Tis the season for…….. colds!
Did you know that on average, pre-school aged children have 4-8 colds per year? School aged children are expected to have around 2-4 per year, adults 1-4 per year
and elderly 1 per year.
So if you feel like your child is “always sick”, you are in good company and not to worry.
It’s always best to have your child checked out by their PCP to make sure we can identify what is going on if the symptoms are more than mild. With viral illness, the best thing you can do is stick to the old fashioned basics:
- Tea/broth/warm liquid
- Humidifier/warm steamy showers
- Throat lozenges/salt water gargling
- Sinus rinsing
- Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals like fruits and vegetables
- Stay hydrated
- Get GOOD sleep!
In most cases, antibiotics are NOT needed and will not help a viral illness. Antibiotics are helpful/needed when you develop a secondary infection from a virus such as an ear infection, sinus infection or pneumonia. If you feel worse and have a fever many days after your initial symptoms, this may be the case and you should definitely come in to see us.
As always, it is best to practice good hand washing and mask wearing to help prevent catching germs and spreading germs.
Have a safe and healthy winter season!
Summer is here and this year many are trying to catch up on the much-missed vacations of last year! Rest is very important, but we want to reap the benefits without the risk. Please remember to take care of your largest organ… your skin!
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender, or race. While the sun is important for boosting our mood and receiving vitamin D, it can also damage our skin with the cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays.
The American Academy of Dermatology finds the best sunscreen to be… the one you will use! They also suggest a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF which provides 97% blockage from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Another key is to reapply sunscreen every two hours, regardless of strength!
As you know, sunscreen comes in many varieties. There are physical (barrier) sunscreens which provide a shield for your skin to repel the rays and chemical sunscreens which absorb the sun’s rays like a sponge. If you have sensitive skin, physical sunscreens with be a better option for you. Common barrier sunscreens contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
What about the young ones? Parents, they need your help! Sun shirts, sunglasses, shade and sun avoidance are best for children under six months of age.
If you have further questions, please visit your primary care provider and continue with annual wellness visits where skin checks can be performed.
Everyone should have a skin survey once per year as part of their annual exam.
Enjoy the sun, but stay safe!
We are following the coronavirus situation closely.
We encourage you to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, avoid putting your hands to your face, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and avoid crowds if you are feeling unwell. Continue to wear a mask and we recommend COVID vaccines as soon as one is available to you. You maybe be able to choose which vaccine you receive. Get the first one that is available.
If you develop a fever >100.4, have a cough and shortness of breath please call our office and speak with a nurse. please do not walk in the office without an appointment if · you have these symptoms.
Family Medicine of Albemarle would like to thank our patients for voting us a 2019 Gold Award Winner in the Category of Family Medicine. We definitely don’t expect to receive awards for delivering great care, but it’s still nice to be recognized. We’ll try not to let it go to our heads 🙂
There is a lot of data from the world health organization describing how the U.S. citizen pays far more for healthcare than any other developed nation, receives less benefit for their money, and can expect worse long term outcomes on average (see report for more info) But there are a few clinicians in the U.S. healthcare system that buck this trend. This article describes clinicians that sound a lot like the family medicine providers at FMOA, and explains how FMOA providers save you time and money.
Being a family medicine provider is a blessing but I often feel like I’m spinning plates. A few months back I saw this article describing a typical day in a family medicine provider’s life, and why she keeps her patient’s waiting. I could definitely relate to this provider’s experience. Our responsibilities keep us busy but if our patients are patient with us, the blessing of caring for families is worth the plate spinning.