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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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Back To School Immune System Boosting Tips

Ways To Boost Your Immune System

For most students around the metro area, school will back in session within just a few shorts weeks. During these times of high anxiety and moments of rushing around to get everything in order, keeping your immune system in check is more vital. Your immune system is responsible for battling bacterial and viral infections, thus; if it’s overly strained it can’t operate properly. That’s precisely why our urgent care team has developed this list of back to school immune system boosting tips.

1.) Vaccinations: Getting your vaccinations to fight against the flu and other illnesses would be your first step in maintaining a healthy body.
2.) Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to flush out bacteria, increase white blood cell circulation, and reduce the stress-related hormones.
3.) Lemon: Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content lemon can help you get over illnesses quicker. Squeezing a little lemon juice in your water or tea can help your body find balance.
4.) Hygiene: Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the restroom, as well as before and after every meal. Using antibacterial soap will limit your exposure to any harmful pathogens.
5.) Sleep: Create a healthy sleep pattern for yourself. Try to to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up times as much as possible, because lack of sleep can open the flood gate for all kinds of infections and weaken the immune system.

Even the healthiest people can feel the strain of starting a new school semester, but if you follow these guidelines you’ll be one step closer to a stronger immune system. In addition to these 5 immune system boosting tips, our urgent care staff would recommend avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugary foods, and stressful situations. All of these factors can cause inflammation in the body and prevent you from healing if you do become ill. If you find yourself feeling sick and none of the preventative measure have helped, visit First Med Urgent Care any day of the week!

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Urgent Care Immunizations To Get You Back To School

Urgent Care: Ready For School; Fully Vaccinated?

It’s that time of year! With fall just around the corner, urgent care staff are working to make sure children from all around are safe and prepared for school! Your children probably have mixed emotions about school starting up again, but that doesn’t make preparations any less necessary. Don’t forget to visit First Med Urgent Care for all your back to school immunization needs. Keep in mind that children from preschool to college-age need vaccines to keep them protected from serious illnesses. Most children have already received some type of vaccination by the time they enter school, but are your children up-to-date with their most current shots?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Whooping cough made a strong come back in 2014 with nearly 10,000 cases reported from January to August. These numbers represent a 24% increase compared with the same time period in 2013. Another disease outbreak was the measles with 593 cases reported. These diseases and others like it are exactly the reason why keeping children vaccinated is important. Want a lesson you can teach your children at home?

Instilling the responsibility in your children of maintaining long-term health is a lesson you can provide to your children outside of school. Not only is a trip to the urgent care making your children safer, but you inevitably protect your children’s friends or classmates as your children will be less likely to catch something that they can pass on. Decrease your children’s risk of disease by getting them vaccinated at your local urgent care.

If you’re not sure whether your child is up-to-date on immunizations or not, it doesn’t hurt to check with an urgent care doctor. If nothing else, you will receive a check-up and have peace of mind. Beating the last minute “urgent care back-to-school rush” is always a bonus! Click here for locations and hours of operation.

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First Med Urgent Care Discusses Camping Safety

Enjoy The Outdoors Without An Urgent Care Visit

In just a few short weeks, summer will be coming to a halt and everyone will be scrambling around to get ready for school again. For that reason, urgent care staff, working parents and children are sometimes eager to get out there and enjoy the lake for the homestretch of summer. First Med Urgent Care has compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

1.) Get caught up on vaccinations. Your children will need them for school anyway, so it’s helpful to make sure all vaccines are up to date. Not only is helpful for future use, but being vaccinated can help protect against certain diseases while camping.

2.) Pack lots of water and healthy foods to stay hydrated while spending time outdoors. Keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Don’t eat any raw meats. Bring along a meat thermometer to make sure your meats are cooked to perfection (at least 160°).

3.) Find a shady spot to relax in so as to minimize you time in the sun and prevent heatstroke.

4.) Prevent visiting an urgent care for fractured bones by planning safe physical activities. Hiking, walking and swimming can keep you active, but be sure to bring the right protection with you such as tennis shoes, helmets, life jackets and sunscreen!

5.) Avoid poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac should. If you seem to get a rash and you’re unsure about it, check in with an urgent care for rash treatment options.

6.) Beware of ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. Pack a bug repellent for everyone to wear.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trip and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit First Med Urgent Care click here for our locations and hours.

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Vaccinations: Your Defense Against The Flu Virus

First Med Urgent Care: Battle the flu

This winter has been brutal at times and many patients have visited our urgent care facility because of the flu. The flu vaccination is important for getting people through the cold winter. Unfortunately, we are still in the winter season and the peak of flu season isn’t over yet. A lot of people can avoid the misery of dealing with the flu, if they receive flu vaccinations. It is no doubt that the best way to defend against the viruses associated with illnesses such as the flu, is to get vaccinated.

Research at the online source, Mayo Clinic, explains that doctors have discovered exposing the body to a bacteria or virus that is damaged or inactivated through special lab procedures allows the body to scan it, analyze it and develop protection against it without developing an infection. This is how vaccines have been invented and they have saved millions of lives over the years. Our urgent care staff is prepared to administer the vaccination to adults and children.

How do the vaccinations work? Vaccinations find and neutralize specific bacteria and viruses. When your body is exposed to a disease-causing bacteria or a virus that it has never encountered before, you become ill. Thanks to the power of vaccinations, your body is equipped with the proper defense mechanisms to fight off the viruses. Individuals who refuse to receive the vaccine and are not properly treated for an infection may be a source of contamination for people who have not been vaccinated yet. Vaccinations are most effective in preventing diseases when everyone in the home gets them.

The best way to avoid getting the flu in the first place is to be proactive and get your flu shot ahead of time. The best thing to do for your family is to get a flu shot every year. If you haven’t been sick with the flu this winter season, but you also haven’t received a flu shot, then you still have time. Come visit our urgent care to get your flu vaccination.