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The Brella Bag Hands Free Umbrella Holder: A Mobility Enhancer for the Physically Challenged

Advances in technology and introductions of new lifts, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and a wide array of mobility products has resulted in the vast improvement in the mobility of this population and as a result a much better quality of life.  Emotionally and psychologically it means a great deal to be independent and mobile.

Brella Bag Hands Free Umbrella Holder gives them the ability to steer their wheelchair or scooter or push a walker while having an umbrella overhead. They can walk with a cane or on crutches while their umbrella is solidly tucked into the Brella Bag therefore giving them the “hands free” ability to be protected from the sun or the rain.

 

The unique umbrella holder the Brella Bag has been designed and crafted with care and thought. It is light weight, made of polyester, yet strong enough to hold most sizes of umbrellas steady.  A sturdy pouch on the bag holds an umbrella so that the user’s hands are free.  As a bonus the bag is large enough to comfortably accommodate your essential items such as wallet, cell phone, keys, a book and other such things.

 

 

The Brella Bag Hands Free Umbrella Holder is a convenient solution for disabled individuals, giving them back their independence.

– Debbie Hammond, Owner of Rainy Day Solutions, LLC 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of assisted living suppliers and equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are looking to make daily tasks easier with helpful ADL items, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your needs.

 

 

The Severity Of Dermal Ulcers

A dermal ulcer is a sore that develops on the skin followed by destruction of the tissue surrounding it. Tissue destruction leads to complete loss of skin; the size and depth of the ulcer depends on the severity of what exactly is causing it. Dermal ulcers are more common on the skin of the arms and legs.

Your first inclination of any compromised skin areas should come if you notice an area where the skin has an increase in redness and warmth, as compared to the skin around it. This should warrant immediate medical attention to determine any possible underlying causes in order to reduce your chances for more complications or recurring skin issues. Keep in mind also that serious complications, such as infection of the bone or blood, may occur if the dermal ulcer progresses without treatment.

Frequently dermal ulcers are caused by prolonged pressure on your tissues, problems with blood circulation and irritation, and/or lack of mobility. Therefore, there are individual situations that create more of a risk for development of dermal ulcers, including:

  • Being elderly
  • Those who are bedridden
  • Wheelchair bound
  • Neurological deficits
  • Hospital bound with an acute illness
  • Those with an increase risk for ulcers such as those with diabetes mellitus

Depending upon the extent to which you are affected will determine the stage of your dermal ulcer and the treatment that will be implemented to relieve your discomfort and work to resolve your ulcer. Once diagnosed with a dermal ulcer, it will be staged according to the appearance of the skin and how much of your tissue is lost, the stages include:

Pressure Ulcer Treatment Strategies

  • Stage 1
    • Wounds are NOT open. Despite the skin being painful, there will be NO breaks or tears.
    • Skin will appear red and will NOT blanch (lose color briefly if you apply pressure with your finger…it will stay red).
    • If an individual is darker-skinned, the area may appear to be a different color than the surrounding skin…but it may not look red.
    • The skin will also feel warmer to touch than the surrounding areas.
    • Area may feel either more firm or softer than the surrounding areas.
  • Stage 2
    • Wound is now open. The skin breaks open, wears away, or forms an ulcer.
    • This will be tender and painful.
    • Area now expands deeper into the tissues of the skin.
    • Will appear as a scrape, blister, or even a shallow crater in the skin.
    • Some skin may be damaged beyond repair and may die off.
  • Stage 3
    • Ulcer continues to worsen and extends further into the tissues.
    • A crater in the skin will definitely be noticed here.
    • Fatty tissue may also be noticed.
    • NO muscle, tendon, or bone will be exposed at this stage.
    • May be little to no pain due to significant tissue damage.
  • Stage 4
    • Ulcer is very deep, reaching down into muscles and bones.
    • Results in extensive damage and long, complicated processes for healing…if damage can even be reversed.
    • Damage may occur to deep tissues, tendons and even joints.
    • May be little to no pain due to significant tissue damage.

Your doctor will diagnose your dermal ulcer according to the criteria above to develop a treatment plan for you to cope in your day to day life. The main goals of treatment for dermal ulcers are aimed at avoiding any possible infection that could occur, maintaining an overall moist environment for healing, and easing any pain.

Lantiseptic Skin Protectant - Original Ointment

Lantiseptic Skin Protectant – Original Ointment – 

Lantiseptic Skin Protectant is a unique high-lanolin emollient ointment intended to protect chafed or ulcer-prone skin, promote the healing of skin injuries and serve as a first aid treatment. It is formulated to encourage the proper moisture balance of the skin, thereby supporting the body’s natural healing processes.

 

Med Aire Variable Pressure Pump and Bed Pad

 

Med Aire Variable Pressure Pump and Bed Pad

The Med Aire Variable Pressure Pump and Pad is made for distributing pressure points helps alleviate bed sores and other discomforts associated with constant pressure on the skin. This pad measure 78″ x 34″ and features a whisper quiet pump. It can safely support anyone up to 250 pounds and do wonders to increase circulation and reduce the incidence of decubitus ulcers. Comes in either standard or deluxe. Standard lays on top of your mattress, deluxe has flaps that help hold the pad securely in place.

MEPILEX Border Self Adherent Foam Dressing

MEPILEX Border Self Adherent Foam Dressing

Mepilex Border is an all-in-one foam dressing that effectively absorbs and retains exudate and maintains a moist wound environment. The Safetac layer seals the wound edges, preventing the exudate from leaking onto the surrounding skin, thus minimizing the risk for maceration. The Safetac layer ensures that the dressing can be changed without damaging the wound or surrounding skin or exposing the patient to additional pain.

 

 

In order for a dermal ulcer to heal properly, any dead tissue needs to be removed first. Then it is essential to keep the area clean to prevent any infection. Prevention of infection and pain can be managed with several different medications such as antibiotics, muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin, Advil, and Motrin for example.

You can take it upon yourself to decrease your risk of developing a dermal ulcer, which you should definitely try first to avoid more invasive and costly measures. To decrease your chance of developing a dermal ulcer you can:

  • Reposition yourself frequently to enhance blood flow and reduce the amount of pressure that is being put on certain skin areas. Do your best to avoid being in the same position for too long. Take breaks, move around often and reposition yourself when lying in bed.
  • Using special cushions can also help. There are special pads, mattresses and hospital beds alike that can prove to relieve pressure either on good skin or those areas that already have a dermal ulcer present. Their goal is to protect your vulnerable skin from any possible damage.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Healthy diet habits can keep you at a healthy weight and decrease your risk for more chronic conditions that could lead to inadequate circulation and formation of dermal ulcers. Good exercise regimens can keep your blood flowing and help you also maintain an optimal weight.

Ultimately, dermal ulcers can range from being very minor to causing several complications. You know your body the best, so at the first sign of your skin showing an abnormality do not hesitate to consult with your provider just to be safe.  The quicker you start treating your dermal ulcer, the quicker the healing time and the better the chance you will have at avoiding complications.

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of dermal ulcers supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are recently experiencing symptoms of dermal ulcers, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your dermal ulcers needs.

 

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What is a Flip A Grip? – The Most Handy Grab Bar

Flip a Grip

“No more worries about falling while trying to get into or out of my house.  Now I can bring in a load of laundry with my left arm and safely get into the house with my right hand.”  -Jean from California

Through my years of working as a physical therapist in the home, I have seen many patients struggle with the fight to maintain their independence.  We all want to be able to make our own choices and come and go as we please but unfortunately age and injury can put a damper on our plans.  Surgeries, injuries, illness and age bring challenges that can slow down the coming and going that you had been planning.  Something as simple as getting in and out of the house used to be a task you never thought about.  You bounded up the steps and through the doorway with ease.  Often you even carried groceries, laundry baskets and laughing, upside down toddlers with you.  Now though, if your knees hurt or your balance isn’t so great it can be a very dangerous endeavor just to get yourself up the step and through the door.   We probably all know someone, elderly or not, that has fallen on or down the steps and has been severely injured.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one out of every three people over the age of 65 fall each year!  Once a person falls it is usually a downward spiral that is difficult to come back from.  In fact, the CDC also warns that 40% of people who end up in a nursing home due to a fall never return to living independently ever again!  Even the folks that do return to their prior level of function and independent living status have a lingering fear of falling again which can keep them from doing the more active things that they enjoy.  The Flip A Grip is a device that can be installed in your home so that you can avoid being sent to “the home”.Flip a grip assist handle

The Flip A Grip is a patent pending device I designed for my physical therapy patients that needed that extra support when going up and down stairs or transferring.  It is a sturdy handle small enough to fit in tight spaces, like doorways, and folds out of the way when you are not using it.  Each Flip A Grip is 100% handmade in the USA, comes with the mounting hardware and even glows in the dark to help in low light situations. The Flip A Grip is simply a strong, foldable handle small enough to fit in between a storm door and an exterior door and is perfect for folks that don’t have the strength, balance or confidence to get in and out of their home safely on their own.

 

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The idea for the Flip A Grip began in 2012 when I was working as a physical therapist in home care.  I was treating a lady who had broken her hip and had had surgery to repair it. We worked at improving her strength, balance and mobility and eventually she was able to get up and down her steps from her garage to her back door.  With all of her hard work though, she still could not get up that final step to enter the door into her home.   She would grab for her walker or the door, or the door casing and trim but nothing made a good enough handle to push on.  Her hand rails were too far behind her and she needed that extra boost with her arms to get herself into the home.

I went to our local home medical supply store to buy something that might help her. The item I had in mind was not for sale though, so I became an inventor!  I carved the first prototype out of a broom handle and a closet organizer bracket and the adventure was on!  I designed at least ten different prototypes until arriving at the model you see now for sale on AllegroMedical.com.  The Flip A Grip has arrived on the scene and the world is such a brighter and better place because of it.  That’s a little bit of exaggeration, but I do think we have a pretty great little device that has been a blessing to those who have started using one.

Here’s what some users of the Flip A Grip have had to say:

“These handles are a lifesaver! I have two on each doorway and have bought more for the stairway. I don’t care if they’re everywhere, they look nice. Even my able-bodied friends use them, stepping up into the house. Love ’em! ” -Ray from Illinois

“Excellent for elderly coming in and out of a door where they have to step up with out a handrail. Bought two for my father and he loves them. Very strong.”

“This is the perfect aide to help a stroke victim in and out of a door threshold. Would recommend it to anyone who needs a little help.”

“Disabled father loves it and uses it every day to go in and out to the garage and up and down 2 steps.”

Folks that will find the Flip A Grip helpful are those with decreased strength and balance, those who have difficulty standing from a seated position or that find ascending or descending steps safely a challenge.  People who simply have aching joints that make stairs and transfers painful will also love the Flip A Grip because it helps take the pressure off those painful joints.

Finally, if I’ve done a poor, longwinded job of giving you a straight answer to the original question- What is a Flip A Grip, I apologize.  Here’s the abbreviated version for those of you, like me, that like a straight and to the point answer:  The Flip A Grip is a sturdy handle to help prevent falls and make steps and transfers easier.  It’s better than a grab bar in certain situations because its small, glows in the dark and folds out of the way.  If you buy one, I really do think you’ll find that it helps a great deal.  I’ve had lots of people say that they don’t know how they ever got along without it.

-Nick Hinkle, PT – Owner 323 Products, LLC

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of assisted living aids healthcare providers and consumers.  If you have recently undergone physical therapy, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your assisted living aids needs.

Plantar Fasciitis

Suffering From Heel Pain? – Plantar Fasciitis

Are you suffering from heel pain?  You should know that plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of this.  The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and is responsible for the connection between your heel bone and your toes. This tissue is normally expected to be your shock absorber step after step.  However, if the tension on this tissue becomes too intense, small tears will be created.  Then, as the repetitive motions continue it will result in more and more tears and stretching causing plantar fasciitis to occur from the increased inflammation the plantar fascia tissue is facing.

The level of discomfort experienced will vary from person to person, however the symptoms usually follow a similar pattern, which include:

  • Stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel.
  • Pain that is usually worse with the first few steps after waking up.
  • Pain that is triggered by long periods of standing.
  • Increased pain when getting up from a seated position.

If you begin to experience any of the symptoms as listed above it would be a good idea to consult with your doctor for possible treatment options.  This is because if plantar fasciitis is ignored it may result in more chronic heel pain that could begin to interfere with your daily routine.  In addition, if you try to compromise and change the way you walk to relieve your discomfort you may end up causing more pain in your feet, knees, hips or back.  Do not put off your pain; get to the bottom of it before it causes you more trouble than it’s worth.

There are certain factors that place individuals at a greater risk for development of plantar fasciitis including:

  • Age
  • Most commonly this condition affects those between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Certain exercises
  • If a lot of stress is placed on your feet during exercise it can greatly contribute to plantar fasciitis. Such exercises could include long-distance running and ballet.
  • Try lower impact sports such as swimming or bicycling.
  • Foot structure
  • If you are flat-footed, have a high arch, or even an abnormal walking pattern…this can affect the way the weight is distributed over your feet and can add extra stress on your plantar fascia tissue which will cause discomfort.
  • Choosing supportive shoes will help here. Avoid high heels and going barefoot as much as possible.  Shoes with a low to moderate heel with good shock absorbency are the best.
  • Weight
  • Those who are overweight may be at a greater risk just due to the extra pounds that add to the tension on the plantar fascia tissue.
  • Working to maintain a healthy weight will minimize the stress placed on your feet.
  • Work
  • Your job may place you at a greater risk if you are expected to be on your feet for long periods of time…over time this may damage your plantar fascia.
  • Take breaks often; either get up and move around or sit down and take a load off…your feet will thank you!

The good thing is that there are normally no imaging tests necessary to diagnose this condition.  The diagnosis is usually made solely based on the history and physical examination.  As far as diagnosis of plantar fasciitis goes, if you consult with your provider related to your foot pain you will have a physical examination where he or she will check various points on your foot for any tenderness.  The location of your tenderness and pain will help determine what is causing it.  On rare occasions, your provider may recommend an x-ray just to ensure your pain is not caused by another problem such as a bone spur.

Once diagnosed, your doctor will inform you of all treatment options available for your specific condition.  Frequently most people who have plantar fasciitis will recover with conservative treatments in just a few months.  Some treatment options may include:

  • Medications
  • Mild pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and others may help with the increase in pain and inflammation that is associated with plantar fasciitis.
  • Therapy
  • Physical therapy may provide you with instructions to complete various exercises to stretch your plantar fascia to help relieve your discomfort and better support your feet.
  • Orthotics may also be an option too. These are custom-fitted arch supports that are placed into your shoes in order to provide better support for your feet.

Tuli Cheetah Ankle Support with Heel Cup

Tuli Cheetah Ankle Support with Heel Cup –

Combine the shock absorption of Tuli’s patented “waffle” design heel cups with the comfort and support of lightweight neoprene ankle support and you get unsurpassed support with amazing “barefoot” feeling and comfort. Tuli’s Cheetahs are ideal for shin splints, tired and swollen ankles or just a little extra ankle support. A proven favorite of gymnasts and dancers world-wide, Tuli’s Cheetahs are perfect for athletes.

 

Vionic Walking Shoes

Vionic Orthopedic Shoes and Sandals –

The first of its kind to bring trusted technology and style into one transformative solution, Vionic footwear offers innovative, podiatrist-designed support built seamlessly into contemporary and modern classics.

Whether you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, knee pain, back pain, or other foot pains, you will find comfort in your shoes that you never thought was possible. Vionic sandals, shoes and slippers are biomechanically engineered to hug your arches, which supports natural alignment.

 

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If the more conservative options as listed above do not fully take care of your plantar fasciitis pain, you could be a candidate for more invasive procedures, such as surgery or steroid injections to help correct your problem.

Ultimately, plantar fasciitis can indeed be a nuisance and cause you to miss out on some of the things you enjoy.  Don’t ignore your pain; get it figured out as soon as possible in order to avoid more problems in the future.  Taking care of yourself is the first step to your own happiness so what are you waiting for?

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of plantar fasciitis supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are recently experiencing plantar fasciitis pain, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your Plantar Fasciitis needs.

Fall prevention is a frequent topic for nursing home staff, and rightfully so.  Unfortunately, nursing home residents frequently fall, and the older adults that survive a nursing home fall are likely to sustain injuries that hinder quality of life or cause permanent disability. 1

Most fall prevention plans include bath safety items, mobility aids such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, and devices to assist patients from a sit-to-stand position.

What are YOU doing to protect your patient while in bed?

A staggering 48.5% of nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.² If you’ve cared for a patient with Alzheimer’s than you are likely familiar with the frequent midnight walkabouts and Houdini like escape tactics.  Since nursing homes are prohibited from using full bed rails and restraints due to the risk of entrapment and harm reported to patients, alternative safety measures must be implemented to minimize the risk of injury if a fall were to occur.

Here are a few recommended products to help minimize fall prevention injury while in bed:

 1.  Pressure Sensitive Patient Alarm System

The Patient Alarm utilizes a pressure sensitive pad and connected battery powered alarm that alerts caregiver with audio sound when patient gets out of a chair or bed.  If your nursing home patient exits the bed you will be alerted to assist them and help prevent them from falling.Drive Medical 13606 Pressue Sensitive Patient Alarm System

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Defined Perimeter Universal Mattress Cover

When a patient is prone to exiting the bed unassisted or to falling out of the bed, Drive Medical’s defined perimeter cover is a great solution. When installed on a standard bed, the soft foam bolster cushions surround the edge of the bed to promote a safe bed environment, without the need for confining side rails.

Drive Medical Model 14333, Defined Perimeter Universal Mattress Cover

 

 

 

3. Safety Beveled Edge Solid 1 Piece EVA Foam Fall Mat

The Safety Care fall mat is constructed from the highest quality high density EVA compressed foam designed to provide a safe environment for patients at high risk of falling out of bed. EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a revolutionary foam with rubber like qualities used in the manufacturing of various products such as running shoes, orthotics and sporting goods. EVA is resistant to moisture and stress cracking making it a very durable material to absorb and redirect impact forces during a fall. The mats have tapered beveled edges allowing equipment to roll over with ease along with a non slip bottom to keep the mat secure and help prevent accidental tripping. The solid core design is easy to clean and is anti bacterial to avoid cross contamination between various patient room.

Safety Beveled Edge Solid 1 Piece EVA Fall Mat

 

 

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies and fall prevention medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you need assistance purchasing fall prevention products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your patient care needs.

 

¹Rubenstein LZ, Robbins AS, Schulman BL, Rosado J, Osterweil D, Josephson KR. Falls and instability in the elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1988;36:266–78.

²http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nsltcp/long_term_care_services_2013.pdf

A hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is completed by a healthcare professional with the goal of removing damaged sections of the hip joint, and replacing them with foreign parts that are usually created from metal and/or very hard plastic to create an artificial joint.  The artificial joint will ultimately result in decreased pain and improvement of function for the individual involved.  An individual may be a candidate for a hip replacement if the pain experienced interferes with their daily routines and activities they are expected and want to perform, only though after less invasive treatments have been deemed unsuccessful.  Damage to the hip joint from arthritis is the most common reason that one may need a hip replacement.

Causes & Considerations of Hip Replacements

  • This type of arthritis is developed as a result of wear-and-tear on the joints. It damages the cartilage that helps the joints move smoothly.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Results from an overactive immune system and produces a type of inflammation that works to erode the bone and cartilage, causing joints to become deformed.
  • In this condition the bone may collapse and become deformed from an inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint.
  • Pain that continues to persist despite use of pain medications.
  • Pain that worsens with walking, even with use of an assistive device such as a cane.
  • Observable changes in sleeping habits due to hip pain.
  • Decrease in the ability to climb stairs.
  • Difficulty rising from a seated position.

If an individual does undergo hip replacement surgery they should expect to either be given a general anesthetic or a spinal block, which will only numb the lower half of the body.  During the procedure the surgeon will make an incision and proceed to remove diseased and damaged bone and cartilage, while leaving all the healthy bone intact.  The artificial material will then be inserted into your pelvic bone to replace the socket that was damaged.  After surgery is over, individuals will enter recovery for a short time while the anesthesia wears off, where they will be closely monitored to maintain stable vital signs and a tolerable level of pain.

 

The UPEASY lift cushion helps people who would otherwise need assistance getting up. It makes it easier to gently sit and rise from your chair or sofa. The seat lift is safe and easy to use, it will lift up to 80% of your body weight.

 

After surgery there will be an increased risk of blood clots due to being immobile for a variable length of time.  Therefore, soon after surgery candidates will be encouraged to sit up and even try walking with an assistive device and supervision, of course.  Blood-thinning medications may also be prescribed after surgery just to prevent blood clots, depending upon your specific situation.

Individuals should also expect to participate in physical therapy services after a hip replacement to work on function and mobility with the goal of speeding up the recovery process.  Keep an open mind though, because recovery and improvement of strength in your new hip joint could take up to as long as 12 months.

This incredible Car Caddie Helping Hand is a car strap that offers a helping hand for getting out of cars, trucks, or vans. It is easy to install. Just roll down your window and put the end of the car caddie strap around the window frame.

 

Even though the recovery period could last almost a year, it will definitely be worth it because the pain once experienced will be greatly reduced.  Individuals should expect the new hip joint to not only reduce their pain, but they will most likely notice an increase in the mobility of your new joint as compared to what was removed…which will allow for further participation once again in most of their daily routine activities.  However, individuals should not expect to participate in everything they once did because high-impact activity such as running will most likely be too stressful on the artificial joint.

This is a convenient collection of essential items to assist with bathing, dressing and activities of daily living.  Includes products most often recommended by therapists for people rehabilitating from hip join replacement procedures.

 

Ultimately, although hip replacement surgery comes with various risks…the reward of greatly decreased pain, along with an increase in mobility prove to outweigh the risks.  Individuals who can participate in their own daily routine as long as possible seem to have greater self-esteem and self-worth, which overall leads to a healthier and happier life.  Life is short, so if you are thinking a hip replacement may make yours better…do not hesitate to consult with your healthcare provider today to go over your options.

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of hip replacement supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are recently undergone a hip replacement, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your hip replacement needs.

A migraine is an intense headache that can cause throbbing, or a pulsing sensation, in an area of you head…it basically feels like your heartbeat has migrated upwards to your head.  It’s not comfortable at all.  Unfortunately too, migraines are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to both light and sound.  Therefore, if you’re in a room that is bright and loud, your migraine will seem to be that much worse.  The pain that migraines cause can last for hours to days, and it can even hurt so much that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to rest until the pain subsides.

Some individuals will notice that their migraines follow the same pattern and are preceded by an aura (an event that signals to them that a migraine is coming on).  An aura can be anything from flashes of light to tingling in the arm or leg that signals another migraine is coming on.

What Causes Migraines?

The specific cause of migraines is not currently understood.  Most likely, genetics and factors in the environment play a strong role in their development.  Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem area and how it interacts with the trigeminal nerve, which is a major pain pathway in the human body.  Also, imbalances in brain chemicals may also be a culprit to the development of migraines.  Specifically, a chemical known as serotonin that is responsible for regulating pain levels within your nervous system.  The levels of serotonin during a migraine attack decrease, so if there aren’t enough chemicals to regulate the pain, it will result in more pain for you and possibly a migraine.

What Triggers a Migraine?

  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Fluctuations in estrogen levels seem to trigger headaches in this specific population.
  • Hormonal medications such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy may either make migraines better or worse.
  • Certain foods
  • Aged cheeses, salty foods and processed foods may all trigger migraines.
  • If you skip meals, or decide to fast…that can also trigger attacks.
  • Drinks
  • Alcohol and other beverages that are highly caffeinated may trigger migraines.
  • Abnormal sleeping habits
  • Missing out on too much sleep or even getting too much sleep can both trigger a migraine.
  • Physical factors.
  • Physical exertion that is more intense than an individual is used to can trigger a migraine.
  • Stress
  • Weather changes

Once you approach your healthcare provider and explain your situation with the development of migraine headaches and you are definitively diagnosed, a treatment plan will be implemented for your specific case.  Migraines cannot be cured; however there are ways to manage your symptoms and condition.  Generally, medications to help treat migraines fall into two categories:  pain-relieving medications and preventive medications.

Pain-relieving medications are the ones that are taken during your migraine attack with the goal of stopping symptoms of your headache that have already begun. The migraine caplets on the right are great to relieve your pain.

 

Preventive medications on the other hand are those that are taken regularly, usually on a daily basis, with the goal of reducing the severity and/or frequency of future migraine attacks.

Possible Treatment Options

  • Pain relievers.
  • Includes medications such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Tylenol which are best to relieve mild migraine pain.
  • Also includes migraine-specific medications that can be purchased over the counter, such as Excedrin Migraine that may help to ease moderate migraine pain.
  • Triptan medication.
  • Works by tightening blood vessels and blocking the pain pathways in the brain.
  • Medications may include such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) and almotriptan (Axert).
  • May cause nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and weakness.
  • Not recommended if you are at an increased risk of stroke and/or heart attack.
  • Ergot medication.
  • Ergotamine and caffeine combination medications are less effective than Triptans.
  • Most effective with pain that lasts for more than 48 hours.
  • Include medications such as Migergot and Cafergot.
  • Anti-nausea medication.
  • Migraines are usually accompanied by nausea, so being medicated for this complication could make your attack slightly more tolerable.
  • Medications include those such as Reglan and chlorpromazine.
  • Opioid medications.
  • Contain narcotics such as codeine and usually used for those who cannot take Triptans or ergot medications.
  • They are habit-forming and are usually only used as a last resort.

Preventive medications may also be used for this condition, depending upon how your signs and symptoms present themselves.  Preventive medications can reduce the frequency, severity and length of migraines and may also increase the effectiveness of other medications that are being used during migraine attacks.

 

Ultimately, migraines should not be taken lightly because if left untreated over an extended time period, the pain that an individual is caused may begin to interfere with the daily routine…so do not ignore signs and symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of migraine and headache supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are suffering from a migraine or headache, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your migraine needs.

Current diabetes trends show that by 2050 nearly 1 out of 3 American adults will have a diabetes diagnosis.  A staggering 60% of the non-traumatic lower limb amputations are performed on diabetics.1  Keeping your feet healthy is only one challenge diabetics face.  Simple actions can help reduce the risk of major complications such as gangrene, limb amputation or diabetic ulcers.

  • Get your body moving. Walking, swimming, dancing, any exercise improves circulation and helps with weight maintenance. Where proper athletic shoes to avoid foot injuries.
  • Daily feet inspections. T.L.S., Touch. Look, Smell your feet and toes daily.  Be observant of cuts, sores, calluses, bruises, or ingrown toenails.  Foot odor may be a sign of an infection.  See a podiatrist if you notice any problems.
  • Lather up.  Use lotion on your feet to minimize dry, cracked skin and assist with your feet inspections.  Avoid lathering between the toes, lotion between the toes can cause bacterial growth.2
  • Don’t dare go bare.  Barefoot is a NO…NO for diabetics.  Don’t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
  • Wear soft socks. Diabetic socks or seamless socks are best to avoid friction which could cause blisters.
  • Well fitted shoes.  Buy shoes that are sized properly and made of premium construction.  Shoes designed for diabetics are available online and thru your physician.
  • Always have a doctor or trained nurse remove calluses, corns, or warts.
  • Podiatrist, podiatrist, podiatrist.  It can’t be said enough how important regular checkups by a podiatrist are for keeping your feet safe and healthy.  Incorporating a podiatrist in your “care team” can assist in reducing the risk of lower limb amputation.2

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers.  Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetes supply needs.

1.  http://professional.diabetes.org/admin/UserFiles/0%20-%20Sean/Documents/Fast_Facts_3-2015.pdf

2.  https://diabetesatwork.org/_files/factsheets/ii_b_02_fs.pdf

3.  http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=980

 

According to a study by University of Chicago Medical Center, 40% of heat related fatalities are people 65 and older in the United States. According to UC Davis there are many reasons that seniors have more problems with the heat. Heart disease can cause circulatory problems which makes it harder to dissipate the heat. Some seniors are on medications that can cause them to dehydrate faster. Sometimes dementia can lead to the individual not realizing how hot they are.

Here are a couple of ideas to beat the heat this summer!man-drinking-water
1. Eat light and drink plenty of water.
2. Change your AC filters regularly. This can not only help your AC run better it will also save you money.
3. Try body cooling products  if you have to venture outdoors.
4. Keep the shades or curtains closed to keep the sun out.
5. Avoid strenuous exercise outdoors or exercise in a pool with AquaJogger to keep your temperature down.
6. Use a portable fan in the rooms that you use the most.

Know the signs of heat illness and seek medical attention if you experience the following.

    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Headache
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Chest pain
    • Fainting
    • Breathing problems

It is crucial that we stay in touch with our elderly relatives and neighbors during the summer months.  If any of the above symptoms are noticed, please seek medical help immediately.


“I tried various solutions…I experienced leakage, which was really, really distressing.”

– Sandra[1]

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In fact, a recent study showed a whopping 92% of individuals worry that their barrier will leak, and 76% of individuals experience some level of leakage[1]. Life with an ostomy isn’t straightforward, but it shouldn’t have to involve frequent leakage, either.

Create a custom solution

This feedback – of real experiences from real people – led Coloplast to create a full range of skin-friendly and sting-free accessories designed to reduce leakage and care for skin:

Protect

If your skin is getting damaged by adhesives or stoma output coming in contact with the skin, Brava® Skin Barrier can provide the extra protection you may be looking for. The spray and/or wipes leave a thin, transparent layer of durable liquid barrier on the skin, and don’t affect adhesion of the barrier on top. Unlike some of the skin barrier film or ”prep” products to which you may be accustomed, these sprays and wipes feature an oversized, soft cloth that feels a bit dryer to the touch and doesn’t leave a tacky feel.

 

Defend

The seal around the stoma needs to be resistant to breaking down and dissolving; otherwise there can be risk of leakage. This can damage the skin and require unplanned appliance changes. A Brava® Moldable Ring is your first line of defense to keep leaks at bay – it’s specially formulated to resist breaking down, so it can effectively “caulk” around your stoma to create a tight, long-lasting seal between your barrier, skin and stoma.

 

Secure

Now there is a skin-friendly and elastic tape alternative! Skin-friendly Elastic Barrier Strips are designed to keep your ostomy barrier securely in place while allowing you freedom of movement. Thanks to their elasticity, whether you are stretching for something on the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoe, you can rest assured that your barrier strips will move with you and keep your appliance firmly in place.

Every body is unique – so a customized fit is key. Visit brava.coloplast.us for some guidance on which accessory may be right for you, or mix and match within the Brava range based on your specific needs by ordering here.

1 Coloplast has compensated Sandra to share her SenSura® product experience. Each person’s situation is unique, so your experience may not be the same. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether this product is right for you.

2 Claessens-Spee I, Nilsson C, Steen A. (2014, June). The Ostomy Life Study: A snapshot of how people with a stoma are affected by experiencing leakage and feeling of ‘standing out’. Poster presented at the meeting of WCET, Gothenburg, Sweden. Respondents: 4138

 

 

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