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3 Subtle Clues That Your Patient May Have A Urinary Tract Infection

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Subtle Clues That Your Patient May Have A Urinary Tract Infection

If you are an in home caregiver (like one from Accu-Care Nursing Service Inc), you are probably trained to pick up on signs and symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses. There are, however, a number of very subtle symptoms or clues that may not raise red flags in regards to urinary tract infections. While burning upon urination, an increase or decrease in urinary output, cloudy urine, or blood in the urine are the most common signs of a urinary tract infection, the following subtle symptoms may also indicate the presence of an infection in your patient’s urinary tract: Confusion Confusion may be the first subtle clue that your patient has a urinary tract, or bladder infection. A bladder infection can affect the kidneys, and when this happens, the renal system may lose its effectiveness in ridding the body of toxins. Subsequently, the build up of toxins can accumulate in the bloodstream, leading to lethargy and confusion. If your patient becomes confused, make an appointment with the physician, who will determine if a urinary tract infection is present or if there is another underlying cause for the confusion. Treatment for a bladder infection includes taking antibiotics, increasing water intake, avoiding caffeinated beverages, and taking pain relief medications.  Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain may also mean that a bladder infection is present. A urinary tract infection can cause bladder spasms and inflammation of the ureters, both of which can cause lower abdominal or pelvic pain. To soothe discomfort, a heating pad set to low or a hot water bottle placed on the lower abdomen can help relax the bladder, while relieving pain. Always remember to turn off the heating pad when your patient goes to bed to avoid burns. A warm bath can also help relieve pelvic pain as can taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed by the patient’s physician.  Loss Of Appetite While loss of appetite can be related to many different causes including liver dysfunction, congestive heart failure, neurological disease, and even depression, it can also mean that your patient has a urinary tract infection. The loss of appetite from a bladder infection may be related to a low grade fever, the build up of toxins in the bloodstream, bladder pain, and the inflammatory process that typically accompanies an infection. If your patient doesn’t have much of an appetite, call the physician. In the meantime, offer bland foods such as toast, cereal, tea, bananas, and soups. Even if the individual doesn’t want to eat, it is still very important to encourage fluid intake to avoid dehydration.  If you notice that your patient has any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with the physician. The sooner a urinary tract infection is recognized and treated, the less likely it will progress to the kidneys and renal...

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3 Natural and Herbal Methods to Treat Pain After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Natural and Herbal Methods to Treat Pain After Dental Implant Surgery

As you prepare for your dental implant surgery, it can be helpful to know you can use natural and herbal methods to treat any discomfort while you are healing. Many prescription pain medications cause irritating and uncomfortable side-effects you don’t want to deal with. Here are three natural and herbal methods to help ease pain after a dental implant procedure. Clove Oil When you are recovering after dental implant surgery, clove oil can help ease any pain you may experience. Clove oil contains eugenol, which helps reduce pain when you apply it to your painful gums. Additionally, clove oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, so it helps reduce your chance of an infection. You can find clove oil at most natural healing stores and online. To treat any site pain with clove oil, put a couple drops of the oil on a cotton swab and gently apply it onto the area in pain. You can repeat this process several times every day, as needed. Salt Your dentist may already recommend you use a salt water treatment after your implant surgery, but, if not, salt is a beneficial way to ease the pain in your gums. Salt water rinsing also removes any food particles that may be stuck around the implant site and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by making the inside of your mouth a more alkaline environment. An accumulation of food and bacteria around the site can lead to infections and further discomfort. Because salt water is made of the same minerals that are found in your body, it doesn’t irritate the skin around the implants. The salt water actually promotes healing in your gums. To use this method, place a half teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and stir the water with a spoon until the salt has completely dissolved. Take a mouthful of water and swish it around inside your mouth every two to three hours each day for pain, especially after eating a meal. Spit out the solution in the sink after rinsing; do not swallow the salt water. Bromelain Bromelain is an enzyme that is taken from the stem of a pineapple, and it has been found to help reduce your pain after surgery for a dental implant procedure. In addition to helping to reduce your pain without the use of pain medications, bromelain will increase the healing of your gum tissue and bone and reduce swelling in your gums and bruising at the wound site. However, when you select a daily bromelain supplement for before and after your dental implant surgery, make sure it is enteric-coated, as most types of bromelain are not. The enteric coating helps to prevent your stomach acid from destroying a portion of the bromelain in the pill before you body can utilize it for the pain. You can find this supplement online and through many herbal health stores. For more information about ways you can treat pain after dental implant surgery, talk to a dentist like those at the Oral Surgery...

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Treatments And Suggestions To Improve The Fertility Of A PCOS Sufferer

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treatments And Suggestions To Improve The Fertility Of A PCOS Sufferer

Many who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) eventually become pregnant, even though they may feel that their bodies have fought the course of nature throughout the fertility process. The disease, which commonly affects women of childbearing age, causes cysts to develop on the ovaries. Additionally, many who have been diagnosed with PCOS go months without a menstrual cycle due to the system disruption caused by the hormonal changes from the cysts and the lack of ovulation.  There are multiple treatments and suggestions that a physician may employ to improve the fertility of a PCOS sufferer. Here are a few of them: Drug Therapy Progesterone supplementation may be needed to incite menstruation.. However, medications, such as clomid, are sometimes used to induce ovulation for people with PCOS. The ovulation-inducing drugs are prescribed for specific cycle days, with cycle day one being the first day of menstruation. Although the lack of ovulation and menstruation may seem to be the only issues that need to be addressed by medication, there are other systemic conditions that seem to affect people with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Many women with PCOS also suffer from hyperinsulinemia. Although their blood sugar levels often remain normal, their bodies release higher-than-normal levels of insulin to maintain blood sugar. These high insulin levels seem to impact the reproductive system, supporting the PCOS condition. To counteract high insulin levels, physicians may prescribe diabetic medicines, such as metformin. Sometimes, menstrual flow and ovulation are restored with the application of these medicines alone. Exercise By building more muscle tissue, the body becomes more responsive to insulin. Thus, insulin sensitivity can be improved by exercise, resulting in the need for less insulin to be produced by the body. Some doctors suggest that women with PCOS include some form of exercise in their daily activities. The exercise does not have to be overly strenuous, but it should be consistent.  Diet Diets that are low in starchy carbohydrates may also be prescribed. Carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates, generally have a greater impact on blood sugar than fats and proteins do. As a result, the body releases more insulin in response to a carbohydrate-laden meal than to a meal that is higher in protein.  The doctor may recommend a diet that includes large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins to meet nutritional needs without encouraging the release of huge amounts of insulin. To learn more about PCOS and how it can be treated to minimize its affects on fertility, schedule a consultation with an obstetrician or gynecologist in your area, such as those at Advanced OB-GYN...

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What Should You Know About Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Laws?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Should You Know About Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Laws?

If you’re an Ohio resident who suffers from chronic pain or an appetite-suppressing illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be excited at the prospect of being able to obtain medical marijuana legally upon the enactment of House Bill 523, made effective in September 2016. While this step should be able to widen the scope of treatment for many suffering from a variety of afflictions and conditions, there are certain steps you’ll need to take to obtain and responsibly use this drug, and the framework for the program is still being established. Read on to learn more about how you can obtain medical marijuana in Ohio. What will you need to do in order to legally obtain medical marijuana? Although the legalization bill was made effective on September 8, 2016, the state government has around two years to get the program up and running — which means you won’t be able to find dispensaries around downtown Cleveland or Columbus yet. Physicians who wish to be able to prescribe marijuana must first go through a training that is still being developed, while those wishing to farm marijuana or open dispensaries must also abide by specific administrative rules that are still under development. It’s likely to be at least another year or two before your access to medical marijuana (if it is recommended to you by a licensed doctor) is made easier. Where can you start the process?  Your first step should be to find a physician who is working on the certification process under Ohio law. Once you have access to a doctor who is able to legally prescribe marijuana, you’ll have a broader range of treatment options and should have some assistance in filling out the necessary forms and certifications you’ll need to obtain a medical marijuana prescription. Once you’ve found a physician, you’ll undergo a physical examination and may be recommended a treatment plan that does not include marijuana. In some cases, spending some time on this alternative treatment plan may be a necessary prerequisite of qualifying for a medical marijuana prescription. It’s important to note that the legalization of medical marijuana is not meant as a side path toward the legalization of recreational marijuana — and it’s important not to abuse the system by exacerbating a condition in an attempt to easily obtain recreational marijuana. Doing so could land you in legal hot water, particularly if you’re careless enough to provide evidence (such as text messages or social media posts) indicating your true intentions. For more information, contact local professionals like Golden State MD Health and...

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5 Signs Of A Spinal Compression Fracture

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Signs Of A Spinal Compression Fracture

Severe back pain can indicate more than simply fatigue or soreness – in some cases, you may have actually fractured a vertebrae in your back. The culprit may be a compression fracture, which is what occurs when a fracture occurs across the front of a vertebrae, causing it to collapse inward and lose height. The following are signs that you may have a compression fracture as opposed to just standard back pain. #1: You have been diagnosed with osteoporosis Osteoporosis or any other type of bone degenerative disease in the spine are the usual causes of spinal compression fractures. This is because the weakening of the spine makes them more prone to this sort of damage. If you already have an osteoporosis diagnosis and you feel sharp and ongoing pain, then you need to be checked for fractures. #2: The pain is mainly in the upper back Compression fractures happen almost exclusively in the upper back, so you aren’t likely to feel the pain in the lower back. If the source of the pain is in the upper lumbar region or above, then you may have a compression fracture. #3: You’ve recently done a back straining activity It’s important to know that the types of activities that lead to these fractures are straining on the back, but they aren’t always straining overall. Common things that can lead to a compression fracture include picking up a heavy suitcase, box, or bag of groceries; slipping or falling; lifting something with minor weight, such as a mattress or laundry basket; or even bending or hunching down to get into a car. The pain would have initially started when doing the activity and then continued thereafter if a compression fracture had occurred. #4: Your spine is curving Not everyone feels sharp pain. In some cases, you may notice that your spine is beginning to curve and that there is a low chronic pain in the area surrounding the curve. In this case, you have at least one compression fracture, if not more, and you need to seek treatment. #5: Height loss is occurring As the problem worsens, either from further compression of the fracture or multiple fractures, height is lost. This can come along with other chronic pain issues beyond the back, including hip pain, breathing issues, and digestion problems. These are all caused by the shortening of the spine and the resulting compression of the torso. If you suspect that you have a compression fracture, contact a doctor in your area to find out your treatment options. Contact a clinic like Southwest Florida Neurosurgical & Rehab Associates for more...

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Tips For Preventing Backpack Pain This School Year

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Preventing Backpack Pain This School Year

With the school year beginning in most areas, this is the time when many kids find themselves struggling with pain in their neck, shoulders, and back. While tension and academic stress can cause some of the neck and shoulder tension, the most common culprit for this kind of pain is the weight of your child’s backpack. Kids carry backpacks with lots of school books and other items all day long, and that’s a lot of wear and tear on those important muscle groups. Here’s a look at what you should know to help minimize the risk of this kind of pain for your child. Start By Choosing The Right Backpack Protecting your child’s neck and back starts well before school does. In fact, when you start shopping for back-to-school supplies, you’ll need to think carefully about the backpack that you choose. Remember that the material the backpack is made from can make a big difference. Opt for material like canvas for a lightweight bag, because things like leather and suede can be heavier. Look for a design with two wide, well-padded shoulder straps as well. The straps should be a couple of inches wide to help distribute weight more evenly. The back of the backpack should be padded as well, because that will help to minimize impact against the back. Finally, look for a hip strap or waist belt that will help hold the backpack in place and ease some of the weight on the shoulders. Finally, if it is at all possible, invest in a backpack that has wheels, because those don’t have to be carried on the back at all. Teach Your Child About Proper Backpack Use Buying the right backpack is only half of the battle. If your child doesn’t use it correctly, he or she may be causing damage as well. Take time to review some of the basics with your child to ensure that they are carrying the pack correctly. Teach your child to put the heaviest items in the bag first, because that puts them closest to the body and lower in the bag. Also, recommend distributing weight evenly throughout the compartments. Make sure he or she uses both shoulder straps to wear the pack instead of just tossing a strap over one shoulder. While the one-shoulder carry is common for kids, it also puts all of that weight over one side, causing your child to shift their posture to compensate. After the first day of school, take time to adjust the shoulder straps of the bag. Do this after the first day, because he or she will come home with the school books that will be carried all year. This lets you position the straps to compensate for the basic weight that the bag will have all year long. The straps should hold the backpack close to your child’s body and centered on the back and shoulders. If your child is experiencing chronic neck and back pain due to their backpack, consider taking them to a chiropractor at a location like Beltline...

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Handling Bladder Issues Caused By A Recent Surgery

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handling Bladder Issues Caused By A Recent Surgery

After a surgery, it’s common for your body to need time to reorient itself and resume normal function. This is normal and usually a minor inconvenience, but when it impacts your bladder, it can make the recovery process both difficult and uncomfortable. There are a number of bladder issues that can occur as a consequence of surgery, even when the procedure had nothing to do with your urinary system. Recognizing when a small side effect has turned into its own medical problem, however, is an important part of ensuring that you make a full recovery.  Treating Infections   Your bladder is already prone to bacterial infections, but the tendency can be especially pronounced following surgery. Surgical patients often find it difficult to urinate, and retaining urine in the bladder for too long can promote the growth of bacterial colonies that would normally be flushed before they can gain much traction. Combined with the shock to your immune system that usually accompanies surgery, and it’s easy to see how a urinary tract infection could form. Bladder infections are rarely serious, but you will need to see a urologist or your doctor to have the trouble cleared up before it can spread to your kidneys.  Handling Bladder Spasms If you have ever suddenly felt an urgent need to urinate without warning, you may have already experienced a bladder spasm. Spasms occur when the muscles controlling your bladder bear down, leaving you feeling uncomfortably full up and running to the nearest restroom. These spasms have a variety of causes, but they often begin after a patient has been sedated, used a catheter or undergone surgery in the area of the bladder. Typically, they can be cleared up through a regular bathroom regimen and strengthening exercises, often accompanied by a prescription medication.  Dealing With Incontinence Sometimes, bladder spasms can turn into full-blown incontinence, an embarrassing condition that can make you hesitant to even leave the house. Although most people prefer not to discuss it, incontinence rates in prostate cancer patients have been found to be as high as 87 percent following surgery, and other operations may produce similar results. In most cases, this difficult time must simply be waited out until your urinary tract recuperates, but you should always speak to your doctor if you experience incontinence after surgery.  Recognizing Urinary Retention One of the most serious bladder issues connected to surgery is urinary retention, when you feel the need to urinate but cannot actually do so. This is caused by a malfunction in your nervous system, which is often knocked offline by anesthesia and is then unable to communicate with your bladder for some time afterward. Without a cue to empty itself, your badder continues to fill, and urine can quickly back up into your kidneys, causing extensive damage. Generally, your doctor will wait to discharge you until after you have successfully urinated, but if you find that you cannot relieve yourself at home, you should return to the hospital immediately for urgent care. Most patients find that their bladder issues clear up within a few days, weeks or months, but if your troubles are impacting your daily life, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or urologist for a professional opinion.  For more information, contact Alliance For Women’s Health, Inc. or a...

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Spinal Pain: Relief Without Drugs

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spinal Pain: Relief Without Drugs

If you suffer from pain due to spinal issues, you know how it can limit your daily life. Opioid medications are often prescribed to relieve the pain, but these substances are quite addictive and pose a danger to those who use them regularly. Fortunately, you can find alternatives to strong pain medication. Before you turn to drugs, try some alternatives. Cognitive Therapy A therapist can help you change the way you respond to pain. For instance, patients learn to relax, relieving muscle contractions and lowering blood pressure. You can even lower your heart rate. For those suffering chronic neck and back pain due to spinal problems, cognitive therapy can lessen or even eliminate your need for painkillers. You can also improve your overall health by pursuing this method. Manual Therapy Manual therapy can provide a high level of relief for many people. The therapist applies pressure to the spine and joints. This “passive movement” allows the muscles and ligaments to stretch which can improve your range of motion. Also, manual therapy can lead to the release of natural “opiates” that relieve pain. Also, people have been found to benefit simply from being touched. In addition, manual therapy can realign your spine, relieving nerve pressure that can cause a great deal of pain.  Exercise and Posture Getting motivated to exercise when you are in serious pain is difficult, but moderate activity is essential to relieving pain. In fact, walking is quite helpful because it relieves the stress that prolonged sitting puts on the spine. Walking is a “neutral” position, so punctuating your day with short walks can relieve pain. You should not undertake strenuous activity while you are experiencing problems, but you should exercise daily.  Maintaining good posture is also vital to spinal health. When you are sitting, your back should be straight with your shoulders back and not hunched forward. Your buttocks should be touching the back of your chair, and your feet should be flat on the floor. Slouching when you are tired only exacerbates the problem. In fact, you burn more energy when you use poor posture than you do when you sit and stand correctly. Spinal pain is often agonizing and can make the tasks of daily life difficult. If you want to avoid being dependent on drugs for pain relief, you can try other methods to control your pain. Consult with your physician or a therapist like about which therapy or combination of therapies would be best for...

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3 Ways You Can Help A Student With Peanut Allergies

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways You Can Help A Student With Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are common. They can also be very dangerous. If you are a teacher and you have an incoming student who has peanut allergies, you may be wondering how you can help your student control their allergies in a situation where there are so many variables that may be beyond your or your student’s control.  Send a Letter Home to Parents One thing that you can do is to send a letter home to all the parents of your students. You will want to explain that there is another student that has peanut allergies and list some of the things that shouldn’t be sent to school with their children. The food that another student eats can contain allergens that could cause the affected student to have an attack, even if they aren’t the one eating it.  Know That Even the Residue of Peanuts Can Cause Reaction Peanut allergies can be severe enough that just the particles in the air from someone else eating a peanut butter sandwich or something with peanuts in it can cause a person to have an attack. The aroma of peanuts doesn’t cause an attack since the smell and the allergens are made up of different compounds and the aroma doesn’t carry any of the allergens. If your student has an apparent reaction from someone that smells like peanuts, it’s from tiny particles that are spread in the air. Peanut residue left on a desk or table can also be a problem for students. You can help to avoid that problem by keeping cleaning wipes in your room so that you can wipe down the table or desk to get rid of any residue.  Know the Signs of an Allergic Reaction It is very important that you know what an allergic attack looks like, especially if the student has a severe allergy. If their allergy is severe, a few moments can make a lot of difference in their treatment. A mild allergic reaction can include itchy eyes, red patches on the skin, and coughing. A severe attack can include the student’s throat closing and difficulty in breathing. That student may have an epinephrine injection device that can be used in order to help stave off the worst of the effects until the student can get medical attention, which should happen as soon as possible. If your student’s allergic reaction is that serious, you should call 911 after making sure their epinephrine device has been used.  If you have an incoming student with peanut allergies, you need to know how to help them. A professional such as Alidina Laila MD can offer further...

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Five Ways To Get Fired By Your Primary Care Physician

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Ways To Get Fired By Your Primary Care Physician

While you’re free to find a different doctor who meets your needs at any time you wish to do so, it’s rare for your primary care physician to suggest that you see a different practitioner. However, there are some circumstances that may test your doctor’s ability to give you good medical care. In these situations, you may find that your doctor gently requests that you find a practitioner who better meets your needs.  What things could you do to alienate your primary care physician? Here are five common scenarios where a doctor may ask a patient to seek other care: 1. You demand a treatment that your doctor isn’t willing to provide.  This is most likely to happen if you are asking for a specific type of medication, as many doctors must be wary of prescribing opioids and other painkillers too often or for too long. But it can also happen when a patient goes to the Internet to research treatment options and insists on a course that the doctor disagrees with. Most doctors are more than willing to talk to you about research you’ve done, but if you think you know more than your physician, he or she may release you to find a practitioner more in line with your thinking. 2. You refuse to follow medical advice — and blame the doctor for problems that result. Your doctor may suggest weight loss and exercise to help a health problem that you’re having. Don’t do it? You probably won’t get more than a short lecture about healthy eating from your physician. But if you have diabetes, you fail to heed your doctor’s advice about avoiding sugary foods and you get mad at your physician when you have to have a foot amputated, that may indicate a troubled doctor-patient relationship. A common reason why doctors may strongly suggest another practice if you’re not following medical advice is if you choose not to vaccinate your children. Some primary care physicians and pediatricians believe so strongly in the importance of immunization that they will ask you to find another doctor if you’re unwilling to follow established vaccination schedules. 3. You’re impatient and rude if your doctor can’t find the right diagnosis. You’ve got something wrong, but your doctor isn’t able to find a cure and you’re getting frustrated. If you’re calm and comfortable trying different options, that will likely be no problem for your physician. But if you’re unhappy that your physician hasn’t found the right treatment for you, and your behavior indicates your displeasure, your doctor may ask you to work with a different care provider. 4. You don’t pay your bills. Some patients don’t believe that their doctor can stop seeing them for non-payment of medical bills, but that’s not the case. If you aren’t making an effort to at least work out a payment plan, your doctor may decide to stop providing care until you have caught up. 5. You’ve threatened a lawsuit. We live in a society where doctors can’t take chances when patients say they will sue. One in six doctors has been threatened with legal action, so especially if your physician has had to deal with litigious patients in the past, they simply may not want to risk that you’ll follow through.  Fortunately, most patients...

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