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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!

Flu-Urgent Care

There’s Still Time To Visit Our Urgent Care For Flu Shots

Urgent Care: Round two of the flu

*DING, DING*

It’s as if it’s a boxing match and it’s round two for Influenza (or the flu) with Christmas break now over, the new year beginning and school back in session. The flu is a strong enemy to battle and it is still in its peak season. If you haven’t caught the flu, it doesn’t mean you won’t. The flu isn’t backing down any time soon, but the good news is that it isn’t too late to visit one of our urgent care clinics (click here for locations) to get your flu shot.

People who are more susceptible to getting the flu include:

  • People who have compromised immune systems, already.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Young children between ages 6 months to 4 years old.
  • People over the age of 65.

If you think you already have the flu, timely detection is important for optimal treatment. The onset of the flu is generally very sudden and you will notice symptoms such as muscle aches, soreness, fever and extreme fatigue. If you have all of these symptoms and your body temperature is above 101 degrees, it is a pretty good indication that you have the flu.

The flu is capable of knocking you off of your feet! Other symptoms can include nausea, possible diarrhea and possible difficulty breathing. These are symptoms you should take seriously. It’s better to see an urgent care doctor sooner rather than later.

First Med Urgent Care has the staff to treat you. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries. We are 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.