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Impetigo: What You Need to Know

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection more common in children than adults. It’s highly contagious and is more common during the warm, humid months of the year. While impetigo isn’t serious, it is unpleasant to deal with. Here’s what you need to know.

Recognizing Impetigo

Impetigo occurs in two forms: Bullous and Non-bullous. Non-bullous impetigo is more common and is caused by the Staphylococcus (staph) and Streptococcus (strep) strains of bacteria.

MedicineNet offers a comparison and photos of both types of Impetigo.

Impetigo can often look like other types of skin rashes, including poison ivy, chicken pox, and eczema. A culture test can determine whether or not a rash is impetigo if visual observation doesn’t suffice.

Causes and Prevention

Insect bites and flesh wounds can lead to impetigo, especially if they are not kept clean or “left alone.” For example, scratching mosquito bites (especially with dirty nails!) is one way a lot of people become infected. Animal bites can also lead to impetigo quite easily without proper wound care. And of course, impetigo is very contagious between humans.

It can be difficult to keep impetigo from spreading, as it’s highly contagious – especially among family members or anyone else in close quarters. Skin to skin contact, or even contact with the same towels or bedding can spread the infection. Children can also easily spread the infection to other families in day care centers, schools, and swimming pools. It’s good to stay home if you have this rash to avoid infecting others.

Routine hand washing is an important preventative measure, as with most types of infections!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

 5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

Teaching good house cleaning habits as you go and as they grow.

Coming home to a clean, organized space is always much more relaxing than arriving upon a cluttered, messy home. If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to keep their home clean and tidy all the time, you’re in luck: there are specific habits that you can learn that make it easier to keep the chaos in check.

De-clutter

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can add up in the home. Spending just a few minutes each day de-cluttering will really help you keep your home more organized. Just choose one area per day – a drawer or closet shelf, for example – to tackle and organize.

Clean As You Go

It’s easy to fall into the habit of doing a “big clean” every week or two, but it is much more effective to break up tasks daily and “clean as you go” instead. There are a few ways you can implement this habit. For example:

  • Wash dishes as your meal is cooking and as you use them rather than waiting until they are piled up on the counter.
  • Put away out-of-place items as you move from room to room.
  • Keep a bottle of your favorite bathroom cleaning spray with paper towels under the counter. Wipe off the bathroom counter and mirror after you brush your teeth.  keep cleaning supplies readily available.

When you make this a habit, you’ll find yourself noticing new ways to clean as you go all the time!

Identify Your Trouble Zones

We all have those areas in our home that end up serving as a “dumping ground” for bags, keys, mail, and other odds and end. Identify those zones in your home and create a place for those things.  I placed a set of hooks in the hall closet for keys.  No more searching for keys.  Hang a shoe bag on the inside door, all those pockets are great for gloves, sunglasses, and umbrellas. Regularly clear those trouble spots out to keep them in check.

Chore-a-Day

There are always going to be days when you just don’t feel like cleaning. Even so, strive to complete even one chore on those days, no matter how small it is. Simple tasks like dusting a room, sweeping the kitchen, or wiping down the bathroom take just a few minutes. As they add up, these little tasks are what keep your home clean.

Train Your Kids

Moms know just how much disorder kids can add into the mix! Establishing good house cleaning habits with them early on will help you keep your home in order. Even toddlers can learn to put their toys away or place books back on the shelf. Teach these tasks as early as possible and encourage little ones to participate so they can learn to take pride in respecting their things and their family’s space.  How many of us constantly feel like we are cleaning up after our children?  How many of us have given up or heard a friend say I just close my teenagers door?  If you are cleaning up and not teaching as you go then you are an enabler that is only helping to perpetuate this behavior.   Divide and Conquer!  Divide the tasks among the members of the family to take the pressure off you.

Practicing these simple habits will help you maintain a cleaner, more orderly space that you can feel good about.  Your family and friends will feel welcome coming home to a clean and organized home.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Cystic Fibrosis – A Condition Plaguing Thousands of Kids

Imagine waking up in the morning feeling as if you’re drowning, unable to breathe normally. Imagine coughing and hacking up mucus all day long to the point of exhaustion. Sadly, this is the reality of children with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes the body to produce a thick, sticky mucous that clogs up the lungs and airways of those who suffer with it.

 Cystic Fibrosis   A Condition Plaguing Thousands of Kids

65 Roses, The name was coined by a child trying to pronounce the name CF.

The disorder also affects the digestive system, as the mucous also coats the stomach, leaving the body ill-equipped to properly digest food and get optimal nutrition. Between this issue and the increased calorie needs due to constant coughing and breathing issues, kids with cystic fibrosis can often have trouble maintaining a healthy weight.
Cystic fibrosis is a relatively rare genetic disorder that occurs only when both parents carry the gene. The life expectancy for a person with CF is mid-30s, as of 2009. Fortunately, the age is rising, thanks to advances in treatment options.

How is CF Treated?
There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis. A number of treatments are used to alleviate the symptoms and promote well-being, however.
• Airway clearance and breathing exercises.
• Antibiotics to fight infection.
• Anti-inflammatory medications to improve breathing.
• Mucus-thinning drugs.
These types of treatments improve CF symptoms, but unfortunately those with the condition will live with it for life until a cure is found.

How Can I Help?

If you’re looking to help in the cause for finding a cure, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation suggests a few ways that you can do so:
• Make a donation. Donations fund scientific research toward curing cystic fibrosis.
• Participate in a clinical trial. Similarly, you can help out with research in a more hands-on way by participating in studies on CF treatments.
• Become an advocate. Influence your local government and spread awareness by becoming an advocate.

This is the season for giving and yet it’s important to remember that CF has no season.  People suffer with this desease all year round.  Reach out to a local chapter to learn more, you may be able to help.  Enjoy the holiday season!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

 Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

Read the ingredients!

Standing in the aisle of the grocery store, trying to pick out cleaning supplies, can be as challenging and stressful as picking out toothpaste these days.  There are dozens of choices and it can be a daunting, if not overwhelming experience.  Whether you have young children, older children, pets, or just you in the house, you need to be aware and educated.

Are All the Chemicals We Buy to Clean Our Homes Safe?

Where to begin?  I have often scratched my head and thought about my role as a Mom.  In today’s world, we have to be a psychologist, chauffeur, chef, nutritionist, teacher, IT manager and now chemist.  I came across this article written by the Health Information Center at the Cleveland Clinic (216) 444-3771 or toll-free (800) 223-2273 extension 43771 or visit www.clevelandclinic.org/health/.

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3300/3354.asp

For all of us on the go, I believe this is a great resource to help guide us through the often dangerous and toxic ingredients in everyday household products.  The ingredients are not going away so quickly and we do have choices.  The key is understanding what’s lurking inside the products we’re buying and  understanding how to properly store, use and dispose of them.  Share this with friends and hopefully we can all keep our loved ones safer and healthier in our homes.

 Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

Does this look familiar?

 

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.