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Patient Action Network (PAN) The Patient Action Network (PAN) has been created to harness the power of the patient-physician relationship in a positive, constructive way to reduce administrative red-tape and hoops physicians must jump through to access the care that they know is BEST for their patients. When patients sign up for PAN, they will become informed and empowered to take

How to Protect Yourself Against the Flu During Holiday Gatherings

‘Tis the season to spread joy, not the flu virus! Odds are, you’re preparing to host or attend at least one Friendsgiving, office Christmas party, Hannukah dinner, gift exchange, or another holiday gathering in the next few months. Unfortunately, the holidays coincide with flu season, which leaves up to 20% of Americans sick every year according to the Centers for

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What Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?   

“Bronchitis” typically refers to acute bronchitis—a common viral infection that triggers swelling and mucus production in the lung’s airways. It’s also known as a chest cold. The symptoms of bronchitis can vary from person to person, but usually include a combination of the following: Frequent coughing that may produce mucus Wheezing Sore throat Chest tightness, especially when breathing in or

What Does a Back-to-School Physical Involve?  

Autumn signals a return to football tailgates, closed-toed shoes, jackets, and of course, school. If your child is due for a back-to-school physical, you may be wondering what exactly this exam involves and why it’s so important. The details of a back-to-school physical can vary based on your child’s age, overall health, and whether they’re playing sports. Generally speaking, though,

Is Telemedicine Right for You?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a whole new vocabulary. One such newly fashionable term is telemedicine—virtual healthcare that allows a patient to consult with a medical professional “face-to-face” from the comfort of home using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. There are several benefits to this approach, including: Zero risk of catching or spreading germs in a

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Sunburn

Summer has arrived in Montgomery County, at last! While the risk of winter-related illnesses like influenza is on the decline, warmer temperatures usher in problems of their own, including sunburns. A sunburn is the body’s inflammatory response to excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Most sunburns can be addressed at home by applying some soothing aloe gel and temporarily avoiding

What Months Are Allergy Season?

We all know what allergy season involves—endless sneezing, watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose—but do you know when allergy season is, exactly? There’s no straightforward answer to this question, as allergy season can vary by area, and different allergens peak at different times. Generally speaking, however, allergy season typically begins in the springtime and wraps up in the fall.

What Does a Sprained Joint Feel Like? 

Joint sprains are extraordinarily common injuries that can occur while playing sports, exercising, or simply walking around the house. If you’ve sprained a joint, you may feel a popping or tearing sensation, followed by a feeling of either stiffness or instability. Other signs of a joint sprain include: Pain Swelling Bruising Reduced range of motion Trouble using the affected limb

What are the Symptoms of Bad Allergies?    

Experiencing allergies is a sign that your body’s immune system is active, but that’s probably little consolation if you’re at your wit’s end with stubborn symptoms. Constant sneezing and sniffling may leave you wondering if your allergies are typical for the average person as the seasons change—or if they’re unusually bad and warrant professional medical treatment. While “bad” is relative,