• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Do you know what to do if you find a tick?

May 24, 2019
person finding wood tick on young girl's neck

Tick bites: First aid
Most tick bites are painless and cause only minor symptoms, such as redness, swelling or a sore on the skin. But some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Learn the correct way to remove and handle a tick, and when you need to seek medical attention.

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Is there an MS diet?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. With MS, the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. It is an incurable, potentially disabling disease, and the cause is unknown. There is no evidence that a specific diet can prevent, treat or cure MS. Some special diets can be harmful because they contain too much of certain vitamins or not enough of others. Learn more from Dr. Orhun Kantarci, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

Slideshow: Balance exercises
Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance and confidence at any age. If you're an older adult, balance exercises are especially important because they can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can improve and maintain good balance. But specific exercises designed to enhance your balance are beneficial to include in your daily routine. Check out this slideshow of simple balance exercises to add to your workout.

Dental floss versus water pick: Which is better?
A water pick, also known as an oral pulsating irrigator, is a device that aims a stream of water at your teeth. A water pick can remove food particles from your teeth, and may reduce bleeding and gum disease, but it isn't generally considered a substitute for brushing and flossing. Learn more from Dr. Thomas Salinas, a Mayo Clinic prosthodontist.

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms
The links between depression, anxiety and exercise aren't entirely clear, but working out and other forms of physical activity can ease symptoms of depression or anxiety, and make you feel better. Exercise also may keep depression and anxiety from returning. Here are some tips to help you get started and stay motivated.

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