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First Med Urgent Care: Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

First Med Urgent Care: Dealing with Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

When you wake up in the morning with that coarse, sandpaper feeling in your throat, followed by annoying, awful soreness, you may first blame it on something like a cold or the flu. However, one thing you probably won’t blame is acid reflux but did you know that it can also cause sore throats? First Med Urgent Care is here to inform you about this common sore throat instigator that is often overlooked.

First, let’s get to know your esophagus. This muscular tube is what carries food from your mouth to the stomach and connects the throat to the stomach. Acid reflux is stomach acid coming up from your esophagus. Naturally, burning stomach acid coming up through the esophagus can also cause irritation in the throat.

So, how can you tell that your sore throat is being caused by acid reflux and not one of the other common causes of a sore throat?

Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following on this urgent care checklist your sore throat might be from 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 tried over the counter solutions for more than two weeks and your throat is still feeling sore or you still have other symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux, then you need to see a doctor. Our First Med Urgent Care is available to help diagnose your symptoms every day of the week from 8 am to 7:30 pm. For faster service, we recommend checking in online, which can be done here.

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Urgent Care Patients: Do You Need To Worry About Influenza?

First Med Urgent Care: The Flu

First Med Urgent Care staff have seen a rise in the influenza or flu illness in patients over the past few months. The flu is usually an annual outbreak. The time frame for the beginning of the epidemic is usually as early as November and runs as late as April. With that being said, our urgent care staff has taken notice that the symptoms started later in this “cycle” than usual. This means, we predict the flu virus will continue to go strong until, possibly, May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have weekly U.S. influenza surveillance reports. These reports tell us that the flu activity has remained high in the past few months.

Some flu symptoms you may want to keep an eye out for include: sudden onset of cough, high fever, chill, severe headache, and body aches.

An urgent care tip from us: The illness can last as long as two weeks before full recovery. If it is lasting longer than that, seek medical help. Although there are medications to help prevent or shorten the illness, vaccination is the best way to prevent illness.

The flu has had a stronger effect on young children and there have been some tragedies associated with the illness. So, yes, it is a very serious issue and you should worry about the flu. It is very important to pay attention to your health and the health of your family members. Urgent care staff are available to treat your flu needs should you find that you are getting sick. If you have not had flu symptoms this season and you want to stay preventative,  it is not too late to get the flu shot. Our urgent care is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Our five locations are spread throughout the Oklahoma City and Metro areas to service many patients. Click here for our urgent care hours of operation.