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Myths about the Flu Vaccine

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
There are many myths floating around that keep people from getting a flu vaccination.

There are many myths floating around that keep people from getting a flu vaccination.

Although people have been talking about flu season since late October, the virus actually peaks in January and February in the United States. As many as 20% of Americans get sick with the flu each year but there are still many myths and rumors circulating around about this miserable illness. LA Medical believes it is important to make sure you know the truth about the flu virus and what you can do to prevent yourself from catching it.

1. You can catch the flu from the flu shot151

No matter how many times experts debunk this myth; many people refuse to get a flu shot each year. Flu vaccines are made from dead viral particles. Since the virus is not living, it cannot make you sick. The nasal-spray version of the vaccine contains a crippled version of a live virus but it still cannot make you sick. It takes two weeks for your body to form antibodies to the flu vaccine so there is still a chance you will get sick during that time, but don’t blame the shot.

2. The flu causes digestive problems

Although flu symptoms are miserable, gastrointestinal symptoms are rarely included. The stomach flu is a group of viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea but these viruses are not influenza. Some sufferers do experience nausea and vomiting, however. But if these are your primary symptoms, it is probably not the flu.

3. Young, healthy people don’t need to worry about getting the flu

Influenza is most threatening to children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses. However, generally healthy people can still get the symptoms. For this reason, the CDC recommends that everyone get the shot early in the flu season. Even if you aren’t in the high-risk group of people, the vaccination can stop you from transmitting the illness to more vulnerable people.

Flu season happens every year and chances are you won’t be able to avoid it forever. Protect yourself by getting an annual flu shot. Not only will the vaccine protect you, but also those around you. If you are or are going to be interacting with young children or elderly people, it is important that you get vaccinated as well. LA Medical wants you to stay healthy this flu season and all year long!

Stretching Your Way To Wellness

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
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Creating a stretch routine can provide health benefits for your entire body


If you are dealing with chronic back or joint pain from different medical conditions or an injury, you have probably tried various methods in an effort to ease your pain. Prescription painkillers, localized shots, topical creams and other medicinal solutions may temporarily dull the pain, but they can be expensive and only serve as a short term solution. LA Medical has other options available that can be done from the comfort of your own home.


Simple stretching exercises can help to decrease the pain in your joints or back by increasing the blood flow to those areas. It also helps increase your range of motion, making movements of all kind easier. Like all exercise, flexibility movements can help to release the muscle tension caused by stress. Speak with your physicians to make sure that you are using stretches that are effective for the location of your pain, as well as to make sure you are doing them correctly to prevent injury.


Stretching and even yoga are great ways to naturally alleviate chronic pain from conditions like arthritis. Simple hip flexor, shoulder, and hamstring stretches have been shown to greatly alleviate back pain. It is best to make stretching part of your daily routine. If you find that you need a little extra boost of pain management, but do not wish to resort to medication, try the Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical. The pad draws in humidity from the air and uses it to more effectively treat pain in your legs, back, neck or anywhere else on your body.


You do not have to live with high levels of pain in your life, so consult a doctor about trying some stretching exercises or yoga in combination with a Therma Moist Heating Pad from LA Medical Retail to ease your pain.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Many women continue to struggle after they win their battle with breast cancer



Your treatments may be over, but the day that radiation or chemotherapy ends does not mark the end of your journey with breast cancer. Your mind and body have just gone through a lot of stress for a long time period and both need appropriate time to heal. LA Medical recognizes this and wants to offer additional information on your post treatment care.

There are two major hurdles that many breast cancer survivors face post-treatment. The first is fatigue resulting from the accumulated effects of treatments. The second is what many women are calling “chemobrain”. This phenomenon refers to the mental changes, memory deficits and inability to focus that many women face during and after their treatments.

Many women who have undergone the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment process live in a constant fear of a recurrence. It is hard to shift back to a life where cancer is less in your face than it was throughout your treatment. Just as when you started treatment, your life changes when they are over. You are now in a period of a “new normal” and may experience some form of separation anxiety from the old.

Everyone is different and had their own unique experience with breast cancer and its effects. Doctors’ rule of thumb as to the time it takes to heal from much of the anxiety that follows cancer treatment is the same time from your first “cancer scare” to the date of your last treatment. This will vary among women. Don’t let yourself become discouraged if you are not feeling back to normal right away. There are many support groups available for breast cancer survivors and many hospitals are now opening entire departments devoted to survivorship.

LA Medical offers various personal care and safety equipment in our online catalog that can help ease the transition into your new normal. Let us help you change from patient to survivor!

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

5 Benefits of Life After 65

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

Age with ease and have fun along the way with LA Medical!

As people age they may become more aware of their growing medical and health needs. They may pay more visits to the doctor, have more prescriptions, or struggle with tasks that used to come easy. While aging is a process that typically involves extra care and attention, there are also many benefits that come with it. LA Medical has supplies to assist you or a loved one around your home and when going about daily life. We are confident you could use our products to ensure better safety and comfort in the life of you or a loved one. Below are 5 benefits that come with aging we hope you can relate to.

  • When someone turns 65 years old, they are granted senior citizen status. They are now able to receive Medicare, an affordable health insurance from the government that can offset many health expenses.
  • The government also provides every senior citizen with Social Security to ensure their financial wellbeing. The amount allocated depends on the individual’s income, retirement account, and taxes.
  • Senior citizens receive discounts at many restaurants and stores after providing proof of their age.
  • After retirement, it is still possible to find enjoyable part-time work. Whether for enjoyment or to make extra cash, there are companies that hire seniors for specific positions and agencies available to help with placement.
  • There are community centers all across the nation for seniors to gather at and socialize. They often have organized activities and volunteer opportunities to work at with your spare time.

Life after 65 can be an exciting time as you find new hobbies to enjoy or have time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go. Keep your health in mind with LA Medical and call us today for your medical supplies!

Celebrate National Salad Month

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

May is National Salad Month and with the warmer weather here, there’s no better time to give your oven a rest and enjoy a lighter meal. LA Medical wants you to toss your normal salad regimen this May and try something new!

Salad topping ideas from LA Medical.

Treat yourself to tasteful salad toppers recommended by LA Medical.

Salads often get a bad rap for being too healthy or boring, but salads are actually a quick dinner and a great way to get rid of leftovers! This May try to boost the nutrition and flavor of your salad by focusing on adding color and texture.

LA Medical wants you to shake up your common, everyday salad, this May. Try implementing these healthy, but yummy, toppings to your salad to mix things up:

  1. Start with the greens- instead of using only iceberg lettuce, try mixing in spinach, kale or red leaf lettuce.
  2. Add your favorite veggies for flavor and crunch- cucumber, tomato, shredded carrot, red onion, baby peas and olives are just a few options.
  3. Have a sweet tooth? Fruits add sweetness to your salad. Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, blackberries and strawberries are great toppings to make any salad more flavorful and colorful.
  4. Don’t forget the protein- low fat cheese, fish, chicken breast, black or pinto beans add protein, fiber and flavor to any salad.
  5. If you’re looking for a crunch, try adding nuts and seeds like pistachios, walnuts or almonds.
  6. Make a homemade salad dressing out of olive oil and lemon juice. If it still needs a little something, add some salt and pepper! This is a healthy alternative to Italian dressing that will still give your taste buds a pop!

Just remember, salads aren’t created by following a recipe- throw in your favorite food and see how it turns out. If you create or have a favorite salad, tell LA Medical about it on our Facebook page. We would love to hear how you celebrated National Salad Month!

Spring is Finally Here! Let Allergy Season Begin

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

SpringIt’s finally spring here at LA Medical Retail! We all wait for spring to open the windows and air out the house and to get outside to breathe that sweet spring air.  What could be better? If you have certain respiratory illnesses and allergies, almost anything!

Winter provides a brief interim for many people with allergies and asthma, allowing them to breathe a little easier. Then spring arrives with its long awaited rebirth and renewal with trees budding, grasses greening and people with allergies starting to suffer.  Do you deal with the sneezing, itchy eyes, wheezing and coughing as a result of spring allergies?  What causes those allergies? What can you do about it?

What causes spring allergies?  The most common spring allergens are tree pollens. Most spring allergies begin when deciduous trees start to wake up and start their new leaf cycle producing pollen. Pollen is tiny, egg-shaped male cells found in flowering plants and trees that plants use during the fertilization process.

Some trees are worse offenders than other. Some of the biggest pollen and allergy producers are Elm, Poplar, Hickory, Maple, Oak, Ash, Birch, Sycamore, Cypress, Western Red Cedar and Walnut; which there are plenty of in Northern California! Checking your lawn and neighborhood for these trees may help explain your allergy symptoms. Avoid sleeping with the windows open especially if there are trees close to your home.

Wheezing is a common reaction to pollen-causing spring allergies, especially for people with asthma. Wheezing is best defined as a high-pitched whistle sound as you breathe through your mouth or nose, especially while exhaling. When airways of the lungs narrow as a result of inflammation (as a result of allergens), it becomes more difficult for air to flow through the lung, creating a wheezing sound.

Chronic cough is a common allergic reaction.  Coughing is one of your body’s normal defense mechanisms designed to expel infection, mucus and other foreign material from your body. Sinus issues caused by allergies and drainage often produce a tickling sensation and cough. If your coughing or wheezing started before the spring allergy season or lingers for more than three weeks, see a doctor right away.

LA Medical Retail is your home for all mobility scooters, daily living aids and personal care products.  Please look at our online catalog for more great products we offer!

What’s Better for You? A Doctor or Specialist?

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger
Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Try to find a doctor or specialist who specializes in working with people your age. They will be more familiar with your symptoms and health related issues.

Anyone can go to the doctor to get a general idea of what’s wrong with them and what they need to do in the future to prevent symptoms from coming back. If you or your doctor feel that there is something else affecting your health, you may want to see a specialist.  LA Medical Retail wants you to understand the differences between a doctor or specialist and which one is better for different situations.

Most family doctors cover the basic sicknesses, infections, and treatment plans. Your doctor may refer you to someone in his professional medical network of doctors and specialists.  It’s not your doctor’s fault if he or she can’t give more insight or prescribe a treatment for you.  Family doctors refer you to specialists for a reason. A specialist studies and researches a specific health issue and continues to treat it over time. Most insurance companies require a referral from your doctor to see a specialist to cover your treatment.

The overall visit with the specialist may be short because the specialist already has your information from your family doctor.  After the specialist meets with you, he may determine if you need further testing to pinpoint what is wrong and to prescribe the right medicine and treatment plan.

Make sure to ask questions!  You have a great relationship with your doctor and if you have to keep going back to see a specialist, form a relationship with them as well.  Don’t be scared to address questions or concerns. Your concerns may help with your diagnosis and treatment. Only you know how you feel. See if your specialist can provide written materials for you to read in your free time to better understand your diagnosis.

When you are done meeting with the specialist, make sure he shares your information with your regular doctor.  When you go for your next check up, your doctor will be aware of what to look for and understand what the specialist is talking about.

LA Medical Retail promotes healthy living and encourages regular check-ups.  Take a look at our online catalog and vast selection of incontinence supplies and commodes.

Disrupted Sleep- What Sleep Stealers Are Keeping You Awake?

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Do you often wake up tired? Do you wake throughout the night? LA Medical has been addressing some of the common potential “sleep stealers” sleep stealersand what you can do to start getting better rest.  Here are a few more potential sleep-stealers on the list.

Potential sleep stealer #3 is what’s in your medicine cabinet

Many common drugs, like beta-blockers for high blood pressure or heart problems and steroids for asthma and, can keep you up at night. You may not notice these side effects during the day and you may actually like how awake you feel during the day, whether you realize it or not. But when night comes and you are trying to sleep, that’s a different story.

Botanical supplements can impact your sleep, too. Common supplements like ginseng and guarana are stimulants. The positive effects they bring during the day can also backfire at night.

Even vitamins can be a sleep culprit. Vitamins like B6 or B12 can give people wild and vivid dreams. If you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of these vitamins, take them in the morning.

If you take any of these or other supplements and are having sleep problems, talk to your doctor. Tell them about of all the medicines, vitamins, and supplements that you use. Drug interactions are common and potentially dangerous.

Potential sleep stealer #4 is the 4-legged friend

Sorry pet people, but having your favorite furry friend or friends in the bed can be bad for your sleep. Over 50% of people surveyed who sleep with pets in their bed or even the bedroom say that their animals disturb their sleep. The sound of collars and jingling tags, nails on a hardwood floor, dog gnawing on a bone, or a cat chasing a toy across the room can all disturb our sleep.

Try providing a pet bed for the animal on the floor in the bedroom or have the pet or pets in question sleep outside of the bedroom completely. There will be plenty of bonding time during daylight hours.

LA Medical doesn’t sell pet beds, but we do a special hospital beds and mattresses overlays for humans. Contact us today for better sleep tonight.

The Aches and Pains of Juvenile Arthritis

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

The basics of juvenile arthritis

Arthritis is just the aches an stiffness that comes with getting old…right? Wrong. May is National Arthritis Month and a great time to talk about juvenile arthritis or JA.

Juvenile arthritis causes pain

Juvenile arthritis currently has no known cause or cure.

How common is JA? In 2007, the CDC estimated that 294,000 U.S. children under age 18 (or 1 in 250 children) have been diagnosed with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.

What is arthritis? It’s not just one disease or ailment. Arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissues, hampering or halting physical movement. This applies to all age groups.

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 (or 18) and younger.  What causes JA? No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of juvenile arthritis, nor is there evidence to suggest that toxins, foods or allergies cause children to develop the disease. Some research points toward a genetic predisposition, which means the combination of genes a child receives from family members may cause the onset of arthritis when triggered by other factors.

Did you know that JA numbers differ by state?  Childhood arthritis-related diagnoses range from a low of 500 children in Wyoming to a high of 38,000 children right here in California.

In addition, children diagnosed with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions account for approximately 827,000 doctor visits each year, including an average of 83,000 emergency department room visits.

Arthritis is painful for people of any age, but can be exceptionally hard for kids. If you know a young person with juvenile arthritis who would benefit from home medical equipment, please visit our online store or visit LA Medical’s showroom today.

We’ll talk more about the juvenile arthritis in our next post.

Source:, the CDC, the Arthritis Foundation