News & Advice from DOC in a box

April 22, 2019

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron Deficiency Anemia

What is iron deficiency anemia?

Iron deficiency anemia happens when there is not enough iron in your blood. Iron is a mineral that is important to all body cells. Your blood cells need iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to body tissues.

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Topics: A-Z Health Topics

April 22, 2019

How To Treat Allergies

Allergies (Seasonal)

Most respiratory allergies are just major annoyances that can make you feel lousy. However, sometimes they can lead to bacterial infections in your sinuses, ears, or lungs, which may require antibiotics. In people with asthma, allergies can lead to serious symptoms. Allergies can also aggravate asthma symptoms.

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April 22, 2019

Alcohol Overdose

 

 

Alcohol Overdose 
What should you do?

If they are conscious and responsive:
  • Stay with them. Check often to make sure they are still conscious and responsive.
  • Make certain that they stay on their side, not their back. See The Bacchus Maneuver
  • Before you touch them, tell them exactly what you are going to do. Be aware of any signs of aggression. Do not ridicule, judge, threaten, or try to counsel them.
  • Remain calm and be firm. Avoid communicating feelings of anxiety or anger.
  • Keep them quiet and comfortable. If they are in the sun, move them to the shade. If cold, move them to a warm place and offer a blanket.
  • Don't give them food, drink, or medication of any kind.
  • Remember that only time will sober up a drunk person. Walking, showering, or drinking coffee will not help and may actually cause harm.

 

If the person is unconscious, semi-conscious, or unresponsive, check for these symptoms of alcohol or drug overdose:

  • Cannot be roused and are unresponsive to your voice, shaking, or pinching their skin.
  • Skin is cold, clammy, pale, bluish, and/or blotchy.
  • Breathing is slow - eight or fewer breaths per minute.
  • Experience lapses in breathing - more than 10 seconds between breaths.
  • Exhibit mental confusion, stupor, or coma.
  • Have seizures, convulsions, or rigid spasms.
  • Vomit while asleep or unconscious and do not awaken.

 


Courtesy of Aware, Awake, Alive

If any of these symptoms of alcohol overdose exist, call 911 for help, and while waiting for emergency personnel:

  • Gently turn them onto their side and into the Bacchus Maneuver position.
  • Don't leave them alone at any time and be prepared to administer CPR.
  • Remember that there is a chance that a person who has passed out may not ever regain consciousness and there is a serious risk that death could occur.

 

What can happen if an alcohol overdose goes untreated?

  • A person could choke on their vomit.
  • Breathing may slow down, become irregular, and stop.
  • Heart may beat irregularly and stop.
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature).
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can lead to seizures.
  • Severe dehydration from vomiting, which can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death.

 

Seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Your friend may become angry or embarrassed if you call 911, but it's better to have them alive and angry than dead.

 
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April 22, 2019

How To Treat Acne

 Acne

What is acne?

Acne is a skin problem. It happens when the skin gets clogged with oil, which causes pimples.

What is the cause?

Most teenagers get acne. During these years, hormones cause more body hair to grow and the skin gets oilier. The skin pores (where the hairs grow out) sometimes get clogged with oil and bacteria.

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Topics: A-Z Health Topics

April 22, 2019

How To Treat A Abscess

Skin or Soft Tissue Abscess

What is a skin or soft tissue abscess?

An abscess is a pocket of infected fluid with a thick wall around it. Skin or soft tissue abscesses occur when bacteria get into tissue below the outer layer of skin.

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Topics: A-Z Health Topics

April 22, 2019

Abdominal Pain

 

Abdominal pain, often known as stomach, belly or tummy ache, usually refers to cramps or a dull ache in the belly (abdomen). It's usually short-lived and caused by a minor upset or stomach bug.

What is abdominal pain?

Stomach cramps are often due to bloating and trapped gas. This is an extremely common problem that can be embarrassing but is easily dealt with; your pharmacist can recommend an over the counter product to relieve the gas.

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March 29, 2019

Pero Law Firm interviews Healthcare Rebel CEO Steven Richardson

by Erica Pero, J.D
I like to tell people my clients are "innovators". I love saying this, as I fancy myself a fairly innovative attorney. (Not sure if you've noticed, but I don't conform to the typical lawyer profile.) Steven Richardson, President of DOC in a box, is the perfect example of one of my innovative clients: he's pushing the boundaries of telemedicine and CRUSHING it. I really enjoy "talking telemedicine" with Steven - it's fascinating how his brain works and how he and his team are on the front lines of telemedicine technology. I recently asked him more about his willingness to break the mold and the challenges he faces.
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Topics: News and Events

March 20, 2019

Health Topics

Learn more about your condition or a condition that is often treated by telemedicine. These blogs are not medical advice and should not constitute a medical visit.  If you have any questions and are questioning whether telemedicine is correct for you feel free to chat with us today. 

 

Common Illness and Conditions Treated by Telemedicine

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February 18, 2019

10 dreaded diseases back from the brink

Once effective treatment or prevention exists for a disease, the hope is that the disease will fade from public health. But illnesses don’t always go away and can lurk in the shadows only to later re-emerge. Some of these diseases reappear because people fail to get vaccinated while others evolve to become more virulent and resistant to current treatment.

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Topics: When to use telemedicine, Gout, online healthcare programs, cold treatment, News and Events, Influenza