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Is That A Cold Sore Or Canker Sore?

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At some point you’ve likely dealt with the irritation of a cold sore or canker sore. And while these unwelcome visitors on your lip or mouth may have you feeling self-conscious, remember, they’re only temporary. But because these sores are so common and they have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell just what type you have.
The good news is by learning more about their triggers, symptoms and tips to prevent them; you’re more likely to stay mouth sore free. Let’s take a closer look at canker sores vs. cold sores.
Understanding Canker Sores
While the exact cause of canker sores isn’t known, they are often linked to: An injury or irritation in the mouth, such as biting the inside of your cheek or braces rubbingAllergy or sensitivity to certain foods or substances, such as citrus juice or some kinds of toothpastePoor nutritionEmotional stressCertain infections and illnesses
How Can I Tell If It’s a Canker Sore?
If you notice a new mouth sore, look for these common traits that could m…

Feeling Sick? The Real Reasons You Should Stay Home

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During this time of year, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until you get sick. When you feel those dreaded symptoms that could mean a cold or the flu, you likely ask yourself, should I stay home from work? Before you rush to decide that you’ll tough it out at work, it’s important to identify what your symptoms could mean.
So…is it a cold or the flu?
Symptoms of a cold: runny nose, cough, sneezing, headache and sore throat. Cold symptoms tend to be milder than flu symptoms. Cold symptoms often come on gradually.
Symptoms of the flu: fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle aches. You may also have an upset stomach and/or vomiting. Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly.
Symptoms of something more serious: shortness of breath or fast breathing, thick yellow or green mucus that comes up with coughing, worsening symptoms, especially after a period of improvement, fever with a rash, severe or continued vomiting, trouble waking up, or blood in the vomit or …

Ladies, Take Stress Relief To Heart

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Every day of our lives we face events that cause us stress. Although most of these events are minor in the grand scheme of things, even small things can add up day after day. It’s important to keep in mind that stress isn’t just mental. In fact, when you’re faced with stress, you’ll likely to feel your heart pound, your stomach tense and your muscles tighten.
Stress and your heart
When you feel stressed, this causes a negative chain reaction within your body. If you're angry, anxious, tense, frustrated, frightened, or depressed, your body's natural response is to release stress hormones.
These hormones include cortisol and adrenaline. They prepare your body to deal with stress. They cause your heart to beat more rapidly and your blood vessels to narrow to help push blood to the center of the body. These hormones also increase your blood pressure. This “fight or flight” response is thought to date back to prehistoric times, when we needed the extra burst of adrenaline to escape p…

Indulging on Turkey Day: Tips To Avoid Bloating & Discomfort

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If you're like most people, you may have gas, constipation, or heartburn every now and then. However, on a special day like Thanksgiving, you’ll want to take extra care to prevent any digestive discomfort. So before you loosen your belt and reach for antacids to soothe your overstuffed tummy, keep these helpful tips in mind.
Eating to avoid gas, bloating and flatulence:
Uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms can be caused by swallowing too much air, eating foods that make a lot of gas, or having a reaction to a food that your system has trouble digesting. While it’s normal to pass gas 18 to 20 times a day, on Thanksgiving many will experience additional gas and bloating. Here are some helpful ways to minimize digestive discomfort:
Drink Water. Avoid carbonated beverages and drinking through a straw, both of which are likely to increase gas.
Eat Slowly. When you eat quickly, you are likely to swallow additional air, leading to gas. By eating slower not only do you enjoy food…

Turkey Time Tune Up

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Holidays bring joy and food, lots of delicious food. Often times, though, this can raise some questions, especially when you’re trying to prepare the perfect meal to impress friends and family. Questions like: how should you cook, how should you serve, and, finally, how much? And in the era where everyone seems to be on a diet, do you stick with the original family favorites or do you opt for something healthier?
One of the most important things you can start with in planning your Thanksgiving meal is to not expect perfection. Instead focus on fixing a meal that you can be proud of and embrace making it your own with unique touches. To help you make the most of this Thanksgiving, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to ensure you have a healthy and safe meal.
Take your time with turkey
Thawing: When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, we know that it’s all about the turkey. If you start with a fresh turkey, you don’t have to worry about thawing it in time to cook for dinner.
However,…

The Power Of Body Image

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By: Megan Ratcliff, PhD., M.P.H., a pediatric clinical psychologist in GMC’s Center for Weight Management. She enjoys helping people to be their best self possible.  
“I’m so fat!” “If only I looked like fill-in-the-blank-beautiful-person, I would be happier.”  We hear statements like this all of the time, sometimes even out of our own mouths. Body-image, how we see our physical selves and how we believe other people see us, is an important part of who we are. It not only affects how we feel but also what we do, sometimes preventing us from pursuing opportunities because we just don’t think we measure up. For many of us, focusing on our perceived imperfections results in a big hit to our self-esteem.
This is especially true in adolescence. Physical and hormonal changes accompanied by interest in dating and increased peer influence can wreak havoc on even the most confident teen. Add to that the unattainable beauty ideals portrayed in the media and it’s no wonder that so many young peop…

NICU 411: What Every Expecting Mom Should Know

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The excitement of being pregnant is a very special time in life. For many mothers, the anticipation of having a newborn baby is filled with preparation. Whether its reading, researching or talking with friends, it’s important to learn as much as you can before that little bundle of joy arrives.
One important thing that expecting mothers may overlook is the importance of learning about prematurity and the treatment and care options available. As nearly 1 out of every 10 infants is born prematurely, it’s essential to prepare for this possibility. To provide more information about premature birth, as well as the resources available to you, Beth Timberlake, RN, NICU Clinical Manager at the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, shares her expertise.
What is Prematurity?
A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered premature. Premature babies are born before their bodies and organ systems have completely matured. These babies may be small, weighing less than 5 pounds.
They may need help breat…

Is Wildfire Smoke In Atlanta Cause For Concern?

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As we enter into our second week of wildfires in northern Georgia, you’ve likely noticed the smoke hovering above Atlanta and its surrounding areas. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve likely smelled it or even experienced some eye or throat irritation from it. Because there are several thousand acres that have been impacted by the fire, the reach of the smoke is extensive.
Since many of us have continued with our normal routines despite the smoke, you have to wonder, what are the health effects of being outside in it?
Breathing in More Than Air
While the smoke levels in most of Atlanta and the surrounding areas have not reached a Very Unhealthy range, there is still cause for concern. The smoke that wildfires produce is full of multiple gases and fine particles from wood and other materials that have been burned. These microscopic particles can impact your eyes and respiratory system when you breathe them in.
What the Air Quality Levels Mean
To help ensure clean air, or warn people about poss…

Do You Know Enough About The Cold To Keep Warm?

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With cooler temperatures upon us, it’s finally time to pull out your winter wardrobe. And while many of us have dreamed of chilly weather, especially in the midst of the summer heat, it’s important to take the cool weather seriously and not only dress for style, but also for warmth.
To ensure that you stay toasty all winter long, GMC’s Women’s Health Navigator, Sheila Warren, RN, provides some helpful tips on how to stay cozy and avoid common myths about dressing for cold weather. 
Myth: Dressing warmly avoids colds, viruses, and flu.
Mom was wrong on this one — mostly. If you have been exposed to a virus, chances are keeping warm won’t fend off the flu or cold completely; however, recent studies do suggest that being warm may support your body’s immune defense.
Myth: You lose body heat through your head.
There's nothing special about your head. You'll lose body heat from any part of your body that is exposed. It's a good idea to wear a hat, but other parts of your body must a…