How to Use Eye Meds

Follow these steps to get the best effects from your eye drops or eye ointment: Wash your hands and the area around your eyes. Remove your contact lenses, unless you have been told it is okay to keep them in. If the bottle says to shake well, gently roll the bottle in your hands for…

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Managing Earwax

When should my ears be cleaned? For many people, the inner part of your ear should never need to be cleaned. Earwax is normal. It helps keep your ears clean and healthy. Most of the time, earwax moves slowly from the inside of the ear to the outer ear by itself; however, sometimes the earwax…

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How to Use a Neti Pot

What is a neti pot? A neti pot looks like a small genie lamp or teapot. It’s used to hold salt water (saline solution) that is poured into one nostril and allowed to drain out of the other nostril. This technique may help with sinus symptoms by clearing out your nasal passages, reducing swelling, and…

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How Can You Prevent Another Kidney Stone?

How Can You Prevent Another Kidney Stone?   What is a kidney stone? A main job of the kidney is filtering wastes from the blood. The wastes often come from the food we eat and are passed into the urine. In some people, certain wastes can form a stone in the kidney. Depending on what…

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What You Should Know About Statins

What Are Statins? Statins are drugs that decrease “bad” cholesterol. Statins help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Several statins are on the market. Are Statins Safe? Statins are safe drugs for the most part. Some people have stomach upset, gas, heartburn, or diarrhea with their statin. If you have these symptoms, take your statin with…

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Have Diabetes? Take Care of Your Feet!

How can diabetes hurt my feet? People with diabetes are at risk for foot infections. Too much sugar in the blood for a long time can cause nerve damage which reduces feeling, especially in your feet. You may not feel pain, or hot or cold. You might hurt your foot and not even know it.…

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Dental Visits and Antibiotics

Antibiotics are sometimes used before dental visits to prevent infections. These infections are caused when germs from the mouth get into the blood and travel to the heart or an artificial joint. Taking antibiotics may only help prevent heart or joint infections in a small number of people; because of this, many people no longer need…

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Blood Pressure Medications

Blood pressure medicines are some of the most commonly used drugs; however, about one-quarter of people who take meds to lower their blood pressure stop taking them within six months. Up to one-half stop taking them within one year. Why are blood pressure medicines so important? Keeping your blood pressure normal can help you stay…

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Treating Head Lice

What are head lice? Head lice are tiny bugs the size of a sesame seed. Young lice are clear, but as they feed on blood they become reddish-brown to black. Head lice don’t cause health problems, but they can be annoying. Getting head lice does not mean a person is dirty; it means they have…

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