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First Med Urgent Care: Binge eating and you

First Med Urgent Care: What is a binge eating disorder?

We’ve all had those moments, typically at a party or on the holidays, where we see a large spread of food and eat way too much! Or maybe you get so caught up in a show you don’t realize you ate way too many chips or popcorn. Everyone binge eats sometimes, but when does it become a problem? First Med Urgent Care has some answers for you.

First off, binge eating is officially described as eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling like you have no control over what you eat. Binge eating every once in awhile doesn’t mean you’ve got a crippling eating disorder, just that you were really hungry and there was a lot of food! However, if you find yourself binge eating regularly though (around once a week for 3 months) you might have what’s called Binge Eating Disorder. If you think you might have this eating disorder, it’s important to meet with a mental health professional and confirm that’s whats really going on. Currently, no one knows exactly what causes this disorder but most agree it’s a mix of factors including genes, social pressures, and feelings.

If it’s confirmed that you have binge eating disorder there are a wide range of treatment options depending on what factor seems to be affecting you the most. Medicine can be used sometimes, but your mental health professional might try other kinds of therapy such as talk and behavioral weight loss treatment therapy. Binge eating disorder isn’t something you can ignore for long, it can lead to significant weight gain which can lead to a host of health problems!

Feeling sick or need a check-up? Come visit one of our many convenient locations today!

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First Med Urgent Care: Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

First Med Urgent Care: Dealing with Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

When you wake up in the morning with that coarse, sandpaper feeling in your throat, followed by annoying, awful soreness, you may first blame it on something like a cold or the flu. However, one thing you probably won’t blame is acid reflux but did you know that it can also cause sore throats? First Med Urgent Care is here to inform you about this common sore throat instigator that is often overlooked.

First, let’s get to know your esophagus. This muscular tube is what carries food from your mouth to the stomach and connects the throat to the stomach. Acid reflux is stomach acid coming up from your esophagus. Naturally, burning stomach acid coming up through the esophagus can also cause irritation in the throat.

So, how can you tell that your sore throat is being caused by acid reflux and not one of the other common causes of a sore throat?

Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following on this urgent care checklist your sore throat might be from 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 tried over the counter solutions for more than two weeks and your throat is still feeling sore or you still have other symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux, then you need to see a doctor. Our First Med Urgent Care is available to help diagnose your symptoms every day of the week from 8 am to 7:30 pm. For faster service, we recommend checking in online, which can be done here.

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First Med Urgent Care: What’s up with Warts?

First Med Urgent Care: Where do warts come from?

Most of us have experienced this, we reach down and feel a wart on our or our child’s hand. Maybe your getting ready for a night out and your concerned about a wart that’s appeared somewhere on your body. Maybe your concerned about what it means for your health, is it really nothing to worry about? Whatever your reason for seeking information on warts and the virus that causes it, First Med Urgent care is here for you.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: What are warts?

Warts can seem scary, especially when you hear they’re caused by a virus. They usually grow fast, and are caused by the human papilloma virus. Yep, viruses cause warts, not touching little green frogs or toads. Although warts are not spread by toads, it is contagious. Most often its spread by the virus getting into a break in the skin. The reason children seem more susceptible to this virus is because they are generally more active and more likely to have a break in the skin allowing for the virus to enter. Other members of the family can also be vulnerable depending on circumstances.

First Med Urgent Care Answers: When should you visit an urgent care for warts? 

If you’ve tried some of the “at-home remedies” and they didn’t work or you need a wart removed quick, visit our urgent care! Removal is fast and you can return home immediately after the process is done. It’s important to know that the area where the wart was removed can take several days to heal. Make sure you plans accordingly!

Once you get a wart, it’s not always easy to get rid of. If you need a wart removed, don’t hesitate to visit our First Med urgent care facility.  You can locate the nearest urgent care here.

 

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First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you lose in a week?

First Med Urgent Care: How much weight should you try to in a week

The new year is in full swing and everyone is trying to stick to their resolutions. We all wanna lose weight as fast and as safe as possible. You may have wondered at some point though, how much weight should I be losing to stay healthy? Well, First Med Urgent Care is here with some tips and info on just how much should you lose in a week.

You’ve no doubt flipped through a magazine to and seen fad diets that promise you’ll lose 10 pounds in a week. While that may be possible, these diets are typically not the healthiest ways to lose weight and some can be down-right dangerous. The bottom line on fad diets, is just don’t. Often times the weight you lose will creep back on as fast as you lose it and it’s generally not worth the health risks.

The healthiest way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more, according to most experts. For most people, this means they’ll lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week. In addition, this weight has a tendency to stay off as opposed to the fast weight loss diets. It should also be noted that there are also other factors that can contribute to how much you lose. Heavier people will have an easier time losing weight than people who are already pretty thin.

There are other ways to lose an extreme amount of weight without putting your health at risk. But before you start a diet that’s so extreme, it’s important to talk to a doctor or dietitian and work with them throughout the diet to make sure your losing large amounts of weight safely.

Need a visit to the doctor’s after hours? Come visit one of First Med Urgent Care many convenient locations!

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First Med Urgent Care: Losing weight in the new year

First Med Urgent Care: Shedding weight for 2018

First Med Urgent Care cares about health, and one of the best ways to maintain your health is to manage your weight. Maybe your nervous about making this your resolution this year because it hasn’t worked out in previous years, but First Med Urgent Care is here to help you reach your weight goals! Before you start any new diets or routines though, talk to your doctor and make sure you are physically able to start a new routine or diet. Talking to your doctor may also help you approach your weight management in a different way. The biggest problem with weight management is that people will start off motivated and ready for the first few weeks or months, but somewhere down the line because of work and/or home, the motivation dries up. Slow, step by step weight management could ultimately lead to a better life and a healthier you. Here are a few tips that might help you better manage your weight.

Set Milestones: So your main goal is to lose weight. That’s a good main goal to have, but how are you going to make that happen? Making smaller milestone goals can help you build up to a larger goal. An example would be to start with a 10-15 minute walk around a block 3-4 times a week. This goal is small enough that it can be easily accomplished after work, in-between classes, or in between other activities. A milestone should be something you can accomplish by taking just a few minutes out of your day. Make meal plans one week at a time. As you accomplish these milestones, slowly increase them. That 15 minute walk becomes a 30 minute walk, or a 15 minute run. Then, it becomes a 45 minute walk or a 30 minute run. Slow, steady, simple changes are a great way to keep from feeling overwhelmed by your main goal. Once you accomplish one milestone, make another and keep it up!

Think Positive!: Thinking about how hard and not-fun your diet might be will only bring you to your burn-out point quicker. If your goal is to become healthier, than stay focused on all the benefits you’re creating for your body. Making a healthy change in your life should feel good and be a joyful experience. Ever heard the term “fake it until you make it?” If you think you can do it, then you can and will!

Indulge in Moderation: The biggest thing to accept about weight loss is we’re only human. Wanting to eat tasty treats that aren’t good for us is going to happen. Like the old saying “we want what we can’t have,” so if you deny yourself tasty treats forever, the likelihood of your willpower lasting is slim to none. Before you know it, you’ll be stuffing your face full of sweets! If something like cake is your weakness, avoid buying it so your not tempted to much on it at home. If you happen to see cake at a social event though, it’s perfectly fine to have a small portion. Just remember, “Always in moderation.”

Don’t give up on your weight loss plan for 2018, just keep moving forward!

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing hip fractures this winter

First Med Urgent Care: Safety Tips to prevent falling this winter

It’s winter in Oklahoma, and that can lead to some brutal and unpredictable weather. Our First Med Urgent Care staff like to be prepared. And that includes preparing for the icy conditions that can come during the winter months. These precautions are important, as unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially in older individuals. First Med Urgent Care’s staff is here with some safety tips to keep you upright and mobile as you move around this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Shoes with good traction and support will be invaluable when walking on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you need to leave the house while inclement weather is happening, always be sure to take a cell phone. You can use it to connect with friends and emergency personal in case you need to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: Salt can help clear out ice and break up the slippery parts on sidewalks. You won’t slip if there’s nothing to slip on! The best way to avoid the ice is just to get rid of it!
  • Try exercising indoors: If you love to work out keep in mind that outdoor winter conditions may not be the safest. Instead, maybe consider exercising indoors to prevent slipping on ice and freezing in the cold.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body is an ongoing challenge. Maintaining a strong overall health means you’ll be less likely to break a bone when you fall. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor can help ensure sure you’re in great condition.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet and giving your bones the nutrients they need to grow and stay strong. Consider foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin D

We hope you found this helpful!

If you should fall down and find that your hip isn’t fractured, but there are some minor injuries causing you pain, our urgent care would be happy to take a look.

There’s no appointment necessary to enjoy the convenience of services at First Med Urgent Care! Simply walk-in or check-in online between 8:00AM to 7:30PM any day of the week! You can check-in online by clicking here.

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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!