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Urgent Care Reports: Sore Throats Due To Acid Reflux

First Med Urgent Care: Providing You With Information

When that dreaded sand paper feeling starts creeping in your throat, followed by the awful soreness, you may be inclined to automatically blame a cold, the flu, or strep throat, but did you know acid reflux can cause sore throats, too? Our urgent care staff is here to inform you about this common sore throat cause which is often overlooked.

First, let’s talk a little bit about your esophagus. This muscular tube carries food from your mouth and connects the throat or pharynx to the stomach. When acid from your stomach comes up through your esophagus it can cause irritation in the throat. This is what our urgent care doctors would commonly refer to as acid reflux.

How do you know that it’s not one of the other more common problems causing your sore throat?

Not everyone will have all of the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following symptoms on this urgent care checklist you might have acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve already tried over-the-counter medications for more than two weeks and you still have symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux , it’s time to see a doctor. Our urgent care staff is available to help you with a diagnosis every day of the week from 8am to 7:30pm. If you need to see a doctor, we recommend checking in online for faster service. You may check-in at any of our locations by clicking here.

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Urgent Care Discussion About Pneumonia Vaccines For 65 Year Olds

Urgent Care Services: Vaccinations for protection

The flu isn’t the only illness adults have to worry about at this time of year. According to the National Foundation of Infections Disease (NFID), about 1 million U.S. adults get pneumococcal pneumonia every year and as many as 7% die from these infections. Out of those deaths, it is estimated that 18,000 are adults age 65 and older. This is precisely why First Med Urgent care is discussing pneumonia vaccines for 65 year olds.

Pneumonia symptoms are a lot like flu symptoms. Some common symptoms of pneumonia are:

  • cough and/or shortness of breath
  • constant fever of 102 F and/or headache
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue and weakness
  • sweating
  • shaking chills
  • blueness of the lips

If caught early enough, an urgent care visit may be in order. If not, the following symptoms and factors usually require a trip to the hospital:

  • confusion
  • rapid breathing
  • drop in blood pressure
  • breathing assistance via oxygen or other respiratory therapy
  • prior heart failure
  • pre-existing lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

In order to provide protection against pneumonia it is required for people who are 65 years or older to have two vaccines. The shots must be given at different times, because they induce an immune response in different ways. Generally, the pneumonia vaccines are given within 12 months of each other.

Note: First Med 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 is for non-emergency medical problems. First Med urgent care can provide immunizations, but serious symptoms, as described above, for pneumonia in ages 65 and older should seek help at a hospital.