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  • Anything But The Flu!

    What To Do If You Get the Flu

    I’m guessing that the flu isn’t on your top-10 wish list, right? But just in case you get sick this flu season, here’s a list of 10 things you can do to help ease your symptoms—and to stop the flu in its tracks and protect others.

    1. Stock up. A few supplies may make it a bit easier to manage the flu. It’s best to have these on hand before you get sick. Otherwise, send a healthy member of your family out on an errand, if you can.
    • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen for reducing fevers and easing achiness
    • A thermometer
    • Cough syrup or cough drops
    • Saline nose drops or sprays
    • Drinks such as fruit juices or tea (avoid caffeine)
    • Easy-to-eat foods such as clear soups, crackers, or applesauce1,2
    1. Stay home! The first day you have symptoms, you may be tempted to venture out to work or school. Please don’t! Not only do you need the rest, but this is also when you’re most contagious.1 Try to nap—and read or binge-watch your favorite television episodes.
    2. Prevent the spread. In addition to staying home, wash your hands often and cover your cough and sneeze into your sleeve.2
    3. Drink fluids, breathe steam. This is a great way to thin your mucus, making it easier to cough up. This may help prevent a lung infection. Using a humidifier (a cool mist) or breathing in steam from a hot shower may also help ease congestion.1
    4. Calm your cough. It can be exhausting, I know. Try over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines—an expectorant helps thin mucus. Do not give a child under age 4 any type of cough medicine. Sucking on lozenges may also help your cough or scratchy throat.1
    5. Ease nose woes. You—or your kids—can try saline nose drops or sprays to ease nasal congestion. First, put a few drops into one nostril. Then gently blow the mucus and saline out. Repeat on the other side.1
    6. Treat other symptoms. Sure, a fever—along with chills and achiness—is a sign your body is fighting off the virus. But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer in silence. Ask me if you have any questions about which fever reducer to take. But don’t forget: Never give aspirin to someone younger than 19—it can lead to a serious illness.1
    7. Ask about antivirals. Your health care provider may advise you to take one. If you do this within 48 hours of when symptoms begin, you have a fighting chance of reducing their impact.1,2
    8. Know when to seek medical help. If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, call the doctor:
    • Dark urine
    • Dizziness
    • Fever of 100 degrees F for 3 or more days
    • Returning fever or sore throat after feeling better

    More serious symptoms require immediate medical care:

    • Wheezing or shortness of breath
    • Coughing up blood
    • Chest pain or pressure
    • Balance problems or confusion2
    1. Talk to me! And of course it goes without saying: If you need guidance about any products—or any questions whatsoever—let me know, and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction.

    Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

     

    Sources

    1. WebMD: “10 Tips to Ease Flu Symptoms.” Available at: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/coping-with-flu#1 Accessed 8-31-17.

    2. Public Health: “Treatment of Flu.” Available at: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/flu/treatment/ Accessed 8-31-17.

  • Summertime Fun in the Sun

    In honor of summer officially kicking off with the summer solstice yesterday, here is an informative blog post from the caring  staff here at Huff’s to help you stay safe in the sun and keep this summer fun for you and your family!

    Protect Yourself from the Sun

    Did you know that skin cancer rates are on the rise in the U.S., where it is the most common type of cancer?1 It’s no wonder. Just in the past year alone, one-third of the adult population has been sunburned at least once. And that lobster-red look is a clear sign of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—a known cause of skin cancer,  which can impact any age, gender, or race.1,2

    Risks of tanning. But you’re not off the hook if you stop at tanning. That’s your body’s response to sun injury.1 When you tan—either outdoors or indoors—you increase your risk of melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer. You also increase your risk of:

    • Premature skin aging—wrinkles and age spots
    • Damaged skin texture
    • Potentially blinding eye diseases1

    Here’s the silver lining in this gloomy cloud: Avoiding the sun’s UV rays is one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer.1

    General guidelines. You probably know the drill, but it bears repeating:

    1. Seek shade and stay out of the sun, if you can, when UV rays are strongest—from 10 am to 4 pm.
    2. Be extra careful at higher altitudes where skin burns faster.
    3. Limit exposure to water, sand, snow, and concrete—surfaces that reflect light.
    4. Use sun protection even on cloudy days, when certain types of UV rays can be stronger.
    5. Rely on diet and supplements to get your vitamin D, not the sun.2,3

    Sunscreen. Don’t use a product that combines sunscreen and insect repellant. Reapplying it will expose you to too much of the repellent’s ingredients. Also, avoid spray tans and bronzers—they won’t protect your skin from UV rays.4

    Do choose sunscreens that:

    • Block both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Are labeled with sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher.
    • Are water resistant—they’re more protective when you sweat.
    • Are products you will use consistently. Generally, creams are best for dry skin and the face, gels work well for hairy areas, and sticks are easier to apply near eyes. Mineral-based sunscreens—such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—work well if you have sensitive skin.2,3

    Wear sunscreen every day, even if you plan to be outside a short time. For best results, apply it generously 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside to all exposed areas—don’t forget your feet and ears. (A lip balm works best for your lips.) Always reapply after swimming or sweating and about every two hours or as often as the package suggests.2,3

    Sun-protective clothing. In addition to sunscreen, wear clothing that can better protect you such as:

    • A hat with a wide brim. This works better than a baseball cap or visor for shielding your whole face from the sun.
    • Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Loose-fitting, unbleached, tightly woven fabrics.
    • Special clothing that absorbs UV rays.3

    Don’t forget to protect those parts of your body that may be in constant sunlight— your nose, forehead, and eyes.  Questions about sun-protection products or other ways to protect your family in the sun? Remember, I’m right here—your ready resource.

    Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

     

    Sources:

    1. CDC: “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.” Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/pdf/consumer-booklet.pdf Accessed 6-6-17.
    2. American Academy of Dermatology: “Sunscreen FAQs.” Available at: https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs Accessed 6-6-17.
    3. MedlinePlus: “Sun Protection.” Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000378.htm Accessed 6-6-17.
    4. FDA: “5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation.” Available at: https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm389469.htm Accessed 6-6
  • Yard Sale!

    Looking For a cool way to donate money to a great cause? Come check out our Yard Sale this Saturday, April 15th, to help us raise money for Gilmer County’s annual Relay for Life Event! The yard sale will be held here at the store, by our friendly staff from 8am to 2pm, so come by and see what we’ve got!

  • Welcome!

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    The Staff here at Huff’s would like to welcome you to our new blog! Here you will find the latest information about what is going on in the store, and informative content about how to manage your health wisely. It is our mission to best serve our patients in every capacity that we can. So please, join us on our journey as we strive to provide you with the best service possible!

     

     

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