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Urgent Care Answers: What Is One The Most Common STD’s Today?

First Med Urgent Care On Sexually Transmitted Diseases

When it comes to preventing and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) people often have false information, fears or embarrassment about addressing the issue. It’s important to talk about STDs as there has been an increased number of patients visiting the urgent care facilities for these types of infections. In reality, most STDs are like many other infections that can be treated with medicine.

What do you think is the most common STD today?

If you answered Chlamydia then you’re correct!

The worst part about this disease is that 80-90% of women who have Chlamydia don’t ever have symptoms. It is also uncommon for men to have symptoms as only about 30% of them show signs of having Chlamydia. In case you’re one to have symptoms you should keep an eye out for the following things:

Women:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Painful periods
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Pain when having sex
  • Itching or burning in or around the vagina
  • Pain when urinating

Men:

  • Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Painful urination
  • Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
  • Pain and swelling around the testicles

Another highly important point to keep in mind is that intercourse isn’t the only way that Chlamydia can be spread. ANY kind of sexual activity poses a risk. Luckily, treatment or testing for this disease can be done by visiting First Med Urgent Care!

First Med Urgent Care recommends that you and your partner get tested for STDs prior to having sex. If you receive antibiotics to treat Chlamydia it is recommended that you get re-tested to be sure that the infection is cured. You shouldn’t have sex again until you are sure both you and your partner no longer have the disease.

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 to 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient urgent care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

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Urgent Care Services: Treating A Sprained Ankle

First Med Urgent Care: All about sprains

So, you happened to be walking along and, seemingly, out of nowhere a divot in the ground catches you off guard. Your foot slips into the hole knocking you off balance and before you can blink an eye your ankle rolls awkwardly. This is a typical scenario for urgent care patients that have been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. The sprained ankle injury is common and occurs as a result of a twist, turn or stretching of the ankle that isn’t normal. You don’t want to avoid treating a sprained ankle (at an urgent care or otherwise) as leaving it untreated can cause other problems.

Is it really an urgent care worthy problem? Truthfully, it really does depend on the nature of your injury. It’s always better to be safe by getting checked out by an urgent care specialist. A simple sprained ankle can go from just that to causing a tear in the bands of tissue called ligaments. These ligaments are important to your ankle, because they help hold the bones together. More specifically, ligaments stabilize the joints. When the ligaments are forced beyond the normal range of motion into a sprain that is untreated it can cause further damage.

A few treatments you should be aware of include rest, the use of crutches and the possible use of a splint. Resting the ankle in question is the main key to recovery. If walking with a sprained ankle is too painful, you may be required to use crutches until the pain subsides. An urgent care doctor may also recommend that you use a splint to keep your ankle stable.

If you have a sprained ankle and want to know the severity of the injury, please visit your local First Med. Our First Med facilities are walk-in urgent care medical clinics so there is no appointment necessary. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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Serious Flu Symptoms: Does Your Child Need To Visit An Urgent Care?

First Med Urgent Care: Information about flu

The staff at First Med Urgent Care want to keep you informed about serious flu symptoms that should result in your child staying home from school. With the flu season still in full swing, your parental senses might be on overdrive causing you to react to every cough or sneeze your child has. Not every cough or sneeze is enough to be seriously contagious. With the flu illness going around strongly this season, it is important to stay alert and keep an eye out for any symptoms that could develop into something stronger. According to Dr. Robert Key, in an article published on Health.com, children below the age of eight are more likely to be unequipped to fight the viruses that go around at school, resulting often in colds and illnesses.

The serious flu symptoms are reasons that kids should stay home from school and visit an urgent care for treatment. These are as follows:

1.) Throwing up two or more times during a 24-hour period (or not being able to keep normal foods or drinks down).
2.) A fever of 101 Fahrenheit or higher.
3.) Severe coughing or trouble breathing.
4.) Repeated severe diarrhea for at least a day.
5.) Stomach pains that last for more than two hours.
6.) Runny or stuffy nose.
7.) An unexplained skin rash or red eye.
8.) Fatigue (overly tired).

If your child shows any of these symptoms, it is important to get them into an urgent care to see a doctor. First Med Urgent Care has five different locations and our hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:30pm. We’re open seven days a week to treat your children and if you happen to find yourself developing any of these flu symptoms, we can take care of you as well.