Never Ignore Your Doctor's Advice About Your Blood Pressure

I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.

How To Prepare For Your First Flu Shot

Health & Medical Blog

If you're about to take the flu shot for the first time, you may have some concerns. If you're one of those people who don't like vaccines but have decided to forge ahead with the flu shot because you have heard of its benefits, you may be wondering what you can do to make the experience more comfortable.

Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make things go a little more smoothly. Here's a look at some of the main ones.

Decide Which Arm to Use

One of the first things you will need to decide is which arm you will take the vaccine on. This is an important decision and you should take some time to think about it. 

If you receive the vaccine on the arm that you write with, it can work in your favor even though you will feel the discomfort more often at first. Using this arm will make the vaccine get into your muscles a lot more quickly and away from the actual site of the injection. This can significantly reduce any discomfort that you may feel as the hours go by.

If you do decide to get it on your non-dominant arm, be prepared for the discomfort to last longer. Although for some people it makes it easier to forget they got the injection.

Rest Up and Drink Water

You need to get as much rest as possible on the night before the vaccination. The more rested you are, the easier it is for you to relax. Lack of sleep will help to increase fatigue and tension.

You also need to make sure that you are drinking a lot of water on the day before and the day of the flu shot as well. Being properly hydrated will help your muscles to recover a lot more quickly from the injection. It will also help to get the medication to circulate more effectively.

Use a Pain Reliever

Since discomfort is almost a given after getting a vaccination, if you have any tenderness in your arm after getting your shot, you can take over-the-counter pain-relieving medication. It's not uncommon to feel feverish as well. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever will help with these symptoms.

A flu shot is a great way for you to protect yourself during the cold and flu season. There are a few things that you need to do but as you can see they are not that difficult. Once you prepare ahead of time things will go smoothly. 

For more info, contact a local flu care center


28 February 2023