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May 2015

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

ALLERGY UPDATE

What is Occupational Asthma?

Allergy-Update-Dans-Wellness-NewsleterOur jobs can sometimes bring us into contact with substances that can cause asthma to flare up. Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other potentially harmful substances while on the job. If you’re exposed to any of these substances at high concentrations, you may begin wheezing and experiencing other asthma symptoms immediately after exposure. Often, asthma symptoms are worse during days or nights you work, improve when you have time off, and start again when you go back to work.

If you already have asthma, it may be worsened by being exposed to certain substances at work. Workers who already have asthma or some other respiratory disorder may also experience an increase in their symptoms during exposure to these irritants. The medical term for pre-existing asthma worsened by workplace conditions is “work-exacerbated asthma.”

If you think you may have occupational asthma, or… Continue reading

Calcium

Can you get enough if you’re lactose intolerant?

You’ve heard for years about the importance of getting enough calcium in your diet. But what if you’re lactose intolerant? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get enough calcium while also avoiding lactose. Incorporate non-dairy calcium sources into your diet, such as fortified soy milk, fortified orange juice, tofu processed with calcium, canned salmon and almonds. Drink lactose-free milk or take lactase enzyme supplements. Try cheeses such as cheddar and Swiss, which are low in lactose.

If you can’t get enough calcium from food, you may need a calcium supplement. Talk to your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for more information.

Fingernail Care

Fingernail-Care-Dans-Wellness-NewsletterDo’s and Don’ts for Healthier Nails

To keep your fingernails looking their best:

  • Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
  • Practice good nail hygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
  • Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
  • Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Dental Health

How Important is Flossing?

Dental-Health-Dans-Wellness-NewsletterIs flossing really all that important? Yes! When you floss, you are cleaning the areas of the teeth that a toothbrush cannot access. Left on its own, plaque bacterial biofilm organizes and changes the environment in your mouth so that nastier bugs can survive. Once those bad boys get on the scene, you are at risk of developing infection, and possibly disease of the structures that support your teeth in your mouth.

By flossing, you disorganize the bacterial plaque biofilm, and you are doing so in the most vulnerable area of your mouth. The tissue is more likely to become diseased between the teeth.

The most likely outcome of not flossing is a gum infection (gingivitis) that may lead to gum disease (periodontitis), which can eventually cause tooth loss. The catch is that the initial signs of gum infection can be easy to ignore. Early on,… Continue reading

Healthy Skin

Taking Care of Our Skin As We Age

Healthy-Skin-Dans-Wellness-NewsletterOlder adults are at increased risk for pressure ulcers on the skin because their circulation is poorer, their skin is thinner and drier, and there is less fatty tissue to cushion it. Older skin is easily injured and slower to heal. If a pressure site or injury is not properly treated, death of cells can lead to ulceration.

Skin may look normal, even when tissue underneath has died. It may take a week before tissue damage is noticed. A common warning sign of skin breakdown is any area that remains reddened for more than an hour. Do not massage the skin if it is reddened. Rubbing increases tissue damage and makes skin pinker, redder or warmer. For dark skin, appearance is mahogany or blue-brown in color and shiny. Consult a healthcare professional if you discover a pressure sore area or observe any… Continue reading

DID YOU KNOW?

Walk off the weight – and make it fun!

Did-You-Know-Dans-Wellness-NewsletterWant to walk more for weight loss and better health? Try walking different routes in your neighborhood or mixing in a hill or two with flatter terrain. Vary your pace. Walk at a more casual or moderate pace for a couple of blocks, then increase your pace (power walk or speed walk) for a block. Walking with a friend is a good way to combine social time with exercise. Some people enjoy walking with music. Some music is geared more for exercise with energizing tunes a beat or tempo suitable for walking. Be sure to remain aware of traffic and your surroundings. Keep track of your time and distance walked each day. Keeping a daily log tracks your progress and keeps you motivated.

Let’s Talk about Gas

Everybody Has It. What Foods Cause It?

Lets-Talk-About-Gas-Dans-Wellness-NewsletterAccording to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas. Foods that most often cause gas include:

  • Raffinose. A complex sugar found in beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, other vegetables and whole grains.
  • Lactose. A natural sugar found in milk and milk products, such as cheese and ice cream; and in processed foods such as bread, cereal and salad dressing.
  • Fructose. A sugar found in onions, artichokes, pears and wheat. Fructose is also used as a sweetener in some soft drinks and fruit drinks.
  • Sorbitol. A sugar found naturally in fruits including apples, pears, peaches and prunes. Sorbitol is also used as an artificial sweetener in many dietetic foods and sugar-free candies and gums.
  • Starches. Most starches, including potatoes, corn, noodles and wheat produce gas as they are broken down in the… Continue reading