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Archive for January 2017

Could Your Sore Throat Be Strep Throat?

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You have a sore throat, cough, runny nose, and your body may feel sore.  Do you have the common cold, or could you possibly have the flu?  Sometimes it can be tough to tell.

Some symptoms of viral infections are treatable with over the counter medicine and home remedies, but when your persistent cough lingers for weeks at a time, this could be a sign of another medical condition, such as strep throat.

Strep throat is a contagious bacterial infection in the throat area.  Group A Streptocccusbacteria (group A strep) is the main cause of strep throat.  The bacteria can live in a person’s nose or throat without causing any illness, but by breathing, coughing, or sneezing, an infected person releases droplets of the bacteria into the air and on surfaces.  Touching a contaminated area or being in close contact with someone who has strep throat can spread the virus.

The throat becomes irritated and inflamed, which can cause a severe throat.  While strep throat is more common amongst children and teens, anyone who interacts with someone who has strep throat is highly susceptible to catching it.  The common symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Sore/dry throat
  • Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes
  • Hoarseness or loss of voice
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach or loss of appetite
  • High fever (over 101° F)
  • White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat

If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for longer than 48 hours, it’s best to seek medical attention.  Strep throat is easily treatable with antibiotics and bed rest.

At FirstCall Urgent Care, we can treat your symptoms, provide you with antibiotics, and offer medical information about treatment and prevention to keep you and your family members safe from getting strep throat.

For more information on the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 410-730-3399.

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Prevent Getting the Flu

Avoid getting sick this flu seasonNow that flu season is in full swing, it’s important to make sure you protect yourself against the flu.  Getting the flu can leave you out of work or school for weeks at a time.  It can also be potentially harmful if you have health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or a weakened immune system.

Getting your annual flu shot is the first preventative measure against the flu, but here are a few other ways you can protect yourself this flu season.

  1. Any time you use the bathroom, before and after you eat, and after shaking hands with someone, you should wash your hands. It’s also best to avoid touching areas of your face such as your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  2. Sanitize hard surfaces such as kitchen counter-tops, doorknobs, and handles, as well as objects such as TV remotes, phones, and laptops. Also, make sure to disinfect children’s toys between playtime, as little ones are highly susceptible to getting sick.
  3. Avoid sharing eating utensils and drinks with others. Also, make sure everyone in your house has their own towels, wash clothes, and bedding such as pillows and blankets.
  4. Change your toothbrush once you get well, as toothbrushes are a breeding ground for germs, so make sure you get a new one to avoid getting sick again.
  5. Practice healthy habits such as drinking plenty of water, maintaining a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest, and incorporating exercise into your routine.

For diagnosis and treatment for the flu, visit us at FirstCall Urgent Care.  We provide treatment on a walk-in basis.  Visit us today or call us for more information at 410-730-3399.

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