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8 Tips to Using a CPAP During Allergy Season

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger No Comments

For most people, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” means that it’s time for fun outdoor activities with friends and family. But for those who suffer from both seasonal allergies and sleep apnea, the first sign of spring can mean restless nights, nasal congestion, and near-impossible CPAP therapy.

Thankfully, Jayhawk Pharmacy has come up with a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your CPAP during the changing seasons.

 

  1. Keep your CPAP equipment clean at all times.

 

It’s extremely important to regularly clean and sanitize your CPAP supplies to limit bacterial growth that can occur from even the smallest pockets of moisture.

 

  1. Switch to hypoallergenic filters.

 

Prevent the smallest particles from entering your airways and causing an increase in your seasonal allergy symptoms by using disposable hypoallergenic filters.

 

  1. Use a full-face CPAP mask during allergy season.

 

When your nose is clogged, your mouth will do most of the breathing. Because of that, a nasal CPAP mask is not the most optimal option during this time. Try switching to a full-faced mask to receive the complete benefits of using a CPAP machine.

 

  1. Wash your pillowcases regularly.

 

Invisible dust particles and other allergens that land on your pillowcases can increase your seasonal allergy symptoms. Regularly wash your pillowcases and consider purchasing hypoallergenic pillowcases to decrease your allergy symptoms.

 

  1. Transfer your plants outdoors.

 

Remove plants from your sleeping area as they often harbor mildew which can make your allergies worse at night.

 

  1. Quit smoking.

 

Sleep apnea, seasonal allergies, and smoking is a very dangerous combination. Dramatically improve your overall health and get the restful sleep you deserve by putting down the pipe or cigarette.

 

  1. Close your windows and doors.

 

With warmer weather comes increased pollen counts. To keep pollen out of your home while reducing seasonal allergy symptoms, keep your windows and doors closed at all times.

 

  1. Consult with your physician about using decongestants.

If you have followed all of the suggestions above but are still struggling with nasal congestion

caused by seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter decongestants or prescribed allergy medications to help manage your symptoms.

 

The above recommendations are just a few suggestions that Jayhawk Pharmacy has to offer. If you’re still struggling with the effects of seasonal allergies this spring, contact us for more information on how to best use your CPAP during allergy season.

Walk This Way! Proper Cane Use

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger No Comments

While a cane may seem like a simple and straightforward device to use, many people struggle with it at first. Some even decide to just move around less, rather than having to undergo the hassle of learning to use one.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. Today, we would like to offer you the basics of how to walk with a cane:

  • Use the cane on the sound side of your body.

 

Many people start off using the cane on the weaker leg, but this is actually the opposite of how it should be used. Instead, use the cane on the stronger leg, pulling the weaker leg behind you.

 

  • Your elbow should be at the 5:00 position.

 

A cane that is too high or too low can cause discomfort and hinder your ability to use it properly. You don’t want it so low that your hand is pointing directly down, but you don’t want it so high that your hand is pointing in front of you. If you think of your body like a clock, you would want your upper arm tilted as if it’s at the 12 position, and your lower arm tilted as if it’s at the 5 position. That height is just right to hold a cane.

 

  • Point at yourself with your thumb.

 

The most efficient way to hold your cane is to have your thumb pointing towards your body, and the back of your hand facing away from it. This hand position will allow you to maintain the best balance.

 

  • Use stairs with handrails, if you can.

 

When using the stairs, make sure you place one hand on the rails (if they have them). Start by placing your sound leg on the first step, then put your cane on the same step next to your leg. Then, leaning on both the rail and the cane, pull your weak leg up the step.

 

It will take you some time to learn how to use a cane, but it’s a skill anyone can master. Hopefully, these tips have helped you take the right steps towards greater mobility. If you’re ready to start using a cane, see Jayhawk Pharmacy today!

Picking Out the Right Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Whether you’re a wheelchair user planning a trip or a warehouse worker needing to move supplies, portable wheelchair ramps have a variety of uses. Making sure you pick out the right one can have significant impact on the health and safety of the user. Before you purchase a portable wheelchair ramp, make sure you ask the following questions:

 

  • Is it made of slip-resistant material?

 

This is especially important if the ramp will be exposed to the elements, where it will get wet in the rain or the snow.  Having the proper traction can ensure that the wheelchair has enough grip to safely transport the user to the next level, no matter what the weather does.

 

  • What is height threshold?

Different surfaces will need different height thresholds, and this is important to consider when picking out your portable ramp. If it’s too high or too low, you will put the user’s safety at risk. Some examples of different surfaces include steps that lead into the home, doors with raised lids, vehicle entrances and the steps between a garage and house.

 

  • How much space am I working with?

 

Ideally, your portable wheelchair ramp will leave enough room for the user to get on, off, reverse and turn. Measure the width of the wheels and the width of the opening to calculate the space you will need.

 

  • What is the weight capacity?

 

Before you move that dolly full of heavy goods over the portable wheelchair ramp, make sure it’s rated to handle that weight capacity. The same is true if a bariatric patient plans to use the ramp. Too much weight can wear down the ramp over time and cause serious safety issues.

 

No matter what your mobility needs are, Jayhawk Pharmacy is here for you. We carry a wide variety of ramps and other home medical equipment in our online catalog. Stop by or call us today with any questions.

Breastfeeding and Teething: What You Should Know

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful time of bonding between you and your baby, but if you have trouble with latching, it can quickly turn painful and frustrating. This can be amplified once your baby starts to teethe. Some children see their first tooth as young as three months old, and given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies for at least a year, it’s very likely that you will experience teeth on your nipple at some point.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. We would like to offer these tips to breastfeeding after teething has started:

Treat their gums beforehand.

Prior to nursing, give your child something cold they can chew on. This can include a cold teething ring or even a washcloth that’s been run under cold water. Your baby will be in some pain from the teeth coming in, so the cold will soothe them. You can also try gently massaging your child’s gums. Another alternative is using an over-the-counter gum numbing ointment, although we suggest consulting with your pediatrician first.

Be vigilant with the latch.

As we noted before, not having a proper latch can be painful for you, and can become even more so after baby starts teething. Make sure your baby opens their mouth wide before you attempt a latch, as their teeth can easily scrape up against your areola. You also want to ensure that their tongue is moved out of the way, as it’s easy for them to accidentally bite it. Different nursing positions can also help if your baby has trouble latching on.

 Treat your nipple afterwards.

Even if you do have a good latch, a teething baby can still leave sore nipples. The teething process usually causes them to make more saliva, which can cause skin irritation. Rinse your nipples off with cold water after you are done nursing, and apply lanolin.

 

If you are still experiencing trouble, talk to a lactation consultant or contact your local La Leche League. For some mothers, directly breastfeeding their child can be so stressful that they opt to use a breast pump instead. We’re here for you if that’s the case. Our online catalog and store shelves both contain a large selection of name-brand breast pumps and other maternity products.

3 Ways You Can Make Your Home Safer for Older Relatives

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

More and more Americans are opting to age in-home. For many seniors, this means living out their retirement years in the house where they raised their family. Others, however, opt to move in with their grown children, especially if their health is not the best.

If you have an older relative coming to stay with you, Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. We’d like to offer three solutions to making your home safer for your elderly loved ones:

  • Install a stair lift.

 

If you have a ranch-style house, you may immediately think that this doesn’t apply to you. However, did you know that you can also install stair lifts outside of the house? If you have a significant amount of steps going up to your house, they could pose a hazard to your older relative, especially if their mobility is impaired. Imagine them trying to carry groceries up those steps—it could lead to a fall.

 

  • Use ramps

Stair lifts aren’t the only solution for those with limited mobility. We also offer modular ramps that can be easily installed outside of your home. If your older relative uses a rollator or a wheelchair, this could make getting in and out of your home much safer and easier for them. We also carry smaller threshold ramps that can be placed at entrances.

  • Equip your bathroom with safety products.

 

Bathrooms are one of the most common places where people experience injuries, especially elderly individuals. It’s very easy to slip on water or a loose rug and experience a fall. To prevent this from happening, install grab bars around and in the tub. It will give your elderly relative something to grasp onto if they start to fall, or something to steady themselves as they get in and out of the tub. People tend to grab onto towel racks for this purpose, but they weren’t designed to hold an adult’s weight, and can easily break if used improperly.

Jayhawk Pharmacy values your health and the health and well-being of your loved ones. We know how life can sometimes take unexpected turns, which is why we’re here for you. Browse our online catalog for all our accessibility products, or see us today for more suggestions on how to make your home safer.

What Irish Fairy Tales Can Tell You about Buying HME Products

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and icons of Irish culture are popping everywhere. Whether or not your family originates from the Emerald Isle, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this fun-filled festivity.

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we especially appreciate Irish folklore. A number of their fairy tales can actually teach us something about purchasing home medical equipment, such as:

The Children of Lir

In this story, a jealous stepmother uses magic to turn her stepchildren into swans. They wander the earth for 900 years in this form. Finally, they are turned back into humans, but they are now elderly.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Old age can sneak up on you faster than you realize! You may be as graceful as a swan throughout your youth, but advanced age can take its toll on your ability to balance and be sure on your feet. That’s why we carry a number of products to keep you safe in your home, such as bath safety bars, raised toilet seats and canes, walkers and rollators.

 

The Harp of Dagda: This magical harp had different strings that could control its listeners. When one string was plucked it would make someone fall asleep. When another was plucked, it would make someone weep.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: Sleep apnea is not unlike the Harp of Dagda! One of its many side-effects is depression. Luckily, at Jayhawk Pharmacy we can help you strike the right “chord” to get a good night’s sleep. By starting CPAP therapy, you can avoid the effects of the weeping chord and enjoy the benefits of being fully rested.

 

The Field of Boliauns: In this tale, a man captures a leprechaun and commands him to show where he’s hid his gold. The leprechaun shows where it was buried in a field, but the man then realizes he needs to get a shovel in order to dig it up. To mark the spot so he could find it later, the man ties his a handkerchief on a nearby plant and tells the leprechaun not to move it. The leprechaun obeys, but instead of moving it he ties hundreds of handkerchiefs on plants all over the field, making it impossible for the man to rediscover where the gold was buried.

What this can tell us about buying HME equipment: The HME field is filled with hundreds of providers, but not all of them are golden. In order to get the right equipment, you need a reliable guide, and not a leprechaun-like trickster. Jayhawk Pharmacy is the sort of reliable guide you need when making a home medical equipment purchase.

 

Whether you plan to celebrate Irish culture today or just intend to treat it like another day, we hope you keep us in mind the next time you need to purchase home medical equipment. We not only carry the items mentioned above, we also have an online catalog complete with everything you need!

Make Your CPAP Your Trusted Travel Partner

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

It’s the time of the year when cabin fever sets in and people begin planning weather vacations. Adding a CPAP machine o your carry-on seems to promote questions throughout security and because of this, Jayhawk Pharmacy offers these answer to help you manage your CPAP during travel.

 

Can I use my CPAP on an airplane?

 

Yes, however, some airlines require you to notify them in advance if you’ll be using a CPAP during flight.  You will also need to check that the aircraft has outlets available at your seat. Remember to bring the right adaptor if traveling abroad.  The Americans with Disability Act protects you against an airline attempting to charge for an extra carry-on, because a CPAP machine is a medically necessary device, so it is allowed at no additional cost.

 

Should I bring my CPAP humidifier?

 

This is 100% optional.  If you find yourself in a hurry, you could forget to empty the tank, leading to a wet mess later.  You will also need steady access to water, so if you’ll be an extended flight, it may be best to leave it at home.

 

Should I check my CPAP machine?

 

No, CPAP machines should be taken through security in your carry-on to avoid getting lost, stolen, or damaged during baggage processing.  Be sure to have your prescription for your machine with you in case airport security wants to verify that it’s a medically-necessary device. The CPAP will need to be removed from the bag and run through the x-ray machine, just like a laptop. More than likely, the TSA will also complete a non-invasive Explosive Trace Detection test to assure it’s truly a CPAP machine.

 

Traveling on its own can be stressful enough, so hopefully these clarifications will help make your trip a little more relaxing since your sleep apnea doesn’t take a vacation.  Jayhawk Pharmacy carries all the accessories you need to give you the best sleep apnea therapy experience possible when taking a retreat.

Why does my mastitis keep coming back?

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

If your breasts become red, swollen and painful, chances you’re experiencing the onset of mastitis, an infection of the breasts. This condition is typically seen six to 12 weeks after giving birth, but it can also happen later during breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, some women experience a continual reoccurrence of this condition. Jayhawk Pharmacy wants breastfeeding to be a pain-free experience. Here are some common reasons why mastitis keeps coming back:

  • Overabundance of milk supply.
  • Cigarette smoking, which lowers your chances of fighting infection.
  • If you haven’t completely recovered from your last case of mastitis, it can contribute to a full reoccurrence.
  • Anemia, fatigue and stress.
  • Irregular breastfeeding.
  • Bra or bathing suit that puts too much pressure breast.
  • The strap of a heavy purse, diaper bag or baby carrier can also put too much pressure on the breast. A seat belt that is too tight can do the same.
  • Sleeping positions can also put too much pressure on the breasts.
  • A cracked or bleeding nipple can allow infection to set in.
  • Nipple shields can sometimes be the culprit, as they can slow the flow of milk.
  • Breast surgery, breast limps or past injury to the breasts.
  • Some parts of your diet may contribute to mastitis, such as excessive sodium, saturated fats or unknown food allergens or intolerances. However, a salt deficiency can also contribute to reoccurring mastitis.
  • Excessive movements of the upper arms, such as vacuuming, gardening, washing windows or shower stalls.

There are a few things you can do on your own to cut down on the reoccurrence of mastitis. Some researchers suggest taking a tablespoon of lecithin a day can help. Applying a warm, moist compress to nipple openings to remove dried milk secretions can also cut back on the infection coming back.

However, these actions alone will not necessarily stop a full-blown infection. If you are experiencing mastitis, see your doctor right away. He or she can work on a treatment plan to get you back to better health.

For all your other maternity needs, see Jayhawk Pharmacy! We know breast is best, and carry a number of breast pumps in our online catalog.

5 Things to Ask Before Buying a Hospital Bed

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

As a caregiver, you’re faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis. Having to figure out what kind of hospital bed you should get for your home should not be one of them. Before you start shopping around, ask these five questions:

  • Do I need a raised or lowered hospital bed?

 

A raised hospital bed can make it easier for a caregiver to approach their loved one, while a lowered hospital bed enables your loved one to get in and out without additional assistance. If your loved one isn’t able to move around on their own, a raised bed might be a better option.

 

  • How long will your loved one need to use the hospital bed?

Is your loved one recovering from an injury, surgery or other illness? In that case, they will likely need a hospital bed for a temporary length of time. Therefore, you’ll want to look at standard hospital beds. However, if your loved one will require long term, intensive care, then an extended-care bed would be a better option. These beds are built to last longer and have additional comforts and amenities.

  • How much weight will this hospital bed need to bear?

 

A good rule of thumb is to use a bed frame that can handle 20 to 25 percent of the actual weight of your loved one. Make sure that you also factor in anything else that will be sitting on top of the frame, including blankets, liners and the mattress itself.

 

  • How long will your loved one stay in the bed each day?

 

If they will spend less than 15 hours a day in the bed, then it’s best to go with a standard, manual hospital bed. However, if they are spending more than that in bed every day, you will want to have a full electric bed. These beds can help you change positions easily, which means your loved one will have fewer chances of developing bed sores. Electric hospital beds are also more durable.

 

  • What is your loved one’s mobility level?

 

Knowing this will help you decide what amenities to look for on the hospital bed. Take into consideration whether your loved one is able to get in and out of bed on their own, is able to sit up on their own, or is completely immobile.

At Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want to make sure that your loved one receives the best care possible. That’s why we carry a number of items in our online catalog that can make their lives—and yours—a little bit easier.

6 Reasons Why Your CPAP Mask is Leaking

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

A leaky CPAP mask is a prevalent complaint among CPAP users. If you lose air pressure, hear strange noises from your CPAP mask, feel stuffed up upon waking or experience disrupted sleep, chances are you have a leaky CPAP mask.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help. We’ve provided the top six reasons for why your CPAP mask leaks, and what you can do about it.

  1. Your CPAP pressure is too high.

When you first received your CPAP machine, chances are your doctor or respiratory therapist helped you set the pressure settings. These settings would have been based on your sleep study. However, if the pressure amount is causing a problem now, you can talk to your doctor about changing it. If your CPAP machine uses a ramp feature where it gradually increases the pressure, it might be set too high.

  1. You’ve been tossing and turning in the night.

 

This can cause your CPAP mask to become loose or shift on your face, breaking the seal and causing a leak. Often, this can be remedied by adjusting the straps. We also carry CPAP masks specifically designed for active sleepers.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is dirty.

 

When the dirt and oils build up on your CPAP mask, it can cause you to lose the seal. A CPAP mask should be wiped down daily with a damp cloth and submerged once a week in soapy water.

 

  1. You have the wrong CPAP mask size.

 

CPAP masks are like shoes—you need to be fitted for the right one. See us today for a CPAP mask fitting, or check out the wide variety of CPAP masks in our online catalog.

 

  1. How you sleep.

 

There’s no right or wrong way to sleep, but your position can affect how your CPAP mask fits. For example, if you breathe with your mouth open, a nasal CPAP mask is not going to be good for you. If you’re a side-sleeper, then a CPAP nasal mask is going to work better than a full-faced CPAP mask.

 

  1. Your CPAP mask is old.

 

The seals on CPAP masks do wear out over time, which cause leaks. Expect to change your CPAP mask once every three months.

If you are still experiencing CPAP mask air leaks after trying the above suggestions, give Jayhawk Pharmacy a call to discuss the difference options for your sleep apnea treatment.