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Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Who Nose? Frequently Asked Questions about Rhinoplasty

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 information. 

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Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Newly Diagnosed With Grand Mal Seizures? Two Tips To Help You Stay Safe

If you have been diagnosed with grand mal seizures, you need to take some steps to help you stay safe while you are having a seizure. This is especially true if you have seizures that are not completely controlled by medications. Below are two things you should consider doing.

Use a Seizure Response Dog

When you have a seizure and it is in public this is a very dangerous situation for you to be in. To help in a situation like this, you can get a seizure response dog. This type of dog is trained do certain tasks while you are having a seizure and after the seizure is over. This may include rolling you over on your side to keep your airway open, alerting other people by barking, blocking you from intersections and stairs, and helping you rise to a standing position when the seizure is over. The dog may lay on your or next to you to provide you with comfort during the seizure.

No breed is better than another when it comes to a seizure response dog. If you already have a dog, it may be able to be trained to do this. The trainer will know within a day or two if it has this ability. If not, they will train a dog that will work better for you. If you hire a trainer, it is important that they are experienced in training seizure response dogs to ensure your dog will keep you safe.  

Make Your House Safer

You need to make some changes to your home to keep you safer during a seizure. If you have rooms in your home that have hardwood or tile floors, consider carpeting these rooms, as it would be safer for you to fall on carpet than a hard surface. Of course, carpet would not work well in a kitchen but you could put throw rugs on the floor.

Because you may not have controlled seizures, you should never be left alone in the room while there is a fire going even if there is a screen. If you use a space heater in your home, make sure the one that you have cannot be tipped over.

If you have young children, block stairs with a safety gate. Put a safety gate for any room you do not want them to have access to in case you have a seizure when you are alone with them.

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tips For Dealing With Allergy Symptoms

Many people go throughout their entire lives without ever experiencing any type of allergy. However, many people that reach their middle-aged years that have never had troubles with allergies suddenly develop them. Allergists and other medical experts are not sure why some people develop allergies suddenly after living half their lives without them. If you have suddenly started experiencing the aggravating, annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies, follow these tips for relieving your symptoms.

Learn The Allergen Your Immune System Suddenly Dislikes

A visit to an allergist can help you learn which allergen or allergens you have suddenly become allergic to. When you know what you are allergic to, you have better chances of steering clear of it. However, bear in mind that many allergens involved in seasonal allergies are everywhere outdoors. Some allergens are only high in the air during certain seasons as well. An allergist can determine through a series of tests which type of allergen bothers you and he or she will tell you in what season it is most prevalent. Avoiding outdoor activities during the time your allergens are at their highest level can help you avoid the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Steaming Hot Showers Can Soothe Allergy Symptoms

Taking a hot, steaming shower can do wonders for opening up your nose and sinus cavities. The steam can also help to sooth your throat if it is irritated from coughing or from sinus drainage. Bear in mind that if you cough up mucous while in a steaming shower, be sure to spit out. Steam works to loosen phlegm that can lead to respiratory viruses, so getting it out is a good thing. Before you step into a hot shower, be sure to close the door and windows so the steam will remain thick in your bathroom.

Neti Pot Or Nasal Spray?

If you have trouble using a neti pot, you should be sure to get nasal spray instead. Some nasal sprays contain only saline, the same solution used in neti pots, but other contain antihistamines that can provide greater relief for tough, unrelenting allergy symptoms. A neti pot involves you pouring saline water into your nose, a treatment many people have trouble doing. Your allergist can recommend the most effective nasal spray for your particular allergy symptoms.

Dealing with the symptoms of seasonal allergies is no fun, especially when you have to be at work. By taking steps to control your symptoms, you can lead life without itchy eyes and a runny nose.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy And How You Can Use It To Beat Addiction

Addiction is a troubling disease that millions of American struggle with every day. There are a variety of methods that you can use to combat its influence on your life, one of the most effective of which is cognitive behavioral therapy. This substance abuse treatment method can be learned at home and used to combat negative behavior patterns that lead to addiction.

The Basics Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy operates on the idea that people’s behavior is controlled by subconscious behavioral patterns that can be changed over time. Though there is a physical aspect to addiction, many people who fall victim to addiction fall into negative patterns that reinforce their drug use. For example, they may drink alcohol to combat feelings of inferiority.

Cognitive behavioral therapy breaks the pattern of abuse by identifying negative influences (such as those feelings of inferiority) and replacing them with positive beliefs and behaviors. It also teaches you more positive coping methods. Think of it as a “fake it until you make it,” as you surround yourself with positive thoughts and behaviors until they replace negative ones.

Techniques You Can Use At Home

Using cognitive behavioral techniques at home is relatively easy, but it requires diligence. Addiction will be flirting around the edges of your perception for a long time, but cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can help you push it away and eliminate the patterns of thinking that make you fall back into use.

You can start by immediately writing down your feelings about your addiction and where it comes from, identifying problematic thinking patterns, and finding ways to combat them with positive statements. For example, if you use heroin to kill the pain of feeling “fat,” you can write down positive self-statements, such as “I am beautiful and perfect exactly the way I am.”

You are basically trying to replace negative thoughts with positive ones and to make positive thoughts the preeminent ones in your mind. This must be done consciously throughout the day whenever you feel negative thoughts, especially negative thoughts related to your addiction.

What will eventually happen is that your negative thoughts will disappear and get replaced by positive ones. Your mind will replace its need to use substances with the idea that it doesn’t need substances at all. If you used substances to self-medicate depression or other negative moments in life, your new mental patterns will cope with them in positive and drug-free ways.

Using It When Relapse Threatens

Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be used to help nip relapse in the bud before it throws you back into the cycle of abuse. Relapse occurs when your body craves your substance and when your mind falls back into the negative patterns of abuse that fueled your addiction.

The best way to deal with a relapse with cognitive behavior therapy is to identify why you are feeling the urge to use. Are you feeling down or depressed and feel that your substance will help? Whatever the reason, identifying it can help you use the techniques described above to direct your mind away from using.

Using these methods can help you relieve some of the pressures associated with drug use, but you should check into a rehab center to help beat your addiction. They will help you move through withdrawal in a comfortable manner and avoid falling a victim to severe pain and suffering.

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Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Handling Your Skin Tags

No one has perfect skin. Look at your own up close and you are likely to see moles, freckles, pimples, and warts. In addition, you may notice protruding skin “flaps,” that are often located on your neck, under your arms, on your eyelids, and even close to your groin. Sometimes, you will have one or two, but some people have lots of them, even hundreds of them. They are common and not dangerous, but they are not attractive and can make you quite self-conscious. On rare occasions, they can grow to surprisingly large sizes if you ignore them. Recently, one famous dermatologist removed a huge skin tag from a patient who had ignored it until it was the size of a golf ball or larger and looked like cauliflower. If you notice even small skin tags on your body, you have several options to get rid of them.

DIY

Experts say that ignoring skin tags is the best method if they are not noticeable and are not uncomfortable. However, skin tags that are in places that experience friction, such as around your collar, can become inflamed. No matter how irritating these tags are, plucking them off can cause more damage than necessary. However, you can try several methods to get rid of tags that bother you. If you tie off your skin tag with string or dental floss, gradually tightening the string each day, you can sometimes cut off the blood supply, causing the skin tag to “die” and fall off. Some OTC freezing compounds may also work on your skin tags, but do not use them to get rid of tags near your eyes or other sensitive areas. Some people even swear by the effects of apple cider vinegar rubbed on the tags, which is an inexpensive and painless way to approach the problem. 

Dermatologist

If DIY does not work, or you have a particularly large skin tag, have your dermatologist remove them for you. Your doctor can get rid of the little ones with just a snip or two of the scissors without anesthesia. Cutting them at home can easily lead to an infection, however. Your doctor may also consider cauterizing them. If you are one of the unlucky folks who get hundreds of skin tags, the removal process may take several visits, and you might have to return once a year or so. Unfortunately, people prone to skin tags keep on getting new ones.

Again, these growths are not dangerous, but if you let them grow for too long of a period, you will have to have a local anesthesia and simple surgery to remove them. Remember, if you are bothered by these growths, you don’t have to live with them.  

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