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Antibiotic Resistance – Only take Antibiotics when Prescribed

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Antibiotics are a great way to cure bacterial infections, but only if prescribed by your doctor. Using antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. Which means you could be at risk of antibiotics not working, if you have improperly used them. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. The main factor behind this resistance is antibiotic overuse. Always know that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics will not work for you. Antibiotics only cure bacterial infections, not viruses. Three facts about taking antibiotics when incorrectly:

  • Always know that taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistance later, so never take them before consulting your physiican
  • Antibiotics kill healthy gut bacterial which allows harmful bacteria to grow.
  • Antibiotics have a higher risk of drug adversity and have caused more emergency department visits for children under 18 years old.
For more information about antibiotic use and when you can take them, consult your physician. Never take antibiotics without an approved prescription.

Important reasons to have your child immunized

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Immunizations are extremely important for your child’s health. Keep them safe by making sure they are up to date on all of their shots. Immunizations: Save your child’s life. Throughout evolution immunizations have saved the lives of children around the world. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have been eliminated and have come close to extinction because of immunizations.  Polio is a great example of a disease that caused death and paralysis, that now has no reports of the disease in the US. Immunizations: Are safe and effective. The disease prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than any possible side effects for most children. Children are given vaccines after clinical trials and long periods of testing and review. Serious side effects, such as an allergic reaction are very rare. Immunizations: Protect Future Generations. Immunizations are reducing diseases every day. Your children are now the product of a generations that doesn’t have to deal with some of the diseases that were once around. For example, smallpox, a disease that no longer exists due to vaccinations. If we continue vaccinating our children, parents in the future may not have some of the diseases that we do today. Ask your doctor about your child’s immunizations.

All About Asthma

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Asthma affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases in children, but affects adults as well. With symptoms such as breathlessness, chest tightening, wheezing, and coughing at night, early morning, or in the cold air, asthma attacks generally only happen when the lungs become bothered. Studies have uncovered very few causes of asthma, but in some cases it has been linked to genetic traits.  Often if one family member has it, someone else in the family is more than likely to have it as well. When diagnosing asthma, your physician will check your lungs for allergies, chest tightness, wheezing, and colds lasting more than 10 days. They will generally also do a breathing test called spirometry, to find out how well your lungs are working. If having an asthma attack, you may experience chest tightness, wheezing, and trouble breathing. The attack happens in your body’s airways causing a loss of air to your lungs. During the attack lungs swell and airways shrink decreasing the amount of air that is reaching the lungs, which also causes mucus to clog the airways even more. Have additional questions about asthma and how to control it? Ask your physician for more information.

It’s time to get your flu shot.

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Flu vaccinations are a regular topic in healthcare news. With the latest CDC report recommending getting the flu vaccination before flu season approaches, it’s important to know the facts about flu vaccinations and why they are important.   Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even lead to death. Every flu season is different and can affect people on different levels, but even healthy people can get very sick from the flu.  During what are considered “flu seasons” the virus is circulating at higher levels, which causes many more cases during peak times.   The best way to reduce your chance of getting the flu is get get vaccinated. It will keep your chances of getting it much lower, as well as reducing the chances of spreading it to others. The goal with getting the flu vaccination now, rather than during flu season,  is to decrease the spread before it arrives in the community. The recommendation is to get it before October at the latest. Contact us today ask additional questions and to schedule your flu shot appointment.

Cholesterol Screenings

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Cholesterol is a major component to your health. High blood cholesterol can be a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, which is why you should have your cholesterol levels checked during your annual physical. Cholesterol screenings measure your level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), and triglycerides. A small sample of blood will be drawn to get an accurate reading during your screening. All samples are generally taken at the same time and analyzed in a laboratory to give you accurate results. Avoiding food consumption, beverages and often medications, also known as fasting,  is common for cholesterol screening preparation. Your physician will tell you if you should fast in advance (generally nine to 12 hours prior to your appointment). If you do not fast when the blood sample is drawn, only the values for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol will be usable. This is often the case because the amount of LDL and triglycerides can be affected by what you have recently consumed. When you screening is complete, your physician will interpret your cholesterol numbers based on your age, family history and other factors such as high blood pressure or whether you are or were a smoker. If you are over the age of 20 years, you should have your cholesterol checked every four to six years. If your risk factors are higher, you may need to have your cholesterol checked more often. Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol and how often you should have it checked.