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Are You Protected Against Measles? Get Tested!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced this past week that a tourist, who had been confirmed to have measles, visited Niagara Falls on May 11 and May 12, 2017 and may have potentially exposed others to measles.

Measles can be serious. The common presenting symptoms are fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes. It can cause serious health complications.

Complications:

  • ear infection (otitis media)
  • lung infection (penumonia, bronchitis)
  • diarrhea
  • brain swelling/damage

According to the CDC:

  • about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling/damage.
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

People at high risk of complications:

  • infants and children < 5 years of age
  • adults aged > 20 years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people with compromised immune systems like leukemia, HIV

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program. It is no longer constantly present in this country. However, measles is still common in many parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in the community.

The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. 2 doses of the vaccine are recommended for best protection.

Walk-in to any of our clinics to get tested for immunity against measles (blood-work) . We also offer the MMR vaccine. 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.


Was It A Medication Allergy Or A Side Effect?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

A true allergic reaction to a medication occurs when the immune system is activated in response to a drug. The medication can be taken by mouth, injected into the body (by any route) or rubbed on the skin. The symptoms from an allergic reaction vary from a mild rash to sudden swelling of many body parts with life threatening fall in blood pressure.

Most people with a medication allergy have been exposed to the medication or a similar medication (same class) before. During the earlier exposure, immune cells formed antibodies against the drug. Antibodies are proteins created by the immune system to battle bacteria/viruses. When a person is exposed to the medication again, the antibodies go into action, setting off the allergic response. The symptoms of medication allergy may happen immediately or after taking the medication for a week or more.

Many people are sensitive to medications, but not all of these sensitivities are true allergic reactions. Some adverse reactions to medications are side effects. Among the most common side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, fever and a skin reaction to sunlight called photo-sensitivity. However, medication allergies are not the same as side effects. Side effects do not involve the immune system, and sometimes can be avoided by lowering the dose. In order for the reaction to be an allergy, the immune system must be involved.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and talk to our healthcare providers. We also offer blood allergy testing at all 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.

Symptoms of an acute severe allergic reaction such as rapid pulse, labored breathing and facial swelling require an immediate visit to an emergency care facility.


How To Prepare For Your Colonoscopy?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The purpose of a colonoscopy is to look inside your colon (large intestine) for polyps, ulcers, cancers and other conditions. Just before the procedure starts, you will receive some medicine to make you sleepy. Most people do not remember having the procedure. The doctor will pass a flexible tube from below. The tube has a camera and a headlight which allows the doctor to see the inside of your colon on a TV monitor. The doctor can also take biopsies of abnormal areas.

What To Eat Before Your Colonoscopy?

One Day Before:

  • Do not eat any solid food the day before your colonoscopy.
  • You may only eat a clear liquid diet.
  • Avoid red and purple foods like strawberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, grapes.
  • Be sure to drink at least 12 tall glasses of clear liquids throughout the day in addition to what is instructed for your bowel prep.
  • Follow the directions on the information packet of your "bowel prep" medication.
  • Do not drink alcohol.

The Day Of The Procedure:

  • Do not eat any solid food.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • If your procedure is scheduled in the morning, then take no liquids either until after the procedure (except for approved medications).
  • If your procedure is scheduled in the afternoon, then you may drink only clear liquids until 4 hours prior to your arrival time.
  • You can eat a regular diet once you are fully awake after the test is over.

Walk-in to any of our clinics and get your colonoscopy referral. Talk to our healthcare providers about the procedure. 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 First Aid Tips For A Suspected Fracture

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Whether you are playing a sport or rock climbing, if someone around you gets injured and you suspect it might be a fracture, it is important to act promptly. By following the correct steps before seeking help, you can avoid further injury. Before getting the person to our urgent care center, follow the pointers below. 

  1. Don't move the person. If the individual looks like they have sustained a major injury, do not move them at all. You would be risking displacing the bone even more than it already is.

  2. Immobilize the fractured limb. As you wait to transport the person to our urgent care center, do what you can to keep the injured body part in place. If you or someone nearby is trained in first aid, apply a splint to the arm or leg.

  3. Apply ice. Prevent swelling by applying ice directly to the injured area. Wrap an ice pack or bag of ice in a towel and hold it gently to the skin.

  4. Look for other injuries. As you stabilize the patient, scan their body for other injuries. Apply pressure to any bleeding and notice any bruising.

  5. If you can, lay the person down with their head slightly lower than the rest of their body and elevate their legs.

CALL 911 IF THE PERSON:

  • Is bleeding uncontrollably
  • Has a numb, cold, pale, or blue ankle/foot
  • Is unable to move the foot
  • Is in shock (faint, pale, with rapid shallow breathing)

Stop by any of our clinics to talk to our healthcare providers. We offer in-house xrays.  Please call us at (855) 9 FOR DOC and you'll only wait minutes to be seen.


How To Use Your Inhaler

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

An inhaler is usually prescribed for respiratory diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (bronchitis, emphysema). Using your inhaler correctly delivers the medication to your lungs, where it can work to control your symptoms. Using an inhaler incorrectly means that little or no medicine reaches the lungs.

How to use your inhaler?

  1. Take off the inhaler cap and make sure the mouthpiece and spray hole are clean.
  2. Shake the inhaler 10 to 15 times.
  3. Without the inhaler, take a deep breath and breathe out all the way.
  4. Hold the inhaler upright with the spray hole about 1-2 inches away from your mouth.
  5. Begin to breathe in slowly.
  6. Press down on the inhaler one time and keep breathing in.
  7. Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds.
  8. Open your mouth and breathe out slowly.

Stop by any of our clinics to talk to our healthcare providers. We can demonstrate how to use an inhaler. We also have in-house nebulizer machines at all our locations, if needed. 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.


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