Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

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Marla Ahlgrimm Shares the Best and Worst Foods of Summer

Marla AhlgrimmSummer is here and that means hot days, warm night, and cool treats. It’s also means fresh garden fare, barbeques, and a desire to avoid the oven. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a quick rundown on what foods to keep to a minimum and which to enjoy as much as possible while Mother Nature is in a giving mood:

Cool treats

Ice cream is an iconic afternoon snack during the summer. But it can also derail your diet and damage your teeth. Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but try swapping the majority of your dairy-based desserts with fresh, frozen fruit pops. Simply puree your favorite fruits and freeze onto fun shapes or on popsicle molds.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Summer Health Hazards that Have Nothing to do with the Sun

Marla AhlgrimmSunburn and skin cancer are the primary villains of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But the retired women’s health specialist says UV rays aren’t the only thing you should be on the lookout for.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, summer is ripe with hidden dangers that make you want to stay indoors. Of course, you should take advantage of the warm weather but with a cautious eye.

Bee stings

Marla Ahlgrimm says bee/wasps stings are usually not harmful but young children who’ve never felt this exclusive-to-summer pain should be watched carefully when outdoors, especially if barefoot. Bee stings may trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Hives, pale skin, and itching may be followed by difficulty breathing; have any symptoms that extend beyond a localized reaction checked out ASAP.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: 5 Tips for Summer Garden Safety

Marla AhlgrimmThe promise of fresh, chemical-free fruits and veggies is one of the greatest joys of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But before you begin your gardening for the season, keep in mind that the probability for accidents, injuries, and other issues also grows as the days get longer. Here are five ways to stay safe:

  1. Block the sun.

There is one thing all vegetable gardens have in common and that’s the need for full sun. Marla Ahlgrimm says this means you’ll be exposed to more UV rays than you really need. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF or at least 15; SPF 30 or 50.

  1. Watch for pests.

Bugs not only want to munch on your tomatoes, many will see you as a moving feast. Specifically, ticks and mosquitoes. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that you can reduce your chances of exposure to Lyme disease and other bug-borne illnesses by wearing long sleeves and pants and applying bug spray before you grab your gloves.   Continue reading

Marla Ahlgrimm | Q & A on Ticks and Lyme Disease

Marla AhlgrimmThere are hundreds of thousands of cases of Lyme disease reported each year. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, that number could be much higher as many people mistake its symptoms for other conditions. Here, the Wisconsin-based women’s healthcare expert and retired pharmacist answers a few common questions about ticks and Lyme disease.

Q: What are ticks?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Ticks are a small eight-legged insects found throughout the United States. The most dangerous are Brown deer ticks, which are about the size of a match head and inhabit wooded in grassy areas. Black-legged ticks are approximately the same size and are also known to transmit Lyme disease.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: The Problem With Antifungal Resistance

Marla AhlgrimmYeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.

We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Don’t Ignore These Unusual MS Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmRetired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm explains that more than 2 million people worldwide suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS). There may be many more women with the mysterious disease who mistake their symptoms for hormonal issues. Here, Ahlgrimm opens up about some of the more unusual signs of MS.

Missing period

At a certain age, we will all stop having a period. However, if you are less than 40 years old and don’t have a cycle for more than three months, you may have an undiagnosed disorder, like multiple sclerosis.

Balance issues

There are numerous causes of balance issues, including stroke and heart disease. But, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, weakness in the limbs may also indicate an early sign of multiple sclerosis, which affects your motor nerves. If you find you have trouble standing straight or are falling and tripping more easily, visit your doctor.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression on the Rise for 12- to 35-Year-Olds

Marla AhlgrimmIf you’ve noticed people are more down and out than unusual lately, you’re not imagining it. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield, depression has increased a staggering 63 and 47 percent for adolescents and young adults respectively.

Q: What are the signs of depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Depression looks different on different people but is typified by a persistent feeling of being sad, hopeless, or “empty.” Many people will display no outward signs, however irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in social interactions are common.

Q: Have other age groups also shown signs of increasing depression?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, in fact, all groups studied had a significant increase in clinical diagnoses. Adults aged 35 to 49 saw an increase of 26 percent with those aged 50 to 64 experiencing slightly lower numbers of new cases reported.

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