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HornerStanley Horner, DO

Dr. Stanley Horner is an Allergy/Immunology Specialist who recently joined the MHP Medical Group. 

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Bacteria Can Also Be Good for You?!

When you think of bacteria, you think of getting sick, right? Well, believe it or not, there are actually lots of bacteria both inside our bodies and out in the world that are good for us. Crazy right? These are called probiotics, pro-good, get it?

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Published Apr 20, 2017

Ten Ways for Women to Keep their Health In Check

As a wife, mom or otherwise caretaker, it’s easy to put your health on the backburner while you worry about everyone else. “Schedule that mammogram? I’ll do it tomorrow. When was the last time I got my blood sugar checked? I’m sure it’s normal, I feel fine!”

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Published Apr 13, 2017

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.