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About Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Signs Of Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Has your child been strangely ill with rash like spots, but you can’t quit figure out what is happening? At this time of year it is common for hand-foot-and-mouth disease to seemingly appear out of nowhere. Around summer and fall a lot of these cases pop up. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is something that is most commonly spread amongst younger children. This makes daycare centers and schools breeding ground for the virus. Today, our urgent care is talking more about this type of enterovirus to bring better awareness.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can be spread most easily through coughing and sneezing. It can take up to 6 days before a person start to see symptoms of the disease after being exposed. Here are some warning signs that your child might have hand-foot-and-mouth disease:

  • Fever of 101 degrees
  • Blisters or sores may appear in or on mouth, hands, and feet (sometimes buttocks)
  • Sometimes a skin rash may appear

If your child is sick with this virus, here are a few ways to help your child find relief:

  • Offer child plenty of cool fluids (to soothe sore throat)
  • Avoid feeding child spicy foods or acidic foods
  • Use Tylenol or low-dose Ibuprofen to lower fever (DO NOT GIVE THEM ASPIRIN)
  • Keep your child out of daycare or school
  • Wash hands frequently

We hope that this information helps you to recognize the symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Likewise, we hope you’ll have a better understanding of what you can do at home. Should you feel that your child needs medical attention First Med Urgent Care is open 8:00am- 7:30pm, 7 days per week. There is no appointment necessary and our urgent care clinic is used to treating families and children.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we wish you all good luck fighting illness. Stay healthy!

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Healthy Test Taking Tips From First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care: Study Hard, Stay Healthy

First Med Urgent Care staff know that the pressure of taking tests is already beginning as school gets geared up again for the fall semester. If you ever have test anxiety or natural stress about taking tests in school, you’re not the only one. A lot of students of all ages get a little jittery around test taking time. First Med Urgent Care staff knows all about the pressure to do a good job and what it feels like so we’ve compiled a list of healthy test taking tips to get you started in the right direction this year.

1.) Prepare an outline: Making yourself a study plan can help you focus on the list of the most important topics to be covered. Use the guide you make when studying.

2.) Remove distractions: A lot of students have reported that studying at home is too much distraction, because they focus on what they can be doing rather than studying. There’s a reason why libraries still exist. They’re a great, quite place to study!

3.) Rest easy: This one seems like a “no-brainer,” but you’d be surprised just how many students stay up too late the night before an exam. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest.

4.) Eat well: If you eat a balanced breakfast it will be one less worry during the test. Nothing distracts you more during a test than a growling stomach.

5.) Just relax: Take a deep breathe before the test begins. Don’t forget to let it out! If you have your pencils, scrap paper or other materials allowed that’s another few things you don’t have to worry about. If you’ve followed your study plan, you should be prepared.

6.) Cross check: When you’ve finished your test, always cross check your answers. Double checking helps you make sure you didn’t make the mistake of skipping a question or filling in the right answer on the wrong line.

First Med Urgent Care wants you to do your very best. Most of these tips provided by our urgent care staff should help the majority of students feel at ease. Our urgent care staff thinks that if you follow these healthy test taking tips you’ll know you did your best!

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First Med Urgent Care Encourages Physical Activity For Kids

First Med Urgent Care: Remain Active Despite Starting School Again

It’s been said before and for several years now that childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic. You may be wondering “how much of an epidemic is it, really?” First Med Urgent Care found statics for the United States via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to their records, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. They do distinguish that there is a difference between children who are overweight and children classified as obese. The definition of overweight is having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.

Overweight and obese children, with little or no physical inactivity have an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and an overall poor health status. Now, our urgent care staff know that with school starting up again it is inevitable that children will be forced to sit longer than they normally would. The older children get, the more choice they have over their classes and the amount of students choosing physical education classes is decreasing.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: A healthy lifestyle may boost academic performance.

First Med Urgent Care Tip: Exercise can reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

Of course, not all school programs can implement activity while learning, yet urgent care staff will generally recommend a healthy dose of exercise to capable patients for a healthy lifestyle. So, it begs the question “what can you do?” Exercise at home! It sounds too straightforward, but it can help. Simply make a real commitment to work in 30-60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. Right after school is a great time to run off all the energy your children have bottled up!

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First Med Urgent Care Offers Sport Physicals

First Med Urgent Care: Get ready for sports camp

It’s about that time of year again! Sports camps are scheduled and perhaps you have a child interested in attending camp, this year? Whether your child is interested in playing baseball, softball, soccer or football, going to camp can be an exciting and fun way to pass a few weeks out of the summer vacation. If your child is planning to attend any sports camp, you should know that most camps require that the attendees have physicals before they can participate. The Pre-Participation Exam (or PPE) is to make certain that the child is healthy and not subject to potential injury or illness caused by the sports camp (of course, they aren’t to suggest that injuries won’t ever take place).

These exams are routine and include an evaluation of your child’s medical history. We make sure all the child’s vaccines are up to date and a complete physical examination is conducted. First Med Urgent Care staff have experience with the procedure!  First Med Urgent Care is also a trusted source for vaccinations, so leave it to our urgent care doctors or nurses to administer any previously missed vaccinations so your child can get caught up.

If your child is also planning to play sports for school, this year, you can “kill two birds with one stone.” By your child having a complete physical done prior to sports camp, it should set your child up to be in the perfect time frame to use the same information for when school starts. The even better part about visiting our urgent care is that our wait times are relatively low, so you can get all the exams and forms you need right away without an appointment.

About Us: 

First Med Urgent Care is 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 urgent care medical treatment, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.