Portable Ultrasound Machines For Primary Care Physicians: FAQs On Integrating Ultrasound Technology Into Your Practice

If you are a primary care physician, then you may have been thinking about purchasing a portable ultrasound machine to enable you help your patients more efficiently. While your patients’ blood test results and symptom reports can help you pinpoint many illnesses, the ability to also perform a point-of-care ultrasound can help you confirm that diagnosis or realize that a different health problem that you didn’t initially suspect may be to blame. However, you may have some unanswered questions about introducing a portable ultrasound machine into your practice that, due to having a busy life and busy practice, you just haven’t had time to seek the answers to. Read on to learn answers to some of the questions you may have about adding point-of-care ultrasound technology into your practice. 1. How Much Time Do You Have to Devote to Learning To Use a Portable Ultrasound Machine? You likely have a very busy schedule and wonder if the time it takes to learn the technology will just be too much to squeeze into your life. First, realize that there are many Continue Reading →

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 →