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Common Cold Treatment During Fall & Winter

Winter means extra family time, holidays, and beautiful snow falling, but it also means an increased chance of illness from the common cold. The cold affects each patient roughly 2-3 times each year, so it’s important to be prepared. Rather you’re taking care of yourself or a loved one, utilize these tips to treat the common cold the best way possible. 

What is a Common Cold?

The common cold is a virus that spreads quickly and easily from one person to the next. The virus attacks your immune system causing many unpleasant symptoms including: 

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue 
  • Cough
  • Sore throat 

There is no vaccine to prevent the common cold, but hand washing and good hygiene are able to reduce your risk. Cold symptoms typically last 3-5 days. 

How Can I Treat it at Home?

You can treat most of your cold symptoms right from the comfort of your own home! First, remember the importance of hydration. Even if you don’t feel like eating much, be sure to drink plenty of water and enjoy clear liquids like chicken broth. Try to get as much rest as possible. It can be annoying to take time away from your life to rest, but it will ultimately help you heal quicker.

You can manage your other cold symptoms with over the counter medications designed to target congestion, runny nose, cough, and sore muscles. Keeping the air around you moist with a humidifier will also help keep your cough and congestion at bay. 

Can I Get Treatment at an Urgent Care?

Yes, you can get treatment at an urgent care! There is no cure for the common cold, but an urgent care can help to manage your symptoms if home remedies aren’t cutting it. The common cold can cause other issues such as sinus infections or ear infections too, which will need prescription antibiotics from an urgent care health provider. Try to treat your symptoms at home and let the cold run its course first. If symptoms continue to get worse or don’t show any signs of improvement, it’s time to visit the urgent care. 

Our urgent care facility is staffed with cold treatment experts who are ready to make you feel better however we can! Walk-in any time to receive quick and affordable treatment by an experienced physician. We also offer seasonal flu shots for free with most major insurance companies. Even if you don’t have a cold, come in and get vaccinated before you end up with something even worse!

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Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is a common disease that affects many American’s every year, but the general public still lacks basic and knowledge and understanding of the condition. Being aware of diabetes signs and symptoms can help you recognize the possibility of diabetes in yourself or a loved one. Even if none of the symptoms apply to you personally, having an understanding of the disease will help you as you come in contact with other diabetes sufferers throughout your life.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses and responds to sugar or glucose. Glucose is a vital part of our bodies functions daily. From providing energy to our muscles to fueling our brain activity, we can’t survive without glucose. Diabetes causes too much glucose to enter the bloodstream at a time, which can have hazardous side effects. Diabetes can occur in type 1 or type 2, as well as prediabetes and gestational diabetes. Prediabetes and gestational diabetes can typically be resolved with healthy lifestyle changes and consistent monitoring.

Symptoms

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes both present with the same symptoms. The critical difference, however, is that type 1 diabetics typically notice the onset of symptoms much more quickly than type 2 diabetics. This leads to type 2 diabetics going undiagnosed and untreated for an extended period of time. Warning signs and potential symptoms of diabetes include:
• Excessive thirst
• Frequent urination
• Unexplained rapid weight loss
• Irritability
• Fatigue
• Recurrent infections
• Slow healing times on wounds and abrasions
• Blurred vision
• Ketones in urine samples
All of these symptoms are caused by the excess glucose in the blood combined with a lack of insulin to control the glucose. Type 1 diabetics often begin to show signs in early childhood. Their parents will likely notice signs before the children themselves do. Type 2 diabetes appears in adults over the age of 40 the most, but it can technically begin at any age. Prediabetes looks in someone at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If prediabetes is diagnosed, your doctor will prescribe lifestyle changes involving your diet and exercise to reverse the effects before you become a type 2 diabetic. Gestational diabetes appears in women during pregnancy and typically goes away after the pregnancy ends. Lifestyle changes and monitoring can often control gestational diabetes without the need for supplemental insulin injections in the expectant mother.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from diabetes, contact a doctor right away to begin the testing process.

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Debunking Common Women’s Health Myths

From a young age, most women are given health advice from their fellow female friends and family members. While some of that advice may be wise, much of it is based on false myths. Following those myths can actually lead to more harm than good! If you aren’t sure what’s right and what’s false anymore, we’re here to help.


Bras Cause Cancer

There is an old myth that bras cause breast cancer. While they may be uncomfortable and at times annoying, they don’t have any direct link to breast cancer. Unhealthy eating and consuming alcohol are linked to increased risk of breast cancer, but regular mammogram screenings can help you stay protected. Perform a self-breast exam once per month to look for any lumps or signs of change. After the age of 45, you should get a mammogram once per year.


Certain Foods Improve Fertility


Trying to conceive without success can be frustrating. It leaves many women grasping at straws for anything that can improve their chances of conceiving. A commonly heard myth is that certain foods, including yams and soy, make getting pregnant easier. These claims are totally false and backed by no scientific evidence. If you find yourself struggling to conceive, speak with your gynecologist to discuss your fertility options.


A Low Sex Drive is Bad


Many women worry that their lack of interest in sex signals that something is wrong. The truth is, some women just have a lower sex drive! With age and other lifestyle changes, it’s normal for your sex drive to change. You should only be concerned if you notice a sudden drop in libido compared to where it usually is. In this instance, talk with your doctor to discuss what may be causing the change. Stress, hormone imbalance, dietary changes, and many other factors could be causing the change. It may take some patience and exploration to get your sex drive back to where it once was, and that’s okay! Remember, you should never compare your sex drive to that of your friends or family members. Every woman is different, and there’s no right or wrong level of libido to have. Forcing yourself to engage in sex when the interest isn’t present can actually harm your sex drive in the future. Be open with your partner about your needs and explore options to improve your sex drive if you feel the need.




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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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5 Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

health feetIF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT

When hitting the dance floor and shopping malls this season, don’t compromise comfort and safety. Protect your feet from blisters, calluses and ankle injuries with the right shoes for the occasion.

DON’T OVERINDULGE IN HOLIDAY CHEER

Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer—overindulging in certain foods high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.

BE PEDICURE SAFETY CONSCIOUS

Reduce your risk of bacterial infections, including MRSA, during your holiday pedicure by choosing a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.

WATCH FOR ICE & SNOW

Holiday winter wonderlands can be beautiful but also dangerous for ankles. Use caution when traveling outdoors and watch for ice or snow patches along your trail.

LISTEN TO YOUR FEET

Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters or calluses. If you have any issues, contact your foot and ankle surgeon.

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Prepare Your Kids For School Sports Season

soccerMore and more parents are enlisting their kids in school sports nowadays. Besides the obvious health benefits, sports teach the players teamwork, communication, and disciplines which will groom them into well-rounded individuals. In order for young athletes to fully enjoy the experience, there are some easy things parents could do. Here are a few of them:

Let the kids prepare their own breakfast

By waking up 15 minutes earlier every day, kids can have enough time to get ready for school and make themselves breakfast. This will tremendously help develop their own discipline, which is critical to any sports team. A team can only be as strong as the players who make it up. It’s not that difficult, and you should encourage your kids to adopt this habit as soon as possible before the school year begins.

Act as a role model

“Like father, like son.” Your kids have most likely adopted your habits and behaviors, which include both good and bad ones. If you exhibit a healthy and active lifestyle, that will greatly benefit your young ones. Instead of eating junk/fast food regularly, cook up proper meals. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV all day, sign up for the gym or go for a run few times a week. Your health, and your kids, of course, will be grateful for that!

Sports physicals

A sports physicals is a series of test to determine any underlying risk of illness or injury before young athletes sign up for sports at school. Almost every school requires this examination from students before accepting them into sports programs. It doesn’t take much of your time and effort and could prevent your kids from getting serious injuries in future.

If your student athlete is joining a sports team this upcoming season, visit Centennial Medical Group for a sports physicals.

Our physicals include examinations of:

  •       Height
  •       Weight
  •       Eyes
  •       Ears
  •       Nose
  •       Mouth

Call us today to schedule an appointment at 410-730-3399.

 

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Why Is Physical Therapy Important?

manual releaseIf you participated in competitive sports in the past, you will understand the importance of physical therapy due to injuries. It is crucial for speeding the recovery and controlling the pain. However, you don’t necessarily have to have sports injuries to see a physical therapist. Physical therapy could benefit people of all ages who have ongoing and chronic medical conditions that restrain their body physical functions.

Every physical therapy program is customized and tailored to patient’s specific health conditions. Many people have found physical therapy helpful in getting them back to their prior lifestyle after being diagnosed with injuries or other medical conditions. Wondering what physical therapy can do for you? Here are just a few ways physical therapy could improve your life quality:

Pain Management

Many therapy exercises and techniques could help relieve pain and revitalize joint and muscle functions. Some examples of these exercises and techniques are joint mobilization, manipulation, and electrical stimulation. This could also aid in pain prevention.

Surgery Alternative

Though not guaranteed, some physical therapy programs could get rid of your injury pain and speed up the healing process. Thus, surgery might not be needed in these situations and you could save a lot of money. Even if physical therapy cannot replace surgery, you will more likely to have a better recovery after the operation.

Mobility Improvement

It is annoying, inconvenient and may even be painful when you have any kind of trouble controlling your body movements. A customized therapy program with proper strengthening and stretching exercises could certainly help you regain your ability to move.

Vascular Conditions Treatment

Excercise is a very effective way to control blood sugar when being combined with other treatments. Also, diabetes could give patients undesirable sensation in the feet and legs which could be managed with proper instructions from the therapist.

And Much More!

While physical therapy is not a perfect answer for every single medical condition, it could substantially improve the quality of your treatment. Just make sure that you find a therapist that fits your goals and scopes in order to receive the best treatment plan!

At Centennial Medical Group, our licensed physical therapists are certainly happy to help you with your therapy needs. For more information about our physical therapy services, call us at 410-730-3399 to set up an appointment today!

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How to Have a Healthy Summer

Summer Health Tips

Summer is the season where everyone wants to be in their prime, but what are some ways you can start practicing healthy habits and get the summer body you desire?  It’s all about making healthy lifestyle choices that can last you all year long.

Here are a few summer health tips you can practice to optimize you health!

Switch Up Your Diet

Two servings of fruit and one of vegetables each day provides a nutritious baseline for a healthy lifestyle. Eating foods that grow in season are the freshest, including basil, corn, tomatoes, melons, avocado, nuts and seeds helps boost your immune system. A blended smoothie of these provides you with antioxidants and healthy fats and help maintain the balance of carbohydrates in your body.

 

Continue to Drink Water

When it’s hot out, you lose a significant portion of water through sweat. This is why it’s necessary to replace the water lost in your body by drinking more water than what you would with your usual routine. Staying hydrated helps with your body’s processes and in fully-functioning condition. Drinking as little as possible of other liquids such as alcohol, soda and other diuretics helps to retain water.

 

Get Out and Exercise

There is no better way to enjoy your summer than to go for a run or walk in nature. However, given the heat that persists into the nights, it is important to go take advantage of those longer days and work out in the morning. Between 12 and 3 PM are the day’s hottest hours. Run to work or your next destination! The season of Summer allows us to ditch our vehicles as a primary method of transportation and get some Vitamin D from the shining sun.

Take Time to Relax

Use the season to your full advantage. Relax, sleep more, or even take a vacation. Your body and mind has earned the right to sit back and partake in the season where everyone can relax.  With more time to enjoy outside, it is good to give your smartphone or computer a rest and go for a walk or hike in your local park or beach. It is a refreshing way to relax, and keeps you active.

 

Taking a break will allow you to get away from your daily routine to refresh and recharge!

 

If you’re looking to make some healthy lifestyle changes, be sure to consult with a physician at Centennial Medical Group today!  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medial professionals at 410-730-3399.

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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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“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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