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.
Learn how to treat these common chronic respiratory disorders.
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the two leading chronic respiratory diseases worldwide, and while these two diseases are different sometimes patients visiting our in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctors show symptoms of both conditions. After all, those who are smokers, ex-smokers or older adults are more likely to deal with both asthma and COPD.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a long-term condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways that makes it difficult to breathe. Those with asthma may deal with persistent coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath that is triggered by cold, stress, exercise, smoking, etc.
What is COPD?
COPD may refer to chronic bronchitis (a chronic cough that produces mucus) or emphysema (a condition that damages the lungs), both of which make it difficult to breathe. Smokers are more likely to develop COPD. Symptoms of COPD include,
- Needing to clear your throat every morning due to mucus
- A chronic, mucus-producing cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Unexpected weight loss
- Swelling in the feet or legs
How do you treat COPD and asthma?
COPD is progressive, meaning that it can get worse over time. If you are dealing with symptoms of COPD or asthma it’s important that you see a physician right away. Untreated asthma could lead to serious and potentially life-threatening flare-ups.
Asthma can be properly controlled with,
- Lifestyle changes (e.g. quitting smoking; avoiding triggers; using a HEPA air filter)
- Increasing aerobic exercise
- Monitoring lung function at home
- Taking a long-term daily inhaler to reduce inflammation
- Taking a short-acting inhaler when you feel symptoms of an attack flaring up
Since lung damage caused by COPD is permanent it’s important to see a doctor right away for treatment. COPD treatments include,
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding exposure to outdoor pollutants
- Using supplemental oxygen
- Using corticosteroids, beta-blockers or bronchodilators to improve breathing
- Pulmonary rehab that includes creating nutritional, medical and exercise treatment plans
Woodridge Clinic has offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL. If you are dealing with asthma or COPD and want to discuss more effective treatment strategies to help you breathe better than call our office today to schedule an evaluation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that smoking kills eight million people annually. Many more experience tobacco-related cancer, COPD, heart disease, periodontal disease and more. Would you like to quit smoking? At Woodridge Clinic, your team of nine physicians helps people stop their tobacco habit. Smoking counseling increases the chances of success.
You want to quit, but how?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites some disturbing statistics: of the 55 percent of American smokers who tried to quit in 2015, only seven percent succeeded. Unfortunately, the nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive, and the resulting withdrawal symptoms, depression, cravings, mood swings and weight gain from quitting contribute to people returning to their tobacco habits.
Fortunately, the CDC also says that people who receive personal, group, online or telephone smoking counseling experience greater success. At Woodridge Clinic, Dr. Umang Patel and the other doctors agree. So, they are fully equipped to help their patients achieve smoke-free lives.
The Five A's of Smoking Cessation
American Family Physician outlines five steps physicians use to guide their patients through smoking cessation. They include:
- Asking--questioning patients about any tobacco usage past or present
- Advising--telling people they CAN quit to increase the chances of attempting and succeeding
- Assessing--helping patients actually consider quitting and what strategies they may use
- Assisting--providing referrals for behavioral modification groups, medications such as Nicorette or Chantix and strategies for coping with withdrawal symptoms
- Arranging--following through with patients through in-office visits, telephone calls or other means of contact
The physicians at Woodridge Clinic often assist their patients with referral to a wonderful service from the National Cancer Institute. 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers outstanding support to individuals who wish to stop smoking for good. Trained telephone counselors provide real-time support, tips, education on medications and more.
Additionally, the professional team wishes to assure every patient in its care that smoking cessation is part of their overall care plans. Woodridge Clinic is their safe medical home where together, physician and patient meet the challenges of achieving a healthy body and lifestyle.
For more information
Start on your smoking cessation program with a simple call to Woodridge Clinic. We have three convenient locations to serve you: Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont.
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