How To Truly Find Relief For Really Dry Skin

If you suffer from really dry, itchy skin all over your body, the habits you have daily might be worsening the effects and symptoms. Surprisingly, most skin care experts will tell you to avoid all types of lotions if you have dry skin. While this may seem strange, because lotion is supposed to moisturize skin, lotions actually can dry skin out. Here are some tips to help you effectively treat and relieve the dry skin you have on your body. Avoid Lotions Lotions are designed to moisturize your skin; however, they can have the opposite effect for several different reasons: They contain alcohol – Lotion often contains alcohol, which is a common ingredient in skin care products. The problem with this is that alcohol is designed to degrease the skin, and it does this by drying it out. If you are using a lotion that contains alcohol, there is a good chance this lotion is worsening your dry skin problems. They contain scents – One nice part about lotion is its scent, but this scent can actually irritate the skin. Continue Reading →

Reducing Common Complications After Your Colonoscopy Procedure

Colonoscopies are standard procedures that are performed to inspect the colon and the lower part of the digestive tract. According to the American Cancer Society, you should schedule a colonoscopy once every 10 years after you turn 50 if you have an average risk of developing colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies can be uncomfortable procedures, and they do have some risks associated with them. If you are concerned about the risks, then keep reading to reduce complications as much as possible.  Pay Attention to the Gut Before a colonoscopy is completed, you will be asked to ingest a special type of drink. This solution clears the colon and the lower digestive tract of all wastes. The drink will be a propylene glycol solution. Alternately, you may be asked to take several laxatives instead of ingesting the prep fluid. As the preparation forces out fully and partially digested matter, the microorganisms that live inside the intestinal tract will be forced out of your system as well. The intestinal tract or gut will contain bacteria and yeast, and the microbes will form a balanced ecosystem that help Continue Reading →

How To Help Your PANDAS Child Avoid Strep Infections

If your child has been diagnosed with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS), you’ll need to do as much as possible to prevent your child from getting strep infections. Your child has a high risk of having a PANDAS episode with each strep infection. According to PANDAS Network, some people report that subsequent PANDAS episodes worsen each time they have a strep infection.  So how, exactly, can you keep your child from getting strep while attending school, especially when children are well-known for spreading germs? Here are a few things to consider.  Teach Your Child Carefully  Defend against the germs that are all over the school by arming your child with knowledge, tissues, and antibacterial hand sanitizer. Of course, teach your children to wash their hands before meals, but make sure they actually do it right and do it long enough to matter, which is actually scrubbing their hands, fingers, and fingernails for at least 20 seconds. Instruct them to never touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth until after they’ve washed their hands.  For times when washing Continue Reading →