Kidney Pains?

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According to dictionary.com, dialysis is the separation of particles in a liquid on the basis of differences in their ability to pass through a membrane. Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure and can prevent any waste products from reaching the blood stream. Symptoms for kidney failure take a long time to appear, but once symptoms do appear it can become difficult to diagnose a patient because the symptoms vary from person to person.

These symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Frequently need to urinate (especially at night)
  • Itchy skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Water retention (swollen feet, hands, and ankles)
  • Blood in urine
  • Protein in urine

Since kidney failure is such a hard disease to detect here at DV Medical Supply, Inc. we strongly recommend visiting your doctor at the first sign of any symptoms.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Vaccinations are important in all ages for the prevention of many kinds of diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the National Immunization Awareness Month was created to encourage many people of all ages to be up to date on getting their vaccines; as well as preventing serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Each week of August there will be a focus on the different stage of life people are in from infancy until adulthood. This may encourage many people of different age groups to update their vaccinations; this can also be a reminder to parents of the importance of protecting their children’s health. A few examples of important vaccinations include the flu shot for all ages as well as newborns receiving a vaccine for whooping cough. Here at DV Medical Supply, Inc. we provide supplies to medical clinics so they may ensure good health in their patrons of all stages of life.

Explaining the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

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From its headquarters in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply, Inc., distributes medical and surgical supplies for use in the health care and veterinary industries. DV Medical Supply provides a range of pharmaceuticals, including Meloxicam, a commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used by patients with osteoarthritis. Here are some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

1. Pain. Osteoarthritis inflames the joints, often resulting in pain or tenderness, particularly during or after movement of the affected joint.

2. Large joints. The affected joints may appear larger than usual, an issue that particularly affects those with osteoarthritis of the knees. The increased size results from the formation of bone spurs around the joint.

3. Stiffness. Following long periods of inactivity, such as sleep, the joint becomes stiff leading to a loss of some flexibility. In some cases, this loss of motion affects the patient throughout the day.

4. Muscle loss. Severe osteoarthritis can cause muscles to lose their bulk, particularly if the condition forces the patient into inactivity.

5. Grating. When using the affected joint, patients may hear a grating sound that is often accompanied by pain.

The Causes of Type 1 Diabetes

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From its headquarters in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply stocks a variety of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, ranging from ointments and capsules, through to gloves and catheters. Serving as a wholesale distributor, it provides supplies to clients throughout the United States. Also active in the charitable sphere, DV Medical Supply supports JDRF, which is an organization that aims to rid the world of type 1 diabetes.

Unlike with type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by a range of external factors that include weight and age, the causes of type 1 diabetes are still murky. It is likely that genetics plays a large factor as scientists have discovered that those who have a particular human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex are susceptible to the ailment, whereas those who don’t have it will never develop type 1 diabetes. The role of the HLA is to trigger the immune response in the body, with this particular complex likely being what causes the body to consider insulin a threat, leading to its destruction and the need for insulin injections for type 1 diabetics.

The condition itself often requires a trigger virus that contains cells similar to the beta cells that create insulin in the pancreas. In type 1 diabetics, this similarity confuses the immune system so that it begins attacking beta cells in addition to the similar cells introduced by the virus. A number of viruses have been linked to type 1 diabetes, including German measles, mumps, and the rotavirus.