On 12:13 PM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
This Season will be the harshest season when it comes to allergies. Those who have never had it are now suffering from it, and those who have already had it are now getting it worse. Symptoms can be an itchy throat, watery eyes, and then some. Below are a few tips to look fresh and flawless no matter how bad allergy season may be.

Deflate Puffy Eyes

Allergies can often cause water retention, which results in puffy eyes. To combat the bags and  fluid buildup, try to pat the area with your ring finger for about a minute per eye to stimulate circulation and tone down puffiness in the morning. You can also help control puffiness by sleeping in a slightly elevated position, avoiding salt and alcohol, doing regular cardio to sweat out excess water, and/or placing tea bags or cucumbers on the orbital bone of the eye. 

Send Allergens Down the Drain

Irritating allergens like pollen can settle on your hair and skin, causing your symptoms to flare. Showering before bed will rinse the irritants away and prevent them from coating your pillow.
If you wash your hair daily, switch to a gentle shampoo, that's free of parabens, sulfates, gluten, and other additives that can irritate or dry out your scalp when shampooing frequently. 

Hydrate Dry Eyes

Many people pop antihistamines to relieve sneezing and itchiness, but it can block the muscarinic receptors that keep eyes moist. Preservative-free drops can help. If you wear contacts, consider switching to disposable lenses; it can help keep eyes comfortable. Since you toss them; and the allergens accumulate, every night.

Brighten Up Dark Circles

If your allergies are keeping you up at night (as it is with many), your skin can become dull and pale; this can be especially noticeable in the transparent skin under the eyes. Vitamins D and K are known to heal blood vessels and improve under-eye darkness; caffeine increases circulation to brighten the under-eye area.

Relieve Your Red Nose

Constant nose blowing can turn skin red, raw, and flaky. You can target the area with a treatment, that contains humectants, essential oils, and peptides to control flaking and sensitivity.

On 11:06 AM by NY Drs. Urgent Care
With Medicine always changing and growing with the times, you may see some Medical Staff titles that are new to you. The following list and descriptions are some of the most common encountered in medical practices today.

1. Medical Doctor (M.D.) To become an MD, a person must complete a prescribed course of studies in medicine at a medical school officially recognized by the country in which it is located. They must also acquire the requisite qualification for licensure in the practice of medicine. They may additionally complete a Residency Program in a particular Specialty, and may or may not take and pass a Board certification exam.

2. Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) After acquiring an undergraduate degree, a DO completes four years of basic medical education and two to six years of residency in a specialty area. They also must pass a state license exam. DOs practice a "whole person" approach to medicine, verses treating specific symptoms or illnesses. They also receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

3. Physician Assistant (PA-C)This is a certified mid-level medical provider practices medicine under the supervision of a licensed doctor (an MD) or osteopathic physician (a DO.) They must have at least a bachelor's degree, but many PA's are trained at the Master's level. They must complete a PA training program that is accredited by the national commission of Physician Assistants, pass a board certification exam every 6 years, and are licensed by the State in which they practice.Their scope of practice and specialty is defined by the practice in which they work. Different states may have limitations on their privileges

4. Advanced Practice Nurse (APNC) is an umbrella term appropriate for a licensed registered nurse prepared at the graduate degree level as either a Clinical Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse-Midwife, or Nurse Practitioner. Advanced Practice Nurses are professionals with specialized knowledge and skills that are applied within a broad range of patient populations in a variety of practice settings. All Advanced Practice Nurses should hold a graduate degree in nursing and be certified. They may specialize and can practice in varied settings. They are licensed by the state in which they practice.

Feel comfortable being treated by professionals with extensive training and experience at the New York Doctors Urgent Care Facilities. 
On 11:00 AM by NY Drs. Urgent Care

Ever wondered what it meant to be Lactose Intolerant? Many people are unsure of its meaning, symptoms, and causes. Here's more information on it! 
Milk is the first food babies eat and considered one of the healthiest foods for you. So imagine feeling sick just because you ate cereal for breakfast or from having an ice cream treat. That's what it can be like to have lactose intolerance.

Lactose is the major sugar in milk and other dairy products. People with lactose intolerance can't digest lactose well. Lactose intolerance is not curable, but there are many ways to reduce symptoms and feel better.

What Are the Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance?
At least 30 minutes after eating a dairy product, but before two hours have passed, people with lactose intolerance have one or more of these symptoms. Symptoms can be mild or severe.
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Painful gas
  • Nausea

Each person tolerates a certain amount of lactose, which affects how quickly he or she has symptoms and how severe they are. Some people may be sensitive to small amounts of lactose-containing foods, while others can eat larger amounts before they notice symptoms.
Which Foods Have Lactose?
Products such as milk and ice cream are some of the most common foods high in lactose. It's also in foods with dry milk solids, milk byproducts, nonfat dry milk powder, or whey, including:
  • Breads and baked goods
  • Candy
  • Cereals
  • Salad dressings

In addition to food, lactose is in some prescription medicines, including birth control pills, and in some over-the-counter medicines, such as certain tablets to ease stomach acid or gas.

What Causes Lactose Intolerance?
People with lactose intolerance can't digest lactose, the major sugar found mostly in milk and other dairy products. The problem is they don't make enough of the enzyme that digests lactose -- lactase -- which the small intestine makes. So when they eat foods or take medicines with lactose, they have symptoms.

For many people, lactose intolerance develops naturally with age because the small intestine starts to make less lactase. Reduced amounts of lactase may also be from an injured small intestine or certain digestive diseases, such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease.

About 75% of all people around the globe have some degree of lactase deficiency. African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans have lactase deficits more than other races.

Lactose intolerance is easy to manage. People with the condition usually find that they can tolerate a certain amount of lactose-containing foods without having symptoms. Some people use trial and error to figure out how much and what foods they can tolerate. Lactase enzyme supplements can also help you get the nutritional benefits of dairy, especially calcium and vitamin D, and avoid symptoms of lactose intolerance. In addition, nondairy beverages, such as soy, almond, and rice milk, are often fortified with the bone-building nutrients calcium and vitamin D.

  • Incorporating small amounts of milk or dairy products with meals may help because it's easier to digest lactose eaten with other foods.
  • Certain dairy products are easier for people with lactose intolerance to digest, such as cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
  • Using lactose-free milk, cheese, and other dairy products in recipes will likely make the meal more pleasant.