We are already seeing an increase in upper-respiratory and other types of illnesses this fall. With the start of flu season, it is important to remember how to best protect yourself from the illness and avoid spreading the disease.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others. Use your best judgment – if you feel too sick to work, you probably are. Stay home and rest to avoid spreading the illness to others and give yourself a chance to heal. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of promptly. Wash your hands frequently... Read More
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As a new mom, I’ve been thinking a lot about mindfulness and how it affects both me as a mother as well as my baby. We all experience adversity from the moment we are born. Infants become hungry and tired. Toddlers struggle with big feelings. Teenagers grapple with relationships and school. And of course, adults juggle the demands of families, the workplace, finances and countless other stressors. Life will always present us with challenges, and... Read More
The Mountain is out, and the grey drizzle of November is a distant memory. But hold on, you’re also pregnant or thinking about pregnancy. What does that mean for your jog around Green Lake, or your stroll around the neighborhood or your next Barre/Yoga/CrossFit class?
Exercise in pregnancy is a hot topic and there are many long-held beliefs and much unsolicited advice pregnant women come across. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends pregnant women get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise each week. Ideally this would be split-up throughout the week... Read More
Having a pet join your family can be a wonderful experience and can bring great joy. Here are a few things to consider before adopting a pet or when bringing a new baby into a household where pets are already part of your family.Do pets cause allergies and asthma?
If you already own a pet, there is good news! The latest data from the National Institutes of Health, Jama Pediatrics and the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that early pet exposure, especially in the first year, can reduce the risk of your child developing asthma before the age of seven. These... Read More
The following Questions and Answers are from Immunization Action Coalition.What causes measles?
Measles is caused by a virus.How does measles spread?
Measles is spread from person to person through the air by infectious droplets; it is highly contagious.How long does it take to show signs of measles after being exposed?
It takes an average of 10–12 days from exposure to the first symptom, which is usually fever. The measles rash doesn’t usually appear until approximately 14 days after exposure, 2–3 days after the fever begins.What are the symptoms of measles... Read More
It is hard to scroll through Facebook, turn on the TV, or open a newspaper without seeing some mention of vaccines. Recently, the news has been full of reports about Measles and the MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccine in southwestern Washington’s Clark County. The MMR vaccine, along with vaccines for tetanus and influenza, are well known. However, there is a vaccine that could prevent cancer that fewer than half of children and young adults are receiving.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for at least 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a very dangerous and deadly... Read More
I think we all remember those antifungal commercials that made our skin crawl. The ads featured an animated, creepy looking creature that crawls beneath a toenail. The pest’s name was Digger and he was a dermatophyte, a nail infection. Even though I’m a podiatrist and work with feet and toenails daily, to this day the thought of that commercial, and Digger, makes me cringe.
So, what is a fungal nail infection? Nail infections can be caused by various fungal organisms, not nearly as scary or gruesome as Digger in real life. The most common cause of fungal nail infections is by a... Read More
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Personally, I experienced this in Podiatry school after jumping into a new running program too quickly. It can be a painful condition. Fortunately, in my case, it resolved with a few simple treatments in the matter of several weeks.
What is plantar fasciitis? It is inflammation of a band of tissue, the plantar fascial ligament. This ligament extends from the heel to the toes. It commonly causes a stabbing pain that is worse with the first few steps in the morning. The pain normally decreases with movement but can... Read More
Cataracts happen when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. The lens is located behind the pupil and is normally clear to help focus light. Clouding occurs slowly over time and is often due to age. Those 60-65 years old experience cataracts symptoms most often.
When should you see a doctor?
Early warning signs of cataracts include noticing glare and halos around light, difficulty with bright lights and trouble seeing while driving at night. As conditions worsen, your vision may become blurry and updating your eyeglass prescription may not improve... Read More
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