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First Med Urgent Care Reveals Reasons For Abdominal Pains: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Sharing Helpful Information

In part one of this series, our urgent care article focused on 7 possible culprits of pain in the abdominal region. As we mentioned, pain in the abdomen can range from being a temporary problem to something more serious. As there are so many different problems that could be associated with pain in the area, we’ve come back to list 7 more possible reasons someone might feel pain in the stomach area.

  • Endometriosis – This one if for women only as it is a condition that affects the cells of the lining of the uterus. Pain, irregular bleeding, and infertility issues can be the result of these cells escaping and starting to grow in other parts of the body, usually somewhere in the pelvis.


  • Thyroid Problems – The thyroid, even though it is located in the neck, can cause digestive tract problems. The production of too many hormones can lead to pain, diarrhea, and cramps. An under-active thyroid can lead to the slowing down of the digestion process potentially causing pain in the form of constipation and gas.


  • Parasites – There are all types of parasites and many ways that they can enter someone’s body. You can get them from eating undercooked food, from your pets, and even from just walking outside in soil without any shoes on! Not matter how you get them, parasites can cause cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.


  • Ulcers – Pain from peptic ulcer disease (ulcers in the stomach and small intestine) can be felt by most in the mid-upper abdomen.


  • Stress – This alone can cause a multitude of pains throughout the entire body, including digestive pain.


  • Some Foods – Lactose intolerance, Gluten intolerance, and reactions to too many sugar substitutes like Sorbitol can all cause people to have digestive pains including; bloating, diarrhea, burping, gas, and indigestion. Eating undercooked food or bacteria ridden food can lead to food poisoning which can cause pain in the stomach for up to a few days.


  • Cancer – It’s rare for patients to feel pain from cancer in the abdominal organs, but it’s not impossible. This pain may most likely be felt in later stages of cancer.

Our wish is that you’ve found this list informative. As we stated in part one, our urgent care doctors may be able to help you narrow down your type of abdominal pain to a specific cause, but some of the more serious diseases will require follow-up treatments. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, common colds, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

Some the types of pain mentioned in this article are only temporary pains that may not require medical attention; however, others listed may require surgery or ongoing medical assessment. Should you feel that your stomach pain is caused by something minor, please feel free to come in and get a check-up at any of our 6 urgent care locations.


What You Should Know About Tick Removal

Prevent Summer Sickness & Safely Remove A Tick

It’s common knowledge that the fall and winter bring on more colds and flu season is at its peak, but the summer time has many reasons for people to pay attention. Health risks are just as common when you’re outside. With many families looking forward to camping out this month, First Med Urgent Care wanted to cover information regarding tick removal.

A lot of people get that “crawly” feeling just thinking about these critters that belong to the arachnid family, but the best thing to do if you notice one attached to you is to not panic. The good news is that safely removing it is an easy step and doesn’t require any folklore remedies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best method for tick removal is utilizing a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

You’ll want to grab the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, pull it upwards, and in one steady motion pull it out. Do not wriggle the tick around as this can leave remains of the tick in the skin. After removal, clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

To dispose of the tick you can choose to flush it down the toilet, wrap it a sealed bag and toss it in the trash, or submerge it in alcohol. Putting a live in tick in alcohol will suffocate it. This is a perfectly safe way to dispose of the tick. Never try to squeeze it between your bare fingers.

Why is it important to remove a tick as quickly as possible?

Leaving a tick inside your skin too long can cause infection and illness. Ticks also carry parasites, called Babesiosis, that can be spread. As if they weren’t gross enough already, right?

If you should develop rash or fever within weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. As always, the best preventative is to wear long sleeves and pants when hiking in woody areas and to wear bug repellant. Our urgent care staff wish the best for everyone. Have a safe and happy summer!

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First Med Urgent Care Warns Against Walking Barefoot

Help From Our Urgent Care: Shoes are great

We’re sure some people love running outside without any shoes on when the weather is warm, are we right? The grass is warm and feels soft between your toes and there’s just something lovely about being connected to the earth, but did you know there are dangers to strolling around barefoot? First Med Urgent Care brings a warning about walking barefoot this summer.

The most obvious downside to walking around without any shoes on is the increased risk of stubbing your toes (OUCH!) or stepping on sharp objects likes rocks, nails or glass. Inside the house there are just as many things to worry about, especially if your child, like many, likes to leave sharp toys lying around. If you step on anything rusty, guess what that means? A trip to an urgent care for a tetanus shot. That’s not fun!

Urgent care trips may not even be helpful if something more serious should happen as a result of walking barefoot. For example, if you don’t remember from biology class, certain parasites are able to pass through human feet. Hookworms are one of the most common parasites known to enter feet due to contaminated soil. Although some hookworm infections may not cause symptoms, severe infections often cause weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite and anemia. If blood loss occurs people may have to have blood transfusions which extends beyond an entry level urgent care issue.

Urgent care staff want you to know protecting your feet is a must! If you don’t want to be subject to injuring yourself or possibly getting sick from a parasite, it’s important to remember your shoes. If you need to visit First Med Urgent Care for any reason, please click here for our hours and locations.