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CareXpress Urgent Care Explains Differences Between Allergy Shots And Medication

Urgent Care Shots Vs. Allergy Medication

Perhaps you’re a regular at CareXpress Urgent Care, or maybe you’ve just recently become aware that you have allergies. Sometimes allergies bother people more when a shift in weather or visitation to new places occurs (day care, new school, new office building, etc.). If you’ve ever suffered, you know the misery that comes along with the watery eyes and, seemingly, uninterrupted sneezing. You should also know that there are a lot of different ways to prevent those awful allergy symptoms. Depending on the level of severity you may be given a choice to have an allergy shot or to take allergy medication.

What’s the difference between an allergy shot and allergy medication?

There are 4 basic types of allergy medications and they include:

  • Antihistamines: These work to help your body’s immune system fight off the histamine that is released during your allergy attack. This is why the antihistamine can help to prevent stuffiness, congestion and itching. They do not help with symptoms you already have and should be taken up to 2 weeks prior to allergy problems occurring.
  • Decongestants: Decongestants are used to cure the symptoms you already have and cannot be used as a preventative method, so if you are prone to having congestion during your allergies, you will need to take a decongestant in order to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Nasal Sprays: As the name suggests, they are used to treat nasal congestion, stuffiness and redness during your allergies.
  • Steroids: These are stronger than antihistamines, but they are used much in the same way. They are best used as a preventative, taken at least 2 weeks in advance. This method works to prevent against allergies and combat stuffiness, redness and itching.

Allergy shots are a stronger treatment method, generally, used to treat more severe cases of allergies in which people suffer from things like:

  • Intense rashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • And if you suffer from allergies at least 3 months out of the year

As you may find on WebMD, allergy medications or shots may be more risky for people with heart or lung disease, or who take certain medications. Always be certain to tell your doctor about all health conditions and any medicines you take, so that you can decide if allergy medications or shots are right for you. Our urgent care offers many treatment options so if you’re in need of assistance, don’t wait to make an appointment! Just come on in!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Panic Attack Versus Heart Attack

Urgent Care Reveals Different Signs To Watch For

That heart racing, painful feeling in your chest could easily be misconstrued as a heart attack or a panic attack, especially if you’re someone who has never experienced either one or you don’t know the signs of either. The fear of having a heart attack or a panic attack can even further complicate matters, so our urgent care doctors would agree that it’s important for patients to be able to distinguish between the two.

While the two heart-related conditions can seem very similar, there are a few key factors to pay attention to when determining the differences. Here is a list of symptoms for both heart attacks and panic attacks which was compiled by our urgent care staff to help you better understand what might happen during each of these experiences.

Heart Attack Symptoms: 

  • Escalating chest pain that reaches maximum severity after a few minutes.
  • Continuos pain, pressure, fullness or aching in the chest area.
  • A traveling or radiating pain or discomfort from the chest to other areas, such as one or both arms, abdomen, back, shoulders, neck, throat or jaw.
  • Pain brought on by exertion.
  • Shortness of breath.

Panic Attack Symptoms: 

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain that lasts only 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Pain that is localized to one small area.
  • Pain that usually occurs at rest.
  • Pain that accompanies anxiety.
  • Pain that is relieved or worsened when you change positions.
  • Pain that can be reproduced or worsened by pressing over the area of pain.

The best thing you can do is learn the signs, trust your body, and above all else seek medical help if you ever suspect that you are having a heart attack. never underplay your symptoms or trick yourself into thinking it will “just go away”.

As an important note, our urgent care doctors would like to explain that although we care a great deal about our patients, our clinics may not have the capability of caring for the type of emergency constituted by a heart attack. Should you experience symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 to get an immediate evaluation.

Should you find yourself experiencing minor health problems, injuries, or illnesses our urgent care clinics are staffed with medical professionals to serve you! Please click here to view our urgent care locations and hours of operation.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Recognizes ALS Awareness Month

Urgent Care Reports: The Early Warning Signs Of ALS

There are many diseases which bring devastation to patients all around the globe and the owners of CareXpress Urgent Care understand that recognizing these conditions is important as you may be someone at the early stages of having something you don’t even know about! One of these slow progressing diseases is called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The ALS association is recognizing May as ALS awareness month and we’re here to share a bit more about the early signs of ALS.

If your muscles feel achy and you’re continuously visiting an urgent care for the same reason it could be a sign of something more going on with your body. The earliest signs of ALS generally include complaints about the following symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle twitches (fasciculations)
  • Cramps and/or tight and stiff muscles (spasticity)
  • Muscle loss and/or atrophy
  • Slurred and nasal speech
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Excessive choking
  • Excessive shortness of breath
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Hand or leg weakness
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Fatigue

Unfortunately, as the early signs of ALS are so closely related to various other illnesses, it may not be enough to detect the problem simply by visiting an urgent care or even your primary care physician. As problems escalate to greater weakness, atrophy, or an inability to properly move limbs then it will become more obvious.

Most of the time, as studies have shown, the most common areas of impact include the hands, arm, or one of the legs. Many patients will have great difficulty with the simple tasks they once could manage which would normally involve straightening and bending the limb in question. The onset of ALS can even affect the sound of a patient’s voice and speech patterns. Furthermore, spasms in the jaw muscles, face, voice box, throat, and tongue are common.

As of right now, there is only one approved US FDA approved drug (Riluzole) for ALS which only extends the survival rate and at this time there are no cures. To learn more about this disease, you may click here.

Our urgent care team hopes this article was information.

At CareXpress Urgent Care, we are able to offer diagnosis and treatment for minor injuries and illness. If you would like to more about the services we offer, please click here. If you are in need of treatment for any of our offered services you may visit any of our locations and you may click here to see the hours and operations.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Answers: What Is Allergic Asthma?

CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Information For You

About 1 in 12 people (25 million) have asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but did you know there are many different types of asthma? In fact, for many of those patients asthma and allergies are often two sides of the same coin which can be referred to as allergic asthma. Today, our urgent care team will seek to shed some light on the subject of allergic asthma and provide some answers for our readers.

As you probably already know, asthma is a disease that occurs when branches of the windpipe, or bronchial tubes, become inflamed and obstruction of the passages block air from entering and leaving the lungs. Allergic asthma occurs when an allergy sets off an asthma flare up. This can be caused by anything that people are normally allergic to including, but not limited to: Mold, insects, pollen, grass, dust, food, and pet dander.

Our urgent care team knows that springtime presents a lot more opportunities for allergens to be in the air and causes patients with allergic asthma to have an attack. When the body overreacts to the allergen(s), the airways quickly become inflamed and over time are flooded with thick mucus. Just like with non-allergic asthma symptoms your symptoms may be any of the following:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing in attempt to gasp for air
  • Chest tightening

If you have allergic asthma you may notice the condition become worse after strenuous activities like exercising or after breathing in smoke, dust, or any chemical fumes. Since there are potential allergens practically everywhere it is important for patients to be tested, learn their triggers, and learn how to prevent an attack. Luckily, our urgent care offers services for allergy-related symptoms! If you’re experiencing any allergy-related symptoms fell free to visit CareXpress urgent care.

CareXpress Urgent Care strives to provide the best and most convenient medical care possible. That’s why we accept walk-ins at all of our locations. Click here to see the list of our locations and to learn about our operating hours.