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November 06, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Vaccines  

Vaccines are effective medicines that guard against communicable diseases. Important from birth through the senior years, routine immunizations save lives. At Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal want your family to stay well. Preventing disease is a path toward this goal--both for you and your teen. Does he or she have all the vaccines needed for college?

The college environment

Yes, higher education teaches young people to think, gain knowledge and wisdom, and set and attain career goals. But, have you considered how the college environment--particularly in dormitories, sports training, group assignments, and more--exposes your child to a communicable disease?

Influenza, upper respiratory infections, mono, meningitis, STDs and strep throat rank among the top reasons college students visit the infirmary or their primary care doctor if they commute, reports Healthline. At Rios Healthcare Associates, these illnesses concern Dr. Rios and his colleagues.

Prevention is so important

So, our team encourages college-bound students to get their vaccines early. Schools require them for admission and dorm life.

At our Houston, TX, office we follow the vaccine schedule for 19 to 26-year-olds set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Each vaccine stimulates your young person's immune system, creating antibodies against many diseases and their potentially devastating consequences. Additionally, with each individual vaccinated, community, or herd, immunity increases, protecting those most at risk for complications and those who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons.

Protection for your college student

The "shots" protect against many illnesses, including:

  • Influenza
  • Mononucleosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pneumonia
  • Varicella-zoster related diseases (chickenpox and shingles)
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Human papilloma virus, or HPV

Additionally, the CDC recommends you check your teen's immunization record to be sure he or she is up to date on all childhood vaccines. Fortunately, the staff at Rios Healthcare Associates helps families maintain these records, making them available for work, school, sports, and other venues as needed.

Stay healthy

Vaccines are a great way to ensure your teen stays healthy in college. Phone Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, for more information. Call (832) 323-9230. We are open seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm for your convenience, and as always, walk-ins are welcome!

November 05, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: arthritis  

Arthritis can completely change your life, making even simple movements difficult and painful. Fortunately, your doctors at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, Drs. Tomas Rios and Nicolin Neal, offer treatments that will help relieve your pain and stiffness.

How arthritis affects you

Injuries and wear and tear destroy the cartilage at the ends of your bones if you have osteoarthritis. Without that protective layer of cartilage, the bones in your joints rub together painfully. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but is most likely to occur in your hips, knees, spine, and hands.

Rheumatoid arthritis, another of the more than 100 forms of arthritis, happens when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. Most people first notice rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in their toes or fingers. Eventually, the disease begins to affect the larger joints.

If you have arthritis, you may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Pain in Your Joints: Pain may be worse first thing in the morning and decrease as you move more. The skin over the joint may be red or feel warm.
  • Joint Changes: Your joints may be stiff, swollen, or look deformed if you have arthritis.
  • Decreased Range of Motion: Stiffness and swelling caused by arthritis can decrease your range of motion, making it difficult to reach a glass on a high shelf or walk up the stairs easily.
  • Trouble Holding Things: If you have arthritis in your hand or fingers, you may notice that your hand feels weak and that it's harder to grasp objects.

How is arthritis treated?

Over-the-counter pain medication, hot or cold packs and pain-relieving patches can dull the pain of arthritis. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will help you keep your joints moving freely and prevent weight gain, which may stress your joints.

If home treatment doesn't improve your pain, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Houston, TX, office. Depending on the type of arthritis and the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from one or more of these treatments:

  • Prescription pain medication
  • Medication that reduces inflammation and prevents joint damage
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Surgery

Don't let arthritis pain keep you on the couch. Call Drs. Tomas Rios and Nicolin Neal of Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, at (832) 323-9230 to schedule your appointment.