Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pulmonary Involvement With Scleroderma (part 2 of 2)

What Are The Symptoms Of Scleroderma Lung Disease?

If you show the early symptoms of scleroderma which can be found on the skin coupled by shortness of breath especially during exercise and dry cough without mucus, then it is very likely that your lungs are affected by scleroderma. In order for you to be assured, you can see a doctor to get diagnosed. The doctor then will conduct a blood test to see how your antibodies are doing.

Since scleroderma is an autoimmune disease, it happens when your antibodies are attacking your own tissues. The doctors will be able to know this through a blood test of which they could see if that is so. For lung involvement, you would undergo a physical exam, chest x-ray and a lung function test to see how capable your lungs are of doing its purpose.

How Do You Treat Scleroderma In Lungs?

As of now, there is also no known drug that can stop scleroderma from developing in the lungs. The medical approaches taken to relieve a patient from the symptoms that he or she would have is more of a rehabilitative approach rather than an attempt to entirely remove the illness. In doing this, the doctor would give therapies to a patient to relieve him or her from shortness of breath.

Numerous medications have failed and some experts have concluded that none of those that are available would work. Because of that, they would recommend constant rehabilitation of the lungs although significant improvement in lung function is unlikely to happen here. Since the causes and medications of scleroderma are unknown to the medical world, there is much to be explored and to be found out in it.

Pulmonary Involvement With Scleroderma (part 1 of 2)

What Is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is quite rare, only affecting 14 out of every 1million persons worldwide. Most commonly, scleroderma affects women more than men and those who are between ages 35 and 54. Symptoms of scleroderma vary depending on what part of the body it is affecting. The most common symptom however is the development of scar tissue on the skin coupled with sensitivity and pain.

A more severe form of scleroderma is known as systemic sclerosis which is shown by the development of scar tissue on the skin as well as involvement with other parts of the body such as the joints, muscle, digestive organs, heart, kidneys and lungs. Lung involvement with scleroderma is one of the most common cases with 70% of all cases having such. It follows the symptoms shown by the skin which would account for 95% of all cases.

What Are The Causes Of Scleroderma Lung Disease?

As of today, there are no known causes of any form of scleroderma although a lot of medical experts have theories on the causes. Some would say that is very much genetic, thus if a person would develop scleroderma, his relatives are also at greater risk of having it. Some would also say that it is environmental and are caused by different substances in the environment.

Another theory would say that the left-over fetal cells after pregnancy that are still circulating in the mother’s bloodstream even after decades after pregnancy has a role in causing the illness, considering the common category of people who develop scleroderma which are women in between the ages 35 and 54. Although these theories could be reliable, it is not backed up by solid scientific proof.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mood Swings in Children (part 2 of 2)

Lack of Exercise
Physical health will always affect other aspects of your health – psychological, emotional, and mental. Lack of exercise will weaken your child’s body and consequently, it could have a negative impact on your child’s psychological, emotional, and mental health. All these could result into rapid and frequent mood swings.

Tips for Preventing Mood Swings in Children
Upon determining the cause of your child’s mood swings, ask for professional help to determine the ideal treatment in his situation. Be especially understanding of your child’s condition, too; if your child feels happy and secure, he’ll be less prone to have mood swings.

Know His Interests and Passions
They may be young, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have an inkling of what they’d really love to do in life. You can help them determine what their interests and passions are by introducing them to new and different hobbies.

If they’re not interested in sports then perhaps your children are more interested in music or the various styles of art? Encourage your child to indulge in his passion. When your child’s having fun, he won’t have enough time to even think of mood swings.

Know Why He’s Unhappy
Of course, there could be something that you don’t know and is causing your child’s mood swings. The reason might not even be medical in nature. Talk to your child. Encourage him to confide in you and assure him of your understanding. If necessary, let him know that you’ll keep everything he says confidential. What’s important is that he’s secure in loving and trusting you.

Promise your child that you’ll help him with his problem and he won’t have any reason to experience mood swings.

Mood Swings in Children (part 1 of 2)

Mood swings are not especially common in children but they do occur. Depending on the cause, mood swings in children may give you a reason to worry. In any case, parents should seek professional help as well as doing what they can to reduce its frequency.

Possible Causes for Mood Swings in Children
Know why your child is suffering from mood swings and you’ll be in a better position to prevent them.

The Right Diet
Mood swings in children have various causes but in many cases, you can put the blame on something as simple as the wrong diet. Since children are still in the process of growing up, they need a lot of nutrition and energy. The wrong foods could make their bodies react negatively and since children don’t have yet the knowledge and maturity to understand the cause of these changes, their lack of comprehension could make them more prone to experiencing mood swings.

For the right diet, try serving your kids with a power breakfast abundant in healthy carbohydrates and lots of fiber. Train them to eat lots of greens and fruits, too.

Hereditary Factors
Children look like you because you’re his parent and he’s inherited his looks from you. Physical characteristics, however, are not the only ones they can inherit from you. If your family has a history of mood disorders like bipolar depression or anxiety, your child may have inherited it, too.

Poor Sleeping Habits
What time does your child go to bed? What time does he wake up? Does he get enough sleep in any case? Is he sleeping in an appropriate environment? Children need quality sleep much more than adults and when he doesn’t get the required hours of sleep each night, he’ll become more irritable and yes, more prone to mood swings as well.