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Kidney Stone Prevention

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Jan 3, 2017 11:07:59 AM
 
If you’ve already experienced the pain and discomfort associated with kidney stones, you probably don’t want to go through that again. Because people who’ve had kidney stones have a 50% risk of getting them again within 10 years, you need to know what to do to reduce your risk.
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Topics: Kidney Stones, Urology

Kidney Stones: How to Decide to Go to the ER or the Urologist

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Dec 27, 2016 10:35:34 AM
 
Kidney stones can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the type and severity. It can be tough to tell if you have kidney stones, let alone whether or not you’re in immediate need of medical attention. So how do you know if you should go to the ER or a urologist for your kidney stones?
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Topics: Kidney Stones, Urology

What to Know about Kidney Stones

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Dec 19, 2016 12:05:57 PM
 
About 9% of the population, or 1 in 11 people, will get kidney stones at some point in their lifetime. Kidney stones can be painful and difficult to pass. But what are they exactly?
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Topics: Kidney Stones, Urology

Practical, Protective Foot Health Steps for People with Diabetes

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Nov 22, 2016 1:34:50 PM

Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level, or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Topics: Podiatry, Foot Health, diabetes

How to Help with Your Partner's Urologic Condition

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Nov 7, 2016 11:31:38 AM
 
Do your husband’s bathroom visits in the middle of the night wake you up? Is he having physical troubles that are affecting your sex life?

Your spouse’s urologic condition can be irritating for him, but it can affect you too.

That’s why it’s important to know the common urologic conditions, symptoms, and treatments for men. Because when a urologic disorder starts, you might notice it before he does, and that could prevent problems that might affect you both.

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Topics: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Urology, Prostate Cancer, Enlarged Prostate

8 Surprising Ways You Can Decrease Your Risk of Kidney Stones

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Oct 24, 2016 11:00:20 AM

Kidney stones are uncomfortable, difficult to pass, and one of the most common kidney disorders that can occur. 1 in 10 people will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. We’ve all heard the term kidney stones, but what exactly are they?

A kidney stone is a solid collection of salts that can be found in your kidneys or urinary tract, and usually passes through the bladder on its own. The most common type of kidney stones is calcium-oxalate kidney stones, but other types include uric acid, struvite, and cystine kidney stones.

Kidney stones can cause pain and irritation during the passing process. Luckily, there are preventative strategies you can implement to reduce your risk of getting kidney stones.

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Topics: Kidney Stones, Urology

Foot Care Advice for New Moms and Babies

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Oct 7, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Few things in life are as darling as a newborn’s little feet, and most new moms take great joy in counting 10 tiny, perfect toes. But foot health can be a source of anxiety for both new and expectant mothers, who may wonder about the best ways to care for their baby’s feet, and how to cope with changes in their own feet.

“Pregnancy creates many changes in the body and can even affect the size of a woman’s feet,” says Elizabeth Baker, DPM, a podiatrist at Reedsburg Area Medical Center and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “And even though newborns aren’t walking yet, it’s understandable that mothers may have some concerns about how to best take care of their baby’s feet.”

The discomforts of pregnancy are common and well-known, ranging from back pain and frequent bathroom trips to feet that are swollen and sore.

“It’s not at all unusual for a woman to gain a shoe size while pregnant,” Dr. Baker says. “Increased weight puts more pressure on the foot, the arch flattens a bit, and the foot elongates. Just a quarter-inch increase in foot length is enough to prompt a change in shoe size.”

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Topics: Podiatry, New Moms, Babies

6 Ways to Manage Urinary Incontinence after Having a Baby

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Oct 5, 2016 11:12:25 AM

Urinary incontinence (UI) occurs when there’s an involuntary loss of urine originating from stress on the bladder, frequent urges, hormone changes, and more.

There are different types of UI, but the most common are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Stress incontinence is caused by the physical changes from pregnancy and results in an involuntary loss of urine during physical actions like coughing, laughing, or sneezing.

Urge incontinence is caused by damaged nerve endings in the bladder and can result in frequent urges to urinate that cause leaks.

Many women experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy, and some of those women continue to have symptoms after having the baby. With all of the other responsibilities keeping you busy after pregnancy, you shouldn’t have to worry about urinary incontinence.

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Topics: Incontinence, Urology

4 Ways to Maintain Urologic Health

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Sep 20, 2016 3:50:15 PM
 
Many have been there: urology is the last thing on your mind, until an issue comes up. From frequent urination to kidney stones, there are many urologic conditions that can be a roadblock in your daily routine. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent or improve these issues.
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Topics: Incontinence, Urology

10 Easy Tips to Decrease Your Risk of Skin Cancer

Posted by Reedsburg Area Medical Center on Sep 7, 2016 2:39:22 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most potentially fatal.

You may have increased risk for melanoma if you experience any of these factors:

  • Fair skin
  • A history of sunburn
  • Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, including sunburns and tanning bed use
  • Live close to the equator or at a higher elevation
  • Many moles or unusual moles
  • A family history of melanoma
  • A weakened immune system
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Topics: Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatology, Skin Protection