I just read an article explaining how climate change is giving us longer, more intense allergy seasons.
That’s good news for bees, but not for an allergy sufferer like me.
As I said in a previous post, I prefer to use
a neti pot over taking medication. It works great for me, but I know a neti pot won’t be everyone’s first choice.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can be …
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I love the sunny days of early spring when the trees, flowers and grasses are in bloom…but then my allergies kick in.
I don’t mind the runny nose and sneezing so much. I can use my
to keep the pollen out of my nose. neti pot
But I’ve had a harder time treating
the allergy eyes—the itchy, red, watery, ugly eyes that are the by-product of … read on Most of us don’t need supplements
Save your money.
I spent some time this weekend researching vitamin B12 deficiency and the need for supplements. An elderly relative has been experiencing months of fatigue and wonders if a B12 supplement might help her.
Despite all the products you can buy that contain vitamin B12 to “boost” energy levels or “support” memory, most of us aren’t low in vitamin B12 and won’t …
read on Talk to your doctor first! The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its guidelines about daily baby aspirin.
They no longer recommend it to prevent heart attacks in healthy adults over 50. So if you are taking it, talk to your doctor about whether you should continue.
The AHA made this change based on
a study published last fall in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that showed the … read on Even OTC Nexium has risks A new study published last week ties the common heartburn drug, Nexium, to an increased risk of kidney damage.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs. It was approved by the FDA to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2001.
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid,
read on Bladder infections = misery
If you’re a female over the age of 20 chances are good that you’ve experienced at least one bladder infection in your life.
Women are overwhelmingly more likely to get a bladder infection than men because we have very short urethras—the tube that connects our bladder to the outside world.
That means bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to get into our bladders, make themselves …
read on Update April 2019: Shingrix is too popular and there is a shortage! Ask your pharmacy about getting on a waiting list so they can contact you when the vaccine is available again. It may be 6-8 months. A new vaccine for shingles
I’m scheduled for an annual exam later this month. As I was perusing the long list of preventive health recommendations for adults, I noticed the shingles vaccine is …
read on Over-the-counter medicines can be costly (and unnecessary)
There are two ways to save money at the drugstore:
Know what you need and find the cheapest price. Know what you don’t need and avoid buying anything at all.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this topic because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on health care, and certainly the one we have the most control …
read on Red, itchy, crusty
Those are common words used to describe pink eye, aka conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation or infection of the membrane, the conjunctiva, over our eyeballs. Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation caused by an allergy. Pink eye usually refers to a viral or bacterial infection.
Related post: Home remedies for allergy eyes
In adults, most cases of pink eye are viral. That means antibiotic eye drops won’t help. Like …
read on Life before vaccines and antibiotics
I know I complain a lot about our current healthcare system and the overuse of medical care.
BUT, I am also very thankful for the advances medicine has made in the last 100 years or so.
The reminder to be more appreciative comes from the hours I spent over the holidays reading old family journals, letters and postcards, most of them dated between 1900 and …