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Four Ways to Help with Itchy Skin in Winter

Winter and your skin do not get along. Cold temperatures, a lack of moisture, and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin during the winter season, leaving your hands, legs, and face with itchy, scaly skin.

Not only does cracked dry skin look and feel unappealing, it can also have other negative effects. Repeated scratching cause by dryness can lead to thicker, rougher skin, which can lead to painful cracks. Dry skin can also become inflamed and sensitive. There’s even a chance of a bacterial infection developing in open cracks and sores.

The best way to prevent these issues is to try and prevent or treat dry winter skin right away. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your skin this winter. Here are four ways to help prevent itchy, dry skin this winter.

Image of a women with itchy, dry winter skin.

Preventing Sunburn in the Snow

When you think about typical places where you might get sun burn, you might imagine a trip to the beach, a baseball game, or some other outdoor activity in the summer. In short, you’re probably not thinking about soaking in too much sun during the winter. However, you probably should.

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Common Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Winter weather can lead to more than just itchy, dry skin and flu season. Winter injuries are a real possibility for many people. A combination of poor traction and certain activities caused by snow and ice are a cause for concern for many people in snowy regions. 

However, once you learn about some common winter injuries, you can also prepare for them. Here are some common winter injuries and what you can do to help prevent them.

Image of a man shoveling snow. Read our tips on winter injury prevention.

Four Health Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a great time to gather with friends and family, but it can also usher in some less than desirable health concerns. A combination of cold weather, sick people, and busy schedules can lead to a month full of runny noses and headaches if you’re not careful. Here are four holiday health tips to keep you on your feet this season.

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Taking Care of Young Children with Diabetes

Seeing a loved one experience discomfort is always difficult—but to see a young child be diagnosed with a lifelong condition is even harder. For parents learning their child has type 1 diabetes, the news can be crushing, but it doesn’t have to be. While type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, advances in treatment options have made managing it easier than ever before. 

Image of a child with type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes.

The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

There’s been an increasing amount of discussion surrounding the growing levels of sugar in our food and how it relates to the obesity epidemic. Frequently, these statistics are paired with the rising rate of diabetes across the country.

But what does that mean?

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2012—that’s nearly 10 percent of the population! However, many of these people went undiagnosed because they didn’t know the warning signs. Today we’re going to talk about both types of diabetes and their differences so that you can catch the symptoms early.

Image of a diabetic. Contact a local endocrinologist to talk about diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Tips

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in America. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million Americans had type 2 diabetes in 2012. Unfortunately, the numbers seem to be on the rise. However, unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes isn’t necessarily a lifelong condition. In some cases, you can control type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Image of a glucometer. Contact a local physician about diabetes prevention tips.

How Too Many Halloween Treats Can Affect Your Children

It’s fun to go around shouting “trick or treat,” but managing your children’s post-Halloween treats can be rather tricky. Mass consumptions of candy are not exactly the healthiest option for anyone, let alone your growing children. 

This isn’t to say that your kids can’t enjoy their Halloween plunder. A couple treats here or there are fine, but regular amounts of sugary substances can be harmful, especially when there’s a bunch of tempting sweets hanging around in a trick or treat bag. Here are three ways candy can mess with your body.

Image of Halloween candy. Learn about the health effects of too much candy.

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Now that fall is here, pumpkin season is officially in session. However, a constant diet of pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes might not be the best thing for a healthy diet. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fill of delicious pumpkin-based goodies this year. Here are three healthy pumpkin recipes that you can try out at home.

Image of a healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe.