Health and wellness

Keeping our community informed, with guidance on how to get healthy and live well.

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Man scratching stress rash on arm

Stress rash: five things to know about stress rash.

You’ve had a rough day. Your to-do list is getting longer by the minute. And to make matters worse, your skin suddenly looks how you feel — stressed! But is it a stress rash or something else?

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Being kind is good for your health.

It feels good to be kind. But did you know practicing an act of kindness a day can make you healthier? 

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Don't overdo it: how to avoid overuse injuries.

Repetition can be a good thing. But there also are times when doing too much of something can backfire.

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Woman undergoing vampire facial treatment

“Vampire Facials” – A new cosmetic enhancement.

Looking for a fresh way to rejuvenate your skin? Microneedling with PRP also known as a “Vampire Facial” may sound like a scary way to dress up on Halloween, but it is actually a cosmetic treatment.

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Female and baby

Why is RSV on the rise? What parents should know.

RSV, a common respiratory illness that is the leading cause of hospitalization among infants, has been on the rise in the U.S. for several months now. 

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Wellness snapshot: the best stretch for back pain.

Your best posture is your next posture. Our physical therapists share the best one-minute stretches you can do to give your back, neck, and arms some relief.

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What are skin tags? Q&A with a dermatologist.

Have you ever taken off a piece of jewelry or clothing and noticed what looks like an extra piece of skin? If your answer is yes, do not worry. You probably have a harmless growth known as a skin tag.

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Man feeling swollen lymph nodes under his jaw

Swollen lymph nodes: what they mean for better or worse.

You might remember those days when you complained of a sore throat, and your mom would feel your neck. She would say something about your glands being swollen, or not swollen, and then decide if you were sick.

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10 ways to keep your spine happy.

Taking proper care of your spine lowers your risk of developing debilitating back or neck pain. Here are 10 simple tips to help keep your spine healthy.

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Need a flu shot?

Flu shot 101: all your questions answered.

Now is the perfect time to schedule a trip to CityMD and get caught up on your vaccines. Flu season is just around the corner.

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Cold vs. Flu

Cold vs. flu.

It's not always easy to tell the difference between a case of the flu and the common cold based on the symptoms alone. Learn about what your symptoms could mean and how CityMD can help.

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Common Illnesses

Prevent these winter illnesses in children.

It's that time of year again—the leaves are falling, and the kids are beginning to cough and sniffle. Unfortunately, the return to school brings a greater risk of contracting the most common winter illnesses. Here's what to be on the lookout for.

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Sinus Infection

Do I have a sinus infection?

A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is inflammation of the sinuses caused by infection. Learn more about this condition, when see a doctor, and how to get rid of a sinus infection.

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UTI

Do I have a UTI?

Learn how to identify the first signs of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and when to seek treatment.

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Heartburn Relief

Essential steps to find heartburn relief.

Heartburn, or acid reflux, is a burning pain or pressure in the chest and the sensation of gastric contents refluxing into the mouth. Learn more about how to spot the symptoms, treat and prevent heartburn.

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Stitches, Glue and Staples

Stitches, medical glue or staples?

When you get a cut that requires medical attention, there are a few methods our team will consider when determining the best way for the wound to heal.

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Strep or sore throat

Strep throat vs sore throat.

Throat pain that comes on suddenly usually requires a strep throat test to identify if your sore throat is more than just a viral infection.

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Donating Blood

The benefits of donating blood.

Blood donations are essential to maintaining a vital supply of blood, helping to save the lives of surgical patients, trauma victims, cancer patients, and individuals suffering from chronic illness.

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Tips to prevent flu

Tips to prevent the flu.

How to stay healthy and reduce your risk of catching the flu this season.

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STD and HIV symptoms

Understanding STD and HIV symptoms.

Stay informed about the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, and learn about testing services that can help diagnose these infections.

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Mono

What is mono?

Learn more about how mononucleosis (mono) spreads, and how to spot symptoms of this contagious disease.

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Dry January

Why dry January has its drawbacks.

You’ve probably heard someone talk about Dry January or going alcohol-free for one month. Maybe you’ve considered giving it a shot. While taking a break from booze is a good thing, Dry January comes with potential pitfalls.

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Good sleep

Why good sleep matters.

There's nothing quite like being well rested. You're happier, more alert, and more productive.

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Help in a pinch

Help in a pinch: when to use urgent care.

When you have an unexpected injury, feel unusual pain, or if you recognize the onset of cold or flu symptoms outside usual doctor’s office hours, one question often arises: Where should I go to get assessed?

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Immunizations

Facts about vaccines & immunization.

Get key facts and information about vaccines, including how they work and when you should get them.

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Pink eye

How to tell if you have pink eye.

Understand what causes this common eye condition, get tips on how to ease the symptoms, and prevent future infections.

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Sprains vs. Strains

Sprains vs. strains.

Sprains and strains are very common injuries that can occur from falling, twisting, lifting, or being involved in an accident. Learn more about the difference between these injuries, and how they’re treated.

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Having a heat wave: how to prevent heat-related illnesses.

You may have noticed this past June was the hottest month on record in many places throughout the country. These high temperatures are expected to continue – and perhaps even worsen – during the second half of the summer.

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COVID-19 care: what you need to know about the latest treatments.

As the contagious Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, continue to spread across the globe, the number of positive cases and hospitalizations continues to rise. The good news is that there are more COVID-19 treatments available today than ever before. Physicians are finding that these medical therapies help to shorten both the course of the illness and the severity of symptoms.

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Sun safety: the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays.

Tom Morris knew it was time to call the doctor when he noticed an unusual growth on the top of his head. Any new skin growth or mole that changes in size or shape should be checked out right away. So, he made an appointment for a skin check with Hari Nadiminti, MD, a dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon at Summit Health.

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Summer isn’t always carefree: preventing pediatric sports injuries.

If your kids are in summer sports and training camps, you’ve probably spent many evenings cheering them on at games and tournaments. Unfortunately, you may also have experienced those gut-wrenching moments when they fall, collide, or overexert themselves and become injured. 

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Ovarian cancer: A grateful patient story and 5 tips for early detection.

The hardest thing about treating ovarian cancer is that the disease is rarely found in its early stages. Only one in every five patients are diagnosed before the cancer spreads to other areas of the body. 

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Primary care providers: the key to healthy aging.

If it’s been a while since you last saw your primary care physician (PCP), there is no time like the present. People who go to the doctor generally live longer and have fewer health problems. You may feel like you only need to check in when illness strikes, but building a relationship with a PCP can make a significant difference in your well-being, especially as you get older.

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Physical therapy for chronic pain: how it can help.

Chronic pain is a burden no one should live with. Yet more than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have an ailment or injury that causes them to feel pain almost every day. For many, the pain is debilitating enough to interfere with their daily activities or work life.

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Sexual health at every age: what you need to know

Sexual health is about more than having safe sex. It’s taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially — at any age and in every relationship.

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