Lets Talk Health Q & A

Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help. Apr / May



Q: What can I give my child for fever and pain relief?


A: Talk to your child’s pediatrician before giving pain relievers to children younger than 6 months old. For children older than 6 months, always use a pain reliever that is formulated for children and select the correct dose based on their weight, not age. Both acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) and ibuprofen (brand name: Advil) are effective at helping to lower fever, but a report printed by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested ibuprofen is often preferred because it may be able to lower the fever for a longer time.


Never give aspirin to children or teens younger than 18, because of the risk of a rare side effect called Reye’s syndrome that can affect the brain and liver. Naproxen (brand name: Aleve) should not be given to children under age 12.


— Yasmin Nejad, PharmD, Samaritan Pharmacy



Q: Would microneedling be a good option to reduce fine lines on my face and neck and older blemishes on other parts of my body?


A: As we age, there is a natural decline of collagen production, an essential protein that keeps skin looking firm, smooth and youthful. While we can’t stop time from moving forward, there are treatments to help stimulate these age-defying proteins, including microneedling.


Microneedling is a treatment that helps induce collagen production using controlled mechanical stimulation. This minimally invasive procedure can treat a variety of skin concerns, helping to:


• Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

• Refine pores.

• Improve the look of sun damage.

• Reduce the appearance of acne scars.

• Improve the look of newer stretch marks.

• Smooth skin texture.

• Boost collagen and elastin.

• Increase absorption of skin care products.


In many cases, only one treatment is needed to give your skin a glow and continue to boost new collagen for months thereafter. More significant improvements may be noticeable after a series of three to four treatments.


This procedure is commonly performed on the entire face, however any area of the body can benefit, such as the neck, chest, arms, hands or abdomen. Often, there is little to no downtime following treatment. Some people may experience slight irritation and redness for the first few hours and up to a couple days as the skin repairs and starts regenerating new tissue.


Microneedling is considered safe for most people. However, it is always good to schedule a consultation before starting any new procedure to make sure it’s a good fit for your skin and lifestyle. Call 541-768-4370 to schedule a consultation.


— Ashley Johnson, LA, Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery


 

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