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But I’m not sick! Wellness Exams

But I'm not sick! Wellness Exams Do you have a primary care physician? You may think, “I’m healthy. Why do I need a doctor?” A good doctor doesn’t just treat you when you’re sick or injured. A good doctor helps you stay well! More and more, people are realizing the importance of preventive care and wellness exams. A yearly

Is It Pollen Or The Weather?

Did you know your allergy-like symptoms may actually be caused by the weather and not pollen? The sudden changes in temperature and humidity—which we seem to be experiencing a lot here in North Texas this season—can bring on a condition called nonallergic rhinitis. Those with nonallergic rhinitis test negative for any specific

Is it a cold or something else?

COULD WHAT YOU THINK IS A COLD BE SOMETHING ELSE? Do you have a cold that has lasted for weeks or that went away but came back? Even though you may have all of the symptoms of a cold, it probably isn’t a cold at all. Colds generally last for about a week to 10 days. When you are exposed to a cold, there is typically an


IS IT FOOD POISONING OR A STOMACH BUG? A stomach bug, or viral gastroenteritis, is caused by a virus—such as rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus, and astrovirus—that attacks the intestines. Some people refer to viral gastroenteritis as the stomach flu, however, it is not related to the influenza virus. It is highly contagious and


Ah, it’s finally here. Spring allergy season. Our previous blog covered indoor allergies, but now it’s time to look at the biggest cause of allergy symptoms for most people—spring flora. The main culprit in spring allergies is pollen. Trees and plants release specks of pollen into the air to fertilize other plants. When

Allergies in the Winter?

All winter long, have you been struggling with one cold after another? Well, you may not be battling with colds at all. You may be suffering from indoor allergies. Most of us are familiar with seasonal allergies. We know that when the calendar turns to the fall and spring months, we can expect sniffles, sneezes, and watery

Are We Passing Around the Same Cold?

Are We Passing Around the Same Cold? Is it just me, or have you noticed that we all seem to be passing around the same cold? Here at Hillcrest Medical, we have seen colds travel through our patient’s families, and as the last person begins to recover, the one that came down with it first appears to be getting it all over again.

Healthy Holidays Part 1

Holidays are a time for closeness; a time for joyful gatherings with family and friends. We’re sharing food, presents, fun and laughter, hugs and kisses—and germs! You may think you’re safe just because you’re not kissing anyone under the mistletoe (does anyone actually do that anymore?), but germs can be passed around far more

Is it bronchitis? Is it strep? No. It’s…

Have you noticed how many people in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex are sick right now? Colds, flu, strep throat, bronchitis, sinus infections—it seems like everyone you know has something. Maybe you’re one of those people too. Have you also noticed how hard it is to tell all of these illnesses apart? Is your sore throat

Happy Healthy Holidays Part II

With large family gatherings, parties, trips to the shopping mall, and travel, the holidays mean you will be around lots and lots of people—and lots and lots of germs. What can you do about all those germs? There are a number of things you can do to limit your exposure to viruses and bacteria—and protect others from them as

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