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Archive for March 2017

Spring Allergies: Tips To Survive The Season

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It’s that time of year where trees are budding, flowers are blossoming, and your thoughts naturally turn to enjoying the outdoors, having picnics, and putting away your winter coat.

However, people with spring allergies want to suffer through this time of year with sniffling, sneezing, and rubbing their eyes.

Allergies develop when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overacts to something in the environment.

Seasonal allergies, hay fever, allergic rhinitis; whatever you want to call it, the main culprit is the transition from winter to spring, which produces tremendous amounts of pollen.

Here are a few ways you can enjoy the spring season without suffering through watery eyes and a runny nose.

  • Educate yourself about allergens
  • Take allergy medicine early on to reduce symptoms
  • Consider allergy testing if you’re not sure of your triggers
  • Seek medical attention if your symptoms are bothersome
  • Reduce time spent outdoors during 10am and 4pm when pollen counts are generally higher
  • Tweak your home by keeping windows shut to keep out pollen, taking off shoes at the door, and sanitizing your home daily
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

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When you or a loved one ends up seeking medical care for a sudden illness or infection, your nurses, doctors and loved ones all want the same outcome: for you to get better as quickly as possible.

When it comes to patient safety, your healthcare team wants to make sure that you are protected from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections all while receiving quality care in a timely manner.

Patient safety is an important element of an effective health care system that provides quality care and focuses on safety to avoid making costly mistakes.

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), which raises awareness on the importance of providing quality medical care to prevent errors, and provides a culture that involves all health care professionals, organizations, and patients.  Patient safety is something everyone should be aware of for the reduction of medical mistakes.

To reduce medical errors during an emergency visit, you can:

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns.
  • Speak up immediately if you see something that seems unsafe or makes you uncomfortable.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen should you need minor surgery or if you are receiving any medications.
  • Make your health care providers are aware of any medications or dietary supplements you take.

 

At FirstCall Urgent Care, we understand that emergencies require immediate attention.  We give patients the care they need at the speed they need it, so they can get back to their busy lives.

To expedite your care, we provide same day treatment with on-site lab and x-ray services to better assist in the care of your visit with us.

For more information on the services we provide, please give us a call at 410-730-3399.

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“Put Your Best Fork Forward”

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Finding it difficult to keep up with your New Year’s resolution of having a healthy, well-balanced diet?

It’s not too late to start developing healthy eating habits.

March is also known as National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of making informed food choices and developing physical activity habits.

With this month, don’t be afraid to start your New Year’s resolutions with keeping these tips in mind.

  1. Eat smarter: Start eating a healthier diet by cutting out fast food and start eating healthier meals that are easy to prepare at home that include high sources of protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.
  2. Be mindful of what you’re eating: Along with switching up your diet, become more mindful of what you’re eating, when you’re eating, why you’re eating, and how much you’re eating.  Mindful eating is conscious approach to making better eating choices.
  3. Drink water: Increase your daily water intake in accordance to your weight, and increasing your intake of natural water from fruit and vegetables will balance out your body’s needs for water.
  4. Sweat it out!: No healthy lifestyle is complete without exercise and a daily form of exercise is essential to overall health.  Sign up for a gym membership, or find alternative forms of exercise such as yoga, boxing, or spin classes.
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