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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
    Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet

    D is for Determination! Without it, Dean Strawn and his wife, Jane, along with his Physical Therapists at MHP, say he wouldn’t be walking, talking and m…

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  • After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days
    After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days

    With a household of eight to care for and a fulltime job, the last thing Tami O’Day of Oskaloosa was making time for was herself. Tami thought her m…

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  • Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP
    Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP

    When it comes to healthcare, being able to continue working without interruption is a common concern for many, Larry Spoelstra is no different. “I’ve liv…

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  • Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP
    Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP

    Janean and Derek Wedeking know the value of family, both personally and professionally. Janean is a fourth year medical student who has been on rotations…

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FowlerHeadshotJeffrey Fowler, DO

Dr. Jeffrey Fowler is an OB/GYN at MHP who specializes in the obstetrical and gynecological care for women through every stage of life.

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22 September 2016
You’ve heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but what about prediabetes? When your blood sugar levels are high but not quite high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes, you may be diagnosed with prediabetes. So what in the world does that mean? Well, according to MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice, it’s not a sentence for type 2 diabetes! In fact, this diagnosis is a great opportunity to look at your health and make adjustments before developing dia...
15 September 2016
Did you know that nearly 75% of all colon cancers can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices? MHP General Surgeon Paul Riggs, MD, FACS, does know, which is why he is such an advocate for healthy colon habits! Screenings are an important tool in monitoring the health of your colon but there is a lot you can do between screenings to help this important organ do its best work! Your colon is responsible for helping you digest food and get valuab...

MHP Educates on Psoriasis

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Psoriasis

In recognition of August as National Psoriasis Awareness Month, Mahaska Health Partnership sheds light on the most common autoimmune disease in the country.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that occurs on the skin. It is caused by the accelerated growth of skin cells. The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, appears as red, raised patches covered with white dead skin cells.

“Psoriasis can be a nuisance for some people and a disabling disease for others,” MHP Family Practice Physician Nick Messamer, MD, said. “You may have periods when your psoriasis symptoms improve or go into remission, alternating with times your condition worsens.”

Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time. In most cases, however, the disease eventually returns.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments for the disease that may offer significant relief. The most important thing to remember is that psoriasis is not contagious. Certain nonprescription cortisone creams and light exposure to natural sunlight can help to improve and control symptoms.

“The goal of psoriasis treatment is to interrupt the cycle that causes the rapid skin cell production,” explained Dr. Messamer. “Reducing inflammation and removing the scales to smooth the skin helps to decrease the irritation and visible effects.”

The NPF states that psoriasis is associated with elevated risks for other serious, chronic and life threatening conditions, including diabetes, stroke, cancer and cardiovascular disease. As much as 30 percent of people with psoriasis will be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that causes pain and swelling of the joints and tendons. The emotional, social and physical restrictions of psoriatic arthritis can prove to be debilitating.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to help manage your psoriasis and determine the best plan of action for your individual diagnosis.