Causes and Treatment Options For Vaginal Dryness and Incontinence

Vaginal dryness and incontinence are two common problems women experience. While the root causes differ, a new non-surgical procedure, ThermiVa®, safely and effectively treats both conditions in a simple in-office procedure. What causes vaginal dryness? Reduced estrogen production is the main cause of vaginal dryness. Estrogen is a female hormone that maintains normal vaginal lubrication, tissue…

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Piedmont HealthCare – Harlan M. Hicks, M.D. Earns Highest PCMH Recognition Level

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Piedmont HealthCare – Harlan M. Hicks, M.D. of Statesville, NC, earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition Level 3 for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and…

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How to Treat Earwax Buildup

To get rid of earwax buildup, soften the earwax using over-the-counter products such as mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, baby oil or glycerin. Earwax removal kits are also available that can get rid of excessive earwax. Never put a hard object (cotton swab) into the ear to remove the wax. Doing so can push the wax…

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Do You Have Earwax Buildup?

Your ear canal produces a substance called cerumen, a waxy oil that protects the ear from dust, foreign particles, microorganisms and irritation due to water. We call this substance earwax and it usually washes away naturally when it makes its way from the canal into the ear opening. When glands produce more earwax than is…

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