Influenza vaccine time is now

 It is that time of year again!  Make sure to stop in and get your flu shot.  Remember caregivers, it is just as important for you to get your flu shot as well in order not to pass it on to the person to whom you are providing care.  It is a quick and painless process that will help prevent a potentially serious disease.  The best time to get vaccinated is anytime between now and the end of October


Bad Breath, Mouthwash, and you

  Think that mouthwash is an essential part of your daily mouth care routine? In fact, most mouthwashes that are available over-the-counter will only temporarily cover bad breath, as they do not kill the bacteria that cause it. These mouthwashes are called “cosmetic.” Only mouthwashes that contain antibacterial ingredients or essential oils (called “therapeutic” mouthwash), may potentially kill bacteria and treat chronic bad breath. Instead, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily is more important to ensuring a healthy smile and fresh breath!

Fluoride….Do I need it ?

  Fluoride is a common ingredient found in most toothpaste brands and can even be found in drinking water. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel lining your teeth, helping to prevent cavities. Dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth, brushing your teeth twice daily, and flossing once daily. Also, replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months, if not sooner if the bristles become frayed. You can follow these simple steps to keep your smile bright and shining!

How much water should I drink each day ?

  The exact amount of water you should drink each day is dependent on a number of factors, but health authorities often use the 8 x 8 rule as an easy way to remember: 8 ounces of fluids 8 times a day. While beverages such as tea, fruit juice, sports drinks, pop, and alcoholic drinks contain water, these should not be your main sources of fluid intake. Water is calorie-free, readily available, and inexpensive. Additionally, if you exercise, you should drink water before, during, and after the session. Stay hydrated!

Poison Ivy: What can I do about it ?

  We have all probably heard the saying “Leaves of three, let them be.” A rash from poison ivy can be a big damper on summer fun and is caused by your body’s reaction to urushiol oil, the oil found in poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. If you have been exposed to any of these plants, you can wash with Tecnu Original outdoor skin cleanser within 2 to 8 hours of exposure to remove the oil before it potentially causes a rash. Additionally, wash your clothing thoroughly with hot water and a laundry detergent to remove the oil from clothing.



Insect Bites

    It’s that time of the year to spend outside gardening, camping, and hiking and enjoying the warm weather.  However, insects such as bees and wasps are also out and insect stings can occur.  Generally, stings only cause local redness, swelling, and pain that may last a few hours.  These can be treated with cold compresses.  However, some people can be allergic to stings and may not know it.  Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include red blotches over your body, puffiness in the face or hands, itching, and trouble breathing.  It is important to get medical help right away if you experience any of these symptoms after a sting because they can be serious.

Walking dogs in the Summer

   Many owners and dogs love to go for walks together, however, during the summer it’s important to make sure the pavement isn’t too hot! If it is a dog can get serious burns on the pads of their paws.  One way to tell if the pavement is too hot is to hold your hand on the ground for at least 10 seconds.  If you are unable to leave your hand there comfortably for 10 seconds then it will be too hot for your dog.  If this is the case, your dog would love a drive to a park for a walk through the grass or to play in a kiddie pool in the yard.

Tick Season 2017

  Have you heard about the increasing number of ticks this summer? The CDC reports that the tick’s range is spreading westward, carrying with it an increasing number of diseases, including Lyme disease. To keep yourself safe when outdoors, walk in the center of trails, avoid tall grassy areas, and take a shower or bath within 2 hours of going indoors. You can also conduct a full-body exam for ticks, removing any with tweezers. Be sure to tumble dry your clothes for at least 10 minutes after being outside to kill any attached ticks.

Those pesky mosquitos

While summertime is often a time to be enjoying the great outdoors, nature is not without its risks. There are some simple steps you can do to protect yourself and others from one of nature’s annoying pests, the mosquito. Wear loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants, use mosquito nets if camping, and be sure to use insect repellant that contains DEET. If you get bitten, do not scratch the bite, as this may cause the bite to become infected. You can use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream if the bite is itchy, and see a doctor if the bite becomes infected.

The hot days of summer are upon us !

Summer is here, which means days filled with sunshine and heat. Despite the warm temperatures, a major concern during this time, especially for the elderly, is overheating.  Conditions like dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke can be life-threatening, and it is important to take several steps to stay safe. Remember to drink water frequently and stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and always wear a hat. Also, never keep a child or pet in a locked car with the windows closed. With these tips, you can be sure to enjoy summer’s warmth while staying safe!