Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The 8 reasons why your health maybe in danger if you have swollen feet

Swollen ankles and swollen feet are common and usually not cause for concern, particularly if you have been standing or walking a lot. But feet and ankles that stay swollen or are accompanied by other symptoms could signal a serious health problem. Here are some possible causes of foot and ankle swelling and offers advice on when to call the doctor.

Swollen feet can be a result of different things some may be a minor one but some can be a sign for a serious illness.

1. Deep Vein Thrombosis

This is a blood clot called thrombosis, it forms deeply in vein of the womb muscles. Symptoms can be swelling legs and that it feels heavy. And some instances, redness and discoloration of the affected are occurs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious health condition that you should see your doctor if you have this kind of sign.

If you’re over 60, you smoke, you’re overweight, or you sit for long periods of time, your risk for the condition is higher — so stay alert for some possible signs of a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have DVT.

Blood Clot Symptoms

Call your doctor’s office if you have these symptoms, especially if they appear suddenly:

  • Swelling in one or both legs
  • Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, even if it’s just when you stand or walk
  • Warm skin on your leg
  • Red or discolored skin on your leg
  • Veins you can see
  • Tired legs

If you have a blood clot and it breaks free, it could travel to your lungs. That’s called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be deadly. Like DVT, it may not cause symptoms.

2. Inflammation of the brain

The thickest tendon on your body is called Achilles tendon which is exposed to a heavy stress in a daily basis. Some swelling will go away after doing some physical activities.

If you bump your knee, it’s likely to swell. But what if you injure your brain?

Swelling — also called edema — is the body’s response to many types of injury. It can result from overuse or infection. Usually, swelling happens quickly and is simple to treat with some combination of rest, ice, elevation, medication, or removal of excess fluid.

Your brain can also swell as a result of injury, illness, or other reasons. Brain swelling, though, can quickly cause serious problems — including death. It’s also usually more difficult to treat. As your body’s master control system, the brain is critical to overall function. Yet, the thick, bony skull that snugly protects this vital organ provides little room for the brain to swell.

3. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis and congestion is a common reason why you have a swelling foot. But it doesn’t mean you should take this lightly. Osteoarthritis in the feet can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and tenderness.

Osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear” arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. Also known as degenerative joint disease or age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis is more likely to develop as people age. Inflammation and injury to the joint cause a breaking down of cartilage tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, and deformity. The changes in osteoarthritis usually occur slowly over many years, though there are occasional exceptions.

Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include:

  • Tenderness or pain
  • Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Swelling in the joint

4. Heart Failure

Heart failure cases can show sign such as swollen feet. American Heart Association said that a symptom of heart failure is an accumulated fluid which is called edema. And that fluid retention can cause swelling of the legs, ankles and feet.

Heart failure (HF), often referred to as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body’s needs. Signs and symptoms commonly include shortness of breath, excessive tiredness, and leg swelling.

Since the legs are the most dependent part of the body, fluid often will first accumulate in the feet and ankles, causing them to swell. This is called dependent edema. The person’s shoes may not fit, and socks may cause an indentation in the skin after they have been worn for a couple of hours. The more fluid that accumulates and the more severe heart failure, the more the legs will swell. If the person is confined to a bed or a chair, the swelling may also be noted in the buttocks or small of the back.

5. Cellulite

Cellulite can be seen as fracture-like densities in the fatty tissues under your skin. Cellulites can affect the lower legs and can also cause skin to become swollen too.

Edematous cellulite

This is the least common type of cellulite and also the most difficult to treat. It results from problems of poor circulation aggravated by significant fluid retention. It mainly occurs in the legs, which lose their defining shape and become more columnar. The skin is pasty and may be painful when touched or when the sufferer is seated for a long time.

Areas affected: Can affect thighs and knees, but most frequent in the lower legs, which lose definition.

Age of onset: Around 20 to 30.
Appearance: Slightly ‘corky’, almost like foam-rubber.
Texture: The skin feels spongy, and may be painful to the touch. There are signs of venous and lymphatic insufficiency in the legs (water-retention, swelling, varicose veins, cramp, etc.).

Solutions/treatment:  Edematous cellulite is closely associated with fluid-retention and circulation problems, so it is important to treat both of these conditions; varicose veins may also occur and need to be dealt with. Gentle, non-impact exercise such as cycling, walking or swimming is recommended. Compression stockings can help, as can showering with alternate hot and cold water, and venotonic supplements such as ginseng, butcher’s broom (ruscus) and horse chestnut, which help strengthen the vein walls. Foods that encourage fluid retention should be avoided, including salty and prepared foods, and fizzy drinks. Lymphatic drainage massage is beneficial, as is acupressure, and herbal teas such as horsetail and green tea that help reduce fluid-retention.

6. Gout

This happens when there is too much uric acid accumulates in the body and cause inflammation of the joints, this is according to National Institute of Arthritis.

Gout is actually a form of arthritis that commonly affects the big toe in men. It may cause a sudden burning pain in one of your joints, or stiffness and swelling in one or more joints. Attacks of gout can happen repeatedly unless it is treated. Eventually, gout attacks can cause long-term damage to your tendons, joints, and soft tissues.

Uric Acid Is the Cause

When there is an overabundance of uric acid in the blood it is called gout. Usually, having too much uric acid in the blood is not harmful. In fact, many people with high levels in their blood never know about it. When uric acid levels in the blood become extremely high, the uric acid may start to form crystals. These crystals most commonly form in the joints, especially the joints in the big toe. Your odds of experiencing the pain of gout are higher if you are overweight, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or have a diet that is comprised of meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purines.

7. Bursitis

This esophageal inflammation and this usually occurs in common areas like knees, shoulders and elbows. Toes and heels can also be affected.

Bursitis is named after your bursa, which are fluid-filled cushions that protect your body’s joints. These cushions help you absorb shock, keep your joints moving smoothly, and prevent irritation from where your tendons and ligaments pass over your bones.

However, when your bursa become inflamed and your ability to absorb shock decreases, the area around your joints also becomes irritated and inflamed. Bursitis most commonly strikes the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet.

8. Rheumatoid Arthritis

This kind of Arthritis usually starts in the feet. Patients with this kind of disease symptoms might be different from person to person.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system attacks its own tissues. In RA, the defenses that protect the body from infection instead damage normal tissue (such as cartilage and ligaments) and soften bone.

How It Happens

The joints of your body are covered with a lining — called synovium — that lubricates the joint and makes it easier to move. Rheumatoid arthritis causes an overactivity of this lining. It swells and becomes inflamed, destroying the joint, as well as the ligaments and other tissues that support it. Weakened ligaments can cause joint deformities — such as claw toe or hammer toe. Softening of the bone (osteopenia) can result in stress fractures and collapse of bone.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Heartbreaking Video Of OFW Mother Leaving Her Son To Work Abroad Goes Viral

The heartbreaking video of an OFW mother leaving her son at the airport to work abroad is making rounds on social media.

The Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs were regularly having a difficult and painful life of working abroad just to give the financial needs of the families.

Most of our fellow citizens were obliged to work abroad because of the shortage of opportunities and insufficient monthly salary in the Philippines.

Recently, the Facebook page “Balitang OFW’s” posted a sad, heartbreaking video footage of an OFW mother leaving her son at the airport.

In the video, it can be seen that the young boy seems won’t let go of his mother who was set to leave the country to work abroad.

The young boy didn’t even cry, but the netizens saw the emotion of the child who was saddened when his mother left for work. Watch the video below.

The video has a caption of:

“Ba-bye na muna anak, aalis muna si Mama!

Kahit hindi man umiiyak yung bata, pero mararamdaman mo ang emosyon niya.. “

The social media users showed their sympathy for the sad scene of the child and its OFW mother. Here are some of the comments from the netizens:

Carina Alumisin: I always see this kind of emotions in the airport. I pity the child and mother. It's too hurting. I wish Filipino parents will have a good income in the Philippines so that they'll not leave their children.

Guia Coronel Plando: Kya nxt tym di nalang isama ang anak...kung pwede lang pag alis sa bahay igala muna yung bata/ilibang libang sa mall sa.maiwan para hindi tau makita pag alis.

Ivanhoe Escober Pillarte Madali: pra satin ung ganun aalis tau na di nila nakikita,pero I’ve experienced my youngest was 5 years old when I left them diko sila ginising nung umalis ako I just kissed them all sabi ko the night before bibili si Mama ng ulam bukas diko ikaw isasama kasi malayu un eh.i just told them like that and it’s easy to leave with out noticing that’s u give more pain to them.

When I had my vacation go back home 2016 sabi ng bunso I lied sabi ko bibiloi lang ako ng ulam pera hindi daw ako bumalik agad .until now sabi nya pag aaalis ako sige umalis kana bumili ka ulit ng ulam sa malayu.

Corbsjane Aum Ganyan: talaga sapalaran sa ibang bansa Para kumita at mabuhay ang pamilya kaya mejo Malayu luob ng mga bata kapag ofw ka. Masakit man talaga sa kaluoban kailangan tanggapin. Kaya sa mga hindi nkakaintindi mga anak jan na lumaki sa mga Lolo at Lola wag nyu sbihin na iniwan kau ng magulang nyu. Dugo at Pawis at kumayod s ibang bansa mapagaral lang kau.

Rome Galas: For all those people who keep saying “iwan and bata sa bahay sa susunod” my mom was an ofw when i was a kid, right about his age and I remember my mom leaving me in the house before leaving to go overseas. Its the same scenario.  it doesnt matter if you bring the kid in the airport or leave him somewhere where he/she wont see you leaving, the kid is not dumb. He will still have the same emotions no matter what. Trust me ive been there it wasnt easy. Naluluha parin ako hangong ngayun tuwing na aalala ko. Im 19 now and live with my mom but i can see myself in that kids position. And its not easy. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Robin Padilla, nagbigay ng kanyang opiniyon tungkol sa ginawa niya sa isang Korean 'PGT' contestant

Robin Padilla does not regret the tone he spoke to Kim Jiwan, a 20-year-old Korean contestant who auditioned on 'PGT' or 'Pilipinas Got Talent.'

During its Saturday episode, the well-known actor, Robin Padilla 'criticized' Kim Jiwan for not mastering how to speak Filipino despite living in the Philippines for almost half of his lifetime.

Watch Kim Jiwan's performance here:

“Wala akong pinagsisisihan kasi ako pumupunta din ako sa ibang bansa. Kapag pumupunta ako sa ibang bansa, pinipilit kong malaman kung anong salita doon kasi bisita ka doon. Ikaw ang makikibagay,” he told reporters on Saturday.

Padilla said he does not comprehend how someone who has been living in the country for 10 years still can't speak Tagalog.

“Kung pupunta ka dito sa Pilipinas at uutusan mo kami, at Iinglesin mo kami, sa banyagang pananalita, nagkakamali ka. Bayan ko ito at handa ako mamatay anytime para sa bayan ko. Kaya kung sasabihin mo sa akin na 10 taon ka na dito, at hindi ka pa rin marunong mag Tagalog, may problema ka,” he said.

Padilla said it also does not add up that Jiwan confesses his love for the Philippines but does not know the language.

Hindi mo puwede sabihin sa akin na mahal mo ang Pilipinas. Sabi niya mahal niya ang Pilipinas, may girlfriend siyang Pilipina pero hindi siya marunong mag-Tagalog?” he said.

In the end, Padilla explained that he was just giving the 20-year-old Korean an advice.

“Hindi ko naman siya inaaway. Sinabihan ko lang siya na parang tatay niya. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Ako parang tatay mo. Tandaan mo iyan. Mayroon akong kilalang Korean, si Ryan Bang, mas magaling pa sa akin mag Tagalog.’ Yun lang naman. Advice ko lang sa kanya,” he said.

Despite what occurred, Jiwan will be moving past the auditions after getting three yeses, with the only no coming from Freddie Garcia, who told that he didn't do anything unusually new.

Meanwhile, Padilla has a message to his bashers who do not agree with his stand.

“Ganun talaga. Mahalin nila 'yung Korean kung gusto nila. Wala namang problema sa akin 'yun eh. Magpakamatay sila sa Korean kung gusto nila. Wala naman problema sa akin 'yun,” he said.

“Kung tayong mga Pilipino ay hindi tayo magiging patriotic sa bansa natin, huwag tayong humingi ng pagbabago. Kung tayo mananatili tayong alipin ng dayuhan, kayo na lang. Hindi ako magpapaalipin sa dayuhan sa bansa ko. Hindi mangyayari 'yun. Ako ang hari dito dahil bansa ko ito,” he added.

What can you say about this? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions to this article.

Credits: .abs-cbn, PGT

Remember this girl who did her version of ExB's 'Hayaan Mo Sila'? She did it again with 'Hawak Kamay'!

There are tons of videos covering the famous song of Ex Battalion, 'Hayaan Mo Sila' roaming around social media today. Because of its catchy beat and lyrics, a lot of netizens did a cover and own version of the song. Just like this girl named Yasmin Marie Asistido.

She uploaded her own version of 'Hayaan Mo Sila' on her Youtube channel and called it 'LALAKING MANLOLOKO'. The video went viral and spread around social media because of its content.

Watch the video here.

She also did a cover of 'Hawak Kamay' by the Filipina pop-rock singer-songwriter, Yeng Constantino.

Want to watch her cover? Watch it also below.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Woman Rejects Surgery For Rare Face-Melting Condition That Made Her Blind

A Thai grandma who suffers from a rare ailment that melts her face and began to go blind is declining to go under the knife because of the doubt that it might kill her. Wiang Boonmee, 63, has a disorder that has led to her lost her vision in both eyes. Her mouth and nose have also been twisted out of shape as they hang off her face.

According to her, she has suffered from the condition since she was a child. Despite the struggles that go with it, she remains to earn a living by selling accessories on the city streets of Bangkok.

Wiang Boonmee has a rare condition that melts her face and has led to blindness.

Originally from Surin, Boonmee has now received a lot of recognition because of her condition. It is assumed that she has a condition related to neurofibromatosis which is “a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue,” according to DailyMail.

Eventually, medical experts offered to help her – but she keeps refusing them.

At first, it was 22-year-old Praew Wattana who contacted health workers when she saw the old woman on selling flowers and trinkets on the streets.

Dr Sunura Ourairat, President of Rangsit University, later paid her a visit as well and offered to help her get medical attention.
She, once again, declined.

The reason? She fears she will die during surgery.

A mother of one and a grandmother of two, Boonme shared why she’s so afraid of going under the knife. She said:

“I have had this problem for a long time. More than I can remember. I have survived and I’m healthy and have a job.

“If I have an operation I might never wake up. I’m afraid I would not survive it.

“My daughter brings me here so I can sell flowers and camphor oils. I am happy and somebody gave me a donation this week, which I’m grateful for.”

Meet the Chinese Man Who Survived 133 Days Alone Floating at Sea

Not only did he kill sharks for food, he also drank their blood to quench his thirst

During World War II, Chinese native Poon Lim and 52 other individuals were onboard a British Ship traveling from Cape Town to Surinam. The Germans, however, intercepted them about 750 miles east of the Amazon. And in two minutes, a pair of torpedoes were launched and sank the ship. Eventually, Poon was the only survivor left. Hence holding the world record for the longest time spent surviving as a castaway at sea.

Poon was basically on a ship named Ben Lemmond. Although it was armed, speed wasn’t one of its strengths. His father sent him to join his brothers on the British passenger freight to work as a cabin boy. Both his father and mom believed that he and his brothers would be drafted to fight against the rapidly-advancing Japanese army.

After his ship was sunk by the German troops, Poon spent 133 days at sea.

As the ship began sinking, Poon immediately grabbed a life jacket and jumped overboard. Had he not done it, he would have been burned by the explosion. Luckily for him, he found a floating eight-foot square wooden raft. It even had a couple of tins full of biscuits and chocolates, a bag of sugar lumps, a flashlight, two smoke pots, flares, and a forty-liter jug of water.

By drinking the water and eating the food, Poon was able to survive while adrift at the sea. He later on restored to fishing and catching rainwater using a canvas (a covering for the life jacket). He was not a good swimmer and so he decided to tie a rope around his wrist.

He took a wire from the flashlight and used it as a fishhook.

Whenever there were sharks, he would wait for the opportunity to catch one of them by using remnants of a bird he killed. Knowing that the sharks had incredible strength, Poon made sure that the braided line he used was doubled in thickness.

When the rain stopped for several days, Poon had no water to drink. He quenched his thirst by drinking the blood of the shark he killed. He first sliced the fin and let them dry in the sun – a food preparation technique used in Hainan delicacy.

Poon also suffered from seasickness, sunburn, and the agony of seeing boats or ships go by. First, a freighter passed but did not offer help. The same thing happened when a US Navy Patrol plane went past. Poon believed that no one offered assistance because he was Chinese. He kept track of the days he spent on the sea by tying knots on a rope.

Many were inspired by his will to survive, including famous public figures.

At long last, after 133 days, Poon and his raft were discovered by three Brazilian fishermen. He lost a whopping 9 kilograms and spent around four weeks in the hospital. To this day, no one has ever broken the record he achieved.

Before his death, Poon said:

“I hope no one will have to break it.”

King George VI bestowed Poon with a British Empire Medal (BEM). The Royal Navy, on the other hand, incorporated his experience into manuals for sea survival techniques. After the war ended, Poon decided to migrate to the United States. Although the quota for Chinese immigrants had been reached, the government gave him an exception because of fame and the help of Senator Warren Magnuson.

Nonito Donaire Jr. Donates 100 Homes to Typhoon Yolanda Victims

One of the Philippines' boxing champion, Nonito Donaire Jr who's the WBA interim flyweight world champion recently proved that he has a soft heart for the less fortunate. That is because he turned over around 100 houses to the poor victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in Lemery, Iloilo.

The Super Typhoon touched down the country where several people lost homes, property, and even loved ones. It was known as one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in history. The destruction it brought was so critical that the rehabilitation has yet to come full circle.

The Filipino champ on his way to Greg Secker Village, as he turns over 100 houses to the victims.

Donaire, better known as the Filipino Flash, supported Yolanda victims together with the help of English businessman Greg Secker and his foundation. They establish what is now called “Build a House, Build a Home” project which aims to give home and shelter to the said victims in Iloilo.

Here is an aerial view of the 100 homes from the helicopter.

Donaire also shared his excitement on his official Facebook page, seemingly stoked with the life-changing help he is providing. It is worth noting, however, that this is not Donaire’s first effort in helping the needy.

A couple years back, he also donated a whopping million pesos to help fund a certain housing project for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana).
Indeed, Donaire is a champ with a huge heart!

It is really inspiring to see iconic figures helping other people. It only proves that they are always ready to share whatever they have. To you, Mr. Donaire, just keep doing what you are doing! You are truly an inspiration, sir