Archive for March, 2016

Scrapes, Rashes, and Blisters: When to See a Doctor for Irritated Skin

March 24, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-03-24If you’ve ever experienced an itchy rash keeping you up at night or the constant pain of a bad scrape, you know skin irritations can interfere with daily life. Many skin rashes, abrasions, or blisters can be treated safely at home with a few items from the pharmacy. However, some conditions may require care from a physician. Learn how to care for skin irritations at home and the warning signs that indicate you should call the doctor.

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Am I Depressed or Just Going Through a Tough Time?

March 4, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine

2016-03-04We all have times when we feel sad or encounter obstacles that pull us down. In fact, sad emotions are a normal reaction to the loss of a job, illness in the family, and other life hurdles. However, if the sadness persists or feels overwhelming, you may be wondering if it’s actual depression or just a tough time that will pass on its own.

“People who are depressed may experience symptoms in different ways, but for most people, depression changes how you function on a day-to-day basis over a period of time,” says Dr. David Gutterman of LeBauer Behavioral Medicine in Greensboro, NC. “Sleep patterns, appetite, and energy levels are typically affected by depression, and these areas impact your ability to function at work and home.”

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