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By Premier Medicine and Wellness
October 18, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Flu   Flu Season  
Flu SeasonFlu season is always a time where it is tough to avoid getting sick. However, there are several things that you can do to prepare for the flu season. Here is some information for you to help you prepare for the flu season. 

When Does Flu Season Happen?

As the name implies, the flu season does not run year-round. Of course, you can catch the flu at any point in the year, but this is not the same as the real flu season. In the United States, flu season takes place in the fall as well as in the winter. According to information from the CDC, US flu activity reaches its peak starting in December and running through February. However, this peak of flu activity can extend much later, even as late in the year as May. 

Care For Yourself as Well as Possible

This is a great way to prepare for the flu season. A balanced diet, exercise, and sufficient sleep are just a few things that help you stay healthy in the flu season. Making sure you are hydrated is another part of preparing for the flu season, too. Doing your best to relax every single day and getting the necessary vitamins is also a good way to avoid getting the flu. 

Wash Your Hands Regularly

It is important to wash your hands in order to remain healthy. It does help prevent all sorts of sicknesses, such as the flu. Get your hands wet, lather, scrub vigorously for 20 seconds, then rinse off your hands and dry them. You can make sure you wash your hands for a full 20 seconds in many ways, including humming the "Happy Birthday" song. 

Clean Off Surfaces

Another way to prepare for the flu season is to clean all surfaces. You should clean hard surfaces even more thoroughly since viruses and germs tend to thrive on such surfaces. Any healthcare worker will tell you how important this step is to ensure you stay healthy. You should also utilize products that contain approved disinfectants. You should note that the following are some approved disinfectants:
  • Bleach
  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
You should clean any frequently touched surfaces even more thoroughly.  

Get a Flu Shot

Getting a flu shot is one crucial way to prepare for the flu season. The flu shot helps protect you and others from the flu. The ideal time to get the flu vaccine is late September or October. It also specifically protects people at high risk of getting sick from the flu, such as the elderly and children.

There are many ways that you can prepare for the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine, cleaning surfaces, and regularly washing your hands are some things you can do to prepare for the flu season. A balanced diet and getting enough sleep also helps you stay healthy, including during the flu season. It is also important to understand that the flu changes every year, so the flu vaccine changes every year as a result. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
September 29, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Lyme Disease  
Lyme DiseaseWhile getting bit by a tick isn’t always a cause for concern, if you’ve been bitten by a blacklegged tick that’s been infected then you too could contract Lyme disease. It’s important to recognize if you are at risk. If you’ve been bitten, if Lyme disease has been reported in your area, and if you develop these warning signs and symptoms, it’s time to see your general doctor.

Signs and Symptoms

Most people develop symptoms within 3-30 days after being bitten. Symptoms can range in type and severity. The most common symptom is a bullseye-like rash, known as erythema migrans. This appears in the majority of people with Lyme disease and the rash may expand or be warm to the touch (it should not be painful). Of course, the rash’s appearance can vary from person to person. If you notice a rash that has a bullseye-like appearance, it is always best to play it safe and to see your general doctor for an evaluation.

Other symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
If Lyme disease isn’t properly treated, more advanced symptoms of the disease include:
  • Stiff neck
  • Dizziness
  • Arthritis
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Drooping on one side of the face
  • Severe swelling in the joints, often the knees
Most people don’t realize they’ve been bit by a tick, which makes it challenging to know whether or not your symptoms could be due to Lyme disease or another illness. After all, most people won’t find a tick on their skin, they’ll simply have a small mark left behind by the bite; however, ticks can stay on the skin for up to three days. This is why it’s important to check yourself, especially if you’ve spent time outdoors in areas where there are ticks. The sooner you can see a doctor and get treated for Lyme disease the better for your health.

Don’t ignore any symptoms that are characteristic of Lyme disease. If you are concerned about your symptoms or about the likelihood of developing Lyme disease, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor about testing.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
September 20, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Headaches  
HeadachesEveryone deals with a headache at some point, but if you find yourself dealing with them a bit more regularly you may be wondering, “what gives?” There are so many things to know about headaches, from what triggers them to ways to treat them. While seeing a doctor may be worth it if you are dealing with severe or recurring headaches, here are some interesting facts to know the next time you deal with a headache.

There are different kinds of headaches

There are several types of headaches that someone can deal with. Most people deal with tension headaches; however, other common headaches include:
  • Hormonal headaches (these are headaches that women are more likely to get around their period)
  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines
Headaches may be primary or secondary

What does this mean? This simply means that primary headaches originate in the head while secondary headaches occur as a result of an underlying condition or something else that’s going on in the body.

Common primary triggers include:
  • Stress
  • Heat
  • Alcohol
  • Certain foods
  • Poor sleep
In most cases, headaches are considered primary; however, secondary headaches may be a sign of:
  • An infection
  • A medical condition
  • Concussion or head injury
  • Blood vessel tear or injury
Some people deal with chronic headaches

Dealing with a headache every once in a while isn’t a big deal, but if you are dealing with headaches regularly then they could become chronic. A chronic migraine causes intense pain that lasts more than four hours and can affect either one or both sides of the head. You must have this problem checked out by a qualified medical professional to find out what’s going on.

Your current medication could be to blame

Some people don’t realize that if they take ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain medications a couple of times a week that their headaches could be rebound headaches. This can also happen once a person stops taking pain medication altogether. It’s important to talk with your general doctor if you are concerned about rebound headaches.

If you feel concerned or worried about your headaches, that’s enough of a reason to speak with a qualified doctor. Sometimes headaches are merely caused by lifestyle or certain habits, but sometimes something more serious may be at the root of the problem, and it’s important to find out so you can treat the underlying cause.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
August 27, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Heatstroke  
HeatstrokeWhile we all know just how much fun it is to bask in the sun and enjoy the warm summer weather, spending too much time in the heat can be dangerous to your health. To keep everyone healthy and safe this summer, it’s important to first recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion so that it doesn’t have a chance to turn into heatstroke, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
 
Know the Signs

Worried about heatstroke? Here’s what to look for:
  • Rising body temperature of over 104 F
  • Skin that is dry instead of sweaty
  • Flushed
  • Shallow or fast breathing
  • Racing heart
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion, irritability, or delirium
Seeing a Doctor

If you or a loved one ever experiences these symptoms, you must seek emergency medical attention or call 911 if you can’t get to your local ER. While waiting for help, make sure to strip off any additional clothing and stay in the shade. Keep the person cool by spraying them with water or applying ice packs.
 
Know the Causes

Most causes of heatstroke are due to being exposed to hot temperatures for a prolonged period of time; however, older adults and those with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses are more at risk for heatstroke. If you exercise or work outside you are also more likely to develop heatstroke. This is particularly common in those who aren’t used to working in high temperatures.

Heatstroke can also occur if you are drinking alcohol, don’t drink enough water, or are wearing too many clothes, which can prevent you from sweating.
 
Preventing Heatstroke
There are some steps you can take to safeguard yourself and your family from heatstroke during the hot summer months.
 
These steps include,
  • Staying hydrated and drinking enough water
  • Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (and reapplying every two hours)
  • Wearing lightweight clothing
  • Not sitting in a parked car
  • Avoiding intense activities and exercise on very hot days
  • Spending only short bursts of time in hot weather to properly acclimate your body
  • Knowing if your medications could impact your ability to stay hydrated, which can increase your risk for heatstroke
 
Be smart this summer when it comes to exercising or enjoying time outdoors. If the weather is too hot, make sure to be vigilant about how much time you’re spending outside. If you or a loved one develops symptoms of heat exhaustion, go inside and cool down immediately. If you develop symptoms of heatstroke, you must seek immediate medical attention.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
August 10, 2021
Category: Health
Waterborne IllnessesWhen summer weather hits, everyone wants to cool off by jumping into the water. Of course, everything from pools to your local water park could be contaminated with a waterborne illness. Want to know how to protect you and your family from these germs so they don’t spoil your fun this summer?
 
Visiting a Water Park or Pool

Pools and water parks are particularly popular during the summer but can also easily become contaminated. Even though chlorine will kill germs, it doesn’t kill them right away, which means that even well-maintained pools, hot tubs, and water slides can still carry waterborne illnesses. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and your family:
  • If any member of your family has diarrhea, do not go swimming
  • Make sure to shower both before and after swimming to remove germs (also wash bathing suits immediately)
  • Do not swallow water
Places that are not properly maintained and disinfected are also more likely to cause waterborne illnesses, so it’s also important that you know what places may put you at risk.
 
Here’s what you can do,
  • Always ask the pool staff how often the chemical levels are checked
  • If the water has a strong chlorine smell do not go in the water
  • If there is foam around the pool do not go in
  • Avoid water that is cloudy (if you can’t see the bottom of the pool don’t go in)
Swimming in Lakes and Beaches

Instead of hitting the local water park or pool, your family may be heading to their beach or lake house for the summer. While many of the rules of the pool and water park apply to swimming in lakes and oceans (aka: not swallowing water; showering before and after swimming), here are some additional rules to follow to keep your family healthy and safe.
  • Avoid swimming in any body of water after it’s rained because of the risk of contamination
  • If there are blue-green algae in the water don’t go swimming
  • If you see discharge pipes you also should avoid swimming in that area
  • Don’t put your head underwater (particularly in freshwater)
  • Avoid freshwater during hot days, particularly when the water level is low
If you or your child has been swimming and is dealing with symptoms of a waterborne illness, it’s a good idea to turn to your general practitioner for a diagnosis and to properly treat your symptoms. Since waterborne illnesses can increase your risk for dehydration, it’s important that you see your doctor before this happens to protect you and your loved one from further health issues.




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