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Springing into Better Health

Springtime Tips for the Entire Family

At Pinnacle HealthCare, the health of your entire family is our top concern. As we move throughout the spring season, here are some tips to keep you as healthy and safe as possible:

Manage Your Allergies

Springtime sniffles are a common condition we see this time of year. The key to reducing your symptoms? Diagnose and treat them! It’s important to know what you’re allergic to, so you can avoid certain environmental allergens as much as possible, and keep your home clean.

Travel Safely

Spring brings amazing weather, breaks from school, and the opportunity to travel! With that in mind, COVID-19 is still spreading across the U.S., Whether you’re flying, driving, or taking another form of public transportation, remember to keep your personal hygiene routine up. You should social distance when possible, wash your hands often, and avoid common touchpoints along your journey.

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

While you’re spring cleaning your kitchen pantry and closets, it’s also important to clean out one forgotten area — your medicine cabinet. Here are some tips to help you clean out the clutter:

Check the Dates

Many medications lose their effectiveness after their expiration date and could be potentially harmful. For prescription medications, check the side of your bottle to find the expiration date. You should always discard medications that are more than a year old.

This goes for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, ointments, and supplements as well. While their shelf life tends to be longer (some could last about 4-5 years), you should give them a check and throw anything away that is outdated.

Check for Changes in Color

Every medication you receive from the pharmacy will have a description on the label to tell you what size and color your pill should look like. If anything is unmarked, that should go as well.

If your medicine is old or has been exposed to humidity, it could change colors. If this is the case, toss the medication and call your doctor for a refill if necessary. You may also want to consider moving your medication to a dry, cool place to avoid issues in the future.

Check for Duplicates

If you have a chronic condition and take routine medication to manage your health, you may have changed doses in the past year. At times, these old prescriptions tend to stick in the back of your medicine cabinet, but can still be confusing if they become intermingled with your new prescriptions. If the script is outdated, be sure to throw it away to avoid taking the wrong dose.

Need help telling which medications to toss or to keep? Check in with your doctor at Pinnacle HealthCare to make sure you do so properly!

Caring for Your Joints

Warmer temperatures can cause joint inflammation and increase joint pain. Humidity can also worsen joint pain, as it creates a moist environment that is conducive to bacteria growth.

Another reason joint pain may be more common in the spring and summer is that people are more active outdoors. Activities such as gardening, biking, and swimming can put stress on the joints and cause pain.

Managing Your Joint Pain

There are several things you can do to help manage joint pain during the warmer months, including:

  • Use a cold pack or ice to reduce inflammation.
  • Taking steps to stay active and maintain your mobility, such as walking or swimming.
  • Avoid activities that put stress on your joints.
  • Stay hydrated to lubricate your joints and reduce inflammation.

Book a Physical Appointment

Of course, it’s always recommended that you see your doctor regularly to maintain and manage your health. If you’ve been delaying booking your annual physical, now is the perfect time to do so.

California & Arizona Urgent Care for the Entire Family

Pinnacle HealthCare is proud to be a trusted leading provider in family practice and general primary care services, offering a wide range of testing and screenings, as well as managing your overall health and well-being to the best extent.

If you’re in need of medical care this spring, visit one of our convenient office locations today, or for more information, contact us at: (831) 387-7177.

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