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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.

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals The Truth About Sit-Ups

First Med Urgent Care: Saving You From Pain

Keeping with the theme of exercising in the new year, as we know many of you fine folks have planned to do for your New Year’s resolution, our urgent care is here to discuss a few side effects of completing sit-ups. In the world of fitness sit-ups have been quite a controversial topic for quite some time. Some people say they’re they best thing for building core strength and other fitness experts are completely against the action. From a medical and a safety point of view, our urgent care staff would suggest a few, safer alternatives for core strengthening.

Let’s take a look, first, at a few injuries that can be caused by doing sit-ups.

  • Sit-ups can cause force in the spine that can lead to disc bulge or disc herniation.
  • Sit-ups can cause Posterior Ulcers (basically blisters on your bottocks).
  • Sit-ups can work hip flexors and if they’re too tight or strong they’ll tug on the lower spine.

While sit-ups were once deemed to be the magical way to a slimmer waistline, safer alternatives have been emerging. Our urgent care staff would recommend planks or leg lifts as two safer ways to achieve core strength without nearly as much injury risk. Of course, there is a proper way to do both of these exercises and we’re providing the details here.

The safest way to perform a plank:

Allow your weight to bear through the forearms and toes, with the body maintained in a horizontal position elevated above the ground. Easy modifications can be made to make it even easier on your pelvic floor. Kneeling forward and putting the weight on your knees rather than your toes is one way to reduce the pressure and while it does work the abs a little less it’s still a very good workout for beginners.

The safest way to perform leg lifts:

Lie on your back (preferably on an exercise mat) with your legs together and extended in front of you. Place your arms down beside your torso, palms facing down. Try to keep your lower back on the floor to prevent injury and slowly lift your legs toward the ceiling while keeping them straight. Stop when your feet are over your hips. Lower your legs back down and repeat until you’re unable to control the movement. If your lower back lifts off the floor it’s a good indication that you’re tired and may need to relax for a few minutes or stop until you’re ready to go again.

Our urgent care staff hope that these tips help some of you out there to exercise safely and prevent injury in the new year. If you do find yourself in need of medical assistance, we’re here to help! There’s no need to book an appointment with any of our urgent care locations, simply walk-in or check-in online by clicking here!

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Information For Proper Push-Ups

Urgent Care: Saving You From Lower Back Pain

One of the most popular “trouble spots” for men and women are their arms, chest, and triceps. Many men are self conscious about their upper body shape while many women are worried about the “pudge” that may form around the armpit region and their arms. Thus, these people tend to turn to push-ups as a primary way to exercise these troublesome areas, but be careful as bad form can lead to lower back pain. As the new year starts out with everyone aiming to get in shape, our urgent care staff felt it would be a great time to provide some information on performing proper push-ups.

It might sound silly to hear an urgent care doctor say that as a side-effect of pushing yourself up improperly that you can cause stress on your spine, but it’s true. It is all in the way one positions themselves. For example, when you lower yourself down, do not let your hips sag as this is the most common mistake people make! Most often allowing the hips to dip too low is a result of having a weak core so it would be smart to focus on building up some core strength in the abs to help yourself prevent injury in the lower back (planks and leg lifts are a nice option).

Our urgent care staff hopes that you’ll agree that injuring yourself beyond repair is not worth the risk. To complete a proper push-up know that you should be creating a straight line with your body from your shoulders to your heels. You’re going to need to make use of your abs and quadriceps to keep yourself engaged in the proper form. As you lower down to the floor, it’s important to remember your straight line posture and push yourself back up in a steady motion. Don’t worry about pumping in the reps too quickly, just take it as slow as you need to go.

If you happen to get a little sore, that’s obviously normal and you’ll just need to rest.

If you need urgent care medical assistance, First Med Urgent Care has 6 locations to serve you from the hours of 8am- 7:30pm, every day of the week! If you need us, be sure to check-in online for a quicker visit. Good luck with your 2017 workout plans!

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing Hip Fractures This Winter

Urgent Care: Safety Tips For Not Falling

Winter time in Oklahoma can be quite brutal, mostly due to the fact that it’s unpredictable. Our urgent care staff likes to prepare as much as possible in the event that icy conditions become a problem during the winter months. Taking precautions is important, because unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially for the elderly. Today, our urgent care staff would like to provide some safety tips to keep you upright so that hip fractures can be avoided this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Choose a practical shoe with good traction when having to walk on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you find yourself leaving the house during inclement weather having a cell phone to connect with friends or family is a smart move. In case you do fall down you’ll have the necessary means to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: It may be silly to only purchase salt for a minimal time, but the salt does work to keep pathways clear so that you can avoid slips.
  • Try exercising indoors: If you’re an avid exerciser remember that winter conditions may make it unsafe for you to stay active outside. That doesn’t mean stop working out! Simply consider moving your routine indoors.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body on an ongoing basis is the best way to ensure overall health. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor to make sure you’re in great condition may be able to help you prevent injuries.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Maintaining your health and forming strong bones starts with your diet, too. Consider plenty of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

We hope you’ve found this informative!

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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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

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What Is an H. Pylori Infection?

H. Pylori Bacterial Infection

Have you ever visited an urgent care for stomach pain? When you have stomach pain it’s important to determine what is causing it as in some cases it could be Helicobacter pylori bacteria also known as H. pylori. This is a bacteria that is more likely to develop in children due to lack of proper hygiene, but it also causes infection in about 1 of 3 adults in the United States. Our urgent care team is here to discuss a little more about this tiny bacteria.

The H. pylori bacteria may not cause symptoms right away, if at all, but they can lead to other conditions. In some cases, peptic ulcers, an inflammatory condition called gastritis, or an increased risk of cancer can occur. This is typically when the stomach pain occurs. Due to their spiral shape, the H. pylori bacteria can easily penetrate the stomach lining where your body’s immune cells are not able to reach them. These bacteria are able to survive in even the most acidic stomach.

Luckily, most cases of H. pylori are treated with one round of antibiotics, but depending on the severity treatment plans may vary. For those who develop other illnesses caused by a lingering H. Pylori infection, the outlook will depend on the problem, how soon it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Your body is an amazing tool and if you listen to the signals it sends you, most of the time you will know when you aren’t at your best. With that being said, our urgent care staff can only urge patients to seek medical attention at the first sign that something isn’t right.

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. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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Ways Your Diet Could Be Causing Kidney Stones

Things That Cater To Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are among the most common urinary tract disorders. They don’t always cause patients to have symptoms of pain, but the larger stones may block urine flow, which can later produce painful situations. Kidney stones may not have a definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. One of those factors in question is your diet. Today, our urgent care team will be talking about a few reasons ways your diet can cause kidney stones.

1.) Not Drinking Enough Water: If you’re not drinking between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day, then you could be dehydrating the body. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels. Drinking water helps dilute the urine so minerals or stone-forming salts cannot develop into stones.

2.) Eating Oxalate-Rich Foods: According to Linda Massey, Ph.D., at Washington State University in Spokane, many soy-based foods have enough oxalate in each to potentially cause problems for people with a history of kidney stones. If you’ve had calcium oxalate stones in the past, it is recommended to lower the amount of oxalate in your diet. Other oxalate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: chocolate, peanuts, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tea, colas and rhubarb.

3.) Overdose On Vitamin D & Calcium: The body does need vitamin D to survive, but if you take in too much you’ll be at risk for the formation of calcium kidney stones. Avoid taking vitamin D supplements unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider. You can get enough vitamin D each day by drinking fortified milk, eating yogurt, eating fortified cereals or by spending 15 minutes in the sun each day. Of course, if you’ve had calcium kidney stones in the past, then you’ll want to be careful about the amount of calcium packed foods that you consume.

These are just 3 common ways that your diet could cause you to have kidney stones. It should be noted that our urgent care staff understand that every person is different and has their own medical history to weigh in as a factor for everything they should or should not be doing. If you suspect that you have kidney stones of any kind, seeking the advice of a medical professional is advised.