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The Role of Primary Care In Today’s Healthcare System

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The same way your car needs to be taken to the mechanic for a tune-up is the same way you need to visit your primary care physician for a regular check-up.  Even if you look fine on the outside, blood tests and health screenings are the best indicators of your overall health.

Your primary care physician is the first person you should look to for health education, wellness and prevention, and for help for a referral to a medical specialist.

If you don’t have a primary care physician, here are a couple of reasons why you should seek building a relationship with one medical professional over time:

Lifelong medical care

There a difference between knowing who you are and knowing your health.  Your primary care physician offers you personalized care that can save you time that’s spent explaining your medical history to a new person every time you’re in need of care.  From your childhood pediatrician to your family medicine physician, your primary care provider’s main goal is to deliver care specific to you.  By having a primary care physician for a number of years, they are aware of your underlying medical concerns, and can make recommendations to optimize your health.

Provide preventative care

Having a primary care physician entitles you to receiving health screenings, health risk assessments, and overall guidance on healthy lifestyle choices.  Primary care providers screen for medical conditions for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and STDs.  Vaccinations are a part of preventative care for diseases and viruses.

If you have a chronic condition, your PCP helps manage it and improve your quality of life.  Your primary care physician will also refer you to medical specialists when necessary as well as monitor your overall wellness.

If you are looking for a primary care provider, look no further than Centennial Medical.  We offer primary care services to ensure your overall quality of life.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 410-730-3399.

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Mother Knows Best

Medical Care in Elkridge, MD

Your mother was probably the first person you ran to when you got hurt or had a tummy ache.

Here’s some health advice your mom probably gave to you over the years that you neglected.

  1. Get your rest: There’s a reason why your mom put you to bed at a certain time every night, to make sure that you were getting the proper amount of rest. If your sleeping habits have been inconsistent over the years, try sticking to a sleeping schedule and go to bed at the same time every night.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast: Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and sets the tone of your eating habits for the rest of the day. Incorporate whole grain oatmeal and cereal, as well as a piece of fresh fruit to complete your breakfast meal.
  3. Wash your hands: Mom always emphasized washing your hands, so make sure you’re still practicing good hygiene and washing your hands regularly throughout the day.
  4. Stand up straight: If Mom saw you hunching over your desk right now, she’d probably cringe! Practice good posture by standing and sitting up straight.
  5. Get your annual check-up: Getting your annual check-up should be on the top of your to-do list when it comes to maintaining your overall health. A yearly check-up detects underlying health conditions that may go unnoticed.

If it’s time for your yearly check-up, sure to visit one of our medical professionals at Centennial Medical Group.  We’ll go over your medical history, conduct a full physical examination, and provide any medical education on how to adjust your lifestyle.

For more information about our physicals and primary care services, call us at 410-730-3399 or stop by today!

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5 First Aid FAQs

First Aid Treatment in Elkridge, MD

When your young ones get hurt, as a parent, you’re the first person they look to make them feel better.

There are a few essential first aid tips you should know to make sure your child doesn’t have a severe injury and what to do when your child gets hurt.  Here are some common first aid questions.

Q: Should I have a first aid kit?

A: A first aid kit should be every home’s must have item, as accidents happen any time and you want to be prepared with the right equipment.

Q: What should be in my first aid kit?

A: Some first aid kit essentials include: alcohol wipes, allergy medicine, antibiotic ointment, bandages, gauze rolls and pads, hydrocortisone cream, latex-free gloves, and pain relievers.

Q: How do I properly clean a wound?

A: Be sure to thoroughly clean your hands prior to treating any injury to avoid infection.  If you are using any tools such as tweezers or scissors, clean the equipment with rubbing alcohol prior to use.  After treating the wound, apply necessary antibiotic ointment, bandages, gauze, or ice.

Q: Do cuts heal quicker under a bandage or when left to “breathe”?

A: Bandaging can prevent infections and scabs when a cut is fresh, but after a few days, letting the cut breathe can speed up the healing process.

Q: When should I seek medical attention?

A: If you’re faced with injuries that don’t seem to be healing properly, have been infected with a tick bite, suffering from a nosebleed, or skin has been burned, seek medical attention.  Our medical center open 7 days a week and is fully equipped with an on-site lab and digital x-rays to fully diagnose your injuries to aid in the treatment of your injuries.  We will also developed a health plan tailed to your unique medical needs.  Our primary care physicians have years of medical experience to not only treat your medical needs, but also follow up to make sure you’re in overall good health.

 

At Centennial Medical, we want to make sure every patient feels at ease and come to us for any medical concern that needs to be addressed.  We offer comprehensive preventative care as well as standard screenings such as cardiac testing and bone density screenings.  We also provide therapeutic phlebotomies, IV therapy, and clinical injections.

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

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The Benefits of Primary Care

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If you don’t have a primary care provider for your ongoing medical care, now is a great time to establish that relationship.

It’s important to form a relationship with your primary care physician and maintain routine visits.  Patients who have a relationship with their primary care physician have better management of overall health, lower healthcare costs  by receiving preventative care, and have a higher level of satisfaction of having their healthcare needs met.

Your primary care physician’s office is the best place for:

  • Routine Care: A routine physical is the best way to uncover medical conditions that can save you money by early detection.
  • Common Illnesses: While urgent care centers are ideal for urgent medical conditions such the flu, earaches, and fevers, seeing your PCP for recurring illnesses is your best bet.  Your PCP has your full medical history and can better advise you based on your health history.
  • Medical Conditions: Your relationship with your PCP establishes a sense of trust when it comes to detecting, preventing, and treating chronic illnesses and diseases.
  • Health Promotion: Your PCP is the best person to encourage health maintenance and general education for living a healthy lifestyle.

By having an annual checkup, your PCP can reveal underlying health problems, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, that can go unnoticed and lead to more serious medical conditions later in life.

By establishing a relationship with your primary care physician, you’ll be able to prevent or navigate through chronic or complex medical conditions by receiving education and preventative care.  Your primary care physician would also be the best person to advocate for your overall physical, mental, and emotion health.

Because your primary care physician is aware of your full medical history, they’ll be able to better detect changes in your health, recommend lifestyle changes to prevent further complications, and refer you to specialists for certain conditions.

If you’re looking to find a new doctor, consider Centennial Medical Group for your primary care needs.

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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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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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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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