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Ways to Get Involved with Autism Awareness Month

 

Autism Awareness Month takes place every April, and a lot of people like to get involved. It’s no surprise so many want to see Autism take a more central stage position in the social conversation. 1 in every 59 children in America is born with Autism, meaning that a lot of people are or know someone who is affected by Autism. It is not a disease that has been long supported. Like other developmental difficulties, Autism has long been seen as something that makes a childless or different. That concept could not be further from the truth, and many have worked to make sure that awareness is brought to the condition. If getting involved in Autism Awareness Month tops the list of things to accomplish in April, here are some excellent opportunities to help build attention locally and nationally.

Popular Forms of Autism Awareness Participation

There are a lot of ways to participate in Autism Awareness Month, all varying in effort and time spent to be a part of the cause.

Put the Puzzle Piece on Everything

The longtime logo for Autism Awareness is the puzzle piece. Simply placing it on popular and well-seen objects and social spaces can be very helpful in reminding people about Autism and its impact. For a long time, car bumper stickers and t-shirts were the most comfortable, most popular way to share awareness. Now, Facebook profile picture banners and cell phone cases are growing in popularity. Social media especially is a crucial space to spread Autism awareness because so many people utilize it as a tool for communication and information.

Join a Local Organization

Local Autism organizations are all over communities across the country. Volunteering time to a committee or event can make a big difference, especially given the budget of these organizations. Because so much of the organization’s money goes to the cause itself, staff numbers are usually kept relatively low. Volunteers are the life force of organizations like Autism Matters and others with local groups across the United States.

Keep the Conversation Going

Talking in person with others about Autism is essential, but the hashtag #StandUpForAutism is another excellent way to keep the conversation going online. Many use social media for more interaction than face to face socializing, so it is essential to spread the word as much as possible on Twitter and other digital spaces. Doing so grows awareness and helps Autism awareness to continue to become a necessary part of a popular conversation on health and wellness.

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4 Tips to Manage Your Back Pain

 

Back pain is a common complaint among people of all ages and activity levels. In fact, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide! Back pain can be debilitating and finding a solution may seem impossible, but it isn’t. Follow these simple tips to begin managing your back pain at home today!

Ice and Heat

If you’ve suffered an injury that caused your back pain, ice and heat are the best way to reduce inflammation. For the first 48 hours following the injury, stick to ice. Be sure not to leave the ice on for too long though! A general rule of thumb to follow is 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Once the first 48 hours have passed, begin alternating ice and heat in 20-minute segments. The combination will help relieve pain and regain motion of the affected area.

Go for a Walk

The couch may be tempting when you’re suffering from back pain but sitting or lying for too long will actually make the pain worse. Instead, you should try to keep moving each day. Go outside and take a short walk to get your heart rate up and blood flowing! As your pain begins to lessen and your recovery continues, you should aim to add time or speed to your daily walks.

Stretch

Never underestimate the power of a good stretching session! You should take 20-30 minutes each day to stretch your muscles and joints. This will work to keep you flexible and discourage joints from becoming stiff. Even if your job entails standing for long periods, you should still take time to stretch side to side and forwards to loosen your back and hip muscles. If you need help remembering to stretch, set the alarm on your phone and begin doing it at the same time each day until it becomes a habit.

Maintain Good Posture

Posture often gets neglected throughout a long day. If you’re suffering from back pain, your poor position could likely be the cause. Instead, you’re sitting or standing, try to be conscious of your posture. Your spine should be aligned straight up and down, from your tailbone to your neck. If you have to bend or lift during the day, maintain proper posture with those movements too! It’s easier than you think to bend over wrong and pull a muscle in your back that will lead to days or even weeks of annoying back pain.

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How Hepatitis Made a Comeback in 2018

2018 was an exciting year in many ways. Many changes for the better were made, but a few changes for the worst occurred as well. One of the most notable adverse changes that need to be addressed is the return of hepatitis. Hepatitis has been around for decades, but just last year the condition saw a rapid increase in the number of cases.

What Causes Hepatitis?

Hepatitis comes in three forms, A, B, and C. each form is an infection of the liver, but there are differences in how they affect the body and how they’re contracted. Hepatitis A is most commonly seen in those who travel internationally without receiving their vaccination. Food and water sources in unsanitary or uncontrolled areas carry hepatitis A. To avoid hepatitis A, you should always ensure you’re vaccinated before traveling overseas and only dine in established places. Hepatitis A is typically detectable by symptoms including fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Hepatitis B and C are very serious as well, and actually, have an even higher death rate than hepatitis A because they often show no symptoms at all. As the drug epidemic in America continues to grow, so do the cases of hepatitis B, and C. injectable opioids and other substances often lead to addicts sharing needles and spreading the infection from one to another through blood. Since no symptoms are present in most cases, the infected individual continues to spread the disease unknowingly. The rise in individuals choosing not to get vaccinated and the growing drug problem in this country are the leading causes of the return of hepatitis.

What if Hepatitis is Untreated?

Undetected and untreated hepatitis can have dire circumstances. The liver infection can turn into liver cancer over time, and many infected individuals don’t see any symptoms until it reaches that point. Untreated hepatitis is a viral infection that can be spread from one person to another. Even hepatitis A can be spread from one individual to another through fecal to oral acts that are becoming increasingly popular in younger generations. The medical community hopes to educate more individuals about their potential risk of hepatitis A, B, and C so that they can get tested and vaccinated as needed. To return numbers of hepatitis cases as low as they once were, people need to become more aware of the problem and actively trying to stop the spread of the infection.

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How to keep the Holidays Happy, Healthy, and Safe This Season!

The holiday season is here and you’re probably thinking about all the tasty treats, family times, and wintery festivities! But to keep the caroling loud and jolly, you’ll want to ensure that the necessary precautions are made to keep the whole family healthy and safe for the holidays.

The early to mid-winter months can increase your risk of coming into contact with food and airborne allergens, as well as hazardous conditions from the cold weather. So what should you be doing to keep the joyful times safe and risk-free during the holidays?

Kitchen and food safety is paramount to prevent allergies and injuries  

Everyone wants to bake their famous pie or cake and prepare their coveted Christmas dinners with all their fancy kitchen appliances. However, it is important to properly manage a kitchen during the holidays for several reasons.

Many holiday treats and desserts contain common food allergens such as nuts, dairy, and egg. To prevent an allergic reaction, make sure that all guests at a party or function are aware of any possible allergies. Have hypo-allergenic alternatives to prepared dishes as well to limit allergy risk. Simple hand washing and sanitation of cooking apparatuses.

In addition, a busy kitchen could lead to potential burn and cut injuries if the necessary safety precautions are not taken. Limit kitchen burns by wearing protective handwear like oven mitts when handling hot surfaces and dishes. Also, make sure that appliances are overseen by at least one person to reduce potential fires. Sharp cutlery should be handled carefully and stored properly to avoid cuts and lacerations.

Safely remove snow and ice to reduce injury risk

As winter rolls around, the chance of slipping and falling or experiencing frostbite increases. Safe removal of snow and ice can greatly reduce your risk of experiencing an injury.

It is important to pace yourself when removing heavy piles of snow as you could experience muscle strain or elevated physical stress. Take your time as needed to clear off snow and scrape ice as needed.

When outside, wear winter boots or another form of non-slip footwear to prevent slips and falls. Maintaining shovels and snow removal equipment also helps to maintain a safe pace when removing snow and ice.

If you experience an injury or illness during the holiday season, make sure you seek urgent care services unless it is a life-threatening emergency situation.

Just take the time to practice these safety and health tips to enjoy a merry holiday season!

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3 Tips to stay away from Dehydration

We all know what its like to be dehydrated! Unfortunately, our bodies crave liquids every hour or so just to maintain itself. However, dehydration has can be mind or severe! Here are some tips on how to beat dehydration this summer!

1. Get better knowledge of dehydration

Dehydration occurs because our bodies are made up of 65% water. When we dip under this our body needs more to maintain itself. Dehydration can happen very easily so you have to look out for the signs.

2. Know the signs of Dehydration

Mild dehydration signs are simple and can sometimes go undetected.

  • Dry mouth
  • thirst
  • slight headache

If you have severe symptoms of dehydration they might include.

  • Dizziness
  • loss of sight
  • high pulse when sitting or standing
  • blacking out
  • nausea

3. Add water to your diet

If you don’t regularly drink water then you are at risk of dehydration. Incorporating water into your diet could help give you the edge you need on beating dehydration. Drinking water as soon as you wake up helps prep the body for the rest of the day. Specific types of fruits and veggies also have a lot of water in them as well. So if you don’t feel like you can incorporate water into your diet try using foods instead!

If you have a severe dehydration and need to be treated immediately come down to First Call Urgent care now!

 

 

 

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Make sure to stay away from sunburn this summer!

Summertime is the best time of the year to spend some time outside & enjoy the nice weather! Unfortunately, sunburn has become a common norm for us when we go for too long. Sunburn, however, is not something that should be taken lightly. Did you know that the most common cancer is melanoma? Melanoma cancer’s leading cause is sunburn!

What is sunburn?

To understand sunburn we must first think of where it comes from. The sun emits 3 Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) they are

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

only 2 of these rays make it to the earth’s surface, UVA & UVB. These two ultraviolet rays are actually a form of radiation. As we know our skin cells can only tolerate so much radiation before we burn. When we are exposed to the suns rays for too long we get sunburn which is actually a radiation burn! When someone gets sunburn they are 3 times more likely to develop melanoma cancer.

What are the symptoms of sunburn?

We have all experienced a mild form of sunburn before. The symptoms of a mild sunburn may be

  • redness on skin
  • irritation or pain when touched
  • peeling
  • dehydration

When experiencing these symptoms you can help yourself by moisturizing your skin with lotion. Lotion helps damaged cells, lotion infused with ALO VERA will also help sooth the pain and cool you down. If you do not have access to this, keeping the skin cold will also help with the pain.

Extreme cases of sunburn can include

  • sun blisters
  • puss
  • sun poising
  • high heart rate
  • nausea
  • dehydration
  • blackout
  • extreme pain

If you are experiencing these symptoms you should take yourself to your nearest urgent care because you will not be able to stop these symptoms yourself & you need immediate attention.

How to prevent sunburn

As we all know the best way to prevent sunburn is to use sunblock when you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. However what most people overlook is that if you are

  • swimming
  • running
  • exercising
  • sweating

You need to reapply as soon as you are done. Sunblock wears off the more your body sweats or is in water. Even if you have SPF 50 you could be unprotected as soon as you get out of the pool.  Make sure you stay safe from sunburn for the rest of this summer!

 

 

 

 

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