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Urgent Care Discusses Diseases Carried By American Dog Tick

Urgent Care Shares Concerns About This Common Tick

It’s the time of year again when a lot of families love to go camping, take walks with their dogs, and stroll through parks. It’s also the unfortunate time when being outdoors near woody or grassy areas can mean picking up unwanted pests such as ticks. One of the most common ticks in Oklahoma is known as the American dog tick. Most people associate ticks with Lyme disease, but it’s important to know that there are other types of ticks which carry different diseases. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate about the American dog tick’s most commonly carried diseases which can be passed to humans.

The American dog tick is known to carry tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Our urgent care staff put together information regarding tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever listed below.

Tularemia: Most people who have contracted this illness will show signs within 3-5 days, but some have reported that it takes up to 14 days. While there are several types of tularemia, depending on how it was contracted, the most common type is called ulceroglandular tularemia.

Symptoms include:

  • A skin ulcer that forms at the site of infection
  • Swollen and painful lymph glands
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Exhaustion

Our urgent care team recommends that you see your doctor immediately if you feel you have this disease as most cases can be cured with prompt care.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: This illness also usually shows up within 14 days. It is a bacterial infection that can cause serious damage to internal organs, such as your kidneys and heart if it is not promptly treated.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • A rash on the wrists and ankles (usually after a few days)
  • Again, it is important to visit the doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these signs after a tick bite.

The best thing to do to protect yourself, your pets, and others from the American dog tick is utilize prevention. Always wear a bug repellent and if you can stand it try to wear long sleeves and pants when walking in tall grass or through forest areas. At home, you can protect your own yard by maintaining proper lawn care. If you find a tick on you remove it carefully by following instructions listed here.

Should you need urgent care treatment, feel free to come on in to any of our urgent care locations as there is no appointment needed!

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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.

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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.