Important FAQ’s About Dry Cough

Dry cough does not produce mucus (phlegm) which is why another name for it is nonproductive cough. Cough, in general, is the body’s defensive reaction to clear the airways of something irritating or obstructing. In many respiratory infections, and even in common colds, cough begins as dry and then becomes productive.

What are the causes?

There are MEDICAL CONDITIONS that cause dry cough:

  • colds and influenza;
  • asthma;
  • allergies;
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
  • pneumonia and other respiratory infections like bronchitis;
  • tuberculosis;
  • lung cancer;
  • psychiatric conditions etc.

There are OTHER factors that trigger the condition:

  • smoking;
  • certain medications;
  • air pollutants.

What’s the best treatment?

The best treatment is the one that targets the cause of the cough. You should see your GP and if necessary get referred to a specialist. Do not self-medicate and follow the steps recommended by the physician!

When to see the doctor?

– For adults, you should see the doctor if the cough has no apparent cause, yet it persists and causes discomfort. Pay attention to any other symptom that accompanies the cough and give the doctor a detailed list of all the drugs you are currently using for other health conditions.

– For children, you should see a pediatrician as soon as the child begins coughing. Young patients have difficulties describing their symptoms. The parent is the child’s voice and he/she can point to any recent changes in environment, behavior or health condition.

Are there natural remedies?

There is quite a number of remedies for getting rid of dry cough that you can find around the house. However, these tend to work when the cough is triggered by a bad cold or some environmental factor. Against lung diseases, natural remedies may be too weak or ineffective. You should first get a professional medical opinion as to what might be causing the dry cough.

Does homeopathy offer viable treatments?

Homeopathy fans and homeopaths will answer with a big YES to this question. However, there are all sorts of controversies about homeopathy, and lots of people claim that it does not provide real remedies. Skeptics say that the rate of success is variable and explained by the Placebo effect rather than by the efficiency of the homeopathic remedies. Before you decide who you side with, do a bit of reading on homeopathy.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment for dry cough as well as its length and nature depend on the cause underlying the health condition. Talk to your physician about this aspect to get a professional answer to your questions.

Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair Removal

A lot of people are not content with the way that they would naturally look if they never used to remove some ingrown hair from here and there every once in a while. They use various remedies to get rid of this unwanted ingrown hair so that they can be socially presentable and as a consequence boost their self-esteem as well in the process. There are many different types of remedies that can be used and some of these can be done in the private confines of your own home. Each of these remedies will provide varying results with the time of hair regrowth being different in each of them. Below are just a few of the home remedies according to Dr. Santa for hair removal that have been proven to be very effective:

Honey Lemon

This remedy is yet another affordable and convenient hair removal method that can be done at home. The user has to make a mixture of honey and fresh lemon juice. This mixture then has to be applied on the face making sure it is applied in the direction that the hair grows in. It is then left to dry for about 15 minutes and then rinsed off with cold water.


Although not as common a remedy as many of the other methods, people can use salt as a ingrown hair removal treatment. Salt is put in warm water in varying concentrations depending on the area the hair will be removed. The more sensitive the area it will be applied on to, the less the concentration of the salt should be. The mixture is simply rinsed off a few minutes after its application.

Gram Flour Lemon

This home hair removal remedy is usually used in Asia to make facial masks that once removed, will not only get rid of unwanted hair but will leave the skin feeling very smooth and revitalized. The ingredients are very easy to come by at your local grocery store. All you will need to buy is some gram flour and one or two lemons depending on their size. You will need to squeeze out 10ml of lemon juice to make the facial mask. This is then stirred into 150ml of warm water. Once this is done, measure out 30gm of the gram flour. Add the flour to the lemon water mixture and stir to a fine smooth paste. Mask your face with the fine paste and leave to dry out for about 15 minutes. Once it is dry, scrub off the mask with a soft brush or cloth. Make sure you are not going against the growth direction of the unwanted hair.

Haldi and Besan

Yet another remedy that can be easily made from readily available ingredients is the haldi & besan facial mask. All that you have to do is mix haldi and besan and then add a little bit of water. Not too much water is put as the resulting mixture has to be a thick paste. This is then allowed to dry and when ready, simply rinsed off with running water.

Double Chin Videos

I was having a look around YouTube to see if I could find any decent “Get Rid Of The Double Chin” type videos. So, I was looking for some chin fat reduction techniques and exercises and I found quite a few.

So, I thought I’d put a page up with some neck and chin exercises for you here. Well, it saves you having to hunt around YouTube and the like, especially as this is a resource for all of you who want to lose your double chin.

So, no more waffle, just some helpful double chin exercise videos. Enjoy and let me know if you have any exercises you think might help. Let’s build a community here and help each other.

Double Chin Exercises

And…for a little bit of nostalgia…I found this, it’s brilliant – enjoy!

Old Video

Declaring Victory Over Impetigo

Impetigo is a disease which is commonly associated with children- including a small percentage of the adults. It is a disease which is caused by bacteria called staphylococcus aureus. The incubation period for these bacteria is one to three days after infection. At the same time, it is transmitted through the contact that can be made with a person already infected as long as the bacteria contacts skin that is not completely intact. Therefore, one of the ways of helping this disease to be transmitted is through scratching. But even after all the dangers are brought forward it is gratifying to note that this disease can be conquered effectively. By firstly knowing that the disease is contagious, you are set to start working on the preventive measures.

There are many steps you can take to halt the spread of this disease. One of the major ones is generally thorough hygiene. You should make sure that you take regular thorough baths. At the same time, if the person infected is a family member within your household; keep them away from the rest of the family members mostly. Make sure that every item being used by such a person is clearly identified. Additionally the following steps can prove to be very helpful:

-Wash hands regularly and properly.

-Do not come in contact with the garments that are being worn by the infected person

-If you share towels in the bathroom, stop the practice immediately

-When the skin is peeled off, make sure it is covered and do not leave it exposed

-The infected person should cover the sores that come from the disease

In addition the above steps can be very easy to follow if all family members understand the benefits of taking the necessary action. Therefore, take your time to sensitize your family members about the importance of maintaining proper hygiene and observing the regulations that keep them from the infection. In the meantime, when you carryout such programs, even the infected person must be included. As you stress more on the importance of maintaining personal hygiene; ensure that the fingernails are kept short all the time. this is not only ideal for washing hands adequately; but it is also critical for stopping the transmission of any bacteria and peeling the skin during scratching-otherwise you become very susceptible to the infection.

In the treatment process, it is always key to remember that the patient should be left dry. In other terms, the patient should wash the sores with soap and leave them to dry. Washing with soap partly leaves an environment where the disease does not easily become a problem by spreading. This is where the importance of hygiene takes on a practical face. But in some cases that cannot be enough. Therefore, when impetigo continues with the problematic infection, you have to take your time to make sure that you do not make a mistake of relying on hygiene alone. Otherwise, topical-and sometimes-oral antibiotics can be prescribed by the physician to finally declare the real victory.

Get Rid Of Tonsil Stones Now!

So, you’ve made the decision to do away with tonsil stones.

Good for you!!

Undoubtedly, the symptoms have gotten from control, and you also understand you’ve waited.

Not a problem via here at

Eliminating tonsil stones isn’t difficult, particularly if the stones have gotten calcified and rather big.

Yet, you do have some options to remove them.

Many people are in fact fortunate enough to remove the stones throughout a violent coughing fit.

Nevertheless, it’s not wise to count on this particular happening, particularly when the stones have been in an advanced stage.

Fortunately, I discovered a tender, natural method to eliminate tonsil stones.

Other individuals will try to “select” the stones out with tweezers, or “nudge” them outside with a Q Tip. These techniques may be successful, yet many have an extremely sensitive gag represent, and can not manage the probing and deciding.

Additionally, as the stones get bigger, the people are usually more “stubborn”, and hard to pick out with tweezers. In addition, you run the risk of additional infection, and naturally , you may not get all of the stones.

Other Options:

Dentists or some doctors may suggest surgery to remove the tonsil, as well as both the tonsils stones. Eliminating the tonsils has got the positive effect of eliminating an area which is a breeding ground for additional stones, and harbors bacteria.

But, the tonsils do have a biological feature, because they filter airborne viruses and bacteria. And, obviously, surgery is a serious way of solving any problem.

Removing tonsils, to even today, is a debilitating procedure not to be dismissed.

Another approach to get rid of these stones, will be to administer antibiotics. This looks reasonable, as often times they are accompanied by an illness. However, the antibiotics appear to just remove not the stones the, and the external symptoms.

The great news is the fact that current findings have actually discovered natural techniques to get rid of tonsil stones. One physician from India, in particular, has an all-natural cure for them.

Berg Institute of Health & Wellness

It is important for everybody to stay healthy and be well. When you are not well, you are not in a position to work and hence will not be product in any way. This is why checking you health matters a great deal not only to you but to your organization as well. It is therefore very important to check your diet. Checking your diet does not mean starving yourself so that you will not grow plump. What is meant by checking your diet is that you should try avoiding all those foodstuffs that will pack calories and cause the extra weight gain. It is therefore advisable according to the Berg Institute of Health & Wellness, to replace all the unhealthy foods with the healthy foodstuffs; the reason why you gain all the unnecessary weight is your lifestyle, your feeding on the unhealthy food stuffs and lack of doing exercises. Well, sometimes you might not get all that time to go for walks and all that, but you can always go to the gym. That will help you and greatly reduce weight.

The Berg Institute of Health & Wellness also introduces the very useful aspect of drinking plenty of water. Note that it is not soda you are told to take in plenty; sodas are normally not so competent and should not be taken in excess. They are not pure, they have preservatives that will bring about addiction and the worst part is that they have a lot of sugar. It is very easy to put on weight, but trying to loose it becomes a problem. It is not worth taking all the trouble trying to lose some pounds, while you could have prevented it from happening in the first place. So choose to live healthy by trying to do all the necessary things. It will do you good and keep you from all the stress that comes with it, besides you have nothing to lose.


When I tell people that I found evidence of double-billing on my doctor’s bill, they imagine the effort must have been a deliberate attempt to defraud the insurance company. Honestly, I don’t believe that. I trust my surgeon. When I look at the transcript from my back surgery, I see a clear, precise statement of what was done. Nothing in those notes says, “bill twice for this operation.” How, then, can anyone explain a bill that lists both

22630    Arthrodesis, posterior interbody $4,600.00

and a few lines later,

22612    Arthrodesis, posterior or posterol $4,600.00

for a single fusion? Arthrodesis (and, yes, I had to look up that ) is the permanent immobilization of a joint—a removal of the soft tissue and a fusing of the bones to either side. For a spine, arthrodesis requires that a disc be removed and the two vertebrae then be bound together. I had only one disc removed. How can a surgeon perform this procedure twice for just one disc? I’ve read through the surgeon’s notes for the operation, and nothing in them suggests any duplication of the procedure. Is this bill just a simple misreading or a quirk of the coding system?

Unlike the confusion over my back brace (see Hidden in Plain Sight, Part 1), reading the full translation of the two reported codes (22630 and 22612) doesn’t provide much help in making sense of the bill.

22630—Arthrodesis, posterior interbody technique, including laminectomy and/or discectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression), single interspace; lumbar—looks like a perfect description of my surgery.

22612—Arthrodesis, posterior or posterolateral technique, single level; lumbar (with or without lateral transverse technique)—looks out of place, an unnecessary repetition of a piece of 22630.

Did the fact that the insurance company contractually denies $3,794.20 (allowing only $805.80) for procedure 22630 but denies only $2,923.25 (allowing $1,676.75) of code 22612, explain the doubling in the bill? Also, the doctor’s office billed for an additional $1,600 for each procedure for the doctor’s assistant. Does the fact that the double billing was duplicated for the assistant prove wrong-doing? Possible… but I really believe this is unlikely.

What? Am I the same guy who, in Part 1 of this series, said, “I wuz robbed”?

Sure, but isn’t that everyone’s gut reaction? We see a wrong and it should be righted—preferably by someone armored and riding a white charger. Some of us even grew up wanting to be that white knight.

Well, fantasies can be fun for daydreaming, but they don’t buy the groceries.  A little bit of calm reasoning tells me that I really have just two choices in reading these errors:

  1. My surgeon’s office—in addition to performing diagnostic services and doing surgeries—is a front for a conspiracy to bilk consumers (the kind of ingenious scheme that could only be countered by some sort of Special Forces unit armed with…sorry, getting back into the fantasies).
  2. Something far simpler and far less sinister is at work, probably an accumulation of the kind of flaws that bureaucracies naturally spawn.

Choice one is ridiculous. I vetted this surgeon through my orthopedist and pain specialist. I also spoke with him extensively prior to the surgery. He’s a great surgeon with an excellent record and a detailed understanding of my problems. I respect the man’s skills and trust in his integrity. Why would I suspect him of wrongdoing?

Besides, looking at the way doctors bill, suggests that choice 2 really is the more likely case. Most medical offices have separate coders and billing agents. The billing agents usually don’t even need to know what the codes mean in medical terms. This surgeon’s billing agents need only know that they are supposed to bill $4,600 (plus $1,600 for the assistant) any time the code said either 22612 or 22630.

Doctor to transcriptionist to coder to billing agent: through such a line of communication, errors creep in. It would be more comforting if they had one more layer of checking—someone who could look at the bill and say, hmm, why are we billing for the same procedure twice? Of course, an extra level of QA would increase the overall bill.

So, now I’ve gone through my doctor’s bill,  translated his coding, and I know where the charges from his office don’t make much sense. I’m just about ready to contact his office and begin negotiations.

First, though, I really should check the surgical records and notes against my bill from the hospital. Part of the money that I paid directly to the hospital went into this doctor’s bill. Before I start negotiating, I need to be sure where all the money went and where it was supposed to go.

Bikram Sciatica

Office yoga can improve health and productivity. Constant sitting is not healthy for his movement and bone structure. Most of us know that excessive sitting can cause poor circulation in the legs and blood clotting.

However, many people do not realize the meeting overuse can cause piriformis syndrome (a major cause of sciatica). Some common long-term problems from sitting too are neck pain, shoulder blade pain and chronic joint pain.

Most office workers spinal pain in the back or neck as a result of prolonged working on computer stations. This can result in absenteeism, and assist the office needs time to do something else, but the session.

If you look around the average office, is not hard to find signs of over-stretched muscles and weakness of the back to bend forward. This also leads to problems position that we refer to as dowager’s hump, the upper dorsal hump, hunch back (kyphosis), and forward of the head (hyperkyphotic) posture.

Only a few decades ago, these spinal problems were not as common among younger workers office because children were more active life physics. These days, it is not uncommon for a child to come home and do homework on a laptop or PC.

With nearly two decades of an inactive lifestyle, and the poor posture, young adults entering the workforce to follow unhealthy diet and posture, which would be ignored until they experience chronic pain. The solution Office is developing yoga programs during the course of a day.

The faster and less expensive, for this change is to get qualified instructors yoga, which can assess problems and make recommendations for positions solutions. The main concern here is the correct posture and physical activity.

The choices are simple: Compare the cost of higher health insurance, absenteeism, workers compensation and temporary disability, the cost of a contractor independent. If a company is large or small, the advice of a competent Yoga teacher is delivered cost-effective solutions for long-term health.

Solutions alternatives are the difference between economic survival of a company out of business. With rising energy costs, companies are forced to think “outside of the box. “How many commercial building owners knew or cared about solar roof tiles, only a few years ago?

The growing cost of labor is much more than an hourly wage. If companies really see his employees as an asset, the office of yoga can raise morale and create a force healthier work. It is for employers to find less costly solutions to existing problems or suffer the consequences.

Just what are Tonsil Stones?

Many people suffer from sore and swollen throats, yet never really know why, nor how to find lasting relief.  If you’re one of the many people who deal with regular, and or reoccurring pain that seem to have no visible cause, then it’s quite possible that you have developed tonsil stones. Tosilloliths, or more commonly called tonsil stones are small pea sized formations composed of mostly calcium that are lodged in the folds of the throat.

These stones can cause regular pain to a person suffering from them, and though they are not dangerous, the discomfort can be severe enough to cause someone to seek out various methods of treatment as extreme as surgery to have them removed.


There are a wide range of symptoms that one can experience from tonsil stones, but the biggest one does not actually cause pain to the sufferer, rather embarrassment, as it comes in the form of bad breath, or halitosis.

1.    Bad Breath
Bad breath is an indication that your oral cavity is not in optimal health, and that there may be underling issues causing the halitosis. When bacteria spreads to such a degree in your mouth and throat, an increase in sulfuric compounds is produced and this compound causes the halitosis.  It is these same bacteria that are believed to be the cause for the formation of the tonsil stones.

2.    Throat Swelling
Certainly inflammation may occur without the presents of tonsils stones, however if you experience regular reoccurring swelling in the through area, then that is a very good indication that tonsil stones may be present causing irritation. These foreign objects are hard, and have been recorded weighing as much as 43 grams.

3.    White Debris in Throat
Another symptom of tonsil stones is white debris in the throat.  A healthy throat should be free of any debris, so if you do notice anything unnatural looking in that area, it is important that you have a check up by a physician.  ENT doctors are specialists in the area of the ears, nose and throat, and know more about tonsil stones than traditional doctors.

4.    Ear Aches
Ear aches aren’t usually associated with tonsil stones, but sharp and sudden pain and discomfort in the ear are sometimes caused by tonsilloliths, or the presence of tonsil stones.  The reason the throat and the ears are connected is because there is a nerve network that runs between these two areas.  Our ears are highly sensitive, and the ears and throat are a tightly-knit system, so any problem in one of these areas can cause what is called “referred pain” throughout the rest of the system.

Tonsil stone removal

The safest way to rid yourself of tonsil stones is by following the recommendation from above, and that’s by visiting a doctor who specializes in the ears, nose and throat.  They will more than likely perform a very simple non invasive surgery.  The surgery is really not all that painful, however they will usually give you a local mild anesthetic, one that will allow you to stay awake through the procedure, but will keep you from feeling any pain while they remove the tonsil stones from the occupied areas.


Something that doesn’t get much mention in the Asexual community is sapioromanticism. Which is a shame really, because when romantic orientation is mentioned in the Ace community, it’s either aromanticism, biromanticism, heteroromanticism, homoromanticism or panromanticism. As such, Aces may define their romantic orientation as one of the aforementioned ones, when none of those really fit. Or, at least, none on their own.

You see, sapioromantics or sapiosexual can be attracted to intelligence, first and foremost, some also have a love of grammar. Sapioromantics may have a preference for the same sex, the opposite sex, both or neither/disregard gender completely. As such, they may hypenate their romantic orientation to say, homo-sapioromantic or bi-sapioromantic.