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How to remove a tick?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

How to remove a tick?

  1. Using tweezers, grasp the tick near the mouth parts, as close to the skin as possible.
  2. Pull the tick in a steady, upward motion away from skin.
  3. Do not use kerosone, matches or petroleum jelly to remove tick.
  4. Disinfect site with soap and water or hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Record date and location of tick bite.
  6. Dispose a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

 


Things To Know About Mono (Kissing Disease)

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What is infectious mononucleosis?

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono or the "kissing disease," is an infection caused by Ebstein-Barr virus.

How did I get mono?

The virus can spread from person to person through contact with saliva. Thus, a person can be exposed to the virus by kissing, sharing eating utensils, or drinking from the same glass as a person who has mono. 

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF)
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph glands in the neck

Is mono ever dangerous?

The spleen is an organ in the left upper abdomen, just under the diaphragm. It becomes enlarged in about half of people with mono. If the spleen becomes enlarged, it is recommended avoiding contact sports or heavy lifting for a few weeks. This advice is given to avoid the rare complication of splenic rupture that can occur after trauma, but can also happen spontaneously.

How is mono diagnosed?

Mono may be suspected based upon a person's symptoms and physical examination. Blood tests are done to confirm the diagnosis. We also offer the in-house mono test at our clinics.

How is mono treated?
The goal of mono treatment is to ease the symptoms while the immune system contains the virus. Antibiotics are not helpful because mono is caused by a virus, and there are no antiviral medications that are known to effectively treat or cure Epstein-Barr virus. Symptomatic treatment is advised.

Walk-in to any of our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Respiratory Problems: How Statcare Urgent Care Can Help

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Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2014. Though most respiratory problems can be alleviated with daily maintenance and preventive care, flare-ups can still strike. If you need immediate care for a respiratory problem, please give us a call or visit any of our clinics.

Common Respiratory Problems

  • Asthma: It is a chronic disease that inflames the air passages and leads to temporary obstructions of the airways. These obstructions result in symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. When these symptoms come on rapidly, they can trigger an asthma attack. 
  • Bronchitis: It is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. Acute bronchitis is short-term, usually caused by a cold. Chronic bronchitis is more serious and requires specialized care.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): This refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.
  • Pneumonia: It is an infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs and can cause them to fill with fluid. Symptoms include cough, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Nebulizer treatment: We offer nebulizer treatments to all our patients experiencing respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.

If you are suffering from a serious asthma attack, you should call 911 or head immediately to an emergency room.

Walk-in to any of our clinics. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Most urgent care centers, including Fast Track, offer nebulizer treatments for asthma suffers and patients experiencing other respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.
Most urgent care centers, including Fast Track, offer nebulizer treatments for asthma suffers and patients experiencing other respiratory problems. Nebulizers convert liquid medication into a vapor which is easily inhaled directly into the lungs. Many patients report extreme relief after nebulizer treatment.

Arthritis in the US: Time To Take Action

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  • Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults (54 million) in the United States. 
  • It is the leading cause of disability in the US. 24 million adults report limitations due to arthritis. 
  • The most common form of arthritis in the US is osteoarthritis. 
  • Arthritis makes it harder to manage heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Being physically activate can reduce arthritis pain. 

Tips:

  1. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis can help people with the condition live well without pain.
  2. Exercise (swimming, biking, walking) regularly to stay healthy.
  3. Physical activity has been proven to reduce arthritis pain and restore function.
  4. Maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis and gout and may decrease disease progression and arthritis-related activity limitations.

    Source: CDC

Prediabetes Screening: How and Why?

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Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Most don't know know it. Having prediabetes means that you are at an increased risk of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

You could have prediabetes if you have:

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • a parent, brother or sister with diabetes

Your risk goes up if you are overweight, and/or over age 45.

The Science of Prediabetes

Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas and released into the bloodstream. When the body breaks down carbohydrates from the food we eat into glucose, also known as blood sugar, insulin helps the body's cells absorb the glucose and use it for energy.

If the cells that respond to insulin lose sensitivity, a condition known as insulin resistance develops. When people have insulin resistance, although the body still produces insulin, it is not used effectively, causing glucose to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by cells. This increase in blood glucose leads to prediabetes, and eventually type 2 diabetes, if left untreated.

The American Diabetes Association recommends one of the 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes:

  1. Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test
  2. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
  3. Oral glucose tolerance (OGTT) test

We offer all 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes at our clinics. No appointment is necessary and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


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