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July 2015

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

SPF

Know Your Numbers

SPF Dans Wellness Newsleter July 2015Sunscreens protect your skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UVA and UVB rays.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that all sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) label.  The SPF Reveals the relative amount of sunburn protection that a sunscreen can provide an average user (tested on different skin types) when correctly used.

Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 are recommended.  You should be aware that an SPF of 30 is not twice as protective as an SPF of 15; rather, when properly used, an SPF of 15 protects the skin from 93% of UVB radiation, and an SPF 30 sunscreen provides 97% protection.

Although the SPF ratings found on sunscreen packages apply mainly to UVB rays, many sunscreen manufacturers include ingredients that protect the skin from some UVA rays as well.  These “broad-spectrum” sunscreens are highly recommended.  UVA… Continue reading

Senior Health Update

Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Fall?

Have you ever tripped while walking down the stairs?  Slipped on a rug?  It may seem silly, but falls are nothing to take lightly.  Here are some easy tips to help fall-proof your home:

  • Keep electrical cords out of walking paths.
  • Securely fasten carpet, rugs and carpet runners to the floor.
  • Keep walkaways and stairways free of clutter.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower.
  • Make sure you have enough lighting in each room, at entrances, and on outdoor walkways.  Use light bulbs that have the highest wattage recommended for the fixture.

-Sources:  National Institutes of Health; Mayo Clinic

Kids’ Health Update

Try These Tips for Summer Fun!

You say school has been out for a month now, and the kids are hanging around the house staring at screens of all kinds just a bit too much?  It’s time to recharge!  Try these tips to get your family eating, moving and enjoying the summer in a healthier way.

  • Have fun in the sun! Play outdoors during morning and evening hours to avoid heat exhaustion.  Don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast every morning, then go for a swim, hike or bike ride.
  • Add seasonal produce to your family’s meals.  Make half of their plates fruit and vegetables.
  • Limit screen time on TVs, computers and hand-held devices.  Take crafts outdoors.  Jump rope or play hopscotch or kickball.  Take your kids to a local park or walking path to increase their active time in the summer.… Continue reading

Your Healthy Feet

What Is Toenail Fungus?

Your-Healthy-Feet-Dans-Wellness-Newsleter-July-2015Toenail fungus is an infection of the nail and sometimes the surrounding tissue.  It’s common, with 20% of the general population and 75% of individuals over 60 years old affected.  Frequently the problem causes cosmetic concerns, but many patients also experience pain.  Sometimes toenail fungus can allow more serious infections to occur.

Most patients note yellowing and thickening of the nail.  The nail may become brittle with jagged edges, become deformed or detach from the nail bed.  Risk factors include increasing age, being male, or having certain medical conditions such as diabetes or vascular insufficiency and malnutrition.  Fungus grows well in warm, moist environments such as showers.

Diagnosis is made based on a doctor’s exam and can be confirmed by viewing scrapings of the nail under a microscope or growing the fungus in a culture medium.

Debridement of the nail… Continue reading

Lyme Disease

Protect Your Family This Summer

Lyme-Disease-Dans-Wellness-Newsleter-July-2015Although anyone can get Lyme disease, children spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer and are at particular risk.  Reasons to suspect that your child may have Lyme disease include:  your family lives in or has visited a region where Lyme disease is commonly found; you know or suspect that your child has been exposed to ticks; your child is experiencing symptoms such as rash, fever, chills, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, or facial paralysis.  Children sometimes experience joint pain as their first, and possibly only, symptom of Lyme disease.  If you suspect that your child may have Lyme disease, seek care promptly.

If the doctor thinks that your child has Lyme disease based on symptoms and possible exposure, your child will most likely receive antibiotics for two to four weeks.  If your child’s symptoms are not clear-cut,… Continue reading

DID YOU KNOW?

It’s Time to S-T-R-E-T-C-H!

Did-You-Know-Dans-Wellness-Newsleter-July-2015Stretching can help improve flexibility, and, consequently, range of motion in your joints.  Better flexibility may improve your performance in physical activities or decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work most effectively.  Stretching also increases blood flow to the muscles.  And you may come to enjoy the rritual of stretching before or after hitting the hiking trail, the dance floor o rth soccer field.  Stretch every day for better health.  It feels great!

Source:  Mayo Clinic

Skin Cancers

Know the Differences

Skin-Cancers-Dans-Wellness-Newsleter-July-2015Basal-cell and squamous-cell cancers are the most common skin cancers.  Both are found mainly on parts of the body exposed to the sun, such as the head and neck.  They are strongly related to sun exposure.  They are much less likely than melanomas to spread to other parts of the body and become life threatening.  Still, it’s important to find and treat them early.  If left alone, they can grow larger and invade nearby tissues and organs, causing scarring, deformity or even loss of function in some body parts.

Melanomas are cancers that develop from melanocytes, the cells that make the brown pigment that gives skin color.  Melanocytes can also form from non-cancerous moles.  Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body, but are more likely to start in certain areas.  The trunk is the most common place in men.… Continue reading