Month: February 2016

A Brief Discussion of Common Incontinence Aids

images (1)Urinary incontinence or incontinence is the medical term used for loss of bladder control. This problem is mostly observed among elderly people, but younger individuals suffering from diabetes and neurological disorders might also develop incontinence. In this article, we will be discussing a few of the more commonly used incontinence aids that can prevent being embarrassed in public.

Brief

The first item we will be discussing is the incontinence brief. Incontinence briefs are also often referred to as protective underwear. There are many different types, each of which will service the same purpose i.e. offering you protection against accidental urine leakage or urination. Which type of brief to use will depend on the level of incontinence; both light and heavy options are available. Consideration should also be given to activity level of the person wearing the brief.

There are reusable and disposable briefs; both are available in a large range of sizes. Those designed for one time use often looks like infant diapers. You will also come across briefs that are reusable and possess a more sophisticated look; these pieces are usually better options for people with chronic incontinence. The cost difference between disposable and reusable briefs can be significant. There are pros and cons to each type. Disposable briefs though cheaper initially, are used quickly and must be constantly replaced. Reusable briefs, although often more expensive to initially purchase pay for themselves after multiple wearing. Don’t forget to factor in the cost and time to wash reusable briefs, perhaps consider having some of each type on hand.

Regardless of the brand, you must ensure that the protective underwear or brief you are using are made of a breathable material. This will not only take care of your skin health, but will also make sure that you feel comfortable while wearing them.

Leg Bag

Now, let us discuss another often used incontinence aid; it’s called leg bag. Like the briefs, the leg bags are also available in a range of designs and sizes. You can choose based on your personal preference or a physician’s recommendation. However, there are a few features that get rated as most important qualities of a leg bag by users. They are as follows:

• They must contain taps. This is important for simplifying the process of opening the bag and preventing issues such as leaking of urine when trying to empty the bag.

• These bags must come equipped with straps. Preferably soft, fabric straps. The ones that don’t have any straps are not as comfortable as those that do.

• When purchasing a leg bag the buyer should make sure that the bag itself or the connector is devoid of any fault. Fault in these parts will lead to leakage. A reputable medical supply store will always have units with flawless connectors and bags.

There are certain leg bags that can be attached with handheld urinals of some types. This option helps in increasing the urine holding capacity of these bags. For individuals experiencing light loss of urine, on the other hand, there are smaller bags designed specifically for being attached to a sheath. Either option can redirect urine in a discreet manner for those with incontinence.

If you are not sure about the kind of incontinence aid you should pick, it would be wise to seek advice from your doctor.

 

Here’s Why You Should Look at Health and Fitness As a Lifestyle Change

imagesWondering why fitness is really a lifestyle change? Well let’s take a look at a recent exercise study that was conducted. The study concluded that exercise can assist people who would traditionally fail at quitting their smoking habit, find a way to eventually quit smoking. Yes, that is correct, exercise can be used as a vehicle to help an individual stop smoking. And here is the reason behind it.

As we all know the ills of life can get us down which often leads to some form of emotional distress. And sometimes a person needs a way to help cope with this emotional distress. This is where exercise comes in, if you were to talk with the majority of people who exercise on a frequent basis, they would tell you how they are able to combat emotional stress by using fitness as a coping strategy.

Fitness helps the body to release endorphin’s which kind of give the body an emotional high like in the example of “runner’s high”. If you are a runner or even an avid walker you can understand how much better you feel after you have completed your run or walk. It is these endorphin chemicals that are thought to be the key to managing stress. However, you should always seek medical advice before self treating any emotional distress ailments.

Another reason why fitness should be considered as a lifestyle, is because it simply make you look better and have more energy. Fat weighs you down, and no pun intended here, but it does. So the more you exercise, the more endurance you will gain and the better you will look as you start to slim down.

It helps with sleeping. Yes, exercising can help you sleep well at night. Especially if you lift weights. I regularly lift weights 2 to 3 times a week. I can’t tell you how much easier it is for me to fall asleep at night. And for us ladies, I can tell you that lifting weights does not make you bulk up like a man. It will however, tone and accentuate our curves, helping us to look good in our little black dresses.

The bottom line is that fitness is good for our bodies overall. No matter what stage of life you are currently in. Young, elderly, single, married, in between jobs, or new divorced. Fitness can help you to navigate through the ups and downs of life.

 

Overview of Endoscopic Spine Surgery

download (1)In the past, the only way for professional doctors to take care of back problems was through open surgeries on the spine. The issue with this was that there was major cutting done through the skin and muscles in order to gain access to the area of the spine that needed attention. This was a much more painful surgery that required and extended recovery period.

The overview of endoscopic spine surgery shows that it can assist with many different types of conditions. Just one of the things that can be helped out with this type of procedure includes nerve compression relief of the spinal column. This is known as one of the most painful conditions when it comes to back problems.

Endoscopic spine surgery is something that is generally done on an outpatient basis. The patient can check in, get the surgery done, and as long as everything goes well, go back home with an at-home treatment plan that very same day. The main focus of this type of surgery is to assist in getting back to a more normal quality of life.

This type of surgery is a more advanced alternative to the traditional back surgeries. During the procedure the surgeon will only need to make a very small incision. The soft tissue blocking the spine is then pushed aside instead of cut. As a result, there is less damage done to the body and a shorter recovery time when the procedure is complete.

This overview of endoscopic spine surgery states that there is also a less of risk to be plagued with postoperative complications. Things like infection and a failed back surgery syndrome diagnosis are greatly reduced in probability.

Another option is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done in place of an open spinal fusion. This type of back surgery can treat severe degeneration of the spinal area with precision and less devastation to the body. Some of the other conditions that can be treated include spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, collapsed, herniated, or bulging discs, spondylolistheses, and facet disease.

Before an endoscopic spine surgery can be completed, the surgeon will request MRI’s and CT scans of the affected areas. Only after trying out other methods and careful consideration by both the doctor and the patient will the operation be scheduled.

As with any surgery, it is recommended to take it easy and get plenty of rest to ensure you do not do any harm to the operation area. However, doctors also recommend that you do proper stretching and exercises that they will give patients to make sure that there are no problems with flexibility, weight gain, atrophy, or a reduction in strength because of the resting and rehabilitation period.

It is essential for all spine surgery patients to carefully go over all aspects of their procedure before and after it takes place. By knowing what to expect, it can help and put the mind at ease prior to going in for the operation. Having knowledge of what should be done following surgery will ensure that the best possible results are reached and the surgery will not have to be repeated.

There are a plethora of professional doctors and surgeons that specialize in this type of medical work. Before choosing one always browse through all of the options and pick one that makes you feel comfortable.

 

Should You Treat Bronchitis At Home Or Should You Go To A Doctor?

downloadBronchitis is an infection that affects the main airways present in the lungs. This makes the airways inflamed and irritated. The infection usually starts with a cough which brings up a lot of yellow colored mucus and it could be coupled with a sore throat or wheezing.

The airways to the lungs, called the bronchi, branch off on either side of the windpipe. They produced small amounts of mucus to trap dust or other particles. When they get infected, an extra amount of mucus is produced and the body tries to get rid of it by coughing it out.

Who Is Affected By Bronchitis?

Bronchitis can affect anyone. The acute form of this infection is often experienced in children who are below the age of five. The most common season for this infection is the winter and it usually pops up along with a cold or the flu. Chronic bronchitis is more commonly seen in people who are above the age of 50. The most common cause of the chronic form of infection is smoking.

Treating The Symptoms At Home

Acute bronchitis usually lasts for a couple of weeks and then starts to clear up on its own. You just need to wait out this period and take it easy. Ensure that you stay well hydrated and get a lot of rest. Those who show symptoms of this illness for a longer of period of time (extending two months), may be suffering from chronic bronchitis. Even though there is no cure for this problem, there are a few medicines that a doctor will give you to help you relieve the discomfort. Those suffering from this illness should avoid going to smoky environments and being around people who smoke because it can worsen the condition.

When You Should Go To The Doctor

Bronchitis can often be treated at home with a little rest and relaxation. But there are a few circumstances under which you should consider visiting a doctor. If you have any of the following symptoms, get yourself checked just to be on the safe side:

• You have a constant fever that is 100.4°F or above for a period longer than three days
• If your cough is very severe and it lasts more than three weeks
• If you start to cough up mucus that has streaks of blood in it
• If you already have asthma, had heart failure or any other kind of lung or heart condition

In these cases, your doctor will check to see if you have pneumonia or some other undiagnosed condition. You may be asked to take a chest x-ray or give a sample of your mucus for the purposes of testing it. A spirometer is also used in some cases to check the volume of air that is present in your lungs.