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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!

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Urgent Care Reports: Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance

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Imagine that you sit down to eat a wonderfully prepared meal and it tastes so good that you gobble it right up, but some time after consuming the food a strange feeling comes over you. Something about that food just didn’t sit right with you and before you know it, you’re getting sick. What was that about? A food allergy or perhaps a food intolerance? What is the difference anyway? Our urgent care report will unravel the mystery behind these two commonly confused conditions.

First let’s tackle food allergies. There are some common clues that a food allergy was the cause of your nasty reaction. Here are some indicators:

  • Usually comes on suddenly
  • Even a small food portion can trigger it
  • Happens every time you eat said food
  • Can be life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Rash, hives or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden blood pressure drop

If this happens, call 911 or rush to an emergency room!

Here’s what you should know about a food intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen with large food portion
  • May only happen if food is eaten often
  • Is not life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Gas, cramps or bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or nervousness

Some symptoms can overlap with both of these conditions and they include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you ever experience these symptoms for a food intolerance it is important to keep track of the food you ate which could have caused this discomfort. If it was a mixed meal (meaning food was combined with something else) and you aren’t sure which item caused you trouble, then keeping a food journal will help you narrow it down in the future.

For a food allergy, the result of eating the food you’re allergic to could have much more serious consequences. Try to steer clear of anything you are found to be allergic to!

Please note; First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment for non-emergency medical problems. While our urgent care is capable of treating many illnesses, our urgent care is not designed to treat life-threatening illnesses and this is best left to emergency room care.

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How To Protect Yourself Against Norovirus

About Avoiding This Gastrointestinal Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all cruise ships participating in the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) are required to report the total number of gastrointestinal (GI) illness cases. You may have heard recent news about the Norovirus outbreak just a few weeks ago. In fact, from January to the end of February there have already been 5 reported GI illness cases reported and 3 out of those 5 have listed Norovirus as the causative agent.

Don’t think this disease is isolated to cruise ships, because the CDC states that this illness causes 19-21 million illnesses across the United States on a yearly basis. To know how to protect yourself against this virus, our Urgent Care team feels you should first know how this disease is spread.

You can get Norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines, or both, to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea. It’s also highly likely that you will vomit. These protective measures may seem elementary, but are important:

  • Carefully rinse fruits and vegetables and thoroughly cook meats by instruction before eating. Don’t eat raw seafood.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before every meal and after every meal. Don’t rely on hand sanitizers alone to the job.
  • Don’t eat from anyone else’s plate and don’t drink after anyone else, either.
  • Bathrooms house thousands of bacteria. Try flushing toilets with your foot instead of your hands and consider using a paper towel to open the bathroom door.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Carefully dispose of items like dirty diapers to avoid contamination.

If you do contract Norovirus do not prepare any food for at least 2-3 days after you feel better. No one should eat food that has been prepared by someone who is sick. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids should you find yourself ill from Norovirus.

Note: First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We provide non-emergency medical care (such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts, scrapes, and minor injuries) from the hours of 8am to 7:30pm, 7 days per week.

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First Med Urgent Care: What Is Stomach Flu?

Information From First Med Urgent Care

When patients visit an urgent care and hear the words “stomach flu” it is commonly misinterpreted as Influenza or what we call the “flu.” Our urgent care would like to clear this little misconception and explain what the stomach flu really is, in case you don’t know. Stomach flu is actually referred to as gastroenteritis. What does that mean, you ask? Basically, gastroenteritis is an illness that can be caused by a few different factors here in this list:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites

The bacteria, viruses or parasites could come from various places such as spoiled food, unclean water or reactions to certain food products. The symptoms of gastroenteritis can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph glands

Although eating may seem unpleasant while experiencing these types of symptoms, it is important to continue to try. When you are able to keep food down, it is recommended to stick with bland foods such as toast, rice, bananas, and applesauce. Also, with this type of illness, as many others, our urgent care staff recommend that you continue to drink plenty of fluids. You should consider keeping a glass of water around so that you will remember to drink, because gastroenteritis can cause dehydration. Of course, if you feel weak or dizzy these can be signs of dehydration and you should call your urgent care doctor.

If you cannot drink or eat anything due to continuous vomiting or diarrhea, skip urgent care treatment and have someone get you into emergency care as soon as possible. Other things to warn others to watch out for are if you have ongoing fever and/or fainting. At that point, someone needs to be calling 911. Good luck out there in the world of illness and keep on top of stomach flu or gastroenteritis should you find yourself in the thick of it.