PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – It’s that time of the year when many people do a big “spring cleaning” project around the house. And, local doctors say, it should also be that time when you go in for an annual check-up.
“You can prevent things like high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Dr. Denise Weil with Providence Medical Group, Bridgeport. “These are all preventable diseases that have to be detected early and treated early to prevent long-term consequences.”
Weil said the sooner you can treat a chronic health problem, the better. One of the biggest issues she has seen lately are those springtime allergies that plague many people in the Pacific Northwest.
“If you know you have allergies in spring, you should be taking allergy medication or follow up with a doctor if medication isn’t working for you,” Weil said.
She also suggested trying a neti pot to clean out your sinuses and bacteria that could lead to infection.
Other Providence clinics in the Portland-metro area report seeing cases of urinary and upper respiratory infections, coughs, cold symptoms, mole checks and skin rashes.