Wildfire smoke & your health

As the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to burn in Colorado Springs, in addition to other fires burning throughout Colorado, its important to remember that the health of those in areas with wildfire smoke can be significantly impacted.

Healthy adults and children are typically okay, and any respiratory symptoms due to breathing smoky air are short-lived and resolve as the smoke dissipates.

Smoke can worsen symptoms for those with asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Typical symptoms may include difficulty breathing, coughing with or without mucus, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath, and increased sensitivity to seasonal allergies.

High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filters can help those who have problems with airborne allergens and irritants due to wildfire smoke. However, dust and surgical masks will not protect your lungs from smoke. For more information about effective masks and fit testing, see the Respirator Fact Sheet provided by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Stay up to date on conditions in your surrounding area via your local news stations and consult your doctor to determine the course of action you should take to help keep your health safe.

Check out this recent article from the Colorado Springs Independent for up-to-date information: Waldo Canyon Fire

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Do sunscreens really help?

Do sunscreens really help?

What is the latest news on the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma?

How often should I see a dermatologist?

These questions are important year round for residents of Colorado, and especially during hot, sunny summer months. There are many myths floating around about sunscreen use – who should wear it, the best SPF levels, when to wear it, etc. – and we’re looking forward to hearing from Mayo Clinic staff on this important topic!

The next Mayo Clinic Medical Edge features dermatologist Dr. Jerry Brewer talking about skin cancer.  We’ll find out answers to these questions and many more on Saturday, June 2nd at 9-10am CT.  Ask your questions at this blog link or on Twitter using #mayoradio

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Farmers Market season: 5 fresh foods you shouldn’t keep in your refrigerator (via EatingWell)

Spring has officially sprung and that means Farmers Market season will soon be here! As we prepare to stock up on all the deliciously fresh options, an article from EatingWell helps us decide where to keep our produce – specifically what not to put in the refrigerator.

“And as it turns out, the refrigerator is not the go-to storage unit for all your produce,” says EatingWell blogger Hilary Meyer. The five fresh produce items she addresses are:

1. Tomatoes (we know – its technically a fruit!)
2. Basil
3. Potatoes
4. Onions
5. Avocados

Check out the full article here for specifics on storing each produce item. Are there items you would add to the list? Do you have tips and tricks for storing your fresh Farmers Market finds? Come join us on our Facebook Page and let us know!

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Wrapping up American Heart Month

We often think of hearts during the month of February because of Valentine’s Day, but its also an important health awareness month, and because of Leap Day, we get an extra day of American Heart Month! All month long, we’ve been discussing all-things-healthy for our hearts on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s a recap:

Interested in getting more recipes along with great healthy shopping and cooking tips? Check out the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Center to keep you updated on the best ways at keeping up your healthy heart: American Heart Association Nutrition Center on Facebook

“Take The Love Your Heart Pledge” was written by Mayo Heart Book editor Dr. Martha Grogan – we encouraged all of our fans to sign it, share it & hopefully save a life! Family Circle’s “Love Your Heart Everyday” Pledge

Heart Month Health Fact: Smoking puts you at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. It is the most preventable cause of premature death in the United States. (via The American Heart Association)

The Mayo Clinic‘s Heart Healthy Plan begins with finding your inner motivation! We asked our fans: during Heart Month, what’s driving you to take action to improve your heart health? Its an important question to ask ourselves all year long!

Remember, American Heart Month isn’t just for adults. Kids need healthy hearts, too! Exercise & proper nutrition is essential! Doctors say that kids should be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Try these tips from the The American Heart Association for keeping your kids active.

We’d like to leave you with a quote that we love, and its also a great reminder to help us keep our health in mind all year through: “We are living in a time where we just don’t have enough time. People are rushed. They’re over worked, over scheduled. But… families can make small, manageable changes in their lives that can have significant impacts.” – Michelle Obama, Let’s Move

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FAQ: What does EmergiCare treat?

Did you know? EmergiCare has the expertise and facilities to diagnose any urgent concern or medical need you have:

  • Cuts, scrapes and broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches, stomach aches
  • Back pain
  • Persistent flu symptoms
  • Sports injuries
  • Reproductive issues
  • Work-related injury and rehabilitation
  • Illnesses of all kinds for adults, infants, children and teens
  • Automobile accidents
  • School physicals
  • Drug and Alcohol testing
  • EKG, pharmaceuticals, lab testing and computerized xray available at each location

There is no appointment necessary, ever. We will treat almost everything an emergency room treats and we also offer the same services that you’d find in a traditional family practice. EmergiCare patients see a Board Certified Physician in 30-minutes or less at our five convenient locations throughout Colorado Springs and Pueblo. We look forward to assisting you and your family with your health and wellness needs!

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EmergiCare Clinics: We’re blogging!

Thank you for checking out our brand new blog! We’re looking forward to being your source for health care news in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo area of Colorado. Stay tuned for updates and breaking news from the health care industry, seasonal health tips and tricks, local health care happenings, and more!

We’re really updating our whole social presence. Visit our other sites, too!

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