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   Nutrition and Health
imageIt is known that good nutrition equals to good health. Come on in our office and together we can discuss and talk about formulating an eating plan that embraces healthy food. We also give tips for good eating habits and smart food choices.
   Diabetes
imageDiabetes, often known as diabetes mellitus is a disease where your pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that will convert the food in our body, mainly sugar and starches into energy that is needed in order to function normally. It is a serious and life-long disease. There are three types of Diabetes known to man today.
   Diabetes Type 1
imageThis is the type of diabetes where your pancreas does not produce insulin. This is caused by an auto-immune reaction where your body attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. People with this type of diabetes will need insulin injections for life, regular blood testing and a healthy lifestyle.
   Diabetes Type 2
imageType 2 Diabetes is when your body is resistant to insulin or the when the body does not produce enough insulin. This type is life-long and progressive, meaning it gets worse over time as we get older. People with type 2 diabetes are prescribed with oral insulin and are encouraged a healthy diet and physical activity.
   Gestational Diabetes
imageThis is common among expectant mothers who are producing too much hormones in their body. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. Pregnant women who do have it are advised to control it with diet and exercise as it raises the risk of Childbirth.
   Cholesterol and Management
imageAn unhealthy lifestyle is usually the cause of unusually high cholesterol level in your body. Too much bad cholesterol in your body can cause cardiovascular diseases. People with high cholesterol are encouraged to go through a lifestyle change by sticking to a healthy diet, exercise and avoiding tobacco smoke. Taking medications will also lower your blood cholesterol level.
   High Blood Pressure and Management
imagePeople with high blood pressure are more likely to suffer heart diseases. High blood pressure is also dubbed as a “silent killer” because it sometimes has no initial symptoms

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   Weight Loss
imageIndividuals who are obese or overweight are more likely to develop life threatening diseases. Being overweight can also hamper and lessen the quality of life you live. It is important to maintain an ideal body weight together with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
You can talk to our doctor during your check ups to formulate the ideal body weight you should maintain.
   Stop Smoking
imageTobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. People who do not quit smoking have a 1 out of 2 chance of dying of a smoking-related disease, such as lung cancer, stroke, emphysema or heart disease. It is important for your health to stop smoking. Quitting cigarettes and other forms of tobacco provides a variety of important health benefits.

Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return and breathing starts to become easier. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer.

Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free. Although there are benefits to quitting at any age, it is important to quit as early in life as possible to avoid getting one of these serious illnesses caused by smoking.

   QUITTING IS NOT EASY

You may have short-term effects such as weight gain, irritability and anxiety. Some people try several times before succeeding. There are many ways to quit smoking. Some people stop “cold turkey.” Others benefit from step-by-step manuals, counseling or medicines or products that help reduce nicotine addiction.

If you want to quit smoking, you’ll need willpower—and perhaps the aid of a product that’s intended to help you beat the addiction. Your health care provider can help you find the best way for you to quit.

There are several FDA approved product that can help some people to quit smoking. These include prescription and non-prescription medication, such as skin patches, lozenges, and gum.

Many approved smoking cessation products help users wean themselves from smoking by using specific amounts of nicotine, the drug present in the tobacco plant which is primarily responsible for people’s addiction to tobacco products. And, as is the case with other medications, there are risks and other considerations associated with the various products that consumers must weigh against the benefits.

Tips for Quitting Smoking

Most smokers want to quit, but find it very difficult. If you are one of the more than 70% of smokers who want to quit, consider taking the following steps:

  1. Don’t smoke any cigarettes. Even occasional smoking is harmful. Each cigarette you smoke damages your lungs, your blood vessels, and cells throughout your body.
  2. Write down why you want to quit. Do you want to:
    • Feel in control of your life?
    • Have better health?
    • Set a good example for your children?
    • Protect your family from breathing other people’s smoke?

    Really wanting to quit smoking is very important to how much success you will have in quitting.

  3. Know that it will take commitment and effort to quit smoking. Nearly all smokers have some feelings of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit. Nicotine is addictive. Knowing this will help you deal with withdrawal symptoms that can occur, such as bad moods and really wanting to smoke.

    There are many ways smokers quit, including using nicotine replacement products (gum and patches) or FDA-approved, non-nicotine cessation medications. But there is no easy way. For most people, the worst of the symptoms only last a few days to a couple weeks. Take quitting one day at a time, even one minute at a time—whatever you need to succeed.

  4. Get help if you want it. Smokers can receive free resources and assistance to help them quit by calling the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quit line (1-800-784-8669).

    Concerned about weight gain? It’s a common concern, but not everyone gains weight when they stop smoking. There are ways to control your weight while quitting.

  5. Remember this good news! More than half of all adult smokers have quit, and you can, too. Millions of people have learned to face life without a cigarette. Quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect your health and the health of your family.

   Well Men Exam
imageGo to our Well Man Exam Campaign for a comprehensive list of exams and lab work. If you have more questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Women Wellness Exam
imageYou can go to our Well Woman Exam Campaign Page for a comprehensive list of exams and lab work. If you have more questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.
Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.
   Breast Exam and Pap smear Exam
imageA breast and pap smear exam is typically included in a Well Woman Exam. These tests are done for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer. The tests are administered by a licensed professional provider.

Breast exams for women should be done at least every 3 years starting at age 20 and every year starting at age 40. It is recommended that you have more frequent breast exams if your family has a history of breast cancer. This exam is best performed after your monthly menstrual cycle as your breasts will not be tender or swollen. Your health care provider will examine your breasts in order to detect lumps or other changes. Breast exams should also be performed along with mammography because these are methods that are needed for a complete breast cancer screening.

A pap smear is a test for screening cervical cancer. It should be done first by age 21 or within 3 years after having first vaginal intercourse. Regular testing should be done because the examination will help identify if you are at high risk for having cervical cancer. Talk to your doctor about how often you should get a pap smear because it varies in different women based on age, health and previous pap smear exams.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Child Wellness Exam
imagePlease go to our Well Child Exam Page for a comprehensive list of exams and lab work. If you have more questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Immunization
imageEach vaccine fights against a specific type of germ (virus or bacteria). When scientists develop a vaccine, they design it based on details about the germ, such as how it infects cells and how the immune system responds to it.

The vaccines we have available today are administered at different times in a person’s life, at different intervals and through different routes to provide optimal protection. Some vaccines are recommended for use during infancy, while others are administered to adults. Some vaccines are best administered via needle injection into the skin or muscle, while others work best by mouth or nasal inhalation.

Today there are five main types of vaccines that infants and young children commonly receive:

Live, attenuated vaccines

Live, attenuated vaccines fight viruses. These vaccines contain a version of the living virus that has been weakened so that it does not cause serious disease in people with healthy immune systems. Because live, attenuated vaccines are the closest thing to a natural infection, they are good teachers for the immune system. Examples of live, attenuated vaccines include measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Even though these vaccines are very effective, not everyone can receive them.

Children with weakened immune systems—for example, those who are undergoing chemotherapy—cannot get live vaccines.

Inactivated vaccines

Inactivated vaccines also fight viruses. These vaccines are made by inactivating, or killing, the virus during the process of making the vaccine. The inactivated polio vaccine is an example of this type of vaccine. Inactivated vaccines produce immune responses in different ways than live, attenuated vaccines. Often, multiple doses are necessary to build up and/or maintain immunity.

Toxoid vaccines

Toxoid vaccines prevent diseases caused by bacteria that produce toxins (poisons) in the body. In the process of making these vaccines, the toxins are weakened so they cannot cause illness. Weakened toxins are called toxoids. When the immune system receives a vaccine containing a toxoid, it learns how to fight off the natural toxin. The DTaP vaccine contains diphtheria and tetanus toxoids. Subunit vaccines Subunit vaccines include only parts of the virus or bacteria, or subunits, instead of the entire germ. Because these vaccines contain only the essential antigens and not all the other molecules that make up the germ, side effects are less common. The pertussis (whooping cough) component of the DTaP vaccine is an example of a subunit vaccine.

Conjugate vaccines

Conjugate vaccines fight a different type of bacteria. These bacteria have antigens with an outer coating of sugar-like substances called polysaccharides. This type of coating disguises the antigen, making it hard for a young child’s immature immune system to recognize it and respond to it. Conjugate vaccines are effective for these types of bacteria because they connect (or conjugate) the polysaccharides to antigens that the immune system responds to very well. This linkage helps the immature immune system react to the coating and develop an immune response. An example of this type of vaccine is the Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine.

Vaccines Require More Than One Dose There are four reasons that babies—and even teens or adults for that matter—who receive a vaccine for the first time may need more than one dose: For some vaccines (primarily inactivated vaccines), the first dose does not provide as much immunity as possible. So, more than one dose is needed to build more complete immunity.

The vaccine that protects against the bacteria Hib, which causes meningitis, is a good example. In other cases, such as the DTaP vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, the initial series of four shots that children receive as part of their infant immunizations helps them build immunity. After a while, however, that immunity begins to wear off. At that point, a “booster” dose is needed to bring immunity levels back up.

This booster dose is needed at 4 years through 6 years old for DTaP. Another booster against these diseases is needed at 11 years or 12 years of age. This booster for older children—and teens and adults, too—is called Tdap. For some vaccines (primarily live vaccines), studies have shown that more than one dose is needed for everyone to develop the best immune response. For example, after one dose of the MMR vaccine, some people may not develop enough antibodies to fight off infection. The second dose helps make sure that almost everyone is protected.

Finally, in the case of the flu vaccine, adults and children (older than 6 months) need to get a dose every year. Children 6 months through 8 years old who have never gotten the flu vaccine in the past or have only gotten one dose in past years need two doses the first year they are vaccinated against the flu for best protection. Then, annual flu shots are needed because the disease-causing viruses may be different from year to year. Every year, the flu vaccine is designed to prevent the specific viruses that experts predict will be circulating.

Reference: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines for Children Program.

   Flu
imageInfluenza, more commonly known as flu is a contagious respiratory disease. If taken for granted, it can lead to serious complications, hospitalization and even death.

Widespread influenza occurs every year and the season it happens is unpredictable. Many factors contribute on the timing, severity and duration of the disease including which type of flu strain viruses are spreading and the number of people who are susceptible to it.

Millions of people each year who get flu suffer from fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches and fatigue.

Everyone is at risk for influenza, especially school age children. Anyone can get the flu but children are more likely pose greater risk for serious flu-related complications like pneumonia that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Asthma
imageAsthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma symptoms include wheezing (a whistling sound during exhalation), coughing, chest tightness, and feeling short of breath. Asthma cannot be cured, but most people with asthma can control it so that they have fewer asthma attacks and less frequent symptoms.

Your doctor may work with you to develop an asthma management plan for controlling your asthma on a daily basis and an emergency action plan for stopping asthma attacks. These plans will tell you what medicines you should take and other things you should do to keep your asthma under control. This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and leading to a severe attack.

Call 911 if you have trouble walking and talking because you’re out of breath or you have blue lips or fingernails.

If you have more questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines for Children Program.

   COPD
imageCOPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time, especially if one smokes. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

Someone with COPD is also more likely to have lung infections that can be fatal. The heart may also be affected in those with severe COPD. As COPD symptoms worsen, a person may have more difficulty with walking and exercising. COPD Quick Facts In COPD, the elastic quality of air sacs (alveoli) is lost. The airways collapse and obstruct the normal airflow. The airways may also become inflamed and thickened.

Lung function tests, such as spirometry may be used to diagnose COPD. There is no cure for COPD, but there are medications that can help prevent complications, prolong life, and improve a person’s quality of life.

COPD treatment may include bronchodilators, steroids (prednisone) and influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. Quitting smoking, staying away from people who are smoking, and avoiding exposure to other lung irritants are the most important ways to reduce your risk of developing COPD or to slow the progress of the disease.

Reference: The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute

   Allergies
imageAn allergy describes the body’s reaction after being exposed to a substance to which it is allergic.

What triggers allergies? The substance that triggers the allergic reaction is called an allergen. An allergen may be harmless to most people, but lead to severe allergic reactions in others.

There are many different allergens, but the most common are pollens (such as grass or trees), dust mites, mold spores, foods (egg, milk, nuts, seafood), pet dander (cats, dogs or birds) insect stings, latex, and medications.

A person can be allergic to many different allergies. Some allergy symptoms occur year round (perennial allergies). These include those triggered by indoor allergens, such as dust mites and mold. Others allergies occur only at certain times of year (seasonal allergies). These are usually due to allergens that come and go with the season, such as pollens.

What are the symptoms of allergies? Allergy symptoms vary depending on the part of the body that is affected, but allergies almost always involve itching.

Allergic Conjunctivitis When the eyes react to allergens, it is called allergic conjunctivitis (“eye allergies”). The eyes may start to itch, turn red and produce excessive tears.

Allergic Rhinitis When the nasal passages (nose and sinuses) react to allergens, it is called allergic rhinitis. The symptoms include itching, nasal congestion and increased mucus production (runny nose).

Hives Allergy symptoms may also arise on the skin in the form of itching, red patches called hives (urticaria).

Your doctor or health care provider will prescribe or recommend one or more allergy medications depending on several variable, including the severity and duration of symptoms, response to past treatments, and the presence of other medical conditions.

If you have more questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines for Children Program.

   Conjunctivitis
imageConjunctivitis is described as the swelling of the thin membrane around the eyelids. This is common among children. Conjunctivitis also known as Pink Eye is commonly due to an infection or an allergic reaction. The signs of Pink Eye may include: itchy and burning eyes, blurred vision and increased sensitivity to the light, green or white discharge from the eye and or increased amount of tears.

Treatments for Pink Eye varies. Allergic conjunctivitis can be treated through allergy treatments like mild antibiotic eye drops and viral conjunctivitis may disappear on its own. Infectious conjunctivitis can be spread from person to person and through contaminated objects or water. You can prevent this by washing your hands regularly and keeping your hands away from your eyes. If your symptoms lasts more than a few days, please contact your provider.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Upper Respiratory Infection
imageUpper Respiratory Infection (URI) are illnesses caused by an infection in the upper respiratory tract area: nose, respiratory tract, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viral infections. The main symptom of an upper respiratory tract infection is mainly cough. Other symptoms that accompany this are: fever, headache, cold, pains and aches.

Common Respiratory Tract Disorders:

  • Common Cold
  • Influenza
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Pharyngitis

Your immune system plays a vital role in healing and preventing these infections from developing into serious complications. Meanwhile, you can take over-the-counter drugs that can help ease the symptoms and assist the immune system. It is also recommended to drink lots of fluids in order to prevent dehydration. Please talk to your provider if you need more intense medication or if your symptoms persist.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Strep Throat
imageStrep throat is a disease common among children and teenagers. It is caused by a bacterial infection characterized by a swollen, sudden and severe sore throat and tonsils. Not all sore throats are strep throats; in fact they are different because an ordinary sore throat is caused by a viral infection and will usually clear up on their own without any medication.

Strep throat is contagious and can be passed down from person to person especially when an uninfected person inhales the tiny droplets that an infected person has coughed, sneezed or breathed. Other symptoms include fever, pain when you swallow, swollen lymph nodes, rashes and white or yellow spots on the back of the throat.

If left untreated, it could lead to other serious health diseases like rheumatic fever which can cause permanent damage to the heart, scarlet fever, and kidney disease or blood infection. Antibiotics for 10 days are usually prescribed by a doctor as medication for strep throat. You should make sure to finish taking the antibiotics even if you feel better or else some bacteria can remain and the symptoms will return.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Pharyngitis
imagePharyngitis is a type of condition where there is inflammation at the back of your throat. It causes you to have discomfort, pain or scratchiness in your throat. Usually, a sore throat is a sign or is accompanied by other conditions like fever, flu, cold and many others. Most sore throats are mostly caused by viral infections except Strep Throat where it is caused by bacterial infection.

If left alone, it could possibly develop complications like ear infection and sinusitis. Sore throats are only recommended to be treated with antibiotics if it is a Strep Throat, otherwise sore throat usually goes away after a while.

Here are tips to make your sore throat feel better:

  • Drink warm tea with honey or lemon tea
  • Throat lozenges
  • Gargle with warm salt water

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Tonsillitis
imageTonsils are lymph nodes located in the back of the mouth; their purpose is to help filter bacteria and other germs to prevent diseases or infection from entering the body. Tonsillitis is the condition where tonsils are swollen because of a viral or bacterial infection. It is very common especially among children.

Swollen tonsils that are not very painful and do not cause other health relate problems do not need treatment. Your health care provider will not give you antibiotics and you will only be asked to come back later for another check up. But if your tonsillitis is accompanied by fever, severe difficulty in breathing or swallowing, excess drooling, pus in the back of the throat and swollen lymph glands in the neck, it is time to contact your doctor.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Headache
imageAt some point in our lives all of us have experienced a headache. A headache is caused by a number of reasons and there are two classifications: Primary and Secondary headaches.

Primary headaches are independent of other medical conditions the patient has. It usually goes away after a few moments and can be treated with medication. A Secondary headache is known to be as a headache that follows after a prior condition.

Secondary headaches are potentially dangerous and may be an underlying symptom of other serious medical conditions.

   Neck Pain
imageNeck pain can be caused by injury, stress, awkward or painful position in sleep or others. Some underlying problem could be due to a slipped disc, scoliosis or certain tumors or infections.

There are certain dangerous signals when you experience neck pain. If neck pain is accompanied by severe headache and vomiting, when light hurts the eyes, fever, pain in the back and others it is time to seek medical attention urgently.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Chest Pain
imageChest pain is usually described as a tightening sensation in the chest. Causes of chest pain can vary from indigestion to stress or to serious medical emergencies like heart attack. It is often difficult to determine if the current chest pain is a sign of something less serious or cardiac arrest.

If you feel that you are experiencing a chest pain that lasts a few minutes, it is time for you to see a provider. Do not diagnose yourself; you could possibly endanger yourself through self-medication. If you have questions about heart health, talk with your provider so you could be put at ease.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Abdominal Pain
imageAlso known as a stomach ache is a condition where you feel pain in the stomach region or belly. Knowing the cause of abdominal pain can be difficult as there are many factors that can cause this. The seriousness of the condition cannot be determined simply by how bad the pain you feel in your abdomen.

You need to get urgent medical care if the symptoms continue after a few days and in varying degrees of pain. It is better to be safe than sorry. As with other serious illnesses, contact your provider immediately if you have a serious pre-existing medical condition.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Back Pain
imageAcute Back Pain vs. Chronic Back Pain:

Acute or short-term low back pain generally last from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature as a result to trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sport injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden bolt such as a car accident or other stress on the spinal bones and tissue. Symptoms may range from muscle aches to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and\or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. Occasionally, felt in one part of the body may “radiate” from disorder or injury elsewhere in the body. Some acute pain syndromes can become more serious if left untreated.

Chronic back pain is measured by duration—pain that persists for more than three months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Risk Factor for Back Pain: nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. Men and women are equally affected. It occurs most often between the ages 30 and 50, due in part to the ageing process but also a result of sedentary life styles with too little (sometimes punctuated by too much) exercise.

The risk of experiencing low back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age. To avoid back strain, children carrying backpacks should bend both knees when lifting heavy packs, visit their lockers or desk between classes to lighten loads or replace books, or purchase a backpack or an airline tote wheels.

Reference: the national Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

   Sexually Transmitted Infection
imageSexually transmitted infections (STI) are infections that are spread from person-to-person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact or through sharing sex toys. Not everyone who has a sexually transmitted disease will demonstrate or show signs and symptoms. Sometimes they don’t appear right away and can take as long as weeks, months or even years. But sometimes even if they don’t appear, you still have the infection and you can pass it on to someone else.

If you experience any of the following, please contact your sexual health clinic doctor:

For Men

  • Discharge from penis
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Pain in the testicles and lower abdomen
  • Itches, bumps or rashes around the genitals or anus

For Women

  • Unusual discharge from vagina
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Bleeding during and after sex
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Itches, bumps or rashes around the genitals or anus

You can go to your provider if you wish to seek advice even if you do not show signs and symptoms. Affordable Medical Clinic provides tests and treatments for STI detection and screening.

The Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infections are:

  • Syphilis
  • Genital Warts
  • Genital Herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Urethritis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Pubic Lice and Scabies etc.

If you have questions or inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Urinary Tract Infection
imageUrinary tract infection is an infection in the urinary tract. This condition is more common in women than men. The urinary tract is part of the system that includes the bladder, kidney and tubes that connect them. It makes urine and carries it out of your body.

Most urinary tract infections are bladder infections, when germs get inside the system. You may have an infection if you feel a burning or painful sensation when you urinate, your urine smells bad, and or if you feel pain on one side of your back on the left side of your body. If these symptoms are accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting and chills, then it is time to contact your local health provider.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines For Children Program.

   Medications
imageA prescription medication is a type of medication that requires a prescription from a licensed medical professional before it can be obtained through a pharmacy. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be obtained without a prescription.

Prescription drugs are often dispensed together with a Medication Guide that gives detailed information about the drug.

In general, prescription medications may be prescribed by physicians, dentists, optometrists, and advanced practice nurses.

Basic-level registered nurses, medical assistants, emergency medical technicians, most psychologists, and social workers do not have the authority to prescribe medications.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing the approval process for new drugs and ensuring that they are marketed appropriately to professionals and consumers.

If you have questions or inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us @ 240-670-8305.

Affordable Medical Clinic, Hyattsville, Maryland is ready for flu season. We have registered with the Maryland State Vaccines for Children Program.

   Lab Test
imageA laboratory test examines a sample of blood, urine, or other tissue for certain features. Why are lab tests performed? Lab tests may be ordered by your physician or health care provider for a variety of reasons, including: As part of a routine checkup to identify health problems before any symptoms appear
  • To determine the cause of someone’s symptoms and provide a diagnosis.
  • To help plan a treatment or evaluate a person’s response to treatment.
  • To monitor a chronic disease over time.

Variability of Lab Test Results Laboratory test samples are analyzed to determine whether the results fall within normal ranges.

Results also may be compared to previous test results. Normal test values are usually given as a range, rather than as a specific number, because normal values vary from person to person. What is normal for one person may not be normal for another person.

Many factors (including the patient’s sex, age, race, medical history, and general health) can affect test results. Sometimes, test results are affected by specific foods, drugs the patient is taking, and how closely the patient follows pre-test instructions. That is why a patient may be asked not to eat or drink for several hours before a test. It is also common for normal ranges to vary somewhat from laboratory to laboratory.

Evaluation of Test Results Some laboratory tests are precise, reliable indicators of specific health problems. Others provide more general information that simply gives doctors clues to possible health problems. Information obtained from laboratory tests may help doctors decide whether other tests or procedures are needed to make a diagnosis.

The information may also help the doctor develop or revise a patient’s treatment plan. All laboratory test results must be interpreted in the context of the overall health of the patient and are generally used along with other exams or tests. The doctor who is familiar with the patient’s medical history and current condition is in the best position to explain test results and their implications. Patients are encouraged to discuss questions or concerns about laboratory test results with the doctor.

Reference: National Institute of Health -