Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Health Tips for March 31

Health Tip: Breathe Fresh Air at Home

If the air inside your home is dirty, you and your housemates can have symptoms including headache, dizziness, asthma and allergy symptoms, and fatigue.

The National Women's Health Information Center offers these suggestions to keep the air in your home clean:
  • When using chemicals such as paint or paint thinner, open the windows and keep the area well-ventilated.
  • Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to keep humidity levels between 30 percent and 50 percent.
  • If you use a humidifier, clean it and replace the water daily to prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the appliance.
  • Use an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom, and vent clothes dryers outside.
  • If rugs or carpets get wet, quickly have them cleaned to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.
  • Clean your home regularly, being careful to remove dust and any other allergens.
Health Tip: Protect Aging Feet

Foot problems that develop as people age restrict mobility and limit seniors' ability to enjoy life.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions to help seniors keep their feet healthy:
  • Keep walking. Feet need exercise, and walking is the best kind.
  • Make sure you wear shoes that fit properly and are comfortable. Shoes should offer a sturdy sole and a soft upper area.
  • If you have a foot problem such as a corn or callus, see a podiatrist. Never try to remove a corn or callus yourself.
  • Wash your feet each day in warm water (never too hot) and gentle soap. Carefully dry and moisturize the feet afterward.
  • Cut your toenails regularly, and always straight across, not at an angle.
  • Get a foot exam by a podiatrist twice yearly. More frequently, perform a self-inspection to look for any redness, swelling or injuries.

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