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Do I Have Strep Throat? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Anybody can get strep throat, but it mainly occurs in kids between the ages of 5 and 15. Most cases of strep throat happen during the school year when kids are in close contact. Strep throat is the cause of 37% of sore throats among children and 5-15% of sore throats in adults.

Strep throat is caused by bacteria, which are spread through coughing, sneezing, and shaking hands. Make sure your child knows proper hand washing techniques to avoid getting sick. Even if a child is not sick, he or she can still carry the strep throat bacteria.

So how can you tell if you or your child has strep throat?

Symptoms of Strep Throat

Symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Abdominal pain
  • Red and white patches on the tongue and tonsils

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, you may have strep throat. Come to your local FastMed Urgent Care for a strep test so we can quickly find out if you are suffering from strep throat. If you do have an infection, we’ll prescribe antibiotics that will decrease the duration of the symptoms and help you recover more rapidly.

Make sure that you take the full course of antibiotics even if your symptoms go away. Sometimes strep throat can lead to kidney infection and other complications. If you have strep throat, stay hydrated, and with some help from FastMed, you’ll be back to your old routine in no time!

Winston-Salem Residents Welcome Third FastMed Clinic October 4

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FastMed in Winston-Salem of University Parkway Opens

Local residents of north Winston-Salem are invited to the free open house event this Saturday, October 4 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Opening day, FastMed off of University Parkway will be providing:

  • FREE adult flu shots while supplies last
  • Tours of the urgent care clinic
  • Free blood pressure checks and a blood pressure tracker wallet card
  • Lunch and refreshments

FastMed Urgent Care’s newest clinic in Winston-Salem is the third FastMed location in Winston-Salem and marks the 40th FastMed clinic in North Carolina.

FastMed provides local residents convenient, walk-in access 365 days a year to treatment services including:

  • Colds, Flu and Viral Illnesses
  • Bronchitis, Pneumonia and Respiratory Illness
  • Asthma, Allergic Reactions and Dermatologic / Acne evaluations
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Fracture Evaluation (Digital X-ray)
  • Cuts, Scrapes and Burns
  • Stitches and Minor Surgery
  • School, Sports and Camp Physicals
  • Immunizations and Vaccinations (including flu shots)
  • Labs and Rapid Testing for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Strep Throat, Pregnancy, and the Flu
  • EKGs and IV treatment

Occupational health care services include:

  • Medical Evaluations and Screenings including Department of Transportation Physicals (DOT) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Physical Exams from FMCSA certified providers
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Injury Care and Workers' Compensation

FastMed accepts all major insurance plans and offers direct-pay patients the option of a Discount Program. FastMed Urgent Care clinics hold The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory health care. 

Located just off highway 52 exit 115, FastMed is just minutes from North Forsyth High School, SciWorks, Sara Lee Soccer Complex and Mobile Chase Golf and Country Club. Click here for directions!

Do I Have a Concussion?

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Concussion x-ray

Ouch! Whether you’ve fallen off a ladder or taken an especially hard hit during the big game, a blow to the head hurts. But how do you know when to dust yourself off and keep going or when you should go to your local FastMed Urgent Care to get treatment for a concussion? The start of football season is a great time to talk about the importance of helmets and safety practices, but concussions can happen both on and off the field.

A concussion is a traumatic injury that occurs when the brain is jarred or shaken inside the skull. Contrary to popular myth, you can have a concussion without losing consciousness. In fact, there may not be any outward physical signs that you have suffered from a concussion. Symptoms can appear right after an injury, or may not become apparent for days or even weeks. They generally fall into one of four categories:

Cognitive – This includes difficulty thinking clearly and remembering new information, trouble concentrating, and a general sense that you aren’t as quick on the uptake lately. These symptoms may be more easily recognized by others than by the person who is concussed. You may ask the same question multiple times without realizing that you’ve already been given that information. If other people point out that you seem to be having trouble remembering things, don’t be offended; get checked out immediately.

Physical – Of course, if you’ve knocked your head, you’re probably going to have a headache. But if you notice changes to your vision or balance, feel dizzy or nauseous, or begin vomiting, you should see a doctor. Other physical symptoms include a lack of energy and sensitivity to light and noise.

Emotional – Someone who has had a concussion can have emotional symptoms, as well. You may feel angry, irritable, upset, or simply be more emotional in general. You might be prone to bursts of unexplained sadness, or feelings of nervousness or anxiety.

Sleep-Related – A concussion can alter your sleep patterns. Note anything that is different from your usual routine, whether you’re finding it more difficult to fall asleep, sleeping more than usual, or sleeping less.

If you have any of the following symptoms, see a doctor immediately:

  • Multiple episodes of vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness for more than 30 seconds
  • A worsening headache
  • Changes in speech, such as slurring
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils or pupils of unequal size

Concussions are relatively common, and most people recover quickly with treatment. If you’ve suffered a blow to the head, take it easy for a few days. Concussions are not restricted to football and hockey players. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common reasons for traumatic brain injury-related visits to the emergency room are bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer. If you’ve suffered a blow to the head while playing sports, FastMed recommends following up for further evaluation prior to returning to the field.  Even though you might feel better, your brain has been injured and needs time to heal. At FastMed Urgent Care, we see all kinds of bumps, bruises, concussions, and contusions, and we can get you on the fast track to feeling better.

USA Today Report, CDC: Fewer Than Half in USA Get Flu Shots

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USA Today reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced less than half of Americans get their flu shot. Click here for the original USA Today article from the CDC announcement: Fewer than half in USA get flu shots, CDC says

In the announcement CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden shared the following statistics and information:

  • In 2013 only 46% of Americans got their flu shot:
    • 34% of adults ages 18 to 64
    • 50% of pregnant women
    • 55% of children ages 5 to 17
    • 65% of those age 65 and over
    • 70% of kids under age 5
    • 90% of doctors and nurses
  • The flu hospitalizes about 200,000 people a year
  • CDC is calling for senior citizens to get a second type of vaccine against pneumococcus, a bacteria that can cause pneumonia and that hospitalizes about 50,000 Americans a year
  • CDC recommends a flu shot for all pregnant women at any point in pregnancy

FastMed Urgent Care has launched its 2014-2015 annual statewide “Protect your family and yourself. Get the flu shot.” campaign, encouraging Arizonians and North Carolinians to combat the flu through a three step process: prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The campaign is designed to educate Arizonians and North Carolinians on the importance of receiving the flu vaccine and preventing the spread of the flu. Visit for more information.

FastMed Supports the Carolina Miracle League

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FastMed Urgent Care is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Carolina Miracle League, a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to enjoy playing baseball.

The Miracle League is a special foundation that gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine and enjoy playing the game of baseball, in its purest form, as a member of a team in an organized league. Children are paired with volunteer “buddies” who assist them in batting, catching, throwing and running.  Volunteers can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time, and give a child the chance to enjoy playing baseball.

Every child gets a turn at bat and in the outfield, and every child crosses home plate. They play on a special synthetic turf field designed with custom and handicapped accessible dugouts, restrooms and drinking fountains.  During each Miracle League game, every child is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run.

If you know someone who has a child with a mental and/or a physical disability, the Carolina Miracle League could be their answer to enjoying the game of baseball together. Miracle League of the Triangle is based in Raleigh, NC and Charlotte YMCA Miracle League is based in Charlotte, NC. You can find, like and follow the Miracle League on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website at for more information on how you can volunteer, participate, or simply spread the word! 

FastMed has a number of urgent care locations serving the community in and throughout Charlotte and the surrounding area including Concord, Harrisburg, Monroe, Mooresville and Salisbury. Click here for a map of our Charlotte locations or visit our office finder by clicking here.

FastMed to attend HollyFest 2014 in Holly Springs, NC

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FastMed to attend HollyFest 2014 in Holly Springs, NC

FastMed is attending the ninth annual HollyFest 2014 at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, North Carolina on October 25, and we invite you to join us there!

FastMed is a first aid tent sponsor and will provide basic first aid services. Our family practice provider, Jessica Sabrowsky, will be sharing information on FastMed Family Practice services available at FastMed Urgent Care in Holly Springs.

In addition to FastMed’s first aid station, we will have fun games and prizes for the entire family! Save the date and don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this fun family event. Last year saw over 5,000 attendees! Fun trivia: 2005 was when Holly Springs had their first HollyFest.

There will be:

  • Free Rides and Inflatables
  • Face Painting
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Live Music and Entertainment
  • Food Vendors
  • Children’s Corner
  • Non-profit and Community Organizations
  • Racing Pigs
  • Cornhole Cup 14’
  • Fire Trucks & Police Cars on display

FastMed has five neighborhood urgent cares in or around the community of Holly Springs, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Cary (off of Kildaire Rd. and Ten-Ten Rd. and Cornerstone Dr and High House). FastMed’s Holly Springs location is unique in that FastMed offers convenient urgent care and family practice for local residents, so whether it is a regular check-up or an urgent injury, FastMed has you covered. Learn more about FastMed’s urgent care and family practice services here, or call us! We would love to hear from you!

Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?

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Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a new report recommending that middle schools and high schools start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Lack of sleep can cause an array of health problems, particularly during puberty. As teenagers go through puberty, their circadian rhythms shift, making it very difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. Teenagers need between 8.5 and 9.5 hours of sleep a night, so if they fall asleep precisely at 11 p.m., they should sleep in until 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. When the bus comes as early as 6 a.m., students end up losing more than sleep.

The effects of sleep deprivation can be drastic. A 2002 study found that for every hour of lost sleep, the odds of obesity increase by 80%, partly because sleep deprivation can lead to higher consumption of carbohydrates and fats. Chronic sleep loss is also linked to an increased risk of car crashes, a greater tendency towards delinquency, and higher incidences of depression and psychological stress.

About 14% of high schools currently follow the AAP recommendation and start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Students who go to schools with later start times feel more alert during the day, are less likely to be tardy, have fewer struggles with attention and concentration, and even perform better academically.

Despite all of these indicators, it would be difficult for many schools to implement later start times. Parents often rely on getting the kids out the door so that they can make it to work on time. Starting school an hour later would mean ending an hour later, which can impact sports teams and after-school activities. Many teens hold after-school jobs, which would also be affected by a later start to school days.

In light of the evidence, what can you as a parent do to make sure your child is getting enough sleep? Be understanding if your teenager needs to take naps during the day or sleep in on the weekends. Also, while you may not be able to affect the quantity of your child’s sleep, you can institute rules and routines to make sure that the sleep they do get is high quality. FastMed Urgent Care offers the following tips:

  • Talk with your teen about shutting off or removing electronic gadgets from the bedroom. Several studies have shown that exposure to electronics late in the evening can disrupt sleep. The light from these devices can also negatively affect circadian rhythms by suppressing melatonin.
  • Limit your child’s caffeine intake. While it may help your teenager stay awake during school hours, high caffeine use is associated with shorter sleep duration and increased daytime sleepiness.
  • Encourage a weekday and weekend routine. If your child is falling asleep at 2 a.m. one night and 10 p.m. the next, his or her sleep patterns will be thrown off. Discuss setting a bedtime (and wake time) for weekdays, and a bedtime for weekends, and help your teen stick to it.

If your young one gets enough sleep, but still seems fatigued during the day, there may be a deeper problem. At FastMed Urgent Care, we can perform a simple blood test to rule out other issues like anemia, low levels of certain vitamins or minerals, and hormonal problems like thyroid-related fatigue. 

How Can You Protect Yourself From the Flu? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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At FastMed Urgent Care, we’re gearing up for flu season, which typically occurs during the fall and winter. The flu doesn’t normally cause more than a few days of nausea, vomiting, fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, but in some cases it can lead to pneumonia or other complications that may require hospitalization. Avoid the flu by getting your flu shot at FastMed Urgent Care as soon as possible. Check out this infographic for more ways to stay safe and healthy!

How Can You Protect Yourself From the Flu? [INFOGRAPHIC]

FastMed to Hold an Open House at Salisbury, NC Location

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Save the date and join FastMed Urgent Care September 27 from 11am-3pm for health care open house in Kohl’s Shopping Center just off of I-85 exit 75 and Julian Road just across the freeway from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The event is free to the public and will include free food and refreshments, fun games for the kids, prizes, information on urgent care services and treatments, free blood pressure checks, and much more.

FastMed will also offer $5 flu shots to the first 100 people to attend. Local medical offices and businesses will also be providing games, prizes and information on their businesses.


FastMed’s mascot, Dr. Kyle, will also be on-site to take pictures with both kids and adults! You will also have our chance to meet the staff and providers and get any questions and inquiries about FastMed answered.

Come join FastMed in a day of food, fellowship and fun!

 We are located at 1361 Klumac Rd., Salisbury, NC 28147 in the Belk shopping center. Click here for directions.

Protect your family and yourself. Get the flu shot!

Every year, approximately 5-20% of U.S. Residents fall ill with the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Make this a fever, sore throat, aches and pains free season, get your flu shot today! 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.

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