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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 Discusses Mononucleosis (Mono)

CareXpress Urgent Care Talks About “The Kissing Disease”

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February is the month of love and there’s no doubt that a lot of kisses will be exchanged during this month, but just be careful about who you’re locking lips with as it could have you feeling weak in more than just a metaphorical way. Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that is often called the kissing disease. Do you know why? Allow our urgent care to review the facts with you.

Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus which lives in a person’s salivary glands and can be spread through saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. This is why activities such as kissing, sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils, and touching someone with unwashed hands can spread this virus.

Our urgent care doctors will tell you that teenagers and young adults are often the victims of this illness, but children can also get it. The symptoms in children are generally quite mild, therefore; the virus may go unnoticed. So how do you know if you have this virus?

Our urgent care doctors report that the most common symptoms of mono are as follows:

  • High fever
  • Severe sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands)
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

These symptoms can start 4 to 6 weeks after you are exposed to the virus. On a more vital note, mono can cause the spleen to swell. If you should feel severe pain in the upper left part of your abdomen then it’s a sign your spleen has burst. This constitutes an emergency situation and you should skip an urgent care visit and go straight to the emergency room.

It is recommended that patients with mono get plenty of rest, use lozenges to soothe their throats, take ibuprofen to reduce fever and soreness, avoid strenuous physical activity to avoid bursting a swollen spleen. Furthermore do not kiss anyone, do not share eating utensils with anyone, and don’t share your toothbrush.

For mono testing feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care. 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.