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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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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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Worried Your Sore Throat Could Be Strep Throat?

Many things can cause the unpleasant and sometimes painful condition of a sore throat.  Viruses, bacteria, allergens, and environmental irritants like cigarette smoke can cause a sore throat.

Most cases of a sore throat can be treated with over the counter medicine and home remedies, but other throat infections, like strep throat, require antibiotic treatment.

Strep throat is a contagious infection in the throat and tonsils area caused by group A Streptocccusbacteria.  While strep throat is a common type of sore throat in children, anyone in close contact with the infected person is susceptible to catching it.  The bacteria live in a person’s nose or throat without causing any illness, but an infected person can spread the virus by breathing, coughing, or sneezing, releasing droplets of the virus into the air and on surfaces.

Sharing household items such as eating utensils, cups, towels, and bedding exposes you to the strep throat.  Your risk also increases by touching doorknobs and handles that have traces of the droplets and immediately touching areas of your face such as your eyes, nose, or mouth.

It can take a few days for an individual to have noticeable symptoms of strep throat, but the most common symptoms include a sore or dry throat, swollen tonsils, hoarseness or loss of voice, upset stomach, high fever, and white or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.

If you’ve been experiencing severe symptoms of a sore throat and you think it could be strep throat, don’t hesitate to visit Centennial Medical Group!  Our healthcare professionals can test for strep by taking samples to see if group A strep bacteria is the cause of your sore throat.

If your results show that you have strep throat, we can provide you with antibiotics that will help reduce your symptoms and help prevent the spread of infection to others.  Those who have strep throat should do their best to finish their antibiotics prescription, take to bed rest, and practice good hygiene like washing their hands often and sanitizing hard surfaces.

For more information on the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 410-730-3399.

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