3 Ways to Allergy Proof Your Bedroom

There are few things in life more frustrating than allergies – the red eyes, itchy throat, runny nose and even hives and breathing difficulties. And if there’s anywhere that should be a refuge from allergies, it’s the sanctuary of the bedroom. So how do you go about allergy-proofing your room? Here are three tips to get you on your way to good and restful health.

Bedding

On average we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it should be an allergy-free experience. To really allergy-proof that room, start with the bedding. Your mattress, pillow and quilt are the most likely places for dust mites to reside and these are the critters that commonly trigger allergies and asthma.

Consider upgrading to natural fibres such as wool quilts and pillows to make the dust mites a little more unwelcome. Wool bedding companies such as MiniJumbuk specialise in anti-allergen bedding (click here to see their range). And remember to wash your linen often. If you really wish to make life tricky for those little nasties, you can get dust mite-proof covers for quilts, pillows and mattresses.

Flooring

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Carpet is another common home for dust mites, so if possible go with hardwood or tiled floors. If carpet is a must, again it’s time to turn to natural fibres and choose a short pile instead of long.

Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week, and don’t forget to get under the bed. Use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter and double bag if necessary to avoid breathing in excess dust.

Wooden or tiled floors should be swept and mopped at least once a week and while you’re cleaning, remember to remove dust from your bed frame and regularly flip your mattress. Don’t forget to also dust your curtains, blinds and fans too.

De-clutter and air

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Where there’s dust, there’s dust mites so de-clutter your bedroom. After all this is the place where you sleep, not the local museum. Ensure you do not store items under your bed in order to eliminate dusty hidey-holes. It’s great to have books in the home but don’t keep them in piles next to or under the bed as they are also a haven for dustmites.

Any items you do have in the bedroom should be dusted once a week, including dusting off bedside lamps with a damp cloth. Don’t forget behind and under the bedside tables.

Lastly, remember to blow out the cobwebs. Regularly allow fresh air and sunlight into the room by opening up the windows and doors. Another common trigger for allergies is mould, so allow in natural light and air to really dry the room out.

Allergies are no fun to live with and if you know someone who suffers them, you’ll have witnessed the negative impact they can have on one’s wellbeing. The good news is they can be combated, it just takes the right weapons and a commitment to having a dust-free zone.

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The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

As we get older, most people expect to lose their hearing and have their memory get a little bit worse. But interestingly, recent research has shown an association between Alzheimer’s and hearing loss. Among people over 60, hearing loss accounted for over one-third of the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In the United States, 48 million people experience some type of hearing loss, while over five million have Alzheimer’s. The two diseases have many symptoms in common:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Problems talking and understanding what’s being said
    • Feelings of isolation
    • Attitudes of denial, defensiveness, or negativity

As hearing loss increases, so does your risk for dementia. This may be traced back to the relationship between brain activity and hearing. Our hearing is largely related to small hair cells; age or exposure to loud noises for a long time can make small hair cells disappear. With less hair cells, it becomes harder to capture sound, and the less sound you hear, the less active the nerves are, which then leads to your brain becoming less active.

If your brain is inactive, your nerve cells can die and you can lose tissue throughout the brain. Gradually, the brain shrinks dramatically, which affects almost all of its functions. In an inactive brain, cells can also tangle, which cuts off nutrient flows and eventually kills the cells.

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or Alzheimer’s, see a doctor for a hearing loss test. Studies have shown that patients with Alzheimer’s showed an improved ability to communicate and understand others after getting fitted with hearing aids. Early detection and treatment is key in slowing down hearing loss and potentially preventing Alzheimer’s.

Can You Be a Surrogate Mother?

In this day and age couples tend to give too much focus on their lifestyles and career. Professionals spend most of their time in their workplace trying hard to climb up that corporate ladder. Time passes by with them not knowing they have aged and worse many already suffer different health problems. Health problems coupled with old age especially to women can cause them difficulty in pregnancy. However, there can be solutions for this problem and one of them is finding a surrogate mother.

So what is a surrogate mother? It is defined in The Free Dictionary as a woman who bears a child for another person, often for pay, either through artificial insemination or by carrying until birth another woman’s surgically implanted fertilized egg. Depending on her reason, a woman can have a feeling of insecurity for not having the opportunity to carry her own baby in her womb. This can have psychological effects on her. Needless to say, there are also important points to look at on a surrogate candidate. For those who want to be moms and looking for a surrogate, this graphic can help you assess if the woman you are eyeing on to become a surrogate is capable of carrying your child.

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A Guide to Your Hip Health Diagnosis

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In addition to accidental injury, there are many potential causes of internal hip pain. While some issues may be relatively easy to assess, such as a hernia, other cases may not be so clear. When getting an initial diagnosis from your doctor, he or she will review your medical history in detail and perform a basic physical examination. You should keep in mind that, once an initial assessment has been made, further testing may be needed.

Discussing Your Medical History

In order to pinpoint the source of pain and recommend the best course of treatment, every diagnosis must begin with a careful discussion of your medical history. Make sure to consider the following questions before your appointment:

  • Was your pain preceded by any injury or accident?
  • What factors worsen the discomfort? What seems to relieve it?
  • Where does pain occur in your hips, legs, or lower back? When does it occur?
  • Does the discomfort limit your mobility, or prevent you from daily activities?
  • Do you feel pain in any other areas of your body?

Your doctor will also likely ask you to describe your pain (e.g., sharp, dull or burning), or ask you to locate the severity of discomfort on a pain scale. Additionally, he or she will need to know about existing conditions, such as osteoporosis, and any current use of supplements or medications.

Physical Examinations and Tests

During your initial assessment, you doctor will perform a basic physical examination. He or she may ask you to walk or move your limbs in order to determine range of motion and location of pain. They will also likely inspect the knee joints, spine, and groin, since examining these areas can often identify hidden pelvic issues.

In cases where there is no clear cause, or if your doctor suspects that your pain is the result of a musculoskeletal issue, he or she may order an X-ray or MRI. X-ray imaging will allow a clear view of issues with bone structure or deterioration. Meanwhile, MRI scans provide an even more detailed picture of the state of your joints and cartilage.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend blood testing. A blood test can help to detect an elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and white blood cell count: common indicators of the presence of infection. Such testing can also reveal issues with rheumatism or multiple myeloma, which are often associated with otherwise unexplained pain in the hips.

While it may take a series of tests and a bit of patience to ultimately determine the source of your pain, an accurate diagnosis will ultimately lead to the best treatment plan for your specific case.

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Have a Healthy Home

Autumn has just begun and soon will be winter. These seasons come with the ever famous colds. Colds if not prevented could lead to flu. We all know that having flu can be burdensome and bothering to both the patient and the people taking care of them. You don’t want the feeling of being weak and not able to move around properly even inside your home. Colds is viral and can be immediately passed on to whoever comes close and has weak immune system so to prevent flu from spreading in your home check out this infographic on flu and how to keep your home healthy.

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