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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.

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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.