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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 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.