o’clock shadow indicates higher testosterone levels and a lower risk of heart disease.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.