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The Health Care You Deserve

2024-01-29T14:11:23+00:00January 29th, 2024|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Membership, Public Health, Uncategorized|

Uncovering the Source of Your Well-Being

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In a system where the average office visit is a mere 7 minutes, why settle for fragmented care? At Roots Health DPC, your health takes center stage—the foundation for life on your terms.

Your path to comprehensive health and wellness starts now.

Why choose direct primary care?
  1. Quality Time: Engage in meaningful conversations with your physician to craft a personalized healthcare plan, considering every aspect of your health, environment, and lifestyle.
  2. Seamless Communication: Enjoy ongoing communication with your board-certified physician, easily adjusting your plan to meet evolving healthcare needs—unlimited access, both in-person and virtually.
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Cervical Health Awareness Month

2024-01-20T16:49:41+00:00January 16th, 2024|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health|

Your Shield Against Cervical Cancer

For many women, the term “Pap smear” might evoke a mix of curiosity and uncertainty. However, understanding the importance of this simple test can empower you to take charge of your reproductive health.

What is a Pap Smear?

A Pap test, is a routine screening procedure used to detect any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus.

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Why is it crucial?

1. Early Detection Saves Lives: Cervical cancer develops slowly and the Pap smear is designed to catch these changes to prevent progression to cervical cancer.

2. Regular Screening for All Women: Women should begin Pap smear screenings around the age of 21 and continue at regular intervals. As women age, the frequency of screenings may change, and co-testing with HPV may be an option.

3. Simple Procedure: The Pap smear is a relatively simple and quick procedure performed during a pelvic exam with little risk involved.

4. Peace of Mind: Regular Pap smear results offer reassurance and enable prompt action if any abnormalities are detected.

In the realm of women’s health, the Pap smear stands as a powerful ally in the fight against cervical cancer. By prioritizing regular screenings you are taking proactive steps to safeguard your well-being. Your health is in your hands, and a Pap smear is a vital tool in maintaining it.

Empower yourself with knowledge and preventive care. Your future self will thank you.

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Causes, Treatments, and Complications

2023-12-11T13:21:12+00:00December 11th, 2023|Adults, Families, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health|

Heartburn: WHAT it is and WHY it happens

Heartburn, commonly known as indigestion, can occur after we eat. Acidic stomach contents can squeeze back up into the esophagus, causing reflux—a burning sensation behind the breastbone that we experience as heartburn.

What are Common Causes of Heartburn?

  • Eating a large meal
  • Excessive consumption of coffee or alcohol
  • Pressure on stomach (from vigorous exercise after eating or advanced pregnancy)

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How to deal with occasional heartburn?

For occasional heartburn in healthy individuals, simple measures such as taking antacids and avoiding lying down after a meal are often sufficient.

What if Heartburn is Persistent? A more targeted approach may be necessary.

  • In Overweight People: heartburn can be improved through weight loss.
  • Smoking cessation lowers symptoms of heartburn
  • Avoiding certain foods that provoke heartburn like caffeine, alcohol, and fats.
  • Elevating the head of the bed can improve symptoms

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You should always speak to your physician about your symptoms and be evaluated for any complications

Are there any serious complications from heartburn?

Ongoing chronic esophageal exposure to gastric juices can lead to complications such as:

1. Esophagitis: Inflammation of the esophagus

2. Ulceration: Bleeding, scarring, and stricture (narrowing) of the esophagus

3. Barrett’s esophagus: A pre-cancerous condition associated with an increased risk of lower esophagus cancer.

Sore throat

2023-11-20T14:17:53+00:00November 20th, 2023|Adults, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health, Uncategorized|

Soothing a Sore Throat…. Be in the Know this Winter.

Pharyngitis, commonly known as a sore throat, is a symptom that signals an infection involving the back of the throat.

Signs of pharyngitis include:

  • Sore, dry, or scratchy throat
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Redness/Inflammation of the throat
What causes Pharyngitis?
The most common cause for sore throat is a virus (such as the common cold, influenza, mononucleosis, yes …even covid). Viral infections don’t respond to antibiotics, and treatment is only necessary to help relieve symptoms.
Less commonly, pharyngitis is caused by a bacterial infection. These infections require antibiotics. The most common bacterial infection is strep throat. It is imperative not to leave strep throat untreated, especially in children.
How is pharyngitis diagnosed?

Physical exam

If you’re experiencing symptoms of pharyngitis, your doctor will check your throat looking for white patches, swelling, and redness and check for swollen lymph nodes in your neck. You should report any fever or cough as well.

Throat culture

If your doctor suspects that you have strep throat, they will likely take a rapid strep test in the office which can give you a result for strep throat in a few minutes. In some cases, a swab culture is sent to a lab for further testing.

Blood tests

If another cause of your pharyngitis is suspected, your doctor may order blood work looking for specific infections, such as mononucleosis or they may perform a COVID or flu test.

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What can you do at home?
If a virus is causing your pharyngitis, there are things you can do at home that can help relieve symptoms:
  • drinking plenty of fluids/ pedialyte popsicles
  • gargling with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of water)
  • using a humidifier
  • resting until you feel better
  • throat lozenges can sooth pain
Medical treatment
For pain and fever relief, consider taking over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen after speaking with your doctor.
If the infection is caused by strep or another bacterial infection, antibiotics are necessary. Amoxicillin and penicillin are the most commonly prescribed treatments for strep throat. It is important that you take the entire course of antibiotics for strep throat to prevent complications such as rheumatic fever.
How can you prevent pharyngitis?
  • avoid sharing food, drinks, and eating utensils
  • avoid individuals who are sick
  • wash your hands often, especially before eating and after coughing or sneezing
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • avoid smoking and inhaling secondhand smoke
When to Seek Care
Let your doctor know right away if you are having a sore throat so that they can guide you on the next steps for evaluation of cause and best treatment options.

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HPV: Do you know the FACTS?

2023-11-07T08:35:42+00:00November 6th, 2023|Adults, Direct Primary Care, Families, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health|

HPV

70-80% of women will have Human Papilomaviurs, HPV, at some point in their lifetime. If it’s so common…. why does it matter?

HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HPV can cause cervical cancer.

So what can you do about it?

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What are the symptoms of HPV?
Most people with HPV do not have any symptoms which is why women need Pap smears.
HPV can sometimes cause genital warts. Some strains can cause cervical cancer.
Who should get tested for HPV at the time of their pap smear?
  • Most women younger than 30 do not get HPV testing, because the immune system often eradicates HPV. However, if their pap is abnormal an HPV test may be indicated.
  • Women 30 years or older, can be offered HPV test and Pap together to screen for cervical cancer.
How can I prevent HPV?
Get the HPV vaccine early, before age 26.
Avoid sexual contact and limit number of total partners.
Do I still need a Pap test if I got the HPV vaccine?
Yes. This is why:
  • Although the HPV vaccine protects against many of the HPV types that cause cervical cancer, it does not prevent all HPV types that cause cervical cancer.
  • You might not be fully protected if you did not get all the vaccine doses (or at the recommended ages).
  • You might not fully benefit from the vaccine if you were vaccinated after getting one or more types of HPV.

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Open Enrollment is Here

2023-10-30T14:03:30+00:00October 30th, 2023|Direct Primary Care, Family Medicine, Family Practice, Health Care, Public Health, Special Offer, Uncategorized|

What Your Open Enrollment is Missing!

Year after year, we pay more for our health insurance and receive less. Frustrated and overwhelmed trying to obtain the care needed and getting it covered by insurance… many have resigned themselves to the status quo. But we all deserve better. With open enrollment around the corner… now you have another choice.