A reader recently asked if high cholesterol can directly affect your sex life. The answer to this question is yes, but the effect may not be immediate. Studies have shown that some of the traditional risk factors for heart disease , such as high cholesterol, are also significant risk factors for male erectile dysfunction . An intact arterial blood supply is required for normal male erection, and it is thought that high cholesterol can impair normal artery blood flow. There are two ways that this might happen. Just like one can develop a blockage in the heart arteries, blockages from atherosclerosis can develop in the arteries responsible for erection. This could then diminish blood flow.
High cholesterol also can adversely affect arteries without developing blockages. Arteries not only need to be open, but they also must be able to respond to local hormones that regulate blood flow. One important artery relaxing hormone is nitric ox...
Eye burning with discharge is burning, itching, or drainage from the eye of any substance other than tears.
Itching - burning eyes; Burning eyes
Sometimes burning and itching eyes are due to environmental pollutants. If secondhand cigarette smoke is annoying, say so. If an industrial plant in the area is polluting, contact the EPA for solutions.
, including seasonal allergies or hay fever
Chemical irritants (such as chlorine in a swimming pool or makeup)
or pink eye
in the air (cigarette smoke or smog)
Itching is a symptom of skin irritation. Itching can be caused by many things, including dry skin, insect bites, and allergic reactions.
Certain breast cancer treatments may cause itching. They are:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
An allergic reaction to a pain medication also can cause itching.
If your itching gets worse or you develop other signs of an allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing or hives, call your doctor immediately. Allergic reactions can be potentially serious.
To ease mild itching, you can:
Use skin creams or lotion regularly , especially after bathing. Water-soluble bases, such as aloe vera, and menthol-based lotions work best.
Bathe in warm -- not hot -- water . Hot water can dry your s...
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