People should be mindful of their shoes, especially when hiking is involved.
Now that spring is in full force, families can take advantage of the longer days by spending as much time outside as possible. While there are many activities these groups can do together, one of the most popular is camping. According to the 2017 North American Camping Reports, compared to 2016 data, 13 million U.S. more households plan to camp in 2017.As people start planning these outings, it’s important to think about doing so safely.
Researchers at at-work on a new device to treat wounds in real-time.
As the name might imply, complex wounds are much more involved than standard varieties that patients might encounter. Due to a number of factors – from the intensity of the wound to a patient’s specific medical background and overall health – these wounds require a much greater level of care and attention. It’s for that very reason that a number of different technologies have been created over the years, with machines like the negative pressure device built to improve the quality of care for millions of patients everywhere. That groundbreaking research continues today with yet another advancement. Scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington have created a device that can monitor and treat wounds in real time.
Certain adhesive tapes are designed to be hypoallergenic.
In the wound healing process, having the right tape or adhesive is often just as important as the kind of bandage or dressing. That’s because a large percentage of patients can have an adverse allergic reaction to certain kinds of adhesive materials. According to a 2010 report published in the journal Dermatitis, most patients experience what’s called contact dermatitis, which is a rash caused by foreign substances. In the case of adhesive tape, it’s usually one of a handful of chemicals, like hydroabietic acid – an industrial derivative – and wood rosin, which is another adhesive.
Fortunately, there is a solution, as many retailers offer adhesive tape that’s specifically designed to reduce allergic reactions and foster a more beneficial wound care experience.
There are different advantages to advanced dressings over standard gauze.
When it comes to proper wound healing, physicians have a wide array of dressings, bandages and other tools at their disposal. However, some of these options are more effective than others. Specifically, advanced wound care dressings have far more benefits than some more traditional methods such as gauze and tape. These include faster heal times, fewer issues concerning drainage and, in certain instances, less risk of accompanying infection.
Your insurance deductible will renew at the end of the year, making now a good time for a doctor’s visit.
Although you should never skimp on your health, making a last minute visit to your doctor is a wise choice as the end of the year nears, particularly when it comes to your wound care treatment. The key to saving money while enjoying the same level of care is to visit your doctor before New Year’s, as this will allow you to benefit from your current health insurance deductible. Not only will you save money by receiving the care and supplies you need, you will also be better equipped to treat your wounds during winter’s harsh weather conditions.