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Coronavirus: Advice from the Innovative Express Care Travel Medicine Team

Coronavirus

If you’ve seen the news recently, you’ve no doubt heard about the new coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to several other countries, including the United States. Should we panic? No. Do you need to cancel any and all International travel plans? No. However, general precautions should always be taken to prevent the spread of illness. Below is information on coronavirus and tips from the Innovative Express Care travel medicine team for those traveling abroad.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronavirus refers to are a large group of viruses that are common in animals. In rare cases, these viruses can spread to humans. Typically, a coronavirus presents with mild to moderate upper respiratory symptoms, like a common cold. The new coronavirus is believed to be developing into pneumonia for many patients. Patients with weakened immune systems and older adults are the most at risk.

Is coronavirus active in the United States?

There has been one confirmed case in the United States and the situation is rapidly evolving. The CDC has initiated health screenings for travelers coming to the United States from China, to prevent the spread of illness.

I travel abroad for work. Are there any precautions I should take?

The CDC has raised the alert level to “Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions” in response to the outbreak. Their site lists several tips for people traveling to the Wuhan region of China, and symptoms to look for in people who recently visited the country. The CDC is closely monitoring Coronavirus activity and lists the latest information, including risk assessment and travel advice on their website.

Anytime you are planning a trip abroad, it’s good to consult with a travel medicine physician who can share region-specific health information. They will advise you on any precautions to take prior, or during your trip.

About Innovative Express Care Travel Medicine

As an Innovative Express Care travel medicine patient, you will receive one-to-one counseling from a trained medical professional whose specializes in travel medicine and immunizations. We have the most up-to-date travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and world health surveillance sources who monitor outbreaks and other health hazards.

Travel medicine patients receive an official immunization record to keep with their travel documents. We’ll also provide you with a personalized itinerary with specific health and travel information for the countries on your itinerary, consular information, general travel advice, and tips for avoiding common illnesses.

Our travel medicine services include:

  • Vaccines for travel
  • Dengue fever prevention
  • Malaria prevention and medication
  • Traveler’s diarrhea prevention and medication
  • Destination warnings and alerts
  • Telemedicine consults if you get sick while you are traveling

Excedrin Shortage: Is your migraine medicine in short supply? Dr. Khare shares alternatives

Excedrin Shortage

Excedrin Shortage

Anyone who suffers from migraines knows that they can derail your entire day (or days) very quickly. That’s why many fans of the popular pain reliever, Excedrin, may initially panic when they hear the company has temporarily halted production of the over-the-counter medication. But don’t worry, there are alternatives.

“Excedrin is simply a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine,” said Dr. Rahul Khare of Innovative Care.  “Frequent migraine sufferers should be able to find relief by taking a regular strength acetaminophen, like Tylenol, along with an aspirin, followed by a cup of coffee. If you have never experienced a migraine before however, contact your doctor.”

Migraines plague thousands of Americans and are a common cause of missed days at work. If you experience frequent migraines and have not found something to effectively relieve your pain, schedule an appointment today. The team at Innovative Express Care is available to discuss traditional therapies, as well as treatments such as medical cannabis and Botox, which have allowed many patients to break free from the grip of regular migraines.

Five Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

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The sights and sounds of the holidays will soon be everywhere. As your calendar fills up, keep in mind that among the magic, lurks cold and flu season. Busy schedules can often lead people to slack on their healthy habits, too. Following are five tips from the clinical team at Innovative Express Care to help you stay on top of your holiday game and out of our office. While we’d love to see you, your health is more important.

Sleep

When you travel, pack your noise cancelling headphones, bring an eye mask, and take some CBD to ease anxiety so you can rest while in an unfamiliar place. Sleep is critical in keeping us healthy.

 

Stay hydrated

Limit the alcohol and say yes to plenty of tea or water so you stay hydrated. This is especially important with long distance or airline travel. Your body needs to flush out the toxins in order to maintain good health.

 

Use food as fuel

It’s easy to eat poorly and snack instead of maintaining good nutrition during the busy holiday time or while traveling. However, food is fuel, and the vitamins and nutrients we get from our meals play a key role in keeping our immune system strong.

 

Get your flu shot

A busy social schedule and airline travel during the holidays dramatically increases your risk of coming in contact with someone who has influenza. You can significantly decrease your risk of getting sick by getting the flu vaccine.

 

Stress less

holidays + travel can = stress. De-stress with music, meditation and exercise to keep your body healthy for holiday travel.

 

If you do happen to get sick, know that we are here to care for you seven days a week. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also accepted. Stay well Chicago!

Dr. Khare comments on natural ways to reduce heartburn in the Huffington Post

Dr. Khare, founder and president of Innovative Express Care, was recently quoted in a Huffington Post article about ways to reduce heartburn naturally.

Eat smaller meals.

Rahul Khare, founder and president of Innovative Express Care, an urgent and primary care practice in Chicago, said this can make a big difference in helping your heartburn to settle. It’s also advised that you give your body a break to digest and not exercise immediately after eating.

Read the full article here.