CURE URGENT CARE SUMMER HEALTH FAIR
Saturday August 26, 2017 – 2PM – 4PM
Come join CURE Urgent
Care at its First Annual Summer Health Fair. CURE is partnering with Healthfirst insurance for
this fun filled family event. The fair will take place on Saturday Aug 26th
from 2-4PM located at Cure’s Huntington location; 241 E. Main Street (at the
corner of 25A and Washington Drive).
CURE Urgent Care is
well known for its state of the art facility, exceptional clinicians and 7 days
a week no appointment necessary convenience.
At the fair, in addition to many family
centered activitis the CURE team of highly trained medical professionals
will be on hand providing free blood pressure and diabetes screening.
Please join CURE for an
afternoon of health and fun. There will be a local DJ to lighten the mood
and provide great music. Included at the
fair will be free ice cream, face painting/tattoos, balloons, and festive
activities for kids. Raffles will be
held with fabulous prizes and loads of free giveaways. Family and friends are welcome especially kids
since there will be a lot of goodies for them too. Don’t miss out on a chance
to learn about your health and wellbeing, while having fun at the same time!
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more information about the event and CURE three locations in Huntington and New
5 Signs You May Have Food Sensitivity
Food allergies have acute and unmistakable symptoms: hives, dramatic swelling, and the inability to breathe are the most common. However, food sensitivity can be more insidious; while food allergy symptoms appear very quickly, food sensitivity symptoms take longer to manifest, and it can therefore difficult to isolate the source of the problem.
The main distinction between fool allergies and food sensitivity is the fact that allergies trigger an immune response, whereas food sensitivity does not. However, food sensitivity isn’t a made-up condition; very often it is due to the sufferer’s inability to produce a particular enzyme. Here are five signs that you might suffer from food sensitivity.
Migraines. Migraine headaches can be triggered by the introduction of certain foods. While the categories of foods can vary significantly, many migraine sufferers cannot tolerate cheese, and while it may be the body’s reaction to certain molds and cultures present in cheese, there is yet no definitive explanation why it causes distress. However, caffeine and alcohol are also notorious migraine triggers, and these might be due to the dehydrating effects of these beverages.
Digestive troubles. The most well-studied type of food sensitivity is lactose intolerance. While it is commonly thought that lactose intolerance generally so severe that it can be identified easily, it actually exists on a spectrum, and can increase with age. Some lovers of cheese and ice cream might not even be aware that the minor discomfort that sometimes sets in could actually be a lactose intolerance.
Fatigue. Feeling tired hours after eating may be a sign of hypoglycemia, which can be triggered by refined sugars and foods high in simple carbohydrates. Additionally, it can occur in people who skip meals. If you commonly feel tired after eating, try to eat several small meals per day, and cut back on refined sugars.
You feel moody. Certain foods contain chemicals that are naturally occurring opiates. Dairy products, gluten, and sugar have gluteomorphins and casomorphins that can cause withdrawal symptoms hours after being consumed. In addition to moodiness, some who are particularly sensitive might also suffer from headaches and lack of focus.
Joint pain. Joint pain after the consumption of certain foods could be the result of either a food allergy or sensitivity. When certain foods are consumed – like soy, gluten and dairy – the body initiates an inflammatory response that ultimately colonize land in the joints.
If you experience persistent physical discomfort that you believe may be caused by food sensitivity, it is important that you see your physician so that you can have a comprehensive diagnostic check. While food intolerance may be the culprit, you want to make sure you are not suffering from any underlying medical conditions.
Cure Urgent Care clinic is an emergency medical facility staffed by a team of dedicated physicians. If you are experiencing a medical event that is causing you concern, please don’t hesitate to visit one of our conveniently located NY facilities. To learn more about Cure Urgent Care, please visit our website
5 Signs of a Migraine You Might Miss
The term “migraine” is often used interchangeably with “headache”, but most migraine sufferers would prefer merely experiencing a headache to the debilitating symptoms of a migraine. It is estimated that more than 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from migraines. While there is no known cure, migraines can sucessfully be managed through over-the-counter medications or lifestyle modifications.
While most migraine sufferers will experience headaches, headaches aren’t the only paralyzing symptom of migraines. Typical full-fledged migraine symptoms are unmistakable: severe, pulsating, migrating head pain; nausea; extreme light sensitivity; and dizziness. Migraines can be especially demoralizing because their symptoms can last for days – sometimes up to 72 hours. (A small population even reports suffering from migraines for nearly one-quarter of the calendar year.) Here are some migraine symptoms you might not immediately recognize, but identifying them before any severe pain takes hold might make the migraine easier to manage.
Seeing blotches of light. A sign of an oncoming migraine may be strange flashes of light. These events are caused by the over-activity of the visual cortex, causing the nerves of the occipital lobe to become engaged and then stopping. Sufferers find that the event seems to occur in only one eye, but it is actually in the left field of vision.
Inner-ear sensitivity. Suddenly feeling dizzy is a common indicator of migraine onset. Symptoms are similar to vertigo (and might be related), where the sufferer suddenly feels as though the world around you is spinning violently.
Tingling and numbness in the limbs. Migraine sufferers may feel intermittent tingling in the hands and limbs – like tiny pin pricks – caused by aura disturbances. This is often followed by numbness. While this symptom is associated with migraines, you may want to check with your physician to make sure they aren’t an indication of a more insidious condition. Diabetic neuropathy also causes tingling and numbness.
Confusion. Once again, the same brain disruptions that cause migraine sufferers to become dizzy and see flashes of light may also cause mental confusion. If you suddenly don’t remember what you are doing or become agitated, you might be suffering from acute confusional migraine (ACM). This isn’t as prevalent a symptom, but it may also be underdiagnosed. If you experience confusion that you believe may be associated with migraine pain, make sure you visit your doctor to rule out other neurological conditions that might be contributing factors.
Sensitivity to smell. When a migraine is coming, your sense of smell may intensify, which can lead to nausea. This is the brain’s over-stimulation of the olfactory area, which causes even pleasant smells to become so overpowering they cause physical discomfort.
Migraines don’t have to interfere with your ability to function in normal life. With proper medical and lifestyle management, it is possible to significantly reduce debilitating symptoms for the long term.
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, particularly unexplained dizziness or flashes of light, don’t hesitate to seek medical care. At Cure Urgent Care clinic, we take pride in offering the highest standard of medical care possible, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. To learn more about our facilities, please visit the Cure Urgent Care website today.
What is Urgent Care and When Should I Go?
Have you ever driven past an Urgent Care Center and wondered
to yourself: what exactly is that, and when would I go to one? You’re not alone
in thinking this. Many people think they only have medical access to their
primary physician and nearby hospital Emergency Rooms. They don’t realize
there’s a happy medium option, and in many cases, a perfectly suitable one for
a lot of illnesses and injuries we consider emergencies.
An Urgent Care Center is a medically equipped facility
staffed with medical experts that can treat most emergencies. The difference
between Urgent Care and a hospital is that Urgent Care does not contain
surgical units and heavy-duty medical requests like blood transfusions and any
other requirement demanding intense anesthesia.
The problem is that many families, in the middle of an
emergency, are not able to clearly consider if they are better off at an Urgent
Care or not – where the waiting line and hospitality are tenfold of an
We can treat medical problems that may not be serious and life-threatening
emergencies, but require care within 24 hours. Some examples of conditions we
can immediately and effectively treat include:
Accidents and falls;
Sprains and broken bones;
Bleeding and cuts;
Severe sore throat;
This is by no means the extent of our capabilities – we can
treat a variety of sicknesses, discomforts, falls, sprains, and other types of
limiting injuries that can keep people from going back to work. The difference
is that with us, there’s no 10-hour wait period to see the nurse. Our doctors,
nurses, and on-call staff get patients in and out in the blink of an eye. It’s
a more enjoyable and convenient experience for everyone involved.
The world today is chock full of allergens and
allergy-inducing chemicals in our foods, clothing, and moisturizers. It seems
that just about everyone suffers from some kind of allergy or intolerance.
You’re not unusual for having an allergy to food or an outdoor irritant.
It’s important to know when your body is having an allergic
reaction to something you’ve touched or consumed. Allergic reactions can
escalate to life-threatening situations, and we want to have you treated and in
stable condition immediately.
Here are 5 signs you’re having an allergic reaction:
It’s very common for adults, and especially children, to
develop a rash after they’ve touched a plant or eaten something they’re
allergic to. If you notice yourself developing a rash frequently, it’s time to
figure out what’s causing it.
If a region of your body brushes up against something it’s
allergic to, the affected area will begin to ache and swell. Pay very close
attention if this is happening.
People often associate legions, especially in the groin
area, with sexually transmitted diseases. But, this isn’t always the case.
Sensitivity to foods and substances can cause the body to produce legions in
Probably the most common indicator that you’re having an
allergic reaction is the breakout of hives. This is a typical reaction in
people who have allergens to the outdoors, substances, and particularly the
5. Swollen Tongue
Individuals with severe pollen allergies can sometimes swallow
a bit of it with fruits and vegetables. If your tongue starts to swell and
become hot and painful, it’s definitely time to pay our Urgent Care a visit.
Don’t chance it with allergic reactions. Our walk-in staff
can accommodate and treat any kind of allergic reaction to keep you healthy and
5 Symptoms of Staph Infection
While staph infection is commonly though of as being a localized skin infection, there are over 30 forms of the Staphylococcus bacteria, which can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. In fact, billions of people world wide carry a form of staph bacteria on their skin, in their mouths, or in their nasal cavities, but are unharmed by it.
However, while staph is basically harmless when it stays in its typical locations, it can lead to food poisoning if consumed in contaminated food, or a serious and sometimes fatal infection if it enters the system through an abrasion or even minor cut. Here are five symptoms of a staph infection.
Blisters or boils on the skin. One of the most common signs of a staph infection is the appearance of painful boil-like pustules anywhere on the skin. They can appear on the face, hands, arms, torso, or buttocks, and may be confused for insect bites. Mouth sores can also appear in the form of impetigo, which is typically seen in young children, and is highly contagious.
Painful joints. Septic arthritis, a condition where staph has invaded and infected a joint, is another common symptom. It is most prevalent in the knees, but it can be also found in the elbows and fingers. You may feel severe pain in the affected area, accompanied by swelling. If you experience any sudden severe and unexplained joint pain, please visit your healthcare practitioner immediately.
Food poisoning. Many believe food poisoning is largely caused by e-coli bacteria, but staph can also be a common culprit. While the symptoms are consistent with other types of food poisoning – nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration – it typically sets in within an hour of consuming the tainted food, and only lasts less than one day.
Severe flu-like symptoms. Staph that has entered the bloodstream can lead to toxic shock syndrome and/or bacteremia. This can occur after surgery, an injury, or through the use of some tampons. Sufferers will experience a high fever, muscle aches, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and fatigue. This could be a sign that staph has invaded the bones and internal organs, and it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention.
High fever. If you have demonstrated any of the above symptoms and are also experiencing a high fever, seek medical attention quickly. Bacteremia is the infection of the blood stream, and once staph invades the heart, brain, and other organs, they could fail. If you’re experiencing a high fever combined with the presence of skin eruptions and sore joints, visit an urgent care center immediately.
Staph is a serious medical condition that should be addressed as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms. At Cure Urgent Care, we are fully equipped to successfully treat serious medical events like staph, and we are available 7 days per week, year-round, so you don’t have to put off getting the medical care you need. For more information about the services at Cure Urgent Care, please visit our website.
The Difference Between an Ankle Sprain and an Ankle Fracture
For anyone who has ever played a sport of any kind, you know
how easy it is to roll, sprain, or break your ankle. Every year in the United
States, more than one million people visit the Emergency Room with ankle
injuries. Of these incidents, the majority of them fall into the two most
common ankle injury categories: ankle sprains or ankle fractures.
Upon immediately injuring your ankle, it can be very
difficult to distinguish between a sprain and a break. The ankle looks the same
in both cases: bruised, swollen, and distended. Since those injured don’t
generally know the difference, they panic and drive to an Emergency Room to
have it treated. But, most ankle injuries can be taken care of right at the
local Urgent Care Center.
For those interested in learning the difference, we’ll break
down key distinguishing features between sprains and breaks.
Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe and are commonly
observed in athletes. Sprained ankles refer to damaged ligaments caused by
overstretching beyond the normal range of motion. Common symptoms include
sudden pain, swelling, bruising, and the inability to walk. In severe cases,
the pain may be intolerable, tricking you into going to an Emergency Room when
our Urgent Care could get the job done!
Unlike a sprained ankle, a fractured ankle always requires
immediate medical attention to make sure the ankle is set and put in a cast for
proper repair. An ankle break refers to one or more of the anklebones: tibia,
fibula, talus, or calcaneus receiving a fracture. The symptoms are similar to
that of a sprain, but are even worse with numbness, excruciating pain, and
reduced circulation of the afflicted leg.
Not sure if you have a sprained or broken ankle? Good news
is we can treat both.
10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease You Might Not Know
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating, degenerative condition, currently affecting approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. Alzheimer’s is characterized by persistent memory loss and dementia, and while it is believed that when detected early, the most severe symptoms of the condition can be forestalled, there is currently no cure.
It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the population over the age of 65 suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Although cognitive decline is an indicator of Alzheimer’s-related dementia, there are also other symptoms that family members and loved ones can easily miss. If you or a loved one are showing the following signs, please visit your physician immediately so that other conditions might be ruled out, and – if applicable – address the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s
Aggression. Many Alzheimer’s patients exhibit unusual levels of aggression, which can manifest itself as becoming physically violent, or highly verbally confrontational even towards those with whom the sufferer had no history of animosity. Sufferers might also display signs of paranoia, and start suspecting others of ill-intent with no cause.
Compromised judgement and lack of impulse control. If you notice a loved one suddenly and uncharacteristically start engaging in risky or poorly-considered behaviors, it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. The sufferer may start stealing, gambling, giving money to questionable people or organizations, or engaging in high-risk sexual behavior.
Decreased spacial awareness. A common early-Alzheimer’s symptom is the sudden lack of ability to accurately judge distances. For example, the sufferer may drop or break things frequently, because he or she has mischaracterized how far the object was.
Compulsive, repetitive activity. Alzheimer’s sufferers may begin to engage in repetitive tasks that seem unproductive, such as organizing and reorganizing shelves, or making a bed over and over again. This may not necessarily be due to forgetting the task was done – the sufferer might view doing the same thing multiple times as a necessity.
Lack of tact or empathy. One of the most difficult symptoms for the loved ones of Alzheimer’s patients to endure is the diminishment of social awareness. Alzheimer’s sufferers may start to make rude, insulting, even hateful remarks both to caregivers and strangers.
Following others around the house. Many Alzheimer’s patients start to recognize that they’re losing the ability to remember, and attempt to compensate by constantly staying near their closest companion, so that they have a constant resource for basic information. Once the person goes out of the sufferer’s sight, the sufferer might become highly agitated.
Apathy or uncharacteristic depression. Alzheimer’s sufferers may become disinterested in things they used to enjoy, or find important. Grooming habits may become poor, and they might start withdrawing from previously cherished social circles and activities.
Trouble with communication. While it’s perfectly normal for a person to fail to think of the right word from time to time, Alzheimer’s sufferers may fail to come up with the right word, and the words or phrase he/she needs to explain the trouble. The sufferer might also string together words or phrases that are unrelated, creating a “word salad”.
Also, if the patient is bilingual, he/she might switch between languages inadvertently, or think he/she is speaking one language while speaking another.
Eating non-food items. Alzheimer’s patients often eat more than their non-suffering peers, but they will also begin to chew things like bits of paper, pencils, and hair.
Lack of focus. You might notice someone suffering from Alzheimer’s staring at you blankly. This is an indication that they’re attempting to organize their thoughts and familiarize themselves with their surroundings.
Catching Alzheimer’s in its early stages might help patients delay the more difficult symptoms. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above conditions, please visit your physician as soon as possible.
Cure Urgent Care is an emergency medical facility located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. To learn more about our clinic and services, please visit our website for more details.
5 Common Symptoms of Chron’s Disease
Chron’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) caused by the inability of the body’s immune response to manage common bacteria within the intestines. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1 million people in the United States are affected by some form of IBD. However, the number of people who suffer from Chron’s disease specifically isn’t yet known, because there aren’t yet standardized diagnostic protocols for conditions within the IBD spectrum.
The medical community has not yet been able to identify a single underlying cause for Chron’s disease. However, it has been hypothesized that, because the condition is more commonly seen in developed countries, conditions found in urbanized areas – exposure to environmental pollutants, smoking, a westernized diet – may be the culprit. It has also been theorized that the condition could be hereditary.
The most common symptoms of Chron’s disease are similar to those found in other conditions, so it is critical to visit a healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any of the following five conditions.
Severe diarrhea and nausea. The most common (and the most famous) symptom of Chron’s disease is persistent diarrhea, which can occur multiple times per day and last for more than four weeks. It is also common for Chron’s and IBD sufferers to experience nausea and vomiting, particularly after eating certain high-fiber foods that require a great deal of energy to digest.
Lower abdominal pain. Sufferers of Chron’s disease will experience significant, localized abdominal pain across the area below the navel. This region is where the small intestine and appendix are located, and these gastrointestinal organs are typically where the disease flares up. However, these symptoms are also indicators of other, serious conditions. If you haven’t had your appendix removed and are experiencing severe, burning pain in this region, seek medical help immediately – it could be appendicitis.
Kidney Stones. Chron’s disease and other inflammatory bowl conditions often cause tangential medical issues. When the small intestine is inflamed, the body’s ability to absorb fats is compromised, causing calcium deposits in the urine to adhere to the excess fat, resulting in kidney stones.
Skin inflammation and sores. Eruptions on the skin are often found in Chron’s patients. They are typically insect bite-type sores on the skin that are sensitive to the touch, swollen undereye areas, and mouth lesions.
Weight loss. Chron’s sufferers – particularly those who experience extended diarrhea – may experience dramatic weight loss. However, bowel obstructions are also a contributing factor. If you are experiencing any inadvertent weight loss, seek help from a medical professional immediately.
Again, indicators of Chron’s and IBD can be quite similar to other, sometimes severe, conditions, so it is imperative that you seek medical attention if you are currently experiencing any or all of these symptoms.
At Cure Urgent Care, we offer fast and comprehensive treatment for a wide variety of emergency medical conditions. We are open 7 days per week, 365 days per year, so we are always available to give you the immediate attention your particular medical event requires.
If you are experiencing any severe symptoms you want addressed quickly, don’t hesitate to come by our medical center today.
5 Reasons to use Urgent Care over the Emergency Room
We’ve all been there: an unforeseen fall or a persistent chest cold leaves us bewildered at where we should go for the best medical attention. Everyone knows that going to the Emergency Room (ER) at a hospital is basically signing up for a 10-hour wait before a very busy staff addresses the situation. But, not everyone considers utilizing the local Urgent Care Center for bumps and bruises that can be assessed in a timely fashion.
Here are 5 reasons why you should use Urgent Care over the ER:
- Non Life-Threatening If you or a loved one is suffering from a non life-threatening emergency, our Urgent Care Clinic can accommodate your injury. Sure, a broken arm may be unbearably painful, but waiting seven hours before you see a doctor at the ER is going to make it even worse. We can take you immediately.
- Cost Effectiveness Everyone cringes when they finally take a peak at that hospital medical bill. Our Urgent Care Center is much more likely to accept your form of insurance coverage than a hospital, leaving you happier and healthier at the end of your visit.
- Rising CostsSince ERs are legally required to treat every patient, that means the visitors who do have the means to cover medical expenses get stuck footing the bill for those who do not. At Urgent Care, patients are only required to cover the cost of their trip alone.
- TestingIt’s amazing how many individuals check themselves into an ER when they start to come down with strep throat and other bacterial infections that need medicine for eradication. Our Urgent Care Center will have you taken care of with medicine at the ready.
- Doctors v. NursesMany injuries and sicknesses don’t require the actual presence of a doctor. Nurses and physician’s assistants (PAs) can cover just about any kind of household illness or general injury on the fly. Our Urgent Care Center employs doctors, nurses, and PAs with time to treat you once you check-in.
So the next time you wake up with a swollen throat or trip on your way into work, consider utilizing one of our Urgent Care Center facilities instead of wasting time, and money, sitting in the lobby of an ER.
5 Common Symptoms of Meningitis
Typically, viral and bacterial infections remain in nose, throat, lungs, or the intestines, where they are either controlled by the immune system, or proliferate into pneumonia, strep, or bronchitis. However, when the infection spreads to spinal tissues, it results in meningitis.
Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the membrane (meninges) covering the spinal cord and brain. There are three types of meningitis: viral, bacterial, and fungal. Viral meningitis is the most common and the least dangerous form. Bacterial meningitis is quite rare, but it is very serious, and if left untreated can be fatal. Fungal meningitis is the least common of the three forms, but isn’t introduced through person-to-person contact, but through environmental spores.
It is extremely important that meningitis is diagnosed and treated quickly. Although viral meningitis may clear on its own in an otherwise healthy adult, bacterial meningitis, if left untreated, can lead to neurological disorders, kidney disease, and even death. Although the three types of meningitis range dramatically in severity, the symptoms are similar. If you are experiencing the following five symptoms, it is crucial that you seek medical attention.
- Severe flu-like symptoms. During flu season, it is extremely common to feel under the weather. However, if you have been hit hard with exhaustion, nausea, fever, and persistent headache that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, seek medical attention. Meningitis can accelerate very quickly, and if you have bacterial meningitis, you don’t have a moment to lose.
- Feeling disoriented. A high fever can lead to dizziness, but if you feel confused or even have trouble articulating your symptoms, it could be the disease affecting your brain. If you’re feeling mentally sluggish or confused, seek immediate medical help.
- Pain in the neck. The kind of pain caused by meningitis doesn’t improve with compresses, stretching, or massage. Meningitis-related neck pain becomes more intense when you turn your head, and it tends to travel down to the shoulders and back.
- Light sensitivity. When you’re in even a moderately-lit room, the light will cause your eyes and head to ache. Occasionally, even the act of opening the eyes fully without the introduction of light will be enough to cause pain.
- Dark or purple spots on the skin. The skin eruption is typically the last symptom to emerge, and if you notice spots on the skin, the disease may have progressed to the stage where permanent damage is likely. The skin spots/rash are a sign that blood vessels have become compromised and have ruptured, and this may mean loss of the affected limb. If you have experienced the above symptoms and have broken out into a rash, call 911.
Although meningitis is a very serious illness, with immediate treatment, patients typically experience a full recovery.
Cure Urgent Care medical staff is fully equipped to address immediate medical concerns like meningitis. If you are experiencing symptoms that are causing you concern, don’t hesitate to visit our facilities. We’re here to help.
5 Signs You May Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a highly complex, little-understood, and frequently undiagnosed disorder. There is yet no determined cause of CFS; multiple tests are required to identify it definitively and to rule out the possibility of other health concerns. It is estimated that approximately one million Americans suffer from CFS.
CFS may arise from a variety of underlying conditions, including emotional stress, untreated depression, and viral infection. Here are five signs that you could be suffering from CFS.
- Persistent, unexplained fatigue. While it is perfectly common to feel tired after a particularly trying or active day, feeling consistently overwhelmed by exhaustion for no apparent cause, or feeling short of breath without exertion, is an indication of a possible medical concern. If you barely have the energy to perform basic tasks, like simple household chores or typical work duties, you’ll want to be checked for CFS.
- Inability to fall asleep, or sleep restfully. One of the strangest and most frustrating symptoms of CFS is the difficulty in falling asleep, in spite of the near-constant weariness. Once sleep is achieved, it is often fitful, and sufferers rarely feel refreshed.
- You don’t feel steady when standing upright. Sufferers of CFS may feel as though they are going to tip over when standing up, though the symptoms aren’t pronounced when lying down. Sufferers might also feel lightheaded and have a lack of coordination. One suspected cause for this instability is a condition often associated with CFS called orthostatic intolerance, which involves the disruption of blood flow to the brain when standing.
- Dull pain in multiple locations. CFS is accompanied by intermittent, oftentimes severe pain located in the muscles and joints, but sore throats and headaches are also common. The pain isn’t accompanied by any swelling, redness, or rupture, and isn’t related to activity-related muscle fatigue.
- Inability to concentrate. CFS sufferers lack the ability to focus for even brief periods of time, and often suffer from compromised memory. Sufferers might feel as though they are consistently in a fog, become distracted easily, and become confused or disoriented.
If you are experiencing any kind of unexplained exhaustion, pain, or reduction of memory function, it is critical that you seek medical attention. Very often CFS can be successfully managed through a series of appropriate medications, combined with stress reduction techniques and therapy. (Stress can exacerbate symptoms considerably.) However, while the above symptoms are consistent with CFS, there are numerous other conditions that could be contributing factors that may need immediate treatment.
The Cure Urgent Care team of medical professionals is more than happy to provide you with the care, treatment, and maintenance programs you need to overcome your debilitating symptoms. Please visit Cure Urgent care if you believe you could be suffering from CPS.
Summer Camp Health Checklist: 5 Tips for Getting Your Child Ready
Summer camp is a fantastic opportunity for kids to build their independence, make great new friends, and engage in adventurous outdoor activities. However, they have to be physically and emotionally prepared in order for the several weeks-long event to be fun and (positively) memorable. Preparing your child for potential risks is key to ensuring an all-around great experience. Here are a few tips that can help your kids handle the new and – sometimes – dangerous environment successfully.
1. Provide protective gear.
Rough play is perfectly normal for young children, but playing out in the wilderness can leave them vulnerable to injuries. Make sure they have plenty of durable clothing – long-sleeved shirts, jeans, and sturdy boots – that will protect them from cuts and scrapes. If there is horseback riding, football, field hockey or other aggressive sports, make sure the child knows how to wear the proper protective equipment. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.
2. Have your child practice staying away from home.
Many kids suffer from homesickness; staying away for the first time can make children especially anxious. If possible, get your child used to spending time away from home by sending them to stay with relatives for a weekend, or going on sleepover trips.
3. Give your child a health course.
Kids love to get dirty – but remind them of the importance of good hygiene. Living in close quarters with other kids can make them vulnerable to illness if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Show them the right way to wash their hands (20 seconds of washing with soap, taking care to wash to the wrists and get under the nails), and make sure they know always to wash hands before eating and after using the restroom. Tell them not to share grooming tools (combs and brushes) and hats or helmets, which can facilitate the spread of lice.
4. Discuss any medical concerns with the camp director.
It is crucially important that the summer camp staff is aware of your child’s allergies, dietary restrictions, and medical issues. Ask the camp director about their health and wellness protocols – how they handle injuries and illnesses. Make sure you know how the children are monitored and supervised during activities and free time. Ask for clarification about anything that might be unclear in the brochures and registration documents.
5. Have a medical checkup for your child.
Even if your child is basically healthy, it is still important to have a wellness exam before heading off to camp, so that you can be aware of any potential physical challenges, or medical concerns that may prove problematic later on. It is also a good time to make sure you are stocked up on any necessary medications.
If you’re getting ready to send your little one off to summer camp, stop by Cure Urgent Care for a check up! Our facilities are comfortable and kid-friendly; we take great pride in putting our young patients at ease. We offer extended hours, 7 days per week, so you can come at your convenience. You don’t even need an appointment – our walk ins are seen in under 20 minutes.
To learn more about Cure Urgent Care’s services, please visit: www.cureurgentcare.com
5 Reasons Why You Might Need a B12 Injection
While it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals through a healthy and balanced diet, sometimes our work and personal obligations make eating right on a regular basis a difficulty. Also, people with certain medical conditions, or who practice restrictive dietary regimes for health reasons, can become vitamin deficient, making supplements a necessity. In particular, people with Crohn’s or Celiac disease, and some vegans might be vitamin B12 deficient.
If you’re deficient in vitamin B12, you might fatigue easily, have difficulty concentrating, and suffer from severe mood swings. A chronic vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to significant neurological issues, as well as pernicious anemia. It is extremely important that you visit a physician in order to determine whether or not your symptoms are due to a lack of vitamin B12, and if so, to diagnose the cause. If it is discovered that you aren’t getting enough vitamin B12, the most efficient delivery system is a direct injection. Here are a few reasons why you might need a vitamin B12 injection.
1. Your diet lacks B12-rich foods.
Dairy products, eggs, milk, and meat (particularly beef liver, and fatty fish) are all rich in vitamin B12. However, vegetarians, vegans, and others following dietary programs that severely limit or restrict the above foods and who fail to eat fortified foods, are at great risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.
2. You’re on heartburn medication.
If you’re currently taking medication that reduces your ability to produce stomach acid, you might need a vitamin B12 injection. Vitamin B12 taken through oral supplements or in food is released upon contact with stomach acid. B12 injections are introduced directly into the bloodstream, making them the most efficient delivery method for people needing immediate replenishment.
3. You’ve been taking oral contraceptives for several years.
Some women who’ve been taking oral contraceptives regularly might experience difficulties absorbing vitamin B12. Some studies have found that supplementing estrogen levels can lead to B-vitamin deficiencies.
4. You’ve struggled with alcohol dependency.
People who’ve had issues with the over-consumption of alcoholic beverages may find their ability to produce stomach acid is compromised. Furthermore, liver impairment can compromise its ability to store B12.
5. You’ve had bariatric surgery.
Certain types of bariatric surgery – gastric bypass and duodenal switch – can lead to permanent problems absorbing vitamin B12, since the body’s ability to digest food is permanently changed.
Physical symptoms of long-term vitamin B12 deficiency are swollen tongue, mouth sores, and persistent fatigue. Many might also experience mental confusion – sometimes to the point where dementia is suspected.
At Cure Urgent Care, we recognize the importance of sufficient B12 levels, and for all new patients, we offer a free vitamin B12 injection – no appointment necessary. To learn more about our services please visit: http://www.cureurgentcare.com/
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