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First Med Urgent Care Informing About Pinkeye

Did you wake up this morning with the feeling that something might be wrong with your eye? Perhaps you think you might have an eye infection of some sort, but you aren’t really certain it’s conjunctivitis (also known as pinkeye)? Then, you have landed in the right spot, today! Our urgent care article will focus on the discussion and symptoms of pinkeye.

The cause of your pinkeye may vary and therefore the symptoms may vary, as well. You may have all or some of the associated symptoms. Here’s a list of common pinkeye symptoms that were compiled by our urgent care staff:

  • Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Increased tear production
  • Thick, yellowish discharge that causes crust to form on eyelashes (usually noticeable when waking up)
  • Green or white discharge from the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurred vision

There can be different causes for your pinkeye which include:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Irritation from soap, dirt, smoke, and chlorine in swimming pools
  • Allergies (dust, pollen, or from wearing contact lenses)

The treatment options for pinkeye will also vary based on the cause. Bacterial infections can easily be treated with a prescription from our urgent care doctors for antibiotic eye drops, ointments or pills. Viral pinkeye can often be due to the common cold which will clear up, in most cases, on its own. It does help if you wash your hands often and avoid contact with others as it is contagious. Pinkeye caused by irritations and allergens usually require you to flush the eye for several minutes or to remove the allergen in question.

If you think you might have pinkeye and you need assistance with determining the best treatment option for you, please feel free to visit any of our 6 First Med Urgent Care locations.

H Pylori

What Is an H. Pylori Infection?

H. Pylori Bacterial Infection

Have you ever visited an urgent care for stomach pain? When you have stomach pain it’s important to determine what is causing it as in some cases it could be Helicobacter pylori bacteria also known as H. pylori. This is a bacteria that is more likely to develop in children due to lack of proper hygiene, but it also causes infection in about 1 of 3 adults in the United States. Our urgent care team is here to discuss a little more about this tiny bacteria.

The H. pylori bacteria may not cause symptoms right away, if at all, but they can lead to other conditions. In some cases, peptic ulcers, an inflammatory condition called gastritis, or an increased risk of cancer can occur. This is typically when the stomach pain occurs. Due to their spiral shape, the H. pylori bacteria can easily penetrate the stomach lining where your body’s immune cells are not able to reach them. These bacteria are able to survive in even the most acidic stomach.

Luckily, most cases of H. pylori are treated with one round of antibiotics, but depending on the severity treatment plans may vary. For those who develop other illnesses caused by a lingering H. Pylori infection, the outlook will depend on the problem, how soon it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Your body is an amazing tool and if you listen to the signals it sends you, most of the time you will know when you aren’t at your best. With that being said, our urgent care staff can only urge patients to seek medical attention at the first sign that something isn’t right.

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. First Med 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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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: Treating Urinary Tract Infections

First Med Urgent Care: General Services

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.