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An Urgent Care Pregnancy Test Vs. A Home Test

First Med Urgent Care: General services

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

First Med Urgent Care Health Tips

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

First Med Urgent Care: Protecting Families

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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.

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First Med Urgent Care: What Is Stomach Flu?

Information From First Med Urgent Care

When patients visit an urgent care and hear the words “stomach flu” it is commonly misinterpreted as Influenza or what we call the “flu.” Our urgent care would like to clear this little misconception and explain what the stomach flu really is, in case you don’t know. Stomach flu is actually referred to as gastroenteritis. What does that mean, you ask? Basically, gastroenteritis is an illness that can be caused by a few different factors here in this list:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites

The bacteria, viruses or parasites could come from various places such as spoiled food, unclean water or reactions to certain food products. The symptoms of gastroenteritis can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph glands

Although eating may seem unpleasant while experiencing these types of symptoms, it is important to continue to try. When you are able to keep food down, it is recommended to stick with bland foods such as toast, rice, bananas, and applesauce. Also, with this type of illness, as many others, our urgent care staff recommend that you continue to drink plenty of fluids. You should consider keeping a glass of water around so that you will remember to drink, because gastroenteritis can cause dehydration. Of course, if you feel weak or dizzy these can be signs of dehydration and you should call your urgent care doctor.

If you cannot drink or eat anything due to continuous vomiting or diarrhea, skip urgent care treatment and have someone get you into emergency care as soon as possible. Other things to warn others to watch out for are if you have ongoing fever and/or fainting. At that point, someone needs to be calling 911. Good luck out there in the world of illness and keep on top of stomach flu or gastroenteritis should you find yourself in the thick of it.

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Tips To Fight The Common Cold

Preventative Measures And When To Visit An Urgent Care

You’ve got that all too familiar scratch in your throat, your head is feeling fuzzy and all you want to do is sleep. Enter the common cold. First Med Urgent Care has compiled some helpful tips that you may be able to follow in order to get over your pesky cold. If you’re at the starting stages of a cold, you can possibly avoid a trip to the urgent care simply by following these tips:

1.) Use a decongestant spray to clear sinus cavities. They work almost instantly! If you can’t stand to spray something up your nose try a decongestant pill, instead. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications.

2.) When you try to blow your nose from both nostrils at the same time, you could actually be creating even more pressure as forceful nose blowing forces nasal fluids up into your sinuses. To prevent infection, blow your nose by closing one nostril at a time and blowing out of only the open nostril.

3.) Eating chicken soup may help you feel better. Research tells us that chicken soup is an anti-inflammatory and the warmth helps to temporarily speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. Your mother was right all those years!

4.) Get lots of rest. Sleep is vital, especially when you’re sick. Don’t feel guilty about staying home from work or school, because your friends will thank you for not spreading the illness and so will your body once you receive the proper amount of rest.

Of course, if you’re well past the stage of fighting the cold off with at-home remedies and you find that you have a high fever, severe headache or any swelling then you probably want to make a trip down to the urgent care. If need be, stronger prescriptions can be written for you when you visit an urgent care doctor. Often times, if a cold goes untreated it can turn into something much worse. The key is to jump right into treating the problem, but if you’ve waited too long we’re here for you. Please click here to view First Med Urgent Care’s office locations, hours of operation and contact information.

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals How To Fall Asleep Easier

First Med Urgent Care: Giving Sleepy Time Tips

Getting sleep is crucial for the body and mind to function properly on a regular basis. Being sleep deprived can cause numerous, serious side effects which range from mild to severe. Accidents taking place, illness settling in and poor cognition are all results of being sleep deprived. For a lot of people the reason sleep is so difficult to obtain is because they have trouble falling asleep. Our urgent care doctors know the importance of sleep. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is giving you sleepy time tips to ensure you know how to help you fall asleep easier.

Urgent care staff tip #1: Stretch out

After a long work day or taking care of the kids your body may be all stiffened up. Stretch out from your head down to your toes. Do a few, slow head rolls. Stretch your arms up over your head on both sides. Stretch out your legs and curl up your toes before stretching them all back out again. This repeated motion may help to diminish stress from your body.

Urgent care staff tip #2 : Count breaths

Instead of counting invisible sheep, try counting your breaths instead. To get your body ready for sleep try breathing in for counts of 4-8 and breathing out again a similar number of breaths. The focus on the number of breaths can have a soothing effect.

Urgent care staff tip #3: Control temperature

If you have the option to lower your body temperature it will help you fall asleep faster. Some people like it as cold as 65, others prefer low 70’s. If you can’t control the temperature for whatever reason, try to sleep in a cooler pair of pajamas. You could also eliminate blankets or sleep with a thin sheet, instead.

Urgent care staff tip #4: Noise control

If total silence is too unbearable try adding some white noise such as a fan or listen to the radio. If too much noise is a problem, try some soft ear plugs to drown out whatever it is that keeps you awake.

First Med Urgent Care hopes that these tips will help you get yourself ready for a snooze fest and snuggle right in for a good night sleep.

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Healthy Test Taking Tips From First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care: Study Hard, Stay Healthy

First Med Urgent Care staff know that the pressure of taking tests is already beginning as school gets geared up again for the fall semester. If you ever have test anxiety or natural stress about taking tests in school, you’re not the only one. A lot of students of all ages get a little jittery around test taking time. First Med Urgent Care staff knows all about the pressure to do a good job and what it feels like so we’ve compiled a list of healthy test taking tips to get you started in the right direction this year.

1.) Prepare an outline: Making yourself a study plan can help you focus on the list of the most important topics to be covered. Use the guide you make when studying.

2.) Remove distractions: A lot of students have reported that studying at home is too much distraction, because they focus on what they can be doing rather than studying. There’s a reason why libraries still exist. They’re a great, quite place to study!

3.) Rest easy: This one seems like a “no-brainer,” but you’d be surprised just how many students stay up too late the night before an exam. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest.

4.) Eat well: If you eat a balanced breakfast it will be one less worry during the test. Nothing distracts you more during a test than a growling stomach.

5.) Just relax: Take a deep breathe before the test begins. Don’t forget to let it out! If you have your pencils, scrap paper or other materials allowed that’s another few things you don’t have to worry about. If you’ve followed your study plan, you should be prepared.

6.) Cross check: When you’ve finished your test, always cross check your answers. Double checking helps you make sure you didn’t make the mistake of skipping a question or filling in the right answer on the wrong line.

First Med Urgent Care wants you to do your very best. Most of these tips provided by our urgent care staff should help the majority of students feel at ease. Our urgent care staff thinks that if you follow these healthy test taking tips you’ll know you did your best!

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First Med Urgent Care Encourages Physical Activity For Kids

First Med Urgent Care: Remain Active Despite Starting School Again

It’s been said before and for several years now that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic. You may be wondering “how much of an epidemic is it, really?” First Med Urgent Care found statics for the United States via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to their records, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. They do distinguish that there is a difference between children who are overweight and children classified as obese. The definition of overweight is having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.

Overweight and obese children, with little or no physical inactivity have an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and an overall poor health status. Now, our urgent care staff know that with school starting up again it is inevitable that children will be forced to sit longer than they normally would. The older children get, the more choice they have over their classes and the amount of students choosing physical education classes is decreasing.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: A healthy lifestyle may boost academic performance.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: Exercise can reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

Of course, not all school programs can implement activity while learning, yet urgent care staff will generally recommend a healthy dose of exercise to capable patients for a healthy lifestyle. So, it begs the question “what can you do?” Exercise at home! It sounds too straightforward, but it can help. Simply make a real commitment to work in 30-60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. Right after school is a great time to run off all the energy your children have bottled up!