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First Med Urgent Care Screening For Shingles

Urgent Care Treatment Options For Relief

Have you ever had shingles? What you may or may not know is that the virus that causes chickenpox can reactivate and cause shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people immediately think of a rash when they hear this. While that is the main symptom of shingles, pain throughout the body can also be a problem for many patients. Our urgent care doctors would be happy to examine your situation and help you get some relief if you’re suffering.

At first, you may not realize what is happening when the onset of shingles occurs, because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include:

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Flu-like symptoms without a fever

It can actually be several days or weeks before the rash associated with shingles appears. First, it’s more likely that you’d feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the area around the affected nerves. Later, the rash can appear anywhere on the body, but it is most common for  it to appear on only one side of the body.

The rash starts in the form of blisters and then they scab over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for a long while. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The pain associated with PHN most commonly affects the forehead or chest and may make it difficult for the patient to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, it may also lead to depression.

Our urgent care doctors can help many patients suffering from shingles by prescribing an antiretroviral drug or steroid to help patients find relief.

If you notice any of the symptoms of shingles, please don’t hesitate to visit any one of our urgent care locations for help. Our First Med Urgent Care locations can be found by clicking here.

Water

Why You Should Be Drinking Water Regularly

Water And Your Body

You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health. This time of year, when the temperatures are warmer it’s even more vital to drink plenty H2O. Furthermore, drinking water is even more important for people who are overly active in the summer. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is focusing on explaining why you should be drinking water regularly.

What do you think happens when you drink water? Well, of course it requires you to urinate more often, but more than that it is actually helping your kidneys and digestive organs to function properly.

What do you think happens when you exert yourself and sweat? When you play or exercise in the heat, your body starts to sweat. With movement your body releases any tension that it has been holding onto. At the same time your body also releases various toxins that may have been stored up as a result of that tension. Normally, when you sweat it will evaporate from your skin to help keep you cool, but in humid weather this doesn’t happen as quickly as it should, making your body temperature increase and requires you to drink more.

When you intake enough fluids you are actually helping your body to remove toxins faster. When your body is able to remove toxins on a regular basis, it is less likely that you will get sick in the future or that it will aid in recovery from any illness you may have. That is precisely why you may hear nurses or doctors at First Med Urgent Care tell patients to drink water. Of course, as part of an overall wellness effort for your body, you truly should be drinking it anyway.

So how much water should you drink every day? It’s a common misconception that everyone should drink eight glasses of water per day at 8 ounces each. The truth is that this is just a standard example and it really just depends on your size, weight, and activity level. Studies suggest that you should drink between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels.

If you have any health or medical needs, our staff at First Med Urgent Care is here to help. Just stop on by any day of the week between the hours of 8am and 7:30pm!