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Epidermoid Cysts- Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Explains Epidermoid Cysts

First Med Urgent Care Educating Patients

It’s a normal reaction for many people to become a little scared when they see a bump rise up on their skin, especially if it becomes infected. A lot of people automatically fear the worst and seek advice online which can often lead to false information and a self-diagnosis of cancer. Some people rush to the urgent care in a panic!

The truth is that there are a number of skin conditions which can cause lumps or bumps to appear on or just below the skin. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate patients about epidermoid cysts (also sometimes called sebaceous cysts).

These cysts are NOT cancerous and they normally form as a round bubble sticking out from the hair follicle. Usually, a dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. While typical locations include the genitals, chest, and back; these cysts can also form in other areas. In most cases epidermoid cysts are not very painful; however, if the area becomes infected it can become very sensitive to touch.

Most cysts do not disappear on their own without treatment and some will need to be drained to relieve symptoms. Squeezing an epidermoid cyst will push out a thick, white discharge, but as some urgent care patients have experienced, a removal of the cyst is necessary. If you simply rely on squeezing the discharge out without removing the sac, the cyst will return.

Allowing our urgent care doctor to take care of an epidermoid cyst is safer than trying to do this procedure at home! In addition, antibiotics may need to be prescribed to treat an infected cyst.

If you think you have an epidermoid cyst, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. You may visit any of our urgent care locations; we’re open 7 days of the week! To see our urgent care locations and hours of operation, please click here.

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Saving Time With First Med Urgent Care’s Online Check-In

Receive Urgent Care Quicker With Online Check-In

We’ve all heard the saying “time is of the essence”, right? Well, that fact of the matter is that when you’re a busy person (and doesn’t it seem as if we all are?) you just want to get in and out of the doctor’s office as quickly as possible. When you think of most doctor’s offices the first thing that may come to mind might be the horribly long wait times. First, you go and wait in the lobby, then you’re called back to wait in the back room, then you see the nurse, and finally after waiting a little longer you get to see the doctor. Sometimes, you’re left to wait even more before the visit is over. Guess what? All of that waiting can be eliminated at First Med Urgent Care.

Sure, on super busy days there may be a slight wait in the lobby, but in most cases our urgent care is able to get patients in and out in way less than one hour. By utilizing the online check-in feature on our website we’re even able to keep wait times down as low as 5 minutes or less! We’re thrilled to have read plenty of positive reviews from our patients praising us for this wonderful new feature and we hope to make you the next happy patient.

If you find yourself sick with the flu or any other minor illness or injury our urgent care is here to serve you! First Med Urgent Care has 6 convenient locations around the Metro area to accommodate patients from all around OKC and Edmond. We understand that your time is valuable and you want to make the most of it, so next time you’re heading our way for whatever ailment you may have consider checking in online first.

If you need to check-in to one of our locations, please follow this link. Drive safely and we’ll see you soon! Our urgent care staff will be happy to help you when you arrive.

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Urgent Care Topics: Cough Types And Durations

Coughing up the info about when to visit an urgent care

First Med Urgent Care treats many patients with various illnesses that bring coughs along with them. Coughs are a signal to your body that something is definitely wrong. With all the hacking going on you may start to wonder when you should visit an urgent care or try to treat your cough at home. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may be difficult, but the type of cough and duration of the cough will be the key factors.

Dry coughs: With dry coughs there is no mucus being produced. These types of dry barking coughs are most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses and influenza (or flu).

Wet coughs: This cough brings phlegm with it. Post-nasal drip, bronchitis and pneumonia are all common illnesses associated with the wet cough.

How you can help:  Always wash your hands, disinfect your home and if you have to cough do it into your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others through the air.

It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. Time will be the test here as with all coughs. The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment.  A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, First Med Urgent Care is here for you.

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Urgent Care News: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With Exercise

On Behalf Of First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care staff have welcomed spring, but there are many people who aren’t so happy about the change in season. We’re a little over a week into spring and there may be some people out there suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While we may not get many patients at our urgent care who talk about this, we know this happens to a lot of people. According to the WebMD explanation of this kind of depression, it is associated with the change in seasons. Most people get this type of depression when winter rolls around, but under rarer occasions some people experience it beginning in spring or summer. While this isn’t necessarily a severe issue that you’d have to visit our urgent care for, we still find the information to be valuable for our patients.

In any season, SAD symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on each individual person. Some of our own urgent care patients may have this and not even realize it. Some of the most common symptoms include feeling worthless, having low energy and having problems sleeping. In some cases of spring-related SAD symptoms, patients have experienced anxiety, weight loss and poor appetite. Experts believe that SAD may be linked to hormonal changes, but the truth about why SAD happens is truly unknown.

There are a few ways that have been reported to help you can fight off SAD, but one of the most important ways is to exercise. The psychological benefits of exercise are great, because as you exercise your body releases endorphins. In turn, the endorphins “intermingle” with the receptors in your brain, therefore; reducing your perception of pain. Have you ever heard that endorphins make you happy? It’s sort of true in that way. That is why so many runners describe the feeling similar to morphine or “runner’s high.” Regular exercise has been proven to do many things for a person, such as; reduce stress, fight depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep.

Any urgent care staff member can tell you that exercising doesn’t only make your mind work better, but it inevitably makes your body better.  Of course, we recommned checking with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If you feel that you need social support to deal with depression, you can try joining a group exercise class or going with a friend to the gym. It’s easy to see how surrounding yourself with positive motivation may help you continue on the path to success.

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Urgent Care Reports: Signs of Ear Infections for Children and Adults

First Med Urgent Care: Ear infections

Although earaches can often occur when someone gets the common cold, sometimes middle ear infections can happen as a secondary symptom. Earaches from a cold can range from mild to very painful. The ranges of pain can go from sharp, dull or burning. Ear infections are, frequently, painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, persistent pain is a sign of ear infection and need for medical care. Ear infections are more common in children, in part, because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t get infections as well. There are more symptoms for children than there are for adults and below is a list of things to look out for.

 Ear Infections For Children Are Recognizable If They Exhibit Any Of The Following: 
1.) Ear pain, especially when lying down
2.) Tugging or pulling at an ear
3.) Difficulty sleeping
4.) Crying more than usual
5.) Acting more irritable than usual
6.) Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
7.) Loss of balance
8.) Fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher
9.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
10.) Headache
11.) Loss of appetite

Signs of Ear Infections For Adults: 
1.) Ear pain
2.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
3.) Diminished hearing

Signs and symptoms of an ear infection can indicate a number of conditions. It’s vital to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Call your urgent care doctor or bring your child into the urgent care facility if symptoms last for more than a day, ear pain is severe, your child is sleepless or irritable after a cold, or you observe a discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear. An adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Coping with Stress and Preventing Sickness during the Holidays in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Holiday season

The holiday seasons are upon us and you can’t afford to get sick.  You’re preparing Halloween costumes for yourself or your kids and you’re driving the kids to Halloween events.  You’re routing for your favorite team at football games, and you’re hosting watch parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties…and don’t forget about ALL that food that needs to be bought and prepared.  Plus the Christmas shopping.

Or that trip to the relative’s house you’ve planned. You CAN’T get sick. Sometimes it feels like getting sick around this time of year is inevitable though. But there are certain reasons why people tend to get sicker quicker and more often this time of year, and if we let you in on those, you’ll have a better chance of staying well for all your events.

Number one, we are simply more busy and simply have more on our plate and simply feel like we are going crazy. Who hasn’t felt crazy last minute Christmas shopping in the mall? It happens. But the stress that comes along with all that can, in a round about way, weaken you emotionally and also physically.

That stress plays a part in weakening our immune systems. When you are weak, you’re more susceptible to germs.

Secondly, sometimes you loose sleep this time of year because there is just not enough time in the day to cram everything in. Lack of sleep can also render you more susceptible to germs because your body has not had proper rest, something that is essential for growth and recovery.

Below are ways to cope with stress and the hormones that cause immune system problems. Click here for more on this topic.

Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. It can trigger hormones that can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including suppression of the immune system.

It isn’t the stress that makes you ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on various interacting systems (immune system, your heart and blood vessels, certain glands, hormones that are secreted) that can bring on the physical illness. There are things you can do, though, including lifestyle changes, to alter the way you respond.

What Lifestyle Changes Might Help Excessive Worriers?

Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few options that you can consider:

  • Talk to your doctor. Start by talking with your primary care physician. Get a thorough physical exam to make sure other health problems are not fueling your feelings of anxiety.
  • Exercise daily. With your doctor’s approval, begin a regular exercise program.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Stress and worrying provoke some people to eat too little, others too much, or to eat unhealthy foods. Keep your health in mind when worrying nudges you toward the fridge.
  • Drink caffeine in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which can trigger adrenaline and make you feel nervous and jittery.
  • Be conscious of your worries. Do not dwell on them. Set aside 15 minutes each day where you allow yourself to focus on problems and fears — and then vow to let them go after the 15 minutes is up.
  • Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques can trigger the relaxation response — a physiological state characterized by a feeling of warmth and quiet mental alertness. 
  • Have a strong social network. Loneliness may be as much a risk factor for disease as having high cholesterol or smoking cigarettes. Be a friend to make a friend.
  • Talk to a professional therapist. Psychological counseling can help you develop appropriate coping strategies to deal with issues that trigger excessive worrying. The therapist can help you by suggesting ways that may help you change. But you have to be the one to make the changes. Therapy is only successful if you work on getting better. – Click here for a more extensive version.

Getting a flu shot early in the season is also very important.

Along with these lifestyle changes, stopping the spread of the flu in your house before it starts will make for a much less stressful holiday season. No one wants to get sick, especially when they can’t afford to. First Med offers flu shots every day at our 5 locations throughout the OKC metro. We are open from 8am to 7:30pm seven days a week. Come in before the flu affects your house and let us help you prevent sickness and lower stress! Also, check out this free download with more information about Flu Season 2013.