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Tips for Safe and Healthy Holiday Travel

If you are one of many people traveling during the holiday season, it is important to keep some safe and healthy travel strategies in mind so that you do not suffer from illnesses and injuries that can dampen your holiday spirit. Below, you will see a few fundamental tips for safe travels that can keep you feeling well through the winter season.

Pack light when flying

Not only will packing light let you avoid the hassle of breaking baggage limits with a given airline, but it can also eliminate the struggle of carrying a heavy suitcase through the airport. When you have big, heavy bags in tow, you might throw out your back or overexert yourself trying to transport baggage before and after your flight.

Keep emergency supplies in the car

If you’re traveling on the road, be sure to have your car tuned up and make any preparations needed for driving in colder weather. You will also want to keep an emergency kit with roadside repair supplies, bottled water, and snacks handy to prepare for any delays, accidents, or mechanical issues. You might also considering traveling on days when the roads are less busy, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, since there will be fewer hazards presented by heavy traffic.

Make time to exercise

Even if it is just a quick stretch or lap around a parking lot, a little exercise can help you feel much better when you are traveling. Finding time to exercise can also give you some stress relief and help you curb holiday weight gain.

Avoid fast food temptation

As you go through the airport or drive down the interstate, it can be tempting to fill up on junk food, but you’ll want to eat healthier as you travel to cut down on excess holiday weight and keep your immune system strong. If you aren’t able to pack your own healthy snacks and meals, go for the leanest grab-and-go options like fresh salads or wraps that will give you more fruits and veggies in your diet.

For your health related questions, contact Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center today at (702) 880-2700. Our nurses are there to answer your call whenever you need us, 24/7.

Take Steps to Prevent Flu in Your Household this Season

Every year during flu season, thousands of individuals will be hospitalized for severe symptoms and complications. Even if you are not at a high risk for flu complications, it is best to try to avoid getting sick, since stopping the spread of the virus will protect those around you with weaker immune systems. Below, you can get a look at some of the measures that will help you steer clear of the flu this season and keep the virus out of your household.

Get vaccinated

Immunization is for everyone, not just individuals who are considered at high risk for flu complications. Almost anyone who is six months of age or older can have the flu vaccine, which is readily available from your doctor as well as in drug store pharmacies, and even at workplace wellness events.

Wash your hands frequently

Handwashing is one of the most valuable tools in fighting the flu, so you should be sure that you and your family members are washing your hands thoroughly and often. You’ll want to wash for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap anytime you use the bathroom, make contact with another person, or touch items in busy public places.

Bolster your diet

You can boost your immune system by maintaining a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables that will offer added vitamins to fend off infections. If you start to feel the early symptoms of the flu, wholesome foods like chicken soup, ginger tea, and berry smoothies will be good choices to help you feel better faster.

Disinfect common surfaces

Disinfecting wipes will be a useful item to have around the house, office, and classroom, since the flu virus can spread through contact with common surfaces. Children’s toys should be frequently disinfected, and kids should be taught not to share food or drink so that they do not bring the flu home from school.

For more flu prevention tips and emergency care to address flu complications, you can count on Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. To connect with us today, give us a call at (702) 880-2700 and speak with one of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.

Busting Myths About Fever in Children

When your child has a fever, it is important to know the right measures for managing this symptom and its underlying causes. Most often, fever is a sign of infection, as it is the body’s natural mechanism for fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria. Many infections that cause fever can be treated at home, but there are some situations where fever may necessitate hospitalization for your child. This article will take a look at a few of the myths and misconceptions about fever that could prevent proper care or cause you to panic when your child is running a fever.

Myth: You can measure a fever without a thermometer

Many parents assume that testing a child’s fever by the feel of his or her skin is sufficient, but you should always check with a thermometer to play it safe. A child may feel warm without having a fever, so you might risk unnecessary treatment if you do not use a thermometer.

Myth: High fevers cause brain damage

A normal fever will run between about 100 and 104 degrees, and it is rare for a fever to exceed this level. Still, parents often fear that a fever of 104 or higher will lead to brain damage, but this is actually not the case. A fever must reach about 108 degrees to threaten long-term brain damage, and fevers do not hit this temperature unless children are left in hot environments, such as a parked car with the windows rolled up.

Myth: An infection is gone once the fever has broken

Fevers caused by infection are normal and actually beneficial for the immune system’s efforts in fighting off a virus or bacteria. Therefore, you should not worry about trying to break the fever unless it is causing discomfort for your child. When the fever subsides on its own, however, it is generally a sign that the child is getting better.

If you are uncertain what type of care your child needs for a fever during cold and flu season, call Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 880-2700 to speak with one of our registered nurses at any time, 24/7. Our ER will also provide exceptional care with consistently low wait times when your child needs medical attention right away.

A Closer Look at Breast Cancer in Young Women

Although it is true that most cases of breast cancer occur in women over 50, the disease can and does strike younger women. Because of the risk, it is never too early to learn about protecting your breast health and to talk to your doctor about monthly self-exams. At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, our breast care services team can also play an important role managing your breast cancer risk. Here is a look at this common disease and how it affects young women.

What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Young Women?

Anyone can get breast cancer, but the women who develop it before age 45 often share several risk factors. They may have a close relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age or carry certain genes that are associated with breast cancer or have relatives who carry those genes. Women who had radiation therapy to the breast or chest at a young age or who had some other types of breast diseases are also at a higher risk. Dense breast tissue has been associated with breast cancer. Other things that add an increased risk are having a period before age 12, heavy alcohol use, and obesity.

What Symptoms Should Young Women Look For?

The symptoms of breast cancer in young women are the same as in older patients. They include changes in breast tissue, including lumps, and nipple discharge. Some women dismiss the signs of breast cancer because they think they are too young to get it, but any changes in your breasts should always be reported to your doctor.

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?

Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and find out if you should start having mammograms at a younger age than other women because of your medical history. Be vigilant about self-checks, and work to maintain a healthy weight.

Good breast health starts at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. We provide a wide range of other services, including stroke care, orthopedic surgery, and geriatric psych treatment in Las Vegas. To learn more, please call (702) 880-2700.

Get Ready for the 2015 Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

At Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, we’re committed to improving the health of our Las Vegas community. One of the ways we accomplish that goal is through our High School to Healthcare program, which invests in our local young people and the next generation of healthcare professionals. The annual Balloon Festival is our family-friendly fundraising event for this important program. Mark your calendars for October 23-25, and get ready to take part in this year’s fun. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is the Balloon Festival?

The Balloon Festival is an annual event held on the campus of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to hot air balloons, the festival hosts amusement rides, carnival games, food trucks, local vendors, and a kids’ space with arts and crafts, face painting, and more.. The full schedule for each day can be found on the Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center website. On October 24, the hospital will hold a health fair from noon until 4 p.m., offering flu shots, blood pressure checks, and much more.

Who Does the Festival Benefit?

The Balloon Festival raises funds for the High School to Healthcare program, which offers scholarship to young people in our community who want to pursue careers in the medical field. Vendor and sponsor support allowed us to raise $28,000 at the 2014 Balloon Festival. You can contribute by visiting the Public Education Foundation website and choosing to direct your gift to High School to Healthcare.

How Can I Get Involved?

Come out to the festival and join in the fun! Admission is free and tickets for games and rides are available for purchase on site. Hot air balloon rides are available each morning for an additional price. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended and can be made through Volunteer, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Come out and support Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center on October 23-25. When your family needs healthcare from emergency care to stroke, orthopedic, and maternity care, choose our nationally ranked facility. For more information about our hospital services, please call (702) 880-2700.

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