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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: Heart Attacks Symptoms

First Med Urgent Care: Heart attacks

A heart attack happens if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. Most heart attacks occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD). This is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside of the coronary arteries. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. A less common cause of heart attack is a severe tightening (spasm) of a coronary artery. The spasm cuts off blood flow through the artery.

According to a Heart Health publication, found on WebMd, there are some slightly different signs of a heart attack for men than there are for women. More specifically, when a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men.

We value your health at First Med Urgent Care and we want to enlighten our patients with information about the heart attack symptoms. The most common heart attack symptoms among most men are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Shortness of breath
4.) Suddenly breaking into a cold and profuse sweat
5.) Nausea
6.) Sudden onset of symptoms

As with men, women often feel some of these same heart attack symptoms, but there can be some additional symptoms for women. The most common heart attack symptoms for most women are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Nausea, dizziness or suddenly feeling fatigued
4.) Cold sweating and/or flu-like symptoms
5.) Shortness of breath
6.) Feelings of indigestion or heartburn
7.) Sudden onset of symptoms OR symptoms for days

Responding rapidly in response to heart attack symptoms can save lives. About half the people who die from heart attacks do so within the first hour after heart attack symptoms begin. If you see someone who appears to be having a heart attack, call 911 right away. While waiting for paramedics, try to keep the person calm, and have them sit or lie down. If the person is not allergic to aspirin, have them chew and swallow aspirin. If the person stops breathing, you or someone else who is qualified should perform CPR immediately. If you don’t know CPR, the 911 operator can assist you until the emergency medical service personnel arrive.