Post Falls Family Medicine, PA
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1220 E. Polston Ave., Post Falls, ID 83854
Mon-Thu 7am to 6pm, Fri 7am to 4pm
  • Tick and Tick-borne Disease Season is Here


     
    Tick and Tick-borne Disease Season is Here
    Experts are warning that this year’s tick season could be worse and more widespread than ever due to milder winters, booming mice and deer populations, and the 2015 abundant acorn crop. Unfortunately, with the projected increase of ticks, the threat of tick-borne disease, including the most common, Lyme disease, also increases.
    The best way to avoid contracting a tick-borne disease is to practice proper preventive measures, which include the following:

    Wear light-colored clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and pants when in wooded areas, and tuck pant legs into socks or boots. Keep ...

  • Are you getting enough Calcium?

    Are You Getting Enough Calcium?
     
    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. Consuming enough calcium is critical for keeping your bones and teeth strong and for maintaining the function of your nerves, heart and muscles.
    Failing to get enough calcium can stunt children’s growth and can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. The current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) by age group is as follows:
     
    • 1-3 years—700 mg daily
    • 4-8 years—1,000 mg daily
    • 9-18 years—1,300 mg daily
    • 19-50 years—1,000 mg daily
    • 51-70 years—1,000 mg daily (men) and 1,200 mg daily (women)
     

  • Cost and Nutrition at the Grocery Store

     
     
    Making nutritious food choices can be difficult on a limited budget. Choosing the foods you purchase carefully can help you maximize nutrition while sticking to your budget.
    Breads and grains
    • Look for bargains on day-old bread and bakery products.
    • Buy regular rice, oatmeal and grits instead of the instant and flavored types.
    • Try whole-grain bread and brown rice to add nutrients and variety to meals.
    Vegetables and salads
    • Look for large bags of frozen vegetables. They may be bargains and you can cook the amount you need, close the bag tightly and freeze ...

  • Children's Health: Obesity

     
    Today, 18 percent of children and teens in the United States are obese. Public health officials have classified childhood obesity as an epidemic.
    How does being overweight affect a child’s health?
    Overweight children are at a much greater risk for health problems now and in the future than children who are within a healthy weight range. Serious weightrelated conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, accelerated growth, hip or knee pain, depression, low self-esteem, sleep apnea, and liver and gallbladder problems are seen more frequently by pediatricians in overweight children.  The longer a ...

  • Helpful Information about the flu vaccination

    Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
    Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm) in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and ...

  • Manage Fatigue at Work


    Between hectic schedules, stress and difficulty sleeping, many people find themselves fatigued during the workday. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your fatigue levels and stay more alert at work.
    Risks of Fatigue
    Symptoms of fatigue include moodiness, drowsiness, loss of energy, and lack of motivation and concentration. These are not ideal qualities to display at your job. Not only does fatigue make you less productive and less personable, it can also cause a serious safety risk if you work in a hazardous position.
    Quick Energy Boosters
    The following strategies can help boost your energy:

    Eat ...

  • Migraines: prevention is key to avoid ER visits


    Migraine headaches are episodic, recurrent, throbbing headaches that usually occur on one side of the head. Migraines last from several hours to several days, and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
    Types of Migraine
    Migraines are classified into two types: classic or common. Classic migraine, or migraine with aura, is a migraine that is preceded by visual disturbances such as flashing lights, jagged lines or distorted images. There can also be neurological symptoms including numbness or weakness on one side of the body, severe dizziness or difficulty speaking. These pre-headache symptoms are the ...

  • May is National Osteoporosis Month


    Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.
    Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break. If you’re ...

  • Grocery Store Best Buys for Cost and Nutrition


    Making nutritious food choices can be difficult on a limited budget. Choosing the foods you purchase carefully can help you maximize nutrition while sticking to your budget.
    Breads and grains

    Look for bargains on day-old bread and bakery products.
    Buy regular rice, oatmeal and grits instead of the instant and flavored types.
    Try whole-grain bread and brown rice to add nutrients and variety to meals.

    Vegetables and salads

    Look for large bags of frozen vegetables. They may be bargains and you can cook the amount you need, close the bag tightly and freeze the rest.
    Foods at salad bars ...

  • Heart Disease Prevention


    Heart disease is a common term for coronary artery disease. It is the number one cause of death in both men and women over the age of 60 in the United States.
    Causes
    Heart disease is caused by atherosclerosis—a buildup of plaque in the inner walls of the arteries—which narrows, slows or blocks the flow of blood to the heart.
    Risk Factors
    Controllable risk factors for heart disease include the following:

    High blood pressure
    High LDL cholesterol
    Type 2 diabetes
    Smoking
    Being overweight or obese
    Lack of physical activity
    Using illegal drugs, such as cocaine

    Warning Signs
    The symptoms ...

  • Fitness First

    Exercise is a great way to combat stress, lose weight and boost energy. To get the most from your workouts, you should add warming up, cooling down and stretching to your routine. These three simple steps are proven to help prevent painful and costly injuries.
    Warming Up
    Warming up allows your body time to adjust from rest to activity. It increases blood flow to the muscles so they stretch easily, reducing the risk of torn muscles. It also lubricates joints, which reduces friction and wear, and carries oxygen to the heart. To effectively warm up:

    Use movements that are similar ...

  • Are the holiday's stressful?

     
    While many anticipate happy holidays, others dread the season.  If you feel stressed, the obligations at holiday time can take their toll on even the most cheerful of people.  Here are some tips to help you minimize holiday stress.
    Causes of Stress
    Ask yourself what exactly about the season makes you feel stressed. Your feelings may be triggered by the following:

    Unhappy childhood memories
    Relatives that are particularly difficult
    Reflecting on how life has negatively changed over the course of the year
    The monotony of the season – seeing the same faces, eating the same food, going through the ...

  • Myth's about the Flu Shot


    Myth: The flu isn’t so bad.
    Fact: The flu can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia, even for otherwise healthy people. Plus, a normal bout of the flu can keep a person out of work or school for several days.
    Myth: The flu vaccine will make you sick.
    Fact: The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, although you may get side effects like a sore arm, low fever or achiness. Side effects are generally mild and short-lived.
    Myth: Healthy people don’t need a vaccine.
    Fact: Anyone can become sick with the flu and experience complications, even people who ...

  • What is Diabetes?

    What is Diabetes?   Type 2 diabetes happens when your body cannot use insulin the right way or when the pancreas cannot make enough of it.  Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use sugar from your food as energy.  If you do not have enough insulin, too much sugar stays in your blood and raises your blood sugars. 
    You can have problems with the way insulin works in your body if you are overweight, get little or no exercise, or have diabetes in your family.  Diabetes is a lifelong disease. But it can be prevented or delayed with a ...

  • Preventing Sunburns


    It is important to protect your skin.  Ways of doing this include using sunscreen, hats with wide brims, sunglasses, loose fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers arms and legs, and going in the shade when possible.   More sun exposure can put you at risk for skin cancer. 
    Concerning signs of potential skin cancer:
    Look for the ABCDE of skin cancer.  See a provider if you notice any asymmetry, border irregularity, color changes, diameter increase, or evolution of your moles. 
    If you get a sunburn home care includes using cool cloths on the area, cool showers or baths, apply aloe ...

  • Preventing the Common Cold

     
    Most prevention strategies for the common cold focus on the use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and lifestyle changes. There has not been any conclusive evidence to show a vitamin or herbal product that impacts the incidence of the common cold.  There is conflicting reports with regards to the efficacy of exercise in preventing the common cold. Moderate intensity exercise sustained over one year appeared to decrease the incidence of self-reported colds in a randomized study.
    There is an increase in use of face masks by travelers and workers in Asia to prevent the common cold.  There was a study ...

  • New Prescription Policy

    Please note that our Prescription Refill process has now changed.
    It is no longer necessary to call your pharmacy first, other than to verify if you have remaining refills available on a current prescription. 
    Otherwise, as per our Doctor’s request, if you have not been seen in the last 6 months in regards to those specific medications you will need to call our main line 208-773-1577 to schedule a medication refill appointment.
    Please remember our office policy is to allow a minimum of 48 hours for all medication refill appointments and for processing of prescriptions so that you ...

  • What is blood pressure"?

    What is blood pressure?
     
    Blood pressure is the force of the blood on the artery walls as the heart pumps blood through the body. The arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
    When the heart contracts it pumps blood through the blood vessels. Each time the heart contracts, the blood pushes harder against the walls of the arteries than it does when it rests between beats. This means that the pressure of the blood on the artery walls is greatest each time the heart contracts, which is the systolic ...

  • Take time to exercise

     
    Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. It should be something you enjoy doing so you can make it part of your lifestyle. If you don't like doing it, you probably won't stick with it for very long. I recommend reading one of Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper's books for specific suggestions on exercise. He is a world expert on aerobic exercise and is very motivating. He has a web site at www.cooperinst.org. There is good information on walking, including the use of a pedometer, at www.walkinginfo.org. If you're into high tech ...

  • Did you know allergies can develop at any time?


    Allergic rhinitis occurs when the nose and the ears, eyes, sinuses, and throat come into contact with an allergy causing substance. Common allergens are pollens, molds, dust, and animal dander. Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include itchy, runny nose, sneezing, nasal and head congestion. Other symptoms can be fatigue and lethargy, itchy throat, postnasal drainage, itchy, and watery eyes.
    You can be diagnosed with allergies based on symptoms or there are skin scratch or prick tests. Allergy tests are expensive. Your healthcare provider will probably recommend that you try treating your symptoms with medicine first. If medicines do ...

  • April is Autism Awareness Month


    The Autism Society has been celebrating Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.  It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S.
    For more information, visit the Autism Society website at www.autisum-society.org.

  • Honorary Best of 2014 Family Medicine Clinic

    Thank you to our nominators and to North Idaho Business Journal in granting our business the HONORARY BEST OF 2014 Family Medicine Clinic's award.
    We certainly appreciate the recognition of our entire staff.