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Learn About Swimmers Ear

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It is an infection which affects the outer ear canal. The technical term for swimmers ear is known as otitis externa. It is a very common problem among children. As it mainly affects swimmers it is known as the swimmers ear. But it is not only restricted to swimmers. People having bath or are in shower may also be get affected by this infection.

It is caused when water gets accumulated in the ear canal and leads to an infection. This infection causes swelling, redness, heat and pain. Infection leads to formation of pus which oozes out from the ear. There can be itchiness so any slight movement or touching of the ear can cause lot of pain. The infection is induced due to a germ called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It is commonly found in soil and water.

Polluted water is the major cause of this trouble. Swimming in polluted lakes and rivers can be very hazardous. If your children are swimming in an enclosed pool environment you still cannot be sure about the cleanliness of the water. Even when water is chlorinated you may not escape the bacteria.

Bacteria grows when the water get accumulated in the ear canal. It washes away the protective earwax coating leading to an infection. The moistness of the ear may lead to vulnerability of ear and become prone to an infection. Fungal infection and constant diving are some of the causes for this infection.

Once detected you should avoid getting into the water. Allow time to heal your wounds before you jump back in. Wear shower caps when in shower to restrict water from getting into your ears. You can wear ear plugs or cotton balls to prevent water from entering your ears. Avoid fidgeting your ears with cotton swabs or any pointed objects.

Your doctor will treat this problem by prescribing some ear drops. Due to the immense pain he may even prescribe pain killers. These antibiotics drops may help to clear the problem. By taking some precautionary measures you can avoid this problem too. Always keep your ears dry. If any amount of water gets into your ears remove by using an alcohol-based product. Avoid swimming in polluted areas.

There are some common symptoms which can help you detect swimmers ear. Your ear becomes very sensitive and gives you the feeling of being choked. You may suffer from fever and hearing gets deteriorated. The pain in the ear may spread through the neck, face or part of your face.

Home Remedies

The mixture of alcohol and white vinegar should be used in 1:1 proportion. A few drops of this mixture would evaporate all the moisture from your ear.

Use a hairdryer by keeping it in the warm setting using it over your ear to dry it.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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Motion Sickness in Children

Motion Sickness in Children

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Children usually feel sick in the stomach when travelling in a car, airplane, boat or train. This sickness is known as motion sickness. This sickness is caused by reception of wrong signals by eyes, muscles, skin receptors, and inner ears.

While travelling, different body parts send different signals to the brain. Eyes see things around and it sends signals about the direction of movement while in motion. The joint sensory receptors and muscles send signals about the movement of the muscles and the position in which the body is. The skin receptors send signals about the parts of the body which are in contact with the ground. The inner ears have a fluid in the semicircular canals. This fluid senses motion and the direction of motion like forward, backward, up, down, circular, or to and fro. When the brain gets timely reports from the various body parts, it tries to find a relation between all the signals and then sketches a picture about the body’s movement and position at a particular instant. But when the brain isn’t able to find a link and isn’t able to draw a picture out of the received signals, the condition called motion sickness is experienced.

For example, if a child is riding in a car and reading something at the same time, the eyes will see stationary book. But the skin receptors and the inner ears will sense the body moving in a forward direction. The eyes and the muscle receptors will send signals that the body is not moving. This confuses the brain and everything is jumbled up in the head. This makes the child dizzy, sick in the stomach and even tired. There is a possibility of the child throwing up, so it is recommended that the parents carry a sick bag each time they are travelling with kids. And if the child is feeling anxious or scared, the condition can deteriorate further.

Although there are medicines available over the counter to deal with motion sickness, some measures should be taken to avoid medicine and also motion sickness. The child should always be made to sit facing in the forward direction. He/she should not face or sit backwards, nor should he be made to sit in a seat facing backwards. This helps the ears and the eyes to send similar kind of signal. It is good if the kid isn’t involved in some kind of activity like reading, playing video games or something which is stationary. He/she must be asked to look outside, especially at things which are located at a distance. The same applies when travelling in an airplane. When travelling in a boat, the child can go to the upper deck and look at the horizon. Basically, the child must be made to concentrate at things which are located at a distance and are in motion. When looking at something stationary, the eyes get confused and send wrong signals.

It also helps to sit in a place which is moving the least. Usually, it is the center point of the body, so the more close the child sits to the center, the better. Like when in an airplane, it is good to sit in seats in the middle aisle and not in those which are located near the wings. If the child is sitting in the center of the boat, instead of the front or the side, the lesser seasick the child will feel. In spite of all these measures if the child is still feeling sick a doctor should be consulted. The doctor checks the inner ears for any defect. He will also check other body parts which are responsible for sensing motion. Apart from medicine, pressure bracelets are also available at the local pharmacy. And along with carrying a sick bag or any other plastic bag, the car can be pulled over and the child should be walked out a bit to feel better.

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Top Home Remedy For Swimmers Ear

Top Home Remedy For Swimmers Ear

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What is otitis externa? It’s just the fancy sounding medical name for the inflammation of the outer ear, commonly referred to as an earache. Swimmers ear is one of the more prevalent forms of earaches. It gets its name from the fact that it often afflicts swimmers, as it is caused be excess moisture in the ear.

While it’s true swimmers are probably the most likely to suffer from this type of infection, anybody can get it if the right conditions are there. It often appears repeatedly, making it painfully inconvenient, not to mention the expense of doctor‘s visits each time it happens.

Due to how many people come down with this irritating affliction, it’s no surprise that there’s an interest in home remedies for swimmers ear. However, because of the wide variety of home remedies, the question is: which of them is the best? There is no one correct answer. It depends on how severe it is, and which remedy works the best for your situation.

Even though these home remedies have been proven effective time and time again, it’s still best to see a trusted medical professional at least one time if you believe you have an ear infection. You’ll need a proper diagnosis, and there’s always a chance that it could be something more serious.

On the other hand, if you’ve had a previous diagnosis of swimmers ear, then you should be reasonably safe in trying a home remedy when you get another earache. Buying over-the-counter ear drops from your local pharmacy is one option that’s available to everybody. They are able to treat and reduce the pain associated with swimmers ear, and they are inexpensive and easy to use.

There is also a good chance that you’ll be able to use ingredients that most people normally have at home to treat your swimmers ear. One method that may work is to apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the troublesome ear. This will prevent the infection from getting out of control. Tilt your head to make applying the drops easier. If you like, you can try pulling gently on your ear to further open the ear canal. Then squeeze no more than a drop or two into the ear. You can also shake your head a little bit to help agitate the drops. Let the alcohol set for a few moments, then gently rinse your ear with warm water.

Similar methods for treating an earache include the use of other ingredients you have at home. For example, a mixture of half water and half vinegar (using the same technique mentioned above for rubbing alcohol) should work well for killing of the bacteria that are multiplying in your ear.

As with many other medical conditions, the best way to handle swimmers ear is by preventing it in the first place. The idea here is to keep your ears dry so the ear canal isn’t friendly to the bacteria that cause the problem. You can wear a swimming cap or earplugs to keep the water out. If you find those uncomfortable, you can dry the ears with a hair dryer after you’re done swimming. Move the hair dryer back and forth several inches from the ear and set it at the coolest temperature to avoid burns.

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Hypnotize Yourself Into The Ghost of Christmas Future.

Hypnotize Yourself Into The Ghost of Christmas Future.

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You will begin to realise why this exercise is called the Dickens Pattern (with reference to the ghost showing Scrooge some different futures) as you notice that the idea of this exercise is to hypnotize yourself to be aware of two very real possibilities for your future.
Two distinct pathways that you could take for your life this very day.

Have a think about something that you do that you are maybe not motivated to change about yourself. Prior to running through this technique, just have a think about something that you know you need to be doing, but are not. Then with that thing in mind, follow these simple steps.

Step One: Get yourself nice and relaxed and settled. Concentrate on your breathing, engage in the moment and spend some time being still, quiet and drift inside of your own mind. Hypnotize yourself here.

Step two: Use your imagination to imagine walking down the path of your life.

Ok, I know that some of you just cried out “but I can’t visualise!” First up, if you believe you can’t then of course you can’t. Second up, just imagine these things. They do not have to be in cinema screen perfect detail. You can remember what colour what your front door is, right? You can remember what your childhood bedroom is like, right? That is your imagination doing that. You know the sound that your feet make when you walk across gravel don’t you? You can imagine it, but you are not hearing it in your ears, are you? Just imagine these things as best as you can. Failing that, pretend that you are imagining them and that will do the trick.

So, as you imagine walking along the path of your life, notice that every step forwards is a minute, an hour or a day into your future. If you look back, you will notice that your past is there; everything you have ever done or experienced is behind you.

Become aware of the temperature, the sights, the sounds and enjoy walking along the path of your life. Make it sensory rich and get comfortable with the idea. Imagine the feeling of your feet walking along the path and the sound they make. Engage with the idea of really being there.

Step Three: Imagine that a few more steps ahead there is a place where the path splits, where is goes off to the left and off to the right. Pause here for a few moments and have a think. Here, there are two different pathways, two possibilities, two ways that you could choose to go.

If you were to choose the path to the left, life is pretty much the same as it is. You carry on doing the same things, living the same way and dealing with this thing in the same way as you have been doing.

If you were choose the path to the right, the right path, there are new possibilities, achievement, freedom of mind, positive and progressive implications. Think about that as you stand at this place where the path splits. You want to make a decision and commit to one of these paths. Before you make that decision, we are going to see what each path holds for your future.

Step Four: Step out on to the path to your left. Where there is no change. Briefly imagine that you are not going to live and discover your unfulfilled dreams. Instead, you continue doing what you have in the past. What will life be like in 10 years time?

Step out, every step you take you get older, days pass, weeks pass. Notice how your body is, how your mind is, how you feel about staying on this path. Walk out into your future to the 10 year point. Walk out 10 years into your future and feel how it feels to carry on doing the same thing.

This path is just like today, with one difference: you have 10 fewer years remaining in your life. I want you to think about how you will feel in 10 years if you continue doing the exact same things you have done to date. What will your daily life be like?

Really experience that. See what you see, hear what you hear, feel the feelings. Disappointment? Anger? Frustration? Failure? How does that feel? How do you affect those around you? How do they feel? Absorb every aspect of this path that you can take today if you so choose. Notice everything that you need to know about what it will be like if you carry on with the same behaviour, putting off change.

Drift back to where the path splits.

Step Five: Now take a step out on to the path to the right. This is where you create powerful, progressive change. Notice the sense of freedom in your thoughts, the sense of accomplishment and walk out 10 years into your future.

Imagine you are 10 years into the future but this time it’s different. Why? Because starting today you actually begin making changes in your life. Specific intentional changes are not easy. They are intentional because these changes are changes that you are choosing and they are the changes that will cause you to live the life you want to live and dream. They often mean leaving the perception of security in order to discover your personal freedom. These are the changes that will bring happiness and satisfaction into your life.

Just go there now. 10 years out… having made a decade of changes. Imagine living the life you want to live.

How does that feel inside? Do you feel that you have lived life? See the people of your life and how they feel about you and how they react to you. This is the path of a different choice, a different decision. You have the freedom to be how you want to be.

Absorb all you need from this moment in your future and the positive things that you can learn consciously and unconsciously and then drift and float back to the place where the path splits.

Step Six: Now that you know and have experienced the two contrasting futures. Now that you know what your future holds as a result of what you do this very day, you can make a decision. You can compare and contrast those two futures that can be yours based on a decision that you make about how you are going to live your life.

Imagine reaching deep inside you for all the strength and wisdom that you need to make this decision today. As you do so, imagine that when you choose to make that decision that deep inside your mind you are switching off the alternative path, you are switching off the opportunity to drift back to that place.

Then step out and take your future path.

Absorb yourself in the sensations, the feelings, the sights, the sounds and of course continue to engage in your future the way I have discussed in previous articles on this blog.

Step Seven: Open your eyes and begin to plan your future and take action to achieve that outcome. Your unconscious mind now knows what it is working towards.

What is the exact sequence of events that will take you to where you want to be? Have a think consciously of what you need to do. Every outcome begins with the first step. When you decide you want to have a romantic meal for two, there are many steps that you need to perform in order for that to happen. (Check the fridge, do you have what you want to serve up? No? Find keys, open garage door, drive car to the supermarket etc. etc.) You need to determine the exact sequence of events and write it down.

Begin with the outcome in mind. Write without stopping. 10 years from now, I plan to be living in a… at…. With…. Get really detailed about it. Why? Because you are hooking up the neural connections in your brain. You must improve upon, clarify and make clear just exactly who and what you are going to be doing, experiencing, living and having in 10 years. This is the first step of the process!

Key: Notice how you felt excited and optimistic when you did this? The reason is simple. It’s the life you are designing instead of the one that was given you and that you have lived with less intention and purpose to date.

This is the beginning of creating the life that you want to live. Know what the future holds for you as a result of the choice you can make today.

Have some fun and hypnotize yourself to be your very own “Ghost of Christmas future” and see what the future holds for you.

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Earrings For Men

Earrings For Men

Men’s earrings became widely acceptable as a fashion statement during the late 80s and early 90s. They were catapulted into fame by celebrities like George Michael and Harrison Ford who were known for using them. At present, men’s earrings are still a popular form of jewelry, but they have either slipped into subtlety (when worn by socialites) to blatant displays of individuality when they are worn by grunge and rock stylists. Below, are some earring styles that are commonly seen nowadays.


Studs are perfect for any occasion. They can be made of a solid diamond or it can be a stud of precious metal or semi-precious stone. No matter the style, studs are still considered to be a great choice for men’s earrings. Because they are so versatile, a single 30 carat diamond stud can both be worn on the red carpet and also in the club scene. Perhaps, something a little smaller and less flashy would be appropriate if you want to wear it to the office.


Hoops were the original choice when it came to earrings for men. They can either be worn on one ear alone or on both – depending on the style and taste of the wearer. In the 90s some regions in Europe have even established a code, by which a person can pinpoint your sexual orientation by the number of earrings you are wearing and where you are wearing them. Today, jewelers often make men’s hoop earrings in pairs, so, if you don’t want to wear two at once, you can either keep one as back-up or you can split it with a friend.


When actor Jamie Fox went to Oscars, he was sporting a diamond stud clip on earring. The one he was wearing was very descriptive of the modern style of men’s earrings. The make was so impressive that it wasn’t immediately obvious that he was wearing a clip on because the link between the front and the back clasp was so minimal, that it nearly passed unnoticed. That just shows how much jewelers have improved over the years. Clip-on earrings used to be reserved for women because they were often big in order to accommodate the size of the clasp in the back. Now, they are much more stylish and as demonstrated – have been perfected for use by both genders.

Ear Cuffs and Flesh Tunnels

If you like to appeal to the eccentric in you, why not go for more ethnic and tribal looking earrings. You can avail of beautifully carved ear cuffs or flesh tunnels (if you dare). For some people, they would prefer the quick fix offered by the ear cuff. These intricate semi-tubes attach to the cartilage portion of the ear without piercing through the tissue. This is definitely the perfect accessory as it is as easy to remove as it is to put on. However, if you really want to stand out – you can always try multiple ear piercings or even a flesh tunnel. With the flesh tunnel, you can see how far you can widen that hole in your earlobe.