One of the most commonly used forms of symptomatic relief used by people with migraines and headaches is the application of heat and cold. Ice bags and gel packs are helpful, but they have drawbacks. They sweat and drip. They often don't stay warm or cold long enough.
I'm constantly on the lookout for products that heat or cool effectively and easily as well as products that work well and conveniently when traveling. When we were in Los Angeles in June for the American Headache Society's annual scientific meeting, Cyndi Jordan had a cooling device that I'd never seen before. It was called a Chillee, and you can see it in the image here. The two on the right are the Chillee.
Whether it was coincidence or divine intervention is up for speculation, but lo and behold, the Chillee was actually for sale in the hotel gift shop. What's more, it was on sale for half-price. Obviously, I had to have one! What was really fun is that the one I bought is purple, the awareness color fo...
What is atopic dermatitis?
It's a chronic, often long-lasting skin condition marked with itching, skin rashes, inflammation. Eczema is often substituted as a clinical term. The atopic dermatitis triad includes: eczema, asthma and allergies like hayfever (and when the term atopic dermatitis is used, we often mean the triad) and is is typically found in males. In atopic dermatitis the skin can get very itchy, inflamed, red, crusty and scaly and ooze fluid. It typically runs in families. Dry skin features prominently.
What causes atopic dermatitis?
First, let's make clear that it is not contagious . There seems to be hypersensitivity and a tendency to have itchiness stimulated easily. It is associated with stress as an instigator of recurrences. Clearly there is a relationship with allergies. It can be familial.
How is it typically treated?
Doctors will typically create a personalized treatment plan that may involve avoid...
The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
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