The month of May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. The significance of this observation is to bring attention to a condition that currently affects over 53 million Americans and is expected to grow to over 67 million people by the year 2030.
I will post about various forms of arthritis throughout the month of May.
The Science and Humanity of Pain Dr. Sue Curfman PT, DHSC, MTC, OCS Associate Professor at Belmont University will join us to talk about The Science of Pain, and how pain can effect our well being – Understanding how pain can go from useful, to overwhelming and debilitating learn ways to help our pain We will also have a Q&A: your questions are welcome. Dr. Curfman has been teaching physical therapy for over 30 years, primarily in the areas of anatomy, kinesiology and orthopedics and joined the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy in 2021. Her research interests focus primarily in the areas of teaching and learning, pain neuroscience education and physical therapy care of women with breast cancer.
Register for the free event – and the Zoom link will be provided 24 hours before the event.
The biggest date in the calendar for raising awareness of Juvenile Arthritis (JA) and other childhood rheumatic conditions
Hard to imagine that this very second somewhere in the world and even near you there is a child who dreams to hop skip jump and play like other kids their do.
They dream of living a life that should be pain free, they wish they didn’t have to take daily injections or pills some even have infusion treatments that can last several hours.
Multiply that child 300,000, and you start to get the picture of how prevalent this little-known childhood disease is in our nation today. That number is about equal to the entire population of St. Louis or Cincinnati.
Globally approximately 3 million children and young adults are suffering from JIA with prevalence rates consistently higher in girls.
What are the causes of juvenile arthritis? The cause of juvenile arthritis is unknown. As with most autoimmune diseases, individual cases of JIA are likely due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental exposures, and the child’s immune system.
What are the types of juvenile arthritis?
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the umbrella term for several subtypes of arthritis seen in children and adolescents under the age of 16. JIA is arthritis with no known cause (this is what “idiopathic” means), to distinguish it from infectious forms of childhood arthritis. There are six main subtypes of JIA:
• Oligoarticular JIA: arthritis that involves four joints or fewer
• Polyarticular JIA: arthritis that involves five or more joints
• Systemic arthritis: begins with fevers, rashes, and inflammation in other parts of the body as well as the joints
• Psoriatic Arthritis: inflammation of the joints that occurs in some children with psoriasis (a skin condition)
• Enthesitis-Related Arthritis: arthritis associated with enthesitis, which is inflammation of the entheses, the places where tendons and ligaments attach to bones
• Undifferentiated JIA: a type that doesn’t fit into any one of the categories above
The signs and symptoms can vary, depending on what type of juvenile arthritis your child has.
Some of the most common symptoms of juvenile arthritis include swelling of a joint, along with stiffness and pain. Symptoms can involve the hands, feet, and knees, but any joint can be involved. Joint stiffness occurs primarily in the morning or after long periods of inactivity (gelling phenomenon). Other signs include:
• limping, especially in the morning
• swelling in the lymph nodes
• high fever
• skin rash
Symptoms may get better or disappear completely for periods of time (remission), and then flare up at other times.
What are the causes of juvenile arthritis?
The cause of juvenile arthritis is unknown. As with most autoimmune diseases, individual cases of JIA are likely due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental exposures, and the child’s immune system.
Eating some foods, like those found in the ever popular Mediterranean diet like
fatty fish salmon,cod , avocado fresh fruits, all vegetables, nuts and seeds whole grains and extra virgin olive oil and avoiding the high-fat, sugary and processed foods can help curb the body’s inflammation.
Hot and Cold Treatments
Heat treatment like heat pads or heat wraps warm baths, work best for soothing stiff joints and tired muscles.
But cold is best for acute pain. It can numb painful areas and reduce inflammation.
These creams, gels or stick-on patches can ease the pain.
Children that learn meditation and breathing techniques (listening to music or reading) and practicing visualization can help relax and divert attention away from pain, especially during injections or infusion time.
Massage and Acupuncture
Massage can help ease stress and anxiety, box breathing is also a good way children and adults can relax.
The use of supplements are rarely studied in children, but some supplements that help adults possibly may help a child.
But don’t just rush to give your child supplements talk to their doctor always first. Because some supplements may interact if the child is also on prescription medication
Stress and Emotions
Kids and teens with chronic diseases are more likely to also have depression
Therapists and psychologists can help kids deal with tough emotions and teach positive coping strategies. A strong support system is important as well.
If you are a parent guardian ir family member of someone with JA
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be difficult for children to live with. That’s why it is important for parents and guardians to learn about JIA and how to help. We’ve rounded up a few tips for how to best support a child with JIA.
• Learn: Learn about the condition and treatment, and find a health care provider who specializes in treating JIA. Usually, that is a pediatric rheumatologist. Physical therapists can help with pain management.
• Prepare: Have cold packs and heat treatments, like a heating pad, at the ready for joint pain and stiff muscles. Sometimes your child may need a splint (a piece of hard material, usually wrapped in fabric) to help reduce pain and swelling. Make sure to talk to your child’s health care provider before using a splint.
• Educate: Work with your child’s school and school health care provider to educate them on your child’s needs and how to best support them if they are experiencing pain.
• Find balance: Find a good balance with rest and exercise for your child. Sometimes they may need more rest or more activity. Generally, short rest breaks are better than long periods in bed.
• Support health: It’s important that your child has a balanced diet full of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Children also need a good night’s sleep, which can range from nine to 13 hours depending on their age.
• Stay positive: Keep a positive mindset and help your child understand that they are supported. Help answer any questions they have about JIA, and if you can’t answer them, check with a health care provider.
If in NE Ohio a great place for JA kids to get treatment and excellent care is Akron Children’s Hospital
Donate to you local Children’s Hospital and the Arthritis Foundation
Support Me by donating to
Walk To Cure through the Arthritis Foundation – Whether you’re an arthritis warrior yourself or care about someone who is, sign up and raise funds for WALK to CURE Arthritis!
Coast to Coast all over the United States walks are being held this year to highlight the need for more research dollars to help kids living with juvenile arthritis and to help adults with all issues stemming from all types of arthritis. Did you know there are over 200 forms of arthritis?
To help find a walk in your area sign up participate or if you know somebody who is walking in the walk to cure support them by donating 5-10-100 or as much money as you feel lead to donate.
It’s a great way to get outside meet new people and support a great cause
If you would like to support me in my walk for Walk to cure arthritis link is below. No amount is too small.
Do achy joints plague you during the coldest months? Does it seem like your knees, hips, and ankles feel sore whenever snow is falling?
It’s not your imagination! Winter weather—particularly cold—can cause slow, achy joints, making it hard to get moving. If you’re looking for winter joint pain relief, here are eight tips to help you avoid the discomfort brought on by the cold.
But first, it helps to understand why winter aches and pains happen.
Why Cold Weather Make our Bones and Joints Ache
There are several reasons why winter weather may cause joints to feel achy. The cold naturally makes muscles feel more tensed up and tight.
This tension may lead to less mobility and less flexibility in the joints. Some studies also link changes in joints to changes in the barometric pressure, dry air, and other winter-related issues.
The jury is still on that one but ask anyone who lives with joint pain and they will tell you: they are weather predators
Cold is very uncomfortable, and the discomfort makes us painfully aware of every twinge and ache. So, if you’re ready to combat winter joint pain, here are a few tips for winter joint pain relief to help you feel better when blustery temperatures settle in.
Drink Water 💧
Hydration is important but it’s especially vital in the winter months. People often think of drinking more water when it’s sunny and warm, but in the winter, dry air makes you feel dehydrated, tired, and achy. Don’t neglect your water intake! I am trying to get more water also, because honestly I am terrible at it.
If you aren’t a fan of plain water, sipping a cup of warm herbal tea is an excellent way to get more hydration in the winter. Bone broth and soup are also hydrating options. Aim for about six to eight glasses of water per day, more if you are working out and active.
EAT A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET 🥗
A healthy diet is essential year-round. In the winter months, a well-balanced diet will keep your body much healthier than a lifestyle of processed junk food.
Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and beans lean meats, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar and saturated fat. If you are sensitive to certain foods, consult with your physician about determining the best course of action. If you can afford it see a dietician and they can help you get on the right path.
It’s vital to keep your body active, even in the winter months. While you shouldn’t work through significant joint pain without the assistance of a medical professional, stiff or achy joints shouldn’t mean canceling your gym membership.
Often, we feel less motivated and more inclined to stay home, where it’s cozy and warm during the winter. Netflix and the couch seem to beckon, especially when a brisk walk means bundling up in layers, but you can walk in a mall indoors. Low impact activity will keep your joints healthy. Try indoor swimming in a warm pool, stretching with yoga or Pilates, brisk walking, and weight training to keep your body active and fit. But remember it’s also ok to not be ok once in a while. We all need to rest and recharge. Listen to your body.
TRY TO AVOID WINTER WEIGHT GAIN
Hand-in-hand with winter often comes weight gain. 5-7 Over the holidays, healthy habits tend to slide a bit, with many people packing on extra weight. Then we add frigid temps , hibernation and before you know it we gained 8-12 lbs in a winter. That doesn’t help our joints. Although the average is 3-6 pounds even a small amount of excess weight will start to affect your knees and other joints.
If you feel like you need to rein it in after the holidays, or your eating more than usual because you hit the winter blues talk to your doctor, if you have a bad relationship with food seek a counselor or a 12 step OA meeting.
INQUIRE ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER TREATMENTS
Curious about joint health supplements and treatments? Always consult with your physician on the best plan for your body. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be necessary, but only under the supervision of a physician. Many supplements and medications can result in unwanted side effects. And many cannot take NSAIDS.
Follow through on your physician’s recommendations for any vitamins (such as vitamin D) that may get low once the weather gets cold. Your doctor will help you figure out the best course of action for winter joint pain relief.
If you’re concerned that your winter joint pain is more than cold weather, call your doctor right away.
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2021 is almost gone. Salute to the experience you had in that year, and welcome 2022 with all the guts and glory.
Many things you’ve learned in the year 2021 some of happiness and some some of hurt and some of love. May your 2022 be full of surprises and blessings and love and great fortune goodbye 2021 welcome 2022!
God bless you and good vibes and thanks for following me and stopping by.
Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering
Each September, pain specialists and advocates across the country raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain during National Pain Awareness Month. Did you know that chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. that’s 1/3 of the USA population living with some form of pain.
That to me seems unacceptable. We have in 2021 rejenerative medicine and various treatment options from prolotherapy to prp to A2M to stem cell.
Plus we have many biologics and lets not forget there are still the traditional pain pill that help – yet so many doctors seem to not offer any longer thanks to the US government’s campaign to stop them it’s seems and a special thanks to all those who are addicted to opioids like heroine,fentanyl .
That may sound cruel, but you know there are many responsible people that can take a pain pill and not become addicted.
I also don’t like the US government to interfere with my private doctor patient relationship. The government has no business in my opinion telling doctors what they should be doing.
Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering. Johns Hopkins researchers are working on everything from the molecular causes of pain to the latest advances in pain treatment.
What You Need to Know
Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain —more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Pain is a warning sign that indicates a problem that needs attention.
Pain starts in receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body.
Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect everyday life.
Arthritis refers to over 100 different conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to normal joint inflammation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their life.
Millions of people get crippling headaches, and there are dozens of different headache types — but receiving the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment.
Find a Pain Specialist
You don’t have to live through your pain alone. There are pain centers, programs, and clinics that are made up of teams of specialists who aim to ease your pain, and allow you to live in as much comfort as possible.
Wishing you all a happy blessed and pain free day.
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With online scams reaching epidemic proportions, Instagram is just the latest channel for fraudsters to make a quick buck. With over 1 billion active monthly users, Instagram offers up a large, captive audience.
In a world where anonymity, bullying and catfishing are common, scams prey on internet users’ sympathy, fear or greed. Keep reading to see some of the most common hustles and how to protect yourself on social media.
2 people that I am close with has experienced their IG accounts hacked and then suddenly gone.
They followed all the suggestions IG dishes out 2 factor authentication request IG to get the account back etc….
A few bloggers and IG I know have been saying they are getting hacked, or their accounts are gone…poof vanished…..
One person had 130,000 followers another had 6,000 and one had 1100 , the 4th person had over1.2 million followers.
None could get their original account back that they had from the day they joined IG, so all content, photos now lost into the abyss or now in possession of a hacker.
All made new accounts after weeks of trying to get their accounts back.
Finally they made new ones
They one is up to 22,000 but her online jewelry business has suffered because now people cannot find her and she has suffered a loss of revenue.
2-3 don’t sell anything they raise awareness for chronic conditions….. now all that work gone….
The 4th person made a new account and in less than a month was back up to 45k followers not the 1.2 million they had but it was building back up fast. And suddenly now it’s gone again….
Is it hackers or haters?
How come IG is not helping or tracking these to find out why it’s happening!!!!
I feel so bad for them and I think 🤔 that authorities should be called and at least have a report made.
This is how people make their living selling products, being a social media influencer, modeling or they advocate for a cause etc….
Plus let’s not forget all the pictures, content they now lost!!
When will these companies stand up and help the patrons and influencer’s that bring money to their site?
Why is there no one to help them? They call they email they call they email over and over again….
It takes a long time to build a following and for it to be gone after years of work is just not right.
Have you experienced anything like this? How did you get your back? Are you an influencer or a IG employee who can help them get their accounts back?
Comment below or message me.
Also if you are new at social media don’t fall for all these scams and brands and watch the DMs.
Scam 1: Fake Brand Accounts
Rampant in the fashion industry, imposter brand accounts hawk goods and products across 65 million fake posts a year, according to data analysis firm Ghost Data. Bags, shoes and clothes are the most commonly faked products with luxury and high-end retailers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Nike each having dozens of knock-off accounts. Other popular consumer brands like Apple have also been targeted.
What’s the Strategy of Fake Brand Accounts?
They promise exclusive discounts and freebies, but these fake accounts buy likes and followers and post consistently until their profiles seem like the real deal. The end game is to sell illegal counterfeit goods or use a bait-and-switch scam to change the profile topic completely once they have a captive audience.
How Common Are These Fake Accounts?
Nearly 20% of all posts about fashion products on Instagram feature counterfeit products and more than 50,000 accounts are promoting and selling counterfeit products every day, according to Ghost Data. This is up over 170% from 2016, rising dramatically as Instagram becomes a bigger player in the e-commerce space.
How To Avoid Fake Brand Accounts
If you decide to shop on social media, check the account carefully. Most real brands are verified. See what the URL links to and look for strange misspellings.
Be wary about what accounts are posting and how often. Is it all giveaways? Does it look professional? Use common sense and think twice when sellers offer expensive products for low prices or have strange payment terms or methods.
Scam 2: Companies Offering To Send You Free Followers or Likes
Influencers are paid by brands and companies to promote products on their social media profiles. It’s a highly lucrative business — the bigger and more engaged your audience, the higher the fees you can command.
Thus, “generous” companies offer to send you free or insanely cheap followers or likes in the hopes that you’ll purchase more. These accounts are promoted as being real, but most are fake automated accounts. Don’t fall for their gimmicks, some may be real….most are not.
Scam 2: Requests That Appear To Come From Instagram
If you receive an urgent email or direct message claiming to be from Instagram, don’t click the link. The message might claim your account has been compromised or that you’ve been approved for a coveted verification badge. Instead, it’s a phishing scam to get your login credentials.
You’ll be taken to a page to enter your email address and password, and then the hacker has everything needed to lock you out of your account. In extreme instances, some scammers threaten to blackmail you in exchange for returning your account.
How To Avoid This Phishing Scam
Be wary of any communication claiming to come from Instagram and use common sense verification services are never for sale.
Check the sender’s email address carefully. Enable two-factor authentication, which means that even if your password is compromised, you’ll need a secondary code to log on to your account for an extra layer of protection. It sounds like a pain in the ass but it’s another layer of protection.
Scam 3: Money Flipping or Investment Opportunities
Fake investment schemes are another popular online scam. Someone direct messages you, promising a big payout with minimal investment, maybe using all the right buzzwords like bitcoin or cryptocurrency. Using social media proof, they’ll show the returns of other individuals (sometimes even friends and family) who have made a lot of money in as fast as 24 hours.
How This Scam Plays Out
As soon as you send payment, the account ghosts you — keeping your investment and vanishing into thin air. Over $3 million have reportedly been stolen during 2018 and 2019 using this method, with the average victim being conned upwards of $10,000.
Stop being FOOZELED !SCAMMED!
How To Avoid This Money Scam
Quite simply, you can avoid it by not responding to requests for money from people you don’t know. Before sending anything, always check the credentials of the supposed financial company with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Scam 4: Fake Invitations To Work With Brands- Don’t BeA Mark For Scammers and Hackers
As one of the more elaborate Instagram cons in circulation, this one has hit hundreds of influencer’s and content creators. Someone reaches out, offering to hire you for a high-profile photo-shoot or campaign for a brand, but the offer isn’t real.
The victims invest big money to fly to distant, glamorous locations like Indonesia, lured by empty promises of getting reimbursed. Victims have also been asked to pay for things like drivers, translators and fixers. The game ends when the mark either figures it out or runs out of money.
How These Scammers Get Away With It
The scammers have done their homework. They’ve gathered the intricate details of your personal life to build a relationship with you and make the offer sound authentic and enticing.
Imposter emails claim to come from high-profile celebrities and investors like entrepreneur Wendi Murdoch to get you excited about the high-profile project. They even go as far as to provide itineraries and fake but detailed nondisclosure agreements. These scammers go to great lengths, including making several calls to you, to make the invitation seem legitimate.
How To Avoid These Fake Invitations
Trust your gut. Most of the victims say they ignored the red flags because it sounded like such a good opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Read all legal documents carefully for omissions and misspellings, ask for references, and think twice about any project that requires prepaying expenses up front.
Scam 5: Phishing by Direct Message
This scam has been gaining a lot of traction. You’ll get a direct message that claims to have seen your profile on a “hot” or “nasty” list. It implies that your photos are being used on some type of porn site.
When you click the link to check, you’re taken to what looks like a login page for Instagram. As soon as you input your password, the hackers have your account information, which they can use for whatever they like, including messaging others through your account.
How To Avoid This New Phishing Scam
Don’t click links from people you don’t know and always have two-factor authentication enabled. What might look like a legitimate hyperlink can easily be masked to send you to a criminal website.
How To Keep Yourself Safe From Instagram Scams
Crooks often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information, according to the FTC. But there are some practical ways to avoid becoming a victim.
Look carefully at messages for inconsistencies in email addresses or hyperlinks, spelling or grammar errors, bizarre requests and feigned urgency. Think twice about any link you click, vague and generic messages or requests for sensitive information.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I think my Instagram account has been hacked.Now What !!! Read below.
If you think your account has been hacked or taken over, there are several actions you may be able to take to secure your account. Some of these recovery steps may not be available to you depending on the type of account you’re trying to recover, but we recommend trying them all.
Check your email account for a message from Instagram
If you received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org letting you know that your email address was changed, you may be able to undo this change by selecting revert this change in that message. If additional information was also changed (example: your password), and you’re unable to change back your email address, request a login link or security code from Instagram
Request a login link from Instagram
To help us confirm that you own the account, you can request that we send a login link to your email address or phone number.
To request a login link:
On the login screen, tap Get help logging in. (Android) or Forgot password?(iPhone).
Enter the username, email address, or phone number associated with your account, then tap Next. Note: If you don’t know the username, email address, or phone number associated with your account, tap Need more help? below the Next button and follow the on-screen instructions.
Select either your email address or phone number, then tap Send Login Link.
Click the login link in your email or a text message (SMS) and follow the on-screen instructions.
Request a security code or support from Instagram
If you’re unable to recover your account with the login link we sent to you, you may be able to request support from us.
To request support from Instagram:
Instagram app for Android:
Instagram app for iPhone:
Be sure to enter a secure email address that only you can access. Once you’ve submitted your request, you should receive an email from Instagram with next steps.
If you submitted a support request for an account without photos of you, you should receive an auto-response email from the Support Team at Facebook. We’ll ask you to help us verify your identity by providing the email address or phone number you signed up with and the type of device you used at the time of sign up (example: iPhone, Android, iPad, other).
If you request support for an account with photos of you, you’ll be asked to take a video selfie of you turning your head in different directions to help us check that you’re a real person and confirm your identity.
Once you submit the video selfie to help us verify your identity, you’ll receive an email from Instagram at the secure email address you provided.
Keep in mind that the video you submit will never be visible on Instagram and will be deleted within 30 days.
If we weren’t able to confirm your identity from the video you submitted, you can submit a new video and we’ll review it again.
If you’re still able to log into your Instagram account
If you think your account has been hacked or an attempt to hack your account has been made and you’re still able to log in, there are things you can do to help keep your account secure:
Fake IG accounts Suck In short, a fake Instagram account is one that’s not actually run by an individual human being. Some of these accounts are mass created by people; others are mass created by bots. Some are used to spam comments, likes, etc., while others are left dormant. Every social media provider is plagued by these fake accounts
Fake Instagram followers are an unavoidable reality of the platform.
For some people, they’re a nuisance that leaves silly comments. For others, they’re a quick way to boost their follower counts. But in both cases, fake Instagram followers are a much bigger issue than you think.
They can hurt you in the algorithm, damage your credibility, and even get you on Instagram’s bad side.
In this article, we’ll fill you in on how fake accounts could be hurting you, and tell you exactly how to clear your Instagram of fake followers for good.
What’s a Fake Instagram Account? And How They Can Hurt You
They Don’t Engage With Your posts
They Hurt Your Credibility
They Can Get You In Trouble With Instagram – And Even Banned
They Skew Your Metrics
They Can Hurt Your Marketing Budget
5 Ways to Spot Fake Instagram Followers
Check Their Followers
Calculate Their Engagement Rate
Read The Comments They Make
Evaluate Their Profile (Bio, Photo, Username)
Look At Their Posts
Take Stock Of The Account As A Whole
These 3 Instagram Audit Tools Can Help You Identify Fake Followers
Instagram Bot Analytics Tool
Social Audit Pro
How to Avoid Fake Instagram Followers
Don’t Buy Followers
Report Fake Followers
Remove All Fake Followers From Your Account
What’s a Fake Instagram Account? And How They Can Hurt You
Before we get into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fake Instagram followers, let’s talk about the ‘what’.
In short, a fake Instagram account is one that’s not actually run by an individual human being. Some of these accounts are mass created by people; others are mass created by bots. Some are used to spam comments, likes, etc., while others are left dormant.
Every social media provider is plagued by these fake accounts. Twitter removes about 10 bot accounts per second, or more than 310 million per year.
Instagram has an estimated 95 million fake accounts. With a total userbase of around 1 billion, that means roughly 1 in 10 Instagram accounts are fake.
While the purpose of these accounts can differ from platform to platform, one of the most common ways they’re used on Instagram is to artificially boost follower numbers. Wannabe influencers or businesses seeking fast growth buy Instagram followers by the thousands – and those followers are all bots.
Little do they know, these fake followers don’t actually help their account. In fact, they could be hurting it. And unfortunately, even perfectly legitimate brands that don’t buy followers can be affected.
Here are the top 5 reasons fake Instagram followers could be a problem for you.
They Don’t Engage With Your posts
Fake Instagram followers might leave a comment or send a few likes your way immediately after following. But this almost never lasts.
In the long term, they’re not going to engage with your posts.
“Well, so what, not every follower leaves comments, right?” Except your engagement rate is calculated by the number of likes you get in relation to the number of followers you have.
Ex. 100 likes per post / 5,000 followers = 2% an engagement rate.
The better that rate is, the better Instagram thinks your account is, and the more it favors you in its algorithm. In short, each fake Instagram follower that doesn’t engage is driving your rate down further, which hurts your profile’s overall visibility.
They Hurt Your Credibility
Some people will simply look at your raw follower, like, or comment numbers and be impressed.
But more savvy Insta users – and smart consumers, in general – won’t be. They’ll notice if your 10,000+ follower account is only attracting a measly 50 likes photo. And if they see that your follower list is filled with fake accounts and your posts are littered with generic spam comments, they’ll start to lose trust in your brand.
They Can Get You In Trouble With Instagram – And Even Banned
Instagram doesn’t like fake accounts either.
And while it’s basically impossible for them to stop fake Instagram accounts from being created in the first place, they do moderate them aggressively, removing them as they find them. And if you have too many fake followers – especially if moderators think you buy Instagram followers or use other banned tools – it could get your account in trouble.
This could lead to your account being limited, suspended, or even banned. Not only is that a good reason not to buy Instagram followers, it’s why you should purge your Instagram of fake followers in general.
When used correctly, Instagram analytics can tell you what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong, and even help you identify new opportunities for growth.
But having too many fake followers can make your data harder to analyze, if not render it completely useless. After all, how can you calculate your actual engagement, conversion, or click-through rates if you don’t know your real follower count?
They Can Hurt Your Marketing Budget
This last point applies less to your own account, and more to “influencer” accounts that use fake followers to boost their perceived status.
On average, paying to have an influencer market your products or brand can be very effective, pulling in average returns of $5 dollars or more on each dollar spent. And yet25% of businesses either break even or lose money on influencer marketing.
Why? Because they’re paying influencers that don’t actually have any influence.
In other words, knowing how to weed through fake Instagram followers won’t just help your own account, it’ll help you sort through the real and fake influencers in your market as well.
5 Ways to Spot Fake Instagram Followers
Now that you know what fake Instagram followers are and why they’re a problem, you probably want to get rid of them. Good idea.
But to do that, first we have to find them. And there are two main ways to do that:
Using your own Instagram detective skills
Using an Instagram audit tool
We’ll start by showing you how to spot them yourself. And if that doesn’t work – or you just want to save some time – we’ll recommend some of the best audit tools in the next section.
Check Their Followers
One of the quickest ways to spot a fake Instagram is by looking at their following to follower ratio.
Because these accounts are often automated, they’ll rack up crazy ‘following’ numbers. Some even hit the maximum limit of 7,500.
Meanwhile, they only have a small number of followers themselves. Of course, this doesn’t mean every newbie Instagramer who follows 100 more accounts than follow them is a bot.
But wildly imbalanced ratios, like 4,000 following to 500 followers, is usually a sign the account is fake.
Calculate Their Engagement Rate
As we highlighted above, fake accounts don’t engage. And this also applies to fake accounts whose own followers are fake.
So, if you see an account that has 1,000 followers but gets less than 5 likes per post, or some similarly low number, this could be an indication that they’re fake. At minimum, it tells you that their followers are fake.
Read The Comments They Make
Another telltale sign of fake Instagram followers is the comments they make.
You know the ones: “good pic”, “nice job”, or simply “wow” or a couple emojis. That’s not to mention the more blatant spam comments, which are especially prevalent under the photos of big accounts.
There are three main things that can separate these fake comments from those made by real people:
Not relevant to the actual photo
Grammar or spelling mistakes
Of course, not all fake comments are so easy to spot – and not all generic comments are necessarily fake. But they’re definitely a top sign of fake Instagram accounts.
By the way, if you’re guilty of leaving these kinds of comments, can we suggest you step your engagement marketing game up? Just kidding. But really.
Evaluate Their Profile (Bio, Photo, Username)
When you’re selling 1,000 fake Instagram followers for as little as $12.99, you’re not going to take the time to create accounts with real photos, engaging bios, and unique posts.
Instead, these services focus on slapping accounts up as quickly as possible, with the most generic info they can get away with.
Fortunately for us, this makes them easier to spot. And there are three common giveaways.
Profile pic: Fake Instagram accounts usually have no profile pic, a generic stock photo, or a photo of something that’s not a person, like a beach or a duck.
Bio: Your typical Instagram bio is personable and describes who or what the person or service is. On the other hand, fake Instagram followers will either have no bio or one that’s very generic, contains random promotions, or doesn’t match the content of their posts.
Username: When creating an Instagram account, if you try to enter a username that’s already taken, you’ll get suggestions for the same name with a bunch of numbers tacked on. Now, your average person isn’t thrilled by the thought of being @joe235456932480234, especially because that’s a very hard username to remember. “Hey, add me at joe2354…” – you get the picture.
But fake account creators don’t care. And in fact, this saves them a lot of time, since they don’t have to bother with coming up with more unique usernames.
So, these number-filled usernames can be a giveaway for fake Instagram followers.
But there are two other things to check for, especially if the account is claiming to be a celebrity: Is the account verified? And are there any slight misspellings in the username?
No, the @taylorswiff account with 537 followers that’s following you isn’t the real Taylor Swift. Sorry we had to be the ones to tell you.
You could also evaluate the accounts held by the same company/person on other social networks. If they are doing well on Instagram, they should have well set up profiles with decent followings elsewhere.
To find the social media accounts you can use a tool such as Signal Hire. It lets you launch a plugin & find anyone’s contact details in a click. It will find various other social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc. It will also locate other details such as email addresses and phone numbers.
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Finally, we come to their actual posts. Again, these fake account creators don’t have the time to populate their spam profiles with lots ofengaging, unique content.
Instead, you’ll usually see one (or all) of these four things:
Posts that are mostly promotional
Posts that offer fake discounts or deals
Posts that don’t fit the bio/profile pic
Posts made very close together in time
In the latter case, their strategy is usually to throw up a handful of posts as soon as they make the account, often within hours of each other – and then never post again.
So, if you see a profile that made 5 posts within a couple days, then hasn’t posted anything since then, that could be a sign that it’s fake.
Take Stock Of The Account As A Whole
As we’ve hinted at already, just because someone has a few numbers in their username or a photo of their dog as their profile photo doesn’t mean they’re a fake account.
So, the tips above should be applied as a whole, rather than as individual steps.
This doesn’t mean you have to study each account like a cold case detective though. Once you know what to look for and have practiced it a few times, you’ll be able to assess an account’s pic, bio, follower count, and posts in a glance and have a good idea on whether it’s a real or fake Instagram follower.
But if you still can’t quite tell – or you simply don’t have the time to go through all your followers – the Instagram audit tools below can help.
These 3 Instagram Audit Tools Can Help You Identify Fake Followers
There are several good Instagram audit tools out there, ranging from totally free tools that will tell you what percentage of followers are fake, to paid tools that will even remove fake followers for you.
If you’re serious about getting ridding your Instagram of fake followers as quickly and efficiently as possible, then this is definitely the Instagram audit tool you want.
Why? Because Social Audit Pro will actually analyze each of your followers, separating them into good, dormant, somewhat suspicious, and highly suspicious tiers. It’ll also give you tons of other details about your followers, from the ratio of businesses to regular users that follow you, to what percentage of your followers are male/female.
From there, you can actually use their Follower Cleanup tool to remove or block the suspicious or ghost followers en masse.
Or, rather than purging the fake Instagram accounts all at once, you can set a certain number to be removed per hour or per 24 hours.
This is definitely the most expensive Instagram audit tool. Auditing 10,000 followers will cost you $10, and there’s a one-time fee of $30 for the Follower Cleanup tool, which includes unlimited uses and accounts.
But if you have more than a few hundred followers, Social Audit Pro will save you hours of time.
How to Avoid Fake Instagram Followers
Now that we’ve rooted them out of hiding, it’s time to actually rid your Instagram of fake followers. Here’s how.
Don’t Buy Followers
Repeat after us: I. Do. Not. Buy. Instagram. Followers.
Don’t do it. It’s simply a waste of money. There are no real advantages – and many drawbacks, as we covered above. And no, you can’t buy real followers.
However, if you still want to increase your Instagram presence but don’t have the time or know-how, there is an answer: try Kicksta! Kicksta is an entirely organic growth tool. Not only do we NOT buy fake followers, we don’t use other spammy methods either, like mass following/unfollowing or automated comments.
Instead, you’ll give us a list of target Instagram accounts that already have the type of followers you’re trying to attract. These can be complementary brands, competitors, influencers in your niche, or other similar profiles.
Kicksta will then ‘like’ 1 or 2 photos from each user that follows these accounts, shooting for around 10,000 likes per month. That means 5 to 10,000 profiles will be notified about your likes – and many will then check out your page. And hopefully, since they already like similar content, they’ll decide to follow you too.
What’s the catch? Unlike when you buy Instagram followers, because our methods are organic, we can’t guarantee you a specific number of followers. But we can assure you that you will see growth, and that’ll it’ll be from real people, with real interest in your niche, not fake accounts.
We even offer a 14-day money back guarantee.
So, if you’re serious about growing your brand, try Kicksta today!
“With Kicksta, we’re able to see the impact they have on our Instagram account based on the engagement they drive, most of which we would not be able to do on our own.”.
Ryan and Andrew Beltran
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And here’s the more expensive (but way faster) version:
1. Use Social Audit Pro to identify your suspicious followers.
2. Use the Follower Cleanup tool to choose exactly which followers you want removed or blocked.
By now, you should have a better understanding of why fake Instagram followers are such a problem for your business, along with practical steps to give them the boot. While organic growth is a lot slower than buying followers, it’s a much more effective long-term strategy.
What are your thoughts on fake Instagram followers? Let ne know in the comments. And if you liked this article, make sure to give it a share. Thanks
I was so sad to see the rudeness of some people saying that Valerie Bertinelli gained weight-needed to lose weight etc…
You would think by now we would be past the days when a woman’s body was her ownand not be subjected to trolls and ridicule but no sadly we are not. Some feel the need to comment on, judge, shame others for how they look how small or big they are.
They are the exact reason why so many women young women and little girls and boy and grown men have a complex and isn’t it time we just stop and mind our own damn business!!
Do people follow others just to be rude and shame them?
Have they nothing better to do with their sad little lives than pick on others?
We can always hope that some day people will just be kind and remember if you dont have anything nice to say , then just be quiet.
This week Valerie Bertinelli, who, thanks to the internet, has become the latest victim to the trolls .
Who are we as a society to feel the need to constantly criticize and give advice, opinions especially unsolicited advice to others.
Did this person that commented on her weight not realize that she may be struggling in some way? I believed she helped to take care of her mom until she passed away and then buried her mom in 2019 and then her ex husband , friend and father to her son Eddie Van Halen died in 2020. That is a lot of sadness and loss in a short amount of time. Trying to be strong for her family and for the public and paparazzi is not easy I’m sure. Grief and Sadness can take its toll and everyone processes things differently and its not our job to point out others flaws.
I understand exactly where she is coming from. And I applaud her for sticking up for herself. I appreciate when she said when she sees someone that has gained weight- she feels as if they are going through something.
Matthew 7 :: NIV. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
John 13:34 says So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Why cant we just be kind? Is being hateful and angry that easy ? but to be kind is it really that hard? or are we just so full of ourselves we cannot see that we are hurting someone else’s feelings.
I love what Valerie said – ” when you see someone that put some weight on , they must be going through some things”
She is so right…… being fat and being thin and then fat again I can tell you I never wanted to get fat…I didnt enjoy being fat, its no easy to just lose weight. So I get where she is coming from.
My first marriage was abusive-I ate to bury my feelings of self ;loathe , shame, sadness, I was mentally and physically as well as financially abused in my 1st marriage, so I felt like a failure,and unworthy of love. I mean if the person who says they love you beats you and is mentally cruel to you it must me me right??? WRONG, but I took me years to recognize this and get out. Point is I was going through something and ate my feelings. When I went to my church for guidance I was shamed for wanting a divorce….and shamed by others for staying.
My dad died in 1988 I was 25, we were close. The first man I ever loved and he was a great man, a really good dad. My dad the man I loved , argued with, got advice from, is now gone from my life forever. My mother was lost with out him. They were sweethearts from a young age and my dad died at 56.
I now had to step up and help take over the books by managing and balancing the books of the small family magazine business my parents had; at least until my mom decided what to do with it. on top of going through a long dragged out divorce. So I again stuffed my feelings. I didnt gain weight but I did eat my feelings. My mom sold the 3 story 4 bedroom home and wanted to go live in an apartment asked if I was ok with that or did I want the house,
I wanted what was best for her, sell the house so her and my gram could have less expenses. I would have liked to see her go to a smaller home, but I understand why she did this…it was cheaper to go to an all utilities included apartment, sell the house and lower all her expenses
1998-1999 the years of diagnosis for me, my hypothyroidism is now Hashimoto Thyroiditis and add osteoarthritis in my knees , right hand and arthritis in my left hand right wrist back…all this and under 40
2000 my mom suddenly passed away and I was stuck to go through 60 plus years of paperwork, figuring out what to do with her things like sofa, chars, clothes etc….while my FT job harassed me to get back to work after my 3 day bereavement, I asked if I could take my vacation to take care of all her things etc…. was told no, again explained the situation I’m an only child, no help have limited time or I will need to pay her rent for February as she passed away January 26.2000. Again was told no. In fact I was told to turn n my management keys if I wasn’t back buy January 30,2000.
So I said screw it, turned in my keys and filed a complaint with corporate and filed for unemployment and I won. But again all that stress and extra stress was followed by eating to bury my feeling, while I buried my mother. Over 1 year I gained 19 lbs.
In 2001 I was rear ended while at a stop sign hit and pushed into the car in front of me that was also stopped. I had neack and shoulder injuries that kept me in pain, and unable to work. I ate my feelings and yep gained about 45 lbs in 2 years on top of the 19 I gained when my mom died.-64 lbs is a lot on someone 5’1. After I had my shoulder repaired, i tried to lose weight……not happening. I tried for years didn’t gain and lost the same 15 lbs over and over.
Time passed I got used to being fat and felt horrible about it everyday, my husband never said anything bad to me but i always wondered what was he thinking his once 110 lb wife now 180 lb. you will rarely see me in photos in fact try to find one of me from 2005 until 2018… it will be rare and only for certain people.
2013 i tried again to lose weight started exercising, it was hard on all my bones, I was actually dropping a few lbs exercising to videos and walking, I felt this sudden stabbing hot poker pain in my right knee, it almost took me to the floor…..called my doctor had to stay off feet for a couple weeks and then mri shown I tore my medial meniscus and besides that and osteoarthritis I can add osteonecrosis in the right knee as well.
COME ON ALREADY…….will this shit ever end!!! I lose 15 lbs and then get injured and yep……you guessed it gained it back plus 15 more….
now in 2017 I am the biggest I have ever been 291 lbs
You see people are not wanting to be fat…… as Valerie stated people are usually going through something
I am trying to lose weight and have lost about 80-90 lbs over 3 years….but I still have a way to go and it is NOT easy……
So please when you see someone fat or thick or too skinny dont judge them and please dont tell them what they need……..WE KNOW
I have been nominated in the 10th annual WEGO Health Awards 2021 and would appreciate if you could take 1 minute of your time and endorse me.
I have been an advocate for over 30 years.
My journey began by advocating for survivors of Domestic Violence
I worked in a Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center for over a decade and went from monitoring the crisis line to becoming a DV shelter manager that ran a support group for women in and out of shelter. I spoke to women in correctional facilities, because often they have been abused at some point in their life.
I spoke to high schools so teenagers boys and girls would know the signs of being in a potentially abusive or controlling relationship.
I also explained date rape etc and how important it is to tell someone what happened and also tell them it was not their fault.
I also began advocating for bone and joint pain and joint health after I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at age 35 and at age 51 after a meniscus injury landed me with yet another painful diagnosis; Osteonecrosis in my knee.
I am a fairly new facilitator for the Arthritis Foundation LiveYes Connect group in Boardman, Ohio , I also am a Arthritis Ambassador for the AF as of March 2021.
After my Osteonecrosis-aka Avascular Necrosis diagnosis I felt alone and afraid with yet another bone and joint condition was scary , I was told I had bone death. The Ortho told me there was nothing that can be done just live in pain until the knee collapses then he would replace it. I was definitely getting another opinion.
Whatt was even more scary was that many of the orthopedic doctors I saw rarely heard of it and never or rarely treated it. This left me even more concerned. You cannot have a good quality of life if you cannot find good medical care.
So I started my own support group which is worldwide and has over 1500 people in it from all over the world.
Each of those members is offered a free booklet that I wrote about Osteonecrosis so they and their family can understand that there is hope, there is treatment and unfortunately there often times is disability. But they need to know they not alone and their family can also educate themselves on the condition.
I joined WEGO Health about 7 years ago, because it was a great organization and it allowed me to advocate on a different platform. I also educated myself on other conditions and I have met some fantastic individuals, who work so hard in their advocacy.
The link below is so you can scroll and click endorse also there are several awareness links that I also have for you to view and feel free to follow me.
As an advocate for arthritis and a Facilitator to the Live Yes Connect Group and Founder of the International Support group Avascular Necrosis-Osteonecrosis Support Int’l
I use Zoom a lot: as a person back in school I again use Zoom a lot: talking with family , friends and attending other meetings yep zoom again ! So it’s great to have tips to have a more secure meeting, because we all know there will be some clown or troubled individual- intruding in a meeting.
Here are things I do and have learned in my zoom calls to stop ZB aka Zoom Intruders
Ways to have a safe meeting.
Always always always make sure your Zoom Account is up to date. Here’s how – Sign in to Zoom desktop client. Click your profile picture then click Check for Updates. If there is a newer version, Zoom will download and install it.
Create a waiting room –
The Waiting Room is just like it sounds: It’s a virtual staging area that prevents people from joining a meeting until the host is ready. Meeting hosts can customize the Waiting Room settings to gain further control over which participants join a specific meeting and when.
When it comes to video conferencing security best practices, Waiting Rooms are extremely useful for protecting meetings that have external participants
Only have one person screen share Stop other participants from screen sharing Click the arrow next to “Share Screen” in the host controls at the bottom of the Zoom screen, then select “Advanced Sharing Options” and make sure the option to “Who Can Share?” is set to “Host Only”.
Lock the room once meeting starts or with in a couple minutes after it starts – If you start a meeting and everyone you expect to join has, you can lock the meeting from new participants. While the meeting is running, navigate to the bottom of the screen and click Participants. The Participants panel will open. At the bottom, choose More > Lock Meeting.
If a non welcome person comes in You can kick them out.
To kick someone out: During the call, go to the Participants pane on the right. Hover over the name of the person you want to boot and when options appear, choose Remove. By default, an ousted guest cannot rejoin. What to do if you make a mistake? You can allow a booted party to rejoin. Enable this feature by going to the web portal and navigating to Settings > Meeting > In-Meeting (Basic). Toggle on the setting called Allow removed participants to rejoin.
Disable Someone’s Camera Hosts can turn off any participant’s camera. If someone is being rude or inappropriate on video, or their video has some technical problem, the host can open the Participants panel and click on the video camera icon next to the person’s name.
Prevent Animated GIFs and Other Files in the Chat In the chat area of a Zoom meeting, participants can share files, including images and animated GIFs—if you let them. If you’d rather not, then be sure to disable file transfer. It’s on by default, so you have to actively disable it. For your own meetings, open Settings in the Zoom web app (it’s not in the desktop app). On the left side, go to Personal > Settings. Then click In Meeting (Basic). Scroll down a little farther until you see File Transfer. That’s where you can disable it.
Turn off File Transfer This will stop jerks from uploading porn through the in-meeting text-chat function. Go to Account Management > Account Settings > Meeting > File Transfer. The Zoom blog posting has many more tips, including a few that are for paid Zoom accounts only, such as making the meeting invitation-only and requiring attendees to log in with a password.
I know many accounts are free so there is a time limit of I think 60 minutes . But there are excellent ways to secure a meeting.
Some will always fall through the cracks but it’s an excellent way to have a more secure meeting.
This World Sickle Cell Day (observed every year on June 19), find new stories and resources about sickle cell disease!
So many people I have met that have sickle cell disease also have Osteonecrosis aka Avascular Necrosis.
Sickle Cell is an inherited blood disorder that causes “sickle” shaped red blood cells that can stick together, blocking blood flow and oxygen from reaching all parts of the body. People with SCD can experience pain, anemia, infection as well as many other health issues like Osteonecrosis, Vision Loss , Anemia,DVT and Extreme pain.
According to some of my Osteonecrosis group members : Living with sickle cell disease can be a challenge. But there are steps you can take to live the healthiest best life possible.
Here are some tips from the CDC web page
It is very important that every person or family with a young child with sickle cell disease have a plan for how to get help immediately, at any hour, if there’s a problem. Be sure to find a place that will have access to your medical records or bring a copy.
Go to an emergency room or urgent care facility right away for:
Fever above 101° F
Abdominal (belly) swelling
Sudden weakness or loss of feeling and movement
Painful erection of the penis that lasts more than 4 hours
Call a doctor right away for:
Pain anywhere in the body that will not go away with treatment at home
Any sudden problem with vision
People with sickle cell disease can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. The following tips will help you, or someone you know with sickle cell disease, stay as healthy as possible.
Find Good Medical Care
Sickle cell disease is a complex disease. Good quality medical care from doctors and nurses who know a lot about the disease can help prevent some serious problems. Often the best choice is a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in blood diseases) working with a team of specialists.
Get Regular Checkups
Regular health checkups with a primary care doctor can help prevent some serious problems.
Babies from birth to 1 year of age should see a doctor every 2 to 3 months.
Children from 1 to 2 years of age should see a doctor at least every 3 months.
Children and adults from 2 years of age or older should see a doctor at least once every year.
Osteonecrosis is common in patients with sickle cell disease, with an incidence ranging from about 2 to 4.5 cases per 100 patient-years. Patients with the hemoglobin SS genotype and α-thalassemia and those with frequent painful crises are at highest risk. The overall prevalence is about 20-30 percent.
Osteonecrosis, a form of ischemic bone injury that leads to degenerative joint disease, affects ∼30% of people with sickle cell disease. Although osteonecrosis most commonly affects the femoral head (often bilaterally, with asymmetric clinical and radiographic progression), many people with sickle cell disease also present with multifocal joint involvement. Meaning it can be in the femoral head or hip as well as knees, shoulder, ankle etc…
Eat healthy with sickle cell more fruit and vegetables less processed junk and stay hydrated