Mayo Clinic Q and A: How to remove a tick quickly and

To remove a tick that is embedded in the skin, grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, using tweezers if available. Pull upward with a steady, continuous motion. To ensure the whole tick is removed, try not to twist it or jerk it. If mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin, leave the area alone and let the skin heal.

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Home Remedies: Reduce belching, intestinal gas and

You can reduce belching if you: Eat and drink slowly. Taking your time can help you swallow less air. Try to make meals relaxed occasions; eating when you're stressed or on the run increases the air you swallow. Avoid carbonated drinks and beer. They release carbon dioxide gas. Skip the gum and hard candy.

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Home Remedies: Cleaning out the earwax – Mayo Clinic News

Soften the wax. Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal. Use warm water. After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back to straighten your ear canal

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Home Remedies: Effective earwax removal – Mayo Clinic News

You may need to repeat this wax-softening and irrigation procedure a few times before the excess earwax falls out. However, the softening agents may only loosen the outer layer of the wax and cause it to lodge deeper in the ear canal or against the eardrum.

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Home Remedies: Helping a hoarse voice – Mayo Clinic News

Breathe moist air. Use a humidifier to keep the air throughout your home or office moist. Inhale steam from a bowl of hot water or a hot shower. Rest your voice as much as possible. Avoid talking or singing too loudly or for too long. If you need to speak before large groups, try to use a microphone or megaphone.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings

Compression stockings are designed to provide the strongest pressure around your ankle, with decreasing pressure as the stocking goes up the leg. Putting on, or donning, a compression stocking can be done a few different ways. One way involves gently pulling the unbunched, unrolled stocking over the foot until it fits well over the foot and heel.

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Home Remedies: Fighting foot fungus – Mayo Clinic News Network

Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. Athlete's foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch.

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Home Remedies: Listen up about earwax – Mayo Clinic News

Soften the wax. Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal. Use warm water. After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal. Tilt your head and pull your outer ear up and back to straighten your ear canal.

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Home Remedies: Suffering from swimmer’s ear – Mayo Clinic

A mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part rubbing alcohol may help promote drying and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause swimmer's ear. Pour 1 teaspoon (about 5 milliliters) of the solution into each ear and let it drain back out. Similar over-the-counter solutions may be available at your drugstore.

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Home Remedies: Gas, belching and bloating – Mayo Clinic

Pads, underwear and cushions containing charcoal also may help absorb unpleasant odors from passing gas. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies provides answers you need to take care of common health problems on your own. This reference covers 120 of today’s common health problems in an easy-to-follow, A-to-Z format.

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Home Remedies: Stop a nosebleed in 4 steps – Mayo Clinic

Pinch your nose. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch both nostrils shut, even if only one side is bleeding. Breathe through your mouth. Continue to pinch for five to 10 minutes. This maneuver puts pressure on the bleeding point on the nasal …

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Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Way to Prevent Accumulation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic researchers led a laboratory study that found a new way to prevent the accumulation of amyloid plaque – a key feature of Alzheimer’s disease – by eliminating a class of molecules called heparan sulfates that form on brain cells. “Just as a carpet covers a floor and can hold dirt, molecules called heparan sulfates can cover brain cells and trap and

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Dealing with chronic constipation

Constipation typically is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week or other symptoms (e.g., hard stools, excessive straining, or a sense of incomplete evacuation after defecation). Chronic constipation refers to these symptoms when they last for several weeks or longer. Constipation is a common problem, and there are many types

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Steps Can Be Taken to Relieve or Prevent Night Leg Cramps

night leg cramps, it's a good idea to stretch before turning. in for the night. Doing light exercise — Riding a. stationary bike for a few minutes before bedtime may help prevent. cramps while you're sleeping. Choosing the right shoes — Wearing. shoes that …

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Home Remedies: Middle ear infections – Mayo Clinic News

An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Ear infections frequently are painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

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Curing Cataracts without Surgery

Cataracts make it difficult to read or drive a car, especially at night. Surgery to treat cataracts involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a synthetic new one. This procedure is safe and very effective. But University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers and colleagues are exploring another approach to treatment.

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Home Remedies: Corns and calluses – Mayo Clinic News Network

Soaking your hands or feet in warm, soapy water softens corns and calluses. This can make it easier to remove the thickened skin. Thin thickened skin. During or after bathing, rub a corn or callus with a pumice stone, nail file, emery board or washcloth to help remove a layer of toughened skin. Don't use a sharp object to trim the skin.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: How to reverse prediabetes – Mayo

To maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly. For best results, get 150 minutes or more of moderate aerobic physical activity a week or at least 30 minutes most days. If you count steps as a way to monitor activity, it probably will require 10,000–15,000 steps a day to stay at a lower weight. Another benefit of physical activity is that

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Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Do You Need It, Or Can You

Study: younger, older people likelier to visit ER repeatedly with gallstone pain before surgery. ROCHESTER, Minn. — Gallstone pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit emergency rooms. Figuring out who needs emergency gallbladder removal and who can go home and schedule surgery at their convenience is sometimes a tricky question, and it isn’t always answered …

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7 tips to combat viral upper respiratory illness – Mayo

The next time you go to see your health care provider for an upper respiratory illness — a cough or cold — don't assume you'll get a prescription for an antibiotic.

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Home Remedies: Help with itchy hives – Mayo Clinic News

To relieve itching, sprinkle the bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal — a finely ground oatmeal made for bathing (Aveeno, others). Wear loose, smooth-textured cotton clothing. Avoid wearing clothing that's rough, tight, scratchy or made from wool. This will help you avoid skin irritation.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Estrogen replacement therapy after

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been using an estrogen hormone patch for two years since having a hysterectomy at 38.I had my ovaries removed as part of the procedure. How often should I have my estrogen levels tested, and how long will I need to continue hormone replacement?

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: New treatment to open blocked carotid

The new TCAR technique is a hybrid of the two techniques. It involves making a tiny incision at the base of the neck and, from there, inserting a stent into the carotid artery. While the stent is being placed, blood flow through the carotid artery is reversed temporarily. This is accomplished by inserting a small device into the carotid artery

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Home Remedies: Anxiety and stress – Mayo Clinic News Network

Lifestyle and home remedies: Keep physically active. Develop a routine so that you're physically active most days of the week. Exercise is a powerful stress reducer. It may improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly and gradually increase …

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mild to Moderate Aortic Stenosis

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a condition called aortic stenosis, which I am told prevents blood from getting out of my heart.Is it true that I don’t have to have surgery to have this valve replaced? What are the risks of having this condition and not having surgery to treat it?

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Hot Pan Burned My Hand — Treatment Tips – Mayo Clinic News

One of the most important things to do is to act fast and follow these tips for minor burn treatment: Use cool (a little colder than room temperature) running water for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pain eases. A cool, clean, damp towel works, too. Swelling may occur, so remove tight items, such as rings or clothing, from the burned area.

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Blocked Glands Surrounding Eyelids Create Receptive

Blocked Glands Surrounding Eyelids Create Receptive Environment for Bacteria. May 7, 2010. Dear Mayo Clinic: Please share any information you have on the eye condition meibomitis.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Is daily drinking problem drinking

ANSWER: Occasional beer or wine with dinner, or a drink in the evening, is not a health problem for most people. When drinking becomes a daily activity, though, it may represent progression of your consumption and place you at increased health risks. From your description of your drinking habits, it may be time to take a closer look at how much

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‘The bugs are out,’ Tips on how to get through bug-biting

It's officially bug-biting season. While some bugs are just annoying to deal with, the bite of others can be potentially dangerous. Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, says some bugs can transmit disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites through their bite, and these bites often manifest on the skin as rashes.. Watch: Mayo Clinic expert offers tips on how to get through bug

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10 Tips To Help Survive Nausea During Pregnancy – Mayo

Think about consuming ginger — either ginger ale, ginger candies or ginger tea. Increase your intake of vitamin B6, which has been shown to help decrease nausea. Change the time of day you take your prenatal vitamins. Take your prenatal vitamins in the morning, afternoon or night. Consider gummy vitamins if the traditional large pills trigger

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding adrenal insufficiency

Primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is one form. Your adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney. Hormones secreted by the adrenal glands include cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol helps your body respond to stress, such as from an injury or infection. It also helps glucose metabolism and helps with

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: New steam treatment for benign

During the treatment, a tiny needle is inserted into the urethra and positioned within the prostate gland. In nine seconds, the needle produces a steam ball within the prostate that is about 2 centimeters wide. All the tissue the steam touches is destroyed. That eliminates the extra prostate tissue that causes benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: For adults with scoliosis, treatment

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How effective is surgery to treat scoliosis in adults?What does the surgery involve? ANSWER: Fortunately for most adults who have scoliosis, the condition can be successfully managed without surgery.For some who suffer from an overly tilted or arthritic spine, though, surgery can be very effective at relieving symptoms.

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Home Remedies: A ‘natural’ remedy for gallstones

Home Remedies: A ‘natural’ remedy for gallstones? A gallbladder cleanse — also called a gallbladder flush or a liver flush — is an alternative remedy for ridding the body of gallstones. However, no scientific evidence suggests that a gallbladder cleanse helps prevent or treat gallstones or any other disease. In most cases, a gallbladder

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Understanding COVID-19 vaccine side effects, why second

All vaccines could cause some degree of reaction, and the same is true for COVID-19 vaccines. Post-vaccine symptoms are typically mild and resolve quickly without the …

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Sea salt and sufficient iodine intake

Unfortified sea salt contains only a small amount of iodine. Still, it’s hard to determine precisely how much iodized salt contributes to an individual’s iodine levels. Iodized salt in the U.S. contains 45 micrograms of iodine per gram of salt. The recommended daily intake for adults is 150 micrograms, which can be obtained from about one

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Recovery after surgery for carpal

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Three months ago, I had surgery on my left wrist to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.Since then, I am in much more pain than before surgery, and two of my fingers are completely numb. I cannot even button a button, and tying my shoes is a chore.

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Mayo Clinic Minute: Steam treatment for enlarged prostate

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute. Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read the script.. It's a common problem for older men — benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. "BPH is a fancy way of saying the prostate is getting larger, and we don't want it to," says Dr. Toby Kohler, a Mayo Clinic urologist.. Dr. Kohler says the enlarged prostate forces the urethra to

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: When can cataract surgery wait

Fortunately, surgery to remove cataracts is generally safe and highly effective. In almost all cases, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes around 20 minutes. During the procedure, an eye surgeon removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a plastic lens implant. The replacement lens sits in the same place your natural lens

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Talking to your children about vaccines – Mayo Clinic News

Talking to your children about vaccines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding its emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 12-15 years. So parents and caregivers may be getting even more questions from children about whether vaccines are safe and how vaccines can help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked – Mayo Clinic News Network

A vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic. A number of biopharmaceutical companies have applied for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization for a new COVID-19 vaccine and a limited number of vaccines will be available before the end of the year.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Dizziness Caused by Inner Ear Crystals

BPPV is a result of tiny crystals in your inner ear being out of place. The crystals make you sensitive to gravity and help you to keep your balance. Normally, a jelly-like membrane in your ear keeps the crystals where they belong. If the ear is damaged — often by a blow to the head — the crystals can shift to another part of the ear.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Understanding sepsis and septic shock

ANSWER: Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection. It often triggers various symptoms, including high fever, elevated heart rate and fast breathing. If sepsis goes unchecked, it can progress to septic shock — a severe condition that occurs when the body’s blood pressure falls and organs shut down. Sepsis most often affects the

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Self-Care Can Strengthen Weak

ANSWER: Weak fingernails often can be strengthened with some basic self-care steps. If you try those techniques and you don’t see any improvement after about a month, though, consider talking to your doctor or seeing a dermatologist. Your nails are part of your skin. They are made up of layers of the protein keratin and grow from the area at

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Uterine polyps rarely are cancerous

Uterine polyps most commonly occur in women who are going through, or have completed, menopause, although younger women can get them, too. The odds of a uterine polyp being cancer or becoming cancerous are low. In premenopausal women, that number is 1-2 percent. In women who have gone through menopause, the risk is 5-6 percent.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Toenail fungus often difficult to

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes toenail fungus, and what can be done to treat it?Is it contagious? ANSWER: Toenail fungus is an infection that’s usually caused by a microscopic organism called dermatophyte fungus. These infections can be contagious, and they are often difficult to eliminate completely. Fortunately, for most healthy adults toenail fungus doesn’t pose any serious health risks.

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Blood Clots in Surface Veins Often Treated with Self-care

Blood may pool and clot in these abnormal veins, leading to pain, redness, swelling and tenderness in the affected area. The clots usually resolve on their own, typically within several weeks. But until they do, the condition can be quite uncomfortable. Elevating the affected limb, using a warm washcloth to apply heat to the area several times

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Lifestyle changes may ease

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My husband had a cough for months and eventually was diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux.What is the best option for treatment? He is still constantly coughing and clearing his throat despite regularly taking omeprazole and antacids.

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