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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.

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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!

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Urgent Care Immunizations To Get You Back To School

Urgent Care: Ready For School; Fully Vaccinated?

It’s that time of year! With fall just around the corner, urgent care staff are working to make sure children from all around are safe and prepared for school! Your children probably have mixed emotions about school starting up again, but that doesn’t make preparations any less necessary. Don’t forget to visit First Med Urgent Care for all your back to school immunization needs. Keep in mind that children from preschool to college-age need vaccines to keep them protected from serious illnesses. Most children have already received some type of vaccination by the time they enter school, but are your children up-to-date with their most current shots?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Whooping cough made a strong come back in 2014 with nearly 10,000 cases reported from January to August. These numbers represent a 24% increase compared with the same time period in 2013. Another disease outbreak was the measles with 593 cases reported. These diseases and others like it are exactly the reason why keeping children vaccinated is important. Want a lesson you can teach your children at home?

Instilling the responsibility in your children of maintaining long-term health is a lesson you can provide to your children outside of school. Not only is a trip to the urgent care making your children safer, but you inevitably protect your children’s friends or classmates as your children will be less likely to catch something that they can pass on. Decrease your children’s risk of disease by getting them vaccinated at your local urgent care.

If you’re not sure whether your child is up-to-date on immunizations or not, it doesn’t hurt to check with an urgent care doctor. If nothing else, you will receive a check-up and have peace of mind. Beating the last minute “urgent care back-to-school rush” is always a bonus! Click here for locations and hours of operation.

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First Med Urgent Care Discusses Camping Safety

Enjoy The Outdoors Without An Urgent Care Visit

In just a few short weeks, summer will be coming to a halt and everyone will be scrambling around to get ready for school again. For that reason, urgent care staff, working parents and children are sometimes eager to get out there and enjoy the lake for the homestretch of summer. First Med Urgent Care has compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

1.) Get caught up on vaccinations. Your children will need them for school anyway, so it’s helpful to make sure all vaccines are up to date. Not only is helpful for future use, but being vaccinated can help protect against certain diseases while camping.

2.) Pack lots of water and healthy foods to stay hydrated while spending time outdoors. Keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Don’t eat any raw meats. Bring along a meat thermometer to make sure your meats are cooked to perfection (at least 160°).

3.) Find a shady spot to relax in so as to minimize you time in the sun and prevent heatstroke.

4.) Prevent visiting an urgent care for fractured bones by planning safe physical activities. Hiking, walking and swimming can keep you active, but be sure to bring the right protection with you such as tennis shoes, helmets, life jackets and sunscreen!

5.) Avoid poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac should. If you seem to get a rash and you’re unsure about it, check in with an urgent care for rash treatment options.

6.) Beware of ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. Pack a bug repellent for everyone to wear.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trip and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit First Med Urgent Care click here for our locations and hours.

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First Med Urgent Care Warns Against Walking Barefoot

Help From Our Urgent Care: Shoes are great

We’re sure some people love running outside without any shoes on when the weather is warm, are we right? The grass is warm and feels soft between your toes and there’s just something lovely about being connected to the earth, but did you know there are dangers to strolling around barefoot? First Med Urgent Care brings a warning about walking barefoot this summer.

The most obvious downside to walking around without any shoes on is the increased risk of stubbing your toes (OUCH!) or stepping on sharp objects likes rocks, nails or glass. Inside the house there are just as many things to worry about, especially if your child, like many, likes to leave sharp toys lying around. If you step on anything rusty, guess what that means? A trip to an urgent care for a tetanus shot. That’s not fun!

Urgent care trips may not even be helpful if something more serious should happen as a result of walking barefoot. For example, if you don’t remember from biology class, certain parasites are able to pass through human feet. Hookworms are one of the most common parasites known to enter feet due to contaminated soil. Although some hookworm infections may not cause symptoms, severe infections often cause weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite and anemia. If blood loss occurs people may have to have blood transfusions which extends beyond an entry level urgent care issue.

Urgent care staff want you to know protecting your feet is a must! If you don’t want to be subject to injuring yourself or possibly getting sick from a parasite, it’s important to remember your shoes. If you need to visit First Med Urgent Care for any reason, please click here for our hours and locations.