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Double Chins Have Met Their Match With Kybella Jun 17th, 2021

You likely call it a double chin. Medically, it’s called submental fullness, and doctors consider this a very common condition. On its own, there are no particular health symptoms or consequences, but this storage space for fat can dramatically alter your appearance. You may seem older or heavier than is...

Dietary Dos and Don'ts When You Have Diabetes May 10th, 2021

There’s no secret to healthy eating when you have diabetes, though sometimes it can be difficult to implement around the demands of a busy life or to break habits you’ve had for decades.  The goal of healthy eating with diabetes is to reduce and stabilize the levels of sugar in...

5 Tips for Managing Menopause Symptoms Apr 11th, 2021

Once you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period, you’re officially in menopause. The average age for American women is 51, but the process can start in your 40s. Menopause can also result from a hysterectomy or cancer treatment.  Because you’re no longer actively reproductive, your body’s estrogen level drops...

Pain In Your Teeth? It Could Stem from Your Sinuses Mar 1st, 2021

Aching molars are no fun. For some, it can be nerve-wracking, with accompanying thoughts of impending dental visits. However, there’s a cause of aching teeth that has nothing to do with your oral care routine.  The roots of your upper back teeth are quite close to the sinuses, so if...

Is Stress Making You Sick? Feb 10th, 2021

When you perform well under the pressure of a tight deadline or feel exhilarated after a round on a roller coaster, you’re feeling some of the positive benefits of stress. These contrast dramatically with the effects of chronic stress, such as from constant high-pressure work environments or from a series...

I'm Feeling Fine. Do I Still Need a Gynecological Exam? Jan 13th, 2021

If you’re not thrilled about the prospect of a gynecological exam, particularly when you feel fine, you aren’t alone. Studies show that pelvic exams are a source of anxiety for the majority of women having them. It’s natural to feel the urge to skip a medical appointment when there seems...

6 Benefits of Botox Dec 6th, 2020

Almost 8 million Americans chose Botox® Cosmetic and other botulinum toxin type A products for aesthetic treatment in 2019. That’s more than five times the total of the top five cosmetic surgeries done in the same year. Botox relaxes overactive expression muscles in the face, smoothing your skin in a...

Are You Born with Asthma? Nov 15th, 2020

Asthma results from a breathing condition caused by swollen airways that constrict the passage of air. Common symptoms include dry cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing. It’s a common childhood condition, affecting over eight percent of children in the United States.  However, people of all ages develop asthma. Childhood asthma...

How to Lower Your Risk for Osteoporosis Oct 15th, 2020

While osteoporosis can affect anyone, the condition favors women who have reached menopause. Your bones become weaker and brittle, often leading to fractures caused by surprisingly little force.  You can, however, take steps now to prevent the advance of osteoporosis later. Discuss your concerns with your doctor at Alpha Internal...

4 Lifestyle Tips for Managing High Blood Pressure Sep 22nd, 2020

Over 100 million American adults have some degree of hypertension, the medical name for high blood pressure. Despite this, only about one-quarter of them have their condition under control, and this is possibly because there are few obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, particularly as it’s developing. By the time...

Do I Really Need to Finish My Antibiotics? Aug 21st, 2020

It’s been less than 100 years since the accidental discovery of penicillin, the first antibiotic used therapeutically. Scottish researcher Sir Alexander Fleming found a strange mold growing on a culture plate that inhibited the growth of the staphylococcus bacteria. It wasn’t until 1942 that the first American patient was treated...

Emotional Stress and Asthma Jul 27th, 2020

Though asthma affects over 25 million Americans, there’s nothing common about the experience. The factors that trigger attacks, the intensity of attacks, and reaction to asthma medications can all be unique experiences, making every case an individual condition. If you or someone in your family have asthma and you’re struggling...

Your Options for Hormone Replacement Therapy Jun 24th, 2020

Hormones are your body’s messenger system. They send the chemical signals that tell your body when to do this or that, coordinating virtually every system inside you. It stands to reason that when hormone balances change, so do the functions of those systems. Perhaps the best-known result of hormone imbalance...

Forget the Facelift: Look Younger With Dermal Fillers and Botox May 27th, 2020

While results can be dramatic, resorting to facelift surgery to correct the effects of time on your skin is a drastic step. Any surgery carries potential risks, and the length of recovery needed makes a facelift a serious decision.  It’s no surprise so many people turn to minimally invasive procedures...

The Benefits of BioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy for Both Women and Men Apr 22nd, 2020

Though menopause is perhaps the most recognized condition brought about by declining hormone production, both women and men experience changes in their primary sex hormones as they age. These fluctuating levels create new health issues for both genders. Hormone therapy often proves beneficial for relief from these symptoms, but conventional...

Controlling your Asthma During Allergy Season Mar 26th, 2020

You’ve got enough on your plate dealing with asthma, so when allergies flare up, the extra respiratory distress is unwelcome. Yet, sometimes it seems that an asthma attack follows closely after you suffer an allergic response. It’s not an unhappy coincidence, it’s a condition called allergy-induced asthma, which affects about...

How to Spot Strep Throat Feb 11th, 2020

While people of any age can get strep throat, it’s a bacterial infection that favors children between the ages of 5 and 15, usually during the colder months of the school year. Children will contract strep throat about once every four years, on average. Dr. Betsy Horton and the team at Alpha Internal...

Coughing? Don't Let Your Bronchitis Turn into Pneumonia Jan 17th, 2020

Bronchitis is a serious respiratory illness, which can be either acute or chronic. While at first you may think you have a simple cold with bad congestion and cough, bronchitis is anything but harmless. Untreated, bronchitis can turn into pneumonia,  which is much more serious and difficult to get rid...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Dec 4th, 2019

Have you recently received a Pap smear, and to your surprise, the results came back positive, meaning that abnormal cells were found on your cervix? If so, it’s important to understand what that means for your health. At Alpha Internal Medicine we pride ourselves on the care we provide for...

Myths and Facts About Vaccines Nov 1st, 2019

Are you dreading the start of flu season, but have questions and concerns about how vaccines work? There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s hard to know which sources to believe.  At Alpha Internal Medicine in Fayetteville, Georgia, we care about our patients, from small children to senior...

Here's What Happens to Your Body When Your Hormones Are Imbalanced Oct 3rd, 2019

From the moment you enter the world, your hormones are hard at work regulating your sleep cycle, mood, metabolism, and heart rate. When your hormone levels are in balance, your body functions as it should. But if there’s any shift in hormone levels, you and your body feel it. At...

This Is How Stress Affects Your Blood Pressure Sep 6th, 2019

Does it ever feel like stress is a mandatory part of your life? Modern culture seems to put extra emphasis on being tired and stressed. If you’re not stressed, you’re obviously not doing enough or giving a full 100%. It can feel like you’re competing with other people’s misery, trying...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health (And What You Can Do About It) Aug 6th, 2019

Are the hormonal effects of menopause making it more difficult for you to cope with everyday challenges? If so, you aren’t the only one. Many women report a lower quality of life due to menopause symptoms. The average American woman reaches menopause at age 51. However, the symptoms that accompany...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jul 10th, 2019

Being overweight is more than just a body-image issue or a matter of vanity. Obesity leads to serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, the kind where your pancreas doesn’t process insulin properly. If you have diabetes, you are among the 7.2 million Americans struggling to manage symptoms and...

5 Travel Tips for Patients With Asthma Jun 17th, 2019

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that inflames your airways, making it difficult for you to breathe. A number of treatments can help you live a normal life, however. When traveling, you need to manage your asthma effectively, and the doctors at Alpha Internal Medicine can help you develop a...

Kybella for Double Chin May 23rd, 2019

Kybella is a liquid injection of a medicine that has been in use for over 20 years for other medical applications. It has natural fat-destroying activity. It is FDA approved to destroy fat cells under the chin giving a better side profile for those wishing to improve this area. The...

Are You Up to Date on Your Pap Smear? May 14th, 2019

Most women know regular Pap smears are important for diagnosing cervical cancer in its earliest (and most treatable) stages, but what many women don’t know is how often they should have a Pap smear in order to help them stay healthy. And even if you do keep track of Pap...

CBD Oil Apr 25th, 2019

CBD OIL The hemp or cannabis plant is made up of many components that have been used for centuries for medicinal and other purposes. The two most popular components of this plant are A) tetrahydro cannabis(THC) and b) cannabidiol (CBD). The THC component is the part of the plant that...

BioTE: 5 Reasons to Consider Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Apr 23rd, 2019

Your hormones play a major role in a surprising number of your body’s processes and functions. Unfortunately, as we get older, our bodies tend to produce fewer hormones than they did when we were younger. That’s true for both women and men. And as a result, we can wind up...

Sculpsure to melt fat cells Apr 5th, 2019

Sculpsure is state of the art in body contouring using laser energy to melt fat cells. The treatment consists of applying frames just larger than the size of a credit card to the area that is being treated. Gradually, the frame heats the fat tissue below the skin layer.  the...

Considering Drug Side Effects Mar 18th, 2019

As a physician, one of the most common reasons I encounter for people refusing to take prescription medications is concern for side effects. This is a reasonable concern, because the point of medication is to make you feel better rather than worse, right? Here's one example of a side effect list:...

5 Tips to Get Ahead of Spring Allergies Mar 1st, 2019

In Georgia, spring is just around the corner. For many people, the earliest indicators of spring aren’t necessarily the crocus blossoms and tiny new leaf growth, but those pesky, annoying symptoms that go hand-in-hand with spring allergies. The one good thing about spring allergies: They always occur at about the...

Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids: Are You Up to Date? Feb 12th, 2019

Vaccines are no more enjoyable to receive as an adult than they were when you were a child, but they’re equally as important. In the United States, millions of adults get sick every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as the flu and hepatitis, leaving them bedridden and out of work...

Beyond Salt: What to Eat and Not Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure Jan 18th, 2019

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, one of the first things doctors will tell you is to cut out the salt, which is one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure numbers. So you remove the salt shaker from the table and endeavor to check the sodium content of...

7 Tips for Preventing Winter Colds, Flus and Respiratory Illnesses Dec 20th, 2018

Does it seem like you can’t make it through the year without getting a cold or the flu? These respiratory illnesses are both highly contagious, but you can take some simple steps to lower your risk of getting sick. Here at Alpha Internal Medicine, we’re always available to answer your...