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Respiratory Problems: How Statcare Urgent Care Can Help

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

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.

Sore throat? Find Out If It's Viral or Strep

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

A sore throat (pharyngitis) is a common problem and it is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. 

Viruses can cause a sore throat and other upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Sore throat caused by a virus is not treated with antibiotics but instead may be treated with rest, pain medication, and other therapies aimed at relieving symptoms. 

Strep throat is a particular kind of pharyngitis that is caused by a bacterium known as group A streptococcus (GAS). Strep throat is treated with a course of antibiotics.

Viral Pharyngitis - Most people with a sore throat have a virus.

Symptoms of a viral infection can include:

  • A runny or congested nose
  • Irritation or redness of the eyes
  • Cough, hoarseness, or soreness in the roof of the mouth.
  • Some viruses cause a fever

Influenza (flu) virus is a common cause of sore throat during the flu season. Antiviral medication is indicated if your symptoms started within 72 hours.

Strep Pharyngitis - Approximately 10% of adults with a sore throat have strep throat.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the throat
  • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF)
  • Enlarged lymph glands in the neck
  • White patches of pus on the side or back of the throat
  • No cough, runny nose or irritation/redness of the eyes.

When to seek urgent help:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin rash
  • Drooling because you cannot swallow
  • Swelling of the neck or tongue
  • Stiff neck or difficulty opening the mouth
  • Underlying chronic illness/medication that may impair your immune system.

At Statcare Urgent Medical Care, we can diagnose your streptococcal throat infection by a rapid strep test, which takes less than 5 minutes to yield a result. We also have an in-house rapid flu test available to diagnose influenza, if indicated.

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

When to seek urgent help — See your doctor or nurse immediately if you have a sore throat along with any of the following:

Don't let the flu sneak up on you

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Influenza (flu) activity is rising in the U.S. at this time. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness are above the national baseline. Activity is expected to continue during the coming weeks, as per the CDC.The CDC recommends a yearly influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. It is not too late to get vaccinated.

Most common symptoms of the flu are fever (temperature higher than 100 F), cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. Most people who get the flu will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some will develop complications as a result of the flu. A wide range of complications can be caused by the influenza viruses. Sinus and ear infections are examples of moderate complications from the flu, while pneumonia is a serious flu complication that can result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria. Other known complications are: myocarditis (inflammation or swelling of the heart), encephalitis (swelling of the brain), myositis (swelling and degeneration of muscle tissue).

Flu can also make chronic medical problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic heart disease may experience a worsening of this condition triggered by the flu.

During the week ending February 4, 2017, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread in NY State. There were 5,337 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 2% increase over last week. Of the 1,978 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 527 (26.64%) were positive for influenza (NYS DOH).

We offer the influenza vaccine at our clinics. We also offer the in-house flu wash test for patients who are symptomatic. CDC recommends prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs for people who test positive for the flu. When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days. They also can prevent serious flu complications.

Sources:

CDC
NYS DOH


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