Causes, types, symptoms, and treatment of trachoma

Trachoma is an eye disease that affects many people. If untreated, this is a condition that can lead to discomfort and trouble. It is a bacterial infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. Trachoma is highly infectious and can lead to blindness at its advanced stages. This infection can be caused by direct or indirect contact with the affected person’s nose and eyes. It affects individuals at any age including children. This infection mainly affects the inner surface of the eye and the eyelids leading to pain. In severe cases, the eyelid will turn inwards leading to permanent blindness. It is estimated that over eighty million individuals are affected by this disease worldwide.

Types of trachoma infections

These are different t types and stages of trachoma. The following are the main types of trachoma infections.

Recurring trachoma

This is an eye infection that keeps on occurring again and again. It mainly affects people who have poor hygienic or those who do not have access to a healthy lifestyle and clean water.

Chronic trachoma

This is a serious eye infection that makes the eyelids to turn inwards leading to scratching of the cornea. If untreated, chronic trachoma can worsen leading to complete or partial blindness.

Acute trachoma

This type of infection is common with those individuals living in unhygienic, unhealthy and crowded places. It affects both adults and children. It starts with one eye and then spreads to the other one. Once affected, the eyes become itchy and painful. It is also characterized by swollen eyelids and a watery discharge.

What are the major causes of trachoma?

The causes of trachoma are well known, and it can be prevented easily. The common causes of this infection include

  • Using unclean water
  • Crowded living situations
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Closeness with cattle using clothing/towels of infected person
  • Indirect/direct contact with an infected person

Avoiding the situations mentioned above is a reliable solution for staying away from this blinding eye infection. Untreated or repeated trachoma is very dangerous because the eyelashes can scratch your cornea leading to permanent blindness or entropion.

Symptoms of trachoma

Trachoma is a painful condition, and its symptoms are similar to those of conjunctivitis. The following are the major symptoms associated with this eye condition.

  • Eye discharge
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Itching/irritation in eyes
  • Increased eye sensitivity
  • Inward lashes
  • Throat, ear, and nose complications

Treatment of trachoma

The treatment for trachoma should be done with care and on time. Waiting for the eyes to get cured naturally can lead to expose your eyes to more pain and even compromise your vision. The following are the effective treatment options for trachoma

  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Surgery

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Tips for starting a new business

Are you planning to start a new business? If so, then you should start looking for advice. There is no perfect formula for starting a new business. The following are some of the ideas and tips that will help you in setting up your new business.

Absorb everything

Listening to your friends, family, and experts is a good idea. Instead, you should look for new ways and solutions to your problems. Always pay attention to those things that can help you in realizing the objectives of your business. Listening to the advice given by experienced businessmen will help you in knowing what works well and the challenges facing the business people. Again, this will help you in getting new innovative ideas.

Writing down the important ideas and maintain notes from various sources will help you in making a good business plan. A smart person should learn from the past mistakes made by other people.

Avoid making excuses

You will find many people who have the dream of being successful in business yet they end up not realizing their goals. Having excuses can lead to failure in business. Such excuses will prevent you from starting a business. Anyone who is interested in starting a new business should get rid of excuses.

Finding a solution

Having services and products that are aimed at solving problems facing people will help you in getting more customers. For example, if you are planning to develop software or an application, it is important to find out if it will solve some problems that people are going through. You can process working on it of it will be useful. In addition to this, it is important to understand the problems facing your target audience.

Keeping it simple

Most businessmen are always ready to work on different ideas. However, you should avoid turning your ideas into something that is very complicated. People will not purchase such products. Starting small and then narrowing your focus is the best thing when you are starting a new business. Try as much as possible to turn your ideas into something beneficial and simple.

Figuring out the costs

After settling on an idea, it is important to estimate how much it will cost you. This will help you in calculating the total cost. Some of the factors that you need to consider include rent, location, supplies, and marketing. Sometimes it might be difficult to do some things if you are operating on a small budget.

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Main Page Of Dachshund Delights

It’s February, 2007, And A Pup Has Become A Protagonist

Aspiring authors are frequently given the same good advice: “Write what you know; look first in your own backyard.” That’s meant to be metaphorical advice, but, luckily for us, Vicki Misenheimer took it very literally. And when she looked out into her backyard, she saw I Love Little Lucy (better known simply as Lulu), one of the family’s dachshunds, and slated soon to be the star of a book.

Lucy’s story could have easily had an unhappy ending. Shipped from a cage on a Kansas farm cross-country to a mall in North Carolina, then being left there on the top tier of a pile of kennels is not conducive to optimism. Especially when you’re a frightened pup who’s first marked down for quick holiday sale, then put “on hold” by a family who never comes back to claim you. But fate stepped in. A young woman whose mother already owned a dachshund saw the sad tale unfolding and knew that she had to do something.

Soon, the forlorn pup was in her Forever Home, but even then it wasn’t smooth sailing. The incumbent ‘hund took a dim view of the newcomer, and it took the intervention of a professional trainer to bring peace and harmony to the household.

Lulu’s new mom was Vicki Misenheimer, who has long felt a calling to teach and tell stories, and that calling was never more needed. She and her two daughters had just returned to the Triad area of North Carolina (12 counties in the northwest part of the state, centering around Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point) after years in California, and Lulu was just what was needed to help them in their period of adjustment. Vicki had long made up stories about the family’s pet animals for her daughters, and now that the daughters were growing, it seemed time to share those stories with the world.

So Vicki has published the tale of Lulu in a book with the somewhat daunting title of “I Love Little Lucy”/The Tails Of Wienerville – Livin’ Long In North Carolina. The title is almost as long as the dog. Knowing that a book aimed at young people would need illustrations, Vicki turned to her daughter, Katherine Voznik, who has supplied the lively artwork.

Vicki is selling the book herself, and it’s not a bid to just make money. Out of the very nominal $10 price tag, she donates a dollar to animal rescue and another dollar to help abused women and children.

These books make good gifts, and you can have them for $10 each, which you can send to
ReVIVA Productions
P. O. Box 473
Jamestown NC 27282.

You can contact Vicki by e-mail at vmisenheimer1@triad.rr.com.

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