Showing posts from February, 2018

5 Ways To Nip Your Allergies In The Bud (No Medications Required)

Spring is an idyllic time of year (at least from the indoors). Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and temperatures are warming. And for those of you who love the color yellow, you may be the only ones who are excited about seeing pollen e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. For the rest of us, though, springtime poses a bit of a dilemma.
On the one hand, after being cooped up all winter long, many of us have a serious case of spring fever—can you hear that warm sunshine calling your name? On the other hand, you have the foggy, achy and itchy symptoms of allergies—yuck! So, what do you do? Try taking your go-to antihistamine—even though it’s still February?
Well, it’s worth a try. Erica Melling, PA, a provider at ChoiceOne Urgent Care, a partner of Gwinnett Medical Center, recommends that you give these 5 simple—and surprisingly effective—tips a to keep your spring tissue- and eye drop-free:
1.Add spring cleaning to your schedule.
Although we often associate our seasonal sneeze with pollen and other …

7 Surprising Reasons You Keep Getting Those Annoying Bruises

Have you ever thought—after nailing the corner of a table or hitting your head as you’re standing up—well, that’s definitely gonna leave a mark (after a few choice words of course). While you expect to see a little black and blue after a memorable encounter with the coffee table, it’s a different story when you find a bruise with no recognition of where it came from. So, should you be worried?
When it comes to bruises, they typically look worse than they are. Although, the intense blue and purple color can be a little worrisome. But that’s due to blood from your capillaries (small blood vessels near the surface of your skin) pooling, which is why you may notice a purple color at first and a yellowish green color as it heals.

So, what’s the cause of your unexpected bruising? Well, there’s a chance you could be a crazier sleeper than you thought, but it’s more likely that one of these common culprits is to blame:

1. You’ve been a sunny bunny. Sunburns aren’t the only health risk you have …

5 Reasons You (May) Need To See A Rheumatologist

Do you have severe or chronic pain in one or more joints? Do you battle extreme, long-term fatigue?What about widespread inflammation? If you answered yes to one or more of these conditions, it may be time to learn a little bit more about a rheumatic conditions—and no we’re not just talking about arthritis.
In fact, arthritis is just one of the many different types of rheumatic conditions, which together, affect upwards of 50 million Americans (of all ages, genders and races). And because rheumatic conditions are so wide ranging, so are their symptoms—making them tricky to diagnose.
Before you schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist, though, here are 6 things you’re probably wondering:
1. What the heck is a rheumatologist?
A rheumatologist is a doctor with a background in internal medicine or pediatrics that receives special training to effectively treat and diagnose rheumatic conditions. Their primary focus is to identify the many different types of rheumatic diseases in their ear…

If You Fall Into One Of These 6 Categories—You May Be At Risk For A Blood Clot

A 20-year-old smoker. A 30-year-old pregnant woman. A 40-year-old professional. Now you may be wondering just what these different types of people have in common? If the title wasn’t a giveaway, these are just a few of the different types of people that have an increased risk for developing a blood clot.
The scary truth is you don’t have to be recovering from a major surgery, have heart disease or a family history of blood clots to be at risk. In fact, there are many common factors that can put you at risk—even if you live an overall healthy lifestyle.
So, if blood clots are so common (affecting upwards of 900,000 people annually) why don’t we hear more about them? Chances are it’s because they often go by one of these other names—heart attack, stroke, pulmonaryembolism and deep vein thrombosis—all of which are caused by blood clots.
While there’s a lot to learn about blood clots, let’s start with some of the most common and most likely people to get one—and what you should do if you f…

The Perfect V-day Menu: 9 Healthy Foods That May Spark Romance

You were probably hoping that we would be talking about all of the surprising benefits of delicious Valentine’s Day candy, but no such luck. Instead, we’re swapping out tasty chocolate for raw oysters. Just kidding.
While oysters may be one of the most notorious aphrodisiacs, they aren’t exactly the yummiest option when it comes to foods that can spark the love and improve your health. In fact, there are over 20 different foods—some easier to find than others—that claim the name of aphrodisiac. But do they really live up to their reputation?
“Well, it’s complicated,” says Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s Health Navigator. “Many experts believe that the placebo effect plays a major role in how romantic people feel when eating these foods, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still enjoy them.” After all, these foods provide healthful nutrients that support a variety of different functions, including hormone levels, blood flow and energy—all of which play a role in sexual health.
So, this Valentin…

Everyone Has Diarrhea: 7 Things You Should Know

The runs. The squirts. Or just plain ol’ diarrhea. Whatever name you give it, there’s simply no denying that it stinks—in more ways than one. Between the cramping, pain, urgency and discomfort, having diarrhea is just downright miserable.
And thanks to a variety of different causes—ranging from infections and food allergies to medication reactions and IBS—it may seem impossible to avoid that next, looming episode of tummy torture. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of a bad situation.
So, while it may feel like your stomach hates you, diarrhea is usually just a temporary condition that will pass in a day or 2. But, depending on your symptoms, a day or 2 may feel like an eternity. Here are 7 things to keep in mind the next time it strikes (some of them will help you find the relief you need ASAP):
1. The most common causes of diarrhea:
·Contaminated food or water (bacteria that may contaminate food or water include campylobacter, salmonella, shigella and E. coli)
·Viral infect…

If You’re Feeling Exhausted (Even After Sleeping A Full Night)—Here’s Why

You know it’s going to be a good day when you wake up feeling refreshed after a sound night’s sleep. After all, there’s no greater feeling than finally dozing off after a long day or week. So, why is it that despite getting 7+ hours of solid shut eye, the afternoon hours still hit you like a ton of bricks?
The simple answer is—it’s complicated. That’s because everything from your pre-sleep routine and undiagnosed sleep disorders to the way you wake-up and your daily habits, all impact your energy levels (or lack thereof).
So, assuming you already know that looking at your phone right before bed is a no-no, let’s focus on some of the other common culprits causing your on-going energy struggles:
1. You’re not actually sleeping soundly. Now you think you’d know it if you had a sleep disorder—right? Well, turns out that 95% of the 70 million Americans with a sleep disorder are undiagnosed. And that’s because many sleep disorders have subtle symptoms and it’s hard to notice them while you’re…