Rashes — we’ve all had them. They are annoying, painful and itchy.
Sometimes rashes occur with an illness, infection, insect bite, a drug reaction to a drug, stress, an encounter with a poisonous plant or an allergy to a product, causing hives and swelling of the skin.
A rash under or around the eye is called angioedema, which causes swelling in the face, usually close to the eyes or mouth. Although angioedema is similar in appearance to hives, the welts are larger and go down deeper into the skin, and may be an indication of a serious medical condition. Sometimes the swelling may occur in the throat and create problems with breathing and swallowing.
While most rashes are minor, according to WebMD, it’s important to contact your physician to verify the type, source and treatment options. Some rashes can be treated with over-the-counter or home remedies, but others may require a prescription drug to stop the reaction and allow the body to heal.
To learn more about rashes and hives, review Rash 101: Introduction to Common Skin Rashes, provided by MedicineNet.com, or review the Symptom Checker for skin rashes provided by Mayo Clinic.
Did you know that the state you live in could affect your health as you age?
According to the United Health Foundation, the number of senior Americans will increase by more than 50 percent between 2015 and 2030. Although Americans are living longer, many are sickly as they age and often are diagnosed with chronic health issues that could have been prevented, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The foundation recently reported results from a study on America’s senior health rankings. In addition to evaluating the health of older individuals, the foundation developed a list of the healthiest states for seniors, based on the availability of community health services, rates of significant medical concerns, prescription drug coverage options, and access to food and health care.
Learn more about the foundation’s report and the healthiest states for older Americans in an article published by BenefitsPro, “Five healthiest states for seniors.”
Sodium (salt) is a seasoning that can boost the flavor of foods, but new research indicates that adults and children worldwide are consuming an unhealthy amount of this flavor enhancement.
New research conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that 75 percent of the world’s population consumes nearly twice the daily recommended amount of sodium. And research coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that 75 percent of commercial prepackaged meals and snacks for toddlers are high in sodium.
Studies by medical professionals also have determined that too much sodium in the diets of adults and children can increase blood pressure and raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Learn more about the unhealthy consumption of sodium in an article featured in the Denver Post, “Salt Intake Linked to Heart Disease-Related Deaths Worldwide”: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22847311/salt-intake-linked-heart-disease-related-deaths-worldwide.
Approximately 39 percent of U.S. households have at least one dog, reports The Humane Society of the United States, with more than 78.2 million dogs owned across the country. Many people lavish love and attention on their dogs, and treat them as an honored member of the family. And although they spend considerable time with their pet, it’s easy to miss early signs that their four-legged friend is experiencing vision problems.
Vision problems, such as hazy vision or complete blindness, commonly occur as dogs advance in years. Other contributing factors may be heredity, disease or injury. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of dogs have diabetes, with an estimated 1 in 10 dogs worldwide experiencing this disease. Those that are obese or don’t have proper nutrition tend to be more susceptible.
About three out of four dogs with diabetes also develop cataracts within in the first year of diagnosis, which may result in partial or complete blindness. Other vision problems include glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy and suddenly acquired retinal degeneration syndrome.
Dogs do not have the same level of vision detail as their owners. Even though dogs can detect moving objects in dim light, they cannot focus as well on close-up objects. Many dogs also are colorblind.
Pet owners are advised to seek veterinary care as soon as their dog exhibits any vision changes. Early diagnosis is important in providing treatment.
Learn more about detecting canine vision problems by reading the WebMd article “Healthy Dogs.”