“Swimmer’s ear” is a condition that sometimes occurs when people spend a lot of time in the water. It manifests by an itching or irritation inside the ear, a feeling of blockage in the ear decreasing hearing and a feeling of water in the ear. A solution of one part white vinegar to one part rubbing alcohol can help relieve this problem by promoting drying and preventing bacterial growth. Instill about a teaspoonful into each and let it drain out.
During the hot days of summer, it’s good to know the signs that you are exercising too hard and when to stop immediately. Warning signs include discomfort or chest pain that might be signalling a heart attack. Significant breathlessness and very rapid or irregular heartbeat are also signs. Before you start a workout regimen, check with your doctor so you know your limits and keep hydrated.
People are often told to drink eight glasses of water a day to keep healthy. Those who should heed this are those with kidney stones and those suffering from a urinary tract infections. People in kidney failure should not drink that much water. Four glasses a day is adequate for most people.
With all the concern about pandemics this year, one of the myths of the “Spanish Flu” is that it started in Spain. It didn’t. The reason Spain got tagged with it was that it was a neutral country during WWI so it was one of the few countries that announced the presence of the flu in the country. Other countries suppressed this news so as not to give the enemy any strategic advantage.
Is vaping with e-cigarettes a gateway to smoking cigarettes? So far it’s not proven to be so but a review of many studies of e-cigarette use found that almost 20 per cent of e-cigarette users were more likely to move on to cigarettes. So far, there is only an association and not a causation. Having said this, vaping is never recommended due to the high addiction rate of nicotine.
There are many unpleasant side effects from smoking. One that isn’t mentioned often is that tobacco smoke (and marijuana smoke) irritate the voice box causing a localized thickening of the vocal cords. This thickening can lower the voice making it sound harsh and raspy.
Remember board games? They can be good for your health. There seems to be a relationship with regularly playing board games and protection of cognitive decline and might even increase function in seniors especially those in their 70s and 80s.
Are you prepared for a heart attack? You may have only minutes to act. Many Canadians are prone to heart attacks due to medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity. Lifestyle choices like smoking, heavy drinking or being physically inactive can also increase risks. When heart attack symptoms occur (shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating), you want to act fast. Call 911 first.
There is additional help in the form of the SMHeartcard, specialized packaging available from Canadian pharmacies or online. You buy the package (empty of contents) then take it to your pharmacist to be loaded with three tablets of nitroglycerin and four tablets of baby ASA. There’s space for an expiry date on the back so the contents can be replaced with fresh tablets about every six months.When symptoms occur, chew the four ASA pills then place one nitroglycerin under the tongue. The nitro can be repeated twice every five minutes. The ASA acts as an anti-clotting agent. During a heart attack, blood vessels to the heart may be blocked by a clot. Chewing the ASA tablets could help reduce the clot. The nitroglycerin tablets act as a dilator of the blood vessels to allow the blood to get through to the heart more easily.
Preventing heart attacks and stroke is most important. Stopping smoking, managing stress and blood pressure, eating nutritious food, getting moving every day by making daily exercise part of your daily routine. This will also help maintain a healthy weight.
About one third of cancer patients use complementary or alternative therapies. Herbal supplements are the most common form. If you take supplements, be sure to tell your general practitioner and oncologist you are doing this. This is especially true for patients receiving radiation treatments. Sometimes, high doses of antioxidants may have a detrimental effect on how well the radiation works.
Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year. Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally. Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.
Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville Phone:(705) 789-1785