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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.

Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease This Summer

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As the weather warms up, you and your family will probably be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. After all, the summer brings more opportunities for you to camp, hike, swim and bike. Before going outside, though, be sure to protect yourself from Lyme disease this summer.

In 2015, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

What can you do to protect yourself?

You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions.

  1. Avoid tick infested areas. This is especially important in May, June and July. Many local health departments and park or extension services will have information regarding these areas.
  2. If you are in a tick-infested area, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass.
  3. Use insect repellent. Spray repellent containing a 20%-30% concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin.
  4. You can also treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  5. Permethrin can also be used on tents and some camping gear. 
  6. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
  7. Remove attached ticks with tweezers. Avoid crushing the tick's body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
  8. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  9. After being outdoors, dry clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to kill any ticks that are attached to clothing.

Source: CDC

If you think that you may be ill from a tick bite, you should see a healthcare provider to diagnose your illness. Statcare Urgent Medical Care is a great option for tick prevention advice, Lyme Disease testing and treatment. 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.


  • 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:

Should I be taking anti-malaria medication?

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Every year, millions of US residents travel to countries where malaria is present. About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States annually, mostly in returned travelers.

Malaria is a life-threatening illness and it is transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, sweats and chills. To prevent malaria, travelers should take a medicine called an antimalarial when going to places where malaria is present.

Some other diseases caused by insect bites are dengue fever and Zika virus. Dengue fever is becoming more common, and there is no vaccine in the United States. Symptoms include fever and joint pain.

To lower your risk of insect bites:

  • Use an insect repellent. It should be applied two or three times a day. Put it on skin not covered by clothes, but don't use it under your clothes.

  • Wear clothes treated with the insect repellent permethrin. One application of permethrin will protect you from mosquitoes for more than a month, despite washing your clothes multiple times. Use on outer clothing, but not on underwear.

  • Sleep under a bed net that has been treated with permethrin. This isn't as important if you are staying in a room with air-conditioning. The risk of malaria isn't as high if the temperature is kept cool.

  • Wear long sleeves and pants, and tuck your pants into your socks.

  • Wear closed-toe shoes.

Stop by any of our clinics for a travel consultation. 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



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