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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

Feeling sick or need a check-up? Come visit one of our many convenient locations today!

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one of this urgent care blog series, we listed 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person’s life. Today, our urgent care staff wanted to dive in a bit more and give you 3 more ways, in part 2 of this series, which describe how stress can introduce other problems.

1. Stress can ruin your teeth and gums.

Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth. While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear their teeth thin.

A multi-university study, in 2012, also linked stress to gum disease. Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.

Moreover, those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.

2. Stress can ruin your heart.

Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart, because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder, and increases your blood pressure.

According to the American Institute of Stress, the incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

3. Stress can make you gain weight.

In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.

Researchers at the University of Miami documented that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal. Those scientists recommended turning off the nightly newscast before eating dinner, to keep bad news — and overeating — at bay.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information will help you make decisions in your life which may keep your stress levels lower. After all, once you’re aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact you, the more equipped you are to defeat those “demons”.

Our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know even more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the final part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

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First Med Urgent Care Reports On Soy Allergy Symptoms

Urgent Care News: Reactions To Soy Allergy

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding soy products and foods with soy. The most common argument against soy is that the isoflavones can bind to estrogen receptors and affect thyroid hormones. There have also been debates about soy increasing risks of certain cancers, but evidence of that is not conclusive. Others simply shouldn’t consume soy, because they’ve developed an allergy. How do you know if you have a soy allergy? First Med Urgent Care lists the common symptoms for your knowledge, today.

Luckily, a soy allergy for most people isn’t serious, but can be very uncomfortable. If you have an allergy to soy it will most likely follow the same pattern as any other food allergy in that symptoms will usually appear within a few minutes up to a few hours after eating foods with the allergen. The following are documented signs that you may have a soy allergy:

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Hives or itchy skin
  • Swelling of lips, face, tongue, throat, or other body parts
  • Wheezing, runny nose, or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Skin redness

Our urgent care staff cautions you to pay attention to the following, more extreme, signs that you are having a severe allergic reaction (also known as anaphylaxis):

  • Difficulty breathing due to throat swelling
  • Shock, with severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness

If possible seek out urgent care treatment before things get out of control with your allergy, but if the symptoms listed in the anaphylaxis section above happen to you then you need to skip straight to emergency treatment!

Allergies are just one of the many general service specialities offered by First Med Urgent Care. Should you have a non-life threatening allergic reaction, please feel free to come see our urgent care medical staff about that! We’re open 7 days per week from 8am to 7:30pm and walk-ins are welcome!


Why You Should Complete A Physical

Physical Exams Explained

Everyone knows they should go to the doctor when they get sick, but do you know that getting annual checkups is recommended? You may have heard the term physical exam used before, but do you know what that really means? First Med Urgent Care is here to clear up any confusion you might have previously had about this commonly used medical term.

When you’re ill and you want to take care of symptoms keeping you from functioning, you’ll head to the urgent care for a “sick visit”. During this visit you can expect vital signs to be checked; measurements of height, weight and blood pressure to be recorded. You should take time to visit your doctor at least once a year, even when you’re well, too.

The majority of people think that only sports players should get an annual physical, but the truth is that these annual visits for a physical are in place to reassure you that you’re as healthy as you feel. A discussion with the doctor will be conducted to talk about your health history, current health, risk factors, and a full body check-up will be conducted. Things like your heart rate will be monitored and the doctor will listen to your lungs for any signs of decreased breath. Be prepared to have a once-over from head to toe just to make sure there are no abnormalities.

First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. As part of our general services, we do offer physicals. 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.

If you’d like to check in ahead of time, feel free to click here and choose the location nearest you! We hope to see you soon!

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First Med Urgent Care Explains EKGs

Urgent Care Services: Types of testing

First Med Urgent Care is a unique urgent care clinic in that we have our own onsite lab and EKG testing. A lot of patients are nervous when they hear the acronym EKG being used. Today, we’re going to explain a little bit more about what this means and, hopefully, ease your fears just a little.

An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of a person’s heart. Have you ever seen a lie detector test being conducted (maybe even only on television) with the little needle that jumps up and down a piece of paper? Well, similar to that, an EKG scratches line tracings on paper to show the heart’s activity levels.

Some of the reasons a person would have EKG testing completed include, but may not be limited to:

  • To find cause for unexplained chest pain or pressure
  • To find cause for possible heart disease (symptoms including shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting and irregular heartbeats)
  • To determine if walls of one’s heart are too thick
  • To check on effectiveness of medications or if they’re causing side effects in the heart
  • To check health for persons with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other heart diseases

First Med Urgent Care staff are here to let you know that you don’t have to worry about the procedure. You’ll be happy to know that it isn’t invasive, not painful and takes just a few minutes to complete. Lead pads are attached to suction cups and put onto a person’s chest using a small amount of gel. The patient would then lie flat on the exam bed and wait for a duration of about five minutes.

That’s pretty much it! First Med Urgent Care strives to provide the best and most convenient medical care possible. We hope that if you ever visit our urgent care for an EKG that you’ll be able to relax a little more.