Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Five Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis

By Danielle Clement

The symptoms of Bacterial vaginosis or BV can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable for women who are suffering from it. They can vary from women to women and for some can be mild and others very intense. It is also worth knowing that in fact some women can show no symptoms at all.

Odor and discharge These are the more common symptoms. The odor is a fishy unpleasant smell though it varies in intensity from case to case. The other symptom, the discharge, means you are discharging more frequently than usual. It has a grey or white color looking somewhat like milk. The abnormal discharge also often becomes even more so after sex. These two symptoms happen due to a bacterial change that is abnormal in the vagina; that is the casue of Bacterial Vaginosis.

Itching Itching is not as common a symptom as the smell and discharge, but can happen. Because itching is the most common sign of a yeast infection this can sometimes lead to an incorrect diagnsois, by women themselves and by doctors. Remember that in a yeast infection there is no odor or it is yeasty. The fishy smell is a sure sign of BV. Just look carefully at all the symptoms not just one.

Irritation and Cramping Again these are less common than the first 2 symptoms of odor and discharge. They can be very uncomfortable to deal with and can range in how severe they are. As irritation is also a symptom of a yeast infection remember to check your other symptoms too.

It is important if you belive you are suffering from any of these symptoms that you do something about it. Bacteria Vaginosis may be just a slight inconvenience if you are only experiencing mild occasional symptoms but you cannot leave it untreated for any length of time. As with all illness if you leave it untreated there can be long term repercussions. It is a good idea to educate yourself about Bacterial Vaginosis symptoms verus yeast infection symptoms and understand the causes of both in case you can make changes to prevent them. If you belive you have BV there are various options to treat it.

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