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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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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 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.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Information About Stomach Flu

Urgent Care reports: Stomach Flu Isn’t What You Think

A lot of people commonly mistake stomach flu as being a similar illness as Influenza, but in truth it is not the same thing. Although our urgent care staff may call symptoms stomach flu it is actually an illness in the gut referred to as gastroenteritis. What does that mean, you ask? Basically, gastroenteritis is an illness that can be caused by a few different factors such as; bacteria, viruses, or even parasites.

The bacteria, viruses, or parasites could come from various places such as dirty water, rotten food, or reactions to certain food products. Do you think you might have gastroenteritis? Here’s a list of gastroenteritis symptoms for you to cross-reference:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph glands

Although eating may seem unpleasant while experiencing these types of symptoms, it is important to continue to try to get some nutrients in the body. When you are able to keep food down, it is recommended to stick with bland foods such as toast, rice, bananas, and applesauce. Also, with this type of illness, as many others, our urgent care staff recommends that you continue to drink plenty of fluids.

You should consider keeping a glass or a bottle of water with you so that you will remember to drink, because gastroenteritis can cause dehydration. Of course, if you feel weak or dizzy these can be signs of dehydration and you should call your urgent care doctor. If you cannot drink or eat anything due to continuous vomiting or diarrhea, skip urgent care treatment and have someone get you into emergency care as soon as possible. Other concerning symptoms would be an ongoing fever and/or fainting. At that point, someone needs to be calling 911!!

Good luck out there in the world of illness and keep on top of stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, should you find yourself in the thick of it. Don’t hesitate to visit one of many CareXpress locations. To view our hours of operation, please click here.

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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 Provides A List Of Ear Infection Symptoms

CareXpress Urgent Care: Ear Infections For Children And Adults

It’s not uncommon for someone to feel pain inside their ears when they come down with a common cold, but occasionally middle ear infections can happen as a secondary symptom. Earaches from a cold can range from mild to very painful and the pain can vary from sharp, dull or burning. Ear infections are usually painful for most patients due to the amount of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. Our urgent care staff would agree that if you have persistent pain it is a sign of ear infection and you need medical care.

Ear infections are more common in children, in part, because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal, but that doesn’t mean adults are except from getting infections, as well. There are many more symptoms to keep an eye out for when dealing with children than there are for adults and below, our urgent care staff has researched and listed the signs of ear infections for both.

Symptoms Of Ear Infections For Children:
1.) Ear pain, especially when lying down
2.) Tugging or pulling at an ear
3.) Difficulty sleeping
4.) Crying more than usual
5.) Acting more irritable than usual
6.) Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
7.) Loss of balance
8.) Fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher
9.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
10.) Headache
11.) Loss of appetite

Symptoms of Ear Infections For Adults:
1.) Ear pain
2.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
3.) Diminished hearing

The warning signs of an ear infection can indicate a number of conditions. It’s vital to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Call your urgent care doctor or bring your child into the urgent care facility if symptoms last for more than a day, if ear pain is severe, if your child is sleepless or irritable after a cold, or you observe a discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear. An adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor as soon as possible.

CareXpress Urgent Care has sveral locations to better serve you based on your area. Walk-ins are always welcome so if you feel that any of the information provided in this article pertains to you, please don’t hesitate to come in for treatment. Click here for a list of our locations and hours of operation!

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

CareXpress Urgent Care: Providing Health Advice For You

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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.

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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 Topic: Knowing Symptoms Of Bronchitis

Urgent Care Topic: Understanding Upper Respiratory Infections

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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.

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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!