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First Med Urgent Care lays out the most common fall sicknesses

First Med Urgent Care warns of the most common types of fall sicknesses

It’s starting to get colder outside and that means sicknesses like the flu are rampant. First med urgent care is here to lay out the most common.

Arthritis Pain

Not technically a sickness, but it can cause alot of pain to those who suffer from it. Whenever it gets cold, your body restricts blood flow to your extremities causing pain and stiffness which can be made worse in those who have arthritis or similar diseases. It’s worth noting that arthritis can happen at any age, though it’s more common in older people. If your experiencing chronic joint pain, get to a first med urgent care today and check.

 Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common illness brought on by shorter, colder days. It’s symptoms include mild depression and problems eating or sleeping. It can also make someone more susceptible to other illnesses. Light therapy and other similar treatments can help mitigate the effects of seasonal affective disorder.

Influenza

The big one. One of the most consistently common illnesses every year. People stay indoors more, helping spread the virus and shockingly, many in the general public are still unaware of the fall flu ramp-up. Of course, the best way to combat the flu is to not get it in the first place. First Med Urgent Care offers flu vaccinations, schedule an appointment today!

Allergies and Asthma

Pollen is on the rise during the fall and that means allergies. Again, not an illness in itself but it can weaken the immune system and lead to other common illnesses like bronchitis. People with Asthma can also experience more frequent and severe asthma attacks due to the increased pollen.

If you feel yourself getting sick, get into a First Med Urgent Care today and see a doctor. Schedule an appointment today at  http://firstmedok.com/contact-us/

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Urgent Care Visits Increase Due To The Flu

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Getting The Flu Shot!

One expert from Bayor College of Medicine, Dr. Robert Atmar, says that while it is always difficult to predict what is going to happen, the previous flu season and current flu activity may indicate a severe flu season from October of 2017 until May of 2018. With that being said, it’s also mentioned that it is important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to fight against influenza. First Med Urgent Care staff would have to agree.

First Med Urgent Care doctors have seen an increase in patients checking in for the flu. Many patients coming in are testing positive for the flu already this season. Our urgent care clinics started pushing early flu shot prevention weeks ago, but we understand that not everyone was quite ready to come in for vaccination at that time. For those of you who have been lucky enough to dodge this illness up to now, it’s not too late to come in for a flu shot!

Our urgent care staff encourages everyone at high risk for influenza (or the flu) to get the vaccine, soon. The categories of high risk persons include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly adults
  • Young children 6 month – 8 years old

If you have specific allergies, such as an allergy to eggs, you’ll need to speak with the urgent care doctor on staff to determine if the flu shot is safe for you. Some flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. Other strands do not contain egg and are approved by the FDA for use in people age 18 and older.

Of course, if you’re already past the point of getting a flu shot, because you’re already suffering from the usual flu symptoms of fever, chills, aches, cough, or sore throat then please don’t hesitate to come in for treatment. We’re still here to help you feel better soon!

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The Flu Season Begins Again

First Med Urgent Care Treating The Flu

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Of course, if someone is already sick with it they can spread the flu to others even before they feel sick. Do you have the flu?

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have this infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

While some people do get very serious symptoms that need treatment, others may experience only mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick and have mild symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in and get tested. It’s better to be safe, after all.

First Med Urgent Care has already seen patients test positive for the flu this year. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of 2016! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members, today.

First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help the public protect against the flu with immunizations. All 6 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time.

Measles

Are The Measles Still A Bother?

Measles In The United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measles has been eliminated from the United States as of the year 2000. With vaccinations, the disease is able to be kept at bay. Unfortunately, not everyone is strict about getting vaccinated and although there isn’t a epidemic present with this disease, doesn’t mean that you are immune from contracting it.

Every year, unvaccinated people choose to travel to other countries where the measles is still an ongoing issue. Some outbreaks may occur as a result of unvaccinated visitors coming into the United States. From January 1, 2015 to January 2, 2016, 189 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.

Here are the symptoms of measles to watch out for:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Rash spreading over body

Along with the symptoms, it is possible to experience complications such as pneumonia, ear infections and/or diarrhea.

Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, so be courteous and cautious. Always cover your cough or sneeze with your arm. The best prevention, of course, would be to get vaccinated so that you can protect yourself from the disease! The vaccine is called Measles, Mumps, and Rubella or “MMR” and must be given in two different doses.

If you are in need of the MMR vaccine, please check with your local First Med Urgent Care.

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.

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Urgent Care Discussion About Pneumonia Vaccines For 65 Year Olds

Urgent Care Services: Vaccinations for protection

The flu isn’t the only illness adults have to worry about at this time of year. According to the National Foundation of Infections Disease (NFID), about 1 million U.S. adults get pneumococcal pneumonia every year and as many as 7% die from these infections. Out of those deaths, it is estimated that 18,000 are adults age 65 and older. This is precisely why First Med Urgent care is discussing pneumonia vaccines for 65 year olds.

Pneumonia symptoms are a lot like flu symptoms. Some common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  • cough and/or shortness of breath
  • constant fever of 102 F and/or headache
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue and weakness
  • sweating
  • shaking chills
  • blueness of the lips

If caught early enough, an urgent care visit may be in order. If not, the following symptoms and factors usually require a trip to the hospital:

  • confusion
  • rapid breathing
  • drop in blood pressure
  • breathing assistance via oxygen or other respiratory therapy
  • prior heart failure
  • pre-existing lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

In order to provide protection against pneumonia it is required for people who are 65 years or older to have two vaccines. The shots must be given at different times, because they induce an immune response in different ways. Generally, the pneumonia vaccines are given within 12 months of each other.

Note: First Med 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 is for non-emergency medical problems. First Med urgent care can provide immunizations, but serious symptoms, as described above, for pneumonia in ages 65 and older should seek help at a hospital.

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First Med Urgent Care Helps You Understand Croup

Urgent Care Topics: Basics about croup

Winter time has brought with it common colds and bouts of the flu. Our urgent care offices have filled up with children this season despite their parents’ best efforts to keep everyone healthy. One of the dreaded, common winter illnesses that we’ve seen children for includes croup. A lot of people aren’t very familiar with this viral infection of the voice box and windpipe. First Med Urgent Care is here to help you understand the basics about croup.

Croup often comes on suddenly in the middle of the night and one of the first signs you will notice is your child’s cough. The very loud cough that they often wake up with can be described as sounding like the bark of a dog or seal. Another common symptom is the child’s inability to breath properly.

This is caused by inflammation of the tissue around the voice box and constricting of the windpipe. Furthermore, the bronchial passages are blocked with mucus. If you hear your child making a hollow, raspy noise, or high-pitched noise while breathing this could be further indication that your child has croup.

If your child is diagnosed, at an urgent care, with croup it is important to know that this virus can last for five or six days. It is also highly contagious to other children so keeping your child home from school is required. In most cases, there is no need to return to the urgent care for further treatment. The illness can be treated at home with rest, use of a humidifier, breathing in steam and drinking plenty of fluids.

If symptoms do not improve after being diagnosed at an urgent care and treating at home a visit straight to the ER may be in order. Keep an eye out for the symptoms and try to stay healthy this winter!

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Urgent Care Answers: Is It Wise To Exercise When You Have A Cold?

First Med Urgent Care: Providing health advice for you

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that exercise is healthy for you. In fact, as a preventative to many illnesses, it is recommended that moderate activity is completed on a regular basis. What happens when you do get sick? A lot of urgent care patients wonder if it is wise to exercise when they have a cold.

The hard-core athletes and determined people fighting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions will not want to stop exercising just because they catch a cold. If you want to continue your exercise routine while you are sick with the common cold it is, generally, safe to do so. As with anything, there are some risks involved and it is important to listen to your body.

  • Monitor heart rate as physical activity mixed with some decongestants can cause your heart to pump harder, causing shortness of breath.
  • If you asthma and a common cold, you could cause yourself to wheeze and cough more than normal. Speak with your doctor before vigorous exercise.
  • If you have a fever with the common cold you could cause your body excess stress.

If you start to feel worse after exercise with a common cold, it is ok to be willing to cease activity for a few days. In fact, over exercising during bouts of the cold could actually increase symptoms of the cold, because exercising uses up the body’s reserve that you need to fight off colds.

Exercising in moderation and listening to your body are the keys to getting over your cold quicker!

If you find your chest is more congested after exercise, if you cough and if you get wheezy it wouldn’t hurt to visit with an urgent care doctor to make certain you can continue exercise. If you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to fight off the common cold, please don’t hesitate to come see an urgent care doctor.

First Med Urgent Care is open 8am-7:30pm, 7 days per week!

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First Med Urgent Care: Understanding Bronchitis

First Med Urgent Care: Knowing the symptoms

While a cough is a common cold symptom it can also be a symptom in many other illnesses. Many times what started off as a common cold cough can turn into something else. It is important for urgent care patients to recognize when that simple cough has turned into something a bit more serious. Bronchitis is one of the illnesses associated with a cough. This sickness is sometimes referred to as a chest cold and occurs when the airways in your lungs are inflamed and make too much mucus. There are also two types of bronchitis known as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. We’ll break it down a bit further for urgent care patients so you’ll know a bit more about each type.

1.) Acute bronchitis is more common and usually caused by a viral infection. It is often described as being worse than a regular cold but not as bad as pneumonia.

Common symptoms of acute bronchitis include:

Hacking cough that persists for 5 days or more
Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
Absence of fever or low grade fever
Tenderness or soreness in the chest with coughing

2.) Chronic bronchitis is a cough that persists for two to three months each year for at least two years. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking.

Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include:

Persistent cough (3 months of the year and for more than 2 years consecutively)
Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
Sometimes wheezing and/or breathlessness
Feeling very fatigued

The time to visit an urgent care doctor is determined upon an individual basis. A specific situation when visiting an urgent care should be a top priority is if you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are signs that your general well being is in danger, such as loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and generalized achiness you should visit an urgent care. If you are having night sweats or coughing up blood, you need to see a doctor right away. These may be signs of a more severe illness that needs to be treated.

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Urgent Care News: The Attack Of Flu Season

First Med Urgent Care: Protecting Families

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Urgent Care Patients: Do You Need To Worry About Influenza?

First Med Urgent Care: The Flu

First Med Urgent Care staff have seen a rise in the influenza or flu illness in patients over the past few months. The flu is usually an annual outbreak. The time frame for the beginning of the epidemic is usually as early as November and runs as late as April. With that being said, our urgent care staff has taken notice that the symptoms started later in this “cycle” than usual. This means, we predict the flu virus will continue to go strong until, possibly, May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have weekly U.S. influenza surveillance reports. These reports tell us that the flu activity has remained high in the past few months.

Some flu symptoms you may want to keep an eye out for include: sudden onset of cough, high fever, chill, severe headache, and body aches.

An urgent care tip from us: The illness can last as long as two weeks before full recovery. If it is lasting longer than that, seek medical help. Although there are medications to help prevent or shorten the illness, vaccination is the best way to prevent illness.

The flu has had a stronger effect on young children and there have been some tragedies associated with the illness. So, yes, it is a very serious issue and you should worry about the flu. It is very important to pay attention to your health and the health of your family members. Urgent care staff are available to treat your flu needs should you find that you are getting sick. If you have not had flu symptoms this season and you want to stay preventative,  it is not too late to get the flu shot. Our urgent care is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Our five locations are spread throughout the Oklahoma City and Metro areas to service many patients. Click here for our urgent care hours of operation.