Flu Season Arrives Early!

Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade – and it could be a bad one.

The primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. It is particularly hard on the elderly. Higher-than-normal reports of flu have come in. An uptick like this usually doesn’t happen until after Christmas. Flu-related hospitalizations are also rising earlier than usual, and there have already been two deaths in children. It’s not clear why the flu is showing up so early.

Urgent care clinics wants to make sure that you have all the information you need in case your family or someone you know encounters the flu. If your child has suddenly developed symptoms such as body aches, fever and chills, cough and possibly a sore throat it is very important to treat these symptoms within the first 48 hours.

Walk-in clinics provides a rapid flu test that only takes 10 minutes and tests for type A and B. It is very important to be tested within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms in order to have effective treatment. Also remember that Urgent Care co-pay is far less than ER co-pay and flu testing is almost always covered by insurance.

What is the expected course of the Flu?

  • Fever usually lasts 3 to 5 days
  • Runny nose, sneezing and sore throat usually last 1 week
  • Cough may last 2 to 3 weeks but should gradually improve

Our urgent care clinic in College Park and Greenbelt are here for your family weekdays and weekends, i.e. Saturdays and Sundays. With our rapid flu test, we will try and make your visit as quick and comfortable as possible. You can also make a walk-in appointment online with our website and be seen right away!

Flu prevention is an important thing to consider when you’re trying to stay healthy, especially during flu season. So how can you prevent the flu?

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. A quick rinse won’t do the trick. To kill germs, communicative disease experts recommend washing with soap for 15 to 30 seconds
  • Keep your hands away from your face to reduce the chance of delivering viruses directly to your eyes or nose
  • Make certain you’re getting your RDA for vitamin E and other antioxidants including A, C and B-complex vitamins and minerals
  • Don’t smoke. Smoke paralyzes the cilia, the hair like cells lining the nose and airways that sweep incoming viruses away before they can infect
  • Use tissues, not cloth handkerchiefs, to reduce spread of infection
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Chronic sleep deprivation can reduce your immune response
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, we recommend that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting themflu season

A Step Towards Women’s Health Can Save Your Life

There are some things that we can not prevent due to genetics and forces of nature that are unstoppable but as a women you can prevent disease by staying on top of your health. There are easy preventative acts that will help you live a long and healthy life. By staying on top of your health you can catch illness early on before it’s too late. Life is beautiful, don’t end yours early by not taking care of yourself to the best of your ability. It doesn’t take long to make sure that you don’t leave this world before your time. All it takes is one visit to Express Healthcare to start taking control of your future health.

Your body should be treated as if it is your house. You don’t go and burn your house down knowing that it will leave you with no place to live so you shouldn’t treat your body like garbage until it is full of disease and clogged arteries. By taking early preventative measures you are reducing your risks for serious illness such as heart attack, breast cancer, etc. Now, you can walk into a Express Healthcare, have your tests done, and be gone without putting a major dent in your day. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Women’s health is a priority and not an option.

You may be asking yourself what tests are important for women. The following are tests that may not need but you should discuss with your healthcare provider. These tests can all be discussed and done by your healthcare professional at Express Healthcare:

* Blood Pressure Test
* Pap Smear
* Ultrasound tests
* Bone Density Scans
* Chlamydia Testing

As well as doing the appropriate tests the provider will also make sure that you are up to date on your vaccinations. Vaccinations play an important role in women’s health making sure that you do not put your body through illnesses that can be prevented and also deadly.

Express Healthcare plays a vital role in women’s health. We are here for all of your healthcare needs. We provide preventative care, vaccinations, and are open to discussing weight loss surgery when appropriate. We strive to make sure that all of our patients are taken care of at an affordable, professional and friendly way. Come see us today and protect your future!

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Expert Medical Treatment for Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)

A car accident can significantly impact your life and not just in the aftermath of the collision. Injuries sustained in automobile accidents can take months or even years to heal. Then, there is also the headache of dealing with multiple insurance companies and competing claims. All told, car accidents can wreak havoc on your life for some time. 

Most people turn to emergency rooms or their primary care physicians to treat injuries from a car accident. However, you should turn to a clinic that specializes in treating injuries from automobile accidents. Express Healthcare, LLC is an urgent care walk-in clinic. But as a specialty clinic, Express Healthcare, LLC has several advantages. 

First, injuries from car accidents require special care. Neck injuries like whiplash, back injuries and soft tissue damage can take time to heal and may not even show up immediately after an accident. A team experienced with treating these kinds of injuries use a wide variety of treatments including x-rays, ultrasonogram, massage therapy and physical therapy in addition to medical services. 

Secondly, a clinic specializing in treating car accident injuries can also help you navigate the often confusing tangle of insurance company documents, claims and bills that come with a car accident. Auto insurance companies require detailed and tedious documentation from doctors treating car accident injuries. Even small errors could jeopardize your claim. 

Finally, doctors and a medical team that specialize in treating car accident injuries can make sure all your injuries get treated until you are healed. Injuries specific to car injuries take longer to heal and require special care. You may also have injuries that don’t appear at first, developing later as your body absorbs the true impact of the collision. 

Express Healthcare, LLC should be your first stop after an auto accident. We have convenient and flexible hours seven days a week so you can get service immediately following your accident and then receive the ongoing, follow up care you need after the accident.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you don’t have to suffer needlessly while waiting for insurance companies to sort out fault. Visit a medical clinic that specializes in treating injuries from car accidents and get back on the path to health to wellness. The car accident may have wreaked havoc on your life, but your injuries don’t have to.

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Lifestyle Tips to Help You Manage Your Heartburn

When you have heartburn and acid reflux, your lower esophageal sphincter opens when it shouldn’t. This causes acid from your stomach to wash back up into your esophagus.

Over time, the constant backwash of stomach acid can irritate and damage your esophagus. If this happens, it can lead to complications like swelling or narrowing of your esophagus. If you have acid reflux disease and your symptoms like chest pain, acid taste in your mouth or burning in the back of your throat come back or get worse, it could be a sign that your treatment need to be adjusted.

In Express Urgent Care clinics, we have physicians expert in gastrointestinal disorders. We have many diagnostic tools help us to reach the diagnosis of your problem.

Our services include:

- Laboratory and screening tests

- Ultrasonography

- H-Pylori Breath Test

When you have acid reflux, this means that something in your body isn’t working the way it should. For example, your lower esophageal sphincter might be weak or something could be putting extra pressure on your stomach.

A weakened lower esophageal sphincter can be a result of:

* Drinking Alcohol

* Smoking

* Eating certain foods like foods high in fat.

Extra pressure on your stomach can be caused by:

* Eating large meals

* Wearing tightly fitting clothes

* Pregnancy

* Being overweight

Ask our doctors how can you change your lifestyle and how eat smaller meals. Ask how to control your weight because carrying extra pounds puts pressure on your stomach. In our offices, we have certain methods that can help you lose weight.

Express Healthcare is a walk-in urgent care clinics located on Greenbelt Rd in Premier Medical Center and on Baltimore Ave near the University of Maryland. Talk to us today if you have any symptom.

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Just Girls – Odors, Bumps and Everything Inbetween

Hello ladies. We’ve all been there when something changes “down there” and the great unknown can leave you feeling worried as well as uncomfortable. I know how to take care of you at Express Healthcare, whether you think you may be pregnant or you’re concerned about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Here are a few things you should know about your body and how you can be better at listening to it.


First and foremost, everyone looks different. You are a stunning, gorgeous woman, exactly the way you were made. Love your body and it will love you back.

Here is a diagram of your basic anatomy. Keep in mind, there are many variations to a woman’s appearance.

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It’s bikini season! The last thing you want are those painful red bumps that you get after shaving. This is a common result of shaving coarse hair found in your groin and armpits. This is most likely due to folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle. There are some over-the-counter products that may provide relief or prevent these bumps. Here are some handy tips:

  • wash before and after with antibacterial soap, such as Hibiclens
  • use a fresh, sharp shaving razor
  • just trim! no need to shave all the way down to the skin
  • after, use a product that has “rubbing alcohol” in the ingredients
  • or try a little over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, do not use more than twice a day

If these simple tricks do not help, you may have developed an infection that can be treated at our urgent care.

Douching and Discharge

Douching is a practice I discourage to all of my patients. Douching can disrupt the pH of your vagina and can leave you susceptible to an infection such as bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. Over-the-counter tests for these problems are not reliable nor are they accurate. Having a discharge is very normal, for all women. If you are having a change in your normal discharge or odor, there may be something else going on that needs medical attention.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

These types of infections can wreak havoc on our bodies by causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), infertility, cervical cancer and other complications. If you have had multiple partners or have a new partner, don’t hesitate – you should be tested.

Annual Well-Woman Exam

Just like your yearly check-up, you should have a yearly female check-up in addition. This exam generally includes a Pap Smear and a breast exam. A Pap Smear is recommended beginning at the age of 21, if you are sexually active. It is so important to have your annual well-woman check-up every year. You can utilize this visit with your primary care doctor or gynecologist to discuss contraceptives or any questions you have about your sexual health or well-being

I hope I’ve answered some of your questions. Feel welcome to walk-in or make an appointment to address any concerns you might have. You know where to find us at Express Healthcare in College Park and Greenbelt, MD!

Guidelines for Responding to Mental Health Crisis

Feeling under the weather? Blue? Not quite yourself? You may have a mental health disorder.

Mental health can be quite the taboo topic. It’s frowned upon in the military. It makes us feel uneasy regarding the possibility of school shootings or random acts of violence. It can be difficult to face for those that have survived suicide attempts. It can be unbearable for those that have lost a loved one that took their own life or passed away unexpectedly.

Mental health encompasses many facets such as mood and personality disorders. The truth of the matter is, no matter who you are you can still benefit from some form of mental healthcare. Whether that means you have a friend you can always talk to or you find your therapy in art and music or you need a professional counselor and psychiatrist to guide you.

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Here is some info about common issues that you may find helpful.


Depression is a powerful thing. It can consume us. Do you believe you have a depressed mood? Have decreased sleep? Decreased interest in activities? Guilt of worthlessness? Decreased energy? Concentration difficulties? Changes in appetite or weight loss? Feel agitated? Suicidal thoughts? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to address these symptoms with your primary care physician or psychiatrist.


The pressure is on. Get into the best school. Make straight A’s. Always win. Never lose. Have the perfect spouse. Dog. Car. Child. Wardrobe. House. Job. Life.

Feeling nervous. Sweaty. Hyperventilate. Don’t like crowds. Can’t sleep. Full of worry. Obsessed with negativity.

There are many causes of anxiety. The first thing to understand is that anxiety is a totally normal emotion. It makes us competitive and alert. It makes you a better person, until it doesn’t. If you suffer from severe anxiety that has become debilitating, that doesn’t mean you should let it get the best of you. Talk to someone today, see a professional like your doctor and get some solid advice.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a form of depression that comes and goes depending on the time of year. Mostly commonly, symptoms start in late fall and fade in the spring/summer. Theses symptoms include:

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Having a bigger appetite than usual, especially for sweet or starchy foods, like pastries or rice
  • Gaining weight
  • Becoming cranky or irritable
  • Having trouble with relationships, especially with feeling rejected

SAD is a condition that can be treated. If you feel like these symptoms describe you, you’ve overcome the first step and have recognized there is a problem. Discuss your concerns the next time you see your primary care physician or psychiatrist.


Mourning a lost love one or living with a terminal illness is a one-day-at-a-time process that simply takes time. There are 5 basics stages of grief, here is what to expect if you or a loved one are dealing with this type of issue:

  1. Denial — trying to shut out the reality or magnitude of his/her situation, and begin to develop a false, preferable reality.
  2. Anger — Why me? Who is to blame? Why would God let this happen?
    Anger can manifest itself in different ways. People can be angry with themselves, or with others, or at a higher power, and especially those who are close to them.
  3. Bargaining — I’ll do anything for a few more years. I will give my life savings if…
    The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow undo or avoid a cause of grief.
  4. Depression — I’m going to die soon so what’s the point? I miss my loved one, why go on?
    This process allows the grieving person to disconnect from things of love and affection, possibly in an attempt to avoid further trauma. It is natural to feel sadness, regret, fear, and uncertainty when going through this stage. Feeling those emotions shows that the person has begun to accept the situation. Oftentimes, this is the ideal path to take, to find closure and make their ways to the fifth step, Acceptance.
  5. Acceptance — It’s going to be okay. I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.
    In this last stage, individuals begin to come to terms with their situation. This typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable mindset.

Grief is a normal part of the process. However, complicated or prolonged grief is not. If you are having any suicidal/homicidal thoughts or if this process takes more than 6 months, you must seek professional help immediately.


Therapy is an integral part of our lives. Exercise is therapeutic. Music. Art. Cooking. Laughing. Writing. Intellect. Sex. Relationships. We need these things. Yet, sometimes, it’s not enough and you may benefit from seeing a professional.

Too often we realize our best friends really aren’t great counselors. For example, have you ever tried to talk to a friend about something important that was going on in your life and they answer “me too!” and relates your problem to their life? This can make you feel invalidated and you may not ever be able to resolve the issue you have. A professional counselor is trained to help you deal with your most personal and private issues. Seeing a counselor or therapist may drastically change your outlook on life and can help you heal, no matter what you may be dealing with.

If you are contemplating suicide, tell someone. Get the help you need.

I hope you’ve found some of the info in this blog helpful. Let me know which topics you would like more posts about!

What Can You Do To Prevent High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the result of two forces: from the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and throughout the circulatory system and the force of the arteries as they resist blood flow.

Elevated blood pressure is harmful to the body because it causes the heart to work harder than normal, leaving both the heart and arteries more prone to injury. High blood pressure also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, damage to the eyes, kidney failure, atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure combined with other risks, such as obesity, smoking, high blood cholesterol or diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart attack or stroke.

Because there may be no hint that you have high blood pressure, it is often found when you visit your doctor for another reason or during routine physical exam.

How is Blood Pressure Measured? 

Your doctor measures your blood pressure using a special device called a Sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure cuff, to find out how hard blood is pressing against the walls of the arteries. A blood pressure reading is recorded as 2 numbers, a top number and a bottom number. The top number, the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure of blood in the arteries when the heart is at work, beating and pumping.The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest, between beats.

The “silent killer “:

High blood pressure is often termed “the Silent Killer” because it usually has no symptoms.  Many people have high blood pressure for many years without knowing about it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is elevated is to have your blood pressure checked. Here is the categories for blood pressure levels in adults according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults (measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg)

Category Systolic
(top number)
(bottom number)
Normal Less than 120 And Less than 80
Prehypertension 120–139 Or 80–89
High blood pressure
Stage 1 140–159 Or 90–99
Stage 2 160 or higher Or 100 or higher

 Causes of High Blood Pressure:

The cause of high blood pressure is largely unknown, although there are certain risk factors that increase an individual’s chance for developing high blood pressure:

  • Heredity
  • Race (African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure)
  • Males (men have a greater chance of developing high blood pressure than women until age 55.  However, at over the age of 75, women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men).
  • Sodium sensitivity (salt)
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetics or individuals with gout or kidney disease
  • Heredity (individuals whose parents had/have high blood pressure are more at risk)
  • Age (the older people get, the more prone to high blood pressure)
  • Some medications (always tell your doctor about every medication you are taking – some medications increase blood pressure, others may interfere with the effectiveness of antihypertensive drugs)

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:

Most patients with high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms from this condition, although some may experience headaches, dizziness or nosebleeds in the more advanced stages of the disease. Most patients receive a blood pressure reading during a routine physical exam, which is when they first learn that they have abnormal blood pressure.

Treatment for High Blood Pressure:

Treatment for high blood pressure may vary depending on the severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. There are several lifestyle changes that patients can make to help reduce blood pressure, including:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt and fat
  • Limit your alcohol to no more than two drinks a day
  • Become physically active
  • Take the medicine your doctor prescribes for you
  • Know what your blood pressure should be and work to keep it at that level

When lifestyle changes do not provide adequate results, medication may be prescribed to help control high blood pressure. This may include Thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors calcium channel blockers and others. Your doctor will decide which medication is best for you.

It is important for patients with high blood pressure to take active control of their condition in order to reduce the associated risks and maintain their quality of life. Working together with one of the experienced doctors at Express Urgent Care can help patients develop a personalized treatment plan that keeps you happy and healthy.

For your urgent care needs, you can walk-in to Express Healthcare, LLC clinics any day during the year. We are located on Baltimore Ave (Route 1) on exit 25 of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) and on Greenbelt Rd on exit 23.

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How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

It’s the conversation that nobody wants to have. You think that it will never happen to you. You don’t want to talk about it because it is uncomfortable. You may even believe some of they myths out there. The truth is that a conversation about STD diseases could save your life. It only takes one time for you to get an STD disease that will affect the rest of your life.


As a parent it is your job to teach your children about STD diseases. If you don’t sit down to have a ten minute talk, even if it is uncomfortable, you could be leading your child to their death. Nobody is going to educate your child for you. Planned Parenthood states that “It’s best to start talking with children about sexuality in early childhood – but it’s never to late.” You pave the road for your child by teaching them about what is okay and not okay, protection, STD diseases, pregnancy and more. If you are older and had nobody who has told you about healthy sexual activities then it is important that you educate yourself. Take the attitude of your body being a temple and you want to make sure that you are not harming it by any activity. You would never jump off a bridge and hope for water instead of pavement so don’t have unprotected sex and hope that you won’t be infected with one of the many STD diseases. Never believe someone who says that they have been tested. Always protect yourself and don’t count on someone else to do it for you.


STD diseases can take on many different forms and symptoms. There is not just one common STD but many. These diseases do not just affect certain people, they affect anyone who is sexually active. Some can be cured and some can not. Once you are infected with an STD disease you have to live with it for the rest of your life. Some diseases can be cured, some can be managed and some eventually lead to an early death.

According to the Huffington Post:

* Women are three times more likely to contract an STD then men.

* One in two sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25.

* Every year there are more then 19 million new cases a year.

* Left untreated STD diseases can lead to infertility, increase your risk of cancer or cause death.

* More then 50% of people will contract HPV at some point during their lives.


Getting tested annually is a huge part of protecting yourself. Nothing is one hundred percent protection besides abstinence. Express Healthcare offices does complete STD testing and can also talk to you about being healthy and sexually active. It is very common for people to go to a healthcare clinic for testing. You are among professional people who care about your well being. You have nothing to be embarressed of when you get tested and instead should be proud that you have taken the initiative to take care of your body. Always use a latex condom when having sex and stay in monogamous relationships.





* Syphilis screening

* Chlamydia

* Gonorrhea

It takes less than an hour to educate yourself and get tested. STD diseases affect you for a lifetime. Take the time to protect and educate yourself. Take the time to talk to your healthcare provider about STD diseases and birth control. Take your health and life into your own hands and help educate others. A box of condoms is five dollars and a life is priceless.

Workers’ Compensation Injury Clinics in Prince George’s County

At Express Healthcare, LLC, we have the resources to assist people and businesses with the benefit of preventative occupational health programs and in guiding them through the complicated Worker’s Compensation system.

Getting Your Employee Back to Work

Our Program includes:

  • Prompt care of employees immediately following accident or injury
  • Treatment and evaluation by a physician skilled in Occupational Medicine
  • Same day status reports and Doctor’s first report, usually within 24 hours
  • Occupational and sports medicine oriented physical therapy programs, aimed at reducing pain and getting the employee back to work
  • Educational programs to train employees to avoid injury
  • Bilingual healthcare staff

Express Healthcare, LLC is also equipped to offer the following services:

  • Evaluation and treatment of workers’ compensation cases
  • Occupational health testing
  • Executive physicals
  • Pre-employment Physicals
  • Physical therapy
  • X-ray
  • Laboratory and Toxicology

Physical Therapy Services:

At Express Urgent Care clinics, Physical Therapy specialists work closely with our physicians to provide optimal outcomes.

Our Workers’ Compensation administration staff works in partnership with our physicians to facilitate insurance authorization and schedule needed diagnostic or surgical services. This proactive approach can help eliminate unnecessary office visits, treatments and expense.

We provide a full range of occupational and medical tests at both Maryland clinics in Greenbelt and College Park.

Occupational Medicine Physical Therapy Prince George's County

Why You Should Go to an Urgent Care to Treat Your Headache?

Mrs. James, 45 years old woman is one of the patients of Express Healthcare, LLC. She shared her story with us about her headache attacks and her experience with our services in Express Healthcare.

“I had a Migraine attack for three days. It’s out of control, has lasted long enough to be classified as status Migrainous, and I know I need help. It’s also the weekend, and nobody is in at my doctor’s office. Sound familiar to anyone? Unfortunately, this scenario or at least one that’s similar is familiar to all too many people who suffer from Migraine disease or severe headaches.” She continued:

“Over the years, I’ve “heard” many accounts of visits to the Emergency Room and Urgent Care facilities. Many of us have been treated well and with respect in both places, but I usually wait time less than an hour in the Urgent Care (UC) versus while in the Emergency Room (ER) I usually spend more time waiting. At the urgent care the medical staff is all as professional as the staff in the ER, polite and respectful. The diagnosis for my problem was clearly explained by the physician in the urgent care and the treatment was very effective too.

The physician provided me with a home care plan prior to leaving and gave me instructions about what to do if the headache/migraine returned, she added. So my level of satisfaction with overall experience was %100.  Since that time I decided to go to the urgent care clinic instead of ER whenever I experience headache again.

“While the ER is familiar to many people, I encourage headache sufferers to consider their local urgent care facility the next time they require immediate headache treatment, I really recommend this from my own experience” said Mrs. James.

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Dr. Jamal Fadul of Express Healthcare with his patient

A lot of patients with headache had far more positive experiences at urgent care facilities than emergency rooms. If you are a headache or Migraine sufferer who occasionally needs emergency care, this is absolutely something to keep in mind. If your healthcare is covered by insurance, however, it would be prudent to check in advance to see if care at an urgent care facility is covered by your insurance plan. Some plans cover ER visits, but not UC visits. Some will cover either, but only if you are referred there by your primary physician. In Express Healthcare, we accept most insurance plans. In Express urgent care, we save you time and money.