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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 1

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

It’s that time of year when a lot of people look forward to spending time at the lake or camping off grid. If you’re among the many families that will be partaking in camping trips this summer, then this two part series of articles might be helpful for you. CareXpress Urgent Care staff have compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

Here are 3 camping safety tips for the first part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1 – Get caught up on vaccinations. You never know what kinds of diseases can be caught by being in the wilderness. It’s helpful to make sure all of your vaccines are up to date.

Tip #2- Pack plenty of water and healthy foods. Staying hydrated while spending time outdoors is highly important. Nothing beats clean, fresh drinking water for replenishing electrolytes. A lot of people are tempted to pack junk food items, because it seems easier, but if you can help it try to take healthier snacks. For safety reasons, keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Of course, avoiding eating any raw meats is a safety must. To make certain your meat is fully cooked, bring along a meat thermometer (should be at least 160°).

Tip #3- Take breaks from the sun. When you’re in the sun, it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen, because too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful to skin. It’s also important to take breaks from being in the heat of the sun, because of the risk of heatstroke. Relaxing under a shady tree between swims, fishing, boating, etc. may be helpful to minimize your time in the sun.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trips and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care: Flights And Your Health

Urgent Care Tips On Staying Healthy While Traveling This Winter

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When people think about flying the first risks that come to mind may not be health related, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this should be something of concern. When planning a long-distance flight for business or pleasure this winter here are a few key things our urgent care found that you should keep in mind.

  • Long-distance airplane rides pose a greater risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to travelers. This occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein, typically in the leg and it is suggested that this is due to limited movement for an extended period of time. To avoid this try to walk around the plane on occasion, stretch often, and consider wearing compression socks.
  • The air cabin poses health risks due to close proximity to others, low humidity, reduced air pressure, and low-frequency vibration. To avoid illnesses and being uncomfortable on board the airplane, wash your hands thoroughly before eating, after eating, and after using the toilet. For your comfort consider carrying on eye drops, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and a moisturizing hand lotion.
  • Staying hydrated with plenty of water is always recommended for optimal health, as well. Of course, the age old trick of chewing gum to relieve pressure in the ears may also be something you want to do.
  • Jet lag isn’t something that can really be helped for most people as the body just takes time to adjust to time differences. If you’re traveling far enough outside of your time zone it is recommended that you don’t jump right into your activities, but instead try to plan for enough time to recover. Rest is one of the best healing mechanisms your body has to offer, so take advantage of it!

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information has been helpful and if you happen to be traveling this winter we wish you the best of luck and safe travels! Should you manage to make it back to Amarillo, Texas and find yourself in need of urgent care medical assistance our team will be here for you.