Guide To Medical Tape

When you are standing in a pharmacy aisle or looking at an online medical supply store, it is very easy to be overwhelmed with the choices for medical tape. This will hopefully help you understand what 3M means by Medipore, Transpore, Microfoam, etc. 3M makes high quality medical and surgical tape. More than likely, if you were in the hospital you have seen these products. All items listed in this article are hypoallergenic. They are not all latex-free.

Blenderm: Waterproof clear plastic, it is a flexible, occlusive tape that helps protect wounds from external fluids and from becoming contaminated. It is not listed as latex-free.

Durapore: Silk-like strong backing, with high adhesion to dry skin. This is strong and conforms to the unique shapes of the body as well as bulky dressings. Can be used with heavier tubing and small splints. It is latex-free.

Medipore: Soft cloth surgical tape, this is a breathable, gentle and conformable product that comes in easy tear, perforated rolls. Used for larger, bulky dressings where the skin may stretch and can be used for repeated use because it is so gentle. This is not listed as latex-free.

Microfoam Foam Tape: Water resistant foam product that stretches in all directions. Works well for compression applications and securing dressings in challenging areas. Highly conformable closed cell tape. It is latex-free.

Micropore Paper Tape: Breathable and gentle with a rayon backing. This is a general dressing tape that works great for at-risk and fragile skin. It can be repeated on the same area of skin. It is latex-free.

Transpore Plastic Tape: Clear with easy bi-directional tear. It is perforated polyethylene film that very easily tears into very thin strips. Great for securing tubing. It is not latex-free.

Tips for making the best use of medical tape:

Touch the sticky part as little as possible. When you place the it down, apply even and gentle pressure to the top to ensure complete contact with the skin. Gentle but firm strokes along the entire strip of tape will help the tape come into complete contact with the skin. This helps keep the tape edges from rolling or losing adhesion. Most adhesives stick to clean, dry surfaces better so try to minimize moist conditions as much as possible. Be careful when choosing soaps and lotions, a lot of them will prevent tape from sticking because of the oils and emollients that are used. If the adhesive is bothering your skin, you can use a skin prep like 3M Cavilon barrier film. Always allow the film to dry completely before applying the medical tape. Remember, your skin should be healthy and tape should not be making it less healthy. Always consult your medical team if you are concerned for any part of your health.

Top 4 Considerations When Choosing a Chiropractic Office

I get many new patients in my chiropractic office who have been suffering or feeling like they have been slowly getting worse for many years with various ailments. When I ask them what they have tried to do to overcome this, I find out that they have ALL tried several things which resulted in limited improvement. My next question is what was your diagnosis when you sought the help of the practitioner that wasn’t able to help you? Blank stare. This is a problem – if you cannot be shown with certainty what the cause of your problem is and understand it please seek the help of someone who can. Without finding the cause, it is impossible to have a solution.

You have to be your own health advocate because no one cares more about your health than you do, so knowing the cause (diagnosis) of your problem should be paramount before agreeing to any type of potential solution.

When a patient of mine is relocating and is choosing a new chiropractic office in their new town or city, these are the questions I tell them to ask before going:

1) Will there be objective testing (thermography and x-ray) done at your initial visit and periodically throughout your care so that you can see your results? Will there be a recovery plan laid out in order to get you to where you want to be?

2) Does the office specialize in one or two things? You want someone who is proficient at adjusting if you are looking for spinal correction and it should be the only focus. An office that throws everything (multiple therapies) at you in hopes something works is hoping and guessing – there should be no guessing.

3) Does the doctor advocate some active participation in your care – e.g. provides you with home rehab instructions? Maximum recovery in the shortest amount of time requires that you to do a little bit of work in your recovery.

4) Does the office seem to be up to date? Look around the office and see if there appears to be investment in the equipment, office space, and the team of people who work there.

Getting the answers to these questions that satisfy you, is the most important thing when trying to find the right solution to your problem. Today, with the technology available, there need not be any guessing in your health. Seek a chiropractic office that fits with your goals and be confident once you have considered these questions above. Your recovery and quality of life depends on it.

Diagnostic Health Camps for Rural India

It is necessary to keep in good health which the lower strata of society finds difficult owing to their financial problems. Therefore, free diagnostic health camps are being organised frequently in India to conduct general medical check-ups and for heart, paediatric, ophthalmic, skin, ENT, disease and women health examination. There are many government and voluntary organisations that come to the rescue of community members by putting therapeutic camps, health check-ups for diabetes, heart diseases and hypertension.

Immunization Against Diseases

They also arrange for preventive vaccination for immunization against Typhoid fever, Polio and Hepatitis B. They want to increase their outreach in areas which have very less of health infrastructure. The focus is more on taking a follow-up on cases at regular intervals of time. These healthcare programmes help in understanding the basic health related problems along with free distribution of medicines.

Objectives to Fulfil

The main objectives behind rolling out such projects is better reproductive health and child care, awareness about communicable diseases, promote good nutrition in women and children. The non-profit organisations also want to improve personal hygiene and sanitation, promote safe water drinking, capacity building against maternal and infant mortality and build awareness on HIV/AIDS and TB among the young, children, poor and elderly. The intervention is of more help if implemented in rural areas where the level of knowledge and participation is comparatively lower than the urban cities.

Free Check-Up and Aid

Other people can also lend a helping hand in organizing diagnostic health camps in rural areas and contribute to the welfare of society. Camps of such nature are generally put up in urban and rural slums so that the needy can easily avail the health services extended to them. Organisations depute consultants from different disciplines inside these camps along with volunteers who facilitate their smooth functioning. Here, it is seen that the minor concerns are addressed at the local level itself but referrals are made for treatment of the major problems.

Inside a Diagnostic Health Camps

For better understanding, an example of a rural health camp conducted at WAVE City in Delhi NCR with support from the Indo-German Hospital. About 600 families where reached out this way and the camp treated people suffering from skin, anaemia, respiratory and gynaecological problems. Here, villagers turned up in large numbers to receive free medical consultation and aids. You can see several other customized health camps put up in the surrounding areas to offer facilities of similar nature. They provide preventive, curative, referral, promotive and comprehensive health services to numerous people living in the selected intervention areas. The duration of these check-up facilities ranges from 1-15 days a month with frequencies between a month to an entire year.

What Can You Do?

Incontinence is occurring more and more and is often uncomfortable and embarrassing. However your practitioner can help and there is much support if you know where to look. Incontinence is the involuntary leaking of urine. It can happen when you sneeze or run and is more likely in women who have had children and in men as they get older.

Older people get incontinence more as the body changes when you age but any age can suffer from incontinence. It is important that you talk to a natural therapist or doctor and not let it progress. Many people suffer in silence thinking it is only happening to them. It may be treated with medication, altering your behaviour and certain exercise or in difficult cases with surgery.

There are four general types of incontinence. These are stress, urge, functional and overflow. Stress incontinence occurs when you are coughing, sneezing or exercise. Urge incontinence is when you can’t seem to hold the urine flow until you get to a toilet. This is because the bladder is not filling, storing or emptying properly.

Usually the bladder fills and when there is about one cup of urine there stored you feel the need to go to the toilet. The bladder keeps filling while you have the urge and the urine is stored. There are muscles in the bladder that contract to force the urine out while your body relaxes the round muscles to expand and empty out. If any of these don’t function properly it creates issues. There may be many illnesses that cause this such as urine infections, prostrate issues, injuries, weaknesses in the bladder area, side effects of stroke, prolapse etc.

Treatment varies depending on the causes but there are exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. These include a schedule of when to go to the toilet and Kegel exercises for the pelvic floor. Your doctor or therapist will be able to help you with these.

There is also electrical machinery which can teach you how to do these exercises better. It does this by making you aware of where the muscles are and how to contract them. Supermarkets have lots of pads and under undergarments to help with leaking although they are not pleasant so it is better to start doing your pelvic floor exercises now so you prevent incontinence when you are older perhaps. It is also important to avoid constipation, watch your weight and what you eat as these can also affect you in the long-term.

If your symptoms are really bad you might need an operation or medication to relax the bladder, increase its muscle tone or strengthen the sphincter. Doctors sometimes insert artificial sphincters and if it’s really bad the doctor will recommend a catheter although this can increase your chances of infection.

Ladies talk to your gynaecologist, men to an urologist or natural therapist about this condition. Your general practitioner will be able to refer you to a specialist. There are herbs that can help and hypnosis can suppress the urge to go to the toilet. Don’t let incontinence silently continue. It could be symptoms of something else. Your doctor will do a urine test, cystoscopy (inspection inside the bladder), and even maybe an urodynamic study to measure the pressure and urine flow. It is important to get these done to stay healthy.

Facial Care For Acne-Prone Skin

First of all, it is important to know what acne is and what causes it. Acne is a chronic disease that affects millions of teenagers and adults around the world. It occurs when sebum, an oil secreted by the oil glands, dead skin cells and other debris clump together into a plug and clog pores. This will attract bacteria that will cause inflammations or pimples.

Cleansing should be the first step to a healthy skin care regimen, usually morning and night. People with acne should opt for a gentle cleanser containing salicylic acid that helps dry up acne. Avoid soaps; they have a higher pH level than your skin. This can cause your skin to over dry which will send your oil glands in overdrive. Definitely not what you want to happen.

If you suffer with acne, you will want to avoid exfoliation. Just a little scrubbing can irritate your skin and drive those oil glands berserk! Instead, use gentle circular motions to massage in your mild cleanser. When you are finished, rinse, and then pat. Never rub! Rubbing can irritate your skin and encourage oil production.

Choosing a moisturizer can be tricky if you have acne. The last thing you want is to clog pores and make things worse than they already are. First, you need to choose a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. You might want to go with a product made with natural ingredients such as minerals, fruit and plant extracts and vitamins. On the other hand, you may want a product made of synthetic materials. Whichever you prefer, you should make sure it is filled with antioxidants and other skin-repairing essential ingredients. Without these, your skin will be very susceptible to sun damage and red blemishes from acne breakouts.

A clay mask might be a great addition to your facial care routine. It is important however, to read labels to make sure it contains ingredients that will help get rid of acne. A mask for acne-prone skin should contain ingredients that have antimicrobial and antibacterial effects to keep blemishes away. Go for the one that has the ability to absorb and remove toxins and debris that clog pores and cause acne.