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Bring Out the Superwoman in You

May is National Women’s Health Month – a time we get to celebrate the special women in our lives and a reminder for them to take some “me time”. Ladies, this month is for you!

We know how busy life can be when you’re going about your day-to-day lives. Maybe it’s packing your kids’ lunches, taking them to soccer practice after work, picking up the dry cleaning, or doing the weekly grocery run with your last 2 hours to spare for the day. I mean, have you heard of the term superwoman? You basically do it all!

But…have you thought about focusing on yourself for a moment? This month is a reminder for you to practice self-care, to start eating healthier, and schedule those yearly doctor’s appointments you may have been putting off.

Use the 5 steps below and start making your health a priority today!

1.) Schedule those Recommended Screenings:
Regular check-ups are important, and preventative care can detect problems early on and can even keep away disease. By getting the care you need, you have a better chance of preventing disease and injuries. Talk to your ELFP provider to learn more about what screenings and exams you need and when.

• Before going to your next check-up, it’s good to review your family health history and write down any questions or concerns you have. Learn more about how you can prepare for your next appointment.
Preventative services for women are offered by majority health insurance plans, sometimes at no cost. We always recommend calling your insurance provider to see what they may or may not cover.

2). Pay Attention to Mental Health:
It’s important to keep both your mind and body healthy. Mental health is a vital part of overall health and well-being. It affects how we think, act and feel, and determines how we relate to others, handle stress, and make healthy choices. It’s important at every stage of life.

• Studies show that 1 out of 10 women in the U.S. experience symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression may include feelings of lasting sadness or irritability, loss of appetite, or problems concentrating.
• Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but not everyone knows how to handle it. Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress.

3.) Practice Healthy Habits
Healthy behaviors impact your overall well-being. Even the smallest actions can help maintain good health and serve as an example to others.

Getting enough sleep plays a vital role in how you perform and feel each day. Adults are recommended to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
• Avoid distracted driving. Approximately 9 people are killed every day in the U.S., and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes due to a distracted driver.

4). Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet:
Nutrition is essential in living a healthy lifestyle. Cut out those fatty foods and start creating those healthier eating habits.

Healthy eating plans typically include fruits, vegetables, less dairy (low-fat or fat-free), lean meats, whole grains, and low-sodium. Also, cut the added sugars.
Folic acid is important for healthy new cells to be created in our bodies. Everyone needs it, but women especially. For those wanting to get pregnant, this can help prevent major birth defects if you have enough folic acid in your body before getting pregnant.

5). Get that Body Moving:
Spring and summer are the best times to get out and enjoy the weather. Not only is physical activity important for your health, but it has several benefits – like lowering your chances for heart disease (the leading cause of death for women).

• It’s recommended that adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week, requiring moderate effort. That’s 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Go for a light jog, or walk your dog around the block. Remember, some activity is always better than none.
• More than 1 out of 4 elder people falls every year. Unfortunately, women fall more often than men. So, it’s important to do some strength and balance training a few times a week to help prevent falls.

Now is the perfect time to kick your wellness up a notch and start living that healthy lifestyle you’ve always talked about. Not only will you feel amazing, but you’ll also be setting an example for those you love.

Schedule your yearly check-up today at Eagles Landing Family Practice and let us help bring out the superwoman in you.

ELFP Joins Forces with the GA Revs

It’s that time of year again- where Eagles Landing Family Practice the Georgia Revolution FC join forces to strengthen the sports community of Henry County.

We’re extremely proud and humbled to be an active member of the local community. Whether it’s bringing people together through local events, contributing to the community by sponsoring small businesses or shining the spotlight on student-athletes – Eagles Landing is all about the people.

The Georgia Revolution Football Club was founded in 2010, making Henry County their home the following year in 2011. Over recent years, the team has continued to grow, attracting thousands to Henry County to support.

The GA Revs are anything but a ‘local soccer team.’ The team consists of highly skilled athletes, ready to use their talents to make our community and our state proud. More so, the club has made it part of their mission to help their community thrive.

So, what about Eagles Landing Family Practice? ELFP is proud to be one of the financial sponsors of the GA Revs for a third consecutive year. Why? Because ELPF’s relationship with the Revs if more than business; it’s personal. Many of the coaches and staff are patients of Eagles Landing Family Practice, as well as some of the players. With that in mind, deciding to renew our sponsorship for 2019 was an easy decision and a happy one at that.

If you’d like to support the Revs, come watch their first home match at Henry County High School on May 4th at 7:30pm. For more information on The Revs, visit www.georgiarevolutionfc.com

The Secret to Living is Giving

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we believe in giving back to our community. Whether it be sponsoring a local soccer league, donating $10,000 of our mammogram proceeds, or hosting a toy drive for kids less fortunate – we believe in helping those in need.

In February, we got to be a part of and donate over $3,700 to a special cause for Locust Grove High School’s softball team for their State Champ rings. The team consists of 17 girls, 16 players and 1 manager. They were 30 and 5 in the season, 14 and 0 in the region play, and 8 and 0 in State Tournament play. Talk about champions!

Hosting the 1st and 2nd rounds of state at Locust Grove High School, they defeated Veterans High School and then Starrs Mill High School. To touch on those series, they are a best 2 out of 3, and the Locust Grove High School softball team won each series, 2 and 0.

With the final 8 teams playing down in Columbus, Georgia, they defeated Buford High School, Thomas County Central, Bainbridge and Loganville High School in the finals. The Locust Grove HS softball team outscored the opponents, 27 and 5 in the final 8. Defeat and conquer!

You think that’s impressive? Well, this was the very first team to go undefeated in all regions and all-state play, the first softball team to win 2 state titles in the county, and only female sport to have back-to-back titles in the county over all sports.

The softball team ended the season, ranking number 2 Statewide and number 2 Nationally across all classifications. Eagles Landing Family Practice is proud to play a small part in donating for the Locust Grove High School’s softball team for their highly-deserved State Champ rings, and celebrate in their victories.

Giving back to our community through non-profit organizations, charity or sponsorships allows us to contribute to the common good and lets us focus on the needs of others. Whether it be donating money or volunteering our time – we hope that giving back will impact the lives of those we help, along with our local community.  

We believe that the secret to living is giving – that life is never fulfilled by what you get, but rather by what you give.

Future Generation – The Family Values Award

What defines an ‘athlete’? Maybe their determination, triumph or enthusiasm?

While these terms are intertwined with being an athlete, there’s also a more robust foundation worth commemorating – making a difference through their character and attitude, something that Eagles Landing Family Practice is honored to support.

For the second year, we’re proud to partner with Positive Athlete and Hines Ward – giving away two Family Values Awards to the male and female athletes that best embody the heart of a Positive Athlete, and who exemplifies the importance of positive family values.

Seven years ago, Scott Pederson (founder and president of Celebrate Positive, LLC) and a group of well-known athletes shared a distinctive goal – to shine a light and honor young, positive athletes that gave back, despite their circumstances through scholarships, as well as recognition. It was this type of athleticism that they knew was eagerly needed to be honored, along with being rewarded. Positive Athlete’s message was infectious, and soon migrated to Hines Ward’ stomping ground here in Georgia. Ward, a former Georgia Bulldog, two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and season 12 winner of Dancing with the Starts became the spokesperson, and the foundation was widely received.

Hines Ward says, “We’re searching for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets. These kids are also positive role models in their schools, who get involved in charitable causes, have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age, and may have overcome difficult circumstances yet remained positive. So, adding an award such as Eagles Landing Family Practice – Family Values Award will definitely impact these already amazing kids in an even greater way”.

This kind of ambition is a great fit for Eagles Landing Family Practice. It gives us the chance to give back to the community, while also supporting the future generation of leaders who reflect our family values. Young athletes who encourage and put their teammate first, on and off the field, who take the to help others, serve their communities, who acknowledge their deficiencies, always give 110% and who set an example for others – these are just a few exemplary attributes that qualify a student-athlete for nomination.

Eagles Landing Family Practice is proud to unite with Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete team as a scholarship sponsor. We will be honoring two special athletes from our surrounding counties of Henry, Rockdale, Butts and Clayton that best represents the characteristics of the Family Values Award and two $1,000 college scholarships. If you know of someone that embodies these attributes, click here and be sure to nominate them by March 15th, 2019.

Let’s encourage our positive teens to create the foundation of a ‘go-getter’ in school, sports and in life, and show that there’s more to celebrate than just trophies. Together, we can help honor and reward a commendable student-athlete.

6 Simple Steps to a Healthier, Happier You in the New Year

Another year has come to a close, and so another year begins. With a new year comes the common proclamation, “New Year, New Me”. It’s no surprise that one of the most common and popular New Year’s resolutions is to start living a healthier life. When we’re living healthy lives, it seems like other things in life prosper as well. We have more energy, we can think more clearly, and our bodies are better equipped to fight off and prevent sickness.

Let’s be real, a New Year’s resolution is essentially just words if it doesn’t have a good plan. The same goes for living a healthier lifestyle. In fact, a study found that only about 8% of people who make health related resolutions meet their goal. However, making a plan that works isn’t always easy, as there are many things in life that compete for our attention, time and money. But even the best plans fall apart if people don’t have a support team, or if the plan is to much for the person to take on. Life has a tendency to get in our way, but we also tend to fall of track when our goals are unrealistic or overly complicated.

However, a plan for a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ve narrowed it down to 6 simple steps you can take to live a healthier, happier you in the new year.

1. Be Mindful of What You Eat
The first step to a healthy life is choosing to eat healthier. Simply be mindful of what you eat. This has two meanings, though – it doesn’t just mean eat better. Of course, cutting back on fast foods and sweets is a good thing, but mindful eating also means to actually pay attention while you eat. Slow down and take pauses, as studies have found that distracted eating can lead to over eating.

2. Catch Up on Your Rest
One of the most important things a person can do to live a healthy life is to be sure they’re caught up on rest. When a person is behind on sleep, many things can suffer and this can lead to a weakened immune system.

3. Implement a Positive and Grateful Attitude
The next step is a simple one that is often overlooked – be grateful! A positive attitude full of gratitude can do more than people realize. Find time during the day to pause and reflect on the things you’re grateful for in life. This can help you clear your mind of stress and give you a healthy sense of balance and perspective.

4. Walk or Exercise for 30 Minutes Each Day
The next step is to find about 30 minutes a day to take a walk or add in some form of physical activity. This can be all at once or broken up into shorter increments based on your schedule. Grab a friend at work and make it part of your new lunch routine. You can even go for an evening stroll with your family (or dog) after dinner.

5. Skip the Elevator, Take the Stairs
Taking the stairs instead of elevators is a simple change to make, and it can be very effective. This allows you to be more physically active and can help lead to better cardiovascular health, as well as a stronger heart.

6. Try a 30-Day Challenge
The last step is to commit to a 30-day fitness challenge. Find an activity that you enjoy and commit to it for one month. Many plans fail before they begin because people tend to over-commit to 6 months or a year. However, starting with 30 days is much more manageable. So, find an accountability partner and get to it!

Lastly – after all is said and done, Eagles Landing Family Practice encourages everyone to have regular checkups and screenings.

With a healthcare plan designed to keep you and your loved ones healthy, there’s no better time to get started like the New Year. Schedule an appointment today at one of our nine locations, and make 2019 your healthiest, happiest year yet!

10 Tips for Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Well, it’s that time of the year again. You know? One holiday party after another that keeps coming in between you and eating healthy. It’s almost like you can’t avoid it. Thanksgiving is easier to handle because it’s a one-day splurge event but eating in December is like a marathon. With all the office parties and family events, gatherings tend to revolve around casseroles, eggnog and cookies. It’s safe to say that Santa isn’t the only one who over-indulges over Christmas.

But believe it or not, making healthy, clean-eating choices is possible during the holidays. And, it doesn’t have to be a time where you put your goals on hold till the New Year. All you need is a game plan and a few tips to get you through the rest of the year. You can enjoy this season without feeling guilty or like you blew your nutrition goals.

 

Here are 10 tips for balancing eating healthy, while also enjoying your holiday favorites.

 

Tip #1: Basic health 101, don’t skip breakfast:
We all know that breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet. And, while skipping meals may sound like a good way to cut calories, it could actually result in overeating. That just defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? Starting off the day with a healthy, balanced meal can help you regulate the number of calories taken-in throughout the day. So, try including fibers, like oatmeal, and add in some colorful fruits and veggies.

Tip #2: Avoid overeating and grab a {small} plate:
One of the most overlooked strategies to avoid overeating is simply using your plate, and a smaller one at that. This immediately limits the amount of food you can put on it and encourages proper portion sizes. Another strategy is to divide your plate. Think about the 50/25/25 rule. The first and biggest half (50%) is strictly for vegetables. In fact, eating a salad before your meal helps you consume fewer calories overall, but broccoli and other veggies are just as good. Then, there’s the two smaller halves (25% and 25%). These two sections are meant for starches and protein; like a cup of potatoes (size of your fist) and a 3-ounce piece of meat (size of your palm). We know that holiday meals tend to be on the larger side and usually include two or three helpings – so remember to eat slowly and wait about 15 minutes before considering that second plate.

Tip #3: Mingle away from the buffet table:
Portion control is important during the holidays, especially when you’re eating and mingling the whole time.  So, after your meal, try staying away from the buffet table so you avoid mindless grazing. There’s no need for that “uncomfortably full, need to unbutton my pants” kind of feeling we all know we’ve had. Remember, the turkey was meant to be stuffed…not you too.

Tip #4: Practice mindful eating:
Saying something like “focus on what you’re eating” might sound odd to some. However, doing this will help you enjoy the food for its taste and texture. Mindful eating is a practice that is growing and is very useful during the holiday season. Studies have shown that people who take time to be mindful of their foods are less likely to overeat. So, fix a serving of your favorites, and enjoy!

Tip #5: Watch those beverages:
It’s easy to overlook the calories that come with sugary beverages. We get it. With all those holiday events come cocktails, sodas, eggnog, etc. But, is it worth all those packed calories? There are simple ways to make healthier choices; like choosing a wine spritzer at the party, water instead of soda at dinner, and skim milk in your latte in the morning over regular milk. See, that’s not so bad.

Tip #6: Use that southern hospitality and offer to bring a dish:
Have you ever been invited to a friend’s party, just knowing that there will be nothing healthy to eat? If you find yourself in this situation, consider bringing your own dish. This way, you’ll know that there will be a healthy option for you, and the host might even appreciate the gesture.

Tip #7: Stock your home with healthy ingredients:
Making healthy choices while you’re out to dinner isn’t the only hurdle to jump. It’s also essential to make smart choices at home. To do this, make sure your fridge is stocked with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy snacks.

Tip #8: Don’t deny your favorites. After all, it is the holidays:
Speaking of your favorites, let’s not leave them out. Sometimes the cravings for your favorite chocolate cake or cheeseburger just calls your name, and that’s okay! Eating your favorite foods is perfectly fine, in moderation. Remember that enjoying your favorite meal or dessert does not mean you’ve given up on your nutrition goals. In fact, refusing foods  can often lead to overeating. So, treat yourself every once and a while!

Tip #9: Move it, move it. Get your body moving:
After the holiday meals have been eaten, make sure to get some exercise – just 20 or 30 minutes a day. Instead of sitting around the house with your extended family, ask them to go on a walk outside or shoot some hoops with the kids. However, physical activity isn’t just important after meals. Starting your day off with a workout can also help burn calories throughout the entire day and keep that metabolism moving. And know that if you fall off track during the holiday season, it’s okay. You can always start the New Year off with a clean slate.

Tip #10: Visit with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
If you’re searching for dietary help, support as we dive into the holiday season, or if you just want to learn more about overall healthy, clean-eating – schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists!

Being healthy during the holiday season doesn’t mean it can’t include some of your favorite holiday foods. Even better, Christmas and holiday parties don’t have to ruin your clean-eating streak. So, don’t stress. The key is to aim for balanced, mindful eating. The best part of it all…you don’t have to do it alone! You can eagerly conquer this holiday season with all these tips, and even better – by scheduling a checkup with your ELFP provider.

Remember, choosing the smaller portions can result in a big difference (and not having to buy larger pants in the New Year).

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Giving back always feels good, right? Or maybe just giving in general.

This is the time where we all work hard to give to others and spread joy and happiness too those whom we love and care for. It’s no surprise that we feel kinder and even happier during the holiday season. Well, what if we told you that you could give back and in return, get something beneficial to your health?

That’s right! ELFP is once again holding our annual Holiday Toy Drive – a time where you can donate toys to bring bliss to disadvantaged kids. Last year, we received more than 400 toys as part of the drive, but we’re hoping to make 2018 our biggest year yet.  Starting November 19th until December 18th, all nine of our Eagles Landing Family Practice offices will be collecting toys from our patients, staff and other members of our community. Every toy we collect will be donated to local, underprivileged families – in hopes to spread love, joy and happiness during the holiday season.

Though, that’s not all. We believe in giving back, and we want to show our appreciation to those who have graciously donated. That’s why we’re combining the Toy Drive with preventative imaging– a simple, but potentially lifesaving test.

During the Holiday Toy Drive, anyone who donates a new, $20 value or more, unwrapped toy will receive a coupon for a FREE 3D Mammogram upgrade.

Statistics show that 3D mammograms detect 41 percent more early stage and more invasive breast cancers than 2D mammography, as well as reducing false positive results by 40 percent. Today, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States, largely thanks to annual screenings and early detection. And good news, Eagles Landing Family Practice has designed a comprehensive women’s healthcare plan for the way you live– providing the protection you need at our Pink Ribbon Imaging Facility.

While most insurances now cover age-risk appropriate mammograms at no cost to you, unfortunately 3D mammograms are not included—making patients come out of pocket for the extra expense. Well, with the Toy Drive coupon, that extra expense will be waived! The coupon is also transferrable to a friend or family member, so everyone is encouraged to donate, even if you do not need a mammogram.

ELFP physician Collyn A. Steele, M.D., says, “Our commitment to early detection stretches across many cancers and chronic diseases. It is proven that early detection is the best protection, which is why at Eagles Landing we follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendations that all women over 40 years of age have a mammogram performed annually. This toy drive is a great way for us to help those in need this holiday season, while also promoting potentially lifesaving screenings.”

But, despite all the advances of modern-day medicine, we know that staying healthy is more than just getting rid of diseases. Our health is also strongly associated to our happiness and generosity, which is why our Toy Drive is right for you! Donations can be made to any of our ELFP locations across Henry, Butts and Rockdale counties.

And, if you have any questions about whether 3D mammograms are right for you, our Providers are gladly here with answers. To schedule a mammography appointment at our Imaging Center, call 678-432-6161 or request an appointment online.

Here’s to a holiday season full of happiness, health and the kindness of giving back.

Introducing Eagles Landing Endocrinology

We’re changing the healthcare game…again, by providing even more services than ever before.
Introducing to you, Eagles Landing Endocrinology.

It’s not often that a medical network expands to better the community. As your family practice, we seek to serve our community by offering facilities that will further assist them on their wellness journey. We also realized that we could help more patients by crafting a facility that specializes in conditions that have become rampant in the south.

This is where Eagles Landing Endocrinology comes in.

So, what is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function and disorders of the endocrine system that produce hormones.

Hormones play a huge role in regulating the body’s metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. Subsequently, when hormone imbalances occur, medical complications or conditions will arise. Examples of these conditions include Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Grave’s disease.

Eagles Landing Endocrinology can help patients with symptoms from multiple diseases – such as; Diabetes Type 1 and 2, insulin pump therapy and education, Osteoporosis, Infertility, Metabolic diseases, Thyroid diseases and some forms of cancer.

You now have a home for your endocrine needs, as well as a place to help you manage, treat, monitor, and keep you on task. Not only will you receive top care from the most renowned patient-focused physicians in the country, you will also reap the benefits of having everything in-house, state-of-the art technology and a committed, conscious team.

Along with our expert providers, our endocrinology services are top-notch and do not fall under the “one-size fits all” umbrella. We offer specific services that cater to your lifestyle, as well as the severity of your condition.

Eagles Landing Endocrinology is part of the Eagles Landing Family Practice network – working together to lower costs for our patients, giving you access to the best providers, more in-house services and the convenience you’ve come to know and trust with ELFP. Not only will you have access to our state-of-the art imaging center, but you will also have trusted providers that have a passion for treating their patients and generating results – striving to make their daily life easier.

Ask your physician and see if Eagles Landing Endocrinology is right for you or, pass this information on to help a friend!

Eagles Landing Family Practice, and now…Eagles Landing Endocrinology – Diabetes Care and more.

Request an appointment today.

The Best Protection is Early Detection

Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime?

Or, that there are currently over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.?

At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that “all women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram performed annually” – one of the best ways for women to monitor their risk for breast cancer.

What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray procedure of the breast that allows visualization of the internal structure. This plays a key role in early breast cancer detection and helps decrease breast cancer deaths – also being used for screenings or diagnostic purposes.

At ELFP, we also offer 3D mammograms – with our Pink Ribbon Imaging Facility being home to two of the state’s Genius 3D mammography machines. This advanced technology is proven to detect more invasive breast cancers and decrease inaccurate reports and false alarms. It is the single-most effective method of early breast cancer detection, since it can often identify cancer several years before physical symptoms develop.

Now… maybe you’re asking, “Why should I get a mammogram? I’m perfectly healthy”. Well, research has proven that after 40 years of age, the risk of breast cancer increases drastically. And sadly, 7 out of 10 women in their 40’s who died from breast cancer did not have a mammogram. On top of that, 25% of those who’ve suffered from breast cancer showed signs or symptoms – meaning 75% of women showed no noticeable signs of having breast cancer; such as lumps or tightened skin.

While these facts may seem a bit frightening, mammograms should not be. The issue for most life-threatening cases of breast cancer has been that it’s found too late, already spreading throughout the body. And besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women and is the second leading cause of death in women. Knowing it exists is just not enough. That’s why we want you to request your mammogram appointment as soon as possible, because the earlier you discover the unexpected, the better chance of overcoming it.

In the past, ELFP has given free 3D upgrades in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, this year we are choosing to give back and support the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Network by donating 20 dollars for every mammogram performed at our ELFP Imaging Center during the month of October (up to $10,000). Along with our donations, we will be giving away a free gift at checkout to our mammogram patients.

In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (situ) breast cancer. And though death rates have been decreasing since 1989, an estimated 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to lose their battle to breast cancer this year. But, together we can make a difference.

Eagles Landing Family Practice has designed a comprehensive women’s healthcare for the way you live, providing the protection you need– with mammograms now covered by most insurances at no cost to you (excluding 3D mammograms), and our convenient weekday hours and Saturday appointments.

So…schedule your mammogram today at our state-of-the art Imaging Center, knowing that you can rest easy while receiving the best care and fast results.

Why? Because early detection saves lives.

How to prepare for Cold and Flu season

With the summer season coming to an end in September, Flu season will be right around the corner. While the Influenza virus (also known as the seasonal flu) can circulate all year, the peak time for Flu activity is during the fall and winter months.

So, to be fully prepared for Cold and Flu season – you may want to know the differences between the two, their signs and symptoms and what preventative actions you can take.

What is the difference between the Flu and a Cold?
The common Cold and Flu both present themselves as respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by two different viruses. Both viruses cause similar indications, so a diagnosis on purely “symptoms” can be quite difficult. The Flu is generally much worse than the common Cold and the symptoms are far more frequent and intense. The Cold, on the other hand, is much milder than the Flu and is usually less intense – with people more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. However, one of the biggest and most critical differences is that Influenza can lead to other severe complications. Some of these may include pneumonia and bacterial infections that can lead to hospitalizations.

What are some signs and symptoms of the influenza virus vs. a cold?
If you find yourself having symptoms of any kind, our providers at Eagles Landing Family Practice can help determine if you have the Flu or the common Cold. In fact, certain tests can confirm if a person has the flu virus within just the first few days. If you have signs of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue (tiredness) then a Flu test might be a good idea. If your symptoms are mostly consisting of a runny or stuffy nose and mild body aches, then the common Cold is most likely the cause.

What are some preventative measures we can take?
The first and most effective step is a no-brainer: get the flu shot. There’s no practical reason not to get one. This can be done easily by scheduling an appointment with your Eagles Landing Family Practice provider. However, a Flu shot isn’t the only way to prevent the Influenza virus and Cold. Something as simple as washing your hands with soap and warm water is also one of your best methods of protection.

Prevention goes beyond oneself, though it’s also very important to limit the spread of the germs and viruses if you do happen to have it. If you are diagnosed with the Flu, it’s very important to make sure you avoid being around people who aren’t sick; such as your friends, co-workers, and classmates. While on the road to recovery from the Flu, be sure to cover your nose or mouth if you have a sneeze or cough, and always wash your hands afterward.

How do I recover from the Cold and Flu?
When recuperating from the Cold or Flu, it’s vital to get plenty of rest to let your body recover. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of fluids – such as water and Gatorade and monitoring yourself for a fever is also crucial. Unfortunately, when it comes to the common cold – there is no cure. The best way to combat the Cold is to use over the counter medications that can help soothe and relieve the symptoms. You may even want to consider talking to your ELFP provider about what might work best for you.

It’s inevitable. We’ll probably wake up one day this fall or winter with a runny nose and scratchy throat – knowing soon enough we’ll be going through a whole box of tissues.

So…stock up now, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot.