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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 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 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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Can Black People Get Lice

Can black people get lice? This might seem like a strange question to be asking, but I’m here to tell you, you are not the first nor the last person to be asking it. And, in some way, it seems like an entirely reasonable to ask this since there is a difference in the structure of the skin and hair between white and black people.

And if there is even a remote possibility to avoid those nasty, annoying itchiness, I don’t blame you for wanting to find it out.


First thing’s first, let’s talk about lice.

What Are They And How Do You Get Them?

Lice are parasites that can inhabit several areas around our body. They are parasites, meaning they need a host (in this case us) to survive. And the only way for them to survive is to suck the nutrient rich blood from our scalp.

It sounds scarier than it is but according to the Center For Disease Control, 6 to 12 million people get lice each year!

Based on their location, we can divide them into the following categories:

  • Body lice
  • Head liceand
  • Pubic lice

There is a common myth (especially amongst children) that dirty hair and poor personal hygiene causes lice. This is not true. However, poor personal hygiene is what leads to the lice outbreak; since lice are transferred from person to person through personal physical contact.

In addition to personal touch, lice can be spread by using the same comb, brush, headgear or sharing a pool with an “infected” individual.

Keep in mind that this parasite will not abandon its host without a fight, they are equipped with six claws designed to grab hold of its prey and don’t let go; they can even survive 8 hours under water (Source:Healthline)!

Appearance, Symptoms And Life Span

Unfortunately, the biggest problem with lice is that we can’t see them. The only thing we can see are the eggs. And the perfect time to strike is when they lay their eggs because you can quickly sweep most of them using a comb.

You can also get rid of the eggs by just cutting your hair, but make sure you get rid of the hair since lice can live on it for another day or two. So you are in the risk of contaminating yourself.

As for the symptoms, they can vary in severity:

  • Tickling
  • Itching – Itching is usually an allergic reaction to the bites
  • Sores – sores we cause by scratching and
  • Infection – as a result of intense scratching and irritation

And if you don’t do something about it, you will be a force to endure these symptoms for a very long time since lice can live (as long as they have food) up to 30 days! Not only that, a female can lay up to 6 eggs per day.

The Difference In The Skin Between White And Black People

We don’t mean to sound racist, but there are, indeed, differences between the skin of white and black people (aside from the obvious ones – skin color).

Here are some of the main differences:

  • The electrical resistance is higher with dark skin
  • The epidermis of black people contain less glutathione (powerful antioxidant capable of preventing damage to individual cellular components – Wikipedia)
  • Black people have larger melanosomes (pigment granules responsible for tissue color, storage, production and pigment transport – Journal Of Cell Science)
  • Lower PH is normal for black skin
  • Higher concentration of moisture is normal for black skin.

The Differences In Hair

We’ve already covered the differences in the skin, but not it’s time to talk a bit more about hair. There are also people who think black people can’t get lice because of the differences in the structure of their hair. But, is this true?

OK, the truth is black people can get lice, but they rarely do. There are many reasons for this; one is the presence of oil in the hair itself. We already said earlier that black skin contains a higher concentration of moisture, and their hair also contains more oil.

For this reason, lice can’t stay in such environment long and also have problems laying their eggs. The studies showed that white people are three times more likely to get lice when compared to the black population. Though these were scientific studies, they are not always conclusive and should not be taken for granted.

But the god thing about these studies is that they can rule out some common myths that have been circling. One of this myth is the difference in the shape of the hair allowing lice to attach more easily.

That being said, there are some factors which affect the appearance and the frequency of lice:

  • Location – Extensive research showed that lice are much more common in people in Africa when compared to those in Europe or the United States. A major flaw of this research is the existence of many other factors which can contribute to this lice outbreak, aside from the location itself
  • Hair length – this is where most researchers agree actually. They say that shorter hair is much more suitable for the development of lice. This bit of information is especially relevant when we know that younger African Americans tend to have shorter hair in the (early) childhood. So now the question is should you let your child grow longer hair just to reduce the possibility of getting lice? We’ll let you be the judge of that


The answer is they most certainly can! Despite these differences in skin and hair we’ve covered above, the underlying structure is the same and lice love it. All they need is a steady flow of blood and a good place to hide.

Can you prevent them from affecting you or your child? – You most certainly can! Make sure you take good care of your hygiene, check your hair once in a while (especially if you start experiencing itching or tingling) and try not to worry much.

How To Get Rid Of Lice?

What we’ve learned is that lice need a human host to survive. The only problem is, they spread quickly from one person to the next. This is why we need to act fast (as soon as we notice these tiny parasites).

And if you do get them, this is what you do:

  1. Avoid contact with people who do have lice – lice outbreak usually occurs in kindergarten so you should consider letting your child skip a few days.
  2. Shampoo – whether or not you decide to visit your doctor, you should get yourself a medicated shampoo designed to kill lice and its eggs. There are a number of these shampoos available on the market, so you are free to choose whichever you like.
  3. Vacuuming and washing – you should vacuum your furniture and carpets and wash clothing and bedding in hot water to kill the lice. You can also dry heat to make sure you killed them all!

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This Is How You Do Toothpaste Pregnancy Test

It’s not a secret that, if you tell people you did a toothpaste pregnancy test, you’ll raise some eyebrows. Many individuals haven’t even heard of this method of testing, but it’s getting more popular due to its small price tag.

Also, there are those who prefer a more natural approach or live in a slightly remote area where pharmacy supplies are scarce. These are just, some of the reasons people reach for this DIY home pregnancy test, and we are not here to judge. We are here to make sure you do it safely and follow the correct procedure to ensure accurate results.

First, let’s talk a bit more about the pregnancy itself.


Pregnancy, or gravidity, is a condition where a woman is carrying one of more offsprings in her uterus. It can be natural or assisted via modern reproductive technology and will commonly last around 40 weeks.

A healthy pregnancy is divided into three stages (trimesters):

  • First (weeks 1 through 12) – this is a stage where the egg gets fertilised by a spermatozoid and travels through Fallopian tubes to the uterus
  • Second (weeks 13 through 27) – this is the period when you can feel the fetus start to move around
  • Third (weeks 28 through 40) – this is the last period until the baby is born.

  • *During the first eight weeks the term we use for offspring is embryo and after we use the term fetus. By the end of week 37, baby’s organs are considered ready to be operated on their own.

    The main symptom of pregnancy is, of course, a missed period, but there are other symptoms as well:

    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Difficult sleeping
    • Mood swings
    • Heartburn
    • Tender nipples
    • What Is A Pregnancy Test?

      Put simply; a pregnancy test is a test we use to confirm whether a woman is pregnant or not. The test is relatively simple, all we need is a sample of a woman’s urine of a drop of blood.

      But how the test itself came to be?

      In the 1930s, the researchers found that a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is present in a woman’s blood or urine. This hormone is produced by the syncytiotrophoblast cells, these cells are being formed during the first stages of pregnancy and are the first cells to differentiate from the fertilised egg (Source: NCBI).

      The downsides of this test are that it can only work after the egg implantation, and it can show a false positive result in early pregnancy.

      The first homemade pregnancy test was invented in 1968; soon after it spread over the markets of Europe and Australia.

      Modern Test

      The quickest and most accurate test is rosette inhibition assay for early pregnancy factor (EPF). EPF is present in the maternal serum (blood plasma) shortly after fertilisation. This test can detect pregnancy after 48 hours. The only downside is that is somewhat expensive, and it takes more time.

      False positive

      The most test used today are about 97% correct. This is an excellent, solid number, but as you can see, it is wrong three times out of 100. In addition to this “standard deviation,” there are a few more cases where a pregnancy test may “get it wrong”:

      If it is expired – when a test expires, the chemical used to measure the level of hCG gets compromised and can get incorrect results.

      Using medication – some drugs can raise the level of hCG in your body and show positive results even though you might not be pregnant. Which is why you should consult your doctor before testing yourself.

      Early miscarriage – some women don’t even realise they are pregnant before it’s “too late.” Some studies suggest that as much as 25-40% of all pregnancies end up in an early miscarriage. If this is the case, the test might show a positive result even though the miscarriage already happened.

      Tumors – in some RARE cases, a tumor on the ovaries can cause your test to come up positive. But, as I said, these are extremely rare cases and should not worry you.

      False Negative

      In addition to false positive, a test can also be a false negative, disappointing future parents that were looking forward to the baby. This is also a rare occasion, but it can happen. And here are some of the usual reasons:

      Expired test – due to the compromised chemical in a pregnancy test, it can also show up as a false negative. This is why you should always check the expiry date.

      Taking the test too early – people are impatient, it’s in our nature, and this is why many parents rush buying and taking the test before the actual fertilisation can manifest itself. This is why you should always wait at least one week after missed period to take the test. Waiting will allow the hCG to raise in numbers to be able to show up on a test.

      One more thing: you should use the test first thing in the morning. This is when your urine is most concentrated, and the results will be the most accurate.

      Toothpaste Pregnancy Test

      Some women simply don’t like buying a pregnancy test from the pharmacy, some simply can’t get to a pharmacy to buy it, and some simply like to experiment and use a homemade test.

      Using toothpaste for your DIY pregnancy test seems to be the preferred method, it’s also fairly cheap, easy to use and gives relatively accurate results.

      How To Preform The Test

      Here is a step-by-step guide on the correct way of performing the pregnancy test using toothpaste:

      1. Gather everything you need (toothpaste, a clean cup for the test, a clean cup for the urine) and have it by your side so you can use it first thing when you wake up
      2. Take white toothpaste! The colour of the toothpaste is critical; you need white. Otherwise, the results might be inaccurate
      3. Take a clean cup or a plate(you need to clean the cup thoroughly to eliminate the bacteria that might contaminate the reaction between the toothpaste and the urine)
      4. Squirt some toothpaste into the cup; a teaspoon is quite enough
      5. Take the other cup and fill it up with your first, morning urine
      6. Take a medicine dropper (if you don’t have it you can just pour it) and drop a few droplets of urine onto the toothpaste
      7. Stir the mixture using a clean stick. You can use anything you can get your hands on, just make sure it’s clean
      8. Give it a few minutes to react
      9. Check the mixture for – changes in colour(bluish colour might appear), the appearance of froth, bubbles, and pretty much any reaction. If you notice it, chances are you are pregnant
      10. If nothing happens, no reaction whatsoever, the odds are against you being pregnant

      How Does The Test Work?

      The chemicals found in a white toothpaste (which you hopefully purchased), will have such chemical compound which will react with hCG in woman’s urine and cause a chemical reaction.

      This chemical reaction will result in changes in colour, and the appearance of bubbles.

      How Accurate Is This Test

      Using white toothpaste for pregnancy test
      Thought this is a home-made test, accuracy is still quite high. If everything is done correctly, getting a positive result will be 80-85% accurate! But, there is still a 15-20% chance the test will be wrong. Here are some of the most common factors to influence the accuracy of the results:

      • Contaminants – even if you make an effort to clean the plate as best as you can, there is still a chance it will get contaminated by chemicals or bacteria before you put toothpaste and urine on it
      • The colour of the paste – as noted above, you need a white toothpaste. Toothpaste that isn’t white will have different chemicals, chemicals that might not react with hCG and fail to provide a chemical reaction
      • Duration – the perfect timeframe for this test is 3-5 minutes. Wait too long, and you might miss the reaction taking place; the same will happen if you try to rush the results

      • It is important to note that this test does raise some issues and controversies. Some groups state that the chemical used in toothpaste is different than the one utilised in a regular pregnancy test. Hence these results should be disregarded.

        But just because the chemical is different it doesn’t mean we should ignore it entirely. The chemical is different, but what we are interested in is the ability of the compound at hand to react with the hCG from the urine.

        This test has many advantages:

        1. Saving money – this test is cheap, and it will save you money. The pharmacies will charge around 10$ for a pregnancy test, sometimes even more, and this test is virtually free
        2. Easy to perform – to carry out this test correctly, all you need is toothpaste, a few clean cups, and a timer. Make sure to complete it a week after you’ve missed your period; this is when hormones build up
        3. Super fast – taking the test and reading the results will only take a couple of minutes, so it’s a timesaver

        Although is cheap and rapid this test has some disadvantages:

        1. Confusing result – it is important to use correct amounts or urine and toothpaste (about the same amounts) to be able to get a proper reaction and be able to “read the results.” Otherwise, the results might be inconclusive
        2. The result might come in late – though 3-5 minutes is a general rule of thumb, there are instances where the actual reaction took place after 10 minutes. This is something you should take into consideration
        3. Just being plainly wrong – the truth of the matter is, this is not a standardised pregnancy test. There are a lot of variables, and there is a chance you could be dead wrong. This is why we advise you to see a doctor if you suspect you are pregnant

        4. Last updated: March 14, 2018 at 18:31 pm

Frequent Urge To Urinate But Little Comes Out? Here’s Why

Constant-urge-to-urinateDo you suffer from that frequent urge to urinate but little comes out? Not to worry, this is a problem both men and women have thought many people don`t even recognise it as a problem, they just go whenever they feel they need. The exact moment you realise this is becoming a problem is when you start developing a fear of being too far from the nearest bathroom.

But how do we know how often is too often? Typically, an adult male or female will go to the bathroom between 4 and 8 times a day. If you notice you are shooting past the eight times mark, it may indicate a health problem, or if the urge is waking you up from your bed at night. Keep in mind, though, that a frequent urge to urinate can also be caused by drinking excessive amounts of fluid and the urge to urinate can wake you up if you drink too much fluid before going to bed.

It is also important to note the difference between frequent and urgent urination. Urgent urination is characterised by an overwhelming urge to go immediately! Urgent urination is usually accompanied by stomach pain, discomfort or cramps.

Common Causes Of The Urge To Urinate Frequently

There are many different causes of “having to go often,” there are those benign we already mentioned (drinking excessive amounts of fluid), and there are those that indicate a health problem. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Alcohol and caffeinated drinks– they say that when you drink beer, you don`t buy it, you rent it and if you`ve ever tried drinking it you know what I`m talking about! Alcohol and caffeine act as diuretics. Diuretics are substances that promote the production of urine and increase the secretion of water from our body. This is why our head hurts after a long night of drinking – our body loses fluid and becomes dehydrated!
  • Diabetes – diabetes is a common term for a group of metabolic diseases linked to high blood sugar over longer periods of time. So why do people with diabetes urinate more often? – Well, the body is trying to rid of the excess sugar through urine. This is why long and non-stop urge for urination is often an early symptom of diabetes.
  • Enlarged prostate – Prostate is a gland which produces the fluid that carries the sperm during ejaculation. It surrounds the urethra (the tube which carries the urine out of the body), and puts pressure on it when it gets enlarged, in some instances blocking the flow of urine. This pressure can irritate the bladder (which is located above) causing it to contract and create that frequent urge to urinate but little comes out because bladder is not full.
  • Pregnancy – obviously, this is a completely normal occurrence since the growing uterus presses the bladder and cause more regular urination, especially in the third trimester.
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – UTI is an infection of the lining of the urethra due to byproducts of an infection. This infection will irritate the bladder and cause this urge for urination.
  • Interstitial Cystitis – we already said that UTI is commonly caused by bacteria, but interstitial cystitis is diagnosed when no clear cause of an infection has been identified. The infection will also cause bladder irritation and a frequent urge to urinate.
  • Nerve damage – nerves control everything that goes around in our body, and a wide range of neurological diseases (damage to the nerves) can lead to problems with bladder function. One of the most common neurological damage is a result of a stroke.
  • Anxiety – this is a lesser known cause of frequent urination but it can be linked to it. There is even a term coined especially for this condition – Anxiety Urination. There are many theories as to why there is a connection between the two. Most common two are muscle tension (in anxiety our muscles are very tense which can put pressure on the bladder and cause the urge to urinate) and fight or flight response (stress can cause that fight or flight state, and our body may feel the need to relieve the “added weight” and empty the bladder… sounds ridiculous, I know).
  • Vaginal infection – vaginal infection can also create this urge.
  • Cancer or bladder tumors – these are the least common causes of frequent urination, but they need to be mentioned as well. Cancers and tumors can, as they grow, take up more and more space and cause this urge.

Frequent Urination Urge Diagnosis

urinating often

As we said at the beginning of the article, “frequent urination” can also be a relative term (some people urinate more and some less frequently), which is why you should turn to your doctor if you notice something is wrong.

Believe it or not, there is a whole range of different tests you can undergo before getting a diagnosis. Those tests are:

  • Urine test– microscopic analysis of your urine will allow the doctor to take a look at all the components of the urine and determine if there is something wrong, is there an infection of some sort etc.
  • Cystoscopy – cystoscopy is a procedure which allows the doctor to look at the inside of your urethra and bladder using a device called a cystoscope.
  • Cystometry – this is a test which measure the pressure inside of the bladder to tell how well the bladder holds or releases urine.
  • Ultrasound – ultrasound is a common test that uses ultra sound waves to visualize soft tissues in the body. It will help detect any visual anomalies on the bladder.

When Should You Seek Medical Help?

Different people react differently to this frequent urge to urinate with little or nothing to come out – some do nothing and just “go with the flow” while others decide to seek medical help. But, when exactly should you seek professional help:

  • If you urinate so frequently it is affecting your daily life
  • If you wake up during the night with that strong urge urinate (when you haven`t taken any fluid before going to bed) and find that little to no urine came out
  • If you notice:
    • Blood in your urine
    • Unusual smell
    • Unusually cloudy urine
  • If you start experiencing pain, loss of appetite, vomiting or fever

Addressing The Symptoms And Treating This Problem

The treatment of this condition will largely depend on its underlying cause, which is why you should stick to the doctor`s recommendations. The doctor will usually:

  • Prescribe antibiotics for an infection
  • Recommend changing your diet and regulating blood sugar levels if you`ve got diabetes
  • Advise fluid intake regulation
  • Bladder retraining – where you gradually increase the interval between urination even if you feel a strong urge to do it
  • Or Kegel exercises – these exercises are meant for strengthening the muscles around the bladder and urethra to improve the bladder control

Pimple On Gums – Should A Dental Abscess Worry You?

“Doctor, I have a pimple on my gums? – You mean your face? – No, it’s on my gums, please help me!” This is not a sort of a conversation you will hear often, but it does happen; it is possible to have a pimple on gums.

The location of this pimple will vary (sometimes it’s in front of the teeth, sometimes behind), so will its size, as well as the pain intensity (many patients don’t feel any pain at all). And this is what scares most people, mixed symptoms can indicate various conditions so pinning it to one can be quite a challenge.

This is why we are giving you this article – we are going to cover every possible cause of gum pimples, from infections to smoking, talk about what exactly is this so-called pimple, how to diagnose it yourself, and when is the right time to see a doctor!

Pimple On Gums – What It Actually Is And What’s It Made Of

The medical term for this pimple is an abscess and is not to be confused with a pimple on your skin caused by clogged pores. An abscess is basically a collection of puss that has built up in a tissue over a certain amount of time.

Before the abscess fills up with puss, the area around it is red, sore, and often tender (painful) to touch. When an abscess is on the skin, you can often catch it in its early stages due to these symptoms, but when it inside your mouth, you might miss these first warning signs.

But there is no need to worry just yet; the doctor can still help you treat and get rid of it. You can also address it yourself, but whatever you do, never pop it!

Even if you do not decide to pop it, though, this gum pimple can pop on its own. If it does, you should rinse out your mouth immediately and have your doctor examine it. Popping the pimple on gums will not solve your problems because you will still be left with a gaping hole in the damaged tissue that needs to be addressed before the situation gets any worse.

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Causes Of Pimples On Gums

When it comes to pimples on gums, there are a lot of different causes. Most common ones are infections, but to cover this topic as best as we possibly can, we’re going to give you an exhaustive list of all conditions known to have caused these pimples in the past.

Oral Infections

By far, the most common cause of gum pimples is an oral infection – poor hygiene and dental problems will lead to an infection, and the infection will result in an abscess, it’s a vicious cycle.

Here are some of the leading causes of these infections:

Viral And/Or Bacterial Infections

Viral infections such as ulcers, will usually not last too long and will go away on its own. But, a bacterial infection can last significantly longer, especially in those with poor oral hygiene.

Poor oral hygiene will result in food leftovers between the tooth and the gum and allow the bacteria to thrive. Also, if you are wearing dentures, you should regularly remove and brush them to avoid bacteria build up.

Naturally, our body will make an attempt to fight these bacteria and, in the process, for a white pimple filled with puss.

Gum Diseases

Periodontal (gum) diseases can range from a minor gum inflammation, to a more serious conditions where teeth are lost! They are more common in older individuals, but also in those who don’t brush their teeth regularly.

This may come as a shock to you but, at any give time, there are between 100 and 200 different species of bacteria living in our mouth (source: Wikipedia – Oral Ecology)! As the time progresses, they form a residue on our teeth we call “plaque.” The longer plaque is on our teeth, the greater chance we will develop some gum disease.

Two primary gum diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation caused by a plaque build up, and its symptoms are redness, swelling, and bleeding. If gingivitis is not treated in time, it will progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe condition where gums pull away from the teeth and form small “pockets.” Our body will, of course, fight this infection and puss-filled gum pimples may appear. In more severe cases, the tissue around the tooth will be destroyed, and the tooth will fall out.

Tooth Decay

Believe it or not, some people are so terrified of the dentist (and the pain they may have to endure), they refuse to see him even when faced with tooth decay. Of course, there are those who just can’t afford a dentist…

If left untreated, this decay can spread to the adjacent teeth and penetrate deeper into the tooth itself. Once it goes all the way through and reaches the nerves, it causes an infection. As a result of this infection, our body will attempt to drain the puss through the gums and often for a pimple between the root of the tooth and the gum.

This condition will, of course, not go away on its own. The decay needs to be removed and teeth fixed. Once this is done, pimple on your gum will get smaller and smaller and eventually go away completely.

Tooth Extractions/Implantations

A pimple on gum after a tooth extraction, implantation, or filling is a good thing. This means that the wound is healing and draining. In this case, this gum cyst may be reddish (filled with blood) or just filled with fluid (not puss).

The cyst will not hurt, as it is just a natural process and the infection is not present. It will go away on its own after the wound is completely healed, but there have been cases where it didn’t go away and get harder. This is not a cause for concern as it can be removed surgically.

If you start experiencing pain, on the other hand, you should get it checked out as it may indicate something is wrong.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a common procedure, used to treat millions of teeth each year.

Inside the tooth, underneath the hard layer called dentin, there is is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves to nourish the tooth as it grows.

Once it’s all grown up, they are no longer needed. This is good for us because the endodontist (dental expert for the soft tissue on the inside of the teeth) can remove the inflamed pulp and seal the root.

As with implantation and extraction, a small pimple on gums can appear as a sign of a healthy recovery process. These cysts are painless and should you experience pain; you should reschedule with your dentist.

Smoking And Gum Diseases

Smoking is not directly linked to gum pimples, but it will make you more susceptible to gum diseases in general.

It is recognized that smoking will weaken your immune system, thus making it harder to fight these diseases. Not only that, once you develop a pimple on your gums, smoking will prolong its healing process.

In short, if you smoke you have twice the risk of developing gum diseases, they will last longer, and treatment may not work as well for you, as compared to non-smokers.


Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeast. This type of yeast infection we are referring to is also called “thrush,” and develops in the mouth or the throat. Some of the most common symptoms of this disease are white spots inside the mouth and on the tongue, sore throat and difficulty swallowing.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small, painful, reddish sores located inside the mouth.

These sores are extremely contagious but pose no serious health threats. It is advised you see a doctor if these sores last more than 3 weeks and are accompanied by fever.

Cold Sores

Cold sores are itchy, painful clusters of red blisters around the mouth. Though they generally form around the mouth, they can sometimes spread inside the oral cavity. They are also highly contagious.


Before you begin to panic, note that gum cancer is extremely rare. Keep in mind that cancer bumps are harder, may not be painful, may bleed and get enlarged.

Symptoms – What To Look For

Though we generally covered all the symptoms associated with pimples on gums, it can’t hurt to go over all of them:

  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Soreness and tenderness of the affected area
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pus drainage accompanied by a foul smell
  • Fever and/or swollen lymph nodes (indication of an infection)
  • Pain while chewing
  • Fatigue and a general feeling of discomfort

Also, it’s worth mentioning that these cysts/pimples/abscesses can present themselves without pain.

Diagnosis – When To See A Doctor

We’ve covered most (if not all) situations where you can develop pimples on gum, and you saw that there are some cases where they are a part of the natural healing process and will go away without any medical treatment.

However, there are also those that do require medical attention. Here are some instances where you should seek professional help:

  • A pimple that does not go away after several weeks (of home treatment)
  • If your gums bleed for longer periods of time
  • Long-term swelling and tenderness
  • Pus filled pimples
  • Patches of red that does not go away

Of course, you are not a dentist and, in most cases, you will not be able to diagnose your condition with 100% certainty. This is why we advise making an appointment at first sign of trouble. Your dentist will then be able to diagnose you using his expert knowledge, experience, and the help of modern technology – an X-ray will show the location of the abscess concerning the root and the extent of the damage (if there is damage to be seen).

Gum Pimple Treatment And Prevention

Treating a pimple on gums may require professional help, but it doesn’t mean you can’t address it in the comfort of your home, as an immediate action. You probably know most of these actions yourself, but we will go through these nonetheless:

  • Gargling with salt water – this is one of the easiest and probably the oldest ways to battle infections and preserve the health of your oral cavity. The mix: it is recommended you add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and gargle couple times a day.
  • Brushing properly – you need to brush your teeth properly, 3 times per day, 3 minutes per session.
  • Flossing – flossing is (believe it or not) a controversial topic among some of my friends as they think that flossing will damage your teeth. But this can’t be further from the truth (unless you accidentally cut through your gums). Flossing will help you get rid of leftover food between your teeth and also remove that nasty plaque we talked about earlier.
  • Tea bags – applying a tea bag directly to your cyst may soothe it and relieve pain.
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Of course, the outcome of your home treatment will largely depend on the underlying cause of the pimples on your gums. If your tooth is decaying, for example, gargling with salt water won’t help one bit. You need just to use common sense here.

As for the conventional therapy, your dentist will use, it involves antibiotics to soothe the infection and relieve pain, and an adhesive dental gauze to drain the puss. Before any invasive treatment, they need to make sure your infection is completely gone.

After the infection is gone, you might need to get the tooth removed, see an endodontist to address the root canal problem or get some other procedure done to ensure those nasty pimples on your gums never come back!

If you have any more questions regarding the topic of “pimple on gums,” feel free to leave a comment below and we will address it as soon as possible.

Last updated: March 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

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