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More Than Just the Sniffles

Sinusitis is an infection that is a little hard to pin down as it has symptoms that are similar to other illnesses. As you may have gathered from its name, sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses. Irritation in the sinuses can cause them to become inflamed, which can lead to the infection. This infection causes an increased mucus production in the sinuses, but the swelling in these cavities pr...

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Public Health Warning!

Watch out for measles!

Cases of measles are popping up all across the country. So far, 10 states have reported cases of measles— including Texas. These outbreaks are getting closer and closer to home, so you may want to take some precautions to keep you and your family safe. Measles is a highly contagious virus that can spread through the air via an infected person’s cough or sneeze. According to the CDC, measles is...

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What a Pain! Sinus Headaches Vs. Migraines

Headaches come in all different horrible shapes and sizes, but it can be hard to tell them apart and determine their cause. Is it stress triggered? Is it too loud or too bright? Is it caused by sinus pressure? It’s easy to confuse one type of headache for another, one of the most common mix-ups being between sinus headaches and migraines. The symptoms between the two are quite similar, though t...

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What to Do with the Flu

  It happened again. You got the flu. Your body aches, your nose keeps running, you can barely hold food down, and you don’t want to get out of bed. All you want to do is cuddle up with a nice warm cup of chicken soup like your grandma used to make … but you’re out of paid sick time. Should you go to work and risk spreading the virus to your coworkers? Probably not. And should you even eat c...

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It's Getting Hot! Hot! Hot!

Is your child feeling sick? Well, don’t call the school office just yet! Normal body temperature is 98.6 °F, but everyone’s body temperature (adults and children) fluctuates throughout the day depending on age, activity level, and many other factors. The magic number for fever in everyone though, no matter the age, is 100.4 °F. It’s important to know that fever itself isn’t an illness but a sy...

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Don't Lose Your Footing!

Slips and Falls

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) falls are the leading cause of accidental deaths and injuries among the elderly population of America? And according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of workplace accidents. Those are some pretty harrowing facts. Elderly people aren’t the o...

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Maybe It's Not Just a Cold...

Watch Out for RSV!

The winter season brings with it many different illnesses. Illnesses such as the cold and flu become increasingly common as the weather gets colder, but along with them comes respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Just the name of that virus may send a shiver down the spines of many of you. Even though RSV usually just presents itself with the symptoms of a cold— if it shows any symptoms at all— it...

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Get Your End of Year Wellness Visit!

The end of the year is fast approaching, so you should come to HealthCARE Express to get your wellness visits done if you haven’t yet.           Some Examples of Wellness Visits Cancer screenings Women need to have breast cancer screenings done every one or two years after they turn 40, and men should have prostate cancer screenings every year after 45. People with a personal or family hi...

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Be Wary of Pneumonia

It starts off as just an unfortunate case of the flu, but instead of feeling better you start to feel worse. You have violent chills and break out in a cold sweat. Your chest aches with pain each time you cough. Your fever keeps climbing and climbing. 100. 101. It spikes. 104. You feel hot and cold all at the same time, and you didn’t even know that was possible. You can barely breathe. What’s...

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The Grown-Up's Chicken Pox

  I’m sure you’ve all heard that once you get chicken pox you’ll never get it again, and while that’s true if you came down with chickenpox in the past it’s possible that you may eventually find yourself with a case of shingles. Shingles is most common in the elderly but can develop in children and young people if they have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant in your body even...

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