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CareXpress Urgent Care: Care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself

CareXpress Urgent Care: Keep yourself healthy while nursing a family member

Getting sick sucks. You feel uncomfortable all the time, you feel hungry but can’t eat anything, and if your sick enough someone else might have to take care of you and get sick themselves. But for many families that’s exactly what happens, especially during the holidays and flu season. Often times when we take care of a person with a highly infectious virus, we end up getting sick ourselves. While there’s no full-proof method to protect yourself from any viruses, here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself from whatever your roommates have.

Wash your hands: Not a hard rule to follow. Anytime your helping or giving care to the sick party, wash your hands afterwards. No fancy washing technique required. Just running water and antibacterial soap to wash away the viruses before they can infect you. If the faucet is not on hand for some reason, hand sanitizer will also work though too much can dry out your skin.

Get your Flu shot: No need to worry about a virus if your immune! Getting your annual flu shot will dramatically increase the chances that you won’t catch the flu! So, if your caring for a roommate that couldn’t (or wouldn’t) get the flu shot then your dramatically less likely to catch the flu from them!

Keep your hands off yourself: According to statistics on average people touch their face about 2-3 times a minute. Touching your face with unwashed hands is an easy way for germs to get into your body through your nose, mouth, or even eyes. Keep your hands away from your face to further avoid getting sick when caring for someone who’s sick.

And of course, if you need help managing a case of the flu, come into your nearest CareXpress Urgent Care and talk to us today!

 

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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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CareXpress Urgent Care: How does the flu work?

So we all know the flu is not a fun experience. But, while your laying there covered in 3 blankets and wiping your nose every 3 seconds have you ever wondered how the flu works? How does a collection of tiny single, celled organisms keep a human down for days at a time? Well, Carexpress urgent care is here to spread some knowledge about this little virus.

First of all, it’s important to note that the flu and a Cold are not the same thing. The Flu is caused by the Influenza Virus, that’s why we call it the flu. The Common Cold is actually caused by a different virus all together. The 2 viruses have similar symptoms, but a cold tends to be milder and less likely to morph into a more serious threat.

The Flu is a virus, which means it reproduces by infecting other cells. Once the flu is in your system, it will set to work by infecting a nearby cell. It binds to the surface of the cell and releases it’s RNA (it’s genetic information) into the cell’s nucleus. Once inside, the virus replicates and takes over the cell. Kind of like a cellular zombie! The virus keeps reproducing until the cell it inhabits finally bursts open and releases all the new viruses into your body, where they then move on to infect more cells. Think of that, every time you get the flu, it’s like the walking dead is happening in your body!

This all starts in your respiratory system, symptoms don’t usually start here although the replication will cause swelling of respiratory tissue. Once the virus makes it’s way into your bloodstream though, that’s when symptoms start to appear. This is also the point your immune system really kick in to fight off the infection.

If you find yourself being invaded by the flu virus, or want to prevent an infection, come into your nearest CareXpress Urgent Care 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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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!