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The Importance of sleep

It's getting darker earlier, and while I miss the long summer nights, I'm always a little glad when fall comes and I can get my kids to bed at a decent time again! Did you know that kids who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior? The CDC recommends that children (6–12 years old) should regularly sleep 9–12 hours each night and teenagers (13–18 years old) should sleep 8–10 hours each night. Studies were done…
ZachRinard
April 20, 2022
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Antibiotic Resistance

An antibiotic is a medicine that is used to treat an infection caused by bacteria; antibiotics will not help treat infections due to viruses, fungi, protozoans, or other organisms. Antibiotics are prescribed by healthcare professionals daily. Unfortunately, the more antibiotics that are misused, the more commonly we see resistance to them. Often an infection caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria requires longer hospital stays, more follow-up with the medical provider, and more costly, toxic alternatives. It is important to remember that antibiotic resistance does not have to do with our body's inability…
ZachRinard
April 20, 2022
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Bites, Stings and Scratches

As the weather warms up, we're not the only ones becoming more active. Now is the time we start to see all sorts of critters coming back into our lives, including indoors at home and outside at work and play, including our own cats and dogs but also spiders, mosquitos, bees and wasps, ticks, fleas, bed bugs, scabies and many more. When we get bit or stung by one of these creatures, there are some signs and symptoms to look out for. Redness surrounding the affected area is the most…
ZachRinard
April 20, 2022
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

With the Influenza season hopefully slowing down, we still have one more pesky respiratory illness to watch out for. RSV, or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus, causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages. RSV is highly contagious and spreads through droplets containing the virus when someone coughs or sneezes. It also can live on surfaces (such as countertops or doorknobs) and on hands and clothing, so it can easily spread when a person touches something contaminated (Kids Health, 2019). RSV infections often happen in epidemics that last from late fall…
ZachRinard
April 20, 2022
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Ringworm

Ringworm, or tinea corporis, is a common skin infection on the body caused by a fungus. This fungus can cause skin infections on different parts of the body and has a different name depending on where it is found. On the scalp, it’s known as tinea capitis. Athletes’ foot is also known as tinea pedis. Jock itch is known as tinea cruris. What does it look like? Ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. Its name has more to do with how the rash appears. Ringworm is a red, round, dry,…
ZachRinard
April 18, 2022
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Bites, Stings, and Scratches

As the weather begins to warm up, we're not the only ones becoming more active. Now is the time when we start to see all sorts of critters coming back into our lives: indoors at home and outside at work and play, including our own cats and dogs but also spiders, mosquitos, bees and wasps, ticks, fleas, bed bugs, scabies and many more. When we get bit or stung by one of these creatures, there are some signs and symptoms to look out for. Redness surrounding the affected area is…
ZachRinard
April 18, 2022
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Ear Infections

What is an ear infection? Ear infections can affect the ear canal or the middle ear. The infection can be from a virus or bacteria, or both.  When is it an Ear Infection? Ear Canal Infections Other names for this type of infection is Otitis Externa or Swimmer’s Ear. This can happen when water sits in the ear for too much time, and is common with children who swim a lot. A common symptom is pain in the ear when pulling back the ear.  Middle Ear Infections Doctors call this…
ZachRinard
April 18, 2022
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Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID 19 Within the coronavirus family, there are many different viruses that can cause illness in humans. The most common coronavirus can cause “common cold” symptoms during the winter months. COVID-19 is caused by the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which originated in Wuhan China in 2019. Transmission COVID 19 is passed by human-human transmission through droplets. Droplets occur when someone sneezes, coughs, or talks.  These droplets can be inhaled, land on mucous membranes of another person, or land other objects that are handled. If these contaminated…
ZachRinard
October 6, 2020
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Information on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) With the Influenza season hopefully slowing down, we still have one more pesky respiratory illness to watch out for.  RSV or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-ul) virus, causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages.  RSV is highly contagious, and spreads through droplets containing the virus when someone coughs or sneezes. It also can live on surfaces (such as countertops or doorknobs) and on hands and clothing, so it can easily spread when a person touches something contaminated (Kids Health, 2019).  RSV infections often happen in epidemics that last…
ZachRinard
March 8, 2019
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Our Falls Avenue Immediate Care Clinic Has Moved!

We opened our Immediate Care Clinic on March 30th, 1996 on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls, Idaho. We certainly had some growing pains and struggled to get patients in the door for quite a few years. Todd Rambur, who was there on day one in 1996 and is still with the clinic and a managing partner, knows this all too well. “We would sit for hours and hours on end without a single patient when we first opened. Myself and the staff would work weeks on end without a single…
ZachRinard
January 15, 2019