How Exactly Does Stress Impact Vaginal Health?

As if the effects of stress weren’t far-reaching enough—now we have to worry about vaginal health, too? Turns out, almost nothing is safe from stress—more specifically the stress hormone, cortisol. But that may not surprise you. Because like the rest of us, you’re probably somewhat of a pro when it comes to dealing with stress—and all of its accompanying physical symptoms. Things like blood pressure, immune health, sleep, digestive health and more, all feel the burden of stress.
And your vaginal health is no different. That’s right, an already complicated topic just got more complicated. Along with sex, chronic health conditions, hygiene practices, pregnancy and hormone levels—stress can take a toll on vaginal health, too. But not necessarily in the ways you’d expect. For instance, you may already know that stress can impact your menstrual cycle—making it irregular, more painful or intensifying PMS. It can also impact your vaginal health in these surprising ways:
1.It may increase your …

Hand, Foot & Mouth Is A Pain—Here’s What You Need To Know

Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? At least when we’re talking about a close football game or your favorite animal-print styles, but not when it comes to a seriously uncomfortable illness. But that’s exactly what we’re seeing with all of the recent Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) outbreaks. And if you thought a poison ivy rash, eczema, even chickenpox were bad—then HFMD will definitely knock your socks off.
Now this isn’t to downplay the itchy, uncomfortable and downright annoying symptoms that some of these common conditions cause, but the symptoms of HFMD put it in a category all its own. So besides being rightfully wary of HFMD, what else do you need to know? Most importantly, how can you prevent it?
Here are the 9 facts everyone—regardless of age—should know about HFMD:
1.You should take its name literally. Unlike many other conditions, namely chicken pox, which causes an all-over red rash, HFMD is strictly limited to the hands, feet, mouth/throat (ouch!) and sometimes th…

The 4 Back-To-School Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed

Phew! It’s August, finally. The sweet spot of the year where the fun of summer starts winding down and anticipation for fall starts to build. However, if you’re a parent, August means something else entirely. It marks the beginning of the back-to-school rush.
Between school-supply shopping, scheduling routine wellness exams and picking out a new wardrobe for the school year—which is a must—there are just too many things to do in too little time. So something has got to give, but don’t let it be the health of your child.
In an effort to help you navigate this hectic time, we recently spoke withTik Pau, MD, a primary care provider with Gwinnett Medical Group'sBostock Family Medicine, to learn more about her recommended back-to-school health tips. Here are some of the takeaways you should know:
1.Early to bed, early to rise.
Summertime and sleep routines don’t usually go together. However, to help children and teens adjust to the earlier wake-up times that school demands, start making …

Enjoy A Happy & Healthy August

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Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

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