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Colds can make you feel miserable, but there are a few things you can do to increase your comfort. Visiting your Argyle, TX, family practice physicians, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice will help you protect your health if your symptoms worsen or don't improve in about a week. If you have a mild cold, taking a few of these steps may offer some relief.
Relieve sore throat pain and irritation by gargling
A saltwater gargle can reduce throat swelling and soreness. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Stir the solution thoroughly before gargling. Gargling several times per day is a safe, easy way to reduce your sore throat pain.
Turn on the humidifier
Adding moisture to the air can relieve sore throat pain and reduce congestion caused by swollen nasal passages. Cool mist humidifiers are the best option if you have children or pets.
Consuming water and other beverages helps you avoid dehydration and can decrease nasal congestion. Hot tea or other warm beverages soothe your irritated throat and reduce pain. Add a little honey, nature's cough suppressant, to your tea if coughing is one of your cold symptoms.
Visit an Argyle store for over-the-counter cold medication
Try one of these medications if you have a cold:
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen Sodium: These medications relieve body aches, headaches, and other painful cold symptoms. Don't exceed dosage recommendations, as liver or kidney damage can occur with high dosages of some pain relievers. Stay away from aspirin. If your symptoms are caused by the flu rather than a cold, taking aspirin increases your risk of developing a potentially fatal disorder called Reye's syndrome.
- Decongestants: Decongestants relieve the stuffiness in your nose by reducing swelling.
- Antihistamines: These medications can stop your nose from running and reduce sneezing.
Get Plenty of Rest
Now is not the time to engage in strenuous workouts or volunteer to take on new projects. Rest and sleep are essential, as they help your body's immune system fight viral infections. In fact, you may need more sleep than usual when you have a cold.
When cold symptoms linger, it's time to pay a visit to Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to make your appointment.
How well do you have your epilepsy under control?
Our Argyle, TX, family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave understand how much epilepsy can affect a person’s life, especially when seizures arise. We work with our patients to find effective solutions to help them manage their epilepsy while still being able to live a healthy and happy life. Of course, it’s important that you take a vested interest in managing your epilepsy. Here are some self-care tips to improve living with epilepsy,
Take Medication as Prescribed
We know how busy life can get, but if you are living with epilepsy it’s incredibly important that you remember to take your medication exactly as directed. Since missing a dose can increase your risk it’s crucial to make sure that you are taking your medication on time. Set a timer on your phone or an alert to remind yourself it’s time to take your medication.
How do you know your medication is working? Are you not experiencing seizures or noticing a difference in the number of your seizures? While this might seem more obvious for those who deal with seizures frequently it might not be as apparent for those who don’t experience a lot of seizures. If you aren’t sure whether your medication is working, don’t hesitate to discuss this with our Argyle, TX, family doctor.
Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
There are certain lifestyle “hacks” that could improve living with epilepsy. Many of these habits are ones that everyone should follow to lead healthier lives. These include,
- Finding effective ways to manage your stress
- Getting good quality sleep every night
- Making sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough water every day
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoiding alcohol
- Practicing good hygiene to reduce the risk of catching colds and other viruses
- Avoiding settings with strobing or flashing lights
- Turning to family, friends, and the community (having a strong support system is important)
- Getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight
- Monitoring and tracking your seizures
It’s important that you have a doctor here in Argyle, TX, that you can turn to for regular checkups to make sure that you have your epilepsy fully under control.
To schedule a consultation with our team, call Argyle Family Practice at (940) 226-4850.
Improving your eating habits offers an easy way to boost your immune system and decrease your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions and diseases. The family practice physicians at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, can help you embrace healthy eating, lose weight and manage chronic conditions.
Have you tried these healthy eating habits?
Healthy eating doesn't have to involve drastic or expensive changes to your diet. In fact, trying a few of these tips will help you improve the way you eat:
- Follow Healthy Eating Plate Recommendations: The Healthy Eating Plate is an easy-to-understand system that helps you make smart food choices. Every time you eat, fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit; 1/4 with proteins like fish, chicken or beans; and the remaining 1/4 with whole grains, like barley, quinoa, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta.
- Make Water Your Beverage of Choice: Sugary beverages add extra calories that may increase your weight and raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cavities. Water is a much healthier beverage than fruit juice, soda and other drinks high in sugar.
- Choose Healthy Snacks: Swap cookies, candy and potato chips for carrot sticks, celery, apples, oranges and other fruits and vegetables.
- Stay Away from Fried and Processed Foods: Bake chicken, steak, potatoes and other favorite foods instead of frying them. Avoid or limit processed foods too, as they may contain high amounts of salt, sugar and fat. Processed foods include packaged bread and baked goods, ice cream, hot dogs, bacon, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, canned soup, crackers and potato chips.
- Save Sugary and High-Carbohydrate Foods for Special Occasions: Turning down a piece of birthday cake requires almost super-human willpower. Fortunately, you can still eat healthily and have occasional treats. Limit cakes, cookies, white pasta and other foods to special occasions, like birthdays, holidays or special restaurant meals.
- Cook with Healthy Fats: Substitute olive, peanut or coconut oils for butter, margarine, shortening and lard.
Boost your health with better eating habits and visits to Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to schedule an appointment.
In 2018, more than 30 million people of all ages suffered from diabetes in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes, a disease in which blood sugar levels are too high, varies in severity from one person to another but is ultimately categorized into two types. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, help patients manage diabetes.
Types of Diabetes
Glucose is a simple sugar we get from the foods we eat. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, enables glucose to enter your cells to give them energy.
In Type I Diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. This means there's too much glucose in the blood. People may be prediabetic, which means there's higher than normal sugar in the blood, but not enough to call it diabetes.
In Type II Diabetes, the more common type, your body does not produce or use insulin well. Without insulin, again, there's too much glucose in your blood, and with time, people may suffer from several issues in your heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and gums and teeth.
How Can Your Argyle Doctor Help You Manage Diabetes
The first step in preventative care is to test for diabetes. Your doctor determines if you are diabetic or prediabetic and if you suffer from Type I or Type II Diabetes using blood tests. And other tests, such as the A1C, even check on how you are managing your diabetes.
There are other lifestyle choices that can help you better manage your diabetes: Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes/day to control weight. And better than any medicine, although that may be prescribed by your doctor, a healthy meal plan can go a long way in controlling your blood glucose level.
Stick to a healthier lifestyle and:
- insulin will work better
- blood sugar levels will decrease
- increased energy and endurance
- weight loss
- increased muscle tone
- a healthier heart
- lower blood pressure
- better sleep at night and stronger bones
Do you need a consultation?
If you'd like to ask Dr. Christopher Hughes or Dr. William Musgrave about diabetes, you can contact their office, Argyle Family Practice, in Argyle, TX, by calling (940) 226-4850 today.