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September 14, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | General
How Long Are You Contagious With COVID?

Coronaviruses that cause COVID-19 continue to spread around the globe, with the most recent variant being the highly mutated BA.2.86 variant and the most prevalent being the EG5 and XBB variants. Viruses constantly change, leading to new strains or variants. These changes can determine contagiousness, disease severity, and response to treatment. According to wastewater evaluation by Biobot Analytics, COVID-19 prevalence has increased across the country, starting in mid-July 2023. There is al

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September 13, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
What To Do About Dry Eyes During Allergy Season

Dry, itchy, and irritated eyes are common allergy symptoms, but they have other causes as well. When your eyes don't make enough tears or your tears dry too quickly due to a lack of lipids in the fluid, it can cause fatigue, stinging sensations, redness, blurred vision, and light sensitivity. The lacrimal gland, which is above the eye, produces tears. Tears coat the surface of the eye, protecting it and keeping it moist. Excess tears drain into the lacrimal duct in the lower corner of your e

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September 11, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Smoking cessation
How Smoking and Vaping Can Affect Mental Health

Almost 70% of the 28.3 million U.S. adults who smoke say they want to quit.1 Smoking poses significant health risks. Cigarette smoking causes over 480,000 deaths in the United States annually, making it the leading preventable cause of death worldwide.2 Vaping and smoking are two alternative methods to deliver nicotine. Concerns about the health risks of smoking have led many people to choose vaping as an alternative. About 1 in every 20 Americans (10.8 million) uses vaping devices, and

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September 09, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is diagnosed when blood pressure exceeds healthy limits. When you have high blood pressure, your blood exerts more force on the inner lining of blood vessels. Over time, excessive force and friction damage the inner lining of blood vessels. This increases your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke, heart attacks, kidney disease, vision loss, and sexual dysfunction. The following statistics about high blood pressure epidemiology ar

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September 06, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
What Does Your Heart Rate Tell You?

Heart rate and blood pressure are important indicators of the overall health of your cardiovascular system. High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases stress on your blood vessels and raises the risk of stroke and heart disease. Similarly, changes in heart rate and regularity can indicate a heart problem. Heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats in a minute. A faster heart rate is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular death and all-cause mortality.1 Track your r

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September 04, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
Early Signs of Heart Disease

Early signs of heart disease can vary from person to person. However, it is important to recognize them as quickly as possible to receive early intervention and treatment. Some symptoms, such as chest pain, pain radiating down your arm, and chest pressure, are more easily recognized as heart disease. Other symptoms, such as digestive symptoms, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping, are more difficult to recognize as being associated with heart disease. If you are currently experiencing symptoms t

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August 31, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Smoking cessation
What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Because it changes your brain chemistry, you will probably experience cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) are very effective over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help you overcome nicotine addiction without the harmful chemicals in cigarettes. In 2015, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over two-thirds of adult smokers wanted to qui

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August 30, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
How To Treat Pink Eye at Home

Pink eye is a common eye infection. It is important to quickly recognize it and take action to treat it. Having pinkeye is uncomfortable and may force you to take a day off work or school while seeking treatment. Pink eye is a common infection, especially in young children, because it is so contagious. It affects about 6 million people in the United States each year.1 What is Pink Eye?Identifying the Type of Pink EyeHow Do You Know If You Have Pink Eye?Home Remedies for Pink EyeApplying a

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August 27, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
How Does Alcohol Affect the Heart?

Teasing out the relationship between alcohol consumption and healthy heart function is challenging. The relationship between alcohol consumption and heart disease, especially heart attacks, is controversial and highly debated, which has led to hundreds of scientific studies attempting to better understand whether alcohol is bad for your heart.1   Small amounts of alcohol, especially red wine, are said to be beneficial because they are high in antioxidants like resveratrol. Consuming mod

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August 24, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
Tree, Grass, and Other Pollen Allergy Symptoms and Treatments

Pollen allergies are common during times of year when grasses, weeds, flowers, and trees release pollen to reproduce. When your immune system mistakenly identifies pollen as a threat, it causes a range of symptoms, including a runny nose, a sore throat, itchy and watery eyes, and a dry cough. Many treatment options are available for pollen allergies. It is important to know your options and the seasonal pattern of your symptoms so you can minimize their impact on your daily life. What are Po

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