What is Varicose Veins?

Veins are thin-walled vessels through which the impure blood is carried back to the heart.  They usually have valves which regulate the flow of blood towards the heart. Varicose veins are a condition in which veins become enlarged, dilated or thickened. Varicose veins can occur in any part of the body but generally appear on the legs. The veins of the legs are the largest in the body and they carry the blood from the lower extremities upwards towards the heart. The direction of circulation in these vessels is largely determined by gravity. Though there are no mechanical obstacles to blood-flow, it is usually the incompetence of  the valve which leads to an increase in intervenous pressure.

Varicose veins have an unsightly appearance and can be dangerous. A blood clot within a large, greatly dilated vein may break away and move toward the heart and lungs, causing serious complications. Varicose veins are about thrice as common as occurrence in women as in men.

The first sign of varicose veins is a swelling along the course of the veins. This may be followed by muscular cramps and a feeling of tiredness in the legs behind the knees. In some cases, the normal flow of blood towards the heart may be reversed when the patient is in an upright position. This results in venous blood collecting in the lower part of the legs and the skin becomes purplish and pigmented, leading to what is known as varicose eczema or varicose ulcers. Both conditions cause severe pain.

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What is Cough?

Cough or whooping cough or pertussis, as it is called in medical parlance, is a contagious disease. Unlike some other diseases, a new born baby has no immunity to this disease, and can get it any time after birth. It commonly affects infants during the first year of their life, when it is very severe and most of the deaths due to it occur during this period. Many cases occur in children up to 5 years of age. In some cases children up to 12 years may also be affected. The disease may cause  serious trouble in the lungs.

This highly infectious disease is caused by bacteria. It spreads rapidly from one child to another by droplet-infection. This is especially so during the early catarrhal stage, but once the typical spasmodic bout starts, the infectivity becomes negligible. This disease has a prolonged course of 8 to 10 weeks.

The disease has a catarrhal and spasmodic stage. For the first week, the cough is like an ordinary upper respiratory catarrh. At the end of a week, it becomes spasmodic and comes in bouts, initially more often during the night, but later during the day as well. The child goes on coughing. His face becomes red and suffused, the tongue protrudes and the eyes begin to water. At the end of bout, the child takes a deep breath, and there is a prolonged croaking sound which is known as a whoop.

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Remedy for Warts

It is important to treat a simple wart as soon as it appears, otherwise it may spread. Dietary measures can be helpful in treating this condition. To begin with, the patient should be kept on an all-fruit diet for about two or three days. During this period, he should take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as grapes, orange, apple, pineapple, mango, pear and papaya. The warm-water enema should be taken to cleanse the bowels during this period and afterwards, if necessary.

After the all-fruit diet, the patient may gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of natural foods consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables. The emphasis should be on fresh fruits and raw vegetable salad. Further short periods on all-fruit diet at monthly intervals may be necessary until the skin condition improves.

The patient should avoid tea, coffee, flesh foods, white flour, sugar and all products made from them. He should also avoid all refined foods, tinned and frozen foods, as well as spices and condiments. Also, usage of onions are effective in treatment of warts. They are irritating to the skin and they stimulate the circulation of the blood. Warts sometimes disappear when rubbed with cut onions.

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