Senior Health Issues Related to Poor Oral Health

Adults over the age of 65 are the largest and fastest growing demographic of the American population. They’re also the population most  at risk when it comes to dental outcomes and health issues caused by poor oral health.

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Even though the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reformed healthcare for younger citizens, it did little to improve healthcare for seniors. According to Oral Health America, only about two percent of seniors have dental insurance through a prior employer. For many, it’s a serious health concern.

As we age our dental health needs change dramatically. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that foregoing regular oral hygiene care by a dentist or oral hygienist leads to serious health problems, including tooth loss. One in four seniors will loose all of their teeth due to lack of professional care.

The CDC claims:

Older Americans with the poorest oral health are those who are economically disadvantaged, lack insurance, and are members of racial and ethnic minorities. Being disabled, homebound, or institutionalized also increases the risk of poor oral health.

Many older Americans do not have dental insurance. Often these benefits are lost when they retire. The situation may be worse for older women, who generally have lower incomes and may never have had dental insurance.

Oral health professionals understand that seniors in all demographics are susceptible to:

  • Gum disease
  • Root decay
  • Uneven jawbone caused by tooth loss
  • Thrush (overgrowth of fungus in the mouth)
  • Attrition (loss of tooth structure)
  • Tissue inflammation caused by dentures
  • Dry mouth

These oral health conditions often lead to additional problems that impact a senior’s quality of life and their ability to stay healthy. Issues as simple as chewing and eating, due to mouth and gum pain (i.e., irritation caused by dentures, implants, missing teeth, cavities, tooth decay, etc.) lead to more serious health problems, including malnutrition.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease: Are They Linked?

For a number of years researchers have tried to connect gum disease to heart health. As yet, there’s no conclusive evidence. However, WebMD says, “Experts do agree that there are plausible reasons why dental health and heart health may be intertwined. For example, inflammation is a common problem in both diseases… Hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, has a strong component of inflammation.” Gum disease also has an inflammation component.

Experts in periodontology and cardiology analyzed 120 published studies and position papers on the link between heart and dental health. Their consensus report, published in the Journal of Periodontology and the American Journal of Cardiology, makes the following points:

  • A review of several published studies finds that gum disease is, by itself, a risk factor for coronary artery disease.
  • Analysis of the large National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that gum disease is an important risk factor for diseases of the blood vessels and the arteries that supply the brain, especially strokes involving insufficient blood or oxygen to the brain.
  • Data from another study of more than 50,000 people found that those with fewer teeth and more gum disease had a higher risk of stroke.
  • However, other studies have uncovered no association between gum disease and stroke.
  • Other research found a direct link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease.

So, as yet, there’s no conclusive data to suggest that gum disease and other oral health issues are a direct contributor to coronary heart disease or the risk of stroke. This remains the defining reason that oral healthcare is not provided to seniors with Medicare or Medicaid benefits.

Under the ACA, stand-alone dental insurance policies are available through healthcare.gov, but only with the purchase of a medical insurance plan from the Marketplace. This excludes access to these plans by most seniors.

Even for the poorest among us, Medicaid does not cover dental work for seniors. While state Medicaid programs are required to provide comprehensive dental care for children, coverage for adults is optional, based on federal rules. Only 21 states offer dental care for seniors with Medicaid benefits. In most cases, seniors are on their own for dental care, regardless of their economic situation.

Many seniors with dental health problems purchase a stand-alone dental insurance policy. They are later surprised to discover that the plan does not cover preexisting conditions. Likewise, most plans won’t pay to replace teeth that were lost prior to purchasing the coverage.

Limitations in traditional dental insurance for seniors on Medicare have caused many to seek alternatives that offer the opportunity to obtain affordable treatment for existing oral health problems. One such product is a dental savings plan (DSP).

For most seniors, dental savings plans are a smart, sensible alternative. For a low annual fee, members receive access to a large, growing network of dentists offering discounted rates to seniors. Savings are in the range of 30 to 60%. It all depends on the dentist and the services you need.

One of the best features of a DSP is that there are no claims to file. You simply pay your dentist the discounted rate when you receive the service. Plus, unlike most dental plans, there’s no annual limit (cap) on your coverage. That means you get the care you need when you need it without limitations.

Hospital Stocks Tank Amid New Talks to Repeal the ACA

Hospital stocks tank amid reports that House Republicans are again looking at ways to repeal Obamacare repeal. The sudden drop follows days of hospital stocks in the green, rallying on the news that the Republican’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill was yanked from consideration. The GOP’s plan was largely opposed on the expectation that the number of Americans without health insurance would dramatically increases, directly impacting hospital losses.

Tenet Healthcare was down 5% in early afternoon trading, while Community Health Systems shares dropped more than 7% at one point Tuesday. Overall, hospital operator stocks closed the day down.

According to one analyst, hospital-related companies are at risk because of innovation and shrinking margins. The potential revival of the Republicans’ healthcare bill adds more risk:

Volumes in hospital land have been coming down,” Mizuho’s Sheryl Skolnick warned Monday on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” And even with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, remaining intact, hospital stocks such as Tenet and its peers could start to drop, she said.

Innovation is allowing an increasing number of physicians to make decisions for their patients based on data and analytics, Skolnick said — a conversation that can happen over video chat. Innovation shifts such as this are slowing hospital growth rates, including emergency rooms visits, she explained.

That could spell a problem for the part of [a hospital’s] business, where you’ve deployed the most capital, and that’s the outpatient hospital bed.

The AHCA’s demise was likely welcomed by hospitals and other care providers. Such organizations were some of the big winners under the ACA as more and more patients became insured and started to enter the care delivery system. While they may have been sicker than expected, that was more of a thorn in insurers’ side as hospitals are still trying to find their footing in a new value-based payment world. So while still in a fee-for-service model, many hospitals were open to the idea of more patients potentially equaling more revenue.

U.S. hospitals, which have been steadily declining, won’t be saved by by the demise of the AHCA. In 1997 there were more than 6,000 hospitals registered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2016 there are fewer than 5,000. Additionally, hospital use is falling due to increasing expenses and disappearing beds.

In addition, most hospitals are hiring more employees in order to implement and support expensive health IT system. A recent Health Affairs blog post, with the help of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, showed an 11% increase in hospital jobs in the 10 year period from 2007 to 2017.

Rising expenses, declining admissions and the rise of telehealth creates a difficult financial situation for a growing number of hospitals. What’s certain is that improving the stability of individual health insurance markets, which is central to the AHCA, will not improve hospital financials.

Tips For Successful Transitioning From The Hospital To Home Health Care

During the transition from hospital to home health care, patients face a significant risk of adverse events which may negatively affect patient safety leading to readmission or even worsening of health and death. Events such as falls and missed doses come to mind. Ensuring that the patient’s transition from home to health goes smoothly care is a collective responsibility for the medical staff, the patient and their intended caregiver. Below are some tips that could help to facilitate the process:

  • Proper information– it is important to get information about various aspects regarding the patient’s condition. These include:
    • A detailed listing of diagnosis and all the procedures that were performed. This comes in handy in case the patient has to be readmitted at a different hospital.
    • An accurate guide on diet requirements and restrictions, treatments, post-discharge therapy.
    • A list of key contacts including doctors, pharmacists and home care agency representatives among others. If possible collect their business cards for safe keeping.
    • A realistic assessment of the patient’s outlook- this should include expected recovery time and symptoms of relapses.
    • A list of available community and hospital resources. Ensure you have information on all facilities that can handle the patient’s illness.

It is vital that a high level of communication is maintained between the hospital staff and the patient even after they have been discharged.

  • Caregivers are very important– It is not safe for a patient who has just been discharged to be by themselves at home. When a patient returns home from hospital they tend to have lingering effects such as pain, dizziness and muscle weakness. This makes performing certain tasks difficult and they are especially vulnerable to falls. If you are the one being discharged ensure you have a caregiver. This can be a family member, friend or even a hired professional home care attendant. If you have a loved one coming home, consider getting caregiver training. Learn how to take care of them while they are still in the hospital so that you fit into the role seamlessly. Don’t be afraid to ask hospital staff to demonstrate certain tasks and also ask their realistic expectation of what the future will be like.
  • Medication management– this is one of the most vital aspects of home healthcare. In most cases, once a patient is discharged the medication routine will change leaving room for errors. It is important that you verify medication by brand name before leaving the hospital so that there is no confusion in case you have to buy the medication. Ensure you understand why old medication has been stopped, what new medication does and the kinds of reactions and side effects to expect if any (see also: Medicare Part D Medications).
  • Prepare the patient’s home and acquire the necessary home care equipment– various adaptations will need to be done to various aspects of the home to ensure the patient is as comfortable and as safe as possible. Remove excess clutter to allow easy passage and clear items such as cords and area rugs that increase the risk of falls. You may need to install a ramp in place of stairs to facilitate movement of a wheel chair. You may also need to bring in equipment such as a hospital bed, stethoscope and wheel chair among others.
  • Prepare for additional expenses– it is important to plan for how to raise additional funds required to sustain various aspects of home health care. Running out of money can be very risky since the patient may be unable to acquire required medication and other needs. Some services of home care are covered by medical insurance which may help to ease the financial burden.
  • Timing of the discharge– the patient should be discharged only when the doctor thinks they are ready to go home. Hasty discharging could prove fatal. Some patients insist on being discharged as soon as possible disregarding what is best for them. In such cases it is up to the doctor to be assertive and do what is in the best interest of the patient. In case of early discharge the hospital staff should take a keen interest in the patient’s welfare. They should only be allowed to leave if there is a suitable post discharge place where they can go to and be assured of good care.

1 in 20 U.S. Adults Affected by Outpatient Diagnostic Errors

Diagnostic errors–missed opportunities to make a timely or correct diagnosis based on available evidence–occur in about 5 percent of adults in the United States, according to a new study published in the April 21 issue of BMJ Quality & Safety. The study, partially funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), estimates that approximately 12 million adults in the United States could experience an outpatient diagnostic error each year.

The study, “The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: estimations from three large observational studies involving U.S. adult populations,” used data from three previous studies of errors in general primary care diagnosis, colorectal cancer diagnosis, and lung cancer diagnosis. In all three studies, diagnostic errors were confirmed through rigorous chart review. The authors estimated that about half of the diagnostic errors they found could have severely harmed patients.

Diagnostic errors can harm patients by delaying their treatment. For example, a delayed or incorrect cancer diagnosis could make the disease harder to treat or more deadly.

“Keeping patients safe begins with a correct and timely diagnosis,” said AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, Ph.D. “Diagnostic errors made in outpatient care can be difficult to measure, and this is a relatively new area for patient safety researchers. Health care professionals are typically accurate in making diagnoses, but finding ways to improve diagnoses and eliminate errors is an important goal. This study helps us better understand the extent of the problem and focus our efforts on reducing the harm to patients.”

Patient safety has long been a focus of the U.S. health care quality improvement movement. HHS’ Office of the Inspector General estimated in 2010 that about one in seven Medicare patients discharged from hospitals experienced at least one adverse event. Much of the patient safety effort has been concentrated on hospitals and nursing homes. More recently, these efforts are focusing on other settings of care such as ambulatory settings, where many types of health conditions or illnesses are often first diagnosed.

In this study, researchers led by Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the health policy, quality & informatics program at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, based at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, built estimates of diagnostic error by compiling and analyzing data from three previous studies. These studies evaluated situations such as unexpected return visits and lack of timely follow up and provided researchers with an estimated frequency of diagnostic error. This frequency was then applied to the general adult population.

The findings are consistent with recent data from the general public about diagnostic errors, the authors said. This study is significant because it is based on a large sample size and is the most robust estimate thus far to address the frequency of diagnostic error in routine outpatient care.

“Misdiagnosis is clearly a serious problem for the health care field,” said Singh. “This population-based estimate should provide a foundation for policymakers, health care organizations and researchers to strengthen efforts to measure and reduce diagnostic errors.”

Ensuring that test results are not lost or misplaced, including through the use of health information technology, is a critical part of reducing diagnostic errors. AHRQ recently published a toolkit to help doctors, nurses and medical office staff improve their processes for tracking, reporting and following up with patients after medical laboratory tests. Approximately 40 percent of primary care office visits involve some type of diagnostic medical test, such as a urine sample or blood test, provided on site or at a laboratory. However, if test results are lost, incorrect or incomplete, the wrong treatment may be prescribed and patient harm can occur. The toolkit, Improving Your Office Testing Process, can be found at www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/ambulatory-care/office-testing-toolkit/.

Additionally, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released the “SAFER Guides” –a new set of guides and interactive tools to help health care providers more safely use electronic health information technology products, including test results reporting and follow up. These guides are available at www.healthit.gov/safer/safer-guides.

AHRQ, a research agency within HHS, works to make health care safer by investigating the ways that patients are harmed in health care, why this harm occurs and how to prevent it. The findings from this research inform policy and are translated into practical tools for providers. In addition to AHRQ, funding for this work was provided by the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety, and the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service. For more information, visit www.ahrq.gov or www.wvhealthywomen.org.

SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Home Health Medication Therapy Management Shows Limited Results

Low-risk Medicare patients entering home health care who received medication therapy management by phone were three times less likely to be hospitalized within the next two months, while those at greater risk saw no benefit, according to a study led by Purdue University.

The study helped determine which patients benefit most from medication therapy management by phone and a way to identify them through a standardized risk score, said Alan Zillich, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue, who led the research.

“Hopefully, this study will help home health care providers target the intervention to those who it will help and improve patient health,” he said. “It also tells us there are some patients for whom medication therapy management by phone doesn’t work and that we need a different strategy to help these patients.”

In medication therapy management a pharmacist evaluates the medications prescribed and how a patient is feeling to identify and resolve issues, including untreated conditions, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, inappropriate drugs or doses and whether a patient is taking the medications as prescribed.

“We know that medication therapy management (MTM) improves adherence, improves outcomes and improves lives,” said Patrick Dunham, CEO of Curant Health, which provided the medication therapy management interventions. “Reducing hospital admissions for the lowest-risk patients in this study by 86 percent is another powerful proof point for the value of MTM and its capability to simultaneously reduce costs and improve care across the health care continuum.”

As Medicare may add incentives or penalties for home health care providers based on hospitalization rates, studies of medication management models could influence policy, Zillich said.

“Enhancing the quality of care for patients has always been the goal of health care providers, but the growing costs of Medicare and health care in general have put an even brighter spotlight on strategies to improve patient outcomes and reduce unnecessary costs,” he said. “Medication therapy management is considered a valuable tool in this effort, but the best way to deliver it and the patients whom it will most benefit have not been well studied.”

Zillich led a team of researchers who collaborated with the home health care organization Amedisys Inc., and pharmacists from Curant Health (formerly HealthStat Rx), who provided the medication therapy management intervention. A paper detailing the research was published in the journal Health Services Research and is available online. Amedisys Inc. funded the research.

“Just as we hypothesized, post-acute care interventions can make a positive impact on preventing issues the elderly may have with their complicated medication regimes: ultimately resulting in lower admissions,” said Dr. Michael Fleming, chief medical officer for Amedisys.

The study followed 895 patients from 40 Amedisys home health care centers throughout the United States, with 415 receiving the intervention.

The intervention consisted of an initial phone call by a pharmacy technician to verify active medications, a pharmacist-provided medication regimen review and follow-up phone calls from a pharmacist one week later and as needed for 30 days.

The most common types of medication-related errors are identified soon after transitions of care take place and the first days are the most critical, Zillich said.

“Time is of the essence,” he said. “The transition to home-based care – as with any type of transitions in care – is a vulnerable time for patients. It involves a switch in health care providers and sometimes a delay in the handoff of medical records. The patients likely have had significant changes or additions to their medications, and sometimes medication-related problems are just starting to appear.”

The results showed no overall significant difference in the 60-day probability of hospitalization for those who received medication management therapy by phone versus those who did not. However, when the patients were evaluated based on their risk profiles, those in the lowest-risk group who received the service were three times more likely to remain out of the hospital 60 days after entering into home health care.

A patient’s risk of hospitalization was determined through a standard set of nursing assessment items used by all Medicare-certified home health agencies called the “Outcome and Assessment Information Set” or OASIS-C, and the patients were divided into four risk categories.

“Most elderly patients requiring home health care are dealing with multiple chronic conditions and taking multiple medications,” Zillich said. “When we say “low-risk” patients in this context, we are talking about the least sick of a very sick group of patients. I’m not sure why they benefited so much from this intervention while the other groups did not. One theory is that they are better able to receive and retain guidance from a pharmacist over the phone and perhaps face-to-face medication therapy management would better help the higher-risk patients.”

The team plans to further explore intervention models that would be more effective for the higher-risk Medicare patients entering into home health care.

New Information about Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

nursing-home-quality-careResearch findings on Quality of Care are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Purpose of the Study: Culture change models are intended to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents, but the impact of these models on quality of care is unknown. We evaluated the impact of the implementation of nursing home culture change on the quality of care, as measured by staffing, health-related survey deficiencies, and Minimum Data Set (MDS) quality indicators.”

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of North Carolina, “From the Pioneer Network, we have data on whether facilities were identified by experts as culture change providers in 2004 and 2009. Using administrative data, we employed a panel-based regression approach in which we compared prepost quality outcomes in facilities adopting culture change between 2004 and 2009 against prepost quality outcomes for a propensity score-matched comparison group of nonadopters. Nursing homes that were identified as culture change adopters exhibited a 14.6% decrease in health-related survey deficiency citations relative to comparable nonadopting homes, while experiencing no significant change in nurse staffing or various MDS quality indicators. This research represents the first large-scale longitudinal evaluation of the association of culture change and nursing home quality of care. Based on the survey deficiency results, nursing homes that were identified as culture change adopters were associated with better care although the surveyors were not blind to the nursing homes culture change efforts.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “This finding suggests culture change may have the potential to improve MDS-based quality outcomes, but this has not yet been observed.”

For more information on this research see: Culture Change and Nursing Home Quality of Care. Gerontologist, 2014;54():S35-S45. Gerontologist can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press Inc, Journals Dept, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, NC 27513, USA. (Oxford University Press – www.oup.com/; Gerontologist – gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.C. Grabowski, University of North Carolina, Sch Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC 27515, United States. Additional authors for this research include A.J. O’Malley, C.C. Afendulis, D.J. Caudry, A. Elliot and S. Zimmerman.

Pediatric Nurse Degree Requirements

In order to become a pediatric nurse, you will need to take various courses first. Below is the list of Pediatric Nurse Degree Requirements.

Nursing Degree or Diploma

First of all, to be pediatric nurse, you should be able to acquire a degree in nursing. This is a necessity to practice any kind of nursing job. You may choose taking up a four year bachelor’s degree course or a 3 year diploma program. If you do not want to spend so much time and money for a bachelor’s degree or diploma program,

Pediatric nurses are nurses who deal with children the age of 0 to 16. Basically, a pediatric nurse do what a normal nurse does but they are more focused on children.

you can choose Associate Degree course which can take up to two years. These three steps are the fundamentals of being eligible for becoming registered nurses. Only if you have this are you be able to take the NCLEX or National Council Licensure Examination. Master’s degree is an advantage too, if you are planning to be able to practice in the various branches of nursing such as pediatric nursing.

License

Of course, major part of the Pediatric Nurse Degree Requirements is licensure. All nurses are required to pass the NCLEX to be able to practice nursing. There are two kinds of this exam; The NCLEX-RN for those who want to be registered nurses, and NCLEX-PN for those who want to be practical nurses.

Pediatric Nurse Certification

Besides the main license that nurses should have, to become a pediatric nurse, you should acquire a pediatric nurse certification. This certification is issued by Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. To be able to take this exam, you need two years of nursing experience first.

Clinical Experience

As we’ve said earlier, in order to be eligible to take the Pediatric nurse certification exam, you should have 2 years of experience first. Experience will include patient care, home health care, clinical research, and consultation pediatric nursing. Clinical experience from versant pediatric residency is also an advantage.

After completing these Pediatric Nurse Degree Requirements, you will be able to begin practicing as a pediatric nurse. Becoming a certified pediatric nurse will make finding a job easier for you and will absolutely boost your career.

Meningococcal Meningitis

It is very important that people become more aware of meningococcal meningitis because of the severity of the disease. This particular form of meningitis is a tremendously serious infection that results in the swelling and irritation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. This attack on the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord is very severe if not treated appropriately, as it can result in being fatal in fifty percent of all cases if not treated aggressively.

Bacteria That Cause Meningitis

There are several different types of bacteria that can cause meningitis, some have the potential to cause widespread epidemics and some are far less contagious. One of the most common ways these meningococcal meningitis bacteria can be spread from person to person is through a simple cough or a sneeze. Droplets of throat secretions can pass the bacteria from one to another, even kissing can s[read the disease.  Many common sense things can help stop the spread of this infection. Simply washing your hands on a regular basis and covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough may help prevent you from spreading the illness to another.  Also it is important to never share intimate items like a toothbrush, drinking glasses or eating utensils with another person. If you happen to become infected with meningococcal meningitis the incubation period is usually about four days but can be anywhere from two to ten days.

Awareness of Meningitis Dangers

It is very important that people become more aware of meningococcal meningitis because of the severity of the disease. This particular form of meningitis is a tremendously serious infection that results in the swelling and irritation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Meningococcal meningitis is only a sickness found in people. Your pets or other animals don’t carry or transmit this disease.  A large portion of the population at some time may carry this bacteria in their throat, but in some people it becomes a more serious problem than with others. The factors may be environmental or perhaps hereditary as to who deals with the virus and it’s effects. The rate of carriage appears to be moderately higher in epidemic situations.

Symptoms of Meningitis

It is important to know the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis so that you can seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible. This will give you the quickest and most efficient recovery time. Some of the more common symptoms you may experience are a high fever, a sensitivity to light, a headache, a stiff neck and perhaps even vomiting. Diagnosing the illness early and following a regimen of adequate treatment is important for your survival. Five to ten percent of patients may die within 24 to 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. Even if you do survive you may experience some form of disabling effect including, hearing loss or even severe brain damage.

You should seek a clinical examination as soon as you can and if meningococcal meningitis is suspected, have a lumbar puncture because the spinal fluid will reveal if you are infected or not. Your spinal fluid and your blood will show the increased growth of the bacteria.

Meningitis Treatment

The treatment for meningococcal meningitis is very serious since the disease can be fatal, and a positive diagnosis should be treated as a medical emergency. You have to be admitted to a hospital for constant care immediately. You will not have to be isolated completely from other patients. You should receive an aggressive treatment of antibiotics as soon as possible, in the ideal world, lumbar punctures should be taken immediately and then the antibiotics administered. That way your medical professionals can have the best chance to evaluate your infection. There are many different antibiotics that you can use to fight a meningococcal meningitis infection. It is just important that you start the treatment as soon as you possibly can to ensure as complete a recovery as is possible to have.

Home Remedies for Candida

Home Remedies for Candida

Candida RemediesCandida, more commonly called a vaginal yeast infection, is extremely unpleasant for women because of the itching, burning and general feeling of being “not fresh.” Women will also often develop a discharge that resembles cottage cheese when suffering from a yeast infection. There are several home remedies for Candida that can quickly get this stubborn fungal infection under control.

Also see: Smelly Vaginal Discharge

Home Remedies for Candida Prevention

Preventing Candida is relatively easy if you know how to take care of your body so that it doesn’t give the yeast fungus a welcoming home environment in which to thrive. Keeping clean and dry is crucial. Always remove a wet bathing suit as soon as you’re done swimming and keep clean, dry clothing available at all times. If you can, use panty liners whenever possible, as they are more absorbent than just underwear. You should also always wear cotton underwear, which will breathe more than synthetics.

As with any natural remedy, home remedies for Candida should be used only with the approval of your doctor. If you aren’t seeing results, you may need a prescription

You need to cut back on eating sugar as well, as sugar basically “feeds” the fungus that encourages Candida growth. Add cranberry juice and acidophilus tablets to your daily routine to encourage healthy bacteria and discourage Candida.

Home Remedies for Candida Infections

If you’ve already developed a yeast infection, there are plenty of things you can do with natural home remedies to cure your Candida. Eating yogurt three times daily will help clear up Candida. You should also take grapefruit seed extract daily as well as robotics that will encourage proper balance of good bacteria and reduce the growth of yeast.

For a stronger, more direct approach, there are home remedies for Candida that can be used topically. When using these, be careful to follow the directions precisely and see a doctor of your condition doesn’t improve within three days or seems to get worse.

Plain, unflavored yogurt without any sugar can be safely inserted into the vaginal canal to treat Candida. Smear the yogurt liberally on a tampon and insert, changing the tampon every two hours.

Another good home remedy for Candida is to put five drops of tea tree oil on a tampon and insert into the vagina. Don’t leave the tampon in for more than four hours at a time, and repeat the process for three days minimum.

Garlic, a known treatment for many types of infection, is also a great way to destroy the Candida fungus. Wrap a peeled clove of garlic in clean, sterile gauze and insert into the vagina. You can leave this in for a few hours, then change it with a fresh one.

Boric acid suppositories are also an effective home remedy for Candida. You can find them in most holistic medicine shops or from many herbalists. Simply insert a suppository into the vagina twice daily. It’s helpful to use a panty liner when doing this, as there may be some drainage.

As with any natural remedy, home remedies for Candida should be used only with the approval of your doctor. If you aren’t seeing results, you may need a prescription.

Homeopathic Remedies

natural home remediesHomeopathic remedies are used to work with the whole body to find a remedy for an illness or condition. The cornerstone of homeopathic remedies is the whole body approach to medicine. Instead of just treating the symptoms, the body is used to induce natural healing responses that cure the illness or condition.

Who Uses Homeopathic Remedies?

Those who use homeopathic remedies are interested in finding a natural cure for their condition. All of the remedies that are homeopathic use plants, animals or minerals to help the body work on its own to cure the problem. When medicine fails to offer a cure, homeopathic remedies are sometimes sought to offer relief and a solution.

Many people choose homeopathic remedies because they are interested in using only natural products inside and outside of their body. The medical community often offers chemicals and manufactured substances as a solution to illness. These prescription medications often only treat the symptoms and do not ever get to the root of the problem.

Benefits of a Homeopathic Remedy

The major benefit of using homeopathic remedies is the lack of side effects. Traditional medication can cause a host of other symptoms that have nothing to do with the original illness. This often causes more problems than it solves and many people are actually ill from the prescription medications that were prescribed to help cure an illness.

Those who use homeopathic remedies are interested in finding a natural cure for their condition. When medicine fails to offer a cure, homeopathic remedies are sometimes sought to offer relief and a solution.

A homeopathic practitioner will work with your body to find a solution that uses your own body to cure the illness or condition. This is an amazing approach to medicine that will work in a natural way to give your body the best opportunity for a cure.

The Successful Track Record of Homeopathic Remedies

Not only does homeopathic medicine have an amazing track record for curing conditions and illnesses, but it also has a great record for being perfectly safe to use. The FDA monitors the remedies that are homeopathic, but it does not have to regulate with the same kind of strict standards that are necessary with prescription medications. This is in large part because of the record that homeopathy has. There is just not the same kind of problems associated with homeopathic remedies.

It is also a good place to turn when traditional medicine offers no solution or hope. Working with a homeopathic practitioner or doctor can get you started on the road to recovery when you were told there was no hope. Chronic conditions will take some time to find a resolution, but there has been some tremendous success with using this type of medicine for illness and conditions.

Nature has provided a bounty of gifts if we take the time to learn about them and use them with our own bodies. There is an entire body of science devoted to finding the natural cure for the illnesses and conditions that have eluded traditional medicine for centuries. If your doctor has told you that you must learn to live with your condition, take a look at homeopathic remedies for a solution that has not been tried yet.