The Importance of Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene has a wealth of benefits, including reducing your chances for illnesses, diseases, and infections. Plus, there is absolutely no risk for practicing good hygiene! It can be a difficult topic to discuss, but it doesn’t have to be. Caring about your wellbeing should be one of the most important practices for a long, happy, and healthy life. We care about your wellbeing, so we are going to discuss some of the things you can do to maintain good hygiene and cleanliness.

How Good Hygiene Affects You

Practicing good hygiene is beneficial to your overall  physical and mental health and more than just being clean. Keeping your entire body clean from head to toe not only helps prevent illnesses and infections from harmful bacteria, but it can give your self-esteem a boost. We tend to feel better when we take care of ourselves. There are many personal hygiene habits to incorporate into your everyday routine to make sure you keep yourself and the environment around you hygienic.

Types of Personal Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands is one of the easiest habits to practice to prevent the spread of germs to your eyes, mouth, food, as well as to those around you. Any time you handle food, garbage, pet an animal, sneeze, or use the restroom, you should wash your hands. Follow the 5-step rule for washing hands:

  1. Wet – Get your hands wet with clean water.
  2. Lather – Apply soap to your hands and work up a lather.
  3. Scrub – For at least 20 seconds, scrub your hands.
  4. Rinse – With clean water, rinse your hands free of the soap lather.
  5. Dry – Use either a towel or air dry your hands.

If you do not have a water source, you can also choose to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Oral Hygiene

By brushing and flossing your teeth, you are helping to prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. You should practice brushing your teeth twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. Adding a antimicrobial mouthwash to your routine can also help reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. It is suggested to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months and visit a dentist for routine cleanings every 6 months.

Click here for a handy infographic about brushing your teeth: Brushing-Your-Teeth

Nail Hygiene

Keeping your nails clean helps prevent the spread of germs into your mouth and other areas of the body. Trimming your nails regularly to make sure there aren’t any sharp edges or hangnails and using a nail file to smooth them keeps fingernails looking nice. Using a soft nail brush or washcloth can also help remove and rinse any dirt or buildup underneath the nail. Refraining from biting your nails and picking at the cuticles is necessary for good nail hygiene. If you use nail polish remover, try opting for an acetone-free formula.

Body/Skin/Hair Hygiene

Taking a shower or bath is essential to wash away dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils. The skin is the largest organ of the body and contains 2 layers. The thin outer layer is made up of dead skin cells that are constantly shed and replaced by new cells. The thick inner layer is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and hair follicles that contain glands. These glands produce an oily substance called sebum, which helps the skin and hair from drying out. Washing your body and hair daily removes dirt, oil, and those dead skin cells before they can accumulate. Make sure to pay attention to your armpits, groin, ears, elbows, back, and feet. All-in-one no-rinse alternatives such as the DermaRite 4-N-1 No-Rinse Wash are also handy for frequent cleansing.

Foot Hygiene

Fungal organisms love moisture, so keeping feet clean and dry will help prevent them from thriving. Our feet have sweat glands, too! Wear socks to trapping away moisture and make sure that your shoes fit properly. Trimming your toenails and using a nail file to smooth the edges helps to avoid ingrown toenails and allows you to check them for any infections, sores, or discoloration of the nails. Examining your feet is important, especially if you have diabetes since it increases the risk of foot sores and infections.

Food Hygiene

In order to prevent food-borne illness, certain food safety practices are used when handling, preparing, and storing food. Spoiled or rotten food can smell, however not all harmful bacteria have a scent. Making sure to clean your hands before handling food, cooking food to the proper temperature, and storing food promptly are ways to practice good food hygiene. When using a cutting board, make sure to sanitize it after every use. Wooden and plastic cutting boards are porous and bacteria can lurk behind in grooves made by a knife. Keeping hair up and out of the face prevents it from landing in food and wearing an apron protects your clothing from coming in contact with the food.

Clothing Hygiene

Dirty clothes, especially socks and underwear, can harbor microorganisms which can lead to skin infections. Not washing your clothing can have an impact on your overall health. Body odor can arise from stains on clothing that bacteria accumulates on. Fungi and bacteria thrive in warm, moist, and dark environments, causing bad smells and other conditions such as athlete’s foot. Not only should you wash your clothes, you need to remember to wash your bathroom and kitchen towels regularly as well. To avoid cross-contamination, try not to share towels and clothing.

Side Effects of Poor Hygiene

Poor personal hygiene can have minor side effects, but can also lead to more serious ones. Here are just a few of the side effects from poor personal hygiene.

  • You can transfer germs and other harmful bacteria to your eyes and mouth by not washing your hands. Issues such as pink eye and stomach viruses happen as a result of not routinely washing your hands.
  • Not brushing your teeth regularly can lead to plaque buildup causing cavities, gum disease, and other teeth issues, not to mention bad breath. Some research has also shown a link between gum disease and heart disease.
  • You can get Athlete’s Foot if you often walk around barefoot, especially in public areas where infection can spread such as swimming pools, shower areas, and locker rooms. This is a contagious fungal infection that thrives in moist environments and can spread to the toenails and hands.
  • Body odor and greasy hair are also side effects of poor personal hygiene. Maintaining a good cleansing routine will help keep you looking and feeling fresh, giving you a sense of pride in your appearance. Those around you will appreciate it, too.
  • Bacteria breeds in unclean environments such as the kitchen and dining areas, therefore leading to contamination of food. It is imperative to wash your hands prior to preparing food to keep bacteria from entering our bodies. Make sure to clean up and properly store leftovers, taking note of expiration dates. You could end up with diarrhea or even food poisoning if food is not correctly handled.

Choosing the Right Personal Hygiene Products

Depending on the situation, there are many different kinds of personal hygiene products available for a variety of needs. Almost all toiletries and cleaning supplies come in multiple sizes and formulas. There are specific personal hygiene products on the market for those with limited mobility, are traveling, or do not have access to a water supply.

Rinse-free Body Washes

All-in-one body washes such as the ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Shampoo and Body Wash gently and effectively cleanses, conditions, and deodorizes when there is no accessible water source. These formulas serve the need of bed ridden patients and the elderly where rinsing is difficult. Most can be used anywhere on the body, including perineal areas since they are non-irritating and alcohol-free. This type of product is great for traveling and camping as well.

Personal Cleansing Wipes

Personal cleansing wipes are great for the entire body. Since they come in convenient tubs or pouches, they are easy to transport on-the-go. You can quickly and conveniently use these personal wipes to cleanse your hands, as a facial wipe, to disinfect a surface, or even as a substitute for toilet paper. Look for wipes that are pH-balanced, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and contain aloe to soothe the skin such as the ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Bathing Cloths. These wipes are large, easy-to-use, rinse-free, and disposable, making them a great choice for everyday use as well as for travel.

Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizers act quickly to kill 99% of microrganisms on the hands and can be less irritating than soap and water. They are effective against both bacteria and viruses and come in a variety of sizes suitable for travel and larger group settings. Some even contain Vitamin E and Aloe to moisturize as they disinfect such as McKesson’s Premium Hand Sanitizer. In order for hand sanitizers to work effectively, make sure to choose one that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bed Pads and Underpads

Protecting your mattress, chair, car seat, and couch with a hygiene product like a bed pad or underpad can help trap leaks during the day and night if you suffer from incontinence. There are reusable protective bed pads such as the Birdseye Reusable Soaker Underpad and there are also disposable bedpads such as the Covidien Simplicity Basic Underpad. Reusable bad pads are typically more expensive and made of a washable material, but you may save more money long-term. On the other hand, disposable bed pads are meant for single-use, which means you will use more of them. Choosing a bed pad or underpad that has a waterproof outer edge and flaps to tuck in for security can help you feel comfortable and protected day or night. Did you know that you can also use bed pads and underpads for potty training pets?

Caring for yourself is good for both your physical health and your mental health. Maintaining a hygienic lifestyle is important to prevent and control illnesses. Getting into a good personal hygiene routine may be difficult for some and might take some patience and practice, but it is worth every effort. You should speak to your doctor if you are having a hard time adapting to good personal hygiene habits.

For any questions about the personal hygiene products we carry or need guidance on how to use them, our Personally Delivered Product Experts are just a phone call away and happy to help.

Wound Care Dressings: Different Types & Uses

There are so many different wound care dressings available on the market today and each are made to serve a variety of purposes depending on the type of wound you are caring for. It is important to choose the right dressing because that will make an impact on the healing process of the wound. Caring for a wound, no matter if it is a minor cut or a major incision, is crucial to prevent infection or further complications. Wound dressings are designed to aid the healing process by optimizing the local wound environment. We will highlight some of the most commonly used wound care dressings here, how to use them, and if any are covered by Medicare.

Types of Wound Care Dressings

Hydrocolloid Wound Care Dressings

Hydrocolloid wound care dressings are made of hydrophilic colloidal particles like gelatin, pectin, and cellulose. They are typically used on non-infected wounds such as burns, light to moderately draining wounds, pressure ulcers, and necrotic wounds. When the hydrocolloid dressing comes into contact with the surface of the wound, the fluids are absorbed by these hydrophilic particles which then turn into a gel over the wound’s surface. This provides a protected and moist healing environment so new tissue can form.

Since the hydrocolloid wound care dressing adheres to the skin, no additional tape is required either. Most of these dressings have a waterproof backing to lower the risk of bacteria entering, allowing the user to proceed with routine bathing. This dressing is also biodegradable and breathable, making it a safe choice for wound care. Be sure to take a look at the variety of hydrocolloid wound dressings we offer on our website.

How to Use Hydrocolloid Wound Care Dressings

  1. First, clean the wound site with a saline solution.
  2. Make sure to dry the skin around the wound with sterile gauze.
  3. Remove the paper backing and center the dressing over the wound, gently smoothing out the edges in a rolling motion.
  4. Hold the dressing in place with the palm of your hand. The warmth from your hand will transfer through the dressing to help it mold to the skin.
  5. If the hydrocolloid dressing doesn’t have its own border, frame it with tape to held the edges down and keep them from rolling.

Hydrocolloid wound care dressings should remain in place longer than other dressings in order to leave the wound undisturbed for a longer period of time. It is usually suggested to replace the dressing every 3-7 days. Always consult your doctor as they may suggest alternative steps for your specific wound type.

Hydrogel Wound Care Dressings

Hydrogel wound care dressings are gel-based and are a great way to add moisture to dry wound beds. Because of their high glycerin and water content, they are typically used with a secondary dressing. Hydrogels help to cool down the wound and are beneficial for second degree or higher burns, pressure ulcers, and wounds that are dry or dehydrated. By keeping the wound site moist, these dressings aid in protecting from further infection, which promotes faster healing.

Hydrogel wound care dressings are typically offered in three different forms:

  1. Amorphous Hydrogel Wound Care Dressings: A free-flowing gel that is distributed in tubes, spray bottles, or foil packets. This is an easy option to get into the cracks and crevices of puncture and deep wounds. A secondary dressing is usually used to keep this hydrogel in place.
  2. Impregnated Hydrogel Wound Care Dressings: This gel is usually saturated into nonwoven sponge ropes/strips or onto a gauze pad. These can then be packed or laid over depending on the depth of the wound. A secondary dressing is typically used to make sure everything stays in place to protect the wound.
  3. Sheet Hydrogel Wound Care Dressing: This is gel that is held together by a thin fiber mesh and then cut to fit the wound. This type of hydrogel dressing is great for those with sensitive skin.

How to Use Hydrogel Wound Care Dressings

  1. First, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands.
  2. Remove the dressing from its packaging if it is a sheet or impregnated type. Use scissors that have been sterilized and cut the dressing to a size that will cover the entire wound site.
  3. Gently place the dressing to cover the entire wound.
  4. For amorphous hydrogels, apply the dressing to cover the wound, making sure to fill in all the nooks and crannies of deep wounds.
  5. Use a secondary bandage or fixing tape to securely hold the dressing in place.
  6. It is recommended to change hydrogel dressings daily.

Alginate Wound Care Dressings

Alginate wound care dressings are used for wounds that have a high amount of drainage and require more absorbency. Biodegradable fibers made from acids obtained from brown seaweed, these dressings come into contact with fluid and a gel forms to protect and aid in healing of the wound. Sometimes calcium, silver, or honey are added to the fibers for  antimicrobial protection during the healing process.

Alginate wound care dressings are manufactured into a range of products such as ropes, ribbons, and flat sheets. For packing cavity wounds, ropes and ribbons are used, whereas surface wounds call for the flat sheets. The AQUACEL Ag Ribbon Wound Dressing, the Promogran Prisma Matrix Wound Care Dressing, and the MEDIHONEY Calcium Alginate Wound Care Dressing are a few examples of these types of wound dressings.

It is not recommended to use alginate dressings on wounds that are dry, have light to no drainage, surgical wounds, or 3rd degree burns. This dressing will not create a gel without enough fluid, so this could end up drying out the wound site even further.

How to Use Alginate Wound Care Dressings

  1. First, clean the wound site with a saline solution and pat dry.
  2. Moisten the dressing slightly with saline before applying to make removal easier and less painful.
  3. Place the alginate dressing onto the entire wound.
  4. Use a secondary dressing to keep the dressing securely in place.
  5. Replace the alginate wound care dressing when there is visible drainage on the secondary dressing.
  6. Reduce the frequency of changes as the drainage decreases and stop using the alginate dressing when the wound bed becomes dry.

Foam Wound Care Dressings

Foam wound care dressings create the optimal warm, moist environment for wound healing. Since they do not adhere to the wound, they are a more comfortable option to turn to for wounds that have moderate to high fluid drainage. Made from semipermeable polyurethane, these dressings feature small, open cells that hold fluids and a waterproof backing to keep bacteria and other contaminants out.

Excellent for partial or full-thickness wounds, foam dressings are also beneficial for skin grafts, pressure ulcers, gastronomy tubes, and draining peristomal wounds, just to name a few. Since foam dressings have the capability to absorb large amounts of fluid, doctors often turn to this type of dressing for absorbency and patient comfort.

The AQUACEL Foam Pro Adhesive Sacral Dressing, the Cardinal Health Essentials Foam Dressing, and the Optifoam Silicone Foam Dressing are a few of the options we carry that are effective and highly reputable.

 

How to Use Foam Wound Care Dressings

  1. Clean the wound site with a saline solution and pat dry.
  2. Apply the foam dressing so that it extends at least 1 inch beyond the edges of the wound.
  3. If the foam dressing does not have an adhesive edge, apply a secondary dressing if necessary or a tape border to hold it securely in place.
  4. Because foam dressings are so absorbent, changing them every 2-4 days is recommended. If there is high drainage, changing the dressing more frequently may be needed.

Does Medicare Cover Wound Care Supplies and Services?

Wound care supplies can get expensive. Some people cannot afford all of the dressings, tape, and bandages they need to properly care for their wounds and turn to less expensive alternatives only to aggravate their wound and end up with further infection. If you qualify for Medicare, there are some important things to consider that will decide whether your wound care supplies are covered.

Choose Your Clinician Wisely

Do some research and make sure that you find out if the clinician you choose accepts Medicare. Medicare will not pay the claim if the clinician of choice is not enrolled. If the clinician is enrolled, Medicare will cover 80% of wound care supplies that are submitted and deemed medically necessary and documented as such by your clinician. You will be responsible for the remaining 20% of the costs related to these supplies.

What Supplies Are Covered?

Medically necessary surgical dressings for your treatment are covered by Medicare. However, each type of dressing has a different required copayment, which is your responsibility. Speak to your clinician about the different associated costs so you are not caught by surprise. Dressings are covered under Medicare Part B, therefore the standard deductible applies.

What About Home Care Services?

At-home care costs are cover under Medicare Part A as long as they are deemed medically necessary. Cleaning and prepping the wound site, applying dressings to a surgical wound site, and administering certain types of medicine are some of the at-home care services that can be covered.

We have just scraped the surface as to all the available wound care dressings on the market. Protecting your wounds, no matter what size or shape, is an important part of the wound healing process. Always consult with your doctor if your wound is getting worse or further irritated. They may suggest an alternate solution or treatment method for you to try.

If you have any questions about the wide variety of wound care products and supplies we carry, our Personally Delivered Product Experts are just a phone call away.

Caring for Peristomal Skin

Are you or someone you care for living with an ostomy and experiencing problems with the skin around the stoma? For those with an ostomy, peristomal skin damage is fairly common. However, it doesn’t have to become normal for you. First, you may want to identify the potential cause of the issue, which is an important part of figuring out how to treat your skin irritation. Next, consider taking several measures to avoid future damage to this sensitive area.

Causes Related to Peristomal Skin Damage

Incorrect Size or Shape of Skin Barrier

Getting the right skin barrier for your unique body may help reduce the risk of leakage and skin damage from stomal output. For example, skin folds or creases can make it difficult for the ostomy skin barrier to securely stick to the abdomen. An improper skin barrier fit can result in leakage, which may cause the skin to become irritated and begin breaking down. If your stoma is retracted or flush with your skin, you may want to consider a convex skin barrier.

ConvaTec’s SUR-FIT Natura Moldable Skin Barrier provides a personalized, custom fit around the stoma to help protect the peristomal skin. They are available in both flat and convex options.

In addition to skin folds and stoma protection, the size of the stoma is an important factor in getting the right fit for your ostomy skin barrier. Ensuring that the barrier is the proper size may help prevent leakage. 1-2mm larger than the stoma is suggested for a close fit. The ConvaTec Natura Durahesive Accordion Trim-to-Fit Skin Barrier with Convexity features an easy cut-to-fit option for those needing a skin barrier with convexity and for use for those with a retracted stoma.

Frequent Applications and Removals

Continuous application and removal of skin barriers can really irritate the peristomal skin causing it to become extra-sensitive. The top layers of the skin can be stripped away, which can result in weepy, sore skin around your stoma. In order to address issues like this, ConvaTec created the Sensi-Care line of peristomal skin care products. These products work to protect skin from damage caused by adhesives and are great for using every day with no residue build-up or bonding to skin folds.

Too Much Pressure Around the Stoma

When there is constant pressure at the stoma site, the skin may react unfavorably. Certain types of clothing or an ostomy belt that is too tight can irritate the peristomal skin by putting too much pressure on the site. Choosing the right ostomy appliance belt can provide an added sense of security when stabilizing an ostomy pouch. You want it to fit securely, of course, but make sure it is soft and comfortably adjusted as to not put too much pressure at the site.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Peristomal skin should look similar to the rest of the skin on the body. Slight redness in this area is normal due to the adhesive used on the barrier. However, any type of discomfort experienced could be a sign that the peristomal skin may be unhealthy. Asking yourself a few questions may help determine if there is more than meets the eye.

  1. Is the skin around your stoma itchy?
  2. Is the skin around your stoma blistered or inflamed?
  3. Does the skin around your stoma feel or appear as though it is wet?

Ask yourself these questions and then consult with your doctor or a WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, & Incontinence Nurse) about steps you can take to manage your peristomal skin issue.

Preventive Steps to Take

By maintaining a good skin care routine, you can help prevent peristomal skin irritations from forming. These are some simple steps you can take:

  • Routinely change your pouch.
  • Use an adhesive remover to gently remove your skin barrier and any additional adhesive residues left behind.
  • Use oil-free and alcohol-free products to reduce irritation when cleaning the skin around the stoma.
  • Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying the next ostomy bag.
  • Look closely at your peristomal skin each time you change out the barrier.
  • Use a barrier foam or spray to protect the skin.
  • Make sure the hole cut in the barrier is the correct size for your stoma.
  • Ensure the barrier is secure with no gaps or folds to prevent leakage.

Peristomal skin should be healthy skin. Even the mildest irritation should be taken seriously and is worth getting advice from your doctor. Most of the time, solving the skin issue can be as simple as changing to a different product, altering your routine, or taking additional steps to rectify the problem.

For any questions about the products we carry or if you need help choosing the right barrier, belt, or bag, we are just a phone call away. Our Personally Delivered Product Experts will be happy to help you find exactly what you need.

Top 5 Reasons to Shop With Personally Delivered

We take pride in the exceptional service we provide at Personally Delivered and strive to stand out from the rest. Of course, we know there are more than 5 reasons we would like you to order your home delivery medical supplies from us, but we will highlight what we feel are some of our most valuable ones.

1. Save on Your First Order

Saving a little bit of money on your first order is important when you are purchasing from a company you have not done business with in the past. We offer first time customers $5.00 off on your first purchase of $30 or more. All you need to do is enter Code: WELCOME05 at checkout and $5.00 will be taken off your total. It is as easy as that!

2. Free Shipping

Not only will you save $5.00 on your first order, if your total purchase price is $40 or more, you will also receive Free Shipping. Orders that fall below the $40 threshold are subject to a $10 shipping fee. So, you could potentially save $15 on your order!

3. Discreet Delivery

When you order your home delivery medical supplies, receiving your packages quickly and discreetly is important. When we ship your items, they will arrive in a plain brown box that does not disclose the contents inside. You can rest assure that your supplies will be securely packaged and delivered directly to your door on time.

4. Personal Consultations

Not all medical conditions are one-size-fits-all. Your needs are unique and our Product Experts understand. When you call our office, you will speak to a team member that listens to your every concern. They will help you narrow down all of the products we offer to customize and tailor your order especially for you.

5. Automatic Delivery Options

It can be difficult to remember when you need to reorder your home delivery medical supplies. We can take the hassle out of this and make your life easier with our Automatic Delivery Program. You choose the frequency you would like your supplies to arrive and we take care of the rest. With this program you will also save 5% on your home delivery medical supplies on every future shipment. You will never have to worry about running out of your supplies again!

As you can see, there are several reasons we would like for you to shop with us. We are a Satisfaction Guaranteed company and are sure that you will be happy with the services we provide. Taking the time to listen, helping you choose the right products, saving you time and money, and discreetly delivering right to your door, we are sure that you will be happy choosing Personally Delivered as your one-stop-shop for all of your home delivery medical supplies! Our Product Experts are just a phone call away.

Turmeric for Inflammation and Other Health Benefits

Have you been hearing a lot about turmeric these days and wondering what all the hype is about?  Have you wondered if turmeric really reduces inflammation? Is turmeric good for your overall health? We’ve done a bit of research for you and are sharing some useful information about this “magic” spice and how it may be beneficial for several different health conditions.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant’s roots and is the main spice in curry. For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in India as a spice as well as a medicinal herb. The main active ingredient in turmeric is a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It is believed that turmeric can reduce inflammation, swelling, and relieve pain when ingested. The use of turmeric for inflammation is a topic that is continuously being studied.

Using Turmeric for Inflammation

When a wound turns red and swells up, radiation causes an adverse reaction in the body, or if you suffer from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, your immune system’s responds with inflammation. It has been studied for many years that taking turmeric consistently for extended periods of time has some effect on immune system responses. The curcumin in turmeric works to suppress molecules that play a part in inflammation and stimulate your body’s own antioxidant defenses.

There are so many various ways to use turmeric for inflammation. You can add it to meals you are preparing, apply it directly to your skin for pain relief, take it as a supplement, and even used as an enema for those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

Other Health Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits that you may see as a result of incorporating turmeric into your lifestyle can be noticeable. Because the main compound in turmeric is curcumin, there is scientific evidence that it may support your overall health in many different ways.

Type 2 Diabetes

The curcumin in turmeric can help keep blood sugar levels steady, which could be helpful in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. A study showed those with prediabetes were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes when they took curcumin for 9 months straight. The curcumin helped to improve the cells that make insulin in the pancreas and could possibly slow down the development of this health condition.

Arthritis

Arthritis is another common condition known to cause inflammation of the joints. Turmeric’s properties may be even more effective to treat the symptoms than other anti-inflammatory drugs that often have side effects. Applying turmeric for inflammation directly to the skin can help ease the pain associated with stiffness in joints.

High Cholesterol

Exercising and eating healthy foods can help keep your cholesterol levels where they need to be, but taking a supplement such as turmeric with curcumin might help to reduce your numbers. One study found that it can lower LDL cholesterol and possibly have heart-protective qualities.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Currently, turmeric is being studied as a possible treatment for those with medical conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. In previous research, it was found that turmeric helped to improve abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome as well as diarrhea. A turmeric enema has also been shown to be effective for some. However, as with any study, more research is needed.

Skin Care

Turmeric is widely used in India as an ingredient in skin care lotions and masks. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, some report that applying this formula to the skin can help fight acne and other skin conditions such as dryness and age spots.

Bladder Inflammation

When bacteria enters the bladder, it becomes irritated and inflamed, sometimes causing urge incontience. When a person experiences a urinary tract infection, it can cause pain and discomfort. Since Turmeric is an antioxident and anti-inflammatory agent, it can be used to help prevent bladder infections from happening in the first place.

How Much Turmeric Should You Take?

As with any supplement, including turmeric with curcumin, always consult your doctor about how you should be incorporating it into your diet and lifestyle. If you are taking certain medications, you will always want to be aware of the potential side effects that turmeric might have. Be cautious with combining turmeric with any medication and speak to your health care provider first.

Turmeric for Inflammation Recipes

We’ve put together some healthy recipes that use turmeric and may help fight inflammation. Turmeric is fat-soluble, so eating it with high-quality fat may help with its absorption in the body. Enjoy!

Turmeric Latte

Pineapple Bloat-Buster Smoothie

No-Bake Energy Bites w/ Turmeric

At Personally Delivered, we offer many products that can be used in conjunction with adding turmeric for inflammation to your lifestyle. Urinary incontinence due to the aforementioned bladder inflammation condition can cause the need to use pads, liners, or protective underwear. Give us a call and one of our Product Experts can speak to you about your symptoms and help you find the products you may need.

The Real Costs Behind Incontinence

Let’s face it, when we are managing incontinence, we all know that diapers, briefs, protective underwear, and pads cost money. But when we dig a little deeper, the price tag attached to other health conditions stemming from incontinence is often forgotten. Incontinence can lead to physical and emotional effects and those can have a great economic impact on our lives.

Educating consumers about options they have and where they might purchase their incontinence products and supplies could help lessen some of the burdens that come along with incontinence management. We will talk about the costs associated with this medical condition and provide some insight on how you might be able to lessen the stress on your pocketbook.

Quality Products Make a Difference

When you choose incontinence products that are low-cost and offer little to no absorbency, you are choosing a product that you will need to replace more frequently, causing you to spend more money. Although you already know that you will be replenishing your incontinence supplies over time, you might not have to as often if you invest in absorbent products that can be worn for extended periods of time. This could lead to spending a bit more upfront on good high-quality products, but you’ll get more life out of each wear.

It is also important to note that purchasing the correctly fitting incontinence products is essential in reducing the amount of changes you require. We provide the necessary steps to properly measure yourself or someone you care for here.

Laundry and Waste

Another reason to choose high quality absorbent disposable products is to lessen the amount of laundry and waste you build up over time. If you’re leaking through your incontinence products, you will soil your clothing and linens more frequently, resulting in the need to do more loads of laundry.

Changing low-cost briefs, diapers, and pads more often will also create a lot more trash that you’ll have on your hands. Reducing the number of changes by using quality and proper fitting products will also help lessen the amount of waste you acquire and allow you or the person you are caring for worry less about incontinence episodes.

Incontinence Related Product Costs

Many other product needs may arise when you suffer from incontinence. Body washes, personal cleansing wipes, lotions, creams, and ointments are all products that might be used in conjunction with the other absorbent disposable supplies. Keeping your skin dry and clean is an important process of managing incontinence. These supplies can aid in reducing bacteria build-up and the treatment of potential rashes, however they also cost money.

Emotional & Financial Stresses

One’s emotional health is vital to their overall health. The financial stress of the many costs associated with managing incontinence can really take a toll on a person’s health and quality of life. Living a life with incontinence can bring about interrupted sleep at night, the risk of urinary tract infections, or even worse, taking a fall and land a person in the hospital. This burden can be very expensive not to mention a contributor to possible physical decline due to reduced activity.

For seniors that do not qualify for Medicaid, no level of reimbursement is available for absorbent incontinence products. This may cause elderly folks to be forced to choose between the necessities of living and their disposable medical supplies. No one should have to make that decision, especially at this age.

Becoming a Smarter Consumer

Instead of making a trip to your local grocery or drug store to purchase the incontinence supplies you need, consider choosing us as your online retailer. We offer a wide range of incontinence products that range from light to very heavy absorbency, as well as all of those items we mentioned previously that aid in healing the other incontinence related health conditions.

Our money-savings program takes the stress out of having to take trips to the store for restocking and you save on every future order that you remain on the plan. All you have to do is choose the frequency of your home delivery schedule and leave the rest to us.

We also have special discounts and promotions to help lower some of the costs. The best part about us is our compassionate Product Experts that can take the stress out of trying to determine the right products for your specific needs. We provide free consultations and walk you through the decision-making process.

In the end, all of the costs associated with managing incontinence add up and can result in even worse complications with your health that can really take a toll on quality of life.

Our goal at Personally Delivered is to provide innovative services to treat illness and disease and promote the improvement of personal health and independence. Give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your concerns about expenses related to managing incontinence. (800)777-1111

Ways to Stay Social With an Ostomy

The Importance of Staying Social With an Ostomy

Just because you have an ostomy doesn’t mean that your social life has to end. It is important to get out and about on small excursions so you can figure out what makes for a successfull outing with your ostomy pouch. You’ll find out what works and go on more journeys with confidence.

Watch the video below and take a look at some further suggestions we give about what to pack to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

 

Let’s face it… accidents happen. The better prepared you are for an emergency, the less stress you’ll experience when you are around other people. Below are some of the products we suggest packing when you are heading out to spend time with others.

Items to Include in Your Ostomy Emergency Pack

(of course these are optional and you may have other or additional preferences)

Click to download and print the list here: Ostomy Emergency Pack Checklist

We carry many other home delivery medical supplies for you to live the life you want in confidence so you can take journeys and travel feeling relaxed and secure along the way.

Our Product Advisors are available to discuss your needs and will make sure you receive them in a discreet and timely manner. You’ll never have to worry about running out of your supplies with our automatic delivery program which will also save you 5% on every order.

Give us a call at (800)777-1111 to experience the Personally Delivered difference today!

Polypharmacy and Incontinence

Taking Multiple Medications and Its Connection to Incontinence

The act of taking a number of medications at the same time to treat medical conditions refers to the term, polypharmacy. Many times, we suffer from multiple ailments simultaneously and are either prescribed by our doctor or self-prescribe a different medication for each condition.

Polypharmacy can lead to adverse drug interactions, causing problems such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), incontinence, and even hospitalization. For those that already suffer fom incontinence, polypharmacy may aggravate the condition making it more difficult to control.

Why it's Important to Talk to Your Doctor

Nowadays, many people see specialists for specific conditions rather than seeing their primary care physician for every condition they may have. If each doctor you see doesn’t have a full picture of what medications you’re already currently taking, they may prescribe more medication that could lead to heightened incontinence symtoms.

Always make sure that your primary care physician manages all of your medications, warning you of any potential side effects of the prescribed drugs you’re taking. It is important to discuss the best options for your incontinence treatment with your doctor.

This printable Medication List can be kept in your purse or billfold for easy access when visiting your doctor. It will help you and your family remember the medications you take and will be very beneficial if you are ever hospitalized. Should something ever happen to you, this list could save your life!

Treatment of Incontinence

Normally, incontinence is treated by lifestyle changes, medications, surgical procedures, and products for incontinence.

Sometimes incontinence is not treatable with more medications or surgical procedures. This is due to probable drug interactions that do not allow a physician to add more medications or recommend surgery. In cases like this, doctors may recommend incontinence products to help manage bowel and bladder incontinence.

Incontinence Management Options

At Personally Delivered, we offer a variety of incontinence products that are absorbent, comfortable, and effective. We carry the protection that will fit your specific needs.

It is also important to keep a good skin care routine to prevent skin irritations. Cleansing after accidents should be a priority as part of incontinence care. Wipes, barrier sprays, creams, and lotions are effective skin care products that can help soothe and moisturize areas of the body susceptible to sensitivity.

Living with incontinence doesn’t have to hold you back from enjoying your life. Contact us at Personally Delivered, and we’ll help you find the right fit of incontinence products for your unique needs, so you can start getting your independence and dignity back.

Caring for Your Skin & Wounds in the Summer

School is out, and summer is here. This is the season for outdoor activities at beaches, parks, pools, and all places near and far. For some, summer may present challenges when making sure our skin is safeguarded from bacteria, burns, and infection. Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and protecting it should be the first priority.

Just because you may be recovering from surgery or living with another condition like a diabetic foot ulcer doesn’t necessarily mean you must stay indoors (as long as your doctor hasn’t advised otherwise).

Since our skin is our most valuable protector, we need to be mindful about ways to protect it so we can relax and enjoy the warmer weather all season long. Here are some tips to aid in the care of your skin and wounds while delighting in those summer recreations.

  • Protect Your Skin – Everyone knows the sun emits damaging UV rays. Keeping your skin protected with sunscreen will prevent harmful and sometimes painful sunburns. Products that contain zinc work great to protect the skin from these rays while helping to seal out wetness to keep skin healthy. Covering wounds with dressings is also important as this tissue is more delicate than normal skin. Unprotected wounds increase the risk of scarring.
  • Stay Hydrated – The chance of dehydration heightens in the summer months since we sweat and lose more moisture in the body. In order to repair and rebuild cells that are at a wound site, sufficient hydration is necessary to deliver fluids essential for healing.
  • Maintain Proper Nutrition – Along with proper hydration, consuming foods that are moisture-rich such as fruits and vegetables can aid in the healing of wounds and contribute to a boost in the immune system. Adding foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and celery to your diet can be very beneficial in the wound healing process, not to mention for your overall health.
  • Keep a Supply of Bandages and Cleaning Solutions – Because we are typically more active in the summer months, bandages may become contaminated quickly with sweat and dirt. Frequently changing your wound dressings will help keep your wound dry and clean while supporting the healing process. Wound cleansers like saline solutions are designed to clean and irrigate wound sites and are great to keep with you when replacing dressings.
  • Reduce Germ Contact – In the event that you have an open wound and it cannot be completely covered, you may want to avoid coming into contact with open bodies of water that are perfect environments for bacteria to hang out. If you have a diabetic foot ulcer, it is important to take care of your feet. It is wise to avoid wearing flip flops or sandals, as these will allow for possible infection and/or ulceration to occur when feet are exposed to germs in the environment.

Whether you are going outside for a few minutes or headed out for a long day in the sun, caring for your skin and wounds should be a top priority.

We carry some of the highest quality skin and wound care products on the market at the best prices. Our Personal Product Advisors will help you decide what is right for your needs and make the selection process effortless so you can rest easy all summer long.

Contact us for any questions or to find the skin and wound care products that you may need. If your skin condition or wounds appear to be getting worse, make sure to get in touch with your doctor.

 

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

When it comes to hurricane season, Florida and Texas get hit the most, followed by Louisiana and the Carolinas. Many people think about protecting their homes, but thinking about stocking up on your personal supplies is just as important.

In the event of a major storm, homes may be without electricity and water for many days. If you rely on home services or suffer from health issues that may be affected by lack of power, staying in your home may not be the best option.

By planning well in advance, you can be better prepared, should the threat of a natural disaster arise.  We at Personally Delivered have put together a Hurricane Readiness Essentials Kit, an Emergency Kit, and a Travel Pack to prepare you and your loved ones for hurricane season.

Personally Delivered Hurricane Readiness Essentials Kit

This Hurricane Readiness Essentials Kit includes necessary items
to protect and maintain healthy skin, while keeping you feel
clean and fresh when you need it most.

ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Bathing Cloths – These disposable bathing cloths are rinse-free and easy-to-use. Each wipe moisturizes while it cleanses. When access to water is not available, these Aloe Vesta bathing cloths are a great replacement for your regular showers or baths.

3-N-1 Rinse-Free Foaming Body Wash, Shampoo, and Peri-Cleanser – This rinse-free bathing product works as a thick foaming body wash, shampoo, and perineal cleanser. 3-N-1 will keep you feeling clean and fresh in the event that access to water may be limited.

ConvaTec Vesta No-Rinse Cleansing Foam – This multipurpose cleanser is perfect as a no-rinse solution for the hair, body, and perineum. It contains aloe to soothe the skin and is good for sensitive skin. Works great as a quick refresher between baths and cleansing after incidents of bowel or bladder incontinence.

ConvaTec Sensi-Care Clear Zinc – With the power of dimethicone, this product helps protect skin from the irritation associated with incontinence. The easy-to-spread formula creates a thin film helping to protect skin and seal out wetness. Zinc is a powerful aid in healing skin irritation, so keep this handy all year round.

ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Daily Moisturizer – Aloe Vesta Daily Moisturizer is designed to maintain healthy skin while soothing minor skin irritations. This formula softens and moisturizes sensitive skin, helping to protect and prevent skin from getting chafed, chapped, and cracked. A daily moisturizer is essential, no matter the weather conditions.


Personally Delivered Emergency Kit

The Personally Delivered Emergency Kit includes a variety of 
necessary products to aid in the cleansing, healing, and protection
of a variety of wound care needs.

Sterile Saline Water or Wipes – You can choose between sterile water in bottles for easy irrigation and other medical needs or in the form of wipes to delivered a consistent dose of saline with every application. The non-toxic isotonic solution is gentle enough for all wounds without damaging healing tissues.

Wound Care Gauze – Sterile and well-suited for a variety of applications such as wound dressing, cleaning, minor prepping, and packing. Available in a range of sizes and plies. Gauze serves as the perfect application for small wounds and ulcerations.

AQUACEL Foam Adhesive Dressing – This foam adhesive dressing helps to evaporate excess moisture and provides a waterproof barrier to support wound healing. Its soft absorbent foam pad continues to absorb excess fluid, while allowing you to shower or bathe. Changing the dressing is comfortable due to the foam technology, so the pain associated with removal is eliminated.

DuoDERM Hydroactive Gel – A preservative-free, sterile, clear hydrogel used as a filler for dry cavity wounds. It provides a moist wound healing environment, aiding in the removal of nonviable tissue. It can also be used on radiation dermatitis skin conditions and diabetic ulcers.


Personally Delivered Travel Pack

The Personally Delivered Travel Pack includes a few essential items
in a convenient travel size, making it easy to
cleanse and moisturize on-the-go.

Aloe Vesta Wipes – This rinse-free, easy-to-use disposable bathing system cleanses and moisturizes. As mentioned in the Hurrican Readiness Essentials, these cloths are a great replacement for regular showers or baths when access to water may not be available.

Aloe Vesta Foam (4 oz.) – This multipurpose cleanser for hair, body, and perineum is also rinse-free. It contains aloe to soothe the skin, which is also beneficial for sensitive skin. This provides all the benefits of the aforementioned cleansing foams, but in a travel size bottle.

Aloe Vesta Moisturizing Lotion (2-4 oz.) – This travel size bottle soothes minor skin irritation, while softening and moisturizing sensitive skin. The long-lasting formula helps protect and prevent chafed, chapped, and cracked skin.


Other items to consider with this handy checklist:

With a little planning and our help, you can feel confident that you are protected throughout the whole season. In addition to the supplies we offer, make sure to have a one to two-week supply of non-perishable food and plenty of water.


You can never be too careful or thorough when ensuring the safety and well being of yourself or your loved ones.


If you have any questions about the products we suggest or would like more information on how to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters, please contact our Product Experts Toll Free at (800) 777-1111 or email CustomerService@PersonallyDelivered.com.