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What is Urgent Care and When Should You Use It?

Urgent care is designed to provide medical services in half the time it takes patients to see a doctor, if they were to enter an emergency room setting. Urgent care centers are equipped with the latest equipment, so doctors can accurately diagnose and treat mild to moderate injuries, illnesses and diseases.

Urgent care facilities provide the same quality of care that emergency room gives, but with one exception. The wait time in urgent care is considerably less. Urgent care facilities treat patients with a wide range of medical conditions from flu like symptoms to bacterial infection signs and symptoms.

The most common illnesses are colds, flu, viruses and viral and bacterial infections. These illnesses are often seen in children, but they are not immune to adults.

Urgent Care Centers Provide Treatment for a Variety of Illnesses

Bacterial infections occur when germs or toxins enter the body. Bacteria enters the body through openings in the skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. Once, bacteria (which is considered a foreign material), enter the body, it begins to multiply and spread to other areas of the body, at this point, the bacteria then weakens the immune system, making it easier for other germs to invade the body. One single bacteria can reproduce more than 70 billion like bacteria in less than 24 hours.

The longer patients wait for treatment the more aggressive the bacteria become. This aggressive behavior will only lessen with medical attention, and the administration of medication. Parents are not aware of the signs and symptoms associated with bacterial infections, but doctors treat bacterial infections every day. These symptoms are hard to escape the eyes of trained medical professionals.

Bacterial infection signs and symptoms are not uncommon, and are easily mistaken for other diseases. As the bacteria spread its deadly toxin, symptoms occur, which often worsen as the bacteria continues to grow. Symptoms include pain, swelling and fever. Doctors at urgent care centers can diagnose and treat patients of all ages.

Benefits of Urgent Care Centers for Parents- Individuals- Families

Patients pressed for time and need to see the doctor on their lunch break or after work can walk into the urgent center, without an appointment, and get a quick and accurate diagnosis. Moms can bring in their little ones and let doctors treat them quicker than they can schedule an appointment with their pediatrician, and parents can avoid the long wait time.

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

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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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.

Express Healthcare Walk-in Clinic

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.

Tips for a Safe, Healthy Memorial Day

Healthy Tips Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States.

This holiday is one of our favorites, and not just because it is the unofficial start of the summer season. It’s the time to shed our winter attire for our favorite shorts and tanks and spend some time with family, friends and to honor those who have served our country. Whether you’ll be swimming or grilling, here is some information to keep you happy and healthy:

Fun in the Sun: Protect yourself and your family from harmful UV rays with a quality sunscreen. I would recommend using a product that contains at least SPF 50 for the face and SPF 30 for the body. Remember to apply frequently or hourly if you will be swimming and sweating. The repercussions of having two or more blistering sunburns in your lifetime will significantly raise your risk of skin cancer and skin aging. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It keeps you hydrated as well as protects you from the environment, love it wisely!

What is a quality sunscreen? UV radiation from the sun comes in the form of UVA and UVB. Selecting a “full-spectrum” product will guarantee protection from these harmful rays. These products will contain ingredients such as zinc oxide, avobenzone or ecamsule. For children, only products with zinc oxide are recommended.

If you do get sunburned, at what point would you need to visit us at Express Healthcare? Some sunburns can be as severe as a second degree burn. If you find your sunburn to be especially painful, this may be the case for you and you may be at risk for dehydration and infection. If your sunburn is mild and not very bothersome, you may be able to treat yourself at home. Here are some things you can do:

– Apply an emollient three times a day. Choose a moisturizer that is bland (no fragrance or dyes) and without alcohol, such as CeraVe.

– Aloe Vera! Apply to the affected areas as much as you want.

– Cool Compresses or baths with or without colloidal oatmeal. Use a clean, cold, damp washcloth and apply to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. Also, you can take a cool oatmeal bath using products such as Aveeno that are available at any drugstore.

All of these techniques will promote skin healing. It is important to avoid the sun until your sunburn has completely resolved. Do not use petroleum jelly, such as Vasoline, unless directed by your healthcare provider.

Stay Hydrated: The combination of dehydration, heat, and consuming alcohol can be detrimental to your health. Young children and the elderly may be especially susceptible to the summer heat. Make sure to stay cool and keep your ice chest full of water and sports drinks and skip the sugary beverages.

Symptoms such as dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, loss of consciousness are all signs that you need to seek treatment with health professionals such as at our urgent care, Express Healthcare which will open on Memorial day at College Park location.

Swimming and Water Sports: Never leave children unattended in or near water, no matter how experienced you believe they are at swimming. Make sure you are prepared with the proper equipment such as life jackets, first aid kits, and a cell phone to call 9-1-1. One tool you may find to be a useful resource is the First Aid Kit app by the American Red Cross.

Grilling Light: Time to break out the grill! Not only is grilled food absolutely delicious, it can be quite healthy too. Pick out lots of fresh vegetables to skewer or to wrap in foil for that great grilled flavor. Season your food with low-sodium seasonings such as Mrs. Dash’s tasty seasoning items. We all love burgers and hotdogs, but choosing proteins such as salmon or chicken breast instead of red or processed meat is a great alternative that still taste great on a whole wheat bun! Always remember to keep your grill at a safe distance from flammables and children.

Everyone at Express Healthcare and Med-Ped Health Care wishes you a fun, safe holiday as you celebrate this day in remembrance of those who have served and sacrificed.