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Archive for February 2017

Feeling Sick & Tired?

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When you don’t take proper care of yourself, your body tends to show for it when you get sick.  You’ll probably end up with a runny nose, high fever, consistent cough, and you’ll more than likely feel tired.

When you feel tired while you’re sick, that’s a sure sign that your body is telling you to lay down and catch some Zzzs.  But some don’t know how to take a sick day.  Without resorting to hibernation for the in the colder months, your body may need a few days away from the office to recover from a cold.

Here are a few reasons why you should take a rest day when you’re coming down with a cold.

  • Your body actually needs rest – The average adults needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to properly function throughout the day.
  • Helps fight infection – Studies have shown that those who get proper sleep are able to fight off infections than those who are sleep deprived.
  • Boosts your energy levels –  The same way you wake up feeling refreshed from a good night’s rest is the way your body feels refreshed when you get enough sleep while you’re sick.

The next time your body comes down with a cold, actually listen to it and utilize your sick time.

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Sexually Active? You Should Probably Get Tested.

Get Test For STDs in Laurel MD

Most think they would know if they have an STD, but the only sure way to know if you have an infection is to get tested.  Most STDs symptoms are mild and can go completely unnoticed.  If left untreated, they can lead to further health complications down the line.

Generally, you should get tested at least once a year, or at least every few months if you have high-risk factors, such as new or multiple sex partners.

If you are experiencing symptoms that you think could be an STD, you should seek medical guidance.  Some symptoms of STDs include:

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Pain during sexual intercourse in women
  • Bleeding between periods in women
  • Discharge from the penis in men
  • Testicular pain in men

At FirstCall Urgent Care, we can test for a wide variety of sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Our physicians will go over your results and provide you with any medical information and treatment if necessary.

Some of our testing services include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV/ADIS
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis
  • HPV

If you test positive for an STD or STI, it’s also important to notify your partner and advise them to get tested, as well.

If you would like to utilize our STD testing services, or would like more information about sexually transmitted diseases and infections, please call us at 410-730-3399.

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