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Five Signs You May Have Diabetes

It’s a growing popular club that no one wants to be a part of.  Unfortunately, many patients have little choice in the matter.  Diabetes can strike any one of us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and more than a quarter of them are undiagnosed. Are you, or someone you know, one of them? The signs of diabetes are there, but one can easily miss them, and that can be dangerous.

For Diabetes Awareness Month, the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network want to shed some light on this chronic disease, with this important guide: Five Signs You May Have Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes vs. Type 2 Diabetes

Being a diabetic means you have too much sugar in your blood, also called high blood glucose. There are mainly two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.  In Type 1, also called “juvenile” diabetes which is more severe, and the pancreas produces little or no insulin. While it usually develops in children and teenagers, it can develop at any age. With this type, you must take injections to replace the insulin your body doesn’t produce. You must also monitor your blood glucose levels, every day. There is no cure.

Type 2, the most common, is also referred to as “adult onset” diabetes.  The CDC says 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2, and that being over the age of 45 increases your risk of developing Type 2. But it also reports diabetes is hitting more children, teens, and young adults. Perhaps your doctor has told you that you have “prediabetes.” This term means that your blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be Type 2 diabetes, but left untreated, it can become Type 2. There’s also gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy, with no symptoms.

Don’t Miss Any Symptoms or the Five Signs of Diabetes

If you’ve never been tested, how do you know that you have diabetes?  There are many signs and symptoms. But according to the American Diabetes Association, patients can exhibit these common symptoms – hence Five Signs You May Have Diabetes.

Sign #1: Frequent Urination

Frequent urination is often a significant sign of diabetes because having extra sugar in your blood sends you to the bathroom more often.

Sign #2: Severe Thirst or a Dry Mouth

Thirst can be a sign of high blood sugar or hyperglycemia.

Sign #3: Unexpected Weight Loss

Because people with Type 2 diabetes don’t get enough glucose, they may lose weight, without trying.

Sign #4: Blurry Vision

Blurred vision, an early warning sign, is connected to rapid changes in blood sugar.

Sign #5: Tingling, Pain, or Numbness in the Hands or Feet (Type 2)

Exposure to high blood sugar over an extended period can lead to nerve damage.

Medical Help for DiabetesLook Out for Other Symptoms or Signs of Diabetes

Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, irritability, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal, increased appetite, headaches, and yeast infections.

Don’t Rule Out the Risk Factors for Diabetes

There are other factors to consider, that put you at a higher risk for diabetes, such as your family history, your weight and lifestyle, your age (your changes increase with age), and your race. Certain races – black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian-Americans are at higher risk for diabetes.

Getting Diagnosed Early is Crucial

Type 1 develops quickly, even in a few weeks, and left untreated could lead to a coma, even death, while Type 2 can go on for a long time without you noticing anything unusual.  The sooner you get treatment, the better. With the correct medication and the right lifestyle changes, you can manage your diabetes.

Visit an UrgentMed for Screening for Diabetes

A simple blood test can determine if you’re diabetic or prediabetic. We do all kinds of diagnostic testing here at UrgentMED, including glucose screening tests, for pregnant women. Our on-site laboratory makes it convenient to get blood tests and quick blood test results. We’re located right near you. With 15 locations, UrgentMED is the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California. We look forward to helping you stay on a healthy track.

 

Thanksgiving Day Urgent Care Visits

Five Reasons for Thanksgiving Day Urgent Care Visits

A gathering of family and friends, sharing laughs and stories over an impressive food festival, Thanksgiving is undeniably one of the most popular holidays.  But it’s also one of the most popular days of the year, if not THE MOST popular day of the year for urgent care visits. Everything from food poisoning to burns to overindulging can bring the holiday to a close for many people.  We’re all about injury prevention here at the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network. We want you to have a drama-free holiday, which is why we’re sharing this guide with you – Five Reasons for Thanksgiving Day Urgent Care Visits.

Knife Injury ThanksgivingKnife Injuries Are Common on Thanksgiving

When you’re carving a turkey or chopping veggies, anything can go wrong.  Knife injuries top the list. Be sure to focus on what you’re doing, and putting your bird on a non-skid cutting board also helps. If you are hurt while slicing your food, the walk-in clinics that make up the UrgentMED network can help.  We’ll treat you and have you back in time for dessert.

Alcohol Consumption

Is it really necessary to have both a glass of red and white wine? Thanksgiving presents the perfect backdrop for “social drinking” – even to a fault, with some people drinking too much, and ending up at urgent care. If you’re going to drink, be sure to also drink lots of water, which helps dilute the effect of alcohol. Do not drink and drive. Traffic fatalities involving alcohol increase tremendously during the holidays.

Don’t Overindulge on the Wrong Thanksgiving Foods

Do you get stuffed on Thanksgiving?  If so, you’re not alone. Many of us throw caution to the wind on Thanksgiving when it comes to our food choices, and the term “pigging-out” becomes the norm. But people with high blood pressure, diabetics, or even people with high cholesterol, for example, can easily over-indulge, triggering medical issues that can send them to urgent care.  People allergic to certain foods, can also “get caught up” in the day – many unknowingly devouring foods that trigger a major reaction. If you’re not sure what’s in a dish, ask the host about it. Be careful!

Don’t Get Burned

Not surprisingly burns are another culprit that keeps urgent care medical staffers busy on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Burn Injury According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, and recommend you take the following precautions:

  • Never leave the stove unattended and always keep an eye on your dishes
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and keep flammables away from hot ranges or ovens
  • Keep children and pets away from hot stove tops
  • Turn pan handles to the back and away from the front of the range
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen

Be careful when using your turkey fryer. Many people get burned from misusing them. And as a precaution, do not overfill the oil or leave your turkey fryer unattended, and use the fryer outside and away from your home.

You can treat minor burns at home with a burn cream and loose bandage. But if your burn bubbles or blisters, it is a good idea to seek medical attention.

Food Poisoning is a Huge Culprit

Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and more bacteria and viruses cause lots of illnessessometimes death.  Recently, Salmonella has been making the news cycles. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)  has linked a nationwide salmonella outbreak to raw turkey. Yes – turkey- the star of Thanksgiving, just a few weeks before it’s special day.

Salmonella Prevention

Here are some steps you can take to prevent Salmonella infection when handling your big bird, courtesy of the CPSC:

  • Thaw turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter
  • Handle raw turkey carefully; always wash your hands after handling raw turkey
  • Cook your turkey thoroughly – to an internal temperature of 165°F to prevent food poisoning

Keep an eye out for illness. People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ, which causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. If you experience these symptoms, get to an urgent care location near you, immediately.

UrgentMED is Here for You on Thanksgiving

We hope our guide helps you and your family stay safe over the holiday and beyond – with no medical emergencies.  But if you need to make a Thanksgiving Day urgent care visit, we’re nearby. With 15 locations, UrgentMED is the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California. We provide a wide variety of medical services: diagnostic testing, surgical and non-surgical procedures, and specialized care. We can help.  Here’s to a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!

Medical Care for a Headache

When to Seek Medical Care for a Headache

A headache can strike without warning – some much more serious than others.  And there are many types of headaches: migraines, tension, sinus headaches, along with various causes: panic attack, head trauma, and blood clot just for starters. Sometimes it’s obvious you need to seek medical help immediately, while other times, not so much.

Seeking Medical Care for a Headache

Most of us experience an occasional headache and we either rub our temples and meditate, relax, and/or grab an over-the-counter pain reliever. You might be surprised to learn the

number and types of headaches that can plague us. According to published reports, there are 150 types of headaches, and many of them can be very serious. Keep reading to learn when to seek medical care for a headache.

There Are Two Categories of Headaches. Know the Difference.

Headaches can be complicated and there are so many different causes. But they’re broken down into two categories: primary, not caused by another medical condition – and secondary, which involves an underlying cause. The most common types of primary headaches are:

  • Tension headache (the most common type of headache; dull, aching head pain)
  • Migraine (throbbing pain on one side of the head; usually comes with nausea, vomiting)
  • Cluster headache (they strike without warning in clusters with intense pain)

Primary headaches are brought on by a number of elements, most of which we probably don’t even make the connection: dehydration, hormones, your diet/food sensitivities/caffeine withdrawal, sleeping patterns, physical activity, screen brightness (computer monitor/TV screen), medication, stress, noise, fatigue, weather changes – the list can go on and on.

Severe Secondary Headaches Are a Force to Be Reckoned With

The presence of various medical conditions can cause secondary headaches, which can be very serious, even life-threatening.  The cause is often rooted in your medical history. Seek urgent care, immediately. A quick diagnosis is crucial. Some possible causes of secondary headaches include:

  • Severe hypertension, high blood pressure
  • Head Trauma, concussion, Intracranial hematoma
  • Brain tumor, brain aneurysm, a blood clot (venous thrombosis) within the brain
  • Stroke
  • Upper respiratory infections, Influenza, flu-like fevers, sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Meningitis, sinusitis
  • Panic attack, panic disorder
  • Dental infections
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Carbon monoxide poisoningWhen to Seek Medical Help for a Headache

Are You Experiencing the Worst Headache of Your Life? Get Medical Help

You must listen to your body. One of the warning signs you need to get medical help is, if all of a sudden, you’re experiencing a new type of headache or the worst headache of your life. A crippling headache.  It’s a pain you should not ignore. And that’s just one of the signs of a secondary headache, a very serious, severe headache. They come on quickly. Here are more warning signs or red flags:

  • Recurring headaches in children
  • Sudden onset of pain, a horrific headache that wakes you from your sleep
  • Headaches that start early in the morning
  • Headache that gets much worse, much more severe or continues
  • Headache that follows a head injury
  • Pain that gets worse when you cough or sneeze or other types of movements
  • Vomiting without nausea
  • Trouble speaking, personality & mental changes
  • Seizures

Again, if you experience any of the above, get medical help, immediately. Your life may depend on it.

Our Doors Are Always Open

We hope this guide helps you learn more about headaches and when to seek medical help.  Our doors are always open here at the affordable walk-in clinics that make up the UrgentMED network. We provide a wide variety of medical services: diagnostic testing, surgical and non-surgical procedures, and specialized care. With 15 locations, we’re the largest comprehensive urgent care network in Southern California. We’re here for you when you need us.

Five Causes of Dizziness and When You Should Seek Help at Urgent Care

Five Causes of Dizziness and When You Should Seek Help at Urgent Care

It happens to all of us, every once-in-awhile. We get dizzy. Sometimes it lasts for just a few minutes, and sometimes much longer. But how serious are dizzy spells, and at what point should you get medical help?

We have those answers and more in the following discussion on the five causes of dizziness and when you should seek help at an Urgent Care center. And in the meantime, if you’re having dizzy spells, head to the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network. There’s one near you.

How Do You Know If You’re Experiencing a Dizzy Spell?

Dizzy spells are extremely common and can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some symptoms of dizziness:

  • A false sense of motion or spinning (vertigo)
  • Unsteadiness or a loss of balance
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • A feeling of floating, wooziness
    or heavy-headedness

There are many causes of dizziness. Often, something as simple as getting up too quickly from a chair or bed, for example, can cause you to become dizzy. But dizziness can lead to some very dangerous situations, such as causing you to faint or fall, or preventing you from being able to walk.Five Causes of Dizziness

 

When You Should Seek Help at Urgent Care

If you get dizzy often, you should see a doctor. Now – let’s look at the five causes of dizziness, in no particular order, and when you should seek help at an Urgent Care facility, such as the walk-in clinics that make up the UrgentMED network.

Cause of Dizziness #5: Certain Medicines

Some medications – for example, those used for blood pressure, pain, or antibiotics can cause dizziness. If it becomes too much for you to handle, talk to your doctor about switching medications.

Cause of Dizziness #4:  Heart Disease

You can also become dizzy if you’re suffering a heart attack or heart arrhythmia, in which your heart is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. If you suspect a heart attack, get to a hospital, immediately.

When You Should Seek Help at Urgent Care for Dizziness

 

Cause of Dizziness #3: Metabolic Disorders (Hypoglycemia and Dehydration)

People with diabetes can suffer from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), possibly causing them to faint. You can also experience dizziness if you become overheated or dehydrated after exercising or a work-related activity.

Cause of Dizziness #2: Blood Pressure

If your heart isn’t pumping enough blood to your brain, this can cause low blood pressure (hypotension), and if you stand up or sit-up quickly, you can begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.

Cause of Dizziness #1: Vertigo Caused by Inner Ear Problems

Let’s revisit a word we just mentioned earlier: vertigo. The best definition of vertigo is severe dizziness. Imagine all of a sudden losing your balance or believe that your surroundings are spinning or moving. That’s vertigo, which is associated with a disease affecting the inner ear.

Other Causes of Dizziness

Other causes of dizziness can include some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis; anxiety disorders; motion sickness; low levels of iron (anemia) and more, but they don’t usually require immediate help, unless you faint or fall.

Come to UrgentMED When Feeling Dizzy

If you’re feeling dizzy, head to and UrgentMed clinic near you. With 15 locations, we’re the largest urgent care network in Southern California. And we’re fast. We’ll treat you during your lunch hour. Our patients rarely wait for more than five minutes before seeing a doctor or another medical staff member. On average, patients spend about 25 minutes here in total.

Whether or not you need help due to the five causes of dizziness when suffering from a non-life-threatening injury or sickness, head to one of the UrgentMED Network of walk-in clinics. Our facilities offer lab/bloodwork, x-rays, vaccinations/immunizations, breathing treatments, heart tests, and more. We accept most insurance plans, but we may also help you if you don’t have insurance. You don’t need an appointment, and parking is free.

 

How to tell between a cold and the flu

The Differences Between a Cold and the Flu

Not sure whether you have a cold or the flu? Distinguishing which illness you are experiencing can be very tricky with the naked eye alone. They share many similarities – the most significant being that they both target the same area of the body. Many people don’t know the differences between a cold and the flu.

Differences Between a Cold and the Flu

Both the “common cold” and the flu are infections of the upper respiratory tract and primarily affect the nose, ears, and throat – but that is where the similarities end.Difference between a cold and the flu

Despite affecting the same parts of the body, these two illnesses are caused by different types of viruses, show varying degrees of symptoms, and distinct recovery behavior. Learn more about these common diseases and how to determine whether you have a cold or flu.

Cold Symptoms vs. Flu Symptoms

Although both the cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses that share several symptoms, the severity of these ailments is often enough to distinguish which infection one has. The flu has a much more aggressive impact on the body than a cold and is more likely to lead to health complications such as pneumonia.

Aches

Bodily aches are quite common with influenza but rarely a reason for concern. These aches occur during any sort of infection where white blood cells are sent to combat the bodily invaders, which inherently leaves muscles stiff and prone to pains. Although aches can occur during a cold, they are far less severe than with the flu.

Fever

Fever is a common symptom of both bacterial and viral infections and indicates that the body is fighting the disease. Fevers are common occurrences with the flu but very rarely occur during bouts of a cold.

Colds that develop fevers often indicate that the cold has developed a complication or is another illness entirely. High temperatures of 104 degrees or higher are extremely dangerous, and a doctor near you should be sought out immediately.Do I have a cold or the flu

Sneezing, Stuffy Nose & Sore Throat

Sneezing, congestion and an inflamed larynx are iconic symptoms of a cold. These symptoms may occasionally occur during a case of the flu, but will not result in a runny nose as colds often do.

How Soon Do Symptoms Show?

One of the most notable differences between the cold and flu is the onset of symptoms. Cold symptoms can develop in as little as ten hours after contracting the virus, but those ailments appear gradually, while more manifestations of the illness may later follow.

Meanwhile, flu symptoms are full-blown and strike very suddenly. The influenza virus can take hold of the body in one or two days, causing a quick onslaught of severe symptoms such as fever, bodily aches, and fatigue.

Cold & Flu Prevention

Both the cold and the flu have peak seasons during the winter. Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine for the common cold (The average adult is expected to contract two to three of these viral infections per year), and both viruses have no cure. Both diseases can be transmitted through the air and are highly contagious during the beginning stages of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like colds and the flu.

Take advantage of flu vaccinations. Protect yourself and your family during peak season and decrease your chances of getting infected. The clinics that are part of the UrgentMED Network offer local flu vaccinations in the Southern California area with no-appointment necessary. If you suspect that you already have a cold or flu, doctors are on hand to provide a diagnosis seven days a week. Find a walk-in clinic near you and start feeling better today!

The Differences Between a Sprained and Broken Foot

How to Tell If You Have a Broken or Sprained Foot

It can happen while doing something as simple as walking, taking a misstep or exercising. Before you know it, you have a broken or sprained foot. These are two different injuries that require different treatments, so being able to tell one from the other is important to help you heal.

Our medical experts can easily determine your condition and discuss options with you. If you think you’ve injured your foot in any way, head to the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network. Keep reading to learn how to tell if you have a broken or sprained foot.

Is Your Hurt Foot Sprained or BrokenSimilar Symptoms

Differentiating between the symptoms of a broken foot and sprained foot can be tricky because they are very similar. If you’ve broken your foot, you will experience immediate pain and swelling, along with bruising. The pain will usually be so intense that walking will not be physically possible.

Similarly, foot sprains can also cause severe pain, swelling and bruising. In some cases, you are also unable to walk from a sprained foot depending on how bad the injury is.

Do you happen to remember the sound you heard when the accident occurred? If you sprained your foot, you may have heard a popping sound. With a broken foot, however, you would have heard a cracking sound.

Treatments are Different

If the doctor determines your foot is sprained, then the treatment will be to rest, ice the injured area, compress the swelling and elevate the injured area. He or she may also suggest you take anti-inflammatory medications. The treatment for a broken foot is based on its severity and the location of the fracture. Along with rest and medications, you may need a cast, brace or boot for your broken foot. In a worst-case scenario, you will need surgery in order to repair any damages to your foot.

How to Tell If Your Foot is Sprained or BrokenSeeking Help for a Broken or Sprained Foot

If you suspect you have broken or sprained your foot, visit an UrgentMED Network clinic immediately. The medical professionals at UrgentMED Network – the largest urgent care network in Southern California – are ready to help you seven days a week. They will be able to quickly examine your broken or sprained foot on a walk-in basis at any of our 15 convenient Southern California locations.

If needed, the UrgentMED Network provides on-site physical therapy at our West Los Angeles Urgent Care. We accept over 15 private insurance plans as well as Medicaid. Do not hesitate to seek medical help if you find yourself injured or sick. Find the UrgentMED Network clinic nearest to you to address all of your health concerns today.