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The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Generic Name: KETOTIFEN - OPHTHALMIC Pronounced: (KEE-toe-TYE-fen) Itchy Eye Opht Uses
This medication is used to prevent and treat itching of
the eyes caused by allergies (allergic/seasonal conjunctivitis). Ketotifen is
an antihistamine for the eye that treats allergic symptoms by blocking a
certain natural substance (histamine). It is also a mast cell stabilizer that
prevents allergic reactions by reducing the release of natural substances that
cause an allergic reaction.
How To Use Itchy Eye Opht
If you are using the over-the-counter product, read all
directions on the product package before using this medication. If your doctor
has prescribed this medication, use it exactly as directed.
Apply 1 drop to the affected eye(s), usually twice a day
(every 8 to 12 hours) or as directed by the package instructions or your
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to
To apply eye drops, wash you...
With the holidays right around the corner, many people are starting preparations. We are planning parties, preparing our homes for guests, buying gifts. Many of us, however, put aside our own health needs, skipping meals, getting less sleep and foregoing exercise programs during this season, even though our stress levels tend to rise. Skin care routines may be rushed through or forgotten altogether as we hurry from one event to the next. But skin care is important as there are a number of ways the holiday season can cause or worsen skin conditions .
The Problem: Alcohol
During the holiday season, alcoholic beverages seem to flow more than at other times of the year. Excessive drinking is known to cause health problems, such as liver disease, but it also can lead to premature aging of your skin. Your skin can look dull and dry.
What You Can Do
Moderate your drinking. Alternate a glass of water after each drink to keep your body and skin hydrated. Us...
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