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Urgent Care Topics: Cough Types And Durations

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First Med Urgent Care treats many patients with various illnesses that bring coughs along with them. Coughs are a signal to your body that something is definitely wrong. With all the hacking going on you may start to wonder when you should visit an urgent care or try to treat your cough at home. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may be difficult, but the type of cough and duration of the cough will be the key factors.

Dry coughs: With dry coughs there is no mucus being produced. These types of dry barking coughs are most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses and influenza (or flu).

Wet coughs: This cough brings phlegm with it. Post-nasal drip, bronchitis and pneumonia are all common illnesses associated with the wet cough.

How you can help:  Always wash your hands, disinfect your home and if you have to cough do it into your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others through the air.

It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. Time will be the test here as with all coughs. The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment.  A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, First Med Urgent Care is here for you.

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Urgent Care Answers: The Truth About Gonorrhea

First Med Urgent Care On Sexually Transmitted Diseases

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), each year there are as many as 700,000 new cases of Gonorrhea in the United States. When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), like Gonorrhea, there are a lot of misunderstandings. First Med Urgent Care loves to help patients understand the truth about infections and today, the focus is on Gonorrhea. The truth is that this disease has been transmitted more and more, so it’s even more important to know the facts right now.

Let’s examine some common misunderstandings about Gonorrhea.

Misunderstanding #1: Gonorrhea can’t be transmitted if one doesn’t have intercourse, right?

The truth is that Gonorrhea is a serious STD and can be transmitted from ANY type of sexual interaction.

Misunderstanding #2: If any sexual activity can spread it, one could get it from a toilet seat, swimming pool or hot tub, right?

The truth is that Gonorrhea is not spread through any of the above mentioned sources. Those are myths! It is spread through unprotected sex.

Misunderstanding #3: Gonorrhea can grow into more serious infections if not treated.

The truth is that each STD is a separate disease. One cannot grow into another. For example, Gonorrhea will not turn into Syphilis, Chlamydia will not turn into Herpes, and so forth. It is possible, however; to have multiple STDs at the same time!

First Med Urgent Care recommends that you and your partner get tested for STDs prior to having sex. If you receive antibiotics to treat Gonorrhea it is recommended that you get re-tested to be sure that the infection is cured. You shouldn’t have sex again until you are sure both you and your partner no longer have the disease.

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 to 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient urgent care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

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Urgent Care Answers: Is It Wise To Exercise When You Have A Cold?

First Med Urgent Care: Providing health advice for you

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that exercise is healthy for you. In fact, as a preventative to many illnesses, it is recommended that moderate activity is completed on a regular basis. What happens when you do get sick? A lot of urgent care patients wonder if it is wise to exercise when they have a cold.

The hard-core athletes and determined people fighting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions will not want to stop exercising just because they catch a cold. If you want to continue your exercise routine while you are sick with the common cold it is, generally, safe to do so. As with anything, there are some risks involved and it is important to listen to your body.

  • Monitor heart rate as physical activity mixed with some decongestants can cause your heart to pump harder, causing shortness of breath.
  • If you asthma and a common cold, you could cause yourself to wheeze and cough more than normal. Speak with your doctor before vigorous exercise.
  • If you have a fever with the common cold you could cause your body excess stress.

If you start to feel worse after exercise with a common cold, it is ok to be willing to cease activity for a few days. In fact, over exercising during bouts of the cold could actually increase symptoms of the cold, because exercising uses up the body’s reserve that you need to fight off colds.

Exercising in moderation and listening to your body are the keys to getting over your cold quicker!

If you find your chest is more congested after exercise, if you cough and if you get wheezy it wouldn’t hurt to visit with an urgent care doctor to make certain you can continue exercise. If you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to fight off the common cold, please don’t hesitate to come see an urgent care doctor.

First Med Urgent Care is open 8am-7:30pm, 7 days per week!

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First Med Urgent Care Topic: National Folic Acid Awareness Week

Urgent Care News: Bringing awareness

The month of January is many things to a lot of people. It’s the start of a new year and for most it provides the opportunity to have a fresh outlook on healthy choices and life itself. As with many other months, January is a month of awareness. Thus, the urgent care topic for today is National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 3rd through the 9th). This week is centered around educating women about the benefits of folic acid.

The National Council on Folic Acid, managed by the Spina Bifida Association, has a mission to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid. This is mostly beneficial to pregnant women as the power of vitamin B found in the folic acid plays an important role. Folic acid is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, it has been concluded that folic acid can aid in reducing neural tube birth defects such as Spina Bifida.

400 micrograms of folic acid is the recommended daily amount for women who could possibly become pregnant. There are a few ways that women can consume the daily amount and they are:

1. Via fortified foods such as pasta, grains or healthy breakfast cereals.
2. A daily multi-vitamin
3. Eating a variety of foods associated with a healthy diet, including vegetables and fruits.

Of course, many things can affect a baby. Genetic and environmental variations, including family genes and things women may come in contact with during pregnancy also play a role. Therefore, taking folic acid cannot guarantee having a healthy baby, but it can help.

About Us:

We are not a part of The National Council on Folic Acid; we just have a passion for sharing medical information that may be important to any of our readers and patients.

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.

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Urgent Care Topic: Foodborne Illnesses On College Campuses

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting the dangers

First Med Urgent Care recognizes that college students have been working hard this year! Our urgent care staff know how real the struggle is when the final few months of the fall semester comes to a rapid close. As the stress of final exams weigh heavily on college students, their health may not be in the forefront of their minds. The health risks on a college campus are scarier than most students think. One of the most common illnesses circulating on college campuses is food poisoning or foodborne illness. This dangerous illness can show up without warning. First Med Urgent Care is here to reveal this nasty sickness!

The following are food-borne illness symptoms to watch out for:

• Diarrhea
• Nausea
• Fever

These symptoms are caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food, therefore; dangerous food-handling techniques must be avoided. It’s shocking how many students can identify the Pythagorean Theorem, yet they don’t have the basic knowledge regarding food safety. You can avoid foodborne illness by washing your hands properly. In addition, the common foods that pose problems are related to meats, eggs and dairy. For this reason First Med Urgent Care staff suggest avoiding undercooked meats, avoiding runny eggs and make certain your dairy products are fully pasteurized. If eating out at a restaurant, students should not hesitate to send food back to the server or to dispose of it if it is cooked improperly. Be safe out there, everyone! And good luck to all you college students finishing out the fall semester.

If you suspect you are ill due to foodborne illness, we are here to assess the situation and treat you accordingly. First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic so there is no appointment necessary. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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An Urgent Care Pregnancy Test Vs. A Home Test

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First Med Urgent Care knows that starting a family is an exciting time in most people’s lives, but all the uncertainty involved in whether the tests are working properly can wreck your nerves. Most women don’t think about visiting an urgent care for a pregnancy test. It would seem that the go to method for a majority of women is to buy a home pregnancy test. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation then you know it’s not fun when the doubt sets in as you wonder if you got a false-positive or false-negative. Have you ever wondered why these false results happen? There are several reasons the  pregnancy tests you use at home could give you false results.

The following are all some common problems with home pregnancy tests:

1.) The earlier you take home pregnancy tests after missing your menstrual cycle, the more difficult it is for the test to detect the HCG level in your urine.
2.) If you look at the test too soon before the test is finished processing you could be looking at the wrong result.
3.) This is one time when drinking an over abundance of fluids isn’t your friend. With too many fluids in your system the test can come out with a false result due to diluted urine.

Urgent care is labeled “urgent” for a reason. We know you want your results quickly so if you don’t want to wait the suggested 1-2 weeks after your missed menstrual cycle to take a home pregnancy test come on in. When you visit an urgent care for your pregnancy testing you don’t have to worry about whether you have been drinking the wrong amount of liquids, whether you looked at the home pregnancy test results too soon or whether you took the test too early to detect pregnancy. By choosing to visit an urgent care for your pregnancy testing, we can be sure to do things the proper way the first time.

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Urgent Care Help: Understand Strep Throat

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Don’t you just hate that feeling when you know you’re getting sick? It’s awful when one day you feel just fine and the next your throat is harboring a disease causing bacteria. First Med Urgent Care has seen an increase in illness since fall rolled around. One common illness which pops up suddenly is strep throat.  Sometimes strep or Streptococcus pyrogenes consists of bacteria that can live dormant in your throat. The normally dormant strep organisms can awaken in times of stress or if your immune system is weakened. If you find that one day you wake up to your throat hurting, you’re running a high fever, and all your energy has been zapped then you just might have strep throat.

Common symptoms of strep throat include:

1.) Severe sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.
2.) Pain or difficulty with swallowing.
3.) Fever over 101 °F (38.3 °C).
4.) Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
5.) White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils.
6.) Bright red throat or dark red spots on the roof of the mouth at the back near the throat.
7.) Swollen tonsils.

Strep throat is one illness that should not be ignored. It can cause more serious illnesses, a serious heart condition (rheumatic fever) and it is also highly contagious to other people. For this reason, it is extremely important to seek out treatment at an urgent care as soon as possible. If you feel you may have strep throat, but aren’t one hundred percent certain, come in anyway. Our urgent care has the ability to perform a very fast and simple strep test. First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic so there is no appointment necessary.  We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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First Med Urgent Care Talks About Fall Allergies

Urgent Care News: What to look out for

We, at First Med Urgent Care, say it’s fall for sure! The leaves are orange, the air is crisp and for many of you that means allergies have also flared up. Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with fall allergies at First Med Urgent Care or perhaps you just woke up and noticed something was different this fall. Have you ever wondered why fall allergies bother so many people? First Med Urgent Care has found that the three most common fall allergy triggers are Ragweed, mold and dust mites. Listed here is a little more information about each of these triggers.

1.) Ragweed: Just like spring flowers, this bothersome pollen gets released into the air on warm days and into cool nights starting in August. The wind-traveling pollen can reach people hundreds of miles away and stick around well into October.

2.) Mold: It could be from damp areas in your house or even from mold spores growing outside in piles of damp leaves, corners of the house where water puddles or mushy spots in your grass. Just being around this can cause an uproar of allergies.

3.) Dust mites: When you turn on your heater for the first time this fall you may notice a funny smell. That “funny smell” is because dust has accumulated on either the heating elements or the heat exchanger. Before you know it those dust mites are whirling around your house and causing allergic reactions.

The symptoms of fall allergies can include:

1.) Runny nose
2.) Watery eyes
3.) Sneezing
4.) Coughing
5.) Itchy eyes and nose
6. ) Dark circles under the eyes

Not all allergy issues are urgent care worthy, but if you feel you need something stronger than over the counter medications to help you with your allergies, don’t hesitate to visit an urgent care near you. Perhaps now you can be better equipped to deal with those pesky allergies with your new knowledge of what the fall allergy symptoms are and how they can sometimes be triggered by different things around you. Since you certainly can’t stop living life or stay indoors just to avoid the allergens, you just have to be careful.

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Urgent Care News: The Attack Of Flu Season

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Urgent Care Reports: The 3 Rules Of Snacking

First Med Urgent Care: Snacking Properly

The set standard for meal times started long ago and have evolved accordingly to fit our cultural norms. Sometimes, you just get hungry when it isn’t a set meal time. That being said, First Med Urgent Care staff have taken it upon themselves to track down information regarding snacking. There seems to be a debate in the world of health experts as to whether snacking can be bad or good. Through research it seems that, as with anything, moderation is the key. Here are 3 “rules of snacking” our urgent care staff found that you might take a look at to prevent have snack time turn out badly.

1.) Don’t snack out of boredom: The purpose of snacking is to make it between one meal and the next. Avoid mindless snacking to combat hunger without overdoing it.

2.) Choose healthy snacks: Fighting hunger doesn’t need to mean overload on unnecessary, empty calories. Fruits and vegetables are a smart choice.

3.) Choose small portions: Over-sized portions may leave you feeling too full to eat your next, necessary meal. Eating smaller snack portions is wise.

These 3 snacking rules, brought to you by our urgent care staff, seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised just how many people have snacks sitting at their work desk, home office or in their bags at all times. Due to this a lot of Americans snack without even realizing how much they are eating in one sitting as their minds are focused on other tasks simultaneously. Snacking out of habit or boredom rather than out of hunger often leads to weight gain or other health issues. First Med Urgent Care urges you to snack mindfully.

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.