The sun is a powerful force and too much fun in the sun can lead to serious consequences. Experiencing a sunburn and the pain and peeling that follow is enough to know you want to avoid it ever happening again. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen during the summer months, but we often forget the importance of intentionally protecting our skin year-round.
The official start of summer brings the fun of outdoor activities, summer camps, vacations -- and high temperatures. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of activities and a more relaxed routine, forgetting to take proper care of ourselves and our loved ones when the temperatures get into the triple digits. High temperatures combined with strenuous physical activity can lead to heat exhaustion. Luckily, with the right knowledge and precautions it’s completely preventable.
When you or a loved one has a severe allergic reaction it can be frightening. Some allergic reactions are merely uncomfortable or inconvenient, while others can be life threatening. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis and can cause the body to go into shock. Blood pressure drops and swelling occurs, creating difficulty breathing. In some cases this reaction can occur in a matter of a minute or two from the time of exposure to the allergen. So what can you do to help someone going into anaphylaxis?
Summer is right around the corner and that means everyone will be getting out and enjoying all the summer activities they love. Hiking, camping, watersports or a cross-country roadtrip, whatever summer holds for you there is one thing that can keep us from fully enjoying it: allergies.
That's right, allergies aren't just a springtime problem, in fact certain allergy problems can actually get worse in the summertime. WebMD put together some great information about summer allergies and tips on avoiding them:
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If you are a healthy person, you may not see the need to go see a doctor. If you have no chief complains, what is the point in taking time out of your day and paying a copay just to have a doctor tell you that you are perfectly healthy, right? This couldn't be more wrong. Seeing a doctor regularly for preventative healthcare is just as important for a healthy person as it is for a person who is in poor health for several reasons.
We’ve all experienced the flu at some time or another, but how many of us get vaccinated? Turns out about one-third of senior citizens don’t get the flu vaccine! It’s especially important for at-risk groups, such as young children and seniors, to get vaccinated and lessen the risk of devastating consequences such as hospitalization – or even death. According to the CDC, senior citizens in particular is the group most affected by the seasonal flu because of their weakened immune system. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lessen their chances of getting the flu, the most important being to consider vaccination.
Everyone feels pain from time to time. It is your body's way of telling you that there is something wrong. When the injury heals, the pain goes away. Chronic pain is different. When you are suffering from chronic pain, it lasts for months and even years. According to WebMD, there are several types of chronic pain. A few of the most common sources of chronic pain include:
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More and more, people today are getting the healthcare that they need at walk-in clinics. In order to see your regular doctor when you are sick, you need an appointment. This is not the case at a walk-in clinic. People also use walk-in clinics so often because of the convenient hours. Most walk-in clinics have evening and weekend hours which are very convenient if you work or if you happen to get sick when your primary care physician's office is closed. While there are many great things about walk-in clinics, there are a few myths that keep people away. If you have been avoiding using a walk-in clinic because of things that you have heard, you should know that some of thing things that you have heard are not true.
According to Web MD, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a very serious disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is actually a combination of two diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is the most common cause, however childhood lung issues or regular inhalation of fumes or particals can also case COPD. Read on to find out what this means for you.