Poison ivy is the most common allergy in the United States, affecting about 50 million people every year. The rash from poison ivy is caused by an allergic reaction to urushiol, an oily substance in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ivy, through direct contact. Urushiol is also found in poison oak and poison […]
The summer months bring bouts of fun outdoor activities from swimming, bike riding, hiking, and even a trip to an amusement park! But planning on spending time out in the hot summer sun might lead to a case of sunburn if you neglected to apply sunscreen before heading out of the house.
To help heal and […]
Sprains and strains are common injuries that can happen in the work place, on the field or court, or even just at home. If you ever tried to define the difference between sprains and strains, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between the two.
There is a key difference between the two:
A sprain is an […]
Your eyes feel itchy, your nose is stuffy, and you’re finding yourself constantly reaching for a tissue. If this happens during the same time every year, you might be suffering from seasonal allergies.
An allergy is what happens when your immune system overreacts to something that is harmless, sending your body into a frenzy.
Some common allergens […]
No matter how hard you trained off-season, pollen season can knock you out before game time even starts.
The spring season is known to leave millions miserable for weeks at a time, and athletes who play outdoor sports are some of the main victims.
Some athletes cannot wait grab their baseball mitts or their lacrosse sticks, while […]
STD testing is not necessarily kitchen table talk, or even pillow talk, but if you and your partner are sexually active, you should have “The Talk” about getting tested.
Depending upon your sexual behavior, you may want to get tested more often than you think. When you are sexually active, there is a possibility that you […]
For many households, the melting of snow and blooming of flowers means it’s time for a spring cleaning session.
Spring cleaning not only helps you declutter your home; it can also improve your family’s overall health by killing germs and bacteria that have been living with you for months!
Here are a few areas of your home […]
Know Your Risks for Heart Disease
Risk factors are habits and conditions that can make a person develop a chronic health condition or disease. Habits such as smoking and having a poor diet can increase your risks for cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood […]
February is American Heart Month!
This annual event began under the President Lyndon B. Johnson administration in 1964 to raise awareness on the importance of heart health.
At the time of the Johnson administration, more than half of U.S. deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease, with little known information on ways to reduce risks for heart […]
So, you’re currently dealing with a runny nose, dry cough and thinking of calling out of work because you can’t bring yourself to leave your bed. A few days have gone by and your symptoms seem to have worsened. Is it time to visit a physician?
Now that we’re officially in flu season, your symptoms might […]