Posts

Care Xpress- Urgent care

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.

Care Xpress- Urgent care

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.

Care Xpress- Urgent care

CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Dry Cough Versus Wet Cough

When You Should Visit An Urgent Care For Your Cough

 

Warmer weather tends to make people think they won’t get sick as often, but as you can imagine, CareXpress Urgent Care doctors see a lot of patients for many different illnesses and often the patients have a cough. A cough can happen to anyone at any time of the year, so don’t think you’re immune!

Did you know that when you cough it is a signal to your body that something is wrong? That’s why you often hear people say “listen to your body“. As you start hacking it be common to wonder if you should bother visiting an urgent care or just let it pass. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may seem difficult to determine, but the type and duration of the cough will be the key factors. A wet cough may mean something different than a dry cough. To shed some light on these two types of coughs, we’re going over them, today.

Dry Cough: This refers to the fact that no mucus is being produced. The dry cough often sounds like “barking” and it is most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses, and influenza (or flu).

Wet Cough: This kind of cough is accompanied by phlegm. The wet cough is commonly associated with post-nasal drip, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. You can help by always washing your hands, disinfecting your home, and coughing into your elbow to avoid spreading germs via your hands or through the air. The length of your cough will be the test to whether visiting an urgent care is necessary.

The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment. A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, CareXpress Urgent Care is here for you at several locations. Click here for our locations and hours of operation.

Care Xpress- Urgent care

Urgent Care Answers: Is It Wise To Exercise When You Have A Cold?

CareXpress Urgent Care: Providing Health Advice For You

Exercise- Urgent care

Everyone should know by now that some form of exercise is considered healthy for you. In fact, as a preventative to many illnesses, it is recommended that moderate activity is completed on a regular basis. This is of course, until you get sick. Many urgent care patients wonder whether they should still exercise when the common cold takes up residence in their body.

The hard-core athletes and determined people fighting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions will not want to stop exercising just because they catch a cold. If you want to continue your exercise routine while you are sick with the common cold it is, generally, safe to do so. As with anything, there are some risks involved and it is important that you listen to your body.

  • Monitor heart rate as physical activity mixed with some decongestants can cause your heart to pump harder, causing shortness of breath.
  • If you asthma and a common cold, you could cause yourself to wheeze and cough more than normal. Speak with your doctor before vigorous exercise.
  • If you have a fever with the common cold you could cause your body excess stress.

If you start to feel worse after exercise with a common cold, it is ok to be willing to cease activity for a few days. In fact, over exercising during bouts of the cold could actually increase symptoms of the cold, because exercising uses up the body’s reserve that you need to fight off colds.

Exercising in moderation and listening to your body are the keys to getting over your cold quicker!

If you find your chest is more congested after exercise, if you cough and if you get wheezy it wouldn’t hurt to visit with an urgent care doctor to make certain you can continue exercise. If you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to fight off the common cold, please don’t hesitate to come see an urgent care doctor.

CareXpress Urgent Care has several locations to meet your needs! Click here for hours and locations.

Care Xpress- Urgent care

Urgent Care Topic: Knowing Symptoms Of Bronchitis

Urgent Care Topic: Understanding Upper Respiratory Infections

urgent-care-bronchitis

While a cough is a common cold symptom it can also be a symptom in many other illnesses. Many times what started off as a common cold cough can turn into something else. It is important for urgent care patients to recognize when that simple cough has turned into something a bit more serious. Bronchitis is one of the illnesses associated with a cough. This sickness is sometimes referred to as a chest cold and occurs when the airways in your lungs are inflamed and make too much mucus. There are also two types of bronchitis known as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. We’ll break it down a bit further for urgent care patients so you’ll know a bit more about each type.

1.) Acute bronchitis is more common and usually caused by a viral infection. It is often described as being worse than a regular cold but not as bad as pneumonia.

Common symptoms of acute bronchitis include:

  • Hacking cough that persists for 5 days or more
  • Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
  • Absence of fever or low grade fever
  • Tenderness or soreness in the chest with coughing

2.) Chronic bronchitis is a cough that persists for two to three months each year for at least two years. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking.

Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include:

  • Persistent cough (3 months of the year and for more than 2 years consecutively)
  • Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
  • Sometimes wheezing and/or breathlessness
  • Feeling very fatigued

The time to visit an urgent care doctor is determined upon an individual basis. A specific situation when visiting an urgent care should be a top priority is if you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are signs that your general well being is in danger, such as loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and generalized aches in the body, you should visit an urgent care. If you are having night sweats or coughing up blood, you need to see a doctor right away. These may be signs of a more severe illness that needs to be treated.