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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 3

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one and part two of this urgent care blog series, we have listed several ways in which stress can cause a slew of other issues for people who don’t get it under control. In the final part of this series, our urgent care staff will go over another 3 ways to demonstrate how stress can be troublesome in the long-term.

1. Stress can make you look older.

Chronic stress contributes significantly to premature aging.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that stress shortens telomeres — structures on the end of chromosomes — so that new cells can’t grow as quickly. This leads to the inevitable signs of aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.

2. Stress weakens your immune system.

The connection between mind and body is often underestimated.

It could be stated that nearly everyone has experienced a cold when they could least afford to have it happen. That’s because the high demands that stress puts on the body makes the immune system suffer, which makes you more vulnerable to colds and infections.

The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends calming exercises, as well as social outlets, to relieve stress.

3. Stress can lead to long-term disability.

The potential dangers created by even mild stress should not be underestimated. They can lead to long-term disability serious enough to render you unable to work.

Researchers reached this conclusion after their five-year study of 17,000 Swedish working adults, ages 18 to 64, published in 2011 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

One in four study subjects in the Stockholm area who had mild stress were awarded disability benefits for physical conditions like angina, high blood pressure, and stroke. Nearly two-thirds drew benefits for a mental illness.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 27, 2013 and was updated by Patrick Keeffe on August 4, 2016.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information spread over our 3-part urgent care blog series has been eye-opening. If you think you have too much stress in your life it might be time to consider some techniques to bring your stress levels down.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we hope that you have a safe, happy, and low stress fall!

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Urgent Care Reports: Sore Throats Due To Acid Reflux

First Med Urgent Care: Providing You With Information

When that dreaded sand paper feeling starts creeping in your throat, followed by the awful soreness, you may be inclined to automatically blame a cold, the flu, or strep throat, but did you know acid reflux can cause sore throats, too? Our urgent care staff is here to inform you about this common sore throat cause which is often overlooked.

First, let’s talk a little bit about your esophagus. This muscular tube carries food from your mouth and connects the throat or pharynx to the stomach. When acid from your stomach comes up through your esophagus it can cause irritation in the throat. This is what our urgent care doctors would commonly refer to as acid reflux.

How do you know that it’s not one of the other more common problems causing your sore throat?

Not everyone will have all of the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms on this urgent care checklist you might have acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve already tried over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks and you still have symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux , it’s time to see a doctor. Our urgent care staff is available to help you with a diagnosis every day of the week from 8am to 7:30pm. If you need to see a doctor, we recommend checking in online for faster service. You may check-in at any of our locations by clicking here.