Health Tips For College Freshmen
Each year, thousands of students across the U.S. leave home and move into college dormitories or apartments. For many of these students the adjustment to this independence and being away from home for the first time can bring some challenges. For many college freshmen, moving away to school may mean taking responsibility for their own health and wellness for the first time.
Fever In Children, When To Go To Urgent Care Clinic
Fever is a common symptom associated with illness, particularly in children. Although a fever is the body’s natural response to fighting off viral and bacterial infections, it commonly causes concern to parents and many questions in regard to what to do.
Urgent Care Average Wait Times
One of the most-frequent questions we get is “How long is my wait time to be seen?” That is a difficult question to answer because wait times do vary. Depending on the number of people waiting and the severity of sickness or illness, the wait can be as little as a few minutes or as long as over an hour. That said, most urgent care patients wait less than 15 minutes to be seen and usually complete their visit in less than an hour.
Urgent Care Network of Omaha FAQs
Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics include Bellevue Urgent Care, Rockbrook Urgent Care, and Crossroads Urgent Care. We are a locally-owned small business, independent of any hospital organization.
To help you better understand some of the ins-and-outs of urgent care, here are some answers to Urgent Care Network of Omaha Clinics FAQs.
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.
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.
Influenza Outbreaks Are Increasing
This year’s influenza outbreak is more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and is still getting worse. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal what so many have suspected: This is the worst flu season in nearly a decade.
This season is now on track to equal or surpass the 2014-2015 flu season. CDC data indicates “the flu is still spreading wildly, with 49 of the 50 states reporting ‘widespread’ activity, and that more than eight percent of all deaths in this country are from the flu and pneumonia, the highest we’ve seen this winter.”
Man Flu Does Exist
If you’re a woman, you know all about “man flu.” At the first sniffle or two, your guy starts to look downcast and lethargic. You know from past experience, he’s soon going to be sacked out on the couch for the next week or two, hoping you’ll be there waiting on him as if he’s on death’s door.
Men have always insisted that they really do get sicker. And now, they have a champion, a man who says science backs them up. Canadian researcher Dr. Kyle Sue, tired of hearing men’s complaints derided as exaggeration, decided to take a tour of the medical literature to see if there was any evidence to show that men actually do suffer more than women when they get the flu.
Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” They discovered men are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses than women.
Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
It’s important to know where to go when an illness or injury occurs. We can help you better understand when to visit an urgent care vs emergency room.
While emergency rooms serve those with life threatening situations, an urgent care can treat those needing immediate, less serious care.