Study Reveals Why You’re Not Sleeping Well

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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How well do you sleep at night? CarePro Health Services knows that some nights are better than others when it comes to sleep. Recently, a study completed by the National Sleep Foundation revealed several reasons why you may not be sleeping well throughout the night. Check out the reasons below and see if you could improve your sleep tonight!

Reasons why you’re not sleeping well:

Your mattress– The study revealed that 9 out of 10 participants indicated that a good mattress was important to their comfort and sleep wellness throughout the night. If your mattress is outdated, it is recommended to look into getting a new one for the best sleep comfort.

Your bedding– Second to mattress comfort was the importance of the bedroom’s overall comfort. 70% of participants in the study said that their pillow was a big part of their sleep quality each night. Could your pillow be keeping you up at night? What about the type of bedding you have? The style and comfort of sheets was a factor for 53% of study participants. When picking out sheets and pillows, be sure to take into account your body’s needs. Do you prefer firm or fluffy pillows? Are your sheets irritating your skin?

Your bed companion– Is your sleep partner keeping you awake at night? Could it be your dog or cat that keeps you tossing and turning? 41% of participants in the National Sleep Foundation study said that their partner’s snoring kept them awake at night and 27% stated that animals in the bed were a cause of not sleeping well. Consider keeping your pets in their own bed on the floor or in a kennel so you will sleep better at night. If your partner snores, it could be a sign of sleep apnea.  Have your partner tested and treated for this life-threatening condition.

Sleep aids available at CarePro:

Viniferamine Sleep Support– A holistic approach to sleeping well can be found at CarePro Pharmacies. This natural option is an option will help you if you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night.

Aquegel– If you’re looking for a topical gel for better sleep, Aquegel is ideal for those suffering from breathing problems while sleeping. Learn more about Aquegel at your local CarePro Pharmacy.

CPAP therapy– If you live with sleep apnea, you may be familiar with CPAP therapy. CarePro Home Medical offer CPAP clinics to answer all of your questions about treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy, how to use CPAP machines and accessories, and any other questions you have regarding CPAP therapy.

CarePro Health Services hopes you are able to find the reason you’re not sleeping well. Contact us today to learn more about our sleep solution options.

Tips for Sleeping Better in the Summer

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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July brings the dog days of summer and in Iowa, that means the temperature can be extremely uncomfortable. CarePro Health Services cares about your sleep comfort and wellness, so today we are bringing you four tips for sleeping better in the summer.

  1. Use a ceiling fan or box fan to circulate the air in your bedroom. Not only will a fan give you the sense of a cooler room, but also you will experience better airflow into your room. A ceiling fan is designed to circulate air no matter what the season, so keeping your fan on during the day can make for a better night’s sleep.
  2. Use room darkening curtains to regulate the light. Depending on what time you go to bed during the summer, it could still be light out. Room darkening curtains can keep the light out and the cold air in. If you’re not home during the day, keep your curtains closed in the bedroom so the sun does not heat up the room. Keeping the curtains closed can add to your sleep comfort level this summer, even on the hottest days. This concept can also be used throughout the house to save on energy this summer.
  3. Be consistent with your sleep schedule. Consistency is especially important if you have sleep apnea and use CPAP therapy. If you are new to CPAP therapy treatment for your sleep apnea, some of our CarePro Home Medical locations offer assistance on CPAP therapy equipment and treatment. Our clinics are designed to answer all of your questions about sleep apnea and CPAP use. You will thank yourself later for keeping a consistent sleep schedule because you will experience better sleep every night of the week.
  4. Use sleep aid options from CarePro Pharmacies. We offer many options when it comes to natural and holistic approaches to sleep aids. Viniferamine Sleep Support is a capsule version of a natural sleep aid so you can have longer and deeper sleep each night. If you’re not a fan of capsules, we also have Aquegel, a topical, nasal moisturizer to keep your nasal passages comfortable throughout the night.

CarePro Health Services hopes you are able to find comfort while you sleep this summer. Contact us today to learn more about our sleep aid options.

Watch Out for Medication Interactions with Sunlight THIS SUMMER

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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Summertime means longer days and shorter nights, meaning you may experience a bit more sunlight than you would in other months of the year. CarePro Health Services wants you to be aware of the risks of medication interaction with sunlight. Some medications cannot handle sunlight when you are taking them, so as a pharmacy, we want to warn you of the dangers of too much sun and your medications in today’s blog.

Reactions on your skin can occur when certain medications interacts with too much sun exposure. Reactions can include skin redness, rashes and other irritating skin issues. Many prescription medications are clearly labeled if they have photo-toxicity.

Photo-toxicity is drug induced sun sensitivity. The pharmacists at your local CarePro Pharmacy will provide information during your consultation if the current medication you are taking could produce sun sensitivity.  They will also put a sticker on your prescription if this is a potential reaction.

You’d be surprised at which medication interact with the sun, here are a few that interact badly:

  • Topical Acne Medications: Certain acne medications can cause moderate to severe sun sensitivity. Some of these topical medications include benzoyl peroxide and Accutane. When using topical acne medications, be aware of warning labels that state sun sensitivity is common.
  • Antibiotics: These medications used to fight off infection are known for causing sun sensitivity because of their powerful infection fighting properties. If you must be outside while on antibiotics, seek shade or wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Diuretics: Avoid the sun while taking diuretics because some forms may cause sun sensitivity. Exposure to sunlight, even for short periods of time may cause skin redness, sun burn, or rashes. The best way to avoid painful skin irritation is to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen while you are outdoors.

CarePro Health Services hopes you enjoy the summer sun without skin irritation. Our pharmacy locations have sunscreen to help with your sun sensitivity.

The Itch of Iowa Summers: Poison Ivy Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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Iowa summers bring a plethora of outdoor activities and adventures. Some of those outdoor adventures could be a day at the park, where your likelihood for getting poison ivy is higher. CarePro Pharmacies knows that it’s easy to get poison ivy in Iowa, so we are bringing you the signs, symptoms and treatment options in today’s blog.

If you plan to go to a wooded area this summer, here are some prevention tips from CarePro Pharmacies:

  • Wear long pants and closed toe shoes
  • Avoid touching plants in low lying areas of the woods
  • Wash all of your clothes immediately after being outdoors to wash away poison ivy oil

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have poison ivy:

  • Itching
  • Red streaks or general redness in a concentrated area
  • Small bumps or larger raised areas, resembling hives
  • Blisters leaking fluid

Treatment for poison ivy from CarePro Pharmacies:

Zanfel- This topical medication was created for the purpose of stopping the spread of poison ivy and washes away the itch and pain. Within 30 seconds of applying Zanfel on the area effected with poison ivy, the product enables the area to begin the immediate healing process. Zanfel is the only treatment known to remove urushiol, the toxin that creates redness and irritation on the skin from poison ivy. This topical cream is available at all of our CarePro Health Services locations just in time for your family camping trips, outdoor activities and summertime hikes. Zanfel is one of many treatment options available for poison ivy and there are other products available. Inquire at your local CarePro Pharmacy to learn more.

CarePro Pharmacies offer a variety of generic treatment options if you experience poison ivy this summer. Contact your local CarePro Pharmacy today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by CarePro Blogger

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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

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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.