Do I Need Antibiotics?

Cold and flu season is upon us! One commonly asked question is – do I need antibiotics? Antibiotics are only used to treat bacterial infections, not viruses. So, how do you know if you have a bacterial infection? There are a few differentiating symptoms. Your infection is likely bacterial if:symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, your fever worsens after a few days, you have yellow or green mucus or white spots in your throat. While those trends are associated with bacterial infections, the only way to know for sure is a trip to your doctor.

Alcohol consumption

alcoholAlcohol doesn’t only have harmful characteristics when consumed. There have been many proven reasons why having one drink daily can be beneficial to your heart and other body functions. Red wine should be the preferred alcohol beverage, one glass a day (8 oz.) and with your evening meal. It must be noted that after one alcoholic beverage, the benefits to an individual’s health drastically decreases. Other forms of alcohol can be consumed at moderation with benefits, but red wine has other properties that make it the preferred option.

Don’t Kiss the Babies

In the winter, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) runs rampant. This virus presents as a common cold in adults but can be fatal to infants. Adults are most often contagious before they even start showing symptoms. When babies are infected with this virus, it can cause severe inflammation of the airways and even pneumonia. While it might be hard to resist giving your adorable little loved ones a quick smooch, please think twice to keep them safe and healthy!

Concerned with Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that comes from food and your body. It is found in foods from animal sources only, and it travels in the body by lipoproteins (HDL and LDL). HDL is known as “good” cholesterol, and LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol. HDL helps keep LDL from sticking to artery walls and reduces plaque buildup. This process can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods that are high in HDL include avocados, fatty fish, nuts, beans, and oats. You should limit the amount of fatty beef, pork, dairy products made from whole or reduced fat.

Too Sick to Sweat?

Can you actually “sweat it out”? Working out while you’re sick seems like adding misery to an already uncomfortable activity, but it has shown to be beneficial in some ways. Head cold symptoms like nasal congestion and headache may be relieved by increased heart rate and improved circulation from exercise, and moderate exercise has been shown to reduce the risk, severity, and duration of common respiratory illnesses. It is important to stay hydrated while working out, especially if you’re sick, and it is best to avoid extremely strenuous workouts. Try to focus on activities like light jogging, yoga, swimming, or a bike ride.


Winter is coming quickly, and for some that means flare-ups of arthritis. So, what can you do to feel relief this season? We’re here to help. Here are a few quick tips to help manage your symptoms in the cold weather: dress warmly, stay hydrated, stay active, and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D! Still feeling achy? Stop in and ask our recommendations for joint pain relief and supplements to help keep them healthy.

Fall Prevention

Winter is coming, which means family, the holidays, and ice! We’ve all seen someone take a nasty fall on the snowy sidewalks; you may have even taken one yourself! Here are some helpful tips to help you be safe outside this winter: walk slowly with small steps, wear shoes with good traction, avoiding carrying large items or walking with your hands in your pockets to maintain better balance, and watch where you’re going!

Do You Qualify for Medicare?

To be eligible for Medicare in Ohio, you must be 65 years or older and either a US citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least 5 years. You’re also entitled to Medicare benefits if you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). If you have ALS, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare the same month that your Social Security benefits start.  You also qualify for Medicare if you have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD, kidney failure). However, you will need to sign up for Medicare benefits; it won’t happen automatically as with ALS. For more information, visit the social security website.

Do You Still Need Your Heartburn Medicine?

Many patients experience acid reflux and heartburn and take medication to resolve their symptoms. Medications like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix should only be taken for two weeks unless prescribed by your physician. Risks of taking some of these medications long-term include osteoporosis, bacterial infection, and pneumonia. To reduce heartburn in other ways, you should avoid foods that cause heartburn, do not lay down after eating, and avoid tight clothing. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about needing your acid reflux or heartburn medications.

Be Fast!

Having high blood pressure increases your risk of having a stroke. A stroke occurs when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Remembering to “BE FAST” can help save your loved ones.

B: Balance (watch for balance issues)

E: Eyes (blurred, double vision, or vision loss)

F: Face (uneven smile or drooping on one side)

A: Arm weakness

S: Slurred Speech

T: Time is of the essence—call 9-1-1 as soon as possible