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Shingles- First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Screening For Shingles

Urgent Care Treatment Options For Relief

Have you ever had shingles? What you may or may not know is that the virus that causes chickenpox can reactivate and cause shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people immediately think of a rash when they hear this. While that is the main symptom of shingles, pain throughout the body can also be a problem for many patients. Our urgent care doctors would be happy to examine your situation and help you get some relief if you’re suffering.

At first, you may not realize what is happening when the onset of shingles occurs, because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include:

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Flu-like symptoms without a fever

It can actually be several days or weeks before the rash associated with shingles appears. First, it’s more likely that you’d feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the area around the affected nerves. Later, the rash can appear anywhere on the body, but it is most common for  it to appear on only one side of the body.

The rash starts in the form of blisters and then they scab over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for a long while. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The pain associated with PHN most commonly affects the forehead or chest and may make it difficult for the patient to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, it may also lead to depression.

Our urgent care doctors can help many patients suffering from shingles by prescribing an antiretroviral drug or steroid to help patients find relief.

If you notice any of the symptoms of shingles, please don’t hesitate to visit any one of our urgent care locations for help. Our First Med Urgent Care locations can be found by clicking here.

Urgent Care- Hand, Foot, Mouth

About Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

  • Fever of 101 degrees
  • Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
  • Sometimes a skin rash may appear

If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:

  • Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
  • Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
  • Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
  • Keep your child out of daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently

We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!