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Archive for February 2017

Why Your Body Needs Rest When You’re Sick

Ever notice that when you overwork your body, you always end up sick?

Our lives are constantly moving between going to work and school, and trying to keep an active social life.  Having a busy schedule can lead to stress, and without winding down, your body will show for it.  You may end up with a cough, runny or stuffy nose, a fever, and you may feel fatigued.  This is your body letting you know that you’re overworking yourself and it’s time to rest.

While your life may be overwhelmed due to your workload, you may feel like there’s no real time for you to be sick.  Instead of taking a sick day, you continue with your daily routine despite feeling too tired to work.  Pressing on can cause you to become even more sick, and weakens your immune system.  Medicine and fluids can help make you feel better when you do get sick, but what your body really need is bedrest.

Ignoring your body’s need for sleep can be the root cause of your sickness.  When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, your immune system seems to suffer.  Studies have shown that those who get less than 6 hours of sleep are more likely to get sick than those who get a full night’s rest.

Proper rest can boost your immune system to get you feeling better sooner.  Sleep helps your body better fight infections that cause you to get sick, along with staying hydrated and taking medicine that helps with Common Cold symptoms.

Sleeping allows your body and mind to rest by providing your body with energy to be more productive and boosts your mood that helps you feel refreshed manages stress.

The next time you can sick with a cold, don’t ignore your body.  Allow your body to recover by getting the proper rest.

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Should I Get Tested?

Getting tested for STDs is often times a taboo subject.  It’s not exactly table talk, and can be an embarrassing to admit.  Everyone who is sexually active should get tested regularly, as any sexual activity can put you and your partner at risk.

The only sure way to know if you have an infection is to get tested.  Most STDs symptoms are mild and can go completely unnoticed.  If left untreated, they can lead to further health complications down the line.  For sexually active individuals, STDs can compromise your general health or lead to an incurable affliction.

Generally, you should get tested at least once a year, or at least every few months if you have high-risk factors, such as new or multiple sex partners.

You also don’t have to have sexual intercourse to contract an STD.  Even those who are married or have not yet engaged in sexual activity are at risk.  You can pick up an STD from skin-to-skin contact, open wounds, or from sharing unsterilized needles for piercing and tattoos.

If you’ve been experienced symptoms like abdominal pain, painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse, or discharge, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

At Centennial Medical Group, we can test for a wide variety of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Our physicians will go over your results and provide you with any medical information and treatment if necessary.

Some of our testing services include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV/ADIS
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • HPV

The most common strains of STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, are curable.  However, STDs such as HIV/AIDS and herpes can last a lifetime.

The most effective way to prevent an STD is to not have sex.  You can lower your risk for STDs by limiting your number of sexual partners by having sex with only one person, who is also having sex with only you.  It’s also important to protect yourself by using condoms and dental dams.

If you would like to utilize our STD testing services, or would like more information about sexually transmitted diseases and infections, please call us at 410-730-3399.

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