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Do I Need A Flu Shot?

A common misconception is that only elderly or immunocompromised people need the flu shot. Of course, those at higher risk of infection and complications of infections would be high priority. However, certain strains of the flu virus, such as the Spanish influenza of 1918, are so virulent that it turns the host’s immune system against itself. So actually, those strains of the flu attack the young and healthy more than the older/immunocompromised population. Worried that the flu shot will give you the flu? There is no need to worry about that. The flu shot is an inactivated form of the flu virus and even though side effects may be achiness and fatigue, it is usually from stimulation of yo

Yeast! Do I Have It On My Skin & How Do I Get Rid Of It?

Yeast tend to thrive in warm, moist environments and it is no surprise that yeast infections increase during the hot summer months in Texas. Common areas include the armpits, groin, under breast tissue and on the feet. Most cases of yeast or tinea resolve with time using a topical over-the-counter anti-fungal such as Clotrimazole or Ketaconazole. More extensive infections or tinea infections on the scalp may require use of oral anti-fungals, which require a prescription. If you are noticing that you are getting recurrent yeast infections or infections that will not clear with over-the-counter medications, be sure to talk to your doctor. You may have a condition that predisposes you to ye

FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps! How Do I Know If My Personal Care Products Are Sa

The FDA recently ruled against the use of antibacterial soaps that include one or more of the 19 ingredients that were deemed unsafe and ineffective suggesting they have no added benefits as compared to regular soap and water and may increase the risk of bacterial resistance and harmful effects from hormones. For prevention of illness and infection in your home, it is recommended to use regular soap and running water. Healthcare and food industries, however, have exceptions to this new FDA ruling and certain antibacterial cleaners are still allowed. The take home message is simple. Try to limit the toxic chemicals you bring into your home and put into your body. Use clean running water an

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