Skin Care in the Winter

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Winter is right around the corner and we all know that this time of the year can wreck havoc on our skin. Healthy skin care is essential to your overall health. We at On Call Skin Care Clinic would like to share some tips that will help you keep your skin healthy during this coming winter.

Cleansing Your Skin

 No matter which product you use, cleansing is a must-follow first step in skincare. This has to be followed through the year irrespective of the season. In winters, you can limit the number of times you wash your face from 3 times to 2 times. You can cleanse your face with cold milk and cotton ball to prevent excessive dryness.

Scrub, Exfoliation is important

Exfoliating your skin with a scrub is important regardless of the season. You may however want to reduce the number of times you scrub your face in the winter. A daily scrubbing might cause abrasion and turn your skin drier. Using a mild exfoliating scrub weekly will normally work best.

Toning to Tighten Your Skin

Always use a mild toner that suits your skin rather than one loaded with chemicals. A harsh toner could disturb your skin’s PH levels. Toning will remove the post-cleansing residual dirt from your face.

Look for Essential Face Packs for the Winter

There are hundreds of ingredients in your kitchen which can help keep your facial skin soft and supple in the harsh cold season. Try some of these.

  • Avocado Face Packs
  • Banana Face Packs
  • Buttermilk Packs
  • Aloe Vera

 Stay Hydrated

 Drink plenty of water since it’s essential to keep your body and skin hydrated in the dry weather. Be sure you always drink plenty of water for your overall health.

Shield Your Skin from the Sun

The harmful UVA and UVB rays that harm your skin still manage to sneak through the clouds. You should always wear a sun screen or block regardless of the season.

We at On Call Skin Care Clinic hope that you enjoyed this information. Please visit our website at www.oncallclinic.com to review all the skin care services we offer.

Holiday Tips for n Enjoyable Holiday Season

 

 

Holiday Tips

With the holidays, here and the colder temperatures, there are steps you should take. By doing so you should be ready to enjoy the holidays. You can brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Here are some helpful steps to take, holiday tips.

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm.Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress.Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control.
  4. Get Plenty of Sleep, do your best to avoid that late night Christmas wrapping.
  5. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  6. Be smoke-free.Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  7. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip.
  8. Get your vaccinations.Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.
  9. Monitor children.Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach.
  10. Practice fire safety.Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely.Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.

We at On Call Medical Clinic hope these holiday tips will help you and your family to have a safe and happy holiday season. Remember when minor accidents or illnesses occur, we at On Call Medical Clinic are here for you 7 days a week. Please visit our website at www.oncallclinic.com to review all the services we offer.

 

 

Sodium – Where it may be hiding

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Most of us get more than we need. Recommendations from the American Heart Association and the U.S. government range from 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. If you want to cut back, you need to do more than ease up on the shaker on your table. Watch what you eat. You may be shocked by some of the foods that are high in salt.

Here are some foods you need to think twice about before eating

  • Frozen Foods – they taste great but many are high in sodium.
  • Ready to Eat Cereals – Some of your favorite brands are high as well.
  • Vegetable Juices– They can contain your daily vegetable requirement but have a lot of sodium to go along with that.
  • Canned Vegetables– It’s a good idea to rinse can vegetables well, or look for labels that say, “no salt added”.
  • Packaged Deli Meats– Just look at the salt content on the label and it will shock you.
  • Soup- Soup may warm you up on a cold day but they are normally loaded with a lot of salt
  • Marinades and Flavorings – Some of your favorites may be super salty. For instance, one table spoon of teriyaki sauce has 879 milligrams.
  • Spaghetti Sauce– a half of cup may have as much as 550 plus milligrams.
  • Spicing It Up– Adding spices to an entrée can be an easy way to forego the salt shaker. Just make sure there is no hidden sodium in your selection.
  • Nuts– An ounce of most dry roasted brands have 116 milligrams.
  • Salty Snacks – Most of these snacks including baked or fat free still have a lot of sodium.
  • Prepackaged Foods– Some of your natural foods like rice, pasta, and potatoes are low in sodium. But if you get the convenient all-in-one box and add the flavor packet, your sodium count may just up greatly.
  • Condiments Count – Most of your condiments like ketchup are high in sodium.

We at On Call Medical Clinic hope this information was helpful. Please remember when you have a minor injury or sickness, we are here 7 days a week to help. We have complete laboratory facilities to quickly diagnosis your illness. Please visit our website at www.oncallclinic.com to learn about all the medical and skin care services we offer.

Pneumonia Get Help Quickly

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Pneumonia is something you do not want to take lightly. The faster you get treatment, the faster you will get over pneumonia. This is especially true for the very young, for people older than 65, and for anyone with other long-lasting (chronic) health problems, such as asthma.

You should see a doctor or emergency services immediately if you have the following

  • Have chest pain that is crushing or squeezing, is increasing in intensity, or occurs with any other symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Have such bad trouble breathing that you are worried you will not have the strength or ability to keep breathing.
  • Cough up large amounts of blood.
  • Feel that you may faint when you sit up or stand.
  • A cough that produces blood-tinged or rust-colored mucus from the lungs.
  • A fever with shaking chills.
  • Difficult, shallow, fast breathing with shortness of breath or wheezing.

You should call a doctor if your cough produces the following

  • Frequently brings up yellow or green mucus from the lungs and lasts longer than 2 days. Do not confuse mucus from your lungs with mucus running down the back of your throat from your nasal passages (postnasal drip).
  • Occurs with a fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher and brings up yellow or green mucus from the lungs (not postnasal drainage).
  • Causes you to vomit a lot.
  • Continues longer than 4 weeks.

We at On Call Medical Clinic are here when the above symptoms are a concern. We are available 7 days a week. We have our own on-site laboratory facilities to help quickly diagnose your illness. Our team of trained medical professionals are prepared to help you and your family members.

Please visit our website at www.oncallclinic.com to view all the medical services we offer as well as skin care services. If you are having any symptoms above and your primary care doctor is not available please do not hesitate to call us at 228 818-5155.

Flu Shot Should I Get One?

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Many people question whether they should get a flu shot or not. Many will have an excuse why they shouldn’t have the flu shot.

Well let’s clear up those excuses

  • I don’t want the shot because it will give me the Flu

This is not true. The flu shot or nasal spray cannot give you the flu. It takes a couple of weeks for the body to be protected from influenzas after receiving the vaccination. So, there is a possibility that you could contract the flu in that timeframe.

  • It doesn’t really make a difference if I get the flu shot or not.

Again, this is not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that vaccinations prevented 79,000 flu hospitalizations and 6.6 million flu-associated illnesses during the influenza season. Complications from the flu can be serious and result in hospitalization, and even death, for some patients. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated.

  • I am not a candidate for the flu vaccine

With rare exceptions, everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine. Pregnant women, those younger than 5 or older than 65 and people with certain chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for flu-related complications.

  • I don’t need the flu shot because I never get sick

Even if you don’t get sick — or only experience mild illness when you are sick — others might not be as lucky. Infants, the elderly and people with multiple medical conditions or weakened immune systems may not be able to fight off Influenza as well as you do.

Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also helps protect others who may not be able to fight off illness as well as you.

  • I heard the vaccine has side effects

Side effects of flu vaccination are generally mild. If you get the flu shot, you might feel achy or have redness or soreness where the shot was given. If you get the nasal spray vaccine, you could get a stuffy nose or throat irritation.

Talk with your doctor to find out which type of vaccine is right for you and make sure to let him or her know if you get any of these symptoms. Often, we can recommend supportive measures to help you through these.

But most potential side effects of the vaccine are nothing, compared to how bad you’d feel if you had to suffer through the actual flu.

We at On Call Medical Clinic hope that this information helped clear up your concerns about having a flu shot this season. If you are not feeling well or had a minor injury and your primary care doctor is not available please remember we are here 7 days a week to help. We have laboratory and x-ray capability at our office, so we can quickly diagnosis your medical issue. Please visit our website at www.oncallclinic.com to learn more about all the medical services we offer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 228 818-5155 7 days a week.