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5 Most Common Reasons to Visit Urgent Care This Winter

5 Symptoms That Might Send You to Urgent Care This Winter

Winter usually means a higher risk of sickness than the other times of the of the year, and it’s important to know the most common reasons for people to visit Urgent Care facilities. When should you visit urgent care? When should you visit your primary doctor? When should you go to the ER? To help you narrow down that list, here are five examples of times you should visit urgent care in OKC:

  • Closed Primary Doctor/ Pediatrician. If you or a family member is sick but the primary doctor is not available, it is an excellent time to visit urgent care.
  • Suspected Flu. If you suspect that you or a family member has type A or type B flu, urgent care can help. You likely don’t want to wait for an appointment at the primary care doctor. We can quickly and efficiently provide flu testing. Symptoms include fever, aches, chills, extreme fatigue, and sometimes drainage.
  • Suspected Strep Throat. If you or your child have symptoms of strep, it’s important to get care right away. We provide fast and efficient strep testing, to get you out the door with medicine as soon as possible. Symptoms include extreme sore throat, throat and tonsil inflammation, red and white splotches in the back of the throat, fever, drainage, and sometimes upset stomach.
  • Minor Injuries. When you or a family member experience a minor injury, such as falling on snow or ice, urgent care may be able to help. Severe cuts and suspected concussions are better treated at the ER, but minor injuries can be brought to us.
  • Sinus Infections. It is okay to treat common colds and viruses at home when possible. Over-the-counter medications help alleviate many symptoms that accompany a cold. If you suspect your cold or virus has developed into a sinus infection, a visit to urgent care and a prescription for antibiotics may be necessary. The symptoms include sinus pain, sinus pressure, inability to blow nose or breathe through nose, lots of drainage and mucus, or greenish yellow mucus.

If you or someone in your family needs urgent care, look to us at First Med Urgent Care. We offer urgent care in OKC, urgent care in NW OKC, urgent care in Edmond, and urgent care in SW OKC for your convenience.

Sources:

Children’s MD

https://www.medexpress.com/blog/better-health/most-common-urgent-care-visits.html

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/health/familyhealth/the-12-pains-of-christmas-common-winter-illnesses-treated/ar-AAfXXPu

Health Insurance - Urgent Care OKC & Edmond

Understanding How Your Health Insurance Works

The Basics of Health Insurance

When dealing with health problems you should be aware of the best urgent care OKC has to offer along with knowing how your health insurance covers it. We provide the urgent care for Edmond and OKC residents need here at First Med Urgent Care.

You may have questions about how your insurance works when you visit First Med. Urgent care is not the same as the emergency room, nor is it equivalent to making an appointment at your primary physician’s office. When you visit an urgent care, you pay a co-pay that is slightly higher than a check-up at a primary doctor. However, it is significantly lower than an ER co-pay on most plans. Here are a few basic insurance terms that are helpful for everyone to know.

  • Preventive vs. Urgent Care. Preventive care is covered by insurance, often at a very low cost or no co-pay. This includes check-ups, routine blood work, etc.
  • Out-of-Pocket Limit. Every single and family plan has a limit on what must be paid out of pocket across the board after co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles.
  • Deductible. It is the amount you pay before insurance kicks in, and varies from plan to plan.
  • Co-pay. This is the amount you pay along with your insurance company. For many types of visits, like urgent care, sick visits, and ER visits, the co-pay is pre-defined.

Nine Essential Benefits

The trademark of insurance coverage is a plan that covers the 9 Essential Benefits:

  1. Outpatient service
  2. Emergency service
  3. Hospitalization and surgery
  4. Maternity and delivery
  5. Prescription medication
  6. Rehabilitation
  7. Laboratory services
  8. Pediatric care
  9. Preventive care (check-ups) and disease management (specialists)

Visiting urgent care falls in the category of outpatient service, not emergency service. If it is a dire emergency requiring an ambulance, the patient needs to go to the nearest ER. If you are looking for urgent care in NW OKC,  SW OKC and Edmond – First Med Urgent Care can help. No appointment needed.

Sources:

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/insurance.html

https://www.policygenius.com/health-insurance/learn/health-insurance-basics-and-guide/

https://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/health-insurance-guide/overview/

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First Med Urgent Care: LCDs and VLCDs

First Med Urgent Care talks about low-calorie diets and very low-calorie diets

Losing weight is something most people will have to do at some point in their lives. Whether it’s because we stopped going to the gym, started enjoying good food a little too much, or just got older and watched our metabolism slow most people will pack on a few extra pounds. Losing a few extra pounds isn’t a big deal usually, eat a little better or go to the gym a little more often and you’ll be fine. Some of us though, pack on more than just a few pounds causing a disease known as obesity. It’s much harder to lose these pounds because in addition to there being more pounds to lose, often we’re so entrenched in the habits that brought us to that point that it seem impossible to break them. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to change one’s lifestyle, but certain diets can help kickstart the road to beating obesity. First Med Urgent Care is here to talk about some of these diets.

LCD (Low-Calorie Diet): LCD’s are common for people who are suffering from obesity. The number of calories an LCD will limit you to will vary depending on age, sex, and other lifestyle factors but usually women will be put on a diet of about 1,200 calories/day while men may have something closer to 1,600/day. These numbers may be much lower depending on factors though. LCDs usually consist of regular food but can include meal replacement shakes. Longterm and coupled with lifestyle changes these diets can help you lose a large amount of weight and keep it off.

VLCD (Very Low-Calorie Diet): These are like LCDs but instead of using real food most of your meals will be replaced with nutrient shakes. People on a VLCD will consume about 800 calories a day from these shakes. These diets are reserved for people who need extreme weight loss fast and will always be closely monitored by a doctor to ensure the health and safety of the patient.

Feeling sick? Come visit one of First Med Urgent Care’s many convenient locations!

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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

Feeling sick or need a check-up? Come visit one of our many convenient locations today!

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First Med Urgent Care: Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

First Med Urgent Care: Dealing with Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

When you wake up in the morning with that coarse, sandpaper feeling in your throat, followed by annoying, awful soreness, you may first blame it on something like a cold or the flu. However, one thing you probably won’t blame is acid reflux but did you know that it can also cause sore throats? First Med Urgent Care is here to inform you about this common sore throat instigator that is often overlooked.

First, let’s get to know your esophagus. This muscular tube is what carries food from your mouth to the stomach and connects the throat to the stomach. Acid reflux is stomach acid coming up from your esophagus. Naturally, burning stomach acid coming up through the esophagus can also cause irritation in the throat.

So, how can you tell that your sore throat is being caused by acid reflux and not one of the other common causes of a sore throat?

Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following on this urgent care checklist your sore throat might be from acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve tried over the counter solutions for more than two weeks and your throat is still feeling sore or you still have other symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux, then you need to see a doctor. Our First Med Urgent Care is available to help diagnose your symptoms every day of the week from 8 am to 7:30 pm. For faster service, we recommend checking in online, which can be done here.

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First Med Urgent Care: What’s up with Warts?

First Med Urgent Care: Where do warts come from?

Most of us have experienced this, we reach down and feel a wart on our or our child’s hand. Maybe your getting ready for a night out and your concerned about a wart that’s appeared somewhere on your body. Maybe your concerned about what it means for your health, is it really nothing to worry about? Whatever your reason for seeking information on warts and the virus that causes it, First Med Urgent care is here for you.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: What are warts?

Warts can seem scary, especially when you hear they’re caused by a virus. They usually grow fast, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Yep, viruses cause warts, not touching little green frogs or toads. Although warts are not spread by toads, it is contagious. Most often its spread by the virus getting into a break in the skin. The reason children seem more susceptible to this virus is because they are generally more active and more likely to have a break in the skin allowing for the virus to enter. Other members of the family can also be vulnerable depending on circumstances.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: When should you visit an urgent care for warts? 

If you’ve tried some of the “at-home remedies” and they didn’t work or you need a wart removed quick, visit our urgent care! Removal is fast and you can return home immediately after the process is done. It’s important to know that the area where the wart was removed can take several days to heal. Make sure you plans accordingly!

Once you get a wart, it’s not always easy to get rid of. If you need a wart removed, don’t hesitate to visit our First Med urgent care facility.  You can locate the nearest urgent care here.

 

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First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you lose in a week?

First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you try to in a week

The new year is in full swing and everyone is trying to stick to their resolutions. We all wanna lose weight as fast and as safe as possible. You may have wondered at some point though, how much weight should I be losing to stay healthy? Well, First Med Urgent Care is here with some tips and info on just how much should you lose in a week.

You’ve no doubt flipped through a magazine to and seen fad diets that promise you’ll lose 10 pounds in a week. While that may be possible, these diets are typically not the healthiest ways to lose weight and some can be down-right dangerous. The bottom line on fad diets, is just don’t. Often times the weight you lose will creep back on as fast as you lose it and it’s generally not worth the health risks.

The healthiest way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more, according to most experts. For most people, this means they’ll lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week. In addition, this weight has a tendency to stay off as opposed to the fast weight loss diets. It should also be noted that there are also other factors that can contribute to how much you lose. Heavier people will have an easier time losing weight than people who are already pretty thin.

There are other ways to lose an extreme amount of weight without putting your health at risk. But before you start a diet that’s so extreme, it’s important to talk to a doctor or dietitian and work with them throughout the diet to make sure your losing large amounts of weight safely.

Need a visit to the doctor’s after hours? Come visit one of First Med Urgent Care many convenient locations!

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First Med Urgent Care: Losing weight in the new year

First Med Urgent Care: Shedding weight for 2018

First Med Urgent Care cares about health, and one of the best ways to maintain your health is to manage your weight. Maybe your nervous about making this your resolution this year because it hasn’t worked out in previous years, but First Med Urgent Care is here to help you reach your weight goals! Before you start any new diets or routines though, talk to your doctor and make sure you are physically able to start a new routine or diet. Talking to your doctor may also help you approach your weight management in a different way. The biggest problem with weight management is that people will start off motivated and ready for the first few weeks or months, but somewhere down the line because of work and/or home, the motivation dries up. Slow, step by step weight management could ultimately lead to a better life and a healthier you. Here are a few tips that might help you better manage your weight.

Set Milestones: So your main goal is to lose weight. That’s a good main goal to have, but how are you going to make that happen? Making smaller milestone goals can help you build up to a larger goal. An example would be to start with a 10-15 minute walk around a block 3-4 times a week. This goal is small enough that it can be easily accomplished after work, in-between classes, or in between other activities. A milestone should be something you can accomplish by taking just a few minutes out of your day. Make meal plans one week at a time. As you accomplish these milestones, slowly increase them. That 15 minute walk becomes a 30 minute walk, or a 15 minute run. Then, it becomes a 45 minute walk or a 30 minute run. Slow, steady, simple changes are a great way to keep from feeling overwhelmed by your main goal. Once you accomplish one milestone, make another and keep it up!

Think Positive!: Thinking about how hard and not-fun your diet might be will only bring you to your burn-out point quicker. If your goal is to become healthier, than stay focused on all the benefits you’re creating for your body. Making a healthy change in your life should feel good and be a joyful experience. Ever heard the term “fake it until you make it?” If you think you can do it, then you can and will!

Indulge in Moderation: The biggest thing to accept about weight loss is we’re only human. Wanting to eat tasty treats that aren’t good for us is going to happen. Like the old saying “we want what we can’t have,” so if you deny yourself tasty treats forever, the likelihood of your willpower lasting is slim to none. Before you know it, you’ll be stuffing your face full of sweets! If something like cake is your weakness, avoid buying it so your not tempted to much on it at home. If you happen to see cake at a social event though, it’s perfectly fine to have a small portion. Just remember, “Always in moderation.”

Don’t give up on your weight loss plan for 2018, just keep moving forward!

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing hip fractures this winter

First Med Urgent Care: Safety Tips to prevent falling this winter

It’s winter in Oklahoma, and that can lead to some brutal and unpredictable weather. Our First Med Urgent Care staff like to be prepared. And that includes preparing for the icy conditions that can come during the winter months. These precautions are important, as unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially in older individuals. First Med Urgent Care’s staff is here with some safety tips to keep you upright and mobile as you move around this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Shoes with good traction and support will be invaluable when walking on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you need to leave the house while inclement weather is happening, always be sure to take a cell phone. You can use it to connect with friends and emergency personal in case you need to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: Salt can help clear out ice and break up the slippery parts on sidewalks. You won’t slip if there’s nothing to slip on! The best way to avoid the ice is just to get rid of it!
  • Try exercising indoors: If you love to work out keep in mind that outdoor winter conditions may not be the safest. Instead, maybe consider exercising indoors to prevent slipping on ice and freezing in the cold.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body is an ongoing challenge. Maintaining a strong overall health means you’ll be less likely to break a bone when you fall. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor can help ensure sure you’re in great condition.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet and giving your bones the nutrients they need to grow and stay strong. Consider foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin D

We hope you found this helpful!

If you should fall down and find that your hip isn’t fractured, but there are some minor injuries causing you pain, our urgent care would be happy to take a look.

There’s no appointment necessary to enjoy the convenience of services at First Med Urgent Care! Simply walk-in or check-in online between 8:00AM to 7:30PM any day of the week! You can check-in online by clicking here.

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First Med Urgent Care: Keeping your immune system strong

First Med Urgent Care tells how to keep your immune system strong!

First Med Urgent Care will always be around to treat you when you get sick, but ideally you never want to get sick! Here are some tips to keep your immune system strong during this wonderful, but also stressful, time of the year.

Get Plenty of Vitamin C: Everyone knows that getting plenty of vitamin C is key to keeping your immune system strong and fighting. The best way to get this vitamin is through fresh fruits and vegetables. Specifically berries, kiwi, oranges, bell peppers, and dark leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C.

Get in the Sun!: Soaking up sunlight is important to the production of Vitamin D, a key nutrient for a healthy immune system. Getting some sunlight, about 30 minutes should do it, will help increase you production of Vitamin D.

Get Plenty of Rest: Fatigue is one of biggest contributors to a weakening immune system. Getting enough rest is critical to maintaining a strong immune system. The amount of rest someone needs varies depending on the person but it should be around 7 to 8 hours.

Drink Plenty of Water: Hydration is important for many reasons. How it keeps your immune system strong is because the body uses fluids to carry away toxins and flush your system through your urine. By drinking plenty of water, no target number just drink when you feel thirsty, you give your body the material it needs to flush your system of toxins and keep your immune system strong by eliminating threats.

De-Stress: The holidays are a stressful time, and stress means lowered immune function. Taking just a small amount of time to unwind and relax can do wonders for your health and immune system.

If you do get sick, First Med Urgent Care will be around to help treat you. Visit one of our many locations today!