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Carexpress Urgent Care: Why is the flu more common in the winter?

CareXpress Urgent Care lays down why Winter is flu season.

We all know about flu season, but why is flu season…flu season? Is it something about the winter air that makes the flu virus more contagious? Is it because we spend more time indoors and close to other people? Or is it a combination of lots of factors? CareXpress Urgent Care has some answers.

Well, the fact that people stay inside and in close proximity to other humans certainly doesn’t help contain the virus. But the virus can only spread in a home if someone is already infected, so why does the virus seem to spring up in the colder months and not say, in may when more people will be outside where they could be exposed to the virus? It turns out, according to a study, it may be the cold weather itself that’s responsible for the virus’s winter spike.

Studies have shown that the flu virus seems to translate better when the air is cold and humid. Like most of winter! Studies done on guinea pigs showed that when the air was warmer, around 86 degrees, the virus hardly transferred at all. And when the humidity was cranked up, the same result. The virus didn’t seem to be able to transfer between hosts when the air was too hot or humid. Researchers think it’s because the flu travels through the air on particles exhaled from a sick host. In cold, dry air the particles can travel farther and stick around longer meaning it’s more likely to infect someone. The reason warmer, wetter air interferes, researchers think, is because moisture gathers around the particles making it too heavy to float in the air. This causes the particles the virus is riding on to fall to the floor where they can’t infect anyone.

Get your flu shot today before it’s too late. Come into your nearest CareXpress Urgent Care and protect yourself today!

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CareXpress Urgent Care: How does the flu work?

So we all know the flu is not a fun experience. But, while your laying there covered in 3 blankets and wiping your nose every 3 seconds have you ever wondered how the flu works? How does a collection of tiny single, celled organisms keep a human down for days at a time? Well, Carexpress urgent care is here to spread some knowledge about this little virus.

First of all, it’s important to note that the flu and a Cold are not the same thing. The Flu is caused by the Influenza Virus, that’s why we call it the flu. The Common Cold is actually caused by a different virus all together. The 2 viruses have similar symptoms, but a cold tends to be milder and less likely to morph into a more serious threat.

The Flu is a virus, which means it reproduces by infecting other cells. Once the flu is in your system, it will set to work by infecting a nearby cell. It binds to the surface of the cell and releases it’s RNA (it’s genetic information) into the cell’s nucleus. Once inside, the virus replicates and takes over the cell. Kind of like a cellular zombie! The virus keeps reproducing until the cell it inhabits finally bursts open and releases all the new viruses into your body, where they then move on to infect more cells. Think of that, every time you get the flu, it’s like the walking dead is happening in your body!

This all starts in your respiratory system, symptoms don’t usually start here although the replication will cause swelling of respiratory tissue. Once the virus makes it’s way into your bloodstream though, that’s when symptoms start to appear. This is also the point your immune system really kick in to fight off the infection.

If you find yourself being invaded by the flu virus, or want to prevent an infection, come into your nearest CareXpress Urgent Care 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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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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There’s Still Time To Visit Our Urgent Care For Flu Shots

Urgent Care: A Fight With The Flu

Imagine that every day out there is a fight against influenza, AKA the flu. It’s that time of year when the flu spreads more easily. With students back in school and parents back at work after the holiday break, there’s a greater circulation of germs going around. Schools and offices are practically breeding grounds for illnesses as hands touch many surfaces and then people bring those germs home. If you haven’t caught the flu, it doesn’t mean that you won’t. The good news is that it isn’t too late to visit one of our urgent care clinics (click here for locations) to get your flu shot.

People who are most susceptible to getting the flu include, but are not limited to the following:

  • People who have compromised immune systems, already.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Young children between ages 6 months to 4 years old.
  • People over the age of 65.

If you think you already have the flu, timely detection is important for optimal treatment. The onset of the flu is generally very sudden and you will notice symptoms such as muscle aches, soreness, fever and extreme fatigue. If you have all of these symptoms and your body temperature is above 101 degrees, it is a pretty good indication that you have the flu.

The flu is capable of knocking you off of your feet! Other symptoms can include nausea, possible diarrhea and possible difficulty breathing. These are symptoms you should take seriously. It’s better to see an urgent care doctor sooner rather than later.

CareXpress Urgent Care has trained medical staff to treat you. CareXpress is for is a service of FMC Medical Foundation. We have the latest technology technology in Electronic Medical Records and Board Certified practitioners. Walk-ins are always welcome at CareXpress Urgent Care and United Express Clinics and with extended hours in the evening and on weekends, we are sure to be there when you need us, just like family. We look forward to taking care of you if you have the flu!

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Urgent Care News: Flu Season Has Arrived

Urgent Care Topic: Amarillo, Texas Flu Cases Increasing

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Earlier in the year, influenza (the flu) experts predicted that the flu season would arrive late to the Amarillo, Texas area as very few cases had been reported, but that has changed. According to the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo sees the flu hit around February, but the last few years the peak has arrived in December or January. CareXpress Urgent Care has already treated several cases of the flu and we’re here to let you know that we can help as the flu has arrived!

People often mistake the nicer winter weather as a sign that the flu or other illnesses aren’t something to be worried about, but people who have not received their flu shots are at risk. Think about touching a germ filled door knob, shaking hands with someone who is sick, or spreading germs from one surface to the next.

The top recommendation from our urgent care for flu season would be to keep on eye on your immune system. If you notice any of these flu symptoms, seek treatment:

  • Severe aches in the muscles and joints
  • Pain and tiredness around your eyes
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • A headache
  • A dry cough
  • A sore throat and runny nose

Secondly, if you haven’t received a flu shot come on in! Our urgent care nurses would be happy to help you protect yourself and others. Lastly, the best thing you can do other than prevention is to keep your hands washed thoroughly, cover your sneezes and coughs, and stay home if you do get sick.

If you need a flu shot or treatment for the flu, please feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care.