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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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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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Back To School Immune System Boosting Tips

Ways To Boost Your Immune System

For most students around the metro area, school will back in session within just a few shorts weeks. During these times of high anxiety and moments of rushing around to get everything in order, keeping your immune system in check is more vital. Your immune system is responsible for battling bacterial and viral infections, thus; if it’s overly strained it can’t operate properly. That’s precisely why our urgent care team has developed this list of back to school immune system boosting tips.

1.) Vaccinations: Getting your vaccinations to fight against the flu and other illnesses would be your first step in maintaining a healthy body.
2.) Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to flush out bacteria, increase white blood cell circulation, and reduce the stress-related hormones.
3.) Lemon: Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content lemon can help you get over illnesses quicker. Squeezing a little lemon juice in your water or tea can help your body find balance.
4.) Hygiene: Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the restroom, as well as before and after every meal. Using antibacterial soap will limit your exposure to any harmful pathogens.
5.) Sleep: Create a healthy sleep pattern for yourself. Try to to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up times as much as possible, because lack of sleep can open the flood gate for all kinds of infections and weaken the immune system.

Even the healthiest people can feel the strain of starting a new school semester, but if you follow these guidelines you’ll be one step closer to a stronger immune system. In addition to these 5 immune system boosting tips, our urgent care staff would recommend avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugary foods, and stressful situations. All of these factors can cause inflammation in the body and prevent you from healing if you do become ill. If you find yourself feeling sick and none of the preventative measure have helped, visit First Med Urgent Care any day of the week!

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Urgent Care Patients: Do You Need To Worry About Influenza?

First Med Urgent Care: The Flu

First Med Urgent Care staff have seen a rise in the influenza or flu illness in patients over the past few months. The flu is usually an annual outbreak. The time frame for the beginning of the epidemic is usually as early as November and runs as late as April. With that being said, our urgent care staff has taken notice that the symptoms started later in this “cycle” than usual. This means, we predict the flu virus will continue to go strong until, possibly, May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have weekly U.S. influenza surveillance reports. These reports tell us that the flu activity has remained high in the past few months.

Some flu symptoms you may want to keep an eye out for include: sudden onset of cough, high fever, chill, severe headache, and body aches.

An urgent care tip from us: The illness can last as long as two weeks before full recovery. If it is lasting longer than that, seek medical help. Although there are medications to help prevent or shorten the illness, vaccination is the best way to prevent illness.

The flu has had a stronger effect on young children and there have been some tragedies associated with the illness. So, yes, it is a very serious issue and you should worry about the flu. It is very important to pay attention to your health and the health of your family members. Urgent care staff are available to treat your flu needs should you find that you are getting sick. If you have not had flu symptoms this season and you want to stay preventative,  it is not too late to get the flu shot. Our urgent care is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Our five locations are spread throughout the Oklahoma City and Metro areas to service many patients. Click here for our urgent care hours of operation.

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Urgent Care Reports: The Common Cold Vs. The Flu

First Med Urgent Care: Cold & Flu symptoms

At First Med Urgent Care, we specialize in treating a wide scope of illnesses and minor injuries. One of the illnesses we are continuously treating at this time is the flu. Believe it or not, March is still a month when the flu bug is still going around. There are some times when patients visit the urgent care and we have found that they cannot tell the difference between their common cold symptoms and the flu. So, when you awaken one morning and find that you can’t stop sneezing and coughing, how do you judge if you have the common cold or the flu?

If you are one of the patients who doesn’t know the difference between the symptoms, then you aren’t alone. According to WebMD, it is common for patients to mistake the two, because sometimes the symptoms seem impossible to tell apart. Of course, you can visit our urgent care facility for either one, but we want you to know some of the most common symptoms you may have for both the flu and the common cold.

Our urgent care tip #1- Common cold symptoms:

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat and this can last a few days. A lot of patients will have nasal symptoms, a runny nose, and congestion in the beginning stages of a common cold. By around day 4 or 5 a cough can develop. Furthermore, a heavy fever is uncommon in adults, but there is still a possibility for a very slight fever. There is no surprise that children are more susceptible to having a fever with a cold. As a warning, we will tell you that during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious! So be careful around the other members of your household, try not to touch your face too much and wash your hands thoroughly.

Our urgent care tip #2- Common flu symptoms:

The flu tends to come on more suddenly and patients will, generally, feel much worse than when they have a cold. If you have that achy feeling, like you’ve been hit by a truck, then chances are that you probably have the flu. Patients will often look and feel very sick, feel weak, have a high fever, and be extremely fatigued when they have the flu. Additionally, many people have been known to get a “dry” cough. Much like the common cold, the flu can be spread easily through contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. This is why it is so important to attempt to keep your hands germ free.

We hope that this information has helped put the difference between the flu and the common cold into perspective. If you feel you need treatment for either illness, please do not hesitate to visit First Med Urgent Care.

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Vaccinations: Your Defense Against The Flu Virus

First Med Urgent Care: Battle the flu

This winter has been brutal at times and many patients have visited our urgent care facility because of the flu. The flu vaccination is important for getting people through the cold winter. Unfortunately, we are still in the winter season and the peak of flu season isn’t over yet. A lot of people can avoid the misery of dealing with the flu, if they receive flu vaccinations. It is no doubt that the best way to defend against the viruses associated with illnesses such as the flu, is to get vaccinated.

Research at the online source, Mayo Clinic, explains that doctors have discovered exposing the body to a bacteria or virus that is damaged or inactivated through special lab procedures allows the body to scan it, analyze it and develop protection against it without developing an infection. This is how vaccines have been invented and they have saved millions of lives over the years. Our urgent care staff is prepared to administer the vaccination to adults and children.

How do the vaccinations work? Vaccinations find and neutralize specific bacteria and viruses. When your body is exposed to a disease-causing bacteria or a virus that it has never encountered before, you become ill. Thanks to the power of vaccinations, your body is equipped with the proper defense mechanisms to fight off the viruses. Individuals who refuse to receive the vaccine and are not properly treated for an infection may be a source of contamination for people who have not been vaccinated yet. Vaccinations are most effective in preventing diseases when everyone in the home gets them.

The best way to avoid getting the flu in the first place is to be proactive and get your flu shot ahead of time. The best thing to do for your family is to get a flu shot every year. If you haven’t been sick with the flu this winter season, but you also haven’t received a flu shot, then you still have time. Come visit our urgent care to get your flu vaccination.

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The Flu Is Here!

First Med Urgent Care: Flu season

The flu season is upon us. We have already seen patients test positive for it. No need to panic. All 5 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We are open 8:00am to 7:30pm 7 days a week.

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Flu Death Count in Oklahoma is up to 25

First Med Urgent Care: Flu update

The state Health Department has confirmed that 25 Oklahoman’s have died due to the flu, including two children. Since the end of September 819 people have been hospitalized. Health officials state that there is still time to get a flu shot. Protect yourself and your family aas soon as possible. For more information, see the attached Oklahoman article

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Flu Deaths in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Deaths in OK

According to a report on Oklahoma City’s News Channel 9, there have five flu related deaths in Oklahoma, in the last week.

Protect yourself and your family; it is not too late to get a flu shot.
http://www.news9.com/story/24407239/five-flu-related-deaths-in-oklahoma-in-the-last-week

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Flu Cases in Oklahoma Double

First Med Urgent Care: Reports on flu cases

According to the State of Oklahoma Health Department, the number of flu cases has doubled in Oklahoma in the week ending, Tuesday, December 31st.

There is still time to get your flu shot. Remember that it takes two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. Stop into any of our clinics, 7 days a week from, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma flu cases double in past week

  • Published: January 2, 2014
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of hospitalizations due to the flu have doubled in the past week.

The department announced Thursday that there were 63 hospitalizations due to influenza during the 7-day period that ended Tuesday to bring the total number of hospitalizations since the start of the flu season in October to 126.

The Health Department says there have been no deaths due to the flu thus far this flu season.