So far, 2013 has been a difficult year for those who suffer from sneezing and wheezing. The pollen, mold, poor air quality, and up and down weather patterns have stoked the flames of respiratory inflammation for millions of adults and children across America. Almost every day in my office someone asks, “Is there something about this year that’s making me sicker?”
Currently many regions in the U.S. are experiencing very warm and humid weather. Mold spores thrive in such weather conditions. Visits to hospitals have been reported to increase in direct proportion to certain mold counts, such as Alternaria.
Air-conditioning keeps humidity levels lower than the surrounding outdoor environment but not low enough to keep dust mites, located in pillows, mattresses, carpets and sofas from thriving. Yes, these tiny creatures that live to eat, poop and multiply escalate in numbers during the warm summer months, despite air conditioning. When it gets cooler (...
Pain relief does not have to cause a financial meltdown. Here are some tips for the pennywise looking for both economic relief and pain relief.
Ice ($0) instead of anti-inflammatory medications ($8): Because the cooling action of ice helps to control swelling, it is a great way to control pain. Just ask any athlete who has had an injury, ice keeps them going with less pain.
Hand-held shower massager ($80) instead of a massaging chair ($3000): The Human Touch Massage chairs are nice, but who has an extra 3K to spend. A pulsating hot water massage in the shower can also relieve pain, without hurting your budget.
Heating pad ($20) instead of a spa ($2000): With winter approaching, it is important to keep those muscles warm; otherwise, they will become tense and spasm. But, please don't burn your skin.
Mattress Topper ($300) instead of a mattress ($2000): I love the Tempur Pedic products, but the mattress is very expensive. Sometimes the cheaper foam topper (a layer of foam on top...
The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
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