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Everyone Has Something To Give

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One of my favorite quotes is from Barbara Bush, “Some people give time, some money, some skills and connections, some literally their life’s blood.   But everyone has something to give.”

My entire life I have always believed this.   From a young age, I went with my Grandma and Mom to a lot of volunteer things.   At the time, I was not thrilled about spending my Saturday cooking for the Pork Producers, cleaning up at the Fairgrounds, being in the parade for the hospital and countless other things.   But looking back, I am blessed I had this opportunity.    It made me into the person I am today, and I truly believe everyone has something to give.    You don’t have to be rich to give back to the community you are in.    Even giving a smile to someone you know is having a bad day, taking time to visit your elderly neighbor or volunteering for a committee in your community can make a difference.

Being the Foundation Director at Adair County Health System, I experience first-hand how much a financial donation can help a non-profit organization.   Year after year, I see new donors and get to connect with past donors.   It is never about the donation amount, but more the thought behind the donation.   We are honored to provide quality healthcare for our rural community, but also blessed to be supported by our local rural community.    A generous community that gives their hard-earned money to be able to keep their hospital and clinic local.

What amazes me even more about the healthcare community at the hospital is that each year our own employees donate to the Adair County Health Foundation to help fund the organization.    Until I worked in healthcare, I didn’t realize this type of giving environment even existed.    This really shows what compassionate and dedicated employees we have at Adair County Health System.

I would like to challenge each and every one of you to give something back to your community this week.   Something good like a donation to non-profit, a smile, pick trash up from the park, help someone who is struggling or start volunteering with a local organization.

Tiffany Johnson

Adair County Health System

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Psoriasis

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Developing a rash that doesn’t go away? Consider contacting your provider.

Psoriasis causes red, scaly, raised patches on the skin – most commonly on the outside of elbows, knees, and scalp. The exact cause is unknown; however, the immune system and genetics play a key role in developing this disease. Psoriasis is not contagious, and the skin lesions are not infectious. While you can manage symptoms of Psoriasis, there is no cure.

Signs & Symptoms:

·         Red patches of skin with thick, silvery scales

·         Itching, soreness, or burning

·         Swollen and stiff joints

·         Dry, cracked skin

·         Thickened, ridged or pitted nails

Diagnosis is made from an examination by your provider or dermatologist, sometimes a biopsy may be taken.

Treatments include:

·         Topicals – Applied to skin. Usually the first treatment option.

·         Phototherapy – Exposing the skin to ultraviolet light in a Psoriasis clinic, doctor’s office, or at home with phototherapy unit.

·         Systemics – Taken orally or by injection for moderate-severe Psoriasis

·         Biologics – Given by injection or IV infusion for moderate-severe Psoriasis

·         New oral treatments available

·         Complementary & Alternative treatments

Resources: psoriasis.org, mayclinic.org

By Aubrie  Keller, RN

Adair County Health System

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Halloween Safety

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Halloween Tips

The spooky time of Halloween is just around the corner!  Here at ACMH we want our community to have a safe and fun holiday. So, here are some tips for your trick-or-treaters.

Costume safety is important. Such as, wearing appropriate fitting clothing, make sure they are the right length and size.  Another safety tip is to wear bright, reflective clothing. This is to make it easier to see drivers to see pedestrians. Masks can obstruct someone’s vision making it harder to see crossing a street, or going up a porch. Try using non-toxic face paint.

The most popular times for trick-or-treating are between the times of 5:30pm-9:30pm. If your child is under the age of 12, it is recommended that they have adult supervision. Traveling in groups is also a good idea. Also, only go to houses with the porch light that are on. If you are over the age of 12, and traveling in a group, someone having a cellphone in case of emergencies is also good.  If you see any suspicious activity going on, please do not go and find out what is happening.  Contact your local Law Enforcement or 911.

Lastly, we all know that the candy is the best part, but safe candy is just as important!  If you have any allergies, check the label on the candy to make sure that it does not contain any ingredients that you have allergies to. The next thing to check is to see if the wrapper on the candy has been tampered with. If you suspect that it has been opened or messed with, DO NOT EAT.  Throw the candy away.  Candy is good to eat, but eating a good meal before going out will help you from eating all those sweet treats. Hope you all have a spook-tacular Halloween!

By Allison Powell, CNA

Adair County Health System

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Things To Do At Home For Common Cold

The common cold affects numerous people each year, and even the same person multiple times per year. Most colds are due to a viral infection, but the term “cold” was coined as most of these viruses occur during cold weather seasons. There are multiple strains of viruses, but Rhinovirus is the most common. You can catch these viral illnesses via air droplets. For example, if someone who is infected with a virus coughs and does not cover their mouth, you could be at risk for inhaling those infected respiratory droplets. It can also be spread by hand-to-hand contact; this is why washing your hands is the number one way to prevent viral illnesses.

Common symptoms of colds or viral illnesses include cough, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, headache, earache and even low-grade fever. Because these symptoms are viral, they are usually self-limiting but it may not always feel like that. Some things you can do to decrease your symptoms are rest, increase your fluid intake, take over the counter cough suppressants or decongestants, drink warm tea with honey or perform salt water gargles, and take Tylenol or ibuprofen for headache or body aches. Most viruses last 7-10 days. Some things you can do to prevent viral illnesses are washing your hands, avoid sharing eating utensils or cups, covering your cough or sneeze, and disinfecting surface areas/work stations.

So, when should you come to the doctor? For adults, you should seek medical care if you are experiencing symptoms longer than 10 days, fevers greater than 101.3 for 5 days or if the fever is not resolving with Tylenol or ibuprofen, shortness of breath, wheezing, or severe headache. Children should seek medical care if they have symptoms lasting greater than 7-10 days, fever greater than 101.3 for 3 or more days or fever that does not resolve with medication, wheezing, ear pain, unusual drowsiness, feeding problems or decreased urination.

Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/syc-20351605

By Jenna Evans, PA-C

Family Practice Provider,

Adair County Health System

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The Buzz About Bacteria

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The thought that bacteria are beneficial can be a tough concept to understand. We use antibacterial hand soaps, lotions and take antibiotics to kill harmful bacterial infections. But did you know that the right type of bacteria, in the right place, can have benefits?

Our bodies have “good” bacteria and “harmful” bacteria. To maintain optimal health, the correct balance between the two must be met. Growing scientific evidence suggests you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing probiotics. Did you know that 70-80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your gut!

So, what steps can you take to increase your probiotic intake? First of all, consume more probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and aged soft cheeses. Getting a good, high-quality fiber diet can facilitate and aid in maintaining a balance in gut health. Lastly, taking a quality probiotic supplement is a great way to improve your gut microflora.

Some of the benefits of consuming and taking probiotics supplements are: boosts immunity, corrects gastrointestinal issues, promotes proper nutrient absorption, and can facilitate in sustainable weight loss.

There are different types of strains of probiotics when choosing a supplement. Finding the right probiotic can be an overwhelming when reading the labels. It is important to talk to your family physician about which probiotic is right for you.

By Nicki Clayton, RN

Adair County Health System

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Should I Get My Flu Shot?

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Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to protect against influenza.  By getting a yearly flu vaccine, you can protect yourself from illness, and protect those around you.  Adair County Health System will be offering the flu vaccine this fall following clinic appointments, scheduled clinics and in the schools, as vaccine becomes available. It is recommended to get the influenza vaccine early in the season, as it takes a couple weeks for your body to respond to the antigen in the vaccine, to build immunity.    Quadrivalent vaccine is available this season which covers 4 strains of influenza as well as the High Dose trivalent for those age 65 and older.  High Dose flu vaccine has a higher antigen count to help build a better response for weakened immune systems.  Those age 65 and older may also need pneumonia vaccine and this can be given at the same time.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, coughing, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. Occasionally, nausea and diarrhea can accompany the respiratory symptoms, but is more likely in children. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses, sending tiny droplets of saliva into the air for others to breathe in and get sick.  A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (such as a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.  You cannot get influenza from getting the flu shot.

In addition to getting an annual flu vaccination, CDC recommends ways you can also protect yourself and others by practicing good health habits such as covering your mouth when you cough, washing your hands, getting plenty of rest and staying home when sick.  If you get the influenza and antivirals are prescribed as part of treatment, you should take them as instructed.

For more information about influenza, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/influenza or www.cdc.gov/flu For information about seasonal influenza clinics in Adair County, visit adaircountyhealthsystem.org or call Adair County Public Health at  641-743-6173.

By Stephanie Claussen

Adair County Health System

Community Health Coordinator

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Acid Reflux

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When should I see a provider:

  • Your symptoms are severe or last a long time
  • You cannot seem to control your symptoms
  • You have had symptoms for many years

 

You should also see a doctor or nurse right away if you:

  • Have trouble swallowing, or feel as though food gets “stuck” on the way down
  • Lose weight when you are not trying to
  • Have chest pain
  • Choke when you eat
  • Vomit blood or have bowel movements that are red, black, or look like tar

Acid reflux is when the acid that is normally in your stomach backs up into the esophagus which is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.  Another term for acid reflux is “gastroesophageal reflux disease,” or GERD.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

  • Burning in the chest, known as heartburn
  • Burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Having a raspy voice or a sore throat
  • Unexplained cough

Things you can do on your own to improve symptoms:

  • Lose weight (if you are overweight)
  • Raise the head of your bed by 6 to 8 inches (for example, by putting blocks of wood or rubber under 2 legs of the bed or a Styrofoam wedge under the mattress)
  • Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse (examples include coffee, chocolate, alcohol, peppermint, and fatty foods)
  • Cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Stop smoking, if you smoke
  • Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal

 

** nonprescription medicines: antacids, surface acting agents, histamine blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (speak to your provider/pharmacist)

 

If a child or teenager has acid reflux:  take him or her to see a doctor or nurse. Do not give your child medicines to treat acid reflux without talking to a provider or nurse.

 

Source: Up-To-Date

 

By David Black, PA-C

Family Practice Provider

Adair County Health System

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Sesonal Allergies

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Iowa’s four seasons each bring a myriad of symptoms for seasonal allergy suffers.  These symptoms can range from itchy eyes and throats, sinus headaches, a decreased sense of smell, fatigue, congested nasal passages, sneezing, wheezing or an increase in asthma, or  hives.

The key to managing these symptoms is to reduce your exposure to the allergy trigger, if it is known.  Often, you can attempt to correlate the onset of your symptoms with recent activities to try to come up with a possible trigger.

If your allergy is due to outdoor exposures to ragweed, which is prevalant in the fall, attempt to stay indoors, especially on windy days.  If mowing the lawn or working with weeds or gardening chores, where a mask.  When you come inside, remove your clothing and shower to rinse the allergens from your body and hair.  If you are unable to immediately shower, make sure to at least wash your hands and face.  Mold and Pollen counts can be routinely monitored to help you determine  the risks of being outside on any given day at www.accuweather.com

If your allergies occur mostly in the winter, your allergens may be in your home.  Remember to use high effeciency filters and routinely change your furnace filters.  Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier, use a portable HEPA filter in your bedroom, and clean floors often with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter.  Consider allergens that are not seasonal, such as animal dander – if your symptoms only occur in the winter and you have indoor pets.

Several types of nonprescription medications can help you ease the severity of your symptoms.  As with any medication, please be sure to check with your primary care provider prior to taking these medicatons and read the labels carefully.

Nasal Irrigations are a quick and inexpensive way to relieve nasal congestion.  One brand is called SinuMed.  It is an irrigation to your sinuses that directly flushes out mucus and allergens from your nose and is available over- the-counter, without a prescription.  Use water that is distilled or sterile with the included salt-packets.

Oral antihistamines can help to relieve your sneezing, itching, runny nose, waterly eyes, and nasal congestion.  Examples include Claritin (loratadine) , Zyrtec (certirizine) , and Allegra (fexofenadine).

Decongestants such as Sudafed or Afrin may provide TEMPORARY relief from nasal stuffiness, but use of nasal decongestants are only encouraged for a few days in a row.  Long-term use may actually worsen the symptoms and couse rebound congestion.

Nasal Sprays such as Flonase (fluticasone propionate), Nasocort (Triamcinolone Acetonide), or Cromolyn Sodium can ease allergy symptoms, but are most effective when you begin using them prior to or immediately at the onset of symptoms.

Combined medications such as those that contain an antihistamine with a decongestant are other options for short-term use.  These inlcude Claritin-D, and Allegra-D.

When home remedies aren’t enough, schedule an appointment to see your primary care provider.   Your PCP may recommend additional testing and or treatments  to find out exactly what allergens trigger your symptoms and a process to better control your symptoms.

By Rebecca McCann, ARNP

Adair County Medical Clinic

Urgent Care and Emergency Room Provider

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Healthy Recipe – BBQ Chopped Pork Salad

 

BBQ Chopped Pork Salad

Ingredients

1 – 6 inch corn tortilla

Cooking Spray

2 Cups – Chopped Romaine Lettuce

3 Ounces – chopped roasted lean boneless pork

¼ Cup Roasted whole kernel corn – thawed

¼ Cup – Thinly sliced red onion

1 Tablespoon – Light sour cream

1 Tablespoon – Fat free milk

1 Tablespoon – BBQ Sauce

 

Prep: 20 minutes   Ready: 8 hours 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.   Cut tortilla into strips and spread on a baking sheet.   Coat with cooking spray.   Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until brown and crisp.   Cool.   Place in an air tight container.

In medium container combine lettuce, meat, corn and onion.   Cover and chill overnight.

In a small container combine the remaining ingredients.   Cover and chill overnight.

To serve add sour cream mixture to lettuce mixture toss to coat.   Top with tortilla strips.   Serve and enjoy.

 

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Personal Health Preparedness – National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and Adair County Health System encourages everyone to prepare themselves for emergencies.  A large-scale disaster or emergency like a lengthy power outage can limit your access to supplies and services for several days or weeks. Still, nearly half do not have an emergency kit for their home.  The Centers for Disease Control lays out some basic guidelines to follow for personal health preparedness:

Personal Needs – Gather enough non-perishable food, water, personal care and hygiene, first aid and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours for everyone in your home.  Don’t forget about your pets!

Prescriptions – Prepare a 7-10 day supply of prescription medications in a waterproof container and over the counter meds such as ibuprofen or vitamins. Keep an updated list of all prescriptions and regular over the counter medications that are taken daily.   You may need a cooler or cold packs to store them in the event of a power outage.

Paperwork- Collect important documents and medical records such as insurance cards, immunization records, vital records and advanced directives and personal ID’s such as driver’s license and passports. You may need to create a care plan for your child or family member if they have special needs.  Keep copies of manuals, serial numbers for special equipment such as glucometers and nebulizers.

Power Sources- Prepare for a power outage with back-up power sources and manual equipment such as flashlights, batteries, hearing-aid batteries, car chargers, jumper cables, radio and a generator.

Practical Skills- Learn basic how-to preparedness skills such as CPR and First-Aid to protect your health and safety until help arrives.  Always call 911 first in a life-threatening emergency.

Be Informed! Follow your local emergency management and weather stations on their website or social media.  Sign up for emergency notifications for severe weather, or emergencies. Most counties have an automated alert system.   You can sign up for alerts in Adair and Guthrie County at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ag_ia/wens.cfm

Social Media for Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management:

Facebook: Adair & Guthrie County EMAs

Twitter: @AdairGuthrieEMA

YouTube: Adair Guthrie EMA

Find more information:  https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm

Find emergency plan templates and guides for your business or home at:  www.ready.gov

By Stephanie Claussen

ACHS Community Health Coordinator

The information provided on the Adair County Health System’s Blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice and care. If you have specific needs, please see a professional health care provider.
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