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4 Sprained Ankle Remedies You Can Use At Home

For anyone, a sprained ankle can be very painful and uncomfortable especially when moving. The condition is characterized by outstretched or torn ligaments (those that hold bones in the joints together) and may result from running/walking on an uneven surface, lifting heavy weights, wearing high-heel shoes or accidents. Thankfully, there are several simple sprained ankle remedies that you can use at home to minimize the symptoms and improve your condition. They are not only natural but can be effective and there may not be any need for surgery. Read on.

1. Apply iceAnkle Sprain 02

Ice can significantly help reduce swelling and pain on the injured ankle. It works by preventing bleeding from the torn ligament and keeping it from becoming inflamed. For best results, apply ice over the affected area within 48 hours after the injury. Simply wrap some ice cubes in a towel and gently apply to the area for about 15 to 20 minutes. Avoid putting ice directly against your skin as it can cause damage.

2. Use garlic

You can consider garlic for a quick relief of the various symptoms of an ankle sprain. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic may help reduce both pain and inflammation. Its proven healing properties as well as ability to boost the body’s strength & energy can help fasten the recovery process. Add 1 tablespoon of garlic juice to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to make a solution, and then gently rub it on the desired area. Finally, wash off with some warm water after 30 minutes or so.

3. Compress

Ankle Sprain 01To prevent further swelling, make sure to compress/ bandage your sprained ankle immediately after the injury. This will help control pain and lower the risk of further injury. For this, you can use a tape or elastic bandage. Securely wrap the area and keep the tape on during the day so that the swelling reduces. Remember to remove it before going to bed. You should be very careful not to apply the tape tightly as it could cause pain, additional swelling or even compromise blood flow to the area. Further, make sure to remove the compression immediately if the injured area begins to feel numb.

4. Use turmeric powder

One of the most common sprained ankle remedies, turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation in the affected area. It also improves circulation, helps prevent blood clotting and minimizes pain. Put water in a small bowl, add some turmeric powder and mix to get a smooth paste. Next, warm the paste for a few minutes and then apply it to your ankle. Leave it for 1 to 2 hours and wash off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat this for at least a week.

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How a Cataract Surgery is Done

A cataract is characterized by clouding of the eye’s lens. Naturally, eye lenses are usually clear. Cataracts are often the result of the natural aging process while others may be present during a child’s birth or may result from chemical, drug or physical injury. One of the common procedures employed within the US to clear the cloudiness is cataract surgery. In this article, you will learn how a cataract surgery is done.Cataract Surgery 02

What happens during the surgery?

During the surgery, a surgeon cleans or removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clear manmade lens. They mostly conduct the surgery using a technique called phacoemulsification or a small cut incision cataract surgery. The incision can be very small because they have to liquefy the lens center and vacuum it out.

A surgeon performing the procedure under local anesthesia has to make a smaller opening on the cornea’s side. They then insert a device into the eye that vibrates to break the lens into very small pieces. The surgeon then removes the small fragments by suction via the cut in the eye. To form the cut, the eye doctor may apply laser. They make the cut with the hope that a more precise cut will shorten the surgery recovery period.

After, the cataract removal, the surgeon has to replace it with manmade lens known as the intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure of fitting the lens is called the intraocular lens implantation.

The intraocular lens is a clear acrylic or silicone plastic usually with optical power selected by the surgeon to help in restoring the normal vision. Mostly, it minimizes the overreliance on eyeglasses which is common after eye surgery. The lens is also permanent and does not need any special care.

The lens focuses light onto eye’s retina. And this helps in improving your vision. Further, you may need a new eyeglasses prescription after the surgery including when your natural lens is replaced with the IOL. However, there are people who will see properly without the need for glasses after the cataract surgery with the lens replacement.

• Surgery performed on outpatient setting

Mostly, the surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in the operating room and therefore you won’t need to spend nights in the hospital. The actual surgery may not last for more than an hour and also, it is safe and often performed when the patient is awake with some sedation level. A surgeon gives a sedative and places numbing drops into the eyes. They may also choose to use a novocaine injection that they place around the eyes. General anesthesia – fully asleep and breathing tube – is also usable during the surgery and therefore you should talk with your surgeon about the available options.

• Can you get the two cataracts removed at the same time?

Doctors won’t remove cataracts in your two eyes at the same time. If you need the two cataracts removed, the surgeon will schedule you for two separate surgeries that are usually several weeks apart.