What Do I Need To Know About Nail Health?

Many of us enjoy treating ourselves to regular manicures and pedicures. It is relaxing and makes you feel pampered, especially since the rest of your week is busy with things like meal planning, driving the kids to/from activities AND working your strenuous job. The nail salon is rarely thought of as a risk to your health but here are a few things to consider when scheduling your next mani/pedi. Ingrown toenails can occur from improperly cutting the nail. Be sure you have your nails cut straight across and avoid cutting the nail in a curve. If the nail is curved, the nail may cut into your skin while it grows out and this may cause a skin infection. Toenail fungus can also occur if you

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is a chronic condition in which your blood pressure is elevated (>140/90) on two separate readings separated by two weeks. Most cases of hypertension are due to lifestyle choices. Here are some simple things you can do to help lower your blood pressure so that you can avoid the diagnosis of hypertension. These tips can also help in lowering your blood pressure enough to the point which your doctor can safely discontinue certain medications! Cut out the salt. Most of us have no idea how much salt is actually in our diets. When I ask my patients about what they eat, they usually claim they don’t eat much salt at all. However, what people aren’t aware of is the salt in season

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!

Cervical cancer is related to high-risk Human Papilloma virus (HPV). Risk factors for contracting HPV include age of first intercourse and number of sexual partners. Most healthy non-smoking women can clear the virus, however, immunocompromised conditions and smoking decrease the chance of women clearing this virus on their own. Subsequently, this can lead to cervical cancer. Most cervical cancer cases occur in women who do not obtain routine and recommended screening. Routine pap smear testing is recommended in women 21 years of age and older, regardless of sexual activity. If initial screening is negative, then the frequency is spaced out to every 3 years. For women with cervical cel

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