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Spring Health Tips
Milder weather, more daylight and the world is just starting to turn green….they’re all signs that spring is here. As nature gets a fresh new start, it’s time to renew our commitment to staying active and healthy. Here are some tips to help you do just that—and the doctors and staff at your local Lancaster General Health Physicians practice have more ways to help you stay well throughout the seasons.
Too much of a good thing
After a long, cold winter, you’re glad to see the trees start to come into bloom—unless you’re allergic to tree pollen. If tree pollen or molds trigger your allergies, stay inside with windows closed when pollen counts are high. Ask you doctor if nasal washes and over-the-counter remedies are appropriate, or if you need something more to manage allergy symptoms.
Don’t scratch this itch!
Many people react to urushiol, an oil found in poison ivy and some other plants. It can cause itchy, red or blistering skin or more serious allergic reactions. If you touch poison ivy, wash your skin, your clothes and anything else that may have come in contact with the oil. Cool showers, calamine lotion or a baking soda bath may help the itch. If you’re not sure it’s poison ivy, or if the rash covers your face or genitals, call your doctor.
Know the score about sports physicals
Whether your child plays second base or runs the 50-yeard-dash, chances are he or she will need a physical to participate in organized sports activities. Our physicians know the requirements for area schools and offer convenient evening and weekend appointment times that are convenient for you and your young athlete.
We’re here when you’re hurt
Having the right safety gear and taking time to warm up and cool down can help prevent many types of sports-related injuries. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) can help many sprains and strains, but call a doctor if the swelling doesn’t go down or if the pain won’t go away or is severe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children need an hour or more of physical activity every day and adults need at least 150 minutes a week. For adults, exercise should include both aerobic and muscle-building activities. Ask your family doctor about starting an exercise program safely. The more you exercise, the greater the health benefits.
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