5 Tips For Keeping Your Walk-In Tubs Clean And Sanitary

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on 5 Tips For Keeping Your Walk-In Tubs Clean And Sanitary

Walk-in tubs allow senior citizens to continue to enjoy a relaxing soak and the benefits of hydrotherapy without having to put themselves at risk for a serious slip-and-fall accident. However, the tub will only work properly if it’s regularly cleaned so that the tight seal is maintained around the door in the side of the tub. Either follow these cleaning tips yourself or ask your caretaker to help you stay on track. Clear Jets If your walk-in tub features air and water jets to add massaging features to the bath experience, you may need to clean them out once a year or so, as minerals and soap scum can build up in the openings. The nozzles must be removed, soaked in a compatible cleaner to dissolve the deposits, and reinstalled. It’s best to leave this to the professionals because it involves using needle-nose pliers to pull the nozzles apart, and it’s easy for an inexperienced owner to accidentally damage their nozzles or the jet mechanisms in the process. Wipe the Seals Take the time to wipe down the flexible seal around your bathtub’s door at least once a week with a damp, clean rag. This removes any oils, soap residue, and other products that can break down the material over time. Just dirt and debris can interfere with the seal and lead to leaks, so give the seal a quick look-over every time you finish a bath. You don’t want to discover that there was a scrap of soap blocking the door seal by slipping on a big puddle caused by a leak you didn’t notice while in the bath. Sanitize the Water Lines For tubs with recirculating pumps and massage jets, the water lines connecting to the pump are a concern when it comes to bacterial exposure. When moisture lingers in those lines after being exposed to skin cells, dirt, and other contaminants, bacteria thrives and gets flushed back out into the tub during the next use. Run this quick sanitizing procedure once a week: First, run enough warm water to cover the highest jet or other opening in the tub’s walls. Next, mix in a cup of household bleach and a tablespoon of powdered dishwashing detergent. Then, run the pump or jets for about 15 to 20 minutes. Next, drain the tub. Finally, fill it again with just water, run it another 15 minutes, and drain. Avoid Oils Bath oils can add a luxurious element to an otherwise routine bath. Unfortunately, those same oils are damaging to the flexible rubber or silicone seals used around the door of a walk-in tub. While it is possible to replace that gasket and obtain another good seal, there’s a higher chance of a secondary leak once you’re on the second or third replacement seal. It’s better to try to keep the original equipment intact from the beginning by avoiding bath oils and other oil-containing products. Aside from damaging the seal, the oily residue left behind is hard to clean out and makes the tub so slippery it’s dangerous. Rinse Regularly Finally, don’t forget to give your tub a quick rinse with warm or hot water after each bath. Taking a moment to wash away the last bits of soap residue reduces scum build up dramatically between more thorough cleanings. This...

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Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Once reserved only for the most complicated birth, cesarean sections (or c-sections) are now becoming much more commonplace, with nearly one in three new mothers undergoing this procedure. While a c-section can provide some advantages over vaginal birth in certain situations, it can also pose some complications you may not have expected — after all, moving (and sometimes even briefly removing) some of your digestive and reproductive organs is often necessary in order for the obstetrician to access your uterus, and these organs don’t always go back quietly. Read on to learn more about some of the urological and digestive issues that may be plaguing you after your c-section, as well as some steps you can take to promote quicker healing. Inability to urinate Although many new moms have come to expect a bit of minor incontinence as their pelvic muscles reconnect and the pelvic floor strengthens, some find themselves dealing with the opposite problem — an inability to urinate without assistance. This can sometimes be simply due to the shock of having your bladder poked and prodded at from the inside, or in other cases you may have suffered temporary damage to the nerves and muscles that control your urine flow. If, despite your most valiant efforts, you aren’t able to pass urine on your own after your catheter is removed and your epidural wears off, you may need to be recatheterized temporarily to give your bladder time to heal. Your doctor will be able to examine you to ensure there aren’t any other physical impediments to urination (like a piece of tissue caught in your urethra or a blood clot blocking the entrance to your bladder) before making the recommendation to re-insert a catheter. In most cases, you’ll be able to change your catheter yourself (or with some help from a spouse or partner), so needing urinary help a bit longer than some other new moms shouldn’t require you to stay in the hospital — instead, you’ll be able to recover and recuperate in the privacy of your own home using urological supplies. Your health insurance plan will often cover the cost of disposable catheters for at-home use for a period of time after your c-section.  Inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement After you’ve had a c-section, you may be instructed that you need to pass gas before you’re permitted to eat — this ensures that your digestive system is still operating well at both ends. Unfortunately, the amount of gas introduced into your abdominal cavity during any type of surgery combined with the rush of hormones that can often cause your bowels to seal shut for a few days can lead to a perfect storm of digestive troubles. Compounding these issues is the fact that many of the typical methods to relieve gas pain and pressure (like bicycling your legs or drawing them up to your chest) are all but impossible while you’re dealing with a painful pelvic incision.  Fortunately, in many cases, these issues can be resolved with a brief regimen of over-the-counter stool softeners and gas relievers. The active ingredient in gas relief medication helps break down large gas bubbles into smaller ones that are more easily passed through the intestines, providing you with relief within just a few hours of...

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Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

If you’ve been told that you have the beginnings of cataracts, those cloudy clumps or yellowed proteins in the lens of the eye that can rob you of your vision, you may feel understandably frightened and depressed — but don’t panic. While a cataract diagnosis should be taken seriously, your visual future is much brighter than you may think. Here are some heartening thoughts to help you face your situation with a smile. You May Not Have a Problem for Years While some types of cataracts are associated with eye trauma, diabetes or other abnormal situations, the majority of them are age related. If your cataracts are in an early stage now, chances are that you’ve got many years to go before your vision becomes so clouded that you need to look into cataract replacement surgery. Your optometrist will monitor your eye health and visual acuity from year to year to check the rate of the cataracts’ progress. Regular changes to your corrective lens prescription can keep you enjoying decent vision well into your 60s, which is when cataracts tend to start impairing quality of life significantly. At this early stage of your cataract development, you can also take some effective steps to slow or even arrest this condition’s progress. First and foremost, always shield your eyes from UV rays whenever you’re out in the sun by wearing sunglasses. Make sure the sunglasses are designed to filter both UVA and UVB rays, and look for a “UV 400” label indicating that they block light waves down to 400 nanometers in length. Other healthful anti-cataract measures include smoking cessation and a diet high in antioxidants. Cataract Surgery Is a Cinch Once your vision reaches the point where glasses or contacts can no longer correct it adequately, your optometrist will probably recommend that you undergo cataract removal surgery. By this time, you’ll be more than glad to trade in that foggy lens for a crystal-clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Some people are scared stiff by the prospect of eye surgery, but cataract surgery is actually astonishingly easy for the patient in this day and age. Modern cataract replacement surgery takes only a few minutes is completely painless and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. In a standard cataract replacement procedure, you’re given a sedative to keep you still and calm, along with numbing eyedrops as a local anesthetic. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the capsule that contains the lens, breaks up the lens with ultrasound waves, removes the bits of cataract-ridden lens and inserts the artificial one in its place. Cataract laser surgery is an even quicker and more accurate variation on the procedure, partly because of the laser beam’s pinpoint precision and partly because the laser helps breaks up the lens. New Treatments Are Being Developed As painless and streamlined as cataract laser surgery may be, there’s a chance that someday you may not need surgery for your cataracts at all. Medical science continues to advance, introducing some exciting new concepts for conservative cataract treatment. These include: Eye drops – Studies indicate that eye drops containing a steroid called lanosterol can dissolve cataracts. This approach has succeeded on animals, leaving human studies as the next logical step. Stem cell therapy – Scientists have successfully regenerated human...

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