Family Medicine

The staff at Southern Medical Care is equipped and trained to handle anything from a cold to minor trauma.

Services

  • Family Medicine:
    • Systemic Illnesses (Hypertension, Cholesterol, etc.)
    • Immunizations
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Panic Disorder
    • Geriatric Medicine
  • Minor Surgical Procedures, Such As:
    • Mole and Skin Tag Removal
    • Ingrown Toenail Removal
    • Foreign Object Removal
    • Incision & Drainage of Cysts & Abscesses
    • Treatment of Warts
    • Lacerations and Wound Care
  • Gynecological Examinations:
    • Papanicolaou or Pap Smear Test
    • Breast Exam
    • Pregnancy Testing
    • Diagnosis & Treatment of STDs
  • Physical Examinations:
    • Annual/Wellness Physical
    • School & Sports Physical

Please use the following link for important information about your health care services.

Mississippi Advance Health-Care Directive

 

  • Treatments:
    • Abrasions
    • Allergies and Minor Allergic Reactions
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Bronchitis and Pneumonia
    • Cold and Cough
    • Contusions
    • Dehydration
    • Ear Infections and Ear Wax Removal
    • Eye Infections
    • Fever
    • Influenza
    • Hand and Foot Injuries
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Insect bites and stings
    • Migraines and Headaches
    • Minor Concussions
    • Muscle Injuries
    • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
    • Pain, Sprains, and Strains
    • Rashes and Poison Ivy
    • Sinus Infections
    • Skin Conditions
    • Sore Throat and Strep Throat
    • Upset Stomach/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

Diabetes Medicine

Dr. Otaigbe is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE®). This means she has been trained and certified to educate her patients about Diabetes. The goal is to teach you how Diabetes affects your body, how to self-manage it at home, and how to set and achieve individualized and attainable goals. Southern Medical Care also hold a seasonal Lunch and Learn event where we hold an educational class during lunch time and share a healthy meal and healthy recipes. Guest speakers in the past include Master Chef contestant Katie Dixon and Merit Health Wesley dieticians.

Diabetes Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms

Diabetes is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it can go unnoticed for several years. In fact, the average diabetic has been affected by the disease for up to 7 years by the time they are diagnosed. It can, however, be detected earlier if we pay attention to the signals our bodies try to send us from time to time. Here are some common, early signs of Diabetes:

  • Increased thirst or dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Presence of ketones in the urine (ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there's not enough available insulin)
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections

It is also important to note that Diabetes can be genetic so knowing your family history is key in the prevention of this and other diseases.

Click Here to see if you are at risk for Diabetes