Archive | October, 2011

Biofreeze versus Other Pain Killers

Are you considering trying the new Biofreeze topical solution?  If so, then you are probably wondering what the pros and cons are for this analgesic drug, and especially as compared to other top pain relievers.  Let’s discuss the best advantages of this solution.


First and foremost, we see that Biofreeze is available in a variety of solutions.  This medication is available in roll on form, as a spray, as a gel and even as a wipe!  This certainly gives it points in terms of convenience.  Even very fragile skin can benefit from its ice therapy formula.  There is another advantage to speak of, and this one is in the method of treatment.  This analgesic formula is absorbed through the skin, not ingested.  Therefore, whatever problems might occur with taking an aspirin or Tylenol tablet, would not occur with Biofreeze. (more…)


A Condom Catheter Provides Relief for Men

Many men today experience urinary incontinence after they have had prostate surgery or because of other issues related to the prostate. For years, they have suffered in silence, but today more and more men are coming out to the world that they have issues related to their bladder. As more men are discussing their struggles with incontinence, new treatments and supplies to manage the problem are coming out.

The list of supplies out there for urinary issues is long, and while some work great, others are not so popular. For the most part, many people see success with absorbent undergarments and bed pads. Many men, however, leak profusely, which can make wearing absorbent underwear or a diaper uncomfortable and inconvenient. They will have to change the incontinence product often and this can interfere with their daily activities. One solution to this is the men’s condom catheter. A condom catheter, like its name suggests, fits on similar to a condom. These are made for men only. There is a spout-like tip that will connect to a device that holds urine that is collected. Usually this device is a bag that straps to the leg. This way, a man can wear the condom catheter and no one will ever know. There is also no changing of undergarments often and no fear of having to find a place to dispose of the used diapers. (more…)


Basic Guide to Understanding Medical Lancets for Checking Sugar Levels

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then chances are you are already intimately familiar with medical lancets. This type of equipment is made from surgical steel and comes in a variety of sizes. It is primarily used to get a blood sample from patients for different testing purposes. The gauge of a lancet will determine how large the puncture in the skin will be for. For example, the lower the gauge, the bigger the puncture cut will be. For individuals who are using this equipment for blood sugar testing, a higher gauge is preferred. The higher gauges create a small puncture hole that produces a drop or two of blood, which is ideal for diabetic testing.

Lancets are placed in a device that uses springs to prick the skin and draw blood. There are different types of devices that can be used by individuals who have diabetes and need to test their levels on a regular basis. Some individuals opt to use only the lancet without the help of the spring loaded device to pierce the skin and draw a blood sample. This is much more difficult and if not performed properly can be very painful. (more…)


Improved Diabetes Supplies

Diabetes comes in different types. Type I and Type II diabetes both require that the individual who suffers with this disease takes the appropriate steps to manage their condition. To make life easier for individuals who have diabetes, the companies that manufacture diabetes supplies have become cleverer with their designs and have come out with some truly innovative products that make the management of this disease more convenient than it has ever been before.


For some individuals, the diabetes supplies that they loath purchasing are needles and syringes. Even if you have to give yourself a shot several times a day, it’s never a pleasant experience. One of the new pieces of equipment that has come on the market in the last couple of decades, and that has been constantly improved upon, is the insulin pump. This device is inserted directly into the body via a needle and stays in place, delivering insulin as needed. For some sufferers, it’s a marked improvement over having to give themselves injections at regular times throughout the day. (more…)


What to Look for in Incontinence Supplies

Incontinence is a serious problem where the body is unable to control the expulsion of waste products in the human body. The most common form of incontinence is urinary incontinence, which involves uncontrollable leakage of urine from the bladder. Some people experience mild forms of incontinence that can involve only a few small drops of urine to a total emptying of the person’s bladder. Incontinence causes many people to become anxious about doing anything in the public eye, afraid they will not be able to control themselves and have leakage in public. Thankfully, there are incontinence supplies and products that exist today to help you control leakage and enable you to get out in public and live your life.

One of the most common types of incontinence supplies on the market are incontinence pads. There are many benefits to using these pads. They are small and designed to go unnoticed by people out and about in public. These pads can be placed inside your normal underwear and do not require the use of adult diapers. These pads are highly absorbent and will keep your skin and your clothes dry should you experience any leakage. When looking to purchase incontinence pads, you should look for pads that are made with multiple layers of absorbent material to provide adequate protection. Make sure the pads have a plastic backing to keep urine leakage from soaking through the pad. (more…)


Increasing Blood Circulation with Compression Stockings

For individuals with circulatory problems such as phlebitis, edema or thrombosis, compression stockings can help to increase blood circulation. They are designed to apply graduated pressure in the lower leg and foot, which causes an increase of blood flow back to the heart and less blood to accumulate in the lower extremities.

Types of Compression Stockings

There are different types of compression socks. The most widely used versions are gradient compression stockings and anti-embolism stockings. Gradient compression socks are designed to provide higher compression around the ankle. The degree of compression decreases towards the top of the stocking. This type of compression wear is ideal for individuals who suffer from blood clots or lower limb edema. They also improve circulation in people who spend long periods of time in positions that cause blood to pool in the feet or legs. (more…)


Diabetics Always Are in Need of Medical Supplies

Medical supplies for many people are everyday necessities and a part of their daily lives. For those with diabetes, medical supplies can mean life or death. Sugar levels have to be kept at all times by someone suffering from the disease. In order to check on their glucose levels, the diabetic must have a glucose meter and different test strips to perform an at home test.

Someone that has just been diagnosed with diabetes may feel overwhelmed with the thought of testing on a daily basis. This is where professional healthcare providers and their staff help diabetes sufferers transition to their new lifestyle and teach them how medical supplies will be a part of their life forever. Over time and following lots of practice, the diabetic can perform their daily tests very easily. (more…)