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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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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

Kidney Stones

Ways Your Diet Could Be Causing Kidney Stones

Things That Cater To Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are among the most common urinary tract disorders. They don’t always cause patients to have symptoms of pain, but the larger stones may block urine flow, which can later produce painful situations. Kidney stones may not have a definite, single cause, although several factors may increase your risk. One of those factors in question is your diet. Today, our urgent care team will be talking about a few reasons ways your diet can cause kidney stones.

1.) Not Drinking Enough Water: If you’re not drinking between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh, every day, then you could be dehydrating the body. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would want to drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water daily depending on your activity levels. Drinking water helps dilute the urine so minerals or stone-forming salts cannot develop into stones.

2.) Eating Oxalate-Rich Foods: According to Linda Massey, Ph.D., at Washington State University in Spokane, many soy-based foods have enough oxalate in each to potentially cause problems for people with a history of kidney stones. If you’ve had calcium oxalate stones in the past, it is recommended to lower the amount of oxalate in your diet. Other oxalate-rich foods include, but are not limited to: chocolate, peanuts, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes, tea, colas and rhubarb.

3.) Overdose On Vitamin D & Calcium: The body does need vitamin D to survive, but if you take in too much you’ll be at risk for the formation of calcium kidney stones. Avoid taking vitamin D supplements unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider. You can get enough vitamin D each day by drinking fortified milk, eating yogurt, eating fortified cereals or by spending 15 minutes in the sun each day. Of course, if you’ve had calcium kidney stones in the past, then you’ll want to be careful about the amount of calcium packed foods that you consume.

These are just 3 common ways that your diet could cause you to have kidney stones. It should be noted that our urgent care staff understand that every person is different and has their own medical history to weigh in as a factor for everything they should or should not be doing. If you suspect that you have kidney stones of any kind, seeking the advice of a medical professional is advised.

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The Warning Signs Of Dehydration

Staying Safe From Dehydration This Summer

Warmer weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. With movement and high levels of activity comes the potential danger of dehydration. You might be so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to stop and drink enough water. By the time you realize it you may already be feeling the warning signs of dehydration.

When it’s hot and humid, as Oklahoma is famous for in the summer, the risk of dehydration increases. This is due to the fact that sweat is not able to evaporate from your skin and cool you down as quickly as it normally does. In turn, this can lead to increased body temperatures and the necessity for more fluids. Today, First Med Urgent Care is listing some of those signs so you’ll have some information to possibly prevent and treat dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration that requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you or your children ever do feel the symptoms of dehydration begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Water, Gatorade, and Powerade are all acceptable sources to hydrate yourself.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

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What Is An Enterovirus?

An Enterovirus Overview

Have you ever heard of of enteroviruses? Today, First Med Urgent Care is sharing information about these types of infections. The truth is that anyone can get infected with this non-polio enterovirus, but young children and teenagers are most likely to become sick. According to the CDC 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States each year.

It is reported that the main source of this illness can be caused by contaminated water. Who loves swimming at the lake, ocean, or in a river? When it comes to swimming in natural waters you just quite know what you’re swimming in and sometimes what’s in the water can cause an enterovirus to spread. When you and your kids are swimming there is always the possibility that someone will end up swallowing water, putting those that do at risk for enterovirus.

Once one family member or friend in close contact has this virus, it is easily spread. Other people can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from basic common cold issues to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created to protect against enterovirus infections so the only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

Luckily, most occurrences of enterovirus don’t require specific treatments and people usually completely recover. Since rare severe cases can occur, it is important to monitor your symptoms. If at any time you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact a doctor.

First Med Urgent Care wishes everyone a happy, safe, and healthy summer! Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone to swim safely!

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Urgent Care Topic: Being Careful Not To Slip And Fall

First Med Urgent Care: Safety tips

This time of year can be so beautiful and perfect, but keep in mind when it rains and snow falls there is potential for you or others to slip and fall. Pain is a word that comes to mind when envisioning fallin; splayed out on the floor at an office. Nothing about falling down is a pleasant experience. Being careful should be a priority if you’d like to avoid visiting an urgent care for fractures, sprains or strains.

Some people get caught up in their own thoughts and they slip when they aren’t paying attention. Others lose their balance or surrounding conditions are conducive to slipping and falling. Here are a few ways you can promote a safer environment, reduce urgent care visits and help prevent slips at the office:

  • Place a caution sign to warn of slippery conditions.
  • Provide plastic bags to place over umbrellas to prevent pools of water or dripping.
  • Provide a floor mat for people to wipe their feet on after being outside in the rain or snow.
  • For snow and ice, place salt anywhere people will be walking outside to increase safety.
  • Keep walkways inside clear of clutter and make sure they are well-lit.
  • Eliminate uneven floor surfaces such as bunged up rugs.

For most people urgent care trips in the middle of winter aren’t very fun. While you can’t always prevent injuries from happening, being proactive can help reduce the chances of slipping and falling. We hope these tips are helpful, be careful in there!

If someone does accidentally slip and fall injuries such as sprained ankles, strained muscles or fractures can be treated at First Med Urgent Care. We are 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. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible.

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The End Of School Vacation Safety Tips

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Now that school has finally let out for the summer break, it is common practice for families to take vacations. The air is warmer and it just seems like good, common sense to take a relaxing break. Even if your vacation is actually a “staycation” if there will be outdoor activity, then these vacation safety tips can help you have a healthy vacation.

The following are our urgent care teams’  list of “end of school” vacation safety tips:

1.) Drink A Lot Of Water: We all know how tempting it is to grab for that bubbly soda, but during the warmer temperatures it is wise to drink water instead. You don’t want to get dehydrated which could cause other problems.

2.) Be Careful With Activities: If you have decided on doing an activity that you don’t normally do make sure that you follow all safety rules and wear appropriate safety gear for the activity you have chosen.

3.) Wear Sunglasses: Keeping your eyes in good health during a sunny trip outdoors is important. Blocking out those harmful UVA and UVB sunrays are best for healthy eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes, also!

4.) Wear Sunscreen: This is something many people neglect to do, but just because it’s not mid-summer doesn’t mean you won’t get a sunburn. Apply it about twenty minutes before going outside and continue to reapply every one-and-a-half to two hours.

5.) Beware Of Bugs: Going outside means possible contact with insects. When you’re having an active, outdoor vacation remember to protect yourself from bites, stings, and infections by wearing an insect repellent.

These are just a few, simple safety tips for the beginning of your summer vacation. As we get deeper into summer some of these will be even more important. If during the course of your vacation anything should happen that would require you to visit our urgent care clinic, you can contact us by calling or just coming in without an appointment. First Med Urgent Care staff hope that you will have a safe and happy summer break!

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Urgent Care Services: Treating Urinary Tract Infections

First Med Urgent Care: General Services

The truth is that anyone can get a urinary tract infection (UTI), although women are more likely to get them than men. While this subject may be unpleasant to think about, it happens more often that urgent care patients realize. UTIs are defined as bacterial infections in the body’s urinary system.

The common causes of UTIs are:

1.) Bacteria like E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract.

2.) Presence of other bacteria in the system such as;  staphylococcus, proteus, klebsiella, enterococcus, and pseudomonas.

3.) Bladder infections. According to medical professionals (see WebMD for your own research) the following is true about bladder infections related to UTIs:

a.) Women are more likely to get urinary tract infections, because the tube running from the bladder to the outside (the urethra) is much shorter than in men.

b.) In men, however, a bladder infection is almost always a symptom of an underlying disorder. It is generally due to the infection migrating from the prostate or some other part of the body, signaling problems in those locations.

What can you do? 

You should drink lots of water to help wash out the bacteria from the urinary system. Our most important advice would be to visit one of our urgent care clinics to determine the best treatment for your UTI. In most cases, a single episode of a bladder infection could be treated between three to seven days of taking an antibiotic. If symptoms return, additional test might be done to rule out other problems.

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