Allergies and Minor Allergic Reactions
Effective Treatments for Seasonal Allergies
When the pollen count increases or the dust just won’t settle, we’re here to help!
From hay fever to a rash and everything in between, our providers can effectively diagnose and treat your seasonal allergies with treatments ranging from simple antihistamines and decongestants to more powerful medication.
The expert staff at Physicians Urgent Care can help address the most common allergy symptoms, including:
- Red and itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus pressure
Treatment for Mild to Moderate Asthma Symptoms
When asthma problems aren’t severe enough to need emergency intervention but are too severe to treat at home, Physicians Urgent Care is here to help.
We offer quick and effective urgent care for children and adults with chronic and seasonal asthma, without the hassles of visiting a typical doctor’s office or the high cost of going to the emergency room.
If you or your child requires asthma treatment for a mild to moderate attack, you can walk into any of the Physicians Urgent Care locations or reserve your spot online to receive the care you need.
More About Asthma Treatment
Asthma treatment measures vary widely based on the severity of a given attack. Mild asthma flare-ups can require as little as a rescue inhaler, while some asthma attacks may require emergency room treatment followed by further observation.
Common symptoms of an asthma attack include:
- Difficulty catching breath
- Tightness in the chest
Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Treating Acute Bronchitis
A case of acute bronchitis will usually resolve itself within a few weeks without the need for professional medical attention. Sometimes, however, the coughing becomes too intense, or an accompanying fever is too concerning to simply wait the illness out. For those cases, Physicians Urgent Care is here to help.
If you think you may have bronchitis, our expert medical staff can help diagnose and treat your symptoms. Walk-in to any of our clinics or reserve your spot online.
What to Expect
Our highly trained staff can diagnose and treat bronchitis to get you on your way to a quick recovery. Here is what to expect at your visit:
Diagnosis – One of our providers will examine the patient and listen to their breathing. They will also try to determine if the bronchitis is viral or bacterial in origin, information that will impact the treatment method selected.
Identifying Related Issues– Because asthma and COPD can complicate bronchitis treatment, the provider will make a note of any chronic breathing conditions.
Providing treatment – In cases of bacterial bronchitis, treatment may include a prescription for antibiotics (which are ineffective in treating virus-caused infections) to treat the underlying infection. The provider will likely recommend additional medications for mitigating the bronchitis symptoms like coughing, fever, and difficulty breathing.
More About Bronchitis
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs, which are called bronchi. The condition can occur in short bouts that last a few weeks and generally result from a viral infection, or it can be a chronic condition with longer-lasting effects.
The most noticeable of these symptoms is a productive (mucus-producing) cough that lasts for days or weeks. Other associated symptoms include:
- Low-grade fever and chills
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Treating Common Colds
At Physicians Urgent Care, we can help you beat the common cold and get back to your busy schedule. While there really is no cure for a cold, there are ways to lessen the impact the illness has on your everyday life.
Some of the most common symptoms of the common cold include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches and soreness
Diagnosis and Treatment
When a cold lingers around, it is important to diagnose whether the symptoms are a result of another illness. Since common cold symptoms are often rather generic, a trip to the doctor or one of our urgent care clinics can be a great way to be sure you aren’t suffering from another ailment.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe a simple decongestant, additional medication, or may want to run additional tests to ensure you are treating the right illness.
Contact Physicians Urgent Care today to learn more about the treatment we offer for the common cold. You can also stop by one of our clinics or reserve your spot online.
Coughing Types and Treatments
A cough is your body’s natural way of clearing your throat and airways, protecting itself and helping your body heal. Coughs can be caused by many different things, so discovering the source of a problematic or persistent cough will help you with treatment. For example, if you have been told by a medical staff member that you have the common cold or flu, antihistamines may help ease your coughing symptoms better than an over-the-counter cough syrup.
There are two types of coughs: Acute and Chronic.
Acute coughs are most often associated with the common cold, flu, pneumonia or acute bronchitis. This type of cough often lasts less than three weeks.
Chronic coughs are most often associated with allergies, asthma, smoking, croup, chronic bronchitis, GERD, or COPD and can last eight weeks or longer. A chronic cough may leave you feeling exhausted because your sleep may be interrupted. You may also experience vomiting or lightheadedness.
The medical staff at Physicians Urgent Care will evaluate your medical history, including your recent physical exam charts. To help relieve your cough, it is best to quit smoking or avoid being around those who smoke. A cough can indicate a wide array of issues such as sinusitis, allergies or a more serious infection such as pneumonia or even whooping cough.
When Should I seek Treatment For My Cough?
- If the cough has been around longer than one week
- If you are coughing up yellow or green mucus
- If you experience wheezing or shortness of breath
- If you have a fever
The above symptoms do not usually require an emergency room visit, but seek treatment if your cough is interrupting your daily activities. Physicians Urgent Care is the perfect solution when you need fast and effective care for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
Visit one of our clinics if you are potentially experiencing mild to moderate dehydration symptoms, such as:
- Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day.
- Fever over 101 F (38.3 C), but less than 103 F (39.4)
- Diarrhea for more than 2 days.
- Weight loss.
- Decreased urine production.
Ear, Throat and Sinus Infections
A sinus infection occurs when your sinuses, which are normally filled with air, become inflamed or swollen. The inflammation or swelling can create a blockage in your sinuses, allowing bacteria to grow and causing an infection.
If your sinus infection lasts a short period of time, it’s considered an acute sinus infection; whereas, if it lasts longer than eight weeks or recurs frequently, it’s considered a chronic sinus infection.
Why do I get sinus infections?
A sinus infection can occur any time a sinus becomes blocked. There are a few different causes:
- Nasal polyps
- Anatomic conditions that block airways
What are the symptoms of a sinus infection?
Symptoms of an acute sinus infection are often similar to the common cold; however, cold symptoms typically go away within a week or so. If the symptoms linger longer than about 10-14 days, you may have a sinus infection. Symptoms of a sinus infection include:
- Thick, potentially malodorous nasal discharge
- Face or eye pressure or pain
How can I treat a sinus infection?
Your doctor will first determine the cause of your sinus infection, and will then propose the best treatment plan for you. The goal of treatment is to open up the sinuses and encourage drainage. Doctors often recommend treatment with antibiotics and decongestants. Your doctor may also recommend home treatments – like hot showers or facial steam – to help loosen mucus and open the affected sinus.
Eye Infections and Pink Eye
What is it?
Pink eye, or Conjunctivitis, is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white parts of your eyes. Pink eye may be caused by viruses, bacteria, or allergens.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and often results in a red eye with pus. Viral conjunctivitis is also contagious and usually causes a watery mucous discharge. This type of pink eye is caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious and is caused by your body reacting to an allergen or irritant. The primary symptom of this form of pink eye is itching.
Symptoms of pink eye include:
- A gritty feeling
- Crust on your eyelids or lashes
- Feeling like something is stuck in your eye
Early diagnosis and treatment helps to limit the spread of pink eye and protects people around you from also getting it. If you wear contact lenses, you should remove your lenses and wear glasses until you have been examined by your doctor. You can also help prevent pink eye by following these precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes
- Only use clean towels and washcloths
- Wash your pillowcases and bed sheets often
- Don’t share eye makeup or eye care items
If you think that you or your child has pink eye, you should see your doctor or visit Physicians Urgent Care for diagnosis and treatment right away.
A fever is one way that the body defends against infections, and it can be effective. However, in some cases, the fever itself can become troublesome.
Very high fevers should be treated as an emergency condition, but even moderate fevers can make you feel miserable enough that you might seek out professional medical attention. At Physicians Urgent Care, we can help you recover by providing caring, professional treatment for your fever.
Our providers won’t just treat the fever; they’ll also check to see what underlying condition might have triggered your body’s defenses.
For fevers caused by colds or flu, which are viral infections, we can give advice for managing symptoms; for fevers resulting from bacterial infections, we can prescribe medications to help fight off the infection itself.
When is Flu Season?
In the US, the flu season is considered October through May. Typically peak flu activity is December through February.
Preventing the Flu
- Get a flu shot
- Wash your hands many times a day
- Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy
- Wipe down doorknobs, phones, and light switches with a disinfectant wipe often
- Keep hands away from mouth/face
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get enough rest
- Exercise most days
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. The influenza virus is not to be confused with gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea is rare in adults but more common in children. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
If you think you might have the flu, taking an influenza test is a quick and easy way to confirm. Our physicians use state of the art testing technology to more accurately diagnose your symptoms and get you on the road to recovery sooner. Simply stop by your local Physicians Urgent Care clinic or reserve your spot online to get tested.
How to Get Over the Flu
If you have the flu, our providers can prescribe antiviral drugs to reduce the severity of the illness and shorten the length of time that you are sick. Studies have shown that antiviral drugs can also prevent serious flu complications in people that are at a high risk for complications.
Flu antiviral drugs work best if begun within 2 days of getting sick, discuss with your provider the instructions for taking this drug.
Headaches and Migraines
Not only can we treat a primary headache, but we can also diagnose the type of headache you are experiencing and help you establish possible causes. Our goal at our Physicians Urgent Care is to provide treatment that will have patients on the road to recovery and feeling better in no time.
There are several types of headaches: Tension headaches, Cluster headaches, Sinus headaches, and migraines.
- Tension Headaches cause mild to moderate pain, often described as feeling like there is a tight band around your head. These are the most common form of headaches, and while the causes aren’t completely understood, they are easily treated and managed by practicing healthy habits and using medications when necessary. Tension headaches will typically cause a dull, aching head pain, sensation of tightness or pressure across the forehead or sides and back of your head, or tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulders.
- Cluster Headaches can be described as having a one-sided pain that may be accompanied by a constant burning or piercing effect. The pain can be described as being located behind the eyes, and lasting up to two hours several times throughout the day.
- Sinus Headaches are located deep in the cheekbones, forehead, and even the bridge of the nose, and are accompanied by constant pain. The pain can be accompanied by discharge from your nose, a fever and facial swelling.
- Migraines include a moderate to intense pain usually confined to one side of the head and often associated with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Other side effects may include loss of appetite, fatigue, or dizziness. Most can experience at-home relief by applying a cool, damp cloth over the face while relaxing in a dark room.
The most important thing to remember with headaches and migraines is that they vary from person to person. Know your experience with headaches and accompanying symptoms – what is normal for you, and what is not.
Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea
What causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea?
There are many causes of nausea and vomiting, including motion sickness, pregnancy, medication side effects, intense pain, emotions or anxiety, gallbladder disease, food poisoning, infections, overeating, heart attack, concussion or brain injury, brain tumors, ulcers, some forms of cancer, excessive alcohol use or ingestion of toxins, bowel obstruction, gastroparesis and appendicitis.
Diarrhea is commonly caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites in contaminated food or water. Taking certain medications, such as antibiotics, cancer drugs or magnesium, or eating food you’re sensitive to or intolerant of (such as with lactose intolerance), can also be a cause. Conditions that affect the stomach, small intestine, or colon, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are also common causes of diarrhea.
If nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea occur together, it could be due to gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the digestive tract. It is also known as the “stomach flu.” Fever or abdominal cramps may also be present if you have gastroenteritis.
How are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea treated?
When you’re nauseous or vomiting, it can be helpful to avoid eating solid food. Eating soft, bland food can help with diarrhea. In some cases, medications such as Zofran can be used to control nausea and vomiting.
Vomiting and diarrhea cause your body to lose fluids, which can cause dehydration. This can be serious, so it’s important to keep hydrated. Drink plenty of clear fluids. If you’re vomiting, start out slow and gradually increase the amount that you drink. For children, a rehydrating solution like Pedialyte should be taken if diarrhea and vomiting last for 24 hours or more. In adults, sports drinks, fruit juices, caffeine-free sodas, and salty broths should be drunk in addition to water.
Other treatments may be necessary to address the underlying condition that’s causing your nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms. If you have concerns about your symptoms, visit one of our clinics for an examination to determine the causes and most appropriate treatment plan. Your visit to Physicians Urgent Care will include a comprehensive exam and medical history. Treatment may include medications administered in-clinic or by prescription, hydration by mouth or IV, and stool testing to screen for possible causes of your diarrhea.
When should I see a medical provider?
While nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are usually not harmful on their own, they can become dangerous or can be caused by a more serious health problem. Visit a medical provider if you notice any of the following:
- Signs of dehydration such as increased thirst, dry lips or mouth, sunken eyes, a rapid pulse, or rapid breathing
- Nausea that lasts for more than 3 days
- Vomiting that lasts for more than 1 day
- In children under six years, vomiting that lasts more than a few hours, vomiting and diarrhea occurring together, or lack of urination for 4-6 hours
- In children over six years of age, lack of urination for 6 hours
- Possibility of pregnancy
- Presence of an injury or infection that may be causing the vomiting
- Diarrhea for more than 48 hours in adults, or 24 hours in children
- Intense pain in the abdomen or rectum
- Stools that have blood or pus, or that are black and tarry
- Fever over 101 degrees
If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit a medical provider.
Rashes and Poison Ivy
A poison ivy or poison oak rash is caused by an oil in the plants called urushiol. The oil is present in the leaves, roots and stems of the plant. Exposure to urushiol causes an allergic reaction or rash in many people. Exposure to the plant directly, or secondary exposure by contact with exposed clothing, pets or gardening tools, may cause a reaction.
Common symptoms of a poison ivy or poison oak rash may include:
- A red rash at the site of exposure, within a few hours to a few days of contact
- Itching where the contact occurred
- Potential red streaks, bumps or blisters
The rash is not contagious.
Mild cases of poison ivy or poison oak rash can be treated by washing affected areas, including under fingernails, with soap and water or alcohol immediately after exposure. Itching and blistering may be relieved by applying cold compresses, calamine lotion or hydro-cortisone creams. Taking cool baths or non-prescription antihistamine may also alleviate itching.
Moderate or extremes case of this rash may require the care of a physician. You should see a healthcare professional if:
- The rash is widespread or severe
- The rash is on a sensitive area such as the face, mouth, eyes or genitals
- Blisters are present
- Fever over 100F occurs
If you experience a severe allergic reaction with swelling and/or difficulty breathing, you should call 911 or seek the immediate care of an emergency room.
Some of the best ways to prevent poison ivy or poison oak rashes are:
- Learn how to identify poison ivy and poison oak plants and avoid them
- Wear protective clothing including long pants, long sleeves and gloves
- Wash your skin immediately after contact
- Wash contaminated clothing and shoes so future exposures do not occur
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Awareness is extremely vital when it comes to prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Physicians Urgent Care offers discreet STD testing and treatment every day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Although treatment can not always “cure” an STD, treatment in many cases can help alleviate symptoms and avoid transmission.
Among other sexually transmitted diseases we treat, we offer treatment for:
- UTIs and bladder infections
Many STDs can have serious health consequences if they aren’t treated; therefore, it’s vital you are knowledgeable about the infections out there, how to get treatment and how to prevent STDs. Remember that it’s important for you and your partner to get tested regularly for STDs, even if you aren’t showing symptoms, because often times STDs do not have obvious symptoms.
What is strep throat?
Strep throat occurs when your throat and tonsils become inflamed or swollen due to an infection with streptococcal bacteria. There are various types of streptococcal bacteria which range in severity. Many people confuse strep throat with a sore throat; however, strep throat is a bacterial infection while a sore throat is simply a symptom caused by a virus or bacteria.
Why do I get strep throat?
Strep throat is contagious – the streptococcal bacteria can easily spread to people around you. When someone is infected, they can spread the bacteria through coughing, sneezing, or sharing beverages and food. They can live on everyday surfaces like doorknobs, work spaces and more.
What are the symptoms of strep throat?
Symptoms of strep throat may be similar to symptoms of a sore throat from viral causes. With strep, however, it’s unlikely you will experience a runny nose or cough. If you have strep throat, some of the symptoms you may experience include:
Sudden severe sore throat typically causing pain with swallowing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen red tonsils with possibly white patchy areas
How can I treat strep throat?
Your doctor will determine if you have strep throat by performing a strep test by swabbing your throat. If the strep test is positive, you will be prescribed antibiotics. The antibiotics should help you start feeling better within a couple of days; however, it is important that you finish the entire prescription of antibiotics.
When should I see the doctor?
Whenever you have questions about your medical condition, we recommend that you visit a doctor. For strep throat, it’s especially important to visit a doctor as soon as possible as the strep bacteria can result in infection elsewhere in the body.
Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections
Most Urinary Tract Infections occur in the lower part of the urinary tract, typically in the urethra or bladder. UTIs are caused when bacteria travel through the urethra into the bladder. Many UTIs are bladder infections, but if the infection travels to the kidney, it can become a more serious kidney infection. Urinary Tract Infections tend to be more prevalent in women but are also seen in men and children. UTI causes can include wearing tight or restrictive clothing, intercourse, or not drinking enough fluids, in addition to other factors.
Some of the more commons symptoms of a UTI may include:
- Burning with urination
- Feeling the need to urinate frequently, but passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy or strong smelling urine
- Blood in the urine
- Pelvic or lower back pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever or chills
Symptoms may vary in severity.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A doctor typically diagnoses a UTI by reviewing a patient’s medical history and analyzing a urine sample. When treated promptly, UTIs can generally be cleared with antibiotics. A physician may also prescribe medication to help with burning symptoms while the antibiotics are working. Experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids as well, to help flush bacteria out of the body. Avoiding potential irritants such as spicy food, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks can also help alleviate symptoms. Without prompt treatment, UTIs can lead to serious infections that may cause long term damage.
A vaginal yeast infection is inflammation of the vagina that is caused by an abundance of yeast typically found in limited amounts on the body. Yeast infections are common occurrences that many adult women get over their lifetime. These infections may occur more frequently in women who have recently used antibiotics, douches or oral contraceptives. People who may be more at risk for these types of infections include those with weakened immune systems or diabetes, those who have used antibiotics long-term or women who are pregnant.
While not common, genital candidiasis can occur in men and is characterized by an itchy rash in the genital region.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Mild to moderate symptoms may include:
- Itching or irritation in the genital area
- A burning feeling while urinating or during intercourse
- Clumpy or thin white discharge which may have a mild cheese-like odor
- Swelling, redness of the vulva
Signs of a more complicated yeast infection may include:
- Severe signs or symptoms such as more wide-spread redness, itching or swelling that may have caused tears, cracks or sores
- Recurring yeast infections
How do you diagnose and treat Yeast Infections?
It is important to see a healthcare professional if:
- You are unsure whether you have a yeast infection
- This is the first time you’ve had symptoms of a yeast infection
The symptoms of yeast infections may be similar to those of other genital infections, such as urinary tract infections. A physician may perform a pelvic exam for signs of infection and also may collect a sample of vaginal secretions to determine the correct treatment.
Yeast infections are most often treated with anti-fungal cream, suppositories or pills.
Some of the best ways to prevent a yeast infection include:
- Wearing loose-fitting pants or skirts, as well as cotton underwear
- Changing out of wet clothes including swimming suits or workout clothes, as soon as possible
- Avoiding very hot baths and hot tubs
Abrasions, Cuts, and Lacerations
Most minor cuts and abrasions don’t require a doctor’s visit, but visit our clinic if:
- The wound is on your face.
- The edges of the cut are jagged or gape open, the cut is deep (1/4 inch or more), or you can see fat or muscle. These are signs that you may need stitches.
- You can’t get all of the dirt or debris out of the wound, or the wound was caused by something very dirty or rusty.
- You have a puncture wound or a cut and haven’t had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years.
- The wound is from an animal or human bite.
- The injured area feels numb.
Watch for Signs of Infection
If the wound isn’t healing or you notice any of these signs of infection, visit our clinic right away.
- Redness, swelling, and warmth
- Increasing pain
- Pus or drainage from the cut
- Red streaks around the wound
Fractures, Sprains, Dislocations
We are able to treat all fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations. We have X-Ray services on site and a Sports Medicine physician that can care for your injury from beginning to end.
Foreign Body Removal
Foreign object removal is necessary whenever external objects enter the body, either via ingestion, insertion or accident (such as with splinters). Foreign objects are most commonly found in the skin, ears, eyes and nose, though they can exist anywhere throughout the body. While foreign bodies such as splinters don’t typically cause serious harm, some can lead to significant complications if unaddressed.
If the burn is beyond a limited area or is substantial, it should be evaluated at our clinic. The wounds and blisters are cleansed and examined. If intact, they will most likely be left in place and the wound bandaged with antibiotic ointment and covered with gauze.