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Wait–that still exists? World Leprosy Day 29 January 2017

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If you are surprised to read that we still need World Leprosy Day to bring awareness of Leprosy worldwide, you are not alone. The common thought is that Leprosy is not a disease that is present in the modern world: but it is. There are 210,000 new cases of leprosy diagnosed each year. [1] As leprosy is curable, in effort to eradicate this disease, the World Health Organization provides multidrug treatment for the bacterial infection causing symptoms of leprosy for free to people worldwide. [2] These two or three drugs given in combination kill all the bacteria that cause the leprosy infection, and cure the individual—leprosy is not highly contagious, but it can be passed from person to person through fluids spread by the nose and mouth with frequent close contact. [1] Symptoms can take as long as 20 years to become evident. If allowed to progress, leprosy can cause problems with the skin, nerves to the arms and legs, certain cells of the upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, etc.)—eventually, these symptoms can become fatal if untreated.  [2]
 
The good news is, from 1983 to 2014, Leprosy infection rates have dropped 99% (huge!). Access to multi drug treatment began in 1991, and so far, it remains effective and the bacteria have not become resistant to the antibiotics given. [2]
 
Do we have to worry about Leprosy in the UK?
About a dozen cases of leprosy are diagnosed in the UK each year. [3] The Leprosy Mission of England and Wales notes that the “last indigenous” (acquired in the UK) case of leprosy was diagnosed in 1798–219 years ago. [3] This means that new leprosy cases diagnosed in the UK are most likely acquired abroad. A UK couple originally from Zimbabwe (another place where leprosy is extremely rare, as it is in the UK) shared their story in 2014. Both were unexpectedly diagnosed with leprosy, and want to decrease the stigma of the infection. 
 
If you are traveling to places where leprosy is not technically eradicated, you may have cause to be slightly concerned. However, because the condition is treatable and repeated contact must be made to contract the bacteria that causes leprosy, there is likely not a lot of cause to be alarmed for most people.
 
Lepra UK’s slogan is “Fighting disease, poverty and prejudice”, and they are a leading authority on leprosy awareness in the UK. You can learn more about their work this World Leprosy Day. Sometimes, a conversation is all that is needed to raise awareness: if you live with a chronic medical condition, a medical ID bracelet can be part of that story telling journey for you to spread awareness of the condition you live with.
Kerri

Being Aware of Prostate Cancer

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A sticker image with a blue ribbon stating Prostate Cancer Awareness Month SeptemberIn the last five years or so, more and more awareness has been raised about prostate cancer. In the UK, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime [1], so it is important to know about this type of cancer. 
 
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system that wraps around the urethra (where urine passes out of the body) [1]. The prostate sits under the bladder [1], just in front of the rectum, and is responsible for producing semen—it produces fluid that keeps sperm healthy and protected. [2]
 
Prostate Cancer UK wants you to know your risk.
You are at higher risk of prostate cancer if you [1.1]:
    • Are 50. After age 50, risk continues to increase with age
    • Have a family history of prostate cancer (screening should begin at age 45)
    • Are Black. Black men have about double the risk of developing prostate cancer, at 1 in 4.
    • Are overweight
Symptoms of prostate cancer.
These symptoms may be of prostate cancer, or another condition. Either way, it is important to have any of these symptoms checked out by your doctor [1.2]:
  • Asymptomatic (no symptoms) if caught early; this is why regular screening by your doctor is important
  • Problems with urination
    • Any blood in the urine
    • Frequent urination, including at nighttime (such as every two hours at night)
    • Difficulty beginning to pass urine
    • Feeling as if you need to strain to urinate, or that urination takes a long time; weak “stream” or flow of urine
    • Feeling as if you are not able to completely empty your bladder
    • Leaking or “dribbling” urine after you are finished
    • Needing to use the toilet urgently; inability to completely hold back urine until you reach the toilet
    • Pain when urinating (less common)
  • Problems with sexual healthPain in the back, hips or pelvis (can indicate cancer has spread to the bones, or, be from another cause)
    • Blood in the semen
    • Pain with ejaculation
Getting screened: Brief discomfort for peace of mind.
The most common way to be screened for prostate cancer is to visit your doctor. While it’s the most dreaded part of the exam for most men, it will be over in a matter of seconds and you can know you are in good health—a doctor simply will check your prostate through your rectum with a gloved finger, checking that they do not feel abnormal enlargement of the prostate. If they suspect your prostate is enlarged, they will send you for additional tests.
 
This September, consider making an appointment to be screened for prostate cancer. If you have symptoms, do not ignore them—the sooner prostate cancer treatment begins, the better the results usually are.
 
If you have prostate cancer and are undergoing treatment, it may be recommended by your doctor to wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace.  
Jon

Having Peanut allergy? Here is why you should wear the Peanut Allergy Bracelet?

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Peanut allergyWhat is a peanut allergy?

Peanut allergies are reactions from an individual to peanut intake due to the misidentification of peanut as a harmful substance by the body. Usually, the immune system itself begins to release chemicals such as histamine into the blood and this is an overreaction on the part of the immune system. The released chemicals then begins to affect the eyes, skin, lungs etc. including blood vessels and this could result in situations that will require life threatening reactions.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may range from minor to severe. Manifestations of a mild reaction include – stomachache, eyes that may be hitching, runny nose, or prickling in tongues. Manifestation of severe cases include additional effects such as feeling of a blocked throat, croaky voice, pantingcoughing plus a feeling of sickness to the stomach. The feeling of these symptoms starts after some minutes after peanut intake.

There is a life threatening peanut allergy reaction called anaphylaxis. This is when victims begins to feel problems with their breath intake and food swallowing, feeling of throwing up and diarrhea including clumsiness, blood pressure being extremely low, complicated issues with the lips, tongue, throat and other body parts due to swelling and consciousness loss. Death can result if not treated appropriately.

This condition also expresses itself often within minutes after the intake of peanuts or its related products.  When it comes to food associated anaphylaxia death, peanut allergies are at the fore front of causes. The known treatment for anaphylaxis is epinephrine and it is administered as an injection

PEANUT ALLERGY BRACELETS AND THE REASON TO WEAR THEM

At the moment, there has been no cure to lower the pain or kill the effect of Peanut allergies. It is arguably the most responsible for deaths resulting from food allergy. Of the general population, about 1.3% is affected by this allergy. Among siblings with the allergy, there is a certainty that it will affect about 7 percent.

Since avoiding peanut is difficult because of its usage as an additive in various food preparation, then wearing a medical bracelet will be very helpful. In fact can be lifesaving. This is because it helps you receive the right treatment during severe emergency situation.

A typical peanut allergy bracelet will contain information such as your name and the type of food you are allergic to. It is advisable to wear a peanut allergy bracelet or to have within reach an epinephrine automatic injector if you know you are allergic to peanut.

However, in conclusion, we recommend you generally get a medical bracelet. Medical id alert bracelets are lifesaving accessories designed to provide alerts or information on allergies and diseases including heart related conditions. These alerts are easily read by emergency health workers when faced with an emergency situation. It gives these trained professionals a head start to saving you or your loved once. Your medical id alert bracelet communicate your situation even when you cannot utter any word.

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Jon

Psoriasis Awareness Month

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psoriasis-awareness-monthAnnually, the National psoriasis awareness is done every August. The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors the event. During this period, patients, individuals along with their loved once including members of the Psoriasis foundation gather to commemorate and create awareness concerning the disease condition. Through this exercise, opportunities are provided for those who have been affected in one way or the other by the disease to share their stories and create awareness about the disease. These once also contribute to assist in helping to see how to reduce the stigma that comes associated with both disease condition – psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

WHAT IS PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is usually a chronic inflammatory skin disease which can be seen as a mild to severe itching, characterized by reddened skin and silvery-white and flaky patches around the surface of the skin. Even though it is just not contagious, about 4 million Americans are affected by this disorder. Symptoms can be also be expressed in kids (10 years above). Psoriasis is common in Great Britain with a reported 2% being affected among the Great Britain population.

Psoriasis exists in four types. These include erythrodermic, plaque, pustular, guttate, and inverse. The plaque psoriasis is the most common among them all. You may find psoriasis on any area of the body and it can result in other complicated health issues like depression and other heart related illness.

WHAT IS PSORIASIS ARTHRITIS

Psoriatic arthritis is a disease condition that causes rigidity, aching and swelling in areas around the joints and is experienced by psoriasis patients in their lifetime. Close to 30% of affected patients later develop the psoriatic arthritis condition at an older age (30 – 50).

HOW IS PSORIASIS TREATED?

There is no one autonomous treatment to this disease. Choice of treatment is dependent on the most effective and responsive therapy with the least of side effects as peculiar to patients. Before agreeing on a choice treatment, do visit a healthcare center so that they can determine the best treatment suitable for you. The area of skin affected and the type of disease condition prevailing at the time determines the appropriate treatment to be used. In addition, there is no cure for the disease presently. Available treatment options vary and could include:

  • Ultraviolet light therapy, also referred to as phototherapy
  • Topical ointments and creams application
  • In other cases, a more aggressive therapy could be used.
  • Also, some treatments require the use of oral tablets, capsules or injection.

EFFECT ON PATIENTS

Although it has been established that this disease is not contagious, testimonials affirm to the fact that these people go through lots of emotion stress and discrimination for its patients. Because some assert that it has hampered their ability to enjoy life to the fullest, depression has been what they have got to live with overtime.

Furthermore, aside this emotional effect, it also increases the risk of suffering from other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, heart attack, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, stroke, and depression.

However, in conclusion, we recommend you get a medical bracelet. Medical id alert bracelets are lifesaving accessories designed to provide alerts or information on allergies and diseases including heart related conditions. These alerts are easily read by emergency health workers when faced with an emergency situation. It gives these trained professionals a head start to saving you or your loved once. Your medical id alert bracelet communicate your situation even when you cannot utter any word.

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Jon

Why Medical Bracelet or Medical Jewelry is a must for Epilepsy Patients?

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First Aid for Epilepsy Patients


Image courtesy: http://epilepsy-ms.org/

According to recent statistics, about 1 in 103 people in UK suffer from epilepsy. In most cases, a person’s epilepsy diagnosis would rarely include the use of an epilepsy ID bracelet or necklace or any other identity highlighting accessory. However, when it comes to sudden occurring and chronic diseases like epilepsy, it often helps to be quickly identified so that prompt and timely help can be provided to the patient.

Epilepsy Bracelets or Accessories

Epilepsy bracelets or accessories are worn to not only inform others about the persons condition but more importantly to act as an indicator for first aid professionals, first responders and medics who would be helping them in case of an emergency.

Identifying Epilepsy and Epilepsy ID

Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures, which can occur without warning and are often unpredictable even for the patient. Mild forms of seizures involve staring spells, and some may suffer from violent fits with considerable shaking and uncontrollable movements.

While most people take regular medication to keep their seizure spells under control, at times, missed doses may lead to an unexpected seizure requiring urgent medical attention. This is where it becomes important for patients with this condition to wear some kind of epilepsy identification, which becomes crucial in seeking help during an episode. It is natural for most epileptic patients to be averse to the idea of carrying noticeable epilepsy ID as they wouldn’t want to be labeled as epileptic. However, these bracelets and other ID accessories act more as medical alert tags, which become a necessity during an emergency. In addition to this, information about the person’s regular doctor and prescribed drugs may also be included in the bracelet. The doctor can be contacted for further details regarding the type of seizures the patient suffers from and the required dose of the medication can be provided on time to stop the seizures.

Very often, an epileptic seizure results in non-communication by the patient and he/ she may not be able to speak or respond to anyone trying to communicate with them. The Id bracelet may be of help in such situations to silently inform the medical staff or a first responder about the disease. Things To Do While Witnessing a Seizure Episode So what do you do when you see an epileptic patient having a seizure episode? Here are the details

    • The first thing that you need to do as a first responder is to look for medical alert identification.
    • Do not try to put anything in the person’s mouth.
    • Cushion the head and remove glasses if any.
    • Loosen up tight clothing and turn the patient on his/ her side.
    • Next, clock the seizure with a watch and try not to hold the person down forcibly. 
    • Once the seizure is over, offer medical help with reference to the information provided on the persons epilepsy tag.

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