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How Patients Can Help Prevent Postoperative Complications

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Uncategorized |

The post-surgical period is one of the most sensitive treatment periods for a patient. A post-surgical patient may have wounds, low blood levels, poor appetite, weak immunity, and other issues that make them susceptible to infections. That’s why it’s important for everybody involved in the patient’s care, such as nurses, physicians, nursing aides, and the patient to be on the lookout for postoperative complications. Therefore, if you are preparing for hernia surgery with someone like Natural Tissue Hernia Repair Associates, take the following precautions to preempt postoperative complications: Tell Your Doctor about Your Medical Conditions Your precautions don’t begin after the surgery; you should actually take preventive measures before the surgery. For example, you need to tell your doctors every medical problem you may have because they may influence how susceptible you are to infections. For example, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) makes it difficult for wounds to heal, and wounds make perfect entry points for germs. Tell your doctor about it will give them a chance to take the necessary precautions to prevent the infection. Don’t Shave the Surgical Area You may want to be clean and hygienic during your surgery, but this doesn’t mean you should take matters into your hands and shave the surgical site. Shaving irritates the skin, leaving microscopic cuts that allow germs to enter your body with ease. If there is any shaving to be done, let your medical team handle it. Don’t Allow Third Parties to Touch Your Wounds After the surgery, don’t let anybody touch your wounds except the medical team looking after you. Your loved ones or family members may be curious about the bandages running across your chest, but their curiosity doesn’t give them access to the surgical site. They can easily transfer germs from their contaminated hands to your wound and infect you. You should also clean your hands before touching your dressing. Make Sure You Understand Your Doctor’s Instructions The risks of postoperative infections don’t reduce when you level the hospital; you are still at risk at home until you heal. Therefore, make sure you understand the post-surgical instructions given by your doctor; you can only practice what you know. If in doubt, contact your doctor before making a move. For example, you should know when to go back for a checkup, remove your bandages, start eating certain foods or start taking alcohol, among other similar things. Hopefully, you won’t experience any postoperative complications after your hernia surgery. Contact your doctor anytime you feel your recovery isn’t progressing...

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4 Steps To Take Before Getting Laser Hair Removal Surgery To Ease The Pain

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning on having laser hair removal surgery, there are a few things that you need to do before you go to your doctor’s office to help ease the pain. By taking care of your body before hand, you can reduce the occurrence of pain during and after treatment.  Keep Your Hair Short How long your hair is will have an impact on your treatment. If your doctor recommended that you share or cut your hair before you come in for treatment, you should heed their advice. The longer your hair is, the great chance the treatment will be painful.  Make sure you add in some time in your schedule to shave or cut your hair as short as possible a day or so before you go in for treatment. This will help reduce the pain you experience during and after your treatment.  Drink Lots Of Water One of the simplest ways to reduce the pain you feel due to your laser hair removal treatment is by making sure that you are well hydrated when you go in for your treatment. About six hours before you are scheduled to go in for your treatment, starting drinking a gallon of water. Your goal is to drink the entire gallon of water by the time you go in for your treatment.  Drinking an entire gallon of water will help ensure that your body is well hydrated, which will make your body less sensitive to pain. Being dehydrated can actually make you more sensitive to pain.  Avoid Liquids That Can Dehydrate Your Body Make sure that you are not trying to hydrate your body with caffeinated beverages. Caffeinated beverages are not the best way to hydrate your body; additionally, caffeine can make you more sensitive to outside stimulation, which is not ideal when you are trying to lessen the pain that you experience.  Avoid drinking coffee, soda or tea that contains caffeine in the day leading up to your appointment in order to flush the caffeine out of your system and in order to avoid unnecessary pain. Numb Your Skin Bring some ice-packs with you to your appointment. Ask to be informed when it is about ten minutes before you will begin your laser treatment. Then, take out your ice packs, which should be wrapped inside of a towel, and apply them directly to the area that will be getting treated.   This will help numb your skin and make the laser treatment more comfortable for you. Be sure to discuss all of these pain management methods with your doctor, one like Marjan Medical Laser Inc, before you begin your laser hair removal, and figure out which methods will work best for...

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Young Children And Dental Care: Tips For Parents

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Children’s teeth begin to emerge long before they need their first dental visit. Just because they don’t need a check-up doesn’t mean they aren’t in need of daily dental care, though. Ensuring your child’s dental health gets off to the right start is vital. The following tips can help you care for their gums and new teeth properly.  Tip #1: Start the habit early Although brushing isn’t necessary before the teeth come in, rubbing the gums is good practice and it can help ease teething pain. You can either wrap your finger with gauze or use a gum brush. This rubber sleeve slips over your finger tip and has a nubby texture. After each meal, rub your child’s gums gently with the gauze or brush. This early habit will make toothbrushing easier to become accustomed to later. Tip #2: Brush twice daily Actual brushing begins when the first tooth appears. At this point, switch to an infant toothbrush that has soft bristles and a small head. You can use regular toothpaste or a paste formulated for children, the choice is yours. The trick is to use a barely-there smear of toothpaste, since you don’t want your child to swallow too much. Brush their teeth and gums twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. You can give your child a drink of water after brushing but don’t worry too much about rinsing. This isn’t vital since you are barely using any toothpaste. Tip #3: Visit the dentist The first dental visit usually occurs around the age of 1 year. This visit is generally little more than a cursory well visit to make sure there are no signs of cavities on the newly emerging teeth and to verify that you are comfortable with the daily dental care routine. Your family dentist may also advise a fluoride treatment if the water in your area isn’t fluoridated, or they may decide to seal the teeth that have already emerged to help protect them from cavities. Tip #4: Increase responsibility As your child gets older and more teeth erupt, you will need to begin flossing. This isn’t necessary until there are two teeth side-by-side, which means you can no longer brush the sides of the teeth. The simplest way to floss a young child’s teeth is with a pre-strung floss pick. This is also the time when you can begin training your child on dental hygiene. Allow them to hold the brush – with no toothpaste – and try to brush their teeth first. Then, you can add toothpaste and finish the job along with the flossing routine. This will help further cement a lifetime of good dental habits into your child’s daily routine. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Westshore Dental...

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Explore Your Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you have pain in the arch of you foot, towards the heel? Does that pain tend to be the worst when you first get out of bed in the morning, or after you’ve sat for a while? Chances are, you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue band in the bottom of your foot. If you don’t do anything to address this ailment, it can linger indefinitely. Thus, it’s important that you take action with one or more of these treatment options as soon as possible. RICE If you are an athlete or spend a lot of time on your feet, your plantar fasciitis is probably due to your high activity levels and the strain you put on your feet. To recover, you need to practice RICE — or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Avoid all high-impact activity like running and jumping, and spend more time sitting or lying with your feet elevated. If you’re in training and need to stay active, stick to low-impact exercise like swimming or pool running. At least once per day, apply ice to your foot. This will help alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation. When you do need to walk somewhere, put a compression bandage or sock (sold at most drugstores) on your foot to prevent it from becoming inflamed. Orthotics If you’re not an overly active person, your plantar fasctiitis may be caused by walking in shoes that are poorly fitted to your foot. You can correct this by investing in a pair of orthotics, which are specially made inserts that change the way your foot sits inside of a shoe. An orthopedist or podiatrist can design custom orthotics for you. This might also be a good choice if you’ve been giving RICE a try for a few weeks but are still suffering from foot pain. Physical Therapy If RICE and orthotics don’t seem to help, consider seeking out the help of a physical therapist. They can evaluate your stride and activity levels and recommend exercises that will strengthen the muscles in your foot and leg in a way that will minimize strain on your plantar fascia and hopefully ease your pain. Keep in mind that physical therapy won’t cause your plantar fasciitis to disappear overnight. You will have to be consistent about keeping up with your exercises and appointments, and your therapist will likely recommend using orthotics and RICE as well. Plantar fasciitis can be a real pain. However, if you take action with the treatments above, you should not have to suffer for too...

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Getting Through The Holidays Living In A Retirement Home

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The holidays are very personal. You have your own set of traditions whether it means decorating the day after Thanksgiving or opening a special gift on Christmas Eve. When you move into a retirement home, the holidays don’t seem as personal any longer. While you still have your personal space that you can retreat to, you don’t have the freedom to do as you please when it comes to decorating the yard with lights or setting up a huge Christmas tree. Your normal routine is no longer present. The holidays may not go exactly how you planned, but you can still experience them in a positive way by taking control.  Get Involved One of the best ways to develop that Christmas cheer and enjoy the holidays more is by getting involved in different holiday activities. Most retirement communities will set up activities designed around the holidays, from baking holiday treats to doing holiday crafts. Sign up for several activities that you may be interested in. Not only can this help you get into the Christmas spirit, it can also help you to get to know other residents in the community.  Volunteer Off-Site You still have much of your freedom when you live in a retirement community. For the most part, you can come and go as you want. This allows you the opportunity to get out and volunteer. Whether it is at an animal shelter or at a soup kitchen, volunteering yourself can have many health benefits. Research shows that volunteering can lessen your stress, improve your mood, and even make you stronger physically. Helping others can make you feel good about yourself and get you more into the Christmas spirit.  Visit Loved Ones Being away from all your loved ones can make the holidays feel lonely. In order to stay connected with them and experience the holidays together, you have to take some initiative. The holidays can be a busy time for anyone, and you cannot expect them to put a halt on life and visit you all the time. Instead, set up times when you can visit your friends and family around the holidays.  Start New Traditions While the memories from past holidays will always be important to you, you don’t want to live your life in the past. Instead you have the opportunity to start new traditions. Brainstorm some activities that you could do with your family like touring the local Christmas lights or having a holiday movie night together. These things do not require a lot of planning and can be fun for everyone of all ages.  If you’re currently looking for a retirement home, visit Central Place Retirement...

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Non-Invasive Treatment Options For Your Tinnitus

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

That ringing in your ears, otherwise known as tinnitus, is not curable, but you can often reduce the triggers that make it worse. Your doctor has a number of non-invasive ways to reduce the annoying ringing before bringing up the option of surgery. You may find that a combination of the following techniques works well enough to allow you to live with tinnitus. Basic Hearing Protection Ear plugs and earmuff-style hearing protection are worth trying first. These limit the amount of noise that enters your ear by blocking all sounds that come to the ear. This works well on a manufacturing shop floor with a lot of noisy equipment, or outside on a construction site. Inside in an office where you need to carry on conversations, these hearing protection devices will become annoying. Noise Suppressing Devices These devices target specific noises so they blend in with other sounds and can’t be picked out individually. This may be enough to prevent noises from getting to your ear that trigger your tinnitus. White noise machines – These create a number of natural and man-made sounds that prevent other sounds from being recognized. They also mask any ringing in your ear that keeps you from concentrating or sleeping. The sounds may be recordings of actual sounds or a digitally-produced sound. You’ll need to try several sounds until you find the one that gives you the most relief. Some of the sounds a white noise generator produces include: falling rain waves crashing on a beach an oscillating fan an airplane engine Noise Cancellation Devices – Headphones and ear buds that do noise cancellation can be worn to stop you from noticing a triggering sound. These devices generate a sound wave that competes with the trigger sound so that you aren’t aware of it. These must be adjusted to the right frequency to compete with the offending sounds. Redirecting Your Hearing Retraining Devices – These are worn like hearing aids and are adjusted to produce a musical tone that matches the triggering tones. Your mind becomes accustomed to the music playing so that it ignores the musical tones and the triggering sounds. You can carry on normal conversations with people when these devices are used. Hypnosis – While not a device you wear, hypnosis is a technique that works with some people. The idea is that your mind is taught to filter out and ignore any sounds that could trigger a tinnitus response. With self-hypnosis, you can be taught to make suggestions to yourself that will reduce the risk of the annoying ringing in your ears from appearing. For more information, look into services like hearing protection with Beltone the Hearing...

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3 Eye Glasses Extras To Consider

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When getting a new pair of prescription eyeglasses you will be bombarded with a long list of option extras that are supposed to offer a wide range of benefits. While most of the extras are helpful, it can be a bit tricky figuring out which ones you actually need. A few of the best extras to consider are photochromic lenses, anti-reflective coating, and polarized lenses. Photochromic Lenses Photochromic lenses are a very interesting type of lens that will darken when exposed to direct sunlight and lighten once you are out of the sun. This option is a fantastic choice for anyone that wants to do away with the hassle of having to carry around their regular eyeglasses and a pair of sunglasses, or who does not want to have to pay for a pair of prescription sunglasses. In addition, eyeglasses with transition lenses are going to be more comfortable and convenient than having to attach a pair of flip-down polarized lenses to your regular glasses. Anti-Reflective Coating An anti-reflective coating is designed to eliminate much of the glare that your eyes are exposed to throughout the day. This makes this extra ideal for anyone that has to drive around a lot during the day, as the coating will actually cut down on the glare from the sunlight. In addition, you should consider an anti-reflective coating if your job requires you to sit in front of a computer monitor all day because the lack of glare due to the lenses can actually cut down on eye strain. In addition, anti-reflective coatings can reduce eye strain while reading. This is because this type of coating will allow more light through the lens, which can make it much easier to make out the words due to increased contrast perception. Polarized Lenses Finally, polarized lenses are a good choice for anyone that likes to spend a great deal of time outside. One of the big benefits to these lenses is that they can reduce glare by quite a bit, which makes driving in the day easier, since it will block the glare that is being reflected off of the road. In addition, this glare protection is also helpful when spending time on the water or around snow, as the lenses will keep the glare from the snow and water from affecting your vision and making your uncomfortable. These lenses provide 100 percent UV protection and are ideal for anyone who has eyes that are sensitive to light. As a result, these lenses are often recommended for anyone that has recently undergone cataract or vision correction surgery. Speak to a local eye doctor today, like those at Lloydminster Dr Jade & Associates, to discuss which eyeglasses extras he or she would recommend for your lifestyle. Polarized lenses are a great choice due to the glare and UV protection, while anti-reflective coatings are ideal for cutting down on eye strain, and photochromic lenses are perfect for people who do not want to carry around multiple pairs of...

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Finding Out Why You Sometimes Can’t Hear

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

No matter what age you are, losing your hearing can be scary. What is worse is when one day you can hear fine and the next it is hard to hear anything. If this is your situation, you need to find out what is causing your hearing loss. Ménière’s Disease One type of hearing loss that comes and goes can be the result of Ménière’s disease. This illness causes a buildup of fluid inside the ear canal and has several symptoms. The most common symptoms of this disease aside from hearing loss are dizziness, ringing in the ear and pressure inside the ear. For some that have this illness, the attacks come frequently and can be a mixture of a few or all of these symptoms at one time. When you experience these symptoms, you will need to see a doctor to determine if you have this condition. In most cases, the symptoms are controlled with medication to reduce the number of attacks that occur. For some people, these attacks happen frequently and cause prolonged hearing loss. In these cases, hearing aids may be able to help you regain some of your hearing during and right after an attack. The benefit is that after the attack, you may be able to remove the hearing aid. However, the longer you have this disease, the more likely it is that the hearing aid will need to be worn on a regular basis. Autoimmune Hearing Loss Another common reason for hearing loss is autoimmune disease of the inner ear. In some cases, this illness attacks the inner portion of the ear, which creates hearing loss in one or both ears and it can cause you to feel dizzy at the same time. Typically, a doctor can help you deal with this type of illness with help of steroids. When diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, the hearing loss may only be temporary, but still unnerving at the same time. Hearing aids are sometimes used alongside medications to help increase a person’s ability to hear while dealing with the illness. Unfortunately, if the drug therapies do not reduce the hearing loss, the doctor may recommend a cochlear implant so you can regain most of your hearing. When you are having an issue hearing, you must see a doctor to determine the cause. In many cases, the doctor can help treat the problem and direct you to other medical professionals, such as a hearing aid store in Scarborough, to help you find a way to correct some of your hearing...

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How Visual Reality Helps With Physical Rehabilitation

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Visual reality (VR) is an immersive technology that simulates a physical presence in a real or imagined world. For example, you can be hooked to a VR system and find yourself running uphill in a virtual world while, in the real sense, you are using a treadmill in a room. This technology has several advantages when it comes to physical therapy. Some of the specific benefits are outlined below: Enjoyment You stand to gain more from an exercise activity that you enjoy than from one that you don’t like. The benefits accrue in several ways. You are more likely to stick to an exercise regime if you enjoy it; giving up on something you don’t like is easy. Also, there are psychological benefits of exercising – for example, it elevates your mood. You stand to experience more of this benefit if you are enjoying what you are doing.  What has this got to do with virtual reality? Well, most physiotherapy sessions that employ VR technology have some forms of game elements in them. If you like games, especially the interactive and immersive varieties, then you will love exercising with VR equipment. Safety A VR system gives you the benefit of engaging in different exercises in various environments without actually being in the physical setups and locations. For example, you can run through a forest, cycle up a mountain or ski down a steep mountain without leaving your room. This is safer than going to those locations, which may not even be practical for some people. Immediate Feedback One of the advantages of a professional physiotherapist is that he or she can customize your treatment for your maximum benefit. One of the ways in which he or she will be able to do this is by examining your body’s reactions to the routines and making the necessary adjustments. In this regard, VR is useful because it provides real-time feedback to your therapist. Your movements and bodily functions may be read by sensors and interpreted by appropriate software to provide this data. Variety of Exercises Lastly, VR also enables physiotherapists to set up different training conditions. For example, your session can be set up to mimic: walking on a straight path to observe your gait running uphill to monitor your endurance walking on a narrow plank to monitor your balance All these situations would not be easy to set up in the real world. The use of virtual reality in rehabilitation is a relatively new phenomenon. It is still evolving, and some setups are still going through their trial phases. Nevertheless, some statistics shows that stroke patients who exercised with virtual reality games were 4.9 times more likely to boost their upper body strength than those who did not use VR technology.  Click here for more information.  ...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Trifocal Lenses

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As you age, your vision changes, and your eyeglasses need to change, too. Between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, a condition called presbyopia often develops, making it hard for your eyes to focus on near objects. This condition is a normal part of aging, but it makes it hard for you to do things that require near vision, like read information on food packages. When you notice this happening, you may need a special type of eyeglasses: trifocals. Here’s what you need to know about them. What are trifocal lenses? Trifocal lenses are actually three different prescription lenses fused together. The top section of the lenses contains the prescription you need for distance vision. The middle section contains the prescription you need for mid-range vision; this is for seeing objects that are about an arm’s length away. The bottom section of the lenses is the prescription you need for very close-up vision. Do people with trifocal lenses still need reading glasses? If you get trifocal lenses you won’t need to use your reading glasses anymore. The point of trifocal lenses is to use only one lens to focus your vision at all distances. You will look through the bottom section of your lenses to focus on close up tasks like reading, instead of needing to put on your reading glasses. Will people know you’re wearing trifocals? Trifocals have faint lines where the different prescription lenses are fused together. If someone were to look very closely at your glasses, they would see two horizontal lines dividing your lenses. These lines are not very noticeable from further away, so many people won’t notice that you have new trifocal lenses. Are they hard to get used to? At first, you may have trouble getting used to your new lenses. You need to learn which parts of your lenses work for which distances, and this takes time. As you wear your trifocal glasses, you’ll get used to them, and eventually, using them will come naturally. Do lots of people have them? No studies have been done to estimate the number of people who are wearing trifocal lenses, but lots of people have the condition these lenses correct, presbyopia. Studies have shown that 62% of people aged 40 and older have presbyopia, and the prevalence increases with age. Vision changes are a normal part of aging, but these changes can be corrected with trifocal lenses. If you’re having trouble focusing on near objects with your current glasses, talk to your optometrist (like those at Victoria Assn of Optometrists) about trifocal...

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3 Ways To Treat Migraines Without Drugs

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you suffer from migraine headaches? If so, you’re likely familiar with how painful and inconvenient they can be. In some cases, they may prevent you from focusing on your work or other tasks. In more severe situations, you may even be unable to get out of bed. Your doctor may want to prescribe various kinds of medication to fight your migraines. However, those medications can sometimes cause side effects like drowsiness or an upset stomach. Fortunately, there are other ways to treat migraines and severe headaches. Try these tips to see what works best for you: Change your diet. Your migraines might be triggered by a specific food element, like sugar or caffeine. To get a better understanding of whether food is causing your headaches, start keeping a nutrition journal. Write down everything you eat, then also make a note when you get a migraine. After you’ve had a few migraines, go back through your notes to see if there’s a common ingredient in the meals just before the headache. Did you eat foods that are high in sugar or caffeine? Did you consume alcohol? Look for the common ingredient and then try removing it from your diet to see if it reduces your headaches. Meditate. For many people, stress and anxiety are common migraine triggers. The brain becomes so overwhelmed with stress and worry that it simply shuts down in the form of a splitting headache. The key to stopping your headaches may be to reduce your level of stress. One great method for reducing stress is daily meditation. It offers you an opportunity to clear your mind, prioritize your concerns, and think clearly about the tasks you have ahead of you. Meditation can take a bit of practice before you start feeling the positive effects. If you’re not familiar with meditation, look for a class in your area. You can learn how to do it to relieve stress and possibly reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. Try acupuncture. For some people, acupuncture can be an effective method for relieving headaches. An acupuncturist inserts several needles into your skin at various points around your body, with the aim of relieving stress, pressure, and, ultimately, pain. When you go in for your acupuncture session, you may be able to tell the acupuncturist about the nature of your migraines so they can target that specific area. For more information, contact an acupuncture clinic in your area. They can discuss the treatment with you and share how acupuncture could be an effective...

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