Wintertime Respiratory Illnesses
Wintertime is peak season for contracting illnesses. Due to the colder weather, we tend to stay inside more, which often puts us in proximity to disease-causing germs. When we do get sick, it can be frustrating not knowing exactly what we may have “caught”.
Regular Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of your arteries. Persistent elevation of blood pressure increases your risk of thickening the walls of your arteries which can lead to
- heart problems
- kidney disease
High blood pressure readings often has no symptoms, so regular blood pressure checks is the only way to know if a person has high blood pressure.
Dangers of Using Google For Health Symptoms
Have you been guilty of looking up your health symptoms online? If the answer is yes (well, of course you have!), you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, it’s such a common worldwide occurrence that Even Google’s own staff admit that using the search engine to look for symptoms is pretty much a portal into Hell.
And while sometimes Internet searches can lead to the right answers, other times it can lead to anxiety called cyberchondria. The unfounded concern over common symptoms based on online literature and research. Once someone begins self-diagnosing and agonizing over health symptoms, it becomes an issue.
Drug Testing FAQ
Drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. It can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs.
There are a variety of employment-related drug tests used by employers. The types of drug tests which show the presence of drugs include:
- urine drug tests
- blood drug tests
- hair drug tests
- saliva drug screens
- breath alcohol testing
Ways to Prepare for Cold and Flu
There’s no doubt about it. Cold and flu season is a sure thing and it’s on the rise this year. Cold and flu season may bring body aches and fever, but there are precautions you can take to keep illness at bay.
What are Sports Physicals?
Sports physicals, also known as a “pre-participation physical,” is a check-up to assess a young person’s ability to play in a sport or participate in an activity.
Most schools and organizations now require a person to pass this physical exam before getting involved in a sport or activity. A sports physical is not, however, as comprehensive as a complete annual exam done by your pediatrician.
Is the Stomach Flu Really The Flu?
The Center for Disease Control has provided this good description of the difference between influenza and stomach flu. Many people use the term stomach flu to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites.
Children Ear Infection Causes
If your child frequently pulls, scratches, or hits their ears, it may a sign they are feeling the pressure caused by an infection or fluid build-up in the ears.
Other signs of children ear infections include:
- Unsteadiness while crawling sitting up or walking
- Discharge from the ears
- Hearing problems may be another telltale sign
Sore Throat Natural Cure
Most people experience a sore throat from time-to-time. Sore throats can be caused by overuse or straining your vocal cords, environmental factors like dry heated air or pollens, and micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria.
The discomfort of a sore throat can be eased by a variety of natural treatments, as well as products available over-the-counter at the pharmacy, like lozenges and sprays.
Flu Shot Cost
Flu shot cost at our clinics is $30. Be sure to check your insurance policy, however, to see if flu shots are covered. If so, you pay nothing. You must have your insurance card for us to file for payment.
If you want to save money, getting a flu shot is the smart strategy. Consider all of the medicine you will be buying if you do get the flu, and lost income from work if you are not on salary, or lost personal days that would have been your winter or summer vacation- not to mention the potential cost of doctors visits or hospitalizations.