Spring is in the air, and with it comes the sneezing and itching for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Runny nose, stuffy nose, congestion, and drainage are all signs of allergies. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to begin treatment if you haven't already. Treatment for allergy symptoms ranges from over-the-counter medications to allergy shots. In the meantime, here are 5 tips to keep allergy symptoms at bay:
Shower at Night. Showering at night washes off all the pollen from skin and hair at night, and can make for a much more pleasant night of sleep.
Stay Inside in the Morning. Pollen counts are highest in the early morning, between 5 and 10 am. By avoiding outside exposure during this time, allergy sufferers will have a much easier time dealing with symptoms.
Keep Indoor Air Clean. Make sure house and car windows are closed when pollen counts are high. Using air conditioning in the care and at home will help filter pollen out of the air.
Avoid Some Foods. Eating raw and fresh fruit may worsen allergy symptoms for people with severe pollen allergies.
Dress Appropriately Outdoors. Wearing a wide-brim hat and sunglasses can help keep pollen out of eyes
The leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States is heart disease. But there is some good news, it is also one of the most preventable. Small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference in heart health. February is Heart Health Month and marks a great opportunity to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
What can you do to lower your risk of heart disease?
Schedule an Appointment with Your Physician to Talk About Heart Health. It’s important to schedule routine check-ups even if you are not sick. Regular exams and tests can help find problems before they start.
Add Exercise to Your Daily Routine. A 10 minute walk just 3 times a day, 5 days a week can help lower your risk for heart disease. It will also help you look and feel better.
Increase Healthy Eating. Start off by cooking heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times per week. Eating foods high in omega-3s, such as salmon, can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels which will lower your risk of heart disease.
Quit Smoking and Stay Away from Secondhand Smoke. Smoking leads to a buildup of fatty material which narrows arteries and can cause a heart attack. If you currently smoke, quitting can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Take Medication as Prescribed. Blood pressure and cholesterol play a crucial role in heart health. Taking medication as prescribed will help ensure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels stay in check.
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With New Year's resolutions in full swing, we wanted to share with you some motivation for your healthy weight goals. Maintaining a healthy body weight not only helps you look and feel better, but it also provides some amazing health benefits. Here's a list of our top 7:
Decreased Breast Cancer Risk
Being overweight can increase your odds of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent, according to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Surprisingly, abdominal fat is especially dangerous. It can increase risk by 43 percent.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that 12 percent of infertility cases are because of weight-related issues (half had problems from being underweight, and half from being overweight).
Excess body fat, particularly belly fat, can interfere with lung function. Maintaining a healthy weight will improve lung function and quality of sleep.
For every 33 pounds of excess weight, the risk of death increases by about 30 percent, according to The Organization for Economic Co‑operation and Development. That means that the lifespan of an obese person could be up to 10 years shorter than that of a person with a healthy weight.
Improved Heart Health
Maintaining a healthy weight will keep arteries clear of plaque buildup. Ultimately, this will lower your risk of heart disease.
Decreased Risk of Diabetes
For people who are overweight, minor weight loss is associated with delaying or preventing diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
More Motivation to Exercise
Research from The International Journal of Obesity suggests that overweight women’s brains respond negatively to the idea of working out. In comparison, women of a healthy weight are positively motivated by thoughts of exercise.
The practitioners at Allied Medical Centers can help create a safe and effective weight loss plan that's right for you. For more information call 405-603-1121.
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First of all… What is the flu? The flu is a highly contagious viral infection of
the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and
often occurring in epidemics.
What causes the flu? There are different kinds of flu viruses.
There are a few definitions and clarifications that you might want to know
about. A virus is a tiny infectious particle. The viruses have to get inside
other living things to reproduce. Viruses are even found inside animals,
plants and other bacterias.
There are three types of viruses that cause the flu. There is influenza A, B,
Out of the three, C is the mildest and there is not a vaccination available for
this subdued virus. Influenza A and B are the causes for the dreaded flu
season every year. These viruses can be very serious in humans, as the flu
is very contagious.
If you come into contact with something that an infected person has
touched, usually after coughing or sneezing, it could spread.
You should disinfect doorknobs, remote controls, keyboards, telephones
and avoid people who may be infected.
The virus enters the body when your hands touch your eyes, mouth or
You may not even know you have the flu as the virus may live in your body
up to 24 hours before you start to feel the symptoms. You will still be
We suggest getting a flu shot for the upcoming flu season. Call Allied
Medical Centers and make an appointment for your FLU SHOT today!
How to protect yourself from infectious diseases in the workplace!
Have you ever felt achy and tainted with a fever, and still decided to go to
work? Studies show that about half of U.S. workers showed up to work ill in
the past year.
Many people have the fear of lost wages and may not have paid sick leave,
so they show up to work and ultimately spread viruses and bacteria.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some viruses
and bacteria can live for over two hours on hard surfaces such as phones,
desks, computer keyboards and light switches.
Your office may become a virtual incubator for bacteria and other viruses.
There are a few tips to protect yourself and others and to possibly prevent
these germs from spreading:
• As your mom always told you… Cover your nose and mouth when you
sneeze or cough. Try to cough into a tissue or the sleeve of your shirt,
not directly onto your hands.
• Wash your hands very often. It is very important to do so after excessive
coughing, sneezing and using the restroom. Spend some time rubbing
your hands together with soap and then rinse your hands under very
warm water. Dry them with a paper towel and if there is no soap around,
use hand sanitizer.
• Stay out of close proximity of co-workers who may have been sick.
• Get a flu shot. A yearly flu shot is a great way to lower your chances of
getting the flu.
• Disinfect your keyboard, telephone, desk and your mouse. Clean all light
switches and door knobs.
According to the Mayo Clinic, high blood pressure is a common condition in
which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high
enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart
Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart
pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The
more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher
your blood pressure.
The scary thing about blood pressure is that you may not have any
symptoms for years. They sometimes call it the “silent killer” because it can
do so much damage to blood vessels and your heart.
Heart attacks and stroke may be a result of having uncontrolled high blood
Once it is detected, it can be controlled by your doctor.
Although there are few symptoms, there are some to watch for.
Some people may find themselves having headaches, nosebleeds or
shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor
immediately as these could be signs of a severe or even life-threatening
There are a few causes of high blood pressure, and there are two types of
high blood pressure.
There is essential or primary hypertension which develops over a period of
many years usually. A cause for this type of blood pressure may not be
identifiable according to the Mayo Clinic.
Then, there is Secondary hypertension. This type of high blood pressure
tends to appear quickly and will cause higher blood pressure.
There are many factors that may lead to this type of blood pressure.
Thyroid problems, kidney problems, drugs, alcohol abuse and certain
There are also risk factors for having high blood pressure.
Many people have high blood pressure because it is hereditary. Some
people may suffer from it because of obesity and lack of exercise.
Stress can even be a factor in high blood pressure.
It is always a good practice to get yearly check ups with your doctor as high
blood pressure can be treated.
Call Allied Medical Centers to schedule your health check up today!
According to WebMD, Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue
lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air. But when they
become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi)
can grow and cause an infection.
Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold,
allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small
growths in that lining), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).
Most people know when a sinus attack is coming on. You may feel
pressure or pain in your forehead or between your eyes. Sometimes your
teeth may even hurt. When you bend over, you will feel the pressure in your
There are a few different types of Sinusitis. Some last just a few days and
some, such as chronic sinusitis, can last for several weeks.
37 million Americans get sinusitis at least once a year.
Some common causes of sinus problems are:
Illnesses from other people
Smoke in the environment
Deviated nasal septum
Sinus sensitivity and allergies
Symptoms are as follows:
Facial pain or pressure
Loss of smell
Congestion as well as a cough
Mucus may be thick, green or yellow discharge
If you have any of these symptoms, call Allied Medical Centers Today!
It is that time of year when we have vacations planned, barbeques to attend, summer camps, pool parties and much more. It is hard for people to think about getting sick during the summer months, but even in hot weather illnesses are inevitable. Allied Medical Centers wants to make sure that you enjoy your summer months by giving you the tools and tips in order for you to stay healthy all summer long.
Daily SPF is Key - Every morning whether it is sunny or cloudy always apply sunscreen to at least your face and neck area if you will be running errands. If you will be in the sun for long periods of time, make sure and cover any part of your body that is being exposed to the sun. By simply taking an extra step, you will be sparing your skin from overexposure that could cause sunburns, wrinkling, premature aging or the worst outcome, skin cancer. When selecting your sunscreen there are specific kinds for all skin types including mineral, water-resistant, sticks, sprays and built-in sunscreens found in lotions, foundations, lipsticks and more.
If in doubt go ahead and lather the sunscreen of your choice on and don’t let the summer sun turn into your worst nightmare.
Keep Hydrated - Whether you are at the pool, playing sports, at a picnic or traveling, it is crucial that you keep hydrated at all times. Since water makes up more than half of your body weight, you need to give your body what it deserves. Water is obviously the best choice and even sports drinks will work if you need some electrolytes, however it is important to stay away from caffeine, soda and alcohol, as they will actually dehydrate you. It is important to listen to your body and if you are not sweating, feeling light headed or have chills, you may be dehydrated and be suffering from a heat stroke. Remember more is better in this scenario!
Summer Allergies - Unfortunately, allergies are year round for a lot of people and summer allergies can be just as bad as spring and fall allergies. The most common allergy culprits are pollen, mold and insect stings/bites. Be aware of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, runny noses and dark circles under the eyes as these are all symptoms associated with allergies. If you are already an allergy sufferer, use what works for you, if not, it is important to discuss your options with a doctor so you can be treated. Remember, if at any time you are unable to breathe go directly to an emergency room, you may be suffering from a large allergic reaction and time is NOT on your side.
Critters Causing Problems - Ticks and mosquitos and fleas! Oh my! It is important to protect yourself from these small insects that can cause a wide range of problems. Spraying lawns and outdoor areas that are used often with repellants, emptying standing water and staying out of wooded areas are all things you can do for prevention. When camping or spending a lot of time outside, make sure and put a topical or spray on that repels these nuisances. Not only can they cause welts and itching, they also can carry diseases, such as West Nile, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Zika Virus and more depending on where you travel. Always be cautious and check your body regularly for any unwanted visitors.
These are just a few items you need to watch out for during the summer months in order to have a happy and healthy summer vacation. If for any reason you need to see a doctor for one of the above items, please call our clinic at 405.603.1175 and we can help you with your next steps to recovery.