Epidermoid Cysts- Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Explains Epidermoid Cysts

First Med Urgent Care Educating Patients

It’s a normal reaction for many people to become a little scared when they see a bump rise up on their skin, especially if it becomes infected. A lot of people automatically fear the worst and seek advice online which can often lead to false information and a self-diagnosis of cancer. Some people rush to the urgent care in a panic!

The truth is that there are a number of skin conditions which can cause lumps or bumps to appear on or just below the skin. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate patients about epidermoid cysts (also sometimes called sebaceous cysts).

These cysts are NOT cancerous and they normally form as a round bubble sticking out from the hair follicle. Usually, a dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. While typical locations include the genitals, chest, and back; these cysts can also form in other areas. In most cases epidermoid cysts are not very painful; however, if the area becomes infected it can become very sensitive to touch.

Most cysts do not disappear on their own without treatment and some will need to be drained to relieve symptoms. Squeezing an epidermoid cyst will push out a thick, white discharge, but as some urgent care patients have experienced, a removal of the cyst is necessary. If you simply rely on squeezing the discharge out without removing the sac, the cyst will return.

Allowing our urgent care doctor to take care of an epidermoid cyst is safer than trying to do this procedure at home! In addition, antibiotics may need to be prescribed to treat an infected cyst.

If you think you have an epidermoid cyst, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. You may visit any of our urgent care locations; we’re open 7 days of the week! To see our urgent care locations and hours of operation, please click here.

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Urgent Care Discusses Diseases Carried By American Dog Tick

Urgent Care Shares Concerns About This Common Tick

It’s the time of year again when a lot of families love to go camping, take walks with their dogs, and stroll through parks. It’s also the unfortunate time when being outdoors near woody or grassy areas can mean picking up unwanted pests such as ticks. One of the most common ticks in Oklahoma is known as the American dog tick. Most people associate ticks with Lyme disease, but it’s important to know that there are other types of ticks which carry different diseases. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate about the American dog tick’s most commonly carried diseases which can be passed to humans.

The American dog tick is known to carry tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Our urgent care staff put together information regarding tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever listed below.

Tularemia: Most people who have contracted this illness will show signs within 3-5 days, but some have reported that it takes up to 14 days. While there are several types of tularemia, depending on how it was contracted, the most common type is called ulceroglandular tularemia.

Symptoms include:

  • A skin ulcer that forms at the site of infection
  • Swollen and painful lymph glands
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Exhaustion

Our urgent care team recommends that you see your doctor immediately if you feel you have this disease as most cases can be cured with prompt care.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: This illness also usually shows up within 14 days. It is a bacterial infection that can cause serious damage to internal organs, such as your kidneys and heart if it is not promptly treated.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • A rash on the wrists and ankles (usually after a few days)
  • Again, it is important to visit the doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these signs after a tick bite.

The best thing to do to protect yourself, your pets, and others from the American dog tick is utilize prevention. Always wear a bug repellent and if you can stand it try to wear long sleeves and pants when walking in tall grass or through forest areas. At home, you can protect your own yard by maintaining proper lawn care. If you find a tick on you remove it carefully by following instructions listed here.

Should you need urgent care treatment, feel free to come on in to any of our urgent care locations as there is no appointment needed!

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Symptoms Of Conjunctivitis

First Med Urgent Care Informing About Pinkeye

Did you wake up this morning with the feeling that something might be wrong with your eye? Perhaps you think you might have an eye infection of some sort, but you aren’t really certain it’s conjunctivitis (also known as pinkeye)? Then, you have landed in the right spot, today! Our urgent care article will focus on the discussion and symptoms of pinkeye.

The cause of your pinkeye may vary and therefore the symptoms may vary, as well. You may have all or some of the associated symptoms. Here’s a list of common pinkeye symptoms that were compiled by our urgent care staff:

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased tear production
  • Thick, yellowish discharge that causes crust to form on eyelashes (usually noticeable when waking up)
  • Green or white discharge from the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurred vision

There can be different causes for your pinkeye which include:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Irritation from soap, dirt, smoke, and chlorine in swimming pools
  • Allergies (dust, pollen, or from wearing contact lenses)

The treatment options for pinkeye will also vary based on the cause. Bacterial infections can easily be treated with a prescription from our urgent care doctors for antibiotic eye drops, ointments or pills. Viral pinkeye can often be due to the common cold which will clear up, in most cases, on its own. It does help if you wash your hands often and avoid contact with others as it is contagious. Pinkeye caused by irritations and allergens usually require you to flush the eye for several minutes or to remove the allergen in question.

If you think you might have pinkeye and you need assistance with determining the best treatment option for you, please feel free to visit any of our 6 First Med Urgent Care locations.

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First Med Urgent Care Offers Printable Patient Forms Online

Quicker Visits For New Urgent Care Patients

A few months ago we highlighted how First Med Urgent Care has helped save patients time by offering them the capability to check-in online. Since then, so many of our patients have flooded our feedback inbox with positive notes about this wonderful option (thank you to all of our patients who have told us how much you love the online check-in system). Today, we wanted to let new patients know that they can speed up their urgent care wait times even more by using the printable patient forms available on our website!

At an average doctor’s office you end up waiting for up to one hour just to even be called to back. That’s not counting the time it often takes to get to talk to the doctor. It’s not like that at First Med Urgent Care! Of course, there will be days when the lobby seems packed with new patients trying to get in, but a lot of those people are still filling out their patient paperwork.

Even then we strive to get those patients back as soon as possible, but you can imagine that it helps if you already have that vital paperwork filled out and ready to hand in upon your arrival. First Med is committed to giving you the best possible health care experience so you may click here to access the forms you’ll need to print, fill out, and bring with you to your visit.

If you find yourself feeling ill or have minor injuries and you’d rather skip the long wait times, come see us at any of our 6 convenient First Med Urgent Care locations that are easily found around the OKC and Edmond area. You may check-in online by clicking here. Then, simply show up with your important patient documents, your identification, and insurance cards that you may need to provide. Our urgent care staff will do the rest.

We look forward to treating you!

Urgent Care- Starving Yourself

Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

In part one of this series, our urgent care staff talked about how people feel this crazy rush to lose weight quickly before summer arrives. We also talked about how some of those people decide that starving themselves is a quick fix, but in reality this choice can cause more problems. We discussed how severe fatigue and muscle deterioration can be causes of malnutrition. If you have questioned whether this “dieting” decision is right for you, our urgent care doctors have provided a few more dangerous reasons why you should reconsider.

Let’s take a look at what other detrimental side effects can be caused by starving yourself for weight loss:

1.) Slower Metabolism: It may seem ironic, but rather than help people lose weight, many times starving the body leads to having an even slower metabolism. This happens, because when the body enters starvation mode it starts to conserve the energy previously stored in order to survive. The brain will trigger the thyroid to slow down the metabolic rate. Once you do start eating again the body is no longer able to get back to burning calories which can prohibit weight loss in the future.

2.) Serious Health Problems: Even if you do manage to starve yourself to the point of rapid weight loss, you’ll be inviting a slew of other complications to possibly develop in your body. Improper nutrition and extreme weight loss practices can lead to heart attacks, seizures, bone health problems, and inflammation in various parts of the body which can cause ongoing pain. Some people may even experience psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders as a result of malnutrition.

In part one, we listed a few options for losing weight that weren’t so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few more things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Try bringing a packed, healthy lunch with you to work or school.
  • Need motivation? Use the buddy system by inviting a friend to workout with you.
  • Brush your teeth after eating to prevent overeating. This can be a psychological trigger to your brain that mealtime is over.
  • Choose a smaller plate to help keep your portions more controlled.
  • If you have to eat out, immediately ask for a to-go container and pack away half of your meal for later. Out of sight, out of mind!

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. We hope you have a happy, healthy journey towards meeting your goals whether that be before summer arrives or long after. Taking your time is better than rushing it.

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. If you’re in need of medical assistance and you’d like to check-in online to speed up your visit, please click here.

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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

With the realization that summer is only a few months away a lot of people get this fear-driven impulse to lose weight quickly. Sometimes, people who are unhappy with their body feel that exercising doesn’t fall within their allotted time frame for every day life. This often leads those same types of people to believe that starving themselves is an effective weight loss method; however, doing so has a lot of dangerous repercussions. If you’ve found yourself feeling like starving your body is a good idea, our urgent care doctors would advise you otherwise and encourage healthy practices.

Not convinced with that statement alone? Then, let’s take a look at two of the dangers caused by starving yourself:

1.) Severe Fatigue: Crash dieting deprives your body of important nutrients which will cause your body to stop functioning properly. Not eating for an extended period of time will lead to severe fatigue and headaches which may cause you to stop being able to complete normal tasks properly.

2.) Muscle Loss: Muscles are just like other parts of your body that rely on good nutrition to stay alert. Through nutrients and blood, the muscles become flexible and strong. Without the right amount of nutrition your muscles will begin to decrease, or waste away. This is known as muscles atrophy.

Options for losing weight don’t have to be so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Get plenty of sleep as lack of sleep can spike hunger!
  • Keep a food journal to help you stay on track.
  • Don’t give in to cravings. Try drinking more water, instead.
  • It’s so important we’ll mention it twice– drink more water!
  • Try even the smallest exercise such as a walk around the block or a soft jog in place while you watch television.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. In case you’re still on the fence about the subject, come back and read part two in a few weeks!

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. If you’re in need of medical assistance and you’d like to check-in online to speed up your visit, please click here.

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Tips For Fighting Mosquitos

First Med Urgent Care Warns Against Mosquitos

Monday was the first day of spring which means warmer weather is on its way, but also the possibility of mosquitos coming around increases. Today, First Med Urgent Care is providing some tips for fighting off mosquitos.

First, you may wonder why the need to eliminate the possibility for mosquitos is so great? The truth is that mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus is still a threat to Oklahomans.

Mosquito-borne diseases are often transmitted to people through a bite from an infected mosquito, but they can also spread by a mosquito biting an already infected person and spreading it to the next bite victim. Sexual contact with an infected person can also cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread.

This is why it is highly important to attempt to keep mosquitos away! There are number of things that can be done to keep your body, clothing, and home free from mosquitos. Here is a list compiled by our urgent care staff to help you:

  • Use repellent sprays with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE or PMD). Check the label of insect repellents in stores to make sure one of these important ingredients is listed. Make sure the spray is safe to go on skin and if it is utilize it on exposed skin as well as clothing.
  • Try wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.
  • Drain standing water on your property to prevent mosquitos from laying eggs in it.
  • Get rid of garbage that holds water.
  • Change water daily in birdbaths and pet water bowls.
  • Clean out clogged rain gutters and repair leaky outdoor plumbing fixtures.
  • Don’t dump grass or other yard waste into storm drains or drainage channels.
  • Store boats with a cover over them or upside down.

If you should be one to catch West Nile virus it’s important to note that there are no medications or vaccines to treat or prevent it. Fortunately, most people infected with it will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

That being said, our urgent care staff recommends you take precautions as that’s the best prevention available at this time.

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First Med Urgent Care Reports On Soy Allergy Symptoms

Urgent Care News: Reactions To Soy Allergy

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding soy products and foods with soy. The most common argument against soy is that the isoflavones can bind to estrogen receptors and affect thyroid hormones. There have also been debates about soy increasing risks of certain cancers, but evidence of that is not conclusive. Others simply shouldn’t consume soy, because they’ve developed an allergy. How do you know if you have a soy allergy? First Med Urgent Care lists the common symptoms for your knowledge, today.

Luckily, a soy allergy for most people isn’t serious, but can be very uncomfortable. If you have an allergy to soy it will most likely follow the same pattern as any other food allergy in that symptoms will usually appear within a few minutes up to a few hours after eating foods with the allergen. The following are documented signs that you may have a soy allergy:

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Hives or itchy skin
  • Swelling of lips, face, tongue, throat, or other body parts
  • Wheezing, runny nose, or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Skin redness

Our urgent care staff cautions you to pay attention to the following, more extreme, signs that you are having a severe allergic reaction (also known as anaphylaxis):

  • Difficulty breathing due to throat swelling
  • Shock, with severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness

If possible seek out urgent care treatment before things get out of control with your allergy, but if the symptoms listed in the anaphylaxis section above happen to you then you need to skip straight to emergency treatment!

Allergies are just one of the many general service specialities offered by First Med Urgent Care. Should you have a non-life threatening allergic reaction, please feel free to come see our urgent care medical staff about that! We’re open 7 days per week from 8am to 7:30pm and walk-ins are welcome!

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Urgent Care Reports: Sore Throats Due To Acid Reflux

First Med Urgent Care: Providing You With Information

When that dreaded sand paper feeling starts creeping in your throat, followed by the awful soreness, you may be inclined to automatically blame a cold, the flu, or strep throat, but did you know acid reflux can cause sore throats, too? Our urgent care staff is here to inform you about this common sore throat cause which is often overlooked.

First, let’s talk a little bit about your esophagus. This muscular tube carries food from your mouth and connects the throat or pharynx to the stomach. When acid from your stomach comes up through your esophagus it can cause irritation in the throat. This is what our urgent care doctors would commonly refer to as acid reflux.

How do you know that it’s not one of the other more common problems causing your sore throat?

Not everyone will have all of the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms on this urgent care checklist you might have 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 already tried over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks and you still have symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux , it’s time to see a doctor. Our urgent care staff is available to help you with a diagnosis every day of the week from 8am to 7:30pm. If you need to see a doctor, we recommend checking in online for faster service. You may check-in at any of our locations by clicking here.

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Saving Time With First Med Urgent Care’s Online Check-In

Receive Urgent Care Quicker With Online Check-In

We’ve all heard the saying “time is of the essence”, right? Well, that fact of the matter is that when you’re a busy person (and doesn’t it seem as if we all are?) you just want to get in and out of the doctor’s office as quickly as possible. When you think of most doctor’s offices the first thing that may come to mind might be the horribly long wait times. First, you go and wait in the lobby, then you’re called back to wait in the back room, then you see the nurse, and finally after waiting a little longer you get to see the doctor. Sometimes, you’re left to wait even more before the visit is over. Guess what? All of that waiting can be eliminated at First Med Urgent Care.

Sure, on super busy days there may be a slight wait in the lobby, but in most cases our urgent care is able to get patients in and out in way less than one hour. By utilizing the online check-in feature on our website we’re even able to keep wait times down as low as 5 minutes or less! We’re thrilled to have read plenty of positive reviews from our patients praising us for this wonderful new feature and we hope to make you the next happy patient.

If you find yourself sick with the flu or any other minor illness or injury our urgent care is here to serve you! First Med Urgent Care has 6 convenient locations around the Metro area to accommodate patients from all around OKC and Edmond. We understand that your time is valuable and you want to make the most of it, so next time you’re heading our way for whatever ailment you may have consider checking in online first.

If you need to check-in to one of our locations, please follow this link. Drive safely and we’ll see you soon! Our urgent care staff will be happy to help you when you arrive.