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February 2015

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Your Children’s Eyes

When Should Eye Exams Begin?

A pediatric eye exam helps detect eye problems in your child at their earliest stage – when they’re most treatable.  Several factors may determine how frequently your child needs an eye exam, including age, health and risk of developing eye problems.

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General guidelines include:

  • Children 5 years and younger:For children under age 3, your pediatrician will likely look for the most common eye problems – lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned-out eyes. Depending on your child’s willingness to cooperate, his or her first, more comprehensive eye exam should be done between the ages of 3 and 5.
  • School-age children and adolescents:Have your child’s vision checked before he or she enters first grade. If your child has no symptoms of vision problems and you don’t have a family history of vision problems, have your child’s vision re-checked every two years. If your child… Continue reading

LOVE YOUR HEART

Keep It Healthy!

Getting answers from your doctor to these important questions will give you vital information about your heart health and what you can do to improve it.  You may want to take this list to your doctor’s office:

  1. Love-Your-Heart-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-February-2015What is my risk for heart disease?
  2. What is my blood pressure?  What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it?
  3. What are my cholesterol numbers?
  4. What are my body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement?  Do I need to lose weight for my health?
  5. What is my blood-sugar level?  Am I at risk for diabetes?
  6. What other screening tests for heart disease do I need?
  7. How can you help me quit smoking?
  8. How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
  9. What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me?  Show I see a registered dietitian?… Continue reading

Vitamin C

How Much Do You Need?

Vitamin-C-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-February-2015The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamins reflects how much of each vitamin most people should get each day.  The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods.  Here is the RDA for vitamin C, per the National Institutes of Health:

Children

  • 1-3 years: 15 mg/day
  • 4-8 years: 25 mg/day
  • 9-13 years: 45 mg/day

Adolescents

  • Girls 14-18 years: 65 mg/day
  • Pregnant teens: 80 mg/day
  • Breastfeeding teens: 115 mg/day
  • Boys 14-18 years: 75 mg/day

Adults

  • Men age 19 and older: 90 mg/day
  • Women age 19 and older: 75 mg/day
  • Pregnant women: 85 mg/day
  • Breastfeeding women: 120 mg/day

Those who smoke need higher amounts of vitamin C. In all cases, ask your doctor what amount is best for you.

Source: National Institutes of Health

SENIOR HEALTH UPDATE

Age-Related Vision Problems

Senior-Health-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-February-2015As you age, so do your eyes.  You might find that you have difficulty reading small print or that you need brighter lighting at your desk.  In addition, eye diseases that could lead to more-serious vision problems become more common with age.

Consider cataracts.  A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye.  Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb eyesight early on.  At first, strong lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts.  Eventually cataracts can interfere with your vision.  Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.  However, even with advanced cataracts, vision can usually be restored with surgery.

Be sure to have regular checkups with your ophthalmologist so that any developing vision problems can be caught early.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What Is It?

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.  This keeps air from getting into the lungs.  This is very common, because the muscles inside the throat relax as you sleep.  Gravity then causes the tongue to fall back and block the airway.  It can happen a few times a night or several hundred times per night.  These pauses in breathing briefly wake you up and disturb your sleep.  This can cause you to be very tired the next day.  People who are overweight are at a higher risk of having sleep apnea.

If you hare having daytime tiredness and feel you are not sleeping well for any reason, talk with your doctor about your symptoms and possible causes.  In some cases, a sleep study may be recommended.

Source: UCLA Sleep Disorders Center

DID YOU KNOW?

Diabetes and Fungal Infections

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The culprit in fungal infections for people with diabetes is often Candida albicans.  This yeast-like fungus can create itches rashes of moist, red areas surrounded by tiny blisters and scales.  Problem areas include moist folds of the skin, such as under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers, and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), and in the armpits and groin.  Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm (a ring-shaped itchy patch) and vaginal infection that causes itching.  If you think you have a yeast or fungal infection, call your doctor.  These infections are treatable with medication.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Your Child’s Cold

Try These Safe and Effective Treatments

Research has shown that cold and cough products offer little benefit to young children – and can have potentially serious side effects.  Cold and cough products for children under age 4 have been removed from store shelves.  So without these over-the-counter medicines, what’s the best way to treat your toddler’s cold?

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can reduce aches and pains, and a cool mist vaporizer can help loosen congestion.  A simple bulb syringe and saline nasal spray can be used to clear stuffy noses.  Plenty of liquids, especially chicken soup, and rest also help children feel better.  Also, don’t underestimate the power of TLC.  Your loving care is one of the best medicines for your child.

-Source: American Academy of Pediatrics