Local Health Update by Michael Jorde, M.D

Air quality issues resulting from recent fires in our region have contributed to an increase in the occurrence of airway and respiratory illnesses. Asthmatic patients should ensure that their inhaler supplies are not outdated and  seek medical care if respiratory symptoms present. Streptococcal pharyngitis is being seen more frequently in Shasta County.  Rapid strep testing is available at most local clinic sites.  Proper diagnosis and treatment of pharyngeal infections can reduce unnecessary over utilization of antibiotics. Influenza vaccination has begun in the...

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Local health Conditions — November 2016

We are seeing an increase in upper respiratory illnesses including sinusitis and bronchitis.  Close attention  to  hand washing and conservative treatment including rest and hydration are best initial management strategies.   See you healthcare provider if not improving. Flu shots are available at both Hilltop clinics. Ski season is soon upon us with snowfall at Mount Shasta Ski Park.  Stretching and range of motion exercises can limit ski and snowboard injuries.  Helmet protection should be utilized by everyone participating in these activities.  X-ray...

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Local health Conditions — July 2016

There has been an increase in poison oak, as people enjoy the lakes and trails in our area.  Once the oak contacts the skin, if is difficult to spread to others with direct contact.  However, clothing, shoes, animals can continue to share long after the outing. Swimmer's ear has increased due to the warm weather and water.  There are drops at the Pharmacy that will help you remove the unwanted moisture.  Pain with traction on the earlobe is a sign...

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Local health Conditions — April 2016

The Influenza virus is no longer active in our community.  Eye infections have increased recently.  Strep test confirm a minor outbreak. Seasonal allergies are in full bloom.  Start on Claritin D 24 or similar antihistamine.  Shower frequently to remove the dust and pollen from your shin.  Rinse the nasal passages.  Flonase is available OTC at the pharmacy. Make sure you are using head gear anytime you are on a device with "wheels".

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