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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 Warns Of Lyme Disease Infected Ticks

Urgent Care Reports On Deer Ticks

In the past few years the number of Lyme disease cases has decreased in Texas, but reports indicate that the deer tick known for carrying Lyme disease is a well established insect in the state of Texas and its range appears to be expanding. Our urgent care doctors warn to pay attention to these little critters, because while not every one will be infected with the disease, all it takes is one bite to spread it if the tick does happen to be infected.

If you find a tick crawling on you, remove it immediately and either flush it down the toilet, wrap it in a sealed bag to toss in the trash, or submerge it in alcohol to suffocate it. If a tick manages to wedge itself inside your skin before you notice it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends utilizing a pair of fine-tipped tweezers for the best removal method.

The CDC tick removal steps include:

  • Grabbing the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Pulling it upwards.
  • In one steady motion, pull the tick out.

Our urgent care doctors encourage you to try not to wriggle the tick around as this motion can leave remains of the tick lodged inside your skin. After safe removal and disposal of the tick, clean the area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Our urgent care doctors would also recommend keeping a close eye on how you feel after a deer tick bite, especially. If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it may become late-stage or chronic causing years of misery. Early Lyme disease symptoms may appear to be very flu-like (fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, and joint pain). It is also common for a bull’s-eye pattern rash or headache to accompany the other symptoms.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick and show any of the early symptoms of Lyme disease, you should see your doctor.

We would like to remind everyone that the best preventative is to wear long sleeves and pants if you plan to go hiking near any woody areas and always wear bug repellant. As always, our urgent care staff wishes the best for everyone hoping to enjoy outdoor activities this summer. Should you need to see an urgent care doctor for any common illness, come on in!

Good luck and have a safe and happy summer!

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Urgent Care News Coverage: The Hantavirus Mouse Problem

CareXpress Reporting On Outbreak Of Mice

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As many Amarillo residents have started to notice, Mice are becoming quite a problem in the area. As if mosquitoes and spiders weren’t bad enough to deal with, now residents are reporting the growing population of mice which are now entering homes. This newfound mouse problem is no doubt due to the increase of moisture the area has seen lately. Our urgent care staff just wanted to warn people about the Hantavirus that many of these mice could be carrying.

The mice moving into your home could be carrying various other diseases, parasites, and viruses, but the Hantavirus is one that has specifically been documented. According to the city’s health department, the highest risk comes to homeowners who disturb mouse nesting. Touching these nests, droppings, or urine makes it possible for people to breathe in particles containing the virus. It’s important to note that the virus has the potential to progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which can be fatal.

Our urgent care staff recommends following all precautionary measures necessary. It’s stated that the best thing homeowners can do is set up traps, fill holes around the home where mice can enter, and avoid touching the mice or their nests with bare hands. There are a lot of humane options for those people who care about helping these mice survive.

Symptoms of Hantavirus may be difficult to separate from other illnesses as they share some commonalities such as: A fever and chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen. Should you feel ill and are not certain of the cause, please come visit CareXpress Urgent Care.

We may be able to help you rule out the Hantavirus and get you to feeling better! Our urgent care clinics vary in opening hours. Click here to find the location closest to you!