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Dive into Safety: Essential Beach and Poolside First Aid Tips

Are you ready to make a splash in the water? Whether you're hitting the beach or lounging poolside, it's essential to prioritize safety. While fun in the sun is invigorating, accidents and injuries can happen unexpectedly. 

That's why understanding basic first aid for common beach and poolside ailments is a must. From jellyfish stings to minor cuts, let's dive into safety and equip ourselves with the knowledge to handle emergencies confidently.

What are the most common injuries that occur at the beach or poolside?

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At the beach or poolside, several common injuries and ailments can occur due to a combination of outdoor activities, water-related elements, and various hazards. Some of the most frequent injuries include:

  1. Sunburn

Prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to painful and damaging sunburn. Areas often affected include shoulders, back, face, and legs. Here's what to do when you or someone you know is sunburned:

  • As soon as you notice sunburn, move to a shaded area or indoors to avoid further exposure to UV rays.
  • Apply a cool, damp cloth to the affected area or take a cool bath. Avoid using ice directly on the skin, as it can worsen the burn.
  • Drink plenty of water to help replenish fluids lost due to the burn and aid in healing.
  • Apply a soothing and moisturizing lotion, aloe vera gel, or a sunburn-specific product to the affected area. Avoid petroleum-based products, as they can trap heat and worsen the burn.
  • If blisters form, do not pop them. Keep them clean and covered to prevent infection.

If the sunburn is severe, covers a large area of the body, or is accompanied by symptoms like fever, chills, or severe pain, consider seeking medical attention.

Preventing sunburn is the best approach to enjoying the sun safely. Some tips to help you avoid sunburn are to apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing, seek shade during peak hours, and stay hydrated.

  1. Jellyfish stings

Jellyfish stings can result in painful, red, and swollen skin. In some cases, there may be an allergic reaction requiring medical attention. 

Reacting promptly and providing appropriate first aid can help alleviate the discomfort. Here's what to do if you or someone else gets stung by a jellyfish:

  • If stung while swimming, immediately move away from the jellyfish to prevent further contact.
  • Use seawater, not freshwater, to rinse the affected area. Freshwater can cause the nematocysts (stinging cells) to release more venom.
  • Gently remove any tentacles that may be attached to the skin. Use a pair of tweezers or the edge of a credit card. Avoid using your fingers to prevent further stings.
  • If available, pour vinegar over the affected area for about 30 seconds. Vinegar can help neutralize the venom and prevent further nematocyst discharge.
  • Immerse the affected area in hot water (104-113°F or 40-45°C) for about 20-45 minutes. Hot water can help inactivate the venom and provide relief from pain.
  • Apply a cool compress, anti-itch creams, and take OTC medications to alleviate its symptoms.

Remember, DO NOT use urine, alcohol, or fresh water on the sting, as these can worsen the condition. Do not rub the area, as it can further release venom. Avoid using pressure bandages.

If the pain is intense, the person is having difficulty breathing, or you suspect an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.

  1. Minor cuts and abrasions

Rocks, shells, and rough pool surfaces can lead to minor cuts and scrapes, potentially causing discomfort and risk of infection. 

Prompt care and proper first aid can help prevent infection and promote quicker healing. Here's what to do when you or someone else has a minor cut or abrasion: 

  • If the cut is bleeding, apply gentle pressure using a clean cloth or sterile gauze pad. Elevate the injured area if possible.
  • Gently rinse the cut or abrasion under clean, running water to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using soap directly on the wound.
  • If available, use antiseptic wipes or a mild antiseptic solution to clean the area around the wound. This helps reduce the risk of infection.
  • After cleaning, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the wound. This helps create a barrier against bacteria and supports healing.
  • Use a sterile adhesive bandage or non-stick sterile gauze pad to cover the cut or abrasion. Change the dressing daily or if it becomes wet or soiled.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and discomfort.

Keep an eye on the wound for signs of infection, such as increasing redness, swelling, warmth, or pus. If infection is suspected or you’re unable to clean and dress the wound properly, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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  1. Sprain and strains

Beach and poolside activities can sometimes lead to sprained ankles, pulled muscles, or strains. Here's what to do if you or someone else experiences such injuries:

  • Stop the activity immediately to prevent further injury.
  • Avoid putting weight on the affected area. Immobilize the injured limb using a splint, sling, or any available materials to minimize movement.
  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress wrapped in a cloth to the injured area for 15-20 minutes. This helps reduce swelling and pain. Make sure to avoid applying ice directly to the skin.
  • If swelling occurs, use an elastic bandage to apply gentle compression to the injured area. Ensure the dressing is not too tight, which can impede blood circulation.
  • If possible, elevate the injured limb above the heart level to help reduce swelling.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. Follow dosage instructions and consult a healthcare professional if needed.

If the sprain or strain is severe, causing intense pain, or if you suspect a fracture, it's important to seek medical help. A primary care physician can perform a thorough evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment.

  1. Sand irritation

Sand can cause skin irritations, particularly in sensitive areas, leading to discomfort and itching. If you or someone else experiences sand-related irritation, here's how to address it effectively:

  • Head to a clean water source like a beach shower or poolside rinse area. Gently rinse the affected area with clean, lukewarm water to remove any residual sand.
  • While rinsing, avoid scrubbing the irritated area vigorously, as this can worsen the irritation and cause further discomfort.
  • After rinsing, pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  • Applying talc-free baby powder to the irritated skin can help absorb moisture and make it easier to brush off any remaining sand particles. Gently pat the powder onto the skin and then lightly brush it off.
  • You can also apply hydrating lotion, aloe vera gel, or a cool compress to the affected area.
  1. Drowning or near-drowning incidents

Drowning and near-drowning incidents are critical emergencies that require immediate action. Quick and effective intervention can make a lifesaving difference. If you witness a drowning or near-drowning incident, follow these steps:

  • If it's safe for you to enter the water, proceed to help the victim. If the situation seems dangerous, call for help immediately and get assistance from lifeguards or emergency services.
  • If others are around, instruct someone to call 911 or your local emergency number. The sooner professional help arrives, the better the chances of a positive outcome.
  • If you're in the water with the victim, signal for help by yelling loudly, waving your arms, or making gestures to attract the attention of lifeguards or other people nearby.

Perform CPR. If the victim is unresponsive and not breathing, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately if you're trained to do so. The 911 operator can also guide you through the process.

Continuously monitor the victim's breathing, pulse, and responsiveness while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

  1. Heat exhaustion or heatstroke

Overexertion in the heat, inadequate hydration, and lack of shade can result in heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or, in severe cases, heatstroke. 

These conditions require immediate attention. If you suspect someone is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke, follow these steps:

  • Immediately get the person out of the heat and into a cooler, shaded area.
  • Encourage the person to drink cool water or a sports drink to rehydrate. Avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Help the person loosen tight or heavy clothing to promote better air circulation.
  • Use cool, damp cloths or a spray bottle to mist the person's skin with water. Use fans or air conditioning if available.
  • If the person is conscious and not feeling nauseated, have them lie down and elevate their legs slightly to improve blood flow.

Keep a close eye on the person's symptoms. If they don't start feeling better within 30 minutes or if their condition worsens, seek medical help.

When to seek urgent care?

While many minor injuries and ailments can be managed with basic first aid, some situations warrant seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility. Here are some guidelines:

  • Deep cuts or lacerations that cannot be easily controlled with direct pressure
  • Excessive or uncontrolled bleeding
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Persistent pain or discomfort
  • Eye injuries
  • Deep burns
  • Signs of infection
  • Sudden confusion, disorientation, or changes in behavior

Where to find the best urgent care near me?

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Accidents happen, even during the sunny season. From minor scrapes to unexpected injuries, our team of experienced healthcare professionals is ready to provide prompt and compassionate care. 

Enjoy peace of mind knowing that our state-of-the-art facilities can handle a wide range of non-life-threatening conditions.

Contact us immediately for all your summer health needs. You can also visit one of our facilities conveniently located near you:

Stay safe, have fun, and make unforgettable memories this summer!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Summertime brings warm weather, swimming, and, unfortunately, an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Approximately 5.4 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed annually. This translates to 3.3 million Americans affected, as some people may receive multiple diagnoses. Of those diagnoses, 8 out of 10 are basal cell cancers, with squamous cell cancers appearing less often.

In this blog post, explore essential tips on how to protect your skin now and prevent skin cancer. Read on to be informed and keep your skin safe during the warm months.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells due to a mutation in the DNA of these cells. Skin cancer can affect any part of the body and is caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and tanning beds.

Skin cancer can be treated if detected early. Common treatments include cryosurgery, laser therapy, radiation therapy, and chemical creams. Your doctor can help you determine the best treatment for your specific type of skin cancer. It is important to be aware of any changes in the size, color, or feel of any moles or patches of skin on your body.

Regularly checking for changes in moles is the best way to detect early signs of skin cancer. Additionally, prevention measures such as regular use of sunscreen, avoiding tanning beds, and wearing protective clothing can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

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What are the types of skin cancer?

There are three main types of skin cancer:

  1. Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a premalignant skin condition caused by prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays. Often appearing as scaly, rough patches on the face, AK can cause itching, burning, and lesion formation. While usually harmless, those with AK should have it examined by a dermatologist- early treatment can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer.

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It typically appears as a small, fleshy bump or blotch on the sun-exposed areas of the body, such as the face, neck, arms, and upper chest. BCC often looks like sores that don’t heal, red patches, or raised bumps.

  1. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is another common type of skin cancer. It usually appears as a scaly, red patch that may crust over and bleed. SCC is most commonly found on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, forearms, hands, and legs. 

  1. Melanoma 

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It can spread to other areas of the body and be fatal if not detected and treated early. Melanoma typically appears as a dark mole or lesion and can occur anywhere on the body, including areas not exposed to the sun. 

What are the risks of skin cancer?

As one of the most common forms of cancer, skin cancer carries several potential risks for those who are diagnosed. Not only can it be life-threatening, but it can also affect the quality of life of those affected by the disease. Here are some of the potential risks associated with skin cancer:

  • Un-diagnosis: Skin cancer can be difficult to diagnose, as any suspicious growths or discolorations might not necessarily be caused by cancer. If left undiagnosed, the cancer can spread quickly and become more difficult to treat.
  • Negative side effects of treatment: Treatments such as chemotherapy can leave patients feeling very weak and fatigued. The side effects of these treatments can be severe and can cause long-term issues such as skin discoloration, nerve damage, and even organ damage.
  • Metastasis: Skin cancer can metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes or internal organs. This can cause additional complications, such as respiratory issues or even death.
  • Damage to appearance: Low-grade skin cancers, such as basal or squamous cell carcinoma, can leave permanent scars on the affected area. In severe cases, these scars can be cosmetically unsightly and lead to self-consciousness or feelings of shame.

What are the benefits of sun protection?

Sun protection is essential to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. When you use sun protection on a regular basis, you can gain several health and aesthetic benefits. 

  • Avoid premature aging and skin damage
  • Lower the risks of skin cancer
  • Improve overall health
  • Protect the body from harmful UV rays
  • Keep your skin looking younger and healthier
  • Enjoy longer outdoor activities
  • Reduce the eye strain caused by bright sunlight
  • Even skin tone and long-term skin health benefits

Simple tips to prevent skin cancer

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There are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of skin cancer and protect your skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Here are some of the simple tips you can take:

  1. Use sunscreen wherever you go outside

Wherever you go outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it every two hours as needed. Make sure to cover all areas of exposed skin, including areas that are most often overlooked, such as the ears, feet, and back of the neck.

  1. Check the UV index and avoid peak times

Using the UV Index, plan outdoor activities and errands for times of lower UV radiation. Try to avoid the sun’s most intense rays between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  1. Avoid tanning beds

Tanning beds expose your skin to radiation and have been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer.

  1. Wear protective clothing

Wear long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats when you go outside. Select clothing made of tightly woven fabric, since UV radiation can seep through loosely woven fabrics. Look for sun-protective clothing with labels that show UPF numbers, a rating system used to indicate a fabric’s ability to block UV radiation.

  1. Seek shade when possible

Whenever possible, seek out shade during peak UV radiation times. Sun-protective umbrellas, pavilions, and trees provide valuable protection by blocking UV radiation.

  1. Get Vitamin D from food

Get your daily dose of Vitamin D from food instead of the sun. Look for milk, orange juice, yogurt, salmon and other food sources.

  1. Eat a healthy diet

Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation. Foods naturally rich in antioxidants, such as tomatoes, green tea, and peppers can help protect the skin from UV-induced skin damage.

  1. Get regular skin exams

Schedule regular skin exams with a dermatologist or primary care physician to detect skin cancer early.

Keep your skin healthy with Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches

Are you are looking online for “urgent care near me” for a burn that requires medical attention? Look no further! Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches is here to help. Protect your skin by taking precautionary steps and getting screened.

 Visit one of our clinics near you: 

Whatever your urgent care need, we are here for you seven days a week. Contact us if needed! We wish you a safe and healthy summer!

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation used to take images of the inside structures of the body, such as bones and soft tissues. It is a painless medical imaging procedure that helps doctors diagnose various conditions accurately and create the right treatment plan.

During an X-ray procedure, the patient will be positioned in a way that the body part to be examined is located between an x-ray source and detector. 

Once the machine is turned on, X radiation will travel and pass through the body, where it will be absorbed by the tissues and internal organs. Each body structure will absorb different amounts of radiation depending on its radiological density. For example:

  • Bones will appear white since they have more radiologic density than other structures.
  • Air will appear as black
  • Muscles, fat, and other soft tissues will appear as gray.

An X-ray is a convenient and effective tool used by healthcare providers to assess the health of their patients without the need for an incision. 

Furthermore, X-ray technology may also be used to monitor conditions and even treat chronic diseases, such as cancer. 

Why it's done?

X-rays may safely be performed on babies, teens, and adults. Typically, doctors order an X-ray for the following purposes:

  • Inspect the body structure for a fracture or broken bone.
  • Check the body for penetrating or foreign objects.
  • Evaluate an area and identify the cause of pain or discomfort.
  • Assess if a treatment is working appropriately.
  • Perform routine screenings for chronic diseases, such as cancer.
  • Monitor the progress of an existing condition.

Doctors typically utilize X-rays as a standard diagnostic procedure for various injuries and conditions, such as fractures, dislocated joints, arthritis, tooth decay, and cancer. It may also be used to  screen patients suspected of tuberculosis, pneumonia, and digestive tract problems.

What are the risks?

An X-ray procedure only uses a small amount of radiation for a fraction of a second to create an image or examine a specific body structure. Healthy adults don’t have to worry about radiation overexposure or cancer since there’s little to no risk for both. Additionally, the benefits of X-rays far outweigh the small risk that comes with them. 

However, this procedure has potential risks to pregnant women, children, or if a contrast medium is involved.

Pregnant women

It is safe for pregnant women to undergo an X-ray procedure, but only if the area to be examined is NOT the abdomen or pelvis. If there’s a need for these parts to be imaged, then your doctor may order a different radiographic exam, such as an ultrasound or MRI. 

Adverse reaction to a contrast agent

Sometimes doctors may order the use of a contrast medium to get high-quality images from the X-ray. During such a procedure, a contrast agent may be given or administered to the patient before the X-ray is performed. Sometimes, contrast mediums cause mild side effects in patients, such as the following:

  • Itching and redness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pain and swelling
  • Hives
  • Metallic taste

How can you prepare?

An X-ray is a simple and quick procedure. Typically, patients don’t need to do anything to prepare other than wear comfortable clothing and avoid bringing in jewelry or any metallic objects. Tell your doctor or radiologic technologist if you are pregnant or have a metal implant on your body.

However, some preparations are needed if you undergo a different type of X-ray imaging technique. For example, individuals undergoing contrast X-rays should fast (no food or liquid intake) for a specific number of hours and stop taking certain medications. 

Patients undergoing a gastrointestinal tract X-ray exam should also fast for a certain number of hours. They may also instruct the patient to take a stimulant (Bisacodyl) to induce intestinal contraction or fast bowel movement.

What happens during an X-ray procedure? 

A radiologic technologist will be the one to perform an X-ray procedure. They will usually ask patients to change into a hospital gown and remove any jewelry or metallic items on their bodies. The technologist will then position the patient or the specific body area onto an imaging plate. 

Patients should remain still or sometimes hold their breath (for chest x-rays) while the technologist takes the image. The procedure only lasts for a few seconds.

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Where to find the best urgent care near me?

X-rays are a standard procedure at urgent care facilities, such as Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches. We provide immediate, high-quality treatment options and medical services for various conditions and injuries. Our medically trained team of healthcare professionals strives hard to bring personal medical attention and exemplary patient care. 

If you need a convenient option to get treated for your non-emergency needs, then you can contact us or visit one of our locations below:

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Dry skin is a common condition that can affect people of any age, regardless of their circumstances. Dry skin can cause redness, itching, and flaking, which can be uncomfortable and irritating. While there are many causes of dry skin, the five most common medical conditions that cause dry skin are eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and kidney disease.

It is important to understand the underlying cause of dry skin in order to properly treat and manage it. In this article, we will explore each of these conditions and how to best care for your skin to reduce the risk of dryness and prevent other complications.

Common causes of dry skin

While there are many causes of dry skin, the five most common medical conditions that cause dry skin are the following:

  1. Eczema

Atopic dermatitis (AD), often referred to as eczema, is a common skin condition that causes itchiness, dryness, rashes, blisters, and scaly patches. Eczema is a persistent disorder that can be triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors like specific fabrics, soaps, and detergents. A study found that around 16.5 million adults have eczema, with 6.6 million reporting moderate-to-severe symptoms.

  1. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that manifests in the form of red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are caused by an accelerated growth of skin cells, resulting in dryness and inflammation. While it is commonly seen on the scalp, elbows, and knees, psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body.

  1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a common yet serious health condition that can result in dry skin. This dryness can cause the skin to become itchy, cracked, and unable to protect against germs and environmental irritants, resulting in discomfort and even infections and inflammation. An estimated 34 million people in the US have diabetes.

  1. Thyroid disorders

It may come as a surprise to many, but thyroid disorders can also cause dry skin. When the thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone, it can lead to a plethora of skin issues such as itching, scaling, and dryness. The most common type of thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism, which is characterized by a decrease in thyroid hormone production.

  1. Kidney disease

Kidney disease can trigger the skin to feel dry, itchy, and flaky as well. When the body's fluid balance is disrupted, dehydration and a lack of vital nutrients that nourish the skin can occur, impairing the skin's ability to stay hydrated and healthy.

Dry skin treatment tips

Treating dry skin can be a challenge, but proper care and maintenance can help you keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. Here are some quick and effective tips you can follow:

  1. Avoid hot water and long, hot showers. This can make your skin dry and itchy.
  2. Use gentle cleansers and avoid products that have strong fragrances, dyes, or harsh ingredients that can further dry out your skin.
  3. Use a gentle, oil-based moisturizer to help lock in moisture and protect your skin from dehydration.
  4. Exfoliate regularly using a gentle exfoliating scrub or facial cloth to remove dead skin cells and help your skin regenerate.
  5. Increase the humidity in your home by using a cool-mist humidifier. This will help your skin retain moisture.
  6. Drink plenty of water. This will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  7. Protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
  8. Avoid extreme temperatures. Keep your home and work environments comfortable and not too hot or cold.
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Dermatologists are doctors that specialize in conditions affecting the skin. However, if you have concerns about a skin issue when a dermatologist isn’t available — weekends or evenings, for example — Urgent Care Of The Palm Beaches is open during those times. At our urgent care centers, we can diagnose and treat common skin problems. 

Don’t wait for your skin problem to linger or worsen. It may be a symptom of a serious condition. 

Our Walk-in clinics  offer a state of the art facility and specializes in providing high quality medical care to our patients and their families in a prompt and professional manner.

We have 3 convenient locations in Palm Beach County:

Alternatively, you can contact us at (561) 328-8433 for any inquiries or to book an appointment. 

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.  

Most allergic reactions are pretty easy to identify. However, some people might not know what they are experiencing is an allergic reaction. In this post, we'll discuss the most common symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to tell if you might have one. We'll also provide some tips for managing mild to moderate allergic reactions. 

What is an allergic reaction?

An allergic reaction occurs when your body has a physical response to something that doesn't bother most people. This can be anything from pollen and pet dander to certain foods and medications. When you come into contact with the thing you're allergic to, your immune system starts overreacting. It produces antibodies called histamines, which cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction?

The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Flushing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath 
  • A runny nose 
  • Watery, itchy eyes 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting (less common)

If you experience any of these symptoms after coming into contact with something you think you might be allergic to, it's essential to see a doctor. They can perform tests to confirm whether or not you have an allergy and help you develop a plan to manage it.

Am I having an allergic reaction?

If you're not sure whether or not what you're experiencing is an allergic reaction, there are a few things you can look for. 

Ask yourself:

  • Did I eat anything new or different before the symptoms started?
  • Did I come into contact with anything new or different before the symptoms began?
  • Do the symptoms seem to be getting worse?
  • Do the symptoms affect my breathing?
  • Am I having a hard time swallowing?
  • Does a fever accompany my symptoms?

Suppose you answered yes to any of these questions. Then, it is better to be cautious. Allergic reactions can sometimes be severe, and it's always better to be safe than sorry.

What should I do if I am having an allergic reaction?

If you think you might be allergic, you should remove yourself from the situation. If you're outdoors, move away from where you think you came into contact with the allergen. If you're indoors, go to a room away from the allergen. Once you're in a safe place, call 911 or your local emergency number.

If you have a mild reaction, you might be able to treat it with over-the-counter medication. Antihistamines can help to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction. However, you must go to the hospital if your symptoms are severe.

Diagnose an allergic reaction

If you think you might have an allergy, the first step is to see a doctor. They can ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. If they suspect you have an allergy, they will likely order one or more tests.

The most common test used to diagnose allergies is the skin prick test. This involves placing a small amount of the suspected allergen on your skin and pricking it with a needle. If you're allergic to the substance, you will develop a raised, itchy bump within 15 minutes.

Another test that can be used to diagnose allergies is the blood test. This measures the number of antibodies in your blood specific to the allergen.  It is generally less accurate than the skin prick test but can be used if you have a skin condition that makes it difficult to do the skin prick test.

Treatment of allergic reactions

The best way to treat an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it. However, this is not always possible. If you know, you will be exposed to an allergen. You can do a few things to help prevent a reaction.

  • If you have a food allergy, read food labels carefully. Avoid foods containing the allergen or processed in a facility that also processes the allergen.
  • If you have a pollen allergy, stay indoors when the pollen count is high. Wear a dust mask if you have to go outside.
  • If you have a pet allergy, try to avoid contact with pets. If you must be around a pet, take allergy medication before exposure.

Depending on the intensity of your allergies, you can either take OTC medicines or more potent prescription drugs. 

For more severe allergies, it's advised that you keep an emergency medicine like an EpiPen with you. And in rare cases of extreme sensitivity, desensitization therapy may be necessary to increase your tolerance levels. 

No matter which route is best for you, always exercise caution and do everything possible to avoid triggers.

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Where can you get the best treatments for allergies?

At Urgent Care of The Palm Beaches, we want to be your go-to provider for all your urgent care needs. We offer a wide range of services, including treatment for allergies. We have a team of experienced and compassionate physicians who can help you recover from your allergies and get back to your life as quickly as possible.

So, if you've been experiencing any allergies, don't worry - we can help.

Feel free to contact one of our urgent care clinics. We have three convenient locations so you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible:

Our urgent care centers also offer vaccinations and tests for various pathogens, including 

And more!

Our team is here for you seven days a week, and we offer extended hours so that you can get the care you need as soon as possible. Contact us if needed!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Recently, the monkeypox outbreak has been declared a public health emergency in the United States. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of Monkeypox and answer some common questions.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a virus related to other poxviruses, including smallpox and cowpox. In addition to causing pimple or blister-like lesions, it can cause flu-like symptoms. It usually affects rodents and primates such as monkeys but can infect humans too. 

Usually, monkeypox occurs in central and west Africa, but recently there have been outbreaks across Europe and the United States.

What are the Symptoms of Monkeypox?

The symptoms of the virus usually start 5 to 21 days after exposure, known as the incubation period. Patients often then develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and muscle aches. 

About 5 days later, patients develop a pimple or blister-like rash. Typically the rash is located on the arms and legs, but it can also occur on the genitals and perianal area, which is what is frequently showing up with the current outbreak. 

Usually, monkeypox symptoms resolve within 2-4 weeks. 

How is Monkeypox Spread? 

Monkeypox is spread by having close contact with someone who has the virus. This can include direct physical contact with someone who has lesions, respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions, and touching objects that have been someone with the virus has contaminated. Monkeypox can also be spread through sexual contact. 

Who is at Risk for Monkeypox? 

Those who are at high risk of infection are people who have had contact with someone who has the virus. The current outbreak has been affecting men who have sex with men disproportionately. Public health officials are focusing on prevention efforts specifically for this population. 

Other people vulnerable to the virus include those with weakened immune systems and children under the age of 8. They also may experience a higher risk of severe illness if infected. 

What to do if You Have Symptoms of Monkeypox? 

If you notice a blister-like rash or any of the other monkeypox symptoms, it is essential to be diagnosed by your physician. Avoid any close contact with others until diagnosed. 

At Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches, we offer monkeypox testing at all of our locations. We can diagnose the condition so you can take steps to prevent the spread of infection. 

If you are diagnosed, it is recommended to isolate yourself at home, away from family until the rash or lesions are gone. 

What is the Treatment for Monkeypox? 

Currently, there is no specific approved treatment for monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Still, because it is genetically similar to smallpox, physicians use similar antiviral medications in some patients. 

These antiviral medications are only available for those at risk of severe disease currently. For most, treatment should focus on symptom management.

Is There a Vaccine for Monkeypox? 

Two vaccines effectively prevent monkeypox, but not all are eligible to receive one as it is currently limited. 

People who are known to have been in contact with an individual with a confirmed case of monkeypox are eligible. Other people who may be eligible are those who have had a sex partner in the last 14 days who live in areas where monkeypox is spreading. 

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Concerned About Exposure to Monkeypox? Connect with us at our Urgent Care of PB

First, it is important to receive the proper diagnosis. At Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches, we offer telemedicine urgent care, so you can receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations without leaving your home. 

We are testing at all of our locations. 

Walk-in, call our office or schedule an online appointment for testing.

The test will be done at curbside in the car. The results will be available in 2-4 days.

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No matter your urgent health care need, we are here for you. Connect with us today!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

If you've ever suffered from a burn, you know how incredibly excruciating it is. Burns can occur for various reasons - from scalding hot liquids to contact with fire or flames to overexposure to the sun. 

In some cases, burns are simply a minor annoyance. But in other cases, they can lead to long-term health problems if not correctly treated. 

So, how severe is a burn? Read on to find out more about this common injury and what you can do to minimize the damage.

What is a burn, and what are the different types?

A burn is a damage to the skin caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. There are three different types of burns:

  • First-degree burns only involve the outer layer of skin (epidermis). These burns are usually not too severe and heal on their own within a few days.
  • Second-degree burns damage the outer layer of skin and underneath (dermis). These burns are more severe and can take weeks or even months to heal. They may also lead to scarring.
  • Third-degree burns damage all the layers of skin and may also damage the underlying bone, muscle, and tendons. These burns are the most serious and can require surgery to heal. They often result in permanent scarring.

What are the symptoms of a burn?

The symptoms of a burn depend on the type and severity of the burn. First-degree burns usually cause redness, pain, and swelling. 

Second-degree burns may also cause blistering and some loss of sensation in the affected area. 

Third-degree burns can cause white or charred skin, severe pain, and numbness.

How do you treat a burn?

The treatment for a burn is determined by its type and degree. 

First-degree burns can be treated at home with over-the-counter medication and home remedies. 

Second-degree burns require more aggressive treatment and may need to be seen by a doctor. 

Third-degree burns always require medical attention and may need to be treated in a hospital.

What to do if you or someone else is burned?

If you or someone else has a burn, it's essential to act quickly to minimize the damage. For first-degree burns, hold the affected area under cool water for 10-15 minutes. You can also apply a cool, moist compress to the area. Do not use ice, as this can cause further damage.

For second-degree burns, seek medical attention immediately. For third-degree burns, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Prevention tips for burns

Burns are widespread but can range in severity from minor to life-threatening. It's crucial how to identify and treat different types of burns. 

By understanding more about burns, you can help prevent them from happening in the first place and ensure that you get the proper treatment if you suffer from one. 

Below are some tips to avoid burning.

  • Use caution when handling hot liquids, such as coffee or soup. Always test the temperature before taking a sip or picking up a hot pot.
  • Never leave children unattended near heat sources, such as stoves, fireplaces, or space heaters.
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 outdoors, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps, which emit harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage the skin.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and pants, when working with chemicals or in other situations where you may be exposed to harmful substances.
  • Be extra careful when smoking cigarettes or using fireworks. Never smoke around flammable liquids, and always follow the instructions on fireworks packaging.
  • Keep your home and workplace clean and free of clutter to help prevent fires from starting. Regularly check electrical cords and appliances for signs of wear and tear.
  • Have a fire safety plan in place of an emergency, and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Practice your plan regularly.

When to see a doctor about a burn

You should seek medical attention if you have a burn more significant than 3 inches in diameter or if it covers your face, hands, feet, genitals, or other sensitive areas. 

You should also see a doctor if you have a second-degree burn or if the burn is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, or blistering. 

Third-degree burns always require medical attention and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

When to call 911 or go to the emergency room

If you have a third-degree burn, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You should also go to the emergency room if you have a second-degree burn larger than 3 inches in diameter or if it covers your face, hands, feet, genitals, or other sensitive areas.

If you are unsure whether or not your burn requires medical attention, it's always best to be on the side of caution and seek medical help.

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Where to get the best treatment for burns?

We are at Urgent Care and want to be your go-to provider for all your urgent care needs. We offer a wide range of services, including treatment for burns. We have a team of experienced and compassionate physicians who can help you recover from your burn and get back to your life as quickly as possible.

So, if you've been unfortunate enough to sustain a burn, don't worry - we at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches can help.

Feel free to contact one of our urgent care clinics. We have three convenient locations so you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible:

Our urgent care centers also offer vaccinations and tests for various pathogens, including COVID-19 testing and Rapid COVID testing

Moreover, we are currently offering free COVID-19 treatment in Florida – Oral COVID medication – Paxlovid & Lagevrio.

Our team is here for you seven days a week, and we offer extended hours so that you can get the care you need as soon as possible. Contact us if needed!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Asthma symptoms can come on suddenly and without warning. Coughing, wheezing, and feeling as though you can’t catch your breath can be frightening. 

If you have suffered from chronic asthma it may seem as though you are stuck in a cycle where you are trying to take control of your asthma, yet it is controlling you. 

The good news is if you know how to manage it properly, asthma doesn’t need to keep you  from enjoying your life. 

This article will explain 7 tips on how to best manage asthma and associated symptoms so you can breathe easier! 

 

1. Stress is Your Enemy

Though it may be easier said than done, avoiding stressful situations can help you manage asthma. 

Stress may not directly trigger asthma, but it can make it more difficult to control the symptoms. 

As an example, extended periods of stress, combined with uncontrolled breathing problems may contribute to other health concerns. It also can impact your life, making it difficult to sleep, concentrate and have an effect on your mental health. 

It is important for patients to manage stress by regularly exercising, meditating, getting enough sleep, limiting alcohol and eating healthy food. 

Something as simple as going for a walk may also reduce your stress and help you get some fresh air into your lungs.

 

2. Smoking is Strictly Forbidden

Smoking or being in close proximity to a smoker is not the best idea for anyone, let alone a person who has asthma. 

Cigarette smoke irritates your lungs’ airways and it will definitely exacerbate your symptoms, e.g., coughing and wheezing.

Additionally, it may permanently damage your airways, and cause cancer, gum disease, heart disease and high blood pressure. 

Also, it is important to avoid secondhand smoke. Choose to walk away from those who are smoking or ask them not to smoke next because it may flare your symptoms. 

 

3. Avoid Asthma Triggers

One of the best ways to manage your asthma is avoiding asthma triggers. Triggers may be different for everyone.

The key is to determine which triggers affect you specifically and avoid them as a precaution. Common triggers include dust, pollen, indoor mold, strong odors, sprays, colds or even some foods and beverages (shrimp, dried fruit, wine). 

 

4. Take Your Medication as Prescribed

If you have been prescribed medication, try not to forget to take it, even if you are feeling fine. 

It’s best to find a routine that works best for you to remember when to take preventative medication. Also always make sure to have your rescue inhaler on hand.

It may also slip your mind to refill your prescription if you’re running low. Don’t wait until the last minute.  Staying on top of your medication schedule is one of the most effective ways to manage the condition. 

 

5. It’s Okay to Ask For Support

You may not want  to burden your family and friends so you try to manage asthma on your own.

If you are strong-willed and self-reliant, doctors advise having someone who can help you in an emergency. It is important not only in emergency situations, but also to help you manage triggers and help you remember to take prescribed medication. 

 

6. Keep Your Home Clean

By keeping your home clean, you can reduce or eliminate common asthma triggers. This includes dirt, dust, and pet dander. If you are cleaning yourself it is a good idea to wear a mask so as to not irritate the lungs. 

It’s also important to try to get rid of mold in your home. It isn’t just in the bathroom and you may find it in other areas of the home that are damp. Mold can be invisible, airborne or stick to fabrics in the home. If you suffer from asthma it is best to ask for help to identify and manage mold in your home. 

 

7. Know When it is Time to Speak With Your Doctor

If you suffer from asthma or suspect that you may have it, don’t wait until your symptoms worsen. 

You can effectively  manage asthma with the help of your doctor. They not only can prescribe you the best medications to manage asthma, but can also give you advice on how to manage asthma attacks.

 

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Struggling with Asthma? Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches Can Help! 

Wheezing, coughing, or feeling tightness in your chest? We have three convenient clinics if you need help with asthma symptoms

We are not only a walk in urgent care but also offer telemedicine urgent care if appropriate. 

COVID-19 can be especially alarming for those who have asthma. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms we offer COVID-19 testing, including rapid COVID testing

Our physicians are compassionate and knowledgeable on the best treatment for emergency asthma attacks. Contact or visit us so you can take control of your asthma symptoms! 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Have you noticed vision changes as you have gotten older? You are not alone! As a matter of fact, the leading cause of blindness in the United States is closely related to old age. But there is also some good news: Early detection and treatment can help minimize the impact on your sight. 

In this article, we hope to provide education and awareness of common eye causes of blindness. 

What Do I Need to Know About Glaucoma? 

Many patients who think of causes of blindness may wonder about glaucoma. Glaucoma is not one disorder but a group of diseases. The result is damage to the optic nerve, which results in vision loss. 

There are two different types of Glaucoma: open-angle and closed-angle. Open-angle is slow to progress, while closed angle is sudden and painful. Patients often seek treatment due to the pain, which helps early intervention.

With effective diagnosis and treatment, patients can manage their pain while minimizing the risk of blindness. 

What Are Cataracts? 

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens that can occur at any age. The following can contribute to the development of cataracts:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Medication
  • Skin disease
  • Radiation

The way cataracts affect the eyes can vary, including complete or partial, and hard or soft. Cataracts are treatable, but patients face barriers, including lack of awareness and cost. The condition can be treated through surgical and non-surgical interventions depending upon the progression. 

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? 

Age-Related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of impairment in reading and close vision over 65. It can significantly impact daily tasks such as work and driving. The condition affects sharp and central vision. 

There are two forms: wet and dry. Wet AMD is when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow in the eye, leading to blood and fluid leakage. The fluid and scarring can lead to damage and vision loss. Initially, it may present as straight lines appearing as wavy. 

Dry AMD is where the macula thins over time. Gradually central vision becomes blurry. It progresses slowly and is more common than wet AMD. Drusen is an early sign of Dry AMD. 

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Where Can I Get Help for Eye Related Conditions? 

Urgent medical care is often sought for injuries to the eyes, such as cuts or impact injuries. But urgent care can also assist with diagnosing, treating, and referral for other eye concerns. Whether you are without primary care or there has been a sudden vision change, our providers can help determine what is impacting your eyesight. 

Currently, we serve patients at the following locations: 

We are dedicated to providing passionate and professional care to our patients. Safety is a priority, and we currently offer telemedicine urgent care in Florida for many conditions, including: 

  • Colds and flu
  • Skin rashes and conditions
  • Women’s health, including UTI, STI’s, birth control
  • Men’s health, including erectile dysfunction and STI’s

Contact us for an appointment today!

Even before COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, patients with contagious respiratory diseases are already advised to wear a face mask to avoid transmitting the disease to other people.

Patients who are immunocompromised, or those with a weak immune system, also have to wear a face mask to avoid catching a respiratory disease from other people.

But with the new coronavirus, why do health authorities ask everyone to wear face masks regardless of their health status?

And how can wearing face masks save lives?

Types of Masks

Surgical masks

These masks are made of non-woven fabric. They are loose-fitting, disposable, and designed to cover the mouth and nose of the wearer.

Cloth masks

You can buy cloth masks or even sew one yourself. Ideally, cloth masks shouldn’t be made of stretchy knits. Cotton fabrics or linen can make good cloth masks. The fewer holes you see when you hold the fabric up to the light, the better filtration it has against droplets.

N95 respirators

These masks are tight-fitting and can protect the wearer from droplets that are suspended in the air. Because of short supply, these are only recommended for health care workers and first responders. 

Wearing masks in the time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has infected approximately 33 million people to date and killed a million people worldwide since the disease was identified last December 31, 2019. Based on these numbers, 3% of infected patients die.

The disease is transmitted from person to person through droplets. These droplets are produced when a person talks, coughs, or sneezes. The transmission usually occurs among people who are in close contact with each other, so you should stay at least 1 meter away from other people. If you are standing within 1 meter of a person, you might inhale droplets that may contain the virus.

But, physical distancing is not enough. And the reality is, it’s hard to maintain all the time. That’s why the general public is also encouraged to wear face masks to protect themselves and other people.

How face masks can reduce the spread of infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends the wearing of face masks in the following situations:

  • in public places
  • if you are around people who do not live in your house
  • when you can’t maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others
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Wearing face masks can effectively limit the spread of COVID-19 if worn correctly. The mask should be snug and fully cover the person’s mouth and nose. If it is a surgical mask, it should be disposed of properly after use. If it is a fabric mask, it should be washed with soap, detergent, and hot water at least once a day.

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Even healthy people can be carriers, which means that they are infected but have no signs and symptoms. And even without symptoms, carriers can transmit the virus to other people. That’s why wearing face masks must be practiced by everyone, even if you are healthy and fit.

In essence, the purpose of all these measures is to protect yourself and other people, especially those who have other diseases, pregnant, and elderly, as they are the ones who are most vulnerable.

Masks with exhalation valve are no-nos

Although they are more comfortable, masks with exhalation valves only protect the wearer, but can still spread the infection to others through the valve.

Where to find COVID-19 testing near me

If you have had any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, such as sore throat, cough, fever, chest pain, and shortness of breath during the past two weeks, we strongly recommend that you get yourself tested for COVID-19.

We offer both IgG antibody tests for immunity and nasopharyngeal swab tests in all of our locations. Please schedule an appointment with us through our telemedicine urgent care services or call us at 561-429-6109.

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Keep your health in check in this challenging time

For your health concerns in the time of COVID-19, you may consult our physicians at Urgent Care of the Palm Beach Gardens through our telemedicine services. Our locations remain open seven days a week to deliver health services to our patients and the community:

Likewise, if you have any questions about COVID-19, feel free to contact our clinic. We are more than willing to answer any questions you might have about the disease.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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