What To Expect: Getting Prepared For Your First Iron Infusion Appointment

Iron infusions can really help anemic patients or low-iron patients feel increasingly better. Your hematologist will order a round of iron if your levels test below what they would like, particularly if you have been on oral supplements with no improvement. If you are going in for your first iron infusion appointment, there are several things you should keep in mind: Bring a Snack Many times, iron infusions will last many hours. During that time, it is very likely you will get hungry. When you are attached to an iv, however, you will not be able to roam around looking for a vending machine. Make sure you eat well before your appointment and bring a few snacks in your bag. Nuts, dried fruit, or pretzels are great items to have on had to snack on, especially if you begin to feel nauseous. Be Sure You’re Fully Hydrated Before you go for your treatment, make sure you are hydrated. This will make it much easier for the nurse to find your vein easily. You don’t want to have them stick you multiple times before they find a good place to put your iv. Hydrating will help your veins become more visible and much easier to locate. Prepare to Be Sleepy During your treatment, you will not only be receiving an iron infusion, but the doctor may order you an anti-histamine to be administered as well. This is to help prevent any reaction that can commonly occur with this kind of treatment. Patients don’t often realize this when they have an iron infusion and aren’t prepared to be sleepy while at the infusion center. You may want to bring a pillow or blanket and a good book. It would be a good idea to avoid trying to do any work or anything that requires you to be fully awake and functional during this time. Get Mentally Prepared As you enter the infusion center, you may begin to notice that there are a variety of patients who are dealing with very serious issues. Cancer patients will often be in the same center, which may conger up feelings of guilt, sadness, or anxiety. Knowing what you will see before going to your appointment will help you be more prepared and relaxed. You will likely bump into some of the same people over the course of your treatment, so it would be nice to have chats and build friendships with some of these people. Having a friend during these times can do a lot to lift your spirits. Getting an iron infusion can have so many benefits. It sparks your energy and helps you feel like you haven’t in years. After a few treatments, you should begin to feel much better. However, if you continue to feel badly, it is important to communicate with your doctor to ensure other issues are not overlooked. For...

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What’s The Worst That Can Happen When You Don’t Treat Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus attacks your toe or finger nails. It’s characterized by scaling under the nails, white or yellowish streaks on the nails, and crumbling nail corners. The disease is notoriously difficult to treat and it’s relatively painless in its early stages. These two things make many people reluctant to seek treatment, but that isn’t a wise move. Failure to treat nail fungus may lead to several health complications, including the five discussed below: Pain When Walking If you continue living with untreated toenail fungus, then it’s not just the discoloration and unsightly appearance of your nails that you will be worried about. The infection may intensify to the point where walking may be uncomfortable or even painful. In fact, this is the point (when the pain begins) where many people seek treatment. Loss of Nails Although rare, it’s possible for the fungal infection to progress to the point where you lose your nails. Before you actually lose your nails, they may become brittle (especially at the corners) and start crumbling and breaking off. In the worst case scenario, you may even lose the infected nails. This is what happens in onycholysis, a condition in which your nail separate (often painlessly) from the nail bed. Spread To Other Parts of the Body In some cases, untreated nail fungus does not just confine itself to the nails; it spreads to other parts of the body. For example, it may spread to the skin and groin area. An attack on your skin may make it itchy, red and cracked; this condition is known as athlete’s foot. If it spreads to the groin area, it may cause an uncomfortable and embarrassing fungal infection known as jock itch. Increased Risk of Infection Living with a nail fungus for a long period also increases your risk of developing other infections. The risk is even higher if the disease spreads to other parts of the body. For example, the cracks in your skin may serve as entry points for disease-causing microorganisms. Don’t forget that any infection, including fungal nail infections, lowers your immunity. This also raises your susceptibility to other diseases. This can be dangerous if you are already living with a chronic health condition such as diabetes. These aren’t simple complications and you wouldn’t want to develop any of them. Therefore, don’t make any treatment decisions at home without consulting a dermatologist, such as Oregon Foot Clinic. Leave it up to your doctor to determine whether to treat your nail fungus or...

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