Winterize Your Body
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Brrrr! It’s cold outside! Time to winterize your body! Learn how to combat everything from dry skin, chapped lips, the flu and frostbite and keep your body healthy!

 

Winter-Proof Your Body

Dr. Jim is wheeled onstage in a pod-shaped sauna from Verseo Wellness. “This is great, guys. Why don’t you go ahead and do the show without me?” the pediatrician jokes. The manufacturer claims the sauna can prevent colds, alleviate arthritis, acne and detox your body. “If you’re comfortable in there, it’s certainly a relaxing thing, but I don’t know if it’s going to fulfill all of these health claims,” Dr. Travis says.


 

Baby-Proof Your Christmas Tree

As you string lights, tinsel and ornaments this holiday season, keep the safety of your tots in mind and keep sharp objects out of reach. Dr. Travis demonstrates the dangers of some decorations by breaking a glass ornament. The E.R. doctor explains that glass can cut a child or end up in his or her eye. Dr. Jim says that instead of buying an ornament with a sharp wire hook on the end, use ribbons or string. Dr. Travis says that people, particularly the elderly, should use caution when climbing up on ladders or chairs to decorate the top of the tree. “There are a lot of falls, you can get major head injuries, you can break a hip,” he warns. Dr. Jim says that if you string lights, make sure the tree hides any electrical cords so your baby can’t chew through them.

 

 

Ho, Ho… Hum?

The holidays are a mixed bag: visits with loved ones, travel tangles and various stresses combine to take an emotional toll. The Doctors offer tips to create a stress-free holiday season!

 

• Learn to say no

Don’t try to do too much

Don’t expect things to be perfect

Exercise

Stick to a healthy diet

Do something for somebody else

 

“Use your little helpers,” Dr. Lisa says. “Women, you’re running around, getting all the gifts, and doing the cooking, and doing the cleaning, so you’ve got to delegate.”

 

Flu Shots

This shot lasts for a full year, and guards against three types of virus. Dr. Jim recommends the flu shot for kids aged 6 months to 19 years. If your child suffers from chronic health problems like asthma and severe allergies, protecting him or her is especially important. Dr. Jim demonstrates a Flu-Mist injection* on himself by placing a nozzle in each nostril. “It tastes like chicken,” he jokes. Dr. Lisa cautions that pregnant women should not use this type of injection.

*Flu-Mist is not intended to be self-administered. For more information, please contact your physician.

 

Dr. Ordon asks Dr. Lisa to give him a flu shot. Since he’s suited up, she administers one in his backside. “Should I tell you if he has a cute butt?” Dr. Lisa teases as she preps the plastic surgeon for his injection. Dr. Jim counters, “I bet he’s Botoxing his butt, so I’m sure it’s cute.”

 

Typically, the flu shot is administered in the arm, often in the shoulder. Dr. Jim gives Dr. Travis a shot. “I can’t find your muscle,” the pediatrician says with a grin, gazing at Dr. Travis’ buff arm.

 

Dr. Travis’ mom, Donna, calls in. “You always took really good care of me when I was a kid, whenever I got sick. You were always a great mom,” he says. Donna shares that Travis suffered from frequent croup episodes as a child. To ease his symptoms, she used a medicated ointment on his chest, which she then covered with a diaper!

 

 

Give Foot Fungus the Boot

David reveals that the skin around his toes is scaly and dry, and wintertime exacerbates his symptoms. Podiatrist Robert Klein comes to the rescue. David often wears boots and his foot sweats. The dark and moist environment creates what Dr. Klein calls the “perfect storm” for fungus. David says he was prescribed oral medication for his condition but was afraid of the side effects. Dr. Klein suggests a topical remedy called Miranel, and he applies some to David’s affected nail bed. Miranel contains an anti-fungal agent, as well as tea tree oil, eucalyptus, menthol and camphor. David must apply the ointment for eight to 12 months for his condition to improve and wear open-toed shoes so his feet can breathe.

 

 

Viral Virility

Travis discusses an interesting new theory that explains how resilient some viruses can be. Holding up a tennis ball with a pink covering on one end, he explains that some germs develop a hard coating in the wintertime for protection, which makes it easier for them to infect you. In the summer, the covering liquefies. The virus becomes more vulnerable to heat and dies easier.

 


Dr. Jim’s Med-Ed University

The pediatrician tells Dr. Travis that he was sick recently but managed to kick his illness quickly with the use of some home remedies. Dr. Jim advises hot, steamy showers when you’re sick; stay hydrated; eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Learn how to shop for the correct medicine for your child.

 

 

Frostbite

Winter is here and it’s time to bundle up! Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite, which is when the fluid in the body’s cells crystallizes. The crystals then impede the flow of blood to the cells, and as a result, the tissue dies. Frostbite affects extremities such as the feet, hands, ears and tip of the nose first.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Chilly, gray weather often brings bouts of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for those living in colder climates. Mary from Lawton, Oklahoma sent The Doctors a home video about her battle with the winter blues. She says she suffers from insomnia, fatigue, lack of concentration, craving carbohydrates and self-isolation. “I just don’t want to participate in life,” she says.

 

Mary joins the four physicians in their studio. Dr. Travis says that 18 million people suffer from SAD. He explains that without natural sunlight, your brain doesn’t produce as much serotonin, which is a feel-good chemical. The E.R. doctor says that light therapy could be helpful in Mary’s case. He shows off a light-box that simulates natural sunlight, which can boost your serotonin levels. Dr. Jim wears a portable light visor, and Dr. Ordon displays a dawn simulator, which gives off light as you awaken.

 

 

Balloon Sinoplasty

Are you plagued by sinusitis? Inflammation of the nasal sinuses can cause headaches, congestion and postnasal drip, and the symptoms worsen in wintertime.

 

Karen has suffered from sinusitis for more than 20 years, and she’s sick and tired of being sick and tired. To open Karen’s sinuses, Ear, Nose and Throat specialist Dr. Brian Weeks performs a balloon sinoplasty. This innovative new surgery inserts inflated balloons into the blocked area and gently cracks the sinus bone. The bone will then heal with the sinuses open.




 

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