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First med urgent care explains how to avoid allergies this fall

First Med Urgent Care explains how to mitigate allergies impacts

Allergies are on the rise with the shedding of leaves and the changing of seasons. It’s not just a few sniffles that you need to look out for though. Allergies can weaken your immune system and make it easier for illnesses like Bronchitis and the flu to infect your body. In addition, those with asthma can suffer more frequent and severe asthma attacks. First Med Urgent Care is here with some tips on how you can avoid and mitigate allergies this season.

Hay Fever

Common in the late summer months, hay fever actually has nothing to do with hay. A common culprit however is ragweed. Which can persist up until the first hard freeze of a year. Prescription allergy medication and shots are the best ways to deal with common hay fever.

Leaves

Fall means leaves. Leaves can be coated in pollen and mold, which can trigger allergies. Raking them up is obviously the best way to get rid of this allergen around your home but people with allergies may find it hard to do that. Raking up leaves will also stir up the pollen and mold hiding within and can lead to allergy flair up and Asthma attacks. Those with allergies should wear a NIOSH rated N95mask when raking leaves to keep the pollen and mold at bay.

Late Warm Weather

Warm weather that lingers can also cause allergy triggers especially with mold. Mold likes to releases it’s spores when it’s humid, or when it’s both dry and windy. Common weather patterns in an Indian Summer. It’s important to start taking any allergy medication before symptoms start. If you think you have allergies, come into First Med Urgent Care to test.

If you’ve caught a case of the flu, or need to get your flu vaccination done, come into your nearest First Med Urgent Care today!

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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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Urgent Care Reports: Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance

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Imagine that you sit down to eat a wonderfully prepared meal and it tastes so good that you gobble it right up, but some time after consuming the food a strange feeling comes over you. Something about that food just didn’t sit right with you and before you know it, you’re getting sick. What was that about? A food allergy or perhaps a food intolerance? What is the difference anyway? Our urgent care report will unravel the mystery behind these two commonly confused conditions.

First let’s tackle food allergies. There are some common clues that a food allergy was the cause of your nasty reaction. Here are some indicators:

  • Usually comes on suddenly
  • Even a small food portion can trigger it
  • Happens every time you eat said food
  • Can be life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Rash, hives or itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden blood pressure drop

If this happens, call 911 or rush to an emergency room!

Here’s what you should know about a food intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen with large food portion
  • May only happen if food is eaten often
  • Is not life-threatening

Some known symptoms for food allergies:

  • Gas, cramps or bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Irritability or nervousness

Some symptoms can overlap with both of these conditions and they include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you ever experience these symptoms for a food intolerance it is important to keep track of the food you ate which could have caused this discomfort. If it was a mixed meal (meaning food was combined with something else) and you aren’t sure which item caused you trouble, then keeping a food journal will help you narrow it down in the future.

For a food allergy, the result of eating the food you’re allergic to could have much more serious consequences. Try to steer clear of anything you are found to be allergic to!

Please note; First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment for non-emergency medical problems. While our urgent care is capable of treating many illnesses, our urgent care is not designed to treat life-threatening illnesses and this is best left to emergency room care.

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First Med Urgent Care Helps You Understand Croup

Urgent Care Topics: Basics about croup

Winter time has brought with it common colds and bouts of the flu. Our urgent care offices have filled up with children this season despite their parents’ best efforts to keep everyone healthy. One of the dreaded, common winter illnesses that we’ve seen children for includes croup. A lot of people aren’t very familiar with this viral infection of the voice box and windpipe. First Med Urgent Care is here to help you understand the basics about croup.

Croup often comes on suddenly in the middle of the night and one of the first signs you will notice is your child’s cough. The very loud cough that they often wake up with can be described as sounding like the bark of a dog or seal. Another common symptom is the child’s inability to breath properly.

This is caused by inflammation of the tissue around the voice box and constricting of the windpipe. Furthermore, the bronchial passages are blocked with mucus. If you hear your child making a hollow, raspy noise, or high-pitched noise while breathing this could be further indication that your child has croup.

If your child is diagnosed, at an urgent care, with croup it is important to know that this virus can last for five or six days. It is also highly contagious to other children so keeping your child home from school is required. In most cases, there is no need to return to the urgent care for further treatment. The illness can be treated at home with rest, use of a humidifier, breathing in steam and drinking plenty of fluids.

If symptoms do not improve after being diagnosed at an urgent care and treating at home a visit straight to the ER may be in order. Keep an eye out for the symptoms and try to stay healthy this winter!

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There’s Still Time To Visit Our Urgent Care For Flu Shots

Urgent Care: Round two of the flu

*DING, DING*

It’s as if it’s a boxing match and it’s round two for Influenza (or the flu) with Christmas break now over, the new year beginning and school back in session. The flu is a strong enemy to battle and it is still in its peak season. If you haven’t caught the flu, it doesn’t mean you won’t. The flu isn’t backing down any time soon, but the good news is that it isn’t too late to visit one of our urgent care clinics (click here for locations) to get your flu shot.

People who are more susceptible to getting the flu include:

  • People who have compromised immune systems, already.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Young children between ages 6 months to 4 years old.
  • People over the age of 65.

If you think you already have the flu, timely detection is important for optimal treatment. The onset of the flu is generally very sudden and you will notice symptoms such as muscle aches, soreness, fever and extreme fatigue. If you have all of these symptoms and your body temperature is above 101 degrees, it is a pretty good indication that you have the flu.

The flu is capable of knocking you off of your feet! Other symptoms can include nausea, possible diarrhea and possible difficulty breathing. These are symptoms you should take seriously. It’s better to see an urgent care doctor sooner rather than later.

First Med Urgent Care has the staff to treat you. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries. We are 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.

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Urgent Care Services: Fevers

First Med Urgent Care: Fever Information

When you get a fever, it’s no fun as it is usually followed up with physical discomfort. First Med Urgent Care is open this summer to help with patients suffering from fevers. Generally, a fever comes on due to some sort of infection. A quick search on WebMD will tell you that a fever is not always a dangerous risk, but there are times when a rising temperature should be something to watch closely.

This summer, you should take precaution when being active outdoors. The extreme summer temperatures could cause heat-related injuries such as heat stroke. As a result of this, the body is no longer able to control its temperature and a fever could settle in. Another concern for staff at First Med Urgent Care is a high temperature in children.

Children with a fever can have the following symptoms:

•    Sore throat
•    Fussiness
•    Poor appetite
•    Overly Drowsy
•    Cough
•    Ear pain
•    Diarrhea

Adults can suffer similar symptoms as children. It is important to note that if you have an infant with a temperature over 100, you should consider this a medical emergency. High fever in young children can cause seizures. If you or your child has any of the following symptoms the doctors at First Med Urgent Care are here to help.

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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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.

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Urgent Care Reports: Those Pesky Migraines

First Med Urgent Care: Migraine symptoms

Have you ever been seen at an urgent care for your migraines? If so, you’re not alone! According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone who suffers from migraines. They even reported that 10% of the population, including children, suffer from migraines. Those are astonishing statistics and for many people they aren’t even aware that they could be part of the 36 million people in the USA that suffer from migraines. It is quite possible that you have migraines, but you don’t even realize it.

Here are a few pre-migraine symptoms you may experience:

1.) Depression
2.) Food cravings
3.) Hyperactivity
4.) Irritability
5.) Neck stiffness
6.) Uncontrollable yawning

Here are a few symptoms you may experience during migraines to help you determine if you are getting them:

1.) Pain on one side or both sides of your head
2.) Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
3.) Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
4.) Nausea and vomiting
5.) Blurred vision
6.) Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting

After a migraine attacks, you may feel completely washed out. Migraine attacks can cause a considerable amount of pain for hours to days and be very severe. A migraine headache can definitely cause disruption in daily activities for you and your family.  If you feel that you or your child may be suffering from migraines which can diminish the quality of life, you might consider seeking medical attention via our urgent care facility. Migraine headaches are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly experience any of the mentioned symptoms of migraine attacks, it might be a good idea to  keep a written record of your attacks. Then make an appointment with your urgent care doctor to discuss your headaches. If you already have a history of  migraine headaches, you should see your doctor if the pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different.

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Urgent Care Information: Springtime Allergies & You

First Med Urgent Care: Allergy symptoms

Spring is coming and that means for many people allergies are coming. Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with spring allergies at First Med Urgent Care or perhaps you just woke up and noticed something was different this year. It could be that you have developed springtime allergies or that you are unintentionally meeting up with your allergy triggers. So, do you know what your seasonal allergy symptoms are? Do you know what triggers them? We will show you a list of both! There are a few different symptoms and allergy triggers that you might need to be aware of this spring.

The symptoms of spring allergies can include:
1.) Runny nose
2.) Watery eyes
3.) Sneezing
4.) Coughing
5.) Itchy eyes and nose
6. ) Dark circles under the eyes

Keep in mind, just because you are sensitive to a particular allergen doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically start sneezing or coughing when you come into contact with it. According to WebMD, airborne allergens also can trigger asthma, a condition in which the airways narrow, making breathing difficult and leading to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Common triggers for spring allergies can include:
1.) Spring flowers
2.) Pollen
3.) Mold spores
4.) Grass & trees
5.) Dust mites
6.) Cat and dog dander

Now that you know what the springtime allergy symptoms are and how they can sometimes be triggered by different things around you, we hope you may have some ideas about how to avoid or minimize them. We don’t expect you to stop living life or stay indoors just to avoid the allergens of the world. In fact, if you find that you’re having trouble staying ahead of those seasonal, springtime allergies then our urgent care staff is here to treat you. Just check out the First Med Urgent Care hours of operation here.

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Urgent Care Reports: The Common Cold Vs. The Flu

First Med Urgent Care: Cold & Flu symptoms

At First Med Urgent Care, we specialize in treating a wide scope of illnesses and minor injuries. One of the illnesses we are continuously treating at this time is the flu. Believe it or not, March is still a month when the flu bug is still going around. There are some times when patients visit the urgent care and we have found that they cannot tell the difference between their common cold symptoms and the flu. So, when you awaken one morning and find that you can’t stop sneezing and coughing, how do you judge if you have the common cold or the flu?

If you are one of the patients who doesn’t know the difference between the symptoms, then you aren’t alone. According to WebMD, it is common for patients to mistake the two, because sometimes the symptoms seem impossible to tell apart. Of course, you can visit our urgent care facility for either one, but we want you to know some of the most common symptoms you may have for both the flu and the common cold.

Our urgent care tip #1- Common cold symptoms:

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat and this can last a few days. A lot of patients will have nasal symptoms, a runny nose, and congestion in the beginning stages of a common cold. By around day 4 or 5 a cough can develop. Furthermore, a heavy fever is uncommon in adults, but there is still a possibility for a very slight fever. There is no surprise that children are more susceptible to having a fever with a cold. As a warning, we will tell you that during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious! So be careful around the other members of your household, try not to touch your face too much and wash your hands thoroughly.

Our urgent care tip #2- Common flu symptoms:

The flu tends to come on more suddenly and patients will, generally, feel much worse than when they have a cold. If you have that achy feeling, like you’ve been hit by a truck, then chances are that you probably have the flu. Patients will often look and feel very sick, feel weak, have a high fever, and be extremely fatigued when they have the flu. Additionally, many people have been known to get a “dry” cough. Much like the common cold, the flu can be spread easily through contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. This is why it is so important to attempt to keep your hands germ free.

We hope that this information has helped put the difference between the flu and the common cold into perspective. If you feel you need treatment for either illness, please do not hesitate to visit First Med Urgent Care.