Sometimes allergies can be fairly obvious and occur in response to common exposures, for instance, when pollen covers your car in the springtime, and you can’t stop sneezing! Other times it can be hard to recognize what is causing an allergic reaction. The cause may be something that you would never relate your symptoms to. We will discuss a few of these less recognized allergies below.
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.
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:
If you have questions about your account or online bill pay options, please contact us at 843.881.2030
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people with allergies notice that their symptoms are worse during particular times of the year. Whether your allergies are worse in the spring or fall often depends on what specifically you are allergic to.