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!

Sunscreen 2

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!

Sunscreen 1

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!

Enterovirus

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!

Tick

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!

Physical

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar

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.