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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Warning Signs Of Dehydration

CareXpress Urgent Care Encourages Drinking Plenty Of Water

Warm, summertime weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health and this is especially true is warmer temperatures. Exerting high levels of activity on really hot days brings along the potential danger of dehydration and it’s possible to get so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to drink enough water. For this reason, CareXpress Urgent Care is focusing on explaining how to notice the warning signs of dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration which requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you ever feel the symptoms of dehydration, as mentioned above, begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Drinking more than the “standard” amount of water may be acceptable in order to maintain hydration.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should treat this as a dangerous situation and seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

Should you need to visit an urgent care for minor injuries or illnesses, please click here to view our locations and hours of operation.

 

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Urgent Care Reports: How Contaminated Swimming Water Causes Illness

Urgent Care: Sharing Summer Sickness Facts

As the flu and common colds are to the fall and winter months so are enteroviruses to the late spring and summer months. More specifically, enteroviruses commonly cause problems for people who choose to swim in contaminated water. Today, our CareXpress Urgent Care team is sharing some information about what causes enterovirus infections and what you can do to prevent them.

According to the CDC, 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States on an annual basis. Of course, no one purposely chooses to go swimming in infected waters. It’s just one of the risks involved when swimming in natural waters like the ocean, a river, or a lake. Most of the problem is caused by fecal contamination in the water and often times when children are swimming it becomes inevitable that someone will accidentally swallow up some water, causing the illness to spread.

The terrible truth is that once one family member has the enterovirus disease, it can spread very easily to the entire household. Others can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from appearing to be just like a very basic common cold to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created for our urgent care doctors to utilize, so we can’t help protect against enterovirus infections. The only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include taking some precautions. Wash your hans often with soap and water, avoid contact with those who are sick, and routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Our urgent care staff would also ask you to make wise decisions about where you and your family will go swimming this summer. If you are unfamiliar with a particular area, do some research or reconsider choosing a cleaner, public swimming pool.

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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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CareXpress Urgent Care Offers X-Rays For Fractures

Complete Urgent Care X-Ray Facilities

As school is nearly out of session for the summer, families will most likely be taking advantage of more outdoor play time. With outdoor activities comes more risk of you or your children falling or other traumatic events occurring. Sure, everyone has probably fallen before without a worry; many time you just get back up and go along. There are times; however, when falling can cause significant problems such as bone fractures. If this happens, CareXpress Urgent Care can help!

When fractures (also a term for cracked or broken bones) occur, you may not even know that your child is injured as they’re often not vocal about the pain. You may not even notice that you have a fracture either! To help you identify some symptoms of bone fractures, here’s a list of 4 signs our urgent care staff wanted you to be aware of:

1.) Swelling or bruising over a bone.

2.) Pain in the injured area that gets worse with movement or pressure applied to the area.

3.) Deformity of injured area.

4.) This one is obvious: if the bone is protruding from the skin.

As long as the skin is not broken, the blood vessels and nerves are still working. That means there is a chance to go a little slower with decision making. For some fractures, operation is the only option, but for most of them the body is amazing at healing with a little help from our urgent care doctors. Either way it is probably a good idea to not take too long to decide whether you should visit an urgent care, because timing does play an important role when it comes to caring for the broken bones.

If you think that you or your child may have fractured a bone then call your urgent care doctor or just come right in with no appointment necessary. We have the capability to provide you with an X-Ray due to our complete X-Ray facilities right onsite at all locations.

Even if it turns out that you don’t have a fractured bone, it is better to be safe than sorry, right? To see a list of our locations and hours of operation, you may click here.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Shares Reasons To Eat Dark Chocolate

Urgent Care Topic: Dark Chocolate Benefits

Looking for something sweet to include as part of your Mother’s Day gift? Chocolate is a favorite amongst many, but more health conscious moms may not consume as much as they once did. Believe it or not there are studies conducted by several nutritionists which have shown that dark chocolate actually has more health benefits than its rivals like white chocolate of milk chocolate! Today, our CareXpress Urgent Care lists a few reasons why you should choose dark chocolate if you’re looking for a slightly healthier treat.

Dark chocolate is made up of at least 70% cocoa and the cocoa solids are what contain the health compounds known as flavonols. The flavonols provide both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are important to the body. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in food have been suggested to help those who consume enough to lower their blood sugar levels and see an improvement in cholesterol levels.

While some people still argue that eating dark chocolate is bad for their health there are multiple studies to disprove this theory. One such study was conducted by the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. The results concluded that blood flow increased significantly in both study groups who ate dark chocolate with and without sugar. Interestingly, the blood flow actually dropped in the placebo group.

Of course, our urgent care doctors would stand by the reasoning that eating anything with sugar in it is recommended to be consumed in moderation. The good news is that you can enjoy dark chocolate once in awhile and studies show that you should. Maybe that will give you motivation to stick to dark chocolate for your Mother’s Day gifts this year. Enjoy!

We hope that you’ll have a great Mother’s Day weekend and that you won’t need to see us, but should you need urgent care, several of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations are open on Sunday! Click here to see our urgent care medical clinic hours and locations.