Planning a getaway?✈️ Know your DVT risks. ⚠️ A Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot in one of the deep veins of your body - usually your leg.
They can be caused by anything that slows the flow of blood through your body, such as injury, surgery, sitting or lying for a long period and long haul traveling.
Those with blood clotting disorders, who are pregnant or take the contraceptive pill or hormone therapy have an increased risk of developing a DVT.
You may experience symptoms such as swelling, pain and tenderness in your leg. It is vital that you seek medical help immediately as part of the clot may break off and get stuck in the lungs blocking the blood flow. This is known as a pulmonary embolism and is a life-threatening condition.
A DVT is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound scan and is treated with medication that prevents your blood from clotting further whilst breaking down the clot. This treatment may be taken for a few months or sometimes longer on the advice of your doctor.
You can reduce your chances of developing a DVT by getting up and gently exercising your feet and legs regularly. Whilst travelling, it is recommended to drink plenty of water and avoid drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Wearing compression stockings during flights of four hours or longer can also significantly reduce your risk. These stockings apply gentle pressure to the ankle to help blood flow but it is vital they are the appropriate size and worn correctly - your pharmacist can usually help with this.
If you have any concerns, or for more advice, please pop by and see me in clinic.
Just 10 days to go until the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade! ⚽️🏀🥊🤽♂️🏊♂️🚴♀️ I’m honoured to have been selected as a games doctor serving athletes and spectators at the heart of the Commonwealth Games Village.
Heat related illnesses such as dehydration, sun burn and sun stroke will be one of the most common presentations for medical aid. To make the most of your games experience be sure to always keep well hydrated, keep out of the sun and wear at least spf 30 sunblock. If you do feel unwell at anytime, present yourself to one of the friendly first aid team for help.
Make sure you keep yourself fully hydrated this coming week as temperatures are expected to rise to 30C 🌞
Protect yourself from the sun at all times by making sure you keep out of the sun from 11am - 3pm ⛱, wear loose clothing 👚, keep in the shade 🕶 and of course carry your water bottle with you at all times💧
If you have any questions feel free to drop in and see me today for more advice on staying safe in the sun.