APRIL HEALTH TIP - ALLERGIES
By Alonda Crockett RN, FNP-C and the staff at Farmers Branch Primary Care LLC | April 1, 2019
Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and pollen is in the air. This is the time of year that many people suffer from allergies. Allergies are defined as a reaction from the immune system due to repeated exposure to pollen, grass, weed, mold, pet dander, shellfish, nuts, dairy products, fragrance/perfumes, etc. A simple change in atmospheric pressure can cause a flare up with your allergies. Once exposed, the immune system releases histamine, which in return causes irritation and inflammation to the airway, eyes, ears, and/or skin. Common symptoms are itchy/watery eyes, hives, sneezing, runny nose, fatigue, rash, etc. Common at-home treatments for allergies can be Sinus Rinses, Zyrtec, Xyzal, Claritin, Flonase, limited time outside or around irritant, allergy eye drops, etc. If you suffer from allergies and have tried these common at-home treatments, we would love to help you get control of your allergies along with other healthcare issues that you may have.
Please do not hesitate to call our office for an appointment (972-784-0961) or walk in to have your healthcare needs taken care of.
We hope to see you soon…
I THINK I HAVE THE FLU, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The most common forms of Influenza are A and B. The virus can spread via droplets in the air such as when someone talks, sneezes, coughs, etc. These droplets can be in the air at work, home, WalMart, or pretty much anywhere that you go.
Symptoms usually appear within 1–2 days or exposure. Influenza is a virus and usually resolves on its own with symptom management; however, people with a weakened/low immune system should be evaluated for further complications such as pneumonia or even death. The group of people to watch closely are commonly people over the age of 65, pregnant women, young children, and people with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Symptoms that are often experienced are headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness/aches, rapid onset of fever, runny nose, upset stomach, nausea, cough, sore throat, and decreased appetite. These symptoms often subside within 7–10 days of exposure, with or without medical treatment unless the immune system is weak and then that time will vary per person.
Drinking plenty of fluids and taking Tylenol/Ibuprofen for fever and/or body/muscle aches are highly encouraged initially. Antivirals can be prescribed to assist with symptom management. Antivirals can also be prescribed if there has been close/direct contact with someone that has Influenza.
To avoid passing the germs that are related to Influenza, people are highly encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, get the flu vaccine annually, cover a cough/sneeze with a tissue or your arm, frequently sanitize workstations, telephones, computer keyboards, etc. Flu vaccines do not completely prevent you from getting Influenza, but it can decrease your chance of getting it by at least 30%.
Flu shots are still available for ages 4 and up at our clinic. Come by or call to schedule your appointment for one today. Walk-ins are welcomed.
STRESS, DEPRESSION AND THE HOLIDAYS
By Jessica Urieta | December 26, 2018
Did you know that suicide rates almost double during the holidays?
During the holiday season, there are many things to do, places to go and people to see, which changes everyone’s routine. Each family has changed in some way since last season; that could be an addition and/or loss to the family. The holidays are known to be the most depressing time of the year, during the this time I encourage everyone to stop and consider anyone you know who may be struggling with depression and/or are alone during this time. Moving into 2019, I ask that you show love, compassion and understanding to everyone you meet not just during the holidays, but every day. Here are some recommendations if you or someone you know is struggling: listen to music, physical activity, journaling or talking with your PCP. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to a family member, friend or your local support group.
HEALTH TIP #1
By Bryan Lucas | July 3, 2018
Do you know the correct way to apply sunscreen?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen should be applied to bare skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every 2 hours during sun exposure for continued coverage. Sunscreen should be thoroughly applied to ALL areas of possible exposure. When choosing a sunscreen, it should be SPF 30 or higher and water resistant to provide the broadest spectrum coverage possible. These simple tips can help prevent skin cancers, premature aging and other skin complications that can occur from sun exposure.
HEALTH TIP #2
By Bryan Lucas | July 3, 2018
A healthy diet is a key component of your overall wellness.