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Epidermoid Cysts- Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Explains Epidermoid Cysts

First Med Urgent Care Educating Patients

It’s a normal reaction for many people to become a little scared when they see a bump rise up on their skin, especially if it becomes infected. A lot of people automatically fear the worst and seek advice online which can often lead to false information and a self-diagnosis of cancer. Some people rush to the urgent care in a panic!

The truth is that there are a number of skin conditions which can cause lumps or bumps to appear on or just below the skin. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate patients about epidermoid cysts (also sometimes called sebaceous cysts).

These cysts are NOT cancerous and they normally form as a round bubble sticking out from the hair follicle. Usually, a dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. While typical locations include the genitals, chest, and back; these cysts can also form in other areas. In most cases epidermoid cysts are not very painful; however, if the area becomes infected it can become very sensitive to touch.

Most cysts do not disappear on their own without treatment and some will need to be drained to relieve symptoms. Squeezing an epidermoid cyst will push out a thick, white discharge, but as some urgent care patients have experienced, a removal of the cyst is necessary. If you simply rely on squeezing the discharge out without removing the sac, the cyst will return.

Allowing our urgent care doctor to take care of an epidermoid cyst is safer than trying to do this procedure at home! In addition, antibiotics may need to be prescribed to treat an infected cyst.

If you think you have an epidermoid cyst, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. You may visit any of our urgent care locations; we’re open 7 days of the week! To see our urgent care locations and hours of operation, please click here.

Tick

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!

BoneFractures- Urgent Care

Visit The Urgent Care For Fractures

First Med Urgent Care: Fractures

With the warmer spring weather settling in, children’s sport activities such as little league baseball and soccer will be causing  kids to be more active outside. With these sporty activities comes more risk of your children falling or other traumatic events occurring. Sure, they’ve probably fallen before without a worry; kids just get back up and go along with their business. There are times, however; when falling can cause significant problems such as bone fractures. The definition of a bone fracture is the same as the term broken or cracked in that the bone is no longer intact.

For these types of injuries you should bring your child to the urgent care, because this is considered a medical emergency. Sometimes, though, you may not even know if your child has a fractured bone and may debate about going to the urgent care right away. So, what symptoms should you check for?

Here is a list of the main symptoms:

1.) Swelling or bruising over a bone.
2.) Pain in the injured area that gets worse with movement or pressure applied to the area.
3.) Deformity of injured area.
4.) This one is obvious: if the bone is protruding from the skin.

As long as the skin is not broken, the blood vessels and nerves are still working. That means there is a chance to go a little slower with decision making. For some fractures, operation is the only option, but for most of them the body is amazing at healing with a little help from urgent care doctors. Either way it is probably a good idea to not take too long to decide whether you should visit an urgent care, because timing does play an important role when it comes to caring for the broken bones.

Thus, if you think that you or someone you’re with may have fractured a bone then call your urgent care doctor or just come right in with no appointment necessary. We have the capability to provide you with an X-RAY due to our onsite lab. Even if it turns out that you don’t have a fractured bone, it is better to be safe than sorry, right? Here is our contact information page: click here.