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12 01, 2021

Preventing and Treating Dry Skin

2021-01-12T20:17:12+00:00January 12th, 2021|

Dry skin usually results from controllable environmental factors, such as exposure to hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and excessive bathing. Other factors - including diseases like psoriasis, thyroid disorders, alcohol and caffeine, medications (antihistamines, diuretics, and isotretinoin) and dehydration - can significantly alter the skin’s function and appearance. Damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation may lead to collagen and elastin fibers breaking down much more quickly than they should, resulting in deep wrinkles and loose, sagging skin. If not cared for, dry skin [...]

9 12, 2020

Customized Pediatric Medications

2020-12-09T18:28:52+00:00December 9th, 2020|

Children pose many medication challenges: difficulty swallowing, refusal of medication due to taste or texture, and fear of injections. The limited market for most drugs may be the leading reason for the lack of investment in pediatric drug development by the pharmaceutical industry. Most medications are not labeled for pediatric populations and therefore not available in a suitable pediatric dosage form. Many drugs are not commercially available as liquids, and fewer are available in dosage forms that children like. Fortunately, compounding pharmacies can prepare oral medications as suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezer-pops, “gummies” or [...]

10 11, 2020

“Maskne” Face Masks and Skin Irritation

2020-11-10T18:02:32+00:00November 10th, 2020|

“Maskne” – or mask acne – can result from regular or prolonged use of face masks. Trapped moisture, bacteria, oils, and dirt can clog pores and contribute to acne, rosacea, folliculitis, and irritation. Your skin can also be damaged by friction if your masks rub the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, or behind your ears. To help decrease the occurrence and severity of these problems, wash or replace your masks frequently. It’s helpful to wash masks and your face with a fragrance-free cleanser. Using a fragrance-free moisturizer that contains ingredients such as ceramide, [...]

19 10, 2020

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN): Non-Opioid Treatment for Chronic Pain Syndromes

2020-10-19T20:00:23+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Patients with cardiac failure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and other terminal illnesses account for two-thirds of those who need of palliative care to relieve symptoms near the end of life. These patients can experience comparable pain to that of patients with cancer. Management is crucial because pain can have a devastating impact on the quality of life. Opioid-based medications can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as nausea and constipation, mental status changes, hemodynamic disturbance, and respiratory depression. There is concern about the long-term use of opioids, and the potential for subsequent diversion [...]

1 09, 2020

Can Cognitive Decline be Prevented or Reversed?

2020-09-11T13:17:35+00:00September 1st, 2020|

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most significant healthcare problems nationally and globally. It’s now the third leading cause of death in the United States, following cardiovascular disease and cancer. While there are approximately 5.2 million Americans with AD, this number does not include many young Americans destined to develop AD during their lifetimes. Approximately 15% or 45 million Americans now living may develop AD during their lifetimes if no prevention is instituted. The first publication describing the reversal of cognitive decline in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, MCI (mild cognitive impairment) [...]

1 08, 2020

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: Treating the Cause Versus the Symptoms

2020-08-11T19:41:25+00:00August 1st, 2020|

At Peachtree Pharmacy, we believe in treating the whole person. This philosophy is referred to as Functional Medicine. The goal of Functional Medicine is to determine how and why illness occurs and restore health by addressing the root causes of disease versus just the symptoms. The treatment plan is personalized for each individual. This science-based approach empowers patients and practitioners to work together to treat the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Functional Medicine considers the genetic, physiological, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence health and disease. “The precise manifestation of [...]

2 07, 2020

Anti-Spasmodic Therapy for Cats with Urethral Spasm and Obstruction

2020-07-02T18:13:31+00:00July 2nd, 2020|

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) can include difficult urination, increased frequency of urination or attempts to urinate, bloody urine, agitation, and vocalization due to urethral spasm or obstruction. Surgery may be needed to relieve the obstruction, but often the first type of therapy is an anti-spasmodic drug that relaxes the urethral muscle to allow passage of the obstruction. However, none of the drugs commonly needed to treat feline urethral spasm and obstruction have been thoroughly described in the veterinary literature, and none of these drugs are commercially available in dosage forms that [...]

1 06, 2020

Menopause and Estrogen Deficiency: Skin Problems

2020-06-01T19:29:36+00:00June 1st, 2020|

Menopause causes estrogen deficiency which affects the skin through accelerated collagen breakdown, decreased elastin, and dehydration. Loss of collagen results in skin that lacks tone and is more able to stretch and expand. When estrogen levels are low, skin becomes dry and itchy, is more fragile, and has more and deeper wrinkles. Several studies suggest bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) may alleviate these symptoms, increasing skin hydration and reducing shriveling. Excessive facial hair growth occurs in 39% of menopausal women, with the chin being the most common location. Scalp hair loss occurs in some [...]

28 04, 2020

Thyroid Hormone Balance Essential

2020-04-28T16:17:08+00:00April 28th, 2020|

More than half of all people affected by thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. Thyroid disorders affect far more women than men, and the risk increases with age. While both men and women experience stress and exposure to environmental toxins, women are more vulnerable to thyroid imbalances due to hormonal changes throughout their lifetime (puberty, birth control pills, pregnancy, menopause, HRT). Many symptoms of hypothyroidism and menopause overlap. While hormone replacement therapy often focuses on estrogens, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone, optimal hormone balance cannot be achieved without correcting thyroid hormone imbalances. Thyroid [...]

2 04, 2020

Strengthen Your Immune System

2020-04-02T18:46:28+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

Many factors can challenge a healthy immune system including stress, exposure to toxic compounds, allergies, bacteria, viruses, irregular sleeping patterns and a poor diet. Our immune system needs many specific micronutrients, including vitamins A, D, C, E, B6, B12, folate, zinc, iron, copper, and selenium, which play vital, synergistic roles at every stage of the immune response. Adequate amounts of these micronutrients are essential to ensure the proper function of physical barriers and immune cells; however, daily micronutrient intakes necessary to support immune function may be higher than current recommended dietary allowances. Infection, [...]

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