Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: CONTACT TRACING FOR COVID-19

 Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare Number or financial information. If someone calls and asks for personal information, like your Medicare Number, hang up and report it to us at 1-800-MEDICARE.

If you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by a contact tracer or public health worker from your local health department in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease. Here's what to know if you get a call:

  • A contact tracer may call to let you know you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. All information you share with a contact tracer, like who you've been in contact with and your recent whereabouts, is confidential.
  • You may be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. This means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distance from others at all times.
  • You may be asked to monitor your health and watch for Notify your provider if you develop symptoms ( Symptoms of COVID-19 ), and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen or become severe.

If you do not currently have a  primary care  provider, contact Patient Centered Care, PLLC for an appointment.  

Sunday, March 1, 2020

WELLNESS SUNDAY: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Last updated February 26, 2020, affected geographic areas with widespread or sustained community transmission: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea
During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California, Oregon and Washington state. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.)
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest.
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Symptoms can include: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirt



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS



  • Antibiotics can save lives when necessary but overuse can lead to resistance and side effects
  • Each year in the US 2.8 million infections occur due to antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • 35,000 people die each year due to antibiotic resistant infections
  • Resistance means that the bacteria has developed an ability that keeps the drug from killing them
  • Antibiotics do not work on viruses such as colds, flu, bronchitis even if the mucous is yellow or green
  • Viruses will usually go away on their own in 1-2 weeks and taking antibiotics will not make you feel better when it is a viral infection. Discuss ways to manage your symptoms with your provider
  • Antibiotics can have serious side effects however if your provider has prescribed antibiotics then the benefits outweigh the risks. You should notify your provider right away if you develop a rash or severe diarrhea. Severe diarrhea may indicate an infection due to antibiotic use called C. difficile that needs treatment
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics be sure to take exactly as prescribed. Do not stop the medication early even if you are feeling better
  • Stay healthy and keep others healthy by good hand-washing, covering your cough and staying home when sick. Also, get any recommended vaccines such as flu and pneumonia shots

Monday, November 4, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: DIABETES



DIABETES INFORMATION

Prediabetes   
What is it?           
  • Elevated blood sugar levels but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
  • Raises risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
Cause
  • Associated with older age obesity, family history, physical inactivity and certain ethnicities
Treatment/Management
  • Reduce risk for developing type 2 diabetes by reducing body weight by 5-7%
  • Done through improved diet and increased in physical activity
Type I
What is it?
  • Autoimmune diseasesThe body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas
  • Insulin is the hormone that allows our body to convert food to energy
Cause
  • Currently unknown but believed autoimmune, genetic, environmental and other factors are involved
Treatment/Management
  • Must be treated with insulin shots and possible other medications
  • Healthy food choices and exercise help manage the condition
Type II
What is it?
  • Condition that begins with the body being unable to use its own insulin supply efficiently
  • Eventually insulin production will decrease
  • Glucose (sugar) will build up in the blood because it cannot be converted to energy
Cause
  • Associated with older age, obesity, family history, physical inactivity, and certain ethnicities. 80% of type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese
Treatment/Management
  • Some take medications, Most people will benefit from making healthy food choices and being physically active

Friday, October 4, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Breast Cancer Awareness



  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.
  • 41,760 women will die of breast cancer this year.
  • Although rare, even men can get breast cancer. In fact, 2,670 men will be diagnosed this year.
  • Early detection is key!
  • If diagnosed at the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • In addition to seeing your provider yearly for a clinical breast exam, a self-breast exam should be done monthly. If you are having menstrual periods, the best time to do this is right after your period.
  • Notify your provider of any breast lumps, tenderness, nipple discharge, or skin changes
  • To lower your risk of breast cancer: don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, eat fruits and vegetables, stay physically active and maintain a healthy weight
  • After age 40, mammograms are recommended ever 1-2 years. Please contact your provider if you are overdue for your mammogram.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Hurricane Preparation


Are your ready for hurricane season?

Hurricanes are most active in September.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get prepared.

  • Store at least 5 gallons of water per person or pet, this should last you 3-5 days
  • If you run out of your stored water, you can disinfect tap water by boiling the water or using unscented household bleach. See this website for more instructions:
  • Have a 2 week supply of your medications
  • Gather any important documents and store in a waterproof container
  • Gather a 5 day supply of non-perishable food items such as;
    • peanut butter , canned tuna fish, vegetables, canned salmon, canned chicken
    • crackers, cereal, trail mix, granola bars
  • . Don’t forget baby food or formula if needed.
  • Turn down the temperature on your freezer and fridge so that if you lose power the food will last longer.
  • Gather safety items:
    • fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit
  • Collect personal care items:
    • soap, body wipes, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products and diapers
  • Get your homes and cars ready:
    • clear yard of anything that could blow around in the storm
    • cover windows and doors with plywood
    • move vehicles into your garage
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home
  • Only use your generator outside, 20 feet away from open windows or doors.
  • Follow storm and emergency instructions
  • Follow evacuation orders
  • Follow this website for more information to keep your home and family safe during hurricane season:



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: OPIOID CRISIS



August 30th is Opioid Misuse Prevention Day

Opioids are powerful pain medications that can be effective in managing pain however can also lead to overuse, addiction, overdoses and death
North Carolina has been especially hit by the opioid crisis.

  • 5 people die daily from overdoses
  • More people die of opioid overdose than from car crashes
  • 2,000 North Carolinians died from opioid overdose in 2017 - a 32% increase from the previous year.
  • Overdoses have actually doubled over the previous 10 years.
  • Nationwide 100 people die daily from opioid overdose.

How can you help?
  • Dispose of unused prescription medication through Operation Medicine Drop. Click on the following link to find a location:
https://apps.ncdoi.net/f?p=102:2
  • Lock up your controlled substances.
  • Talk to your kids about the risks of opioids.
  • Talk to you health care provider about alternative medications and any concerns you have regarding your medications.
  • Get involved in community efforts to help raise awareness by visiting MorePowerfulNC.org
  • Seek help for yourself if there is a concern about addiction by seeing your health care provider and locating community resources at smartrecovery.org