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Urgent Care Tips For Fighting Sinus Pain

5 Tips For Sinus Headaches And More

As temperatures change for a new season, it is quite common for different allergens to cause people to suffer from sinus pain. There are different types of sinus pain which can include anything from throbbing headaches to pressure around the eyes, nose and cheeks. When things get really painful it may be a case of sinusitis, also simply referred to as a sinus infection. This pain can be the result of bacteria in the mucus causing inflammation. So, what can you do? Today, our urgent care is listing tips to help you fight against sinus pain.

1.) Avoid smoke: Try to avoid going around people who smoke and if you smoke, it might be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarette smoke irritates the sinus passages causing them to swell and restrict the flow of mucus.

2.) Use a humidifier: Regulating the moisture in the air of your home can help cut back on sinus irritation from dry air. The level of humidity should be 30-60%.

3.) Inhale steam: Taking a warm bath or hovering over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head can unclog sinuses and decrease pain temporarily. Try putting some Eucalyptus oil in the water to breathe in. A hot shower can also do wonders.

4.) Eat properly: They say you are what you eat. That’s why it’s important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try some warm foods and don’t be afraid to add a little spice like cayenne pepper to really open up the nasal passages.

5.) Get rest: Sleeping is important in general, but even more so when your body is off balance. When your sinuses act up get a good night’s sleep to help your immune system fight off germs that cause infections.

These are just a few simple urgent care rules to follow that may help you find some relief or even to prevent sinus infections from happening. If you experience an episode of sinusitis and need relief, you can visit any one of CareXpress Urgent Care locations. Walk-ins are welcome at our clinics and you may click here for locations and hours of operation.

October 16, 2017 Press Release

October 16, 2017 Amarillo, Texas– 

For Immediate Release: After rounds of negotiations, Family Medicine Centers Clinics and BSA CareXpress Urgent Care providers, a service of FMC Medical Foundation, are now accepting the BCBS HealthSelect Insurance Plan and are in network for these state employees.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) recently replaced UnitedHealthcare as the plan administrator for HealthSelectSM of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM. In September, these state employees were unable to find doctors who accepted their new state-issued Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthSelect Insurance Plan. 

After rounds of negotiations, Family Medicine Centers Clinics and BSA CareXpress Urgent Care providers are now accepting the BCBS HealthSelect Insurance Plan and are in network for these state employees. FMC Medical Foundation offers primary care services and urgent care services throughout Amarillo and Canyon. 

“Through recent negotiations, we were able to come to an acceptable agreement allowing over 45 FMC network providers to be included in-network in the BCBS Health Select Insurance Plan,” says Marketing Director Cori Burns.

FMC Medical Foundation clinics accepting this insurance include:

FMC on Coulter, S. Caleb Kim, DO

FMC on Georgia, Cindy Hutson, DO

FMC at 34th & Coulter, James D. Hale, MD

FMC in Canyon

FMC, Eric Cox MD

Panhandle Pediatrics

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care on Georgia

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Downtown

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care at 34th & Coulter

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care at Ross/Osage

CareXpress Urgent Care in Canyon, Open 24/7

For more information on the FMC Medical Foundation Network and all providers, please visit www.fmc-clinics.com

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Tuberculosis Testing

CareXpress Urgent Care Preparing You For Work

Some people today hear the word “tuberculosis” and feel as though this is an old disease of days gone by, but the truth is that people can have it and not even know it! So, when you apply for certain jobs and one of the requirements is a TB test, or tuberculosis screening, it shouldn’t be surprising. Luckily, CareXpress Urgent Care has you covered as we offer this simple test at our clinics.

The types of working environments where a TB test would possibly be required of you include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care settings (Nursing homes, hospitals, etc.)
  • Chemical dependency settings  (Alcohol and drug rehabs, residential treatment facilities, etc)
  • Child care settings (child placing agencies, daycare centers, after school programs, etc.)
  • Volunteer program settings (Working with teens, pregnant women, or in youth shelters, etc.)

It is important to note that tuberculosis can be easily passed from one person to another via the air when the infected person coughs, sneezes, spits, laughs, or talks. In most cases tuberculosis affects the lungs, but it is possible for it to affect other parts of the body. Without treatment, it can spread to parts of the body through the bloodstream. The good news is that most people with active tuberculosis can receive treatment. Most people who have received appropriate treatment for at least 2 weeks are no longer contagious.

As you can see from the list of jobs that may require TB testing, most of the people in those places are considered vulnerable or have compromised immune systems already. This is why TB testing is still around and why our urgent care clinics still offer it.

If your job had required that you have a TB test completed to prepare you for work, feel free to come on in to any of our urgent care locations. CareXpress Urgent Care has many convenient locations to help you. Click here to view our urgent care locations, hours of operations, and to check-in online if you’d like to secure your place in line.

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Urgent Care Visits Increase As The Flu Season Approaches

CareXpress Urgent Care Treats The Flu

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Dr. Robert Atmar (professor and interim chief of the section of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas) has predicted that the 2017-2018 flu season could be “severe”. At CareXpress urgent care we try to prevent the flu with immunizations, but we can also help with treatments, too.

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have the flu:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

CareXpress Urgent Care has already seen the flow of patient visits increasing due to the flu! Many have tested positive for the flu in just the last few weeks. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of the 2017-2018 flu season! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members.

Not all cases of the flu are severe, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how bad it really is for you. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in at any of our urgent care locations to get tested. We say it is always better to be safe, rather than be sorry!

CareXpress Urgent Care has several locations to serve your needs, provide immunizations for the flu, complete flu testing, or provide treatment options. Please click here for our locations list and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Tips For Snacking Healthier

CareXpress Urgent Care Lists Helpful Snacking Rules To Follow

Sometimes, you just get hungry when it isn’t a set meal time. There seems to be a debate in the world of health experts as to whether snacking can be bad or good. Through research it seems that, as with anything, moderation is the key. Here are 3 tips for snacking healthier that our urgent care staff found for you.

Following these simple rules may just  prevent snack time from turning out badly.

1.) Don’t snack out of boredom: Avoid mindless snacking to combat hunger without overdoing it. The only purpose of snacking is to make it between one meal and the next.

2.) Choose healthy snacks: Fruits and vegetables are a smart choice for snacks. Just remember that fighting hunger doesn’t need to mean overload on unnecessary, empty calories.

3.) Choose small portions: Eating smaller snack portions is wise as over-sized portions may leave you feeling too full to eat your next, necessary meal.

These 3 snacking tips, brought to you by our urgent care staff, seem like common sense right?

You’d be surprised just how many people have unhealthy snacks sitting at their work desk, home office, or in their bags at all times. Due to this a lot of Americans snack without even realizing how much they are eating in one sitting as their minds are focused on other tasks simultaneously. Snacking out of habit or boredom rather than out of hunger often leads to weight gain or other health issues. These are all reasons why our urgent care staff urges you to snack mindfully.

About Us: CareXpress is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment using the latest technology in Electronic Medical Records and Board Certified practitioners. CareXpress Urgent Care offers your family the highest quality urgent care services in our region. No appointment is necessary and check-in is optional. To view out locations and hours of operation, please click here.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides 4 Tips To Combat The Common Cold

Fight Common Cold & Know When To Visit An Urgent Care

You know it’s not going to be an easy few days to follow when you wake up with a familiar scratch in your throat, your head is feels cloudy, and all you want to do is go back to sleep. These signs just might indicate that you have the common cold. Our CareXpress urgent care team has compiled 4 helpful tips that you may be able to follow in order to get over your pesky cold. If you’re at the starting stages of a cold, you may even be able to avoid a trip to the urgent care clinic simply by following these tips.

1.) Clear your sinus cavities: Use a decongestant spray in your nose for almost instant, temporary relief. If you’re one of those people who cannot handle spraying something up your nose you could try a decongestant pill, instead. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications.

2.) Blow your nose from one side at a time: You may have noticed that when you try to blow your nose from both nostrils at the same time, you feel even more pressure. This is due to the forceful blowing which actually forces nasal fluids to go further up into your sinuses. To prevent infection, blow your nose by closing one nostril at a time and blowing out of only the open nostril.

3.) Eat some chicken soup: This may seem way too simple of a solution, but eating chicken soup may truly help you feel better. Research tells us that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties and the warmth of the broth helps to temporarily speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. That’s right, your mother knew what was good for you all those years!

4.) Get lots of rest: Sleep is vital to the proper functioning of the human body, especially when you’re sick. You should never allow yourself to feel guilty about staying home from work or school, because your friends will thank you for not spreading the illness and so will your body once you receive the proper amount of rest.

With all these tips being said, if you fell as though you’re well past the stage of fighting the cold off with at-home remedies and you find that you have a high fever, severe headache, or any swelling then you probably want to make a trip down to the urgent care.

If need be, stronger prescriptions can be written for you when you visit an urgent care doctor. Often times, if a cold goes untreated it can turn into something much worse. The key is to jump right into treating the problem, but if you’ve waited too long we’re here for you. Please click here to view CareXpress Urgent Care’s office locations, hours of operation, and contact information.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Information About Stomach Flu

Urgent Care reports: Stomach Flu Isn’t What You Think

A lot of people commonly mistake stomach flu as being a similar illness as Influenza, but in truth it is not the same thing. Although our urgent care staff may call symptoms stomach flu it is actually an illness in the gut referred to as gastroenteritis. What does that mean, you ask? Basically, gastroenteritis is an illness that can be caused by a few different factors such as; bacteria, viruses, or even parasites.

The bacteria, viruses, or parasites could come from various places such as dirty water, rotten food, or reactions to certain food products. Do you think you might have gastroenteritis? Here’s a list of gastroenteritis symptoms for you to cross-reference:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph glands

Although eating may seem unpleasant while experiencing these types of symptoms, it is important to continue to try to get some nutrients in the body. When you are able to keep food down, it is recommended to stick with bland foods such as toast, rice, bananas, and applesauce. Also, with this type of illness, as many others, our urgent care staff recommends that you continue to drink plenty of fluids.

You should consider keeping a glass or a bottle of water with you so that you will remember to drink, because gastroenteritis can cause dehydration. Of course, if you feel weak or dizzy these can be signs of dehydration and you should call your urgent care doctor. If you cannot drink or eat anything due to continuous vomiting or diarrhea, skip urgent care treatment and have someone get you into emergency care as soon as possible. Other concerning symptoms would be an ongoing fever and/or fainting. At that point, someone needs to be calling 911!!

Good luck out there in the world of illness and keep on top of stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, should you find yourself in the thick of it. Don’t hesitate to visit one of many CareXpress locations. To view our hours of operation, please click here.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Shares Easy Stress Relief Stretches For Anyone

CareXpress Urgent Care Tips: 3 Simple Stretches

Some people experience stress on their lower back after they have been sitting down at a desk all day long (whether it be for work or for school). This problem can also lead to other body parts feeling very stiff. It’s important for those that have a stationary work life or sit in classrooms all day to get a little relief. When you are in need of quick relief and you’re not in a place where a full exercise routine is an option, completing some easy stress relief stretches is an easy way to get some of that stiffness to dissipate. Today, our urgent care blog is centered around 3 simple stretches that anyone can do.

Here are 3 stretches to help you get through your day and they may also relieve some stress:

1.) Corner Wall Back Stretch: Stand facing the corner of a room with your palms facing the wall and elbows slightly below shoulder height. Place each hand and forearm on each side of the corner and push yourself towards it as if to complete a push-up. Hold this stretch for at least 20-30 seconds.

2.) Standing Quadriceps Stretch: Stand on one foot and bend the other behind you, grabbing your foot and pulling it in towards your buttocks. Hold this for at least 20-30 seconds and switch to other leg.

3.) Standing Arm And Neck Stretch: Place one arm down at your side. Slightly stretch the arm out and drop your head to the opposite shoulder. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and release. Repeat the process 3 times on each side.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this has been  informative for you, today. If you have any medical related questions feel free to come in to any one of our locations. CareXpress is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment with the latest technology in Electronic Medical Records and Board Certified practitioners. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, you can either just walk in and receive prompt attention or check-in online for an even shorter visit!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Tips To Study, Test, And Stay Healthy

Urgent Care: Healthy Study & Test Taking Tips

CareXpress Urgent Care staff know that the pressure of studying and taking tests at school are already beginning to be placed on students of all ages. A lot of students get a little jittery around test taking time. As school gets geared up again for the fall semester, we don’t want you to let test anxiety or natural stress about taking tests in school bring you down.

CareXpress Urgent Care is providing this compiled list of healthy test taking tips to get you started in the right direction this year.

1.) Prepare a study outline: Making yourself a study plan can help you focus on the list of the most important topics to be covered. Use the guide you make when studying.

2.) Remove any distractions: A lot of students have reported that studying at home is too much distraction, because they focus on what they can be doing rather than studying. There’s a reason why libraries still exist. They’re a great, quite place to study!

3.) Get plenty of rest: This one seems like a “no-brainer,” but you’d be surprised just how many students stay up too late the night before an exam. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest.

4.) Eat a proper meal: If you eat a balanced breakfast it will be one less worry during the test. Nothing distracts you more during a test than a growling stomach.

5.) Just breathe and relax: Take a deep breathe before the test begins. Don’t forget to let it out! If you have your pencils, scrap paper or other materials allowed that’s another few things you don’t have to worry about. If you’ve followed your study plan, you should be prepared.

6.) Cross check your answers: When you’ve finished your test, always cross check your answers. Double checking helps you make sure you didn’t make the mistake of skipping a question or filling in the right answer on the wrong line.

CareXpress Urgent Care wants you to do your very best this school year. Most of these tips provided by our urgent care staff should help the majority of students feel at ease when it comes to preparing how to study and what to do before, during, and after a test. Our urgent care staff thinks that if you follow these healthy test taking tips you’ll know you did your best!

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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!