How to Reduce Chicken Pox Scars

Every one of us will have the chance to get chicken pox and this painful disease may often leaves long lasting scars to the skin. Most of the times, the scars may fade and go off gradually but sometimes, the scars may not go away easily. The scars may not be harmful but they are not really something that you want to be on your skin. Some scars can be really ugly that you may want to get rid of forever. Here are some methods or remedies that you can try if you are facing this problem.

The easiest way is to rub some vitamin E oil and aloe vera onto the affected areas. Both of these ingredients are very soothing and healthy for the skin. Vitamin E is a great source of antioxidants and effectively repairs damaged cells. It also protects the skin from bacteria and other hazards from the environment. On the other hand, aloe vera is used as an all-purpose medicinal plant, which is filled with antioxidants and rich in antimicrobial elements. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and good for healing wounds or allergies. In other words, they can accelerate and enhance healing of the scars. It is advisable to rub them on the affected skin a few times a day to help to prevent the scars from darkening and eventually healing of the skin. Therefore, it is advisable to include the natural sources of Vitamin E such as papaya, almonds, spinach and avocado in your daily diet if you are having chicken pox scars.

Baking soda in your kitchen may come handy when you suffer from chicken pox. When you are having chicken pox, you must not scratch the skin to avoid leaving scar permanently on it. Baking soda is useful as its alkaline nature reduces the itching sensation while preventing skin irritation. When you don’t scratch your skin, the chances of having scar will be reduced. In addition, the alkaline nature of the baking soda can helps to maintain the pH level of the skin and exfoliate the skin. This allows the skin to breathe properly and thus, reducing the chicken pox scars. All you need to do is mix about three tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of water in a bowl. Mix properly and evenly to make a paste, which can be used to apply on the scars. Rub the paste gently over the skin for a few minutes, for about three times a week.

Coconut water is another way to reduce chicken pox scars as it is rich in minerals like calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium. Besides, it also contains lauric acid and cytokines that helps to get rid of scars. Another benefit of coconut water is the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties while regulating cell growth and maintaining the pH of the skin. With all these effects of coconut water, the chicken pox scars can be reduced more effectively. There are a number of ways to use coconut water to reduce chicken pox scars. One of the methods is taking a coconut water bath daily by mixing about two glasses of coconut water to a bathtub of water. Soak yourself in the water for ten minutes daily and may see that the chicken pox scars fading gradually. Alternatively, you may directly apply the coconut water onto the chicken pox scars. You shall repeat it several times a day to fade the scars more effectively.  

Honey can also be used to reduce chicken pox scars since it acts as a natural moisturizer for the skin as well as a bleaching agent that able to help to fade the scars. Apart from that, honey helps to regenerate skin cells and provide the necessary nutrients to the skin. It works simply through the process of osmosis on the skin, in which it draws the nutrients and blood towards the scars and eventually removing the dead skin cells while promoting new skin to regenerate. This process allows the skin to heal and to remove the chicken pox scars. You may create a paste to apply onto the skin by mixing one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of oats and one tablespoon of water. You can apply the paste for about 15 to 20 minutes before washing away with water. Follow this method regularly can help to reduce the chicken pox scars.  

Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties that help to rejuvenate the skin. Therefore, it is recommended to be used to reduce and avoid scars. However, do remember to always dilute the lavender essential oil with carrier oil like the olive oil or coconut oil before applying onto the skin with scars. You may simply add about two drops of lavender essential oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil and mix well. Once the mixture is ready, you may apply onto the affected areas on your skin two to three times a day to remove the chicken pox scars.    

Another simple way to reduce chicken pox scars is by using cucumber. This vegetable has great cooling effect to the skin, which can helps to stop irritation and burning sensation because of its high content of water. Moreover, it can help to reduce swelling of the skin and getting rid of skin irritation of the chicken pox. Other benefits of cucumber to chicken pox scars include lightening them and healing the damaged skin. You may add approximately two tablespoon of cucumber juice and some lemon juice for this effect of reducing scars of chicken pox. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply on the scars area and let it stays for about 15 minutes before washing with water. Use this method as frequent as possible to achieve effective result.     


Home Remedy for Sore Throat

When you are having sore throat, you will feel extremely uncomfortable from the pain and irritation in the throat. You may feel even worse when you swallow. A sore throat will occur as part of your body’s defence mechanism and immune response to foreign pathogens, bacterial or viral infections. What happened is that your natural immune systems will response automatically once these unwanted foreign particles are detected, leading to inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the throat.    

Here are some home remedies that may provide some relief to the pain of the throat. One of them is the apple cider vinegar. It is a natural health tonic that has been used in medicine remedies long time back as its main active ingredient is the acetic acid which is able to help to fight bacteria. It was also passed down from our old folks that combining both apple cider vinegar and honey can be used to treat sore throat and cough as well. Therefore, you may drink one cup of warm water which is mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to relive the pain from sore throat. You may also add one tablespoon of honey.  

Besides the use of apple cider vinegar to treat and relieve sore throat, the marshmallow plant has the same effects too. The marshmallow root contains a gelatine-like substance called the mucilage. This substance has the ability to coat and lubricate the throat. You may follow this simple ways to prepare a cold marshmallow root infusion if you are having sore throat problem. All you need is some cold water and about 30 grams of dried marshmallow root. First, fill a jar with about one litre of cold water and place the marshmallow root in cheesecloth, tied up in a bundle into it. Make sure the plant is entirely submerged in the water and infuse overnight for at least ten hours before removing the bundle. It is now ready to be consumed and if desire, you may add some sweetener that you prefer. Sip the drink bit by bit throughout the day in order to help to soothe the throat.   

Honey, which can be easily found in your kitchen, is a great remedy to reduce sore throat. It can be effective in fighting infection and reducing irritation of the throat when you drink honey combined with warm water. However, it is not recommended for young children because of the digestive system has not acquire those healthy bacteria that are able to fight germs naturally. In addition, it is also not recommended to you if you are avoiding sugar in your diet or following a low carbo diet as honey is a form of sugar which may contains up to 18 grams of carbs in a single tablespoon.  

Another simple home remedy is simply by gargling with salt water. This method to get rid of sore throat is quite well known by many. It works as the salt is able to reduce swelling by removing water out from the tissue of your throat while help you to fight against unwanted pathogens or microbes in your throat area. You just need to mix one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. Stir the mixture until the salt dissolves. Gargle with the mixture for about thirty seconds to one minute, as frequent as possible. It is definitely one of the simplest methods to help you to ease the discomfort of your throat.  

If you do not like the taste of salt water, you may try lemon water, which is more refreshing and able to help in reducing sore throat pain and discomfort. Lemon contains an amount of vitamin C and antioxidants required especially when you are having sore throat due to flu or cough. Besides these benefits, it also helps in moisturizing the mucous membrane of the throat as it helps in increasing the amount of produced saliva. If you wish to maximize the effect to soothe your sore throat, you may try combining lemon with warm water and adding some honey or salt, since all the ingredients are great help to sore throat.  

Coconut oil is well known to be a versatile food with many health benefits include fighting against infection, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Thus, coconut oil is also soothing to the throat as it helps in lubricating the mucous membrane. You can either add a spoonful of coconut to a cup of hot tea or hot soup, or simply consume a spoonful of coconut oil and allow it to melt down the throat. Do remember to limit the consumption of coconut oil to about two tablespoon each day. This is due to the fact that coconut oil has laxative effect at a high dosage. It is advisable to start by consuming only a small amount, about one teaspoon to minimize any potential unwanted side effects.  

Both peppermint and chamomile tea are able to soothe sore throat pain. Peppermint tea contains anti inflammatory compounds and is extremely soothing to the throat. The mint may also slightly numb the throat and therefore, relieving the pain. On the other hand, chamomile tea promotes restorative sleep, helps to fight infection and soothes the pain of sore throat. The teas are widely available in the market, making its preparation extremely simple. For peppermint tea, you can make your own from home by steeping a few fresh peppermint leaves in boiling water for few minutes and then straining off the leaves. Both the peppermint and chamomile tea are caffeine-free and naturally benefit your health besides helping to reduce inflammation and throat discomfort.  

Ginger is also good for comforting sore throat as it comes with antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. You can easily prepare fresh ginger tea at home as all you need are fresh ginger root, water and some sweetener, which is optional. Bring the water to boil and then peel and grate the ginger root. Add about one tablespoon of grated ginger into the boiling water and let it steep for about ten minutes. If you prefer, you may add some sweeter and stir well. The ginger tea can be served either hot or cold.   

When you have sore throat, the best way to reduce the pain and expedite the healing is drinking plenty of fluids. It is very important to keep the mucous membrane of the throat to be hydrated all the time. As mentioned, swallowing can be very uncomfortable when you are having sore throat. Therefore, drinking of plenty of fluid can make your throat feel better. Adequate intake of fluid ensures that you stay well hydrated while allowing your throat to remain moist in order for quicker healing.


Natural Remedy for Cough

Coughing is known as one of the most common health problems to many. It happens due to the fact that something is blocking or irritating the throat or the upper air passages. It is never a fun situation especially when you are having a persistent cough breaking silence in any quiet environment. All in all, coughing is just terribly uncomfortable. Here are some natural remedies that are natural and beneficial to control mucus production, cleanse and boost the immune system.

One of the simplest and most popular home remedies for cough is ginger. It helps in reducing cough by drying up a running and dripping nose while expelling phlegm from the respiratory tract. In other words, it helps to soothe the cough making it less irritated. You can cut some fresh ginger into small slices, crush them slightly and put them in a cup of water. Bring them to boil and the ginger solution all ready to drink. It is advisable to drink this ginger tea about three to four times daily to relief from coughing. Addition of lemon juice and honey bring better taste to the remedy. Another method to use ginger as a cough relief is just simply by chewing fresh raw ginger.  

Turmeric is also a natural remedy, which has therapeutic effect on cough. Firstly, you need to heat half a cup of water. Then, add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and black pepper. Bring the mixture to boil for about three to four minutes. You may also add one tablespoon of honey and drink the mixture daily until you can feel improvement in your condition. Another way is adding one teaspoon of turmeric powder and carom seeds to a cup of water and bring to boil until the water reduces to half a cup. Drink this herbal with or without honey few times a day. One last method to use turmeric is to roast the turmeric root and grind into smooth powder. Then, mix it with water and some honey, and it’s all ready to be consumed.  

Another natural remedy for cough is garlic, which has both antibacterial and antimicrobial components that able to help to reduce coughing problem. The method is very simple. All you need to do is boil two to three cloves of garlic and a teaspoon of oregano in a cup of water. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before your drink it. Alternatively, you may eat a clove of crushed garlic that is mixed with a few drops of clove oil and some honey. Garlic helps to alleviate your cough symptoms.   

Thyme, which has antimicrobial properties, is able to relax the muscles of the trachea and bronchi, while opening up airways. These result in less coughing and increase in comfort. All you need are some fresh thyme springs or two tablespoons of dried thyme, eight ounces of fresh water and honey or lemon for better taste. Prepare a tea thyme by first, lightly bruising the thyme, place in a mug and cover with boiling water for about ten to fifteen minutes. Once ready, you may add some honey or lemon and drink it daily.

There are quite a number of natural remedies for cough besides those mentioned above. For example, cinnamon, onion, licorice root tea and salt water are known to be helpful in alleviating cough.            

Home Remedies for Low Blood Pressure

People often talk about hypertension, which is high blood pressure because of its common occurrence in human especially to the elders. This is very true as this illness can contribute to unlimited complications in health. On the other hand, hypotension, which is low blood pressure, has been very much lesser in discussion. Although it is far less often, it cannot be taken lightly as it is also an important health issue, impacting on your well-being. It is a condition, in which a person’s blood pressure becomes very low, leading to symptoms like nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, palpitations and cold. Low blood pressure also means that there is not enough blood reaching your heart or brain, and other important organs of your body.      

The proper treatment for low blood pressure depends on the exact cause. Nonetheless, you can try some simple home remedies to alleviate the symptoms. When dealing with low blood pressure, it is usually recommended to increase your salt and fluid intake. The reason is because the sodium in the salt of the salt water can help to treat low blood pressure condition. However, never ever overtake the amount of salt water as excess salt can be damaging to your body too. Remember to take in the appropriate amount of salt. You may simply mix one and a half teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. Mix well and consume the fluid. Other than that, you may consider to drink sports beverages that contain a reasonable amount of salt.

Caffeine may also be quite beneficial in dramatically increasing the blood pressure in certain people. Some of you may be aware that having a cup of strong coffee, hot chocolate or any caffeinated beverage can temporarily increase the blood pressure. Therefore, it is suggested to those who suffer low blood pressure quite frequently to have a cup of caffeinated drink in the morning or during a meal. As easy as it is, do not make this a habit or get addicted to it as the long-term effects for drinking caffeinated drinks are still unclear. Too much of caffeine may lead to some other health problems. Hence, it is advisable not to take more than two cups of coffee per day in order to avoid any negative impacts to your body.  

Another home remedy that you can try for low blood pressure is taking almonds and milk. Bear in mind that this is a traditional method that our ancestors find it useful that can at least help in reducing the symptoms in low blood pressure. You may simply soak about five to seven almonds in water overnight. The next morning, peel off the skin and start grinding the almonds into a smooth paste. Once you are done, boil the paste together with a cup of milk. It is recommended to drink it every morning. Raisins are another option. It is considered as a traditional Ayurvedic remedy that is excellent in treating low blood pressure naturally. It is very simple and you should give it a try. You can just simply soak about 30 to 50 raisins in water overnight and eat them the next morning one at a time on an empty stomach. The remaining water that you soaked the raisins can be consumed as well. Try to be disciplined and follow this remedy for at least a few weeks to see results of any reduced symptoms of low blood pressure.    

Juices are quite helpful too in treating low blood pressure. One of the recommended juices that you should include in your diet for this purpose is carrot juice. You may add one or two tablespoons of honey to your carrot juice and drink it twice a day on an empty stomach in the morning and evening. Other than that, lemon juice is highly effective in treating both high and low blood pressure. This is especially true when the low blood pressure is caused by dehydration. In conditions like this, it is advisable to drink some lemon juice mixed with a little bit of salt or sugar as it helps to energize your body by stimulating the function of the liver while aiding in our digestion. Other options may include sugarcane juice, in which you can mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice and salt. Raw beetroot juice can also be very helpful in dealing with both high and low blood pressure. In case of low blood pressure, try this simply home remedy by simply drinking a cup of beetroot juice twice per day. Try this for at least two weeks to see any improvement to it.  

Another recommended and simple home remedy for low blood pressure is ginger, an effective herb that is also able to heal both high and low blood pressure.  Ginger contains many beneficial compounds such as some powerful anti-oxidants and plant chemicals like gingerol, shogaol and zingerone. These compounds are able to help in preventing fluctuations in blood pressure. In addition, ginger also has other benefits like anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic that can assist in stimulating blood circulation. This leads to increasing blood flow and proper blood pressure. In order to prepare this home remedy, all you need are 2 teaspoons of grated ginger, a cup of boiling water and a pot. First, place the grated ginger into the pot and pour the boiling water to fill the content. Cover the pot and leave it for about fifteen minutes. After that, your ginger tea should be ready. It is good if you drink it every day to relieve low blood pressure.

Holy basil is also an herb that is beneficial for low blood pressure as it is rich in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and pantothenic acid. You can include this remedy as part of your daily morning liquid intake by just extracting the juice out of about 15-20 basil leaves. You can add some honey for some sweetness and drink the juice on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can simply chew about four to five basil leaves daily during the morning time.  

Rosemary, as most of you know has a great number of benefits. This herb is able to help in promoting the central nervous system that in turn, helps in improving blood circulation. Rosemary was used to be included in white wine as it helps to regulate blood pressure and circulation and nowadays, it is used as ointment for massaging to raise the blood pressure. Therefore, rosemary is definitely one home remedy that worth a try if you have low blood pressure problem. There are slightly more steps in preparing this home remedy. You will need a quarter cup of dried rosemary leaves and olive oil. First of all, put the dried rosemary leaves into a jar with lid and pour the olive oil in as well. Make sure that the olive oil covers the dried leaves completely. Then, cover the jar with its lid and leave it aside for about two to three days. Thereafter, transfer the mixture of content into another jar and cover it tightly. After about 30 minutes, you can start to apply the oil mixture on your chest to counter low blood pressure problem. Do it frequently until you are able to reduce or get rid of the problem. As time progress, there are many alternative ways to get the full benefits of rosemary leaves. For example, you may simply add rosemary essential oils in a diffuser to get the aromatherapy benefits. Also, you may take up to 10ml of rosemary tincture daily in order to normalize your low blood pressure.  

Licorice root is another well-known home remedy in normalizing low blood pressure caused by low levels of cortisol. This herb is able to do that by blocking the enzyme that breaks down cortisol as well as supporting the healthy adrenalin functions. There are two ways in which you can include licorice root as part of your diet. First, you can prepare a licorice tea by simply adding a teaspoon of the herb either in dry or powder form, into a cup of boiling water for about five to ten minutes. Take the tea for a few days for it to take effect. Second, you can simply consume about 400 to 500mg of licorice root capsules for a few days.

Last but not least, Siberian ginseng is known to be effective in helping to treat many heart problems including low blood pressure. You can use the Siberian ginseng properly by consuming it as a tea. However, it is highly advisable to consult your doctor before taking any ginseng to combat this kind of blood pressure issue. If allowed, you can start preparing your Siberian ginseng tea by putting one or two teaspoons of sliced roots to a pan and pour some boiling water to cover the ginseng. Leave it covered for about 20 minutes. Then, pour the water to a cup and it’s all ready for you to start sipping your tea for the purpose of maintaining a stable blood pressure.

As mentioned, the conditions of low blood pressure can be caused by many issues like dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, decrease in blood volume, endocrine disorders, prolonged bed rest, pregnancy and neurological disorders. Despite many medications available such as alpha blockers, beta blockers, diuretics and antidepressants, many people will prefer to have more options including trying out natural home remedies for low blood pressure. It is not harmful to try these home remedies but it is always good to consult a doctor if your condition is more complicated.   


Dizzy when Standing Up too quickly

Certain people may feel dizzy or light-headedness when they stand up. Their blood pressure dropping excessively when they stand up is known as orthostatic or postural hypotension. Some of the symptoms include faintness, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion or blurred vision.

What are the causes for feeling dizzy when standing up that occurs in some people? One of the most common causes are the decreased in blood volume resulted from dehydration or blood loss. Dehydration will happen when your body loses more fluid than the amount of water you drink. The suggested amount of water to drink daily is about eight glasses for a non-active person whereas for an active person like athletes, it is advisable to increase water intake to avoid dehydration. A drop in blood volume can also be caused by certain drugs such as thiazide diuretics and loop diuretics. A diuretic is any substance that promotes dieresis in order to increase production of urine.

Diseases can be the cause for feeling dizzy when standing up. Heart conditions like heart attack or valve disease and Parkinson’s disease can cause this dizziness. Prolonged bed rest or immobility can be one major cause of feeling dizziness too. Sudden standing up can definitely cause them to feel dizzy. Other than that, pregnancy can cause a woman to feel dizzy when standing up. This is due to hormonal changes during this period of time.

How can this orthostastic or postural hypotension be diagnosed? First of all, when you come across the mentioned symptoms, do consult your doctor. The number one thing that your doctor will do is check your blood pressure while you are sitting, lying down and standing. This is to confirm whether you have orthostastic or postural hypotension when your systolic blood pressure drops by 20 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or your diastolic blood pressure drops by 10 mm Hg within three minutes of standing up. In order to futher find out the underlying cause, your doctor might need to conduct a physical examination, check your heart rate and other certain tests. For examples, you will be required to do a complete blood count to check for anemia, electrocardiogram to check the rhythm of your heart, echocardiogram to check on how your heart and heart valves are functioning as well as exercise stress test to measure your heart rate during exercise.   

If you are confirmed to have orthostastic or postural hypotension, it can be treated but highly depends on the cause. Some of the recommendations that your doctor might give you include some lifestyle changes practices. For examples, you may be advised to increase your fluid and water intake and limit or reduce your alcohol intake. As you may feel dizzy standing up, you are encouraged to stand up slowly when getting out of a chair or bed. This small action has a big influence on your health. Other advices for you include adjusting the dose or switch to another medication of medication is the cause for this dizziness, avoiding crossing your legs or standing up for too long, avoiding having to walk in hot weather, reducing intake of large carbohydrate-rich meals and adding additional salt to your daily meals to retain fluid. In more severe cases, doctor may prescribe drugs like fludrocortisones, midodrine, erythropoietin and pyridostigmine to increase your blood volume or to constrict your blood vessels depending on your exact condition.

In most cases, orthostastic or postural hypotension can be cured by treating its underlying cause. With the right treatment, the symptoms can be eliminated.  


How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain high protein and fiber, making it a great snack to boost up your energy. Therefore, do remember to save up these nutritious seeds and not throwing them away. Especially during the Halloween season, why not make a delicious and most importantly, healthy snack from all the leftovers from the pumpkin carving session.

Here is how you prepare to roast the pumpkin seeds in a few simple steps. First of all, you scoop out all the seeds of the pumpkin into a bowl by using your hands, a spoon or a carving object depends on your preference. After you have done scooping out the seeds, separate them from the flesh and strings. This can be quite a difficult task but you can do it by rinsing the combined seeds and flesh in a strainer under running water. As the water runs through the seeds, rub the seeds between your fingers in order to separate the seeds from the flesh. Then, you may rinse the seeds again under cold water to discard the pulp. One tip to take note is that it is easier to remove the seeds from the pumpkin before removing the pulp from the pumpkin. Therefore, it is advisable to reach in the pumpkin and pull the seeds off the pulp carefully. This step saves you a lot of work as it will only remove the seeds.  

Once the seeds are rinsed, you may soak them in salt water as the salt water helps to deactivates enzyme inhibitors which could cause irritation to stomach. The seeds may be soaked for few hours before drying with paper towels. After the seeds are dried, you may season the seeds. This is the step in which you can be as creative as you want. You can either simply sprinkle the seeds with additional salt or be more creative. Firstly, remember to toss the seeds with some honey or olive oil so that your seasonings will stick. You may try a few combinations of either sweet or spicy. If you prefer sweet snack, season the seeds with honey, cinnamon or sugar. If you prefer spicy, season the seeds with olive oil, paprika or pepper. You may also try seasoning the seeds with peanut oil, crumbled seaweed or melted butter.  

Now, you can prepare to roast the seeds. There are a few ways to roast the seeds. One of the method is by roasting the seeds in a pan by constantly and continuously shifting them around to prevent the seeds from sticking to the pan and to ensure the seeds are roasted evenly. Another method is by using the microwave by simply putting the seeds and heat for two to three minutes. Then, take the seeds out and stir a few times before reheat for another one minute. You may repeat this step until the seeds are crispy enough. Besides the pan and microwave, you may also use the oven to roast the seeds. Preheat the oven to 160°C and leave the seeds until they become brown. This will usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. It is advisable to shake the seeds around for every five minutes to avoid burning.      

Once the roasting process has been completed, the seeds should be set aside to cool and ready to be served. Apart from eating the seeds alone, you may try sweet seeds as topping on your yogurt or savory seeds to be added into your soups or salads.

Remove Cat Urine Smell

Cat urine is just like other pets’ urine as it can gives a very bad smell nearly impossible to mask off. It can happens quite often that your cat urinates outside the litter box and on a carpet, bed linens, clothes or furniture. It is very important to remove the urine smell to prevent your cat from repeating the same mistake again on the same spot. As you know, pets tend to return to the same spot which they previously urinated if the odor is still there. Moreover, if the problem is not being taken care off, the urine left unclean will gives out a strong ammonia smell and eventually causes more bacteria growth.

Many of you, cat owners are not quick enough to clean up the urine. Thus, once the urine dries up, you might not see it on the floor but the smell cannot be avoided. Luckily, there are a few items from your house that are able to neutralize the cat urine smell like vinegar, baking soda and enzymatic cleaners. Vinegar is said to be one of the easiest and most useful product when it comes to clean the mess from your beloved cat. By simply making a solution with a mixture of vinegar and water, pour on the affected area as well as the area close by including the wall. You can notice the result after a few hours depending on how strong the smell is. Many people find that vinegar works greatly in removing the cat urine smell as the acid neutralizes the alkaline salts that form in the urine of the cat. Vinegar has a strong smell itself and it will subsides after a few days taking the cat urine smell away too.  

What if your cat pees on your carpet? Once you have noticed this incident to happen, be quick enough to blot up as much as possible the amount of urine. This should be followed up by rinsing the area with clean water and removing the liquid with a vacuum. Remember not to use a steam cleaner as the heat from the steamer can set the stain into the carpet. Then, add some enzyme cleaners to the affected spot and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. After that, start blotting again with a clean piece of cloth. In order to make sure your cat will not return to the same spot again to pee, you should cover the affected area with aluminum foil or cover with an upside-down laundry basket during the cleaning process. If the urine smell do not go away from the carpet after your cleaning effort, you can use an oil based, stain blocker primer under the carpet to neutralize the smell.

Your cat might not only pee on the carpet but also on cushions and mattresses. Do not freak out as you can clean them in a similar way as how you clean the carpet. Firstly, soak the affected part of the cushion or mattress with water and blot up as much as possible the liquid with a towel. Then, soak them again in enzyme cleaner and allow the cleaner to settle for about 15 minutes. Squish out the excess liquid and blot again with towels. Let the cushion or mattress to dry completely. While allowing the items to be dried, make sure your cat cannot go near them. This is to discourage your cat from peeing on the cushion or mattress again. Bear in mind that thick cushions and mattresses may require more than one application to remove the smell completely.

Your naughty cat may also pee on linens and clothing leaving them with a terrible smell. When this happens, you must first rinse the clothing with cool water. Then, put the clothing into the washing machine with detergent and a cup of baking soda or some vinegar. You can most probably still smell the urine after the first cycle of washing. Do not panic, the process is not complete yet. Now, add some enzyme cleaner and proceed to the next cycle of washing. Sometimes, you may require to wash the clothing for a few times in order for the cat urine smell to be completely gone.       


Remove Dog Urine from Carpet

For dog lovers like you, you are aware that no matter how well-trained your dogs are, there are times when accidents do occur. Your dog may accidently pee on your favourite carpet especially a young puppy or an older doggy. This will cause your entire home to stink as the urine contains strong ammonia smell. Therefore, it is important for you to be equipped with some good knowledge on how to remove the urine of your dog from the carpet in order to prevent the smell to spread.

Most importantly, you must quickly remove and clean up any urine that is still wet. When you spotted that your dog has urinated on the carpet, do not delay in cleaning. Once the urine dries up, it will not only stains the carpet but also increases the growth of bacteria. It is best to remove the urine by placing a few paper towels over the wet area of the carpet. Press hard on the towels so that they could absorb the urine as much as possible. This way, the urine smell can be highly reduced. Keep in your mind that cleaning up the mess right after it happened will definitely save you a lot of work.

If the urine of your dog has already set into the carpet, there are still ways to clean it by neutralizing the urine odor. First, you need to create a white vinegar cleaning solution with a ratio of one to one of vinegar to water. Vinegar is a very good choice as it is able to neutralize the smell of ammonia from the urine without causing the carpet fibers to fade. In other words, it cleans and protects your carpet. Once you have prepared the white vinegar solution, pour it slowly on the affected area on the carpet. Make sure that you allow sufficient time for the solution to reach deep down into the lower fibers in the carpet in order for a complete neutralization to occur. After about ten minutes, use some paper towels to blot the carpet in order to soak up the liquid. Then, leave the carpet to dry, which may take up to few hours.

The process does not end by leaving the carpet to dry. Once the carpet is almost dry, you need to sprinkle some baking soda on the same affected area and allow it to settle. The time that you allow the baking soda to settle into the carpet depends on how severe the stain of the urine. Some suggests to leave it for only 15 minutes while some say it is best to leave it for several hours. After that, run a vacuum over the affected area. With the use of white vinegar and baking soda, your problem should be well taken care off.   

Other than the conventional ways to remove dog urine from the carpet, you may easily opt for some solutions available commercially. In case if the conventional methods fail you, there are many pet urine and stain removers and deodorizers in the market. The variety of choices available can sometimes be a headache as certain products will work better than others, depending on your carpet type. Therefore, it is highly advisable to read the label on the products carefully before getting one that suits your need.    


Prostate cancer survival rate


Prostate cancer is one of the cancer types that is slow to grow and isn’t quick to spread. Through going along diagnoses, prostate cancer can be considered to be less threatening compared to other types of cancers. Prostate cancer is seen as a less dangerous illness than other medical conditions for many men. Because of these reasons, and due to early detection stages, prostate cancer tops as one of the highest cancer survival rates of all the different types of cancer. Knowing this can help explore what this means for those at potential risk.

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer next to skin cancer. In a man’s lifetime, only 1 in 7 will be diagnosed with cancer. For much older men who are never diagnosed, it is astonishing to find two thirds of them could have prostate cancer. Out of these figures, only 1 in 36 men actually dies from prostate cancer. The diagnose of prostate cancer in these much older men usually turn out to be slow growing and non aggressive. Hence, the actual cause of their death is usually due to other health and medical illnesses like heart disease, stroke and others. It has nothing to do with prostate cancer.

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One can say that prostate cancer survival rates look positive. By the time men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are around the age of 70. Many of these men face death due to other complications of health problems over the period of 5 years that is irrelevant to prostate cancer. When survival rate of prostate cancer is calculated excluding these group of men who die of other causes, the figures look very encouraging. About 99% of men with prostate cancer that is common will hold out for 5 years and more upon being diagnosed. And for most of the men whose prostate cancer has not spreaded and remain only in one area nearby, the prognosis is far more promising. Close to all of them will live for a minimum of 5 years. For men with prostate cancer that has spreaded which make up about 30%, 1 in 3 of them will live for at least 5 years after diagnosis. However, this is mere approximate statistic.

It is quite complex to understand the prognosis of your prostate cancer because of the various factors involved in the growth and development of prostate cancer. There are some factors that will influence the result of your cancer and they are PSA level, stage and gleason grade or score.

There are fewer men (5%) that have advanced prostate cancer as compared to localized cancer (only in one area) and 9 out of 10 men with prostate cancer have localized cancer so it’s safe to say none of these men will pass away from prostate cancer after 5 years.

Despite all the statistics that are gathered, there isn’t complete certainty on how dependable they are.  It does not foretell what will become of you and exactly how long your lifespan is. Each person’s cancer is different and individualistic. The way and how cancer grows and their rate differs from one person to another. There is not enough specific information on what treatments the patient had and how the prognosis was impacted by those treatments.

Unfortunately, statistics are often not up to date. With any kind of statistics, much time is needed for them to be gathered and collaborated. Hence, it is not an accurate speculation that includes more recent developments in treatments. There are newer drugs used to treat advanced cancer and this is it is not taken into consideration into the above statistics. On the other hand, it is a good thing that these statistics are outdated as there is probably better and more improved statistics considering the 5 year relative survival rate for men diagnosed with cancer was 92.9% in 1990 and at present, it is 99%.

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis


Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among males and because of this, there is a strong public and medical interest in making the diagnosis and staging of this cancer. Despite the cancer being slow growing, it makes 10-percent of cancer linked deaths in men and about a thousands of lives of men being taken every year because of the disease.

Most prostate cancers are initially diagnosed through tests and screening. This is because it remains controversial whether to test men with no symptoms for prostrate cancer. Some health and medical institutions do not concur if there are any benefits to screen while some others advise men to contemplate screening for men in their 50s or earlier for those who have some risk factors. Some medical institutions are against any kind of screening.  There is no precise and exact test for prostate cancer so consult your doctor and discuss your condition, risk of screening and concerns to see if prostate cancer screening and diagnosis is right for you.

One of the prostrate screening tests is digital rectal exam (DRE). A doctor uses a lubricated finger with a glove inside your rectum to inspect the prostate which is next to the rectum during the DRE examination. Further tests may be needed if the doctor finds any unusualness found in the shape, size or texture of the gland. A second screening test available is the Prostrate-specific antigen  (PSA) test. The healthcare team will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm to evaluate the PSA, which the prostate gland naturally produces as a substance. It is safe to say that if there is a small amount of PSA in the bloodstream, it is normal. A suggestion of prostate infection, inflammation, enlargement of cancer would be a result of a higher than normal level found.

Studies have shown to be doubtful and disagreeing on whether a combination of DRE and PSA testing helps to distinguish prostate cancer at its earlier stages. As a result, prostate cancer screening remains a huge debate among health experts.

Upon completeing the DNA and PSA test, some other tests will be done to conclude if you have prostate cancer. One of them is a small examination done with an insertion into the rectum through ultra sound the shape and size of a cigar. An image of your prostate gland will be made by a probe using sound waves. If there is suspicion of prostrate cancer from the first testing results, a method collecting sample of cells from the prostate called prostate biopsy will be advised by the doctor. A prostate biopsy happens when tissue is collected using a thin needle inserted into the prostate. In a lab, the tissue is then examined to see if cancer cells are present.


When a biopsy certifies the presence of cancer, what follows is the determination of the degree of cancer cells aggression (grade). The job of a pathologist in the lab will study how much difference there is between the cancer cells and healthy cells. An aggressive cancer is more likely spread rapidly if it has a higher grade. It is not necsesary for a patient to stay overnight in this procedure and it can usually be done in a hospital or a doctor’s office. Local anaethesia is given to the patient beforehand to numb the area and antiobiotics are presecribed at the start of the procedure to avoid infection.

As soon as the prostate cancer has been diagnosed, the doctor will take on the next task of pinning down the intensity (stage) of the cancer. If there is an impression by the doctor that the cancer may have spreaded beyond the prostate, it is recommended to have some imaging tests done. They are bone scan, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) positron emission tomomography (PET).It is to note that not everyone should take these tests. Your doctor will help advise you on which is most suitable for you.

The stage of the cancer is then assigned by your doctor once the tests are taken which will help to lead you to the appropriate treatment. The first cancer stage is Stage I. The cancer in this stage is restricted to a very small area and cancer cells are not seen as aggressive under a microscope. At Stage II, the cancer cells are remain small and viewed under microscope and can be aggressive. It is possible that the cancer may be bigger and have enlarged on both sides of the prostate gland. In Stage III, the cancer has spread to seminal vescicles and other nearby tissues. Lastly, organs such as bladders, lymph nodes, bones, lungs and other organs which have been infected by cancer is considered Stage IV.