Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Postmenopausal Women

As estrogen levels decline in postmenopausal women, lots of unpleasant things can happen: Vaginal atrophy (thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to decreased estrogen levels) Cystitis (bladder inflammation) Changes in urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence Recurrent urinary tract infections Recurrent urinary tract infection (RUTI) is defined as three episodes of urinary tract infection (UTI) in the previous 12 months or two episodes in the last six months. RUTI and cystitis are common in postmenopausal women because falling estrogen levels affect the lining of the bladder, predisposing them to urinary tract [...]

2021-02-04T02:04:44+00:00February 4th, 2021|

Preventing and Treating Dry Skin

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 [...]

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

Customized Pediatric Medications

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 [...]

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

“Maskne” Face Masks and Skin Irritation

“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, [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Can Cognitive Decline be Prevented or Reversed?

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) [...]

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

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: Treating the Cause Versus the Symptoms

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 [...]

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

Anti-Spasmodic Therapy for Cats with Urethral Spasm and Obstruction

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 [...]

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

Menopause and Estrogen Deficiency: Skin Problems

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 [...]

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

Thyroid Hormone Balance Essential

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 [...]

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