WESTMINSTER — High blood pressure, kidney stones and rectal irritations were amongthe concerns three Carroll County doctors addressed at a health hot line Monday night.
The county doctors -- Thomas K. Galvin III, John Middleton and Michael S. Rosner -- were on hand to answer the phones and give advice to residents with medical concerns at the Family Health Questions Hot Line, sponsored by Carroll County General Hospitaland The Carroll County Sun.
One caller expressed concern that a family history of high blood pressure might be catching up with her.
After hearing her blood pressure readings, Galvin, a specialist in internal medicine, advised the woman to see her doctor.
"That is high blood pressure," said Galvin, who practices in Westminster. "She should be treated because you can't outrun your genetics."
How to treat a rectal irritation, amild infection caused by bacteria, was another caller's question, Middleton said.
Use Sitz bath, a cleansing and soothing soak, or Neosporin Ointment, an antibiotic, both over-the-counter treatments, twoor three times a day, Middleton said.
If there is no improvement after a few days, the patient should see a doctor, he told the caller.
Such irritation is more common in the heat of the summer and in people who are overweight, Middleton said.
While community response was relatively small -- only eight calls in two hours -- the doctors, who were volunteering their time, felt it was a positive event.
"I enjoyed it," said Middleton, who has a family practice in Westminster. "I'd do it again."
"For the first time, I don't think (the response) was all that bad," he said. "It's in its infant stage. The first day I opened my practice I didn't have three or four calls."
Rosner, a pediatric physician in Taneytown, said he treats half as many people on the phones as he sees in his office.
"Parents are calling up -- they tell us the symptoms of the kid, to see if the child needs to be brought in," Rosner said. "In general, we answer a lot ofphone calls."
As the new school year nears, Rosner and Middleton said they will get numerous calls about "back-to-school" physicals and immunizations.
Children should be immunized for such ailments asdiptheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and influenza type B, at 2, 4, 6, 15 and 18 months and when they turn 4 or 5, Rosner said.
People's life expectancy is higher now than at theturn of the century not because of high-tech machines or complicatedtreatments, but because of immunizations, Middleton said.
"Preventive medicine pays," he said. "Immunization pays."