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  • Trending Thursday - November 19 - 23

    Posted on November 22 2018

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It's been a while since we've done a Trending Thursday Post, so what better time to showcase some of our best selling products than before Black Friday? (Hint: subscribe to our email to be the first to know of our Black Friday savings!) 

    So, without further ado, here are this week's trending and best selling products!

    Trending Thursday: Week of November 19 - 23

    1. Lidocaine 2% for Injection, 50mL 

    This is in stock, but it is going fast! Lidocaine 2% for injection is used for surgeries, dental work, pregnancy, and more. The solution is nonpyrogenic and helps in reducing pain or discomfort associated with these procedures. Lidocaine 2% stops pain fast by blocking the nerves associated with pain, and numbing the area for several hours. This product comes in 20mL as well as 1% for 10mL in a 50mL/vial, and remain sterile unless opened.

    2. Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride for Injection, 20mL 


    Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride, also known as normal saline, for injection, is a 20mL, sterile, multiple-dose sodium chloride in water for injection. Each milliliter contains 9mg of sodium chloride and 0.9% of benzyl alcohol that is added as a bacteriostatic preservative that allows you to reuse repeated withdrawals for up to 28 days. This also comes in 30mL

    3. Sodium Chloride 0.9% IV Bags, Case of 24 - 250mL 

    Sodium Chloride 0.9% IV Bag for Injection are sterile, nonpyrogenic bags used for IV administration. Hospira Sodium Chloride ADD-Vantage Flexible Plastic Container has clearly labeled graduation marks and has a rigid saddle with a wide injection point that makes it quicker and easier to add medications with a reduced risk for contamination and needle sticks. Each 100mL of 0.9% Sodium Chloride injection, USO contains 900mg Sodium Chloride in water for injection. The solution contains no bacteriostat, antimicrobial agent, or added buffer, and each is intended only as a single dose injection. This case comes in 24, but if you want less of the IV bags, we also carry the Sodium Chloride 0.9% IV Bags 250mL in 2 bags

    4. CBD Multiple Relief Toad Gummies - Extra Strength - 400MG (40 Count) 

    Continuing to soar among the Holistic health communities, CBD Edible Gummies are a wonderful addition to your supplements. Terpene infused, and enriched with Phyto cannabinoid oil, these broad spectrum CBD gummies are made with CBD that is extracted from industrial hemp, that has been grown in the United States. The health benefits of CBD products are well established. For more information on CBD and the amazing health benefits for humans and pets, click here!  

    5. Dextrose for Injection IV Bags - 250 mL (2-Bags) 


    Dextrose for Injection IV Bags are 250mL that are used for IV therapy and administration. Each 100mL contains dextrose and hydrous 5g. Dextrose solutions without salts should not be used in blood transfusions because of possible Rouleau formation. This product is for use only with ADD-Vantage system components and comes in a single dose container.

    6. Sudafed PE Congestion, Maximum Strength Sinus Pressure & Nasal Congestion Relief, 18 Count


    Sudafed PE Congestion, Maximum Strength Sinus Pressure and Nasal Congestion Relief, temporarily relieves sinus pain and congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, or other respiratory allergies. One maximum strength dose contains 10 milligrams of the non-drowsy, nasal decongestant called phenylephrine to reduce swelling of nasal passages. 

    7. Boiron Cold Calm Quick Dissolving Cold Relief Tablets 

    Boiron Cold Calm Quick Dissolving Cold Relief Tablets are used to temporarily relieve cold symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and a minor sore throat. This medicine is an all natural, homeopathic medicine that naturally relieves cold symptoms. It is non drowsy, and there are no known drug interactions! 

    8. Dynarex Surgical Face Masks with Ties - Blue, 50/Box  

    Face masks with ties are convenient and protective facial masks that are perfect for use during medical procedures. These Dynarex face masks are disposable, latex free, and offer a glass free filter. They also have a flexible nose piece, pleated mask that is easy to tie, are non linting, and the flexible nose piece allows for added closure and protection against bodily fluids.

    9. Sani-Cloth Plus Germicidal Disposable Wipes


    Sani-Cloth Plus are alcohol based, non woven surface disinfectant wipes. They are designed to clean and disinfect hard surfaces, such as table top surfaces, medical equipment, shopping cards, and are safe to use for sanitizing children's toys. Quaternary low alcohol formula is contained throughout the wipe, which allows it to kill viruses, such as: E coli, Herpes Simplex Type 2, H1N1 Virus, Influenza A, RSV, HIV-1, and VRE. Each wipe is saturated with 2,500 ppm of active quaternary ammonium chlorides. 

    10. Feels Like Home Super Soft Slipper Socks  

    Feels Like Home, Soft Slipper Socks are cozy and comfortable warm socks that have treaded bottoms to help prevent slips and falls. Made with a warm chenille fabric, slip resistant sole, and are a one size fits most for convenience.  These slipper socks are also latex free, and sold by the pair. 

    All of these and more can be found and purchased on our website at www.mountainside-medical.com, or by calling 1-888-687-4334 for more information! 

  • #GivingTuesday: A Global Giving Movement

    Posted on November 19 2018

    Entering its 7th year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that was, and still is, fueled by the power of Social Media and collaboration.

    #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end of the year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year, and a growing catalog of resources.

    What is #GivingTuesday?

    #GivingTuesday was created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, which is a cultural center in New York City that has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back, since 1874!

    #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations from around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

    #GivingTuesday utilizes the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. It provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals - to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

    As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing the capacity to care for and empower one another.  

    What You Can Do

    Give Back - Donate

    Whether it's your time, money, or items, donating to your local charities, animal shelters, rescue missions, churches, schools, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations can create a world of difference in the lives of others. Donate to a charity or organization that has impacted your life. Remember to share that you gave and encourage your family and friends to join you in giving back on #GivingTuesday.

    Donations don't necessarily have to be monetary. Reach out to local organizations and see what items they need the most and collect them. Be creative with your ideas.

    For instance: donate blankets, paper towels, or newspapers to your local humane society or veterinary clinic, donate food to your local food bank, donate blood to the Red Cross, for your next birthday or holiday, ask for charitable donations instead of gifts, create gift baskets or care packages for soldiers overseas or for single mothers.

    There are many ways to donate, and many items to donate for any organization. Below are some examples of items that you could donate!  

    • Donate a Dog Life Saving Kit to your local police station. A K9 Naloxone Kit treats and revives police dogs from overdoses. As they do their duty of searching for substances, dogs can accidentally ingest life-threatening, harmful drugs, particularly narcotics and opioids.
    • Donate an Emergency Trauma Response Kit to your local schools, businesses, hospitals, or any organization that could benefit from a kit such as this. Our Emergency Trauma kits contain FDA approved medical supplies that are used by EMS responders to slow bleeding, cover wounds, and to help revive a person, if needed.  
    • Donate any First Aid Kits, or any first aid supplies, to organizations such as, the Red Cross, your local Rescue Mission or homeless shelters, your local Hospitals or Nursing Homes, Schools, etc. 
    • Donate any personal care items, such as shampoo, socks, soap, hand sanitizers, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc., to Women's Shelters, children who may be in foster care, homeless shelters, etc. 

    Give Your Voice

    Speak up and speak out! Search for nonprofits in your neighborhood and email them or call them to see how you can help. Become an advocate for an organization that has left an impact on your life. Consider holding a public event where you can raise awareness about the organization you are supporting. Research what the organization needs the most, write articles on those topics or give presentations highlighting those topics.

    Host a community fundraiser with games, food, baked goods, or raffles and have a leader from the organization speak for a few minutes to inform the crowd a little bit about themselves. Afterward, donate any proceeds or items collected to that charity.

    Give Back Your Time - Volunteer

    Below are some sample ideas of how you can use your time wisely and give back to those in your community - not just on #GivingTuesday, but every day of the year:

    • Walk dogs at your local animal shelter
    • Help train service dogs
    • Foster animals that shelters don't have the space for
    • Organize a spay and neuter your pet program
    • Start a volunteer pet sitting business for your family, friends and neighbors
    • Feed and care for cats and dogs at your humane society
    • Organize a community blood drive
    • Send cards to soldiers serving overseas
    • Hold a bake sale for your favorite charity
    • Read books or letters to senior citizens, or to those who are visually impaired
    • Participate in a charity race
    • Contact a tree farm about donating and decorating Christmas trees to nursing homes, hospitals, or to families who can't afford to buy their own
    • Collect unused makeup and perfume to donate to a center for women
    • Organize a car wash and donate the profits to a charity
    • Help deliver meals and gifts to patients at a local hospital or nursing home
    • Tutor children during or after school
    • Collect and donate stuffed animals and give them to children in hospitals
    • Organize games and activities for children in hospitals or who are visiting hospitalized relatives
    • Knit or crochet baby blankets to be donated to hospitals or homeless shelters
    • Collect baby clothes and supplies to donate to new parents
    • Adopt a family or sponsor a child living in a foreign county
    • Donate used children's books, or adult books to a school or regular library
    • Deliver groceries and meals to elderly neighbors, or relatives
    • Host a holiday meal for senior citizens
    • Volunteer to cook or serve at a soup kitchen
    • Make birthday cards or gifts and visit those in nursing homes who may not have any family members
    • Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean, or mow the lawn for a senior citizen
    • Donate clothing and shoes to Good Will or a homeless shelter
    • Build a house with Habitat for Humanity

    Think about your interests and what most appeals to you, then choose specific organizations pertaining to your interests to contact. Figure out how much time you can spend to volunteer, which will help you know what projects to pursue and it will also help volunteer coordinators organize. Next, do some research to see what projects you can do in your community, or look for organizations that are actively participating in #GivingTuesday. Lastly, start volunteering! 

    Give Pro Bono

    If you're a professional, use your skills to help nonprofits with their campaigns. Search for pro bono opportunities or reach out to your local nonprofits to see how you can use your talents for good!

    No matter what you choose to do, be sure to participate in #GivingTuesday next week. Kind people are the best people, and couldn't we all use a lot more kindness, care, and compassion in this world? Yes, we sure could.  

    • The 10 Facts of Cannabidiol

      Posted on November 02 2018

      There is no doubt about it, CBD Products have officially become the most popular product of the modern day wellness scene. It is taking the world by storm and people are lining up to add CBD products into their beauty regimens, their refrigerators, and even onto their menus. The trend of CBD is only increasing, with no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

      As we've discussed in past blog posts, CBD contains many natural and holistic benefits for both people and pets! Below are 10 facts regarding CBD, which will hopefully answer any questions you may have regarding this booming topic.

      10 Facts to Know About Cannabidiol

      1. CBD is a Main Component of Cannabis

      Yes, Cannabidiol is a primary component found in cannabis. It is one of more than 85 compounds that are unique to the plant and grouped under the umbrella term of cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids found in the plant, and because of that they have gone the heaviest scientific study.

      2. CBD Will NOT Make You "High"

      Despite being derived from cannabis, CBD does not and will not give you the "high" feeling that is associated with cannabis. That high is caused by THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. The main difference is that THC binds tightly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and throughout the body, while CBD does not bind to these receptors. Instead, CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors that send signals to wake up and strengthen the immune system naturally. Thus, CBD is considered therapeutic, not mind altering due to the lack of THC.

      3. CBD is a Great Option for Those With Health Conditions

      Because CBD will not make you feel intoxicated, it is a terrific option for parents, workers, and anyone else who doesn't want to compromise their mental clarity. Many health conditions, both severe and not, are treated with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have unpleasant or dangerous side effects. In some cases, CBD may offer non-toxic, side effect free, natural benefits for those who want to avoid or reduce the number of medications that they are taking.

      4. CBD Oil from Hemp Plants is Legal

      CBD products come from either medical cannabis, or industrial hemp plants. While still illegal under federal law, cannabis is legal in several states. Industrial hemp, however, does not fall under these regulations because of its low THC content. This means that consumers are free to choose CBD as a natural supplement without worrying about any legal repercussions.

      5. CBD Oil May Help with Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)

      CECD is a condition where an individual has a lower amount of endogenous cannabinoids than is considered necessary to promote health and well-being. Scientists now believe that CECD may play a role in the following conditions: fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, neuropathy, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, motion sickness, and autism.

      Many of these conditions are treated with a range of medications that carry heavy side effects. As the research develops, if CECD is found to be the cause of these conditions, CBD would help increase endocannabinoids in the body without many of the risks associated with pharmaceuticals.

      6. CBD has a Huge Range of Health Benefits

      CBD has such a wide range of potential health benefits and uses, including: reducing chronic pain, soothing anxiety, fighting and preventing cancer, improving mood, eliminating depression, preventing inflammatory arthritis, protecting the immune system, balancing the metabolism, aiding sleep disorders, treating nausea, lowering inflammation, preventing the progression of Alzheimer's Disease, treating epilepsy, is an anti-psychotic, controlling diabetes, controlling appetite, promoting heart health, promoting skin health, and reducing drug relapses!

      7. CBD is Beneficial to Dogs

      The benefits of using CBD for your dog are incredible, with more and more people choosing this treatment for their pets. Products containing this substance have opened up a new world for Veterinary Medicine, and for those who believe in holistic health! In dogs, CBD is known to: treat seizures & epilepsy, relieve chronic pain & arthritis, boosts appetite, reduces anxiety, prevents & fight cancer, helps with inflammatory bowel disease, reduces autoimmune diseases, protects the nervous system, helps with neurodegenerative diseases, and promotes cardiovascular health! CBD for dogs is also legal and safe! Note: You should ONLY use non-THC CBD Oil. Some CBD oil products may contain THC, but these are NOT meant for dogs. In the event that your dog has consumed ANY product containing THC, contact a Veterinarian immediately!

      8. CBD Oil Helps Children with Seizures and Epilepsy

      Definitely one of the most exciting applications of CBD Oil is its potential impact for adults and children with epilepsy. Individuals who were experiencing dozens of seizures daily have found that CBD can dramatically decrease those numbers, and in some instances, eliminate them altogether! CBD provides a non-toxic, more natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatments, preventing children from experiencing long term damage or harmful side effects.

      9. CBD Can Be Used to Reduce the Vast Majority of Skin Issues

      Inflammation is the culprit of many skin issues, including rashes, psoriasis, dry skin, and even puffy eyes. Since CBD boasts anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically, it has been shown to make a difference in your skin's complexion. Topical application of CBD can also help common conditions such as, rosacea and eczema.

      10. CBD Can Be Edible and Thought of as a Vitamin

      Since CBD packs so many benefits, researchers say that you can take your daily dose with the rest of your supplements! Coming in a variety of great flavors and strengths, CBD products are available to ingest through fruit chews, gummy bears, fruit bite gummies, froggies, toad gummies, coffee, and tea!

      So, there you have it! 10 essential facts about CBD products that you may have not realized. As always, before taking any supplement, if you're on prescription medication, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure nothing will interact.

      These are just a few of the products that we are offering and will be offering! Keep checking our website at www.mountainside-medical.com to purchase the above products, and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can be the first to know of any new products!  

    • Tips and Tricks to Living with Asthma

      Posted on October 30 2018

      Asthma is a chronic, or long term disease that inflames and narrows the airways of your lungs. Asthma can cause a variety of symptoms that can worsen at any time, making breathing difficult. Asthma may cause the linings of your airways to become swollen and the muscles around them can get tight. Sometimes, the swelling and tightness can become much worse, and that is known as an asthma attack.

      An asthma attack can happen with any type of asthma, and over time, if the asthma is not properly controlled, the disease can have long term effects on your breathing; leading to permanent damage to the lining of your airways. Asthma attacks are serious and should be treated as such. That is one of the main reasons why it is crucial to work with your healthcare provider to learn how to manage your asthma.

      Though asthma is not curable, it is treatable and can be managed with the right medication and proper care by your doctor.

      Understanding Asthma


      The Types of Asthma

      A key element to understanding asthma is knowing that not all asthma is the same. Asthma may be different for certain people. Your doctor may identify your type of asthma based on how often you have symptoms, nighttime awakenings, how often you use your rescue inhaler, if your asthma is preventing you from doing normal activities, and how well you're breathing, based on a breathing test. 

      Intermittent Asthma

      If your asthma affects you twice a week or less, your asthma may be known as intermittent. You may only need your rescue inhaler up to 2 days per week. It is the mildest type of asthma, but still involves risks, so be sure to tell your doctor about your symptoms, and how to keep them under control. 

      Persistent Asthma

      With persistent asthma, you may experience symptoms and other limitations more often. Persistent asthma can be mild, moderate, or severe. Sometimes, your symptoms may go away on their own, but other times, uncontrolled asthma may become worse, as well as the risk of an asthma attack. Again, it is important to speak with your doctor about your symptoms and any changes you notice. Your doctor can work with you to help control your asthma symptoms & reduce your risk.

      Mild Persistent Asthma

      People with mild asthma may have symptoms more than twice a week, but not every day. They may be awakened 3 to 4 times a month by their asthma, or use a rescue inhaler more than 2 days a week. They typically have some minor limits to their activities, but have a normal score on breathing tests. People with mild persistent asthma may also have some risk of asthma attacks that require corticosteroids, such as prednisone. 

      If you have mild asthma, your doctor may prescribe a long term controller medication, such as a low-dose inhaled corticosteroid, as well as your rescue inhaler. When your mild asthma is well controlled, you may not have any symptoms at all, but this doesn't mean that your asthma has gone away. Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure you are getting the right medicines to control your symptoms, to help avoid asthma attacks, and how to prevent an attack, or what to watch for. 

      Moderate Persistent Asthma

      If you have moderate asthma, you may experience symptoms every day. People with moderate asthma may be awakened once a week or more by asthma, but not nightly or may not need to use their rescue inhaler every day. Their asthma may cause some limitations to their regular activities, and breathing tests will show some limitations too. People with moderate asthma may have some risk of asthma attacks that require corticosteroids.

      Severe Persistent Asthma

      If you have severe asthma, you can receive help from your doctor to control it. Severe asthma affects approximately 5 to 10% of people with asthma. Uncontrolled severe asthma may include symptoms throughout the day, every day, or waking up every night due to asthma symptoms. You may need a rescue inhaler several times a day, and may have frequent asthma attacks that require oral corticosteroids - sometimes severe enough to send them to a hospital. 

      Severe asthma may cause many limits to daily activities, and cause low scores on breathing tests. Some risk factors that can play a part in whether you develop different types of asthma may include: pollution, smoking, allergies, obesity, or genetics. 

      If your asthma is severe and uncontrolled, your healthcare provider may recommend you to see a specialist, such as an allergist or pulmonologist. These doctors are specially trained to treat asthma and can help you find the right combination of medication and self-care to help manage your asthma.

      Causes of Asthma

      The main components of asthma include airway inflammation and airway constriction. Both components may affect the airways of your lungs, making it more difficult for you to breathe. You need to pay attention to how your asthma makes you feel, even if you don't have many symptoms. The more severe the inflammation and constriction become, the longer your symptoms go untreated, the worse your asthma symptoms may be and the harder they may be to control.

      Since the disease is always with you, you need to monitor your asthma symptoms every day.

      Some causes of your asthma, or triggers to your asthma may include:

      1. Allergens: such as, cockroaches, dust mites, indoor mold, pets, and pollen and outdoor mold.

      2. Irritants: such as, strong odors, sprays, smoke, tobacco, perfume, hair spray, paints, and wood-burning stoves.

      3. Colds and respiratory infections

      4. Food sensitivities: such as those that contain sulfites, beer, wine, shrimp, dried fruit, or processed potatoes.

      5. Exercise: such as, fast paced running with no warm up or cooling down period.

      6. Weather: if you are sensitive to cold temperatures, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when outdoors on cold or windy days.

      7. Stress

      Keep in mind that triggers vary from person to person, so you should learn which specific ones affect you. It's important to know what triggers your asthma symptoms, so that you can help and prepare yourself should a flare up occur.

      Symptoms of Asthma


      If you have asthma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms: 

      • Wheezing - a whistling sound heard when breathing in or out.
      • Coughing - a cough that may not go away and often occurs or worsens at night or early morning.
      • Chest Tightness - feeling as if something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
      • Shortness of Breath - feeling as though you can't catch  your breath, or feeling as if you are breathless. 

      Each person may experience different asthma symptoms. Symptoms can vary over time in both frequency and severity. You can play a very important role in managing your asthma by avoiding triggers, monitoring your symptoms, and following instructions as provided by your doctor. 

      There are a few occasions where your asthma symptoms can get worse, for example: 

      • Exposure to Asthma Triggers
      • At Night
      • Pregnancy
      • Certain Medications

      Asthma can sometimes be hard to live with, but it doesn't have to be. Take the Asthma Control Test to assess how well controlled your symptoms are, and bring the results with you when you talk to your healthcare provider. Talk with your doctor to learn how to best control your asthma symptoms. 

      Treating Asthma

      There are many treatment options available to help manage your asthma symptoms, including many types of asthma medications. Some medications reduce airway inflammation, while others relax the muscles around the airways to help relieve constriction. Some medicines are taken daily on a long term basis for as long as your doctor deems necessary, while others are taken as needed for the quick relief of sudden asthma symptoms, or during periods or worsening asthma. 

      Quick Relief Medicines

      Quick Relief medicines are bronchodilators. They work by relaxing the muscles around the airways of the lungs. This helps air to flow more freely through the lungs. Quick relief medicines are typically used to relieve symptoms when they occur, though, using your quick relief inhaler more than usual may be a sign that you are having trouble controlling your inflammation. It is important to track the amount of times you use your quick relief medicine, and that medicine should be carried with you at all times.

      An example of quick relief medication includes: Short Acting Beta Agonists (SABA): act within minutes to relieve sudden asthma symptoms. This type of medicine is usually delivered by an inhaler. The medicine quickly relaxes the muscles surrounding your airways. If it doesn't relieve your symptoms quickly, notify your doctor immediately. 

      Long Term Control Medicines

      Long term asthma control medicines are taken daily, whether you have symptoms or not. Most are anti-inflammatory medicines and work by reducing inflammation in the airways of the lungs. These medicines help to prevent symptoms. Examples of different types of long term asthma control medicines include the following:

      • Anti-Inflammatory Medicines: including, inhaled corticosteroids and Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists. 
      • Immunomodulators: including, IL-5 Inhibitors and IgE Inhibitors.
      • Bronchodilators: including, Theophylline and Long Acting Muscarinic Antagonists (LAMAs)

      Combination Medicines

      Asthma may also be treated with more than one medication at a time. Some of these medications are delivered together in one inhaler. These combination inhalers are prescribed to be taken daily to help prevent symptoms. They include medications such as Inhaled Corticosteroids combined with Long Acting Beta Agonists (LABA)

      Note: LABA's are not meant to be taken alone. People with asthma who take LABA medicines alone have an increased risk of death or hospitalization from asthma problems. They should always be prescribed in combination with a long term asthma control medicine. 

      Systemic Corticosteroids

      Typically, oral or injectable systemic corticosteroids - for example, prednisone - are used in short bursts to reduce inflammation and help speed recovery following an asthma attack or illness. 

      Delivery Devices

      Many asthma medications must be taken with a device that helps deliver the medication directly into the lungs. There are several types of devices, and your doctor will prescribe the medicine and device that they feel are best for you. Examples of delivery devices include the following: Dry Powder Inhalers, Soft Mist Inhalers, Metered Dose Inhalers, Spacers, and Nebulizers.

      Here at Mountainside Medical Equipment, we offer several products and medications dedicated to those suffering from asthma, including inhalers, nebulizers, and more! Please click here to see the wide variety of asthma products that we have in stock! 

      Monitoring Devices

      Knowing how well you are breathing is an important part of your asthma management. Some devices used for monitoring include: peak flow metersand spirometry tests. 

      Managing Asthma

      There are many ways to manage your asthma symptoms. Some methods include: 

      Allergy Testing: Many people with asthma have allergies that may trigger their asthma symptoms. Knowing what you're allergic to and avoiding those possible triggers may help you manage your asthma. If you have an allergy to pollen or outdoor mold, try to keep your windows closed. If possible, use air conditioning instead. Also, if possible, stay indoors with your windows closed during the late morning and afternoon hours, when pollen and mold spore counts are at the highest.  

      Allergy Shots: If your doctor determines that you have one more allergies that may be affecting your asthma, they may recommend allergy shots. These are injections of small amounts of the substances to which you are allergic. Your doctor will administer these shots regularly, gradually increasing the strength of the dose, thus making your body become less sensitive to the allergens. 

      Flu ShotIf you have asthma and get influenza, you may be more prone to complications, such as worsening asthma symptoms or pneumonia. To help reduce this risk, your doctor may recommend getting a flu shot, which is especially important for those with chronic conditions such as asthma to reduce serious illness. Note: those with asthma should not receive the flu vaccination in the nasal spray form. If you do happen to get sick, talk with your doctor about developing an Asthma Action Plan to follow when you start feeling sick. Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Also, avoid contact with others who have a cold or the flu

      Reduce Asthma Triggers in Your Home: Keep food and garbage in closed containers, or never leave food out, use bait or traps to eliminate cockroaches, avoid using sprays to kill roaches unless necessary. If needed, stay out of the room until the odor goes away. In order to avoid dust mites, have your house frequently dusted and vacuumed using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, encase your mattress and pillows in special dustproof covers, wash your sheets and blankets each week in hot water, keep stuffed animals and toys off the bed, wash stuffed animals and toys weekly in hot water, use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to reduce room humidity.

      If indoor mold triggers your asthma, you can fix leaky faucets, pipes, and other sources of water to avoid an asthma trigger. Clean mold off surfaces with a bleach cleaner. Replace or wash moldy shower curtains. Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan when you shower, and use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity.

      If you have pets and asthma: bathe your dog or cat weekly to cut down on dander. Ask someone who doesn't have asthma to change your cat's litter box. Don't allow pets in your bedroom. Vacuum often with a HEPA filter, and add HEPA filters to central air conditioning and heating. This will also help remove dander from the air.

      Don't Smoke: Cigarette smoke makes your asthma worse by irritating the airways of your lungs. Smoking may also permanently damage your airways. If you smoke and have asthma, the best thing you can do is quit. If you don't smoke, ask people not to smoke around you, inside of your house, car, or any enclosed spaces.

      Learn to Manage Stress: Stress can be an asthma trigger and can play a role in asthma attacks. While you can't entirely avoid stress, you can develop ways to help manage it. Try to best avoid situations that trigger your stress. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation. Eat a healthy diet and try to get enough sleep. Manage your time effectively and delegate tasks so you aren't overloaded. Finally, seek social support whenever possible.

      Take Your Asthma Medicine As Prescribed: If your doctor has prescribed medicine to take each day, it's important to take it as prescribed, even if you're not experiencing symptoms. Establish a routine that works for you, and set an alarm or reminder on your cell phone or computer calendar so you don't forget. It is also important to refill your prescription on time so you don't run out and miss a dose. To be safe, refill your medication one week before the medicine is due.

      Develop an Asthma Action Plan: This is an important tool in managing your asthma, regardless of its severity. Your doctor can help customize this plan for you based on your symptoms, history, and current treatment. Once you create your plan, share it with the people you regularly come in contact with. 

      Asthma and Travel: Preparation is essential to managing asthma when you're away from home. Investigate your destination to find out indoor and outdoor asthma triggers you might face while away. Keep up with the daily air quality at your destination. Bring all necessary documents with you, including a list of all of your medications, extra prescriptions for additional medicines, a copy of your Asthma Action Plan, and your insurance cards.

      Carry a quick relief inhaler with you. Keep it in your backpack, purse, briefcase, or gym bag so that you always have it with you. Make sure to bring enough medication to last throughout your entire trip. Consider bringing extra medicine, or carrying prescriptions for additional medication. Most importantly, keep your medicine handy in a bag you carry all the time. Never pack your medicine in your checked bags. Lastly, make sure you have a universal adapter if you bring along a nebulizer that requires power. If the nebulizer is battery powered, make sure the battery is charged.

      Are you tired of feeling held back by your asthma? You don't have to be. It can be hard to live with it, but it is not impossible. The best thing is to always seek out the care of a medical professional when it comes to asthma symptoms, medications, and treatments. Your doctor will discuss every option over with you to determine the best course of treatment.

      Discover these and all of our Asthma products, including nebulizers, inhalers, and monitoring systems -  by visiting our website at www.mountainside-medical.com, or by simply calling 1-888-687-4334 to speak with one of our support specialists!

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