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Don’t be Scrooged by winter allergies

The holidays are here & that means that it is once again the best time of the year! However, if you suffer from allergies all year round or in the winter then you are probably dreading going home for the Holidays! Centennial Medical is here to tell you that you don’t need to be scared of your winter allergies anymore! We have some tips that should help you overcome & stay one step ahead of those nasty allergies!

Timing, Timing, Timing

The best time to stop allergies is before they even happen! Yes, that’s right you should be preparing and dedicating for your allergies approximately 1-2 weeks before you usually start getting symptoms. If you wait until you already have symptoms then you have made it harder for you to fight off your allergies this year. The warmer the weather the more of a chance you have of getting stronger allergy symptoms in the winter.

Stay away from the mold

Mold is everyone’s worst enemy when it comes to allergies. Mold can exist & grow anywhere that is wet in a warm place. By this, we mean places that have a moist damp environment more than likely the mold that can harm you the most is the mold that is found in your house. You should be looking for mold in the following places:

  • Under your couch
  • Under your sink
  • Shower
  • Bathroom
  • Under cabinets that may have had a leak near them
  • Basement pipes/heater

Mold in a house can be devastating to one’s health over a certain period of time. Slight exposure to mold can make your already existent allergies skyrocket!

Be careful about doing chores

When doing chores most specifically cleaning, most of the time this involves getting close to the dirty things around the house. A lot of dust, mold, & pollen may kick up when you are doing activities such as sweeping, mopping, wiping you are putting your face & mouth near these particles. The best way to try to avoid allergies while doing chores is to wear a mask that covers your nose & mouth.

We hope that these tips will help you beat allergies this year for the holidays!

 

 

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Don’t smell like a Grinch for the Holidays!

The Holidays are here & for most of us, that means that we have a lot of traveling to do to get to our families. However, when you finally get to your families house after a long day or days of travel the last thing you want to be is sick! Unfortunately, public transportation is not always the most sanitary & you could be exposed to a lot of different viruses. Centennial Medical is here to offer you some tips to help make sure you don’t get sick on your way home!

Hand hygiene

It is unfortunate that Holiday season also means its the middle of flu season! So make sure that you are very conscious of where you are putting your hands. If you have not gotten your flu shot yet you should come to us! If you have gotten the flu shot you are still at risk for getting sick because the flu shot is about 70% effective! Whenever you touch something from a public setting such as a gas station handle, train handle, or even just a public hand railing you need to be washing your hands after. If you are not near a sink or bathroom then make sure you carry around a hand sanitizer with you!

Wash your face

You face is one of the hardest parts of your body to take care of when you are on the go. This can lead to stress blemishes or rashes that would not look good for the Christmas pictures back home. You need to make a conscious effort to carry around some baby wipes or facial wipes. We know that you will not have access to a sink at most times so the wipes are the best option for on the go!

Body Hygiene

The last thing you want to do is come home to mom & dad & have yourself smelling like the Grinch. If you don’t have the time or a place to take a shower they sell dry soap & shampoo in your local stores. These are essential to get the feeling of travel off of you. Another good Idea is to pack a change clothes, this should give a nice fresh feeling that can knock off the travel funk. Last but not least, make sure to have some deodorant & cologne/perfume. If you do not have either of these your travel hygiene can take a turn for the worst fast. Nobody wants to be that guy that is making everyone’s travel experience worse from the smell.

 

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Be aware the flu is still here!

Fall is here & we hope you are all enjoying the weather! However, don’t forget that the flu is still here! Most people seem to forget that flu season is from Septemeber to mid-December! This means you should still be aware & using hand sanitation techniques. Even if you got your flu shot you should pay attention to these tips to keep avoiding the flu this year.

How often do you wash your hands?

The flu is spread airborne n& by ingestion, the most common way to get a virus is to wipe your mouth or eyes after the virus us on your hands or body, giving yourself an immediate infection. Ask yourself about how often you wash your hands in a day. If you can count on one hand how many times it is odds are you don’t wash your hands enough. You should try to wash your hands after everytime you feel you may have exposed yourself to some harmful germs. Sometimes when you should think about washing your hands is :

  • After petting a dog
  • After holding on to communal rails & grips
  • After riding public transportation
  • After shaking someone else’s hand that looks sick
  • After using the bathroom

You would be surprised how many people forget to wash their hands after using the bathroom. This is why you should always wash your hands after coming in contact with someone else.

How long do you wash your hands?

If you have seen someone in the bathroom who just throws water on their hands & then leaves? If you were slightly grossed out that’s because you should be! Your hands get thousands of germs on them & a couple seconds under the water will not get rid of them. You should wash your hand with warm water since it is a fact that warm water aids in helping to get rid of germs. On top of that, you should use soap, of course, & wash your hands for about 30-45 seconds. When teaching your child you should tell them to sing happy birthday, since the song is just around the time that they should be washing them.

What if I can’t wash your hands

There are always alternatives to washing your hands! Carrying around hand sanitizer will help you always have a way to wash your hands. Please recommend hand washing techniques to all loved ones & friends so you can all avoid the Flu this season!

 

 

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3 Tips for Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is right around the corner & we here at Centennial Medical center would like to wish everyone a spooky time! Halloween festivities usually entail, pumpkin picking, house decorating, apple cider & of course pumpkin carving! However, did you know that there are thousands of injuries every year form pumpkin carving? Carving a pumpkin may be tradition but can prove to be very dangerous when you are not completely aware of what you are doing. We have some tips you should follow to ensure your pumpkin carving goes as planned!

1. Clean your surroundings

When you finally get that big pumpkin you found in the field & take it home to carve do not rush with your set up! Most accidents happen not from the carving itself but from the environment around you when you are carving. If you leave your environment messy, you are leaving opportunities for you to trip, slip & fall carrying sharp objects. Make sure to clean your work area too! Having a sticky desk or a slippery desk can cause the pumpkin to fall all over the place. A list of other things to wash should include:

  • Hands
  • knife
  • Other Utensils
  • Pumpkin

2. Don’t sharpen your knife

Contrary to what you would think a sharp knife while carving pumpkins can lead to serious injury! Most of us are not use to the metrics of a pumpkin, so when you start to carve with a sharp knife you have a very high possibility of cutting through the pumpkin & hitting your hand. Some other things that can happen with a super sharp knife id cutting in the pumpkin & getting it stuck. If your knife gets stuck in the pumpkin please make sure to slowly pull it out rather than yanking it out. Yanking it out can cause you to lose control of the knife & may problems can occur in that area.

3. Buy a kit

The easiest way to avoid all problems from pumpkin carving is to buy a pumpkin carving kit! As easy of an alternative as it sounds the tools in a pumpkin carving kit are made specifically for carving the pumpkin. This means you will not have to use the awkwardness of a knife or worry about it being too dull or too sharp! We hope these tips were helpful & have you on your way to carve some pumpkins!

 

 

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Preventative flu measures you should take

It is that time of the year again! Flu season is from mid-September to the end of December & this year has the highest cases of flu in the past 5 years. Centennial Medical would like to give you some advice on how to stay away & beat the flu this season!

Get your flu shot

One of the easiest ways to prevent getting the Flu is to get your flu shot! A flu shot can be given to you at any of your local urgent cares. Flu shots are painless most of the time & come with very little side effects. Some of them include:

  • Pain in arm
  • swelling in the arm
  •   slight fever

Remember, flu shots aren’t always 100% effective, so it is very important that you take precautionary measures this season still!

Sanitation tips

If you are commuting to work & are taking public transportation, you will be around a lot of people. It is important to start practicing some daily sanitation measures, some things you can try are:

  •  cough in the elbow
  •  carry around hand sanitizer
  •  don’t touch communal hand railings, bus handles ext
  • Wash your hands before every meal

The flu is extremely contagious so it is important to know you are always at risk of catching it in public.

Protect your kids too!

Even if you take all the precautions for the flu, you cannot forget about friends & family. It is important to talk about the flu and make it a propriety. Some people think since they got the flu shot once they are protected but that is false information. The flu comes back in a different strand every year so a flu shot is needed!

If you or any of your friends/ family need a flu shot come on down to Centennial medical today!

 

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5 Back to school safety tips

It is back to school time again & for the returning parents & parents new one leaving their children at school for the first time you should follow these tips to ensure the transition in the new school year goes exactly as planned.

1. Plan a safe route to school

If your child is at the age when they can start riding the bus or walking to school it is important for both of you to have a specific route to go on. A young child can get lost going to school or may forget the way to the bus stop. A good way to ease both you & your child is to plan a route for them & go over it before school starts or over the weekend. This way your child will always know where to go & you will always know where to find your child.

2. Teach sanitation tips

Flu season is from September to mid-December to make sure to get your child a flu shot as well as teaching them some tips on how to avoid the flu. These tips should include:

  • Sneaking into elbow
  • Not sharing food or a drink at lunch
  • Washing hands after every meal
  • Give them hand sanitizer to bring to school.

These tips will help your child prevent getting sick & teach them great routines tog et into around the school year.

3. Give them a phone

Yes, it is 2018 & we understand with the phone, comes a lot of responsibility. However, a phone is a direct line to your child. In case of an emergency at school, you can always get in touch with your child. & they can also always reach you if they need something.

4. Teach them stranger danger

Yes, we all know “Don’t Talk to strangers” is one of the first things that we teach our kids while they are out on their own. However, stranger danger is much more than random people on the street these days. You should also warn your children about internet predators & the games they could play online.

5. Talk with your child every day

Communication is key when you have a child going through middle school & high school. Your child goes through a lot in those years so it is important that you make them feel important. Ask them about their day, listen to their problems. Nothing is more important than your child so make time for them no matter what.

If you use all these tips correctly your child should have a smooth transition into school!

 

 

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Vaccinate your child!

Protect your children

Children need to be protected in every stage of life as they are growing up. We always protect them, whether it is buying them a car seat, putting a helmet on their head when they ride a bike, & vaccinating them. A vaccination can save your child’s life.

What is a vaccination & why is it important?

A vaccination is when a doctor injects a patient with a strand of a dead or old virus that is not dangerous to the body. However, the body does not know this, so the white blood cells adapt and attack the virus. This causes the body to be immune from the virus & be prepared if it ever encounters the virus again. Vaccinations are not dangerous & they are very effective. Some side effects may occur such as:

  • redness near injectionvaccinations
  • itchiness
  • slight fever
  • a cough

However, these side effects are not that common & are non-life threating.

What are the benefits?

Vaccinations don’t only protect your child but also others around them, such as peers, students, friends. Vaccinations protect future generations. When you vaccinate your child & they do the same eventually the newer generation of your family will have children born immune to these diseases. A vaccination isn’t just for your child, it is also for everyone around your child as well. Not being exposed to these virus’s leaves them away from your child’s surroundings.

When should I vaccinate my child?

You should vaccinate your child when they are newborns first. A newborn is very vulnerable to all diseases. A vaccination takes away the prep time your body needs to adapt & fight a virus. If your newborn is infected it could 3-4 days for the body to develop antibodies; by this time the virus may have caused serious illness or death. After the vaccination as a newborn pay attention to the grade school vaccinations; most of the time they are required with a physical to enter school.

We offer vaccinations here at Centennial Medical! Stop by today to get yours!

 

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Beat sunburn this summer!

Its everyone’s favorite time of year again! One of the best parts about summer is the weather & being outside enjoying the sun. However most of the time we often forget that the sun can actually hurt us if we are not careful. Did you know that the most common form of cancer is melanoma skin cancer? Melanoma is often caused by severe or repeated exposure to sunburn. When you get sunburn once your chances of getting skin cancer triple! We want to make sure everyone has their fun in the sun while protecting themselves!

The suns rays

The sun has 3 forms of UV light. UVA, UVB, UVC. Out of these three only 2 actually, make it to earth’s surface (UVA & UVB). The suns rays are radiation; our skin can withstand a set amount of radiation before it starts to burn. Sunburn is a radiation burn on a cellular level, this is why it should be taken seriously.

How do I know I have sunburn?

If you have a mild case of sunburn your symptoms will include:

  • redness on skin
  • peeling
  • dehydration
  • a slight headache

If you gave a more serve case of sunburn your symptoms will include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches/migraines
  • high pulse
  • blacking out
  • extreme burn & pain

How to prevent sunburn

Sunblock is the best way to protect yourself from the sun when you will have prolonged exposure. A common misconception on sunblock is, only applying once or every 30 mins. If you are exercising, sweating or swimming you must apply sunblock directly after because it will wash off of your body!

Take these tips with you this summer & stay away from sunburn! If you have any sunburn concerns please come into Centennial Medical today! We treat sunburn!

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Reasons to Always Stay Hydrated This Summer

The summer is an exciting time to enjoy the outdoors with friends, family, and do lots of fun stuff! But one thing that’s important is to stay hydrated. Doctors have advised many times that we drink at least eight glasses of water per day, however, depending on your body type, weight, and the amount of exercise you do in a given day, the amount could actually be higher.

Regardless, it’s a smart idea to have water handy with you at all times and to drink plenty of it. Below are but a few perks to it.

Physical Performance

Our body is amazing and can do incredible things when we train ourselves and push ourselves. Part of that success actually stems from us drinking water. Water is the essence of life after all and our body needs it in order to operate properly, even when working out. Consider water our fuel. When we are running low we will feel weaker and won’t be able to work as hard.

Lose Weight

You’ve heard of the term water weight, right? It’s essentially weight that lingers in our systems and can actually be flushed out when we drink water. This is why in weight loss programs they recommend you drink a lot of water, often times more than the eight glasses of water per day. Furthermore, water can fill us up as well making us eat less food too.

Mood-Boosting

Water can also affect our mood, as well as some studies, have shown. For a lot of us as we get older, we drink less water which can lead to dehydration. Even a mild dehydration can affect our mood drastically. By drinking water, research has shown that it can make a massive impact on helping with sleep disorders as well as alleviating depression which hampers our moods.

Brainpower Boost

Much like our body, our brain is primarily water as well. As mentioned above, our body needs water desperately in order to function. When you satisfy those needs you can expect your body to work better but also your brain as well.

Prevent Headaches

Headaches are often cues from your body telling you that something is wrong. In many cases, headaches are caused by feelings of dizziness, dehydration or you haven’t gone to the bathroom recently. The dehydration is likely one of the more common ones around the summer and spring seasons so make sure you drink up.

Disease prevention

Surprisingly, drinking water can prevent a lot of serious diseases. A lot of common diseases in the spring and summer stem from overexposure to heat which raises our body temperature. Since water can be cooler (and even drinking warm water causes us to sweat which is a natural cooling system for our body), it can moderate our temperature to stay at a reasonable level.

By drinking water, we can prevent ourselves from getting things like heatstroke, dehydration, and more. Heatstroke is especially dangerous as it can cause you to faint and be in a coma or worse, death. Drinking some glasses of water can help prevent that which gives you all the more reason to drink water.

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Top Summer Health Risks to Watch Out For

With summer just around the corner, many people are looking forward to it for obvious reasons. But as much as summer is exciting, there comes a lot of risks to our health that we need to be cautious of. Below is a list of the most common health risks you need to look out for, and what you can do about it.

Skin Cancer

With warmer temperatures means the sun is out longer, but also higher exposure to UV lights from the sun. If you are an outdoor person, you need to wear proper protection or else you could develop skin cancer. If you’re an individual with fair skin, have hazel or blue eyes or have blonde or red hair, you are particularly vulnerable to UV light exposure and could develop skin cancer. You can prevent this by using sunscreen, or by avoiding the long exposure to the sun during peak hours (9 am to 3 pm).

Sunburn

Sunburn is another common health risk. We may not think much of it as the vast majority of the US population experience this every summer, however, there’s a lot that goes on with it. Sunburn, in the end, damages our skin but can also damage our DNA which can lead to developing skin cancers. You can prevent all this by wearing sun protective clothing, avoiding the sun at peak hours, or by wearing sunscreen.

Heat Stroke

Heatstroke is another big one and can even cause death. One of the most dangerous health risks on our list, heatstroke is caused when you are exposed to the suns rays for long periods of time while also dehydrated. You can prevent this by ensuring you are drinking plenty of water, especially if you plan to work out outside.

Dehydration

Dehydration stems from you losing more fluid than what you are putting in. Since your body needs water in order to function, if it doesn’t get that, you will start to feel dehydrated. Dehydration isn’t always identified by that. For adults a sign of dehydration is urinating less frequently, your urine being dark-colored, feeling dizzy, tired, or confused. The only way you can treat dehydration is to drink water.

Bug Bites

Bug bites can seem rather harmless, but it depends on the area in which you live. Bugs can carry all sorts of viruses that we’re not aware of so it’s wise to take some level of caution depending on the area. For most of us, bugs are quite harmless aside from the bites on our skin. In order for those areas to heal fast is to avoid the irritated skin area. You can do this by applying some anti-itching cream. Furthermore, you could prevent bug bites by applying bug spray on you.

Sports Injury

Injuries in sports is not an uncommon thing and during the summer there’s a lot of activities that we can do outside. The best way you can prevent injury is by wearing protective gear when the situation calls for it. Furthermore, since we can’t predict what kind of injuries you may have, make sure that you have a first aid kit handy or at the very least some band-aids to help with scrapes and cuts. For more serious injuries make sure you call 911 immediately.

If you have any concern about our primary care services, call us at 410-730-3399 or stop by today!

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