Quit Smoking - We can help! You are more than likely to develop a disease or die earlier if you smoke or use tobacco. Tobacco is a killer. But we are here to help you quit smoking or using tobacco. If you smoke, you may worry about what it's doing to your health. You probably worry, too, about how hard it might be to stop smoking. Nicotine is highly addictive, and to quit smoking — especially without help — can be difficult. In fact, most people don't succeed the first time they try to quit. It may take more than one try, but you can stop smoking. Take that first step. Decide to stop smoking. Set a quit date. And then take advantage of the multitude of resources we have available to help you successfully quit smoking. Once you’ve decided to stop smoking. You’ll want to create quit-smoking action plan and map out how you’re going to do it. Get Support. Getting support should be one of the first steps in your plan. Support can come from family, friends, your doctor, a counselor, a support group or a telephone quit hotline. Support can also come from use of one or more of the medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation. Plan for challenges. When creating your quit-smoking action plan, make sure to consider and plan for your challenges. Work stress, family stress, any areas that trigger your urge to smoke, make sure to think about all of these obstacles and create a plan to avoid high-risk challenges along the way. Think of other places to go where smoking isn't allowed, such as a shopping mall, a museum or movie theater, and make a habit of going to them when you feel the urge to smoke. Live smoke free. Once you’ve started your quit-smoking action plan, make a pact with yourself, friends and family that you will live smoke free. Those are only the first steps to help you stop smoking or using tobacco. We have so many resources to help you succeed. Make an appointment today and we will help you reach your goals.
Poisoning - What to do if you suspect poisoning? Poisoning. It’s unfortunate and can easily happen in all sorts of situations. Poisoning is injury or death due to swallowing, inhaling, touching or injecting various drugs, chemicals, venoms or gases. Substances or gasses, such as drugs and carbon monoxide, are poisonous only in higher concentrations or dosages. Other substances, such as household cleaners, are dangerous only if ingested. Children are particularly sensitive to even small amounts of certain drugs and chemicals. Poisoning Signs and Symptoms. Signs and symptoms depending on what has been ingested can all be different. Often times they can mimic other conditions, such as seizure, alcohol intoxication, stroke and insulin reaction. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Burns or redness around the mouth and lips
- Breath that smells like chemicals, such as gasoline or paint thinner
- Difficulty breathing
- Confusion or other altered mental status
Injuries and Wounds - Think you may need stitches? Injuries Injuries happen! People injure themselves on a daily basis in our active culture. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or during play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street. An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, and more. Wounds Scrapes, cuts, scratches, punctured skin. These are all considered wounds, or injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. Wounds often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches - those items meant to fix a wound or injury, can also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to ensure they are clean. Any open area should be cleaned and disinfected immediately to avoid serious infections. Wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. Make sure to look at the depth of a wound, you will need to seek medical attention if it’s deep and you cannot close it yourself. Also if you can’t stop the bleeding, cannot get dirt or other debris out, or it is not healing, make sure to see your physician. Think you may need stitches? And many minor wounds (or lacerations) heal without medical intervention. But some injuries require stitches or other types of treatment to ensure proper healing. If you are experiencing any of the following, make sure to seek medical help and get stitches to your wound. Seek medical help, If your wound is:
- Deep enough to expose the dermis or yellow subcutaneous fatty tissue
- Gaping open so that you can’t easily use gentle pressure to press the edges together
- Located on or across a joint (You may also have damaged nerves, tendons, or ligaments.)
- The result of an animal or human bite (You may need a tetanus booster shot or oral antibiotics, as well as stitches.)
- A result of a foreign object impaling the area
- Made by a high-pressure impact from a projectile like a bullet
- Contaminated or resulting from a very dirty or rusty object
- Bleeding profusely (and flow does not appear to slow)
- On a cosmetically significant area, such as the face
- On or near the genitalia
It’s peak season for Colorado Influenza (Flu) With the flu hitting it’s peak this flu season, Colorado hospitals are seeing close to record highs of flu patients. As of mid February, the total number of Coloradans hospitalized with influenza this 2017-18 season is 3,306, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment. The state record for influenza hospitalizations came in the 2014-15 season, with 3,397. What’s going on with the flu strains? The predominant strain of flu that doctors are seeing, in Colorado and across the country, is a type of Influenza A called H3N2. The strain is associated with a higher number of hospitalizations, especially for older adults. Particularly hard-hit areas in Colorado include Pueblo and Huerfano counties, the San Luis Valley and Western Slope counties of Mesa, Rio Blanco and Delta, according to the latest data. Flu in Colorado has hit the 65-plus age group the hardest, with 1,898 hospitalizations. What can you do with this information? Get your flu shot! Just because it’s at it is peak season,doesn’t mean it’s over. It’s far from over. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. Make an appointment today to get your flu shot. It could keep you out of the hospital and even save your life.
Fight Colorectal Cancer - It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and with that we’d like to help you learn more about this type of cancer and what you can do to fight it. It’s a type of cancer that many people just don’t want to talk about, but talking about it can help save lives! Did you know? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the following are quick facts about Colorectal Cancer
- Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.
- Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
- These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
- Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at increased risk, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.
- There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years).
- High-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).
- Sigmoidoscopy (every 10 years, with FOBT or FIT every three years).
- Sigmoidoscopy alone (every 5 years).
- Stool DNA test (FIT-DNA) every one or three years.
- CT colonography (or virtual colonoscopy) every five years.
- If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re between 76 and 85, ask your doctor if you should be screened.
- Be physically active.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
- Don’t smoke.