Making Use of Urgent Care Facilities

What You Should Know If You Think You Have The Flu

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know If You Think You Have The Flu

When winter comes and brings flu season with it, you may find yourself in a situation in which you think you may have contracted this potentially serious viral infection. However, if you are like most people, you may not know what you should do when you first start to feel like you have a bout of the flu. Many people tend to do nothing and simply try to carry on or take a few days off from work at most. Before you make these same mistakes if you come down with the flu, get to know some of the steps that you should take and be sure that you are taking the best possible care of yourself. Go To Urgent Care Or Your Doctor’s Office As Soon As You Fall Ill While there is no cure for the flu, there are treatments. For those treatments to be effective, though, you will need to begin taking them within 48 hours of the onset of your symptoms. Otherwise, taking the medications will not be effective, and your flu symptoms will be far worse than they would have been otherwise. If you cannot get in to see your primary care physician because it is after hours or the weekend, the urgent care clinic is your best bet. They will be able to assess your symptoms and prescribe you with the immediate treatments that you may need like oseltamivir. Additionally, the doctors at the urgent care clinic can recommend over-the-counter and home treatments and ensure that your symptoms are not so severe that you need hospitalization or IV fluids. Try To Isolate Yourself As Much As Possible When you determine that you do indeed have the flu, the best thing you can do is to try to isolate yourself entirely from other people as much as possible. If you live alone, this should be fairly easy for you. However, if you have a family, you will want to try to stay in one room away from them as much as possible. If you do interact with your family members, be careful to keep a distance of at least a few feet and try not to breathe directly on them. Obviously, if you have to go to such great lengths not to infect your family members at home, you should not go to work or out and about (unless, of course, you need to go to the doctor). Until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours, you should stay home and...

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How to Treat Common Injuries in Small Children Learning to Walk

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Small children are prone to sustaining injuries when they are first learning how to walk. In most cases, someone is available at all times to watch the child and help guide them when going through the learning process. Sometimes, however, an injury can occur very quickly, leading caretakers to need to act fast. Here are some of the most common injuries that can occur in toddlers and how to take care of them. Scrapes and Cuts When toddlers are learning how to walk, they may accidentally scrape their skin if they lose control of their footing while next to a piece of furniture or similar object. If the skin appears to be unbroken, putting a cool compress on the area can help relieve any swelling that can occur. If the skin is broken and bleeding, you will want to stop the flow before applying an antibacterial ointment. Rinse the area with clean water to remove any bacteria from within the cut. To stop the bleeding, apply pressure to the area using a clean towel or piece of gauze. Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment or rinse with hydrogen peroxide to remove bacteria. Cover with a bandage to keep the cut from bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop after these steps, bring the child to an immediate care center to receive further help. The cut may be deep where it will need stitches. Bruises and Bumps Toddlers will fall many times when learning how to walk. Usually someone will be there to break their fall, but as they get a bit more bold, it gets harder to be behind the child every second while they are learning. If the child has an especially hard fall, there may be skin that becomes bruised in the process. To relieve the pain from a hard hit, put a cool compress on the area right after the fall occurs. This might help keep the bruising from escalating from inflammation. Bruises will go through several color changes as they heal.  If the toddler hits their head, you will need to keep a watchful eye on the child to make sure they are not suffering from a concussion as a result of the impact. If the child seems lethargic and not alert, bring them to an immediate care center right away to be evaluated. Concussions are hard to pinpoint without a thorough evaluation, so it is better to check with an immediate care professional if you are in...

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