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Treat Minor Burn Wounds


If you suffer a minor burn wound, you should first hold it under cool running water for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pain lessens and the wound is clean. Then, treat it with a triple antibiotic ointment or prescription antibiotic treatment and cover ...
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Exercise After Knee Replacement Surgery


The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to help you resume an active life. Of course, you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure — but the best way to stop hurting is to start moving. “If you were in significant pain ...
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Avoid Heatstroke


Whether at work or play, you should always keep a bottle of water close at hand during warm weather. Water will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature, which is important for avoiding heatstroke. “Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or ...
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Detect Birth Defects


Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor may order several tests to detect potential birth defects. “When we know there are problems, we might be able to take steps to prevent them from worsening,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. When ...
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Avoid Poison Ivy


If you have spent time outdoors within the past day and suddenly developed red, itchy skin, you may have a poison ivy rash. This type of rash is caused by an oil called urushiol that is found in the leaves, stems and roots of poison ...
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Chlorine Can Damage Skin


Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and ...
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Preventive Treatments for Migraines


Humans have suffered from migraines for centuries. Ancient Egyptian and Greek writings show that people experienced flashing lights and debilitating headaches thousands of years ago. A migraine is a repeated headache that often involves nausea and visual problems and becomes worse with activity. For some people, ...
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Saint Francis Begins Telemedicine Program


Saint Francis Medical Center recently began a pediatric telemedicine program that will allow children to see neurology and gastroenterology specialists via Internet video conferencing. The Medical Center is teaming up with Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis to offer the program. A pediatric neurologist will be ...
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Hay Fever and Migraines


About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever. “Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines or whether ...
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Treatments for Fibromyalgia


People with fibromyalgia experience widespread muscle pain and fatigue. While researchers do not know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, they believe it is a combination of physical and emotional stressors. Thus, treatment is both physical and psychological. “There is not one ‘magic pill’ that works for every ...
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