Archive for December, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center

iuhealthJeans Cream is proud to be offered to patients at Indiana University Health in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana University Health’s Proton Therapy Center is one of just 13 proton therapy centers in the US that offers highly precise radiation therapy treatment.

Proton therapy is highly effective in its delivery and method; it delivers a dose to the target while sparing healthy surrounding tissue and avoiding critical structures. Proton therapy is a unique treatment that has proved to be as effective as, and in some cases more effective than, other forms of cancer treatments. It is a highly precise, noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure. It targets the tumor and causes minimal damage to surrounding tissues, as compared to conventional therapy. The results are highly effective and the radiation side effects are generally nonexistent or minimal. This combination of effectiveness and reduced side effects has led thousands of people worldwide to choose proton therapy instead of surgery or other forms of radiation therapy.

A few interesting notes about proton therapy:
– Pediatric radiation oncologists prefer to treat children with protons to avoid damage to growing bones and to minimize radiation side effects.

– The proton beam is actually shaped to match the tumor so healthy tissue can be avoided. This allows delivery of maximal dose to the tumor.

– The proton beam can be modified to treat regions smaller than a ping-pong ball or larger than a basketball.

– Proton therapy is often used for inoperable brain tumors to avoid damage to memory, language and thinking centers, the eyes, and spinal cord.

– Protons damage the DNA of cancerous cells to prevent reproduction.

With proton therapy, custom treatment plans are developed for specifically each patient. It does require daily treatments, so patients come in Monday through Friday for an average of 6-9 weeks. The size and shape of the tumor determines the treatment duration.

Once the patient is positioned and set up to receive therapy, the proton beam itself only lasts 30 to 60 seconds. Patients cannot see or feel the proton beam during treatments.

There are some potential radiation side effects that patients of this therapy experience. These include:

– Rapidly growing tissues, like the skin and hair, are more susceptible to radiation damage. Minor skin reddening and hair loss are common side effects at the treatment site.

– It is not uncommon for the patient to experience minor fatigue during treatment.

– Prostate cancer patients may also experience mild diarrhea.

Proton radiotherapy is used as a treatment by itself or in conjunction with other treatments.

Radiologists are limited as to how deep the proton beam can penetrate into the body. At the IU Health Proton Therapy Center, they can deliver beam up to a distance of 27 cm.

To determine if you are a candidate for treatment at Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center, you can have your physician call with a referral, or you can call directly. They may ask you to visit Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center for a physician consultation.

This information was taken from the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center information page. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Healing Cream for Hot Spots on Dogs

file3171294275105Over the years we have had an increasing number of customers telling us that they purchase Jeans Cream as a healing cream to use on their dogs’ hot spots and other skin problems. So, we thought we’d dedicate an article to this aggravating skin condition that often has dogs licking and scratching more than is helpful.

A hotspot (also known as moist dermatitis) is when an animal’s fur falls out in a little patch and the skin becomes inflamed and infected. The skin tends to look moist, red and may be oozing. It is usually painful to the animal and can be very itchy, which encourages the dog to lick and scratch at the area. If your dog has a hotspot and won’t stop fussing with it, you may need to get a cone of shame from your vet and have your dog wear it until some healing has taken place.

So, what causes hot spots in the first place? Hot spots are much more common in dogs with thick coats, dirty skin, and/ or moist skin. Allergies including environmental or food allergies, fleas – even one bite can do it! – and other insect bites and skin wounds can all be triggers. Sometimes an odor can be present, which could indicate further cause for concern.

On occasion, a hot spot can be created by the dog if he or she is experiencing underlying pain. For example, if the dog has a sore hip or knee joint, he or she might begin gnawing at the skin over that area to try and create relief. If the dog’s vet doesn’t know about this underlying issue, they may label it a hot spot when the problem is deeper than that.

There are also some mental or emotional issues that can cause dogs to begin chewing on their skin. If the dog has separation anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, they might resort to aggravating their skin by chewing and the same thing could happen where he or she is diagnosed with a hot spot, but the real cause is the distress underneath.

When it comes time to treat the dog, vets often begin by shaving the area to help see what is happening on the skin and also to clean the affected area and enable it to dry out. Then topical ointments, healing cream or sprays are used to disinfect and prevent further infection. Anti-histamines may be recommended to relieve itching. Sometimes oral antibiotics can be prescribed. And if the dog seems to be in a lot of pain, the vet may administer a prednisone shot (corticosteroid).

Most of our customers who are using our product with their dogs’ hot spots report applying it after the wound has dried out somewhat. Obviously, if the problem is too much moisture which is exacerbating the possibility of infection, you won’t want to add any kind of moisturizing element. When it’s just a matter of healing the skin more quickly, they’ve reported our product as a wonderful healing cream.

We recommend applying the cream for dogs the same way someone would for a human. Apply it to the area 3-5 times a day and especially at night.