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Our providers are on call in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate urgent/emergent patient matters outside of regular office hours. As a reminder, routine medication refill requests are not addressed by the on-call provider except in cases of an emergency (i.e. if you are on vacation and have forgotten a prescription at home). All other prescription requests are forwarded to a provider to be addressed during regular business hours within 72 hours, as per our refill policy. Thank you for your cooperation!
The Benefits of Colder Weather
By: Abigail Schultz, MSN, CRNP
Winter is here—the days are getting shorter and the holidays are upon us. Winter can be a depressing time of year for many as the holidays wrap up, the hours of darkness increase, and the temps continue to drop. However, cooler temps have a number of health benefits including : the ability to burn more calories, fight infections, and clear up skin—all of which can make the holiday season and winter months a little brighter.

When exposed to the cold our bodies are constantly working to keep us warm and regulate our core body temps. This process uses a significant amount of energy and burns calories in the process. Exposing your body to cooler temps also helps to increase your amount of brown fat. Brown fat is mitochondria rich fat which helps to boost your metabolism making it easier to burn more calories and indulge in a few extra holiday treats.

Throughout the winter we are exposed to more viruses, such as the common cold and the flu. However, cold winter weather enhances our immune system. Studies have shown that stress-inducing conditions, such as exposing yourself to cold temperatures, activates the immune system. Additionally, during the winter months allergies are low and sleep is enhanced further increasing the body’s ability to fight infections. While we may be more at risk, we are better able to fight off infections in the winter months.

Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season
By: Courtney Liggera, Psy. D.
Even though it is often referred to as, “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holiday season can also be very challenging for many.

While the festivities and the advent of a new year are fun and exciting, the holidays also present an endless amount of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining, to name just a few. As a result, many people find that they are faced with an increase in stress, anxiety and depression throughout the holiday season. In fact, according to a poll by the American Psychological Association, eight out of ten people anticipate increased stress over the holidays. In some cases, the increase in stress and anxiety may even lead to depression.

However, there are many ways to minimize stress, anxiety and depression so you can relax and enjoy this time of year. Try out some (or all!) of these tips for a happy and healthy holiday season:

1. Be intentional with your actions and time . The first step toward discipline begins with you getting organized. Using a schedule is your best friend. But, each thing that fills a slot on your scheduling needs to be for a particular reason, not "just because.” 

2. Be selfish … in prioritizing your well-being. You can’t take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself! One of the first things people let go around this time of the year are their healthy routines and behaviors. You don’t need to be perfect with your routine, but strive for consistency.

IT'S FLU SEASON - GET YOUR SHOT TODAY!
The span of time in which the influenza virus is at its most contagious is widely referred to as “ flu season .” This period generally occurs during the colder months of the year: fall and winter. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November and typically peaks between December and February , and can last as late as May.

IF YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN YOUR FLU SHOT PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE TO SCHEDULE AT 215-735-7992. WE CAN GET YOU IN AS SOON AS THE NEXT DAY.
Call 215-735-7990 or email info@dermacenter.com to schedule!
DECEMBER HOURS

Monday: 8am-8pm
Tuesday: 8am-8pm
Wednesday: 8am-8pm
Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Our office will be closed on
Christmas Day, December 25th, and New Years Day, January 1st.