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In a study conducted last year, researchers noted that the risk of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) flare was higher during heat waves than during normal times of the year ( 1 ). While it isn't clear exactly why this is the case, it may be due to the added stress heat can place on the body. Regardless of the cause, there are several things you can do to mitigate your own risk during the hottest days of the year.
Heat stroke can be a very big concern this time of year. If you have IBD, it is important to know your risk and what to look for. Being educated on heat stroke signs may save your life or someone you love's this summer.
Double check the medications you may be taking . Steroids, anti-spasmotic drugs (like Levsin or atropine for example), belladonna alkaloids and some drugs for depression used in IBD treatments and can increase the risk for heat stroke. Talk with your pharmacist and discuss if any of your current medication...
Summer can be a joy; or it can be a royal pain, triggering extra Migraines as well as other health and safety issues.
This summer has seen record high temperatures in many areas of the country, and thunderstorms have been more than plentiful. This means an over abundance of Migraine triggers for many of us.
One of the primary problems to be aware of and avoid during this summer heat is dehydration. To do that though, we need to really understand dehydration, what it is, how to avoid it, how to treat it, what to drink, and what to avoid. We have that information for you, and you can find it in Dehydration - An Avoidable Migraine Trigger .
There are other summer issues that can cause Migraineurs problems - the heat itself, fragrance in sun products, and more. For more on this, take a look at Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches .
I wanted to reach out and share this information with you, especially given that my own Migraines have been increas...
The heat wave we've been having in most parts of the country has made many people a bit crabby. Even those who like heat tend to wilt when there is no break. However, for many elders, extreme heat can be much more than uncomfortable. Extreme heat can kill.
One of the many clues that my mother-in-law was ready to move across the avenue from her condominium to a wonderful nursing home was her response one hot summer to an intense heat wave we had here in the Dakotas (yes it gets hot on the prairie).
She would have every window shut tight and her fan and air conditioner turned off. No circulation. No cool air. Nothing but dead heat.
I'd get the Ac and fan turned on - not too cool, but some air moving - before I left her from my daily visit. Sure enough, when I'd get back the next day her condo was like a hot tomb. Suffocating.
I'd reset everything, she'd undo it. Every day the same. One day, I found her even more parano...
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