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Tips for Cleaning Your Ears Safely

Importance of cleaning the ear

Our ears are an important part of our daily life as they are also making a part of our sensory organs. It is necessary to take care of our ears. Our ear curtains and lining are very delicate, and it’s recommended to not harm them with any external element or particles. The most ignored and unaware part of the ear is “ear wax.” The facts, as well as the myths related to the wax in-ears, are plenty.

Besides, the available portion of the ear for cleaning is only this wax, which we can avoid to accumulate or block our ears. But it’s even necessary not to overlook the fact that this wax is helpful and natural part of the ear to clean, lubricate and protect the ear opening by trapping dust/ dirt and reducing the growth of bacteria. Often people try to dig out the wax with the help of any available items which is not good or place swaps of cotton, which pushes the wax more inside the ear.

All these half-knowledge cleaning techniques can cause severe issues to the ear canal. It’s important to understand the role of ear wax and only carry out cleaning in proper ways and proper proportions.

Below are tips for cleaning ears safely

i) Use a damp cloth to clean the area around and outside the ear canal to avoid pushing the wax inside by placing a cotton swab over ear opening.

ii) Soften the hardened wax with the help of mineral oil, glycerin, peroxide, etc. Putting a few drops of these can help to soften the wax, and the excess wax automatically gets isolated and falls off, helpful when the wax has become hard and have blocked your ear. To avoid digging out the wax with any material its recommended to use such eardrops.

iii) Irrigating the ear with warm water can be beneficial to dislodge earwax, usually done with the help of a soft rubber bulb made for ear cleaning and warm water. By squeezing the ear bulb in-ear while keeping the head tilted can help the ear wax to fall off the ear.

iv) Clean your earwax with the help of baking soda or hydrogen peroxide once or thrice in 14 days depending upon the earwax clear up.

v) Even though the earwax clean up is most important, keeping the outer and area around the ear canal clean should also be implanted. It’s important to clean the area behind the ear, inner part of the ear, and spaces of the ear with warm water every day.

If you feel any pain while removing ear wax or develop any boils in or around areas, it is recommended to approach specialists and get the ear cleaned up by professional.

How Washing Your Hands Keeps You Healthy?

Once in your life, you must have heard the line “prevention is better than cure.” I agree with this thought because it’s not hard to prevent yourself, but it is hard to cure the disease. The treatment of any illness consumes both time and money. Sickness brings a lot of pain and discomfort with it. Not only these, but it also makes your loved ones and close ones feel depressed.

All these factors suggest that you must keep yourself prevented from germs and viruses. And the best way to keep yourself protected is hand wash. You must clean your hands frequently. The proper cleaning of hands kills the bacteria, and they will not enter your body.

How Germs Spread?

The most common way of transmission of bacterias is touching the infected area. All the primary tasks of our body are done with the help of our hands. When we touch any surface, the virus present on the surface comes on our hand and then enters our body. The germs can enter your body in the below situations.

 

  • Touching nose, mouth and eyes without washing hands
  • Preparing drinks, food and eating without wiping your hands.
  • Coughing and sneezing on hands and then touching other objects and people without cleaning hands.

When Should I Wash My Hands?

Washing hands must be a crucial part of your routine, especially in this pandemic of Covid-19. This deadly virus also spread from one person to another. Hence, it is essential to wash your hands in the following conditions.

  • Before and After having a meal.
  • Before, After and while preparing the food.
  • Before and After treating an injury or cut.
  • Before and After getting in touch with the person having symptoms of Covid-19, cold, diarrhoea, and other contagious diseases.
  • After coughing, sneezing and cleaning the nose.
  • After changing diapers.
  • After using your toilet.
  • After touching and disposing of garbage.
  • Before and After touching pets and animals.
  • Before and After handling pet food.

Steps To Wash Hands With Soap

Cleaning of hands is a simple process, and it will only take a few seconds. We must encourage people to wash hands with soap. Follow the below points to wipe your hands properly.

 

  • Wet your hands with clean water. Water can be cold or hot doesn’t matter.
  • Apply soap over wet hands. Now rub the soap between your hands and form lather. Apply the foam on the backside and between your fingers. Also, apply the lather under your nails.
  • Continuously scrub your hands for 20-seconds. Aim to clean every part of your hand.
  • Now rinse your hands under clean running water.
  • Lastly, dry your hands with the help of an air dryer or a clean towel.

Benefits Of Cleaning Hands

  • Regular cleaning of hands provides a germ-free and healthy environment. A healthy environment helps in the fight against diseases.
  • Cleaning of hands keeps us safe from diseases like cold and flu.
  • It reduces the spread of eye and respiratory tract infections.
  • If your children have a habit of cleaning their hands, then it will boost their strength.
  • Food prepared with clean hands increases immunity and lowers the growth of foodborne germs.

Should I use antibacterial soap to wash my hands?

Many individuals think that usage of antibacterial soap will prevent them more from the germs. But according to the FDA(Food And Drug Association), it is not true at all. There is no scientific proof that claims the use of antibacterial soap is better than ordinary soap. We suggest you only use regular soaps for cleaning purposes. But if soap and water are unavailable, you can use alcohol-based sanitisers for the cleaning of germs. The sanitiser must contain at least 60% of alcohol.

RED LIGHT THERAPY

Health is an important factor in life. Light is one of the elements used for medical treatment from the past few decades. The use of light as a treatment method is evolving and improving with time, along with the treatment techniques. Red Light Therapy is one of the safest and advanced technology in which particular infraRed Light wavelength used for human body treatments.

Red Light Therapy (RLT)

Red Light therapy is unique in the treatment with no harmful side effects, used for the benefits of the human body or to help the human body from some pain or other issues. i.e., it is a method to treat skin, muscles, tissues, and other parts of the human body by using light technology.

This therapy uses infrared (low-level frequency) or Red Light rays, which is part of the electromagnetic spectrum and is invisible to the human eye. And the main advantage is the light can quickly penetrate through the more in-depth and different layers and parts of the skin without any side effects.

The Red Light therapy has different names like

  • Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy,
  • Lower Level Laser (Light) Therapy (LLLT),
  • Soft-Laser Therapy,
  • Cold-Laser Therapy,
  • Bio-stimulation Therapy,
  • Photonic-Stimulation Therapy,
  • Lower-Power (LP) Laser Therapy (LPLT).

These names are after the light and method used for this therapy.

Process or treatment

Red Light treatment, the human body, or a particular part of the body made to expose to the Red Light. The Redlight penetrates through the skin and reaches the cell’s power generator called mitochondria. It soaks in that light, which helps to increase its energy to function faster. Thus these mitochondria produce more ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which carries energy molecules. Therefore with these more quickly creating ATPs’s the cell in the body can regenerate and repair themselves at a faster rate than the standard time, leading to more rapid production of cells.

Red Light therapy is a natural one with no pain and no invasive. Red Light is harmless to skin. It doesn’t cause any damage to any cells, tissues, or muscles. This light penetrates up to 5 millimeters of skin without stimulating the skin.

Benefits of Red Light

Infrared (low level) light is helpful in human body cells and tissues to regenerate and repair them, and also low-level infraRed Light also improves the circulation of oxygen-rich blood in the body.

In a study, some particular wavelength in infrared is useful for the human body. Like 830nmand 633nm is the specific wavelength give benefits to the human body, i.e., is mainly on skin cell and muscles.

Some following are some of the main benefits of this Red Light therapy

  • Wrinkles and skin complexion

This therapy is effective in treating skin color complexion, especially face and reducing wrinkles in different parts of the body, also helpful in treating fine lines on skin and signs of aging. In this, the area of the skin which require recovery made to expose to the Red Light treatment. It also removes age spots, stretch marks, and dark spots on the skin surface.

  • Dental issues

It is common to have dental issues like gum disease and pain at some time. The use of Red Light for the treatment of gum disease, dental pain like cold sores, and also fights with bacteria is remarkable recoveries. Also, exposure to Red Light helps in whitening the teeth in strengthening the gum of teeth.

  • Cardiovascular health

This therapy also uses for improving Cardiovascular health by increasing the production of vital signaling molecules, i.e., nitric oxide, which helps is better blood circulation without clotting or other issues in circulation. With this, the injured tissues get more oxygen and nutrients to repair themselves.

 

  • Wound healing and tissues repairs

When the light penetrates the skin, it helps the cells to work faster. When the cells work more quickly than the cell production increases and also heal the wound by covering the wounded part with new cells; thus, it’s also repair tissues in the same way.  Also treat cuts bruises, bites.

 

  • Hair growth issues

Hair loss is a secondary side effet often caused due to ailing health issues., e.g., androgenic alopecia or other body issues. This therapy helps in improving hair growth by strengthening the weak cells in the scalp tissues. By cell functioning improvements, hair growth increases.

  • Dementia

Red Light therapy is an excellent aid in dementia by reduces oxidation stress and aid memory. It also helps in preventing early-stage memory decline and rescued late-stage memory deficits. This light also helps patients with better sleep and circadian rhythm.

  • Inflammations and pain

Tendon (the thick and fibrous, a cord that attach the muscles to bone), sometimes suffer from the irritation, which causes pain, occur at any part of limbs.  These inflammations are treatable using Red Light therapy. The light penetrates through the muscles, bone and helps the repair by increasing the circulation in the skin and make more oxygen and nutrients available at that part of the skin.

  • Scar removal

Many people suffer from pain often caused due to a minor accident and remain as scars on the skin for a longer time. Such injury it is possible to get rid of the pain and scars using the Red Light therapy. It also helps in treating sunburns and the effects of UV rays on the skin.

  • Psoriasis

Red Light therapy is useful in treating psoriasis disease and heals the skin with healing the cells of the skin and cure itchiness and irritation. This therapy also used for cellulite and acne.

  • Osteoarthritis

A study proved that with the help of this Red Light therapy, the pain related to osteoarthritis reduces by 50%.

  • Short term treatments

Many diseases cause any side effects and pain during the development from the initial stage to the final step. This Red Light therapy helps to treat some of those issues and helps the patients to suffer less pain and side effects. Example like carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancer treatments

  • Potential cancer cure

This therapy is also helpful in treating the cell, which may develop to cancer cells, one of the best methods to remove cancer cells in the initial stage

 

Risks or side effects

In this Red Light therapy, there aren’t any risks or side effects. Using this therapy is safe, natural, and painless. A specialist has alerted that using this Red Light, might cause health risk or thermal or heat burns without proper knowledge. And pregnant, sick person and heart patients can not undergo this therapy  However there may be an issue when

  • Skin exposed to that light for too long
  • Misusing the equipment
  • Maintain issues of equipment
  • Less awareness of equipment

There is only one risk in this therapy that is human eye cannot be exposed to this Red Light, so the user should wear eye protection while undergoing this Red Light therapy.

Conclusion

Red Light therapy is the safest and simple method. These days, Red Light therapy employed in many places like spa, salon, home, hospitals, etc. This therapy is much famous for skincare. The red Light treatment gives promising results to the users. The market host plenty of such gadgets for this therapy and also available online. This Red Light therapy is significantly chemical-free and drug-free. In this, the light wavelength and exposure time are the main factors in the treatment, which changes with the type of body part is undergoing the therapy. Whoever wants to use or undergo therapy should consult a doctor or dermatologist. Only after the doctor’s approval can use, so that no regrets later. One must remember it is not advisable to expose oneself too long to the Red Light.

 

Facts About HGH

Recently, people are wanting to know more and more about HGH. I find myself running across all types of people wanting to learn about HGH but get overwhelmed with all the claims they find on the internet

Part of the confusion is that they have heard different things about HGH. Some people have heard it is a fountain of youth that can reverse aging while others have heard it is great for building lean muscle. Which one is it?

The most important thing to remember is that it is important to learn about the safety of a product before you try it. Don’t just listen to the ads but take time to read about it before you put anything into your body; there is no such thing as too much knowledge. You need to know how much you can safely take and what sort of effect you can expect. This will help you get the best results

All of this is just good old common sense and I recommend you research and read here for any product before trying it. You can’t learn too much about what you are putting in your body.

FACTS ABOUT HGH

Let me offer you some facts on HGH. These should give you a little insight on the product and help you decide if this is a product you want to try.

HGH Is Human Growth Hormone, made by the pituitary gland. It is what is responsible for cell production, mostly for the growth of height in children but also cells throughout the body. Because of that, it is when it is produced in the greatest quantity.

The reduction of production of HGH though our 30’s has many adverse effects. It causes us to look older (because of our skin) as well as to become more susceptible to the age related diseases. These include, but not limit to to, diabetes, muscle loss, depression, and a host of other maladies.

This has lead many to speculate that injecting HGH can reverse the aging effects and protect the body from these problems.

This is because HGH does more that cause children to grow. It helps the skin remain younger looking and the body function better. You are going to get older; no one can stop that. What can be done is to make the aging process much less painful and detrimental to the body?

After our early 20’s, our HGH levels start to fall and aging begins. Perhaps the first place that it will show is in our skin as the production of new cells fall and gray hair starts but then will come the more serious problems. As the body does not rejuvenate its self as quickly it is susceptible to the illness of aging. Power and endurance start to fade and those same age related issues can become life-threating. Untreated they can decrease the quality of life and it’s length.

The thought of living in such a frail condition does not appeal to anyone. You find yourself unable to do the things you once loved doing and depression sets in. Overall, the quality of life gets greatly diminished.

The idea of aging this way appeals to no and therefore has people scrambling to find a way to stop or at least slow down this process. That has many people considering HGH in one of it’s form. It comes as a natural supplement, an oral spray and as an injection.

How Does Max Performer Work?

Have you ever found yourself under performing? Perhaps you want to satisfy that woman in your life a little more than you actually can. Well, there is a new pill on the market that can not only help you perform not only better, but with five times the ejaculation. That pill is the Max Performer, and the results are mind blowing.

What can Max Performer do?

Never have performance anxiety again. With the Max Performer  you will be achieving rock hard results in no time. Imagine the smile on both your faces when she asks if you want to, and you can say yes. The exclusive blend will provide you with results that will leave little doubt about your power and masculinity.

Max Performer gives you more than just the ability to stay harder longer. It also gives you more ejaculate that will shoot farther and more powerful than you’ve ever been able to before. Imagine the look of surprise on your partners face when they see how much and how far you will shoot.

Plus your orgasms will be more than anything you’ve ever experienced before. Even if you haven’t had a major orgasm in the past, the Max Performer will give you the ultimate orgasmic experience. Your partner will look at you with pleasure knowing they have brought you that much pleasure. It benefits both of you, and you will never need to tell your secret.

How Does Max Performer Work?

But how does this miracle pill work? Well, to be honest, it helps provide your body with the nutrients missing from it to increase your pleasure. When we lack in certain nutritional areas, our bodies focus on itself rather than producing semen. But when these are replenished, your body will allow you to produce more semen, and better orgasms. This isn’t something a diet can do, you need to be able to intake a considerable about of certain minerals and vitamins your meal alone can’t make happen.

Perhaps you are still uncertain of the Max Performer pills. They are more than just the saw dust pills you receive from certain companies, the Max Performer pills include:

  • Maca
  • Cordyceps
  • Red Korean Ginseng
  • Horny Goats Weed
  • Bioperine
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B
  • Selenium

Plus more ingredients that are designed not only to increase sexual pleasure but increase your overall performance. No other pill on that market can do that. Plus the benefit of this pill is that you don’t have to wait for it to build up in your system over months. One pill begins the effects and you will be blown away by the results.

Do this for that person in your life that is special, and while you are at it do it for yourself too. Unleash the great lover that you know is inside of you and bring pleasure to the both of you today. Take the first step and experience a new level of pleasure. Enjoy the experience together.

Homemade Java Brownie Sundae Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 2 (4 oz. total ) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars , broken into pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup French Vanilla Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer
  • 2 tablespoons NESCAFÉ TASTER’S CHOICE 100% Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 2 (4 oz. total ) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars , broken into pieces

Preparation

  1. FOR BROWNIES:
    PREHEAT 
    oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. MICROWAVE sugar, butter, water and coffee granules in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture bubbles. Add baking bars; stir until melted. Add eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until well blended. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir well. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  3. BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack for 1 to 2 hours. Cut into pieces.
  4. TOP brownies with ice cream and Coffee Fudge Sauce. Garnish with whipped cream and chopped nuts, if desired.
  5. FOR COFFEE FUDGE SAUCE:
    HEAT 
    Coffee-Mate and coffee granules in medium saucepan over low heat until coffee is dissolved. Stir in marshmallow creme and baking bars. Continue heating over lowest possible heat until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted. Spoon over brownies and ice cream to serve.

Physiotherapy Offers Large Range of Services

Some medical professionals and offices provide one specialized service, but a physiotherapy center offers a dozen. The reason for this is that muscles and movements don’t all work the same way. Keeping patients mobile and able can span a broad range of treatments and techniques, so instead of bopping around town experimenting, patients are able to treat their issues in one space, with familiar faces.

Chronic Pain: These include pains that are consistent over long periods. It can be difficult to identify the causes of chronic pain but its symptoms are hard to ignore. Visiting a physiotherapist can help to assess and narrow down where this pain stems from and help create a plan to treat it. Instead of a one-size-fits-all treatment plan, individual treatment plans are made to help clients get back to their normal routine.

Acute Pain: Comes on strong but follows a pattern of ebb and flow. Acute pain can be treated with plans involving acupuncture, massage, stretching and exercise. Sprains, strains and pulls can make life unbearable if left unchecked by medical professionals, so it is best to act quickly.

Recovery: Injuries happen unexpectedly every day. Accidents can happen in the workplace, or in a vehicle collision, or during an athletic contest. It is easy to apply a bit of heat and get back in the game, but this can mean major trouble! When pain is not addressed properly, clients run the risk of re-injury. Proper care and unique treatment plans work to relieve pain, strengthen the affected area and provide a plan to return to everyday activities without risk.

Physiotherapy provides relief from injuries and joint pain, but this practice also provides long-term care for those suffering from disease. Management plans can be made to suit those recovering from heart attacks, stroke and cancer. No matter what ails you, local physiotherapists can help create a plan to relieve pain, increase function and get clients back to their most able selves.

Provestra Female Enhancement Testimonial

Shortly after my husband and I were married, for some reason I went totally dry. I could not believe it. I was one of those boring married women now!

I mean, don’t get me wrong we did enjoy our honeymoon sex. However, within a few months after that we (or I should say I) were having problems. I sort of blamed on the fact that the thrill and excitement of anticipating spending our lives together was over with.

I later just face facts. Part of it was that I was getting older and that what worked for me years earlier was no longer working now. It had nothing to do with me being less attracted to my husband but rather that I was getting closer to the age when a woman’s libido wanes.

The Solution

Once I realized that I was having a problem becoming lubricated in my “hot spot” I then scratched my head and wracked my brain trying to find the answer. I finally stumbled upon information about Provestra.

After reading a description about the product, I somewhat just rolled my eyes. I was thinking to myself not another futile solution. I did, however, try it with great reluctance.

I was actually surprised at how little time it took to work-within 24 hours for me. First, I noticed that I was more sexually aroused. Then, I later noticed after about a few days that I was starting to become wet “down there” again.

I felt once again more confident and sexier. Furthermore, my husband was more attracted to me since I was more interested in sex. He also felt less rejected as he was worried a little bit that I was losing interest in him.

However, I suppose it is saying a lot for us that we had been together for eight years and are complaining about only having lack of sex life for three weeks! Not a huge problem to correct, but one that needed to be addressed nonetheless.

Additional News

Oh, there is one very important thing I forgot to mention. My husband and me enjoyed more intense orgasms as he was doing some “soul searching” of his own.

For instance, he decided to set a scene that reminded of our first time together. He also began to kiss and caress me and tell me stories of his life from before I ever met him. It was like I was falling in love all over again with the same man.

This was a joint effort to help me regain interest in sex in general so I could give myself as well as the man I love what we need. I give my husband quite a bit of credit for helping me-and of course the Provestra I use!

Daily Tips To Reduce Acne

One of the best ways to reduce acne is to follow a daily routine that provides you with the necessary steps to prevent a break out. These steps if done daily will eliminate the majority of your acne symptoms in most cases.

First, use a mild soap like Dove or Ivory. This should be done twice a day, if it makes it easier to remember wash first thing in the morning and last thing before bed at night. You can also wash using a soap that contains Benzoyl Peroxide if you want to add a medicated solution to your washing routine. It is important to remember not to scrub but to wash gently. This is to prevent irritation to the skin.

If you have, long hair remember to keep it out of the face and off your shoulders if you are prone to acne breakouts. The oil from your hair brushing your face can cause breakouts to occur. If possible, wash your hair daily.

When shaving be sure to heat the area, then apply shaving gel or cream and shave with the growth grain of the hair. Be sure to use only a single bladed razor. If feasible, use a fresh razor every time you shave. This helps to prevent infections.

For those who wear makeup be sure to use hypoallergenic or sensitive skin cosmetics. If possible, avoid wearing any at all in the areas you are most likely to break out.

Scaring and infections are possible if you pick or attempt to deal with your blemishes in any other way than a normal acne treatment, so it is best to avoid doing this.

Use an acne medication, these are easy to find and a number of different products are available. The two most common components to look for are Benzoyl Peroxide or salicylic acid. Start at the lowest concentration and work up to avoid side effects. If the product contains more than 5%, speak with a doctor before using this product. You should wait at least 30 minutes after you wash your face before applying these medicated products. This will help to reduce the dryness that can sometimes occur.

Eat healthy while foods have no direct link to acne providing your body with the necessary things it needs can help keep your skin healthy and that can help to prevent breakouts. You may also want to consider taking a daily vitamin supplement to help provide your body with the vitamins it needs.

Malaria

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by any of four strains-P faIciparum, P malariae, P vivax, and P ovale of the Plasmodium protozoan, a single cell parasite. Once the parasites enter the body, they travel via the bloodstream to the liver, where they multiply rapidly. After an incubation of one to two weeks, thousands of parasites reenter the blood, where they destroy red cells. The parasites then invade and destroy red blood cells in regular cycles. Each wave of destruction produces a flare up of symptoms, which vary according to the specific Plasmodium strain. Attacks typically include inter mittent fever, chills, sweating, achiness, throbbing headache, and a generally ill feeling. Within a week, the typical pattern of the disease is established, which usually entails a short period of malaise or a headache followed by chills and a fever lasting up to several hours. Once the fever subsides, the patient will feel well until the onset of the next attack, which may come within 48 to 72 hours. If the infective organism is P falci parum, the typical pattern of attacks may be absent. Instead, there may be a sensation of chilliness followed by a gradually rising fever that can last from 20 to 36 hours, with an accompanying headache. After this, for a period of 36 to 72 hours the patient feels ill and has a low-grade fever. A life-threatening complication of infection with P falciparum is cerebral malaria. This is characterized by a fever, which may reach as high as 104°F , accompanied by severe headache, drowsiness, delirium, and confusion. When the agent is P malariae, the ill ness begins suddenly as a rule, with a paroxysm that recurs every 72 hours. Malaria is usually transmitted by a bite from an infected Anopheles mosquito, but it can also be contracted from a contaminated blood transfusion or by needle sharing among intravenous drug abusers. Malaria is rare in the industrialized countries, but is common in undeveloped tropical areas.

Diagnostic Studies And Procedures

Periodic attacks of chills and fever with no apparent cause alert a doctor to the possibility of malaria, especially if the person has traveled recently to an area where malaria is endemic. The physical examination will include palpating the spleen to determine if it is enlarged, one sign of the disease. To confirm the diagnosis, a blood sample will be examined for the parasite. More than one sample may be required, however, because the number of parasites present in the bloodstream varies according to the organisms’ life cycle. The strain of Plasmodium must also be identified to select the most effective treatment.

Medical Treatments

Malaria treatment is complicated by increasing Plasmodium resistance to the most common antimalaria drugs. This is especially true of P falciparum, the most dangerous form of malaria, which has developed resistance to chloro quine (Aralen) in much of the world. In these particular areas, a few days of quinine sulfate therapy followed by an oral antibiotic such as tetracycline or pyrimethamine/sulfadoxine (Fansidar) may be sufficient to treat a mild, uncomplicated case of P falciparum malaria. In more severe cases, hospitalization to give intravenous quinidine is necessary. Left untreated, P falciparum malaria has a 20 percent mortality rate. An uncomplicated case of P vivax, P malariae, or P ovale may be treated with several days of chloroquine. Because all antimalarial drugs can cause serious side effects, their use must be carefully monitored by a doctor. Call your physician immediately if you develop nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, or hearing loss, all signs of potentially serious drug side effects. laking the drugs with milk or food reduces intestinal upset.

Alternative Therapies

Herbal Medicine

Years ago, herbalists discovered that tea brewed from Peruvian bark, or cinchona trees, could cure malaria. Scientists later extracted quinine from cinchona bark. Today, this mainstay in the medical treatment of malaria is synthesized artificially, but resistance to these drugs is a growing problem. A Chinese herb called ging haosu appears to be a promising alternative, and pharmaceutical researchers are studying its potential as a new anti malaria drug.

Self Treatment

Prevention is the best self care for malaria. Before visiting an area where the disease is common, ask your doctor about taking an antimalaria drug as a preventive measure. hloroquine is often prescribed prophylactically where resistance is not a problem. Mefloquine (Lariam), another antimalaria drug, may be prescribed as an alternative. Be sure to take the full course of pills, even after returning home. When in a mosquito-infested area, protect yourself by using finemesh window screens and mosquito netting over your bed. Apply insect repellent before going out. Some doctors also recommend carrying a few pills of pyrimethamine/sulfadoxine to take, should a fever and other symptoms of malaria develop in a remote area where medical care is not readily available. If you contract malaria, drink large amounts of nonalcoholic liquids to replace fluids that are lost through sweating. During a prolonged period of very high fever, take a cool bath to lower the body’s temperature. Alternating hot and cold compresses on the forehead and the base of the skull can help ease headaches. Do not take aspirin or other nonprescription drugs, however, because they may interact with malaria medication.

Other Causes of Fever And Chills

Many infections, including Lyme disease and AIDS, can cause recurrent chills and fever. Recurrent fever is also a sign of some cancers, especially those that affect the blood and lymph sys ­ tems, such as Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.