Open 7 Days A Week Come in Today!

Address : 10981 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723
  Call Us: 410-730-3399

Medical News & Updates

word cloud of 2019 healthcare goals and medical appointments

How to Plan your Critical Medical Appointments for 2019

New year, new you, correct?

On top of all those new year’s resolutions you’re making for 2019 it is now a better time than ever to plan any medical appointments you may need. Taking the time to organize medical appointments like annual physicals, vaccinations, and other critical healthcare needs.

Here is a bonafide list of all the medical appointments you should try and plan for in 2019.

Get your flu shot if you haven’t already!

The flu shot is the best way to ensure that you don’t contract the flu during the peak sick season. Flu shots, or influenza vaccinations, work by taking a weakened strain of the flu and either injecting it or using an alternative nasal. The weakened strain is not potent enough to cause the flu and helps the body create more antibodies to fight the disease.

Most people should schedule their flu shot in mid-September or as quickly as possible during the winter. As a general guideline, getting the flu shot is better sooner rather than later no matter when.

Schedule your annual physical

An annual physical may likely be the most important medical you schedule in a given calendar year. Primary care providers use the information from a physical to recommend any medication, lifestyle, or dietary changes you may need to improve your overall health.

More importantly, a routine physical allows your doctor to identify and potential healthcare complications and risks in the near future.

Coordinate your physical examination with work or school in order to avoid any scheduling conflicts with primary commitments. A physical may also last between 15 to 45 minutes, so make sure you are mindful of a potentially lengthy appointment when scheduling.

Also, make sure that you have all up-to-date medical information on hand when you begin your physical. Your medical history is crucial to help your provider make healthcare recommendations and referrals.

Get any travel vaccinations as needed for a long-distance vacation!

Planning a big trip or an exotic vacation next year? Make sure to thoroughly plan out any travel vaccines, depending upon where you go. Check on the CDC’s website to see if your destination requires any specific vaccinations for your trip.

Additionally, you should also keep up to date on your routine vaccinations through a primary care provider or another medical professional.

Taking the time plan any preventive medical appointment helps to lower your overall health risks throughout the year. Make sure you’re planning any medical services to have your healthiest year yet!

Read More
family during holidays practicing kitchen safety

How to keep the Holidays Happy, Healthy, and Safe This Season!

The holiday season is here and you’re probably thinking about all the tasty treats, family times, and wintery festivities! But to keep the caroling loud and jolly, you’ll want to ensure that the necessary precautions are made to keep the whole family healthy and safe for the holidays.

The early to mid-winter months can increase your risk of coming into contact with food and airborne allergens, as well as hazardous conditions from the cold weather. So what should you be doing to keep the joyful times safe and risk-free during the holidays?

Kitchen and food safety is paramount to prevent allergies and injuries  

Everyone wants to bake their famous pie or cake and prepare their coveted Christmas dinners with all their fancy kitchen appliances. However, it is important to properly manage a kitchen during the holidays for several reasons.

Many holiday treats and desserts contain common food allergens such as nuts, dairy, and egg. To prevent an allergic reaction, make sure that all guests at a party or function are aware of any possible allergies. Have hypo-allergenic alternatives to prepared dishes as well to limit allergy risk. Simple hand washing and sanitation of cooking apparatuses.

In addition, a busy kitchen could lead to potential burn and cut injuries if the necessary safety precautions are not taken. Limit kitchen burns by wearing protective handwear like oven mitts when handling hot surfaces and dishes. Also, make sure that appliances are overseen by at least one person to reduce potential fires. Sharp cutlery should be handled carefully and stored properly to avoid cuts and lacerations.

Safely remove snow and ice to reduce injury risk

As winter rolls around, the chance of slipping and falling or experiencing frostbite increases. Safe removal of snow and ice can greatly reduce your risk of experiencing an injury.

It is important to pace yourself when removing heavy piles of snow as you could experience muscle strain or elevated physical stress. Take your time as needed to clear off snow and scrape ice as needed.

When outside, wear winter boots or another form of non-slip footwear to prevent slips and falls. Maintaining shovels and snow removal equipment also helps to maintain a safe pace when removing snow and ice.

If you experience an injury or illness during the holiday season, make sure you seek urgent care services unless it is a life-threatening emergency situation.

Just take the time to practice these safety and health tips to enjoy a merry holiday season!

Read More
sneezing

Fight Fall Allergies

If you suffer from fall/winter allergies then you know you the allergies are coming back to haunt you! However, don’t let this year be like the rest of the years! Try & get ahead of the Fall allergies & let us here at First Call Urgent Care help you! Below we will be giving you some tips to use to make sure you beat fall allergies once & for all!

Don’t wait to start treating yourself for allergies!

If you wait until you start having symptoms with allergies odds are you are too late! The best way to combat fall allergies is to start treatment about 2 weeks before your regular symptoms would usually occur. For example, if you have allergies in Septemeber then you would want to start taking your medication in late August. If you experience allergies in December then you need to start medication in November!

Don’t forget about the mold!

Mold is the leading cause of sickness & health related issues. It is known as the silent killer because it can grow basically anywhere in your house or surroundings & constant exposure to it is not good. Mold can grow basically anywhere there is water, places you should look include:

  • The sink
  • Bathtub
  • Under the sink in the kitchen
  • Pipes in the basement
  • Toilet
  • Wet part of the ceiling

A good way to know if you have mold or will have mold is to not only check these places in your house but to also look at places that are accumulating water. This way you can fix the wet spots before they become mold!

Fight Off Pollen

Be careful of Ragweed! Ragweed is the most commonly found in plants, trees, & other various outdoor plants. A good way to keep ragweed out of your house is too make sure to leave your shoes at the door! Keeping ragweed out of the house will prevent yours from getting allergies inside your home. Also if you have a pet that runs outside a lot try to wipe the pet down as soon as possible when it comes back inside to ensure they don’t bring any allergies in the house!

Be mindful when doing chores

If you are doing chores outside such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves then you should be wearing a mask. The outdoors around this time are not friendly to those who a=have allergies! Wearing a mask could really help you from getting symptoms!

 

 

 

 

Read More
Thanksgiving feast

Be Careful Turkey Carving This Year!

Thanksgiving is here again & it is truly the begging of the holidays! We here at First call Urgent Care want to wish you & your families a Happy Thanksgiving! We also want to make sure that you everyone has a safe Thanksgiving! Did you know there are hundreds of reports each year of people being injured from Turkey Carving related issues? We are offering you some tips on how to stay safe while cooking the Turkey this year!

Make sure your knives are sharpened

If you are cutting the turkey with a dull knife this can lead to injury. A dull knife will make you put more force into the turkey; by doing this you are at risk of your knife flailing in a different direction than you expected it to go. This can lead to lacerations on your own body or someone’s body around you. You can avoid this by either buying a new set of knives or buying a sharpening kit! Both of these will help you avoid this type of injury.

Don’t forget about that oven

If you are cooking a turkey the right way, then you know you need to put it in the oven of hours. It can be very easy to forget about the turkey that’s been sitting in the oven for hours if you do not set a timer. If you do not pay attention to the turkey could burn to a crisp leaving your Thanksgiving meal ruined. This could also make your house full of smoke which could be deadly!

Watch the kids

A good Thanksgiving means a full house of family & kids! As you know kids love to run around & for some reason they seem like they never run out of energy. Make sure you have an eye on them when you are cutting the turkey or taking things in & out of the oven. You do not want an accident to happen with a child running into something extremely hot or getting cut with a knife!

 

 

Read More

Washing your hands will combat the flu

Ghost, goblins & ghouls aren’t the only things you should be scared of this Halloween! The flu is still at large & you can still get it! Flu season is from mid-September to late December! By this time of the year, we here at First Call Urgent Care would hope that you all have gotten your flu shots by now! However, even if you have you are not out of the woods yet! A flu shot is only part of the process when it comes to ducking the flu this year. It is still possible to get the flu even with the flu shot! So remember the best way to avoid the flu after the shot is to stay sanitary & wash your hands!

How much do you wash your hands?

If you only wash your hands 3-4 times a day you aren’t washing your hands enough. We experience a lot throughout one day you should be washing your hands after an experience in which they might have been exposed to some harmful germs. We understand that not everything your hand’s touch may be harmful & we know that is not reasonable to ask of someone. However, some examples of when you should wash your hands are:

  • After petting a pet
  • After using public transportation
  • After using the bathroom
  • Shaking multiple peoples hands
  • After you play outside

How you should wash your hands

We know that most people know how to wash their hands however it turns out most people don’t give the correct amount of time to effectively wash all the germs away. When we are washing our hands, a scientist has concluded that 30-40seconds are the amount of time we should use to wash away germs. If you are teaching kids how to wash their hands tell them to sing happy birthday! This is an old trick that will teach kids exactly how long it should take to wash their hands without them even realizing.

Be mindful

The best way to fix your hand washing habits is to make a new habit & make it a part of your life. The more natural it feels to wash your hands multiple times a day the more you will get it done. Once good sanitation is a habit that you have done then you can worry less about catching the flu! We hope these tips were helpful  Will help you combat the flu this year!

Contact us if you have any more questions & concerns 410-730-3399

 

 

Read More

Pumpkin Carving Safety

First call Urgent Care wants you all to enjoy Halloween this October! Getting in the spooky spirit is hard work, a lot of decorations need to be placed around the house as tradition. One of the most famous decorations of Halloween is pumpkin carving! Pumpkin carving, unfortunately, is also one of the most dangerous. Use these tips below to make sure you are being safe carving your pumpkin!

Make sure to clean everything

When you are going to start carving your pumpkin you should make sure the area you will be doing the cutting in is cleaned up! While handling a knife or any sharp object, you wouldn’t want to slip or fall over an object left on the floor. The utensils themselves should be clean such as:

  • Knife
  • pumpkin
  • hands

If the knife is not clean it is possible something could be covering the blade not letting it cut into the pumpkin & slip off cutting your hand that is holding it. The pumpkin needs to be cleaned for the same reason. Hands should always be cleaned before handling the pumpkin in case they are slippery or sticky.

Don’t Sharpen the knives

It is a common misconception that knives are to be sharpened before their use. This, however, is extremely dangerous & does not make carving the pumpkin easier at all! Unless you work with pumpkins, you do not know exactly how hard to cut it with a knife. If the knife is too sharp it can cut right through the pumpkin into something else such as furniture, or limbs.

Buy a pumpkin carving kit

The easiest way to avoid problems with carving a pumpkin with tools from home is too buy a pumpkin carving kit! Around this time of the year, pumpkin carving kits are extremely accessible & very cost effective! When you buy a pumpkin carving kit it comes with the correct tool so you don’t have to go out & use your own! A kit will sometimes include some stencils & and pins to help make designs on your pumpkins! We hope these tips will help you stay away from any pumpkin carving related injuries this Halloween!

Read More

Flu season prevention

Flu is in full effect! From Septemeber- December the flu is technically in season. We here at First Call urgent Care want everyone to avoid the flu this season! Below we will discuss some ways you can stay away from the flu & how to stop spreading it if you have been infected.

Get your flu shot

The easiest way to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot. However, a common misconception is that if you got your flu shot last year you do not need to get your flu shot this year. The flu virus is of a different strand every year. This means each flu virus is different than the year before, so your flu shot last year would be of no effect to the flu virus this year.

Practice sanitation methods

The flu shot is not 100% effective so even if you get the shot you still should practice sanitation methods. Some sanitation methods can include:

  • Carrying hand sanitizer with you
  •  Not using community handrails
  • Wash hands before & after meals
  • Do not shake hands
  • A cough into elbow

When using these sanitation tips you are putting another layer of protection on.

Tell your friends & family to get the flu shot

As discussed before the flu shot is 100% effective however you shoulds till tell friends & family. The more people around you with the flu shot the less chance you have of getting the flu. Make sure to spread awareness & come on down to First call Urgent Care today!

 

Read More

Don’t miss out on sleep!

Did you know that 67% of Americans say they do not get the recommended 8 hours of sleep our bodies require every day. Sleep is becoming something that we overlook in today’s society. Our jobs are asking for more hours, our days are becoming shorter & we are not valuing sleep nearly enough as-we should. Read below to see the effects on sleep deprivation & our bodies.

What is sleep deprivation?

Our bodies require a set amount of hours to recover from the day before. The most important parts of our bodies happen in our sleep such as:

  • Growth
  • Heading
  • Recharge
  • Brain functionality

When our bodies don’t get the correct amount of sleep they need we-will start to get sleep deprivation.

Symptoms & Effects

Sleep deprivation occurs when people do not receive the amount of sleep their bodies need to recharge in a day. If you are not getting the correct amount of sleep then you might experience some symptoms, sleep deprivation starts with very mild symptoms & as you keep denying your body of sleep you will experience more severe experiences. Some mild symptoms may be:

  • Yawning
  • Nodding head
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration
  • a headache

Severe symptoms of sleep deprivation could include:

  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Seeing things
  • hearing things that are not there

When in serious sleep deprivation your mind basically starts to be in REM while you are still awake.

How to avoid sleep deprivation

This may seem obvious but going to sleep at an earlier time would allow your body to get the sleep that it needs! This is not always the easiest method however so it is reasonable if you do not feel you can go to sleep any earlier than you already do. Another way to get more sleep for your body is to start taking naps throughout the day. Naps should be between 15-20 mins in length so the body does not hit REM. If the body hits REM this will cause a cranky sensation while waking up & will have the reverse effect.

We hope these tips will help you sleep better at night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

3 Tips to stay away from Dehydration

We all know what its like to be dehydrated! Unfortunately, our bodies crave liquids every hour or so just to maintain itself. However, dehydration has can be mind or severe! Here are some tips on how to beat dehydration this summer!

1. Get better knowledge of dehydration

Dehydration occurs because our bodies are made up of 65% water. When we dip under this our body needs more to maintain itself. Dehydration can happen very easily so you have to look out for the signs.

2. Know the signs of Dehydration

Mild dehydration signs are simple and can sometimes go undetected.

  • Dry mouth
  • thirst
  • slight headache

If you have severe symptoms of dehydration they might include.

  • Dizziness
  • loss of sight
  • high pulse when sitting or standing
  • blacking out
  • nausea

3. Add water to your diet

If you don’t regularly drink water then you are at risk of dehydration. Incorporating water into your diet could help give you the edge you need on beating dehydration. Drinking water as soon as you wake up helps prep the body for the rest of the day. Specific types of fruits and veggies also have a lot of water in them as well. So if you don’t feel like you can incorporate water into your diet try using foods instead!

If you have a severe dehydration and need to be treated immediately come down to First Call Urgent care now!

 

 

 

Read More

Make sure to stay away from sunburn this summer!

Summertime is the best time of the year to spend some time outside & enjoy the nice weather! Unfortunately, sunburn has become a common norm for us when we go for too long. Sunburn, however, is not something that should be taken lightly. Did you know that the most common cancer is melanoma? Melanoma cancer’s leading cause is sunburn!

What is sunburn?

To understand sunburn we must first think of where it comes from. The sun emits 3 Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) they are

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

only 2 of these rays make it to the earth’s surface, UVA & UVB. These two ultraviolet rays are actually a form of radiation. As we know our skin cells can only tolerate so much radiation before we burn. When we are exposed to the suns rays for too long we get sunburn which is actually a radiation burn! When someone gets sunburn they are 3 times more likely to develop melanoma cancer.

What are the symptoms of sunburn?

We have all experienced a mild form of sunburn before. The symptoms of a mild sunburn may be

  • redness on skin
  • irritation or pain when touched
  • peeling
  • dehydration

When experiencing these symptoms you can help yourself by moisturizing your skin with lotion. Lotion helps damaged cells, lotion infused with ALO VERA will also help sooth the pain and cool you down. If you do not have access to this, keeping the skin cold will also help with the pain.

Extreme cases of sunburn can include

  • sun blisters
  • puss
  • sun poising
  • high heart rate
  • nausea
  • dehydration
  • blackout
  • extreme pain

If you are experiencing these symptoms you should take yourself to your nearest urgent care because you will not be able to stop these symptoms yourself & you need immediate attention.

How to prevent sunburn

As we all know the best way to prevent sunburn is to use sunblock when you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. However what most people overlook is that if you are

  • swimming
  • running
  • exercising
  • sweating

You need to reapply as soon as you are done. Sunblock wears off the more your body sweats or is in water. Even if you have SPF 50 you could be unprotected as soon as you get out of the pool.  Make sure you stay safe from sunburn for the rest of this summer!

 

 

 

 

Read More