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Beware the deodorant you choose

Some people sweat more than others. The right deodorant can help. Sweating can be embarrassing, smelly and just downright messy. We’ve all been there. An awkward situation, a really hot day, or a workout at the gym, and all of a sudden our body temperature rises, our face gets red, our palms get clammy, and sweat pours out of our armpits, staining our brilliant white tees. This is the body’s natural response to activity level, stress and extreme temperatures that helps us cool down. What if you were constantly sweating excessively without anything to trigger it? This actually is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. These people produce more sweat then the average person and they have an over-stimulation of sweat glands. This embarrassing disorder can lead to awkward social situations and can cause people to withdraw from normal daily activities. So what causes it? Hyperhidrosis can be caused by certain

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Health

Shake shingles away

If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you are at risk of shingles. Why? Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that occurs when varicella zoster (or the chickenpox virus) is reactivated within your body. The virus needs to already be present for you to develop this condition. Reactivation is commonly the result of stress, illness, or decreasing immunity. Shingles itself is not contagious, meaning you can’t “catch” shingles from someone who is actively experiencing it. However, a person who has never had chickenpox and is exposed to someone with an active shingles infection may develop chickenpox. Roughly 30% of all Canadians develop shingles, with most episodes occurring after the age of 50. Shingles typically presents as a painful, red, blister-like rash that affects one side of the body. If you suspect that you are experiencing an episode of shingles, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Initiation of anti-viral

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When headaches need medical attention

Headaches are common, and in some cases cannot be avoided. However, there are ways to reduce their likelihood. Ironically, for frequent sufferers, your go-to treatment could be playing a role. And sometimes a headache is more than just that and needs medical attention. Headaches are typically classified into three main categories: migraine, tension type, and cluster. The theories behind why these types of headaches occur are complicated and there is not a defined consensus. There are lifestyle choices that are thought to play a role, like extremes or irregularities in sleeping, eating, stress, and exercise. Where possible, these triggers should be avoided. Most mild, infrequent, headaches can be managed with self-treatment. However, there are some red flags that signal medical attention is required: Sudden onset (within seconds/minutes) of a severe headache Severity getting worse, as frequency increases Presence of fever, stiff neck, and/or altered consciousness Weakness, body aches, and/or weight

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