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First Med Urgent Care: Keeping your immune system strong

First Med Urgent Care tells how to keep your immune system strong!

First Med Urgent Care will always be around to treat you when you get sick, but ideally you never want to get sick! Here are some tips to keep your immune system strong during this wonderful, but also stressful, time of the year.

Get Plenty of Vitamin C: Everyone knows that getting plenty of vitamin C is key to keeping your immune system strong and fighting. The best way to get this vitamin is through fresh fruits and vegetables. Specifically berries, kiwi, oranges, bell peppers, and dark leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C.

Get in the Sun!: Soaking up sunlight is important to the production of Vitamin D, a key nutrient for a healthy immune system. Getting some sunlight, about 30 minutes should do it, will help increase you production of Vitamin D.

Get Plenty of Rest: Fatigue is one of biggest contributors to a weakening immune system. Getting enough rest is critical to maintaining a strong immune system. The amount of rest someone needs varies depending on the person but it should be around 7 to 8 hours.

Drink Plenty of Water: Hydration is important for many reasons. How it keeps your immune system strong is because the body uses fluids to carry away toxins and flush your system through your urine. By drinking plenty of water, no target number just drink when you feel thirsty, you give your body the material it needs to flush your system of toxins and keep your immune system strong by eliminating threats.

De-Stress: The holidays are a stressful time, and stress means lowered immune function. Taking just a small amount of time to unwind and relax can do wonders for your health and immune system.

If you do get sick, First Med Urgent Care will be around to help treat you. Visit one of our many locations today!

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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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Urgent Care Reveals After School Snacks Often Disguised As Healthy: Part 2

Urgent Care Warns Against Unhealthy Snacks That Appear Healthy

When you go to the grocery store to pick out the snacks your little ones will be munching on it can be easy to get tricked into thinking that what you are buying is healthy, but don’t be fooled by purposeful packaging! In part one of this series, our urgent care revealed 3 after school snacks that are often disguised as healthy, but they really aren’t. Today, we’re going to talk about 3 more popular go-to snacks that could be very unhealthy.

Additionally, our urgent care team also provides a few alternatives for each snack, instead.

First Med Urgent Care’s 3 Choices For “Snack Discussion”:

Trail Mix: The It’s easy to think nuts and seeds sound healthy enough, but the trouble is that a lot of the pre-packaged trail mixes don’t just have those ingredients in them. Most of them contain chocolate-covered candies, sweetened dried fruits, deep-fried banana chips, highly processed sesame sticks, and a lot of added salt.

Alternatively a tasty DIY option would be something like dried coconut flakes, raw nuts, raw seeds, and unsweetened dried cherries. You could try adding organic pink Himalayan salt and cinnamon rather than processed table salt or white sugar.  

Yogurt: Many When many parents think of feeding their kids yogurt they think it’s great for the gut. The truth is those cute little push-op style yogurt sticks and containers with granola added in are actually not so healthy. In fact, most yogurt marketed towards children have artificial food coloring and way too much sugar.

Alternatively you should opt for plain yogurt which does actually have high-protein, high-calcium, and healthy probiotics. To sweeten it up for those who think plain yogurt is too bitter, try adding natural sugars (not processed sugar) like honey or fruit.  

Pretzels: We all know the potato chip isn’t all that healthy which often leads parents to grab a “low fat” option like pretzels. Here’s the kicker; pretzels don’t really have any nutritional value and are nothing but white flour with added salt and sweeteners like corn syrup or malt syrup.

Alternatively to get that crunch you’re after you could just grab a hand full of raw nuts or seeds to serve to your kids.

Our urgent care staff hope that the warning about these popular unhealthy after school snacks have enlightened you a little more. Making the changes for your children’s diet could mean the difference in maintaining their healthy bodies longer.

Thanks for reading our urgent care blog series! We hope the rest of your school year is a healthy one!

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Urgent Care Reveals After School Snacks Often Disguised As Healthy: Part 1

Urgent Care Warns Against Unhealthy Snacks That Appear Healthy

Often kids come home from school and they want to snack, right? It’s a common occurrence and busy parents are usually just trying to transition from a long work day to an evening at home so they are willing to let their kids have what they believe are healthy snacks before dinner is prepared. It’s important to understand that not all snacks are as healthy as they may seem. In part one of this series, our urgent care reveals 3 after school snacks that are often disguised as healthy, but they really aren’t.

With that being said, our urgent care team wanted to also provide a few alternatives for each snack, instead.

First Med Urgent Care’s 3 Choices For “Snack Discussion”:

Applesauce: The most convenient of snacks like applesauce that come in squeezable containers should be regarded carefully.  You should steer clear of brands containing high-fructose corn syrup, sugar and artificial colors, which account for a large majority of kid-friendly packaged applesauce. Before purchasing take a look at the labels, because many applesauce brands that are marketed for children actually have tons more sugar than some of the regular sized containers.

Alternatively you could just buy whole apples and purée them in a food processor, adding a little natural sugar like honey rather processed white sugar.

Flavored Drinks: Many parents openly admit to thinking sports drinks and flavored water are perfectly healthy for their children to consume, because of the electrolytes. The truth is that these types of beverages are normally loaded with sugar.

Alternatively you should opt for plain water, but if a subtle sweetness is what you’re after try an all natural coconut water with no added sugar, because coconut water naturally contains electrolytes. 

Snack Bars: Most granola bars and energy bars are no healthier in many cases than a candy bar, because they often contain large amounts of  high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and fat. This is another one of those treats that will require looking at labels as it may be possible to find a few brands that are decent.

Alternatively you could make your own snack bars so that you know exactly what the ingredients are.

Our urgent care staff hope that the warning about these popular unhealthy after school snacks have enlightened you a little more. Making the changes for your children’s diet could mean the difference in maintaining their healthy bodies longer. To learn more, feel free to come back for part 2 of this urgent care blog series in 2 weeks!

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Early Flu Prevention At First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Prepared For Flu Season

This year weather in Oklahoma has thrown us all for a loop. It was one of the rainiest summer seasons we’ve seen in a long while, followed by a quick burst of heat for a few short weeks, and then suddenly fall weather slowly began rolling in one morning. By the middle of the day it’s not dreadfully hot and it’s not quite full fledged fall weather either, but these rapid changes have all had one thing in common; they caused people to start getting sick with the flu earlier than usual. Luckily, First Med Urgent Care has prepared for the flu season early, too!

If not caught in time, the flu can wreak havoc on your life and it is a formidable foe to battle with. It’s no fun for anyone to be stuck in bed trying everything to help with a sore throat and feeling like a truck knocked you down. First Med Urgent Care would caution people with already poor immune systems to be extra careful. In addition, pregnant women, young children, and the elderly have a higher risk of catching the flu.

If you feel nauseated, have diarrhea, a fever, or have difficulty breathing these are all more signs of the flu. Please don’t hesitate to get treatment at one of our local urgent care locations if you’ve made it to the later stages of the flu fight, but the best thing to do if you can is prepare ahead of time. Getting the flu shot early is best for preventative measures.

As we mentioned, we’re prepared for you! Our urgent care clinics received our supplies for flu shots earlier this month and we’ve already been helping people prevent the flu from getting them!

If you would like to get your flu shot before the flu gets you, please stop by any of our locations. First Med Urgent Care locations 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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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one of this urgent care blog series, we listed 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person’s life. Today, our urgent care staff wanted to dive in a bit more and give you 3 more ways, in part 2 of this series, which describe how stress can introduce other problems.

1. Stress can ruin your teeth and gums.

Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth. While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear their teeth thin.

A multi-university study, in 2012, also linked stress to gum disease. Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.

Moreover, those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.

2. Stress can ruin your heart.

Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart, because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder, and increases your blood pressure.

According to the American Institute of Stress, the incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

3. Stress can make you gain weight.

In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.

Researchers at the University of Miami documented that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal. Those scientists recommended turning off the nightly newscast before eating dinner, to keep bad news — and overeating — at bay.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information will help you make decisions in your life which may keep your stress levels lower. After all, once you’re aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact you, the more equipped you are to defeat those “demons”.

Our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know even more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the final part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

It’s no secret that stress can cause people to act outside the norm. In part one of this series, our urgent care article provides 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person.

1. Emotions can be difficult to control under stress.

New research shows how even a little stress can be destructive and cause people to slip. In fact, a 2013 study by neuroscientists found that even mild levels of stress can impair our ability to control our emotions.

In the study, stress control techniques were taught to the subjects. Afterwards, the subjects were put under mild stress — by having their hands dunked in icy water — they could not easily calm themselves down when shown pictures of snakes or spiders.

“Our results suggest that even mild stress, such as that encountered in daily life, may impair the ability to use cognitive techniques known to control fear and anxiety,” lead author Candace Raio, Ph.D., said in a press release.

2. Stress can promote disease.

Illnesses that have been linked to stress are cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver. Some of the population are more prone to diseases, and steady supply of stress can give these conditions the green light.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that children subject to chronic stress are prone to developing a mental illness if they are genetically predisposed.

3. Stress can affect your love life. 

Your love life can be an effective and pleasurable way to relieve stress, but stress can also throw a wrench in the works faster than you think.

According to a 1984 study, it was found that stress can impact a man’s body weight, testosterone levels, and sexual desire. Numerous studies have shown that stress — especially performance anxiety — can lead to impotence.

High levels of stress in pregnant women also may trigger changes in their children as they grow, specifically behavioral and developmental issues.

While visiting an urgent care may not take care of stress related problems in your life our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the second part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

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Urgent Care Discusses Diseases Carried By American Dog Tick

Urgent Care Shares Concerns About This Common Tick

It’s the time of year again when a lot of families love to go camping, take walks with their dogs, and stroll through parks. It’s also the unfortunate time when being outdoors near woody or grassy areas can mean picking up unwanted pests such as ticks. One of the most common ticks in Oklahoma is known as the American dog tick. Most people associate ticks with Lyme disease, but it’s important to know that there are other types of ticks which carry different diseases. Today, our urgent care article aims to educate about the American dog tick’s most commonly carried diseases which can be passed to humans.

The American dog tick is known to carry tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Our urgent care staff put together information regarding tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever listed below.

Tularemia: Most people who have contracted this illness will show signs within 3-5 days, but some have reported that it takes up to 14 days. While there are several types of tularemia, depending on how it was contracted, the most common type is called ulceroglandular tularemia.

Symptoms include:

  • A skin ulcer that forms at the site of infection
  • Swollen and painful lymph glands
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Exhaustion

Our urgent care team recommends that you see your doctor immediately if you feel you have this disease as most cases can be cured with prompt care.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: This illness also usually shows up within 14 days. It is a bacterial infection that can cause serious damage to internal organs, such as your kidneys and heart if it is not promptly treated.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • A rash on the wrists and ankles (usually after a few days)
  • Again, it is important to visit the doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these signs after a tick bite.

The best thing to do to protect yourself, your pets, and others from the American dog tick is utilize prevention. Always wear a bug repellent and if you can stand it try to wear long sleeves and pants when walking in tall grass or through forest areas. At home, you can protect your own yard by maintaining proper lawn care. If you find a tick on you remove it carefully by following instructions listed here.

Should you need urgent care treatment, feel free to come on in to any of our urgent care locations as there is no appointment needed!

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First Med Urgent Care Offers Printable Patient Forms Online

Quicker Visits For New Urgent Care Patients

A few months ago we highlighted how First Med Urgent Care has helped save patients time by offering them the capability to check-in online. Since then, so many of our patients have flooded our feedback inbox with positive notes about this wonderful option (thank you to all of our patients who have told us how much you love the online check-in system). Today, we wanted to let new patients know that they can speed up their urgent care wait times even more by using the printable patient forms available on our website!

At an average doctor’s office you end up waiting for up to one hour just to even be called to back. That’s not counting the time it often takes to get to talk to the doctor. It’s not like that at First Med Urgent Care! Of course, there will be days when the lobby seems packed with new patients trying to get in, but a lot of those people are still filling out their patient paperwork.

Even then we strive to get those patients back as soon as possible, but you can imagine that it helps if you already have that vital paperwork filled out and ready to hand in upon your arrival. First Med is committed to giving you the best possible health care experience so you may click here to access the forms you’ll need to print, fill out, and bring with you to your visit.

If you find yourself feeling ill or have minor injuries and you’d rather skip the long wait times, come see us at any of our 6 convenient First Med Urgent Care locations that are easily found around the OKC and Edmond area. You may check-in online by clicking here. Then, simply show up with your important patient documents, your identification, and insurance cards that you may need to provide. Our urgent care staff will do the rest.

We look forward to treating you!

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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

In part one of this series, our urgent care staff talked about how people feel this crazy rush to lose weight quickly before summer arrives. We also talked about how some of those people decide that starving themselves is a quick fix, but in reality this choice can cause more problems. We discussed how severe fatigue and muscle deterioration can be causes of malnutrition. If you have questioned whether this “dieting” decision is right for you, our urgent care doctors have provided a few more dangerous reasons why you should reconsider.

Let’s take a look at what other detrimental side effects can be caused by starving yourself for weight loss:

1.) Slower Metabolism: It may seem ironic, but rather than help people lose weight, many times starving the body leads to having an even slower metabolism. This happens, because when the body enters starvation mode it starts to conserve the energy previously stored in order to survive. The brain will trigger the thyroid to slow down the metabolic rate. Once you do start eating again the body is no longer able to get back to burning calories which can prohibit weight loss in the future.

2.) Serious Health Problems: Even if you do manage to starve yourself to the point of rapid weight loss, you’ll be inviting a slew of other complications to possibly develop in your body. Improper nutrition and extreme weight loss practices can lead to heart attacks, seizures, bone health problems, and inflammation in various parts of the body which can cause ongoing pain. Some people may even experience psychological, behavioral, and emotional disorders as a result of malnutrition.

In part one, we listed a few options for losing weight that weren’t so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few more things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Try bringing a packed, healthy lunch with you to work or school.
  • Need motivation? Use the buddy system by inviting a friend to workout with you.
  • Brush your teeth after eating to prevent overeating. This can be a psychological trigger to your brain that mealtime is over.
  • Choose a smaller plate to help keep your portions more controlled.
  • If you have to eat out, immediately ask for a to-go container and pack away half of your meal for later. Out of sight, out of mind!

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. We hope you have a happy, healthy journey towards meeting your goals whether that be before summer arrives or long after. Taking your time is better than rushing it.

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. If you’re in need of medical assistance and you’d like to check-in online to speed up your visit, please click here.