Most women put on their make up without a second thought as part of their daily routines. Many would be shocked to know what is actually in some of the most popular cosmetics now found within the marketplace. There is now extensive quantified, as well as anecdotal, research which has identified harmful effects associated with ingredients found in all categories of cosmetics.
There are many natural organic cosmetics that have come onto the market in recent years and these are a great way of doing no harm to your skin. However, finding natural skin care products is difficult, especially considering the amount of money that the major cosmetic brands put into marketing! Don’t worry though, there is a risk free guide that only uses natural products and can save you a fortune on those upmarket, over-ratred brands. Check out the information here on low cost natural skin care.
Let’s start here by looking at the common cosmetics that women use everyday and the potential dangers that they may cause.
Lipstick is a standard component of almost every woman’s make-up routine. Most women select their lipstick brand oblivious to the fact that many lipsticks are among the most toxic cosmetics in existence. Within many lipsticks are indelible dyes, perfume oils and other coloring agents. Some ingredients used by popular brands have been tied to adverse effects ranging from chapped lips to cancer. Most disconcerting is that some of these substances can trigger complications and possible birth defects when used by expecting mothers. Of all the cosmetics you use, it is most important to scrutinize what goes into your lipstick.
Foundations are another area of concern. Many foundations which come in liquid form contain mineral oil which is actually classified as a petrochemical pollutant by the US Government. Many experts believe that when used with such frequency in such close proximity to the skin it can prove to be a carcinogenic agent. Other foundations trigger additional undesired effects which include preventing the skin from breathing naturally and detoxifying. Choosing the wrong foundation can lead to premature skin aging, hormonal imbalances and potentially far more serious conditions and diseases.
Many women use anti-wrinkle cream in an attempt to turn back the clock on aging. Unfortunately, many of these alleged anti-wrinkle “miracle” products are ineffective, if not dangerous. The elastin and collagen found in most anti-wrinkle creams has been proven not to have any lasting impact upon wrinkles, and many women are horrified to learn which animal by-products go into producing them. Even worse, lanolin is found in many anti-wrinkle creams, and laboratory testing has shown that it contains dioxins and pesticides. Obviously, most women upon learning this decide that it is probably best not to rub pesticides on one’s face.
Nail polish is another commonly used cosmetic which can present for hidden dangers. Many popular nail polishes contain toluene, phenol and xylene. Continued exposure to these chemicals has been shown to result in fatigue, headaches and nausea. There is also research which indicates that these chemicals are possibly carcinogenic. Nail polish also contains formaldehyde which has been shown to cause discoloration of nails as well as subcutaneous bleeding under the nail itself. Additionally, most women use acetone when removing nail polish. Acetone can cause rashes, and it can also lead to adverse respiratory effects when inhaled.
Health conscious women have shunned these harmful ingredients in favor of naturally crafted cosmetics. It is not necessary to sacrifice quality or look when it comes to finding cosmetics without these hidden dangers. Many quality brands, like Elf Cosmetics, ensure that their products allow you to look your best without subjecting your skin to harsh chemicals. Do yourself a favor and check out the ingredient list on the cosmetics you use. You might be shocked at what you see.
If you would like to find out more information about organic skin care products then we suggest this no-risk guide. It can help you save money on these highly marketed brands and you also know exactly what you are using!Tags: oil, expecting mothers, clock, Acetone, attempt
Many are surprised to learn that the skin as actually an organ, and it is furthermore the largest organ in our body. It is well understood that steps need to be taken in order to ensure the health of other vital organs such as the heart, however, most tend to take their skin for granted. Read moreTags: Atopic dermatitis, oil based skin moisturizers, oil, Skin, Biology, Sun tanning, Skin care, Sunscreen
Obesity and being overweight are now approaching epidemic proportions in much of the developing world. Some researchers point to the modern diet whereas others blame technology for diverting time away from physical exercise. This is especially salient in the current generation of children. No matter what the actual cause, being overweight entails significant risks and dangers.
One is considered to be overweight if they weigh more than their ideal body weight for their height and frame. Obesity is defined as being more than 20% over the ideal recommended body weight. It is well understood that obesity can lead to a plethora of adverse health effects, however, recent studies have shown that some of these risks are also applicable to people who are overweight but fall short of the official definition of being obese.
Being overweight is caused by a mixture of genes and behavior. Obviously, overeating is a prime cause of being overweight. If one does not burn as many calories as they consume, then the inevitable result is weight gain. Some people inherit a slow metabolism which triggers weight gain no matter how hard they try to keep the pounds off. Some medical conditions, including those related to the thyroid gland, also tend to cause weight gain. Proper diet and regular exercise become even more imperative for those who have this type of weight gain predisposition.
One of the most common maladies associated with being overweight is type two diabetes. Obesity is actually the leading cause of this disease which can lead to amputations and even death. Studies have shown that being overweight, even if not obese, increases the odds of being diagnosed with type two diabetes. High blood pressure is another condition tied to being overweight. Having high blood pressure can lead to heart attack and strokes. Overweight people have also been shown to suffer a higher incidence of cancer. These conditions obviously are quite serious and steps should be taken to avoid them.
Being overweight also entails disadvantages within both your professional and personal life. Studies have shown that overweight employees are less likely to get hired and have less chances of getting promoted during the course of their careers. Many companies are loathe to employ overweight people in the sales arena along with other positions which represent the face of the company. It might seem unfair, but society often does judge a book by its cover.
Obviously, members of the opposite sex tend to be turned off by an overweight appearance. Most people who lose significant weight notice an immediate and marked difference when it comes to romance. Additionally, many overweight people lose out on many of life’s enjoyments, such as a day at the beach, because they are insecure about their appearance.
Being overweight entails many dangers and inconveniences. It is never too late to vow to lose weight, and there are many cutting edge products and techniques which can assist you in this often difficult endeavor. Take the first step today by exploring what is out there to help you achieve better health by losing weight.Tags: high blood pressure, strokes, Obesity, heart attack, fat, cancer, Diabetes, obese, overweight
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death of American women.?? Stroke is No. 3. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects a woman???s heart and blood vessels.?? One out of every 10 women between the ages of 45 and 64 has some form of CVD.?? Once a woman reaches 65, this increases to 1 out of every 4.?? Every year about 500,000 women have a heart attack and about 370,000 of them die.?? And, almost 100,000 women die each year of stroke.
What are the Cardiovascular Diseases of the Heart?
The most common CVDs are:
- Coronary heart disease is when plaque builds up and blocks or slows down the blood flow through the vessels in the heart. Some symptoms are:
- Angina ??? chest pain caused when the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart is blocked for a short time
- Heart attack – when areas of the heart die because the flow of blood and oxygen is blocked off for a longer time
- Heart failure – when the heart can not pump enough blood out of the heart as it should and the body does not get enough blood and oxygen
- High blood pressure – when the pressure inside the walls of blood vessels is higher than normal
- Stroke – when a blood vessel that takes blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or bursts and a area of the brain (and the area of the body the body it controls) can???t work as it should
What are factors put you a risk for CVD?
Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting a disease.?? Some risk factors you cannot control.?? But, some you can control and even change.?? Some women???s risk are higher than others.
The main risk factors for CVD that you can???t control are age and a family history of CVD.?? The factors you can control or change are:
- Being overweight
- Having diabetes
- Having high blood cholesterol
- Not being physically active
What Can you do?
If you have at least 1 risk factor for CVD you should learn how to control it or prevent. By taking active role in your health care, you can make a difference.?? Tell your doctor or nurse what???s going on with your health.?? Ask questions or talk with about concerns you have.?? Ask if there are any medical tests you should take to see if you already have CVD.
Learn which lifestyle changes can help lower your risks.?? Making changes in your habits is the first step in preventing or controlling CVD.?? Making these changes is very important if you are African-American or over the age of 55.
Do you have any of these risk factors and habits you can control or change?
- Don???t smoke, or quit if you do.
- Get up and get active.
- If overweight, work on losing weight.
- If you have diabetes, keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.
- Reduce your blood cholesterol levels.
- If you take medicine for blood pressure or pre-diabetes, take it exactly as you should.
The Good News!
Changing your habits isn???t easy – but it works.?? It can lower your risks for CVD.?? If you already have CVD, it can help your heart and blood vessels get healthier.?? Here???s how:
- Once you stop smoking, within a few years your risks for heart disease will be the same as that of a non-smoker.
- Getting more exercise can help you lose weight, prevent and control high blood pressure, increase your good cholesterol levels and can even help prevent and control diabetes.
- By eating less fat and cholesterol, more fruits and vegetables and watching how much salt you use, you can help reduce high blood pressure and bad cholesterol and take off extra pounds.
- If you take off extra weight it can lower your risk for CVD, help prevent or control diabetes (if you have it) and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
It???s up to you. By making some effort the heart you save may be your own.Tags: Cardiology, high blood pressure, Cardiovascular diseases, chest pain, Stroke, Diabetes
1. Ask the doctor or nurse what to expect.
- Will there be much pain after surgery?
- Where will it occur?
- How long is it likely to last?
Being prepared helps put you in control. You may want to write down your questions before you meet with your doctor or nurse.
2. Discuss the pain control options with your doctors and nurses. Be sure to:
- Talk with your nurses and doctors about pain control methods that have worked well or not so well for you before.
- Talk with your nurses and doctors about any concerns you may have about pain medicine.
- Tell your doctors and nurses about any allergies to medicines you may have.
- Ask about side effects that may occur with treatment.
- Talk with your doctors and nurses about, the medicines you take for other health problems. The doctors and nurses need to know, because mixing some drugs with some pain medicines can cause problems.
3. Talk about the schedule for pain medicines in the hospital. Some people get pain medicines in the hospital only when they call the nurse to ask for them. Sometimes there are delays, and the pain gets worse while they wait. Today, two other ways to schedule pain medicines seem to give better results.
- Giving the pain pills or shots at set times. Instead of waiting until pain breaks through, you receive medicine at set times during the day to keep the pain under control.
- Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) may be available in your hospital. With PCA, you control when you get pain medicine. When you begin to feel pain, you press a button to inject the medicine through the intravenous (IV) tube in your vein.
For both ways, your nurses and doctors will ask you how the pain medicine is working and change the medicine, its dose, or its timing if you are still having pain.??Doctors such as??Angelo Cuzalina??say it is important to make sure you are open about this communication so you are not feeling more pain than needed.
4. Work with your doctors and nurses to make a pain control plan. You can use aform to begin planning for pain control with your nurses and doctors. They need your help to design the best plan for you. When your pain control plan is complete, use the form to write down what will happen. Refer to it after your operation. Then keep it as a record if you need surgery in the future.
5. Take (or ask for) pain relief drugs when pain first begins.
- Take action as soon as the pain starts.
- If you know your pain will worsen when you start walking or doing breathing exercises, take pain medicine first. It’s harder to ease pain once it has taken hold. This is a key step in proper pain control.
6. Help the doctors and nurses “measure” your pain.
- They may ask you to use a “pain scale”.
- They may ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Or you may choose a word from a list that best describes the pain.
- You may also set a pain control goal (such as having no pain that’s worse than 2 on the scale).
- Reporting your pain as a number helps the doctors and nurses know how well your treatment is working and whether to make any changes.
7. Tell the doctor or nurse about any pain that won’t go away.
- Don’t worry about being a “bother.”
- Pain can be a sign of problems with your operation.
- The nurses and doctors want and need to know about it.
Stick with your pain control plan if it’s working. Your doctors and nurses can change the plan if your pain is not under control. You need to tell the nurses and doctors about your pain and how the pain control plan is working.Tags: Nursing, Sensory system, Pain, Nociception, Patient safety and nursing
Your blood pressure is the force that moving blood puts on your artery walls. When your blood pressure is taken, two numbers are used to show it, like 120/80 (read 120 over 80).
The first, or top number, is called the systolic pressure. This is how much pressure is on your arteries when the heart pumps blood out to your body. The second, or bottom number, is called the diastolic pressure. This is how much pressure is there when your blood vessels relax to let the blood flow back into your heart.
Blood pressure levels are ranked in stages*. Each stage gives a range of blood pressure readings and tells how it ranks. The stages are:
Normal – Systolic less than 120 and Diastolic less than 80
Prehypertension – Systolic 120-139 or Diastolic 80-89
Stage 1 hypertension – Systolic 140-159 or Diastolic 90-99
Stage 2 hypertension – Systolic 160 or higher or Diastolic 100 or higher
*Based on guidelines from the JNC7 Report, May 2003.
What Affects Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is a moving target. It can go up or down depending on what you are doing. For example:
When you sleep, your blood pressure is often much lower. As you wake up and start moving around, it goes up.
Talking, walking or eating can make your blood pressure go up, too.
Sudden pain or stress can cause your blood pressure to rise in a few seconds.
Exercising hard or getting excited can also raise your blood pressure.
Smoking and drinking caffeine within 30 minutes of taking your blood pressure can also affect your blood pressure reading.
So, when you take your blood pressure, do it after you have rested quietly for at least 5 minutes. This allows your blood pressure to get back to what it normally is. Finding your normal blood pressure requires that you keep track of your blood pressure readings.
How to Take Your Blood Pressure
Read through these steps one or more times before starting.
Sit in a quiet place near a table where you can place your arm and equipment comfortably.
Wrap the blood pressure cuff around your bare arm (not over your clothes) an inch above the elbow. The cuff should fit snugly but with enough room so that one finger can be slipped under the cuff. Wrap the cuff evenly.
Rest your elbow and lower arm on the table so that your upper arm is level with your heart. Stay still.
Turn the power on.
Squeeze the rubber bulb and inflate the cuff.* Inflate the cuff about 30 ??? 40 mmHg above your estimated systolic pressure. (This is the level of blood pressure that causes your radial pulse to disappear when the cuff is pumped up.)
After you stop inflating, the automatic exhaust will slowly reduce the cuff pressure. The machine will show you systolic and diastolic pressures on the screen.
Press or turn the exhaust button to release all of the air from the cuff.
Fill in the blood pressure chart on back.
Turn power off.
*Some cuffs don???t have a rubber bulb and inflate by themselves with the push of a button.Tags: blood pressure, Cardiovascular diseases, Cardiovascular system, Prehypertension, Sphygmomanometer, Medical equipment, Hypertension, Cardiology
Each treatment may improve your symptoms. But each treatment has different chances of success. All treatments, even watchful waiting, have some risks.
Ask your doctor these questions about each treatment:
* What is my chance of getting better?
* How much better will I get?
* What are the chances that the treatment will cause problems?
* How long will the treatment work?
Both benefits and risks are given below for each treatment. This can help you and your doctor make the best choice for you.
Figure 2 shows that the chance your symptoms will improve after TURP surgery is greater than if you simply watch and wait.
But even with TURP, your chances for improvement are somewhat uncertain. This is because doctors do not know the exact chances that each patient’s symptoms will improve. In general, the worse your symptoms are before treatment, the more they will improve if the treatment works. The success of TUIP and open prostatectomy is similar to TURP.
Figure 3 shows the amount of symptom improvement for each treatment. Again, TURP gives the greatest amount of improvement and watchful waiting gives the least.
Figure 4 shows the chances of having problems during or soon after treatment.
Most of the time, treatments do not cause problems. Most problems are not serious, but some are. TURP can cause serious problems such as urinary infection, bleeding that requires transfusion, or blocked urine flow. Few patients have these serious problems after surgery (see Outcomes of BPHtreatments).
For patients taking alpha blocker drugs, the most common side effects are feeling dizzy and tired and having headaches.
With finasteride, about 5 out of 100 patients have some kind of sexual problem such as a lower sex drive or trouble getting an erection.
With watchful waiting, there is no active treatment and no added chance of problems right away. But over time, the BPH itself can cause symptoms to grow worse or cause other problems. OnlyTURP clearly reduces that risk. Doctors do not know if alpha blocker drugs, finasteride, or balloon dilation lower the risk of future BPH problems.
Figure 5 shows the chance of dying from treatment. There are probably no added chances of dying from watchful waiting, alpha blocker drugs, and finasteride. There is now no information for balloon dilation.
Some BPH treatments can make it hard to control urine, leading to leakage (urinary incontinence). Over time, BPH itself can cause incontinence. Also, men treated with alpha blocker drugs, finasteride, or balloon dilation may have some risk of incontinence from BPH in the future.
Although it is rare, some men have severe uncontrollable incontinence after treatment (Figure 6). About 7 to 14 out of 1,000 men have this problem after TURP. Men in a program of watchful waiting have no immediate risk of uncontrollable incontinence.
The chance of needing surgery in the future differs for each treatment. Some men who at first choose watchful waiting or nonsurgical treatment may later decide to have surgery to relieve bothersome symptoms. Also, some men who have surgery may need to have surgery again. One reason isthat the prostate may grow back. Another is that a scar may form and block the urinary tract.
Within 8 years after TURP, 5 to 15 out of every 100 men will need another operation. Doctors are uncertain if treatment with alpha blocker drugs, finasteride, or balloon dilation lowers the chance that surgery will be needed in the future.
Figure 7 shows the chance of becoming impotent (not being able to get an erection) because of BPH treatment. Each year, about 2 out of every 100 men 67 years old will become impotent without BPH treatment.
There is probably no added risk of impotence with watchful waiting and alpha blocker drugs. Finasteride has a small added risk of impotence, but the problem should stop when the drug is stopped. The risk with balloon dilation is unknown, but probably low. WithTURP , the risk of impotence ranges from 3 to 35 out of 100 patients. If your erections are normal before surgery, however, the risk of impotence after surgery may be no higher than withwatchful waiting.
Figure 8 shows about how many days you can expect to lose from work or from what you normally do over the first year. Time at the doctor’s office and in the hospital is included.
One other problem — retrograde ejaculation — can result. It is common with surgery and rare with alpha blocker drug treatment. Retrograde ejaculation means that during sexual climax, semen flows back into the bladder rather than out of the penis.
Men with this problem may not be able to father children. But it does not affect the ability to get an erection or have sex, and it does not cause any other problems. You may want to talk to your doctor about retrograde ejaculation.
Between 40 and 70 out of 100 patients have this problem after surgery. About 7 out of 100 patients have the problem while takingalpha blocker drugs. Retrograde ejaculation does not occur with watchful waiting or finasteride. Some men who take finasteride do notice that they make less semen.
Outcomes of BPH Treatments lists the benefits and risks for each treatment. You can use this table to compare treatments. For example, treatment with either alpha blocker drugs or TURP can result in problems, but some are minor and others are serious.
What Is the Next Step?
Before choosing a treatment, ask yourself these two important questions:
* If my BPH is not likely to cause me serious harm, do I want any treatment other than watchful waiting?
* If I do want treatment, which is best for me based on the benefits and risks of each?
No matter what you decide, talk it over with your doctor. Take this booklet with you to your visits. Ask questions. Together, you and your doctor can choose the treatment best for you.Tags: Retrograde ejaculation, urinary infection, impotence, balloon dilation, prostatectomy, BPH treatment
Currently, the five ways of treating enlarged prostates are:
- Watchful waiting
- Alpha blocker drug treatment
- Finasteride drug treatment
- Balloon dilation
Surgery will do the best job of relieving your urinary symptoms, but it also has more risk than the other treatments. Unless you have a serious complication of benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH] that makes surgery the only good choice, you can choose from a range of treatments. Which one you choose if any depends on how much your symptoms bother you. Your choice also depends on how much risk you are willing to take to improve your symptoms. You and your doctor will decide together.
If you have BPH but are not bothered by your symptoms, you and your doctor may decide on a program of watchful waiting. Watchful waiting is not an active treatment like taking medicine or having surgery. It means getting regular exams — about once a year — to see if your BPH is getting worse or causing problems. At these exams, your doctor will ask about any problems you have. He or she may also order some simple tests to see if your enlarged prostate is causing kidney or bladder problems.
A small number of men in watchful waiting become unable to urinate at all. Some also get infections or bleed, or their bladder or kidneys are damaged. But such major problems are uncommon.
Your doctor may suggest some tips to help control your symptoms. One is to drink fewer liquids before going to bed. Another is not to take over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines with decongestants, which can make a prostate condition worse.
Without treatment, BPH symptoms may get better, stay the same, or get worse. If your symptoms become a problem, talk to your doctor about treatment choices.
Alpha blocker drug treatment
Alpha blocker drugs are taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day. The drugs help relax muscles in the prostate, and some men will notice that their urinary symptoms get better.
During the first 3 or 4 weeks, the doctor may see you regularly to make sure everything is okay. The doctor will check your symptoms and see if the medicine’s dosage (how much you take and how often) is right for you. After that, you will visit the doctor from time to time to have your symptoms checked and prescription refilled. There is no evidence that alpha blockers reduce the rate of BPH complications or the need for future surgery.
Side effects can include headaches or feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or tired. Low blood pressure is also possible. Because alpha blocker treatment for BPH is new, doctors do not know its long-term benefits and risks.
Alpha blockers include doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), and terazosin (Hytrin). Hytrin is the only alpha blocker now approved for BPH treatment by the Food and Drug Administration.
Finasteride drug treatment
Finasteride (Proscar) is taken by moutdonce a day. It can cause the prostate to shrink, and some men will notice that their urinary symptoms get better. It may take 6 months or more before you notice the full benefit of finasteride. You still need to see your doctor on a regular basis while you take this drug. There is no evidence that finasteride reduces the rate of BPH complications or the need for future surgery.
Finasteride drug treatment is new, and doctors do not know its long-term benefits and risks. Also, finasteride lowers the blood level of prostate-specific antigen. Doctors do not know if this affects the ability of the PSA test to detect prostate cancer.
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Balloon dilation is done in the operating room in a hospital or doctor’s office. After the patient gets anesthesia (medicine to reduce pain), the doctor inserts a catheter (plastic tube) into the penis. The catheter goes through the urethra and into the bladder. The catheter has a limp balloon at the end.
The doctor inflates the balloon to stretch the urethra where it has been squeezed by the prostate. In some patients, this can allow urine to flow more easily.
Balloon dilation can cause bleeding or infection. It can also make patients unable to urinate for a time. If there are no problems, you may go home the same day. Some patients have to stay overnight at the hospital.
Balloon dilation is a fairly new treatment for BPH, and doctors do not know all its long-term benefits and risks. In many patients, this treatment seems to work for only a short time.
Because surgery has been used for many years to treat BPH, its benefits and risks are fairly well known. Compared witdother treatments, surgery has the best chance for relief of BPH symptoms. Although surgery is also most likely to cause major problems, most men who undergo surgery have no major problems.
By itself, an enlarged prostate does not mean you need surgery. An enlarged prostate may not become larger. Also, no operation for BPH lowers the chance of getting prostate cancer in the future.
Surgery is almost always recommended for men witdcertain problems caused by BPH. These include:
- Not being able to urinate at all
- Urine backup into the kidneys that damages the kidneys
- Frequent urine infection
- Major bleeding through the urethra caused by BPH
- Stones in the bladder
If you do not have any of these serious problems, but you are bothered by your BPH, you may still want to consider surgery.
There are three types of surgery for BPH:
- Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common. It is a proven way to treat BPH effectively. TURP relieves symptoms by reducing pressure on the urethra.
After the patient gets anesthesia, the doctor inserts a special instrument into the urethra through the penis. No skin needs to be cut. The doctor then removes part of the inside of the prostate.
After TURP, patients usually need to wear a catheter (a tube in the penis for draining urine) for 2-3 days and stay in the hospital for about 3 days. Most patients find that their symptoms improve quickly after TURP. These men do well for many years.
- TUIP may be used when the prostate is not enlarged as much. In TUIP, tissue is not removed. Instead, an instrument is passed through the urethra to make one or two small cuts in the prostate. These cuts reduce the prostate’s pressure on the urethra, making it easier to urinate. TUIP may have less risk than TURP in certain cases.
- Open prostatectomy may be used if the prostate is very large. In this procedure, an incision is made in the lower abdomen to remove part of the inside of the prostate. Surgery for BPH improves symptoms in most patients, but some symptoms may remain. For example, the bladder might be weak because of blockage. This means there still could be problems urinating even after prostate tissue is removed.
New treatments for BPH appear every year. Examples are laser surgery, microwave thermal therapy, prostatic stents, and new drugs. Use of a laser is still surgery, and doctors do not yet know if its benefits and risks are higher or lower than standard surgery.
There is not yet enough information about these treatments to include them in this information. If your doctor suggests a treatment not discussed here, ask for the same type of information on risks and benefits included in this information for other treatments.
This information is about environmental allergies. It covers what they are, what can cause them, and how to deal with them.
Environmental allergies are your body’s response to substances you inhale at your home, school or workplace. They can be caused by dust, animal dander, mold spores or mildew, or feathers.
Dust and mold allergies are different from pollen allergies because they cause problems all year round–not just at certain seasons.
Environmental allergies may cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes and they may cause coughing and wheezing.
The best way to control environmental allergies is to avoid the things that cause them. The first step is to find out what is producing the allergic reaction.
For example, if your reaction develops at night or when you wake up in the morning, the cause may be a feather pillow or dust mites in the bedding.
Perhaps you notice a reaction when you sit on a couch where your pet likes to sleep. If a reaction occurs when you clean house, you may be allergic to house dust.
Once you think you’ve found the case, try to eliminate it from your environment. For example, use a dacron or polyester pillow (but not foam rubber, because mold spores can grow in it). Use synthetic blankets. If house cleaning sets you off, have someone else do it or at least wear a mask while you clean. If your reaction dies down when you leave your house, it may be caused by a pet. Vacuum carpets, furniture and other places where pets have been. Keep pets out of the bedroom. If the problem persists, you may have to find a new home for the pet or at least keep it outdoors.
If the cause is dust mites, dust mite avoidance measures are helpful. Dust mites are microscopic bug-like creatures that live in pillows, blankets, mattresses, stuffed animals, carpets and cloth-covered furniture. 95% of house dust allergies are caused by dust mites. You can help by covering your pillows, mattress, and box spring with a zippered, soft plastic cover that is labeled “allergy proof”.
You can buy the allergy proof covers at bedding shops and large department stores. A bare floor is best, with only a small area rug. If you must have carpet, choose a synthetic or cotton carpet with a tight weave and a very short pile. Change the central heating filter once a month to cut down on dust and other allergens in the air.
If you can’t eliminate or avoid the cause of your reaction, you may be able to control the allergy. Antihistamine medications can help. If they don’t provide enough relief, call your health care provider. Your provider can evaluate your problem, and perhaps prescribe a stronger medication. Your provider may send you to an Allergist for further evaluation, including a detailed history of your allergy problem and possibly skin test to identify substances that cause it. You may then be given desensitization injections or “allergy shots”.
Whether the treatment is non-prescription antihistamines, a doctor’s prescription, or injections, the treatment works best if you combine it with avoidance of the things that cause your allergic reaction.
Remember these key points:
- Environmental allergies may be caused by a variety of substances, especially animal dander, molds and dust mites.
- To identify the cause, note where you have an allergic reaction; then take steps to avoid the probable cause.
- When you know the cause, continue to avoid it.
- If that does not work, your health care provider can evaluate your condition and make recommendations, prescribe medication, or possibly refer you to an Allergist for further study.
When you first start a diet, you may lose weight. But soon you start to gain weight.
why does this happen? Why don’t diets work? Here???s are a few reasons:
- Diets don???t change the way you eat. You must learn new ways to eat healthy if you want to keep the weight off.
- Diets do not keep you physically active. Weight loss is a balance of cutting calories and increasing exercise.
- Diets make you hungry, since you are eating less, and sometimes your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs. When you are on a diet, you may skip meals. Skipping meals is not a healthy way to lose weight.
- Diets don???t last forever! Keeping weight off lasts a lifetime.
- Diets don???t teach you why you eat. Sometimes you eat because you feel sad, angry or stressed. You must learn healthy ways to express your feelings other than eating.
- Diets are hard to keep for very long. Again, keeping your body at a healthy weight last for the rest of your life.
- Dieting may work for a short period of time. To stay at a healthy weight you must eat healthy and exercise.