Summer Skin Care Tips

by Elizabeth Stratte, M.D. Pediatric Dermatology Specialist Even if you’re largely staying indoors due to social distancing, as temperatures start to rise, it’s important to take a serious look at your current skin-care routine and make some changes to be summer-ready. ACNE BREAKOUTSSummer sweat can clog your pores. To help prevent acne, blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cleansing cloth whenever you fell sweaty. Wiping can irritate your skin, which can lead to a breakout, so...

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Seasonal Allergies by Michael Jorde, M.D.

Northern California and specifically Shasta County, is known for its high pollen counts.  Ample ragweed and oak growth result in these elevated pollen levels and bring about seasonal allergy symptoms for local residents.   Itchy eyes and nasal congestion are characteristic symptoms of seasonal allergy.  Over-the-counter medications including nasal steroids and non-sedating antihistamines are effective initial treatment strategies for these symptoms. Should the initial treatments not provide relief from allergies, the patient should seek medical care from their primary care physician...

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Neonatal Circumcision By Steven Namihas, M.D.

Neonatal Circumcision Circumcision in the male involves the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis, usually during the newborn period. It is one of the most common procedures in the world. In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) convened a multidisciplinary Taskforce, which included members representing the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Task force determined that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision...

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COVID VACCINATION By Mark Pierce, M.D.

The SARS-CoV-2 Virus has ravaged the World and the United States.  Our efforts to control the spread with lockdowns, masks, and socially distancing were initially effective and now have failed.  Our ability to test and trace has been overwhelmed.  Our economy has suffered from the loss of jobs and businesses with little hope of full recovery until the pandemic abates.  Our State and Federal Governments have provided financial assistance and protections, but many people are stressed, worried about their next...

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The Mental Health Tool of COVID-19

By Kevin Waits, D.O. Urgent Care Physician Most everyone would agree that the year 2020 has been unprecedented:A novel coronavirus causing a pandemic and social isolation due to COVID-19 precautions, a significant down turn in the economy with increased unemployment, civil unrest with violence, historic wildfires with widespread property damage and loss of life,  electrical power outages and a seemingly endless and highly contentious presidential election.  No doubt something significant was left unmentioned, but these are all examples of serious...

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What are Skin Lesions by Steven Namihas, MD

SKIN LESIONS Our skin is subject to many types of lesions.  Most are benign, but some can be malignant.  It can be difficult at times to tell the difference without removing the lesion and having it examined by a pathologist.  Skin lesions can be removed at Hilltop Medical Clinic if they are causing discomfort, or if there is a concern for skin cancer.  They can also be removed for cosmetic reasons, though this may not be covered by insurance.  Removal...

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VASECTOMIES & MINOR Surgeries by Appt only

Dr. Steven Namihas is a family medicine board certified physician with over 25 years of experience performing and teaching vasectomies and minor surgery at Shasta Community Health Center and Mercy Redding Family Medicine Residency Programs.   He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine and residency training at Mercy Redding.  He has provided numerous workshops in vasectomy and minor surgery at medical conferences sponsored by UC Davis and the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians. Call 530.221-1565 to schedule an...

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IMMIGRATION PHYSICALS performed for local Redding Residents again!

We are happy to announce we have resumed Immigration Physicals for the residents of Redding and our surrounding area. We will keep you informed when we expand this radius. Thank You for your understanding!

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Safe Travel in Covid-19 Era

How to Travel Consciously in Era of Covid-19             Spring is in the air and tempting us to move about more freely.  In the USA, more states and counties are setting goals to loosen their restrictions, and travel seems more plausible.  This adds some brand-new challenges to our communities.  Ninety percent of the Covid+ cases in Shasta County have been from people traveling away and bringing it back.  Ten percent are those infected from the travelers.  This can be greatly reduced by following some socially...

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Getting Back to Business

Getting Back to Business We, at Hilltop Medical Clinics, have responded to the Covid-19 Pandemic as quickly and efficiently as possible.  This continues to be an ongoing challenge as we learn more everyday about this virus, how it spreads, what the testing really means, the use of antibody tests, how to protect our medical staff as well as keeping patients safe and informed.  The middle of March 2020 marked a swift change in the way we were going to be practicing...

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