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Today I was talking to a friend that lives in Old Lake Highlands and we were talking about the value of information that comes across my desk on a daily basis because I am the business manager of a medical practice (where my husband is the doctor).

I mentioned to him that I have a friend whose husband works for Borden and they need to choose a new insurance plan. So, she asked me which plan I thought was the best one for her family. So I told her that she just needs to look at how often they visit the doctor in a year. She has young children and she and her husband are healthy, so she said that they usually only need a doctor once or twice a year. Well, if you don't go to the doctor very often then there is no need to pay for an expensive plan where you have a low deductible and only have to pay a copay for each office visit. You will save more money by having a higher deductible and no copy because it will save you money each month on your insurance bill. I mean why would you pay $500 a month for the privilege of only needing to pay $20 the three times a year when you need to see the doctor? The average doctor visit probably cost around $100 dollars and you can save more than that each month on your insurance bill if you choose a high deductible with NO copay. Insurance is supposed to be there if you have to be admitted to the hospital, not for tonsillitis or the flu.

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It has not been an easy spring this year with the flu season lasting longer than usual. This time of year most patients are dealing with allergies due to everything in bloom.

Allergies usually presents with itchy/watery eyes, headaches, runny nose/congestion, scratchy throat, post nasal drainage, and cough. Allergies can be treated with antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, cough meds and even immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is treatment for those patients that have been tested and diagnosed with allergies to environmental issues and/or foods. Allergy testing consists of small skin pricks forming a wheal with different allergens that is measured over a short period of time. The size of the wheal determines how allergic the patient is to the allergan. Once a patient is tested and allergies detected, a serum can be made specific to the allergens for that patient to be given on a schedule to build up their immunity to their allergies. Allergy testing and the immunotherapy is available at the clinic with Amy Davis, allergy technologist with United Allergy Systems.

So if you are suffering from "chronic" allergy issues that are not relieved with over the counter or prescription medications, call and schedule an appointment today to be evaluated and treated so that you can get back to enjoying living again.

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While spring is in the air, flu season is still here. Remeber the flu usually presents with fever, bodyaches, runny nose/congestion, sore throat, cough, nausea/vomiting and any of these symptoms can be mild to severe.

There is a medication available by prescription only that helps with flu symptoms called Tamiflu. This is a medication that fights the flu virus only. Tamiflu can be prescribed if diagnosed with the flu within 48 hours and help shorten the length of sickness. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections and are not useful in fighting the flu.

Always remember to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and wash your hands to prevent spreading of germs. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly so that your body is well rested and refreshed to fight off germs. Whenever you feel any of the above symptoms---remember to go see your doctor to get evaluated and treatment started as soon as possisble.

Last year the flu season started much earlier--August--while this year the flu season started around December. Usually the peak of flu season is January-April. We are almost there!! Allergy season is soon to follow. So remember good hygeine keeps germs away.

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In April 2013, a medical journal called Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology published an amazing new study regarding asthma and allergies. Based on a study of nearly 2,600 people from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers found that 75 percent of adults aged 20 to 40 with asthma, and 65 percent of adults 55 and older with asthma, have at least one allergy.

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This week the Fort Worth Star Telegram has reported that—thanks to the Affordable Care Act—insurance premiums are going to go up. If true, it will make health care less affordable for the very Texans who keep the system afloat. They are reporting that premiums will average out to be significantly more expensive (up to 85% higher for some) than coverage available on the individual market in Texas prior to Obamacare.

It sounds pretty bad, however Obamacare proponents say the reason the premiums will be more expensive is because these premiums will not be "Swiss Cheese" insurance policies full of loop holes that allow insurance companies to weasle out of paying.

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