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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,
- Dry cough
- 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.
Annual exams can play an essential role in helping you achieve optimal health. When you schedule regular checkups, your provider can monitor subtle changes in your health and identify potential concerns so they can be treated promptly. At Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare in Silver Spring, we are a family practice providing annual exams and other services. Our experienced provider, Florence Odubayo (NP), can help every member of your family achieve better health.
Scheduling annual exams for every member of your family is important for several reasons. Regular checkups allow the provider to perform various screenings and identify health issues early on when they are easier to address. For example, slightly elevated cholesterol levels are best treated right away before they become extremely high and lead to additional health concerns.
Examples of other issues that can be checked for during an annual exam include diabetes and signs of heart disease. If any concerns are identified, your provider can make lifestyle and dietary recommendations for improving your health. Further, the provider can also prescribe medication or treatment, if needed.
Annual exams are particularly important for children since they go through several growth and development stages. Your child’s progress can be tracked and monitored better when he or she sees a provider annually. Additionally, regular checkups help ensure your child remains up to date with immunizations.
Some of the things that are often checked or discussed during an annual exam include:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Family medical history
- Monitoring existing conditions
In addition to providing annual exams at our family practice office in Silver Spring, we offer several other services, such as:
- Preventive care
- Diabetes management
- Treatment for acute or chronic conditions
- Women’s health care
- Mental health care
Scheduling an exam with your provider every year is an excellent way to stay on top of your health. Regular checkups make it possible to identify potential concerns right away so they can be addressed promptly. To schedule an annual exam with Provider Florence (NP), call Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare, our family practice in Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 587-6464.
Take important steps now to ensure a lifetime of good health.
According to the CDC, approximately 7 out of 10 Americans die each year from chronic diseases that could have been prevented just by leading a healthy lifestyle and getting proper medical care. Preventive medical care is important for everyone, no matter whether you have a family history of chronic disorder or not, as it allows our Silver Spring, MD, family providers to catch problems early on when they are much easier to treat.
What does preventive care entail?
The healthcare industry has been focusing its attention on the importance of preventive care for some time now. That’s because it’s far easier and certainly less expensive to provide patients with the care they need on a routine basis to maintain good health and to prevent illnesses, injuries and diseases from happening in the future.
When most people think of preventive care they think about their everyday habits, particularly diet and exercise. Now, getting regular physical activity and eating a healthy, balanced diet can certainly go a long way to maintaining good health. Other preventive measures also include losing excess weight (if you are overweight or obese), limiting alcohol, managing stress and quitting smoking.
Of course, our Silver Spring, MD, providers can also provide you with additional preventive health measures. These include annual physical exams and checkups, blood tests (to detect certain diseases), immunizations, screenings and counseling. Our team is your one-stop-shop for all routine and preventive medical care.
What are the benefits of preventive care?
You can probably think of a few benefits of preventive care. Some of these benefits include:
Getting sick less and staying healthier: Through simple tests and screenings not only can we determine whether you are at an increased risk for certain disorders, but it can also help reduce your risk through simple lifestyle modifications. Preventive care can ensure that you stay healthy as often as possible and that any illnesses you do face are detected early and treated.
Save money: This is an important benefit for our patients. After all, a simple annual checkup with your provider could help you prevent chronic and serious diseases that may result in more extensive and long-term medical care, prescription medications or hospitalizations. Better yet, most preventive medical care is covered under insurance.
Save lives: From the moment a baby is born they will need to get immunizations to protect against many communicable and potentially dangerous illnesses. Of course, immunizations aren’t just for children, but also teens and adults, as well. Staying up-to-date on your immunizations protects you and members of the community.
If you are looking for a family physician in Silver Spring, MD, that can provide you with unparalleled preventive medical care then call Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare today at (301) 587-6464 to schedule your next appointment.