First Med Urgent Care Providing Healthy Spring Cleaning Tips

Get Tidy This Spring

Isn’t there just something magical about the way spring brings a whole new motivation to your soul? It’s probably thanks to all those months of being cooped up in the house, avoiding the freezing cold wind infamous to Oklahoma. Our Urgent Care team figured it’d be the best time to focus on spring cleaning so that you can get your house all nice and tidy. The problem is that a lot of cleaning chemicals tend to make people sick when used incorrectly. Instead of burning your nose hairs or causing lung damage by breathing in toxic fumes, we found some safer, healthy ways to clean.

  • Get mold out of the creases in the shower or tub! First, put on some rubber gloves and soak a paper towel in a 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water solution. Paste the paper towel like paper mâché to the moldy area. Repeat until all areas are covered and let it sit for at least 1 hour or longer for serious mold.
  • Keep stainless steel looking bright! Using vinegar in a spray bottle, wet down the appliance you’re trying to clean. Wipe it off to remove initial dirt and then dip your cloth into a bit of oil (olive oil works fine) and polish the appliance with it. You will notice a shiny surface and marks disappear.
  • Unclog drains! Start by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then, pour ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of very hot water on top of it. Let that mixture sit a few minutes. Next, add 1 cup of vinegar inside. Cover the drain if it’s not deep. You may see or hear the fizzy reaction and that means it’s working to eliminate all the gunk down there. After it’s done fizzing for 5-10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling water to flush the drain.

As a final tip, consider opening some windows and let the fresh air circulate without having to utilize the A/C unit for a while. This way any vinegar smells that you have lingering can quickly be aired out. You’ll notice the smell goes away a lot faster than the fumes from chemical-based cleaners usually do.

We hope with these tips that you don’t have to come to the urgent care or visit any emergency rooms due to cleaning this spring!

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First Med Urgent Care Talks About Fall Allergies

Urgent Care News: What to look out for

We, at First Med Urgent Care, say it’s fall for sure! The leaves are orange, the air is crisp and for many of you that means allergies have also flared up. Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with fall allergies at First Med Urgent Care or perhaps you just woke up and noticed something was different this fall. Have you ever wondered why fall allergies bother so many people? First Med Urgent Care has found that the three most common fall allergy triggers are Ragweed, mold and dust mites. Listed here is a little more information about each of these triggers.

1.) Ragweed: Just like spring flowers, this bothersome pollen gets released into the air on warm days and into cool nights starting in August. The wind-traveling pollen can reach people hundreds of miles away and stick around well into October.

2.) Mold: It could be from damp areas in your house or even from mold spores growing outside in piles of damp leaves, corners of the house where water puddles or mushy spots in your grass. Just being around this can cause an uproar of allergies.

3.) Dust mites: When you turn on your heater for the first time this fall you may notice a funny smell. That “funny smell” is because dust has accumulated on either the heating elements or the heat exchanger. Before you know it those dust mites are whirling around your house and causing allergic reactions.

The symptoms of fall allergies can include:

1.) Runny nose
2.) Watery eyes
3.) Sneezing
4.) Coughing
5.) Itchy eyes and nose
6. ) Dark circles under the eyes

Not all allergy issues are urgent care worthy, but if you feel you need something stronger than over the counter medications to help you with your allergies, don’t hesitate to visit an urgent care near you. Perhaps now you can be better equipped to deal with those pesky allergies with your new knowledge of what the fall allergy symptoms are and how they can sometimes be triggered by different things around you. Since you certainly can’t stop living life or stay indoors just to avoid the allergens, you just have to be careful.