Logo Healthportal

Patient Portal

Login Here

Saranac Lake Office

Redfield Medical Office Building
2249 State Route 86, Suite 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: 518-891-3845
Fax: 518-891-1236

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Tupper Lake Office

7 Stetson Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Phone: 518-359-7222
Fax: 518-359-7664

Hours: Vary depending on physician's schedule

Common Adult Problems

One helpful destination for searchable health information is Up to Date, an evidence-based, peer-reviewed information resource. By accessing its database, you can learn more about a medical condition, and better understand management and treatment options.  Additionally, we have provided links to helpful health information in the following specific areas:

Blood Pressure Monitoring #

  • Check your monitor's accuracy. Before using a monitor for the first time, have your doctor or nurse check its accuracy against the office model. Also have your doctor or nurse watch you use the device to see if you're doing it properly. If you drop the device or damage it, take it in to be checked before using it again, as it may no longer work properly.
  • Don't measure your blood pressure right after you wake up. You can prepare for the day, but don't eat breakfast or take medications before measuring your blood pressure. If you exercise after waking, take your blood pressure before exercising.
  • Avoid food, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol for 30 minutes before taking a measurement. Also, go to the toilet first. A full bladder can increase blood pressure slightly.
  • Sit quietly before measuring your blood pressure. When you're ready to take your blood pressure, sit quietly for three to five minutes beforehand. Sit in a comfortable position with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back supported against a chair. Try to be calm and not think about stressful things.
  • Make sure your arm is positioned properly when measuring. Rest your arm, raised to the level of your heart, on a table, desk or chair arm. You may need to place a pillow or cushion under your arm to elevate it high enough. Place the cuff on bare skin, not over clothing. Rolling up a sleeve until it tightens around your arm can result in an inaccurate reading, so you may need to slip your arm out of the sleeve.
  • Don't talk while taking your blood pressure. Take a repeat reading two to three minutes after the first one to check accuracy. You can wait as little as one minute in between your readings. If your monitor doesn't automatically log blood pressure readings or heart rates, write them down in your own log.
  • Bring your list with you to your scheduled visits.  This will help us better monitor your medication regimen.

For additional information about blood pressure follow this link to The Mayo Clinic.

Click here to download a blood pressure log. 



Eczema #

Eczema is a general term for various inflamed skin conditions; one of most common is atopic dermatitis

  • Comes and goes based on external factors
  • Is not contagious
  • Currently has no cure but can be managed with treatment and avoidance of triggers
  • Most often consists of dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin which, when scratched, result in appearance of a rash
  • Can occur on just about any part of the body
  • Exact triggers are difficult to identify: vary from person to person
    • Rough or coarse material contacting skin;
    • Feeling too hot and/or sweating;
    • Certain soaps, detergents, disinfectants;
    • Contact with juices from fresh fruits and meats;
    • Dust mites;
    • Animal saliva and danders;
    • Upper respiratory infections;
    • Stress
  • Avoid above listed triggers
  • Most important prevention is avoiding scratching
    • Keep skin as moist as possible through moisturizing lotions
    • Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing
    • Cold compresses can help relieve itching
    • Non-prescription corticosteroid creams and ointments reduce inflammation
    • Non-prescription anti-histamines (taken by mouth) can also reduce itching
  • Other medications can be used for treatment if prescribed by a doctor
  • In children, very often the condition disappears as a child ages

For additional information about eczema follow this link to Up To Date.




Disclaimer

IMPORTANT: The content and links provided on this website are for informational purposes only. The provided information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website, or at one of the websites to which we have provided a link.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Copyright Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics | Saranac Lake Office 518-891-3845 | Tupper Lake Office 518-359-7222