health care faq


There’s so much information out there related to your health, but not all information is correct.  From myths about what do to when your child has a fever to the best remedy for a cold, mythbusters tell you the truth about your health.

I have to see a Primary Care Physician specialist first before I can see a subspecialist at ParkwayHealth.

Truth: At ParkwayHealth, we understand that your time is valuable.  For that reason, you can choose to see a Primary Care Physician specialist such as family practitioner, pediatrician, internist or obstetrician/gynecologist first to care for and coordinate your overall health.  Our Primary Care Physician specialists, however, are internationally and comprehensively trained to handle the majority of medical problems that arises.  If at any time, however, your Primary Care Physician specialist feels you should see a subspecialist, he or she will provide you with the appropriate referral to meet the right subspecialist.  If you are unsure whether you need a subspecialist, or which specialist you should see first, please call our 24-hour Appointment Service Center at 6445 5999 for assistance.

You should take hot showers in the winter when it's cold outside.

Truth: Hot water robs skin of moisture, so it's best to shower in lukewarm water and only once per day. Moisturizers should be applied immediately after showering to help keep skin from drying out and cracking. The same rule applies to hand washing. Additionally, reduction of the skin’s water content can be caused by environmental factors, such as wind, cold, and dry climates, so be sure to bundle up this winter season!

Sugar makes kids hyperactive.

Truth: The theory that too much sugar makes children hyperactive has been disproven in many reputable studies. Instead, parents’ expectations regarding their child’s behavior have much more of an influence on how boisterous their children behave. This doesn’t mean that sugar doesn’t affect their mood at all, though. It may not lead to hyperactivity but it does ultimately cause blood sugar to drop, which can make your children irritable and distracted.

Breast cancer kills more women each year than heart disease.

Truth: Heart attacks kill six times as many women each year as breast cancer. Heart disease and stroke kill more women each year than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria combined. Worldwide, 8.6 million women die from heart disease each year, making it the number one killer of women and accounting for one third of all deaths in women. On average, more than 16 women around the world die each minute as a result of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.

High-fat and high-sugar foods cause cellulite

Truth!!!Nope, not true! Cellulite is pockets of body fat located just beneath the surface of the skin. When this fatty tissue pushes up against the connective tissue that binds skin together, it produces a bumpy, dimpled texture, most often in the hips, buttocks and thighs.

Allergies typically only flare up in the spring time.

Truth!!!Many of us associate allergies with springtime. However, the reality is autumn brings in a completely different set of pollens, and may also be a time when allergies tend to flare up.
For more information read this month’s article on allergies by Dr. Lin, Immunologist & Allergist.

I only need to brush my teeth once a day for good oral care.

Not True!!!You should brush your teeth at least two times a day. And make sure you floss. Experts now say, good oral hygiene can even add an additional year to your life.

Wearing an N95 mask will fully protected me against acquiring an airborne infection.

Truth!!!The use of a N95 mask alone will not fully protect you from acquiring an airborne infection. Other infection control practices such as diligent hand-washing, avoiding crowded environments and practicing the correct coughing etiquette are also important to minimize your family’s risk infection.

Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep.

Truth!!!Difficulty falling asleep is just one of four symptoms that are usually associated with insomnia. Others include waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep, frequent awakenings, and waking up feeling unrefreshed.
When insomnia symptoms occur more than a few times a week and impacts your daytime functions, the symptoms should be discussed with a doctor or other health care provider.
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It is impossible to the symptoms of premenstrual Syndrome, like fatigue, weight gain, breast pain, cramps, mood swings and backache.

Truth!!!There are some things that can be done to reduce the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome like exercise and changes in the diet. By eating foods that contain high doses of vitamin B, evening primrose oil and calcium and staying away from alcohol and carbohydrates you can improve your quality of life during some of those tough days.

When it comes to breastfeeding, larger breasts have more milk than smaller breasts.

Not True!!!It is the amount of fatty tissue that makes some breasts bigger than others. In other words, the milk producing apparatus is about the same in both small and big breasts. Therefore breast size is not linked to the ability to produce breast milk and breastfeed . Even very small-chested women, who have fewer fat cells in their breasts, can have plenty of milk.

Overcast skies mean you can cut back on sunscreen.

Not True!!!Depleting ozone has led to stronger UVB rays, and clouds do little to filter out wrinkle-accelerating UVA rays. SPF is now a year-round endeavor. Find a daily moisturizer with a broad-spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect your skin.You can enhance your sun protection exponentially by using an antioxidant-rich serum underneath your moisturizer.

I don’t need to wash my hands before handling food if I use a hand sanitizer.

Truth!!!While hand sanitizers are very useful when soap and running water are unavailable, they only work well on skin that is free from soil. Use them when you can’t get to a sink but otherwise, wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse with running water, and dry with a clean towel.

People with diabetes should never eat sugar and sweets.

Truth!!!Sugar and sweets do raise your blood glucose, but people with diabetes can safely eat sugar as part of their meal plan. And just to clear up another myth, you can’t get diabetes from eating too much sugar.

Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.

Truth!!!Roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease. But the family-history risks are these: If a first-degree relative (a parent, sibling, or child) has had or has breast cancer, your risk of developing the disease approximately doubles. Having two first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk even more.

I must control my child’s fever. If a fever gets too high it can cause brain damage.

Truth!!!For children over 3 months, fevers are not as scary as we’ve been taught to believe. High fevers do NOT cause brain damage. What causes brain damage is actually bacteria that can get to the brain in certain illnesses. In general, it’s ok to take fever-reducing medicines to decrease fever and help your child feel more comfortable, but you can be a little less stressed the next time your child has a fever.

Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 gives me twice the protection as one that has an SPF of 15.

Truth!!!SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 provides protection against 93% of UVB rays, while one with an SPF of 30 provides 97% protection. A sunscreen with an SPF of 2 only provides 50% protection, so it's important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30 and follow application directions.

Drinking water or other fluids during exercise impairs performance.

Truth!!!Drinking water before, during, and after exercise is essential to prevent dehydration! Dehydration decreases performance and can cause serious harm to the body. Staying well hydrated allows athletes and casual exercisers to perform at their best. You may not feel thirsty until you have lost 1-2% of your body water. During strenuous exercise, drink one-half to one cup of cool water every 15 to 20 minutes, whether or not you feel thirsty.

If anyone in my family has lice, I should use some kind of pesticide on every surface of my house.

Truth: Off of the body, lice can only survive for one two days. Nits (link to lice article) that hatch will die if they don't find food within hours. There is no need to clean every part of your house with pesticides. Instead focus your efforts on cleaning hair, bedding, hats, toys, and furniture instead.

Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.

Truth!!!Roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease. But the family-history risks are these: If a first-degree relative (a parent, sibling, or child) has had or has breast cancer, your risk of developing the disease approximately doubles. Having two first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk even more.