Hand Food and Mouth (HFM) Syndrome At A Glance

Hand foot and mouth disease (HFM) caused by coxsackie virus is a mild yet contagious viral infection common in young children particularly preschoolers but can also occur in adults.

This syndrome is characterized by sores in and around the mouth and rashes or red blisters on the hands and feet.  It can occur at any time of the year but come about mostly during the summer or fall. Rashes produced on the palm of the hands and soles of the feet can look like flat red spots and in some cases are swelled red sores with a small bubble of fluid on top. It can also appear on the legs and buttocks.  The sores and rashes may be painful and itchy upon onset.

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HFM is self-limiting which is usually mild and over within a week after being exposed to the virus.  It breaks out and spreads through coughing and sneezing, feces and by touching objects which the infected person gets holds of.

Symptoms

Fever, headache and other flu-like symptoms like muscle aches

Sore throat, painful swallowing, and cough

After a day or two the sores or rashes will appear on the hands, feet, in and around the mouth area.

Treatment

Depending on the severity and just as long as it is not accompanied by other illness like meningitis or tonsillopharyngitis, HFM typically does not need treatment.

Home health care is advised, the physician will prescribe medicines to relieve pain and fever.

From its initial onset until 3-5 days is the stage where it is most infectious, so do not let your other children mingle with your infected child nor share toys during the incubation period.

Offer plenty of water to help with sore throat. However, refrain from giving your child spicy foods or acidic drinks as these can make mouth sores more painful.

Dab on a bit of prescribed ointment or lotion to blisters to prevent infection.

Hand foot and mouth disease resolves within several days and the infected person recovers completely.

Prevent the Spread

There is no vaccine yet to prevent HFM so hand washing is the best protection. Have the patient rest and home confined for a week or until he fully recovers. Always disinfect door knobs, toys and other objects and surfaces which he grasps, hold or touch.

Stress-buster: 7 Ways to Manage Stress

Career, work related demands and family responsibilities are the most common causes of stress. Stressful situations cannot be totally avoided but can be controlled and handled well through proper management.

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Stress can drain and weaken your energy which can make you irritable and unproductive. It can make you feel and look older than your actual age. It also causes different illnesses such as heart problems, headaches, high blood pressure and other medical conditions.

To manage stress is to learn how to deal with it. Here are helpful ways on how to manage stress.

  1. A positive disposition will greatly help, learn how to prioritize your activities, take in charge of your thoughts and emotions. Smile and appreciate the beautiful things around you.
  2. Take a moment to do some meditation on your free time.
  3. Regular exercise has proven to be especially effective in combating physical effects of stress.
  4. Give your body enough nutritional support to stay strong and resistant. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Joining in drinking sprees is not a solution but will only worsen the situation.
  5. When the mind is tense, the body is also stressed, relaxation techniques like listening to music, watching a good movie or a good body massage can increase blood flow and can make the mind and body lighten up and unwind.
  6. Health experts recommend the The Four A’s in dealing with stressful situations.Change the situation:Avoid the stressorAlter the stressor.

    Change your reaction:

    Adapt to the stressor

    Accept the stressor

  7. When you’re tired it may cause you to think illogically. Fuel your mind and relax your body by getting enough sleep.

Do not allow stress affect every facet of your life; get rid of the silent killer.

 

5 Tips to Taking Care of Your Body this Summer

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Summer is a great time to spend your time outdoors. It is the time to bask in the sun and have lots of fun. However, without taking care of yourself in the summer heat, you might experience some serious consequences. Proper preparation for lots of fun in summer ensures it doesn’t leave you sick or dehydrated.

Make the most of your summer, keeping your mind and body healthy during the season and even afterwards. Here are five tips to help you take care of your body this summer:

Top 5 Tips to Caring for Your Body this Summer

  1. Wear Sunscreen Protection

Even though you want to tan your skin this summer, don’t leave it unprotected. The sun’s UV rays are harsh on the skin and can cause various skin conditions and disorders. Use sunscreen to protect your skin from getting burned or darkening when exposed to the sun. It also offers protection from brown spots, skin cancer and wrinkles.

Use sunscreen with at least 45 SPF to protect your skin from the harmful UVB rays. Sunscreen with high SPF value can protect your skin from up to 98% of sun rays hitting your skin. Make sure you apply sunscreen before going out in the sun and even when staying indoors. Also wear clothes with long sleeves and hats for further protection from the sun.

  1. Exercise

Take advantage of the summer weather to work out and shed off excess calories you gained in the previous seasons. Go for jogs in the morning and evenings when the sun isn’t too hot to get back in shape. Also consider swimming at least once a week to shed off even more weight all over your body. Don’t forget to keep your body hydrated.

  1. Keep Your Body Hydrated

With lots of activities and things to do in summer, you’re bound to sweat more, leading to loss of water in the body. Drink at least two liters of water every day to keep your body hydrated in the summer heat.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet

Watch what you eat this summer. With lots of food to choose from and eat, you might end up eating more than your body actually needs. Find a healthy diet to follow this summer so you only eat what your body needs. Eat only when hungry and consider healthy snacks to munch in between meals throughout the day even when on the move.

Snack on fruits such as celery, strawberries, watermelon, apples, etc. Avoid foods rich in processed, unhealthy fats such as junks. Don’t forget to carry a bottle of clean water with you wherever you go to keep your body hydrated.

  1. Stay Out of the Sun

Whether you’re going out on a picnic, to tan your skin in the sun, hiking or just swimming, don’t stay out in the sun for too long. If possible, stay indoors to avoid the harsh sun rays. However, if you must go out, wear sunscreen, protective clothing that covers your skin and avoid the midday sun.

Despite what you’ve planned to do or engage in this summer, don’t forget to make early preparations and plan how you intend to protect you skin from the hot sun. When all is said and done, you won’t just have lots of fun with your friends and family, or even alone, but also avoid any likely effects of staying out in the direct sun.

Visit HipsandBum.com to find out more information on how you can take care of your body this summer.

How DVT can Impact Your Life

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Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a serious condition that may be potentially life threatening that can occur in the arm, leg or even the pulmonary region. If you suspect there is a chance you have DVT, you might feel a change in your limb such as swelling, tightness, pain or tenderness and even a throbbing cramp.

Your blood is meant to flow, but if you become inactive, the blood becomes sluggish and there is risk of a blood clot forming. There are many reasons why a blood clot may form; immobility for lengthy periods like a long period of travel, an airplane flight, and surgery, hospitalization or recurring inactiveness due to obesity. Many travelers wear knee-length compression stockings as a precaution against leg swelling, which can be associated with deep vein thrombosis.

The human body is designed to regularly form microscopic clots and in normal conditions, they are generally broken down by the body. If the body’s natural equilibrium is disturbed by any one or a combination of the above situations, there is chance of chronic DVT. By itself the condition need not be dangerous, but if a piece of the clot breaks off and travels to the heart blocking one of the pulmonary arteries, then it can be life threatening. Should you encounter any of the below warning signs or symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately

Warning signs of DVT might be:

  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy or fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when taking a deep breath
  • Warmth in the limb

Actual symptoms can include:

  • Redness and itching
  • Rash
  • Leg pain
  • Numbness
  • Ulceration of the skin
  • Shortness of breath

Diagnostic systems to determine if you have DVT

  • Ultrasound – the clot may appear as an image.
  • Venography – an x-ray can determine if a clot is present when a dye is injected.
  • Blood test – most DVT patients have an elevated reading of D dimer, a chemical present in the blood when a clot is dissolving.
  • CT or MRI Scans may pick up the image of the clot.

If you have been diagnosed with DVT, the first priority is to prevent the clot getting bigger, breaking loose and also to avoid further clots from forming. Administering blood thinners is the most common form of medication prescribed. Initial treatment can be by an intravenous anticoagulant or alternatively others, which are injected under the skin for a few days, and then oral blood thinners might be introduced. Another choice is to start ‘clot busters’ or thrombolytic medication, which will help dissolve the clot quicker.

Each year there are newer and better treatments for all types of conditions and DVT is no exception. If you are unable to take oral blood thinner medications, a vena cava filter can be inserted into a large vein in the abdomen to prevent the clot from becoming dislodged and traveling to the lungs. With severe cases there is a newly developed, unique, minimally invasive, endovascular system that uses ultrasonic waves via an innovated catheter to assist in dissolving the whole clot.

 

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Bad Hair Day? Change it with a Crochet!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

It is no secret to everyone that hair maintenance is one of the hardest tasks that we have to deal with in our living days. One missed day can make our hair brittle, or look frizzy. It is especially annoying on days when you have to go out with your friends, or on days when you have to visit a formal occasion. However, why do we continue to pamper our hair?

Aside from being taught that proper hygiene is the key to beauty, the answer comes in the form of our identity. For most people, our hair is our identity. It holds true for males and their sharp haircuts, but holds the strongest for us females. For us, our hair is our identity. Some would even go as far as calling it as their life. It tells who we are, and how we style it is how we wish to present ourselves. We want to be beautiful regardless of what society tells us to be.

We experiment with our hair in order to bring out our innermost beauty, even at the cost of destroying. We dye our hair in hopes to catch other’s attention, or just simply wish to bring out our inner quirkiness. We also style and cut our hair in different unique ways that show off our personality, and how perfectly it captures us. However, with all of these trends, they usually come at a cost of a high price and high risk. So, how do we show our beauty without risking damage to our hair? The answer comes in the form of braids.

Recently, crochet hair and braids have become a trend once again. Despite having existed for thousands of years, braids are still the epitome of flawless beauty. It is of low maintenance, yet it perfectly brings out a woman’s beauty if done correctly.Only take a look at different runways that showcase just how beautiful braids can make a person out to be. Even more so if you take a look around you in public areas, and just notice how eye catching they are.

Countless sites provide tutorials on how to braid one’s hair through various styles. I remember when I was younger, and I used to do braids for myself. Unfortunately, I never really learned more than a French braid, but currently, there are countless braids out there to try out: like half up braids, waterfall braids, crown braids, and many more! However, to do such a thing on days where your hair decides to make a mess out of itself is pretty hard.

Fortunately, remedies for that come in the form of hair products like moisturizers, and wigs like human crochet hair to lessen the amount of time to prepare your hair, but also save just enough to get prepared on everything else in your list.

5 Tips to caring for your body after a heavy workout

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A fit life is all about results and gains but these two goals wouldn’t be possible without good rest and recovery. Keep in mind that the exercises you do when working out are taking your body and all of your muscles and joints to their limits. Without allowing them proper recovery, you could produce terrible consequences to your body. Instead, take your time and allow a good recovery before your next workout. Here are some great tips to care for yourself and prevent an injury from working out. You will be surprised how simple some of them are!

1. Protect your joints: It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise program you follow, almost all of them require you to take your joints to their limits. This can produce long term consequences if they are not allowed to rest properly. To prevents this, use an ice bag at the end of your training and rest it on or tie it to your knees. This will help to reduce swelling and will help with the recovery. After a few minutes, you can use a knee sleeve to make sure that your knee, which is weak due the extra effort, doesn’t make a false movement. The sleeve will keep it strong and firm until it gets fully recovered.

2. Use a muscle recovery beverage: Amino acids are the most popular elements to add to drinks to help you recover. Using them after a heavy work out will help your muscles to rest. There are many brands in the market, so research the products available near you and make sure that you use a reliable brand. At the end of the day, it is our body that we are talking about and putting a random substance in it is definitely not a good idea.

3. Use the sauna, the jacuzzi and the cold tub: If you go to a full gym that has these facilities, take the time to use them everyday. The extreme temperature change is always good for muscles that are tense and tired after a heavy workout. After you work out, get into the sauna for a couple of minutes to relax your body. After that, change to the hot jacuzzi and lay there for a few minutes. To finish this circuit, get into the cold water. These temperature shocks will help to relax your muscles and will help with a quicker recovery.

4. Consume food that aids your recovery: The food that we ingest after working out is very important. Be sure to drink a lot of water to reduce soreness in your muscles/ Also eat meat and fish with high protein content to help with recovery and also add to your gains. Blueberries and dark colored fruits help to reduce muscle soreness and green vegetables help with the stress cortisol hormone. Almonds and nuts help to recover the tissues damaged by the effort of weight lifting, however, you have to consume them in small quantities because they have high-fat levels.

5. Stretch and sleep properly: Once you finish a heavy work out session, take the time to stretch your muscles properly. This will help you to prevent injury and cramps. It will also help to relax the muscle and help it to recover fast. Another very important thing is to have the correct amount of rest. Make sure you sleep about seven to eight hours daily. This is very important in your fitness routine because without resting, results will be delayed and you will be feeling more tired than you should be.