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We want to help you quit! Schedule an appointment to discuss the best quit option for you. There are medications and support programs to help you quit and remain smoke free. The following link is another great place to start! http://www.smokefree.gov/
- Allergy season is upon us! You may or may not have already begun to experience the itchy eyes/nose, runny nose, sneezing, and stuffy nose of seasonal allergies. It is best to treat early and prevent exposure when you are able.
- If you have tried over the counter medications and are still not getting relief from your symptoms, follow-up for an appointment to discuss additional treatment options, and confirm the diagnosis of an allergy and not another illness.
- Check out the following link for more specific information: http://lpfamilymd.com/pdfs/Seasonal-Allergies.pdf
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here's how to Be Sun Smart®: Taken from: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/cancer/risk/614.html
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
- Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun.
- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
- Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
HPV and GARDASIL VACCINATION
- Now approved by the FDA and recommended and available at LPFP
- Schedule an appointment today for the 3-part series, requiring at least 6 months for completion. Advised for men and women between the ages of 9 and 26 years of age.
- Gardasil vaccine prevents the contraction of the HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
- Read more @ http://www.gardasil.com/what-is-gardasil/information-on-gardasil/
Weight Loss/Management: Need to loose weight or just want to improve your health?
Schedule an appointment today for “Nutrition Counseling” with our Nurse Practitioner. Whether your goals are to loose weight and/or improve your control of a chronic condition you are living with (i.e.: Diabetes, High Blood pressure, High cholesterol, Gout)
Get a head start, by doing these simple steps to improve your health:
- Increase your Water intake, and decrease all sugary drinks (soda/pop, juices)
- Increase intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains.
- Decrease intake of ALL saturated fats (whole milk dairy, red meat, fried foods, anything with trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
- Get moving! You should get 20-30min of activity every single day!