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CareXpress Urgent Care: Signs of a Heart Attack

CareXpress Urgent Care: Warning signs of a heart attack

The thought of you or a loved one suffering a heart attack can be too scary to think about. But it’s an all to real possibility, especially for older men and women. You can reduce the risk of a heart attack with good eating habits and regular exercise, but even the healthiest person can suffer an unexpected heart attack. Getting treatment quickly is important for surviving a heart attack and that’s why it’s important to know the warning signs of a heart attack. Luckily, CareXpress Urgent care is here to explain some of the most common signs. Most heart attacks don’t start suddenly, but have a gradual build up. If you see these warning signs, get help immediately.

Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks will have some kind of chest discomfort. It usually appears as pressure or discomfort. It can lasts for several minutes or come and go with time.

Shortness of Breath: If your having a hard time catching your breath, it can also be a symptom of an oncoming heart attack. Should you find yourself having shortness of breath combined with any of these other symptoms seek help immediately.

Discomfort in the upper body: In addition to the chest, it’s common to have pain in other areas of the upper body like the arms, back, neck and shoulders.

Other Signs: Other signs can include breaking out in a cold sweat, feelings of nausea, and feeling lightheaded.

Should you experience any of these symptoms, even if you think it’s not a heart attack, have it checked anyway. Minutes matter when it comes to heart attacks. 911 will almost always be the quickest way to get to an emergency center from wherever you are.

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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!

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CareXpress Urgent Care Provides A List Of Ear Infection Symptoms

CareXpress Urgent Care: Ear Infections For Children And Adults

It’s not uncommon for someone to feel pain inside their ears when they come down with a common cold, but occasionally middle ear infections can happen as a secondary symptom. Earaches from a cold can range from mild to very painful and the pain can vary from sharp, dull or burning. Ear infections are usually painful for most patients due to the amount of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. Our urgent care staff would agree that if you have persistent pain it is a sign of ear infection and you need medical care.

Ear infections are more common in children, in part, because their Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal, but that doesn’t mean adults are except from getting infections, as well. There are many more symptoms to keep an eye out for when dealing with children than there are for adults and below, our urgent care staff has researched and listed the signs of ear infections for both.

Symptoms Of Ear Infections For Children:
1.) Ear pain, especially when lying down
2.) Tugging or pulling at an ear
3.) Difficulty sleeping
4.) Crying more than usual
5.) Acting more irritable than usual
6.) Difficulty hearing or responding to sounds
7.) Loss of balance
8.) Fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher
9.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
10.) Headache
11.) Loss of appetite

Symptoms of Ear Infections For Adults:
1.) Ear pain
2.) Drainage of fluid from the ear
3.) Diminished hearing

The warning signs of an ear infection can indicate a number of conditions. It’s vital to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Call your urgent care doctor or bring your child into the urgent care facility if symptoms last for more than a day, if ear pain is severe, if your child is sleepless or irritable after a cold, or you observe a discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear. An adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor as soon as possible.

CareXpress Urgent Care has sveral 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 treatment. Click here for a list of our locations 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.

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Urgent Care Answers: Is It Wise To Exercise When You Have A Cold?

CareXpress Urgent Care: Providing Health Advice For You

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Everyone should know by now that some form of exercise is considered healthy for you. In fact, as a preventative to many illnesses, it is recommended that moderate activity is completed on a regular basis. This is of course, until you get sick. Many urgent care patients wonder whether they should still exercise when the common cold takes up residence in their body.

The hard-core athletes and determined people fighting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions will not want to stop exercising just because they catch a cold. If you want to continue your exercise routine while you are sick with the common cold it is, generally, safe to do so. As with anything, there are some risks involved and it is important that you listen to your body.

  • Monitor heart rate as physical activity mixed with some decongestants can cause your heart to pump harder, causing shortness of breath.
  • If you asthma and a common cold, you could cause yourself to wheeze and cough more than normal. Speak with your doctor before vigorous exercise.
  • If you have a fever with the common cold you could cause your body excess stress.

If you start to feel worse after exercise with a common cold, it is ok to be willing to cease activity for a few days. In fact, over exercising during bouts of the cold could actually increase symptoms of the cold, because exercising uses up the body’s reserve that you need to fight off colds.

Exercising in moderation and listening to your body are the keys to getting over your cold quicker!

If you find your chest is more congested after exercise, if you cough and if you get wheezy it wouldn’t hurt to visit with an urgent care doctor to make certain you can continue exercise. If you find yourself overwhelmed with trying to fight off the common cold, please don’t hesitate to come see an urgent care doctor.

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Urgent Care Topic: Knowing Symptoms Of Bronchitis

Urgent Care Topic: Understanding Upper Respiratory Infections


While a cough is a common cold symptom it can also be a symptom in many other illnesses. Many times what started off as a common cold cough can turn into something else. It is important for urgent care patients to recognize when that simple cough has turned into something a bit more serious. Bronchitis is one of the illnesses associated with a cough. This sickness is sometimes referred to as a chest cold and occurs when the airways in your lungs are inflamed and make too much mucus. There are also two types of bronchitis known as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. We’ll break it down a bit further for urgent care patients so you’ll know a bit more about each type.

1.) Acute bronchitis is more common and usually caused by a viral infection. It is often described as being worse than a regular cold but not as bad as pneumonia.

Common symptoms of acute bronchitis include:

  • Hacking cough that persists for 5 days or more
  • Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
  • Absence of fever or low grade fever
  • Tenderness or soreness in the chest with coughing

2.) Chronic bronchitis is a cough that persists for two to three months each year for at least two years. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking.

Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include:

  • Persistent cough (3 months of the year and for more than 2 years consecutively)
  • Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
  • Sometimes wheezing and/or breathlessness
  • Feeling very fatigued

The time to visit an urgent care doctor is determined upon an individual basis. A specific situation when visiting an urgent care should be a top priority is if you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are signs that your general well being is in danger, such as loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and generalized aches in the body, you should visit an urgent care. If you are having night sweats or coughing up blood, you need to see a doctor right away. These may be signs of a more severe illness that needs to be treated.