Health Topic of the Month
Staying Healthy During Flu Season
While the exact timing of flu season varies every year, flu season in New England generally begins in the fall and lasts through the winter. Some individuals are more at risk for catching the flu than others. However, there are ways that you can prevent yourself or your loved ones from catching the flu this season. We spoke with Connie Schmidt, Infection Prevention & Control Manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, to get her advice on staying healthy this flu season.
Is Your Discomfort Caused by a Cold or Chronic Sinusitis?
Have you experienced a sore throat, cough, or sneezing? If so, you may be suffering from a common cold. Chronic sinusitis, however, is a serious condition and is oftentimes mistaken by patients as a common cold. Symptoms for this include stuffy nose, sinus pain, fatigue and reduced sense of smell and taste.
We spoke with Dr. Anit Patel, otolaryngologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, to find out more about chronic sinusitis and the treat-ments available to help relieve your sinus symptoms.
Healthy Sleep Habits
The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, good sleep also helps support growth and development and school performance.
We spoke with Dr. Saraswathi Muppana, pulmonologist/sleep specialist at BID-Plymouth, to find out more about the importance of good quality sleep.
As we become older, one of the more common causes of knee pain is arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee.
We spoke with Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief of Surgery at BID-Plymouth Scott Oliver, MD to find out more about knee pain.
Severe sunburn alone can be serious in the short term too and may require medical attention.
We spoke with Dr. David Herec of Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare for some tips on how to have a fun, relaxing, safe summer.