A doctor is more than just someone who checks to see if you’re healthy. Doctors can make personal connections with patients, treating people through personal care. Dr. Jessica Hone recently joined the Westshore team to help serve patients of all ages through preventative medicine. Get to know Dr. Hone in our latest physician spotlight.
When Dr. David Gumucio provides medical care for young families, he’s working from personal experience. Dr. Gumucio, D.O. learned plenty of useful skills while receiving his doctorate and completing his family medicine residency, but his experience as a husband and a father allows him to relate to the young parents seeking medical advice for their children.
As a family practice physician at Westshore’s Rocky River location, Dr. Gumucio is committed to providing passionate and comprehensive care for all of his patients. He started with Westshore in July of 2014, something the avid sports fan always remembers as it coincided with LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, his informal medical education goes back to his own childhood.
In the 15 years Dr. Jason Ridgel has practiced for Westshore Primary Care, he’s shown a dedication to building relationships. His work allows him to get to know his patients and help them live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Dr. Ridgel has been fortunate enough to serve some patients long enough to provide care for four different generations of their family.
After years of care, people get to know their physician. Dr. Ridgel’s patients know that he practices what he preaches, as he’s a major proponent of staying active in his time outside of the doctor’s office.
These days we can identify two forms of disease:
- Communicable, i.e. infections
- Non-communicable, i.e. allergy, heart disease, obesity.
Non-communicable diseases are on the rise. Today I would like to focus on food allergies.
A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in a food.
Within minutes, the affected person may experience itching and swelling of the skin, breathing difficulty, light-headness and disorientation, vomiting and diarrhea.
Food allergies, especially to peanuts and tree nuts, are the most common cause of the most serious allergic reaction described above, also known as anaphylaxis. (an-a-fi-LAK-sis).
Emergency room visits for food-induced anaphylaxis occur about once every six minutes in the United States.
The most common foods known to trigger allergic reactions are:
- Cow’s milk
- Tree nuts
The rise in the prevalence of food allergy is unprecedented. The burdens personally, socially and economically are vast. And while food allergy affects both children and adults, the greatest burden from the rise of food allergy falls to our very young children.
Join Our Team and Help Us Say FAREwell to Food Allergies
If you are asking yourself why this is happening and what you can do to learn more and to help, here is your answer!
Join the Westshore Primary Care Center for Allergy and Immunology on August 10th for the FOOD ALLERGY RESEARCH and EDUCATION (F.A.R.E.) walk to raise funds and awareness for this very important cause. 2014 FARE Walk for Food Allergy Event Info.
Photo Credit: "Peanuts" by Daniella Segura is licensed under CC BY 2.0
If you suffer from severe grass and ragweed allergies, you’ll want to meet our board-certified allergist/immunologist, Nancy Wasserbauer, DO. She offers promising new treatment options to her allergy patients who suffer sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
An Alternative to Allergy Shots: Prescription Allergy Tablets
The latest advance in allergy relief are prescription tablets that are placed under the tongue and can be taken at home. Recently approved by the FDA, the tablets will provide an alternative to allergy shots for many patients.
“Many people with untreated allergic symptoms don’t know how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed,” says Dr. Wasserbauer.
What is Immunotherapy?
He’ll be the first to tell you that he knows nothing about boxing, but Westshore Primary Care rheumatologist Dr. Mohammed A. Ali, MD, has extensive experience in diagnosing, treating and managing patients with arthritis, rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis.
These health problems affect the joints, muscles, bones and sometimes other internal organs. If you have any of these diseases you know that they are often complex, and that you may benefit from the care of a qualified rheumatologist.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms and Risk Factors
Patients with osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, are a big part of Dr. Ali’s practice.
About 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, a chronic condition in which the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down and causes the bones to rub against each other.
“Symptoms include sore or stiff joints, stiffness after resting that goes away after movement, and pain that is worse after activity or toward the end of the day,” says Dr. Ali.
Common risk factors include:
- Increasing age
- Previous joint injury
- Overuse of the joint
- Weak thigh muscles