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Sesonal Allergies


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 [ ... ]

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Healthy Recipe – BBQ Chopped Pork Salad


BBQ Chopped Pork Salad


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 [ ... ]

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What is a Clinic Referral Nurse?

When patients receive a referral from their provider for testing at another facility or to see a specialist, the referral nurse at Adair County Medical Clinics will help set up those appointments for our patients.

When necessary, the referral nurse will contact the patient’s insurance provider to ensure that the specialist is “In Network” prior to making the official referral.  This includes contacting the insurance company to get prior authorization or verifying by website before scheduling with the specialist or testing facility.  In some cases, it can take up to 16 business days for the insurance company to grant a prior authorization.  If the prior authorization for the referral is denied by the insurance company, the referral nurse will contact the insurance company again and provide further documentation or conduct a peer-to-peer phone call.  In some cases, the insurance company requests other testing before prior authorization can be granted.  An example [ ... ]

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Aminal Bites and Rabies Exposures


Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all warm‐blooded animals (skunks, dogs, bats, cats, cattle and even humans) and some more likely than others. In Iowa, rabies is most commonly found in skunks and bats.  Rodents, such as squirrels and mice, and rabbits very rarely get rabies. In addition, people that wake up to find a bat in the room or children that are alone with a bat in a room may have been exposed to rabies.  Bat’s teeth are so small you may not have known you were bitten.  The virus is spread when saliva containing rabies virus gets into an opening in the skin, usually by the bite of a rabid animal or if saliva from a rabid animal gets into your mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth) or any open wounds.  The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain [ ... ]

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Vitamins – What You Need To Know


By Tamara Thorpe, PharmD, MBA

Vitamins are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a dietary supplement. However, the FDA does not require that manufacturers of the vitamins prove safety and effectiveness before marketing a dietary supplement the way they do for a prescription medication. In addition, the FDA does not evaluate dietary supplements for the treatment of medical conditions. Due to the lack of oversight of vitamins and dietary supplements, there are many things to be careful with. Just because a product is available as over the counter, meaning no prescription is needed, it is not necessarily safe for everyone to use.

Multivitamins and specific vitamin containing products do provide benefit for certain individuals, but many healthy, non-pregnant adults get all of the nutrients they need from a well-balanced diet. Vitamin supplements are not intended for use by everyone. Some people that specifically benefit from multivitamins are [ ... ]

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Importance of Prenatal Care


Pregnancy can be filled with joy and wonder as well as concerns and fears. It is important for the mother to take care of herself and her baby with prenatal care.

Most pregnant women are otherwise healthy and prenatal care is intended to monitor the baby’s growth and the mother’s well-being. Any concerns or prior health conditions will be carefully managed with both the mother’s and the baby’s health in mind.

Prenatal visits

After becoming pregnant, the initial prenatal visit should be schedule between the 10th and 12th week.  If you are unsure of date of conception, see you doctor to confirm pregnancy. The first initial prenatal visit covers medical history, how the mother is feeling, basic information such as weight and blood pressure, a physical exam including a pelvic exam to check the size and shape of the uterus, and a Pap smear to check for any abnormalities [ ... ]

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A Clinic Triage Nurse

Do you ever have a question about your health that you are not sure what to do about? Or are you feeling ill and not sure when to see your provider?  These are great times to talk to your clinic triage nurse.

The clinic triage nurse will help you with general questions about your health and help determine the type of care you may need.  Whether you are in the clinic or call in, the triage nurse can help you decide what needs to be done and provide another line of communication between you and your health care provider.  The nurse will gather the needed information by listening and discussing your symptoms. This helps determine the best course of action whether it be to come to the clinic and see your provider, monitor your symptoms, or be seen in the emergency room.   Providing enough information to the triage nurse gives your [ ... ]

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Safe Summer Fun

Summer fun is in full swing!

With county fairs going on and the state fair going on most people will likely be spending more time with friends and family outside. Following are some tips to be mindful of for heat/sun related illnesses.
Here are a few prevention tips:
Stay Cool:  avoid direct sunlight, find shady or air conditioned shelters, wear lightweight light colored clothing
Stay Hydrated: drink more water than usual, avoid alcohol or drinks containing large amounts of sugar
Wear Sunscreen: use SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen with water resistance, apply and reapply according to the directions on the bottle

Here is a good example from the Center of Disease (CDC) on how to spot signs/symptoms of heat/sun related illnesses and what to for them:


Make sure not to forget your furry four legged friend too!

Wendy Seddon, CNA
Adair County Health System

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Steps to Healthy Swimming: Protection against Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)


You can choose to swim healthy! You have the power to help keep germs out the water in places we swim in the first place. Remember, chlorine and other disinfectants don’t kill germs instantly. Additionally, the mixing of chlorine with pee and sweat uses up the chlorine in the pool, which would otherwise kill germs.

We all share the water we swim in, and each of us needs to do our part to help keep ourselves, our families and our friends healthy. To help protect yourself and other swimmers from germs, here are a few easy and effective steps all swimmers can take each time we swim:

Keep the pee, poop, sweat, and dirt out of the water!

·         Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.

·         Shower before you get in the water.

·         Don’t pee or poop in the water.

·         Don’t swallow the water.

Every hour—everyone out!

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