Sunday, May 10, 2015

Facts on Migraines

1. Migraine headaches are caused by blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers surrounding these blood vessels.
2. Migraine headache can lead to feelings of nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
3. Migraine tends to affect people between 15 and 55 years of age.
4. About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from Migraine.
5. Migraine tends to run in families. If one parent suffers from Migraine, there is a 40% chance a child will suffer. If both parents suffer, the chance rises to 90%.
6. Some people who suffer from Migraine can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches such as allergies, light and stress.
7. Auras can act as a warning, preceding the onset of a Migraine headache.
8. Lifestyle alterations might help reduce migraine frequency.
9. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or Migraine.
10. About 10% of school-age children suffer from Migraine.
11. Depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances are common for those with chronic Migraine.
12. There's No Cure for Migraine.

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How to Use Metered-Dose Inhalers

                    A metered-dose inhaler (MDI) is a device that delivers a specific amount of medication to the lungs, in the form of a short burst of aerosolized medicine that is usually self-administered by the patient via inhalation. It is the most commonly used delivery system for treating Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory diseases. The medication in a metered dose inhaler is most commonly a bronchodilator, corticosteroid or a combination of both for the treatment of asthma and COPD.

There are many different types of inhalers available. If you are using a different type of inhaler, such as a dry powder inhaler or breath-activated inhaler (a type of inhaler that releases the medication automatically when you breath in), you will need to follow different directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more information or if you do not know what type of inhaler you are using.

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                        A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.
Migraine headache result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels.

Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, but many cannot. Potential migraine triggers include :
● Anxiety
● Changes in wake-sleep pattern
● Bright lights, loud noises and certain odors or perfume
● Physical or emotional stress
● Hormonal changes in women
● Sensory stimuli
● Smoking or exposure to smoke

Sign & Symptoms 
Symptoms of migraine can occur a while before the headache, immediately before the headache, during the headache and after the headache. Although not all migraines are the same, typical symptoms include :
◙ Moderate to severe pain, usually confined to one side of the head, but switching in successive migraines
◙ Pulsing and throbbing head pain
◙ Increasing pain during physical activity
◙ Inability to perform regular activities due to pain
◙ Nausea
◙ Vomiting
◙ Increased sensitivity to light and sound.
◙ Lethargy (lack of energy)

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