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Have You Been Tested for Allergies? Oct 12th, 2020

Allergies affect as many as 50 million people in the United States. Allergies are often to blame for that persistent rash on your skin, for digestive distress, for sneezing and stuffy noses, or for red, watery eyes. Allergies can also cause you to feel fatigued and achy. In some cases,...

How Can a Family Medicine Doctor Help Me? Sep 21st, 2020

Have a fever and cough? Call a family medicine doctor. Did your child wake up with an unusual rash? Call a family medicine doctor. Does your aging mother need a blood pressure check? Call a family medicine doctor. Does your diabetic brother need help managing his blood sugar levels? Call...

The Importance of a Physical Before School Starts Aug 9th, 2020

It may seem like an unnecessary hassle, but getting your child a physical prior to the start of the school year is an important step in their ongoing health maintenance. Unlike quick visits that address an injury or illness, preventive physicals give the family medicine team at South Plains Rural...

Understanding Addiction Jul 15th, 2020

Addiction is devastating. It destroys the life, work, health, and relationships of the person suffering and those who love them. Almost 23 million Americans suffer addiction to alcohol or drugs. Other millions are addicted to behaviors, such as gambling or sex. Overcoming addiction isn’t easy, and you can’t expect to...

Mental Health-Counselors Available for Telehealth Jun 22nd, 2020

Maybe you’re staying home to adhere to social distancing norms or perhaps leaving your house isn’t a choice because of family duties or a pre-existing condition. Being at home doesn’t mean mental health issues go away, however. In some ways, you may be suffering more at this time as you...

The Importance of Calling the Health Department if You Suspect You Have COVID-19 May 20th, 2020

COVID-19 is incredibly contagious and can be quite serious. It’s shut down countries and caused tens of thousands of deaths in just a few months. Slowing the spread and containing the virus is essential. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important for you to contact the health offices at...

Importance of Calling the Health Department if You Suspect You Have COVID-19 Apr 30th, 2020

COVID-19 is incredibly contagious and can be quite serious. It’s shut down countries and caused tens of thousands of deaths in just a few months. Slowing the spread and containing the virus is essential. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important for you to contact the health offices at...

The Importance of Women's Wellness Exams Mar 12th, 2020

An annual women’s wellness exam may seem like something to skip. After all, you aren’t having symptoms or concerns – so why bother? Having a pelvic exam may not be the highlight of your year, but it is essential to the preservation of your long-term health. A woman’s wellness exam...

The Many Health Benefits of Losing a Few Pounds. Feb 10th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70% of Americans are overweight or obese. If you’re in this group, you may have considered dropping a few pounds. We at South Plains Rural Health are here to tell you that you should commit to this thought. Dropping...

Am I at Risk For Glaucoma? Jan 1st, 2020

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It tends to have a hereditary link, but may develop with other risk factors. If you develop glaucoma, you may lose some vision and can’t get it back. But, early detection means your glaucoma can be managed and...

Is It Allergies or Is It a Cold? Dec 4th, 2019

Allergies are hypersensitive responses of the immune system to normally benign substances. Your body views the substance as a foreign invader and responds to protect you. In the case of seasonal allergies, this response often brings on symptoms that are similar to those of the common cold. A cold is...

How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth Nov 1st, 2019

Tooth decay and injuries can happen even if you’re diligent about brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. If you have an infection or disease that affects even just one tooth, don’t just resolve yourself to having it pulled. In many cases, endodontic treatment – or a root canal – can...

The Link Between Stress and High Blood Pressure Oct 1st, 2019

Stress management is necessary to help you deal with work, family, and social demands of a busy life. When you keep stress at bay, or at least learn to co-exist with it, it has less power over your health. Management doesn’t mean eating stress away or drinking alcohol to numb...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Sep 3rd, 2019

Teeth discolor because of eating and drinking habits – too much coffee and red wine, perhaps? Tobacco use, trauma, and the aging process also contribute to a less-than-bright smile. Some cases of discoloration, such as those that result from accidents, medication, or excessive fluoride use, can’t be lightened with traditional...

What Is Behavioral Health (And Is It Right for You)? Aug 16th, 2019

Behavioral health focuses on the link between your behavior and the wellbeing of your mind, body, and spirit. It isn’t just about mental health, but how your behaviors affect your quality of life and can change it for the better. At South Plains Rural Health, the behavioral health specialists can...

Deciding Between Contact Lenses and Glasses Jul 1st, 2019

Glasses and contacts both help you achieve better vision. Some people prefer the fashion and convenience of glasses, while others would rather avoid keeping track of another accessory. When you’re deciding how to correct your vision, consider the following. Your lifestyle If you desire ease of wear, eyeglasses may edge...

What Makes Family Medicine Different? Jun 1st, 2019

Unlike doctors who specialize in only one body system or on one age of patient, the family medicine practitioners at South Plains Rural Health Services offer general medical services to the very old and very young, as well as everyone in between. Family medicine is different. People of all ages...

Depression Is Normal, and So Is Seeking Help May 1st, 2019

Life events can bring you down once in a while – whether it’s the end of a relationship, loss of a job, or a sudden move.  But if your feelings of sadness persist and become overwhelming, causing physical symptoms that last for a long time, you may be suffering from...

5 Signs Someone You Know Could Be Dealing With Abuse Apr 1st, 2019

Signs of abuse, in children and adults, aren’t always clear. Of course, you may suspect abuse if you see obvious bruises and witness disparaging behavior from a parent or spouse. In many cases, however, abuse isn’t clear to outside observers. The abused is often scared of their abuser or has...

Is a Loved One Suffering from a Mental Health Disorder? A Behavioral Health Specialist Can Help You Mar 1st, 2019

If a loved one is expressing symptoms that indicate a possible mental health disorder, such as depression or paranoia, you may feel confused, scared, and uncertain about what to do. Anyone can suffer from a mental health disorder; recognizing the signs is an important step in getting them help for...

Understanding Why Colorectal Screenings Are So Important Jan 16th, 2019

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., but can be prevented and treated with screenings. Colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, and proctoscopies are examples of these essential screenings that you can get right here at South Plains Rural Health to protect you from cancer or identify it early,...

9 Tips for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Dec 6th, 2018

Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that can cause serious complications, including heart disease, eye and foot problems, kidney disease, and peripheral neuropathy. You aren’t destined to acquire type 2 diabetes, even if you have a family history of the condition. Simple lifestyle steps can help protect you...

Why You Need a Flu Shot Every Year Nov 16th, 2018

The flu brings on miserable symptoms such as fever, body aches, coughing, and weakness. In some cases, the flu can lead to serious complications and even death. The side effects of the flu can largely be avoided by getting a flu shot. Unlike many vaccinations that last for years or...

What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer Prevention Oct 31st, 2018

Think about this: At least one of those women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to statistics published in 2018 by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. About 12 percent of women, or one in eight, will battle some form of breast cancer over the course of her...

Back-to-School Guide for Protecting Kids With Asthma and Allergies Sep 26th, 2018

When your child has asthma and allergies, back-to-school time can feel like an absolute nightmare. On top of the general stress of getting the textbooks and school clothes together, you have a whole range of additional considerations to make, like spare inhalers, Epi-Pens®, and teacher awareness.In this blog, Ofundem Akoh-Arrey...

When You Should Choose a Root Canal Over a Tooth Extraction Sep 26th, 2018

Tooth problems hurt. It is one those truths in life with which no one can disagree. The deep discomfort in the mouth, the difficulty eating, and the sharp pain when you touch that sore tooth with your tongue or food. We all know the feeling and it is why we...

The Importance of Having an Annual Physical Aug 6th, 2018

It’s easy to avoid going to the doctor when you’re healthy, but if that means skipping yearly physicals, it can work against you. The family medicine physicians at South Plains Rural Health Services offer annual preventive exams for men, women, and children of all ages. This personalized approach to your...