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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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Allergy Shots Vs. Allergy Medications

Allergy Shots And Allergy Medications: What’s The Difference?

Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with allergies at First Med Urgent Care or you’ve just been aware of having allergies your whole life. If you suffer from springtime allergies, as a lot of people do, then you know the misery that comes along with the watery eyes and, seemingly, uninterrupted sneezing. You should also know that there are a lot of different ways to prevent those pesky allergy symptoms. Depending on the level of severity you may be given a choice to have an allergy shot or to take allergy medication.

What’s the difference between an allergy shot and allergy medication?

There are 4 basic types of allergy medications and they include:

  • Antihistamines: These work to help your body’s immune system fight off the histamine that is released during your allergy attack. This is why the antihistamine can help to prevent stuffiness, congestion and itching. They do not help with symptoms you already have and should be taken up to 2 weeks prior to allergy problems occurring.
  • Decongestants: Decongestants are used to cure the symptoms you already have and cannot be used as a preventative method, so if you are prone to having congestion during your allergies, you will need to take a decongestant in order to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Nasal Sprays: As the name suggests, they are used to treat nasal congestion, stuffiness and redness during your allergies.
  • Steroids: These are stronger than antihistamines, but they are used much in the same way. They are best used as a preventative, taken at least 2 weeks in advance. This method works to prevent against allergies and combat stuffiness, redness and itching.

Allergy shots are a stronger treatment method, generally, used to treat more severe cases of allergies in which people suffer from things like:

  • Intense rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • And if you suffer from allergies at least 3 months out of the year

As you may find on WebMD, allergy medications or shots may be more risky for people with heart or lung disease, or who take certain medications. Always be certain to tell your doctor about all health conditions and any medicines you take, so that you can decide if allergy medications or shots are right for you.

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First Med Urgent Care Talks About Fall Allergies

Urgent Care News: What to look out for

We, at First Med Urgent Care, say it’s fall for sure! The leaves are orange, the air is crisp and for many of you that means allergies have also flared up. Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with fall allergies at First Med Urgent Care or perhaps you just woke up and noticed something was different this fall. Have you ever wondered why fall allergies bother so many people? First Med Urgent Care has found that the three most common fall allergy triggers are Ragweed, mold and dust mites. Listed here is a little more information about each of these triggers.

1.) Ragweed: Just like spring flowers, this bothersome pollen gets released into the air on warm days and into cool nights starting in August. The wind-traveling pollen can reach people hundreds of miles away and stick around well into October.

2.) Mold: It could be from damp areas in your house or even from mold spores growing outside in piles of damp leaves, corners of the house where water puddles or mushy spots in your grass. Just being around this can cause an uproar of allergies.

3.) Dust mites: When you turn on your heater for the first time this fall you may notice a funny smell. That “funny smell” is because dust has accumulated on either the heating elements or the heat exchanger. Before you know it those dust mites are whirling around your house and causing allergic reactions.

The symptoms of fall allergies can include:

1.) Runny nose
2.) Watery eyes
3.) Sneezing
4.) Coughing
5.) Itchy eyes and nose
6. ) Dark circles under the eyes

Not all allergy issues are urgent care worthy, but if you feel you need something stronger than over the counter medications to help you with your allergies, don’t hesitate to visit an urgent care near you. Perhaps now you can be better equipped to deal with those pesky allergies with your new knowledge of what the fall allergy symptoms are and how they can sometimes be triggered by different things around you. Since you certainly can’t stop living life or stay indoors just to avoid the allergens, you just have to be careful.

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Sore Throats: Are They Urgent Care Worthy?

First Med Urgent Care: Information Station

Spring is full blown by this time, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t subject to getting sick. First Med Urgent Care staff see this sort of thing a lot. You’ve likely had the unfortunate experience of a sore throat, yourself, no matter the season. It’s inevitable that a sore throat will make you feel utterly miserable. Some people may not feel the need to visit an urgent care doctor for a sore throat, however; there are many different reasons you can get a sore throat. It is difficult to know which sore throat is worse than the next, without getting tested. The most common two reasons people get sore throats are because of a common cold or strep throat.

As you can imagine, a sore throat caused by a common cold is the least intense version of the two mentioned. Research tells us that usually, the sore throat is caused by a virus when it is associated with the common cold. Many patients visit our urgent care to get a check-up and generally speaking a sore throat from a common cold comes on in the beginning stages and goes away after a few days. Following the sore throat is the onset of the other common cold symptoms such as; runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

Strep throat causes a similar feeling sore throat, but differs in that it is made of streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria from this type of sore throat can be passed from person to person through saliva. As you may or may not already know, strep throat has been known to cause more severe illnesses. This is the reason why it is important to have an urgent care doctor run a strep test on you.

It would be easier if there were a simple way to tell the difference between the sore throat symptoms connected with the common cold and strep throat, but the truth is that the symptoms of a cold and strep throat can be very similar. So, if you aren’t sure is your sore throat is “urgent care worthy” then perhaps you should visit your urgent care provider anyway. It is always best to be on the safe side.