Blog Archive

The Importance of Getting a Physical Exam Dec 1st, 2020

As experienced family physicians and medical providers, our team at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates provides medical care whether you’re sick or injured, but we’re also here when you feel good too.  Physical exams — including well-woman exams, pre-employment physicals, and sports exams — are a key pillar of...

Should I Have My Moles Removed? Nov 1st, 2020

Florida reported nearly 8,000 melanoma cases in 2017 alone. Although that statistic may seem alarming, the good news is that regular skin exams can spot the signs of a changing mole as early as possible.  Because early detection is linked to a 99% survival rate, our team at Dr. Bridget...

Am I a Good Candidate for Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy? Oct 1st, 2020

Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) are licensed and trained in all areas of medicine (like an MD), but they have specialized training in the musculoskeletal system. One of the key differences between an MD and DO is that a doctor of osteopathic medicine can provide manual manipulative medicine.  Osteopathic medicine...

How Viral Flighting Formula (VFF) Can Improve Your Immune System Sep 21st, 2020

When it comes to avoiding viruses, prevention is the best strategy. One of the most well-known virus prevention strategies is through vaccines.  Unfortunately, there’s not a vaccine available for every type of viral infection. That leads to the second prevention strategy: building a strong and healthy immune system.  As family...

What Constitutes a Minor Emergency? Aug 10th, 2020

If you have a mild sore throat, you probably know that you don’t need to visit the hospital emergency room. But it’s not always so easy to tell the difference between a minor emergency and one that requires a trip to the ER.  Understanding what constitutes a minor emergency can...

What to Expect at Well-Women Care Exam Jul 9th, 2020

You’re probably already familiar with the idea of an annual physical, but you may not be familiar with the ins and outs of a well-women care exam. Today, we’re here to answer common questions about well-women exams.  This annual checkup is like a regular physical but with an added emphasis...

Family Practice Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jun 3rd, 2020

As the pandemic continues to evolve, family practices must continue to be attentive to the outbreak of COVID-19. This includes taking proactive steps to safely manage patients while protecting providers and staff. Dr. Bridget Bellingar and our dedicated staff at Dr. Bridget Bellingar DO & Associates in North Seminole, Florida,...

What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy and Who Can Benefit? May 11th, 2020

Roughly 57% of doctors of osteopathy are trained in primary care specialties. A doctor who practices osteopathic medicine, also known as a DO, receives medical training that includes four years of medical school, three (or more) years of residency, and special hands-on training in both osteopathic diagnosis and manipulative treatment....

Is Your Family Up to Date on Vaccines? Apr 22nd, 2020

When it comes to vaccines, conversations tend to focus on childhood immunizations, but did you know that even adults need boosters? That’s right. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has schedules for both adults and children so everyone knows what vaccines they need — and when. In light...

Is it Just a Mole? When to Seek Treatment for Skin Lesions Mar 18th, 2020

Almost all adults have at least one mole. Some people are born with moles, and some develop moles over time. Those moles are called acquired moles.   With growing awareness about melanoma, it’s OK if you have questions about your moles. That’s why our team here at Dr. Bridget Bellingar...

Turn Back the Clock on Aging Skin With TempSure™ Feb 1st, 2020

Are you fed up with lotions and creams that promise youthful skin but fail to deliver? That’s because lotions just hydrate, but to really turn back the clock, you need to focus on collagen and elastin. These essential proteins promote youthful skin by helping your skin retain moisture, resist gravity...

Begin Your Year Right With an Annual Physical Jan 1st, 2020

Physical exams are designed to evaluate your condition, capabilities, health risks, and any injuries/conditions you might have. As your body changes, it's important to undergo annual physicals to monitor any developments in your health. These physicals can be used by employers, coaches, teachers, and doctors to get a better idea...

Why You Need a New Flu Vaccine Every Year Dec 6th, 2019

Most of us have experienced the unmistakable — and miserable — symptoms of the flu: sudden fever, chills, aches, coughing, and congestion. And then there’s the overwhelming exhaustion, when the slightest movement feels like a Herculean effort.  Anyone who’s suffered from the flu, which typically lasts well over a week,...

Finish Off Your Weight Loss Journey With WarmSculpting™ with SculpSure® Nov 11th, 2019

You put tremendous effort into attaining and maintaining your ideal body weight. It takes significant changes to eating patterns and a focus on physical activity and exercise. You feel better, have stores of energy, and you’re on the best path toward successfully maintaining good health.  However, as you get older,...