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Don't Wait: Nip Your Allergies In The Bud Now

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, affects approximately 20 percent of people of all ages. The most common symptoms include nasal itching, watery nasal discharge, sneezing, itchy red eyes and sore throat.

It is caused by a nasal reaction to small airborne particles called allergens (substances that cause an allergic reaction). In some people, these particles also cause reactions in the lungs (asthma) and eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). One of the first steps in treating any allergic condition is to avoid or minimize exposure to the allergens that cause the condition.

Identifying The Allergen

There are four major categories of allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis:

  • Pollen (spring and summer - trees, grass; fall - ragweed)
  • Insects (house dust mites, cockroaches)
  • Animal allergens (skin, fur, feathers, saliva)
  • Molds

Tips to Avoid Each Type of Allergens


  1. Close the windows of your car and home.
  2. Use air conditioners to filter the air during times of peak symptoms.
  3. Use a mask while grass cutting or wood cutting.
  4. Avoid irritants like dust and fumes.
  5. Take a shower before bed. This removes allergens from hair and skin and can help reduce contamination of the bedding.
  6. Over-the-counter saline sprays and rinses can be used after being outdoors to wash away allergens from the nasal lining.


  1. Exposure to dust mites can be reduced by encasing pillows, mattresses, box springs, comforters, and furniture in mite-impermeable barriers.
  2. Wash sheets and blankets weekly in warm water with detergent and dry them in a dryer.
  3. Vacuum with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
  4. Dust regularly.
  5. Don't sleep on upholstered furniture (e.g., couches).
  6. Reduce the amount of clutter in the room.
  7. Clean carpets and drapes regularly.
  8. It may be necessary to use pest control methods.
  9. Keep food and trash in covered containers, clean food scraps from the floor and counter-tops.
  10. Seal cracks in the walls, door and floors.

Animal Allergens:

  1. If you are found to be allergic to a pet, the most effective option is to remove the pet from the home. Limiting an animal to a certain area in the house is not effective because allergens are carried on clothing or spread in the air.
  2. Clean carpets, sofas, curtain and bedding regularly.


  1. To reduce the growth of mold at home, it is necessary to remove existing mold and also to reduce humidity to prevent future growth of mold. Humidity can be reduced by removing sources of standing water and persistent dampness.
  2. Remove house plants, fix leaky plumbing, correct sinks and showers that do not drain completely.
  3. Remove bathroom carpeting that is exposed to steam and moisture.
  4. Use exhaust fans in the bathroom when bathing.
  5. Dehumidify damp areas to levels below 50%.
  6. Indoor garbage pails should be regularly disinfected.
  7. Old books, newspapers and clothing should be discarded or donated rather than stored.
  8. Water damaged carpets and wall or ceiling boards should be thrown out.

We offer blood allergy testing at all our clinics. With the lab-work, you will be able to determine what kind of substances could be your specific triggers. Tests can be done for common allergens such as plant pollen, molds, dust mites, animal dander an various foods such as peanuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish and milk. Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers. 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.

5 Tips For Eating Healthy This Easter

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Easter is a meaningful holiday for many of us and also a time to celebrate family and the coming of spring. Food definitely becomes a focus of this holiday. You can make the best of healthy eating by planning ahead and turning your efforts towards making the most of your time with family.

  1. Eat a balanced, whole food breakfast. For example, eat boiled/scrambled eggs along with some sauteed vegetables. Protein-packed smoothie could be an add on as well.
  2. Go for a walk. Get up 15 minutes earlier and be active in some way to set the tone for the day. You could also go for a walk after your Easter dinner with some family members. 
  3. Stay hydrated. Often times, headaches begin when we become dehydrated and we eat foods that are high in sodium. Drinking plenty of water can balance out the extra sodium content and maintain our electrolyte balance.
  4. Stick to the basics. Offer to bring something you would like to eat or stick to the basics of protein and veggies for dinner.
  5. Save the goodies for after the meal. Easter candy such as jelly beans and cream-filled Easter eggs are definitely not the most ideal, nutritious food. Plan what you're going to have in advance, stick with it and avoid eating anything that wasn't on your list.

Most of all have fun!  Enjoy the holiday with others and that alone surpasses wanting to eat.

Do I Need Stitches? Find Out How To Tell

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is a laceration?

Lacerations are cuts on the skin. While incisions are cuts produced by a sharp object such as glass or a razor, lacerations are blunter and irregular.  Not all lacerations need stitches. In fact, small lacerations can be cared for right at home.

Home Care

Small lacerations can be cleaned at home and covered with a clean gauze and tape if they fit the following criteria:

  • the bleeding stops in 10 minutes or less.
  • the cut is not on the face (especially on the mouth or near the eyes).
  • the cut is small and not very deep (not more than 1/4 inch deep).

If your wound does not fit this description, you might need stitches. Stitches are not only necessary to stop the bleeding, but they also help speed up healing and prevent infections. Your risk of infection increases the longer the wound remains open. Most wounds that require closure should be stitched, stapled or closed with skin adhesives within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some wounds that require treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours after the injury.

If you have diabetes, chronic kidney failure or a suppressed immune system, your wounds might not heal as fast or as well as other people, so you might need stitches even if it is a small laceration. When in doubt, come to any of our clinics and speak to our health care providers.

Getting Stitches

Sutures (or stitches) are the most common method used to close up a laceration. Non-dissolvable sutures made of nylon or polypropylene material are used to close the outer layer of wounds. Dissolvable sutures made of polyglycolic and polygalactic acid are used to close deeper layers of skin and tissue.

Signs that a cut requires stitches:

  • Deep enough to exposure the yellow subcutaneous fatty tissue, muscle or bone.
  • Gaping open so that you can't easily use gentle pressure to press the edges together.
  • Located on or across a joint (concern for damaged nerves, tendons/ligaments).
  • The result of an animal or human bite.
  • A result of a foreign body impaling the area.
  • Made by a high-pressure impact from a projectile like a bullet.
  • Contaminated or resulting from a very dirty or rusty object.
  • Bleeding profusely.
  • On a cosmetically significant area, such as the face, lips, eyelids.
  • On or near the genitalia.

You may also need a tetanus vaccine booster.

Removal of Stitches

Most stitches are removed within 10 days and as soon as five days in areas like the face, where the blood supply is rich - which makes healing faster. The longer the stitches are left in, the higher the risk of scarring. The main goal of stitches is to help your wound heal, so if they need to stay in place for a longer period of time, the health care provider may choose to do that. Stitches are easy to remove with surgical scissors. After the stitches are removed, the area will be examined by the healthcare provider to ensure that it's healing properly and that it is properly closed. Although you might be tempted to remove the stitches at home, it's safer if you return to the clinic for this. It's easy to re-injure the area - or even cause an infection -if you're not careful. This will result in a feeling of general illness, and may require antibiotics for you to get well.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers. 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.

Sources: CDCCleveland Clinic

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of force that our blood puts on our artery walls as it moves through our body. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from our heart to the rest of our body. When our heart beats, it pushes our blood through our arteries. As the blood moves, it puts pressure on our artery walls. This is called our blood pressure.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when our blood moves through our arteries at a higher pressure than normal. There are many causes of high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage many parts of the body. If one has high blood pressure, it increases risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attack and kidney failure. Controlling one's blood pressure can reduce these risks.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

If you are looking for a list of symptoms and signs of high blood pressure, you won't find them here. This is because most of the time, there are none. High blood pressure is a largely symptom-less "silent killer." If you ignore your blood pressure because you think a certain symptom or sign will alert you to the problem, you are taking a dangerous chance with your life.

  • In most cases, high blood pressure does not cause headaches or nosebleeds.
  • Blood spots in the eyes (subconjunctival hemorrhage) are more common in people with diabetes or high blood pressure, but neither condition causes the blood spots. Floaters in the eyes are also not related to high blood pressure.
  • Facial flushing occurs when blood vessels in the face dilate. It can occur unpredictably or in response to certain triggers such as sun exposure, cold weather, spicy foods, wind, hot drinks and skin-care products. Facial flushing can also occur with emotional stress, exposure to heat or hot water, alcohol consumption and exercise — all of which can raise blood pressure temporarily. While facial flushing may occur while your blood pressure is higher than usual, high blood pressure is not the cause of facial flushing.
  • While dizziness can be a side effect of some blood pressure medications, it is not caused by high blood pressure. However, dizziness should not be ignored, especially if the onset is sudden. Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and trouble walking are all warning signs of a stroke. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke.

About 85 million Americans - one out of every three adults over age 20 - have high blood pressure. (Nearly 20% don't even know they have it.) The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.

Walk-in to any of our clinics, get your blood pressure checked and talk to our providers. 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.

Source: AHA

Dealing With Dog Bites

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. Victims of dog bites frequently know the dog that attacked them. The head and neck are the most common site of bites in children up to age 10 years, probably because a child's head is close to the level of a large dog's mouth. The arms and legs, particularly the right hand, are the most frequent site of injury for older children and adults. A dog bite can lead to a range of injuries, including scratches, deep open cuts, puncture wounds, crush injuries, and tearing away of a body part. Dog bites rarely cause death.

After being bitten by a dog, it is important to quickly and carefully clean the wound thoroughly with soap and a large amount of water; this can help to prevent infection. If there is bleeding, a clean towel or gauze should be pressed to the wound to slow or stop the bleeding.

Do I need treatment? — Adults or children who have been bitten by a dog should see a healthcare provider if:

●An animal bite has broken through the skin and bleeding does not stop after applying pressure for 15 minutes

●A bone may be broken, or if there is other serious injury

●A bite victim has diabetes, liver disease, cancer, HIV-infection, or takes a medication that could weaken the immune system

It is best to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible after being bitten to reduce the chance of developing an infection.

The most common complication of a dog bite is infection. Antibiotics are generally recommended to prevent infection in people with high-risk wounds, facial wounds, wounds involving a bone or joint, and for people with other health problems, such as a weakened immune system or diabetes, which could increase the risk of serious infection.

Tetanus is a serious, potentially life-threatening infection that can be transmitted by an animal or human bite. If you are not up-to-date with your tetanus vaccine, you will need a booster. 

If you were bitten by a dog that could be infected with rabies, you MUST seek medical attention to determine if a series of injections is needed to prevent rabies, which is usually a fatal illness.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our providers. 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.

Source: CDC, UpToDate



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