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Ear cartilage pain

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Ear cartilage pain)

The shape of the outer ear varies from one person to another and determined by the external elastic structure which is called the ear cartilage. Sometimes, pain in the ear cartilage can be experienced after trauma sustained to the external ear.

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The cartilage of the ear is thin, flexible and elastic which provides shape to the ears and facilitates the sound that travels inside the ear. Cartilage is free of independent supply of blood and depends on the surrounding soft tissues called perichondrium.

Pain in the ear cartilage can be moderate or intense and there is inflammation and redness. It can be bilateral or unilateral pain which will depend on the cause. The individual will experience severe discomfort if there is pain in the ear cartilage.


Traumatic injury to the ear which will result to inflammation and pain such as a blunt object, a direct blow that happens when engaging in contact sports or cuts and lacerations caused by sharp objects.

Causes of ear cartilage pain

  • An incorrect piercing method on the ear which has been a fad among young people.
  • A high possibility of bacterial infection after a piercing, especially on the ear cartilage and pain is the most common symptom of an ear piercing on the cartilage that became infected. Take note that the pain becomes severe particularly when the individual sleeps on the ear with pain.
  • Traumatic injury to the ear which will result to inflammation and pain such as a blunt object, a direct blow that happens when engaging in contact sports or cuts and lacerations caused by sharp objects. There is a risk for infection if the damaged area is bleeding.
  • Pain in the ear cartilage can also occur after a procedure that involves the reshaping of the pinna of the outer ear which is known as pinnaplasty.
  • Ear cartilage pain can occur due to perichondritis which is a condition where there is inflammation, pain and infection. Infection in the perichondrium can spread to the cartilage of the ear and cause pain and complications if not treated properly.
  • Exposure to severe cold climates or heat of the sun can cause pain in the ear cartilage. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause sunburn and result to a stinging and burning pain in the cartilaginous structure of the ear.

Treatment and home remedies of ear cartilage pain

  • Anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics are usually given to manage the infection and inflammation of the ear cartilage in cases such as perichondritis.
  • If there is severe infection that causes pus and abscess found in the soft tissue and cartilage, it is best to seek medical help immediately.
  • Sometimes, a cough or common cold can cause the pain around the ear and in the cartilage. Treating the cough and cold will help lessen the pain.
  • If pain was caused by sunburn, apply an ice pack for a few minutes at least 2-3 times to help relieve the pain. In case the pain is very severe and intense, seek medical help immediately.
  • Provide the individual with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medications if there is pain due to an infected piercing on the ear cartilage.
  • Clean the infected piercing of the ear and apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel which provides a soothing and relaxing effect.

Snapping turtle bite

May 29th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in First Aid Injury Assessment - (Comments Off on Snapping turtle bite)

Turtles are considered as hardy creatures and have been on earth for millions of years. Some of these turtles thrive in fresh water reservoirs or in the sea as well as species that live on land. The outer side of the body is comprised of the hard shell which protects them from predators and serves as a hiding place when they feel threatened or in danger.

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Snapping turtles thrive in shallow bodies of water and when startled, they can attack and bite, similar to a snake. The bites can be vicious but are not poisonous. Take note that a snapping turtle will only bite when provoked or surprised.

An adult snapping turtle ranges in size from 9.5 inches to 15.5 inches with a color that is muddy brown with a bumpy shell. They have a visible tail and a triangle head. Snapping turtles have strong and sharp jaws, but they do not have teeth or fangs but capable of breaking the skin and sometimes cut human fingers and toes.


There is swelling and pain around the bite site and the area turns red and inflamed.

A close look on snapping turtle bites

  • The bite of a snapping turtle typically occurs on the fingers or the toes but sometimes they can bite an individual on the face if the turtle is held close to the face and mouth.
  • The bites of this turtle can be a small bruise or a large bite with skin that is torn along with blood oozing from the wound.
  • There is swelling and pain around the bite site and the area turns red and inflamed.
  • Bacterial infection can develop after a turtle bite. The germs may enter the wound while handling the turtle particularly salmonella which are found in the skin of the turtle and inside the mouth.
  • The individual can experience symptoms such as fever, headache, presence of pus and pain at the affected area.

Treatment of a snapping turtle bite

  • Keep the individual calm if he/she was bitten by a snapping turtle.
  • If the turtle is still attached to the body of the person, avoid pulling it off since it will cause further damage to the bite site. The turtle will eventually release its hold on the skin. The jaws of snapping turtles contract and difficult to remove once they are dead.
  • Avoid killing the snapping turtle that is still attached to body of the person.
  • First thing to do is clean the wound using a clean gauze or cloth and then rinse the affected area using water.
  • Check the bite site if it is superficial or deep
  • Clean the affected area with a disinfectant lotion and apply an antibacterial ointment over the area. Apply sterilized gauze and wrap the wound using a bandage.

After treating the bite site using home remedies, it is still best to seek medical help so that medications can be prescribed and even a tetanus shot can be recommended.

How to Prevent Runner’s Diarrhea

May 16th, 2015 | Posted by Mikha Canon in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to Prevent Runner’s Diarrhea)

Runner’s diarrhea, also called runner’s trot, is a diarrhea that is specific for runners or other athletes that involve a lot of running. It is characterized by a sudden increase in the number and sense of urgency for fecal discharge that occurs for the duration of or soon after finishing a run, albeit, it commonly happens during mid-run. Runner’s diarrhea is most frequent for long distance runners, wherein approximately 20 to 50% of all runners experience its symptoms.

Runner's Diarrhea is common among runners who run distant

Runner’s Diarrhea usually occurs mid run or immediately after a run

Causes of Runner’s Diarrhea

The cause of runner’s diarrhea is still yet undetermined. However, the mechanism of action is somewhat known. When engaged in physical activities, such as running, there is decreased blood flow to the intestines to give way to the increased blood requirement of the muscles. As a result, the absorption rate in the intestines changes. There are a few suppositions as to what leads to runner’s diarrhea:

  • Ischemia – insufficient supply of blood
  • Mechanical trauma
  • Diet that is rich in dried fruits and/or berries

Signs and Symptoms of Runner’s Diarrhea

There is no difference between the signs and symptoms of runner’s diarrhea in comparison to other kinds of diarrhea. The only difference is with onset. Signs and symptoms can last for several hours or days. The list below provides with the signs and symptoms of runner’s diarrhea:

  • Increase in the frequency (sometimes volume) and looseness of stools
  • Blood may be present, especially if it was delayed
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise

First Aid Management for Runner’s Diarrhea

Runner’s diarrhea usually disappears on its own and does not need medical attention. However, it would be difficult to continue and finish the run with the manifesting signs and symptoms. The following first aid tips can be done to help an individual suffering from runner’s diarrhea:

  • If necessary, take anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil. Although this may ease symptoms, it can prolong diarrhea.
  • Drink plenty of water, sports drinks, fruit juices and other clear liquids. Do not finish everything in one drinking instead, drink small amount but frequently. Do not drink beverages that are diuretics, such as caffeine and alcohol, because these will lead to increased urination.
  • When the runner is already able to eat, opt for foods that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates. Make sure that there is enough amount of salt in the diet to make up for the lost salt.
  • For runners that are vomiting, help them into a position of greatest comfort.

Prevention of Runner’s Diarrhea

The following are some tips that can help decrease chances of getting runner’s diarrhea:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes during the run.
  • Do not eat heavy foods for at least two hours before scheduled running
  • Drink plenty of water and other clear fluid before, during and after the run.
  • Limit but do not completely avoid high fiber foods leading to a run. High fiber foods are usually green leafy vegetables and whole wheat foods.

Learn more first aid tips by enrolling in First Aid Courses. Runner’s diarrhea is a condition of diarrhea that occurs during or after a run, although it most commonly occurs mid-run.

Treating sweat bumps

May 15th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Treating sweat bumps)

Sweat bumps is also known as prickly heat, heat rash or miliaria, and they develop in areas where sweat glands are concentrated. When sweat is stuck in the skin, the area is susceptible to develop sweat bumps. Take note that this condition develops when there is obstruction of sweat glands within the mid portion of the epidermis and the clogging will cause the sweat to escape into the upper layer of the skin and will cause irritation and tiny small lesions which are called sweat bumps.

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Causes of sweat bumps

  • Sweat bumps occurs in people who perspire more due to requirements in the workplace such as those working in front of a furnace, engaging in physical activities that causes the individual to perspire are prone to develop sweat bumps.
  • Hot and humid weather
  • Babies are susceptible to develop sweat bumps since their sweat glands are not yet fully developed and lead to entrapment and clogging of the sweat glands.
  • Wearing a certain kind of fabric that does not allow sweat to evaporate can cause prickly heat.
  • Wearing of tight fitting clothing which causes constant rubbing against the skin can cause sweat bumps.
  • Using cosmetic products can cause clogging of pores and result to sweat bumps.
  • People who are obese are susceptible to sweat bumps
  • Using electric blankets for sleeping can cause tiny bumps on the skin.
  • Heat rash can develop as side effects of some medications.
Sweat bumps

Sweat bumps can develop in the back, groin, neck, armpits and front of the abdomen. In some individuals, they can also develop at the back of the hands.

Sweat bumps symptoms

  • The lesions are very prickly and can be irritating. They also swell and burst and release an irritating sweat that triggers itchiness.
  • Sweat bumps can develop in the back, groin, neck, armpits and front of the abdomen. In some individuals, they can also develop at the back of the hands.
  • Sometimes, the lesions are filled with sterile pus but with constant scratching of the lesion, it can cause a secondary pyogenic infection.
  • Severe sweating causes itching, burning and tingling sensations.
  • Palms and sole are not affected by sweat bumps.

Treatment and home remedies of sweat bumps

  • A person with sweat bumps should take a cold shower at least two times every day since it provides relief from the burning sensation and itching as well as helps wash away sweat as well as debris that are responsible for clogging the skin pores.
  • Apply a gel-based aloe vera cream over the affected area of the body.
  • After taking a bath, apply cornstarch powder on the sweat bumps.
  • Soak in a bath tub with water that is mixed with one cup of oatmeal and a tablespoon of baking soda for a few minutes.
  • Prepare a sandalwood paste by mixing rose water and sandalwood powder. Apply the mixture on the sweat bumps.
  • Stay in an air conditioned room.
  • Apply talcum powder on the affected area of the body and avoid using medicated powder and strong lotions since they can cause secondary eczema.
  • Wear light clothing and avoid wearing nylon and synthetic-based garments.

Scratched esophagus

May 15th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Scratched esophagus)

The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the mouth and the stomach. The food chewed from the mouth reaches the stomach via the esophagus. Several conditions can badly affect the structure and function of the esophagus that can cause pain and irritation such as the following:

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  • Persistent regurgitation of food from the stomach into the esophagus and irritation of the esophagus which is also known as acid reflux.
  • An inflammation of the esophagus caused by alcohol and use of tobacco. Other factors that can cause inflammation include viruses, fungus, vomiting, bacterial infections and certain medications.
  • Malfunctioning in the two esophageal sphincters bothers the passage of food through the esophagus and can cause pain, scratching, vomiting, swelling and infection if the food bolus that remains in the esophagus for a long time.
  • Presence of ulcerations in the esophagus which causes the scratchy and painful sensation. This happens due to damage caused by the acidic contents on the esophageal mucosa as well as certain medications and bacteria. The scratchy sensation and pain can be felt when food passes through the esophagus, and if left untreated, these ulcers can bleed and lead to tissue damage.
  • An enlargement of the veins found in the lower end of the esophagus which are known as esophageal varices.
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Excessive exposure to radiation can cause damage to the tissue
  • Autoimmune disorders such as systemic scleroderma
  • Hypersensitivity of the esophagus
  • Chemical or physical trauma inflicted on the wall of the esophagus
  • Consumption of alcohol, long term smoking, nicotine, caffeine and eating too much spicy foods.

There is difficulty and pain when swallowing.

Symptoms of scratched esophagus

  • There is difficulty and pain when swallowing
  • There is irritation and discomfort when the individual swallows food
  • Oftentimes, the individual spits out blood
  • Chest pain
  • Reflux of acid
  • Vomiting

Treatment and home remedies of scratched esophagus

  • Provide the individual with medications such as antihistamines and proton pump inhibitors in order to minimize the release of acid in the stomach.
  • Avoid consuming of hot foods and beverages since it causes an increase in the pain and discomfort.
  • Quit smoking and stop using tobacco products completely.
  • Avoid eating spicy foods
  • Maintain and manage the reflux effectively such as having small frequent meals every day, avoid lying down after a meal and perform some exercises at least three times in a week.
  • Some foods can trigger the release of acid in the stomach. It is recommended to keep a record of foods that should be avoided.
  • Stress, consumption of alcohol and tobacco are factors that cause trigger esophageal problems. The individual should stop smoking as well as avoid alcohol and being stressed out.
  • Esophageal dilation is usually performed when there is irregular constriction of the esophagus. In some cases, surgical removal of damaged or cancerous parts of the esophagus is required.

If the condition of the individual seems to worsen, it is best to consult a doctor so that proper treatment can be started.

Stable Angina: First Aid Management

May 15th, 2015 | Posted by Mikha Canon in Circulatory Emergency - (Comments Off on Stable Angina: First Aid Management)

Stable angina is feeling of chest pain or discomfort that is characterized by having a usual pattern when it comes to intensity and regularity, meaning its onset can be predictable. It typically manifests with activity or stress, as opposed to unstable angina where there is no regular pattern and can become more intense and more frequent than stable angina as time passes by.

Each year, millions of individuals suffer from stable angina. It is commonly associated with coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease in adults. Although having certain diseases can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing stable angina, lifestyle factors and the environment can also play a role in predisposing an individual to experiencing angina. Medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high LDL and low LDL cholesterol, and lifestyle practices such as, smoking, eating large meals and lack of exercise can all increase risk of stable angina.

Stable angina is the most common type of angina. Medically, it is known as angina pectoris. It is often indicative of a heart attack in the future.

Causes of Stable Angina

Because the heart is working all the time, it needs a constant supply of oxygen, hence stable angina occurs when there is insufficient amount of oxygen-rich heart in the blood. Although stable angina is not a diagnosis on its own, it is commonly a symptom of an existing medical condition. The following medical conditions may lead to chest pain or discomfort:

  • Coronary heart disease – most common cause of stable
  • Heart attack
  • Aortic dissection (tearing of a major artery of the heart)
  • Aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve of the heart)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Infection of the lungs

Symptoms Associated with Stable Angina

As previously mentioned, stable angina is not a disease on its own, however, there are associated symptoms that manifest with it, such as:

Chest pain

The chest pain in angina usually occurs behind the breastbone

  • Chest pain or discomfort that occurs behind the breastbone or slightly to its left that usually lasts from one to fifteen minutes
    • Increases in intensity before disappearing slowly
    • Described as a sharp, dull, burning, squeezing, heavy or tight feeling in the chest
    • May radiate to the neck, jaw, shoulders, (left) arm or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling of indigestion
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Light-headedness
  • Sweating

First Aid Management for Stable Angina

Due to the regularity in pattern of stable angina, symptoms associated with this pain can be relieved by making lifestyle changes and taking medications, and if necessary, surgical procedures. The following procedure is recommended during stable angina:

  • If the patient is engaged in exercise or strenuous activity, tell the person to stop and rest first. If the patient is in a stressful situation, remove the person from this situation and go to a place of peace.
  • Assist the patient into a position of greatest comfort.
  • Reassure the patient and keep the person calm.
  • Assist the patient into taking medications if they have.
  • If the patient experiences angina for the first time, call for emergency medical services, as angina could be a symptom of a heart attack.
  • If necessary, initiate CPR.

Know how to properly assist a patient experiencing chest pain by taking First Aid Courses and CPR Classes. Stable angina is a chest pain or discomfort characterized by having a regular pattern of onset and intensity that can be relieved by resting or medications.

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Close look on typhoid fever

May 8th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Close look on typhoid fever)

Typhoid fever is an acute illness with fever caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria and salmonella paratyphi which is a bacterium that causes a less severe illness. The bacteria are found in water or food by a human carrier and spread to other people in the area.

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Typhoid fever symptoms

  • There is headache, backache, constipation, diarrhea and loss of appetite
  • Feeling weak, cold and tired
  • Body temperature rises and will remain high for about 10-14 days. The temperature rises in the evening and drops in the morning.
  • Eruptions in the skin will start to appear while the tongue becomes dry and have white patches in the center. This can cause an oily taste in the mouth and inflamed bones.
  • Fever will subside by the end of the fourth week.

There is headache, backache, constipation, diarrhea and loss of appetite

Causes of typhoid fever

Typhoid fever can be caused by the following:

  • Flies that contaminate food with germs and the person carrying the germs can spread the disease when he/she prepares or serves food.
  • Poor sanitation such as in cases where water is contaminated as well as infected milk.
  • Improper dietary habits and defective lifestyle can cause buildup of toxic waste in the body and cause typhoid fever.
  • Typhoid fever is common among people who usually eat meat and meat products.


  • Intestinal bleeding or holes can develop in the third week of illness.
  • Inflammation of the heart muscles, lining of the heart and valves.
  • Kidney or bladder infections
  • Infection and inflammation of the membranes and fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord or meningitis.

Treatment of typhoid fever

Once an individual has typhoid fever, there are several measures that you should take into consideration.

  • Complete bed rest is necessary.
  • The affected person should be on a liquid diet which includes orange, barley juice and milk. Orange juice can help promote faster recovery since it increases the energy level, promotes immunity of the body and increases the urine output.
  • Give warm water enema which is a procedure that is used in order to stimulate stool evacuation and should be done regularly.
  • Apply cold compress to the forehead if body temperature is above 103 degrees Fahrenheit and then wrap the body and legs twice using a sheet wrung in cold water and cover with warm cloth. The cold compress should be kept in the forehead for one hour and reapply again after three hours. Place hot water bottles to the sides of the body and feet.
  • Once the fever subsides and temperature of the body is normal, fresh fruits and easy to digest foods can be given to the person.
  • Drink plain water or unsweetened lemon water.
  • Minimize drinking of sodas, caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
  • Drinking coconut water helps with boosting the immune system of the body and fight germs.

Once the symptoms seem to persist, it is vital to consult a doctor for proper assessment of the condition as well as start appropriate treatment.

How to treat polymyalgia rheumatica

May 8th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on How to treat polymyalgia rheumatica)

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes muscle stiffness and pain, usually in the shoulder, neck, hips, and the upper arms. Symptoms start quickly within two weeks. Polymyalgia rheumatica occurs in people older than 65, but seldom affects people below 50 years old. Polymyalgia rheumatica has similarities with other inflammatory disorders called giant cell arteritis which causes headaches, vision difficulties and pain in the jaw.

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If an individual is suspected with the condition, it is best to schedule an appointment with the doctor so that proper assessment can be carried out.

Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica occur on both sides of the body along with the following:

  • Usually, the first symptoms includes aches and pain in the shoulder
  • Aches or pain can be felt on the neck, upper arms, buttocks, thighs or hips.
  • Stiffness of the affected areas, usually in the morning or being inactive for a long time such as riding a car.
  • Sometimes, there is stiffness in the wrist or the knees.
  • Reduced range of motion of the affected areas.
  • Mild or low grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Depression
  • Loss of weight
  • Fatigue

Aches or pain can be felt on the neck, upper arms, buttocks, thighs or hips.

Causes of polymyalgia rheumatica

The two factors that can cause the development of this condition include certain genes and variations that increase the susceptibility of an individual to develop polymalgia rheumatica and exposure to virus.

Complications of polymyalgia rheumatica can affect the ability of the person to perform everyday activities as well as the health of the individual, social interactions, physical activities, sleep and general well-being such as the following:

  • Bathing, combing hair, and some task related to personal hygiene
  • Getting out of bed, standing up and getting out of a car
  • Getting dressed and putting on a coat

Treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica

  • Eat a healthy diet which includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat meat and dairy products.
  • Limit the intake of salt or sodium in order to minimize buildup of fluid and high blood pressure.
  • Exercise on a regular basis to help maintain an ideal weight and strengthen muscles and bones.
  • When doing grocery, always utilize luggage and grocery carts, reaching aids and other devices in order to make the task easier.
  • If possible, wear low-heeled shoes to help reduce the risk of falls.
  • Use a cane or other aids for walking to help prevent falls or other injuries.

Other natural remedies of polymyalgia rheumatica

  • Limit the intake of sugar, caffeinated drinks and colas as well as tea and coffee.
  • Increase the natural steroid production of the body by eating foods rich in Vitamin C, A, B to help with the natural steroids called glucocorticoids.
  • Take Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids to help minimize the inflammation of the body.
  • Bromelain which is an enzyme found in pineapple can help minimize the inflammation and joint pain.

What is respiratory acidosis?

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on What is respiratory acidosis?)

Respiratory acidosis involves excess acid in the blood which is caused by accumulation of carbon dioxide which is a normal product of metabolism and should be removed from the body through the lungs. When the lungs cannot eliminate the carbon dioxide, it will react with water found in the blood and form carbonic acid, causing an increase in the acidity of the blood and other fluids in the body. Respiratory acidosis can be caused by a variety of diseases that leads to the interruption with proper breathing or respiratory gas exchange.

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Respiratory acidosis can be chronic where the acid accumulates slowly. An acute respiratory acidosis occurs when the person cannot increase his/her respiration by eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs and accumulation of acid is sudden. An acute respiratory acidosis is a serious condition and it is vital to seek medical help immediately.

Causes of respiratory acidosis

The following are the causes of respiratory acidosis.

Respiratory acidosis

Respiratory acidosis can be caused by a variety of diseases that leads to the interruption with proper breathing or respiratory gas exchange.

Acute causes

  • Any depression of the respiratory center in the brain can upset the normal lung functioning.
  • States of increased metabolism such as major burns, fever or malignant hyperthermia can cause accumulation of carbon dioxide and cause respiratory acidosis.
  • Overdose of narcotics, overdose of anesthesia, injuries to the head, arterial and vein accidents can cause respiratory acidosis.
  • Presence of foreign body in the trachea or bronchospasm
  • An acute lower respiratory tract infection can cause respiratory acidosis
  • Chest injuries and pulmonary embolism

Chronic causes

  • Emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis and severe kyhoscoliosis

Symptoms of respiratory acidosis

  • There is sleepiness, confusion and shortness of breath which leads to a state of unconsciousness and coma.
  • Severe tremors in hands
  • The vessels found in the brain expand and cause raised intracranial tension where the eye sight and vision are affected.

If the individual experiences the following symptoms, it is vital to consult a doctor for proper assessment of the condition as well as start the appropriate treatment.

What to do for respiratory acidosis?

  • For acute respiratory acidosis, provide the individual oxygen. If the individual is taken to a healthcare facility, a mechanical ventilator is utilized in order to effectively manage the condition.
  • Use of bronchodilators is also helpful for treating obstructive airway diseases.
  • Eat a variety of raw fruits and vegetable.
  • Drink carrot juice that contains Vitamin A and other vitamins to help restore the capacity of the lungs if the disease is not severe.
  • Smokers should stop smoking.
  • Kelp is a good alkalizing supplement that helps in balancing the acidic level in the body with its alkaline elements.
  • Willow, ginger and elder bark are natural ingredients that are used for neutralizing excessive acidic content in the body.

Respiratory acidosis becomes severe very quickly and a person suffering from shortness of breath should seek medical help immediately. CPR should be performed if the individual stops breathing.