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What You Need to Know About Pesky Summer Bug Bites

Summer is here and the time is right for…tiny critters that sting and bite. While it is certainly nice to be able to go outside and enjoy the nice warm weather, this is the time of year when people suffer from reactions to insect bites and stings.  Some bug bites are painful, some spread disease, and some are uncomfortable but harmless. There are some misconceptions out there, so we’ll discuss specifically what you need to know regarding bothersome bug bites – which ones can cause life-threatening allergic reactions and which ones are just pesky pests. 

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Online Bill Pay – NOW AVAILABLE

We are excited to announce that we have recently added online bill pay to our list of features designed to help you manage your health. We are always working to improve your patient experience, and online bill pay makes managing payments easy and convenient.

Patients can access their account through our secure patient portal. Your patient portal has several convenient options to allow you to efficiently manage your health in addition to online bill pay including:

  • Request prescription refills
  • Send and receive messages from clinical staff
  • Access and review labs
  • Request and schedule appointments

If you have questions about your account or online bill pay options, please contact us at 843.881.2030

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4th Annual Peanut Free Night

It’s Peanut Free Night at the Joe!

Wednesday, May 15th 2019 at 6pm

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our 4th Annual Peanut Free Night! Come join us Wednesday, May 15th as the RiverDogs take on West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate). Gates open at 6:00pm and the game starts at 7:05pm.

This partnership with the RiverDogs allows families who are peanut allergic to come to the Joe and enjoy a fun night of baseball. Enjoying an evening of baseball at a stadium is a luxury that peanut allergic families often don’t feel comfortable doing. Since peanuts are a staple in America’s favorite past-time, those allergic often don’t feel safe attending this type of event. Fear of cross-contamination and exposure to peanuts means baseball stadiums are often avoided.

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Charleston Pollen Count – March 29th

Today’s Count is…

7 – High

Main Contributor – Trees: oak, pine, juniper/cedar, elm

Second Contributor: grass

Mold – moderate

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Consult with one of our board-certified allergy specialists today to determine what treatment options are best for you.

What is a Pollen Count?

Pollen count is the measurement of the number of grains of pollen in a cubic meter of air. The higher the number, the more people will suffer if they are allergic to a particular pollen (hay fever).

Our pollen levels are on a scale of 12. Low is 0-3, Moderate 4-6, High 7-9, Very High 10-12. These levels take into account how much pollen the allergy sufferer is likely to be exposed to for that given period.

Pollen counting has been recognized as an important process since the turn of the 20th century. Not only have pollen counts advanced our knowledge of the role plant pollen plays in causing allergy, they have become a powerful tool just like accurate weather forecasts in day-to-day individual health problem solving.

Are you suffering from seasonal allergies?

Schedule your appointment today!

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How Climate Change is Making Allergy Seasons Worse

Currently, the vast majority of climate scientists feel that climate change is occurring and that our planet is warming. Global warming is an increase in average global temperature that is mainly attributed – directly or indirectly – to human activities resulting in an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases including water vapor, ozone, carbon dioxide, and methane.  Unfortunately, belief in, or rejection of, climate change and global warming have recently become a “political football” and now seems to define specific political parties.

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Why It’s Still In Your Best Interest to Get the Flu Shot

Here’s why everyone should get the flu vaccine: the flu is a serious illness that can cause severe illness, days lost from work or school, hospital admission, and even death. The flu vaccine is the absolute best way to prevent the flu. Even though you can still get the flu after receiving the vaccine, people who do so have a less severe illness. In addition to protecting yourself, you can help prevent the spread of the flu to family, friends, and coworkers by getting an annual vaccine each fall.

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FDA Extends Expiration Date For Certain Lots of EpiPens

In an effort to mitigate EpiPen shortages, the FDA is extending the expiration date for specific lots of 0.3 milligram products.

“We are doing everything we can to help mitigate shortages of these products, especially ahead of the back-to-school season. We’ve completed the necessary reviews of the data to extend the expiration date by four months for specific lots of EpiPen that are expired or close to expiring.” – Exerpt from the FDA in Brief

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What you Need to Know About Fall Allergies

There might not be a yellow coating on your car but fall still brings with it plenty of allergen exposure! Unlike the tree pollen of early spring, fall allergens can be more stealth with their arrival.  Weeds will start pollinating as early as August and can pollinate through the first frost, which in Charleston can be as late as December depending on the year.

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