What Are the Most Common Winter Illnesses?

Posted by on December 15, 2017

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The season has arrived–when common winter illnesses rear their heads.

From the dreaded flu virus to nagging allergies to the common cold, no office or household is immune. 

If you’re concerned about sickness this winter, it’s important to steel yourself against the most common viruses and illnesses.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common winter illnesses.

Seasonal Influenza

 The influenza virus, commonly known as “the flu”, peaks during the winter months. This is because the virus is more stable in colder temperatures.

When the air is cold and dry, the flu virus lasts longer in the atmosphere. It also become easier to transmit from person to person. 

Easy ways to fight the flu? Get your flu shot, frequently wash your hands and disinfect your home, workspace or other common areas often.

The Common Cold

Unlike the flu, the common cold is not easier to spread during the winter months.

However, people spend more time inside during the winter. This creates more opportunities to pick up the cold germs that are already there.

There are over 1 billion common colds reported in the United States each year–so your chances of catching one are pretty high.

Some of the easiest ways to steel yourself against common cold germs?

Wash your hands often and disinfect your workspace frequently. Also, always use hand sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol. Otherwise, they won’t kill those pesky cold germs.  

Norovirus

Norovirus, also known as “winter vomiting bug”, is a highly contagious virus. The virus can be transmitted from person to person easily. It can also be contracted from eating contaminated food or touching a contaminated surface.

The virus causes a person’s intestines and stomach to become inflamed. This causes stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

For individuals with weakened immune systems or other diseases, contracting the norovirus can be dangerous. It may require an immediate visit to the hospital or a doctor’s office.

Some of the risk factors for contracting norovirus? If you work in a childcare center or nursing home, you may be more susceptible. Another risk factor is living in close quarters with several people. 

You can also catch it by eating in restaurants that have unsanitary conditions. Reduce your risk by washing your hands thoroughly. Additionally, avoid suspicious restaurants or food and stay clear of high-risk locations. 

Are you worried about catching the flu or another seasonal illness?

It’s important to get your flu vaccination as soon as possible. This will reduce your and your family’s risk of contracting the virus.

Avoid the nasal spray flu vaccine–only injectable flu vaccine shots are approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physicians Urgent Care is one of middle Tennessee’s leading providers of urgent care services. We are proud to provide flu vaccinations and treatment for winter illnesses like the common cold.

Visit one of our locations or contact us today to learn more.

Surviving Fall Allergy Season: Are You Prepared?

Posted by on November 13, 2017

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The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, the holidays are right around the corner…and, with the same punctuality of the falling leaves, you’ve started sneezing.

If the fall allergy season has got you down, it’s time to do something about it. The first step to managing your autumn allergies is determining what is triggering your symptoms. From there, you can create a strategy for surviving until winter.

What Are Common Fall Allergy Symptoms?

Fall allergies often show up in the same way as spring and summer attacks. Watering eyes, a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing are just a few signs you are suffering from an allergy attack. If you seem to have an endless cold that is triggered by going outdoors, your symptoms are likely allergy related.

What Causes Fall Allergies

The tree pollen may have calmed down, but that doesn’t mean you can expect to be allergy-free.

On the contrary, these three common fall allergies can create problems for your eyes and throat.

Mold: Outdoor molds tend to thrive after the first frost of the year, living in all manner of places outside. Mold can be found in soil and leaves, but are also airborne.

Ragweed: A full 75 percent of people who suffer from springtime allergies are also sensitive to ragweed. This clever allergen can travel hundreds of miles in the wind.

Dust Mites: Dust mites thrive in the fall because as they come alive in the summer, they set up shop in your heat ducts. The first time you fire up your heater in the fall, they make their way into your home.

How to Avoid Fall Allergy Season Triggers

While allergens are too small to be seen, there are some ways to avoid them. Clean your air ducts inside before turning on the heat and remove all dead and dying leaves from your yard as soon as possible. You may also find it helpful to plant cover crops in your yard that stop ragweed from thriving. Dry your clothes inside instead of hanging them outside on a clothesline and wear a face mask when you’re raking leaves.

Have the fall allergy blues? There’s no reason to suffer! With these helpful tips and some over-the-counter allergy relief, you can enjoy pumpkin pie season with the best of them.

If over-the-counter remedies just aren’t doing the trick, it might be time to visit the doctor.

Physicians Urgent Care can help you battle your fall allergies and get back to enjoying this beautiful season. Visit one of our locations today (no appointment necessary) and get the care you deserve.

You (and your allergies) will be glad you did.

How to Prevent Eye Injuries at Home

Posted by on October 6, 2017

In keeping with Eye Injury Prevention Month, it seems only fitting to take a closer look at several ways to prevent damaging eye injuries at home. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, almost 50 percent of all injuries occur in or near the home. Unfortunately, the most severe injuries can lead to permanent eye damage. This is why it is so important for you to understand the various ways to prevent such injuries from occurring.

Proper Use of Chemicals

Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can be extremely dangerous if they come in contact with your eyes. It is important to read the labels for all types of cleaners prior to using them. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions and never mix chemicals together. Always store cleaners out of children’s reach, such as on a high shelf. This is true even if you do not have children, since children may still visit your home. When required, be sure to keep your safety goggles on while using the chemicals.

Prevent Accidental Falls

Accidental falls and slips are one of the leading causes of eye injuries, especially among seniors. You can help to minimize the risk of these accidents with some minor adjustments. First, be sure to secure or remove all of the rugs and carpets in the home. Secondly, make sure all areas, including stairways, are well-lit and free from clutter. Finally, you should secure padding on any sharp edges around the house, such as on a table or countertop.

Protect Your Eyes

Be sure to wear safety goggles whenever you are working on a project around the home. The American Society for Ocular Trauma, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recommend the use of safety goggles approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute). In fact, these organizations recommend that every household have at least one pair. When worn, these prevent debris from flying into the eye area and causing severe damage.

Preventative measures can help to reduce the risk of eye injury, but accidents can still occur. If chemicals come in contact with your eyes, it is important to flush the eye out with water as soon as possible. It is best to have any eye injury treated by a medical professional because waiting to seek treatment could cause extensive damage. Contact Physicians Urgent Care today if any type of accident causing injury to the eye occurs or if you would like more information about preventative eye care solutions.

Back to School Safety: Putting Common Sports Injuries on Ice

Posted by on September 22, 2017

Heading back to school begins a new year of Fall sports and unfortunately the risk of sports-related injuries. Common sports injuries are typically easy to treat, but that doesn’t mean they’re not painful. Sports injuries at school can also derail more than the rest of the season; a single injury may turn into a chronic issue if it’s not treated properly. It’s best to treat injuries when they occur to prevent long-term effects.

Ankle Sprains

Sprained ankles are very common, resulting when the ligaments in your ankle are overstretched or experience a tear. A sprained ankle often occurs during jumping and running, but can result any time the ankle is turned at an unnatural angle or experiences too much stress. The best way to prevent an ankle sprain is to make sure your ankles have ample support, from the proper shoes to wrapping tape. If you experience an ankle sprain, ice and elevation are the easiest way to treat it.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are common in long distance runners, recognizable as pain in the lower front portion of your leg. The best way to avoid this uncomfortable condition is to slowly increase the distance you run rather than going for gold on the first outing. Proper stretching before each run will also help stave off shin pain.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an overuse injury. When your forearm tendons become inflamed due to repetitive motion, it becomes painful to grip a racket and swing your arm. This injury can affect golfers as well as tennis players. Prevention involves implementing a healthy routine of exercise mixed with ample rest periods. An arm brace may also be necessary to avoid the condition if it becomes a chronic issue.

While stretching helps with blood flow and muscle flexibility, proper form and a healthy workout routine are also key to avoiding these and other common sports injuries. To go back to school without groin, back, leg injuries and more, start slow and recognize early signs of injury. If you experience a sports injury, visit Physicians Urgent Care for treatment and advice.

Physicians Urgent Care opens new clinic in Berry Farms

Posted by on August 30, 2017

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Franklin, Tenn. — Physicians Urgent Care, a group of walk-in clinics with care directed by emergency room physicians, has opened a new location in the Berry Farms Town Center, 5021 Hughes Crossing, Suite 165 in Franklin.

Physicians Urgent Care brings a unique combination of quality, efficiency, comfort and accessibility to patients with non-life-threatening emergencies. Locally owned by Board-Certified ER physicians, the clinics can treat a majority of cases normally seen in a hospital emergency room, without the high cost or long wait times.

“Berry Farms is a new, up-and-coming community with lots of families, the perfect match for our clinics,” said Dr. Ty Babcock from Physicians Urgent Care. “Patients will love our convenient hours and our unique pediatric rooms designed especially for kids.”

The clinic is open 8am-6pm weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Physicians Urgent Care clinics look more like living rooms than doctor’s offices, with free snacks and soft drinks. Colorful pediatrics rooms feature toys, games, televisions and low seating to make children feel more at home.

“Care in our clinics is either directly provided by or coordinated through specially trained ER physicians, who bring an added level of expertise to our patients,” said Dr. Babcock. “At the same time, the average length of a visit is about 40 minutes, and our costs are a fraction of what you’d see in a hospital ER.”

Physicians Urgent Care clinics can treat a variety of illnesses from colds, allergies and infections to bronchitis and pneumonia. They can also handle minor trauma; burns and cuts; insect bites; fractures, sprains and dislocations; and work-related injuries. Physical exams, including sports physicals, are also offered.

On-site X-ray capabilities, labs and procedure rooms allow Physicians Urgent Care to treat many conditions that most doctors’ offices and other clinics cannot.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to get the care you need,” said Dr. Babcock. “No appointment is necessary, you can walk in at any time. Or you can call us and always speak to a real person who can answer your questions.”

In addition to Berry Farms, Physicians Urgent Care has two other locations — 155 Covey Drive, Suite 100 in Franklin; and 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 207 in Brentwood. A fourth location in Nashville West is set to open later this year. Most private insurance is accepted. For more information, visit www.PhysiciansUrgentCare.com.

Back to School Physical Examination

Posted by on August 11, 2017

As the summer comes to a close, it is time for children to visit the doctor. While no kid relishes the thought of a physical exam, it is important to get a recent assessment on your child’s overall health. Depending on your school district, the annual exam may be required before your children begin attending classes or join athletic teams.

Why Schedule a Physical Exam?

The physical exam gives you and your doctor an idea of how your child is developing. In addition, you can discuss nutrition, sleep schedules and any pressing concerns you have about your child’s wellbeing.

Your doctor will talk about any prevalent illnesses in the community, as these can vary from year to year. As a parent, you may ask the doctor to talk to your older children about any issues they may feel more comfortable discussing in private and not with mom or dad.

Why Have an Exam Before School Starts?

A back-to-school doctor’s visit is convenient for many parents as it can be scheduled in addition to other errands to prepare for the fall. But there are also specific reasons to get this done before classes start.

Your school district may require certification of vaccinations for young children. As kids get older they may want to participate in physical education classes and you want to make sure they are physically able to do so.

If your teen is on any school athletic teams, they may require an examination by a school physician before they are cleared to play. Note that this exam typically only looks at whether your child can be on the school team and doesn’t address other health issues.

Taking the time to talk about any unexplained changes, like possible allergies, before school starts allows you to make preparations with the school. No parent wants to discover their child is allergic to nuts during a field trip before they have been able to educate their child and the teachers about steps to take in the case of a reaction.

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At Physicians Urgent Care, we make your child’s care our highest priority. To learn more, visit one of our convenient locations in Franklin or Brentwood, Tennessee.

Sports medical myths: Understanding fact from fiction

Posted by on August 10, 2017

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With the arrival of the fall sports season come concerns about injuries, training and conditioning. And with these concerns comes confusion.

“Unfortunately, there are many medical myths circulating that make it difficult to know fact from fiction,” said Dr. Ty Babcock of Physicians Urgent Care, which has clinics in Williamson county. “This can put the health and safety of athletes at risk.”

Here are a few common myths:

Myth: Stretching prevents injuries
Fact: Recent studies found that stretching before exercise or activity may actually hamper muscle performance. This is especially true for “static” stretching (holding a stretch longer than a few seconds), which instead of preparing muscles for a workout, actually weakens them, increasing the risk of injury. On the other hand, a warmup — which is different than stretching — is beneficial. Warming up, like taking a light jog or easy practice swings, primes the muscles before intense activity. You can also safely add high knee exercises, squats and lunges to a warmup.

Myth: Play through pain
Fact: Playing a sport or exercising should not be painful, especially for young people. If acute pain occurs, it’s likely due to poor technique or even worse, a serious injury that should be checked by a physician. Soreness, stiffness, and some discomfort can be expected, but sharp pain is never normal.

Myth: Weight lifting in preadolescents and adolescents causes growth plate injuries
Fact: Studies have found that growth plate injuries reported from weight training were due to improper technique, inadequate adult supervision or inappropriate weight selection. With proper technique and supervision, weight training for young people can be done safely. “It’s important to use a full range of motion, and you should avoid going too heavy early on,” says Dr. Babcock.

Myth: Being strong will prevent injury
Fact: Any athlete, no matter how strong, can get injured at any time. Building muscle strength is definitely important for lifting, jumping and running. But sports injuries will occur, especially if an athlete is over-exerting, fatigued, or dehydrated. Proper training and conditioning, while allowing appropriate time for muscle recovery in between training sessions, are still the best ways to reduce injuries.

Myth: Use heat to treat acute injuries
Fact: Ice is the best treatment for the first 2-3 days. After an injury, there’s a lot of blood flowing to the injured area, causing the swelling. Ice will help reduce that initial swelling as well as naturally numb the area to help diminish pain. Using heat could actually cause the area to swell more.

Myth: An ankle sprain is worse than an ankle fracture
Fact: An ankle fracture typically takes longer to heal than a sprain and may even require surgery, which can prolong the time away from sports. Even high ankle sprains, which take longer to heal than more common low sprains, heal sooner than most ankle fractures.

Physicians Urgent Care currently has three locations — 155 Covey Drive, Suite 100 in Franklin; 700 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 207 in Brentwood; and a new clinic in Berry Farms, 5021 Hughes Crossing, Suite 165 in Franklin. A fourth location in Nashville West is planned for later in 2017.

How to Beat the Summer Heat While Living With Respiratory Issues

Posted by on July 13, 2017

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Summer can be the best time of the year – it usually means time off work, warm weather and fun vacations! But it can also be a dangerous time if you have to deal with respiratory issues. Problems like asthma, COPD or other breathing ailments can be exacerbated by the summer heat and humidity. Here are some tips for helping you deal with these problems during the summer.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion

The heat can be a danger for anyone, but if you have respiratory problems you need to take extra caution to avoid heat exhaustion. If you start to feel weak, have a headache or feel nauseous, make sure to tell someone. You should try to get to a cool place and let yourself rest without any physical exertion.

Avoid High Altitudes

Higher altitudes mean thinner air, which makes it hard for people with respiratory issues to get the oxygen they need. If you’re planning a summer vacation, try to avoid places with high altitudes. If you do have a mile-high destination in your plans, be sure to take extra precautions to protect yourself from getting short of breath.

Drink Lots of Water

Sip water throughout the day, not just when you feel thirsty. Thirst occurs after you’re already dehydrated and if you have a respiratory issue you need more water than others to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to extra mucus in your lungs, which can make breathing even harder.

Clean Your Air Conditioner

Indoor air quality is also a factor during the summer months when your air conditioner is turned on full blast. Make sure you clean the filter on your air conditioner regularly – at least twice a year. This will remove bacteria, mold and dust so that you can improve the quality of inside air and reduce the instance of breathing problems.

Stay on Top of Your Meds

If you take medication for respiratory issues, make sure you are never without it in the summer. It’s more important than ever to take your medications regularly in order to avoid further issues. If you have an inhaler, be sure to keep it on you at all times and make sure to have a spare in case it’s running low.

If you are suffering from respiratory issues, don’t hesitate to call or visit Physician’s Urgent Care. We can help you with any medical problems or emergencies.

How to Stay Safe in and Around Your Home During National Safety Month

Posted by on June 2, 2017

June is National Safety Month, which makes it a great time to review your safety procedures. The following are several important ways to keep you and your family safe this summer.

How to Stay Safe in Your Home

There are a few simple ways to keep your home safe. First and foremost, make sure to always keep all of your doors and windows locked, both when away from your home as well as when you’re in for the night.

Since it’s the summer, you might be taking a trip with your family. While it’s tempting to post photos on social media, you should avoid doing so until you are back home. Posting vacation photos in real time gives someone the opportunity to break into your home with the knowledge that you and your family are hundreds of miles away.

Avoiding Accidents in and Around Your Home

During the summer months, you might have more people in and around your house than usual. From children home for summer vacation to BBQs and other events, keeping your home decluttered can prevent stubbed toes and other, perhaps more serious, injuries.

When you clean hardwood floors, make sure to dry them before anyone walks on them, or at the very least, make sure everyone in the home knows that the area is slippery.

Keeping Your Kids Safe During the Summer Months

During the school year, your children are under the supervision of educators for a significant portion of the day. During the summer, however, this is typically not the case. Finding structured activities for your children to get involved in, for example, summer camp, can keep them under adult supervision.

If they are home, make sure they understand the importance of keeping doors locked. If they are playing outside, emphasize the importance of staying out of busy streets.

If an unfortunate accident or injury does occur, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Physicians Urgent Care provides high-quality care right when you need it. To get urgent medical assistance or to simply learn more about your community urgent care center, contact Physicians Urgent Care.

Sources: http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx

Spider Bites

Posted by on May 10, 2017

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Spiders are beneficial creatures — they help keep the insect population down. While they try to stay out of the way of humans, sometimes you can’t avoid crossing paths. The spider may defend itself by biting you if it feels threatened by your presence. In most cases, a spider bite isn’t anything to worry about, but there are a few dangerous species that require treatment.

Symptoms of a Spider Bite

You may feel pain and see redness and swelling around the bite area. In many cases, it won’t look much different from a typical bug bite. Bites from venomous spiders have an additional set of symptoms. You might have muscle cramps, start running a fever, or have a growing ulcer at the location of the bite. The pain also tends to spread throughout your body, rather than remaining localized.

Spider Bites That Require Treatment in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to many spider species, including the wolf spider and the zipper spider. You don’t have to go through any treatment for these types, as they don’t pose a threat to humans. However, brown recluses, black widows and brown widows are also in this region. These spiders have bites that can cause serious problems, especially if they go unaddressed. In some cases, they can have fatal consequences.

You start by cleaning the bite area and applying antibiotic ointment to it. Elevate the area if possible. Over-the-counter pain medications are appropriate to use for bites. Seek medical treatment if you are experiencing severe pain or suspect that the bite came from one of the three dangerous spiders. Black widow antivenom may be necessary.

When you go to a medical facility, provide as much information as possible about the bite and about the spider if you happened to catch a glimpse of it. Some spiders look similar to their venomous cousins but don’t require treatment when they bite.

A spider bite is a mild annoyance in most cases, but it’s important not to ignore it if you think you might have encountered a black widow, brown widow or brown recluse in Tennessee. The faster you get medical attention, the better chances you have of avoiding serious side effects.

Did you get bitten by a spider and need help? Visit Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN for fast, effective care.


Sources:

https://www.allamericanpestcontrol.com/blog/post/which-tennessee-spiders-are-of-concern-and-which-aren-t

http://tnhealthandwellness.com/three-venomous-spiders-to-watch-out-for-at-your-home/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spider-bites/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20204179