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Keloids: Super Scars

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For most people, an injury or a wound heals nicely. If there is a scar, it is commensurate with the size of the original wound. For a few unlucky souls, a scar will develop that is larger than the original wound: sometimes much larger. These scars are named keloids, and they can result in some truly frightening bumps and lumps on your body. Fortunately, your dermatologist can treat them in several ways. Development People with dark skin are more likely to get keloids, but even the palest person can be prone to them. This overgrowth of scar tissue usually begins several months after a wound is incurred and can continue growing for some months. If someone in your family has this condition, you are more likely to develop it as well. Also, if you have one keloid, you may well develop another if you are in the prime age for this condition, thought to be between 10 and 30 years old.  Ironically, you can develop keloids after a cosmetic procedure. For instance, wart removal on some people can result in scars much larger and more noticeable than the original growths were. While most people can get piercings without complications, a keloid sufferer can end up with ice-cube sized bumps behind the ears or elsewhere on the body. Even a simple scraped knee can become a big, shiny scar. Although removing these scars surgically can mean that bigger scars grow back, there are other methods for reducing the look of keloids. Treatments One common treatment is for the doctor to inject steroids under and into the scar periodically until it flattens. The scar will still be visible but far less noticeable. Your physician may also recommend cryotherapy for your keloids. This treatment involves freezing the keloid with liquid nitrogen to a temperature that is as low as -196 degrees Celsius. As a result, the keloid tissue is destroyed, although you may need several treatments for the scar to be flattened. Compression bandages are another treatment that is commonly used. Your doctor will recommend the procedure that best fits the size and location of your particular keloid. For more information, contact Ice Cryo or a similar company. If you have a large “puffy” scar that developed after a wound, you may well have a keloid. If it is located in an obvious spot, you may wish to seek treatment to make it less visible. Also, some keloids are so large that they can cause discomfort. Seek help from your dermatologist to find relief from these...

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5 Tips For Dealing With Eczema

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you have eczema, itchy and scaly rashes can appear on several areas of your body, including your face, knees and hands. Living with this skin condition can be painful at times, especially if you expose your skin to certain triggers. However, with the right lifestyle changes, it is possible to manage eczema. Here are five helpful tips for dealing with eczema: Choose Your Moisturizer Carefully Moisturizing several times a day is especially important if you have eczema. However, the type of moisturizer you use matters. Because your skin is so sensitive, it is best to stay away from moisturizers with fragrances and chemicals. It is also critical to choose a thick moisturizer, as it can protect your skin better. Remember to apply moisturizer all over your body after you get done taking a shower or bath. Don’t Scratch If you break out into a rash, it can be tempting to scratch it. However, scratching your skin can lead to even more irritation and infections. If your skin starts itching like crazy, try applying a cold compress to it or moisturizing it with a thick ointment. Don’t Get Overheated When your body gets too hot, it can sometimes trigger eczema flareups. That is why it is important to avoid getting overheated. If the temperatures are hot, try not to spend too much time outdoors. If you do have to be outside for an extended period of time, keep yourself cool with damp washcloths. Keep Your Stress Under Control Did you know that too much stress can lead to eczema flareups? If you are dealing with a lot of stress in your life right now, find ways to manage your anxiety more effectively. For example, start every morning with a relaxing activity, such as yoga or meditation. Treat Your Skin With Care During Showers It is important to be extra gentle with your skin while you take a shower. Avoid taking very hot showers, as they can irritate your skin. Also, use a body wash designed for sensitive skin and don’t scrub too hard. Eczema can be tough to deal with at times, but it does not have to be unbearable. If you follow these helpful tips, you can minimize flareups. However, if you still can’t get your eczema under control, make an appointment to see your doctor soon. He or she can recommend medication or another treatment for your skin. For more information, contact Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center PS or a similar...

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6 Things That Can Trigger Headaches

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether they involve a sharp or dull pain, headaches can be quite awful. When your head is pounding, you can’t concentrate on anything and just want to lie down in your bed. However, if you learn what your triggers are, you can prevent headaches in the future. Here are six things that can trigger headaches: Loud Noise If you are exposed to loud noise for a long period of time, it can result in a pounding headache. If you have to be in a loud environment, such as a factory, you should wear earplugs to reduce some of the noise. Strenuous Exercise When you push your body too hard during a workout, you can cause the blood vessels in your head to swell, which may result in a headache. If you are feeling pain or exhaustion during a gym session, it is definitely time to give yourself a break. Strong Scents A headache can also result from strong scents, like those from perfumes and paint. If you feel a pounding in your head after being exposed to a certain smell, try to avoid it as much as possible. Poor Posture Pay closer attention to how you sit in your chair. If you tend to slouch over, you could increase pressure in your neck and head muscles. Sitting up straight in your chair with your shoulders pushed back can decrease the number of headaches you have. Processed Meats Cold cuts are great to use for sandwiches, but they contain nitrates and other chemicals that can lead to headaches in some individuals. If you notice your head hurting after eating cold cuts, you should try eliminating them from your diet. Secondhand Smoke You do not have to be a smoker to experience headaches from cigarettes. If you are exposed to secondhand smoke, the nicotine can still constrict the blood vessels in your brain, resulting in a headache. To avoid this, stay away from secondhand smoke as much as possible. If someone you know wants to smoke, ask him or her to not do it around you. If you avoid your triggers, you will be less likely to experience headaches. However, if you still get frequent headaches no matter what you do, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. He or she might recommend you see a radiologist, such as those at Hudson Valley Imaging, to have an MRI to see if any underlying conditions are responsible for your...

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If Your Child Is Submerged In Water Or Even Swallows Water While Swimming, The Emergency Doesn’t End When He Or She Exits The Wa

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It’s summer here in the United States. That means a lot of time spent at beaches, swimming pools and water parks, especially if you have kids. But a fun day splashing in the water can turn tragic with a few moments of inattentiveness from the person supposed to be watching the young swimmers. According to a CDC report, drownings are a leading cause of death in children aged 0 to 19. But did you know that drownings don’t always happen while a child is in the water? It can actually happen hours later at home. Here’s what you need to know.  What Happens When a Person Drowns? When a person is submerged in water, for whatever reason, he or she will hold their breath. Eventually, they need to take a breath, and when they inhale, they get a mouthful of water. The larynx automatically shuts to keep additional water from getting into the trachea and lungs. But with the larynx closed, oxygen cannot get to the lungs and without the transfer of oxygen to the bloodstream via the lungs, the heart will stop pumping and the brain will die within 3 or 4 minutes. However, there are 2 other types of drowning where you don’t actually have to be submerged, but the effects of getting even a small amount of water in your mouth such as from splashing can also cause drowning. These 2 types are called dry and secondary drowning. What Are Dry and Secondary Drowning? Although dry and secondary drowning are similar in the fact that they can happen long after the person has left the water, the actual biological processes are different. Dry drowning usually occurs a few minutes. The victim swallows a small amount of water, but it never enters the lungs. However, it does cause the larynx to spasm shut, closing the airways and eventually causing the person to suffocate. Secondary drowning can occur up to 24 hours after a water incident. Water does get into the lungs, but not enough to cause noticeable breathing trouble. However, over the course of the next few hours, the water can cause inflammation and swelling of the lungs, which can impede the lungs’ ability to oxygenate the blood.   What Are the Symptoms? Both dry and secondary drowning can result in death if action is not taken. That’s why it’s so important after any water incident to carefully watch your child for hours afterward. Signs to look for include: Extreme tiredness Coughing Rapid, shallow breaths or other signs of breathing problems Chest pain Pale skin or blue lips and finger tips If you notice any of these signs after your child has inhaled water or been submerged, no matter how short a period of time, call your child’s pediatrician immediately. If the doctor considers it serious, he or she will likely administer oxygen and perhaps take a chest x-ray. In more serious cases, in which your child needs breathing support, he or she may need to be placed on a ventilator. Of course the best medicine is to prevent the water emergency. The best way to do that is to never let your child out of your reach when he or she is in the water. Contact local pediatricians to learn...

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Learning More About Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: 3D Mammogram Screening

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Of the many women that are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, many of them must come back to see their physicians for more diagnostic testing after imaging reveals results that require further investigation. In some cases, women must come back for biopsy tests and more imaging to learn whether a suspicious result is or is not a form of cancer in the breast. However, as new and more advanced technology makes its way into the field of modern medicine, the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammogram) is becoming more and more evident. If you are planning a mammogram screening, learn more about why you might consider scheduling for a 3D mammogram. Earlier Detection Helps Increase Survival Rates 3D mammogram imaging is being used along with traditional 2D mammogram imaging for producing images in greater detail and clarity. By using 3D imaging, doctors are able to see cancer at a much earlier stage, a huge benefit that will allow patients to receive more aggressive and effective treatment. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the more likely patients will respond to treatment that eradicates the cancer completely. Bear in mind that all women are at a high risk of breast cancer, despite the fact that some women do not have it in their family history. While 3D mammogram imaging does cause a greater level of patient exposure to radiation, the benefit may outweigh the risk, especially since many breast cancer patients will not usually require multiple screenings. 3D mammogram imaging can detect lumps you may may not have felt during monthly manual breast exams as well. Fewer Trips Back And Forth For Further Diagnostic Testing Many patients that have traditional 2D mammogram screens are asked to come back for further diagnostic tests like biopsies. The reason for further testing is because 2D imaging does not produce an image that reveals as much detail about suspicious lumps. For example, if your physician could see the back side of a lump before doing a biopsy, he or she may be able to see that it is only a fibroid cyst instead of a cancerous tumor. While the initial cost of 3D mammogram imaging is higher (generally by $50-$100) than traditional 2D screening, the overall cost can be viewed as being cheaper because of fewer trips to doctor’s offices and no costs for other diagnostics testing like biopsies. Breast cancer is a deadly killer, but as advancements are being made towards more successful early detection, more patients have the chance for higher survival rates. For more information, contact professionals like EVDI Medical...

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How Emts Use Portable Sonograms

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sonogram equipment, such as the sonoscape a6v, has changed drastically over recent years. In the “old days,” these machines were large and bulky and certainly not portable. New technology has allowed the production of sonogram machines that are suitable for many purposes, including use by EMTs. In fact, emergency personnel who have access to these units are much better equipped to save lives. Local medical administrators need to acquire these units for the emergency personnel in their area. Ambulance Crews When EMTs are called to the scene of a possible heart attack, they may have to work on the patient for some time before they are ready to transport to the hospital. In fact, CPR is often necessary, before the patient can be further accessed. When the ambulance crew has a portable sonogram aboard, one EMT can take it to the patient’s side and check for signs of a heart attack while another crew member is performing CPR. If the patient can be immediately transported, the portable sonogram can be used while the ambulance is moving. The more information that the EMT crew can gather, the faster life-saving treatment can begin when they arrive at the hospital. Taking a patient history and conducting a physical exam is not enough to accurately diagnose emergency conditions. Ambulance crews can save more people with this technology on board.  Helicopter Units When patients are injured or become ill in a hard-to-reach area or need help faster than an ambulance can provide, emergency helicopter crews are sent to transport patients from the scene. Space is at an absolute premium, so the size and weight of medical equipment are serious concerns. Portable sonogram units are lightweight and enable emergency personnel to make critical judgments on the ground in isolated areas. For instance, a vehicle crash in a rural area can cause internal injuries, including abdominal bleeding. A portable sonogram can diagnose this issue on the ground and allow emergency crews to stabilize patients enough to fly them to the hospital, often in as little as three minutes. Training on these units needs to be thorough but can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time.  Emergency medical crews can be much more effective if they have access to portable sonogram technology. Making certain that each ambulance and rescue helicopter has these units on board can not only improve the level of on-site care, it can ensure that hospital personnel are ready to treat injuries and medical conditions as soon as the patients arrive. These machines are a vital addition to area hospitals....

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Pediatric Dyspraxia: What It Is & How Physical Therapy Can Help

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you believe that your child’s lack of coordination goes beyond the usual childhood clumsiness, you may be confused and looking for answers. A common disorder, known as dyspraxia, may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Below is an overview of dyspraxia including what it is, what its symptoms are, and how a physical therapist can help your child.  What Is Dyspraxia? Dyspraxia is a common disorder that affects a person’s ability to coordinate their muscle movements and can make it difficult to perform certain tasks, such as walking, talking, and writing. While the cause of dyspraxia isn’t all too clear, it’s believed to be a brain-based disorder that causes a disconnect between intention and ability. For example, a child with dyspraxia may want to walk in a straight line, but turning that intention into ability is difficult because the brain is not sending the proper signals to the correct muscles. It’s common for children with dyspraxia to become frustrated at their lack of coordination and, without a proper diagnosis, your child may blame themselves. What are the Symptoms? Children with dyspraxia can be affected in a number of ways, but each affected individual is different and may have more symptoms in one area than another. For example, some children with dyspraxia will have poor fine motor skills, such as difficulty holding a pencil or using scissors. Other children may be affected only in their gross motor skills, such as difficulty keeping from walking into objects or performing coordinated movements. Some children may be excitable and seem to lack a sense of fear. Other children may have a difficult time playing imaginatively and be sensitive to loud noises or strong movements. How Can a Physical Therapist Help? Physical therapy is a therapy used to help your child achieve independence and increase developmental and motor function. In physical therapy, your child will learn how to adapt to their challenges and rise above them. Physical therapists use a number of techniques to help your child, such as play-based therapy and treatment-focused exercise. Everything your child does during their physical therapy sessions will be beneficial in their long-term outlook. And, not only can a physical therapist help your child during sessions, but by including you in their treatment the therapist can show you things you can do at home to ensure your child continues to improve. If you suspect your child suffers from dyspraxia, make an appointment with their pediatrician immediately. Contact a group like Hightstown Medical Associates for more...

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Treating Your Herniated Discs: What You Should Know

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you are suffering from severe back pain, you may find yourself somewhat relieved to finally learn that the pain is a result of herniated discs in your spine. Once you have a diagnosis, after all, you will be able to come up with a treatment plan to overcome the condition. However, if you have never had herniated discs before, you may wonder what treatment options are available to you to help you overcome the condition. Get to know some of these treatment options so that you can get your back in working order as quickly as possible. Physical Therapy Many physicians will try to help you overcome your herniated discs through non-surgical means if possible before moving on to spinal surgery. There are, however, some cases in which the discs are so far displaced that surgery is the only option. Assuming you are not one of those cases, your doctor may have you try physical therapy to reduce your pain and treat your disc herniation. Physical therapy involves doing certain strength exercises, stretches, and cardiovascular work to try to get your back to heal itself and reduce your experience of pain in the meantime. Your focus will be mainly on pain management and on relieving pressure on any affected nerves in the process. Physical therapy often involves both sessions with your therapist and work that you do at home on your own. Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care is another treatment option for herniated discs that may be effective at relieving your back pain and even in healing your herniated discs. The treatment chiropractors offer known as spinal manipulation can be put to use to stretch out and lengthen your spine. These treatments can allow the disc that has become displaced to move back into place. Stretching the spine in this way can also relieve your pain by freeing up pinched nerves and allowing your nervous system to work properly. Surgical Treatments Surgery is another treatment option for herniated discs. If possible, your spine surgeon will try to perform what is known as an arthroscopic surgery. This means that the surgery would be minimally invasive and would only require a small incision. In an arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision and insert a device known as an arthroscope (also sometimes referred to as an endoscope) into the area. This scope allows the surgeon to see the affected discs and to repair or remove them without making a large incision. However, sometimes a more invasive spine surgery is required. This occurs when several discs are causing problems or the doctor needs to perform spinal fusion or other procedures to stabilize the spine while they are operating on your herniated discs. The more complicated the procedure, the more likely a larger incision will be required. Now that you know a bit more about treating your herniated discs, you can be sure that you are prepared for the treatments to come. Contact a business such as Framingham Orthopedic Associates for more...

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4 Reasons To Consider Getting A Dental Implant

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re missing one or several teeth, dental implants are an excellent choice, both for your oral health and overall appearance. Having a dental implant inserted can require a little bit more upfront time than a partial bridge or denture, but the benefits are worth it. Some of the reasons to consider getting dental implants include: Prevent Bone Loss When a tooth is lost and there is no longer a root connected to the jaw, blood flow typically decreases to the area and the bone can begin to deteriorate. A dental implant can prevent bone loss, since its post is directly inserted into the jaw. This keeps the jaw bone healthy if a tooth was recently loss, and if you have been missing a tooth for a long time a dental implant may encourage jaw bone regeneration.  Stop Teeth From Shifting When you lose a permanent tooth, your other teeth may begin shifting and causing problems with spacing and your bite. A dental implant can prevent this problem, since the procedure to place a dental implant involves placing a rod into your jaw bone and then topping it with a prosthetic tooth. Getting a dental implant can prevent your other teeth from moving out of place and help you avoid big dental care bills in the future. Dental Implants are Designed to Last Since a dental implant is connected to your jaw bone, you can count on it lasting for years to come. Unlike partial bridges or dentures, dental implants typically do not need to be replaced. After you complete the process of having a dental implant inserted, it is usually as good as having a natural tooth in that spot. Low Maintenance  You may need to visit your dentist several times during the process of getting a tooth implant properly inserted, but after that, a tooth implant usually needs very little maintenance or extra care. Unlike partial dentures or removable bridges, dental implants don’t need any type of extra cleaning or disinfecting. They also usually don’t cause mouth sores, speech issues, or any problems eating food like partial dentures or removable bridges tend to do. When you have a dental implant, you can treat it as a natural tooth, and all you have to do is brush and floss regularly. In addition to your at-home oral hygiene routine, make sure you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings to help keep your natural teeth and your dental implant in good shape. Contact a dentist, such as Bruce Mathes DDS, for more information....

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Heart Disease In Women: Know The Risk Factors

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many women tend to underestimate their chances of developing heart disease and other heart problems. And because of this, they often do not fully understand the risk factors that can lead them to develop heart disease. Some of the risk factors that can raise a woman’s chances of developing heart disease are preventable while others may not be. However, awareness is important so that a woman can take the best possible care of her health as well as to keep an eye on her heart health going forward. Smoking Smoking is a risk factor for heart disease in both men and women and is one of the biggest risks that a woman can take when it comes to developing heart disease or having a heart attack. In fact, smoking is considered to be more of a risk factor for women than it is for men. The risk of both heart disease and heart attacks are higher in women who are smokers than men overall. Endometriosis Endometriosis is a condition unique to women and can affect a woman’s chance of developing heart disease. This is a condition that occurs when the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus and can cause severe pain and discomfort (especially during the menstrual cycle) as well as infertility and other health issues. Recently, a study was performed that analyzed the link between endometriosis and the development of heart disease. During the study, it was found that a woman who had endometriosis was 52 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 91 percent more likely to have angina (chest pain that can be a symptom of coronary heart disease). Menopause-Related Hormone Changes Another risk factor that women can face when it comes to developing heart problems is menopause. More specifically, it has to do with hormone changes and fluctuations that occur along with menopause. When a woman’s estrogen levels go down, the risk of developing heart disease goes up, particularly microvascular disease which occurs in the smaller blood vessels throughout the body. Taking hormone supplements during or after menopause may be able to help with these risks. However, too much estrogen can also cause problems with the heart. There is a delicate balance that a woman needs when it comes to her hormone levels to protect her overall health and her cardiovascular health specifically. Now that you know a few of the risk factors for heart disease in women, you can better protect your health and know what to look out for now and in the...

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Neck Pain: When To See A Doctor

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In most cases, neck pain is not a sign that you need to see a doctor. With at-home treatments like heating pads or ice packs, you will be able to treat your neck pain on your own. However, if you suffer from certain symptoms, it is a good idea to bring your neck pain and other associated symptoms up with a doctor. Identify The Cause Of The Pain First, consider what the cause of the neck pain is. If you have suffered a severe injury like a car wreck or a bad fall and your believe your neck pain is associated with the injury, you should receive treatment immediately. Injuries to the neck can have serious medical consequences. Take Stock Of How You Feel Consider how you feel otherwise. If you feel generally unwell, your neck pain might be connected to a larger issue. Also, pay attention to your weight and whether you are experiencing weight loss or weight gain. You may feel a tingling sensation in other parts of the body, which is a sign of more severe medical problems. If you cannot get in to see your doctor soon, you should take a trip to the emergency room. You may notice that your neck bones feel very tender. While tender muscles are common when you experience neck pain, tender bones can be a sign of a more serious issue. Pay attention to how much your neck hurts. If the pain is getting progressively worse, rather than better, you should see your doctor. Usually, changes in your position can influence how much your neck hurts. However, if nothing you do can reduce your neck pain, this could be a sign that you are suffering from a much more serious condition. Also, if you experience neck spasms alongside neck pain, tell your doctor. Consider Other Medical Conditions You Have If you have had a recent medical condition such as cancer, arthritis or if you have been in an accident, the pain you experience might be associated with the condition. You will want to bring this up with your doctor, and he or she might have unique treatments that may be more effective against your neck pain. Determine Whether The Pain Is Interfering With Your Life Contact your doctor if you only experience severe neck pain at night and it is preventing you from sleeping. You may find your neck pain to be debilitating and this might prevent you from performing your work. If this is the case, it is essential that you speak with your doctor. If your livelihood is at stake, it is worth finding an effective treatment. For more information on what you can do if you’re experiencing neck pain, visit a site...

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