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Archive for June 2017

How To: Preventing Mosquito Bites

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Summer time means vacation time, and the last thing you’d want to worry about it getting bitten by mosquitoes while trying to enjoy a day in the sun.

Mosquito bites can be more than just itchy and annoying, it’s important to know your risks and how to protect yourself.  Besides staying indoors during peak times (night, dusk, and dawn), here are a few other health tips to follow to prevent mosquito bites.

Use insect repellent: Make sure that your insect repellent is Environmental Protection Agency registered and has active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

Cover up: If you’re going to an area that’s infested with mosquitoes, or plan on being outdoors during active times, make sure you’re wearing protective clothing with long sleeves and pants.

Protect yourself while traveling:  If you plan on traveling abroad, be sure to read up on country-specific travel advice and health risks.  You should also pack a travel health kit that includes insect repellent, medicine to prevent malaria if needed, and other over-the-counter medicine such as antihistamine, medicine for fever, and hydro-cortisone cream.

Resist the urge to scratch: Scratching a mosquito bite only adds to the inflammation, so fight the urge, and use remedies such as ice, witch hazel, Epsom salts, or chamomile lotion to relieve the itchy sensation.


If you come into contact with a mosquito bite, be sure to visit FirstCall Urgent Care for relief, or contact us at  410-730-3399.

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Health Conditions Men Shouldn’t Ignore

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If you’re taking better care of your car than your body, you’re not alone amongst the many men who avoid a visit to a medical professional.  With age, it’s important to adjust your lifestyle by incorporating healthy habits to decrease your risks of injury or illnesses.

Here are a few illnesses or injuries you might want to see treatment for:

A burn from the grill

You were probably itching to bust out the grill as soon as it got hot outside.  Too bad your hand got just as hot due to a burn from the grill’s fire.  If the swelling doesn’t subside after a few hours, be sure to seek medical treatment.

A sprain from this morning’s run

You tried getting in your morning run before you head to the office, only to twist your ankle in agony.  You try walking it off, but the pain continues, so you Some sprains can be easily treated at home, and other times, a proper medical evaluation and treatment is needed.

A cut from a wine glass

Casually sipping a glass of wine shouldn’t end with glass on your hand, but it can happen.  Tweezers may get the glass out, but some pieces may not be fully visible and can cause a wound if all the glass pieces are not fully removed.  If glass fragments are present, the wound may need some exploration with digital x-rays.

Feeling under the weather

While it might feel great to take a few days away from the office, you might want to make a visit to a medical professional to make sure your sudden illness is not something serious beyond the common cold.  Men who have compromised immune systems such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, sickle cell anemia, and other chronic health conditions are more susceptible to influenza and pneumonia.  To prevent against the flu and pneumonia, make sure you receive the proper vaccination and seek medical attention if your symptoms are bothersome and last for more than a week.


If you’ve faced a non-life threatening emergency and you need medical treatment, visit FirstCall Urgent Care.  Some of our urgent care services include:

  • Acute illnesses
  • Injuries of joints and muscles
  • Lacerations and minor burns

For more information about the services provide, please contact us at 410-730-3399.

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