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Keep Your Lungs Healthy This Winter

Why Winter Makes Your Asthma Worse and What to Do About It

Very few of us enjoy cold weather, but the often-frigid winter air can wreak additional havoc on those suffering from asthma. Why is winter more difficult for asthmatics? Is there anything you can do to avoid attacks? Healthy lungs are happy lungs. Let’s see how we can make that easier this winter.

Winter air has many qualities that can trigger asthma symptoms:

  • Cold. Cold air is irritating to the airway and can cause your muscles to spasm, reducing airflow and even triggering an asthma attack.
  • Dry air. Typically, winter air holds significantly reduced humidity. This dry air can irritate the airways and cause an asthma attack.
  • Indoor triggers. Most people spend more time indoors in the winter. However, indoor triggers such as pet dander, mold, and smoke can have an increased effect in the already-dry winter air.
  • Fire and smoke. Whether inside in the fireplace or outdoors with a cozy bonfire, the dry, hot air and smoke emanating from a fire is especially irritating to the airways.

Unfortunately, asthma triggers abound in- and outdoors during the winter. Here’s what you can do to decrease your chances of winding up in an Urgent Care this winter:

  • Use a scarf. Covering your mouth while outside will help keep air warm as it travels through your airways, reducing irritation.
  • Exercise indoors. Rapid intake of cold-winter air is a near-sure way to irritate your airway. Consider indoor activities such as weight lifting, swimming, and spinning.
  • Cover your bedding. Use dust mite-proof covers on pillows and comforters to limit irritation if you are sensitive.
  • Use a humidifier. Adding moisture to the dry winter air inside your home is a good way to ease its effects on your airways.
  • Speak with a doctor. Ask your doctor about your triggers, and other ways to prevent an asthma attack. Find out if a flu shot is an option for you.

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Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/asthma/features/winter-asthma#1

https://www.everydayhealth.com/asthma/tips-to-make-winter-easier-on-your-asthma.aspx

 

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Stay on Your Feet and Out of Urgent Care This Winter

Seven Things You Can Do to Avoid Slipping on the Ice

If you’ve lived in the Edmond and OKC area long enough, you know the area sees enough snow and ice each winter to make walking treacherous at times. Whether it’s black ice on sidewalks and driveways, frozen frost on your front steps, or packed snow in a parking lot, it can seem like winter is out to get you. Follow these tips to decrease your chances of slipping and winding up in Urgent Care.

  1. Take it slow. While walking, ensure each foot is stable before resting your weight on it and picking up the other.
  2. Watch out. This may seem obvious, but take a little more time on every aspect of your walk, from surveying the terrain when you exit your car, to assessing the ground in front of you while walking.
  3. Wear good shoes. Shoes with good traction such as boots and other slip-resistant footwear can cut your risks of slipping on ice and packed snow.
  4. Shuffle sideways. On inclined, icy areas where you’re at risk for even further reduced traction, move one foot sideways, keeping it flat and meeting it with the other before taking your next step. Be extra careful not to cross your feet, which makes the body even more unstable.
  5. Stay on cleared paths. Areas that are unclear, such as parking lot corners, little-used sidewalks, and driveways, may contain nasty surprises such as ice beneath new snowfall.
  6. Avoid walking with your arms full. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but walking with items in your arms hampers your ability to brace yourself against falls. Try using a backpack instead.
  7. Keep your driveway and associated sidewalks clear and notify facility managers if public and business pavement is not clear.

Slips and falls are one of the most common winter injuries, particularly for those over 55. Following these tips can help you avoid the need to visit Urgent Care Edmond, but if you’re in need of winter Urgent Care in Edmond or OKC, stop in and see us at First Med Urgent Care, no appointment necessary.

Sources:

https://americanbonehealth.org/fall-prevention/tips-to-prevent-falls-during-winter-months/

https://www.livescience.com/25795-4-ways-to-avoid-winter-falls.html

 

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5 Most Common Reasons to Visit Urgent Care This Winter

5 Symptoms That Might Send You to Urgent Care This Winter

Winter usually means a higher risk of sickness than the other times of the of the year, and it’s important to know the most common reasons for people to visit Urgent Care facilities. When should you visit urgent care? When should you visit your primary doctor? When should you go to the ER? To help you narrow down that list, here are five examples of times you should visit urgent care in OKC:

  • Closed Primary Doctor/ Pediatrician. If you or a family member is sick but the primary doctor is not available, it is an excellent time to visit urgent care.
  • Suspected Flu. If you suspect that you or a family member has type A or type B flu, urgent care can help. You likely don’t want to wait for an appointment at the primary care doctor. We can quickly and efficiently provide flu testing. Symptoms include fever, aches, chills, extreme fatigue, and sometimes drainage.
  • Suspected Strep Throat. If you or your child have symptoms of strep, it’s important to get care right away. We provide fast and efficient strep testing, to get you out the door with medicine as soon as possible. Symptoms include extreme sore throat, throat and tonsil inflammation, red and white splotches in the back of the throat, fever, drainage, and sometimes upset stomach.
  • Minor Injuries. When you or a family member experience a minor injury, such as falling on snow or ice, urgent care may be able to help. Severe cuts and suspected concussions are better treated at the ER, but minor injuries can be brought to us.
  • Sinus Infections. It is okay to treat common colds and viruses at home when possible. Over-the-counter medications help alleviate many symptoms that accompany a cold. If you suspect your cold or virus has developed into a sinus infection, a visit to urgent care and a prescription for antibiotics may be necessary. The symptoms include sinus pain, sinus pressure, inability to blow nose or breathe through nose, lots of drainage and mucus, or greenish yellow mucus.

If you or someone in your family needs urgent care, look to us at First Med Urgent Care. We offer urgent care in OKC, urgent care in NW OKC, urgent care in Edmond, and urgent care in SW OKC for your convenience.

Sources:

Children’s MD

https://www.medexpress.com/blog/better-health/most-common-urgent-care-visits.html

https://www.msn.com/en-ie/health/familyhealth/the-12-pains-of-christmas-common-winter-illnesses-treated/ar-AAfXXPu

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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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First Med Urgent Care: What’s up with Warts?

First Med Urgent Care: Where do warts come from?

Most of us have experienced this, we reach down and feel a wart on our or our child’s hand. Maybe your getting ready for a night out and your concerned about a wart that’s appeared somewhere on your body. Maybe your concerned about what it means for your health, is it really nothing to worry about? Whatever your reason for seeking information on warts and the virus that causes it, First Med Urgent care is here for you.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: What are warts?

Warts can seem scary, especially when you hear they’re caused by a virus. They usually grow fast, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Yep, viruses cause warts, not touching little green frogs or toads. Although warts are not spread by toads, it is contagious. Most often its spread by the virus getting into a break in the skin. The reason children seem more susceptible to this virus is because they are generally more active and more likely to have a break in the skin allowing for the virus to enter. Other members of the family can also be vulnerable depending on circumstances.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: When should you visit an urgent care for warts? 

If you’ve tried some of the “at-home remedies” and they didn’t work or you need a wart removed quick, visit our urgent care! Removal is fast and you can return home immediately after the process is done. It’s important to know that the area where the wart was removed can take several days to heal. Make sure you plans accordingly!

Once you get a wart, it’s not always easy to get rid of. If you need a wart removed, don’t hesitate to visit our First Med urgent care facility.  You can locate the nearest urgent care here.

 

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Urgent Care Topics: Cough Types And Durations

Coughing up the info about when to visit an urgent care

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.