First Aid: What to Do If You Have an Allergic Reaction

Posted by on February 28, 2017

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Allergies are common, as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the U.S. have allergies. Knowing how to avoid your allergens is important, and recognizing an allergic reaction can save your life. Let’s look at some common allergens, some symptoms and what to do if you have a serious reaction.

Common Allergens

Some common allergens include things like pollen, certain trees or grasses, insect bites, medications, latex and many different foods like seafood, peanuts, and eggs. The key to avoiding your particular allergens is by knowing what they are; allergy tests are available which can nail this down for you.

Common Symptoms

There are as many different symptoms of allergies as there are allergens themselves. For this reason, it is important that you notice when something seems amiss. This is especially important when taking new medications or traveling to a new area.

  • Outdoor allergens like pollens, plants, and grasses are most frequently to blame for watery eyes, clogged and inflamed sinuses, sneezing and breathing issues.
  • Inside allergens like cigarette or cigar smoke, pet dander, mold spores and even dust can cause allergic reactions.
  • Food allergies often result in tingling in your mouth, and your lips, tongue or throat might swell. Hives are common as well. In severe cases, anaphylaxis results.
  • Medication allergies typically manifest themselves as skin inflammation like itchy hives, facial swelling, rashes, wheezing and stomach problems. Some, notably the common blood pressure medication, Lisinopril, result in a constant dry cough. It is important to thoroughly read the list of side effects that your medicines have so you will be ready in the event of an allergic reaction.
  • Insect sting allergies result in large swollen areas around the bite, hives or itching, wheezing, a cough or shortness of breath.

Severe allergic reactions lead to anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. The symptoms come on quickly; problems like breathing issues, throat tightness, swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, fainting or dizziness. Some people also get a rapid pulse or their heart will stop beating.

Allergy Care

Luckily, most people who experience allergy problems only have mild to moderate symptoms that are easily managed. However, if you’ve had serious attacks or you are at risk for anaphylaxis, you must keep medication with you to counteract it; medicines like EpiPen, Auvi-Q and Adrenaclick are examples of these.

For those with less severe allergy issues, avoiding your allergens is the best course of action. When you accidentally come into contact with them, antihistamines or decongestants can often help.

If you still have symptoms, or they get worse or persist, stop by your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care right away. Our physicians are available seven days a week and no appointment is necessary.

10 Ways to Prevent Kitchen Burn Injuries While at Home

Posted by on January 24, 2017

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Did you know that fires and burns are the 3rd leading cause of accidental home injury deaths? Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a safe place, but it can also be a place in which many injuries can occur if you fail to take the proper precautions. One the most common injuries that can occur in a home is a burn injury, and one of the places people get burned the most is in the kitchen.

By taking the necessary precautions when cooking or using other kitchen items, and following a few safety rules, you can greatly reduce the risk of you or a loved one sustaining a burn injury.

  1. Don’t wear loose fitted clothing near open flames from the stove.
  2. Always use potholders and oven mitts that are in good condition when removing hot pans or pots from the stove.
  3. Don’t leave potholders, oven mitts or other flammable materials near the stove when it is on.
  4. Don’t overfill pots with water or other liquid to keep them from boiling over.
  5. Always use a lid or mesh screen over pots and pans on the stove to avoid hot great splatter.
  6. Don’t lean directly over pots when removing the lid; the steam could be scalding.
  7. Don’t leave food that’s still cooking unattended, especially fried or grilled foods. The heat of the pot or pan may rise higher than you thought, causing the handle to deliver an unexpected burn.
  8. Always keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen in case of flare-ups or electrical fires.
  9. If you have small children, don’t use a dainty tablecloth, which can be easily pulled out. This can lead to a burn injury when hot food or drinks on the table falls on them.
  10. Keep all flammable items and substances out of the kitchen. For example, air fresheners should not be used in the kitchen when the stove is on.

Often burn injuries that occur in the kitchen and other areas of the home typically happen when a person stops paying attention or acts in an unsafe manner. Even the smallest burn injury can be painful and severe, so it’s important to practice proper safety at all times when working and handling hot objects and kitchen appliances.

If you sustain a minor burn injury at home, be sure to stop by your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care in Brentwood, TN or Franklin, TN to be seen right away. Our well-trained, superstar doctors and staff are available seven days a week, with not appointment necessary. Get compassionate, emergency room care at a fraction of the cost without the long wait.

For information about what to do after you’ve been burned, check out our blog: “4 Steps After You’ve Been Burned.”

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Posted by on December 14, 2016

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Being sick during the holidays is tough, especially when you have lots of shopping, wrapping and party planning to do. Yet this happens to be the time of year when many people get sick. And to make it worse, you’re often in close quarters with more people than usual, making it easier than ever for germs to spread. If you’re hoping to avoid being sick during the holidays, here’s a few simple tips to keep in mind.

  1. Keep Your Hands Clean

With everything you have to do during the holiday season, it can be easy to forget to wash your hands frequently. But this simple task is one major way to keep from getting sick, so make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Being busy is not conducive to getting enough rest, but this step is important. When you’re sleep deprived, it’s harder for your body to fight off illness. This is why you should aim for seven or eight hours of sleep per night.

  1. Get Your Flu Shot

You don’t want the flu during the holidays. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce your chance of getting it by getting the flu shot. Make sure you stay up-to-date with all other vaccinations too.

  1. Try to Eat Healthy Foods

When your goal is to stay healthy, eating right is a step in the right direction. Instead of filling up on junk food — which is easy to do during the holidays — stick to healthier snacks, such as celery and carrots. Nuts are also healthy snacks, with walnuts, pecans, pistachios and almonds being the best kinds to eat.

  1. Keep Your Health in Mind When Baking

Delicious, sugary baked goods are always around during the holidays, but you don’t have to skip out on eating them entirely to stay healthy. If you’re baking from scratch consider swapping out a few unhealthy ingredients for better options. For example, use applesauce instead of vegetable oil and whole-wheat flour instead of white flour. In addition, a healthier alternative to sugar is honey. Keeping these baking alternatives in mind can help you stay healthy and avoid the typical holiday weight gain.

  1. Stay Active

With everything you have to do to prepare for the holidays, you might be tempted to skip your workouts. But this can wreak havoc on your body, so you should try to stay active as much as possible. Consider taking a family walk every night after dinner to look at the lights and decorations around your neighborhood.

If you do start to experience symptoms of a cold, the flu or sustain a minor injury, don’t worry, stop by the nearest Physician Urgent Care in Brentwood, TN or Franklin, TN. Our staff is available seven days a week to give you the care you need when you need it most with no long waits or appointments necessary.

6 Signs That You Have a Sinus Infection

Posted by on November 22, 2016

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Most people never think about their sinuses until they get infected. Your sinuses are six pockets within your skull, and they’re positioned behind your face. Mucus circulates through them, purifying the air you inhale. Small hairs called cilia keep that mucus moving in and out.

When you suffer a sinus infection, one of the most common upper respiratory infections, your sinuses get inflamed, trapping mucus inside them. Viruses usually induce this condition, though bacteria are sometimes the cause. In some cases, fungi, allergies, toxic materials in the air, bone spurs, polyps, malfunctioning cilia or deviated septums lead to this problem.

If you’re experiencing one or more of the sinus infection symptoms below, or if you have an intense symptom like double vision or extreme pain, visit Physicians Urgent Care in Franklin and Brentwood, Tennessee today!

Major sinus infection symptoms are as follows:

1. Your Nose Is Blocked

Your nose is stuffed and running, and it could stay this way for more than a week. Plus, its discharge is a different color than normal.

2. Your Head and Face Hurt

If you have a sinus-related headache, you might feel pressure or soreness throughout your face, and it might be especially painful behind your forehead, cheeks and eyes. Jaw aches and toothaches can indicate sinus infections as well.

3. Your Throat Hurts

Sore throats frequently accompany sinus infections. In part, that’s due to excess mucus falling down the throat, which is called postnasal drip.

4. You’re Coughing

That postnasal drip can also trigger coughing, and your coughing spells could be more intense at night.

5. You Have a Fever

Your fever might be mild or severe. In particular, children often suffer from high fevers when they have sinus infections.

6. You Feel Tired and Sick

Maybe you’re battling nausea or dull, widespread pain, or maybe you just can’t wait to go to bed.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to mistake sinus infections for colds, as the symptoms are similar. However, fevers, toothaches and facial aches are not typically associated with colds. Also, if you have a cold, a decongestant that you buy over the counter should clear away your stuffiness. By contrast, with a sinus infection, such a medicine will probably have little or no effect.

Finally, if you live in Brentwood or Franklin, Tennessee, and suspect that your sinuses are infected, you can obtain outstanding treatment at the Physicians Urgent Care.  Drop by today. No appointment necessary!

6 Ways to Help Kids Beat the Flu

Posted by on August 30, 2016

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School is back in session and flu season is near. Most parents are currently focused on making sure their kiddo has the needed school supplies to have a successful school year, but parents will soon be focused on helping their children avoid germs, catching a cold or getting the flu. Although flu season is unpredictable, it’s important that parents follow these steps to protect their children now.

Here are six ways parents can help their child beat the flu:

  1. Get the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. While the flu vaccine won’t completely protect your little one from getting the flu, it can decrease the time that they are sick and help to lessen the symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about having your child vaccinated.
  2. Teach them how to practice covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Did you know that germs can spread up to 6 feet once coughed or sneezed into the air?  It’s important to teach your little one to cover his or her mouth and nose by using a tissue or by sneezing or coughing into the forearm. They should always wash their hands afterward.
  3. Keep hands washed often. Along with getting the flu vaccine, teaching your kiddo how to properly wash his or her hands is an important defense against germs that cause the flu virus. Hand washing can also help protect against other germs, illnesses and viruses that currently don’t have available vaccines. You should make it a habit to always wash your hands when using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, before and after eating, and before and after serving or preparing food.
  4. Thoroughly clean surfaces and shared objects. The flu virus can live up to eight hours on surfaces. Use hot water with soap or cleaning products that kill the influenza virus to remove germs from child’s toys, items with handles, countertops, tables, television remotes, etc. If you’re not sure what products will get rid of the flu virus, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of disinfectants that are effective against the virus on their website.
  5. Stay Healthy. Having a well-balanced diet that provides your body with the needed nutrients that boost your immune system is a good health practice during the cold and flu season. Adequate rest and exercise can also help to optimize your child’s immune system. Parents can help their little ones fight the flu every day by keeping their immune system strong by taking a multi-vitamin.
  6. Keep your child at home when they’re sick.  To limit the spread of germs to others, you should keep your child at home when they have the flu. Try to keep them contained in their own room if they are the only one sick in the family.

If you’re unsure if your child is coming down with the flu, schedule a visit with their pediatrician or visit your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care. Emergency room doctors are available to provide care to you and your family when your normal healthcare provider is unavailable. No appointment is necessary to receive timely treatment in Brentwood, TN or Franklin, TN.

Five Kid-Friendly Summer Events in Nashville, Tennessee

Posted by on June 28, 2016

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Summer is here and school is officially out for kids across Nashville, Tennessee. Many parents will send their kiddos off to summer camp as a fun activity to keep them busy. Physicians Urgent Care has found five kid friendly events happening around the Nashville, Tennessee area for kids not quite old enough to attend summer camp.

Check out these fun events happening around town for your little ones.

1. Kids Construction Fun Festival

Grab your hard hats and gear up to watch your kiddo have fun at Lucky Ladd Farm on June 25th, 2016 at this special construction site.  Kids will get to come out between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help Digger Dan operate a real excavator, move sand, climb on a bulldozer, and explore farm and construction equipment. Participation in this event is free and the only requirement is closed-toe shoes.

2. Lego Mania

If your little one loves to build things and is creative register them for “Lego Mania” happening July 1st (ages 6-7) and July 8th (ages 8 -12) at The Brentwood Library. This children’s program will be hosted from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. with a limit of 40 students per session. Kids will explore the different themes of the library’s non-fiction collection, while unleashing their creativity.

3. Kids’ Water Day

Here’s one free summer event you definitely don’t want to miss. Bring the kids out for a morning of music, games, and water fun at Pinkerton Park on June 29th from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Pinkerton Park is located at 405 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, Tennessee.

4. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Take a trip down memory lane this summer by taking your little one to see this classic movie. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will be back on the big screen at both Regal Cinemas Green Hills and Opry Mills theatres June 26th through June 29th at 2 p.m.

5. Day out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour

End the summer season at the Day Out with Thomas train ride event happening Sept 3rd-4th and 10th-11th at Tennessee Central Railway Museum.  Make it a family fun day by enjoying a train ride with Thomas, meet sir Topham Hatt, visit the Imagination Station and much more! For tickets call 866-468-7630.

For additional fun summer activities for the entire family try checking the local newspaper or city’s events calendar. Have a fun and safe summer from your neighborhood Physicians Urgent Care located in Brentwood and Franklin, Tennessee.