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Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections

Felines’ sharp teeth can inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue, doctors warn.

Cat bites may look less serious than dog bites, but beware: They can cause dangerous infections, particularly when they involve the hand, new research indicates.

Although cats have no more germs in their mouths than dogs or people, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that when cats bite, their sharp teeth can inject hard-to-treat bacteria deeply into the skin and joints, increasing the risk for serious infection.

Dogs’ teeth are blunter, so they don’t tend to penetrate as deeply and they tend to leave a larger wound after they bite. Cats’ teeth are sharp and can penetrate very deeply. They can seed bacteria in the joint and tendon sheaths.

It can be just a pinpoint bite mark that can cause a real problem, because the bacteria get into the tendon sheath or into the joint where they can grow with relative protection from the blood and immune system.

Researchers studied nearly 200 cat bite cases that occurred between 2009 and 2011. The patients involved in the study were all bitten on the hand. The average of the participants was 49 years old, and 69 percent were women.

About half the patients […]

July 9th, 2018|All|

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

Every summer these devilish little weeds seem to pop up everywhere and anywhere.  Most people have no idea that they came in contact with the plant.  There are two kinds of poison ivy, two kinds of poison oak, and one kind of poison sumac, which is not related to sumac trees.  They are often difficult to identify in the wild.  Poison ivy starts life as a red three leafed climbing vine.  It climbs other bushes, and trees so prolifically it can literally replace the foliage on a bush or tree with its own, winning the battle for sunlight and nutrients.  It can appear as though it is the naturally born foliage on that bush or tree, giving the appearance of a ‘poison ivy tree’.   

Most people get the rash from touching leaves, while gardening, hiking, or looking for a ball lost in the weeds.  The resin urushiol, the poison in poison ivy, comes off the plant leaves or from the stems, and can be passed to you touching a tool, from a pet, from clothing; from anything that has touched any of these plants.  If you get a rash from ANY […]

July 2nd, 2018|All|

Sunburn

You lie out in the sun hoping to get a golden tan, but instead walk away from your lounge chair looking like a lobster that’s been left in the pot too long.

Despite health warnings about sun damage, many of us still subject our skin to the sun’s burning rays.

More than one-third of adults and nearly 70% of children admit they’ve gotten sunburned within the past year, according to the CDC.

Here’s what you need to know about how to keep your skin safe and where to find sunburn relief if you do linger on your lounger too long.

What Causes Sunburn

You already know the simple explanation behind sunburn. When your skin is exposed to the sun for a period of time, eventually it burns, turning red and irritated.

Under the skin, things get a little more complicated. The sun gives off three wavelengths of ultraviolet light:

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

UVC light doesn’t reach the Earth’s surface. The other two types of ultraviolet light not only reach your beach towel, but they penetrate your skin. Skin damage is caused by both UVA and UVB rays.

Sunburn is the most obvious sign that you’ve been sitting outside for too long. But sun damage […]

June 28th, 2018|All|

Important Info About Aetna

Some of our patients may have received a letter from Aetna this week stating that Access Medical Associates is no longer a part of your plan’s network as of 3-31-16. We would like to let you know that this is not true. We have not terminated our relationship with Aetna, and have no plans to do so.

This is clearly an error on Aetna’s part, and we want to assure you that we have always participated with Aetna, and will continue to do so in the future. We are in the process of requesting Aetna to issue a retraction letter.

If you have any questions regarding our participation with Aetna, please contact us at 908-704-0100 and we will be happy to discuss.

Healthy regards,

Lon E. Goldberg, D.O., FACEP, DME
Medical Director
Access Medical Associates

April 29th, 2016|All|

Dr. Ramon Rego Promoted To Associate Medical Director

Dr. Ramon RegoDr. Ramon Rego has recently been promoted to Associate Medical Director at Access Medical Associates. A New Jersey native, Dr. Rego received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Cook College, Rutgers University, and a medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

In 1992, Dr. Rego completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School, where he was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He has more than 22 years of clinical experience in Internal Medicine as well as Urgent Care.

Dr. Rego’s work experience includes Medical Director at Madison Medical Center and also at Fanwood Primary Care. He received the St. Barnabas Excellence in Caring Aware in 2011. In addition, Dr. Rego is a Certified Medical Examiner listed with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Dr. Rego joined our staff in June, 2014, and comes to us with excellent medical skills and compassion for our patients.

September 18th, 2015|All|

School and Sports Physicals

Don’t forget School and Sports Physical Exams if your child plans on participating on either a School Sports Team or club (intramural) team. Access Medical Associates have been performing these exams for over 10 years, and doesn’t require an appointment. Just come in and we can help.

Get a sport physical at Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJAdditionally, all of our medical providers are certified to conduct the Student Athlete Cardiac Assessment. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, all medical providers conducting school sports physicals must have completed a professional development module now required by the New Jersey Department of Education. Our providers will attest to this certification on the Pre-Participation Physical Examination (PPE) form, as well as provide a copy of their certificate to aid your school in compliance with this new State law.

The School Sports Physical Exam involves a medical history and a physical exam. The goal of these exams are to evaluate an athlete’s general health, fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being. You can prepare for the exam by downloading the PPE form at the following link, and completing […]

September 17th, 2015|All|

Pediatric Exam Room Mural

Check out our newly painted wall mural in our children’s exam room! Your kids will enjoy all the fun rainforest creatures on the walls. We also have smaller sized blood pressure cuffs, fruit flavored tongue depressors, and other medical equipment that is “kid sized” in our pediatric exam room.

Pediatric Exam Room at Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJ

September 16th, 2015|All|

Travel Medicine at Access Medical

Don't spoil your trip. Get immunization / vaccination before you leave. Travel medicine Access Medical Associates Branchburg NJWe are dedicated to providing a full array of vaccinations and information on Destination-specific travel precautions, diagnosis and treatment of travel related diseases, as well as assistance to the traveler with chronic illness. It is advisable to include a visit to a physician for pre-travel preparations even if the destination country does not have any specific health risks. Often a physician can spot potential health issues that a patient may not consider, such as high-altitude travel illness or precautions for extended airline flights.

We offer comprehensive travel health services for individuals, families and groups:

  • Pre-travel assessment – All immunizations, health counseling and prescriptions for travel medications, including antimalarial medications and traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Post-travel care – Evaluation treatment or illnesses acquired during your trip.

Fees:
Pre-travel services are offered on a fee-for-service basis because most health insurance plans do not cover pre-travel prophylaxis; although health insurance usually covers post-travel illness or injury.

Please call us to discuss your particular health concerns and needs. We speak English and Spanish.
(908) 704-0100

December 2nd, 2014|All|

Ebola Symptoms & Action (What you need to know)

What to do if you think you have Ebola, or have been exposed to someone with Ebola.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained/abnormal bleeding or rash

Having the above symptoms does not mean you have Ebola, there are plenty of other viruses that cause similar symptoms. What is important is if there was an opportunity for exposure.

If you have been exposed to the body fluids of someone with known Ebola or have traveled to West Africa, then the above symptoms need to be considered to be Ebola until proven otherwise.

So if you have exposure, it has to be more than casual exposure. The people who have been treated with Ebola in the US have all been healthcare workers exposed to the body fluids of an Ebola patient. So far no one with a casual exposure has contracted the disease. It is not spread by droplet or aerosol means, only by working with or handling body fluids without appropriate gear.

The Urgent Care Association of America suggests the following:

If you have exposure and symptoms, quarantine yourself and call 911 and tell them you may have Ebola so they can arrive prepared. Do NOT go to the doctor or urgent care center, just call 911 directly.

October 31st, 2014|All, In the News|