Covid Plan By Dr. Oz

Covid Plan By Dr. Oz

In case you missed it Dr. Oz and his crew put together a covid defense plan providing social media followers with a few tips.

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Heat Stroke Prevention

Heat Stroke Prevention

Happy Monday, friends!

There’s no doubt summer is here. Yesterday, it was brutally hot in many parts of the country including, here.

The only thing that made the heat harder to deal with besides rolling blackouts is the California wildfires. As I write this, the California governor has declared California a state of emergency. So before I move on to the point of this article I just want to say “Thank you” to all the men and women who put their lives on the line to fight fires, save lives, homes and animals. And thank you to the families who must be in a constant state of worry during fire season.

With that said, today, I’m talking about heat stroke prevention. I’ve said it before, I know, but I truly believe prevention is the key to healthy and safe living.

But in order to prevent anything, we have to be aware. Aware of our body, gut and surroundings. When we get a symptom or a signal, we have to act swiftly.

With prevention in mind the following tips are brought to you by the CDC and the Mayo Clinic.

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Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.

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Protect Against Sunburn.

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself. So consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Drink Fluids. 💦

Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.

Take Extra Precautions With Certain Medications.

I didn’t know this but apparently there are medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat. (Keep reading)

Medications that affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and respond appropriately to heat include some used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems (beta blockers, diuretics), reduce allergy symptoms (antihistamines), calm you (tranquilizers), or reduce psychiatric symptoms such as delusions (antipsychotics). Additionally, some illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines, can increase your core temperature.

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Take it Easy During the Hottest Part of the Day.

If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.

Bonus Reminder.

Never leave anyone in a parked car. Please.

This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.

It’s not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.

If you’d like to learn more about heat stroke prevention and causes please go to the Mayo Clinic or the CDC.

A Dermatologist Shares Her Tips to Good Hand Skincare and Anti-Aging Treatments

A Dermatologist Shares Her Tips to Good Hand Skincare and Anti-Aging Treatments

“Hand skin care is just as important and often overlooked when it comes to prevention and treatment of aging.”

By Dr. Michelle Hure, MD, MS

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Aesthetic medicine has traditionally focused on face and body beautification while ignoring one of the most expressive and age-revealing areas. Hand skincare is just as important and often overlooked when it comes to prevention and treatment of aging. Not only does the skin on our hands undergo photoaging from chronic UV exposure and the pigmentation, skin-thinning and wrinkles associated with that, but the constant exposure to water, soap and chemicals found in our daily routines exacerbate the aging process.

Here are a few tips, products and procedures to keep hands youthful or help turn back the hands of time.

Hand skin care in our twenties should focus on prevention, just like facial skin care.

This really comes down to taking good care of the skin and wearing sunscreen, daily. It’s important to realize that harsh skin care is aging your skin.

So, any product that touches your skin should be gentle, fragrance free and moisturizing. Gentle cleansers, lukewarm water and regular moisturizing are mainstays of good hand care. In addition to that, protection with gloves when washing dishes or handling chemical cleaners is essential.

One of the most important preventative measures you can take is limiting the UV exposure that will incrementally add up over time to cause the aging issues we see in our forties and beyond. Applying (and reapplying) sunscreen 30+ daily is necessary but sometimes hard to do. Consider investing in UPF gloves to wear while driving and/or getting manicures where UV or LED light is used.

In our thirties, forties and beyond

Once we’re in our thirties and forties, the aging process has already taken over and will continue into the later decades.

Many times we see youthful-appearing mature women and men who invested in their facial skin care and anti-aging procedures only to have their hands give away their true age. During these decades we need to continue with all the prevention rituals and add in rejuvenation procedures when appropriate.

Hand rejuvenation procedures should address all the different layers of skin, the epidermis, dermis and underlying subcutaneous tissue.

Many people in this age group will show sun-induced hyperpigmentation of the top layer of skin (epidermis) known as “solar lentigines” or sun spots. Often, non-invasive procedures employing light chemical peels, IPL devices, non-ablative laser or even liquid nitrogen can have a huge impact on the perception of youthful hands by eradicating the hyperpigmentation. Topical agents such as retinoids, hydroquinone and cysteamine are a safe at-home option for patients who want conservative treatment for mild photoaging.

Once the deeper dermal collagen and elastic tissue have degraded and the underlying soft tissues have become depleted, the hand undergoes skeltonization revealing the underlying tendons, blood vessels and bones.

To achieve rejuvenation at this point, we need to rely on more invasive techniques to restore youthful characteristics. Radiofrequency, microneedling and non-ablative, fractional laser procedures can help restore skin thickness by stimulating new collagen and elastic tissue formation.

To help restore youthful volume and mask underlying anatomic structures, more invasive procedure like filler or fat injections are the top choices.

With any procedure, non-invasive or invasive, it’s important to realize that hands are delicate and should be treated conservatively to avoid scarring and infection. Some aggressive procedures we perform on the face could be absolutely disastrous on the hands.

As with all cosmetic procedures, check with your board-certified physician to discuss what options are best for your needs.

Dr. Hure is double board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology in both Dermatopathology and Anatomic Pathology. And, the owner of OC SkinLab, a full-service dermatology practice in California.

You can learn more about Dr. Hure and OC SkinLab by going to her website OCskinlab and you can follow her on Instagram @ocskinlab