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CareXpress Urgent Care: Care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself

CareXpress Urgent Care: Keep yourself healthy while nursing a family member

Getting sick sucks. You feel uncomfortable all the time, you feel hungry but can’t eat anything, and if your sick enough someone else might have to take care of you and get sick themselves. But for many families that’s exactly what happens, especially during the holidays and flu season. Often times when we take care of a person with a highly infectious virus, we end up getting sick ourselves. While there’s no full-proof method to protect yourself from any viruses, here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself from whatever your roommates have.

Wash your hands: Not a hard rule to follow. Anytime your helping or giving care to the sick party, wash your hands afterwards. No fancy washing technique required. Just running water and antibacterial soap to wash away the viruses before they can infect you. If the faucet is not on hand for some reason, hand sanitizer will also work though too much can dry out your skin.

Get your Flu shot: No need to worry about a virus if your immune! Getting your annual flu shot will dramatically increase the chances that you won’t catch the flu! So, if your caring for a roommate that couldn’t (or wouldn’t) get the flu shot then your dramatically less likely to catch the flu from them!

Keep your hands off yourself: According to statistics on average people touch their face about 2-3 times a minute. Touching your face with unwashed hands is an easy way for germs to get into your body through your nose, mouth, or even eyes. Keep your hands away from your face to further avoid getting sick when caring for someone who’s sick.

And of course, if you need help managing a case of the flu, come into your nearest CareXpress Urgent Care and talk to us today!

 

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CareXpress Urgent Care: Staying healthy this holiday season

CareXpress Urgent Care: How to stay healthy for the Holidays

Influenza season is here and it’s only going to get worse from here on out until things warm back up. Patients that did not get their flu shots early are now at a greater risk of developing the flu this season. While CareXpress Urgent Care is always on hand to help treat the flu, here are some ways to protect yourself for the holidays.

  • Dress warmly:  It’s simple sure, but it works so well it needs to be said! Layer up to avoid the cold’s icy sting and keep yourself from becoming more susceptible to the flu and other winter viruses.
  • Keep your hand clean: Sneezing, Coughing, and rubbing runny noses are happening all around you. And all these activities spread germs! If you use the same hand-drying towel, consider washing it thoroughly and often to keep it from spreading germs. The best thing though, is to wash your hands as often as possible and keep them clean.
  • Eat the right foods: Foods high in Zinc and Vitamin C will help keep your Immune system in working order. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black-eyed peas and wheat germ are all excellent sources of Zinc.
  • Drink plenty of water: Water is key to staying healthy and keeping germs out of your body. Water flushes your kidneys and washes any toxins and viruses out of your body before they can do damage.
  • Get plenty of rest:  Getting the right amount of rest will help to keep you happy and relaxed, reducing the amount of stress on your body. Less stress equals more capable to fight infections!

Sometimes though, you just can’t help it. The Flu gets in your system and it’s time to get treated. You can do everything on this list and still catch the flu, it’s a tricky virus. If you do get sick, come into one of CareXpress Urgent Care’s many locations and get treatment. We’re always on hand to help you beat the flu and any other ailments you may contract this holiday season.

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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.