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Having a regular skin check in Australia is like communicating with distant relatives at that annual, inescapable, family gathering. It’s timely, not particularly interesting, but it absolutely must be done.

It’s no secret that the Australian sun is incredibly strong, and can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Having a regular skin check in Australia is the one way you can make an effort to remain in control of your skin.

Although wearing a hat, well-covered clothing and sunscreen are great ways to protect your skin from the sun, it is still extremely important to get a regular medical skin check in Australia. Often in hot weather, these precautions are not always readily available, and it only takes a short window for the sun to penetrate the skin.

What will a regular skin check in Australia avoid?

According to Cancer Council, Australia’s leading cancer charity, every year in Australia:

  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK

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Our medical skin specialists and GPs in Cranbourne, recommend visiting once or twice a year for a medical skin check in Australia. This time frame usually means that any present melanomas can be detected at a early stage, having a 90% chance of curing, if treated directly.

Our Cranbourne Doctors use a variety of tools and techniques to thoroughly examine the skin, all of which go beyond what the naked eye can see. Making it a necessity that, in addition to self-checking, you have a professional skin check in Australia a minimum of once a year.

The hole in the ozone layer can increase the need of a skin check in Australia?

The ozone hole is commonly believed to be the reason that Australian and New Zealand skin cancer rates appear to be through the roof. However, the Montreal Protocol has proven successful in facilitating ozone repair, and has since found no considerable difference to skin cancer rates in Australia and New Zealand.

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Through migration, Australia and New Zealand have been populated by people with fair skin and with ancestors who come from climates less-exposed to the sun. Skin cancer often forms when the DNA in the skin is damaged, often from a lack of protective pigmentation in the skin when exposed to the sun. Protective pigmentation is commonly scarce in fair skin, often making it more of a problem for people with Scandinavian, Canadian, American or UK backgrounds.

This makes it increasingly important to receive a regular skin check in Australia, and with our bulk billing doctors in Cranbourne, you can receive this treatment free of charge.

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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The colder months are just around the corner, and for parents, that means doing everything possible to prevent your kids from getting sick this winter. This means it is more important now than ever to start implementing ways to help boost your kid’s immune system.

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What Is The Immune System?

Our immune systems function as a defence system that wards off bacteria and viruses in order to keep us healthy.  Therefore, the stronger your kids immune system, the less likely they will be getting sick this winter.

So what can you do? Broad Oak MD has some tips on how to prevent your kids from getting sick this winter.

Rest

Adequate sleep is very important because the lack of sleep can make children more susceptible to illness.  Studies show that lack of sleep can produce a reduction of Natural Killer Cells, which are first-line immune system cells. Therefore, sleep will help keep the immune system in balance. Ideally, toddlers should have up to 13 hours of sleep per day, and children between the ages of three to twelve should have up to 12 hours.    

Eating Healthy

Feeding your child the right food plays a major role in supporting immune balance and fighting off infection.  Natural foods present the immune system with nutrients that can help the body create more white blood cells to help fight infection.  Here are some foods that will keep your kids immune system strong this winter:

1. Citrus Fruits

These types of fruits are high in vitamin C, which helps build up your immune system because they increase the production of white blood cells.  

Citrus fruits include:

  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • tangerines

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fibre.

3. Ginger

Ginger helps decrease pain, inflammation and nausea.  

4. Spinach

Similar to broccoli, spinach is rich in vitamin C and packed with numerous antioxidants.  Light cooking also enhances vitamin A.

5. Yoghurt

Yoghurts such as Greek yoghurt can function a probiotic because it contains vitamin D.  This may stimulate your immune system to fight against diseases.

Spending Time With Dirt

Spending time in the dirt can build your child’s immune system.  Research shows that growing up in an over sanitised environment can deprive our immune system of its natural need to learn.  As a result, this can lead to your child being prone to being sick or having allergies.

Washing Hands & Skipping Sharing

On the contrary to playing in the dirt, it is important to teach your children good habits to protect them from germs.  This includes washing their hands regularly and not sharing food and drinks with their friends.

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The team here at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre know all too well how painful it be to deal with a sick child so it’s much better to prevent it in the first place.

If you are still worried about your child getting sick this winter, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our professional and friendly team today.

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we strongly urge our patients to receive an annual Flu Vaccination as a preventative measure.  4000 cases of the flu have already been announced in Victoria for 2019, making Summer 2019 the biggest Summer breakout of Influenza in Victoria’s history. Be sure to stay protected with a Flu Vaccination at Cranbourne Doctors.

The 2019 Flu Vaccination and Why Is It So Important To Be Vaccinated?

This year, there are two types of influenza vaccine: The new A strain (H3N2) and a new B strain. At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we highly recommend our patients receive the vaccine to ensure they are protected against receiving the Flu, but also to ensure there are fewer people being able to spread the Flu; thus reducing the number of people becoming infected. The Flu Vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to protect yourself from any serious disease caused by the Flu.

The severity of Influenza varies every year, however, due to an abnormally severe and rare Summer Flu season, our doctors at Cranbourne Medical Centre recommend anyone >6 months, receive the injection.

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How Much Does The Flu Vaccination Cost?

Under the National Immunisation Program, (NIP) there will be particular groups of people eligible for a free Flu shot. The program may include anyone over the age of 65 years, pregnant women, those who suffer from chronic conditions, and for the first time, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from 6 months of age. For anyone unsure whether they fall under the program, they can check here for clarification.

For those not under NIP, we do charge a $19 fee for the flu vaccination and GP Cranbourne consultation appointments will be bulk billed.

When Is The Best Time To Get Vaccinated?

At Cranbourne Doctors, we recommend our patients receive the vaccination in April-May time, with the aim to be immune by peak flu season which is generally July-September.

Are There Any Side Effects Of The Vaccine?

As all vaccinations and medications have side effects, it is important to note there can also be minor side effects of the flu vaccination. For most people, common side effects include pain, redness, swelling or hardness where the was needle injected. Fever, tiredness, and body aches are a few of the other side effects, these are minor side effects, however, if they do progress, becoming uncomfortable, it is important to alert one of our doctors at GP Cranbourne.

Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors to ensure you are protected against this years’ Flu season.

 


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Hay fever Prevention and Treatment – Cranbourne Medical Centre

Spring is well and truly here. The weather is getting warmer, the days longer and plants are blooming. But what does Spring mean for many of us? Hay Fever! At Broad Oak Cranbourne Medical Centre we understand just how frustrating this condition is and how it can take a toll on your life on a daily basis. Luckily our team of highly experienced Cranbourne Doctors are here to help with your Hay Fever prevention and treatment.

What is Hay Fever?

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Hay Fever is the widely used term for a condition known as allergic rhinitis, which is an allergic reaction to indoor and outdoor environmental allergens. According to the latest Roy Morgan Research, 26.6% of the population (or 5,141,000 Australians) suffered from allergic rhinitis in 2014–15. For those who suffer from hay fever, spring is less about celebration and more about medication; hence the important need to work on Hay Fever prevention and treatment.

Hay Fever occurs when a person comes into contact with an allergen, such as, dust mites, pollen (from grasses, flowers and trees), animal hair or fur (dander), and fungal spores. Allergens are enzymes or proteins that affect the nose, eyes, ears, throat and sinuses. It can cause them to become irritated, swollen or inflamed.

A common misconception is that people only experience Hay Fever during Spring and Summer months. This is the peak time for airborne grass pollens. Seasonal Hay Fever is very common due to a high number of people being allergic to pollen. However, it can also affect people throughout the year. This type of Hay Fever is known as Perennial allergic rhinitis. It can be triggered by an allergy to mould spores, dust mites or animal hair around the home or workplace.

Hay Fever can be acquired at any age, however it generally starts in childhood or adolescence. In Australia, almost 1 in 5 people experience Hay Fever at some point during their lifetime. Those with a family history of allergies (especially asthma or eczema) are more likely to suffer from Hay Fever. Hay Fever and asthma share numerous risk and trigger factors. Most notably is a genetic predisposition to develop allergic reactions.

The most common symptoms of Hay Fever include:

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  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy, watery or swollen eyes
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy nose, ears, throat

How to get your Hay Fever under control

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An important part of managing Hay Fever is identifying the allergen(s) causing your symptoms. In some cases, this may be completely obvious. However, in other cases when it is not so clear, we recommend visiting a GP at our Cranbourne Medical Centre. One of our Cranbourne East Doctors will be able to run some allergy tests (skin prick tests or allergen specific IgE blood tests) and analyse the results with your medical history to determine the appropriate course of action. In some instances, a GP Cranbourne may refer you to a specialist to get your Hay Fever under control.

The best way to lessen the frequency of Hay Fever symptoms is to avoid allergic triggers and take the right treatments. Your Cranbourne Doctor may recommend a number of medications to help relieve your symptoms such as, intranasal corticosteroid sprays, combined intranasal corticosteroid and antihistamine sprays, antihistamine medications, eye drops, decongestant nasal sprays or allergen immunotherapy.

If you want to get your Hay Fever under control, don’t hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment with one of our friendly Cranbourne Doctors at the Broad Oak Cranbourne Medical Centre.






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