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By EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY & PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE TEAM
July 09, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Diabetes  

Diabetes management is a balancing act that requires mindfulness and awareness. If you’re having problems managing your diabetes—don’t fret. Our providers here at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring MD, Florence Odubayo (NP), and Victoria Bassey (NP) can help you keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Meanwhile, know which specific factors could wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and how you can try to take control of them.

Food

Healthy eating is crucial whether you’re a diabetic or not. If you have diabetes, however, you should be aware of how food impacts your blood sugar. Keep in mind that it’s just not about what you eat, but the combinations of foods you eat as well as how much.

You should likewise learn about portion sizes, and carb and calorie counting, along with avoiding artificially-sweetened drinks. Additionally, you must ensure that all your meals are well-balanced and that you carefully coordinate your medications and meals. If you are having difficulty securing your nutritional imbalance, talk to your Silver Spring MD provider today.

Physical Activity

When you do any kind of physical activity, your muscles utilize sugar to give you an energy boost. Regular exercise likewise helps the body utilize insulin more effectively. Make sure to ask your provider in Silver Spring MD about exercises you can do safely. Likewise, always check your blood glucose levels before and after any physical activity to ensure that they’re in the safe zone.

Medications

Diabetes medications, including insulin, are developed to decrease or control your blood sugar levels if physical activity and diet are not enough to manage your condition. The efficacy of these medicines relies on the dosage and timing. It’s also important to note that other medicines for underlying health issues could also impact your blood glucose levels.

Stress

Being stressed can cause your body to produce hormones that spike up your blood glucose levels due to prolonged stress. You need to find out how stress impacts your levels so you can learn to manage them before it causes more issues for you.

Alcohol

First, ask your doctor if you can even drink alcohol since alcohol could reduce your blood sugar levels for as much as 24 hours. If you must, select your drinks carefully and on a full stomach. Check our levels after drinking to check that they’re not dangerously low.

For Help Managing Your Diabetes, Reach Out to Us

Call (301) 587-6464 to book a visit with our providers Florence Odubayo (NP) and Victoria Bassey (NP) here at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD.

By EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY & PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE TEAM
June 23, 2020
Category: Preventive Care
Tags: COVID-19  

Here’s what you should do if you suspect that you might have Covid-19.

Even though allergies are flaring up this time of year and we are exposed to tons of viruses every day, we know that when someone starts developing respiratory symptoms these days that their first thoughts turn to coronavirus. Wondering whether you should turn to our Silver Spring, MD, providers, Florence Odubayo and Victoria Bassey for a symptom evaluation or to find out if you should get tested? Here are some things you should know first,

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Despite what it might seem like from the news, most people who develop coronavirus will only experience mild symptoms. These symptoms will usually appear about 2-14 days after being exposed and the most common symptoms include,

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Some people have also reported gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea. These GI symptoms may be present on their own or in conjunction with respiratory symptoms.

How do I know that I have coronavirus?

There are some ways to determine whether you may have been exposed to Covid-19. Here are some things to consider,

  • Have you recently been around someone who tested positive for coronavirus?
  • Have you traveled to or visited an area with a high number of coronavirus cases?
  • Are you at high risk for coronavirus (e.g. senior citizens; those with chronic diseases)?

When should I see a doctor?

Contrary to what you might think, if you are experiencing mild respiratory symptoms most providers in and around Silver Spring, MD, will tell you to avoid coming into the office. This is because they want to contain the virus, just in case the patient does test positive. Therefore, symptoms like a running nose, sore throat, body aches and fever do not warrant coming into the office. Do not leave your house. Give us a call and we will help you determine the next steps.

However, if you are experiencing a true medical emergency please call 911 or head directly to your nearest emergency room.

Who should get tested for Covid-19?

Wondering whether you should get the Covid-19 antibody test or not? While this is something that our providers would be happy to discuss with you over the phone, you may benefit from getting tested if,

  • You are a hospital or healthcare work with symptoms
  • You are living in a long-term care facility (e.g. nursing home; assisted living) and develop symptoms
  • You have possible symptoms of Covid-19 infection
  • You’ve been exposed to or come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19

The CDC outlines, in further detail, who should get tested for coronavirus. Remember that even if you have the antibodies this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are immune to Covid-19.

Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, is your premiere provider, providing screenings and answering any questions you may have about Covid-19. If you have questions or concerns about your health or the health of a loved one, give us a call at (301) 587-6464.

By EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY & PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE TEAM
May 27, 2020
Category: Health Care

Learn more about the ways our team can help you beat your opioid addiction for good.

There is a serious opioid epidemic here in the US, and in Maryland alone, nearly 90 percent of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018. Addiction is a chronic condition that, like any other chronic health problem, requires proper treatment. Here in Silver Spring, MD, our family nurse practitioners, Dr. Florence Odubayo and Dr. Victoria Bassey, have provided individualized opioid addiction treatment to patients and their families to help them recover and lead healthier, happier, and addiction-free lives.

When you schedule an appointment with us, one of our nurse practitioners will take you through a comprehensive assessment. This assessment will involve,

  • Going through your history and asking questions about your health, history of opioid use, and your family’s history with addiction.
  • Performing a physical examination to see how addiction has impacted your physical or mental health.
  • Running urine tests to see if there are any drugs in your system.

This assessment is key for us to determine the best treatment options for you. Every patient’s case is going to be different and we recognize that one treatment may not work as well for one person as it does for someone else. By understanding your medical background, family history, and current health status, we can create an effective and customized treatment plan to treat your opioid addiction and help you prevent relapse.

The treatment plan will usually include:

  • Taking medication to treat the addiction by lessening withdrawal symptoms (medically supervised detox)
  • Visiting your provider regularly for monitoring and checkups
  • Undergoing counseling and therapy to discuss how certain issues could be contributing to their addiction

While we offer outpatient opioid addiction treatment and services, if you or a family member requires inpatient care, we can also provide recommendations and refer you to an inpatient addiction facility.

If you or a loved one is dealing with opioid abuse or addiction, it’s important that you find a team of professionals who can provide compassionate care in a judgement-free setting. To learn more about your opioid addiction treatment options here in Silver Spring, MD, schedule an appointment at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare by calling (301) 587-6464.

By EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY & PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE TEAM
April 13, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Acute Diseases  

We all get sick and taking smart preventative measures is a must to halt escalation. Your Silver Spring, MD, providers, Florence Odubayo and Victoria Bassey, provide patients with knowledge as well as treatment plans at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare.

What are acute diseases?

An acute disease appears suddenly and ends shortly afterwards. A chronic disease is a long-developing syndrome that remains for several months.

What are some examples of acute disease?

Many acute diseases may go away on their own, or treated with antibiotics or other prescription medications. Examples of acute diseases are the common cold and influenza. Some acute diseases produce life-threatening symptoms, like a heart attack, asthma attack, pneumonia, appendicitis, organ failure, and acute bronchitis.

Call 911 or your local emergency room if you suspect any of a serious acute diseases requires urgent medical care. Seeking treatment for acute illness lessens complications or long-term health issues.

How to treat acute diseases?

You need to keep a lookout for symptoms of acute diseases through a physical examination by one of your Silver Spring providers. Florence Odubayo and Victoria Bassey examine, diagnose and create individualized-treatment plans. Here are a few common symptoms to note:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Earache
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache

Treating Your Acute Diseases

Acute diseases vary in nature and therefore require varied treatments. A common cold will go away on its own but a broken bone will need immediate attention. Either way, people suffering from acute diseases usually recover.

Treating common symptoms using over-the-counter medications is a solution but speak with your provider about your symptoms to avoid acute diseases spiraling into a more serious issue.

Do you need to speak with someone?

Your Silver Spring, MD, providers, Florence Odubayo and Victoria Bassey, can help people at their office, Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare. For more information call them at (301) 587-6464 today!

By EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY & PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE TEAM
April 10, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Diabetes  

Diabetes mellitus refers to a class of diseases that negatively impact the way the body utilizes glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is immensely crucial to your overall health since it’s a vital energy source for cells that make up the tissues and muscles. It’s likewise the brain’s primary fuel source. While the exact cause of diabetes will vary by type, regardless of the kind you have, it will result in excess glucose in the blood. When this happens, your risk of developing all sorts of other health problems also increases.

Left untreated, long-term diabetes complications will gradually develop. Furthermore, the longer you have uncontrolled blood sugar levels, the higher the chances that you’ll develop disabling and fatal complications. With that said, assessing your diabetes risk factors and being diagnosed early is immensely important. Here at Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, MD, Florence Odubayo, CRNP can evaluate your condition and craft a diabetes management program tailor-fitted to your needs.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes

Chronic diabetes includes type 1 and type 2 diabetes, while potentially reversible forms of diabetes include pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes. Pre-diabetes when you have higher than usual glucose levels, but not exactly high enough to be considered chronic diabetes just yet. Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy but could go away on its own after delivery.

The symptoms of diabetes differ based on how high your glucose level is. However, some individuals, particularly those who have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, might not have any symptoms at first. With type 1 diabetes, however, symptoms may be more severe and come on suddenly. The following are the most common symptoms of type 2 and 1 diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Sores that heal slower than normal
  • Ketones in urine
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Recurrent infections, including skin, vaginal, and gum infections

You can develop type 1 diabetes no matter your age, but it usually develops during the childhood and adolescent years. Likewise, the more common diabetes, which is type 2 diabetes, could develop at any age as well, but it’s more common among individuals who are 40 years old and above.

When to Visit Your Provider

If you suspect that you may have diabetes or are experiencing potential diabetes symptoms, consult with your provider in Silver Spring, MD. The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the sooner you can begin treatment. You should likewise regularly come to your provider for regular checkups once you’re diagnosed with diabetes because you will need close monitoring to ensure that your blood sugar levels are always in check.

Worried about Diabetes?

Contact (301) 587-6464 to book your appointment with Florence Odubayo, CRNP of Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare here in Silver Spring, MD.





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