National Handwashing Awareness Week: Why It’s Always Mattered

Washing Hands

How many times have you washed your hands while humming “Happy Birthday” (twice!) since March? The novel coronavirus has ushered in a new era of mindful handwashing, but why is it so important? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to other people.

In fact, evidence suggests washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (approximately one chorus of “Happy Birthday”) reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When an additional 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9%. Removing germs through hand washing helps prevent respiratory infections and may also help prevent skin and eye infections.

How does handwashing help prevent infections?

Handwashing with soap and water removes germs and prevents illnesses and infections because:

  • Unwashed hands are more likely to make you sick.
    You probably touch your face 16 times per hour without even realizing it. Germs that transfer from the hands to the eyes, nose and mouth are what often make us sick. 
  • Germs like to multiply
    Germs that pass from unwashed hands into certain foods and drinks, like to multiply and can make people sick.
  • Germs like to hitchhike
    Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails,
    tabletops or toys and then transferred to another person’s hands.

Five Steps to Proper Handwashing

December 6-12 is National Handwashing Month, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share these five steps, so you can be a handwashing hero:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Create lather by rubbing your hands together with soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or let them air dry.

For more tips on handwashing or keeping your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-378-9143. We’re currently offering telemedicine services to all PVHC patients because we want you to get the care you need from the comfort, convenience and—most of all—safety of your home.

How the Right Primary Care Doctor Can Help Manage Diabetes

blood sugar test

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, diabetes affects more than 34 million Americans, and that number is expected to rise. Even more staggering is that 88 million Americans—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without medical intervention, prediabetics are likely to become diabetics within 10 years of their initial diagnosis.

Why are primary care doctors important for diabetes management?

According to Alexander Turchin, M.D., a physician and researcher in the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), patients without a consistent primary care physician (PCP) experienced worse outcomes than those who had a PCP and attended regular checkups.

“We found that primary care physicians provide better care to diabetes patients when compared to other providers in a primary care setting because they were more likely to alter medications and consistently provide lifestyle counseling.”

How can my primary care doctor help me managing diabetes?

Your primary care doctor is your first line of defense for diabetes management. It’s vital to schedule regular checkups with your primary care doctor so they can effectively monitor your overall health and existing conditions, like diabetes.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms or risk factors your doctor may perform blood tests to check for the disease and treat you personally or refer you to a specialist to help monitor your treatment.

If you are in need of a primary care doctor to help you manage diabetes, please call Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-378-9143. Our doctors are highly experienced in the science of medicine and the art of compassionate care. We look forward to helping you achieve your highest level of health.

What COVID Means for Cold & Flu Season

Essentials for Cold & Flu Relief

Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses that affect the lungs and breathing and can easily spread to others. Each year, 5-20 percent of the American population contracts the flu virus, of which 200,000 are hospitalized as a result.

Flu season typically begins in the fall, and this year’s coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly complicate things. If there is a flu outbreak in a location that is also experiencing a lot of COVID cases, it could overwhelm hospitals and make it difficult for doctors and nurses to care for a sudden surge of sick patients.

Can you have the flu and COVID at the same time?

While there is still more to be learned about the novel coronavirus, it is possible to be infected with both the flu and COVID at the same time. Unfortunately this could lead to an even more severe illness than having either infection alone. Our specialists at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) is preparing for this year’s cold and flu season with tests that can look for both influenza and COVID virus at the same time.

How can I protect my family and myself during the cold & flu season?

As we enter the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s increasingly important to continue following the coronavirus healthy and safety precautions like frequent hand washing, cleaning, sanitizing, physically distancing and wearing a mask. Here are a few more ways you can protect yourself during the cold and flu season:

  • Get a flu shot
    This is the year to get a flu shot, particularly if you usually skip getting them.
  • Get your kids flu shots
    Children over six months should get annual flu shots and any other vaccinations they need. Check with your child’s doctor or pediatrician to learn more about maintaining routine vaccinations for babies and children—especially during the pandemic.
  • Boost your immune system
    Take care of yourself and your children with good nutrition, plenty of water and rest, daily exercise and stress management. And always stay home if you don’t feel well.

Even if you’re tired of following coronavirus precautions, it’s vital to keep up the good work and encourage your family to do the same. Maintaining these habits throughout this year’s cold & flu season will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other fall and winter illnesses as well.

Call PVHC at 909-378-9513 to find out where and how you can get your flu vaccine. We look forward to keeping you healthy with safe, effective flu vaccines at all five of our locations: Chino Hills, Claremont, Chino Hills Crossroads, Pomona and La Verne.

Does My Child Need a Flu Shot?

Flu shot calendar appointment

Only about 50 percent of the U.S. population will get a flu shot this year despite overwhelming agreement among medical experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that every person older than six months should get vaccinated every year to protect themselves.

Should your child get a flu shot? In most cases, yes.

People less than 6 months of age and those with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine  (e.g., gelatin or antibiotics) are the only exceptions.

What is influenza?

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that infects the nose, throat and oftentimes lungs. Common symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. For most people, the flu resolves on its own, but it can lead to severe complications including hospitalization, particularly among young children up to 5 years old.

Does my child need a flu shot?

Getting your child vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu and lessen its potential complications. This holds true even when the vaccine doesn’t completely prevent the flu.

Choosing to get the flu shot this year is important because both the flu and COVID-19 cause similar signs and symptoms. Preventing or reducing the severity of the flu illness and hospitalizations could also help reduce strain on our hospitals and health care system.

The flu is a real and serious threat to the health of our children, and the flu shot is our best defense. If you still have concerns about the flu vaccine, talk to a Pomona Valley Health Centers physician and figure out the best way to keep your child safe this flu season. Call 909-378-9513 to schedule an appointment.

American Cancer Society Updates Guidelines for Best Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk

Big and little hands holding breast cancer awareness ribbon

The American Cancer Society recently updated its nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. These updates stress how important it is for everyone, regardless of age, to increase daily physical activity and develop healthy eating habits. 

The knowledgeable physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) wanted to highlight these updates in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month to give people hope and help save lives. Though there is no known way to avoid developing diseases like breast cancer, we can incorporate daily acts of prevention into our daily routines.

Lower your breast cancer risk with these recommendations

Recommendations from the American Cancer Society include:

  • Double down on physical activity
    It is now recommended that adults get between 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity each week to lower your breast cancer risk.
  • Eat the rainbow
    Instead of focusing on certain types of food, the recommendations are to fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Diets high in added sugars, meats, fat and processed foods increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
  • Say no to alcohol
    Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it has been linked to increased cancer risk. Even limiting daily alcohol intake to one to two drinks can greatly lower your risk

If you are a woman over the age of 40, be sure to schedule your annual mammogram to lower your breast cancer risk. Mammograms are the best tests doctors have to diagnose breast cancer. Call our specialists at PVHC at 909-378-9512 to schedule your mammogram today.

What You Need to Know About Falls in the Elderly

Elderly man being helped up after fall

Each year, millions of older adults experience a fall, and over half do not tell their doctors. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over fall each year. While many do not cause injuries, 1 in 5 lead to serious injuries like broken bones or head injuries. A single fall is not always a sign of underlying health issues, but subsequent issues with balance or coordination within a 6-month window should be evaluated for treatable causes.

Why are falls in the elderly so dangerous?

Accidental falls are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors, especially those aged 75 years and older. Why? Bone density naturally declines with age, which means broken bones are more likely. If an elderly person has pre-existing disabilities or medical complications like heart disease, even a seemingly minor fall can result in severe injuries.

How to prevent falls in the elderly

To reduce the likelihood of a dangerous fall, the geriatric specialists at Pomona Valley Health Centers encourages older adults to:

  • Exercise regularly
    Maintaining a regular exercise routine can not only strengthen muscles, but also help improve balance, endurance and coordination.
  • Get regular vision check-ups
    Weak eyesight and blurry vision can lead to accidental trips, tumbles and falls. Be sure to visit an optometrist for regular vision screenings to ensure you’re seeing as clearly as possible.
  • Review your medications
    Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your current medications to help you identify any that may cause dizziness or drowsiness and, if possible, help you find alternatives.
  • Make your home safer
    Find and remove anything in your home that could cause a trip or tumble (e.g., loose rugs, clutter, etc.). Add grip bars as needed in bathrooms and stairways as well as nonskid mats to your shower and in front of your kitchen sink.
  • Turn on the lights
    Be sure hallways and stairways are adequately lit to help you avoid any missteps, and turn on your lights if you get up in the middle of the night to help ensure your safety.

If you or a loved one has experienced a fall, please visit the Pomona valley Health Centers urgent care for an evaluation. No appointments necessary. 

PVHC Urgent Care locations and hours

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and most holidays

Chino Hills Crossroads

3110 Chino Avenue, Suite 150
Chino Hills, CA 91709
909-630-7868
Directions from CA-71: View Location

Claremont

1601 Monte Vista Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
909-865-9977
Directions from the 10 FWY: View Location

La Verne
2333 Foothill Boulevard
La Verne, CA 91750
909-392-6511
Directions from the 210 FWY: View Location

What Are the Benefits of Youth Sports?

A Youth Team Mid-Huddle

More than 45 million children in the United States participate in organized sports. The most popular sports among American children include basketball, baseball, football, soccer and volleyball. The evidence supporting sports participation for young people is staggering. It has the influence to help kids overcome everything from racism to low self-esteem. It has also been shown to help lower high school drop-out rates.

Ten benefits of youth sports

Youth sports offer children and teens a number of valuable mental and physical benefits. Here are 10 ways sports participation can help your child thrive:

  1. Reduced risk of obesity
  2. Increased cardiovascular fitness
  3. Improved coordination and balance
  4. Stronger bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
  5. Improved ability to relax and avoid headaches and backaches
  6. Better sleep
  7. Improved mental health
  8. Increased self-esteem and self-respect
  9. Improved intrapersonal skills
  10. Stress relief from academics and social pressures

As you can see, being a part of an organized sports team or program has many benefits, but it can also be costly and time consuming. It’s important for parents to consider their own ability to support their child’s membership cost, equipment and transportation requirements as well as arrive on time to weekly practices and games. 

Get ready for youth sports with a physical exam

A sports physical helps ensure your child is healthy enough to play the sport of their choice. During a sports physical, your doctor will ask about your child’s medical history as well as conduct a general physical exam.

During a physical exam, the doctor will typically check the following:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Blood pressure
  • Ears, nose and throat
  • Eyesight
  • Strength and flexibility

The skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers offer robust sports medicine services and can help you safely prepare for your next sports season. Call 909-378-9513 to schedule your sports physical today.

Three Common Causes of Sleep Disorders in Kids

Child with Restless Sleep Syndrome

Sleep is essential to everyone as it helps maintain overall health and well-being. Furthermore, kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory and overall mental and physical health. Adequate sleep hours vary by age— the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • <12 months: 13-18 hours 
  • 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
  • 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
  • 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
  • 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

If you think your child isn’t getting enough sleep, stick to a regular bedtime routine. Here are a few tricks you can use to help your child get to bed on time at night. Have them:

  • Turn off all screens one hour before bedtime
  • Take a warm bath
  • Put on pajamas
  • Brush teeth
  • Read for 10-15 minutes
  • Goodnight wishes

However, if your child is having trouble staying asleep, or is unable to get enough uninterrupted sleep, they may be struggling with an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

Common Problems Starting or Maintaining sleep in children

  • Bedtime resistance
  • Delayed sleep onset
  • Problems with night awakenings with:
  • Screaming/Agitation/Terrors
  • Sleep walking

Common causes of sleep disorders in kids

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
    Pediatric OSA is a sleep disorder in which a child’s breathing is partially or completely blocked repeatedly during sleep. The most common culprits being the tonsils and adenoids. Childhood obesity can also be associated with sleep apnea. School performance can be adversely affected with attention problems.
  • Narcolepsy
    Absent or reduced hormone can cause severe daytime sleepiness and loss of muscle control at times (Cataplexy). 
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
    RLS is a sleep disorder that causes uncomfortable leg sensations and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Children with RLS often present with conduct problems like aggression, inattention, hyperactivity and daytime somnolence because of their inability to sleep restfully.

If you’re struggling with a bad sleeper and want to learn more about sleep disorders in kids, call Pomona Valley Health Center in Chino Hills, Claremont, or Pomona. Our skilled specialists can identify your little one’s sleep problems and help them sleep more peacefully.

What to Expect When You Are Expecting: How to Access Prenatal Care During COVID

Pregnant Woman on Laptop with Covid mask on

Pregnant women face a unique challenge as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. While many men and nonpregnant women have opted to postpone routine medical appointments, prenatal appointments are vital for ensuring the health and well-being of mother and child. The skilled team at Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) understands in-person appointments and that they can lead to excess stress, anxiety or even depression during these uncertain times.

How to get safe prenatal care during COVID when expecting

At PVHC, we’re taking every precaution possible to ensure we continue to provide quality and safe care for you and your baby. We are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and our communities. Here is how you can be sure to receive safe care during COVID when expecting:\

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    All patients and medical staff are required to wear face coverings as well as other PPE as required while inside the medical facility. When everyone wears appropriate PPE, like face coverings, we help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Spaced out appointments
    For those who are not ill or having a high-risk pregnancy, limited in-person appointments are available. We have spaced out in-person appointment times to reduce the number of people in the facility at one time. Less people in a closed, indoor space also helps slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Alternate or reduced prenatal care schedules
    For those who are not ill or having a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor may recommend a reduced schedule of in-person visits that include only essential services (e.g., initial prenatal visit, anatomy ultrasound, and 28-, 36- and 39-week prenatal appointments). All other appointments may be available via remote telemedicine appointments based on your risk stratification.
  • Telemedicine appointments
    Pomona Valley Health Centers has added the option for you and your doctor to conduct certain appointments remotely. Telemedicine appointments may be available for nonessential prenatal services.

For more information on women’s health services, including prenatal care, call 909-378-9025. We are also keeping a COVID update page up to date with our most current policies and practices related to the ongoing pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call. 

Think You Need Stitches? See Our Urgent Care for These Common Cuts.

Doctor bandaging up stitches

No one plans to get cut or hurt, but accidents happen. Maybe your finger slipped while chopping vegetables or your child fell off their bike. When can you simply bandage it up and when do you need stitches?

Common cuts that need stitches

From the size of a wound to its location, there are a lot of signs that can tell you whether you need stitches. If you or a loved one has a cut with the following characteristics, please visit Pomona Valley Urgent Care for stitches as soon as possible:

  • The wound if very deep (even if it’s not very long or wide)
  • The wound is more than half of an inch long
  • The wound is too wide to press the edges back together with pressure
  • The wound has uneven edges
  • The wound has debris in it (e.g., gravel, glass, or dirt)
  • The wound bleeds enough to soak through a bandage
  • The wound is spurting blood
  • The wound continues to bleed after you apply direct pressure to it for 10 minutes

Does my cut need stitches?

If you’ve been cut in any of the following areas, it’s best to seek medical attention and stiches to avoid infection or scarring:

  • Around a joint (e.g., elbows, knees)
  • Face
  • Hand
  • Genitals
  • Mouth
  • Near the eyes

Tips for handling cuts before going to urgent care

If you’re fairly certain your cut needs stitches, here are a few things to keep in mind before you visit the Pomona Valley Urgent Care in Chino Hills, Claremont or La Verne:

  • Do not remove any debris. Leave it as is to prevent excess bleeding.
  • Clean the wound with tap water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or iodine.
  • Use a clean towel or bandage and apply direct pressure to the wound.
  • If possible, keep the wounded area above the heart to help slow or stop the bleeding.
  • If blood soaks through the dressing, do not remove it. Apply another on top.

Our Pomona Valley Urgent Care locations are open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays. No appointments necessary. Visit our urgent care center for expert stitches and urgent care services today.

Can My Kids Still Get Vaccinations?

Child sitting on hospital table waiting for vaccination

Yes. At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC), we recommend every child continue to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for vaccinations, even if the process looks a little different because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

It is critical for children to stay healthy, especially during this global pandemic. When children are current on their vaccinations they can better avoid preventable diseases like shingles, pneumococcal disease, influenza, and HPV and hepatitis B—both leading causes of cancer.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of the importance of vaccination. We understand parents and families may have concerns about in-person visits, but staying up-to-date on vaccinations is vital for protecting children against serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

How is PVHC providing vaccinations?

Families can still bring their children to PVHC for scheduled well-child check-ups and receive vaccinations. We’re closely monitoring and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have spaced out appointment times to limit the amount of people inside the centers at any one time. 

Watch the video below to learn more about our safety precautions


These provisions will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep you, your family, our employees and our communities stay safe.

We want you to know that, despite the uncertainties of COVID-19, PVHC has the needs of your family covered. We are proud to offer primary care telemedicine appointments if you are in need of routine family medicine services. 

Please contact one of our locations to find out if you qualify for telemedicine:

What Are the Signs of a Stroke? Act F.A.S.T.

Signs of Stroke Graphic

Strokes often occur suddenly, so every minute counts. Fast medical treatment can not only lessen brain damage, but also save a life. Over 1 million people in America experience a stroke each year, and brain damage is unfortunately very common. Damage to the brain during a stroke creates physical and cognitive deficits. Understanding the signs of a stroke can help you take quick action and save a life—even your own. 

What does the F.A.S.T. acronym mean?

Acting F.A.S.T. can help someone experiencing a stroke get the medical care they desperately need. Stroke treatments are most effective if it is diagnosed and treated within 3 hours of the first symptoms.

If you think someone is having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. using the following tests:

  • F—Face
    Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face appear to droop?
  • A—Arms
    Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one drift downward?
  • S—Speech
    Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T—Time
    If you see any of these signs, act FAST: Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest urgent care center right away.

Signs of a stroke in men and women

Five warning signs of a stroke include:

  • Numbness
    Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg (especially if localized on one side of the body)
  • Confusion
    Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Vision problems
    Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Loss of coordination
    Sudden difficulty or inability to walk, balance or other problems with coordination
  • Severe headache
    Sudden and severe headache with no known cause

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Immediate medical care is vital for reducing their risk of death or long-term side effects.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms or warning signs of a stroke, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

PVHMC Emergency Department

1798 N. Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767

909.865.9500

PVHC Urgent Care locations and hours

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and most holidays

Chino Hills Crossroads

3110 Chino Avenue, Suite 150
Chino Hills, CA 91709
909-630-7868
Directions from CA-71 View Location

Claremont

1601 Monte Vista Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
909-865-9977
Directions from the 10 FWY View Location

La Verne

2333 Foothill Boulevard
La Verne, CA 91750
909-392-6511
Directions from the 210 FWY View Location

Heat Illness: More Than Just Dehydration

Little boy on the beach with a sunstroke holds a bottle of water

Dehydration is an excessive loss of fluids from the body. It happens when the total amount of fluids lost through sweating, urination, diarrhea and/or vomiting is more than the fluids taken in. With the heat of summer upon us, people of all ages are at risk of dehydration, especially while enjoying outdoor activities. Though it is typically not dangerous, dehydration must be treated to avoid complications.

Signs of dehydration include excessive thirst, dry mouth, less-frequent urination or dark-colored urine, and fatigue. To avoid severe dehydration, drink plenty of clear fluids when you notice any of these symptoms. Heat exhaustion is the most common form of heat illness and is a more severe form of dehydration.

Heat stroke symptoms illustration

Five types of heat illness

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Here are 5 types of heat illness and what you can do if you or a loved one is experiencing signs and symptoms:

  1. Sunburn
    Sunburn occurs after too much time in the sun without sunscreen or protective clothing. It causes painful, red and warm skin and, in some cases, blisters. If you are experiencing painful sunburned skin, stay out of the sun as much as possible, take a cool bath, apply moisturizing lotion on sunburned areas and avoid breaking blisters.
  2. Heat rash
    Heat rash occurs when the pores on the skin become blocked and sweat cannot escape. It most commonly affects adults and children in hot, humid weather. Heat rash presents as a cluster of red bumps on the skin (usually on the neck, chest, groin or elbow creases). If you are experiencing a heat rash, stay out of the sun as much as possible, take a cool bath, apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas and avoid breaking blisters.
  3. Heat cramps
    Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms that happen as a result of dehydration due to excessive sweating. They are most common in the abdomen, back, arms and legs. The best way to stop heat cramps is to stop physical activity and move to a cool place. Drink water or a sugar-free sports drink. Seek medical help if cramps do not go away after 1 hour.
  4. Heat exhaustion
    The causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity and strenuous physical activity. Without swift corrective action, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition. Remove excess clothing, loosen clothes, take a cool bath and sip water to help alleviate symptoms.
  5. Heat stroke
    Heat stroke occurs when your body is overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Symptoms include high body temperature, fast pulse, dizziness, nausea, confusion and loss of consciousness. If you or a loved one is experiencing a heat stroke, call 9-1-1 right away as it is a medical emergency. Move to a cooler location and try to lower the body temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath. If a person is having a heat stroke, they should not have anything to drink.

If you or a loved one is in need of urgent care due to severe sunburn, heat rash, heat cramps or heat exhaustion, please visit your nearest Pomona Valley Health Centers urgent care center. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. We are also available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends and most holidays.

PVHC Urgent Care Center Locations

Chino Hills Crossroads

3110 Chino Avenue, Suite 150
Chino Hills, CA 91709
909-630-7868
Directions from CA-71 View Location

Claremont

1601 Monte Vista Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
909-865-9977
Directions from the 10 FWY View Location

La Verne

2333 Foothill Boulevard
La Verne, CA 91750
909-392-6511
Directions from the 210 FWY View Location

Keep Calm and Carry On: 5 tips for Managing COVID-19 Stress

COVID-19 is a unique type of stressor. We have to navigate volumes of information and misinformation. Activities that were once outlets of relief are now closed or limited, like beaches, churches, and gyms. We have lost financial opportunities and many are dealing with the loss of jobs. There’s a prolonged sense of inevitable difficulty, and an uncertainty as to when the stresses of coronavirus will “end.” With all of this, we’re susceptible to anxiety, panic, and depression. 

In the current state of things, we are never sure if we are being overcautious or not cautious enough. In this type of climate, we have to give careful consideration to our “personal energy account.” 

We tend to think of our ability to complete tasks as dependent on our current “strength”, as if we operate on a battery. In reality, we are more like a debit card account with a very deep overdraft. We often function out of necessity when we are tired, exhausted, or overwhelmed. Operating in this way for a sustained period of time comes at great physical and emotional costs. 

In our relationships, the general rule of thumb is that for every negative interaction, you need to have five positive ones to maintain a stable partnership. In times of prolonged crisis, we should apply the same rule to caring for ourselves as we do for our partnerships. We need more positive actions to balance out the negatives.

Here are five tips to managing COVID-19 stress from Dr. Dan Blocker, PhD, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Health & Associate Program Director at the PVHMC Family Medicine Residency Program.

1.  Budget Your Energy

It’s helpful to assign a Personal Energy Budget to your task list. First, identify what you have to do each day and assign how much energy it will require, do the same with what you would like to do, and then list out what you cannot do each day. Sometimes, the items on your “have-to-dos” will take all of your energy, and that’s okay. The amount of energy you have will vary by day. It’s important to be intentional. If others try to add things (and someone inevitably will), kindly let them know that you just cannot do that today.   

2.  Emphasize High-Yield Recharge Activities

Just like there are foods full of empty calories, there are activities that offer little in means of substantial recharge. Some activities may even take away opportunities to pursue things that are more beneficial. These are usually distraction-based activities like binge-watching TV, playing video games, or browsing social media on your phone. 

It’s okay to include these activities in moderation, but preference should be given to things that help you feel accomplished such as exercise (e.g., a 15-minute walk outside), reading, reaching out to a friend, or baking treats for a loved one.  

3.  Focus On What You Can Control

There is power in accepting reality as it is. There’s a lot happening that we have very little influence over. This can be a difficult thing to accept. Instead of focusing on what you cannot control, focus on what you can: “I can wear a mask.” “I can keep washing my hands.” “I can be active in ways that are still safe.” By focusing on what you can control, you avoid the feelings of helplessness that can be crippling.  

4.  Prepare For What You Cannot

Identify what you need to have in place to feel more comfortable. Are you worried about financial turmoil? Set a little money aside each paycheck. Are you worried about school for your children? Identify resources or ways to address their schooling so you have something to rely on. The reality is that there will rarely be a perfect solution for the concerns you have. The power here is feeling prepared for the things that make you anxious. You can rely on the comfort you feel from your preparation efforts to calm your anxieties. 

5.  Essentials Are Essential For A Reason

It’s important to focus on the essentials like getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, moving throughout the day, wearing a mask, and washing your hands. While the duration of this crisis may feel like a lifetime, it will end. You want to take good care of yourself now, so you don’t get ill or come out of the pandemic in poor shape. This includes scheduling regular appointments with your primary care physician. The care providers at the Pomona Valley Health Centers have made important accommodations to our traditional patient care by offering telephone, video, and when appropriate, in-person visits.            

For your overall mental health, it’s important to increase activities that can help you manage stress, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have concerns about your mental health or the mental health of someone close to you, the CDC has compiled a list of resources available.  

Sleep Apnea and That Sound Your Husband Makes: What It Says About His Health

A woman plugging her ears and man snoring in bedSleep apnea is a potentially serious medical disorder that affects between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly blocked during sleep. Blockage of the airway causes snoring, and if severe, can cause low oxygen, elevated blood pressure and damage to the brain and heart over time. Sleepiness, fatigue, depression, and loss of sexual drive can also result. If your loved one snores and feels tired or sleepy after a full night’s rest, he may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea

Many factors can lead to Sleep Apnea and snoring including excess weight, problems with a small air passage and receding jaw or other problems with the airway. Excess weight is commonly associated with sleep apnea and that snoring sound. When an overweight or obese person is sleeping, his or her throat and tongue muscles become more relaxed, closing off the upper passages of their airway.

Loud, repetitive snoring isn’t only a nuisance, it’s one of the main indicators of sleep apnea. Here are three main indicators of obstructive sleep apnea:

  1. Loud, persistent snoring
  2. Pauses in breathing, along with gasping attacks while sleeping
  3. Excessive sleepiness while awake
  4. Morning headaches
  5. Difficulty paying attention
  6. Irritability
  7. Auto Accidents

It is important to note that many people who snore do not have obstructive sleep apnea, however most people who do have sleep apnea, snore.

Common risk factors of sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is often a byproduct of other health factors, including:

  • Excess weight
    Fat deposits in and around the upper airway may obstruct breathing
  • Neck circumference
    Surprisingly, those with thicker necks may have narrower airways
  • Narrow airway
    Narrow throat, enlarged tonsils or adenoids may also block the throat
  • Gender
    Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than women before menopause. After menopause women are as likely as men to suffer from Sleep Apnea
  • Age
    This disorder is most common in older adults
  • Genetics
    A family history of sleep apnea may increase your risk
  • Alcohol or drug use
    These substances relax the throat muscles, which can worsen obstructive sleep apnea
  • Smoking
    Smokers are three times more likely to struggle with sleep apnea

If you think your husband or anyone else in your family is struggling with sleep apnea or snoring, contact Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493. We can conduct a sleep evaluation and test, help treat underlying conditions and help you both rest more peacefully.

Male-Specific Diseases to Ask Your Doctor About

A man with a doctorMen have specific health risks they need to be aware of—particularly in regards to the reproductive system. The male reproductive system is designed to produce, maintain and transport sperm. The testes, a part of the male reproductive system, are also responsible for producing testosterone. Testosterone is an essential hormone that helps maintain bone density, fat distribution and muscle strength in men.

Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about these male-specific diseases

If you’ve been reluctant to go to the doctor, the experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to make an appointment. That sluggishness you feel may be attributed to a busy schedule or lack of sleep could be something more. Here are the male-specific diseases you should ask your doctor about:

  • Prostate cancer
    About one in nine men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland. This walnut-sized gland, located between the bladder and penis, is responsible for producing seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The good news is that it can be cured when it is detected and treated early. Common symptoms of prostate cancer include pain during urination, difficulty urinating, more frequent urges to urinate at night, loss of bladder control and decreased flow of urine. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to seek medical attention.
  • Testicular cancer

Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 men develop testicular cancer each year. Testicular cancer occurs when the cell growth inside one or both testicles becomes abnormal. It is the most common cancer in 20-35 year old men. Like prostate cancer, testicular cancer has an excellent cure rate—when it is detected and treated early.

For more information about getting treatment for male-specific diseases, please call Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-536-1493.

Tips for Living Longer: Six Things Men Should Do to Live 5 Years Longer

A man tired at the wheelLiving longer is often attributed to living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that really mean? For men, it has a lot to do with focusing on heart health—the leading cause of death among men in the United States.

Living longer with heart-healthy living

The good news is people are living longer than ever before. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, here are six things you can do right away:

  1. Eat more whole foods
    It is well known that processed foods (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, soda, etc.) are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Instead, reach for healthier alternatives like fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains when hunger calls.
  2. Move your body
    Regular exercise is the key to good health and a healthy heart. A quick, 15-minute walk each day is one of the easiest ways to living a longer and healthier life.
  3. Get plenty of rest
    Focus on living longer by getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Up the ante by going to bed and waking up at similar times each day.
  4. Get social
    Socializing with friends is a good way to start living longer. Laughter, humor and happiness help you manage stress and strengthen your immune system. As it turns out, laughter really is the best medicine.
  5. Schedule—and keep—doctor appointments
    Regular health screenings protect you, so you can continue caring and providing for your family. Call Pomona Valley Health Centers and schedule your check-up today.
  6. Stop smoking
    Though it can be difficult to break a nicotine addiction, your blood pressure and circulation improve shortly after quitting. Your risk of getting cancer (the second leading cause of death among men) also decreases every smoke-free year.

The physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers are equipped with the latest technologies and skills to help the people in our community live longer lives. It’s time to call 909-536-1493 and schedule a check-up today.

Is Urgent Care for Kids Too? Yes! (Plus Five Reasons Moms Prefer It to the ER.)

A doctor examining a boyMoms, dads and caregivers work hard every day to keep their kids happy, healthy and safe. They also rely on services like urgent care and the emergency room when their children get hurt or become ill unexpectedly. While the pediatrician’s office should always be the first line of defense, sometimes it just isn’t an option, like during weekends or after regular business hours.

If your child has a life-threatening injury or illness, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers urge you to go to the nearest emergency room. However, for parents who have a child with a sore throat, fever, earache, diarrhea, or mild to moderate injuries, it’s best to go to the closest urgent care instead.

The Pomona Valley Urgent Care Centers in Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne are available to children of all ages.

Moms prefer urgent care to the emergency room

Here are five reasons more moms are choosing urgent care centers over emergency rooms:

  1. Germs, bacteria and viruses
    Emergency rooms are known for drawing a crowd of injured or unwell people—and their germs. This means you and your little one could be unnecessarily exposed to a lot of communicable diseases. Unless your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, opt for a nearby urgent care facility instead.
  2. Shorter wait times
    The average emergency room patient wait time 4 hours, whereas urgent care facilities are able to see walk-in patients within 15-45 minutes. If you’re looking for fast, efficient and effective care, try urgent care first.
  3. Lower prices
    The average emergency room visit costs more than $1,300, whereas urgent care visits are a fraction of the cost at $70 to $125, depending on your insurance. Save yourself high out-of-pocket costs by opting for urgent care instead.
  4. Convenience

In the United States there about twice as many urgent care facilities as emergency rooms. If you’re looking for quality care that’s also close-to-home, you’re more likely to find it at an urgent care center.

  1. Less intimidating
    Emergency rooms can be busy, loud and sometimes scary places for children. Visiting an urgent care center is often calmer and may feel more like a visit to the doctor’s office.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offers safe, effective—and fast—urgent care for kids in Claremont. Walk-in or call 909-536-1493.

Living Healthy During COVID-19

Stay Home Save Lives sign in window

Staying safe at home during the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the routines of our lives, perhaps even quite dramatically. 

We aren’t going to the gym, our eating habits may have changed, and many people aren’t sleeping well. Many are coping with shifts in their mental health. And we’re all concerned about ourselves and the people we love. 

At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC), your family’s health and well-being are our foremost concern…and our purpose for being here. So, during the shutdown, we’re doing what we can to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle with these essential tips from our own Premier family physicians, Dr. Michael Deanda, Medical Director, PVHC La Verne and Dr. Libia Wohlert, PVHC Pomona.

Basic Health and Wellness

  • Focus on getting adequate sleep – Set and keep a reasonable sleep schedule of at least 8 hours per night, and put down your smartphone
  • Eat nutritious meals – Cook at home rather than getting take-out, and watch portion sizes
  • Exercise regularly – Don’t let a closed gym stop you from staying healthy. Walk, run, ride, lift weights, do yoga at home…always following COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Slow down, unplug and nurture relationships – Take this time to rest and relax, unplug from electronics and pay attention to your personal relationships

Find A Healthy Work-at-Home/Life Balance

  • Remember to take breaks – Take time for yourself, such as taking a walk
  • Set and adhere to a work schedule
  • Try to go to a separate room to work

Prioritize Health and Combat Loneliness

  • Look within your community – If you’re lonely or have specific needs, look to and accept help from your family, friends and neighbors
  • Call and connect – Reach out to friends and family via telephone or videoconferencing. It’s important to stay connected!
  • Let us help with loneliness – PVHMC’s residents started a new program of reaching out to our communities’ elderly to check on them and offer a friendly voice. Call (909) 378-9180 if you know of someone in your community who can benefit from this service.
  • Stay away from or reduce consumption of alcohol and other substances

Resources for Patients and Community Members

COVID-19 Guideline Reminders 

The best way to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus is to follow the CDC’s guidelines, which include:

  • Wash your hands often – Use soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If unable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact – Maintain six feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask – Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
  • There are other guidelines – Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) online resources for more information. 

As this virus outbreak continues, please remember that it is temporary, and we will make it to the other side together. At PVHC, we’re here to help, not just with guidelines to stay healthy but with comprehensive, compassionate care and telemedicine appointments from the safety of your home. 

Important Notice About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To our valued patients:

As your healthcare provider, Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) has taken the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared to care for our patients and the community during this coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Screening processes are in place for all patients entering clinical areas. Patients experiencing common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, are questioned and cared for appropriately.

Our facilities are safe, and we are taking every precaution possible to ensure we provide quality and safe care for you. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, and the appropriate protocols in place to protect patients, visitors and staff in the event that a person with coronavirus seeks care at any of our five Pomona Valley Health Centers in Claremont, La Verne, Pomona, and Chino Hills.

We now offer telemedicine appointments

Our top priority at Pomona Valley Health Centers and Premier Family Medicine Associates is the health and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we all share. That’s why, during this coronavirus outbreak we’ve added the option for you and your doctor to conduct certain appointments remotely using telemedicine.

For additional information on telemedicine appointments, please click here.

What should you do if you’re sick?

  • Stay home, except to get medical care – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
  • Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
  • Remember to put on a mask when visiting your doctor, which we can provide for you
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

What should you do to limit your exposure to the virus?

The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you avoid being exposed?

  • Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)

Testing for COVID-19

We have access to tests and will be testing patients who meet the criteria for testing. Your school, work or family members may ask that you get tested, however, there are specific signs and symptoms along with the type of exposure that physicians must follow, and not all requests for testing will be fulfilled.

For additional information from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, please click here.
For additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please click here.

At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control, and during this outbreak, we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.

As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we intend to keep you informed about the best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved one safe.

From the physicians and staff at Pomona Valley Health Centers.

Ten Tips to Improve Your Child’s Health

healthy children

Every parent wants to keep their kids healthy and happy so they can grow and develop into healthy, successful adults. Educating your children about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is essential, perhaps now more than ever. In the United States alone, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.

While genetic factors are difficult to change, parents can play a role in teaching children about healthy lifestyle choices so they can maintain a healthy weight now and well into their future.

Ten Tips to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Here are ten things parents can teach their children through words and actions:

  1. Eat dinner together
    Families who eat together stay together and kids benefit academically, socially and mentally. While it would be great to share a meal together every day, that’s not always a reality in today’s world. Make it your goal to enjoy a family meal three to four times per week.
  2. Eat the rainbow
    Introduce a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, prepared simply, to help them develop a broad palate that will serve them well into adulthood.
  3. Drink lots of water
    Kids are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because they have higher body water content and higher metabolic rates. Keep them hydrated with easy-to-access water throughout the day and plenty of nutritious high-water-content foods.
  4. Exercise for fun
    Make exercise fun by playing hopscotch or freeze tag and riding bikes outside. Guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services recommend children and adolescents age six and older get at least an hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity each day.
  5. Be safe
    Your kids will notice your safety habits, so take care to look both ways before crossing streets and wear your seatbelt or bike helmet. Remind your kids to do the same and provide ongoing guidance to your children about the importance of safety.
  6. Be kind
    About 20 percent of students report being bullied each year. As adults and parents it’s important to model violence-free mediation and conflict resolution so when children leave the home they have a wide variety of skills and strategies to negotiate conflict.
  7. Be together
    Time together as a family helps you build strong relationships that will help you though any tough times. In addition to family meals, try to spend time one-on-one, with each other and your children.
  8. Visit the doctor
    Preventive medical care is essential for overall health. Talk to your children about the importance of clean teeth and healthy bodies. Let them see you take care of your body too, with regular checkups.
  9. Limit screen time
    Life is busy and sometimes we want to relax in front of the TV, kindle or iPad. However, the American Hospital Association recommends one hour of screen time per day for children age two to five and no more than two hours for kids and teens age eight to 18.

Annual checkup are important for everyone, so call Pomona Valley Health Center at 909-630-7829 to schedule your appointments. Our team of skilled physicians is ready to help with the unique needs of your entire family.

 

Cold and Flu Season: How to Stay Healthy

You know the signs: runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. It’s the start of a cold or worse—the flu. Each year in the United States millions of people suffer with cold or flu symptoms. Adults get between two and three colds a year on average and kids, well, they can get even more. Though most people tend to get sick in the winter and spring months, it’s possible at any time throughout the year.

Sick family in bed

How to protect yourself from a cold

Common colds are highly contagious between one and two days before you even realize you’re getting sick and until all of the symptoms are gone. So, the best way to stay healthy is prevention. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for the common cold, but here are a few things you can do to help keep you and your family healthy all season long:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
It’s important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every time you wash. This helps ensure viruses that may be living on your hands are washed away. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands
Viruses that cause colds and flu can enter the body through the nose, eyes and mouth—making you sick. If you need to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands first.

• Stay away from people who are sick
Anyone who is sick can spread the cold or flu virus through close contact with others. Droplets from a cough or sneeze can spread out to about six feet, so keep your distance if you can.

• Keep your surroundings clean
To keep cold and flu viruses away; sanitize doorknobs, light switches, faucets and other surfaces that are touched at least one a day. This is especially important if you’re a parent or guardian of school-aged children.

How to protect yourself from the flu

Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) recommends getting vaccinated against the flu every year to protect yourself from severe illness. It’s best to get vaccinated before the flu is active in your community because it takes about two weeks for the antibodies (in the vaccine) to fully protect your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting the flu vaccine by the end of October, though it can be beneficial throughout the entire flu season, even into January or February.

Stay healthy this cold and flu season with help from the skilled doctors at PVHC. We offer walk-in appointments for flu shots at all five of our locations: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont, Chino Hills Crossroads and La Verne.

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health Month

5 Tips on Staying Healthy for Men’s Health MonthSixty percent of men do not go to the doctor for annual check ups.

That statistic is staggering, especially when you consider regular checkups can detect early stages of a number of diseases that affect men—including prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among American men.

5 health tips for men’s health month

Men’s health month aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage regular preventative health screenings. Here are five things you can do to live long and healthfully:

  1. Schedule an annual physical (every year)
    Even if you are feeling okay, an annual physical is one of the best ways to promote good health. It’s a good opportunity to check cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels—three leading indicators of overall health.
  2. Get physical
    Take care of your heart and reduce stress with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be as simple as taking a brisk walk or playing with your children, grandchildren, or animals.
  3. Get rest
    Men need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to perform at their best. If you’re not getting enough restorative slumber, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for certain respiratory diseases,type 2 diabetes, stroke, or heart disease.
  4. Stop smoking
    Each time you smoke, you’re increasing your risk of respiratory disease, lung cancer, and emphysema. Ask your doctor to help you quit.
  5. Eat the rainbow
    Fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. Not only will these foods give your more energy than fast or processed foods, they are also helpful in preventing certain diseases, like prostate cancer.

If you’re looking for experienced, board-certified Family Medicine Doctors in Chino Hills, La Verne, Claremont and Pomona, make an appointment at one of our Pomona Valley Health Centers today. Call 909-630-7829.

Common Injuries: Should You Go to an Urgent Care or Hospital?

Common Injuries: Should You Go to an Urgent Care or Hospital? If you need immediate medical attention, you might only consider going to the emergency room. However, there is another, less expensive way to receive prompt, high-quality treatment for non-life-threatening conditions. Emergency room services can be very expensive, costing an average of 85% or more per visit than urgent care.

Common injuries and illnesses treated at urgent care

The Pomona Valley Health Center urgent care facilities were created to improve the patient experience through effective evaluation and treatment to quickly remedy common medical situations.

Urgent care facilities offer expert care and are equipped to treat a comprehensive list of illnesses and injuries, including but not limited to:
• Allergies
• Asthma
• Bites and stings
• Burns
• Colds and flu
• Children’s illnesses
• Eye irritation
• Fractures
• Infections
• Migraine headaches
• Minor broken bones
• Rashes
• Sprains and strains
• Sports injuries
• Urinary tract infections
• Vomiting
• And more

The skilled doctors at Pomona Valley Medical Center want to help you make the best, most cost-effective medical decisions.

Should I go to an urgent care or hospital emergency room?

It’s not uncommon for medical situations to occur at night or on a weekend—when your doctor isn’t in the office. If this happens to you, it’s important to know where you can get high-quality help fast. Emergency services should be reserved for only the most serious, often life-threatening medical issues. If you’re suffering from a sudden illness, injury, or other medical condition you would normally address with your primary doctor, urgent care is most likely the right choice for you.

La Verne, Chino Hills, Claremont and Pomona Urgent Care facilities offer expert care with a personal touch. Each of our facilities treats common injuries and illnesses with extended hours 365 days a year.

If you need to make an appointment with one of our board-certified family doctors, call 909-630-7829. All PVHC urgent care facilities are available on a walk-in basis only.

National Infertility Awareness Week: How Common Is Infertility in Women?

National Infertility Awareness Week: How Common Is Infertility in Women?

Getting pregnant is actually a lot harder than you might think. If you or a loved one has ever struggled with infertility, you are not alone. According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining pregnancy.

Infertility can affect both men and women. While cause is often difficult to determine, approximately one-third of infertility cases are due to female reproductive issues and another third is due to male reproductive issues.

What are the common causes of infertility?

For women, these are the most common causes of infertility:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other disorders that affect ovulation (e.g., hyperprolactinemia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism)
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • Endometriosis
  • STIs or other infections
  • Uterine fibroids, polyps, cysts or other growths in the reproductive system
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause)
  • Pelvic adhesions following infection, appendicitis, or abdominal surgery
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Advanced age
  • Excess weight

These are the most common causes of infertility for men:

  • Abnormal sperm production or function
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Structural problems, blockages or other damage or injury to the reproductive organs
  • Overexposure to certain environmental factors (e.g., pesticides, radiation, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana) or medications (e.g., antibiotics, antihypertensives, anabolic steroids)
  • Frequent exposure to heat, such as saunas or hot tubs
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments

Common fertility tests for men and women

Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) offers many state-of-the-art fertility tests to help determine the cause of infertility, including:

  • Semen analysis (men)
  • Testicular biopsy (men)
  • Hormone testing (men and women)
  • Genetic testing (men and women)
  • Ovulation testing (women)
  • Hysterosalpingography (women)
  • Ovarian reserve testing (women)

When you’re ready to start a family, fertility issues can feel like an insurmountable obstacle, but you don’t have to go it alone. PVHC offers skilled, compassionate infertility services in Pomona Valley. Call 909-630-7829 for more information about our women’s health services.

5 Healthy Tips to Teach Your Kids

5 Healthy Tips to Teach Your Kids

It’s true, healthy parents have healthy kids. In fact, you are the most important influence on your child, especially when they’re young. One of the best things you can do to help your child’s health and wellness is to set a good example. When you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and attend regular check-ups with your doctor, your kids are more likely to follow suit.

5 tips to help your children live a healthy life

There is a large body of research suggesting physical activity and a healthy diet pay off in the classroom. When your kids are healthy, they are happier, more focused and do better in school. Help them stay healthy with these tips:

  • Get regular check-ups
    Give your children a healthy start by making sure they visit their pediatrician and dentist for regular checkups. Show them it’s important by setting and keeping your own health appointments as well. When you make health a priority while they’re young, they are more likely to continue with regular checkups into adulthood.
  • Limit screen time
    TV, computer games, iPads and smartphones can be fun and educational, but small minds and bodies need a lot of physical stimulation throughout the day. Limit screen time to two hours per day or less.
  • Eat the rainbow
    Teach your kids about food early, so they understand the value of a healthy meal. Introduce them to a selection of colorful fruits and vegetables, so it becomes a natural part of their diet. Food is like fuel, the more nutritious their diet, the better they’ll feel physically and emotionally.
  • Hydrate with H20
    Instead of reaching for soft drinks or juice, give your kids a tall glass of water when they’re thirsty. Store-bought juices and soda contain a lot of sugar and can lead to health complications like weight gain or even diabetes if consumed in excess.
  • Get moving
    Encourage physical fitness and show them that exercise is fun. Kids want to do everything you do, especially when they’re young. So go ahead, climb, swing and slide at the park with them.

Kids love to get up and get moving, but sometimes that means bumps and bruises. Pomona Valley Health Centers has your little one covered head to toe with convenient urgent care in La Verne, Chino Hills, Claremont and Pomona. Call 909-630-7829 for more information about our urgent care services.

How Long Does a CT Scan Take?

How Long Does a CT Scan Take?

A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan is a medical procedure that allows doctors to see inside your body. They are commonly used to diagnose a variety of disorders within the brain, spine, extremities and vascular system. CT scanning is also used to perform needle guided biopsy and other interventional procedures.

CT scanning is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate

In an emergency room, people can be scanned quickly so doctors can rapidly assess, diagnose and treat their condition. Examinations typically take between 15 and 30 minutes of total time on the scanning table depending on the type of preparation needed and whether it includes the use of a contrast material (a substance that is either injected into the vascular system or taken orally to enhance visibility of internal structures).

The scan itself may take less than a minute to complete.

What can a CT scan detect?

Your doctor may order a CT scan for a number of reasons, including:

  • Complex bone fractures and tumors
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Emphysema
  • Liver masses
  • Internal bleeding
  • Tumors
  • Blood clots
  • Excess fluid
  • Infection

Benefits of a CT scan

CT scans rank as one of the top five medical developments in the last 40 years. Here are the top five benefits of a CT scan

  • Determine when surgeries are necessary
  • Reduce the need for exploratory surgery
  • Improve cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Reduce the length of hospital stays
  • Guide treatment of injuries, cardiac disease and stroke
  • Help show surgeons exactly where to operate during surgery

What’s the difference between a CT and MRI scan?

CT and MRI scans are different procedures and they have different applications depending on what your physician is trying to identify or diagnose. CT scans utilize radiation whereas an MRI uses a strong magnetic field. MRI is sensitive to patient movement and requires that you lay very still for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the procedure. CT scans are much less sensitive to patient movement and the actual scan generally takes only a few minutes compared to MRI. Patients that have implanted medical devices such as pacemakers, stents, coils, etc., can have either a CT or MRI but there are precautions and you will need to consult your physician.

Pomona Valley Health Centers offer conveniently located CT scans in Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne. Call 909-469-9395 to schedule an appointment today.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How to Tell If You Have a Concussion

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How to Tell If You Have a Concussion

Each year, approximately 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries range from mild to severe; concussions are considered a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.

Motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries are common causes of concussions. Though any sport that involves contact can also result in a concussion, particularly football, hockey and soccer are the most common.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

Signs and symptoms that may occur shortly after sustaining a concussion may include:

  • Headache or feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

Treatment options for concussions

All forms of concussions are serious. It’s important to seek medical attention from a local urgent care facility or emergency room as soon as possible to avoid complications. It’s very likely your urgent care or emergency room physician will recommend follow-up care and treatment from a primary care physician. If you play sports regularly, it’s especially important to seek continued care from a medical professional that is specially trained and experienced in the assessment and management of sports-related concussions

March is brain injury awareness month. A time to recognize the growing prevalence of brain injuries, empower the community and destigmatize the injuries. If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion, or repeated concussions in the past, the physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers encourage you to share your experience. This will help others know they are not alone in their journey and help pass along seasoned advice and support.

If you are in need of expert concussion management, contact the skilled sports medicine physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers at 909-630-7829. Our physicians are committed to providing excellent care from the acute injury to return-to-play (RTP).

How Long Do Cold Symptoms Last?

How Long Do Cold Symptoms Last?

‘Tis the season of the nagging cold. If you have the symptoms, you know them well: The scratchy throat and cough. The sniffles. Mild body aches and a low-grade fever. Despite trying every remedy your grandmother recommended, your symptoms seem to be hanging around…and they’re starting to make you feel miserable. So, when will they go away?

How long do cold symptoms last?

Although the cold is labeled as “common,” the symptoms can be quite unique from person to person. Typically, symptoms begin one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. For many people, they peak around day four and taper off around day seven. The most common cold symptoms include:

  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue

The complete life cycle of a cold is usually between seven and 10 days. Beyond that, especially if you have a fever that lasts five days or more, see your healthcare provider for immediate treatment.

For colds, flu and urgent care, we’re here to help you feel better fast

When a cold sticks with you for a little too long, or the flu is getting you down, Pomona Valley Health Centers are here to help you feel better, with urgent care services in Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

Our urgent care locations are open from 8am – 8pm during the week, and from 9am – 5pm on the weekends and most holidays. Beyond urgent care, PVHC strives to support your every healthcare need with family, sports and occupational medicine, physical therapy, women’s health care, specialty care and more.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.

American Heart Month: How Sleep Affects Your Heart

How Sleep Affects Your Heart

Hello, February. Hello, American Heart Month! This is the time when communities, health professionals and families collaborate to help friends and family members make healthier choices. You can be a part of American Heart Month, too. Learn about strategies for preventing heart disease and spread the word to educate and inspire people to live heart-healthy lives.

Need some information to get started? Sleep on this: Recent studies show connections between shortened sleep duration (defined as less than six hours of sleep) and increased risk of heart disease.

Here’s how sleep can affect your heart

You might have guessed by now: Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. Not getting enough sleep can put you at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease—no matter your age or weight, or whether you smoke too much or exercise too little.

Quality sleep, and plenty of it each night, is vital to lowering your risk of heart conditions, because while you sleep, your heart rests. Your heart rate and blood pressure lower; conserving energy and function to power you through the next day.

Habitual lack of sleep can cause myriad problems, including putting you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes and for heart and heart-related problems such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease

In addition to keeping your heart healthy, six or more quality hours of sleep can help you maintain mental well-being and boost immunity, along with a plethora of other health benefits.

Achieve your best health through high-quality sleep

Want to stay happy and healthy? Your physical and mental health hinge largely on consistent, quality sleep. At Pomona Valley Health Centers, our specialists are ready to help you overcome sleep challenges through expert sleep disorder treatment in Chino Hills, Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne.

Whatever you need, whenever you need it, PVHC surrounds you with family, sports and occupational medicine, women’s health and specialty care. We also provide urgent care from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm during the week and from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on the weekends and most holidays.

To schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.