Dr Oz: What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Have you ever experienced a gradual pain in your hand and wrist that eventually shoots up your arm? This is the most common sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Dr. Oz explained what causes it and what you can do to prevent it.
Dr Oz: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Dr. Oz says when you use your hands and wrists to do the same activity over and over it can cause irritation and inflammation in the tendons, which leads to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms?
- Burning sensations
- Numbness and tingling
Several types of repetitive motion can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, writing, sewing, typing on a keyboard or regular use of a computer mouse.
Dr Oz: Carpal Tunnel Self-Test
Here is a self-test to figure out if you are at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or to see if you already have it.
- With your hands in front of you, touch your fingertips together and raise your elbows to shoulder level.
- Drop your fingers down and push your wrists together.
If this causes any pain, numbness or burning, you could be at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Dr Oz: How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Grab things like a glass, with your entire hand, not just your fingers.
- Wrap your entire hand around your computer mouse rather than just grasping it with your fingers.
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Dr Oz: Manicure Health Risks
While Dr. Oz realizes many women love having beautifully manicured fingers, but there are a few things you should know before your next visit to the salon.
- Soaking nails in acetone can irritate your skin and dry it out, but it can also thin your nails.
- Cutting cuticles is a problem because when you cut too deep into the skin it can lead to an infection, so ask your nail technician to push back the cuticles instead of cutting them.
- Cleaning under nail beds is bad because if you clean too deeply bacteria can get in and cause an infection.
Dr Oz: Manicure Warning Signs
Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist, says there are four warning signs to look for before your next manicure.
- Salon uses unmarked bottles and container.
- Products smell unusually strong.
- No hand washing.
- Instruments are not sterilized.
Dr. Downie recommends bringing your own manicure set from home to reduce your risk for problems. She also suggests going nail polish-free for one week of the month.