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Wearing The Right Sunscreen For Protection: Part 2

Chemical Free Sunscreen To Prevent Damage

We know you love getting out in the pool or just enjoying the sunshine, in general. Our urgent care staff does too! As we discussed in part one of this series, a little sunlight is great for our bodies. It’s not only good for vitamin D, it also helps you to absorb more calcium for stronger, healthier bones. Of course, it doesn’t take much sunlight to get what you need. Since it’s not likely that most families will be willing to limit their outdoor activities to only 15-30 minutes per day it’s important to protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays by wearing sunscreen.

It’s vital to choose the right type of sunscreen, of course. In part one of our urgent care blog we listed a few chemical free options to choose from for those that don’t want to have potentially skin-irritating components like parabens (making skin tumor development more likely) being applied to your skin. Today, our urgent care staff is going to list a few more chemical free sunscreen products you can choose from for a healthier, safer time in the sun.

If you’re looking for a few products that are chemical free, our urgent care staff has done a little research and compiled the following list:

  • Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+: This oil-free sunscreen one can be found at most drugstores and feels weightless. It has been said that it won’t harm sensitive skin, either. It is unscented, for those that like it simple.
  • Coola Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish: This lightweight formula has oil-absorbing silica to allow for a matte finish instead of the glossy sunscreen and it has shea butter for moisture. It has a fresh, cucumber scent.
  • Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30: This sunscreen has 19% of its ingredient concentration as zinc oxide and moisturizes with glycerin and aloe. It has a blend of citrus oils in it that produce its citrusy scent.
  • Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30: This sunscreen is plant-based with red raspberry and smooths the skin with coconut and green tea. Lavender essential oil is used for scent.

We hope this list of chemical free sunscreen products has been helpful to you. Our urgent care staff wishes you all a safe and happy time in the sun!

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Wearing The Right Sunscreen For Protection: Part 1

Chemical Free Sunscreen To Prevent Damage

Our urgent care staff is excited to get out and enjoy the sunshine. The truth is that we could all use a little sunlight as it’s a great source of vitamin D for our bodies, but it really doesn’t take much to get all that is needed. Prevention is the best method of getting too much sun exposure, but only if you’re actually using something that is, in fact, preventing damage. That’s why, in part one of this series, our urgent care blog is going to be talking a little about the importance of wearing the right sunscreen.

With society becoming increasingly awareness about harmful chemicals in products it’s going to take a watchful eye to choose a sunscreen that doesn’t speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions. For example, parabens are added preservatives that have been found in many body care products and it is suggested by some studies that parabens increase the chances of skin cancer when applied in the presence of sunlight.

In case you are health conscious and you’re looking for a few sunscreen products that are chemical free, our urgent care staff has done a little research and compiled the following list:

  • Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+: This is a sheer, light formula that is spiked with glycerin and vitamin E for extra moisture and antioxidant protection. It’s unscented, for those that like it simple.
  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47: This is loaded with aloe and protects skin with green tea and jojoba oil extracts. It smells fruity and tropical for those that want to smell beachy.
  • SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50: If you hate oil or chalky feelings, this one is for you. It has a matte finish and feels like something between a makeup primer and a typical sunscreen. It has a beige tint to it and does not smell like sunscreen.
  • Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30: Zinc oxide makes up over 20% of the ingredients and it is full of antioxidants moisturizers like marula oil. It is a fragrance-free sunscreen.

These are just a few chemical free sunscreen products our urgent care staff found. We’ll be listing a few more in part two of this series, so stay tuned!


What Is An Enterovirus?

An Enterovirus Overview

Have you ever heard of of enteroviruses? Today, First Med Urgent Care is sharing information about these types of infections. The truth is that anyone can get infected with this non-polio enterovirus, but young children and teenagers are most likely to become sick. According to the CDC 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States each year.

It is reported that the main source of this illness can be caused by contaminated water. Who loves swimming at the lake, ocean, or in a river? When it comes to swimming in natural waters you just quite know what you’re swimming in and sometimes what’s in the water can cause an enterovirus to spread. When you and your kids are swimming there is always the possibility that someone will end up swallowing water, putting those that do at risk for enterovirus.

Once one family member or friend in close contact has this virus, it is easily spread. Other people can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from basic common cold issues to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created to protect against enterovirus infections so the only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

Luckily, most occurrences of enterovirus don’t require specific treatments and people usually completely recover. Since rare severe cases can occur, it is important to monitor your symptoms. If at any time you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact a doctor.

First Med Urgent Care wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy summer! Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone to swim safely!


What You Should Know About Tick Removal

Prevent Summer Sickness & Safely Remove A Tick

It’s common knowledge that the fall and winter bring on more colds and flu season is at its peak, but the summer time has many reasons for people to pay attention. Health risks are just as common when you’re outside. With many families looking forward to camping out this month, First Med Urgent Care wanted to cover information regarding tick removal.

A lot of people get that “crawly” feeling just thinking about these critters that belong to the arachnid family, but the best thing to do if you notice one attached to you is to not panic. The good news is that safely removing it is an easy step and doesn’t require any folklore remedies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best method for tick removal is utilizing a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

You’ll want to grab the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, pull it upwards, and in one steady motion pull it out. Do not wriggle the tick around as this can leave remains of the tick in the skin. After removal, clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

To dispose of the tick you can choose to flush it down the toilet, wrap it a sealed bag and toss it in the trash, or submerge it in alcohol. Putting a live in tick in alcohol will suffocate it. This is a perfectly safe way to dispose of the tick. Never try to squeeze it between your bare fingers.

Why is it important to remove a tick as quickly as possible?

Leaving a tick inside your skin too long can cause infection and illness. Ticks also carry parasites, called Babesiosis, that can be spread. As if they weren’t gross enough already, right?

If you should develop rash or fever within weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. As always, the best preventative is to wear long sleeves and pants when hiking in woody areas and to wear bug repellant. Our urgent care staff wish the best for everyone. Have a safe and happy summer!


Why You Should Complete A Physical

Physical Exams Explained

Everyone knows they should go to the doctor when they get sick, but do you know that getting annual checkups is recommended? You may have heard the term physical exam used before, but do you know what that really means? First Med Urgent Care is here to clear up any confusion you might have previously had about this commonly used medical term.

When you’re ill and you want to take care of symptoms keeping you from functioning, you’ll head to the urgent care for a “sick visit”. During this visit you can expect vital signs to be checked; measurements of height, weight and blood pressure to be recorded. You should take time to visit your doctor at least once a year, even when you’re well, too.

The majority of people think that only sports players should get an annual physical, but the truth is that these annual visits for a physical are in place to reassure you that you’re as healthy as you feel. A discussion with the doctor will be conducted to talk about your health history, current health, risk factors, and a full body check-up will be conducted. Things like your heart rate will be monitored and the doctor will listen to your lungs for any signs of decreased breath. Be prepared to have a once-over from head to toe just to make sure there are no abnormalities.

First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. As part of our general services, we do offer physicals. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

If you’d like to check in ahead of time, feel free to click here and choose the location nearest you! We hope to see you soon!

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Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Weight Loss?

Apple Cider Vinegar And Your Health

With school over and the warm summer months full steam ahead, many people are trying to get in their best shape for trips to the lake, the beaches down south, or afternoons at water parks across the state. Apple cider vinegar has been mentioned in many circles as the magical liquid for weight loss. The question on everyone’s mind is “does it really work?”

Today, First Med Urgent Care will be going over some important details you should be aware of when thinking about drinking apple cider vinegar. First, we want to address the whole theory revolving this miracle weight loss drink.

The only documented study for weight loss by consuming apple cider vinegar was conducted in Japan. In this study 175 obese, but reportedly, otherwise healthy individuals drank either water or vinegar daily for 12 weeks. The results only showed that those who used vinegar had only lost 1-2 pounds over the 3 month period and gained all the weight back upon completion of the study. This suggests it may not be the best method for weight loss. Trust this, First Med Urgent Care staff sure wishes it were that easy!

That being said, it has been reported by Carol Johnston, PhD, at Arizona State University that apple cider vinegar does appear to have positive effects on blood sugar by somewhat blocking starches from being digested. This means that it could benefit those with diabetes by keeping blood sugar in check. It can also help with digestion.

To make sure that you are taking in apple cider vinegar safely here are a few key rules to follow:

  • For the best benefit make certain to purchase unrefined, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It should look cloudy with a blob in the bottle. That blob is known as “the mother” and it is where the helpful probiotics and beneficial bacteria are coming from.
  • Do NOT drink the apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle. To prevent burning your esophagus or stripping your tooth enamel with the highly acidic vinegar, dilute 1-2 tablespoons in a large glass of water. Only drink it with your meals or two times daily.

We, here at First Med Urgent Care, hope that you have found this information helpful. Be safe and remember that hard work, exercise, and healthy diet are the best ways to get your body in the best shape of your life.


Tips To Prepare Kids For Summer Sports

Practice Sports Safety

Participation in sports offers a lot of value to children. The children attending camps or getting ready to play on a sports team get the wonderful benefit of interacting with with others. One of the worst things about being a part of a team is having to sit on the sidelines due to an injury. That’s why First Med Urgent Care is talking about some safety tips necessary to follow so that your children can reduce their likelihood of getting hurt on the field.

Getting Prepared:

First, it’s important to make sure your children received their pre-participation physical exam (PPE). Our urgent care doctors are here to serve in this regard! Second, always encourage good stretching before every practice and game. In addition, warming up with a slight jog could help loosen up those muscles.

Staying Hydrated:

Before, during and after the game it’s always important to have your young athletes drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink fluids 30 minutes prior to playing and every 15-20 minutes during games.

Wear Protection:

Some children may think it’s silly to wear helmets, knee pads or safety gear, but it’s vital that your sporty kids wear the appropriate equipment and properly-fitted gear to avoid injury.

Take A Rest:

Nausea, vomiting, and head injuries are no joke. If your child starts to feel ill on the field, make them take a rest. It’s better to have them sit out for a while than to continue playing and risk injury or worse conditions.

Should you find that your child has minor injuries, scrapes, fractures, or sprains First Med Urgent Care has staff on site to help. First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

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First Med Urgent Care Talks About High Cholesterol

Urgent Care Topic: Cholesterol

You’ve probably heard high cholesterol mentioned a lot in association with various health screenings, but what you should know is that high cholesterol is something that can occur in anyone young or old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have higher than healthy cholesterol levels. Even one-fifth of America’s youth (age 12-19) have at least on abnormal lipid level.

This is pretty serious stuff! In fact, when your cholesterol is too high, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form plaque. The plaque buildup can slow or block blood flow and lead to more serious conditions such as; hardening of your arteries, Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, Heart Attack and Stroke.

Whether you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol at an urgent care or already being treated, you should know what to speak with a doctor about in order to manage your condition the best way possible.

Be willing to discuss some of the following:

  • Whether you have stress, sleep troubles or anything new happening in your life.
  • When your cholesterol was last checked.
  • If you’ve made any diet changes.
  • If you take medication for cholesterol and whether you are consistent in taking it.

There is no direct symptoms in the vast majority of cases, so a blood test is the only way to know whether or not your cholesterol level is above 240 milligrams/deciliter. If you’re over the age of 20, it’s a good idea to start getting your cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. At First Med Urgent Care, we have an onsite lab which is perfect for obtaining medical information quickly.

About Us:

First Med 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. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems.

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Urgent Care Reports: Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance

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Imagine that you sit down to eat a wonderfully prepared meal and it tastes so good that you gobble it right up, but some time after consuming the food a strange feeling comes over you. Something about that food just didn’t sit right with you and before you know it, you’re getting sick. What was that about? A food allergy or perhaps a food intolerance? What is the difference anyway? Our urgent care report will unravel the mystery behind these two commonly confused conditions.

First let’s tackle food allergies. There are some common clues that a food allergy was the cause of your nasty reaction. Here are some indicators:

  • Usually comes on suddenly
  • Even a small food portion can trigger it
  • Happens every time you eat said food
  • Can be life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Rash, hives or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden blood pressure drop

If this happens, call 911 or rush to an emergency room!

Here’s what you should know about a food intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen with large food portion
  • May only happen if food is eaten often
  • Is not life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Gas, cramps or bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or nervousness

Some symptoms can overlap with both of these conditions and they include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you ever experience these symptoms for a food intolerance it is important to keep track of the food you ate which could have caused this discomfort. If it was a mixed meal (meaning food was combined with something else) and you aren’t sure which item caused you trouble, then keeping a food journal will help you narrow it down in the future.

For a food allergy, the result of eating the food you’re allergic to could have much more serious consequences. Try to steer clear of anything you are found to be allergic to!

Please note; First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment for non-emergency medical problems. While our urgent care is capable of treating many illnesses, our urgent care is not designed to treat life-threatening illnesses and this is best left to emergency room care.

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May Is Better Sleep Month, Rest Up!

Getting Enough Rest? Sleep Is Important!

At some point in your life you won’t get enough rest and you’ll have a feeling of grogginess all day to prove it. Perhaps this is an ongoing lifestyle for you; constantly going on without enough sleep. In time, inadequate sleep can lead to bigger problems. Today, because we know how important bedtime is, our Urgent Care staff is taking time to talk about Better Sleep Month which is supported by the Better Sleep Council (BSC).

To start with, being unable to get the appropriate amount of “shuteye” can cause some of the following issues:

  • Stress hormone production
  • Reduced concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure

The aim of Better Sleep Month is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns. People like to believe that they can constantly survive on fewer than 8 hours of sleep, but before long that poor cycle will catch up to you. Many experts still believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of rest a night is optimal, however; time slept is not the only determining factor.

For example, if you have 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep it is more beneficial than sleeping for 8 hours of light, interrupted sleep. Getting a refreshing sleep is majorly important to your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Here are some ways to obtain a better night’s sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Relax before sleeping by winding down. Avoid stimulation like phones, computers, exercise or work for at least 2 hours prior to bed.
  • Spend more time in the sun during the day and make it as dark as possible in your bedroom for sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly throughout the week, during the day.
  • Cut down on caffeine, big meals at night and avoid alcohol before bed.
  • Keep noise levels low and focus on breathing deeply to help yourself fall asleep faster.

Our staff at First Med Urgent Care hope that these tips help you find the good night sleep you’re seeking. For more information on Better Sleep Month, visit the Better Sleep Council Website.