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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1. Start with a scalp check, many of us remember to get spot checks for moles or pigment, but be sure a medical professional evaluates the scalp. Medical conditions of the scalp will be treated differently.
2. Use sun protection for your hair and scalp. Especially protect your part. Powdered mineral make-up may work for some, for health and anti-aging I recommend products with anti-aging in them as well. Skin Medica TDR at Hada Cosmetic Medicine is one of my favorites.
3. Circulation is the key to keeping all tissues healthy, so don't forget your scalp massage if you are going to less frequently wash your hair
4. Using the pre-wash oil trick may work for some, but for those with difficult skin conditions any neck or shoulder contact can lead to increased breakouts.
5. Wash your hair if you have visited a smoker
y or toxic environment, especially around tobacco smoke, smells are soaked up by hair.
6. Toxins do accumulate in the hair follicles over time. Testing the hair sounds like a popular way to find out your body toxins, but you can be tested for toxin exposure, usually through urine, which is what they suggest at Women's Health Practice.
7. Be mindful of your make-up, especially for those experiencing hair loss at the hair line, you need to think organic, such as Jane Iredale sold at Hada Cosmetic Medicine. And consider make up exposure to hair line when deciding whether to skip a re-wash.
8. Get the right swim cap, I suggest silicone, many companies make them. And figure out the right technique for putting on your cap and goggles, so that hair tugging is minimized.
9. Eat well, your nutrition will shine through in your hair.
10. Hydrate well, for some a bad hair day begins as a 'bad scalp day.'
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Vitamin C should be fairly available from a healthy diet fruits and vegetables, but it is more common than we think to be deficient. In some cases this is shown by the levels in our blood stream, but vitamin C can be less available than even the blood levels show as there are potential disruptions of our vitamin C nutrition by common health concerns and mistakes. Vitamin C is used for healing. If you are exercising a lot, if you have recently had a medical procedure, or sustained an injury. Vitamin C is important for fighting infections, cancers, and repairing and healing after an injury, and your body will burn through it's usual C supplies if you have had any recent illness or health issue. Not only will adaquate vitamin C help the healing, it helps fight the inflammation that causes pain. With the keeping your body from being deficient in vitamin C you can help reduce pain medication use. Aspirin increases the secretion of vitamin C and thus reduces the ability of your cells to grab and use the vitamin C, thus it is just sent into the urine. Women who haven't had their vitamin C levels checked might think about getting them measured. This can be measured by a blood level test or a functional tissue test.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
be similar to other viral and viral liver infections with jaundice, feeling poorly, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. Joint pains, itching or rashes can also occur. Blood testing can help determine what you have. A vaccine against Hepatitis E has been developed but is not yet widely available, and travelers should take precautions to avoid contact with local foods and waters in areas that are known to have high rates of infections of hepatitis diseases. Sexual transmission is not as likely, but anyone with high virus levels of any infection could theoretically pass any infection on sexually. Sexually transmitted disease protection is an important part of any infectious disease discussion and be sure to ask how you can be protected.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
If you have headaches, even if you have had them for awhile and have successfully self treated, come in to discuss what your symptoms are and why you may need a more specific diagnosis. This is always the first pathway to cure. Migraine sufferers do have headaches, but often they will have warning symptoms 'AURAS' as well. Some of the warning symptoms are vague and some are more typically recognized as migraines. These may be nausea, light adversity, odd sense of smell or even vomiting. These non-headache neurological symptoms that occur when the pain starts are known as auras. Gyneos are in touch with listening to you and helping to sort out when these symptoms may be related to hormonal changes or instead a symptom of migraine. Recent studies have shown that it is actually more common to have migraines without warning than with warning auras. But other women might have migraine symptoms that precede the actual headache pain by a day or even several days. And these symptoms may be those that are commonly recognized to be associated with migraines: like spots before your eyes, vision changes or, fatigue. Gynos classification of headaches is likely to follow the international classification from the IHS.
Be a tracker, if you are a woman between 15 and 55 you probably need to track your cycles. This has never been easier through apps, but even greater, it's never been easier to actually attach symptoms, like headaches, to the days of your cycle.
Migraines that only occur with the menstrual period cyclic are called menstrual migraines. The risk of stroke in young women is low,and with or without migraines still low, but migraines with aura might be one of the more significant predictor of stroke, and might double one's risk. And if you have migraine, with auras, and take oral contraceptive pills gynos have said that your risk of stroke doubles, the risk may double again if you have aura. However, hormonal based headaches can be managed by adjusting the hormone levels during the days of the cycle. Menstrual migraines, can be just such an issue, since they are so hormone sensitive, perhaps they could be cured by the right pill.
The hormonal reasons for menstrual migraines has focused as much as on the effects of estrogen hormone on headache as on the effects of the rapid lowering of blood estrogen levels in the days leading to the menstrual period. Estrogen levels build in the second week, peak around the ovulation, and then do drop off very rapidly just before the menstrual cycle. From cycle to cycle you may vary, and this may be a reason to carefully track your levels with proper estrogen testing. A a more rapid decline in estrogen in the late luteal (second)of the menstrual cycle may predispose you to having migraines, and normalizing this can perhaps contribute to better control. Although all women have this estrogen decline, it may be the women who get migraines get more rapid decline than other women, producing the menstrual migraine trigger. Actually some of the hormonal fluctuations around ovulation can be as dramatic as the hormone fluctuations around the menstrual period and these fluctuations of the estrogen level can cause hormonal migraines as well. And up to 25% of women have menstrual migraines at least at some time in their lives!
The CDC publishes something every gynecologist reads: Medical Eligibility Criteria for contraception. Be mindful of the fact that your contraceptive choice will be influenced, but not prohibited by being a migraine sufferer. Hormonal contraception in the form of estrogen (so present in birth control pills, rings, patches) are prohibited if you have migraines with aura no matter what your age is. Although you can choose these methods when you are young and have migraines without aura, you may want to consider safer alternative contraception. Once you reach age 35 women without auras it is considered that you are in the most high risk categories. It mandates a yearly discussion and there are different guidelines for initiation verses continuing contraception. But the general recommendation: if you have migraines with aura, and are over the age of 35 then find another birth control method and get off your BC pills. We suggest thinking of non-medicated IUD. you have you can use POPs (progesterone only pills or the "mini" pill). You can probably safely use DMPA (depoProvera), INexplanon, and the Mirena IUD. So there are lots of good ways to contracept and get cycle control even if you have migraines. There are special types of migraines that may mean more work up, and may mean stroke risks, for that you do still have to have that discussion with your gyno before settling on the type of contraception. But don't give up on the idea of effective contraception just because a headache has you down! Correct contraceptive prescription can control cramps, help us normalize our weight, help keep us fertile, and you want your gyno to take all of these things into consideration, not just your headaches!
We know that your pharmacogenetics will govern how you respond to pain medication, and this will intern determine how well you are relieved by medication, or whether you are on a medication that can actually become toxic in your system. some women may be relieved by adding folic acid to their diet, but others it doesn't work. The reason may not just be the amount or the brand of medication. There may be a deeper reason that that and it could be up to your gyno to go deeper into your personal body chemistry. It is possible that your genetics do not allow for proper processing of your b vitamin pathways. Find out what your b vitamin pathways are participate in the Radar Study at Women's Health Practice.
Well aware that medications interfere with pregnancy and contraception, your gyno is well suited to help sort out competing prescriptions. Sometimes medication adjustments have to be made considering all these factors!
10. BotoxAlready in a skin regimen that uses Botox? Or in one that doesn't? Your gyno at Women's Health Practice can discuss with you whether, based on your cycles, your contraception, your moods, and your headaches, perhaps we should think about whether to incorporate Botox, and whether to use the migraine treatments, along with your cosmetic treatments. All the botulinum toxins should work for migraine benefit, but only Botox brand has been studies. The use of onabotulinimtoxinA (Botox) has been used by injection for the treatment of migraines and tension headaches. The injections can be placed in one or more of several locations depending upon the severity of the symptoms and the location of the symptoms. Individual consultation is best when determining the amount of Botox injected, and the frequency of repeat injections. After many studies evidence-based review published in 2008 by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) concluded that botulinum toxin is probably ineffective for the treatment of single episode of migraine, this was reaffirmed in 2010, and 2016. Medical evidence that Botox injection is effective for the treatment of chronic migraine, with some types of migraines responding better than others and in women your injector at Hada Cosmetic Medicine could help discuss this. Actually women are often successful. It seems to reduce the frequency of the headaches by 20-50%, and can be an excellent strategy if injected by an experienced injector. Based on some studies that were not as favorable, many insurance companies do not have this as a covered service, but it is sometimes possible that health savings plans can cover these services.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Vaginal Contraceptive Ring
If you are a female between the ages of 18 and 35 you may be eligible for a contraceptive ring investigational contraceptive medication study. Qualified participants will receive study-related medical evaluations and care at no cost. If interested, please call 217-356-3736.
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