Do a skin and body check
Check your skin and body regularly for lumps, rashes, sores, discolorations, limitations, and other changes. Do checks during and after bathing. Take note of other changes such as those related to urine or bowel habits, thirst, hunger, fatigue, discharge, vision, and weight. If you find or experience anything suspicious, see your doctor or consultant.
Make an appointment
One of the best and easiest ways for adults to keep themselves healthy is to make sure they get recommended exams, screenings and immunizations. Screenings are designed to help detect some diseases in their early, most treatable stages. Make the appointment now.
Things to before your next check-up:
- Review your family health history; Are there any new conditions or diseases that have occurred in your close relatives since your last visit, if so, let your doctor know.
- Find out if you are due for any general screenings or vaccinations; Have you had the recommended screening test based on your age, general health, family history, and lifestyle? Follow-up exams or tests, after checking-up with your doctor.
- Write-down a list of issues and questions to take with you; Review any existing health problems and note any changes; have your eating habits changed? Are you having any pain, dizziness, fatigue?
Know your numbers
Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), and others. These numbers can provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more. Be sure to ask your doctor what tests you need and how often. If your numbers are too high or too low, he/she can make recommendations to help you get them to a healthier range.
Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations
Keep track of your and your family’s vaccinations, and make sure they stay up-to-date. Children, young adults, and older adults all need vaccinations. Vaccinations help protect people from diseases and save lives.
Take the extra time to make better food choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables as a meal, less saturated fat, and healthy grab-and-go snacks. There are many quick and easy ways to add healthier choices to your day.
Wash children’s hands and toys regularly
Hands and toys can become contaminated from household dust or exterior soil, both of which are sources of harmful lead.
Know important asthma triggers
An asthma attack can occur when you are exposed to things in the environment, such as house dust mites and tobacco smoke. These are called asthma triggers. Your personal triggers can be very different from those of another person. Some of the most important triggers are:
· Environmental Tobacco Smoke (Secondhand Smoke)
· Dust Mites
· Outdoor Air Pollution
· Cockroach Allergen
· Wood Smoke
Learn the signs for developmental problems
Check to see if your children can do the things associated with their age. From birth to 5 years, your children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, and act. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem. Click on our blog post and learn more on developmental milestones.
Know the signs and symptoms for heart attack and stroke
If you or someone you know is having a heart attack or stroke, reach out to any nearest hospital immediately. With timely treatment, a person’s chance of surviving a heart attack is increased, and the risk of death and disability from stroke can be lowered.
Take a break
If you think you’re getting sick, feel yourself losing control, or are dealing with stress, take a break. Just taking a few minutes can give you the opportunity to clear your head so you can make better decisions about you and your family’s health and safety.
Take care of your teeth and gums
Drink fluoridated water and use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride’s protection against tooth decay works at all ages. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly to reduce dental plaque and help prevent gingivitis (a form of gum disease). Visit our dental clinic here at nisa hospital for all your dental issues.
Keep foods safe
Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate leftover foods if they are not going to be eaten within 4 hours. Wash hands, utensils, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food. Wash produce. Cook meat, poultry, and eggs thoroughly.
Before seeing your health care provider, write down all of your questions and bring the list with you to your appointment. Write down the answers during your discussion. Make sure all of your questions are answered before you leave and you know exactly what the next steps are. Don’t risk injury or other problems because you are not clear on what to do.
If instructions are confusing, get help. Talk to your doctor. Call or visit the website of the pharmacy, clinic, equipment manufacturer, or business for information. Make sure you use credible sources and websites and ask your health care provider if the information you found applies to you. With more knowledge, you can make better decisions about your health.
Listen to a health podcast
Podcasts on a variety of health and safety topics are available online. Most are one to five minutes long, and some are longer.
Disinfect surfaces to keep germs away
Cleaning removes germs from surfaces, and disinfecting destroys germs from surfaces. Disinfecting after cleaning gives an extra level of protection from germs. Areas with the largest amounts of germs and frequently used areas- such as the kitchen and bathroom- should be disinfected with a bleach solution or another disinfectant as often as possible to avoid the spread of germs.
If you have diabetes, check for sores and vision changes
If you have diabetes, check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling. Call your doctor immediately if you have sores that will not heal. Also, tell your doctor if you notice any changes in your eyesight.
Know that it begins with you- A healthy you is a happy you, and a happy you is a healthy-happy nation!
Re-edited by nisa media team.