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Help! I Have a Headache!

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It’s happened to all of us before. Maybe you’re watching television or eating at a restaurant or working hard at the office, when out of nowhere a headache sets in. Why is this happening to you? There are several different causes for headaches, but when you’re in the middle of a busy day, it’s not the why that matters as much as the how can I get rid of it?! FastMed recommends trying these strategies for headache relief.

Drink some water

One of the most common reasons people get headaches is because they’re dehydrated. Even if this isn’t what’s causing your headache, it certainly won’t do you any harm to get more water into your system. Head to the sink, fridge, drinking fountain, or water cooler and pour yourself a nice, tall glass of water. Skip the ice, though; research has found that drinking ice-cold water can increase blood flow to the anterior cerebral artery, which can exacerbate the headache.

Take a break

Many of our professional and leisure activities revolve around screens, whether it’s the computer or the television. Too much screen time strains your eyes and can lead to a headache. If you get hit by a headache, see if you can remember the last time you got up, stretched your legs, and walked around. If it was more than an hour ago, it’s been too long. You can also get headaches from poor sitting posture, so taking a break is an anti-headache double whammy. If you can’t get away from your screen, buy an antiglare shield or put on a pair of sunglasses. You may not be the coolest-looking guy in the office, but at least you’ll have fewer headaches.

Eat some fruit

Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, can cause headaches. That’s not an excuse to reach for the nearest candy bar, though. Instead, eat an apple, peach, pear or other kind of fruit. These are high in fructose, which is an unprocessed, healthier sugar than the kind you’d find in a candy bar. Pay attention to how frequently you’re eating; it can be easy for the hours to fly by when you are absorbed in a task. Ideally, you should eat several small, healthy snacks every few hours.

Relax and have a cup of tea

This is another one-two punch for your headache. Tension headaches, or stress headaches, are the most common type of headache among adults.  As the name implies, these can be induced by high levels of stress. If you feel a headache coming on, take some time out for yourself. Make a cup of tea and relax for ten or fifteen minutes (away from the computer screen). In the long run, you’ll be more productive by getting rid of the headache than you will be if you try to work through it. Plus, many teas are caffeinated, which can help relieve headache symptoms as well.

If you find that you have recurring headaches, headaches that last for more than a day, or pain that radiates down your neck and shoulders, you may want to see a doctor at your local FastMed Urgent Care. He or she can help figure out the source of your headache, and work with you to find ways to alleviate the pain, including over-the-counter or prescription medications. We’re open 365 days a year, 7 days a week, so stop by any time!

Protect Yourself and Your Family with a Flu Shot

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This fall, avoid the aches, pains and sniffles that comes from having the flu. Protect yourself and family by getting a flu shot. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends receiving a flu shot annually as the first line of defense against the flu virus in children and adults.

Influenza (flu) is a viral respiratory illness that is very contagious. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever/feverish chills
  • Body/Muscle aches
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or stuffy noise
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

The flu can also develop into other complications and health conditions, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and respiratory infections. Although these illnesses are treatable, there are times when they can be life-threatening.

You and your family can get a flu shot at any FastMed Urgent Care in North Carolina for only $25. No appointment is necessary as walk-ins are always welcome! Stop by and get vaccinated today!

Preparing for a Back-to-School Checkup [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s that time of year again! Fall (and flu season) are just around the corner, and the kids are filling up their backpacks and getting their first day of school clothes ready. The start of school is the perfect time for your child’s annual checkup. What do you need to bring to your appointment? Check out FastMed’s infographic for all the details on how to prepare!

Preparing for a Back-to-School Checkup [INFOGRAPHIC]

Arizona Clinics Opening Delays

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IMPORTANT ALERT - Current September 8, 11:35 AM: Due to current weather and flooding conditions, the following FastMed Urgent Care clinics in Arizona will open at 2 PM.
Please check back here for updates on closures and delays. Visit ABC 15 Arizona for up-to-date weather info.
We appreciate your understanding and thank you for using FastMed.

Do I Have a UTI?

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Urinary tract infection test strips

Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable at best, and at worst, can cause permanent kidney damage if left untreated. A UTI is one of the most common bacterial infections in the United States, and nearly 1 in 3 women will have had at least one urinary tract infection by the time they reach 24 years of age. UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body). Women are more likely than men to get urinary tract infections, partly because sexual intercourse introduces new bacteria into the body. Pregnancy, diabetes, and having a catheter in place can also increase the likelihood of getting a urinary tract infection.

So, how can you tell if you have a urinary tract infection? If you’ve had a UTI in the past, you’re more likely to get one in the future. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Feeling a strong urge to urinate, but only passing small amounts of urine
  • Painful or burning sensations during urination
  • Urine that smells strongly or is cloudy, dark, or pink/red
  • Pain in the lower abdomen

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a urinary tract infection. Come to your local FastMed Urgent Care, where we’ll take a urine sample to quickly find out if you are suffering from a UTI. If you do have an infection, we’ll give you a prescription for an antibiotic. You should begin to feel better within one or two days of taking your medication.

Make sure that you take the full course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms go away. You’ll probably feel better quickly, but if you stop taking the antibiotics, the infection can return. As with any illness, stay hydrated and rest up to speed recuperation. With a little help from FastMed, you’ll be feeling better…fast!

2014 Clayton Harvest & Music Festival Sept. 17-21

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Clayton Festival

FastMed Urgent Care and Family Practice is proud to be sponsoring the 2014 Clayton Harvest & Music Festival September 17-21 in Clayton, NC!

Put on by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Clayton, FastMed Urgent Care is a Silver Sponsor of the Harvest and Music Festival joining businesses Agri Supply, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Walker Lambre Rhudy Costley & Grill, PLLC and Woody’s Computing in supporting the Vendor Fair.

FastMed will have a booth with spin the wheel and corn hole games, prizes for guests and information on FastMed’s urgent care services and family practice providers.

In addition to the Vendor Fair, the Harvest Festival will have a Fitness Village, Artists Village, Creative Hands Kids Corner, Classic Car Show, Tractor Show, Community Talent Showcase, Food Truck Rodeo and much more! There will be over 150 vendors providing shopping, sampling, eating and entertainment. The event goes from 9am to 4pm.

The Harvest and Music Festival is held off of Main Street in Downtown Clayton, North Carolina.

Click here for more information, save the date and we will see you there for all the fun!

FastMed Offers $15 Sports Physicals at Select NC Locations

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The end of summer brings about the start of another school year. It also signals the beginning of the fall sports season. Make sure your All-Star is prepared by stopping in FastMed Urgent Care and getting a sports physical. From now through September 30, 2014, the following North Carolina locations will offer sports physicals for $15: 

  • Apex
  • Greensboro at Battleground Ave.
  • Greensboro at W. Market St.
  • Greenville
  • Harrisburg
  • Henderson
  • Hendersonville
  • High Point
  • Holly Springs
  • Kernersville
  • Lumberton
  • Mooresville
  • Salisbury
  • Winston-Salem at Old Country Club Rd.
  • Wilkesboro

$15 Sports Physical Voucher

You can print a sports physical voucher here.
Make sure you bring a copy of the voucher! 

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Urinary Tract Conditions [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Urinary Tract Conditions [INFOGRAPHIC]

The urinary tract works as the sewer system for your body. The kidney, ureters, and bladder work together to remove urine (excess waste and fluids) through the urethra. Most of the time, the urinary tract functions normally. In some cases, however, infections or other problems can occur.

There are many causes for kidney stones, and you may not even know you have one unless it blocks or passes into your ureter. This can cause pain in the back, sides, and lower abdomen; painful urination; and a persistent urge to urinate. If you find it difficult to urinate, notice blood in your urine, or pain accompanied by nausea/vomiting, a fever, or chills, go to your local FastMed Urgent Care clinic to get it checked out.

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is very common, particularly in women. More than half of all women get at least one bladder infection at some point in their lives. Men are far less likely to suffer from bladder infections, including UTIs. Common symptoms include a burning sensation and a frequent need to urinate. 

Urethritis affects both men and women. It is caused by a virus or bacteria, including the same types of bacteria that cause UTIs. It occurs when the urethra, ureter, or both become inflamed. Painful urination is the primary symptom of urethritis.

While UTIs affect the bladder and urethra, if untreated they can infect the upper urinary system, including the kidneys. Pyelonephritis is usually due to a complication from a bladder infection in which bacteria travel from the urethra and bladder to the kidneys through the ureters. When urine flow is reduced (by kidney stones, for example), pyelonephritis is more likely to occur. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the blood and cause severe illness. Luckily, UTIs, urethritis, and pyelonephritis are often easily treated with antibiotics.

If you feel pain or a burning sensation during urination, or you notice bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine, come to your local FastMed Urgent Care. We can test your urine sample for signs of infection and prescribe antibiotics to clear up your illness before it progresses. Urine tests can also check for signs that you may have kidney stones, and some clinics offer X-rays for more accurate detection. Call FastMed Urgent Care and see what we can do for you!   

Early Signs of Pregnancy

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Could you be pregnant? There are some signs and symptoms that can appear early on in pregnancy, even before you’ve missed a menstrual period. As many as 70% of women have pregnancy symptoms by the time they are six weeks along. While a positive pregnancy test is the only way to confirm your pregnancy, the symptoms below can give you a better idea as to whether or not you might be expecting.


Have you been feeling exhausted lately? Perhaps you don’t normally take naps, but suddenly find yourself nodding off during the day. When you conceive, your levels of progesterone spike, which can cause fatigue. Your body is also hard at work making the placenta, which supplies blood and nutrients to the growing fetus. It takes a lot of energy to create a person, even if your brain isn’t yet aware that you’re pregnant!

Sore Breasts

The increase in hormones like progesterone and estrogen can cause your breasts to feel tender. They may be more sensitive than usual, and the areolae (the area around your nipples) can become larger or darker in color. Some women experience these symptoms on a regular basis prior to menstruation; if your breasts commonly feel heavier or fuller just before you get your period, you may want to disregard this as a potential symptom.

Changes in Eating Habits

Are you suddenly ravenous? Perhaps that once heavenly aroma of coffee suddenly has you wrinkling your nose. Like most early pregnancy symptoms, doctors believe that food aversions or changes in appetite are related to the hormones your body is releasing in response to the pregnancy. A heightened sense of smell is also a symptom of pregnancy, and this intensified awareness of food scents may make certain things seem delicious…or nauseating.

Mood Swings

You’re tired, sore, and hungry…it only makes sense that you’re feeling pretty irritable at times. With the combination of crazy hormones and the stress of not knowing if you’re actually pregnant, it’s no wonder you’ve been a bit more cranky than usual. People often feel conflicted about becoming a parent – whether you’re desperately hoping for a child, or you’re feeling totally unprepared and overwhelmed at the thought of a pregnancy, it’s certainly an emotional few weeks.

The only sure way to know if you are pregnant is through a pregnancy test. These tests check your levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).  Over-the-counter urine tests have varying levels of accuracy, and you’ll want to wait until after the expected date of your period for best results. If you simply can’t wait that long, a blood test can give more definitive results as early as six to eight days after ovulation, and is much more accurate than a urine test.

At FastMed Urgent Care, we know how difficult it is to be unsure about whether or not you are pregnant. We can give you peace of mind by performing a pregnancy test so you will know if you’re expecting or not. Our doctors and nurses are familiar with all of the local resources, so we can offer you guidance and direct you toward services and professionals who can help you understand and cope with the implications of your pregnancy test results. Come see us any time – we’re open every single day of the year.

Durham, NC BCBSNC Health and Wellness Fair Sept 13

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FastMed Urgent Care is looking forward to participating in the BCBSNC Community Health and Wellness Fair at Durham Central Park on September 13th!

The event is from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 pm and is free to the public. There will be food, games for the kids and education info on health, fitness and health care.

Stop by FastMed’s booth to receive health information on urgent care services, a blood pressure check and FastMed blood pressure tracker wallet card, spin the wheel prizes including hand sanitizers, first aid bandage kits and pens. We will be representing our Durham, Chapel Hill and all of our Triangle clinic locations. Stop by and say hello!

Click here for more information on the event, here for the Durham Central Park's website and click here for directions!