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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: Offering Diabetes Screenings

CareXpress Urgent Care: Do You Have Diabetic Symptoms?

According to the data collected by the Texas Department of State Health Services by the end of 2015 an estimated 11.0% of adults in Texas had diabetes and 8.1% had pre-diabetes. The data is a little dated due to the amount of time it took just to collect information from sources like the TMF Health Quality Institute, the Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set. How do you know if you have diabetes? Sometimes, the warning signs are so mild that you may not notice them without being told, but our urgent care is here to offer some help in identifying if you might be at risk.

There are two types of diabetes our urgent care doctor can test you for, but both have some common telltale signs which include:

  • More hungry than usual
  • More fatigued than usual
  • Peeing more often
  • Being extremely thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Blurred vision

Symptoms specific to type one diabetes include:

  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting

Symptoms specific to type two diabetes include:

  • Yeast infections (both men and women) between fingers, toes, under breasts, or in or around sex organs
  • Slow healing sores or cuts
  • Pain or numbness in feet or legs

Our urgent care doctors would agree that if you’re over 45 years of age or have any of the above symptoms that it is important for you to get tested. Early detection of diabetes is important as it can give urgent care patients time to make appropriate changes in their lives and to avoid nerve damage, heart trouble, or other complications.

CareXpress Urgent Care has several 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 a diabetes screening. Click here for a list of our locations and hours of operation!

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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!