Each year, over 400 people die in the U. S. from unintentional Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning not linked to fires. CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don't have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon. Additionally, the CDC has outlined the additional tips below for CO poisoning prevention.
- Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
- Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
- Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
- Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
- Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
- If conditions are too hot or too cold, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
With a change in weather, we tend to see a rise in spring colds. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year and children have even more. Starting with a sore throat, combined with a runny nose are often the first signs of a cold. Then coughing and sneezing. Individuals generally recover in seven to ten days, however people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia. You can take a few simple steps to reduce getting a cold, including:
- Wash your hands! And wash them often. Washing with soap and water for 20 seconds can help you prevent getting sick, and if you are already sick, can prevent the spread of the virus.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands - many times viruses enter the body this way and will make you sick
- Stay away from those around you who are sick. If you have even the slightest decrease if your immune system, being around someone that is sick can increase your chances of getting sick
Did you know, that one in five Americans has environmental or food allergies, and many are not aware of their condition, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality? We will work with you to identify allergies through testing and providing immunotherapy that targets the underlying condition, rather than just prescribing antihistamines that mask symptoms. This process often involves building up your immunity to a specific allergen by delivering progressively stronger doses over many months, usually through injections. We believe spending your days in a doctor’s office is not a choice most allergy sufferers want to experience just to be symptom free. At UFMC we specialize in educating our customers to save time and doctor co-payments by giving you the choice to administer your own medication at home. Of course, if the patient is not comfortable with home treatment, our doctors always welcome the regular office visit for heavy allergy patients.
We are seeing more and more cases of low testosterone in male patients, but what does “low testosterone” actually mean? Testosterone is a hormone produced in the human body, mainly found in male anatomy. It stimulates sperm production and a man’s sex drive, but it also helps build muscle and important bone mass. Testosterone typically decreases as men get older. Men experience a wide range of symptoms of low testosterone including hair loss, fatigue and lack of energy, loss of energy, weight gain, decrease in sex drive, mood changes and more. Low testosterone is diagnosed when levels fall below a normal range of 3001000 ng/dL. A simple blood test can be used to determine if testosterone levels are low. If you are feeling an abnormal change to your lifestyle, let us know. By diagnosing the problem, we can offer you treatment options to help.
Unfortunately, Osteoporosis is far too common. Due to contrary belief, osteoporosis is not a general sign of aging and is not just caused by too much activity earlier in life. There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis and protect your bones. You’re never too young or too old to start protecting and improving bone health. Prevention should start as a child and continue throughout your life. Good habits that you can form to help your bone health include:
- Get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D - each and every day from a well balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Eat bone healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit
- Limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2-3 drinks per day
- Avoid smoking