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Having trouble finding infant formula? Wondering what substitutes or alternatives are safe for your child? Check out these tips from Dr. Matt Bradshaw of AnMed Health Pediatric Associates to make sure you're caring for your infant safely during the formula supply shortage.

To take a sick day or to soldier on? It can be a tough decision, whether we’re making it for ourselves or for a child. The answer should weigh several considerations: what symptoms are present, what the conditions are like at the office or school and who else will be there. Of course, these considerations take on even greater importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a risky choice could spark an outbreak with severe consequences to the health of others. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a day should be a sick day.

You wake up with a scratchy throat. But what do you do next? Do you reach for hot tea or call a doctor? It depends. If a sore throat is caused by a cold or flu, you may be able to wait it out and treat it at home. If it’s caused by strep throat, however, you’ll need to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. Here are ways to tell the difference between the two, and why those differences are so important. But be careful: It can be difficult to tell a sore throat and strep throat apart, so a visit to a doctor for a definite diagnosis is often the right move.

Holiday meals are known for delicious dishes of turkey and dressing, ham, green beans, pumpkin pie and all the fixings, plus deserts. But for people who suffer from acid reflux or are on weight control diets, some of those foods may be off limits. Spicy, acidic and chocolate foods may trigger acid reflux, heartburn and regurgitation in people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), while high carbs, sugar and fat can cause issues for people who are in a bariatric program. And overeating can be a serious problem for both, ranging from discomfort to disrupted sleep to requiring medical attention. Although GERD and bariatric patients’ food choices and serving sizes may be limited, that doesn’t mean they have to deprive themselves of the joy of cooking and eating with family and friends.

Some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will breathe a little easier thanks to a minimally invasive procedure at AnMed Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re not alone. Millions of people have been diagnosed with diabetes, and South Carolina ranks seventh highest in the nation for diabetes diagnoses. South Carolina had the sixth highest adult population with diabetes in the United States. In Anderson County, one in seven people have diabetes – a figure that continues to grow according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and AnMed Health wants to make diabetes education a priority in the community. AnMed Health’s certified diabetes educators help patients improve their health outcome by promoting the development of self-management skills.

As kids are getting back into the swing of school and homework, parents and caregivers have a little homework themselves. This time of year is a good time to anticipate children’s annual medical visits, as well as to reinforce healthy habits and prepare for the year ahead. Here is a little homework to set your child up for success – and good health – as they return to school.

When you or a loved one is feeling less than your best, it’s often unexpected. If you believe your condition or injury to be life-threatening, you should visit the nearest emergency room or call 911. If your situation is not an emergency, but you need help outside of business hours, or you can’t get an appointment with your primary care provider, you should try an urgent care clinic or an AnMed Health E-Visit. In the event that your condition or situation is mild or related to a chronic illness (so long as the issue is not critical), it may be wisest to visit your primary care physician.

Incidents of illnesses and injuries can spike during summer months, with insect stings, heatstroke, food poisoning and sunburn topping the list. Emergency departments see a 14% increase between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the CDC. Many of the conditions that send people to the hospital are preventable, making this the ideal time to review simple steps to enjoy a safe and healthy summer. We’ve collected the most common illnesses and injuries our patients face each summer, as well as important information for each: how to prevent these illnesses and injuries from occurring and what you need to do in case one does happen.

Take care of your colon

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. AnMed Health encourages everyone who is due for a colonoscopy to be proactive in their colorectal health and schedule a screening this month.

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