Daily Column

Hives affect woman following surgical procedure

Q: I had bilateral breast reduction done four weeks ago. The doctor used stitches internally and Dermabond externally to close my wounds. I stayed in the hospital over night and was given a continuous IV for nourishment and antibiotics. My doctor knows I am allergic to penicillin, so she prescribed Cephalexin which she told me was a cousin to penicillin and was safe for me to use. I was released from the hospital with a prescription for Cephalexin which I'm assuming was also in my IV. About three weeks later I started noticing hives underneath my breasts in the area of my wounds. I mentioned it to the doctor and she said I could use cortisone cream for control. Now I'm in a full outbreak of hives all over my body. They just keep getting worse and worse. The only other thing … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

On fresh foods and obesity

Interestingly, awareness subjects for the month of September focus on two subjects – “fruits and veggies” and “childhood obesity”. It certainly appears, at least to the writer, that the two subjects go hand-in-hand. Fruits and vegetables are known to provide countless health benefits and those individuals that eat a well-balanced diet can lower their risk for such conditions as obesity and a great deal more. Despite this, statistics prove that most of us fail to consume the recommended amounts every day. Obesity is a serious condition that affects individuals of all ages. It is known to occur in children who are above their normal weight for their age, build and height. The problem is that issues once confined to older individuals is now affecting children. Diabetes, … [Read More...]