Spring is in the Air

Spring is often a time of reflection for me, looking back at previous goals set and ahead for future growth potential.

At Partners in Wellness, there are some changes on the horizon, giving you opportunities to be more actively involved in your wellness plan.  The mission remains the same:  to provide a place for PARTNERSHIP in your HEALTH; to have your list of concerns heard and addressed; to share in a plan for prevention; and to involve other exceptional team members in your plan for wellness.

Here are a few  updates/reminders:

RE: Appointment booking – Please continue to utilize the online scheduling system as reception hours have decreased.  While the schedule may from time to time seem full, there are daily changes to it, so always check again and then do consider calling to try to arrange an appointment by phone.  There are frequent work-in visit appointment options; however, there are times you may need to be seen at an urgent care clinic if our next available opening does not meet your comfort level, or if you do not hear back within the time frame that meets your needs.  I try to call back within 24 hours, but there are instances when that is not possible.   Please do try to plan ahead when you can and use the ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT as an opportunity to review ways to keep you healthy.   I advise an ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT for all patients (required if you are receiving regular prescriptions from me) ideally in your birthday month!

RE:Refills – Plan ahead for refills; most will require a visit. We decide on a follow up plan when you first come to see me and you will have enough refills until that agreed upon time.  TAKE NOTE:  If there are no further refills on your bottle, it is time to schedule a visit. We are booked out by 2-3 weeks for a routine visit, so please keep that in mind when you look at your current prescription bottle.

It brings me great pleasure to work with you and I appreciate all that you bring to the partnership.  I am looking forward to continued growth in our partnership and will continue to encourage you in your pursuit of your wellness goals. So come in prepared for this conversation, not just a “follow up” or a “refill.” It is always the right time for change, especially when change means an improvement in your quality of life.  THANK YOU for remaining an active participant in your health and wellness! ~In Process ,Dr. Alvarez

The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body”   Dr. Bruce Lipton

Spring Allergen

Sneezing, eyes watering and skin itching?  It has been a very robust allergy season.  You may be wondering if it will ever end and what to take – given all the over the counter options.  There are a number of things you can do for the allergies.  If you are looking into medication, for certain the non sedating antihistamines can be helpful and in theory, help control symptoms for up to 24 hrs. Of course, not all allergy drugs work equally well for all people. You may need to switch brands.

It may be worth trying a number of  options, including:

Cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy and generic), which is available as an over-the-counter generic but might be more likely to cause sedation than loratadine ( Claritin)  or Fexofenadine ( Allegra).
• Older antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl Allergy and generic) and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton and generic), which not only can cause drowsiness but also dry eyes and mouth, and urinary retention, only last about 4-6 hours. In addition, these medications should be avoided by people with narrow-angle glaucoma or an enlarged prostate.
Desloratadine (Clarinex), which is still only available as an expensive, brand-name prescription drug.

You may also benefit from decreasing the inflammation in the nostrils/ turbinates/ sinus passages with a nasal steroid spray.  Fluticasone, nasal steroid spray was recently released over the counter, ( it is same dose as the previous prescription version).

Finally, lifestyle changes, such as staying indoors when the pollen count is high, can also help.

For sure, if you are miserable and have tried these remedies available over the counter, Go online to schedule an appointment and we can go to next steps to get you back in your game !

In wellness,

Kathy Alvarez, MD.