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Spring = Sinus Infections

Spring is here, and there is no better time to go out and experience the beauty of nature as growth returns from Winter. However, along with the blooming flowers and trees often come stuffy noses and pressure headaches, sometimes followed by dreaded sinus infections. But what exactly is a sinus infection, and how can you prevent it?

A sinus is a hollow air filled cavity in the skull that is connected to the nasal airway by a narrow hole in the bone. A person has four pairs of sinuses: two in the forehead, two behind the cheeks, two between the eyes, and two further between the eyes. Normally these sinuses are open to the nasal airway, but occasionally the narrow holes that connect the sinuses become swollen due to a variety of factors from seasonal allergies to cigarette smoke. Swelling can lead to discomfort, and due to restricted airway movement, can provide a good environment for bacteria or viruses to grow within the sinuses.

Symptoms of a sinus infection can typically include headache, facial tenderness, fever, stuffiness, sore throat, and cough. Since sinus infections can range in cause as well as severity, it is important to seek medical assistance to properly diagnose the problem.

Additionally, if sinus infections occur seasonally along with allergies, treatment of the allergies may help prevent the infection from beginning. The knowledgeable staff at Reddy Urgent Care is here to help and wants you to be able to enjoy this Spring. Don’t hesitate to stop by if you need any help; we’re open seven days a week!

Have a happy March, and breathe easy knowing we’re here if you need us!

Urgent Care is an efficient, more economical alternative to the emergency room (ER).Reddy Urgent Care Centers have extended weekday hours and are open on weekends for your convenience. Services range from caring for minor illnesses such as cough and cold to more serious problems such as chest pain and injuries.

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5 Tips to Keep Asthma in Check During the Winter

Approximately 1 in 12 people in the United States suffer from asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition where the airways to the lungs are sore and swollen. Because of this, the airways are extra sensitive and can swell up due to diverse causes of irritation, restricting airflow to the lungs in what is referred to as an asthma attack. Cold, dry, winter air can act as an irritant to asthma sufferers, so it is important to take extra precautions during the winter months to prevent any emergencies.

Here are some basic tips to lower your or your loved one’s chance of suffering from an asthma attack this winter:

1. Bundle up in layers before heading out into the cold and keep a scarf over your nose and mouth. This helps warm up air before it enters the airways.
2. Regularly take medications as prescribed by your doctor
3. If you are aware that cold air can trigger your asthma, take one or two puffs of your reliever inhaler before going outside
4. Keep your inhaler on your person at all times
5. Warm up for an extra 10-15 minutes before working or exercising outside

Be aware of the general symptoms of asthma such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. If you or a loved one’s asthma becomes worse than usual, it could be a sign of an oncoming asthma attack. Severe attacks can be fatal, and thus require immediate medical attention.

The staff at Reddy Urgent Care put your health first and hope that you stay healthy throughout these cold months. If you notice the onset of an asthma attack, our highly trained staff are ready seven days a week to help quickly treat your problem.

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All You Need to Know About Flu Shots

The flu epidemic in the United States doesn’t begin until January and February. However, October is no stranger to flu season. We want to prepare you for the upcoming flu season by providing you with the best advice to prevent it.

Flu vaccines are an important treatment that can keep you happy and healthy from holiday season on. The flu vaccine is very safe and is recommended for all adults, children, and infants older than 6 months. The vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses which cause the body to create antibodies. As part of the immune system, these antibodies are able to protect against the virus. Also, because the viruses in the vaccine are inactivated, you cannot get the flu from the shot. However, you may experience mild symptoms of headache, soreness, or fever for a day or two after you receive the vaccine as your immune system works.

It takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to fully develop in your body, so immediately after you receive your vaccine it is still possible you may get the flu. Therefore, we recommend that you get your flu shot early in the fall well before flu season gets into full swing. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, but it is never too early to get a vaccine. The shot only protects you for one season though because the virus is constantly changing, so it is important to get a new vaccine before each flu season every year.

There are many ways you can help your immune system fight winter illnesses:
1. Exercise
2. Proper Diet
3. Vitamin C
4. Regularly Washing Your Hands

Related Services from Reddy Medical Group:
1. Flu Shots
2. Regular Check-Ups

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Fight Disease. Immunize, Please!

As a parent, keeping your child safe is always on the forefront of your mind. Helmets and kneepads will ensure they’re invincible against scratches and bruises, but what about making sure their immune system is invincible too? Immunization is done through various techniques, most commonly vaccination in the form of shots. Vaccines against microorganisms that cause diseases can help prepare the body’s immune system to fight or prevent an infection.

If you’ve ever wondered what the proper immunization schedule for your child is, you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control classifies the necessary vaccinations into three main categories consisting of infants & children, preteens & teens, and adults. For a full list of the recommended vaccinations of each age group, see the links below.

Infants & Children (Birth through 6 years-old)

Preteens & Teens (7 through 18 years-old)

Adults (19 years and older)

Vaccines are continually monitored for safety, however it is important to know that every vaccine can cause side effects. Most are minor, such as soreness, headaches, fever, and diarrhea occurring within two weeks after the vaccination was administered. Severe side effects can include blood in the urine or stool, pneumonia, and inflammation of the stomach or intestines. The CDC has a full list of individual immunizations and potential side effects listed online which can be accessed here.

A decision not to immunize a child could potentially be a deadly one. Do your part to make sure your child and those who come into contact with him/her stay healthy and happy. Arrange an appointment should your child need a vaccination, and keep disease from spreading into your life.

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4 Tips to Make Life Better

With so much buzz going around about the latest health tips and tricks, you may find yourself in a whirlwind of blog posts, articles, and opinion columns that provide more confusion than clarity. How is it possible to keep track of everything you read, and weed through what may be important, and what may just be a gimmick to sell you a supplement pill? If you’re looking for detailed facts and descriptions, an influx of information is a great thing. But if you simply want to know how to squeeze a quick and effective workout plan into your busy schedule, you may not want the insignificant clutter of media that accompanies the research process.

In order to provide you with a break from all of the health hullabaloo, today we’ve provided you with four general health tips that are simple, and easy to keep in mind on a daily basis. Read these tips for a guide to better living in multiple areas of life.

1. Rise and Shine
Eat breakfast! One of the most common and destructive habits that dieters form is cutting this incredibly valuable meal out of their daily routine. Studies show that kick starting your metabolism in the morning with a balanced breakfast actually helps you to lose weight faster, without going hungry. Eat things like whole-wheat toast, fruit, high fiber cereals, low-fat milk or yogurt, and boiled eggs to stay full and fit.

2. Don’t Weight
When working out, make sure to do your weight exercises first, before moving on to cardio and more high-intensity workouts. Your body is better able to handle heavy lifting earlier in the workout when you’re still feeling fresh and energized. Cardio should be done last, as activities that get your heart pumping increase blood flow to your muscles, flush out lactic acid, and ultimately build up the muscles you worked on during weight training.

3. Mental Breakdown
Take half an hour each day to slow down and sort through how you’re feeling. Keeping stressful thoughts inside can worsen high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression, leading to complications in both your personal and professional lives. Becoming more mindful about day-to-day living by partaking in yoga and mediation activities can help with uneasy and overwhelming feelings of stress, leading to better health.

4. Dream Big
With so many things going on in your life, you’re bound to have some sleepless nights where it seems like your mind will never stop racing. Most healthy adults average around 7-8 hours of sleep per night, so if you aren’t falling into this category, try working on a better schedule in order to develop a healthier sleeping pattern. A lack of sleep can affect nearly every aspect of your life including relationships, recovery from illnesses and your performance at work. Adequate sleep may sometimes seem impossible to achieve, but focusing on a consistent bedtime ritual is a great start to getting your body, and mind, back on track.

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An Eye for Safety: How to Prevent and Treat Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can range from minor surface scratches, to severe puncture wounds that could require either simple monitoring, or immediate treatment for a complete and healthy recovery. As arguably one of our most valuable senses, it’s important that proper action be taken in order to appropriately care for eye injuries in the most effective way possible. Injuries can damage the eye, sometimes to the point that vision may be lost. Regardless of your condition, a visit to the eye doctor is crucial in order to avoid pesky infections, and the possibility of more threatening conditions in the eye.

Some of the disorders most commonly associated with eye injury and trauma are listed below. Each requires individual care and attention, and consulting a physician is always recommended before proceeding with treatment.

Scratched Eye
Scratched eyes, or Corneal Abrasions, can be caused by small particles of dirt, eyelashes, and other substances such as sand. Generally, average to significant discomfort will be experienced, and redness and or sensitivity to light are common side effects. Scratches can make the eye more susceptible to fungi and bacteria, especially if the particle that entered the eye was a dirty or contaminated substance. Try to avoid rubbing the eye in this instance, and seek medical attention if severe pain ensues.

Foreign objects in eye
If sharp objects such as scraps of metal, or flying objects from a lawnmower or other machine enter the eye, seek emergency help right away. Injuries of this classification may cause changes in the size or shape of the pupil, bleeding, or damage to internal structures of the eyeball. Medical treatment may be necessary, and shielding or covering the eye with a tissue while traveling to the hospital is highly recommended in order to prevent further complications.

Blows to the eye
Damage to the eye, skin and other tissues as caused by a direct blow can cause bruising and trauma to the bones of the eye socket, frequently resulting in a black eye. A cold compress or ice pack should be applied as soon as possible to injuries of this sort. Internal damage is possible, and if the eyelid was cut in the incident, additional care is necessary in order to prevent infection and complications in the healing process.

Burns to the eye
Burns to the eye can be caused by a variety of factors. Chemicals, fumes, bursts of flames, hot steam or air, and even sunlight can all cause painful damage to the eye and should not be brushed off as minor injuries. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection will help prevent burns caused by solar radiation, however if a chemical substance enters the eye, more drastic measures should be taken to evade permanent damage to the eye. Should a foreign substance enter the eye, run a steady stream of lukewarm tap water over the surface of the eyeball for 15 minutes, and consult a doctor immediately.

Treat all injuries as possible emergencies, and don’t hesitate to contact a doctor in the event of trauma to the eye. Reddy Urgent Care is open seven days a week, and always has a 24-hour on-call physician for emergency visits. Eyesight is a precious resource to risk, so call us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

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What You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP, but many might not even know it. It is important to understand the disease and its causes to reduce one’s risk and improve quality of life.

Blood pressure itself is the force of blood pressing against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure tests provide two different numerical results: first systolic pressure, and second diastolic pressure. Systolic measures blood pressure during heart beat, while diastolic measures the pressure when your heart is relaxed between beats. Normal blood pressure levels are a systolic level of less than 120 and diastolic level of less than 80, written as 120/80.

High blood pressure occurs when blood pressure levels are above 130/80. This condition has many causes, often including smoking, stress, family history, and high sodium intake. A person with high blood pressure may initially feel healthy, which is misleading. Although high blood pressure may not cause typical signs of illness, it is still incredibly serious and can lead to conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke, among others. Therefore, it is very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and actively take steps to lower your risk.

Fortunately there are many ways to help keep blood pressure levels in check:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Eat a balanced diet
  4. Add less salt to your food and choose low sodium options
  5. Drink less alcohol and don’t smoke
  6. Manage stress

If you feel you might be at risk for high blood pressure or need help managing or preventing it, visit a physician soon. They will be able to walk you through steps to make healthy changes and in some cases prescribe you medicine that can help get your blood pressure back to proper levels. By taking control of your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk for several other serious conditions down the line!

Urgent Care is an efficient, more economical alternative to the emergency room (ER).Reddy Urgent Care Centers have extended weekday hours and are open on weekends for your convenience. Services range from caring for minor illnesses such as cough and cold to more serious problems such as chest pain and injuries.

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Simple Ways to NOT Let Stress Control Your Life

Life is full of difficult decisions, nerve wracking deadlines, traffic jams, and bills, all of which often carry stress along with them. Despite the uncomfortable feeling, stress is a normal reaction to the ever present demands of life. Stress in controlled levels is often healthy and essential to success. However, as with many things, stress in high levels can cause a variety of problems from weight gain to high blood pressure.

Stress is a reaction to something that makes you feel threatened or upsets your natural balance in some way. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline to surge through the body. Stress is your body’s way of naturally protecting you by helping you stay focused and energetic. In emergency situations, stress can even save your life, such as by causing a gut reaction to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. However, it is important to control your stress to prevent it from damaging your health, mood, or relationships.

Stress can be controlled through effective management. It is important to know what causes your stress by looking closely at your habits, attitudes, and excuses. After identifying what causes your stress, take a look at how you currently cope with it. Unhealthy coping methods often involve smoking, overeating, withdrawing from relationships, or lashing out. By identifying these unhealthy habits, you can replace them with better reactions such as exercise or relaxation techniques.

If possible, you can avoid the stress factor entirely or change the situation by addressing it directly. Alternatively you can learn to accept the stressful situation or accept the things that you are unable to change. Every situation you encounter requires a unique approach, so step back and look at the situation as a whole to decide the best technique.

Unnecessary stress can often be avoided simply by making time for fun and relaxation. Take time to do something you love. Listen to music, call a close friend, or go for a walk. Taking time to step back will help you revitalize your senses and approach stressful situations with a fresh perspective. Additionally, encouraging healthy habits, such as proper diet and exercise, have been proven to effectively increase happiness and reduce stress. Especially with the beautiful weather we’ve been having this Spring, now is the perfect time to get outside and relax.

Don’t let stress control your life. Just have fun and take everything a day at a time!

Urgent Care is an efficient, more economical alternative to the emergency room (ER).Reddy Urgent Care Centers have extended weekday hours and are open on weekends for your convenience. Services range from caring for minor illnesses such as cough and cold to more serious problems such as chest pain and injuries.

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10 Steps to Manage Panic Attacks

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Whether the result of a busy work week or dealing with slow traffic, everyone has felt the effects of stress at some point. Stress is a natural response that arises when people are placed in challenging or adverse situations. A small amount of stress is often healthy and helps motivate subjects to create positive change. However, stress can sometimes build up and create adverse effects both physically and mentally, whether in the form of a headache or negative emotions such as anger and sadness. Under certain circumstances, stress can even trigger panic attacks.

A panic attack is an episode of sudden, intense fear with no real danger or apparent cause. Most people experience one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes, but they can appear more often as a result of traumatic events and major stress. Panic attacks involve a feeling of intense danger and fear, increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, and other related symptoms. If you suffer from panic attack symptoms, seek medical help soon. It is very hard to deal with panic attacks on one’s own, and they can get worse without treatment.

Although panic attacks call for immediate medical attention, moderate levels of stress can be dispelled through a wide variety of proven techniques. By learning to cope with smaller levels of stress, you can better deal with larger amounts of stress down the road. This can lower your chances of suffering from panic attacks, give you more energy, and make you happier. Try out these effective ways to destress in your daily life!

1. Take a step back – Often, looking at your problems from a distance can help you sort things out or realize how trivial the problems really are

2. Breathe deeply – Breathing from your diaphragm gets more oxygen into your blood and relaxes you quickly

3. Identify What Causes Your Stress – By clearly recognizing what causes stress in your life, you can effectively make changes to confront the issue and make necessary changes

4. Exercise Regularly – Getting active gives your endorphins a boost and distracts you from the causes of your stress

5. Eat right and drink plenty of water – Proper nutrition and hydration gives your body the tools it needs to fight stress effectively

6. Get the right amount of sleep – Without enough sleep, problems seem bigger than they really are and it is easier to feel impatient. Make sure to get 8 hours a night!

7. Take a break and do something you love – Whether its going for a short walk or reading a book, do something unrelated to your stressor and come back fresh!

8. Accept that you can’t control everything – Welcome the things you can’t control and take the challenges life presents you with one at a time

9. Reach out to friends and family – Accepting help from friends and family, even simply in the form of venting, can make any situation better. Just make sure to return the favor when they are in times of need!

10. Smile and Laugh – As many wise doctors have said throughout history, “Laughter is the best medicine!” Smiling and laughing have been scientifically proven to boost happiness and reduce stress!

Urgent Care is an efficient, more economical alternative to the emergency room (ER).Reddy Urgent Care Centers have extended weekday hours and are open on weekends for your convenience. Services range from caring for minor illnesses such as cough and cold to more serious problems such as chest pain and injuries.