• 31May

    What is Xerosis?

    Xerosis is the medical term for dry skin. The word itself comes from ancient Greek, divisible as xero- (dry) + -osis (condition). Usually old and dead cells normally drop off or are removed easily, but dry skin cells cling to the healthier cells and accumulate.
    Xerosis can affect any area of the skin, although the more vulnerable areas are the face, hands, feet, legs (shins), abdomen (along the sides), genitals, and arm-pits.
    As the name implies, dry skin occurs as a result of a lack of moisture. The skin can lose moisture in a number of ways.

    Causes of Xerosis

    Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture. This is most common during the winter months, when heating systems dry the air. Bathing with hot water, spending extended periods of time in the hot sun, and the skin’s natural aging process also remove moisture and oils from the skin.

    Symptoms of Xerosis

    The symptoms of dry skin include:

    itching,
    Redness
    flaking and fine lines
    diabetes
    ulcers infections
    Skin feels rough
    cracks in the skin

    Treatment of Xerosis

    In most cases no treatment is required. if treatment is desired,it may be helpful to apply a prescription to the skin or medication can be injected into the bumps themselves.

    # Many people have seen marked improvement with natural formulas such as Epitrex .
    # Keep the skin lubricated.
    # Do not use soap; you will get clean by soaking in the oil-water combination. Do not take more than one bath or shower a day.
    # Use lukewarm water, not hot. Hot water dries out the skin.
    # Alpha hydroxyacid lotions work very well for treating and preventing dry skin. Neostrata 15 AHA Body/Face Lotion is a very effective treatment when applied to moist skin after bathing.
    # Soap irritates and dries the skin, soap should not be used on your xerotic skin. When bathing limit the use of soap to your face, armpits, genital area, and feet. Use Cetaphil soap, Oil of Olay, Dove or Basis.
    # If you like to swim during the winter months, you should not use soap when getting out of the pool. When you have finished swimming, rinse off the chlorine with cool to warm water.
    # Severe xerosis, as in diabetic patients, is treated with a

  • 31May

    The history of medical coding is related to the London Bill of Mortality, England back in the 1600s. Medical coding may be defined as a task of alphanumerical characters to diagnose various diseases and their methods of treatments. For classification of death a standard coding system was developed in the last years of the 19th century.

    The Bertillon classification for causes of death was elaborated by Jacque Bertillon in 1893. At beginning of 20th century this system was accepted by 26 countries. This system has its own importance at that time. A group of people used to discuss about expanding possibilities of humanity. This process was helpful to search for causes of any disease.

    The Bertillon system was put into practice. A single global classification for mortality and disease was necessary in 20th century due to globalization. Therefore, by the middle of twentieth century, the World Health Organization accepted this single coding system. This organization has given a particular name to that goal, named International classification of diseases, injuries and causes of death (ICD).

    This system must be updated after 10 years, and the WHO has authority to make any amendments. The association has decided to adopt latest 10th update named ICD-10 in the USA. This will be accepted and modified in 2013. There are many other codes, which are updated on regularly each year. This system was initially modified by AMA (American Medical Association) in 1966, and named as current procedure codes.

    These are small sets of medical codes, and have been evolved into a single complex system. There is also developed a three levels code system, and adopted in 1970. This is named as health care common procedure coding system (HCPCS), and it has been modified after CPT.

    It has three levels among which level one is CPT as an original. Level two includes non-physician services like patient transportation and ambulances alphanumerical codes. Similarly, Level three has been developed by local codes. It was eliminated in 2003 to adopt relevant universal codes. Nowadays, this coding system has been so much expanded that the medical experts are also part of these codes.

  • 30May

    Should technology be the only source for recording personal medical history? With fallible mistakes of human error its beneficial. Keep appointments and visits in a My Medical History journal with all personal medical records.
    The journal is creatively designed with pages and inserts to record personal medical history. It is very affordable and small in size. The journal is small enough to be carried in a jacket or purse.
    Each journal includes a My Medical History page and logs to record immunizations, appointments, hospital visits and more. The journal can be used by adults, children and the elderly. Keep a separate journal for each member of a household.
    Children should always have personal medical records of eye examines, immunizations, and doctor visits. Keep immunizations records of children in a personalized journal. Schools request records at the beginning of every school year.
    Having access to immunization records during enrollment is convenient. Parents can enroll their children with all required medical information. Without personal medical records an enrollment can be delayed.
    Keeping a journal of has its advantages. Knowing an individuals past medical history can save a life. For an example, suppose an individual is allergic to a particular medication.
    Sometimes a family member or spouse may forget. When there are records in a medical history journal, the information is always available. Having the correct information available at all times can save a life and unnecessary medical expenses.
    journal is advantageous to have when changing doctors or going to the hospital. Physicians asked questions of previous medical history of family members. Blood type, medications, and previous illnesses are also included in some of those questions.
    Take responsibility of your family medical record keeping with a My Medical History journal or diary. Record each family member doctors appointments and prescriptions and keep in a safe place. The journals can be kept almost anywhere.
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    It is important to keep appointments for physicals, eye exams, and immunizations. Medical diaries and journals organize and record all information

  • 28May

    Herpes virus occupies one of the first places among sexually transmitted diseases. This hidden virus can be transmitted by any close contact with the infected area of skin. As a rule, it is a sexual contact. The main problem of the herpes virus is that it can not be revealed in the shortest time frame. The person can be infected for a long period of time without even knowing about it. When the disease is revealed it can be already at a very advanced level.

    However, there is no need to desperate. The modern medical innovations allow to try various solutions to get rid of the herpes virus. Among many medical preparations is one of the strongest and effective drugs fighting with the herpes virus. It is prescribed all over the world gaining much popularity among the infected people.

    For the prophylaxis of herpes virus it is recommended to use condoms at least. Though they are not always helpful. If the infected area is out of condom covering the virus can be easily transmitted. Of course it is better to pass medical control – it is the best way to prevent herpes virus. Even if you trust your partner there is nothing awful if you decide to get convinced of the absence of the virus. It is just for your safety. Nobody else will take care of you unless you do it.

    Herpes during pregnancy is another widely discussed issue. What to do if you are pregnant and have discovered you have herpes? The situation is rather delicate and can cause lots of stresses. In such situation try first of all to calm down for your future child. Remember, thousands of women having herpes still born healthy children. The main thing is to inform immediately your physician of the situation. The main risk in such situation consists of the possibility of transmission of the virus during the delivery process. So, the doctor will evaluate all the risks concerning your situation in particular and will decide what is the best way for you to born a child. You should concentrate on your pregnancy now and enjoy this wonderful period believing that everything will be all right.

  • 27May

    Packing Your Hospital Bag What Do You Need For A Hospital Birth?When to pack your hospital bag? Hospital bags are often left to the last minute, as there are so many other preparations required for a new baby. At the end of 36 weeks your baby is full-term so could arrive at any time, this is when you should have your hospital bag packed, if you have not already done so. Where to start? Do not panic. We have compiled a list of essential items for your birth bag; this list is a culmination of midwives’ suggestions and mothers’ feedback over the last 2 years. Do not forget that partners love to be involved. You could delegate some, or all, of the task of putting your hospital bag together while you relax in preparation for the big day. What to pack in your hospital bag? Some people pack a whole suitcase for their hospital births and a few are unprepared and just manage to bring themselves. This list covers the essential items you should take to support your hospital birth and why. There is also list of suggested luxury items afterwards which mothers have found comforting and relaxing to have with them in hospital:

    Essential Hospital Birth Bag Items
    During Labour
    Sponge
    For cooling mother during labour
    Lip Balm
    Thirsty work can leave you with dry lips
    Bendy straws
    Makes it easier to drink from glasses or cups if you are focussed on labour
    Hair band
    To keep hair out of your face
    Tissues
    There wont be a dry eye when your baby arrives
    T-shirt/Spare top
    Useful for either the mum or the birth partner if their top gets soiled or wet during the birth. After Labour
    Nursing Pads
    Useful whether you choose to breastfeed or not
    Flannel
    Soaked in warm water and placed on your perineum after the birth to relieve soreness
    Pants
    Either cotton or disposable pants which you are willing to throw away after use
    Maternity Towels
    Absorbent Mat (you can also buy disposable changing mats instead)
    Great for protecting the bed, chairs, car seat. Useful for when waters have broken and also to use in the first 48 hours after childbirth. Wash Bag
    Toothbrush
    Toothpaste
    Shampoo / Conditioner
    Body wash
    Hairbrush
    Deodorant Baby Bag
    Baby grow
    Newborn nappies
    Baby hat and mittens
    Hooded baby