Getting your earspierced safelyGetting your ears pierced mayseem simple enough, but thesecond your skin is punctured,you run the risk of infection.
Here are suggestions fromAlberta Health Services onhow to stay safe and avoidinfections.
Ask to see a recent AHSinspection report.
Ensure the spa workerwashes their handsthoroughly before and afteryour service.
Ensure the worker wearsdisposable gloves duringyour treatment.
Ensure your ear lobesare thoroughly cleaned with a skinantiseptic.
Double-check that the earrings areprepackaged and sterile, and openedin front of you.
Get verbal and written aftercareinstructions.
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Beat the seasonal blues
Many people feel sluggish in the winter,
but for those with seasonal affective
disorder (SAD), the problem goes
beyond being gloomy. People with SAD
experience depression, fatigue and a
lack of motivation. Here are eight ways
to brighten your outlook:
• Be active. It relieves stress, builds
energy and increases your resilience.
• Soak up some sun. Make sure blindsare open during the day, with a directpath to where you sit or work. Betteryet, get outside in the sunshine.
• Try artificial light for 30 minutes eachmorning. Consider a SAD lamp thathas 10,000 lux, the measurement ofthe light’s intensity. You’ll find them atmedical supply stores and drugstores.
• Take a vitamin D supplement— 3,000IU per day may help lift your mood.
• Eat three healthy meals a day, andhave healthy snacks between meals.For information, visit healthyeatingstartshere.ca.
• Stay hydrated. Most adults need nineto 12 cups of fluids per day.
• Cut down on alcohol and caffeine.
They can worsen SAD symptoms.
• Try practising mindfulness.
Accept your thoughts withoutjudging. Even 15 minutes a day canlift your spirits.
If you are concerned about your mentalhealth, call Health Link at 811.
— with files from Dr. Laura CalhounWinter eye careYour eyes need extra care in the winter.We asked ophthalmologist Dr. JessicaTing, from the Eye Institute of Alberta,and optometrist Dr. Scott Lopetinskyhow to keep your eyes at their best allseason long.
• Wear sunglasses. In winter, about80 per cent of the sun’s ultravioletrays bounce off the snow and intoour eyes. Those rays increasethe risk of cataracts and maculardegeneration. Polarized lensesblock harmful rays. If you’re skiingor snowboarding, wear goggles.
• Use good eye drops and turn onthe humidifier. Cold, dry winter aircan dry your eyes. Ask your eyedoctor about lubricating eyedrops. Consider getting a humidifierto keep air moist.
• Wash your hands. Pink eye,also known as viralconjunctivitis,is common influ season andis verycontagious.
If you have it,
your eyes and
— Jennifer Allford