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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.

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Urgent Care Shares Dangers Of Starving Yourself For Weight Loss: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Healthy Practices

With the realization that summer is only a few months away a lot of people get this fear-driven impulse to lose weight quickly. Sometimes, people who are unhappy with their body feel that exercising doesn’t fall within their allotted time frame for every day life. This often leads those same types of people to believe that starving themselves is an effective weight loss method; however, doing so has a lot of dangerous repercussions. If you’ve found yourself feeling like starving your body is a good idea, our urgent care doctors would advise you otherwise and encourage healthy practices.

Not convinced with that statement alone? Then, let’s take a look at two of the dangers caused by starving yourself:

1.) Severe Fatigue: Crash dieting deprives your body of important nutrients which will cause your body to stop functioning properly. Not eating for an extended period of time will lead to severe fatigue and headaches which may cause you to stop being able to complete normal tasks properly.

2.) Muscle Loss: Muscles are just like other parts of your body that rely on good nutrition to stay alert. Through nutrients and blood, the muscles become flexible and strong. Without the right amount of nutrition your muscles will begin to decrease, or waste away. This is known as muscles atrophy.

Options for losing weight don’t have to be so extreme. Our urgent care staff has come up with a few things you can do to help yourself move in the right direction in a more healthy way. Consider the following:

  • Get plenty of sleep as lack of sleep can spike hunger!
  • Keep a food journal to help you stay on track.
  • Don’t give in to cravings. Try drinking more water, instead.
  • It’s so important we’ll mention it twice– drink more water!
  • Try even the smallest exercise such as a walk around the block or a soft jog in place while you watch television.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has helped you realize that starving your body isn’t worth the dangers. In case you’re still on the fence about the subject, come back and read part two in a few weeks!

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.

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals The Truth About Sit-Ups

First Med Urgent Care: Saving You From Pain

Keeping with the theme of exercising in the new year, as we know many of you fine folks have planned to do for your New Year’s resolution, our urgent care is here to discuss a few side effects of completing sit-ups. In the world of fitness sit-ups have been quite a controversial topic for quite some time. Some people say they’re they best thing for building core strength and other fitness experts are completely against the action. From a medical and a safety point of view, our urgent care staff would suggest a few, safer alternatives for core strengthening.

Let’s take a look, first, at a few injuries that can be caused by doing sit-ups.

  • Sit-ups can cause force in the spine that can lead to disc bulge or disc herniation.
  • Sit-ups can cause Posterior Ulcers (basically blisters on your bottocks).
  • Sit-ups can work hip flexors and if they’re too tight or strong they’ll tug on the lower spine.

While sit-ups were once deemed to be the magical way to a slimmer waistline, safer alternatives have been emerging. Our urgent care staff would recommend planks or leg lifts as two safer ways to achieve core strength without nearly as much injury risk. Of course, there is a proper way to do both of these exercises and we’re providing the details here.

The safest way to perform a plank:

Allow your weight to bear through the forearms and toes, with the body maintained in a horizontal position elevated above the ground. Easy modifications can be made to make it even easier on your pelvic floor. Kneeling forward and putting the weight on your knees rather than your toes is one way to reduce the pressure and while it does work the abs a little less it’s still a very good workout for beginners.

The safest way to perform leg lifts:

Lie on your back (preferably on an exercise mat) with your legs together and extended in front of you. Place your arms down beside your torso, palms facing down. Try to keep your lower back on the floor to prevent injury and slowly lift your legs toward the ceiling while keeping them straight. Stop when your feet are over your hips. Lower your legs back down and repeat until you’re unable to control the movement. If your lower back lifts off the floor it’s a good indication that you’re tired and may need to relax for a few minutes or stop until you’re ready to go again.

Our urgent care staff hope that these tips help some of you out there to exercise safely and prevent injury in the new year. If you do find yourself in need of medical assistance, we’re here to help! There’s no need to book an appointment with any of our urgent care locations, simply walk-in or check-in online by clicking here!

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Information For Proper Push-Ups

Urgent Care: Saving You From Lower Back Pain

One of the most popular “trouble spots” for men and women are their arms, chest, and triceps. Many men are self conscious about their upper body shape while many women are worried about the “pudge” that may form around the armpit region and their arms. Thus, these people tend to turn to push-ups as a primary way to exercise these troublesome areas, but be careful as bad form can lead to lower back pain. As the new year starts out with everyone aiming to get in shape, our urgent care staff felt it would be a great time to provide some information on performing proper push-ups.

It might sound silly to hear an urgent care doctor say that as a side-effect of pushing yourself up improperly that you can cause stress on your spine, but it’s true. It is all in the way one positions themselves. For example, when you lower yourself down, do not let your hips sag as this is the most common mistake people make! Most often allowing the hips to dip too low is a result of having a weak core so it would be smart to focus on building up some core strength in the abs to help yourself prevent injury in the lower back (planks and leg lifts are a nice option).

Our urgent care staff hopes that you’ll agree that injuring yourself beyond repair is not worth the risk. To complete a proper push-up know that you should be creating a straight line with your body from your shoulders to your heels. You’re going to need to make use of your abs and quadriceps to keep yourself engaged in the proper form. As you lower down to the floor, it’s important to remember your straight line posture and push yourself back up in a steady motion. Don’t worry about pumping in the reps too quickly, just take it as slow as you need to go.

If you happen to get a little sore, that’s obviously normal and you’ll just need to rest.

If you need urgent care medical assistance, First Med Urgent Care has 6 locations to serve you from the hours of 8am- 7:30pm, every day of the week! If you need us, be sure to check-in online for a quicker visit. Good luck with your 2017 workout plans!

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First Med Urgent Care: Preventing Hip Fractures This Winter

Urgent Care: Safety Tips For Not Falling

Winter time in Oklahoma can be quite brutal, mostly due to the fact that it’s unpredictable. Our urgent care staff likes to prepare as much as possible in the event that icy conditions become a problem during the winter months. Taking precautions is important, because unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially for the elderly. Today, our urgent care staff would like to provide some safety tips to keep you upright so that hip fractures can be avoided this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Choose a practical shoe with good traction when having to walk on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you find yourself leaving the house during inclement weather having a cell phone to connect with friends or family is a smart move. In case you do fall down you’ll have the necessary means to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: It may be silly to only purchase salt for a minimal time, but the salt does work to keep pathways clear so that you can avoid slips.
  • Try exercising indoors: If you’re an avid exerciser remember that winter conditions may make it unsafe for you to stay active outside. That doesn’t mean stop working out! Simply consider moving your routine indoors.
  • Get regular check-ups: Taking care of your body on an ongoing basis is the best way to ensure overall health. Getting check-ups by an urgent care doctor to make sure you’re in great condition may be able to help you prevent injuries.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Maintaining your health and forming strong bones starts with your diet, too. Consider plenty of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

We hope you’ve found this informative!

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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What Is an H. Pylori Infection?

H. Pylori Bacterial Infection

Have you ever visited an urgent care for stomach pain? When you have stomach pain it’s important to determine what is causing it as in some cases it could be Helicobacter pylori bacteria also known as H. pylori. This is a bacteria that is more likely to develop in children due to lack of proper hygiene, but it also causes infection in about 1 of 3 adults in the United States. Our urgent care team is here to discuss a little more about this tiny bacteria.

The H. pylori bacteria may not cause symptoms right away, if at all, but they can lead to other conditions. In some cases, peptic ulcers, an inflammatory condition called gastritis, or an increased risk of cancer can occur. This is typically when the stomach pain occurs. Due to their spiral shape, the H. pylori bacteria can easily penetrate the stomach lining where your body’s immune cells are not able to reach them. These bacteria are able to survive in even the most acidic stomach.

Luckily, most cases of H. pylori are treated with one round of antibiotics, but depending on the severity treatment plans may vary. For those who develop other illnesses caused by a lingering H. Pylori infection, the outlook will depend on the problem, how soon it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Your body is an amazing tool and if you listen to the signals it sends you, most of the time you will know when you aren’t at your best. With that being said, our urgent care staff can only urge patients to seek medical attention at the first sign that something isn’t right.

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. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.