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Watch Out for Your Bones and Muscles During Treacherous Winter Weather

Watch Out for Your Bones and Muscles During Treacherous Winter Weather

By on Dec 5, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Winter weather – snow and ice – can be beautiful when it’s white and glistening. But as anyone knows it can also be treacherous. Falling on a patch of ice or even sliding on the snow can result in sprains, broken bones and general aches and pains. A worker’s compensation website for the company SFM, says that 25% of all winter falls occur in parking lots. But many people also fall on their own driveways and sidewalks. Streets and sidewalks can be snowy during the first few days of a winter storm. But even after snow is removed by homeowners or city officials, ice and slush can make walking dangerous. You should also consider the probability of slick floors inside buildings because of melted snow and ice. The best way to prevent winter falls is to be conscious of surfaces and walkways. Don’t carry too much in your arms, walk carefully taking short steps, and bend the knees a bit. If you do fall, try and avoid using your arms to break your fall.   Fractures, sprains and strains occur in winter   One of the most common results of falling on the ice could be a fractured or sprained ankle. If you experience a fracture or a severe sprain, you should seek medical help from a doctor immediately. Fractures can mean that you’ll have severe pain, swelling, and bruising. You may not be able to walk or put weight on the ankle. Fractures are often tender around the broken bone. You could also sprain or fracture your wrist or elbow. Head injuries may not be as common, but they are possible. Sprains can have the same symptoms, but treatment will vary with the severity of the sprain. Unless you have severe pain and swelling, you may be able to treat your own pain. You can purchase an elastic bandage or compression wrap from your pharmacist to wrap the ankle or wrist. You might also try an ice bag for the swelling. Keep it elevated and get plenty of rest. If you can’t put weight on your ankle, you may need to purchase a cane or some kind of brace.    Ask your pharmacist about creams for pain  ...

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Are Probiotics a Good Choice for You?

Are Probiotics a Good Choice for You?

By on Nov 2, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

You’ve probably seen the commercials with the celebrity spokesman who loves eating yogurt to solve her digestive issues. She recommends it to all her friends because it has probiotics in it. Probiotics have become a hot topic for many who have digestive issues. But what are probiotics and are they good for you? What do doctors say about probiotics and should you take supplements of probiotics? Here at Medical Center Pharmacy, we get lots of questions about probiotics. What are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health. Each of us has both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. The balance between the good and the bad is essential for good health. The wrong food choices, lack of sleep, stress, age, and taking too many antibiotics are just some of the factors that can rock this health balance. Once the balance is tipped towards too much bad bacteria, our immune systems will allow disease and other conditions to play havoc with our bodies. Are probiotics good for you?  When we lose good bacteria because of these factors, probiotics in food, beverages and supplements can restore the body’s original good bacteria. Probiotics can help move food through the gastrointestinal tract for better digestion. The two most common types of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus can be found in fermented foods like yogurt and acidophilus milk. They have been used to alleviate conditions like colic in babies, inflammation of the colon, and urinary tract infections. These probiotics can also be used to treat digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and vaginal yeast infections. Probiotics can also help alleviate skin disorders including fever blisters, canker sores, eczema and acne. Bifidobacterium helps ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, too, and is used in the treatment of infectious diarrhea caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites, antibiotic-related diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, yeast infections, colds and flu, breast pain, hepatitis, and lactose intolerance. What do doctors say about probiotics and supplements?  Doctors believe that probiotics can benefit patients who are on antibiotics. These doctors prescribe probiotics to prevent diarrhea. Remember that we are talking about two different forms of probiotics – the natural probiotics that you can get...

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Melatonin can Reduce Sleep Cycle Problems

Melatonin can Reduce Sleep Cycle Problems

By on Oct 10, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Every spring, we advance our clock time one hour to save daylight hours for work and play. In the fall, residents turn their clocks back because it’s more beneficial. Your sleep and wake times are either one hour earlier or one hour later. During the fall, your body must adjust to an earlier wake-up and bedtime. For a few days or weeks, your body may have difficulty allowing you to sleep or wake up. Natural melatonin is a hormone made by a small gland in the brain. Small amounts can be found in foods like meat, grains, fruits and vegetables. You can also buy supplements at your pharmacy to help you sleep and wake up. As everyone probably knows, you have an internal clock that regulates both your sleep and your ability to wake up. Melatonin production is greater in the early evening. It stays high throughout the night and then decreases in the morning. Many now believe that a regular bedtime – same time going to sleep and waking up every day – is beneficial to your health. A change in time, even one hour each way can change our healthy practices. Light affects the production of melatonin. Because the winter months are shorter, your body may produce melatonin either earlier or later in the day than usual. “ Melatonin has been or may be used to treat many different problems. Insomnia Delayed sleep phase syndrome Insomnia associated with ADHD Insomnia due to high blood pressure medications Sleep problems for children with autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities Jet lag Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), winter depression Sleep patterns for those who work nights Preventing or reducing problems with sleep after surgery Reducing chronic cluster headaches If you’re doing your own research on melatonin, you may find a number of ways that the supplemental hormone is being used for illnesses. But, as with any supplements or medicines and especially with any serious disease you should consult your physician or pharmacist before taking melatonin. The website Webmd lists the following disorders or diseases that have been treated with melatonin: “Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss (dementia), bipolar disorder, a lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), insomnia caused by beta-blocker...

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Women Facing the Effects of Menopause Have Options

Women Facing the Effects of Menopause Have Options

By on Sep 7, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Although some women believe that menopause is the end of an important stage of life, many others welcome the end of the pain and discomfort of their menstrual cycle. But, before this relief can occur, the website Reference explains that these women will experience the symptoms of menopause about 12 months after their last menstrual cycle. The symptoms can last 2-5 years before ending. Menopause normally happens when a woman’s body ages and begins to decrease the production of estrogen and progesterone. A complete hysterectomy, the removal of ovaries and uterus can also cause a woman to go immediately into menopause. Symptoms can be more severe in this case. Cancer treatments, chemotherapy and radiation can also cause someone to enter into early menopause. Usually, women will begin the process sometime in their 40’s and 50’s. Each may endure a number of symptoms because of a decline in hormones produced. They may suffer through a few or all of the following conditions. Menopause manifests itself differently in different women. Missed periods – Women will begin to miss periods, have more infrequent periods and then stop altogether. Mood swings – Menopause can cause an immediate change from joy to irritability in seconds. Women may cry uncontrollably or snap at loved ones without any reason. Vaginal dryness – The vagina becomes dry and painful. Vaginal dryness can become a more serious condition without treatment. Weight gain – Many women will notice additional weight in their stomachs. For most, this will occur and then stop post-menopause. Night sweats or hot flashes – Extreme sweating can occur usually while sleeping but sometimes during the daylight hours as well. Loss of sex drive – Women may experience a loss of sex drive during menopause. Lack of sleep – Anxiety during menopause can cause women to have difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep all-night long. Hair loss – Women may have thinning hair during this time. This, too, usually ends post-menopause. Loss of memory – Clarity and focus can lessen with hormonal changes in the body. Tender breasts – Breasts can become sore and tender. Chronic headaches – The change in hormones can cause migraine-like headaches during menopause. In additional to the listed symptoms,...

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Over the Counter Pain Medications Should Be Taken Seriously

Over the Counter Pain Medications Should Be Taken Seriously

By on Aug 3, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

Over the counter pain medications can reduce fever, pain, and inflammation, but just how much do you know about these medicines? Will you and your family be safe when taking them and do you know the risks and side effects that might occur? There are three basic types of over the counter pain medications: acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is used to treat headaches, toothaches, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps or minor injury. Taken as directed, this pain medication is an efficient way to ease your symptoms. But, as with any medications, taking too much or taking it too long can cause other problems. Ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes if abused. An individual may take 4 doses of 800 milligrams each day; a maximum dosage of 3200mg a day. And it’s best to take each dosage with food or milk to prevent an upset stomach. Overdosing on ibuprofen can damage an adult’s stomach or intestinal lining which can be fatal. Ibuprofen is packaged under several brand names. Most people probably recognize the most common three as Advil, Aleve and Motrin. Acetaminophen can also be bought over the counter for pain and inflammation. Individuals take it to treat the same conditions as ibuprofen, but many consider it a better fever reducer and headache medication. Because of concerns over liver complications, the maximum daily dose has recently been decreased from 4000mg to 3000mg. The most common brand name for acetaminophen is Tylenol. Aspirin, the third pain reliever on the list, is also used to treat pain, inflammation and fever. If you are considering taking aspirin daily for your heart, consult your doctor. Aspirin has blood thinning effects which is what benefits your heart, but a doctor needs to check existing health conditions and make sure medications are safe for those conditions. There is also the question of dosage, just how much is right for you daily? Some may not consider over the counter medications as seriously as prescription drugs. But, there are still dangers and risks with each one of these medications. You should always be careful if you’re already taking other medications. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking...

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Mosquitos can be Pesky or Dangerous

Mosquitos can be Pesky or Dangerous

By on Jun 7, 2017 in Health Tips | 0 comments

  As the temperature rises, the warm spring and summer weather brings us the always pesky, and sometimes dangerous, mosquito. Most of us have probably been bitten by a mosquito at one time or another. And, for most of us, a normal bite doesn’t pose too much of a threat. But, some people may have more serious allergic reactions and some can contract even more dangerous diseases like viruses and fevers. Here at Medical Center Pharmacy we see how different people are affected by mosquito bites. Even at the least severe levels, it’s still an annoyance that can ruin a pleasant summer morning in the garden or evening on the patio sipping lemonade. The female mosquito feeds on human skin to drink blood because it has nutrients required to form their eggs. They move from host to host feeding and leaving their own saliva on skin. It’s this saliva that causes our skin irritation and itching. The skin’s reaction can be immediate causing redness, itching and some swelling. Or some reactions may be delayed as much as a day and can last a week. Because the mosquito moves from host to host, each can pick up and carry diseases from one to the other. The infected insect becomes a tool to move the disease. Several different species of mosquitos may carry different types of diseases in different locations around the world. In the United States, we probably recognize the West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, viruses that cause encephalitis and the Zika Virus. These diseases are not spread from person to person, only through the bite of the mosquito. Control mosquitos for less danger The first line of defense for these diseases is the control of the insect. Mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant water or water that doesn’t flow. Lakes and marshes breed mosquitos. But a mosquito will also lay her eggs in smaller things like bird baths, children’s swimming pools, puddles, and clogged drain pipes. Anything that holds water should be cleaned or emptied frequently. Fill holes and areas where puddles can form and hold water for extended periods. Keep your grass and other vegetation trimmed so it doesn’t hold large amounts of moisture. Most mosquitos don’t come out...

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