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Home Cure For That Common Foot Infection

Home Cure For That Common Foot Infection

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If you are suffering from a serious bout of athlete’s foot, it is something that you should really be taking care of immediately. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is caused by dermatophytes. Also known medically as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot starts as the fungus is gets its way into your foot through a variety of ways.

The fungus can be contracted by frequenting damp and warm areas such as locker rooms and common showers, which provide an ideal breeding ground for the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Walking barefoot in such facilities from this, the fungus can be transferred from the barren floor into your foot.

Practicing bad foot hygiene can allow the fungus to thrive and breed easily. The fungus lives off the dead skin cells in your foot and it will be just a matter of time until the symptoms of the infection becomes evident.

With the infection slowly developing, the skin surrounding your foot becomes dry and scaly. Inflammation and blisters may also develop gradually during the course of the infection. The blisters especially those found in between the toes are more likely to break out, exposing raw skin that can cause a great deal of pain and burning sensation. Itchiness on the surrounding skin is also one of the disturbing and troublesome symptoms of athlete’s foot.

But the sufferer may worry no more. There are a number of treatments available to get rid of athlete’s foot. Over-the-counter anti-fungal medications are now available in drug stores that will be able to effectively cure your athlete’s foot.

There are topical foot creams as well as oral applications that can cure you of such fungal infections. What you may not know is that there are also several home remedies that may be able to help you get rid of athlete’s foot.

You may not know it, but there are several home remedies available that can help you get rid of irritating and troublesome fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. A home cure for athlete’s foot can be found in any ordinary kitchen. Garlic has proven itself as an effective fungicide that can kill the athlete’s foot fungus. Crushed raw garlic placed on dry socks that you wear while sleeping is enough to help you get rid of the disease.

Essential oils are another group of home remedies that can be used to effectively treat your athlete’s foot. The use of tea tree oil is, by far, the most common and natural treatment for athlete’s foot. It has excellent anti-fungal properties that work just as well as other over-the-counter medications.

This essential oil can be applied directly to the infected skin three times a day. This treatment should be continued for two weeks to ensure that the infection is completely eliminated.

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Recipe: a cuban sandwich

A Cuban Sandwich

Pan Cubano
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
3 tablespoons fresh lard, cut into small pieces
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) water

Roast Pork and Marinade
1 (1 1/4 pound) boneless pork roast or pork tenderloin
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced parsley
1 tablespoon paprika (preferably hot)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

Sandwich Filling
Sliced roast pork
3/4 pound thinly sliced smoked ham
3/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
4 dill pickles, sliced
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil

Manual Method: In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir till the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased surface, oil your hands, and knead it for 6 to 8 minutes, or until it begins to become smooth and supple.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl or dough-rising bucket, cover the bowl or bucket, and allow the dough to rise till puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 1 hour, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. Gently fold the dough in upon itself and turn it upside-down after 30 minutes; this "turn" helps eliminate some of the excess carbon dioxide and redistributes the yeast’s food, both imperative for optimum yeast growth.

Mixer Method: Combine the ingredients as directed at left, using a flat beater paddle or beaters, then switch to the dough hook(s) and knead for 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl or dough-rising bucket, cover the bowl or bucket, and allow the dough to rise, with a turn, as directed above.

Bread Machine Method: Place all of the ingredients into the pan of your machine, program the machine for Manual or Dough, and press Start. Examine the dough about 10 minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle, and adjust its consistency with additional water or flour as needed, to produce a smooth, supple dough. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.

Divide the dough into six pieces, and shape each piece into a rough log. Let the logs rest for 15 minutes, covered, then shape each piece into a smooth batard shape (a log about 8 inches long, slightly tapered at each end). Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal, and place the loaves on the baking sheet.

Let the loaves rise, covered, for 1 hour. Brush or spray them with water, and slash one long lengthwise slit down the middle of each loaf.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F while the loaves are rising.

Transfer the loaves from the cornmeal-sprinkled pan to your oven stone (if you have one), or leave them on the pan and place them in the preheated oven (if baked on a sheet pan, the loaves will be slightly less puffy). Bake the bread for 16 to 18 minutes, or until it’s golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and cool it on a wire rack. The loaves may be made one day in advance and stored at room temperature, or several weeks in advance and frozen. Yield: 6 sandwich loaves.

Roasting The Pork: Mix all of the marinade ingredients together (all of the ingredients except the pork), and rub this mixture over all surfaces of the pork. Cover well, and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours.

Place the pork in a roasting pan or ovenproof dish, and roast it in a preheated 425 degrees F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with the pan juices, until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast registers 160 degrees F. Remove the pork from the oven, and cool it completely before slicing thinly.

Sandwich Assembly: Slice the Cuban loaves in half horizontally. Brush the cut surfaces of the rolls with olive oil, soft butter or the remaining pan juices. Layer the sandwiches as follows: Swiss cheese, sliced pickle, ham, sliced roast pork, then additional cheese.

Now comes the somewhat challenging part. You want to grill these sandwiches, top and bottom, while at the same time flattening them slightly. This helps meld all of the filling ingredients. Heat two large skillets, or a grill and one skillet, to medium-hot. Lightly grease the grill and/or skillets. Place the sandwiches in the greased pan(s). Top them with a piece of parchment paper, then the remaining skillet (or flat sheet pan, or other heavy, flat, non-meltable object — the point is to weigh them down). Press down firmly on the top pan, and weigh it down. A teakettle filled with water makes a good weight, as does a clean brick wrapped in aluminum foil.

Grill the sandwiches for 5 to 8 minutes over medium heat, checking often to make sure the bottoms aren’t burning (we burned our first attempts to a crisp!). Adjust the heat downward if the bottoms are becoming brown after only a couple of minutes. Turn the sandwiches over and grill for several more minutes, until they’re crisp on both sides.

Yield: 6 sandwiches, 12 servings.

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Recipe: Spudnuts II

Spudnuts II

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INGREDIENTS:

1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Oil for deep-fat frying
4 cups confectioners� sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION:

Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook until tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Cool to 110 to 115 degrees F.

Discard remaining cooking liquid. Mash potatoes without milk or butter.

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in reserved cooking liquid. Add mashed potatoes, milk, oil, sugar, eggs and salt. Add enough flour to form a soft dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; let rise again until doubled, about 20 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch doughnut cutter.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown.

Combine confectioners’ sugar, water and vanilla extract; dip warm doughnuts in glaze. Cool on wire rack.

Yields 4 dozen.

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Recipe: Three Kings Cake

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Three Kings Cake
These traditional loaves are served on Epiphany, January 6. A token is hidden in each loaf. You can use an almond or a clean coin as the token, but often people use small symbols such as a baby shoe charm, a tiny wedding bell, or a ring to denote the kind of luck that the finder will have in the coming year.

3 packages or 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup scalded milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
Grated peel of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
5 cups bread flour
1/2 cup raisins, currents, or candied fruit
Cinnamon-sugar for garnish

Sprinkle the yeast onto the surface of the warm water. Add two tablespoons of the sugar and stir to dissolve. Allow mixture to proof in a warm place for 10 minutes. The yeast will be very bubbly and may overflow the bowl if it is too small.

In a large bowl combine the unsalted butter, the hot scalded milk, and the remaining sugar. Stir in the salt and grated peel.

Beat three eggs and add them to the butter mixture, making sure that it is no longer very hot. Then add the yeast mixture. Using an electric mixer, beat in the two cups of flour to make a smooth batter. Then add remaining flour using a bread hook on the mixer or kneading the flour in as the dough becomes stiff. The dough should be smooth and elastic when it is ready to rise. This will take about 10 minutes of kneading. Place dough in a greased and floured bowl and cover. Put in a warm place to rise until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down and knead to remove all air pockets. Work in fruit until it is evenly distributed through the dough. Divide dough in half and shape two circular loaves, hiding a token in each one. Place loaves in greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Brush tops of loaves with an egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar across the surface of each. Cover the loaves with a clean towel and allow to rise in a warm place untilalmost doubled in bulk.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for ten minutes and at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks.

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The Home Remedy Ear Infection Prevention

The Home Remedy Ear Infection Prevention

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Ear infections are something that no one wants to have to deal with.
At their most mild, they’re extremely irritating, while at their worst they are exceedingly painful. No matter when they crop up, they’re always a problem. It’s even worse for some people who chronically develop ear infections.

As they say, prevention is the best medicine. Prevention is the best form of home remedy. Ear infection doesn’t have to be a problem anymore if you follow a few simple steps. There are a lot of simple things that you can do at home to help prevent ear infections from happening. However, before trying any home remedies it’s a good idea to visit a doctor at least once.

For example, one common cause of the type of ear infection called swimmers ear is getting water in the ears. This most commonly happens when a person goes swimming – hence the name. There are some steps you can take while enjoying a day at the beach or at the pool to help protect against ear infection.

One thing you can do is use a blow dryer on your ears after you’ve completed a swim. You don’t want to hold the blow dryer too close as it can be really hot, but just blow some of that warm air into your ears. This helps to evaporate any extra moisture in the ear canal, which means there’s no place for bacteria and fungus to grow. Another option is simply to wear earplugs when you go for a swim. Ear plugs moisture from getting into your ears in the first place, which helps protect against infection.

Ear infections are sometimes caused by the ear canals getting clogged up. This particularly happens at night, because during the day your head is held upright and the tubes in your ears can drain properly. There are some ways to help avoid these tubes from getting blocked up.

A lot of the tricks that people use to make their ears “pop” can also help to make sure that your ear canals stay clear. For example, just chewing gum flexes the muscles around your ear canal, causing them to expand and contract. Yawning has the same sort of motion and also helps with this.

Another simple way to clear out those tubes is just to take a breath and then close your mouth. Then, blow out your nose gently while firmly closing your nostrils off with your hand. It’s something that’s almost instinctual, but it helps keep the ear canals clear.

If you know you’re the type of person prone to getting ear infections, you can also think about using ear drops or other over the counter medicines as preventative measures. It may seem paranoid but it’s worth it to avoid a nasty infection.

Since the things you can do at home are so easy, prevention really is the best sort of home remedy. Ear infection is a nasty price to have to pay for not taking proper care of your ears. Do yourself a favor and improve your overall ear health today. Always remember if your ear infections are chronic, you should always consult your physician.