Monday, 15 August 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm | UTI Causes and Treatments

Marla Ahlgrimm, retired pharmacist and women’s health expert, says there is nothing pleasant about a urinary tract infection. With a little knowledge, however, most women can prevent UTIs or reduce their duration with treatment. Here, Ahlgrimm offers information and advice regarding UTIs.

Q:   What is a UTI?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra or any combination of these four parts that make up the urinary tract.

Q: How does the urinary tract become infected?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There are over half a dozen known causes of UTIs. The most common are improper bathroom habits – wiping the wrong way, sexual intercourse, holding urine for extended periods, full or partial urinary tract blockages, diabetes, catheter usage, and diaphragm birth control. Spermicides have also been linked to UTIs. Any time bacteria is introduced into the vagina, there is the possibility it could develop into an infection. Post-menopausal women are at a higher risk of UTIs as their bodies do not produce enough estrogen, which has a protective effect.

Friday, 12 August 2016

One on One with Marla Ahlgrimm | Women and Acne

Marla Ahlgrimm is a respected women’s health expert and retired pharmacist  who has spent the better part of the last four decades dedicated to treating issues specific to the fairer sex. In today’s question and answer session, Ahlgrimm discusses an embarrassing issue for women of all ages: acne.

Q: What causes acne?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Acne has two main causes, an overproduction of sebum – which is produced by the skin’s oil glands, and a bacteria known as P. acnes. In women, acne tends to follow hormones, with sufferers seeing the most breakouts coinciding with their period or at the dawn of a new developmental stage, such as puberty, pregnancy, or adulthood. Acne may also be triggered by makeup or medications. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by poor or improper hygiene, chocolate, or stress.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Shares Top Five Facts About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are an unsightly indication that a person’s legs aren’t quite as healthy as they used to be, says Marla Ahlgrimm., retired pharmacist.  Women are more likely than men to get varicose veins or their smaller, less bulging cousin, spider veins. Here, the women’s health expert shares five facts women should know about this condition, which is often exacerbated by hormones.

1. Half of all women will develop varicose veins.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, up to 55% of women in the US have varicose veins. That number jumps even higher in women over 50.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Explains Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is usually the last resort when treating certain reproductive issues, says Marla Ahlgrimm, retired pharmacist. . It is a major surgery and one that should be performed only under extreme circumstances. In today’s post, the women’s healthcare expert answers a few common questions about this life-altering procedure.

Q: What is a hysterectomy?

Marla Ahlgrimm: This is a surgery to remove a woman’s entire uterus and, sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is a major surgery that can take anywhere from an hour to several hours, depending on the method of removal and health of the patient. It is performed in a sterile operating room by a highly skilled surgeon when there are no better alternatives to protect the woman’s health.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Hot Topic | Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Hyperthermia

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Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean the heat is ready to hibernate just yet, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The women’s healthcare expert cautions that heat stroke is a real risk until fall, especially for anyone working or playing outside for long periods of time.

Q: What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A heat stroke occurs when the body reaches an internal temperature of 104 degrees or higher due to exposure or strenuous activity. One of the first symptoms is fainting, so it is important to keep an eye on the heat and take breaks every half hour or so. Behavior changes and trouble walking straight are also signs. A weakened or rapid pulse and not sweating in the heat are major indicators that conditions have become dangerous.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Encourages Healthy Sleeping Habits

Sleep does more than just rest the body, says women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm. It has a profound effect on one’s overall health, both mental and physical. In today’s brief informational post, Ahlgrimm explains why you should listen to your body and take a nap.

Q: How much sleep do women really need?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The average adult will do just fine with 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. That changes, however, with age, physical health, and even mood. Pregnant women, for example, may need to get a full night’s sleep and also take a few short rests throughout the day. Our sleep patterns change with age so it is important to really listen to your body and adjust your bedtime if you have trouble concentrating or staying awake each day.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Women’s Expert Marla Ahlgrimm on Medication Safety

A vast majority of Americans benefit from pharmaceuticals each year, reports Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates. However, many of these people don’t take appropriate safety measures when adding a new drug to their bodies. Ahlgrimm opens up about medicine safety in this brief Q and A.

Q: What kinds of questions should I ask the pharmacist about my medications?

Marla Ahlgrimm: First, let him or her know what other medicines, both prescription and OTC, you’re currently taking. This includes any vitamins or health supplements. With this information in hand, you can ask your pharmacist about any possible drug interactions. Women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant should inquire about how drugs might affect the baby, both during gestation and while breastfeeding. Your pharmacy can provide you with information about each drug.

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