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Receive Quicker Urgent Care With Online Check-in

CareXpress Urgent Care Offers Online Check-In At All Locations

It’s summer and your time is a precious thing not to be wasted, right? The last thing anyone wants to do on their summer break is be sick and have to visit the doctor’s office, especially if the visit lasts longer than necessary due to exhausting wait times in the lobby. In most clinics or doctor’s offices you show up just to be told to wait, then get called back to wait and sometimes, you have to wait some more. Guess what? At CareXpress Urgent Care, we totally understand that you want to get in and out as quickly as possible!

That’s why CareXpress doesn’t just offer urgent care services, we also take it a step further and allow you to check-in online. This reserves you a spot in line before you’ve ever even physically arrived. What’s better is that our online system shows you, before you click the “check-in” button, exactly what the current wait time is for each urgent care location.

This gives patients more control over when to they would like to be seen and possibly even which location to visit based on lowest wait time. Of course, on extremely busy days there may be a slight wait in the lobby, but in most cases our urgent care is able to get patients in and out in way less than one hour. By utilizing the online check-in feature on our website we’re often able to keep wait times down as low as 10 minutes or less! We’re thrilled to have read plenty of positive reviews from our patients praising us for this wonderful feature and we hope to make you the next happy patient.

If you find yourself sick or injured this summer, our urgent care is here to serve you! CareXpress Urgent Care has multiple convenient locations to accommodate patients from all around Amarillo, Texas and one location in Canyon. If you need to check-in to one of our locations, please follow this link to view our locations and hours of operation.

Drive safely and we’ll see you soon! Our urgent care staff will be happy to help you when you arrive.

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides Warning Signs Of Dehydration

CareXpress Urgent Care Encourages Drinking Plenty Of Water

Warm, summertime weather tends to make people want to play and exercise outdoors more often. You’ve probably heard it said numerous times that drinking water is highly important to your overall health and this is especially true is warmer temperatures. Exerting high levels of activity on really hot days brings along the potential danger of dehydration and it’s possible to get so caught up in your fun activity that you forget to drink enough water. For this reason, CareXpress Urgent Care is focusing on explaining how to notice the warning signs of dehydration.

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirsty
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urine
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

If you start to feel any of the following symptoms you may have severe dehydration which requires medical attention:

  • Extremely thirsty
  • Irritability
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Very fatigued
  • Little to no urine (Or darker than normal urine)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled, dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

To prevent dehydration from occurring, our urgent care doctors would recommend drinking water every 20-30 minutes while participating in any outdoor activities. If you ever feel the symptoms of dehydration, as mentioned above, begin trying to rehydrate and cool off, immediately. Drinking more than the “standard” amount of water may be acceptable in order to maintain hydration.

Mild to moderate dehydration doesn’t require a trip to the urgent care if you can get it under control. It’s worth mentioning again that if you’ve surpassed the moderate levels into the dangerous severe dehydration zone that you should treat this as a dangerous situation and seek medical attention at your nearest hospital.

On behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we just want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your health this summer. Have fun, drink plenty of fluids, and stay safe!

Should you need to visit an urgent care for minor injuries or illnesses, please click here to view our locations and hours of operation.

 

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CareXpress Urgent Care Cautions Against Leaving Children In Hot Cars

CareXpress Urgent Care Providing Summertime Warning

Even during the hot summer, you might be surprised how many parents or caretakers of young children believe that it’s fine to leave children in the car when they pull up to the grocery store or gas station, because it’s just a “quick” minute. Our urgent care staff cautions against leaving children in hot cars for any length of time!

Here why it’s so important to take the extra time and just bring your children with you; every minute you are gone from your car it’s heating up another degree. In the summer heat it takes at little as 30 minutes for your car to basically turn into an oven. Even though the outside temperature may remain the same, the moment you turn off the ignition is when the inside of the car continues to spike in temperature by 10 degrees or more every 10 minutes.

Our urgent care staff found this news article stating that by the end of July in 2016, there were already 21 child deaths due to them being left in hot cars and the 21st one was a young boy from Dallas, Texas. That figure was nearly twice as high as the number of children who died by the end of July in 2015!

It’s a very sad situation to think about, but the risk is all too real. It’s not enough to roll the windows down. Studies show that cracking the windows actually doesn’t do very much for air flow, even on cooler days. While one or two minutes may not mean the difference between life and death, why even consider it?

As it is highly possible for anyone to get caught up in what they are doing (because let’s face it, we all live busy lives) and forget about the children from time-to-time here are two safety tips:

  • Leave something in the front seat as a reminder of the child (Example: stuffed animal, diaper bag, etc.)
  • Leave something you will need in the backseat, with the children, so that you will be forced to see them when you reach to grab it (Example: cell phone, brief case, purse, etc.)

If these tips provided by our urgent care staff aren’t enough for you to remember that you have a child or children in the backseat, please do whatever is necessary to help yourself take care of your little ones.

As always, on behalf of CareXpress Urgent Care, we wish you a safe and happy summer. Should you need our clinics for any minor injuries or illnesses, please feel free to click here to see our urgent care locations and hours of operation.

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Urgent Care Reports: How Contaminated Swimming Water Causes Illness

Urgent Care: Sharing Summer Sickness Facts

As the flu and common colds are to the fall and winter months so are enteroviruses to the late spring and summer months. More specifically, enteroviruses commonly cause problems for people who choose to swim in contaminated water. Today, our CareXpress Urgent Care team is sharing some information about what causes enterovirus infections and what you can do to prevent them.

According to the CDC, 10 to 15 million infections are caused by enterovirus in the United States on an annual basis. Of course, no one purposely chooses to go swimming in infected waters. It’s just one of the risks involved when swimming in natural waters like the ocean, a river, or a lake. Most of the problem is caused by fecal contamination in the water and often times when children are swimming it becomes inevitable that someone will accidentally swallow up some water, causing the illness to spread.

The terrible truth is that once one family member has the enterovirus disease, it can spread very easily to the entire household. Others can get the disease simply by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms can range from appearing to be just like a very basic common cold to people becoming very sick with infections that impact the heart or brain. In very extreme circumstances, paralyzation can occur.

Unfortunately, there is not a vaccine yet created for our urgent care doctors to utilize, so we can’t help protect against enterovirus infections. The only ways to prevent you and your family from becoming ill include taking some precautions. Wash your hans often with soap and water, avoid contact with those who are sick, and routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Our urgent care staff would also ask you to make wise decisions about where you and your family will go swimming this summer. If you are unfamiliar with a particular area, do some research or reconsider choosing a cleaner, public swimming pool.

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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 Offers X-Rays For Fractures

Complete Urgent Care X-Ray Facilities

As school is nearly out of session for the summer, families will most likely be taking advantage of more outdoor play time. With outdoor activities comes more risk of you or your children falling or other traumatic events occurring. Sure, everyone has probably fallen before without a worry; many time you just get back up and go along. There are times; however, when falling can cause significant problems such as bone fractures. If this happens, CareXpress Urgent Care can help!

When fractures (also a term for cracked or broken bones) occur, you may not even know that your child is injured as they’re often not vocal about the pain. You may not even notice that you have a fracture either! To help you identify some symptoms of bone fractures, here’s a list of 4 signs our urgent care staff wanted you to be aware of:

1.) Swelling or bruising over a bone.

2.) Pain in the injured area that gets worse with movement or pressure applied to the area.

3.) Deformity of injured area.

4.) This one is obvious: if the bone is protruding from the skin.

As long as the skin is not broken, the blood vessels and nerves are still working. That means there is a chance to go a little slower with decision making. For some fractures, operation is the only option, but for most of them the body is amazing at healing with a little help from our urgent care doctors. Either way it is probably a good idea to not take too long to decide whether you should visit an urgent care, because timing does play an important role when it comes to caring for the broken bones.

If you think that you or your child may have fractured a bone then call your urgent care doctor or just come right in with no appointment necessary. We have the capability to provide you with an X-Ray due to our complete X-Ray facilities right onsite at all locations.

Even if it turns out that you don’t have a fractured bone, it is better to be safe than sorry, right? To see a list of our locations and hours of operation, you may click here.

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Urgent Care News Report: Daylight Savings Time Can Impact Health

CareXpress Warns That Shifting Sleep Patterns Causes Problems

Our urgent care staff always hears people complaining about how daylight savings time makes them groggy, but did you also know that documented studies would suggest that shifting sleep patterns even by one hour can have negative impacts on your health?

The idea of daylight savings time was, according to history, introduced in the United States in 1918, repealed by most states, and then brought back again by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. Today, it is still used as a means to allow people to take advantage of having more time outside, in the light, during spring and summer months. There’s no doubt that “springing forward” hurts more than “falling back” an hour, but that loss of one hour could make you feel more than just a little grumpy.

Our urgent care staff looked at a few studies regarding the matter.

In 2012, a study was conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The researchers found that the Monday and Tuesday following daylight savings time in the spring have been associated with a 10% increase in heart attacks.

Another study was conducted in Finland in 2016. The researchers found that the stroke rate increased by 8% within two days after daylight savings time began.

The research consisted of comparing stroke rates between more than 3,000 people who were hospitalized the week after daylight savings time began and stroke rates from more than 11,000 people who were hospitalized two weeks prior to or after the week of transition. Not only did the research indicate a higher number of strokes occurred after daylight savings time, but it also found that cancer patients were 25% more likely to have a stroke just after the time change.

The overall belief, by experts, is that these medical issues most likely happened as a result of people severely messing up their sleep patterns. To avoid complications it is suggested that you ease yourself into the new sleeping routine by gradually shifting over the next several days. Doing so is supposed to help reset your internal clock so that you won’t be at an increased risk for medical problems.

Our urgent care staff wishes you good luck and we hope that you get plenty of rest!

Should you feel ill, feel free to walk-in at any of our urgent care clinics. We have online check-in to make your wait time even less than usual, too! To see a list of our urgent care locations, hours of operation, or to check-in online click here.