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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 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 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.

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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!