How to Manage Allergic Asthma: Avoiding Triggers and More How to Manage Allergic Asthma: Avoiding Triggers and More
OverviewPeople living with asthma usually experience a similar set of symptoms: shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. But not all asthma has the same cause.Allergic asthma is triggered by allergens. These are particles of specific substances — such as pet dander, pollen, or mold spores — that trigger allergies and bring on asthma symptoms.If you’re living with allergic
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When to Go to the Hospital for an Allergic Asthma Attack When to Go to the Hospital for an Allergic Asthma Attack
OverviewAsthma attacks can be life-threatening. If you have allergic asthma, it means that your symptoms are triggered by exposure to certain allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, or tobacco smoke.Read on to learn about the symptoms of a severe asthma attack, basic first-aid steps, and when you need to go to the hospital. When to go to the hospital for an allergic asthma attackThe first step in
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Complementary Therapies for ITP: Meditation, Qi Gong, and More Complementary Therapies for ITP: Meditation, Qi Gong, and More
OverviewWhen you have immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), it means your blood doesn't clot as it should, which puts you at risk of excessive bleeding. The only way to treat ITP is through conventional medications prescribed by your hematologist. The goal of treatment is to increase your platelet count and lower your risk of sudden bleeding, both internally and externally. Still, your medicatio
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8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment 8 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment
1. How can I prevent damage to my joints?The best way to prevent damage is to control the inflammation in your joints. The inflammatory process occurs within joints, around tendons and ligaments, and where they insert on bone. You can reduce inflammation by following an anti-inflammatory diet, reducing stress, getting good quality sleep, exercising, and taking your medications as prescribed.Also,
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Travel Safely with Immune Thrombocytopenia Travel Safely with Immune Thrombocytopenia
When you have immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), you have to constantly keep track of your blood count to make sure it's within a healthy range. With this, and the many doctor’s visits and lab tests, it might make traveling with ITP seem nearly impossible.However, with the right preparations, taking a trip for business or pleasure when you have ITP is still possible. Consider these nine tips before
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Things People with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Can Relate To Things People with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Can Relate To
1. Having immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) means that your blood doesn’t clot as it should due to a low number of thrombocytes (platelets). 2. The condition is also sometimes called idiopathic or autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura. You know it as ITP. 3. Platelets, which are made in the blood marrow, stick together. This is what lets your blood clot whenever you get bruises or cuts. 4. Wit
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Exercising With Immune Thrombocytopenia: Tips and More Exercising With Immune Thrombocytopenia: Tips and More
OverviewWhen you have immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), you’re on high alert trying to avoid anything that might cause an injury. Consequently, you may think it's unsafe to engage in any physical activity. Yet, keeping an active lifestyle is a key component to your well-being — whether you have ITP or not. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. While exercise itself won't
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Anonymous Nurse: Vaccine Misinformation Makes My Job Harder Anonymous Nurse: Vaccine Misinformation Makes My Job Harder
During the winter months, practices often see an uptick in patients who come in with respiratory infections — mainly the common cold — and flu. One such patient scheduled an appointment because she had a fever, cough, body aches, and generally felt like she had been run over by a train (she had not). These are classic signs of the flu virus, which typically becomes dominant during the colder m
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3 Ways an Eating Disorder Can Affect Pregnancy 3 Ways an Eating Disorder Can Affect Pregnancy
“You know what’s weird, though? It’s like everyone wants to touch me.”I was sitting across from one of my closest friends at a downtown Italian bistro, swiping up creamy ricotta and olive oil with grilled bread, nodding along to her story. She was pregnant. And newly showing.“It makes me really self-conscious about my body,” she said. “Everyone is obsessing over it, whether it’s my
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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: 8 Traits to Help You Tell the Difference Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: 8 Traits to Help You Tell the Difference
One Google into products and you might start to wonder: Are hydration and moisturization two different things? The answer is yes — but how do you know which is best for your complexion? To find out, it’s important to make the distinction between dehydrated skin and dry skin.Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when there’s a lack of water in the skin. This can happen to anyone, re
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Am I Oversharing About My Breast Cancer Journey? Am I Oversharing About My Breast Cancer Journey?
How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective.Q: Ever since my diagnosis of breast cancer, I’ve been posting pretty openly on Facebook about my experience. There’s really not a lot that I don’t feel comfortable sharing, but I do use content warnings if there’s grap
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Cracking Knuckles: Causes, Side Effects, and Tips to Stop Cracking Knuckles: Causes, Side Effects, and Tips to Stop
There hasn’t been a lot of research on the effects of knuckle cracking, but the limited evidence shows it doesn’t harm your joints. One review in the Swiss Medical Journal found no evidence in any of the available studies that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. A doctor even showed this by experimenting on himself. He reported in Arthritis & Rheumatology that, over a 50-year period, he c
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Big Testicles: What Does It Mean to Have Large Testicles or Scrotum? Big Testicles: What Does It Mean to Have Large Testicles or Scrotum?
The testicles are oval-shaped organs covered by a pouch of skin called the scrotum. They’re also referred to as the testes.The testicles are held in place by spermatic cords, which are made of muscle and connective tissue. The testicles’ main job is to produce sperm and the hormone testosterone.Normally, each testicle is about 2 inches long, though it’s not unusual for one testicle to be sli
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MS Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments MS Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
While most people associate multiple sclerosis (MS) with muscle weakness, numbness, and pain, fatigue is actually the most common symptom of the condition.Nearly 80 percent of people diagnosed with MS experience fatigue at some point, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.Fatigue is defined as extreme tiredness or unrelenting exhaustion. The fatigue associated with MS can be d
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Oxycodone vs. Percocet: Comparing Efficacy, Side Effects, and Dosage Oxycodone vs. Percocet: Comparing Efficacy, Side Effects, and Dosage
OverviewOxycodone and Percocet are often confused for the same medication. This is understandable as both are opioid pain medications and both have been in the news a lot due to the opioid epidemic. Percocet is a brand name for a drug that contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen — another pain medication more commonly known by its brand name, Tylenol.Any drug that contains oxycodon
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Iodine Uses: Benefits, Side Effects, Recommendations, and More Iodine Uses: Benefits, Side Effects, Recommendations, and More
What is iodine?Also called iodide, iodine is a type of mineral that’s naturally found in the earth’s soil and ocean waters. Many salt water and plant-based foods contain iodine, and this mineral is most-widely available in iodized salt. It’s important to get enough iodine in the diet. It regulates hormones, fetal development, and more. If your iodine levels are low, your doctor might recomme
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Always Cold: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments Always Cold: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatments
OverviewEveryone’s body has a slightly different reaction to cold and some people feel cold more often than others. This is called cold intolerance.Women are more likely than men to feel cold all the time. One reason for this is because women have a lower resting metabolic rate. This means they don’t naturally generate as much energy as men. And for reasons still not fully understood, research
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