Tag Archives: Conditions and Diseases

Coping with Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and back pain can be a strenuous combination for most women. Fortunately, pelvic girdle pain or PGP, which occurs during pregnancy, is manageable and there are ways to alleviate the discomfort and prevent long-term problems.

Pregnant women who have gained a lot of weight and are not having their first pregnancy are more likely to experience back pain. The pregnancy hormone “relaxin” also contributes to a woman’s back pain. The hormone causes the pelvis to expand as the baby grows. However, the ligaments in the spine also widen and force back muscles to make more effort. Extraneous factors, such as stressful work, previous pelvic injury, or standing for long periods of time, can also lead to back pain.

Spring Allergies

I just went on a nice long walk through the park, and it’s very clear that spring is here. You know why? Because I can’t breathe through my nose anymore. The allergens are out in full bloom.

This is the time of year when many people schedule an appointment with their family doctor for an allergy evaluation. It turns out that most patients that go in to see their physician do not, in fact, have allergies, but respiratory tract infections. It seems that the word on the street is that most everyone is prone to allergies to an extent, especially during certain times of the year.  It is an understandable thought, with all the trees in bloom and the tree pollen counts greater than they ever are in the whole year.

Sunburns are Bad for your Health

You may not be thinking about sunburns in early February, but many people get them on the first warm day of the year, which will be upon us in no time. When exposed to the sun for a long period of time, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation has quite a harming effect on the human body, leading to sunburn and long term health problems. Sunburns can be very painful, but you don’t have to suffer through it long if you get one if you follow these instructions:

Don’t scratch It!

It hurts, and it’s quite often very itchy, which makes people want to scratch it. Scratching it doesn’t help accelerate the healing process contrary to popular belief, and can damage new skin growth on the injured area. Instead, you should try these things: