Urgent Care- Sinus Pain

5 Tips For Fighting Against Sinus Pain

Sinus Headaches And Other Pains

When seasons change it’s common for different allergens to cause people to suffer from sinus pain. There are different types of pain that people experience which can include throbbing headaches to pressure around the eyes, nose and cheeks. When things get really painful it may be a case of sinusitis. This pain can be the result of bacteria in the mucus causing inflammation. When that happens it is better known as a sinus infection. So, what can you do? Today, our urgent care is listing tips to help you fight against sinus pain.

1.) Avoid smoke: Try to avoid going around people who smoke and if you smoke, it might be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarette smoke irritates the sinus passages causing them to swell and restrict the flow of mucus.

2.) Use a humidifier: Regulating the moisture in the air of your home can help cut back on sinus irritation from dry air. The level of humidity should be 30-60%.

3.) Inhale steam: Taking a warm bath or hovering over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head can unclog sinuses and decrease pain temporarily. Try putting some Eucalyptus oil in the water to breathe in. A hot shower can also do wonders.

4.) Eat properly: They say you are what you eat. That’s why it’s important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try some warm foods and don’t be afraid to add a little spice like cayenne pepper to really open up the nasal passages.

5.) Get rest: Sleeping is important in general, but even more so when your body is off balance. When your sinuses act up get a good night’s sleep to help your immune system fight off germs that cause infections.

These are just a few simple rules to follow that may help you find some relief or even to prevent sinus infections from happening. If you experience an episode of sinusitis and need relief, you can visit any one of First Med Urgent Care’s clinics. Walk-ins are welcome at our clinics and we’re open from 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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The Flu Season Begins Again

First Med Urgent Care Treating The Flu

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Of course, if someone is already sick with it they can spread the flu to others even before they feel sick. Do you have the flu?

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have this infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

While some people do get very serious symptoms that need treatment, others may experience only mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick and have mild symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in and get tested. It’s better to be safe, after all.

First Med Urgent Care has already seen patients test positive for the flu this year. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of 2016! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members, today.

First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help the public protect against the flu with immunizations. All 6 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We 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.

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About Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

  • Fever of 101 degrees
  • Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
  • Sometimes a skin rash may appear

If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:

  • Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
  • Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
  • Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
  • Keep your child out of daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently

We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!

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3 Simple Stretches To Relieve Stress

Easy Stretches For Anyone

Sometimes, sitting down at a desk all day long (whether it be for work or for school) can cause stress on the lower back. It can also cause other body parts to feel stiff. It’s important for those that have a stationary work life or sit in classrooms all day to get a little relief. When full on exercise isn’t an option, completing some stretches is an easy way to get some of that stiffness out. Today, our urgent care blog is centered around 3 simple stretches that anyone can do.

Here are 3 stretches to help you get through your day and they may also relieve some stress:

1.) Corner Wall Back Stretch: Stand facing the corner of a room with your palms facing the wall and elbows slightly below shoulder height. Place each hand and forearm on each side of the corner and push yourself towards it as if to complete a push-up. Hold this stretch for at least 20-30 seconds.

2.) Standing Quadriceps Stretch: Stand on one foot and bend the other behind you, grabbing your foot and pulling it in towards your buttocks. Hold this for at least 20-30 seconds and switch to other leg.

3.) Standing Arm And Neck Stretch: Place one arm down at your side. Slightly stretch the arm out and drop your head to the opposite shoulder. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and release. Repeat the process 3 times on each side.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this has been an informative blog for you, today. If you have any medical related questions feel free to come in to any one of our 6 locations. 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.

Stress-Free Studying

3 Stress-Free Studying Tips From First Med Urgent Care

Stay Focused While Studying & Have Less Stress

Have you ever sat down to study at home, but then you found yourself getting distracted by the littlest noise or the dirty surroundings that simply must be cleaned before you can continue? The struggle for students trying to study is all too real! Then, students that can’t study get all stressed out. Stress causes illness and no one wants that, right? What if we told you that based on our urgent care team’s research we’ve concluded that the following guidelines to stay focused will actually allow you to have an easier time and cause you less stress.

Let’s examine these tips a little closer.

1.) Set Study Goals: If you sit down to study and your brain feels scrambled then it’s time to set a focus. Set some serious goals for yourself. Maybe for you that mean making an outline of your study plans or a checkbox list and crossing items off as you go. Not only will checking tasks off of your list make you feel accomplished, but it will help you stay organized!

2.) Schedule Out Your Week: Chances are, you’re taking more than one class so you’re going to need more than one day of planning. Take time to schedule out your entire week, including putting in times for breaks, snacks, meals, and a set bedtime. Establishing a routine is key to staying on top of your studies.

3.) Don’t Shirk Responsibility: Yes, you might want to be out with friends on a weeknight, but you’re in school for a reason. This is especially true if you’re at a University where you’ve paid good money to be there. Don’t give up all social life activities, but certainly do learn to say no to your friends when you have a lot on your “plate”.

Keeping a well thought out plan can actually help you with more than just staying focused on studying. In the long run, you could begin to see that’s it’s easy to block out “x” amount of time for sports, movies, and other recreational outings. Staying focused eases the mind, provides you opportunities to keep your grades up, and still leaves you just enough time to enjoy being a student.

Another part to being stress free is remaining healthy in other aspects of your life. Should you ever feel like illness is taking over and forcing you to become unfocused, First Med Urgent Care has staff available to help you with what ails you. Our urgent care offices are open 7 days a week from 8:00am to 7:30pm.

Immune System

Back To School Immune System Boosting Tips

Ways To Boost Your Immune System

For most students around the metro area, school will back in session within just a few shorts weeks. During these times of high anxiety and moments of rushing around to get everything in order, keeping your immune system in check is more vital. Your immune system is responsible for battling bacterial and viral infections, thus; if it’s overly strained it can’t operate properly. That’s precisely why our urgent care team has developed this list of back to school immune system boosting tips.

1.) Vaccinations: Getting your vaccinations to fight against the flu and other illnesses would be your first step in maintaining a healthy body.
2.) Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to flush out bacteria, increase white blood cell circulation, and reduce the stress-related hormones.
3.) Lemon: Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content lemon can help you get over illnesses quicker. Squeezing a little lemon juice in your water or tea can help your body find balance.
4.) Hygiene: Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the restroom, as well as before and after every meal. Using antibacterial soap will limit your exposure to any harmful pathogens.
5.) Sleep: Create a healthy sleep pattern for yourself. Try to to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up times as much as possible, because lack of sleep can open the flood gate for all kinds of infections and weaken the immune system.

Even the healthiest people can feel the strain of starting a new school semester, but if you follow these guidelines you’ll be one step closer to a stronger immune system. In addition to these 5 immune system boosting tips, our urgent care staff would recommend avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugary foods, and stressful situations. All of these factors can cause inflammation in the body and prevent you from healing if you do become ill. If you find yourself feeling sick and none of the preventative measure have helped, visit First Med Urgent Care any day of the week!

Dehydration

The Warning Signs Of Dehydration

Staying Safe From Dehydration This Summer

Warmer weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. With movement and high levels of activity comes the potential danger of dehydration. You might be so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to stop and drink enough water. By the time you realize it you may already be feeling the warning signs of dehydration.

When it’s hot and humid, as Oklahoma is famous for in the summer, the risk of dehydration increases. This is due to the fact that sweat is not able to evaporate from your skin and cool you down as quickly as it normally does. In turn, this can lead to increased body temperatures and the necessity for more fluids. Today, First Med Urgent Care is listing some of those signs so you’ll have some information to possibly prevent and treat dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration that requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you or your children ever do feel the symptoms of dehydration begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Water, Gatorade, and Powerade are all acceptable sources to hydrate yourself.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

Water

Why You Should Be Drinking Water Regularly

Water And Your Body

You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health. This time of year, when the temperatures are warmer it’s even more vital to drink plenty H2O. Furthermore, drinking water is even more important for people who are overly active in the summer. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is focusing on explaining why you should be drinking water regularly.

What do you think happens when you drink water? Well, of course it requires you to urinate more often, but more than that it is actually helping your kidneys and digestive organs to function properly.

What do you think happens when you exert yourself and sweat? When you play or exercise in the heat, your body starts to sweat. With movement your body releases any tension that it has been holding onto. At the same time your body also releases various toxins that may have been stored up as a result of that tension. Normally, when you sweat it will evaporate from your skin to help keep you cool, but in humid weather this doesn’t happen as quickly as it should, making your body temperature increase and requires you to drink more.

When you intake enough fluids you are actually helping your body to remove toxins faster. When your body is able to remove toxins on a regular basis, it is less likely that you will get sick in the future or that it will aid in recovery from any illness you may have. That is precisely why you may hear nurses or doctors at First Med Urgent Care tell patients to drink water. Of course, as part of an overall wellness effort for your body, you truly should be drinking it anyway.

So how much water should you drink every day? It’s a common misconception that everyone should drink eight glasses of water per day at 8 ounces each. The truth is that this is just a standard example and it really just depends on your size, weight, and activity level. Studies suggest that you should drink between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels.

If you have any health or medical needs, our staff at First Med Urgent Care is here to help. Just stop on by any day of the week between the hours of 8am and 7:30pm!

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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!