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5 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Primary Care Doctor

Finding a new primary care doctor can be tough but this is one of the most important relationships in your life. After all, you will be trusting this person with managing your preventative care, wellness, and discussing personal health issues.

You deserve a primary care experience that isn’t just “ok” but one that you love and is optimized for your life.

So how do you know when it’s time to start looking for a new primary care doctor? Here are five signs to consider:

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1. You are tired of waiting for your current primary care doctor.

Do you have to wait days or even weeks to get an appointment? And once it’s time for your appointment do you have to sit in a lobby for 30 minutes only to wait another 20 minutes in the exam room and then only see the doctor for about 10 to 15 minutes? With overloaded patient panels, in traditional primary care offices physicians are often seeing 25-35 patients every day.

If you are tired of waiting, you should know that there is a solution.  Our concierge-type membership model allows the doctor to have a smaller patient panel size, eliminating the wait from the experience.  You are able to get the same or next daycare, extended time for visits, and your appointments will start on time.

2. You don’t feel comfortable with your primary care doctor.

Your doctor will know intimate details of your health. As such, you should feel comfortable being able to disclose certain facts, and if not, you may want to find a new doctor.  Are you hoping your doctor can communicate well with you or is it important that they look like you? These factors may matter to you and can play a role in your primary care experience consequently. Additionally, feeling any uncertainty about your doctor’s recommendations or treatment plan is a perfectly good reason to look for a new doctor.

3. Your doctor is quick to write a prescription at every single visit.

Overprescribing medication as a quick fix or to band-aid problems is a growing trend in healthcare. Sometimes lifestyle changes or holistic practices incorporating nutrition, supplements, sleep, movement, and other healing modalities may be effective (and without potential side effects). For example, if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and your primary care doctor hasn’t discussed whether nutrition and exercise could be a good first step treatment, you may want to ask about these before starting medications.

4. You (and your family) need convenience in your life.

For some individuals, finding a new primary care doctor is about making things as easy as 1-2-3. You should be able to get an appointment as soon as possible. Also, you shouldn’t have to sit in a waiting room or the exam room. If you have a medical concern, you should be able to contact your doctor’s office and get a response. If this isn’t happening at your current primary care doctor, it might be time to look for a new practice.

5. You feel rushed during your visit.

Typical primary care offices can sometimes feel like an assembly line of patients with time to spend only on the top one or two items of concern. The simple reality is that a twenty-minute patient visit is not enough.  At Prōse Medical and Wellness, you will have unrushed extended office visits allowing time for an exam, a thorough evaluation, discussion of your concerns, and recommended next steps.

If you are looking for a new primary care doctor, it might be time to consider a new model of care. At Prōse Medical & Wellness, Dr. Kristamarie Collman is available, accessible, and is accepting new patients. With a smaller panel, she is able to spend more time with patients. Thus, she can deliver the kind of care you deserve.

Our services are just a click away! So don’t hesitate to send us a message if you have any questions or wish to sign up for care.

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Travel and the Covid-19 Vaccine: What You Should Know

As more people in the U.S. are getting Covid-19 vaccinations, restrictions are slowly loosening up and many individuals are traveling domestically and internationally. When it comes to the Covid-19 Vaccine and Travel, what should you know? Do you need the Covid-19 vaccine for travel? As of right now, no, but it’s important to know that your vaccination status may affect your plans depending on your final destination. The CDC has been keeping an updated list of travel recommendations for certain destinations. Continue reading as we answer some commonly asked questions and share what you should know about travel and the Covid-19 vaccine that you may find useful if deciding to vacation abroad this spring or summer.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

According to the CDC, people are considered “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. If you are in Florida and want to know where to get the vaccine check out this post.

Do fully vaccinated people need to be tested or quarantine when traveling within the U.S.?

Fully vaccinated people may travel from state to state without pre-trip testing or quarantining when they return. This is because fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread the virus that causes Covid-19.

Do fully vaccinated people need to test before leaving the U.S. for international travel?

This question is a bit more nuanced. It will depend on the specific destination as each country has its own rules. The U.S. government does not require testing before leaving the country. However, your final destination may require you to have a negative Covid-19 Viral test (even if you have been fully vaccinated) or documentation of recovery from Covid-19.   You can check out this excellent site from the U.S. State Dept. that provides links to each nation’s current rules.

Do fully vaccinated people need to quarantine upon returning from international travel?

Good news! The CDC says fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S. following international travel.

Do fully vaccinated people who are returning from international travels need to be tested before arriving in the U.S.?

Those who are traveling internationally need to be tested no more than 3 days before air travel back into the U.S.  For current info be sure to check out the CDC’s website along with the requirements from your particular airline carrier.

What else should I know?

Individuals who have completed their Covid-19 vaccine series should still take steps to protect themselves and others. This includes wearing a mask in the airport and on the plane while continuing to practice good hand hygiene. If you are in the Orlando area and need help with medical preparation for your international travel or Covid-19 testing send us a message or call us at (407)-205-2994. We offer same-day appointments along with same or next-day Covid-19 test results.

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Are You Ready For Allergy Season?

5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season

With warmer weather creeping in and flowers in full bloom, it’s no secret that springtime has arrived.  For many, this means seasonal allergies are on the rise and will result in a number of bothersome symptoms. There are some steps you can take in advance to help ease symptoms. Today on the blog, we’re sharing 5 ways to prepare for allergy season.

 

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5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season:

1.Spring Cleaning: Out with the old and in with the new. When cleaning, try to focus on areas of the home where certain allergens like dust may accumulate such as curtains, blinds, rugs, bedding, and furniture. Don’t forget to change the air filters inside your air conditioning units.

2. Be aware of and avoid triggers:  It may help to know if certain allergens such as dander, trees, or flowers outside can trigger your symptoms. If you aren’t exactly sure what is causing the issues, then you may want to consider an allergy test.

3. Don’t Ignore Your Diet: Adjusting some lifestyle factors such as adding or even omitting certain foods to the diet may be helpful in reducing certain symptoms often associated with allergies.  Reach for spices with anti-inflammatory properties (think turmeric and ginger) and include citrus fruits and vegetables with high amounts of antioxidants like quercetin and  Vitamin C.  These antioxidants may help lower histamine levels, but more research is needed.

4. Use apps or local news to track pollen counts: Tracking pollen counts can help you better plan and schedule your outdoor activities during allergy season. Pollen counts tend to be highest in the early mornings and early evenings but may vary based on your location. Weather and news stations will offer daily pollen and mold count reports. There are also smartphone apps you can download to have information readily accessible.

5. Consider starting antihistamines or nasal sprays about 2 weeks before symptoms start. Antihistamines are responsible for blocking certain chemicals called histamines that are released by the body. These chemicals trigger the immune response, contributing to inflammation and symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy throat.  Pretreating can help to prevent inflammation from starting and mitigate these symptoms.

Don’t worry, you’ve got this! However, if your allergies are driving you crazy, schedule a consultation with Prose Medical to become a member and schedule an appointment so you can find relief. We offer same and next-day visits for your convenience.

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Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19: Who is Eligible and Where to Get the Vaccine

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Current COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the state of Florida

It’s great to know that the demand for the Covid-19 vaccines in the state of Florida is high. To date, according to the CDC statewide over 3.6 million Floridians are fully vaccinated. This means they have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one Johnson and Johnson dose. This number will increase as the days go on. Keep reading to find out who is eligible for the vaccine and where to get the vaccine in Florida.

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine in the state of Florida?

The criteria for those who are eligible for the vaccine will continue to change in the upcoming weeks. Currently, in Florida, you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine if you are:

– 65 years or older.

– age 16 and older with a signed Determination of Extreme Vulnerability Form.

– a healthcare worker with direct patient contact.

– a resident or staff of long-term care facilities.

– a law enforcement officer and firefighter 50 years and older.

– a teacher 50 years and older.

Where can you get the vaccine?

In addition to hospitals, doctor’s offices, and departments of health, there are numerous state-run sites and retail pharmacy locations across the state offering the vaccine. Retailers include neighborhood Publix, CVS, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Winn- Dixie. You can see additional details and search for the nearest site by going to this website from the Florida Department of Health.   

So in order to increase Covid-19 vaccine access in Florida, four new Federal Emergency Management Agency  ( FEMA) vaccine sites opened last week. These sites are in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. They will be able to vaccinate up to 3,000 people each day. To pre-register, you can visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call the designated phone number for your county’s designated phone.

Lastly, Prōse Medical is in the process of becoming eligible to administer Covid-19 vaccines. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list for updates. Until then, we will continue to share current information on where to find and access the vaccine in the state of Florida.