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Are Traditional Lice Removal Methods Not Working For Your Mixed-Race Child? What Are Your Options?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you’re the parent of a mixed-race child, you may be frustrated after your attempts to remove lice at home have led to tears, multiple loads of laundry, discarded and bagged stuffed animals — and the re-emergence of new nits and eggs on your child’s scalp. Unfortunately, the unique texture of your child’s hair can make it more difficult for some over-the-counter methods to work, causing you to waste time and money as you search for a long-lasting solution. Read on to learn more about some lice removal techniques that may be more effective for your child. Why does hair texture matter when it comes to lice removal?  Many commercial lice-killing shampoos and combs are designed for normal to fine-textured hair — often making them ill-suited for the hair of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and others whose hair is coarser or thicker. This thicker hair can also come with more moisturizing oil follicles, which can make it difficult for lice shampoos to penetrate the shaft and scalp and kill any eggs that may be lingering. The third whammy involves the width of the hair shaft; often, the combs sold with lice-removing shampoo are too fine to be used on thicker hair, leaving you with a choice between a regular comb and pick or your fingers. As a result, when your child is diagnosed with lice or nits, going straight to the drug store may not be the best choice. What are your best removal options for mixed-race hair?  In many cases, your best bet is to capitalize on your child’s natural oils and hair texture rather than try to go through more traditional lice removal methods. Because lice can’t live on (or lay their eggs on) oily hair, coating your child’s hair in additional oil, like olive or shea, can help make its surface too slippery for lice to stick. You may also want to purchase a fine-toothed comb with slightly larger gaps than the combs sold in lice removing kits, as this should be large enough to comb through your child’s follicles without being too large to allow the passage of nits or eggs. You may also want to research head lice removal salons or hairdressers in your area. With a resurgence in the number of cases of treatment-resistant lice in many areas, hairdressers who specialize in lice removal methods are enjoying a new popularity, and you may find that entrusting your child’s hair to a professional is all you need to rid your household of head lice for good. For more information, check out websites...

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6 Tips To Help Amputees Get Better Sleep

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sleep is important to everyone, but even more so for amputees. How well you rest at night can have a bearing on how you feel when you wear the prosthetic the next day. Poor sleeping habits can lead to swelling and stiffness that will make it difficult to fit your prosthetic. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best sleep possible.   Buy a new bed. If you are new to wearing a prosthetic, you might find that your current mattress does not offer the same comfort as it once did. The changes to your body could mean that you need a firmer or softer mattress to feel comfortable.  Shower at night. Before it is time to go to bed, take a shower. Showering helps to relax you and it also helps to prevent swelling in the morning. Gravity and the warm water can sometimes work together to cause swelling. Showering at night gives any swelling a chance to subside.  Remove your breast forms. If you wear breast forms, sleeping with them on can be uncomfortable if you sleep on your side or stomach. You could also potentially damage them if they are made of silicone. The breast forms can rupture if too much pressure is applied to them. If you have foam breast forms, you can switch to them at night instead of the silicone forms.   Stretch before sleeping. Stretching might seem counterproductive since you are going to sleep, but it can actually help with flexibility issues, which can affect your sleep. Talk to your doctor about stretching exercises that you can do on a daily basis.  Use pillows as props. While sleeping, it is important that your legs are aligned. Alignment helps to prevent swelling and adds to your comfort. If your amputation is above the knee, skip out on the pillows. They can cause problems with straightening your hip in the morning.  Put on the prosthetic right away. After waking up, take the time to put on your prosthetic before you get out of the bed. Once you get out of the bed, swelling can sometimes occur, which can make wearing the prosthetic challenging.   It could take some trial and error to learn what works best for you at night. If you have trouble finding a remedy that works, talk to your doctor. He or she can make recommendations for getting sleep and even determine if there is another underlying reason you are having trouble sleeping. For prosthetics, contact a company such as Human...

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Cutting Calories Without Feeling Drowsy

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have recently started a new weight loss regimen, then you may understand that calorie reduction is the key to successful weight loss. Slow weight loss is wise. If you are a woman, then you should consume about 1500 calories a day to lose about a pound a week. If you are a man, then you should consume about 2,000 calories a day. Once you reduce your calorie intake, you may start to feel a bit drowsy. After all, the body burns calories to create energy. If you want to reduce this tired feeling, then keep reading to understand why eating multiple meals a day can help you.  Food And Blood Sugar Levels If you are serious about weight loss, then you may decide to eat three meals a day that provide your body with about 500 calories. While this may seem like a smart plan, this can cause your blood sugar to rise and fall throughout the day. When you eat, your food is broken down into glucose. Glucose is directly used by the body to create energy. Specifically, the sugar helps the body form adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a molecule that transfers energy from one cell to another so that important functions can be carried out.  If there is not enough sugar moving through the bloodstream to create ATP, then the metabolism slows down to preserve energy. You will then feel drowsy. You are likely to feel this drowsiness a few hours after you eat a large meal. Scheduling Meals To Retain Blood Sugar Levels The feeling of drowsiness a few hours after you eat is a sign that your blood sugar levels are dropping. To keep this from happening, it is wise to eat a snack or another small meal before you start feeling drowsy. Start by changing your eating plan to include three meals and two snacks. One snack should be scheduled between breakfast and lunch and the other should be arranged between lunch and dinner.  Plan for each meal to provide you with about 400 calories. This will allow for two 150 calorie snacks. Since each snack is meant to boost blood sugar levels, make sure to include a carbohydrate. A protein will also help to provide longer lasting energy. For example, a thin layer of peanut butter spread on whole wheat crackers is a good snack. Foods that contain both protein and carbohydrates like eggs, sweet potatoes, almonds, and quinoa are good snacks as well. For more information, contact a business such as Mid West Fat...

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Still Dealing With Pain Months After Your Shingles Have Healed? What Are Your Options?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Although many adults who have never had shingles themselves (or spent time with a close friend or relative dealing with this ailment) may tend to view it as nothing more serious than a bad case of chicken pox, some shingles sufferers may find themselves dealing with severe nerve pain months or sometimes even years after the blisters have subsided. What can you do to stem this pain and allow yourself to live a more normal life without relying on over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers? Read on to learn more about some pain management techniques that may be able to help those dealing with residual nerve pain from a shingles infection. Acupuncture Sliding thin needles under the surface of your skin may not sound like the best way to minimize pain – however, many have found this process to be relaxing and therapeutic. It’s unclear exactly why acupuncture can be successful in reducing pain symptoms, but many believe it’s a combination of the endorphins and other healing hormones that are released each time a needle is placed along with the relaxation of the process itself.  Your acupuncturist will be able to concentrate on the specific parts of your body that are in pain, placing needles in or near the corresponding pressure points. Most needles will be removed at the conclusion of your visit, although some acupuncturists take advantage of modified needles designed to remain under the skin for a few days to take full effect.  Pain “scrambling” device Another innovation in the field of pain management is a device designed to interrupt and divert the pain signals your nerves are sending to your brain. Nerve-related pain can be frustrating largely because there are no physical symptoms responsible for the twinges of pain you’re feeling; instead, these damaged nerves are shooting out random sparks of pain (just like a power line downed in a storm) that travel up your spine and to your brain. This scrambling device blocks these pain signals from ever reaching your brain, and over time and with the reduction of pain-based inflammation, these nerves may be better able to heal themselves.   Generally, you’ll need to undergo a few treatments with the scrambling device before you notice much of a difference in the way you feel; however, some have reported pain reduction even after the first visit. For those still dealing with nerve pain and who don’t want to become reliant on prescription pain medication, a scrambling device can be a great alternative to other popular...

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What Makes An Ayurvedic Practitioner Different?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There is no doubt that there have been great strides in medicine in the past century. However, that does not mean that the old medicines and treatments are bad or don’t work. In a world that has become used to getting everything “now,” modern medicine has had to keep up with the demands of the people. When patients demand to feel better immediately, doctors must use a way to treat the symptoms of a disease or disorder. This does not cure the patient, but at least he or she feels better. Unfortunately, once feeling better, the patient does not follow up with the doctor and therefore will never be truly healed. Here is a bit of information on how the Ayurvedic practitioner is different and what it means to you. The Whole Being The symptoms of a disease often involve more than just the physical discomfort. You may be emotionally distressed and also suffer cognitive problems too. In some cases, emotional issues may be causing some of the physical problems. While you could take a pain killer to suppress any physical pain, you are never going to be rid of the pain until you solve the emotional distress. This can also happen with your ability to think and function clearly and responsibly. The Ayurvedic practitioner will exam all aspects of your being, and work to get them all back in balance. Only when everything is in balance can true healing begin. Lifestyle Changes Once the practitioner finds the root of your problems, he or she will suggest lifestyle changes. Quite often, the problems within your body are caused by the way you treat it and how you live. Chronic, long-term diseases are often caused by how you have been living. Allopathic doctors (modern medical doctors) will prescribe medications or possibly surgeries to fix things. While this can be of great benefit in an emergency situation, it is not the best thing for the rest of your life. Consider metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that put you at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Your doctor may prescribe medications and suggest you make some lifestyle changes. As the medications take care of the conditions and reduce your risks for disease, you become complacent with lifestyle changes. The Ayurvedic practitioner works with you to make the changes, only resorting to medications in emergencies. You will not only reduce your risk of the diseases, but you will also feel better in many other ways. Because people have depended on medications to take care of problems their body could handle on its own if treated right, it is important that you have your regular doctor and the Ayurvedic practitioner working together. This way, you will not feel and experience all the symptoms of the disease, but will also be working towards healing your whole...

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Three Eczema Triggers To Avoid

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can be triggered by a variety of factors. If you suffer from eczema, you’ll need to avoid these triggers to keep your condition under control. Cold The arrival of cold winter weather may trigger your eczema, so it’s important to keep your skin warm. If your skin is exposed directly to the cold winds, your skin can be damaged, which breaks down the natural barriers and may trigger a flare up of eczema. The transition between cold outdoor weather and the warm heat inside your home or workplace also poses a shock to your skin’s barrier. To fend off an eczema flare up, cover as much of your skin as possible when you head outdoors. Remember to wear mittens, a scarf and a hat, even if you think you won’t need them. If your face is affected by eczema, consider wearing a balaclava and ski goggles to completely protect the skin of your face. Once you’re safely indoors, then you can remove your winter clothing. Rough Clothing Harsh or rough fabrics may irritate your skin and trigger a flare up of your eczema. Problematic fabrics include natural materials like wool, hemp, or linen as well as synthetic fabrics like polyester. You should also try to avoid denim that is very rough. Try to choose fabrics that are both smooth and breathable to avoid irritating your skin. The best fabric for people with eczema is 100% cotton. Try to find cotton clothing that has minimal or no seams, as the seams can also irritate your skin. Tags can also pose an irritant, so carefully remove them from your clothes. Stress Stress is another potential trigger for eczema symptoms. This is because, when you get stressed out, your immune system attempts to protect your skin. This immune response causes inflammation, and the inflammation irritates your skin enough to cause an eczema flare up. It’s hard to completely avoid stress, but you can help to keep your stress under control by using relaxing techniques like deep breathing or yoga. Fun exercises like going for a walk or playing team sports can also help you relax. If your eczema is a source of your stress, consider joining a support group for people with eczema. Avoiding eczema triggers can help you keep your condition under control. If avoiding triggers is not providing the relief you need, talk to your family doctor about additional treatment...

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Choosing The Right Headstone For Your Cemetery

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Choosing a headstone is part of planning a funeral for your loved one, and you may put a lot of thought and consideration into the one you select. As you search for the perfect way to honor your loved one’s memory, you’ll need to take into account the rules and regulations at the cemetery he or she will be buried in. Use this guide to ensure the right headstone for your loved one and the cemetery. Flat Markers Some cemeteries require the use of flat or bevel markers. They sit flat on the ground, making it easier for the grounds crew to cut the grass without having to steer around the headstones. While this does limit the options for the design of the headstone, you can still choose some custom options, such as engraving the stone with a personal message. Headstone Size You may find that there are size limitations on headstones at some cemeteries, which will mean that you are limited to certain styles. If you were hoping for a headstone with a statue or figurine as part of the monument, be sure to ask about any height requirements. Headstone Vases The cemetery you choose may have restrictions on laying wreaths or flowers on the gravesites. Be sure to ask whether or not this is acceptable. You may be able to have a vase added to the headstone, which can be used to hold bouquets of flowers. These may be preferred because the vases hold the flowers, preventing them from blowing away during windy weather. Family Headstones Should you choose a family headstone, you’ll want to speak with the cemetery about the way they arrange individuals in family plots. This is important because you’ll want the headstone to be engraved in the same order the coffins are laid to rest. Once you have confirmation from the cemetery on the burial order, you can have the headstone engraved with each family member’s name. Religious Requirements Cemeteries affiliated with a specific religion may have a requirement for all headstones to feature a symbol of the chosen religion, such as a cross or Star of David. Be sure you know what the religious requirements are before you have the headstone engraved so you can be sure it meets the cemetery’s requirements. Your funeral home director can help you to find the cemetery that meets your loved one’s needs. If you already have a cemetery picked out, the funeral director can also help you to choose an appropriate headstone. For more information, contact companies like Maurice Moore...

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Make Sure Your Luggage Habits Don’t Send You To The Chiropractor

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Traveling can be detrimental to your back health in a number of ways, since you’ll likely be crammed in a seat for long stretches of time and sleeping in a bed that might not be as comfortable at your bed at home. It’s important to also think about how you carry your luggage, especially when you’re traveling by air and can find yourself toting suitcases and other forms of luggage as you kill time in the airport. Improperly handling these items can put your back out of alignment and leave you scrambling to find a chiropractor for an adjustment when you reach your destination. Here are some good luggage habits to keep. Alternate Shoulders When Carrying A Bag If you’re the type of traveler who favors carrying a tote bag over one shoulder with the strap across your body, you want to minimize the risk of this bag causing harm to your back. It has the potential to put your back out of alignment to the point that you need a chiropractic adjustment, given that the weight of the bag will be pulling on the strap on one of your shoulders. A simple way to lessen the risk of this causing back pain is to alternate shoulders at regular intervals. Doing so will put weight on each of your shoulders, which should hopefully keep your back in balance. Take The Moving Sidewalk When You Can Many airport travelers ride the moving sidewalk for fun or to save effort, but this method of getting across the terminal can also help to reduce your risk of back pain. When you’re lugging a rolling suitcase behind you, your back is slightly turned to the side on which you’re holding the suitcase handle. Over the course of a long period of time walking around the airport, this slightly turned position could potentially lead to pain — especially if it doesn’t take much for your back to get sore. When you use the moving sidewalk, you can set your suitcase in front of you and keep your body square. Find And Use A Luggage Cart If you’re able to find a luggage cart at the airport, you can use it to lessen the risk of sustaining a back injury that requires a chiropractic adjustment. You can pile each of your pieces of luggage onto the cart and push it; the pushing mechanics, provided your don’t strain yourself, are ideal because your back is square and you’re also using your lower-body muscles for power. This is better than, for example, pulling a rolling bag behind you and having a heavy bag draped over your shoulder. If you do injure your back while traveling, contact a chiropractic clinic like Rockwood Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with a...

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Four Benefits Of Boarding Over Sitting For Kittens

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you absolutely have to drag yourself away from your adorable new kitten, you may find yourself debating between hiring a sitter or a boarding facility for your tiny pet. Although sitters have their advantages, particularly for adult or semi-feral cats, kittens may benefit much more from staying in a kennel. These are four reasons why your kitten is better off under the watchful eye of pet boarding professionals.  Socializing Your Young Cat Like puppies or even human children, the amount of socialization a kitten receives may play a major role in its personality later on. Kittens that are not exposed to many humans may grow up to be fearful or isolated cats, uninterested in the company of the people around them. By boarding your cat, you will expose it to multiple friendly, animal-loving people who can help your pet associate humans with positive experiences.   Getting Your Pet Used to Kennels Similarly, cats that are boarded while young often have an easier time staying in kennels as adults. The first year of your cat’s life is a constant learning process, reinforcing what is frightening and what is normal. If you can convince your kitten that staying at a boarding facility is normal, future stays or overnight vet visits will be a less traumatic event. This can prove to be especially invaluable if your adult cat ever needs to recover from surgery, which a pet sitter cannot help prepare for.  Keeping Your Kitten Under Supervision By now, you are probably familiar with the carnage an unsupervised kitten can cause in its own home. Unless you hire an in-home sitter, even the most dedicated pet sitter will probably only be able to spare a few hours a day to actively watch your pet. During the rest of the day and night, there are curtains to be climbed, cupboards to be opened and furniture to scratch. Some of these antics may even put your kitten at risk of an accident with no one home to notice. Kennels provide a safe, structured environment to guarantee that cats have fun in a less destructive manner.  Ensuring Safe and Responsible Care Many pet owners worry about entrusting their home and kitten to a pet sitter, worrying about accountability and responsibility. Boarding facilities are licensed and dependent on excellent service for their reputation, meaning you can rest assured knowing your kitten is in good hands. This also allows you to lock up your home before you go without worrying about lost keys or a forgetful sitter. Start researching pet boarding services like All Pets Hospital Ltd in your area to find the kennel that is right for your...

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Three Herbal Supplements That May Help Control Adult Asthma

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you suffer from asthma, it can be a difficult part of your daily life, especially when you have a sudden asthma attack. During these moments, it is usually best to use whatever medication your asthma doctor has prescribed for you. But in the long run, there are several herbal supplements that may help your asthma. The following are three herbs that many adults with asthma have found helpful. Ginger Ginger is perhaps the most well known herbal supplement for treating asthma, and this is likely due to the anti-inflammatory effect it has on the body. It works by keeping your air passages from constricting. There are also other benefits to using ginger, such as its antioxidant proprieties, so it will contribute to your overall health. To get the full benefits of ginger, you should not buy it in a processed form. It is a root, so you should purchase it this way or as a powder with no additives. You can add small shavings to a soup or salad. Another idea is to add it to boiling water, then mix in honey or lemon to make a tea. Turmeric This is more of a spice than an herbal supplement. Although it is not used as much in western cooking, it is popular in many Asian dishes. Like ginger, turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be a positive part of your diet to help with asthma. You can buy this spice in powder form and add it to many dishes. Some people like to use it in their scrambled eggs for breakfast, others add it to their favorite cooked vegetables or use it in soups. Perhaps the most popular way to use turmeric is with rice. Turmeric is also available in tablet form, but you should consult with your doctor before using it this way. The dosages are likely higher than you will get when using it as a spice. Khella This is also a popular treatment for long-term control of asthma. It works by helping to dilate your bronchial tubes, and this, in turn, helps reduce the chances of an asthma attack. It can be purchased as an extract or as a tablet. As an extract, you can use it in a beverage such as tea. If taken as a tablet, consult your doctor before using. Khella also has benefits associated with your heart. It is thought to help strengthen heart muscles. Before you start taking any herbal supplement, especially in tablet form, always consult with your doctor. There can be conflicts with medication you are currently taking, and your doctor can also help you with...

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Who Nose? Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available, but many of those who are unsure about the surgery seek answers to their questions about the procedure. Do you have questions about rhinoplasty? These questions and answers may ease some of your fears. How long does recovery from rhinoplasty take? Rhinoplasty has some side effects that can last months, but they are minimal and include only light swelling. Most of the recovery occurs within the initial weeks of the surgery. For the first few days, the patient will wear a splint over the nose to ensure proper healing. Most patients are able to return to work after the first week, but patients should not resume any strenuous activities until approved by a doctor.  What are the side effects of rhinoplasty? Typically, side effects of rhinoplasty include pain, discomfort, and some swelling of the face. Most side effects do not persist for longer than several days. If they do, you must speak with your doctor and ensure that nothing is wrong. Does rhinoplasty require follow-up surgeries? Rhinoplasty can become complicated under certain circumstances. For this reason, some patients may come in for follow-up surgeries to ensure that they achieve the perfect look they desire. What are the risks of rhinoplasty? The risks of rhinoplasty include infection, bloody noses, and numbness. In rare cases, a patient may experience collapse of the nose or visible scarring. If you experience strange side effects following your surgery, it is essential that you contact your doctor right away. Can you have rhinoplasty to fix birth defects? Yes. Many people seek out a nose surgery to change the shape of the nose for this reason. What is the best way to prepare for rhinoplasty? First, you should always start out with realistic expectations for your surgery. Your surgeon will ask you questions to ensure that you have a healthy attitude toward cosmetic surgery and that you are a good candidate for the procedure. You should avoid taking medication that prevents blood clotting or that may influence the way blood flows during and after the procedure. These include ibuprofen and even aspirin. You should also avoid smoking in the month before your surgery. What is the ideal age for rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is not typically available for those who are still growing. For this reason, doctors often will not operate on teenagers or children without a medical reason. Rhinoplasty may be considered safe, but it still comes with its own set of risks. It is important to ask your cosmetic surgeon any questions still lingering in your mind so that you can go into surgery with confidence. Contact a professional such as William M. Parell, MD, PSC for more...

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