Bingo Is Back!

Join us at our Hollywood office this Thursday, September 21st for a fun game and great prizes.  

See ya there!

 

Open on Saturday 9/16/17

Our Hallandale Beach office will open on Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12PM.

Call us at (954) 454-6300 to make your appointment, walk-ins are also welcome.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Stop By

Our offices are now open to serve you at our regular schedule. Call us at 954-454-6300 to make an appointment, walk-ins are also welcome. Electric and phone services are again running smoothly at both of our locations.

We wish a speedy recovery to all affected by the hurricane.

Hurricane Irma

Our offices will be closed on Friday, September 8th in preparation of Hurricane Irma. We will also close on Monday as we assess the condition of our offices after the storm. Any events or appointments scheduled for those days are now canceled. We expect to open on Tuesday, September 12th to continue serving our communities, call us at 954-454-6300 to re-schedule your doctor’s appointment.
We wish you all a safe time in the coming days.

We are closed

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 5th at our regular business hours.

We wish you a restful and fun Labor Day Weekend!

Shingles – Prevention now possible

In my practice as a general Internist I frequently encounter a debilitating condition that affects mostly my elderly patients. This condition is known as Shingles.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is a painful condition caused by reactivation of an old chickenpox infection which has remained dormant at the base of a sensory nerve. It usually begins as an uncomfortable or painful sensation which may vary from itching, tingling, or burning, to a very severe aching, boring, or lancinating pain. After a few days a rash consisting of small round blisters on a reddened base erupts on the skin where the nerve travels. It almost always occurs on just one side of the body. It is most common on the trunk (50%-70% of cases), and around the eye (10-15% of cases). Over a period of 7-10 days the rash progresses from red blotches to blisters, then to pustules, and finally to crusted lesions which may last for 2-3 weeks. In most people it reaches its maximal intensity during the second week and then decreases.

Shingles is much more common and severe in older individuals. Over 1 million new cases occur in the United States each year with more than 50% occurring in people over the age of 60. It is not acquired by contact with other people with Shingles, but only by reactivation of an old infection. People who live to age 85 have a 50% chance of contracting Shingles during their lifetime.

Pain and discomfort is the major complication of Shingles. Other complications may include blindness in those whose eye is affected, nerve damage, deafness, encephalitis, hepatitis, and scarring. These complications are more common in the elderly. The most common debilitating complication is pain which persists for more than 90 days after the rash is gone. This is called Postherpetic Neuralgia. It may persist for months, sometimes years and then decline with time. The pain can be severe and has resulted in suicide in some individuals.

Treatment for Shingles is available. Oral antiviral medication given within 72 hours of the appearance of the rash can significantly reduce the severity and duration of the outbreak. It may also reduce the risk of developing Postherpetic Neuralgia. The sooner this medication is started, the better. It is given for 7-10 days. Steroids can produce some improvement in the healing and the acute pain, but may also cause undesirable side effects in some individuals. Narcotic analgesics can also be prescribed to help the pain. Treatments for people who do develop Postherpetic neuralgia are complicated, not always effective, and frequently associated with adverse effects. Prevention would be much more beneficial.

In May, 2006, the FDA approved a vaccine called Zostavax for people 60 years old and older. In June of 2008 the FDA made this vaccine an official recommendation for these same people, whether they have had Shingles or not. The vaccine decreases the incidence of Shingles by 51.3%, and Postherpetic Neuralgia by 66.5%. The safety profile of this vaccine is excellent. The most common side effect is a very mild reaction (redness, pain, or swelling) at the injection site. The vaccine is given as a single dose. It is stored frozen and must be given within 30 minutes of reconstituting from the freezer. Relatively few people are unable to receive the vaccine, either due to an allergy to its components, or to an impaired immune system.

Richard J. Wilbur, M.D. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine

It’s Game Day!

Mark your calendars and join us on Friday, August 4th at our Hallandale Beach office for a fun time playing bingo and winning great prizes. We hope to see your there!

Safecare for our community!

We had a great time during our health conversation at the Hallandale Beach library as we discussed proper nutrition as an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.

Stay tuned for our next health conversation with Stacey McFadden, MMS, PA-C

 

Bingo Winners

Congratulations to the winners of Safecare Medical Center Bingo Partyat our Hallandale Beach office, Maria Gamboa and Ruth Steinberg.

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events!

Save the date!

Join us at the Broward Library’s Hallandale Beach branch for an informative discussion on healthy nutrition. Friday, July 14 at 3:30 PM.  We hope to see you there!

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