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PCA of WPA,PC News

1/08/14

Exciting news! Dr Chamberlin is having a baby and is due within the next month. There is an office pool that the public is welcome to participate in. Half the proceeds will go to the winner and the half will be used for Dr Chamberlin's baby shower. Dr Chanberlin will not be seeing patients for 6 to 8 weeks after her delivery. She intends to work,health permitting,up until she goes into labor.

Also,PCA of WPa. is now offering aesthetic services. Stephanie Singleton RN and myself have had additional training in microderm abrasion and chemical peels. These procedures can reverse skin changes on the face,neck and hands caused by sun damage and the aging process. They are safe and affordable. Since these services are cosmetic in nature they are not covered by insurance. If interested please contact Stephanie at our office.

As always we appreciate your trust and welcome any comments.

Dr Tom Sneeringer DO

 

12/03/13

This season Dr. Chamberlin,our staff and I would like to thank our patients entrusting us with their healthcare. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful staff that make up your healthcare team. By working together with specialist and insurance companies we'll endeavor to provide the care you and your family deserves both timely and affordable. Merry Christmas,Happy Holidays and have a Healthy New Year!

Dr Tom Sneeringer DO

6/13/2013

If you are diabetic you may have noticed an increased focus on the foot exam at our office. As many of you know,diabetics have an increase risk for all cardiovascular disease and neuropathy. An early warning for these health problems is lack of pulses and sensations in the foot. If your healthcare provider is unable to feel pulses in your feet then there is a risk you may have blockage in other arteries,such as those in your heart or brain. Also,if your sensation is decreased in your feet you are at risk for painful neuropathy or nerve pain. It also indicates that your blood sugar is not under adequate controll.

This is why we stress foot care in our diabetics. Exam your feet when you bath or shower. Keep the nails trim and the skin lotioned up. This helps to prevent serious infections that cause debilitating ulcers or toe lost. If your toenails are too thick to cut see your local podiatrist for assistance.

Dr. Tom Sneeringer DO

 

6/13/2013

 

       Sugar is addictive!!

       Most of our patients are overweight. So is the rest of the American population. Obesity increases risk for multiple medical problems. If that is the case why are we living longer? Well that may change. Many experts believe the next generation after the baby boomers will not live as long because of the obesity epidemic. I believe that is not the case. I believe health care will improve to prevent disease and new medications will continue to help us live longer and healthier. However, patients have to do their part. Start with exercise and weight lost.

        Recent studies suggestion a culprit for obesity is sugar. Sugar (glucose or fructose) is in many foods and drinks. Glucose causes insulin to be released from the pancreas. Insulin facilitates glucose transfer into the cells for energy production. When there is too much glucose in the blood the body will store it in the muscles and liver as glycogen to be used later. Glucose is also stored in fat as triglycerides.

         It is now believed that sugar is as addictive as nicotine and heroin. The more you consume the more you want. After eating a certain amount of sugar or glucose over a period of time, your body no longer becomes satisfied and to feel the euphoria one gets from sugar you must eat more.

         The best diet is smaller more frequent meals. Develop a healthy fear of sugar in your food and drinks. Avoid or decrease breads,potatoes and pasta. These foods easily breakdown into glucose. Fruits and vegetables are more complex carbohydrates and healthier. Sugar substitutes are fine. 

          More on weight loss and exercise is coming. Thank you for allowing us to participate in your healthcare.

           Dr Tom Sneeringer DO 

6/13/2013

          Tick Bites are a Pain!!!

          Not really,and that's the problems. After this warm winter and for the past few years tick bites and Lyme disease is a common problem for our patients. You really can't feel a tick when it bites you. They can stay on your body and feed for days if you're not vigilant. Fortunately,Lyme disease usually doesn't develop on a person unless the tick has been feeding for over 24 hours.

           What to do. Start with prevention. Wear light-colored clothing so you can spot the ticks easier. Tuck your pant legs into your boots or duct tape your pants to your boots. Wear long sleeve shirts and a hat. Keep your shirt tucked into your pants.  Also,don't for get to check your animals after they have been out.

            I recommend using an insect repellant. DEET or diethyl-meta-toluamide. It is a common repellant that comes in various concentrations,from 5 % to 100%. The stronger the concentration the better and longer it works. But the stronger the concentration the more toxic it can be. I recommend using the stronger concentration on your clothing and no stronger than 24% for your skin. The insect repellant Off comes in 6.65% DEET or Skintastic and a 23.8% called Off! Deepwoods. Remember the lower the concentration the more frequent you should apply. Another repellant you can use on your clothing is permethrin,which binds to the clothing for a long period of time.

             But it you or your child has been bit by a tick,don't panic. Many can be easily removed with alcohol to kill the tick and tweezers to remove them. There are commercially available tick removal devices in stores or at the vets office. If you are unable to remove the tick or part of the tick remains we'll remove it at the office. If the tick has been there over 24 hours call us and we'll often have to call in a preventive dosage of an antibiotic for you. If you develop symptoms of Lyme disease:fatigue,chills,fever,headache,muscle and joint pain,swollen glands and the bulls-eye rash (erythema migrans) we need to see you in the office for lab testing and treatment. Interestingly,the rash does not have to be in the same area the tick bit you. It can occur anywhere on your body.

               So enjoy the outdoors and your summer. Call or make an appointment if you have any health concerns. Again,we appreciate your trust in us.

               Dr Tom Sneeringer DO 

 

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