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Got An Itch That Just Won't Quit? Try These Tips

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Between bug bites, sunburns and poison ivy, itchy skin is nearly impossible to avoid during the summer months. And because there are so many possible culprits, it can be hard to pin down just what the source of your itch may be.
Even though there are many reasons for itchy skin, they often stem from one common cause—inflammation. As one of your body’s key defenses, inflammation is its way of protecting you against things like bacteria, toxins and heat. That’s why redness and itchiness accompany everything from rosacea and eczema to sunburns and bug bites.
So while that annoying itch may drive you crazy, remember, it’s your body’s way of defending you. And before giving into a satisfying scratch, you should know that may actually just cause more irritation. Instead, try one of these simple techniques for some much needed relief. These include:
·Applying a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides

·Take an oatmeal bath

·Use skin moisturi…

Can You Really Get Hepatitis C From That?

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Chances are you haven’t given much thought to hepatitis. That is, until recently. Whether its new information about vaccines for hepatitis A and B or the push to get baby boomers screened for hepatitis C, its spiked the interest of many. But these may not be the only reasons hepatitis has become a blast from the past.
In fact, experts have found that new hepatitis C infections in the US have nearly tripled over five years, reaching a 15-year high. What’s even more concerning, though, is that nearly half of all people with the liver infection don’t know it.
So, what does this mean for you? Well, the best place to start is with the common ways you can get hepatitis C. And by steering clear of these, you’re reducing your risk of contracting it.
5 Surprising Sources Of Hepatitis:
   1. Nail Salons. When you step into a nail salon, your focus is on relaxation and feeling pampered, but some of the common instruments that are used may be harboring unexpected germs. Experts warn that nail file…

Is It More Than Just An Upset Stomach?

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We’ve all had an upset stomach from time to time. And while it’s anything but comfortable, it isn’t usually anything beyond typical tummy troubles. But when sporadic digestive issues evolve into constant belly pain, diarrhea and unexplained weight loss, it may be sign of inflammatory bowel disease—or IBD. On top of that, the latest data shows this chronic disorder is afflicting more people than ever before.
Since 1999, the number of U.S. adults with IBD has close to doubled. In a recent study, researchers from the CDC found that 3.1 million adults now struggle with the disease. They based this finding on data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
What exactly is IBD?
IBD is an umbrella term. It refers to a number of conditions that cause swelling, redness and damage to the intestines. It’s also important to note that IBD is a type of autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks itself, causing parts of the digestive tract to become swollen and inflamed. As a result, the bod…

6 Health Lessons We Can Learn From Sharks

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Shark-lovers everywhere can rejoice as Discovery channel’s annual Shark Week returns again. While this infamous week focuses more on the cool, shocking facts about sharks, like the fact that the whale shark is a whopping 40-feet long, or that the gestation period for the spiny dogfish shark is two years—yes, two years—there’s a lot more to sharks that meets the eye.
As some of the ocean’s top predators, the lifestyle of a shark demands that they keep themselves in tip-top shape from head to tail. So, despite the many differences between sharks and humans, when it comes to health, there may be a thing or two we could learn from them.
Eat a diet full of seafood
To a shark, a balanced diet of seafood may include everything from fish and squid to sea lions and other sharks. But for humans, sticking to a variety of fish and mollusks, such as mussels, clams and scallops, are ideal.
The nutritious benefits of fresh seafood are plentiful. With vitamins and minerals like omega-3 fatty acids, io…

Your Guide For All Things Back-To-School

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This time of year, nearly every parent starts feeling mildly overwhelmed as the back-to-school rush starts. Between school-supply shopping, scheduling routine wellness exams and picking out a wardrobe for the school year, there almost too many things to keep track of.
So, to help you navigate this hectic time, here are key ways to make this the best school year yet—not just for your child, but for you, too. Howard Ellis, MD, a pediatrician with Gwinnett Medical Group's Mason Pediatrics, offers expert tips to help you conquer this school year like a pro!
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 slight changes to their sleep schedule.
About two to three weeks before school begins, start moving their bedtime back by 15 minutes each night and waking them 15 minutes earlier each morning until the desired waking time is reached. Keep in mi…

Should You Be Bathing Your Child Daily?

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Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all. While it varies from child to child, most children only need a bath a few times a week. Of course, this depends on their activity level, as well as their environment.

Not only is daily bathing not a necessity, it may actually be beneficial for their overall health. Here are the benefits to skipping your child’s daily bathing ritual:
They’re exposed to bacteria.  When kids are exposed to germs their bodies learn how to effectively fight off bad bacteria. Your child’s skin also has useful bacteria that protects their skin from toxins.
They’re skin and hair stays hydrated. While warm baths may be enjoyable for children of all ages, it’s actually stripping beneficial, natural oils from their skin and hair. This is especially important to remember if your child has sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.
They avoid irritants. While that soap and shampoo …

Stop Sabotaging Your Exercise Routine

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Exercising isn’t always easy. Whether it’s a full schedule, a lack of motivation or feeling tight on time, there’s no shortage of exercise barriers. With all of that said, though, there is no doubt that the benefits of exercise far outweigh any of the obstacles.
Making time for routine activity is only half the battle. To ensure that your body is reaping all the health benefits that exercise has to offer, make sure you aren’t making these common mistakes:
Mistake No. 1: Not keeping an exercise chart or journal. A record tells you how far you've come and when it's time to go to the next level. Noting improvements in your heart rate will also provide motivation. Check it 15 to 60 minutes after exercising -- you'll see a decrease in this number as your heart gets stronger.
Mistake No. 2: Not writing down goals. Studies show that people who chart short- and long-term goals accomplish more of them.
Mistake No. 3:Strength-training the same muscles on consecutive days. This prevents…

Simple Steps To Beat Blisters For Good

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Blisters, also known as painful nuisances, seem to have a knack for showing up at the worst possible time. Whether it’s a painful blister between your toes, or a large blister on your heal, we’ve all experienced one at some point.  
Because blisters can be tricky to treat, experts recommend prevention as your best defense. However, there are many misconceptions when it comes to keeping blisters at bay. For instance, you may believe that cotton socks and powders are good deterrents or that you can only get blisters on your feet, but this isn’t the case.  
Remember, a happy body is a blister-free body. Try putting these simple tips to use—your body will thank you.
Wear socks. Try nylon and moisture-wicking socks, and throw on an extra pair of socks if one doesn't do the trick. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose to prevent friction.
Avoid cotton. When you're active, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes. Beware of cotton clothes, they can cause friction as they soak …

Q+A: 7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer

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Despite the staggering statistic that nearly 4,000 American women die from cervical cancer each year, little is known about this disease. Now that’s the bad news, but here’s the good news: if found early, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. Furthermore, there are several ways you can prevent cervical cancer all together.
To keep you and your cervix healthy, let’s take a closer look at these 7 need-to-know facts.
Q: Where is the cervix and what does it do?
A: The cervix connects the vagina and uterus. As a part of the female reproductive system, the cervix plays an important role in childbirth as well as menstruation.
Q: What makes cervical cancer so deadly?
A: Because cervical cancer may remain in the early stagesfor 2 or more years, it often causes no symptoms. And by the time symptoms develop, the cancer has likely already become advanced. Even then, symptoms can still be easy to miss. However, if you notice irregular menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvis, pa…

6 Surprising Things You Need To Know About Sleep

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It’s Monday morning and you’re already feeling exhausted, but it’s only the beginning of the week. It’s hard to know if your drowsiness is due to a long weekend, a bad night’s sleep or the typical Monday morning blues.
By now you’ve likely heard a lot about how much sleep you need—typically 7 to 8 hours for adults. It's not just the quantity, the quality of your sleep matters, too. 

So what exactly is a good night’s rest? What impacts how well you sleep? And how does a lack of sleep affect your body and mind? Here are answers to some of the most common sleep related questions:
1.What is considered solid shuteye? Well...
It takes you no more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
You don’t wake up more than once in a night.
If you do wake up, it takes you no more than 20 minutes to fall back asleep.
When you are in bed, you spend more than 85% of your time sleeping.
2.Does what you eat impact how well you sleep? Yes.
Eating too much saturated fat and too little fiber can affect how well you sleep…