5 Scary Reasons to take Summer Sandal Support (or lack of) Seriously

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

summer sandal support

It’s May, the sun is out and so are your toes!  The season of summer sandal shopping is upon us, which is why the team at CarePro Health Services is bringing awareness to a very important health issue – unsupportive summer sandals.  Before you laugh, take a look at the four most common health conditions caused by wearing unsupportive sandals or flip flops too often:

  1. Tendonitis – Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon, tissue that connects muscle to bone. When wearing unsupportive sandals such as flip flops, you must grip your toes around a small piece of fabric just to keep the shoe on.  This action of gripping leads to overuse of these muscles which results in tendonitis.  This action can also lead to hammer toes, a condition where the toe bends abnormally.
  2. Stress Fractures – With the repetitive shock trauma that comes from shoes that offer little support, many develop stress fractures. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones because of overuse.
  3. Chafing – Chafing is caused by the rubbing of skin on leather or plastic. Too much rubbing can lead to painful sores or blisters.
  4. Total Body Pain – Finally, wearing shoes with little support will actually change your entire gait, causing pain throughout your entire body.

The great news is that all of these health conditions can be avoided by simply wearing summer sandals with support and proper structure.  The team at CarePro recommends testing your shoe to make sure it is the correct size, bends only at the ball of the foot, has a thick arch, offers thick straps and is made of soft material.

One summer sandal line that passes our test with flying colors is the Spendco Sandals.  These sandals are designed with built-in orthotic inserts for optimal support and comfort, and even better is the price.  Through the month of May, CarePro is offering a 25% discount on all Spenco Sandals so stop by a CarePro location today to pick up your new favorite summer sandal today!

High Pollen Count Got You Down? 3 Reasons to Go Natural for Seasonal Allergies

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

seasonal allergies high pollen count

Are you currently dreading the high pollen forecasts this May?  If so, you’re not alone.  According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies with 16.9 million adults being diagnosed last year alone!  While most Americans are treating their symptoms with allergy medications such as Claritin, Benadryl, Mucinex, Zyrtec and Allegra, the team at CarePro Pharmacy wants to bring you another effective option you may not have previously considered – Natural D-Hist, an all-natural allergy relief and sinus formula.

Reasons to Choose All Natural Allergy Relief:

  • Avoid Drowsiness.

The most common reason adults avoid some traditional over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benedryl is the drowsiness factor.  This can make it difficult to focus when driving or working.  All-natural allergy treatment such as the Natural D-Hist is made up of natural antioxidants and botanicals which keep side-effects at bay.

  • Fast Acting.

All-natural allergy treatments such as Natural D-Hist offer quick relief for even the more severe allergy sufferers out there, with many who take it noticing symptom relief within 24 hours.  This particular allergy treatment can also be taken throughout allergy season to keep you feeling great.

  • Save Money

During the month of May, CarePro Pharmacies is offering Natural D-Hist at 20% OFF!

If you or someone you know suffers from seasonal allergies, visit your CarePro Pharmacy location to pick up Natural D-Hist in 10 count or 120 count containers today – also available for your children with Natural D-Hist for Kids!

CarePro Health Services Launches New Website

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

 

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Have you seen CareProHS.com lately?!  Last month, CarePro Health Services revealed a new website which they have been quietly working on for the past few months with web marketing provider, VGM Forbin and creative agency, North Forty.  The new CarePro Health Services website, www.careprohs.com, provides visitors with resources and tools that will make it much easier to learn about all services and connect with CarePro’s network of healthcare professionals.

What makes the CarePro website so great?  Let us count the ways!

  1. Mobile responsive for all devices.

Visiting from a smart phone?  The new CarePro Health Services website offers a responsive design, making it easy to navigate no matter what device you are accessing it from.

  1. Service at your fingertips.

Have questions about services offered at CarePro?  The new CarePro Health Services website features a clean, clear navigation of just four main sections focused on delivering visitors to the information they seek quickly and easily.

  1. Enhancements to simplify your day.

Looking for an easier way to pay your bill or get your prescription filled?  The new CarePro Health Services website provides tools to make your life easier such as Online Bill Pay, Rx Refill and a complete Resource Center.

  1. Healthcare information in one easy location.

Have questions?  The new CarePro Health Services website features one large resource center full of articles, blogs, videos, helpful links and answers to frequently asked questions on health and wellness topics covered by CarePro’s health professional every day!

All in all, the new CarePro Health Services website is an extension of CarePro’s mission; to help you connect with people and answers you need.  Visit www.careprohs.com today, and be sure to let the team at CarePro know how the site can be further customized to fit your health needs!

Spring Means Sunshine, Picnics… and Allergies

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Chris Nichols

The weather is finally getting nicer in the Midwest. Are your seasonal allergies stopping you from enjoying it? The first step to better controlling your seasonal allergy symptoms is figuring out what causes them in the first place.

What causes spring allergies?

Pollen is the main spring allergy trigger. Pollen consists of small particles that are released into the air by weeds, grasses and trees. Pollen can travel in the air for many miles. It gets into our noses as we breathe, but most of us will not notice it. However, if you are allergic, seasonal allergy symptoms can kick in and wreak havoc on your sinuses.

How does the body react?

When you breathe in pollen and you’re allergic to it, your body will try to fight it off like a germ or virus. Your immune system releases histamine into the body as a part of the defense process. Histamine is what causes your unpleasant allergy systems.

Common spring allergies include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Dark circles under your eyes
  • Runny, itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

How do you deal with allergies?

There are many products available to help you cope with seasonal allergy symptoms. You can buy over-the-counter remedies in a wide variety of strengths at your local CarePro Pharmacy. If you want to avoid grogginess or drowsiness, our pharmacists recommend Natural D-HIST, an all-natural seasonal allergy remedy that stops allergy symptoms before they start.

Feel free to call or stop by your local CarePro Pharmacy for more information about seasonal allergy symptoms and how you can get back to enjoying the outdoors.

Beat Seasonal Allergies to the Punch

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
We love spring, but we hate allergy season. Use Natural D-Hist to fend off seasonal allergy symptoms.

We love spring, but we hate allergy season. Use Natural D-Hist to fend off seasonal allergy symptoms.

Spring has finally arrived, and Eastern Iowa’s pollen counts are on the rise. In fact, you may be struggling with allergy symptoms already. What’s behind your sniffling, and how do you fight it?

What causes seasonal allergy symptoms?

Many allergy symptoms are caused by the release of histamine, a chemical that triggers inflammation when your body is irritated by dust, pollen or other allergens. Histamine is what causes watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and many of the other nasty symptoms of seasonal allergies. Fun, right?

How do I avoid allergy symptoms?

With the right defense, you can enjoy spring and summer again. Here are three ways Natural D-Hist (an all-natural allergy remedy) can help you manage your seasonal allergy symptoms:

  • It’s proactive: Natural D-Hist blocks histamine to stop symptoms before they start. No more lugging multiple pill bottles around just to feel human!
  • It works fast: Natural D-Hist provides effective support for nasal and sinus passageways. Many people who take it notice that their symptoms improve within 24 hours of their first dose.
  • It won’t cause weird side effects: Some allergy medicines make you feel groggy and tired. Natural D-Hist is all-natural, which means it doesn’t contain the typical ingredients that can make you sleepy.

What about my kids’ symptoms?

Your little one doesn’t want to miss recess this spring or suffer through another boring summer indoors. That’s why Natural D-Hist is available in kids’ form, too. D-Hist Jr. works like the adult version, but in a chewable, kid-friendly dose.

Where can I find Natural D-Hist and D-Hist Jr.?

New CPAP Supplies = Safer Sleep

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
CPAP/BiPAP equipment is not meant to be used forever. Replace it regularly for your health and safety.

CPAP/BiPAP equipment is not meant to be used forever. Replace it regularly for your health and safety.

Reduce, reuse, recycle…right? Not when it comes to your CPAP/BiPAP supplies!

It’s important to replace your mask, tubing and filter regularly to keep you breathing safely.

Here are our top 3 reasons to regularly replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies:

1) Cushions Lose Their Seal

If you find yourself over-tightening your headgear to keep a seal between your mask and your face, your mask cushions have likely worn down. Your mask will not fit comfortably if the cushions are worn, and you can make your skin sore by adjusting your mask too tightly. The mask will not work as effectively without a good seal.

2) Bacteria Can Grow Quickly

The older the mask, the more the materials begin to deteriorate. Scratches, grooves and dents in your equipment are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To avoid bacteria growth, replace your supplies regularly. Between new supplies, wash your tubing and mask often with mild, soapy water and set them out to air dry away from direct sunlight. Make sure your equipment is completely dry before use- lingering water can also contribute to bacteria growth.

3) Damaging Dirt Adds Up

Dust, dirt and other contaminants can collect in your filter. As they build, they can cause your CPAP/BiPAP machine to overheat, which will damage the motor over time. You can avoid this hassle by replacing your filter frequently. In fact, we will replace your disposable filter for free at our upcoming CPAP/Bi-PAP clinics in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

Insurance providers typically have a set schedule for how often you can replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies. The customer care representatives at CarePro Home Medical will be happy to contact your insurance company for you to find out when you are eligible for replacements. It’s our pleasure to answer your CPAP/BiPAP questions, so feel free to call or email us.

Should You Buy a Lift Chair?

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
A lift chair can help you stand and sit easier, but looks and feels like a regular recliner.

A lift chair can help you stand and sit easier, but looks and feels like a regular recliner.

What is a lift chair?

A lift chair is a special recliner that is built to help people move easily from a sitting to a standing position. It can be used to lean back or to raise your feet with a footrest, just like a regular recliner. A lift chair is operated with the push of a button. It comes with a built-in mechanism to lift the seat up from a horizontal position to an angle, which helps you get in and out of the chair easier.

Who should use a lift chair?

Lift chairs are ideal for people who have trouble standing or sitting down because of pain, decreased balance or decreased strength and endurance. However, the chair looks just like a regular recliner, so guests and family members can sit in it without noticing any difference.

If you have trouble getting in and out of bed, you may find that a lift chair is an easier alternative for taking naps or occasionally sleeping through the night. However, you should be aware that extended use of any chair as a bed can result in bed sores or other discomforts because a chair limits your ability to move and roll around in your sleep.

Who should NOT use a lift chair?

If you don’t experience pain, imbalance or weakness upon sitting or standing, a lift chair may not be right for you. It’s important as you age to continue using your muscles as much as possible to maintain your strength and agility. In other words, if you don’t need the added assistance to sit or stand, you should probably not purchase a lift chair for that purpose.

Where can I get one?

CarePro Home Medical in Cedar Rapids and Coralville provide lift chairs. We also carry them at CarePro Pharmacy – Pavilion. If you purchase one before March 31, we’ll add heat and massage options to your chair for free!

 

How Can Multivitamins Help Me?

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
No matter your age, a high quality multivitamin can benefit your health.

No matter your age, a high quality multivitamin can benefit your health.

Why would you want to take a multivitamin?

Even if you follow a fairly healthy diet, chances are you aren’t getting all of the nutrients you need to look and feel your best. With busy schedules, convenience foods readily available and the daily demands of our bodies, optimal nutrition is pretty hard to achieve with food alone.

Which multivitamin is best for me?

Though the variety of choices of multivitamins can be overwhelming, CarePro pharmacists emphasize that all multivitamins are NOT created equal. There are generally two categories of multivitamins:  one-a-day and professional grade.

  • One-a-day vitamins often cost less than professional grade vitamins. However, one-a-days are usually unable to provide optimal levels of vitamins and minerals. There is only so much you can cram into one supplement and still be able to swallow it.
  • Professional grade vitamins may cost a little more, but will give you a better bang for your buck. These multivitamins are specially formulated with an appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals. Some high quality multivitamins come in doses of 2 or more so your body can properly absorb the nutrients.

A high quality multivitamin can help:

  • fill the gaps in your diet
  • support your immune system
  • supplement your weight loss efforts
  • optimize your health

What about multivitamins for kids?

Just like you, growing kids require extra support for their nutritional needs. Pair that with picky eating habits, and a professional grade multivitamin is a must. CarePro Pharmacies offer high quality multivitamins for kids in a variety of flavors and dosage forms (gummies, chewables and more).

Bonus!

Through March 31, 2015, you can save 20% on all professional grade multivitamins for adults and kids. Ask your CarePro Pharmacist to help you choose the right multivitamins for your family.

Valid on professional grade products only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires March 31, 2015.

 

3 Daily Tips for Heart Health

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
You're never too old (or too young!) to take care of your heart.

You’re never too old (or too young!) to take care of your heart.

To wrap up National Heart month, we’d like to share this short list of tips to care for your heart every day:

1. Get aerobic exercise. Walk, run, bike or swim- it’s all good for your heart. Aerobic exercise benefits you by maximizing the amount of oxygen in your blood and increasing blood flow to you muscles. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. If you’re a beginner, start small. Begin with 10 – 15 minutes per day, and work your way up to 30 as you start to feel more energized.

2. Consume healthy fats. Load up on omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce triglyceride levels and support heart health. Omega-3s can be found in salmon, mackerel and other cold water fish. Try serving fish twice per week in place of your regular entrée. Also, consider taking a professional grade omega-3 supplement to add more healthy fatty acids to your diet. Click here for more information about omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Get enough sleep. According to the American Heart Association, poor sleep habits are linked to an increase in high blood pressure, which could cause heart disease. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Kids need more sleep, and seniors may need less.

While this list is far from complete, these 3 tips for heart health can help start you down the path toward a healthier heart. Check with your healthcare provider for a personalized heart health plan.

CoQ10: Protect Your Heart!

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger
Some medications deplete coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) from your body. Fight back with a high-quality CoQ10 supplement.

Some medications deplete coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) from your body. Fight back with a high-quality CoQ10 supplement.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring compound found in every cell of the body. It plays a critical role in:

  • Energy production
  • Antioxidant defense
  • Heart support
  • Nerve protection
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Healthy cell growth

Our muscles use a lot of energy, and they need a lot of CoQ10 to function. But did you know that some medications deplete CoQ10 from the body? Common culprits include:

  • Some blood pressure medications
  • Cholesterol-reducing medications

People who take cardiac medications or statins to lower their cholesterol often experience muscle cramping and weakness due to CoQ10 depletion. CarePro pharmacists can help you find a CoQ10 supplement that is right for you – just ask!