FROM SMALL SCRAPES TO BIG DECISIONS
Our Health and Wellness Centers are operated by our health care partner Elite Corporate Medical. Our health care professionals are dedicated to the health and well-being of UnitedAg members and the agricultural community. We offer basic outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and episodic for disease management.
Allergies can range from minor to severe and cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. Over-the -counter medications can help relieve such symptoms. However, if the medication does not provide any relief, contact your medical care provider for an evaluation.
A cold is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system which includes your nose, throat, airway and lungs. Symptoms are mild and can include, but are not limited to, a fever of up to 102 degrees, sore throat, cough, sneezing, headache, watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose and may last 2 to 14 days. If your symptoms worsen or do not go away within 14 days and you do not find relief with over-the-counter medications, seek medical attention.
Acid Reflux Disease/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Acid Reflux happens when the muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly and allows stomach acid to go back up into the food pipe. The symptoms are burning in the chest or throat, which is also described as heartburn. If this occurs more than twice a week you may have developed Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Symptoms may improve by avoiding spicy, acidic foods, eating small meals, and not eating right before bedtime. If not treated, more serious health problems may occur. Contact your doctor for more information on how to treat this disease.
Conjunctivitis also known as Pink Eye may be caused by allergies, a bacterial or viral infection, and products such as contact lens liquids, eye drops, and eye ointments. Pink eye is contagious and spreads from person to person. It is advisable to seek medical care promptly to obtain medication to treat the infection. Symptoms of pink eye are swelling of the eyes, itching, burning, discharge and redness.
If you have three or fewer bowel movements a week or bowel movements in which the stool is hard, dry and painful to pass, you may be experiencing constipation. You may be able to prevent constipation or find relief by eating more fruits, vegetables and grains that are high in fiber, drinking water, and exercising. You should check with your doctor if you cannot find relief or your bowel habits change.
Fevers may be caused by infections that are initiated by bacteria or viruses. Your body should maintain a temperature of 98.7, which is considered normal. If you develop a fever, this means your body has surpassed its normal temperature and your body is trying to kill a virus or bacteria. Treatments can vary but may include over-the-counter medications such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. It is important to remain hydrated when experiencing a fever. A fever above 103 F is a concern and you should contact your doctor immediately.
There are different types of coughs which can be either Acute or Chronic. Acute coughs have a sudden onset and last no more than 2 to 3 weeks. Chronic coughs lasts 8 weeks and the causes may be chronic bronchitis, asthma, allergies, COPD, GERD, smoking, and throat disorders such as croup. A chronic cough may be accompanied by a runny or stuffy nose, postnasal drip, sore throat, wheezing, shortness of breath and heart burn. A cough usually disappears once the underlying issue is treated. See your doctor if your cough:
- Lasts for a longer period of time
- Brings up sputum or blood
- Is accompanied with wheezing, chest pain, or shortness of breath
You may have diarrhea if your bowel movements are loose and watery. Diarrhea may last 1 to 2 days and then may go away on its own. However, it may last longer. Common causes of diarrhea are bacteria from food or water, viruses, parasites, food intolerances, diseases within the stomach, irritable bowel syndrome or it can be a side effect from medication. Diarrhea lasting more than a few days is a cause for concern and medical attention should be sought.
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. In some cases, the flu may be mild while in other cases it is serious. The flu is contagious, and it is most commonly passed from one person to another. When the infected person sneezes, coughs or talks, they spray tiny droplets which may then land in the mouth or nose of those that are nearby. You may also get it by touching an infected surface then touching your face, mouth or nose. Sudden onset of symptoms may occur and can include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
People should stay home if they have a mild case while those with severe symptoms should seek medical care.
There are various types of headaches, but the most common types are migraines and tension headaches. Headaches can be caused by stress or other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, and sinus problems. Symptoms vary depending on the type of headache you are experiencing. You should speak to your medical provider if you have more than 3 headaches per week, pain worsens or interferes with daily life.
If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or both, you may have insomnia. While insomnia affects your sleep, it may also affect your mental and physical health. Lying awake for long periods, not being able to sleep, waking up very early, feeling as if you didn’t get enough sleep are all symptoms of insomnia as well as feeling tired, depressed, irritable, and unable to concentrate on daily life tasks. Risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes may increase due to lack of sleep. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms call your medical doctor to obtain medical attention.
Nausea and vomiting may occur due to various reasons such as
- Morning sickness during pregnancy
- Food poisoning
Nausea and vomiting are common and usually not serious. However, if it has not subsided within 24 hours, if you believe it’s due to poisoning, blood is present, you are having severe pain in abdomen area, stiff neck, and are dehydrated and unable to keep liquids down, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately.
Inflamed sinuses are an indication of Sinusitis. If your nose swells, blockage of the sinuses occurs which in turn causes pain. Symptoms may include fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, congestion and postnasal drip. If symptoms persist for more than 10 days or you develop a fever, seek medical attention.
If you smoke, have a cold, flu, allergies, strep throat, tonsillitis, then you may develop a sore throat. If this occurs, drinking lots of water and sucking on lozenges may help ease the pain. If your symptoms worsen call your medical provider.
A stomachache, otherwise known as abdominal pain, may come from any of the organs in your abdominal area. The most common causes of stomachaches are viruses, stomach flu, indigestion, gas and menstrual cramping. If your stomachache is accompanied with a sudden sharp pain, you have pain in your chest, neck or shoulder, vomiting blood, and can’t move your bowels, seek medical help immediately.
Urinary Tract Infection
You may have a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) if your symptoms are pain or burning when urinating, fever, shakiness, urge to urinate often, urine with a foul smell, your urine is cloudy or reddish and pain in your lower back. If you are experiencing these symptoms call you healthcare provider to obtain medical attention promptly.
Ear infections are mainly common in children; however, adults may experience them as well. If you or your child are feeling pain in one or both ears, fluid is draining from the ear, or experiencing hearing problems with pain and it does not improve within a few days, seek medical care.
When you are experiencing feelings of concern, fear, apprehension, nervousness, restlessness or worry, you may be dealing with anxiety. Other symptoms are:
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Muscle tension
- Trouble concentrating
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeat
- Dry mouth
If you experience some or all these symptoms most of the time, talk to your doctor.
There are a variety of causes of depression. If you are feeling sad, empty, loss of interest in daily activities, tired, hopeless, irritable, anxious and the feelings are not going away, contact your healthcare provider to find the best treatment available.
If you have an area on your skin that is irritated, swollen, itchy and red that has lasted longer than 2 days, contact your medical doctor. Rashes can be a result of eczema, hives, touching a chemical, or a reaction to something you are allergic to such as Poison Ivy. There are many different types of rashes. Most rashes clear up quickly, while others last long and need long-term treatment.
Pain in the eye can be a symptom of an underlying health problem. The pain can be a burning, throbbing, aching, stabbing sensation in or around the eye and can even feel as if there was a foreign object in your eye. There are also some minor eye problems caused by wearing the wrong eyeglasses or contact lens prescriptions. Symptoms of these minor problems can be eyestrain, or tired eyes. Minor eye problems often go away with rest. Let your health provider know if the pain worsens or does not go away.
Vaginal Discomfort and Pain
Vaginal discomfort or pain can be a result of an infection, sexually transmitted disease (STD), urinary tract infection (UTI), yeast infection, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and menstruation. Speak with a medical provider regarding your symptoms to better identify the source of discomfort and pain. If you are pregnant and are cramping please seek medical attention immediately.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be passed from person to person via sexual contact. There are many types of STDs. The most common ones are:
- Genital Herpes
Symptoms that can occur in both men and women are abnormal discharge, painful urination, itching, blisters, rash or they may experience no symptoms at all. Men may also experience painful ejaculation, spots, bumps or lesions. Other symptoms women may also experience are burning and pain during intercourse. If you are sexually active and experiencing the symptoms mentioned, call your medical provider for diagnosis and treatment.
Strains & Sprains
If you have fallen and landed on your arm, hand, side of your foot, or twisted your knee and are experiencing pain, swelling, bruising and not being able to use the joint, then you may have a sprain. If you have had a recent injury, lifted a heavy object the wrong way, or over stressed your muscles and are experiencing muscle spasms, swelling, pain, cramping, or trouble moving then you may have a strain. It is best to seek medical attention as a referral for imaging may be required in order to better diagnose and to be provided with the best treatment option available.
A sports physical can help you find out about health problems that might interfere with your participation in a sport. Most states also require that kids and teens obtain a clearance before allowing the student to participate in school sports. If there are any health problems, your health care professional may help you deal with them so that you may still be able to participate. If you or child needs a sports physical, contact your physician and schedule an appointment.
Scrapes and Lacerations
Most scrapes and lacerations are minor injuries and can be treated at home with an antibiotic and a bandage. Make sure to wash your hands before you treat or touch a scrape or laceration to avoid infection. If your laceration is an open split, it may need stitches. You should be seen by a healthcare provider if the laceration:
- Exposes muscle or bone
- Has debris or objects you cannot remove on your own
- Is deeper than 1/8”
- Was caused by a rusty object
- Won’t stop bleeding after you’ve applied pressure for 15 minutes
An abscess is a pocket of pus which is red, raised and painful, and can appear anywhere in your body. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs and dead tissue. Treatment for an abscess includes drainage and antibiotics. If you have an abscess, seek medical attention to obtain proper treatment.
Disease management is an approach that teaches and helps individuals manage a chronic disease which include but are not limited to:
- Heart disease
- Liver diseases
- High blood pressure
Call your healthcare provider and make an appointment today to obtain guidance on managing your chronic disease. (Referral to an outside specialist may be required).
It is important for you to obtain preventative care to help detect or prevent serious diseases and medical problems. Contact a healthcare provider to obtain preventative care in areas such as:
- Annual physicals
- Annual laboratory studies
- Flu vaccinations
- Colonoscopy referral
- Screenings for blood pressure, cancer, cholesterol, depression, anxiety, and diabetes
Women’s health refers to a wide branch of medicine that focuses on treating and diagnosing a woman’s physical and emotional health. Obtaining preventative and gynecological care is important. Contact your healthcare provider today and obtain guidance and care in areas such as:
- Breast/Cancer screenings
- Birth control (prescription)
- STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
- Pap Smear