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First Med Urgent Care Reveals An Itchy Topic

Urgent Care News: Poison Ivy vs. Poison Oak

You’ve heard of insects being pests, right? Well, if our urgent care staff had to label any plants as being pests, we’d surely say Poison Ivy and Poison Oak fall into that category. The allergic reaction can be anywhere from mild to downright painful for some people. Although there isn’t much to stop it from causing you to break out into a rash if you come into contact with the plants, knowing a bit about each type of plant might make it easier to avoid them. First Med Urgent Care is sharing this bit of helpful information to guide you through learning how to spot signs of Poison Ivy or Poison Oak.

Poison Ivy: In the summer, these leaves are generally green with 3 leaves that have jagged edges.

Poison Oak: Also green, with 3 leaves. They’re reported as fuzzy leaves with a more tooth-like edge than the Poison Ivy leaves.

Both plants can cause someone to break out into an itchy, red rash simply by brushing against or touching any part of the plant. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are so powerful that they can cause the spread of the rash even when the plant is dead. The infection can also spread through contact with anything that also touched the oils of the plants so be careful not to touch any items that could have come into contact with either plant. A common misconception is that the rash is spreadable through contact with other people, however; the rash is only spread through the oil. You cannot catch a rash from someone else by touching the blister fluid.

Our urgent care staff have treated many skin rashes, so if you have a rash and you aren’t sure whether it might be Poison Ivy or Poison Oak, we can take a look. Don’t hesitate to visit our urgent care facility. You can see which of our urgent care locations may suit you best by clicking here.

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A First Med Urgent Care Heatstroke Warning

First Med Urgent Care: Keeping you informed

The warm weather is nice for getting outdoors and enjoying the pool, hiking or other fun activities, but there is a risk of staying in the heat too long. Our urgent care staff wants to inform you of the dangers that exist in order to keep people safer. An average body temperature is said to be within the vicinity of 98.6° F. If you have been in the heat too long your body temperature can rise too high and one condition known by urgent care staff and many patients is called heatstroke. A person can begin to have a heatstroke if their body temperature rises to 104° F.

Our urgent care staff suggests that if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, flushed, have a headache or have trouble breathing after being outdoors in the heat for too long, get inside or in shade quickly. Hydrate immediately with cold water and place ice on your neck. If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing heatstroke, please call 911. When your body overheats as a result of having a heatstroke it needs immediate attention!

According to information, also found at sites like Mayo Clinic, untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage can get worse with the more time that passes which can further increase risk of serious complications. Your conditions could be too strong to simply visit an urgent care, so please be careful. Our urgent care staff want you to keep in mind some tips that you could utilize to prevent heatstroke. The following is a quick list:

1.) Avoid sunburn with frequent sunscreen application.
2.) Drink plenty of fluids.
3.) Wear lightweight clothing.
4.) Don’t stay outside or in a parked care too long.
5.) Be careful while playing or exercising outside.

Have fun out there, but be safe!

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Firework Safety Talk From First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care: Fireworks Can Be Dangerous

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 240 people on average go to the emergency room every day in the month surrounding Independence Day. Urgent care equipment only allows for treatment of minor burns and because we don’t want you to have to visit an ER, we are helping to spread the word about firework safety. If you plan to purchase your own fireworks this year, our urgent care staff is bringing you the CPSC’s suggested safety tips:

1.) Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2.) Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
3.) Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
4.) Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
5.) Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
6.) Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
7.) Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
8.) Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
9.) Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
10.) After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
11.) Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Our urgent care staff knows there will always be those who prefer to buy their own fireworks. While there is nothing wrong with setting off your own fireworks in a safe location, it does matter how you choose to use them. Going about your firework celebration the wrong way could result in minor or major injuries. Don’t spend your designated family time visiting an urgent care or ER. Enjoy your outdoor festivities by being safe. If you can help it, First Med Urgent Care suggests visiting a firework show put on by professionals.

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First Med Urgent Care: Talking About Pool Safety

Pool safety: Avoid a visit to an urgent care, hospital or worse

We’re about to head into another month of summer and the heat is sure to rise! With the warmth of the summer sun beating down on us, more people will want to go swimming. Going swimming is fun, refreshing and it can be a great form of exercise or relaxation depending on how you chose to swim. No matter what your swimming style is, First Med Urgent Care wants you to swim safely this summer.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4? According to USA Swimming, media reports indicate that 36 states experienced at least one child drowning in a swimming pool or spa during the summer of 2014. To avoid having to rush to an urgent care, hospital or having worse circumstances occur, we hope you’ll follow these simple, swim safety steps.

1.) Always have an adult supervising the kids at play in the pool, even if there is a life guard on duty. The adult watching the children needs to be free from distractions such as cell phones or other devices, until after the children are out of the pool.

2.) If swimming at home, it is wise to place a fence around the entire pool to avoid young children from wandering into the pool unintentionally.

3.) Having an alarm on the door leading to the pool or having an underwater alarm would also be smart as this would sound off should any children accidentally make their way into the water.

4.) Cover safety drains for child safety and to prevent suction entrapment of other items.

5.) Providing swimming lessons to your children could just save their life.

6.) Learning CPR is another helpful piece of knowledge that might save a life, even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it. The truth is, you just never know!

7.) Pool covers are a smart investment to maintain that the pool stays off limits when you’re not around. If you have an above-ground pool, also consider removing the ladder from the pool when not in use so your little ones won’t be tempted to climb.

While all of these safety tips are important to ensure safe swimming for all, the most important, irreplaceable aspect of them is supervision. Always keep that in mind and have fun swimming safely!

About Us:

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 – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, fevers, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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Urgent Care Patients: What Are Panic Attacks?

First Med Urgent Care: About panic attacks

At some point in your life, you may have heard of someone who has had a panic attack or perhaps you know someone with recurring panic attacks. Many urgent care patients have, commonly, mistaken their panic attack symptoms for heart attack symptoms. So, what is a panic attack exactly?

According to many professionals (and this information which can be found on WebMD) panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that occurs either spontaneously or during a time of high stress. This can happen even during sleep and may be completely unrelated to what is going on around the patient. The most common panic attack symptoms are as follows:

1.) Heart “racing”
2.) Feelings of weakness, faintness or dizziness
3.) Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
4.) Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
5.) Feeling sweaty or having chills
6.) Chest pains
7.) Difficulty with breathing
8.) Feeling a loss of control

Since the signs of a heart attack are somewhat similar, if you feel that you’re having a heart attack never hesitate to get to a doctor! Heart attacks are, of course, a much more serious issue. Luckily, if you’re having a panic attack, they are less severe. Panic attacks are generally brief, and said to last less than 10 minutes, although some of the symptoms may persist for a longer time. Did you know that people who have had one panic attack are at greater risk for having subsequent panic attacks than those who have never experienced a panic attack?

That’s where panic disorder comes into play. Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience regular panic attacks and are preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. If you feel that you are uncertain about whether you are someone with panic attacks or fear that you may have something else, an urgent care doctor may be able to help you get some peace of mind about your health with regular check-ups. The good news is that panic disorder is a treatable condition with the help of psychotherapy and/or medications. Talk to your health care professional for more information and treatment options.

For more information about First Med Urgent Care locations and hours of operation visit our contact page here.

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From First Med Urgent Care: Summer BBQ Safety Tips

First Med Urgent Care: Getting ready to cookout!

At First Med Urgent Care, we know that with everything in life there is always a risk, BBQ cookouts included. Just because there is a risk that doesn’t mean there aren’t some precautions people can take to make the risks a little less likely to interrupt your day. Wise men say that “knowing is half the battle,” so when we learn what the top risks are, we know better how to reduce them. According to the United States Department of Agriculture there are several steps you can take to ensure a safer BBQ experience. Of course, our urgent care staff want you to be safe also so we bring you this summer’s BBQ safety tips derived partially from the USDA’s provided information and some of our own thoughts.

1.) Have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case! This is just good, common sense. It would be wise to have one person in charge of the grill at all times. Never walk off!

2.) For coals:  Lighter fluid causes all kinds of problems and you should really be careful when adding fuel to the fire. For gas: Regularly check the gas grill for bugs, debris, etc. to avoid an obstruction in the path of the fuel.

3.) Keep yourself safe from food born illnesses caused by bacteria. Always keep your meat chilled until serving time. After cooking meat and poultry on the grill, keep it hot until served, at 140°F or warmer. The second you are finish serving it, it needs to go back in the refrigerator.

4.) Be careful not to suck in too much smoke. The smoke coming from the grill contains carbon monoxide and other harmful substances.

5.) Keep your grill clean. Grease build-up can cause fires!

6.) Keep a sound mind. Grilling can be dangerous if you’re drinking alcoholic beverages which impairs your judgment. If you’re going to drink, do it after all cooking is complete and the fire is put out (assuming that other safety factors are in place for you to drink).

About Us:

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 – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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Urgent Care Services: Fevers

First Med Urgent Care: Fever Information

When you get a fever, it’s no fun as it is usually followed up with physical discomfort. First Med Urgent Care is open this summer to help with patients suffering from fevers. Generally, a fever comes on due to some sort of infection. A quick search on WebMD will tell you that a fever is not always a dangerous risk, but there are times when a rising temperature should be something to watch closely.

This summer, you should take precaution when being active outdoors. The extreme summer temperatures could cause heat-related injuries such as heat stroke. As a result of this, the body is no longer able to control its temperature and a fever could settle in. Another concern for staff at First Med Urgent Care is a high temperature in children.

Children with a fever can have the following symptoms:

•    Sore throat
•    Fussiness
•    Poor appetite
•    Overly Drowsy
•    Cough
•    Ear pain
•    Diarrhea

Adults can suffer similar symptoms as children. It is important to note that if you have an infant with a temperature over 100, you should consider this a medical emergency. High fever in young children can cause seizures. If you or your child has any of the following symptoms the doctors at First Med Urgent Care are here to help.

About Us: 

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 – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, fevers, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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The End Of School Vacation Safety Tips

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Now that school has finally let out for the summer break, it is common practice for families to take vacations. The air is warmer and it just seems like good, common sense to take a relaxing break. Even if your vacation is actually a “staycation” if there will be outdoor activity, then these vacation safety tips can help you have a healthy vacation.

The following are our urgent care teams’  list of “end of school” vacation safety tips:

1.) Drink A Lot Of Water: We all know how tempting it is to grab for that bubbly soda, but during the warmer temperatures it is wise to drink water instead. You don’t want to get dehydrated which could cause other problems.

2.) Be Careful With Activities: If you have decided on doing an activity that you don’t normally do make sure that you follow all safety rules and wear appropriate safety gear for the activity you have chosen.

3.) Wear Sunglasses: Keeping your eyes in good health during a sunny trip outdoors is important. Blocking out those harmful UVA and UVB sunrays are best for healthy eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes, also!

4.) Wear Sunscreen: This is something many people neglect to do, but just because it’s not mid-summer doesn’t mean you won’t get a sunburn. Apply it about twenty minutes before going outside and continue to reapply every one-and-a-half to two hours.

5.) Beware Of Bugs: Going outside means possible contact with insects. When you’re having an active, outdoor vacation remember to protect yourself from bites, stings, and infections by wearing an insect repellent.

These are just a few, simple safety tips for the beginning of your summer vacation. As we get deeper into summer some of these will be even more important. If during the course of your vacation anything should happen that would require you to visit our urgent care clinic, you can contact us by calling or just coming in without an appointment. First Med Urgent Care staff hope that you will have a safe and happy summer break!

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Urgent Care Services: Treating Urinary Tract Infections

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The truth is that anyone can get a urinary tract infection (UTI), although women are more likely to get them than men. While this subject may be unpleasant to think about, it happens more often that urgent care patients realize. UTIs are defined as bacterial infections in the body’s urinary system.

The common causes of UTIs are:

1.) Bacteria like E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract.

2.) Presence of other bacteria in the system such as;  staphylococcus, proteus, klebsiella, enterococcus, and pseudomonas.

3.) Bladder infections. According to medical professionals (see WebMD for your own research) the following is true about bladder infections related to UTIs:

a.) Women are more likely to get urinary tract infections, because the tube running from the bladder to the outside (the urethra) is much shorter than in men.

b.) In men, however, a bladder infection is almost always a symptom of an underlying disorder. It is generally due to the infection migrating from the prostate or some other part of the body, signaling problems in those locations.

What can you do? 

You should drink lots of water to help wash out the bacteria from the urinary system. Our most important advice would be to visit one of our urgent care clinics to determine the best treatment for your UTI. In most cases, a single episode of a bladder infection could be treated between three to seven days of taking an antibiotic. If symptoms return, additional test might be done to rule out other problems.

For more information about First Med Urgent Care locations and hours of operation feel free to click here. There you will also find a list of our contact information. If you have any questions you may call any one of our 5 urgent care locations. If you want to check out what other illnesses our staff members are prepared to treat you for please click here.

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First Med Urgent Care Offers Sport Physicals

First Med Urgent Care: Get ready for sports camp

It’s about that time of year again! Sports camps are scheduled and perhaps you have a child interested in attending camp, this year? Whether your child is interested in playing baseball, softball, soccer or football, going to camp can be an exciting and fun way to pass a few weeks out of the summer vacation. If your child is planning to attend any sports camp, you should know that most camps require that the attendees have physicals before they can participate. The Pre-Participation Exam (or PPE) is to make certain that the child is healthy and not subject to potential injury or illness caused by the sports camp (of course, they aren’t to suggest that injuries won’t ever take place).

These exams are routine and include an evaluation of your child’s medical history. We make sure all the child’s vaccines are up to date and a complete physical examination is conducted. First Med Urgent Care staff have experience with the procedure!  First Med Urgent Care is also a trusted source for vaccinations, so leave it to our urgent care doctors or nurses to administer any previously missed vaccinations so your child can get caught up.

If your child is also planning to play sports for school, this year, you can “kill two birds with one stone.” By your child having a complete physical done prior to sports camp, it should set your child up to be in the perfect time frame to use the same information for when school starts. The even better part about visiting our urgent care is that our wait times are relatively low, so you can get all the exams and forms you need right away without an appointment.

About Us: 

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 – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient urgent care medical treatment, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.