Health Enewsletter June 2016
George R. Woodbury Jr. M.D. Cathy M. Chapman M.D.
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC
8143 Walnut Grove Rd. Cordova TN 38018
Allergic Skin Rashes
and Allergy Patch Testing
How Can We Help Our Bones to Stay Strong?
Dr. Woodbury visits the Church Health Center
Healthcare Advocacy Luncheon: Thursday 06/30/2016
Allergic Skin Rashes and Allergy Patch Testing:
Dr. George Woodbury has offered allergy patch testing results in his Cordova office for over 20 years.
Many Americans suffer from what is called eczema, or atopic dermatitis, which is a genetic skin condition that starts in childhood or early adulthood, with itchy dry lesions, often on the extremities, neck, face, and scalp.
Treatment may include prescription steroid creams and ointments, oral antihistamine tablets, and sometimes oral antibiotics. Sometimes we take a small specimen of skin to send into the lab, a biopsy, to check whether the rash is being triggered by an oral drug, an allergy to gluten which is a protein in wheat, or actually to a chemical in contact with the skin.
Sometimes it helps to do a special type of testing, called allergy patch testing, to look into whether the patient is actually reacting to a chemical or chemicals in his or her environment, i.e. a trigger factor for the itching and rash.
This type of testing is saved for stubborn rashes because it often requires 4 appointments: on the first day, usually a Monday, we place the allergy patch test, then we read it 2, 4, and 7 days thereafter.
I actually do what is called Dormer Laboratory patch testing, meaning I use an expansive list of over 100 chemicals frequently found to cause allergies and rashes.
Allergy patch testing can sometimes help us to cure the problem by identifying the offending chemical. Frequent culprits include nickel, preservatives, fragrances, and components of latex, leather, and textiles. Once the culprit is identified, informational handouts about that chemical help patients to identify it in their environment and then to find alternative products.
Dr. Cathy Chapman, in her rheumatology practice, works with patients to diagnose and treat different of types of arthritis and also a condition called osteoporosis, a disease which results in thinning of the bones, bringing fragility and risk of fractures. Fortunately, in 2016 we now have several newer medications that help to reduce the bone loss that occurs with normal aging.
How can we help our bones to stay strong?
To bolster your bones, you should consume three key things: calcium. protein, and vitamin D. Higher levels of calcium are needed for postmenopausal women, adolescent girls, and women who are pregnant or nursing.
Calcium (1,000-1,300 mg/day):
-Dairy products –dietary supplements
-Fortified juices, cereals, and oatmeal
-Beans and legumes
-Dark leafy greens
-Salmon and sardines with bones
-Certain nuts, such as almonds
(Focus on lean versions):
-Meats and fish
(protein is the building block in the body of muscles and of our DNA—the molecular code in our body’s cells)
Vitamin D (600-800 IU/day):
-Fish (salmon, catfish)
-Fortified dairy products
Sometimes, rheumatologists check vitamin D levels to assess whether one’s levels are inadequate, and sometimes they put patients onto prescription supplements of vitamin D, to reverse deficiency states.
Dr. Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center, greets Dr. Woodbury at his facility at 1196 Peabody Ave. in Memphis on Wednesday morning June 22nd, 2016. Church Health Center, now in its 29th year, serves thousands of otherwise uninsured working individuals in Memphis with lower incomes who might otherwise go without care, through what is called The Memphis Plan. Currently, this healthcare plan covers over 4000 people's healthcare needs within the Memphis area, with over 1000 physicians volunteering their time. Services provided include medical, dental, nutritional, eye services, and counseling services. For more: 901-272-7526.
This year, Dr. Woodbury is working on building medical bridges through networking with other medical facilities in the Memphis area, with logistical help from Memphis Medical Society Communications Director Victor Carrozza.
Healthcare Advocacy Luncheon:
Thursday 6/30/2016, 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM:
Baptist Memorial Hospital Education Center
Dr. Woodbury will be a speaker within the Healthcare Advocacy Luncheon, an event open to the public within the Education Center at Baptist Hospital at 6027 Walnut Grove Road in Memphis, sponsored by the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus and Baptist Hospital.
Luncheon will be provided, and the event is open to the public.
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George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (06/27/2016)
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