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3 Simple Home Remedies for Spring Allergies

Spring is coming around the corner in all its glory and beauty. With Spring arrival comes the seasonal changes, and to people who are sensitive to the season shift, spring allergies are on a high priority list to watch out for. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with your symptoms helplessly. There are some simple remedies that can offer immediate or temporary reliefs.

Nasal Lavage

Nasal Lavage is one of the best ways to deal with allergies symptoms that have to do with your nasal cavity. All you have to do is to create a saline solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt, a half teaspoon of baking soda and 16 ounces of warm water. Then, put the mixture into a nasal aspirator and spray the solution into one of your nostrils. The saline solution will flow through the nasal cavity and exit the other nostril. By doing this, you will reduce/eliminate the mucus and open your sinus passages.

Honey

Honey is famous for its power against bacterias and allergy pollens. It is widely studied, and scientists have come to realize that the bee pollen in raw honey boosts our immune system and fight off the allergies. If you are experiencing bad allergies reactions, three teaspoons of raw honey a day will help alleviate the symptoms.

Stinging Nettle

While stinging nettle possesses stinging hairs, it is proven from clinical studies that it could be very effective in alleviating sneezing and itching symptoms. This is thanks to its ability to relieve the level of histamine in your system. Stinging Nettle can be used in various forms including tea, soup, pills or infusion. Two cups of stinging nettle a day can certainly boost your immunity during seasonal change months.

 

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What Can Your Resting Heart Rate Tell You?

 

Each of your pulses matches a heartbeat that pushes blood through your veins. Knowing your pulse/heart rate helps your doctor analyze how well your blood flow functions inside your body. You can feel how fast your heart is beating by feeling your pulse. Heart rate equals the number of heartbeats over a minute.

Normal heart rate while resting at adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. At some people who have more efficient heart function, resting heart rate could be 40 beats a minute.

You are not active enough

If you usually sit around or are inactive all day, your resting heart rate is likely to reach the higher end of the 60-100 range. While it is necessary due to any problem with your heart, it might be working inefficiently in pumping your blood throughout your body. By engaging in some light to moderate physical activity during the day, you can significantly improve the efficiency of your blood function and your heart health in general.

You are overtraining

While being not active enough is unhealthy, constantly pushing your physical capabilities over the edge can also damage your health in the long term. An increase in resting heart rate when you are heavily training and not resting enough can signal that you are overworking your heart. Giving the gym some necessary breaks and your body will get enough rest and bounce back stronger than ever.

You are not getting enough sleep

If you feel constantly exhausted all the time and only sleep for less than 6-7 hours a day, chances are you are experiencing sleep deprivation. This might cause fatigue, slower metabolism and more snacking. This can also raise your resting heart rate. Make sure you get enough sleep every night.

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5 Tips to Stay Warm in The Winter

Winter is not always known to be friendly. It could be brutal, and your morning commutes in the winter always feel like the longest ride. To stay warm in the winter, take a look at these tips no matter how frightful it might be outside!

1. Warm yourself

Next time you want to crank up the heat in your apartment/office space, consider putting on another layer of clothing. It is much easier to raise your body temperature.

2. Use headwear

We lose heat from any part of our body that is exposed to the air. That’s why we wear layers of clothes to maintain body heat. In addition, wearing a hat or a beanie will additionally help with keeping your body temperature up.

3. Use a ceiling fan

Do you have a ceiling fan in the room? Warm air rises up to the ceiling. That’s why a ceiling fan running on a low setting can circulate the warm air around the space.

4. Shower with both cold and hot water

We all know how pleasant a hot shower is, especially in a cold weather. However, you might want to consider switching up to cold water next time. It is proven to improve blood circulation inside your body and develop a stronger immune system.

5. Block drafts with fabrics

The key is to keep your place insulated so that the cold air stays out and the warm air stays in. If you detect any draft in your apartment, use some old clothes that you don’t use anymore and slide them under the doors. That will help with insulation.

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 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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Dealing With The Flu With These 5 Home Remedies

fluIt’s the end of October. Halloween is right around the corner. While everybody is excited to dress up their kids and go trick-or-treating, a health risk is also creeping up on us: The Flu (yikes!). While the flu could be dangerous sometimes, the majority of patients could recover quickly with proper treatment and even just enough rests.

While prescription drugs could speed up your recovery, there are quite a few simple natural remedies that could help you relieve the symptoms at home. Keep these in mind for this flu season!

1. Drink water

One of the worst things the flu can do to your body is to dehydrate. If you have vomiting or diarrhea symptoms, that is even worse. That’s why staying hydrated is the most effective way to fight off the flu. Stay away from caffeinated drinks though. Caffeine is a diuretic which will make your urine take away more water. By observing your body, you can assess if you have drunk enough fluids. Your urine should be very light color or almost colorless.

2. Chicken soup

It’s been a remedy passed down through generations. Every time a kid is sick, their mom would make them a bowl of chicken soup. We all know that we feel better afterward, but is there any scientific reason for that? According to a study by Dr. Stephen Rennard at the University of Nebraska, chicken soup inhibited the migration of white blood cell that defends the body against infections. For that reason, having chicken soup really helps upper respiratory symptoms from the flu.

3. Get enough rest

When you are sick, you should get as much rest as possible. If you are too tired to exercise, don’t. If you are too tired to work, stay at home for the day. Spending the whole day in bed could be a great way to support your body fighting off the influenza virus. Also, good sleep will help your body immune system work more effectively so remember to have enough hours of sleep.

4. Humidify

If you have a stuffy nose and sore throat, breathing moist air could help ease that. Put an air humidifier or steam vaporizer in your bedroom before going to bed. You will wake up feeling much better without a stuffy nose.

5. Gargling salt water

Swishing and spitting salt water can really help with the flu. When you are sick, a thick layer of mucus collects at the back of your throat. Gargling salt water twice a day before and after sleeping can help reduce this.

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A Simple Guide To Prevent Eye Injuries At Workplace

eye gogglesEye injuries are very common at work. On average, approximately 2,000 cases of eye injuries occur every day. Of these injuries, 10-20% might lose their visions temporarily or permanently. Most of these happen where it is not required to wear safety eyewear. Many of these victims didn’t think they should wear protective wear, or wear safety gear that didn’t provide enough protection.

Eye injuries are easy to avoid if you are aware of all the risks. Follow this eye safety checklist below for instructions:

Safe work environment

  • Prevent unstable objects that could be potential hazards
  • Regularly check to make sure there are safety features
  • Train people to use the tools properly and safely
  • Restrict people without responsibility from hazardous areas

Assess potential hazards constantly

  • Perform routine checkups and assessments of work equipment
  • Maintain machinery, protective gear and worksite regularly

Wear proper eye and face protection

  • Choose the right eye and face protective gear for the job
  • Make sure the gear is in good condition
  • Make sure the gear fits well

Adopt safe work practice

  • Always shrug and brush off work debris and dust from your hair and clothes before taking off eye safety glasses
  • Avoid rubbing or touching eyes with dirty hands
  • Make sure eyeglasses are cleaned thoroughly and regularly

 

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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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Does Your Child Need A School Physical?

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In an environment where children learn and grow, it is crucial that the health and overall condition of children is important to consider. Medical problems can cause issues in school performance in children, such as the inability to concentrate due to general physical discomfort or lack of sleep. By having an annual physical provides the opportunity to check for health problems and will make it less difficult to identify issues. Even if your child has no history of health issues, it is still important to schedule a physical at least once every two years. On the other hand, children with chronic medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes should be examined annually.

Examination
There is not much of a difference between a normal physical and school examination. Weight and height, vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature and pulse are all measured. A physician assistant listens for the child’s lungs and heart, and then checks their ears, eyes, throat and nose. If the physical is required for a child to be in a sport, the physician will also test their strength and flexibility. All results of the physical are recorded on forms provided by your school district.

Medical Record
Adolescence is a time where vital changes take place in children’s development. Not only is it convenient to have a physical at school, it is invaluable to keep a yearly updated medical history of your child that helps give doctors and parents awareness of your child’s development over time. A history provides information in detail for physicians to accurately diagnose and monitor vital signs as children progress into puberty. Information includes immunization and vaccination records.

Follow Up
After an exam your child might require additional tests to confirm a diagnosis. At our on-site laboratory, we conveniently give on-site X-ray services and other necessary tests. If your child needs to be treated for an injury, or needs a prescription, it is vital to contact your healthcare provider. Through school physicals, medical professionals can discover the true medical condition of children to find out of any difficulties they may have that have not yet been identified. It is always easier to treat illnesses and injuries if detected early on.

 

If your child needs their school physical administered, stop by Centennial Medical Group!  We’ll make sure your child is in good health to kick off the school year!  For more information about our physical exam 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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