5 Myths about the Flu

Posted on: October 12th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Flu season is in full swing, and if you’re unfortunate enough to have caught the bug, chances are your friends and family are plying you with advice on how to combat it. However, there’s no shortage of myths and misunderstandings when it comes to influenza. CarePro Pharmacy would like to address some of the more common ones:

  • You can get the flu from the flu shot.

 

It takes one to two weeks for the flu vaccine to work, so if you’re infected before you receive the vaccine or are infected shortly after receiving it, you will become sick. Because of this, many people associate the shot with getting sick.

 

  • Once you get the flu shot, you’re 100% protected.

 

While the flu shot is effective in preventing the flu, you still need to take additional precautions, such as washing your hands frequently and taking anti-viral medication if you were exposed to the virus before you received the shot.

 

  • Going outside on a cold day with wet hair will give you the flu.

Influenza is caused by a virus, so the only way you can catch it is to become exposed to the virus—and wet hair on a cold day does not increase your chances of exposure.

 

  • Feed a cold, starve a fever.

 

Actually, when you’re fighting the flu you need to increase your liquid intake. To decrease how much you eat will cut back on your hydration levels, so starving yourself is counter-intuitive.

 

  • Chicken soup can help you recover.

 

While chicken soup soothes sore throats and provide the liquids you need to combat the flu, it doesn’t have any true curative properties.

At CarePro Pharmacy, we’re all about helping you stay in the best health possible. We know how much havoc the flu can wreck on those with respiratory issues. That’s why we offer flu shots right here in our pharmacies!

5 Common Questions About the Flu

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

As flu season approaches, it’s important to sanitize and increase your knowledge on the germs to come. Thankfully, the experts at CarePro Pharmacy have compiled some top questions about the bug, so you can be prepared.

  1. How is it different from a cold?

While both are respiratory illnesses, they’re caused by different viruses and they infect different parts of the body; while a cold impacts just the nose and throat, a flu impacts the bronchial tubes, the throat, the nose and the lungs.

  1. Should I get a flu shot?

The short answer is yes; while flu shots won’t guarantee you won’t contract the virus (it reduces your chances by 70 to 90 percent) it is still your best bet in avoiding this sickness. Some strains of the flu are bad enough that they cause death; the more you can do to avoid contracting the flu, the better.

  1. How do I know when I have the flu?

Some of the symptoms include body aches, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, fever and fatigue. The coughs that the flu causes irritate your bronchial tube, but they shouldn’t cause you to cough up any gunk.

  1. How can I prevent it?

The flu shot is your best method to prevent the flu; those who are infected often have no symptoms for the first 24 to 72 hours, yet they are still contagious during that time, so you can catch it even if you avoid sick people! Otherwise, wash your hands frequently, stay away from crowds when there is a flu outbreak in your area and don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

  1. When should I visit the doctor?

As we mentioned earlier, the flu virus can be deadly. Don’t hesitate to see the doctor if your symptoms are severe, aren’t improving after a week or you have a fever for more than 3 days. If you have difficulty breathing, have trouble keeping foods/liquids down or have trouble swallowing, you should also see the doctor.

We hope that by answering these questions, you have a better understanding of how to ready yourself for this flu season. If you have any questions or concerns about how to stay healthy, contact us today! We’d be happy to provide more insight for you.

3 Things You Should Know About Compression Therapy

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Compression therapy is used to treat and prevent many venous and lymphatic issues that arise over the years. However, users may not know everything their stockings have to offer them. That’s why the experts at CarePro Home Medical wanted to tell you a few things to help you gain a little more knowledge about compression therapy.

Effects & Benefits

Compression therapy is key when it comes to helping with blood flow. It increases your circulation and decreases blood pooling, along with minimizing and reducing spider and varicose veins. There are also many positive effects on tissue that occur. One progressive effect that takes place is a decrease in swelling and more drainage of toxic substances like lactic acid. Compression therapy is great for those who have had surgery because inflammation is decreased, the reparative process is able to continue, and your tendons and joints have improved movement. This means you will be able to heal faster and live more comfortably.

Treatments

Compression therapy is used for numerous types of treatment on various age groups. It can be prescribed to treat such things as phlebitis, thrombosis, achy legs, varicose veins, spider veins, ulcers, edema, and aftercare from surgery. The stockings also help athletes during an activity or recovery by providing continuous blood flow and helping to drain toxins which, in turn, aid the reparative process. Younger athletes as well as the older generation also use compression therapy after surgery to reduce blood clots which ensure safe and efficient healing.

Stocking Structure

These socks use graduated compression in order to help those with venous or lymphatic issues. This means that the socks are the tightest by the ankle and lessen their compression as they make their way to the knee. By working with the calf’s muscle pumping effect, they help move blood easier toward the heart, preventing the leg from swelling. Compression therapy stockings come in many different styles and colors.

We hope that these three things taught you a little more about a simple treatment we love! If you have any questions, contact us today. Our team of professionals would be happy to help!

Get Your Medicine Cabinet Winter-Ready

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by carepro

It’s that time of year again. Time to think about getting your annual flu shot, of course. It’s also time for another September task; preparing your family’s medicine cabinet for the winter months ahead. Visit your local CarePro Pharmacy to stock up on some over-the-counter (OTC) medications to help make you less miserable if you do get a cold or the flu.

Colds usually cause those icky symptoms we all hate: stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, scratchy throat, and watery eyes. There is no vaccine against colds, which come on gradually and often spread through contact with infected mucus.

Flu comes on suddenly and lasts longer than a cold. Flu symptoms include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, body aches, fatigue and general misery. Like colds, the flu can also cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Young children may also experience nausea and vomiting with the flu. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. You also can get the flu by touching a surface or objects that has the flu virus on it.

Flu season in the U.S. may begin as early as October and can last as late as May. It generally peaks between December and February. Getting ready now, with OTC medications to treat symptoms, is smart. While OTC medications can’t cure a cold or the flu, they can help ease the symptoms.

  • Nasal decongestants help unclog a stuffy nose.
  • Cough suppressants quiet coughs.
  • Expectorants loosen mucus.
  • Antihistamines help stop a runny nose and sneezing.
  • Pain relievers can ease fever, headaches and minor aches.

Now’s also the time to educate yourself about these medications. Check the medicine’s potential side effects. Medications can cause drowsiness and may interact with food, alcohol, dietary supplements and each other. It’s best to tell your doctor and pharmacist about every medication and supplement you and your family members take. Check with your doctor before giving OTC medicine to children.

Of course, sometime you will have symptoms that require more than OTC medications. Signs of trouble include:

  • A cough that disrupts sleep
  • A fever that won’t respond with treatment
  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Face pain caused by sinus infection
  • High fever, chest pain or a difference in the mucus you’re producing, after feeling better for a short period of time

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor. If you think you may have the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible. There are rapid tests that can detect flu. If you have the flu, your doctor may want you to take an antiviral medication right away if you are at risk for complications.

If you have any questions or concerns about the influenza vaccine or medications you should keep on hand, talk to your pharmacist or physician. Vaccinations are quick, easy and can help you stay healthy. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, are available at your local CarePro Pharmacy. Our pharmacists are happy to answer your vaccination and medication questions – connect with us today!

Come to CarePro Pharmacy for your flu shot this month and receive a coupon for a free 1,000 IU Vitamin D and 25% off probiotic!

 – Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by carepro

The end of summer signals many things: school starting back up, the leaves beginning to change, and flu season gearing up. The annual flu season usually peaks between December and early March, but can begin as early as October and go as late as May. Visit your local CarePro Pharmacy to get your flu shot and help protect you and your loved ones this winter.

While you may think you can weather the storm, the flu can be a major health concern for you and your family, especially for children and the elderly. The flu is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by influenza viruses that attack the nose, throat and lungs. Unlike many other viral infections, such as the common cold, flu symptoms vary from mild respiratory illness to severe complications.

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headaches
  • Runny or stuffy nose.

The flu can also lead to dehydration, pneumonia and other severe illnesses.

Some people avoid getting immunized for the fear that they will get the flu from the vaccine. Fortunately, you cannot catch the flu from most formulations of the flu vaccine. The most common side effects of the flu vaccine are minor and only last a few days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a flu shot reduces the risk of illness by 57 percent for adults age 50 and older.

The CDC also recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized against the flu every year. Children, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions and people with heart, lung, or kidney disorders are more likely to experience serious side effects if they catch the flu.

During cold and flu season, remember these basic precautions:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • If you get the flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever ends to avoid infecting others.

If you have any questions or concerns about the influenza vaccine, talk to your pharmacist or physician. Vaccinations are quick, easy and can help you stay healthy. Flu shots, as well as other vaccines, are available at your local CarePro Pharmacy. Our pharmacists are happy to answer your vaccination questions – connect with us today!

When you get your flu shot this month, you will receive a coupon for a free 1,000 IU Vitamin D and 25% off probiotic!

 – Source: www.cdc.gov/vaccines and www.medicinenet.com/flu_vaccination/article

Naturally Beat Allergies

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by carepro

It’s the time of year when our allergies start to pester us! In fact, many people suffer from severe sneezing, nasal itching and congestion, and a runny nose starting in the summer and continuing through the fall and flaring up again in the spring. Ideally, you should stay indoors when pollen counts are the highest, which is usually in the morning hours.

Many allergy symptoms are caused by the release of histamine, a chemical that triggers inflammation when your body is irritated by dust, pollen or other allergens. Histamine makes your blood vessels dilate and become leaky, which leads to watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and many other symptoms. Histamine also stimulates the secretion of mucus and constricts your airways, making it hard to breathe at times.

Most common over-the-counter allergy products block histamine to relieve allergy symptoms, but don’t help with the congestion that can come with a severe allergy attack. More drugs are often needed to manage congestion and breathing problems. These drugs are not preventative and can cause side effects that are just as frustrating as your symptoms: grogginess, tiredness and just not feeling like yourself.

Thankfully, there’s a natural product that can help manage and even prevent your symptoms without harsh drugs. Natural D-Hist blocks the release of histamine and other inflammatory substances and makes mucus thinner so it can be cleared more easily. It is really 3 products in 1: an antihistamine, a decongestant and an anti-inflammatory. Many people who take it notice that their symptoms improve within 24 hours of taking their first dose.

If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, try Natural D-Hist. It’s available it your local CarePro Pharmacy! Natural D-Hist for kids is also available!

– Source: www.usnews.com

Tips for a Healthy School Year

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by carepro

The busy weeks before the first day of school are upon us and the CarePro team wants to make sure your family is prepared for a healthy school year! Many parents are squishing in a quick visit to the doctor for their children between shopping for school supplies and clothes. All while also trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer. However, pediatricians say there’s more to getting your children ready for school than just filling out medical forms and making sure they are up to date on their shots.

  1. Get enough sleep: The most important school health topic is making sure kids are getting enough sleep – 10-11 hours a night for elementary school-age children. Start gradually shifting their schedules a few weeks before school starts to help your kids adjust to a new bedtime routine.
  2. Test eyes and ears: You can’t expect your children to learn if they aren’t able to see what the teacher is writing on the board or hear what they are saying. So have your pediatrician screen for vision and hearing problems during your child’s back-to-school checkup. Remember: you can’t assume your child has 20/20 vision just because they don’t complain about not being able to see; it might be something that they don’t realize.
  3. Lunchtime: You might be planning healthy, well-balanced lunches to pack in your children’s shiny new lunchbox, but don’t be surprised if that turkey sandwich and carrots come home untouched. Eating under tight time constraints and in new surroundings can often make children’s appetites vanish.
  4. Bathroom break: Adjusting to life in the classroom can be overwhelming for children who are embarrassed to ask to use the restroom, and there is nothing more humiliating than an “accident” in front of your classmates. To help your children avoid any problems, have a talk with them before school starts about the bathroom rules (taking scheduled brakes, and raising their hand for permission to use the restroom).
  5. Scrub-a-dub-dub: The first day of school brings new friends, new activities, and a BUNCH of new germs. That is why it is important to teach your children good hand-washing habits.
  6. Calling in sick: Although, no matter how much you emphasize personal hygiene, your children are bound to get sick during the school year. If you’re not home during the day, it should be part of your battle plan to have a reliable backup to watch your children for unexpected sick days.
  7. Stay safe: When your children are at school they are out of your watchful eye for an extended length of time. If your children are walking to school, go over the route together and the possible hazards to look out for. Don’t let young children walk to school alone! In carpools, seat belts should be a given, but remember to check out other safety standards ahead of time.
  8. Get moving: Your children are used to spending the summer being outdoors and blowing off a lot of energy throughout the day! But once they go back to school, they will be spending most of their time sitting at a desk. Plan weekly bike rides and nature walks that your whole family can benefit from the exercise.

Take a look at your children’s overall health routines and start getting them physically ready for the challenges they might meet in the upcoming year. For any of your children’s health needs throughout the year visit your local CarePro Health Services location.

– Source: www.parenting.com

4 Things to Keep In Mind When Picking Out Compression Therapy Socks

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Compression garments can help with a wide range of conditions, including lymphedema, pregnancy, deep vein thrombosis and soreness from exercise. There are a variety of compression fits, and choosing the right one can make all the difference in your treatment. Here are four things to avoid when picking out your compression garment:

  • Avoid guessing your compression garment class.

 

Some compression garments are more restrictive than others. The amount of pressure a garment exerts is divided into three different classes. The least amount of pressure is a Class 1, which is 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of Mercury), while the most pressure is Class 3, at 30-40 mmHg. Generally, Class 1 is recommended for athletes with aching legs, while Classes 2 and 3 are for more serious medical conditions. Consult your doctor or therapist before deciding which class will work best for you.

 

  • Avoid guessing your compression garment size.

 

Just like clothing sizes are different from brand to brand, so also compression garment sizes may differ from one manufacturer to another. Our staff is trained to properly fit and measure compression garments, so you won’t have to be in the dark the next time you need to purchase some!

 

  • Don’t wear a compression garment that is uncomfortable.

 

Compression garments take time to get used to, but you should not be in discomfort while wearing one. This usually means the garment is not at the right class of pressure for you. Too much pressure in the wrong place will force the fluid to other parts of the body. Alert your doctor or therapist right away if you’re experiencing discomfort while wearing your compression garment.

 

  • Don’t wear an old compression garment.

With regular use and laundering, the average lifespan of a compression garment is around four to six months. Once you’ve reached that mark, the elastic will start to wear out, and your compression garment will no longer be effective. We recommend that you have several compression garments on-hand that you can cycle through, so you don’t have to replace them quite so often.

At CarePro Home Medical, we have a large selection of compression garments, and would love to help you find the best garment for you and your needs. Stop in today and let our expert staff assist you, or browse our online catalog to see some of our selection!

3 Things to Do When Going to College with a CPAP Machine

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Most students associate college with all-night study sessions, followed by all-night socializing. But for students who have sleep apnea, getting enough rest at night can be a much bigger priority. If you are a CPAP user/student, here are some tips on adjusting to a school with your CPAP machine:

  • Request a dorm room with air conditioning. If you’re attending college in the northern part of the United States, there’s a good chance that your dorm may have been constructed without it. While having AC makes no difference for half the year in northern universities, there are still heat waves during the first part of the fall semester. It’s going to be difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask on those hot nights. You may need to provide proof of medical necessity to your residence department, but it’s well worth the effort.
  • Make sure you sit down with your roommate(s) on the first day and explain to them what the CPAP machine is and what they can expect. If you have a noisier model, they may want to request a transfer to another room, so they aren’t disturbed at night. Remember not to take it personally—they need their sleep as much as you do.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your medically-necessary device. Many college students have never heard of sleep apnea, and your peers are more likely to be curious than demeaning. Remember, you are all in college to learn. Use this as an opportunity to educate those around you, whether it’s in conversation, personal essays or class presentations.

This exciting time of your life is full of changes and possibilities. However, one thing that shouldn’t change is your sleep apnea treatment. Here at CarePro Home Medical, we can make sure that your CPAP supplies stay in great shape throughout your collegiate career.  Contact us today to prepare yourself with everything you need to keep you healthy at school.

5 Common Questions about Stair lift Installation

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

For many people, the decision to buy a stair lift is not one they take lightly. It often represents the decision to age in-home, and offers more freedom and independence within that home. Because of that, CarePro  Home Medical is going to answer some of the common questions people ask when installing a stair lift:

  • Will it hurt my walls?

 

Stair lifts are fitted directly on the steps themselves, not the walls, so you should be fine. The chair itself sits far enough away from the wall that you shouldn’t scrape against it as you go up.

 

  • How secure is it?

 

The rails are usually connected to the first and last stairs, with additional supports on a few steps in between. If needed, we can install additional bars to brace the stair lift.

  • Do I need to do additional home modification?

 

Some stairs do necessitate additional home modifications to install a stair lift, but most do not. If you have a window on the stairs, it may need to be made flush, for example. We may also need to remove handrails or doors. Each situation is unique, but your installer will go over that with you.

 

  • What if I want new flooring after it is installed?

 

If you want to install new floors with a stair lift intact, you will need to have the stair lift removed before you can do so. It can then be re-installed afterwards.

 

  • Will it fit on my stairs?

 

There are many different ways you can modify the stair lift itself so that it fits with your particular staircase. We will have an installer inspect your home ahead of time, to make sure we have everything we need to install a new stair lift!

 

At CarePro Home Medical, we’re here to make sure you can age safely and independently in your own home. If you’re considering a stair lift as a solution to your home mobility needs, our experts can help! Get in touch today and see what we can do for you.