The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, has released its 2015 list of the 36 people to know in the urgent care market. The list ranges from physicians, to CEOs, to leading healthcare transaction lawyers.
FastMed Urgent Care’s President and CEO, Kyle Bohannon, was recognized along with other urgent care leaders including Dr. Lee Resnick, Editor in Chief for The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, Joanne Ray, CEO of the Urgent Care Association of America, and Dr. David Stern, CEO of Practice Velocity.
Click here to see the full list of urgent care market leaders.
This year marks the 36th annual Personality Festival in Roxboro, NC. Personality Festival takes place in Uptown Roxboro and attracts nearly 20,000 people for a weekend of family fun!
Personality Festival will be full of entertainment including: Little Miss Personality contest, amusement rides, music and dancing, local food, craft vendors, and community awareness booths.
Be sure to stop by and visit the awareness booth for FastMed Urgent Care! You can spin-the-wheel for great prizes, enter our raffle for your chance to win the giveaway prize, and meet our Roxboro staff. The FastMed booth will be in Uptown Roxboro from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, August 29.
Be a supporter of the Roxboro community and spend this weekend at Personality Festival. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/PersonalityFestival.
FastMed Urgent Care, along with Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting and open house. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 12pm-2pm, and will include free BBQ, blood pressure checks, clinic tours, and more. During the open house, you will have the chance to speak with our providers to learn more about our clinic and services.
This event is open to the public, so come join FastMed in a day of food, fellowship and fun!
We are located at 511 Smokey Park Hwy, Candler, NC 28715 in the Bi-Lo shopping center.
FastMed Urgent Care in Durham, North Carolina is now hosting a school supply drive supporting the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.
From now until September 15, stop by FastMed Urgent Care in Durham and drop of any of the school supplies items listed below. FastMed’s donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm.
All school supplies will be donated to Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.
All donations are accepted and appreciated, but main needs include:
• 1 inch binders
• Notebook paper
• Index cards
• Book bags
FastMed Urgent Care in Durham
7010 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707
The school supply drive is part of FastMed Cares Community Program, a commitment by FastMed to stay involved, help and serve local Durham county residents beyond providing urgent medical treatment. More information on the FastMed Cares Community Program is available at http://www.fastmed.com/fastmedcares.
About Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, as a school community, provides a safe and empowering educational environment that encourages each student to realize their highest potential and globally prepare them to be life-long learners and contributing members of a society in the 21st century. For more information visit http://southern.dpsnc.net/pages/Southern_High.
About FastMed Urgent Care in Durham
FastMed Urgent Care in Durham, North Carolina provides walk-in treatment for non-life-threatening medical injuries and illnesses 365 days a year to all residents. FastMed provides patients with access to onsite digital x-rays, labs, EKGs and employer services, from drug screens and physicals to post-injury treatment and evaluation. FastMed Urgent Care is located across from Denny’s at 7010 Hope Valley Road. For more information visit www.fastmed.com.
The formal name for pain along the shinbone in your lower leg is medial tibial stress syndrome — in other words, shin splints. This painful condition has sidelined many an athlete, and if you’re a runner, dancer, or someone else who asks quite a lot of your legs, it’s probably happened to you. So what causes shin splints? And, more to the point — how do you fix the problem?
How do you know you have shin splints?
Do your lower legs hurt on impact? If the pain can’t be explained by fractures, ripped tendons or muscles, bruising, or major injury, then shin splints might be the culprit. Symptoms of shin splints include tenderness, soreness, or pain along the inner part of the lower leg. Swelling in this area can also occur. Though shin splints usually occur in both legs at the same time, the dominant foot will typically be in more pain.
Shin splints happen most often to people involved in sports that cause percussive impact to the feet and legs. The condition isn’t reserved for people training for a marathon, though; shin splints occur in kids and teens who play sports, and in adults who simply use their legs all the time.
However, while shin splints are quite common (about 3 million cases in the United States alone each year), shin pain does not necessarily mean you have shin splints. Press your finger into a few different places along your lower leg to see if you can locate a direct point of pain. If you can, this may be a sign of a stress fracture, and you need to have it checked out by a doctor.
What causes shin splints?
The pain associated with shin splints is caused by micro-tears of the muscle away from the bone. (Ouch!) It’s a cry for help from overworked muscles, tendons and bone tissues. There’s no single cause. Instead, many risk factors are associated with their development. Here are a few:
- Overpronation, also called “flat feet.” (If the inner sides of your shoes are disproportionately worn, you may be an overpronator.)
- Inadequate stretching.
- Using worn out shoes. (This is your excuse to go get a new pair of kicks!)
- Excessive stress placed on one leg from using on cambered roads — roads that curve upward from the edge to the center.
- Always running in the same direction on a track.
- A recent change to or intensification of your training routine.
- Rest. Always listen to your body, and avoid activities that cause the pain or discomfort until it subsides.
- If you can’t stop training, ice the affected area for 15 minutes at a time before you get out there. (Wrap the ice or icepack in a towel to avoid direct contact with the skin! Too much cold on the surface of the skin can cause nerve damage.)
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Stretch your calves and Achilles before and after every workout.
If you think you’re feeling symptoms of shin splints, come on in to a FastMed near you! We can help you determine the cause of your pain, get you treated, and get you back out there in no time. You don’t need an appointment; just sign in online or walk right in the door. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you — and your shins!
A mosquito buzzes across the lawn. It targets the back of your knee. And sinks its tiny beak into your skin… We’ve all felt it. Mosquitos bites are common in the summer, no matter how many citronella candles you light. But what about all the other crawling, creeping, flying critters keeping company with the mosquitoes in the brush?
Let’s talk about how to manage different types of insect bites. Knowing what symptoms make some bites a nuisance and which ones mean you should visit to your local FastMed can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
While myths about how many spiders each person swallows in a lifetime are interesting, we need more practical information about how to identify a spider bite and when to see a doctor. That’s how FastMed can help. Some spider bites are harmless. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you feel discomfort or notice swelling. With others, you should see a doctor. Seek help if the bite:
- Causes severe pain, abdominal cramping or a growing ulcer at the bite location
- Leads to a person not breathing or trouble breathing
- May have come from a local well known poisonous spider
In the United States, black widows and brown recluse spiders account for the majority of dangerous spider bites. You can pick out a black widow by the red spot on its belly. A bite from a black widow will lead to intense pain and stiffness, abdominal pain or cramping, and sweating.
The brown recluse spider has a shape on its back that looks like a violin. The bite of a brown recluse stings at first and starts to redden and cause pain within 2 to 8 hours. The bite area may turn a blue or purple color, possibly with a red ring around it. If a brown recluse bites you, you may get a fever and chills or nausea and vomiting.
If you think a brown recluse spider or a black window has bitten you, call a healthcare professional immediately and visit a FastMed Urgent Care clinic near you.
It’s important to check yourself for ticks after you spend time outdoors. Ticks live in grass, trees, or shrubs and can jump from your pets to you and vice versa. Often, ticks migrate to warm and moist places on your body. You can find them in your armpits, groin, or hair. When a tick bites you, it will hang on as long as it can and fill up on blood. Ticks may eventually fall off after a period of time.
The main issue with tick bites is that they can transmit disease. See a doctor if your tick bite causes:
- A rash or red spot
- Neck stiffness
- Headache or nausea
- Aches or joint pain
- Fever or chills
- Swollen lymph nodes
Lyme disease is one of the diseases ticks may carry. It is extremely dangerous, and will cause lifelong severe symptoms like pain and weakness if left untreated for long. If you were bitten by a tick and experience any unusual symptoms, contact a FastMed Urgent Care healthcare professional immediately
Bee, wasp, and hornet stings
Bees, wasps, and hornets — Oh my! The occasional bee or wasp sting is painful, but if you’re not allergic the pain will subside and itching will fade. However, if you or someone you care about is allergic to bee or wasp stings, there are a few things you can do:
- Remove the stinger
- Apply ice
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine
- Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve pain
- Wash the area
- Get a tetanus shot if it’s been 10 years since the last booster
- If prescribed epinephrine (EpiPen) for allergic reactions, use as directed
- Visit a FastMed Urgent Care for treatment
A severe allergic reaction to a bee, wasp, or hornet sting is a life-threatening emergency. If you or someone you care about has trouble breathing; a rapid pulse; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; dizziness or fainting; or loses consciousness, see a health care professional immediately.
Keep an eye on those you care about
It’s a great time of year to be in the backyard. What could be better than the smell of the grill and the sound of kids laughing on a swing set? Just be mindful of the tiny creatures prowling the lawn with your children. Remember to check those you care about for serious bites and visit a FastMed if you experience any concerning symptoms.
Don’t forget to check in online. You’ll be in and out before the burgers come off the grill.
Most of us enjoy outdoor concerts in the summer: a band strums into the evening and we two-step, while little girls swirl in dresses and boys play tag in the lawn. It’s one of many carefree escapes we look forward to when the winter is bitterly cold and the only dancing is a few quick, skittish hops across an icy drive, trying not to fall.
At FastMed, we believe in getting outside when it’s warm, singing along as the fireflies flicker, and showing the kids what real music sounds like. We also support staying safe in the summer heat so you can dance until the sun goes down.
Dealing with heat exhaustion
You prepared for the heat. You wore the right clothes. You packed what you thought was enough water. You even scheduled breaks to escape the sunlight. But now your skin feels cool or clammy, you feel weak and dizzy, you’re confused, have nausea or a headache, and the list goes on. It can be scary when heat exhaustion sets in, especially if you have children with you and you have to take care of them as well, knowing they’ve been out in the sun just like you. So if you feel yourself getting woozy at a summer concert, what are the steps to remember?
1. Find a cool place
Look for shade. Covered areas will allow you to take a break from the sun. If you are experiencing symptoms of heat syncope or exhaustion, get inside a cool air conditioned building immediately.
2. Drink cold water
You should be drinking water regularly throughout the day, but if you experience symptoms of heat exhaustion, pick up the hydration. Sports drinks will help you replenish valuable electrolytes, which your body loses when you are active outside.
3. Seek medical attention
You should seek medical evaluation and attention by a health care provider at a FastMed Urgent Care if you continue experiencing heat heat-related illness symptoms.
Alcohol and heat exhaustion
You’re having a blast with your friends, the music is good, and what goes better with live music than a few adult beverages? Just keep in mind that a summer cocktail is fine as long as you’re responsible and legal drinking age. If you’re going to be in the heat, you need to be extra careful with alcohol.
Alcohol is a diuretic and causes dehydration, and we already know that dehydration can contribute to heat-related illness. You also have to be careful as alcohol may prevent your body from properly regulating its temperature. If you’re intoxicated, you also may be less likely to pick up on heat-related symptoms. Such as not being able to determine if you are dizzy from exposure to the sun or dizzy from a few the beers.
If you are drinking alcohol outside in the summer, be sure to drink lots of water and pace yourself. It is very important to be extra smart with alcohol when the temperatures rise.
Keep an eye on the young and old
Young people need your help in avoiding heat-related illness. If you see kids experiencing the symptoms of heat exhaustion, get them inside immediately, remove extra clothing, and try to cool them down. The elderly are also at a heightened risk of heat-related illness. According to studies, heat-related fatalities are skewed toward individuals over the age of 65. This shows us that the more vulnerable people of our society, those at either end of the age spectrum, are more susceptible to heat.
Stick with FastMed, and keep the sounds of summer going
When the sun is out and the tunes are on, pay attention to your body. If you have many or severe heat symptoms, get inside quickly. FastMed Urgent Care clinics are open 365 days a year for walk-in treatment to help you get back on the dance floor — even if we hope you never need us.
FastMed Urgent Care in Hendersonville, North Carolina has partnered with Hendersonville Rescue Mission to host a food drive throughout the month of August. From now until August 31, stop by FastMed Urgent Care in Hendersonville and drop of any non-perishable food items. This food drive is part of FastMed Cares Community Program, a commitment by FastMed to stay involved, help and serve local Henderson county residents beyond providing urgent medical treatment. FastMed’s donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm.
Examples of non-perishable food items include:
- Canned beans and vegetables
- Canned tuna or salmon
- Canned soups
- Dried fruits
- Granola bars and power bars
- Nuts and trail mix packs
- Peanut butter
About the Hendersonville Rescue Mission
The Hendersonville Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, providing shelter for those in need, and implementing various programs to help people get back on their feet. The rescue mission has also added the Hendersonville Christian Outreach Ministry and other learning centers as part of their services. To learn more about the Hendersonville Rescue Mission and how you can volunteer or donate, click here.
About FastMed Urgent Care in Hendersonville
FastMed Urgent Care in Hendersonville North Carolina provides walk-in treatment for non-life-threatening medical injuries and illnesses 365 days a year to the residents of Hendersonville and Henderson County. FastMed provides patients with access to onsite digital x-rays, labs, EKGs and employer services, from drug screens and physicals to post-injury treatment and evaluation. FastMed Urgent Care is located beside Firehouse Subs at 825 Spartanburg Highway. For more information visit www.fastmed.com.
More information on the FastMed Cares Community Program is available at http://www.fastmed.com/fastmedcares.
Stop by and drop off your non-perishable food items today!
What parent hasn’t heard that ageless, irritating kid complaint: “I’m boooored!”?
Well, it’s summertime, and now your kids have no excuse for their ennui. Your family may have plans to hit the road or head to the pool, but you don’t necessarily have to go that far to distract the young’uns. Summer brings with it dozens of outdoor activity options that will capture your kids’ attention and keep them entertained all day long, right in your own back yard. And the best part is that many of them can be carried out without your supervision!
There are reasons besides your own sanity to keep your kids outside while the weather’s nice. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 8 to 10-year-olds spend, on average, eight hours in front of a screen every day. This sedentary lifestyle is partly to blame for the obesity epidemic among today’s youth. Too much media consumption has also been linked to attention problems and even, frighteningly, lower brain volume. (Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like — excess screen time may be shrinking young brains. Scary, huh?)
So FastMed Urgent Care urges you to keep your kids healthy and get them outside. You may have to get the ball rolling (sometimes literally!) to keep your youngest family members out from underfoot, but it’s worth it. The next time you hear any hint of whining, encourage your kids to head outside with one of these classic summer activities in mind. Get them started!
These kids classics are great for groups, and once you get the game going, you can retire back to your kitchen for some iced tea and a little peace and quiet!
Hide and Go Seek
This is perhaps the most famous child’s game of all time. It’s very simple: one person, who is designated “It,” closes his or her eyes, shouts “Hide and go seek!” and counts to ten. Poof! Everyone else scatters and finds a hiding place. The first person found by the “It” player is the next one to count and conduct the search. The great thing about this choice is that any number of children, starting with two, can play it. Send the siblings or the whole neighborhood out to play, and they’ll have the same amount of fun.
This one’s a crowd favorite. Children form two lines, standing around 10 feet across from each other, and link hands. A child from one group chooses a victim and shouts, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send [insert name of the child in question] right over!” The chosen one then runs as fast as he or she can toward the opposing team and tries to break their chain. If it works, his or her team gets a point.
Make sure to encourage teams to position themselves far enough away from each other that the kids get up enough speed to have a fighting chance!
The bigger the group for this game, the better. An “It” player is designated to chase other children and try to tag them. If the “It” child tags someone, he or she is “frozen” and can’t move until another child performs some action — usually re-tagging — that thaws the frozen player. The objective? “It” must tag everyone on the field, freezing all of them and winning the game. This choice is a double-win for parents; it can entertain a group of children for hours, and it also keeps them running, exhausting them enough to go down at the end of the evening without (too much) complaint!
Capture the Flag
Again, this is a game meant for a large group. It has slightly more complicated rules, and may be better for older players — five-year-olds will find themselves outgunned.
A playing area, preferably a large yard or field, is cut in half. You can either trust the kids to make their own call on whether they’ve crossed the line, physically draw a line with chalk if they’re playing on a hard surface, or mark it with some object at either side of the field. Two teams are formed, each with a “flag” (which can be any designated object) at the back of their side of the field. The objective is for one member of the team to get the other team’s flag — and make it all the way back to his or her side! The runner is “out” if any member of the opposing team tags him or her, and has to wait on the sidelines for the rest of the game.
Although these ideas take a bit more setup, you’ll be amazed at just how long your kids will spend enthralled.
Running through the Sprinklers
This one requires, of course, a hose and a sprinkler, which you can acquire for very little money at your local hardware store. It’s most easily played if you’ve got a freestanding home, but many apartment buildings will have a hose hookup somewhere outside, as well. The idea is simple: put the kids in bathing suits, set up the hose, attach the sprinkler, turn on the water, and sit back and watch the fun.
Slip ‘n Slides
While there are many slip ‘n slides for sale, you can make your own with another trip to the hardware store. You need a good length of industrial plastic sheeting — 30 feet or so will do the trick, but the longer the better — a hose, a bottle of dish soap, and a long grassy area on a hill. Unroll the plastic, soak it with water and dish soap to make it slippery, and send the kids on a short trip down a long hill. Trust us, they’ll love it!
Catching Lightning Bugs
Perhaps the most nostalgic of all summer activities, lightning bug collection doesn’t just absorb the kids — it will make you remember the magic of childhood. You’ll need a lidded jar with holes punched in the top, and if you want to get fancy, a little mini-habitat inside — maybe some grass or a few twigs. Wait until dusk, watch for the delicate winking lights to start their show, and get to chasing. One note: unless you want to explain some adult concepts to your kids a bit early, be sure to let the little bugs go while they can still fly away. Some things simply aren’t meant to be kept.
Remember: while they’re outside in the sun, it’s important to monitor the kiddos for signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration and feed them healthy foods that will replace their lost calories. If they run into a patch of poison ivy or contract a strange rash after a day outdoors, or if that slip ‘n slide goes awry, your local FastMed can check things out and get them back out to play — and back out of your hair — in no time!
Your head is throbbing and you’re feeling serious pressure in your nose, cheeks and forehead. It’s deeply unpleasant, but you’ve been down this road before. You decide that you likely have sinusitis: a sinus infection.
Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, is an infection of the sinus cavities — the four paired spaces surrounding your nasal passages. These spaces are connected to your nasal passages through small channels called ostia, through which mucus drains. In sinusitis, viruses or bacteria invade the sinus cavities, usually as the result of a cold or of ongoing allergies. The resulting inflammation blocks the ostia, halting the flow of mucus and worsening the condition.
Sinusitis is very common, affecting about 1 in 8 adults annually.
If left untreated, sinusitis can become acute, causing a lot of pain in the face and an unpleasant cloudy or colored discharge from the nose. You’ll also feel generally ill, often with a fever and a cough. Most of the time, symptoms start to improve in 7 to 10 days.
Should I see a doctor or nurse? — See your doctor or nurse if your symptoms last more than 7 days, or if your symptoms get better at first but then get worse.
Sometimes, sinusitis can lead to serious problems. See your doctor or nurse right away (do not wait 7 days) if you have:
- Fever higher than 102.5°F (39.2°C)
- Sudden and severe pain in the face and head
- Trouble seeing or seeing double
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Swelling or redness around 1 or both eyes
- Trouble breathing or a stiff neck
Is there anything I can do on my own to feel better? — Yes. To reduce your symptoms, you can:
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce the pain
- Rinse your nose and sinuses with salt water a few times a day – Ask your doctor or nurse about the best way to do this.
- Use a decongestant nose spray – These sprays are sold in a pharmacy. But do not use decongestant nose sprays for more than 2 to 3 days in a row. Using them more than 3 days in a row can make symptoms worse.
You should NOT take an antihistamine for sinusitis. Common antihistamines include diphenhydramine (sample brand name: Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (sample brand name: Chlor-Trimeton), loratadine (sample brand name: Claritin), and cetirizine (sample brand name: Zyrtec). They can treat allergies, but not sinus infections, and could increase your discomfort by drying the lining of your nose and sinuses, or making you tired.
Your doctor might also prescribe a steroid nose spray to reduce the swelling in your nose. (Steroid nose sprays do not contain the same steroids that athletes take to build muscle.)
How is sinusitis treated? — Most of the time, sinusitis does not need to be treated with antibiotic medicines. This is because most sinusitis is caused by viruses — not bacteria — and antibiotics do not kill viruses. Many people get over sinus infections without antibiotics.
Some people with sinusitis do need treatment with antibiotics. If your symptoms have not improved after 7 to 10 days, ask your doctor if you should take antibiotics. Your doctor might recommend that you wait 1 more week to see if your symptoms improve. But if you have symptoms such as a fever or a lot of pain, he or she might prescribe antibiotics. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions about taking your antibiotics.
What if my symptoms do not get better? — If your symptoms do not get better, talk with your doctor or nurse. He or she might order tests to figure out why you still have symptoms. These can include:
- CT scan or other imaging tests – Imaging tests create pictures of the inside of the body.
- A test to look inside the sinuses – For this test, a doctor puts a thin tube with a camera on the end into the nose and up into the sinuses.
Some people get a lot of sinus infections or have symptoms that last at least 3 months. These people can have a different type of sinusitis called “chronic sinusitis.” Chronic sinusitis can be caused by different things. For example, some people have growths in their nose or sinuses that are called “polyps.” Other people have allergies that cause their symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis can be treated in different ways. If you have chronic sinusitis, talk with your doctor about which treatments are right for you
For some people, sinusitis is an ongoing problem. They experience the condition very often, and when it appears, it’s resistant to treatment. These people may need to consider extra measures to treat their sinusitis. In some cases, chronic sinusitis is caused by nasal polyps or a deviated nasal septum, and surgical intervention may be the only way to find relief. If your sinuses give you constant problems, it may be time to talk to your doctor about the reason.
Many people simply go to their general practitioners to treat their sinusitis. However, if you don’t have a regular doctor or you can’t get an appointment quickly, you have two more options at your disposal: the emergency room, and an urgent care center.
The Emergency Room
Plenty of people use the emergency room for non-urgent conditions like sinusitis; in fact, the CDC estimates that only 12% of emergency room visits result in hospital admissions. But the emergency room can be an expensive and time-consuming option, even with health insurance. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine estimates that in 2011, the average in-network ER visit cost for an individual with private health insurance was a whopping $933. And, as for sinusitis itself, the average ER price tag in 2010 was $617.
Urgent care centers, on the other hand, can save you a bundle. These free-standing clinics — often called “docs-in-a-box” for short — take patients with no appointment required, and are often open for extended night and weekend hours. They’re an increasingly popular choice; urgent care centers see between 71 and 160 million patients each year.
The average estimated cost of sinusitis treatment at urgent care clinics is $112. Compared to ER costs, that’s more than a $500 reduction! Also, because urgent care centers are designed primarily for non-urgent care, your wait time will be considerably lessened; you won’t have, for instance, a car accident victim or an appendicitis patient take precedence over you.
If you’re struggling with sinusitis, or any other unpleasant condition, come on in to FastMed Urgent Care — no appointment necessary! We can administer the antibiotics, steroid nasal sprays, or other treatments that will soothe your savage headache and get you back on your feet, fast.