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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals How To Fall Asleep Easier

First Med Urgent Care: Giving Sleepy Time Tips

Getting sleep is crucial for the body and mind to function properly on a regular basis. Being sleep deprived can cause numerous, serious side effects which range from mild to severe. Accidents taking place, illness settling in and poor cognition are all results of being sleep deprived. For a lot of people the reason sleep is so difficult to obtain is because they have trouble falling asleep. Our urgent care doctors know the importance of sleep. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is giving you sleepy time tips to ensure you know how to help you fall asleep easier.

Urgent care staff tip #1: Stretch out

After a long work day or taking care of the kids your body may be all stiffened up. Stretch out from your head down to your toes. Do a few, slow head rolls. Stretch your arms up over your head on both sides. Stretch out your legs and curl up your toes before stretching them all back out again. This repeated motion may help to diminish stress from your body.

Urgent care staff tip #2 : Count breaths

Instead of counting invisible sheep, try counting your breaths instead. To get your body ready for sleep try breathing in for counts of 4-8 and breathing out again a similar number of breaths. The focus on the number of breaths can have a soothing effect.

Urgent care staff tip #3: Control temperature

If you have the option to lower your body temperature it will help you fall asleep faster. Some people like it as cold as 65, others prefer low 70’s. If you can’t control the temperature for whatever reason, try to sleep in a cooler pair of pajamas. You could also eliminate blankets or sleep with a thin sheet, instead.

Urgent care staff tip #4: Noise control

If total silence is too unbearable try adding some white noise such as a fan or listen to the radio. If too much noise is a problem, try some soft ear plugs to drown out whatever it is that keeps you awake.

First Med Urgent Care hopes that these tips will help you get yourself ready for a snooze fest and snuggle right in for a good night sleep.