Is Your Child All Ready For Summer Camp?

Each year, millions of American children spend their summer vacation at summer camp. Most camps will present children with a countless number of fun activities, such as sports, fishing, hiking, and canoeing. To ensure each child is healthy enough to participate, camp programs will require each camper to undergo a camp physical prior to the start of camp.

To help make sure your child’s ready to go to summer camp, we’ve put this helpful guide together:

Make Sure Your Child Brings Sunscreen

If your child’s going to an overnight camp, the camp will almost certainly have an abundance of sunscreen available for the campers. But just to make sure your child has sunscreen accessible to them at all times, pack them a travel-sized sunscreen bottle. This means that if they’re on a long hike or kayaking, they’ll have sunscreen easily accessible.

Of course, simply packing your child sunscreen doesn’t guarantee that they will actually use the sunscreen. Try to illustrate the importance of using sunscreen to them without using scare tactics.

Pack Healthy Lunches

For children going to day camps, it’s usually up to the parents to provide lunch for their child. If this is the case with your child’s summer camp, try to pack them at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable in every meal. Also, try to avoid packing them yogurt that comes in a tube – counselors hate opening this and these brands of yogurt are generally unhealthy.

Also, refrain from packing your child fruit juice or soda with their lunch. If your child insists on having a beverage that’s not milk or water, pack them a sports drink as your child should be active enough at camp that they can enjoy these carbohydrate-replenishing drinks.

Make Sure Their Counselors Are Aware of Their Medical Needs

If your child has any allergies, such as a bee or peanut allergies, it’s important for relay this to the camp and their counselors. It’s also wise to provide your camp’s counselors with your child’s EpiPen. Most camps will provide their counselors with Epipen training so they will have the confidence to appropriately respond to your child’s medical need in a timely manner.

Lastly, make sure your child undergoes a camp physical prior to starting their camp. Visit us at Synergy Immediate Care anytime between Monday and Saturday during our extensive hours of operation – no appointment necessary.

For more information, call us at 703-942-5331 or stop in and we’ll make sure your child’s ready to enjoy their summer!

Best Hiking Trails Near Tysons, VA

Before it gets too humid and sweltering outside, going for a hike at one of the nearby trails around Tysons, VA makes for the perfect spring/summer activity. Our close proximity to the Appalachian Trail makes our area a hot spot for outdoor activities. While hiking is healthy for us both physically and emotionally, it’s not without its potential hazards.

This year, health officials are declaring that this year is the worst tick season in years. Ticks cause a number of different illnesses, including Lyme disease, which has become more and more prevalent in recent years.

Also, the heat and humidity in our area make us susceptible to developing heat exhaustion, especially while we’re outdoors exercising. If you’re hiking make sure you take frequent breaks if you’re feeling nauseous or light-headed. It would also be in your best interest to bring more water than you think you would need as this can help ensure that you won’t suffer from dehydration.

If you’re interested in hiking this season, use the below guide to pick the perfect trail:

Billy Goat Trail

Potomac, MD

The Billy Goat trail is a staple for Virginia-Maryland trail-goers. However, be wary of the difficulty of this trail, as trail rating websites agree that this may be one of the toughest trails in the area. This 7.3-mile loop features a waterfall and requires a considerable amount of rock scrambling.

 

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Trail

McLean, VA

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Trail offers visitors an easy-to-navigate 2.5-mile trail.This easier trail makes for a family-friendly hike that is even dog-friendly. There is a diverse fauna that surrounds the trail, including spring Wildflowers and Virginia Blue Bells. If you’re a fan of wildlife and are not looking to exhaust yourself, the Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Trail may be the choice for you.

 

Great Falls Loop Trail

McLean, VA

This moderately difficult trail offers beautiful scenery and sights of the Potomac River. However, if you’re not a fan of crowds, this may not be the trail for you, as it’s extremely crowded – especially on holiday weekends when they typically charge you an entrance fee. Feel free to bring your dog, except make sure they’re on a leash!

 

Just remember, hiking can be a dangerous activity if you don’t understand your physical limits. Make sure you’re well hydrated and, if you’re going on a lengthy hike, it’s probably a good idea to bring trail mix or nuts for energy.

For your medical needs, feel free to visit us at Synergy Immediate Care in Tysons, VA where we can help monitor your health and provide you with an annual physical. For more information, call us at 703-942-5331 or visit us Monday-Saturday!

Why You Should Consult a Physician Before Starting Your Weight Loss Program

Gyms, exercise videos, weight-loss reality shows: They all have a similar disclaimer, “Consult a physician prior to starting any exercise program.”  This is just a simple reminder that always gets ignored.

You may disregard the warnings and started working out simply because you’re tired of being overweight or unfit.  Consulting with a physician is one disclaimer that you shouldn’t ignore.  And here are a few reasons why.

Your medical history matters

Pre-existing conditions and genetic background can influence the decisions you make for a diet or exercise program.

Some conditions you should discuss with your doctor prior to starting a new diet or exercise program include:

  • Heart disease

  • Asthma or lung disease

  • Diabetes

  • Arthritis

You may also want to consult a physician if you experience concerning medical conditions such as:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Joint pain

  • Rapid heartbeat

You might have an underlying medical condition.

Many who chose to disregard the disclaimers usually don’t suffer the consequences.  But there are some people who will find out they have a heart condition or a minor injury that can become serious with strenuous activity.  More than likely, they don’t realize that they are putting their health at risk while attempting to do what they believe is the right thing.

You shouldn’t dive right in

If you weigh more than your ideal body weight, your physician should be consulted to ensure that the exercise regime you want to start is a safe routine without risking your health.  You should always consult with a physician prior to starting a new exercise program to assess your overall health and go over precautions to take to avoid injury.

One size does not fit all

Fad diets cost your overall health for quick results that don’t last.  Your genetic makeup is unique to you and the exercise program you recently read may not be applicable to you.

The role of your physician is to ensure that the program you are about to undertake will be suitable for you with consideration of your age, current physical health, family history, health risk factors, and more.

If you’re looking to start a new exercise program, consult with a physician at Synergy Immediate Care.  We’ll go over your medical history and create a program unique to you and your medical needs.  For more information about our weight loss program, please call 703-942-5331 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudri.

Why Does Medical Advice Constantly Change?

“If you’ve noticed that your cardiologist’s or internist’s advice about how to keep your heart healthy changes over time, you’re not alone. Clinical guidelines are based on the most current evidence-based medicine. So if your doctor tells you at one visit that you need a certain diagnostic test or medication and at the next one tells you that a different one is better, there’s usually a good reason.” – Heart & Vascular Institute. For the full article, please click here.

CDC: Poor Contact Lens Care Tied To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Eye Infections.

The AP  (11/14, Stobbe) reports that a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report claims that “sloppy care of contact lenses is the main reason for hundreds of thousands of eye infections” annually. The CDC “estimates that there are nearly one million patient visits to doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals for treatment of an infection of the cornea called keratitis.”

        The Washington Post  (11/14, Phillip, 4.9M) “To Your Health” blog quotes medical epidemiologist Jennifer Cope, MD, MPH, of the CDC, who said, “People who wear contact lenses overnight are more than 20 times more likely to get keratitis.” She added, “Wearing contacts and not taking care of them properly is the single biggest risk factor for keratitis.”

        The Boston Globe  (11/14, Kotz, 1.78M) “Daily Dose” blog reports that the CDC report pointed out that “$175 million annually” is spent “in medical costs for diagnostic exams and treatments for keratitis.” Most of the time, “keratitis can be easily treated with prescription antimicrobial eye drops or creams,” but severe, untreated infections may lead to corneal scarring and even blindness.

        HealthDay  (11/14, Reinberg, 5K) reports that “for the report, CDC researchers analyzed three national databases of outpatient care centers and emergency” departments. Investigators then “estimated that each year there are some 930,000 visits to doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics and 58,000 emergency room visits for eye infections.” HealthDay also provides a list of commonsense contact lens care tips.

        Medscape  (11/14, Brooks, 215K) reports that the report’s results were published “ahead of the first annual Contact Lens Health Week, which runs from November 17 to 21.” The NPR  (11/14, Shute, 2.22M) “Shots” blog and the NBC News  (11/14, Fox, 3.76M) website also cover the story.