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Urgent Care Reports: Sore Throats Due To Acid Reflux

First Med Urgent Care: Providing You With Information

When that dreaded sand paper feeling starts creeping in your throat, followed by the awful soreness, you may be inclined to automatically blame a cold, the flu, or strep throat, but did you know acid reflux can cause sore throats, too? Our urgent care staff is here to inform you about this common sore throat cause which is often overlooked.

First, let’s talk a little bit about your esophagus. This muscular tube carries food from your mouth and connects the throat or pharynx to the stomach. When acid from your stomach comes up through your esophagus it can cause irritation in the throat. This is what our urgent care doctors would commonly refer to as acid reflux.

How do you know that it’s not one of the other more common problems causing your sore throat?

Not everyone will have all of the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms on this urgent care checklist you might have acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve already tried over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks and you still have symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux , it’s time to see a doctor. Our urgent care staff is available to help you with a diagnosis every day of the week from 8am to 7:30pm. If you need to see a doctor, we recommend checking in online for faster service. You may check-in at any of our locations by clicking here.

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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.

Urgent Care- Hand, Foot, Mouth

About Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

  • Fever of 101 degrees
  • Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
  • Sometimes a skin rash may appear

If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:

  • Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
  • Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
  • Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
  • Keep your child out of daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently

We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!

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: 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 Help: Understand Strep Throat

First Med Urgent Care Health Tips

Don’t you just hate that feeling when you know you’re getting sick? It’s awful when one day you feel just fine and the next your throat is harboring a disease causing bacteria. First Med Urgent Care has seen an increase in illness since fall rolled around. One common illness which pops up suddenly is strep throat.  Sometimes strep or Streptococcus pyrogenes consists of bacteria that can live dormant in your throat. The normally dormant strep organisms can awaken in times of stress or if your immune system is weakened. If you find that one day you wake up to your throat hurting, you’re running a high fever, and all your energy has been zapped then you just might have strep throat.

Common symptoms of strep throat include:

1.) Severe sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.
2.) Pain or difficulty with swallowing.
3.) Fever over 101 °F (38.3 °C).
4.) Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
5.) White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and tonsils.
6.) Bright red throat or dark red spots on the roof of the mouth at the back near the throat.
7.) Swollen tonsils.

Strep throat is one illness that should not be ignored. It can cause more serious illnesses, a serious heart condition (rheumatic fever) and it is also highly contagious to other people. For this reason, it is extremely important to seek out treatment at an urgent care as soon as possible. If you feel you may have strep throat, but aren’t one hundred percent certain, come in anyway. Our urgent care has the ability to perform a very fast and simple strep test. First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic so there is no appointment necessary.  We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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Urgent Care News: The Attack Of Flu Season

First Med Urgent Care: Protecting Families

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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.