Sunburn Prevention & When To Seek Treatment
As the temperatures have risen, it’s tempting to spend every day outdoors. After all, you’ve waited all winter long – now’s your chance to soak up the sun and have some summer fun.
While it’s great to get outside and absorb all that healthy vitamin D, basking in those sunny rays isn’t free from negative consequences. Without the right protection, the sun can do a number on your skin. Itchy, sore, and hot-to-the-touch, sunburn is a dangerous part of the summer season.
Staying Hydrated in Hot Weather
It is important, especially in hot weather, that you drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid heat-related illness. The exact amount of water/ fluids you need is hard to determine, because of differing sizes of people, varying temperatures and humidity, and the amount of exertion you are undergoing.
As a simple guideline, the more you are out in hot weather, the more frequently you need to drink. People exercising in extreme weather conditions can lose five liters of water through sweating. More sedentary folks will obviously lose/ need less, but still need to be aware of replacing fluids.
Poison Ivy and Summer Rashes
Whether hiking through Fontenelle Forest or working in your back yard, be aware of contact with the three-leafed plant that can cause an itchy rash- poison ivy.
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are three varieties of local plants that can cause these rashes when a person comes in contact with the oily resin (urushiol) found on the leaves and other parts of these plants. Over 80% of people have a rash-reaction to urushiol.
When to Get a Sports Physical?
Spring has arrived, and summer is right around the corner. The warmer weather and longer days comes the ability to play tons of sports.
Sports that are commonly played during the spring season include baseball, softball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field. If you or your child is planning on participating in a sport, getting a sports physical is an important part of the preparation process.
Most Common Injuries Treated At An Urgent Care
As a walk-in clinic, we provide our patients with a number of different medical services. When a patient visits us with a sudden injury, we are readily available to deliver top-quality treatment.
There are many conditions that can be treated at an urgent care facility, from injuries to illnesses. Urgent care is NOT appropriate for life-threatening conditions. If you experience life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room. However, for basic illnesses or injuries, urgent care is ideal.
Workers Compensation FAQ for the Employees
Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. Each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation.
In general, an employee with a work-related illness or injury can get workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault—the employee, the employer, a coworker, a customer, or another third party. But there are some limits!
Common Seasonal Allergy Triggers
Seasonal allergies can vary greatly for different people. Common symptoms experienced by individuals include eye irritation, watery eyes, nasal congestion, and runny nose. More severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing and/or anaphylactic reaction, can occur in more serious instances of allergic responses. If these severe reactions occur, an individual should seek immediate medical care. For more mild, seasonal symptoms, these can easily be managed with more conservative treatments. A few of the most common seasonal allergy triggers include:
- house dust mites
- pet hairs/dander
- insect stings
- certain foods and medication
Common Cold Symptoms
The common cold is primarily caused by a virus. Viruses exist in hundreds of forms; however, most cause similar cold symptoms. Due to the ability of viruses to evolve at a rapid rate, they are constantly changing. This tricks our immune system and doesn’t allow us to build up resistance to all forms of viruses. This is why colds are so common and often return!
Viruses that cause the common cold are contagious. They can be spread by air droplets from and infected individual by coughing and sneezing. It is also spread by contact, such as touching a surface that has been infected (examples include: doorknobs, countertops, drinkware). Viruses are contagious from 1–2 days before symptoms begin until the symptoms have stopped.
Worker’s Comp Healthcare Services
Urgent Care Network of Omaha aims to provide prompt, personal, and professional healthcare to all injured workers, help employers reduce costs by offering expert occupational healthcare services including drug testing and workers’ comp, and to communicate with our clients in a clear and precise manner. We are committed to timely and appropriate medical treatment that will eliminate or reduce lost work days.
NOT Too Late to Get Flu Shot
Remember how terrible the 2009 swine flu season was? The numbers of flu cases this season has been comparable, and United States public health officials are convinced it is not over yet. If media coverage of this year’s particularly severe flu season has you worried about catching the virus, one major step you can take to protect yourself (if you haven’t already) is to get your flu shot!
For various reasons, including busy schedules, people may miss getting their fall-time flu shot. However, it’s NOT too late to get your flu shot, even if we are in the heart of flu season.