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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 Provides Advice For Camping Safely: Part 1

Enjoy Your Outdoor Visit Without A Trip To Urgent Care

It’s that time of year when a lot of people look forward to spending time at the lake or camping off grid. If you’re among the many families that will be partaking in camping trips this summer, then this two part series of articles might be helpful for you. CareXpress Urgent Care staff have compiled a list of camping safety tips to make sure that everyone has a great time outdoors, without having to make a run to visit an urgent care.

Here are 3 camping safety tips for the first part of our urgent care blog series:

Tip #1 – Get caught up on vaccinations. You never know what kinds of diseases can be caught by being in the wilderness. It’s helpful to make sure all of your vaccines are up to date.

Tip #2- Pack plenty of water and healthy foods. Staying hydrated while spending time outdoors is highly important. Nothing beats clean, fresh drinking water for replenishing electrolytes. A lot of people are tempted to pack junk food items, because it seems easier, but if you can help it try to take healthier snacks. For safety reasons, keep cold foods cold by placing them in an insulated cooler. Make sure you separate raw foods from the food that requires cooking so you don’t contaminate anything. Of course, avoiding eating any raw meats is a safety must. To make certain your meat is fully cooked, bring along a meat thermometer (should be at least 160°).

Tip #3- Take breaks from the sun. When you’re in the sun, it’s a good idea to put on sunscreen, because too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be harmful to skin. It’s also important to take breaks from being in the heat of the sun, because of the risk of heatstroke. Relaxing under a shady tree between swims, fishing, boating, etc. may be helpful to minimize your time in the sun.

These are just a few general camping safety tips to help remind you and your family of things to keep everyone safe. Enjoy your camping trips and the rest of your summer vacation! If you need to visit any of our CareXpress Urgent Care locations, please click here for our addresses 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 Treats Urinary Tract Infections

CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses UTI’s

Urinary tract infections (also called UTI’s) aren’t exactly the most pleasant topic to discuss, but it is a common infection for many patients. Today, our urgent care article will list the common causes of UTI’s and what you can do to help flush the bacteria.

First, let’s take a look at some of the common causes of UTI’s. They are commonly caused by:

  • Bacteria (such as E. coli) entering the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Presence of other bacterias such as staphylococcus, proteus, klebsiella, enterococcus, and pseudomonas.
  • Bladder infections.

It is important to note that anyone can be subject to this bacterial infection in the body’s urinary system, but it is more likely for women to have this issue than it is for men. This is most likely due to the fact that the tube running from the bladder to the outside (the urethra) is much shorter than the tube that runs to the urethra in men.

That being said, our urgent care doctors warn that bladder infections for men are most always a symptom of an underlying disorder.  It is generally due to the infection migrating from the prostate or some other part of the body, signaling problems in those locations.

The number one thing you can do to help with UTI’s is drink a lot of water to help wash out the bacteria from the urinary system. If you want to be sure what the best treatment would be, feel free to visit any of our urgent care clinics.  In most cases, a single episode of a bladder infection could be treated between three to seven days of taking an antibiotic. If symptoms return, additional testing might need to be completed to rule out other medical problems.

To find the most convenient CareXpress Urgent Care location for you, just click here. The link also has our hours of operation and the online check-in option.