Many times, patients try to quit smoking but are unsuccessful. A variety of lifestyle causes like stress, anxiety, and social circles that smoke can make quitting seem like a daunting task. We have helped many patients at Woodridge Clinic in Woodbridge, IL, cease smoking or tobacco use for good.
Although smoking can be a hard habit to break here are some of the benefits of non-smoking:
- Increased lung capacity
- Lower risk of lung cancer
- Lower risk of complications with comorbid conditions like high blood pressure
- More energy
- Fresher breath and environment
- Lower risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma attacks, and emphysema
What Can I Expect During My Smoking Cessation Program?
Quitting cold turkey is definitely an option, but many opt to wean their bodies from the consistent nicotine doses that cigarettes offer. Your doctor may prescribe a tablet or patch for you to wear, as well as make referrals to a counselor if necessary if life stressors are tough to handle without smoking.
Things You Can Do On Your Own
- Change some of your habits. Some notice that they have a tendency to drink when they smoke, or smoke after lunch. See if you can change some of these behaviors on your own.
- Reward yourself. Do something, like get yourself a gift, go for a walk or a healthy treat every time you hit a milestone with not smoking. These incentives will make it easier for you to hit your goals and not relapse.
- Exercise. Moving around helps the body release endorphins and other chemicals that help you feel good. These chemicals feel similar to the way nicotine does when dosed.
Take back control of your health and call Woodridge Clinic. To schedule a consultation at Woodridge Clinic in Woodridge, IL call at 630-910-1177, Lombard, IL at (630) 620-6225, Lemont, IL (630) 754-8710.
Our doctors are now offering televisits to new and existing patients.
We know that the pandemic has certainly impacted all of our lives lately. Sheltering in place, social distancing, working from home while also making sure that your kids are still going through their virtual schooling…it’s a lot! So what happens when springtime brings a nasty bout of allergies that you just can’t seem to get under control, or your child bumps his head and you’re concerned? This is where a televisit with our Woodridge IL family doctors can help. Contact our offices in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont IL to learn more.
What is a Woodridge Televisit?
Now you can get the same care you always received from our office and team of medical professionals, the only difference is that we will be doing it through a computer screen rather than in person. These virtual visits make it possible for our patients to still see a doctor, get the care they need, and provide peace of mind without having to step foot outside.
When can a televisit be used for?
While a Woodridge televisit is not to be used for true medical emergencies, most checkups, evaluations, monitoring, and follow-ups can be done virtually. We can diagnose or treat a wide range of health problems and also provide ways to treat your symptoms. You could benefit from a televisit if you are looking to evaluate or treat symptoms of:
- Respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Cold and flu
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Nausea, vomiting
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sore throat
- Rashes and skin conditions
If you or your child has just received a new medication these appointments allow us to monitor the medication to see if it’s effective or not. Is your medication running low? No problem! You don’t have to come into the office to have the prescription filled. Our Woodridge IL physicians can refill a prescription during your televisit. We also continue to monitor and help you manage chronic health problems like diabetes and hypertension through these online appointments.
What are the benefits of a televisit?
Woodridge televisits provide our patients with medical care even during these unique and ever-changing times. We know a doctor can provide an amazing source of comfort. You can schedule an appointment whenever it works with your schedule and all you have to do is get on your phone or computer and you’ll be instantly connected. It’s fast, effective, safe, and cost-effective.
Now, no matter how close you are to the Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard IL offices, our team of doctors and pediatricians can make it easier for your whole family to get the checkups, care, and monitoring they need through televisits. To schedule a televisit with one of our doctors at Woodridge Clinic please call (630) 910-1177. For our Lombard office, call 630-620-6225. To reach our Lemont office, call 630-754-8710.
Find out why social distancing is crucial for stopping the spread of Covid-19.
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the US, our Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont IL family physicians want to first provide you with the assurance that they are still offering medical care and treatment through televisits. This means that you can get proper medical evaluations, diagnose symptoms, and get prescriptions refilled by a qualified medical professional right on your smartphone or home computer. By providing telehealth visits we are ensuring that patients practice social distancing. Call our office to learn more about Woodridge televisits.
What does social distancing mean?
According to the CDC, social distancing means keeping at least six feet away from other people (not sure how to judge six feet? It’s about two arm's length). This means avoiding crowded areas and places with groups. When you’re in public areas like the grocery store or pharmacy you want to queue up safely by leaving that six feet of distance between you and the person in front and behind you.
What is the purpose of social distancing?
The main goal of social distancing is to stop the spread of Covid-19. Since this virus can spread easily from person to person it’s important that when you must go out in public that you keep ample space between yourself and others. Of course, this also means helping to “flatten the curve” by staying home and limiting time spent in public. Social distancing is for everyone, not just for those at high risk.
What if I have to leave the house?
While our Woodridge televisits are making it even easier for our Woodridge, Lemont, and Lombard IL patients to stay home (especially when they are sick) and still get medical care, we also know that some people don’t have the option to stay inside. Perhaps you need to pick up groceries for a loved one or you have to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. Here are some things to consider when leaving the house:
- Make sure to avoid touching any surfaces (e.g. take the stairs instead of elevators)
- Make sure you are practicing good handwashing
- Do not touch your face (if you do touch your face make sure to wash your hands immediately after)
- Some shops have senior hours, where those over 65 years old can shop first thing in the morning. Check with your local pharmacies, grocery stores, and shops to find out if they are offering senior hours or other helpful options like curbside pickup or home grocery delivery.
If you or a family member is dealing with symptoms that require a doctor’s evaluation here in Woodridge, Lemont, or Lombard IL, rest assured that you’ll still be able to get the treatment you need with Woodridge televisits. Call Woodridge Clinic today at (630) 910-1177 for our Woodridge location, (630) 620-6225 for our Lombard location, and (630) 754-8710 for our Lemont location.
Assess and understand your risk for disease so you can find ways to prevent them.
Preventive care should be an important part of everyone’s life. After all, if you want to stay healthy you will certainly want to visit your doctor at least once a year for preventive screenings and care. From diabetes screenings to STI testing, our team of pediatricians, internists and specialists here in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, can provide you with a wide range of preventive screening tools to assess your risk. Common preventive screenings we offer include,
Over 34 million people have diabetes, which equates to about 10.5 percent of the US population. Diabetes causes high glucose levels in the blood, which can damage nerves and blood vessels. Those with diabetes are more at risk for developing other serious and potentially life-threatening health problems including kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, stroke or neuropathy.
Screening for diabetes requires standard blood testing to measure the level of glucose within the blood. These usually require four different blood tests.
Who should be screened?
Anyone with a family history of diabetes should consider getting regular screenings. Your doctor may also recommend a screening if,
- You are overweight or obese
- Have prediabetes
- Lead an inactive lifestyle
- You maintain a poor diet
Along with diabetes screening, our team also offers medication management and counseling for those with diabetes, as well as additional screenings for retinopathy and neuropathy (two serious conditions that diabetic are more at risk for developing)
Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, if you are sexually active it’s a good idea to come in at least once a year to know your health status. This is especially important since STDs often have no symptoms. Screenings usually involve a simple blood test, urine test, physical examination and a cheek swab. These tests are quick and painless. If you are experiencing any symptoms it’s important that you share these symptoms with your doctor.
Who should be screened?
Anyone who is sexually active should get screened regularly. Wondering which STD tests to get? The CDC provides a helpful overview of which tests to get based on your age group.
If you are looking to get a preventive screening or you want a doctor that can provide you with routine screenings and exams each and every year so you know where you stand then call Woodridge Clinic. With offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, it’s easy to schedule an appointment by calling (630) 910-1177.
Seeing your doctor once a year could protect you from a host of health problems.
Do you only see your Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctor when there is a problem? If so, then you may want to start considering visiting our team of physicians once a year even when there is nothing wrong. These annual checkups provide you with valuable information about your current health status including any new or emerging health problems that may be reversible and managed with the proper care.
Here’s why everyone could benefit from getting an annual physical,
Get a Full Health Assessment
From lifestyle habits and family history to your age, there are many risk factors that could increase your risk of developing certain health conditions. Therefore, by coming into our clinic once a year for an annual checkup we can perform a wide range of screening tests including,
- Body mass index (BMI) to ensure that you are maintaining a healthy weight
- Blood pressure screenings
- Cholesterol screenings
- Glucose (blood sugar) screenings
- Osteoporosis screenings (especially important for women over age 65)
Many of these screening tools can help our doctors detect serious issues such as diabetes or heart disease early on before symptoms even appear. Through lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercise, and medication we can help you manage and control any chronic conditions.
Stay Up to Date on Vaccines
Vaccines are beneficial for both children and adults. Once you reach 18 years old you probably don’t think much about vaccines but adults should turn to their doctor to review their vaccine history and to find out if they could benefit from certain immunizations to prevent,
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B
Keep Your Medical Records Updated
It’s amazing how much your health can change in a year. By keeping your medical records up to date you ensure that you are getting the very best and most effective care from our team of primary care physicians whenever you step through our doors. By coming in once a year we can keep updated records on,
- Certain medications you are taking (or no longer taking)
- Lifestyle and social histories (e.g. smoking; alcohol consumption; sexual activity)
- Mental health
- Family history
Having updated medical records also means providing you with lifestyle and health recommendations, as well as screenings that could benefit you and reduce your risk for certain conditions.
With offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, Woodridge Clinic makes it easy for patients of all ages to get the preventive medical care they need. If it’s time for your annual physical exam then call our office today.
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