Urgent Care News: The Zika Virus

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In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert with information about the first confirmed Zika virus in Brazil. You may have recently seen articles about this mosquito-borne virus circulating in the news. The reason for the hype is due to the World Health Organization declaring the Zika virus as a global pandemic. It has been deemed as such, because the virus is no longer limited to tropical areas of Africa and Asia, but it is also reaching the Americas. First Med Urgent Care wants to keep you in the loop, so we’re bringing you information about this virus.

Here are some facts about the Zika virus:

  • There is not yet a vaccine for treatment
  • The virus can be spread by mosquito bites or sexual contact
  • Studies indicate that the virus can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child, possibly causing defects

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been Zika virus cases reported in the United States. In response, the CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and countries where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing. It is recommended that you check these notices before planning any trips to these locations.

At this time the best prevention starts with each individual. If you must travel to places where the Zika infection is spreading, here are some things you can do to prevent it:

  • Wear long sleeves
  • Wear long pants
  • Wear a hat
  • Stay in buildings where windows and doors have screens
  • Apply insect repellent (before sunscreen if wearing sunscreen, too)
  • Apply permethrin to luggage, but don’t let it touch your skin

We, at First Med Urgent Care, hope that you and your families remain safe this spring and summer. Keep up with updates by continuing to check out information regarding the Zika virus at the CDC website, here.

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First Med Urgent Care Discusses Camping Safety

Enjoy The Outdoors Without An Urgent Care Visit

In just a few short weeks, summer will be coming to a halt and everyone will be scrambling around to get ready for school again. For that reason, urgent care staff, working parents and children are sometimes eager to get out there and enjoy the lake for the homestretch of summer. First Med Urgent Care has compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

1.) Get caught up on vaccinations. Your children will need them for school anyway, so it’s helpful to make sure all vaccines are up to date. Not only is helpful for future use, but being vaccinated can help protect against certain diseases while camping.

2.) Pack lots of water and healthy foods to stay hydrated while spending time outdoors. Keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Don’t eat any raw meats. Bring along a meat thermometer to make sure your meats are cooked to perfection (at least 160°).

3.) Find a shady spot to relax in so as to minimize you time in the sun and prevent heatstroke.

4.) Prevent visiting an urgent care for fractured bones by planning safe physical activities. Hiking, walking and swimming can keep you active, but be sure to bring the right protection with you such as tennis shoes, helmets, life jackets and sunscreen!

5.) Avoid poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac should. If you seem to get a rash and you’re unsure about it, check in with an urgent care for rash treatment options.

6.) Beware of ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. Pack a bug repellent for everyone to wear.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trip and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit First Med Urgent Care click here for our locations and hours.

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A First Med Urgent Care Heatstroke Warning

First Med Urgent Care: Keeping you informed

The warm weather is nice for getting outdoors and enjoying the pool, hiking or other fun activities, but there is a risk of staying in the heat too long. Our urgent care staff wants to inform you of the dangers that exist in order to keep people safer. An average body temperature is said to be within the vicinity of 98.6° F. If you have been in the heat too long your body temperature can rise too high and one condition known by urgent care staff and many patients is called heatstroke. A person can begin to have a heatstroke if their body temperature rises to 104° F.

Our urgent care staff suggests that if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, flushed, have a headache or have trouble breathing after being outdoors in the heat for too long, get inside or in shade quickly. Hydrate immediately with cold water and place ice on your neck. If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing heatstroke, please call 911. When your body overheats as a result of having a heatstroke it needs immediate attention!

According to information, also found at sites like Mayo Clinic, untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage can get worse with the more time that passes which can further increase risk of serious complications. Your conditions could be too strong to simply visit an urgent care, so please be careful. Our urgent care staff want you to keep in mind some tips that you could utilize to prevent heatstroke. The following is a quick list:

1.) Avoid sunburn with frequent sunscreen application.
2.) Drink plenty of fluids.
3.) Wear lightweight clothing.
4.) Don’t stay outside or in a parked care too long.
5.) Be careful while playing or exercising outside.

Have fun out there, but be safe!

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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!