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Archive for March 2017

Survive Your Spring Allergies

Allergy Testing at Centennial Medical

Welcome to spring, the time of year where you’ll see blossoming flowers, budding trees, and people coughing, sneezing, and in tears due to seasonal allergies.

Allergens are present all year round, and allergies develop when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overacts to something in the environment.  In the spring, the most common trigger is pollen, which leaves many coughing, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, and postnasal drip for a few weeks to at least a month’s time.

Here are a few tips to follow to prepare for the oncoming spring season and relieve your allergy symptoms.

Take your medicine early: If you have seasonal allergies, start taking your preferred medication a few weeks before your symptoms are likely to set in.  This will ease your symptoms so they aren’t as severe.

Limit pollen exposure: Avoid going outside between 10am – 4pm which are peak hours for high pollen count, and be sure to shower and wash your hair before turning in for the night.

Spring clean your home: Pollen travels indoors from open windows, shoes, clothes, and pets.  Reduce pollen exposure into your home by leaving shoes at the door, taking off clothes and showering when you come back inside, and keeping pets off bedroom furniture.  Regularly sanitize and clean floors with a vacuum cleaner that as a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.

Consider allergy testing: Find out the cause of your allergy symptoms and educate yourself on ways you can prevent allergic reactions.  Consult with a physician and get tested for seasonal allergies.  Skin tests and blood tests are common methods doctors use to determine an allergen.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient safety is a public health issue when it comes to protecting patients who are in need of medical care.  With thousands of hospitalizations happening every day, it’s important to understand health risks and how to be able to prevent them.

In light of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), we encourage you to make a commitment to your health and be engaged in the conversation surrounding patient safety.

 

How can I prevent becoming injured?

Injuries can be prevented with increasing strength by practicing exercises that will improve balance, posture, and flexibility.  You can also prevent day to day injuries by removing sharp objects and obstacles from your home, as well as installing railings on staircases and grab bars for bathrooms.

How can I prevent becoming sick with minor illnesses?

The best way to avoid getting sick is to stay on top of vaccinations like your annual flu shot, practice daily hygiene such as frequent hand washing, keep surface areas sanitized, and avoid loved ones who are sick.

How can I use my medications safely?

While antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, improper use can be dangerous.  Use antibiotics wisely and according to the label, or how your physician instructed.  Only take antibiotics for actual bacterial infections, and not for respiratory infections such as the flu or the common cold.

When should I see a doctor?

We encourage patients to have an annual check-up with their physician.  This helps establish a sound relationship with your doctor so they can be fully aware of your medical history and be able to suggest healthy habits.

You should also visit a doctor whenever your symptoms of infections or illnesses are uncomfortable, severe, or last longer than a few days to weeks at a time.

 

At Centennial Medical Group, we practice patient safety because we want to make sure all of our patients receive quality medical care and feel at ease with us. As a patient of our primary care services, you will benefit from receiving quality care from our skilled and experienced staff, who work together to meet the health care needs of you and your family.

For more information on the services we provide, please call us at 410-730-3399.

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“Put Your Best Fork Forward”

Even though we’re three months into the new year, it’s not too late to start developing healthy eating habits.

March is also known as National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of making informed food choices and developing physical activity habits.

With this month, don’t be afraid to start your New Year’s resolutions with keeping these tips in mind.

  1. Choose healthier options: Keep a well-balanced diet that contains high sources of protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Also, be sure to include options that are fat-free or low in fat.  Cut out added sugars but using naturally occurring substitutes in food and beverage products.
  2. Utilize your kitchen: Spend more time cooking at home rather than dining out or grabbing fast food on the go. Food prepared at restaurants is often loaded with added sugars, while cooking at home avoids added sugars that you’re not aware of.
  3. Find healthier options when dining out: Most restaurants have healthy options. Look for items that are steamed or roasted, and ask for your sauce, dressing, or cheese on the side. You can also try for meals that have smaller portions or eat half of your meal in the restaurant, and take the rest home.
  4. Practice mindful eating: Become more mindful of what you’re eating, when you’re eating, why you’re eating, and how much you’re eating.  Mindful eating is conscious approach to making better eating choices.

 

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