Thursday, May 5, 2011

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Prevention

Are you one of those people who is afraid to cut grass or go out in the springtime in fear of coming in contact with Poison Ivy or Poison Oak?

The annoying and often painful rash is an allergic reaction to the oil in the plants. Poison Ivy itself is not contagious, but the oil is long lasting and can be transferred from objects, clothing or skin which have come in contact with it. Some people, who are very sensitive, do not even need to have direct contact with the oil to have symptoms. Burning the plants can also make the oil airborne, which may affect skin and lungs. The oil from a poison ivy plant can stay on a surface for 5 years.

If you think you have come in contact with Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac, you should wash thoroughly with soap and water. It may be a good idea to remove any clothing immediately and wash them, so that no one else comes in contact with the oil on the material.

If you already know that you are sensitive to Poison Ivy or Oak you should use some preventive measures to avoid exposure, like wearing gloves and long sleeves when doing yard work or walking in wooded areas. Something else you should consider is building your immune system up so that your body is not as sensitive to outside stimuli. We have a couple of products which can assist you in this.

Homeopathic products, which have been used for centuries, are one way to help build up your tolerance of specific substances. We have a homeopathic, which can be used for prevention as well as treatment in the case of a reaction. If used as directed, the homeopathic could prevent a reaction completely, or reduce the duration and/or symptoms in the case of extreme exposure. If you are interested in finding out more about this product, stop by our office.

Nutritional products can also be beneficial in preventing allergic reactions. D-Hist, which is commonly used for sinus irritation and allergies, is also very beneficial in the prevention of allergic reactions, because it helps the body "toughen up" and not be as sensitive.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Causes

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Causes

Causes of Impotence
There are many underlying physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. Reduced blood flow to the penis and nerve damage are the most common physical ED causes. Underlying conditions associated with erectile dysfunction include the following:

Vascular disease
Hormone imbalances
Neurologic conditions
Pelvic trauma, surgery, radiation therapy
Peyronie's disease
Venous leak
Psychological conditions

Vascular Disease
Arteriosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, causes a reduction in blood flow throughout the body and can lead to impotence. It is associated with age and accounts for 50% to 60% of impotence in men over 60.

Risk factors for arteriosclerosis include:
• Diabetes mellitus
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol

Smoking, which can lead to any of the above risk factors, is perhaps the most significant risk factor for impotence related to arteriosclerosis.

Diabetes Mellitus
Chronic high levels of blood sugar associated with diabetes mellitus often damage small blood vessels and nerves throughout the body, which can impair nerve impulses and blood flow necessary for erection. About 60% of men with diabetes experience impotence.

Over 200 commonly prescribed drugs are known to cause or contribute to impotence, including drugs for high blood pressure, heart medications, antidepressants, tranquilizers, and sedatives. A number of over-the-counter medications also can lead to impotence. Long-term use of alcohol and illicit drugs may affect the vascular and nervous systems and are associated with erectile dysfunction.

Hormone Imbalances
Hormone disorders account for fewer than 5% of cases of impotence. Testosterone deficiency, which occurs rarely, can result in a loss of libido (sexual desire) and loss of erection. Among other conditions, an excess of the hormone prolactin, caused by pituitary gland tumor, reduces levels of testosterone. Hormone imbalances can also result from kidney or liver disease.

Neurologic Conditions
Spinal cord and brain injuries (e.g., paraplegia, stroke) can cause impotence when they interrupt the transfer of nerve impulses from the brain to the penis. Other nerve disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease, may also result in impotence.

Pelvic Trauma, Surgery, Radiation Therapy
Trauma to the pelvic region or spinal cord can damage veins and nerves needed for erection. Surgery of the colon, prostate, bladde, or rectum may damage the nerves and blood vessels involved in erection. Prostate and bladder cancer surgery often require removing tissue and nerves surrounding a tumor, which increases the risk for impotence.

New nerve-sparing techniques aimed at lowering the incidence of impotence to 40 to 60 percent are now being developed and used in these surgeries. Temporary impotence is also associated with these procedures, even those in which nerve-sparing techniques were used. It can take as long as 6 to 18 months for full erections to return.

Radical cystectomy (for bladder cancer) and prostatectomy (for prostate cancer) require cutting or removing nerves that control penile blood flow. These nerves do not control sensation in the penis and are not responsible for orgasms; only erection is affected by these procedures.
Radiation therapy for prostate or bladder cancer also can permanently damage these nerves.

Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie's disease is a rare inflammatory condition that causes scarring of erectile tissue. Scarring produces curvature of the penis that can interfere with sexual function and cause painful erections.

Venous Leak
If the veins in the penis cannot prevent blood from leaving the penis during erection, erection cannot be maintained. Venous leak can be a result of injury, disease or damage to the veins in the penis.

Psychological Conditions
Depression, guilt, worry, stress, and anxiety all contribute to loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. If a man experiences loss of erection, he may worry that it will happen again. This can produce anxiety associated with performance and may lead to chronic problems during sex. If the cycle is inescapable, it can result in impotence. Psychological factors in impotence are often secondary to physical causes, and they magnify their significance.

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Original Date of Publication: 09 Jun 1998
Reviewed by: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 03 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2011
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