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Best Heated Foot Spa Machines With Water – 2018 Reviews

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The Best Foot Spa! Click the image to read our review

Sometimes you just want to sit down, relax and pamper yourself! You know what`s good for pampering … a heated foot spa machine with water! Our feet are full of reflex and acupressure points which affect the entire body…so, relaxing your feet will give you a deep sense of relaxation through your entire body.

In the following article, we will be talking more about the benefits of heat therapy and recommend some of the best machines you can use to relax your feet, in the comfort of your own home!

If you are in a hurry and don`t have time to read, we`ve created a list of the best heated foot spa machines with water (click the link)!

Benefits Of Using Heat

In most cases people talk about heat therapy only in the context healing an injury. Sure, heat therapy will be beneficial in relaxing injured muscles or warming them up before physical activity. But can you benefit from heat therapy if you haven`t injured yourself?

Of course you can, we already said that our feet are full of acupressure points which have a profound effect on our entire body. Some of the most common benefits of using a heated foot spa machine on your feet are:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing concentration
  • Increasing your energy levels
  • Relaxing your muscles
  • Relaxing your entire body
  • Increasing peripheral circulation
  • Soothing foot inflammation due to arthritis and
  • Relieving pain

Another surprising, yet interesting benefit of keeping your feet warm is improved quality of your sleep. Scientists  showed that body’s heat regulation affects sleeping. Heating up your legs and feet can help with the body`s heat distribution, help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful night`s sleep.

Another huge benefit of using a heated foot spa machine with water is that your feet will absorb essential oils and moisturizers better, providing a faster relief for your painful, sore feet.

Reviews Of The Best Heated Foot Spa Machines With Water For 2018!

If you`ve reached this section of the article it means you did not click the link we included at the beginning, which is a good thing. Making hasty decisions usually ends up badly. We did give you a list of the best heated foot spa machines with water currently on Amazon, but you might have some special requirements and need more information before you pull out your credit card; which is totally understandable, I would have done the same.

In the following few paragraphs, we are going to do just that – not only give you our list of the best foot spas you can use at home but give you all the necessary information that go along with them; this will ensure you have all the necessary data before making your choice. OK, let`s start!

Dr. Scholl’s Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa

Dr.-Scholl's-Invigorating-Pedicure-Foot-SpaDr. Scholl`s was a renown orthopedic specialist who, during his lifetime, shared over 1,000-foot care products with people all around the world! He started his company in 1904, at the age of only 22 and, not only thrived in this field but produced many innovative solutions back in the day.

He died in 1968, but his legacy was kept alive through those who came after him and continues to live on in the makers of Dr. Scoll`s products being manufactured today.

Today, we will be focusing on one of those products – Dr. Scholl`s Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa. If you look at the price of this product, you will see that it is on the “lower end” of the market, making it a decent budget spa for your feet!

The fact that it`s on the lower end of the market doesn`t mean it`s bad, it simply means it is not equipped with all the latest “gadgets,” bells and whistles… It was designed to do its job, which is:

  • To give a soothing, bubble massage
  • Revive your tired feet
  • Warm up the water to ensure better relaxation and
  • It even comes with a 5-piece pedicure set

As you can see on the picture, this foot spa was predominately designed to appeal the ladies. It is also a bit smaller, when compared to other foot spas out there, for delicate lady feet; that being said, you can also fit in your man feet in there :)  If your feet are size 12 (11 British, 46 European or 29.5 cm) and lower, you will fit in this spa, but if your feet are bigger, you should probably look for something a bit bigger.

One of the features I really like was the bubbles, it really does help with relaxation even more, especially if you add bath salt… Your feet will get so relaxed, you will want to have it on your feet all the time. And, of course, rolling massagers will work their magic and relieve painful muscles, help them rejuvenate and relax, and help you rid of tension you build up after a hard day.

One thing we need to mention, before the final verdict, is the heating “problem.” If you talked to other people, who owned Dr. Scoll`s Invigorating Foot Spa in the past, you will get pretty much the same answer – it`s good, but the heating doesn`t last long. And this is, sadly, true. You need to keep in mind that this is a budget machine, most machines in this price range don`t even hold the water hot half as long as this one. You may get a solid 10 minutes, which is what you would expect. If you want more, you will have to pay more.

After all said and done, we have to say this machine is not the worse, but there are certainly better ones. At the end of the day, this is a budget foot spa and costs next to nothing. As we`ve said before, we do not recommend it anymore but if you are interested in buying it, you can do so HERE.

PIBBS Foot Bath Massager

PIBBS-Foot-Bath-MassagerThis heated foot spa machine with water is a bit more expensive than the model we discussed previously (we are still in that mid to lower range, cheaper category). Why? Well, because it`s better!

For starters, it keeps the water hot, really hot! Some users actually complained that the water is too hot :)

PIBBS massager offers three different programs:

  • Only massage – you can use this one in the summer when you want to cool your feet (and yourself) down. Just pour some water and dip your feet!
  • Waves and heating – they introduced this new weaving feature, awesome for those moments when you don`t want a massage; instead, you just want to close your eyes and let that gentle, relaxing motion take you away
  • Heating, waves and massage – a killer combo, if I may say so! Massage for deep muscle pain relief and tension relaxation, combined with a therapeutic effect of warm water and soothing waves.

This foot spa is also built to be sturdier than the previous one and also comes with three detachable attachments, to give you a “more personal” massaging experience.

This is a solid foot massager, ergonomically designed and capable of accommodating people with larger feet.

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Aqua Jet Foot Spa – Best Value For Money

Aqua jet foot bathThis is a mid-range foot spa and it`s perfect for those who are looking for top quality and functionality, but don`t want to spend top money to get it! It will relieve tight muscles and relax your feet using two rotating aqua jets with two adjustable speeds. What this means is that you will be able to adjust the massage depending on the sensitivity of your feet.

As you can see on the image, this foot spa is quite large so you won`t have to worry about water splashing, spilling over and making a mess. It is also large enough to accommodate your feet.

Another great feature, the manufacturer proudly proclaims is that this machine is able to “heat the water instantly,” and heat up the water to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius). First of all, there is really no need to heat up the water so much and secondly, it probably won`t happen instantly, you will have to give it a bit of time… But, this is not a major drawback (at least for me), there is really no need for such high temperature or “instant” heating.

All in all, Aqua Jet is the perfect for those of you who want to “dip their feet” and give these sort of machines a try.

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Carepeutic Deluxe Motorized Foot and Leg Spa Bath Massager

Carepeutic-Deluxe-Motorized-Foot-and-Leg-Spa-Bath-MassagerThis is where things get a bit more interesting. We are venturing into those “high-end” heated foot spa machines with water, with the bells and whistles we mentioned earlier.

Carepeutic is specially designed to give you traditional reflexology! Reflexology is the application of pressure to the specific areas of your feet (in this case). It is believed that these areas are linked to different organs, organ systems, and our overall health; so, applying pressure to these areas can manifest a beneficial effect on our entire body!

You can control the heat of the water via thermo-control which will quickly balance and match the temperature of the water to the value you choose in the control panel.

One of the features I like the most on this machine is its dual water jet system which “shoots” out air bubbles to stimulate these reflex zones, we mentioned earlier. This system mimics the hot-tub healing massage and will relieve pain and stress that has accumulated through the day!

One thing to note and pay attention to is the depth of this machine. It allows it to cover, not only your ankles but your calves as well. Calves can get incredibly tense, especially if your job requires a lot of walking or you enjoy playing sports/working out on a daily basis. This foot spa machine will relax your entire lower legs and literally take the pain away.

Carepeutic also includes built-in drainage valve which makes it easy to drain the water; and (an optional) set of wheels to help you move it around more easily.

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Effectiveness Of Tenotomy In Piriformis Pain Relief

A while back we published an article titled “Do You Really Need A Back Surgery?” Even though the data used in the article is not that fresh (information used refers to the year 1995.), a more recent research  in the Ohio Bureau of Worker`s Compensation showed that disk fusion surgery performed to relieve/cure lower back pain had an incredible 74% failure rate (you can read more about it at Chiro.org)!

As you can see, surgery is not always the best solution, unfortunately. But, if the pain does not go away after non-surgical treatment, surgery is the only remaining option…

Today, we decided to talk about the effectiveness of another kind of surgery – Tenotomy for piriformis syndrome pain relief. Tenotomy is quite different, compared to the disk fusion surgery we mentioned above, and the reason we decided to talk about it is because it has proven to be a fairly successful procedure to deal with pain from piriformis syndrome.

What Is Tenotomy?

Simply put, tenotomy is the cutting of a tendon; it is also called tendon release 1. But why would anyone want their tendon cut? Well, usually because the muscle became shortened and resistant to stretching, or if the muscle developed improperly.

In these cases, the tendon is cut (partially through or entirely), to allow the muscle to be stretched.

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia but in some cases (such as Achilles tendon tenotomy), it can even be done under local anesthesia. The aftercare depends on the severity of the surgery and the patient will usually receive pain medication ranging from over-the-counter pills to stronger, intravenous meds.

Good thing about this surgery is that it carries a small risk of infection or bleeding.

Tenotomy For Piriformis Syndrome

The study we will be talking about today is a 1 to 16-year follow-up study which involves 19 patients with piriformis muscle syndrome 2.

Both sciatic nerve and piriformis muscle (along with gluteal vessels and surrounding structures) leave the pelvis through the greater sciatic foramen. Close proximity of these structures can cause pain and lead to piriformis syndrome. Most common, non-surgical, treatment for PS includes:

  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Massage
  • Injections and
  • Surgery

There have been studies describing successful operational treatment but long-term follow-ups (such as this one) are rare.

This study was conducted on 19 patients, operated between 1981. and 1997. There were 14 women and 5 men, between the ages of 24 and 64. They all complained of deep buttock pain and posterior thigh pain.

All the patients had a tenotomy of the piriformis muscle at the attachment on the greater trochanter (see the image below, ignore the X`s and dashed line).

Piriformis-muscle---greater-trochanter-attachment

Results

Follow-up showed that 8 patients were relieved from pain, while in others results varied: five had fair while six had  poor results.

And here is a breakdown based on the type and cause of pain:

  • When the pain was initiated by a trauma, 7 out of 9 patients were relieved
  • When the pain was caused by the anomalies in the relation between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle, three out of four patients were relieved and
  • When pain was present as a result of adhesions, two out of three patients were relieved

As you can see, the study showed favorable results in more than two-thirds of the patients treated with tenotomy; however, there was a great difference in preoperative duration of the symptoms (1-30 years) and time of the postoperative evaluation (after 1-16 years), which is why this study group can`t be considered homogenous.

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Find Out What Causes Waist Pain And How To Treat It

It is quite difficult addressing the causes of waist pain since waist is the part of the abdomen located between hips and bottom of the rib cage. Due to its location , many of the waist pain causes are linked to the lower back problems, poor posture and lack of exercise.

Of course, there are other causes of problems in this area, and we will be going over some of the most common ones in the following text. So, if you want to learn more, keep reading.

Most Common Causes Of Waist Pain

Lower Back Pain


Lower back pain is the leading cause of problems in the waist area. It is so common, in fact, researchers estimate that there are 31 million US adults experiencing it at any given time! I don`t know about you, but to me this figure is quite alarming, and the first step in fighting it is educating people about it.

Single most common cause of lower back pain is an injury, or a blow to the back. There are a lot of different types of injuries, so we will not be going into details, but you should remember that the duration and the intensity of the pain will depend on the severity of the injury. But, rather than estimating and diagnosing it yourself, you should pay a visit to your doctor and he will be able to tell you more.

Another common cause is disc herniation. Disc herniation is a condition where the intervertebral disc (tissue located between vertebrae) becomes damaged and slips out of its place and, as a result, starts pressing on the surrounding nerves causing pain. It can also cause numbness, tingling and temporal paralysis.

And even though this injury may seem scary and severe, it will usually heal on its own after just a couple months. But, of course, there are cases where it may take up to 5 or 6 months for it to fully heal.

Other common causes of lower back pain are:

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal – spinal stenosis
  • Deformities of the spine
  • Fractures
  • Bone spurs or
  • Arthritis

If you are looking to try some exercises for pain relief, we recommend you read our article about Lower and Upper Back Exercises Here

Pain Around Belly Button

Since belly button is located in the center of this region called the waist, it is only logical to mention it as well. Before we proceed, we want you to know that pain around belly button might be a sign of something serious going on, so visiting your doctor is never a bad idea.

This pain is commonly caused by:

  • Appendicitis – inflammation of the appendix
  • Hernia
  • Ulcers
  • Gallbladder problems or
  • Something as simple as stomach flu

Depending on the actual cause of belly button pain, treatment will vary.

Poor Posture

We have an article titled “Good Posture Can Change Your Life” and we advise you to go through it. We`ve explained there the importance of proper posture and the impact it will have on you and your body.

Unfortunately, we live in an age where sitting behind your desk for 8, 10 or even 12 hours per day is completely normal. And most of the time, we are sitting in a rather poor posture. We tend to slouch or hunch over the desk, which takes a tremendous toll on our back.

Our muscles start to overcompensate, cramp and start to hurt, which may lead to a feeling of chronic waist pain, or at least in the waist area.

If you are on the lookout for the proper sitting posture, the image below will help you out:

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This is how you should sit

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are a direct result of poor sitting posture, but can also have many different causes. Basically, muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers. They are most common in the back but can affect different types of muscles around the body.

They can be very painful and last anywhere from a couple seconds to a couple minutes. More severe spasms may damage muscle fibers and cause pain for even longer periods of time. The pain is most commonly felt in the lower back, and often described as waist pain by patients.

So what can you do about them? Well, not much really. You should focus your attention to prevention – mind your posture, use correct lifting technique (lift with your legs keeping your back straight, don`t bend over), and keep your body well hydrated since muscle cramps may be linked to dehydration.

Problems With The Nerves

The most common nerve related waist pain cause is sciatica. Sciatica usually manifests itself as pain and tingling in the lower extremity, but the roots of this nerve originate in the lower spine. And if these nerve roots become damaged (compressed) along their path, they can cause pain in the back waist area.

Waist Pain In Pregnancy

A lot of pregnant woman experience abdominal or lower back pain during pregnancy. The pain is commonly felt at the back of the spine, at waist level. Sometimes this pain might radiate to buttocks and spine, so it can be confused with sciatica. In reality, sciatica during pregnancy is extremely rare, and occur in only about 1% of pregnant woman (Source: BabyCenter).

So, what can you do about it? Quite a lot actually! You should engage in activities which will strengthen your lower back while, at the same time, stretching your muscles and making them more flexible. These activities include:

  • Swimming
  • Walking or
  • Pelvic tilts

If you are not familiar with the pelvic twist exercise, you can look at the video demonstration below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moa4h-rjuNE

Waist Reduction

This is pretty self explanatory, but we had to mention it. Weight reduction is an act of wearing a corset in order to reduce your waist line. It can cause all sorts of changes, compress your floating ribs and internal organs and cause waist pain.

Waist Pain Treatment

Again, the treatment will vary depending on the cause of your waist pain, but we will leave you with some general tips you can try straight away.

  1. Rest – basic, most general, yet in most cases, the most beneficial advice we can give you. Especially if you`ve been under any sort of strain, were lifting heavy object or suffered a blow in the waist area
  2. Medication – we don`t usually recommend medication, it is best to leave it up to your doctor, but if the cause of your waist pain are muscle spasms, for instance, general rule of thumb is taking muscle relaxants
  3. Massage – massage can be incredibly efficient, especially if the muscles of your lower back are tense and tight. It would be best to get a professional massage, but if you want to try it yourself you should lay down on your belly and use circular motions on the muscles along the spine and on either side of your back
  4. Pelvic Tilt – even if you are not pregnant, pelvic tilt can do wonders for your back. You should definitely give it a try.
  5. Acupuncture – even though there have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, researches are just beginning to understand this ancient Chinese healing technique. Its effects are proven with some painful conditions of the back and neck though, some patients report no effect. In any case, we advise you to try it

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Best Anti Fog Spray (Glasses, Goggles and Scopes) – 2018

Having your grasses, googles or any other piece of equipment fog up can be quite annoying. Not only that, your vision can be impaired resulting in an injury!

For this reason, we’ve decided to cover this topic today; we wanted to give you a better understanding of why the fogging even occurs, what can you do about it, how to prevent it and, of course, what is the best anti-fog spray you can use to clear your lenses!

Why Do My Glasses Fog Up

Your glasses fog up due to water condensation. As we exhale, water vapor comes out of our mouth and comes in contact with the lenses. Lenses then cool down this vapor and turn it into a liquid that fogs them up.

Other sources of hot vater vapor are:

  • Sweat from your forehead
  • Hot coffee you are drinking
  • A meal being cooked on the hot stove
  • Opening warm oven or a dishwasher
  • Phase Transition

    Watr condensation is a part of the process called phase transition. Phase transition is a process where a substance (in our case, water) changes from solid, liquid, or gas state into a different state.

    This change occurs as a result of a change in temperature.

    If we take our “glasses fogging up” as an example, it looks like this:
    – In the winter, the cold air outside will cool down your lenses
    – The temperature of your breath is relatively high (approx 35.5oC – 95.9oF) compared to the temperature outside
    – When we exhale our breath comes in contact with the lenses which cool it down and cause it to shift from a gas to liquid form
    – Resulting in fog appearing on your glasses

    How Can You Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up?

    Keeping your glasses and goggles for free can be challenging during those winter months but here are 10 actionable tips you can try:

    1. Use anti-fog wipes
    2. Use anti-fog spray
    3. Apply shaving foam
    4. Use a bar of soap
    5. Use glasses that sit far away from your face
    6. Use water repellent spray
    7. Buy anti-fog glasses/lens
    8. Use contact lenses
    9. Use your saliva
    10. Taking them off

    Using Saliva, Anti-Fog Wipes/Lens, Or A Spray

    If you are wearing glasses, you should prepare yourself for winter. Buying a pack of good anti-fog wipes(or a spray) is a cheap, quick fix if you are not looking to spend a lot of money.

    And if you are dirt cheap, you can also use your saliva or your breath. Spitting directly on your glasses is, fortunately, entirely unnecessary. You can just put some saliva on your finger, rub it across the lens and use a wipe(or your shirt) to wipe it all off.

    The best solution to this problem would be to invest in a solid pair of glasses with an anti-fog lens. Investing in a new pair of glasses may require a bit more money, but it will take care of your problem permanently.

    Using Shaving Cream Or A Bar Of Soap

    Shaving cream is a quick fix that has been around for as long as I can remember. What you need to do is just to use a tiny dab of shaving cream and smear it across the lens.

    Let it dry out and then polish it, using a clean cotton cloth. The end result will be impressive and it will last for some time.

    Applying soap is pretty much the same.

    Using A Water Repellent Spray

    Making your lens water resistant by using a water repellent spray is another effective way of preventing them from fogging up.

    The only problem is, anti-fog sprays for glasses are relatively small in size, so you can carry them with you wherever you go; this is not the case with water repellent sprays, which are usually larger.

    Taking Your Glasses Off/Keeping Them Away From You Face

    Choosing a pair of glasses that will sit further away from your face can take care of the fogging up problem(if it was caused by your breath).

    Also, removing them from your face and storing them your pocket for a couple of minutes, will warm the lenses up and may prevent that phase change we talked about earlier.

    Best Anti-Fog Sprays In 2018

    We have to say that, during our research, none of the products really “popped.” There were only a few that we found to be promising, which we will mention in the following paragraphs.

    That being said, our top advice would be to invest in a pair of anti-fog glasses/goggles. You can find some good deals on Amazon by clicking here.

    Another route you can take is to buy wipes. You can find them here.

    And now, for the sprays. Here is our selection:

    Jaws Quick Spit Antifog Spray


    This one proved to be the best one we’ve come across(it is also Amazon.com’s top choice), it is long lasting (approx 200 pumps), contains no toxic chemicals and it will work for both glass and plastic.

    Now, these sprays are mostly for your everyday, regular use. Though they are advertised to be used in water as well, they have not performed the best.

    You can always give them a go, they are relatively cheap, won’t put a dent in your budget, and will help you keep your lens clean.


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    Jaws Antifog Gel


    You’ve noticed this product is made by the same company as the previous one.

    It also contains no harmful chemicals and is meant for both glass and plastic.

    The only difference we’ve noticed so far was the fact this product works better in water than the previous one. Though there is a disclaimer saying “It is not meant for water goggles,” it performs well in the water environment.


    >>> Find Out More About It Here <<<

    Scuba Mask Sea Drops


    This product is more geared to divers and those individuals who want to coat their goggles, though you can use it for your glasses as well.

    It is formulated to be alcohol and toxic so it won’t damage plastic or rubber parts of your equipment.

    It is made in the US and it comes in a package of three bottles, so it will have you covered for months to come.


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    Cressi Antifog


    If you take a look at their product page, you will see that Cressi is offering three different choices:

    • A spray
    • Wipes and
    • Drops

    You can choose yourself, but we found that spray offered the most “bang for the buck” as it will outlast the other two.

    Though this product is advertised only for glasses and scopes, you can just as well use it for your goggles. Just make sure you rub it on the inside of the lens prior to wetting them.


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    Sweet Taste In Mouth – Is It Harmful? Find Out Here



    Sweet taste in mouth is certainly not a rare phenomenon; we often feel it because most foods we eat are packed full of sugar. And we are not just talking about eating ice cream or drinking Coca-Cola, most everyday groceries you get from the supermarket contain a certain amount of sugar.


    In addition to sweet, our tongue can distinguish four more tastes: sour, bitter, salty, and umami (a recently recognized taste, best described as meaty/brothy).

    But we are not here today to talk about sugar induced sweet taste in our mouth; we are here to figure out why we feel it even though we haven’t consumed any sugar.

    Some medical conditions are causing this sweet taste in mouth; most are metabolic, most common one being diabetes.

    Sweet Taste In Mouth – Causes

    It’s important to note that sweet taste in mouth is not a condition in itself, rather, think of it as a symptom of some other problem being present in your body. So, it is our job to pinpoint this underlying medical condition.

    Our job here today is to give you a list of the most common medical problems presented with this symptom (mouth sweetness), so you can see which category you fall under. Note that it is always best to consult with your doctor, articles you read online should only be used for informational purposes.

    Metabolic disorders

    We will discuss the following metabolic disorders: diabetes, thyroid disease, and ketosis (though ketosis is a normal metabolic process).

    Diabetes

    Diabetes is, by far, the most common cause of that sweet taste in your mouth; it is also the most dangerous of the metabolic disorders we’ll discuss in this article.

    What Is Diabetes?

    Simply put, diabetes is a disease where your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high.

    This glucose comes from the food we eat. Now, glucose itself is not bad or dangerous, quite the opposite, it gives us energy, but only if it is metabolized properly.

    This is where a hormone called insulin comes into play. It helps move glucose from our blood (where it is stored after food is digested) to the cells which will then use it as energy. And if our body doesn’t produce enough insulin (or do not use it correctly), glucose from the food might get “stuck” in our blood. And having too much glucose in your blood is a disease called diabetes.

    There are three types of diabetes:

    1. Type 1 – type 1 diabetes is the most severe of the three because the body does not produce insulin at all. It is usually diagnosed at an early age, and these individuals need to take insulin daily to stay alive
    2. Type 2 – people with type 2 diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or their body does not use the insulin properly. This is a more common type and occurs more in older individuals
    3. Gestational diabetes – this diabetes is related to pregnancy. Some women may develop diabetes during the pregnancy which lasts until the baby is born; after that, everything goes back to normal. However, these individuals are more prone to developing type 2 diabetes later in life

    So, how do you know you have diabetes? Well, here is a list of the most common symptoms associated with it:

    • Heart problems
    • Weight problems
    • Blurred vision
    • Dry mouth
    • Feeling tired
    • Sweet taste in mouth

    Unfortunately, we still can’t cure diabetes, but you can learn to manage it. Of course, managing your diabetes properly is not something you should try to do on your own, you MUST seek professional medical help.

    Ketosis

    Ketosis is a normal metabolic process in our body, and it works like this: when we do not get enough carbohydrates through the food we eat, our body starts to burn fat cells for energy. During this process, our body produces ketones.

    Ketones are useful organic compounds, responsible for transporting energy from the liver to the rest of our body. Though this is a normal and a natural process, it may lead to problems if the number of ketones becomes too high.

    Some of the symptoms of ketone buildup are:

    • Dry mouth
    • Sweet taste in mouth
    • Excessive urination
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Stomach pain

    Of course, you will not be able to diagnose this condition solely based on the symptoms we’ve listed above, but there are blood and urine tests you can do at home. If the tests show high ketone numbers, you should seek immediate medical help.

    Thyroid disorder

    Thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped group of specialized cells located at the base of the neck (below Adam’s apple in men). This gland produces hormones responsible for some important processes going on inside our body. From our metabolism to the way our heart beats.

    We can roughly divide thyroid disorders into the following categories:

    1. Hypothyroidism – caused by not producing enough hormones
    2. Hyperthyroidism – caused by producing too many hormones
    3. Structural changes – changes in size or shape of the gland itself
    4. Abnormal growths – thyroid gland tumors, benign or malignant

    Viremia


    Any medical condition where viruses penetrate into our bloodstream is called viremia. The problem with viruses is that, when they penetrate into our blood, they can reach every tissue within our body.

    Of course, our immune system is there to defend us, and it usually stops the virus advancement after a couple of days.

    Even though virus itself is destroyed, some viral particles entered the cells of the parotid glands in the mouth and the serous glands in the nose. These viral particles not only entered the cells of our body, but they also altered the DNA processes that typically occur.

    DNA changes in the cells of our parotid and serous glands can inhibit and disrupt the growth and maturation of the olfactory epithelial cells (used for detecting odors) and taste buds.

    As you might have guessed yourself, these cells are incredibly sensitive and, if they get altered due to a viral infection, you might experience loss in taste or smell, or end up feeling something you shouldn’t feel (like a sweet taste in your mouth without any reason).

    Neurological problems

    Neurological problems affecting taste and smell usually follow a stroke, even a minor one.

    A case report from the National Institute of Health details two patients who suffered a minor stroke and experienced smell and taste dysfunction.

    Further examination of the two patients revealed a general inability to detect subtle odors, and the ability only to identify “sweet” flavors. In addition to this, both patients reported heavily salting and sweetening their foods to mask the other tastes they found to be unpleasant.

    As you can see, this practice of salting and sweetening the food following the stroke can lead to other problems such as hypertension and diabetes.

    Temporal lobe seizures can also affect our ability to smell and taste. The temporal lobe is located at the bottom middle part of the brain cortex, just behind the temples.

    Some unusual sensations can precede a temporal lobe seizure, which you can use as a warning. Those are:

    • A sudden sense of fear
    • Déjà vu experience
    • A rising sensation in the abdomen and
    • Changes in smell or taste

    Infections


    An infection is the invasion and multiplication of microorganisms not normally present in our body. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites. It’s important to note that microbes that are already living in our body are, of course, not considered as infections.

    One of the more common diseases affecting our smell and taste is a sinus infection or sinusitis. It affects nasal cavity and is usually caused by a virus. Other symptoms it may present itself are nose discharge and blockage, pain, headache, and sore throat. This infection is usually treated using a nasal spray or over-the-counter medication.

    Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant and experience changes in the way your food tastes or smells, don’t worry, this is not unheard of since hormones are running wild. This usually happens in early pregnancy.

    Not only that, the food you regularly eat can make you sick and nauseated. This is just something you will have to learn to deal with, but it is best not to worry and pay a visit to your doctor, just to be on the safe side.

    Other Causes

    In addition to the causes we’ve listed above, we’d like to mention a few more commonly linked to that strange sweet taste in your mouth:

    • GERD – this is a chronic digestive disease where your stomach acid (sometimes the content of your stomach) starts to flow back into your food pipe. We already talked about this disease in one of our previous articles – you can read more about it here: Orange Diarrhea
    • Polyps – polyp is an abnormal tissue growth, usually benign. Just recently, we wrote an article covering nasal polyps; you can check it out here – Coughing Up Brown Mucus
    • Injury – head or direct nose trauma may be linked to the changes in the way your brain perceives smell and taste
    • Age – your sense of smell may become weaker with age
    • Toxic chemical exposure

    What Should You Do – When To See A Doctor?

    Answering this question will largely depend on how often you experience this sweet taste. If it only lasts for a day or two, it is usually not a cause for major concern. Any number of things might have caused, but if it goes away on its own, there is no need to get medical help.

    But if you notice this symptom is not going away after a few days, or you see it coming back periodically, it may indicate an underlying health problem.

    Next question you might be faced with is which doctor to visit. Our advice is to see a general practitioner. This is by far the best option since he will point you in the direction you need to go. He might direct you to one of the following specialists:

    • A neurologist
    • Endocrinologist or
    • An otolaryngologist (ear nose throat specialist)

    The doctor will first ask you more about your medical history and the medical history of your entire family, to rule out any hereditary neurological disorders. Next, comes a physical exam, if you’ve suffered from a mechanical injury.

    Some other tests you might be subjected to are blood tests (if they suspect diabetes for example), CT scan or MRI, though they are not necessary in most cases.


    Last updated: September 25, 2017 at 14:11 pm

    Corneal Edema – Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

    swollen cornea due to fluid build up

    You may have heard (or even been diagnosed with) of corneal edema, but you haven’t the slightest clue as to what it is.

    Well, this is the article meant to address this condition, help you learn more about the anatomy of your eye and, of course, help you understand corneal edema, its symptoms, causes, and treatment process.

    Cornea


    The cornea is at the very front of your eye, it covers the iris, and its primary function is allowing you to see clearly (if it is healthy you vision should not be blurred). Though it may not seem or feel this way, our cornea is very thick – 0.5mm. Of course, when we’re speaking of its thickness, we are talking about the anatomy of the eye.

    It has five distinct layers, these are:

    1. Anterior corneal epithelium
    2. Bowman’s layer
    3. Corneal stroma
    4. Descemet’s membrane and
    5. Endothelium

    You might have noticed these layers are in alphabetical order; this is just a technique commonly used to remember them.

    From our today’s point of view, the most important layer is the last one – Endothelium. The endothelium is an epithelial layer, and its principal role is fluid filtration. Disturbed fluid filtration is what’s responsible for corneal edema!

    The cornea is very sensitive as a whole; it has a lot of nerve endings so you must be extra careful with it, not only when it comes to mechanical injury, you should also pay attention to proper hydration and nutrition. Otherwise, you might find yourself seeing rainbows even on a bright sunny day.

    How Is Corneal Edema Formed?

    We already learned that the most important factor for our vision is a clear, transparent cornea. The healthy cornea is the reason we see the light and focus objects correctly. If something is wrong with our cornea, objects and our surrounding may appear blurry.

    Usually, water is being filtrated through the endothelium, keeping the cornea clean and healthy, but if the water flow is disrupted for some reason, the patient might experience swelling of the cornea. This is one of the leading causes of corneal edema.

    The problem with endothelium cells is that they do not regenerate in the case of a more severe injury. If the damage is small, the destroyed cells will easily get replaced by healthy ones, and your eye will function normally; but if the damage is more severe and a lot of cells are affected, there will simply not be enough healthy cells to take their place.

    Too many damaged cells will disrupt the fluid filtration function we talked about earlier, causing it to build up and damage a person’s vision. There are also some cases where a patient will have several edemas present, forming bullae on the surface of the eye. In addition to affecting your eyesight, this can cause irritation and intense pain.

    Causes


    The list of causes of coronal edema is quite long, but we will try to cover as many as we can. We will start with the more benign ones and work our way down:

    • Dehydration – we already covered this, dehydration will negatively affect the condition of your eye and can cause damage in the long turn
    • Interocular pressure – normal ocular pressure is 12-22 mm HG, and any value over 22 is considered high. Individuals with diagnosed high ocular pressure should get regular examinations as it can also lead to glaucoma
    • Endothelial disorder – also known as endothelial dysfunction, is a vascular disease negatively affecting the inner lining of your blood vessels
    • Endothelial Fuchs dystrophy – this is one of the most common causes of this type of edema. This is a condition where the layers of cornea begin to degenerate(deteriorate). These degenerations will, of course, affect the proper functioning of your eye and cause problems. This is a genetic disorder, and it mostly hits women population.
    • Eye surgery – every surgery comes with its risks. Eye surgery may lead to corneal edema, though these cases are rare. One of the biggest problems here is linking eye operation to the edema since it can go up to two years before it forms. You might even forget you had a surgery by the time you start experiencing the first signs of corneal edema
    • Corneal transplantation
    • Poorly constructed lens
    • Strong medication or an invasive eye exam
    • Infections and other inflammatory processes in our body


    As for the risk factors, eye edema is more prevalent in older individuals, 55 years or older.

    Symptoms

    As we already mentioned, the most common symptom of this condition is blurred vision. The interesting thing to point out here is that the vision will get worse as the day progresses. So, by the end of the day, your eyesight will be very poor.

    In the early stages of this condition, you will only feel a slight discomfort and might see halos around a light source. As the time goes by, the light sensitivity will increase and it may develop into a full blown photophobia.

    This progression may even go further and damage the nerves to such extent, you start experiencing intense pain that does not go away.

    Treatment

    When it comes to eye problems in general, the most important starting point is a good diagnosis. Some conditions may present with similar symptoms (such as corneal edema and cataract), so your doctor might use as many tests as needed (from optical pachymetry to ultrasound) before he uncovers the true cause of your problem.

    The therapy will largely depend on the cause of your edema. Something you can do yourself at home to reduce the swelling is using a hypertonic saline or sodium chloride drops to draw water out of a swollen cornea. Of course, it is advised to consult with your doctor first, rather than trying something on your own.

    This is especially true if you’ve had this condition for a long time (years). The fluid build up might be so severe that it requires a puncture around Bowman layer.

    If the cause is inflammation or a bacteria, your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics; you might even get corticosteroids.

    To reduce the ocular pressure ( if it is the cause of edema) the drugs used are prostaglandin and alpha 2-adrenergic agonists. If all medication fails, a corneal transplantation might be your only choice.

    And as for the incorrect contact lenses, you just need to consult your doctor and get those sorted out and fitted properly.


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