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.

Advice for Living with Type-1 Diabetes

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Founded in 1978, DV Medical Supply, Inc., specializes in sourcing and distributing products, including capsules, ointments, tablets, and difficult-to-find treatments, to the medical industry. DV Medical Supply also supports JDRF, which aims to make life easier for those with type-1 diabetes (T1D) while working toward the eradication of the condition by funding research. Adjusting to living with T1D is a challenge, so keep this advice in mind.

1. Make sure your body has the right amount of insulin before you start exercising. Engaging in extended physical activity when your body has too much insulin can lead to hypoglycemia, whereas having too little can lead to hyperglycemia.

2. Your diet needs to be balanced, and you should eat regularly to maintain your blood sugar levels. It should include carbohydrates such as pasta, but with proper portion control. Fruit and vegetables are also recommended, though you should avoid fruit juices, as these are usually high in sugar and can lead to spikes in your blood glucose levels.

3. Because your pancreas cannot produce insulin, you will be tasked with administering it yourself with a syringe, pump, or pen. Speak to your medical professional to find the best type of insulin for your condition and keep a log of your blood glucose levels, as this is your physician’s main source of information when helping you manage the condition.

Medical Depressant and Antihistamine – Hydroxyzine

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In business since 1978, DV Medical Supply, Inc., of Gardena, California, provides high-quality medical products to its veterinary clientele. Among its many offerings, DV Medical Supply delivers medications such as hydroxyzine in 10, 25, and 50 milligram tablets.

When introduced into the body, hydroxyzine has two main functions. First, it acts as a depressant to the nervous system, which can help alleviate symptoms related to anxiety and relieve problems like nausea.

Second, hydroxyzine works as an antihistamine. The body secretes histamine when it sets in motion an allergic reaction, which can cause such symptoms as itchiness. By reducing histamine in the body, hydroxyzine helps treat allergic reactions.

When prescribed for dogs or cats by a veterinarian, hydroxyzine is usually used to address allergies that cause dermatitis and other uncomfortable skin problems. The drug comes packaged under brand names like Atarax and Vistaril.

Though a safe drug, it should not be administered to dogs and cats with issues like high blood pressure or pulmonary illnesses. Hydroxyzine side effects in animals can include disinterest in eating, lethargy, and diarrhea.