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Archive for August 2017

What You Should Know About Swimmer’s Ear

swimmerNothing is better than spending a hot summer day swimming around in the pool. It helps cool your body down and you will always climb out of the pool feeling refreshed after a long day at work. It is obvious swimming is one of the most popular activities people participate in during the summer.

Swimming sounds amazing and all, but there is always a catch. While swimming is considered relatively a low-risk activity, the risk is still there. One of the most common health conditions associated with swimming is Swimmer’s Ear. Swimmer’s Ear isn’t usually serious. However, if not being treated properly it might cause some unnecessary complications.

What is Swimmer’s Ear?

Swimmer’s Ear (Otitis Externa) is an infection in the outer ear canal. This infection is often caused by water remaining inside your ear after swimming sessions, which created an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. In addition, scratching or poking the inside of your ears with your fingers can damage the sensitive skin there and cause the infection.

Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear

While Swimmer’s Ear is not always serious and shows mild symptoms, improper or late treatment might worsen the symptoms.

Mild symptoms

  • Itchy ear canal
  • Slight red inside ear
  • Some clear fluid
  • Discomfort when pulling the outer ear

Moderate symptoms

  • More itching
  • More pain
  • More redness in ears
  • Excessive fluid or pus
  • Blockage of ear canal by swelling, fluid, and debris

Advanced symptoms

  • Severe pain that might spread to the sides of your head
  • Fever
  • Complete blockage of ear canal
  • Reduced hearing ability


Swimmer’s Ear is usually not a dangerous condition and could be easily treated with proper care. Depending on your case, your doctor might prescribe different types of treatments. First, they may clean the ear carefully to relieve irritation and pain. After that, antibiotic ear drops might be used to treat the problem. Some additional medications taken orally might be needed and prescribed by the doctor.

If you are experiencing Swimmer’s Ear, visit our FirstCall Urgent Care facilities today for testing and treatments.

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3 Natural Remedies To Help You Fight Off Allergies

BeeIt’s August, which means the Fall Allergy season is coming around the corner. Allergy is one of the most annoying things in the world, we get it. While allergy is not curable, you can take control and treat your symptoms. It is also noteworthy that preventing yourself from being exposed to your allergens is always better than spending efforts dealing the outbreak. If you do, unfortunately, get caught up in this nightmare, here are 3 simple remedies you can take to ease the symptoms and speed up the recovery:

Neti Pot

Always being brought up in any allergy remedy discussion nowadays, Neti Pot has grown very popular. Although this tradition has been practiced in Asia from long ago, it has only become mainstream to Western medicine in recent years. Neti Pot can clear your nasal passages and get rid of allergens and irritants, which will reduce the duration of symptoms. Keep in mind that, since the water will irrigate throughout your sinus, make sure that it is distilled and sterilized as much as possible.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a godsend to modern medicine. It is a widely used natural remedy and effective in treating health conditions including allergies.  It consists of various of compounds, such as acetic acid, vitamin A, vitamin Cc and many others, that help fight off allergy symptoms. To benefit from this natural medicine, you can simply take 1 to 2 teaspoons a day. If the sour taste of it is too much to handle, you can mix it with lemon juice, honey or water to get a more enjoyable taste.

Local honey

Using bee honey as a supplement for medication has been around for way too long, dating back to the ancient years. There is a reason that this remedy has always been popular, and it’s because honey certainly works. Taking a tablespoon of honey from your local farm daily could help you build up a tolerance towards the local allergens that like to mess with your sinus. It also goes down very easy compared to Apple Cider Vinegar. What’s the catch? There is none!


If you are suspecting or suffering from some allergy symptoms, visit our FirstCall Urgent Care facilities today for testing and treatments.


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How To Prevent Sports Injuries


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While your young one is still growing at a fast rate, they are at a higher risk of becoming injured, possibly leading to long term health problems, if they are physically active in sports.  

If your child is active in sports, here are a few tips to consider in order to prevent injury.

Get a Sports Physical

If your child participates in a sport, it is beneficial to have a physical examination prior to the start of the season to check for any predispositions, underlying issues or risk factors that may cause harm or long-term damage. Awareness of sport injuries can reduce injury in athletes and promote emotional wellness.

Nutrition and Wellness

Proper diet and nutrition is required to excel in performance, recover and grow strong. Poor nutrition can lead to a decrease in bone density, thus increasing the risk for overuse injuries and stress fractures. Try to ensure that your student-athlete is eating at least three meals a day, consisting of fruits, vegetables and lean meat.

Invest in Proper Equipment

Every sport has different equipment to protect athletes from injury.  Make sure that your student athlete’s equipment and clothing if well-fitted and appropriate for their desired sport.

Don’t Overdo It

Have a maximum number of sports or teams your child can join each season. Playing two different sports that are physically demanding. During year-round sports, it is crucial to take well-deserved breaks. Although most athletes may experience a sports-related injury at some point, further injury or overuse can be prevented by taking the right precautions.

If your student athlete gets injured on the field or court, visit FirstCall Urgent Care for treatment.  We treat common sports injuries such as:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • & More

Stop by our urgent care center, or call us at 410-730-3399 for more information.

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