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The Warning Signs Of Dehydration

Staying Safe From Dehydration This Summer

Warmer weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. With movement and high levels of activity comes the potential danger of dehydration. You might be so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to stop and drink enough water. By the time you realize it you may already be feeling the warning signs of dehydration.

When it’s hot and humid, as Oklahoma is famous for in the summer, the risk of dehydration increases. This is due to the fact that sweat is not able to evaporate from your skin and cool you down as quickly as it normally does. In turn, this can lead to increased body temperatures and the necessity for more fluids. Today, First Med Urgent Care is listing some of those signs so you’ll have some information to possibly prevent and treat dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration that requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you or your children ever do feel the symptoms of dehydration begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Water, Gatorade, and Powerade are all acceptable sources to hydrate yourself.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

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Why You Should Be Drinking Water Regularly

Water And Your Body

You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health. This time of year, when the temperatures are warmer it’s even more vital to drink plenty H2O. Furthermore, drinking water is even more important for people who are overly active in the summer. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is focusing on explaining why you should be drinking water regularly.

What do you think happens when you drink water? Well, of course it requires you to urinate more often, but more than that it is actually helping your kidneys and digestive organs to function properly.

What do you think happens when you exert yourself and sweat? When you play or exercise in the heat, your body starts to sweat. With movement your body releases any tension that it has been holding onto. At the same time your body also releases various toxins that may have been stored up as a result of that tension. Normally, when you sweat it will evaporate from your skin to help keep you cool, but in humid weather this doesn’t happen as quickly as it should, making your body temperature increase and requires you to drink more.

When you intake enough fluids you are actually helping your body to remove toxins faster. When your body is able to remove toxins on a regular basis, it is less likely that you will get sick in the future or that it will aid in recovery from any illness you may have. That is precisely why you may hear nurses or doctors at First Med Urgent Care tell patients to drink water. Of course, as part of an overall wellness effort for your body, you truly should be drinking it anyway.

So how much water should you drink every day? It’s a common misconception that everyone should drink eight glasses of water per day at 8 ounces each. The truth is that this is just a standard example and it really just depends on your size, weight, and activity level. Studies suggest that you should drink between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels.

If you have any health or medical needs, our staff at First Med Urgent Care is here to help. Just stop on by any day of the week between the hours of 8am and 7:30pm!

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What Is An Enterovirus?

An Enterovirus Overview

Have you ever heard of of enteroviruses? Today, First Med Urgent Care is sharing information about these types of infections. The truth is that anyone can get infected with this non-polio enterovirus, but young children and teenagers are most likely to become sick. According to the CDC 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States each year.

It is reported that the main source of this illness can be caused by contaminated water. Who loves swimming at the lake, ocean, or in a river? When it comes to swimming in natural waters you just quite know what you’re swimming in and sometimes what’s in the water can cause an enterovirus to spread. When you and your kids are swimming there is always the possibility that someone will end up swallowing water, putting those that do at risk for enterovirus.

Once one family member or friend in close contact has this virus, it is easily spread. Other people can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from basic common cold issues to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created to protect against enterovirus infections so the only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

Luckily, most occurrences of enterovirus don’t require specific treatments and people usually completely recover. Since rare severe cases can occur, it is important to monitor your symptoms. If at any time you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact a doctor.

First Med Urgent Care wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy summer! Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone to swim safely!

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!

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals An Itchy Topic

Urgent Care News: Poison Ivy vs. Poison Oak

You’ve heard of insects being pests, right? Well, if our urgent care staff had to label any plants as being pests, we’d surely say Poison Ivy and Poison Oak fall into that category. The allergic reaction can be anywhere from mild to downright painful for some people. Although there isn’t much to stop it from causing you to break out into a rash if you come into contact with the plants, knowing a bit about each type of plant might make it easier to avoid them. First Med Urgent Care is sharing this bit of helpful information to guide you through learning how to spot signs of Poison Ivy or Poison Oak.

Poison Ivy: In the summer, these leaves are generally green with 3 leaves that have jagged edges.

Poison Oak: Also green, with 3 leaves. They’re reported as fuzzy leaves with a more tooth-like edge than the Poison Ivy leaves.

Both plants can cause someone to break out into an itchy, red rash simply by brushing against or touching any part of the plant. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are so powerful that they can cause the spread of the rash even when the plant is dead. The infection can also spread through contact with anything that also touched the oils of the plants so be careful not to touch any items that could have come into contact with either plant. A common misconception is that the rash is spreadable through contact with other people, however; the rash is only spread through the oil. You cannot catch a rash from someone else by touching the blister fluid.

Our urgent care staff have treated many skin rashes, so if you have a rash and you aren’t sure whether it might be Poison Ivy or Poison Oak, we can take a look. Don’t hesitate to visit our urgent care facility. You can see which of our urgent care locations may suit you best by clicking here.

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First Med Urgent Care: Talking About Pool Safety

Pool safety: Avoid a visit to an urgent care, hospital or worse

We’re about to head into another month of summer and the heat is sure to rise! With the warmth of the summer sun beating down on us, more people will want to go swimming. Going swimming is fun, refreshing and it can be a great form of exercise or relaxation depending on how you chose to swim. No matter what your swimming style is, First Med Urgent Care wants you to swim safely this summer.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4? According to USA Swimming, media reports indicate that 36 states experienced at least one child drowning in a swimming pool or spa during the summer of 2014. To avoid having to rush to an urgent care, hospital or having worse circumstances occur, we hope you’ll follow these simple, swim safety steps.

1.) Always have an adult supervising the kids at play in the pool, even if there is a life guard on duty. The adult watching the children needs to be free from distractions such as cell phones or other devices, until after the children are out of the pool.

2.) If swimming at home, it is wise to place a fence around the entire pool to avoid young children from wandering into the pool unintentionally.

3.) Having an alarm on the door leading to the pool or having an underwater alarm would also be smart as this would sound off should any children accidentally make their way into the water.

4.) Cover safety drains for child safety and to prevent suction entrapment of other items.

5.) Providing swimming lessons to your children could just save their life.

6.) Learning CPR is another helpful piece of knowledge that might save a life, even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it. The truth is, you just never know!

7.) Pool covers are a smart investment to maintain that the pool stays off limits when you’re not around. If you have an above-ground pool, also consider removing the ladder from the pool when not in use so your little ones won’t be tempted to climb.

While all of these safety tips are important to ensure safe swimming for all, the most important, irreplaceable aspect of them is supervision. Always keep that in mind and have fun swimming safely!

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 medical care, 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, fevers, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.

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The End Of School Vacation Safety Tips

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Now that school has finally let out for the summer break, it is common practice for families to take vacations. The air is warmer and it just seems like good, common sense to take a relaxing break. Even if your vacation is actually a “staycation” if there will be outdoor activity, then these vacation safety tips can help you have a healthy vacation.

The following are our urgent care teams’  list of “end of school” vacation safety tips:

1.) Drink A Lot Of Water: We all know how tempting it is to grab for that bubbly soda, but during the warmer temperatures it is wise to drink water instead. You don’t want to get dehydrated which could cause other problems.

2.) Be Careful With Activities: If you have decided on doing an activity that you don’t normally do make sure that you follow all safety rules and wear appropriate safety gear for the activity you have chosen.

3.) Wear Sunglasses: Keeping your eyes in good health during a sunny trip outdoors is important. Blocking out those harmful UVA and UVB sunrays are best for healthy eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes, also!

4.) Wear Sunscreen: This is something many people neglect to do, but just because it’s not mid-summer doesn’t mean you won’t get a sunburn. Apply it about twenty minutes before going outside and continue to reapply every one-and-a-half to two hours.

5.) Beware Of Bugs: Going outside means possible contact with insects. When you’re having an active, outdoor vacation remember to protect yourself from bites, stings, and infections by wearing an insect repellent.

These are just a few, simple safety tips for the beginning of your summer vacation. As we get deeper into summer some of these will be even more important. If during the course of your vacation anything should happen that would require you to visit our urgent care clinic, you can contact us by calling or just coming in without an appointment. First Med Urgent Care staff hope that you will have a safe and happy summer break!

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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.

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Sun Exposure Myths Revealed in Time for Summer: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care: Sun exposure

As we get into the heat of the summer and continue more and more outdoor activities, we are forced to evaluate the long-term effects this sun exposure has on our skin. As we have established, times have changed since our ancestors did all they could to stay fair. Our society exhibits beauty through tan skin, so we spend hours basking without a second thought of future ramifications. We are not here to pass judgement if you do enjoy the feelings that accompanies sun exposure, but just be aware of the common misnomers associates with your favorite summer pastime.

Last week we talked about Sun Exposure Myth #1, which was the misunderstanding that base tans will protect us from the sun’s damaging rays, and Sun Exposure Myth #2 that applying sunscreen once will do the trick. We revealed the truth behind these myths.

Let’s take a look at a few more:

Sun Exposure #3: Tanning Beds are a safe alternative to tanning

Studies are showing that skin cancer from indoor tanning is more common than lung cancer from smoking. Indoor tanners are “74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors (Skin Cancer Foundation 2014).”

Sun Exposure #4: I have naturally dark skin, so I am safe from skin damage.

While darker skin carries a naturally higher protection than lighter skin, darker skinned individuals are not completely in the clear and are still susceptible to skin damage from the sun. Sunscreen is still highly recommended.

Sun Exposure # 5: I can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day.

One full day of playing outside on a cloudy day without sunscreen will show you just how false this statement is. Cloud coverage does not block or prevent UVB or UVA rays from penetrating your skin. In fact, you are more likely to be burned on a cloudy day for several reason. First of all, on an overcast day, individuals are more likely to extend their outside activities without the application of sunscreen. Secondly, if your chosen activity is centered around water or sand, the suns rays are being reflected by 85%, so continual reapplication of sunscreen is incredibly necessary and beneficial to the health of your skin.

Ignorance is not bliss and prevention is the key. While we may not be able to fix any damage already done, we can move forward and do all we can to safe-guard our skin from here on out.

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). The Burning Truth: A Base Tan Is Not a Safe Tan. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/burningtruth/base_tan_not_safe_tan.htm

Skin Cancer Foundation. (2014). Tanning Is Not Part of a Healthy Lifestyle. Retrieved from http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/tanning

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Sun Exposure Myths Revealed in Time for Summer: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care: Sun exposure

Times have changed since the early 1800’s when individuals wanted softer lighter skin and would do anything they could to maintain its integrity. Those who spent their days in the shade under parasols and long sleeves would have gasped at the thought of paying to lay in a machine that would tan our beautiful porcelain skin. In the early 1900’s Hollywood bombshells set the stage for a drastic culture shift in the skin department. Fashion designer Coco Chanel is actually believed to be the pioneer of cosmetic tanning when she apparently scored her first tan accidently from a sunburn. The story says that her fans soon caught on and tanning became all the rage. Coco’s bronzed skin coupled with the new found benefits of sun exposure, had people coming out of the shade to bask in the sun, and thus, sunbathing was born.

With our modern days discoveries; we are finding that those southern belles may have had the right idea. We’ve discovered that our desire to be dark, in many cases, comes with a cost. That cost is premature age spots, a leathery appearance, and worst of all, skin cancer.

So, now that we know, what can we do?

First of all, we can dispel the myths that surround excess sun exposure so our false sense of security does not cause long-term damage.

Sun Exposure Myth #1: My base tan will provide me with protection for the rest of the summer!

Most of us have grown up hearing that a base tan is some kind of immunity against getting a sunburn. This is just not the case. According to the CDC, “A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays, showing that damage has been done. A ‘base tan’ only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3 or less, which does little to protect you from future UV exposure (CDC, 2014).

Sun Exposure #2: As long as I start the day with sunscreen, I am safe from UVB and UVA rays.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundations, “Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating a great deal (Skin Cancer Foundation, 2014).”

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). The Burning Truth: A Base Tan Is Not a Safe Tan. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/burningtruth/base_tan_not_safe_tan.htm

Skin Cancer Foundation. (2014). Tanning Is Not Part of a Healthy Lifestyle. Retrieved from http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/tanning

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