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Cataract Awareness Month

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There are nearly a quarter-million new cases of cataracts every single year in the United States alone. It’s a serious public health issue that tends to afflict older individuals and increase in prevalence with aging.

The majority of cataracts develop very gradually over many years, even multiple decades. The most common sign that you may be dealing with cataracts is blurry vision that persists over time.

Living with cataracts can be difficult since objects can appear quite blurry or out of focus. Cataract surgery that replaces your eye’s blurry lens with a clean, though artificial, lens is one way to deal with cataracts and get on with your life.

Raising Awareness About Cataracts

Because the incidence of cataracts, or blurring of someone’s lens, tends to increase with age, it’s no surprise that older individuals tend to swell the rolls on those undergoing cataract surgery.

In fact, the National Eye Institute found that a full fifty percent of octogenarians have cataracts so severe that surgery was warranted. After surgery many of these patients were able to experience dramatically improved vision and carry out daily activities without any difficulty.

Due to the way that cataracts develop, the onset of cataracts can affect one eye…and perhaps just the one eye. Many patients worry about cataracts spreading to the other eye but ophthalmologists tell us that that’s not possible. We shouldn’t worry about cataracts spreading like that.

Causes of Cataracts

The lens of your eye is the clear piece of your eye that helps to focus a light – and, thus, convey an image – to the retina of your eye. Having a clear lens is essential for having light hit the retina properly and your experiencing clear vision throughout the day.

Your eye works in a way that some people would find counter-intuitive since it works by sending light from your lens to the retina at the back of your eye. Most people think of everything as occurring in the front part of their eye yet the eyes are a more complicated organ than that.

Even the lens itself is positioned behind your eye’s pupil and iris, so the retina is quite far back. The retina is very sensitive to light – so, your lens need to be absolutely clear for your retina to accurately interpret the images in your environment.

It’s important that your lens remain clear because the lens has been implicated in depth perception. The lens adjusts accordingly for objects that are far away and those that are in the immediate environment. This underlines the importance of having a clear lens, and why cataracts can be such an issue for some.

Ophthalmologists think that the structure of the lens can alter slightly over time, and that this alteration might be what’s behind cataracts. Changes in the protein and water composition of your lens are likely behind the cloudiness that many experience with cataracts.

How Cataracts are Removed

Cataract surgery can revitalize your vision if you’re suffering from cataracts. The surgery is considered safe since over 90% of people report better vision after the surgery and, when following the doctor’s orders, the chance of post-surgical infection is quite low.

Most eye doctors will recommend cataract surgery only when an individual is older and having serious problems carrying out basic activities.

When someone can’t see the television or read the text on a page, or if cataracts are adversely affecting another chronic condition like macular degeneration, then cataract surgery might be recommended by your eye doctor.

Conditions like diabetes and lifestyle choices like smoking can increase your chances for cataracts. Regular eye exams are recommended.

 

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National Safety Month

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National Safety Month is observed during the month of June. Every year, people are encouraged to become aware of the steps to reduce the likelihood of injuries and death caused by many different factors such as negligence, accidents, and more. If there is a special day for a certain awareness campaign, there is also a month-long observance such as this.

Every day, we are faced with the risk of getting injured that may eventually lead to sudden death. This is taking a toll not only on our families, but also on the economy in general as unexpected injuries are counter-productive. Moreover, safety is considered our basic need on top of food, shelter, and clothing. We all have an instinct to be safe, but some of us are not aware of the ways to ensure it.

What Must Be Achieved in National Safety Month?

There are months in which people become observant of a corresponding theme. For instance, December 25 is Christmas day, but the entire month of December is filled with Christmas themes such as Christmas messages, ads, events, and more. All these can slowly shape our culture.

Such is what must be achieved in National Safety Month. People should observed and practice all that are being propagated until they make it a habit to follow safety tips all the time. National Safety Month aims to shape our culture in order to make our community a safer place to live.

What Are the Safety Concerns Covered by National Safety Month?

Safety at Home

Our home should be the safest place we can resort to. However, this is not what happens all the time. Children are commonly the victims of accidents at home simply because they are too young to be aware of the risk involved in every kind of activity.

Falling is one of the most common causes of injuries at home. Although children are vulnerable to this kind of accident, adults can also become victims as they need to fix something at home like roof, ceiling, window, cabinet, curtain, ect. However, sometimes, falling causes death depending upon the situation.

Fire is also another common accident that happens at home. This is because some people are not aware of what causes fire at home such as prolonged charging of electronic devices, improper use of kitchen stoves, faulty electrical wiring, and so on.

Safety at Work

At work, injuries happen in many ways. In production areas, workers get injured because of improper use of dangerous machines. In construction areas, falling debris and slippery floors are the usual causes of accidents and injuries.

Aside from work-related activities, some accidents simply happen in company premises even outside working hours. Therefore, workers should be cautious not only during work, but even after work for, as long as they are still in the workplace.

Safety on the Road

Every year, around 1.3 million people die in road crashes around the world. This is a very serious problem which must be addressed not only by government authorities but also by private individuals.

Some people die on the road because of the negligence of other people. No matter how carefully you drive, there are some drivers who are not as careful as you are, and they may drag you to a situation you keep avoiding. Nevertheless, there are different steps to get rid of such incidents, so people must be aware.

Accidents are typically the result of being complacent. Sometimes, the lack of discipline causes this. All of these topics are what National Safety Month aims to address to keep people safe.

 

 

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National HIV Testing Day

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Every year, many people participate in the National HIV Testing Day, which takes place every June 27th. This is in line with the government’s HIV awareness campaign. The objective of this annual event is to identify people with HIV and educate them about various treatment procedures. This will also enable HIV patients to find community support to reduce the effect of the disease.

On the other hand, people with negative results should be aware about fighting HIV. The National HIV Testing Day is not just for HIV carriers but for all people who can make a difference.

Benefits of Participating the National HIV Testing Day

Know if You Have HIV

The ultimate benefit of participating in the National HIV Testing Day is, of course, to know whether or not you suffer from HIV. Most people usually would not initiate a move to visit a doctor for HIV diagnosis simply because it never occurs in their mind that they have HIV until they are suddenly or accidentally tested.

The National HIV Testing Day will help people find out whether or not they suffer from HIV. This will encourage not only those who suspect themselves to be carrying the disease, but also those who wish to ensure they are healthy all the time.

In the US, there an average of 45,000 people adding to the list of 1.2 million HIV patients every year. This shows that National HIV Testing Day helps discover more HIV carriers who even didn’t know they had HIV.

Know the Latest in HIV Treatments

In the past, there was virtually no treatment for HIV. Nowadays, there are a lot of medicines and procedures that can reduce the effects of the symptoms of HIV. Although there is no permanent cure yet for HIV, there are a lot of studies and research programs that are being undertaken to find the ultimate cure for HIV, and the National HIV Testing Day can be a proper way to get updates on them.

Most people think that having HIV is like the end of the world. However, if they are able to develop new technologies and treatment procedures for HIV, they will become more confident to move on with their lives and stay healthy.

Preventing HIV

The National HIV Testing Day aims to educate as many people as possible about the risk of HIV and how it can be prevented. Though some ideas about HIV prevention seem like common sense to many people, they can also serve as reminders, so they can give importance to HIV prevention.

However, there are also many people who are not even aware of the ways to prevent HIV. For instance, some people don’t know that blood transfusion may cause HIV if not handled properly. Another thing is that some people don’t know that they inherit HIV from their parents who don’t know they are suffering from such disease. The National HIV Testing Day is a chance to learn what to do in such cases.

Who Should Participate in the National HIV Testing Day?

Anyone between 13 years old and 64 years old. Male and female regardless of health conditions are encouraged to get tested. To participate, find a testing site near you or visit any organization that actively promotes HIV prevention.

Conclusion

The National HIV Testing Day is observed every year the way people observe a holiday. However, you don’t have to wait until June 27th just to get tested for HIV. You can do it anywhere it may be offered.

 

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National Scleroderma Awareness Month

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There are many awareness months you may observe, and one of these is National Scleroderma Awareness Month. This is observed every month of June and is usually led by organizations such as the Scleroderma Foundation. The month-long awareness campaign can be participated not only by scleroderma patients, but also by anyone who wishes to help.

What Is Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is a skin disease which makes it impossible for patients to move some parts of their body like hands, feet, neck, and so on. Sclero means “hard” and derma means “skin,” so scleroderma is the hardening of skin similar with leprosy, but different in a way that it does not decay. However, the disease stays forever as there is still no permanent cure for it.

So far, it’s not clear what causes scleroderma. It just appears to anyone without any signs. Moreover, many people wouldn’t know what kind of disease it is because it comes on suddenly. You will just find yourself unable to move your fingers, as though there is an outside force stopping you from moving them.

More and more people are suffering from scleroderma. Even so, this is still considered a rare disease. It is so rare that even some doctors are not familiar with it.

The problem with scleroderma is that it does not only attack the skin outside, but also inside our body, and such condition may affect our internal organs such as digestive system, kidneys, and even the heart.

Why is there a Campaign if the Disease is Rare?

It’s true that scleroderma is a very rare disease; however, the number of such cases is ever increasing. In the United States, there are 240 cases of scleroderma for every 1 million in the population, and while this number seems small, the disease should be recognized.

Although there are some studies being conducted to discover the cure for it, researchers find it difficult to gather information because of the lack of sources such as patient history and testimonials. This means that even some people who already suffer from scleroderma are not aware they already have it.

This is why there is a month-long awareness campaign that needs to be observed every month of June in order to encourage patients to share their experience and collaborate with organizations that propagate information about scleroderma.

If you don’t suffer from scleroderma, you can participate in the campaign to help others. You can learn about this disease and teach others about it, too. The information about scleroderma may be limited, but getting more people involved in this awareness campaign can surely contribute a lot in gathering more information.

What Is for Scleroderma Patients?

People who suffer from scleroderma feel helpless because of their condition, and need community support. If you are a scleroderma patient, you can’t go solo, as you need the help of others as it’s not good to feel isolated.

National Scleroderma Awareness Month is the best chance for you to meet other people with the same condition. In this way, you can share experience among one another and boost your confidence to move on with life. Moreover, scleroderma patients may get updates about the latest in scleroderma research, medicine, or technology.

Scleroderma is not a new disease as it so happens that this disease is unknown to many. This is why there is a need for awareness month such as National Scleroderma Awareness Month in order to educate many people about it.

 

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World Sickle Cell Day

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World Sickle Cell Day is acknowledged on June 19th each year to bring awareness to this widespread blood disorder. Sickle Cell Disease is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide and is present on four continents. The United Nations estimates that over 500,000 people are born with this condition each year and that 50% of those affected could die before the age of 5.

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease is a red blood cell disease that is inherited, meaning it is not contagious but a genetic event that people are born with. The affected red blood cells contain mostly hemoglobin S, considered an abnormal type of hemoglobin.

This abnormality causes many of the cells to form an abnormal sickle, or crescent-like, shape. Abnormally shaped blood cells are not able to travel the body as typical round cells, getting stuck or slowing down blood flow to affected areas, and causing further problems.

In addition to affecting blood flow, these crescent-shaped cells are also less hearty than traditional blood cells and are destroyed faster within the body. Patients frequent suffer from anemia, gallstones, and jaundice. Serious illness can be caused by limited blood flow to the lungs and limbs, including stroke and organ damage. Patients are also highly susceptible to bacteria and infection.

How is Sickle Cell Treated?

There is no universal cure for Sickle Cell Disease. Affected patients are divided into three primary groups including Sickle Cell Anemia, Sickle-Hemoglobin C Disease, and Sickle Beta Thalassemia. Treatments for each disease subgroup will vary.

Treatment of symptoms is common, using antibiotics for infection, blood transfusion for blood clots, and medication for pain. Frequent blood transfusion can cause their own problems too, increasing iron in the blood too much, so this is not an ideal solution. Current treatments focus on maintaining patient overall health, and treating symptoms as they arise.

Droxia, the manufacturer name for a drug called hydroxyurea, has been used with some success since FDA approval in 1998, but further research and treatment is still needed.

How Can I find out more about World Sickle Cell Day?

This specific day of awareness was created by a United Nations resolution and features worldwide activities, many of which can be found on the World Sickle Cell Day’s Facebook page.

While different areas may have additional Sickle Cell Awareness events, including Sickle Cell Awareness month in the United States, June 19th represents the united global event. World Sickle Cell Day online provides many resources about this global awareness event including history, the text of the United Nations resolution and involved organizations, and event listing of years past.

Contact these groups to join Sickle Cell awareness and fundraising events in your area.

 

 

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Men’s Health Week

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The International Men’s Health Week is an annual event that is held around the world. The Men’s Health Network led six leading men’s health organizations from around the world during a meet in Vienna, Austria in 2002 and they resolved to work as a unit in increasing awareness of men’s health issues. In addition, the group resolved to encourage intra and inter-national institutions in developing health policies and services that meet the needs of men, boys and their families.

During the Men’s Health Week, to be held from June 12 to 18 2017, communities across the world are expected to come together and create engaging and fun events, activities and promotions aimed at increasing the awareness of the needs of boys and men. The events are focused on maintaining and improving the health of the male members of the society, while having meaningful conversations related to body and mind health.

The Beginning

Men’s Health Week is a creation by Congress in 1994 as a response to increasing awareness of preventable health issues, while encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among male members of the community. The bill, sponsored by former Congressman Bill Richardson and former Senator Bob Dole, is a means of bringing in a significant shift from treatment to prevention in disease control. The week involves increasing public awareness and spreading information on disease prevention through nationwide screenings and events.

How to Participate

One way to participate in the event in your workplace is by encouraging both male and female employees to support the day by:

  • Choosing a day in the week to celebrate a the men’s health week
  • Set an amount of money you would like to raise, so that you have something to go for
  • Choose blue as the color-code for the day; from blue accessories, head to toe blue work attire or just give staff members an excuse to go casual, whatever works for your employees
  • Let your group members choose whether they would like to wear blue or whatever amount of money they would like to donate
  • You can also sell blue prostate cancer pins as support of fighting against prostate cancer

Show your customers and others what you have accomplished by posting photos of your event to your social media channels. In addition, to doing the above you could also consider some of the following suggestions:

  • Plan a health fair that can be held in the workplace, hospitals, churches or community centers
  • Plan a mini health fair by asking a local health educator, doctor or nurse to give a short lecture related to men’s health
  • Plan a fundraiser for MHN’s prostate cancer outreach efforts
  • Create awareness for men’s health through bringing together your neighbors or coworkers through walking, tennis, bowling, bicycling or even hiking.

How to Participate at Home

Whether it is your spouse, boyfriend, dad, brother or friend, show that you care about their health by wearing blue. If the last Friday of the Men’s Health Week will not work for you, then pick a date and have fun wearing blue all day. Use the Wear Blue day to escalate awareness on money for education related to regular checkups, testicular cancer education, skin cancer, lung cancer, gout, cardiovascular disease and more.

Remember, men are living sicker and dying younger. Wearing blue was created to raise awareness on the importance of men’s health and to encourage men to actively seek living longer, healthier lives. The response to this event has been overwhelming and thousands of people are actively participating in awareness activities in the U.S. and all over the world.

 

 

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Men’s Health Month

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Wear the Blue!

The Friday before Father’s Day is approaching and on that day people dressed in blue will seek to bring awareness to Men’s Health. Do you have men in your life you care about? Support the cause and show your true colors when you don the blue. Even with all the medical advances that have emerged men are still struggling with chronic sicknesses and passing away earlier than women. Men’s Health Month seeks to provide tested health solutions to the men in everyone’s life!

Join in June

Supported by a congressional health program, Men’s Health Month is an outreach movement that strives to touch the lives of men and any loved ones affected by trying health issues. Early detection, screenings, and other proactive solutions are all a part of what makes June the one month out of the year that educates and brings awareness to the many men’s health issues that plague men worldwide.

Here are a few of the ways Men’s Health Month is making a difference today:

  • It draws attention to the diseases that are harming men everywhere. Many of these diseases might be preventable if caught and treated early on.
  • The spotlight is given to men’s health issues and encourages those in government positions to address the various problems afflicting men of all ages through policy making and championing awareness.
  • Media and individuals use the month of June to show their own concerns and support for Men’s Health by participating in special interest pieces or by encouraging the younger and older generation to participate in medical screenings, physicals, and monthly check-ups.
  • Participation in the “Plan to Wear Blue” that is embraced during Men’s Health Month encourages people from all walks of life to wear blue in united support of Men’s Health. It also encourages those interested to request allowing a day to wear blue at their job sites or to begin various “Wear Blue” events or fundraisers to raise money for men’s health.

What to Know

For men the need to stay informed and up to date on the state of their personal health is imperative. So what are some of the largest health issues men deal with now? Check out this list and see if you are, have or know someone who has faced or still deal with some of these terribly common health issues that affect men’s quality of life:

  • Cardiovascular disease- Hypertension commonly afflicts young men and close to 3 million men suffer from a stroke every year. Those incidents emphasize why periodic heart monitoring checkups are a must for men.
  • Respiratory disease-While most cases of lung cancer can be contributed to smoking, occupational hazards like asbestos are also known to cause lung cancer in men.
  • Various Cancers- Colon, throat, mouth, liver, and esophagus cancers are a higher risk for men who drink alcohol. They are hospitalized more than women for severe cases of alcohol use. It triggers higher death rates for males than females.
  • Depression- While women are more likely to attempt suicide more men are likely to die by suicide. Men, by comparison, are less likely to acknowledge they are struggling with depression and many will not seek help for it.
  • Diabetes- This disease lowers testosterone levels, increases depression and anxiety when left untreated. It can lead to kidney damage, heart disease, and vision problems.

Do you know someone who is struggling with tiresome and debilitating health issues? Are you? You are not alone. There is hope! Men’s Health Month is about giving men the ammunition they need to fight back against diseases that are destroying their quality of life.

 

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months

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Many people think that Alzheimer’s is just part getting older. Sometimes, it becomes comical when older people get forgetful. However, this is not funny because Alzheimer’s is not part of getting older. Instead, it’s a disease that needs to be prevented.

As a matter of fact, even those who aren’t that old can suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is not contagious nor inherited, it can still be epidemic in a way people are not aware how to avoid it. It is a lifestyle-based disease which can also be avoided by changing your lifestyle. There is more to teach about Alzheimer’s, and this is what Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months strives to achieve every year in June.

Ways to Participate in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months

Learn About Alzheimer’s

The most important thing you should do in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months is to learn everything about Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. You don’t have to wait for any scheduled seminar to do so. You can learn about it on your own for free by reading blogs, and other articles you can browse on the internet.

However, if there are some awareness seminars to be held in your local area, don’t hesitate to join and ask questions. You can also visit a specialist and ask about all that you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease.

Donate Cash

There are many organizations and associations that are actively helping people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain abnormalities. If you have some extra money, you can donate cash to any such organization. This is because most organizations that help and care for people with brain disorders depend upon the generosity of the public.

Teach Others About Alzheimer’s

If you are already knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, you can teach others in your own little way by telling your friends and relatives about the ways to prevent Alzheimer’s. You can also blog about it and share information to your social media following, so that more people will become curious and interested to learn about it, too.

Volunteer for Alzheimer’s Campaign

If you really want to go the extra mile in participating Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months, you can volunteer for the campaign and work with organizations or associations that propagate information.

Usually, campaign work for awareness month such as this involves organizing a series of seminars and forums. You can volunteer in any related associations or movement and help them organize or schedule such events. Along the way, you can also teach people more about Alzheimer’s.

Go Purple

Purple is the color of Alzheimer’s awareness campaign. You can dress yourself up with anything purple and encourage others to do the same. You may also go purple on your Facebook account by changing your theme to purple color.

In this way, many people will become curious about the color. Not only does it catch attention, but it also leads to explaining what it is all about. Why not go purple together with your family and friends?

There are many things to be learned about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and this can’t be discussed in just one sitting. This is why it should take a month to campaign for it.

 

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Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

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There is more to dehydration than just being very thirsty. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it cannot function properly. When you become dehydrated, it can be mild or severe. It all depends on how much fluid is missing from your body. It is normal to lose water throughout the day. It can happen when you sweat, when you cry, when you go to the bathroom, and even when you breathe. There are certain situations where you can lose too much water, and it can become a hazard to your health.

  • Diarrhea: When you have diarrhea, your intestinal tract cannot absorb water from the foods that you eat. Over time, this can result in severe dehydration.
  • Vomiting: If you have the flu or food poisoning, excessive vomiting can make it impossible to keep food and liquids down. This can quickly result in dehydration.
  • Excessive sweating: If you are sweating excessively, whether it be due to a fever, intense exercise, or being out in the hot sun, you can lose more water from your body than you can put in. This can quickly result in dehydration.
  • Frequent urination: There are certain drugs that can cause you to urinate frequently. Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can also cause you to urinate excessively. This can cause you to become seriously dehydrated.

Signs of Mild Dehydration

If you become mildly dehydrated, you will experience a few minor symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • A dry mouth
  • Dark, yellow urine
  • Dry skin
  • A mild headache
  • Muscle cramps

Signs of Severe Dehydration

The signs of severe hydration are more noticeable. These are signs that your body is becoming dangerously low on fluids and if you don’t replenish the water in your body soon, your health could be in jeopardy. Signs of severe dehydration include:

  • No need to urinate
  • Dark, yellow urine
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Sunken eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Tiring very easily
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Low blood pressure

Treatment For Dehydration

The treatment for dehydration would depend on how dehydrated you are. If you are experiencing symptoms of mild dehydration, you would just need to sit down in a cool area and drink water. It can take drinking two quarts of water over a period of two to four hours to replenish the fluids that you have lost.

If you are suffering from symptoms of severe dehydration, you may need to seek medical assistance. In severe cases, you may not be able to get the amount of water that you need in your body fast enough by drinking alone. In severe cases, you should go to the hospital where you would be given IV fluids for several hours until you have replenished the water in your body.

How To Prevent Dehydration

Preventing dehydration is much safer than becoming dehydrated and then needing to treat it. There are several ways that you can prevent dehydration.

  • Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. This will keep hydrated.
  • If you are vomiting, have a fever, or if you have diarrhea that lasts for longer than a day or two, seek medical attention. You may need IV fluids to keep from becoming dehydrated.
  • If you are going to be outside in the hot sun, bring along enough water. Try to drink 10 ounces of water every 30 minutes.
  • Drink water while you are exercising.

Dehydration can be very dangerous and in some cases, deadly. It is important to know the signs of dehydration and what you should do if you beleive that you are becoming dehydrated.

 

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What Causes Asthma

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Asthma is a common respiratory infection and is often long-term. It is associated with recurring inflammatory characteristics such as bronchospasm and reversible airflow obstruction.

The symptoms one may experience include coughing, wheezing, breath shortness and chest tightness. These signs are bound to change depending on the person’s immunity, or the exercise one is undertaking.

Causes of asthma

Asthma is brought about by the effect of a combination of many factors. The factors include interactions that are genetically and environmentally instigated. The effect of the above factors often go along away in influencing the sensitivity and rigorousness of asthma to treatment.

Recent scientific research affirms that asthma cases are on the rise due to the changing environmental conditions. Further genetics study reveal that, while asthma is almost spread among the ages, it is most likely that onset before the age of twelve is likely to be caused by genetic influence while contracting asthma after the age of thirteen would be environment-influenced.

Environmental causes

There is a myriad of such factors that can actually lead to the development and exacerbation of this respiratory infection. They include to mention but a few,

  • Air pollution, allergens that cause allergies and exposure to hazardous environmental chemicals.
  • Expectant mothers are advised to restrain from smoking as this impends a high risk of asthma.
  • Other factors such as traffic pollution could cause emission of dangerous gasses to the open air; this could be a major cause of asthma development and severity.
  • This has been mostly the case in the US, as nearly half of the children who have asthma are from areas with air quality below standard.
  • Organic compounds that are volatile may prompt asthma especially if one exposes themselves to the compounds for long hours. They include phthalates, formaldehyde and some types of PVC.
  • One more common factor is contact with indoor allergens. There are many indoor allergens, and common ones include animal dander, cockroaches, and dust mites.
  • A few viral respiratory diseases may increase the risk of contracting asthma, one of them was found to be respiratory syncytial virus.

Genetic causes

As seen above, genetics also plays a major role in contracting asthma.One sure cause of asthma-related to the above subtopic is family history with an innumerably different of genes being concerned. In case a twin is affected there is a chance of up to about 25% of the other contracting asthma. By 2006, twenty different gene types had been associated with asthma in at least six different populations. A good number of these genes are connected to the immune system or inflammation. However, results have not been consistent in the various tested populations.

In 2006, a study on genetic association associates over 100 genes with asthma. In other cases, genetic variants are found to cause asthma only when in combination with other environmental exposures. A good example would be single nucleotide polymorphism found in the region of CD14 and exposure to a bacterial product named endotoxin. Exposure to the latter may come from numerous factors related to the environment that include tobacco smoke, animals such as dogs and sometimes even cats. It could be concluded then that risk of asthma is contributed by both ones genetic composition and a given level of exposure to endotoxin.

 

 

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