Happy New Year

IRosh Hashanah

 

If you are celebrating the Jewish New Year , Happy Rosh Hashanah to you and your family. If there’s one thing we all know about celebrating any holiday it is all about the food, the food and more food !!!! Seeing our loved ones is pretty nice too. We are certain there are many traditional foods you will be indulging in on this holiday weekend, so it is important to remember a few things before you settled down to eat.

If you are the host of the holiday please remember to prepare a meal for your relatives with food allergies such as tree nuts and gluten! Same goes if you are the visiting relative , do not forget to remind them of your allergies . Tree nuts include, but are not limited to, walnut, almond, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio, and Brazil nuts. These are not to be confused or grouped together with peanut, which is a legume, or seeds, such as sunflower or sesame. Tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children and adults, which you can develop at anytime. We can not stress enough the importance of knowing if you or your family members have developed food allergies. There are many allergy tests available to confirm a diagnosis, such as a blood test to check for the presence of specific forms of IgE (Immunoglobulin E ) Another type of diagnostic tool is skin testing, in which a small amount of an allergen is applied to your skin to check for a reaction . Tree nuts can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). We advise that people with a tree nut allergy have quick access to an epinephrine auto-injector .

Here are some important things to know about Gluten Intolerance. After eating meals with gluten you will experience possible digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation, particularly in children after eating gluten. Always read the food labels on packaging prior to purchasing to check for Gluten. The label reads (GF) for Gluten Free . Furthermore there’s always that uncomfortable heartburn which could be symptoms of GERD (Gastroesphageal reflux disease) this digestive disease occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD.

We want to wish all of  our patience a Happy, HEALTHY and Sweet New Year , Indulge wisely, enjoy your quality time with your families and have fun. So if you have any doubts about the above mentioned information visit us online www.egmedicalcare.com for your Primary Care questions. Have a concern about your children’s allergies please call us at (718) 698-6700 to schedule a Pediatric Care visit. Walk-ins are always welcome! Please note Our Urgent Care office will be closed on Monday September 14, 2015 in observance of the New Year with back to regular office hours on Tuesday September 15, 2015.

Lets Talk Mosquitoes!

Let’s talk mosquitoes! Did you know that on June 30, 2015 it was reported that the West Nile Virus was found in a mosquito in the New Dorp Beach area of Staten Island? Yes it’s true. Now, more than ever, it’s important to understand mosquito bites, why scratching them too much can be dangerous and why the key is preventing them in the first place.

We all have had that one mosquito bite – or ten – that itched so bad and we scratched it so hard, until our skin broke open, that felt soo good, right ? Well, when the skin breaks it starts to bleed, and you run the risk of an infection called cellulitis, which may require antibiotics. Possible allergic reactions to mosquito bites can occur as well. Almost everyone is allergic to mosquito bites. The surrounding area of the bite swells and blisters can sometimes appear.

Here’s what we suggest to prevent mosquitoes from biting you, put on long pants and a long sleeve shirt, close all your windows and doors and stay in the house all summer, unrealistic? Probably! Let’s try this instead; when we have a rainy summer season, like we did at the start of this summer, the mosquito population increases. They love stagnant water – that is their place to breed. Water is everywhere and even small amounts of it can draw mosquitoes. Let’s start by observing where water can be and let’s get rid of it. All and any standing water must go ! Here are some places to look. Have a garbage pail cover upside down in your back yard ? Or is there water sitting overnight in a plastic kiddie pool or how about right on the top of your patio table?! This will help cut down mosquitoes in your area . Remember to partner up with your neighbor since they may have water sitting around too. Any mosquitoes that hatch in your neighbors yard are just as likely to bite you and your family. Live near a swamp, a pond or a car wash? – well then , ummm good luck!

Preventing mosquitoes indoors -at the start of the season have your window screens repaired if they have small holes in them, this is an inexpensive, small measure that has the largest impact of mosquitoes coming into your home. Love being outdoors ? Use insect repellents to keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay. There are several types of mosquito repellents available on the market. You should also spray the repellent on your clothes.  In the case of mosquito bites, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Do you have mosquito bites and just aren’t sure if they need medical evaluation? Here’s a list of symptoms to look out for and when it may be necessary to come in to our office. And remember, symptoms can show up anywhere from two days to two weeks after a mosquito bite.

Fever, rash, nausea, cold sweats, weakness, body aches, and swelling/redness around the bite area.

Have other symptoms not listed that you are concerned about? Come in for a quick Physical Exam, At  EG Healthcare we provide  Primary Care for not only your mosquito bite concerns, but all your medical needs. We also provide Pediatric Care for your little ones. Give us a call at (718) 698-6700 to schedule an appointment, or visits us online for your Urgent Care needs at www.egmedicalcare.com Walk-ins are always welcome!