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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Tips For Falling Asleep Quicker

Urgent Care “Sleepy Time” Routine Tips

Being deprived of adequate amounts of sleep can cause numerous, serious side effects which range from mild to severe. Accidents taking place, illness settling in and poor cognition are all results of being sleep deprived. For a lot of people the reason sleep is so difficult to obtain is because they have trouble falling asleep in the first place. Our urgent care doctors know the importance of sleep. For this reason, CareXpress Urgent Care is giving you a few tips to ensure you know how to help yourself fall asleep quicker.

Urgent care- sleepy time tip #1: Stretch out

After a long work day or taking care of the kids your body may be all stiffened up. Stretch out from your head down to your toes. Do a few, slow head rolls. Stretch your arms up over your head on both sides. Stretch out your legs and curl up your toes before stretching them all back out again. This repeated motion may help to diminish stress from your body.

Urgent care- sleepy time tip #2 : Count breaths

Instead of counting invisible sheep, try counting your breaths instead. To get your body ready for sleep try breathing in for counts of 4-8 and breathing out again a similar number of breaths. The focus on the number of breaths can have a soothing effect.

Urgent care- sleepy time tip #3: Control temperature

If you have the option to lower your body temperature it will help you fall asleep faster. Some people like it as cold as 65, others prefer low 70’s. If you can’t control the temperature for whatever reason, try to sleep in a cooler pair of pajamas. You could also eliminate blankets or sleep with a thin sheet, instead.

Urgent care- sleepy time tip #4: Noise control

If total silence is too unbearable try adding some white noise such as a fan or listen to the radio. If too much noise is a problem, try some soft ear plugs to drown out whatever it is that keeps you awake.

CareXpress Urgent Care hopes that these tips will help you get yourself ready for a snooze fest and snuggle right in for a good night sleep. Establishing this routine now might save you a lot of sleepless nights this fall and winter!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Shares Immune System Preparation For Back-To-School

Urgent Care Shares Immune System Boosting Tips

Your immune system is responsible for battling bacterial and viral infections. That being said, if it’s overly strained it can’t operate properly. For most students around this area, school will back in session very soon. During these times of high anxiety and moments of rushing around to get everything in order, keeping your immune system in check is even more vital. That’s precisely why our urgent care team has developed this list of back to school immune system boosting tips.

1.) Vaccinations: Getting your vaccinations to fight against the flu and other illnesses would be your first step in maintaining a healthy body.
2.) Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to flush out bacteria, increase white blood cell circulation, and reduce the stress-related hormones.
3.) Lemon: Due to its high vitamin C and antioxidant content lemon can help you get over illnesses quicker. Squeezing a little lemon juice in your water or tea can help your body find balance.
4.) Hygiene: Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the restroom, as well as before and after every meal. Using antibacterial soap will limit your exposure to any harmful pathogens.
5.) Sleep: Create a healthy sleep pattern for yourself. Try to to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up times as much as possible, because lack of sleep can open the flood gate for all kinds of infections and weaken the immune system.

Even the healthiest people can feel the strain of starting a new school semester, but if you follow these guidelines you’ll be one step closer to a stronger immune system. In addition to these 5 immune system boosting tips, our urgent care staff would recommend avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugary foods, and stressful situations. All of these factors can cause inflammation in the body and prevent you from healing if you do become ill.

If you find yourself feeling sick and none of the preventative measures provided have helped, don’t hesitate to visit CareXpress Urgent Care. Our hours and locations can be found by clicking here.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Explains Differences Between Allergy Shots And Medication

Urgent Care Shots Vs. Allergy Medication

Perhaps you’re a regular at CareXpress Urgent Care, or maybe you’ve just recently become aware that you have allergies. Sometimes allergies bother people more when a shift in weather or visitation to new places occurs (day care, new school, new office building, etc.). If you’ve ever suffered, you know the misery that comes along with the watery eyes and, seemingly, uninterrupted sneezing. You should also know that there are a lot of different ways to prevent those awful allergy symptoms. Depending on the level of severity you may be given a choice to have an allergy shot or to take allergy medication.

What’s the difference between an allergy shot and allergy medication?

There are 4 basic types of allergy medications and they include:

  • Antihistamines: These work to help your body’s immune system fight off the histamine that is released during your allergy attack. This is why the antihistamine can help to prevent stuffiness, congestion and itching. They do not help with symptoms you already have and should be taken up to 2 weeks prior to allergy problems occurring.
  • Decongestants: Decongestants are used to cure the symptoms you already have and cannot be used as a preventative method, so if you are prone to having congestion during your allergies, you will need to take a decongestant in order to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Nasal Sprays: As the name suggests, they are used to treat nasal congestion, stuffiness and redness during your allergies.
  • Steroids: These are stronger than antihistamines, but they are used much in the same way. They are best used as a preventative, taken at least 2 weeks in advance. This method works to prevent against allergies and combat stuffiness, redness and itching.

Allergy shots are a stronger treatment method, generally, used to treat more severe cases of allergies in which people suffer from things like:

  • Intense rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • And if you suffer from allergies at least 3 months out of the year

As you may find on WebMD, allergy medications or shots may be more risky for people with heart or lung disease, or who take certain medications. Always be certain to tell your doctor about all health conditions and any medicines you take, so that you can decide if allergy medications or shots are right for you. Our urgent care offers many treatment options so if you’re in need of assistance, don’t wait to make an appointment! Just come on in!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Tips For Avoiding Illness While On A Road Trip

Getting sick can easily put a damper on a road trip or completely bring all things to a halt if you haven’t left yet. Don’t let this happen to you or any of your family members. Keep these tips in mind in order to avoid the possibility of getting sick.

Wash Hands

After using the restroom, handling money or any other objects, washing ones hands should be a top priority because they are the part of the body that will have the most contact with germs. Don’t put your hands anywhere near your mouth, eyes or in the general vicinity of your face because you may cause irritation and will spread germs.

Create a Travel Health Kit

Better safe than sorry is the best rule one can go by when packing to go on a trip. Putting together a health kit allows you to be prepared on every trip you take. Include your medicine that is prescribed by a doctor, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and first-aid items as well. You should always include the items mentioned but also add extra items based on where you are you are traveling too. If you are going to a foreign country and unsure of the reaction your food will have to the food or water then pack an over-the-counter medicine that is made to treat stomach and intestinal discomfort.

Plan a Doctor’s Visit Before You Leave

It’s never a bad idea to have a check-up appointment before you go on vacation. This can help you know the status of your health and if you are in good shape to travel. While planning a visit to the doctor it may also be a good time to check shot records and make sure that everyone in the family is up-to-date on their vaccinations. It is recommended to plan an appointment at least a month before a trip because vaccines can take a while before they are fully effective.

Avoid Getting Bit by Mosquitoes

Taking preventive measures while being outdoors is the best way to avoid getting eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes. Wear appropriate clothing to cover up in areas where mosquitoes are abundant in population. Use mosquito spray and reapply as needed.

Don’t Get Burned

Putting on sunscreen should be the first thingyou do before starting the day to avoid getting sunburned. You should also remember to reapply according to the specific instructions on the back of the bottle. Children, especially need to be covered in sunscreen and protective clothing garments because their skin is more sensitive to heat than adults.  Also remember to protect yourself from dehydration or heat stroke by drinking lots of water and getting away from the heat and sun when necessary.

Family Medicine Centers not only provides health care services for the local Amarillo area, but is also a provider of information to better help you and your family. Check our site frequently for more tips and health blogs. If you have any questions or concerns about preventing illness or injury before and while traveling, please call your regular FMC provider for more information.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Panic Attack Versus Heart Attack

Urgent Care Reveals Different Signs To Watch For

That heart racing, painful feeling in your chest could easily be misconstrued as a heart attack or a panic attack, especially if you’re someone who has never experienced either one or you don’t know the signs of either. The fear of having a heart attack or a panic attack can even further complicate matters, so our urgent care doctors would agree that it’s important for patients to be able to distinguish between the two.

While the two heart-related conditions can seem very similar, there are a few key factors to pay attention to when determining the differences. Here is a list of symptoms for both heart attacks and panic attacks which was compiled by our urgent care staff to help you better understand what might happen during each of these experiences.

Heart Attack Symptoms: 

  • Escalating chest pain that reaches maximum severity after a few minutes.
  • Continuos pain, pressure, fullness or aching in the chest area.
  • A traveling or radiating pain or discomfort from the chest to other areas, such as one or both arms, abdomen, back, shoulders, neck, throat or jaw.
  • Pain brought on by exertion.
  • Shortness of breath.

Panic Attack Symptoms: 

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain that lasts only 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Pain that is localized to one small area.
  • Pain that usually occurs at rest.
  • Pain that accompanies anxiety.
  • Pain that is relieved or worsened when you change positions.
  • Pain that can be reproduced or worsened by pressing over the area of pain.

The best thing you can do is learn the signs, trust your body, and above all else seek medical help if you ever suspect that you are having a heart attack. never underplay your symptoms or trick yourself into thinking it will “just go away”.

As an important note, our urgent care doctors would like to explain that although we care a great deal about our patients, our clinics may not have the capability of caring for the type of emergency constituted by a heart attack. Should you experience symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 to get an immediate evaluation.

Should you find yourself experiencing minor health problems, injuries, or illnesses our urgent care clinics are staffed with medical professionals to serve you! Please click here to view our urgent care locations and hours of operation.

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Receive Quicker Urgent Care With Online Check-in

CareXpress Urgent Care Offers Online Check-In At All Locations

It’s summer and your time is a precious thing not to be wasted, right? The last thing anyone wants to do on their summer break is be sick and have to visit the doctor’s office, especially if the visit lasts longer than necessary due to exhausting wait times in the lobby. In most clinics or doctor’s offices you show up just to be told to wait, then get called back to wait and sometimes, you have to wait some more. Guess what? At CareXpress Urgent Care, we totally understand that you want to get in and out as quickly as possible!

That’s why CareXpress doesn’t just offer urgent care services, we also take it a step further and allow you to check-in online. This reserves you a spot in line before you’ve ever even physically arrived. What’s better is that our online system shows you, before you click the “check-in” button, exactly what the current wait time is for each urgent care location.

This gives patients more control over when to they would like to be seen and possibly even which location to visit based on lowest wait time. Of course, on extremely busy days there may be a slight wait in the lobby, but in most cases our urgent care is able to get patients in and out in way less than one hour. By utilizing the online check-in feature on our website we’re often able to keep wait times down as low as 10 minutes or less! We’re thrilled to have read plenty of positive reviews from our patients praising us for this wonderful feature and we hope to make you the next happy patient.

If you find yourself sick or injured this summer, our urgent care is here to serve you! CareXpress Urgent Care has multiple convenient locations to accommodate patients from all around Amarillo, Texas and one location in Canyon. If you need to check-in to one of our locations, please follow this link to view our locations and hours of operation.

Drive safely and we’ll see you soon! Our urgent care staff will be happy to help you when you arrive.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Warning Signs Of Dehydration

CareXpress Urgent Care Encourages Drinking Plenty Of Water

Warm, summertime weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health and this is especially true is warmer temperatures. Exerting high levels of activity on really hot days brings along the potential danger of dehydration and it’s possible to get so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to drink enough water. For this reason, CareXpress Urgent Care is focusing on explaining how to notice the warning signs of dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration which requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you ever feel the symptoms of dehydration, as mentioned above, begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Drinking more than the “standard” amount of water may be acceptable in order to maintain hydration.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should treat this as a dangerous situation and seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

Should you need to visit an urgent care for minor injuries or illnesses, please click here to view our locations and hours of operation.


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CareXpress Urgent Care Cautions Against Leaving Children In Hot Cars

CareXpress Urgent Care Providing Summertime Warning

Even during the hot summer, you might be surprised how many parents or caretakers of young children believe that it’s fine to leave children in the car when they pull up to the grocery store or gas station, because it’s just a “quick” minute. Our urgent care staff cautions against leaving children in hot cars for any length of time!

Here why it’s so important to take the extra time and just bring your children with you; every minute you are gone from your car it’s heating up another degree. In the summer heat it takes at little as 30 minutes for your car to basically turn into an oven. Even though the outside temperature may remain the same, the moment you turn off the ignition is when the inside of the car continues to spike in temperature by 10 degrees or more every 10 minutes.

Our urgent care staff found this news article stating that by the end of July in 2016, there were already 21 child deaths due to them being left in hot cars and the 21st one was a young boy from Dallas, Texas. That figure was nearly twice as high as the number of children who died by the end of July in 2015!

It’s a very sad situation to think about, but the risk is all too real. It’s not enough to roll the windows down. Studies show that cracking the windows actually doesn’t do very much for air flow, even on cooler days. While one or two minutes may not mean the difference between life and death, why even consider it?

As it is highly possible for anyone to get caught up in what they are doing (because let’s face it, we all live busy lives) and forget about the children from time-to-time here are two safety tips:

  • Leave something in the front seat as a reminder of the child (Example: stuffed animal, diaper bag, etc.)
  • Leave something you will need in the backseat, with the children, so that you will be forced to see them when you reach to grab it (Example: cell phone, brief case, purse, etc.)

If these tips provided by our urgent care staff aren’t enough for you to remember that you have a child or children in the backseat, please do whatever is necessary to help yourself take care of your little ones.

As always, on behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we wish you a safe and happy summer. Should you need our clinics for any minor injuries or illnesses, please feel free to click here to see our urgent care locations and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 2

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

This weekend, a lot of families will be taking off to camp at nearby lakes or to find a quiet place to enjoy fireworks for 4th of July weekend. It’s for that reason and for future summer camping trips that CareXpress Urgent Care staff have come up with a list of camping safety tips to share with our readers. In part one of this blog series we mentioned getting caught up on vaccinations, packing plenty of fresh water and healthy foods, and being aware of how much time is spent in the sun.

Here are 3 more camping safety tips for the second part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1- Plan safe physical activities. Preventing a visit to an urgent care by avoiding fractures would be a wise choice. If you’re not used to hiking long distances, climbing large hills, or water skiing all day long then just take it easy. Don’t try to over-do anything just because it’s a camping trip. Hiking, walking and swimming can keep you active, but be sure to bring the right protective gear with you such as; tennis shoes, helmets, life jackets, fresh water, and lots of sunscreen!

Tip #2- Keep an eye out for poisonous plants. Wherever there are woodsy areas there is bound to be poison ivy, poison oak, and/or poison sumac. Avoiding these plants is the best prevention, but if you happen to get a rash and you’re unsure about it, check in with one of our urgent care clinics for rash treatment options.

Tip #3- Beware of insects, arachnids, and other bugs. When camping it’s tough to avoid insects like wasps, bees, biting flies, or mosquitoes. Furthermore, ticks, part of the arachnid family, are one of the most common problems in tall grassy and woodsy areas. To repel many creepy crawly things remember to pack a bug repellent for everyone to wear.

These are a few basic camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. We hope you have a great 4th of July celebration and if you have camping plans at any point this summer, we hope you remain safe! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 1

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

It’s that time of year when a lot of people look forward to spending time at the lake or camping off grid. If you’re among the many families that will be partaking in camping trips this summer, then this two part series of articles might be helpful for you. CareXpress Urgent Care staff have compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

Here are 3 camping safety tips for the first part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1 – Get caught up on vaccinations. You never know what kinds of diseases can be caught by being in the wilderness. It’s helpful to make sure all of your vaccines are up to date.

Tip #2- Pack plenty of water and healthy foods. Staying hydrated while spending time outdoors is highly important. Nothing beats clean, fresh drinking water for replenishing electrolytes. A lot of people are tempted to pack junk food items, because it seems easier, but if you can help it try to take healthier snacks. For safety reasons, keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Of course, avoiding eating any raw meats is a safety must. To make certain your meat is fully cooked, bring along a meat thermometer (should be at least 160°).

Tip #3- Take breaks from the sun. When you’re in the sun, it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen, because too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful to skin. It’s also important to take breaks from being in the heat of the sun, because of the risk of heatstroke. Relaxing under a shady tree between swims, fishing, boating, etc. may be helpful to minimize your time in the sun.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trips and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses and hours of operation.