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What’s That Rash?

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My, what a lovely rash you have! But what kind of rash is it? There are a few ways to find out. You could try holding your smartphone up to your skin and self-diagnosing by comparing a grainy Googled photo to whatever it is that you’ve got.

Or you could take your chances, spin the wheel, and play America’s faaaaaaavorite game:

 What's That Rash? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Today’s Wheel of Rashes includes classics like poison ivy and insect bites. It also features some of today’s trendier rashes, like:

  • Impetigo: Hey kids – this one’s especially for you! Red sores that become oozing blisters that then crust over. Oh yeah!
  • Eczema: Red. Itchy. Scaly. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia says it “tends to happen in people with allergies or asthma.” But when you get it, you’ll say “I’m ready to party!”
  • Shingles: If you liked the chickenpox, you’ll love shingles. It’s a blistery wonderland of painful fun.
  • Psoriasis: Red itchy scales on your joints and scalp? Yes, please! Bonus: it can also affect your fingernails.

Plus, we’ve thrown in few fan favorite rashes, like the adjective meaning “hasty” and Jim Rash, the actor who plays the Dean on NBC’s Community.

Of course, if you’re not into self-diagnosis or spinning the Wheel of Rashes, you could always just come to FastMed Urgent Care and get your rash checked out by a caring medical professional.

FastMed Urgent Care: the rational way to treat your rash.

Source: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Six Famous Burns and How to Avoid Them

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If you get burned, going to an urgent care facility might not be the first thing on your mind. But in fact, FastMed Urgent Care is the place to get your minor burns checked out, especially if you’re not sure how to treat them. Of course, even better than treating a burn is avoiding burns in the first place. Here’s how to steer clear of six famous burns.



If you’re outside for too long, the sun can burn your skin.

How to Avoid

Wear sunblock. Wear long sleeves. Stay in the shade. Basically, put barriers up between your skin and the sun. And remember that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you “can spend long hours in the shade while still receiving quite a lot of sun exposure and risking skin damage.” Harmful UVB rays can reach your skin indirectly.

Only “deep shade (where we cannot see the sky and no UV penetrates)”, says the Skin Cancer Foundation, offers “truly complete protection.”

Do not try to outsmart the sun. It has 4.5 billion years of experience.

Ellie Goulding – Burn

A pop song that peaked at number 13 on, appropriately for its title, the Billboard Hot 100.

How to Avoid

Turn off your radio; avoid contact with pre-teens.

Chemical Burn

 chemical burn

Some chemicals can cause adverse reactions when they touch your skin. According to MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, the reaction can be “on the skin, throughout the body, or both.”

Cleveland Clinic says household chemicals that can burn the skin include sulfuric acid fumes (from  batteries), automatic dishwashing detergents, lye (in oven cleaners), and antibacterial cleaners.

How to Avoid

Never play tag in a high school chemistry class.

Mr. Burns

Homer Simpson’s boss at the nuclear power plant; he’s generally prone to evil.

To be fair, Mr. Burns once tried to block out the sun, an evil plot that would have actually reduced the first burn on this list.

How to Avoid

Our culture is saturated with The Simpsons, so you probably can’t avoid Mr. Burns altogether. Plus, why would you want to? He’s a fun character. Conan O’Brien has said he was his favorite character to write for.

Heat Burn

heat burn

If something is hot enough, it can burn you.

How to Avoid

Don’t touch hot things. This can’t be restated enough, especially if you’re a child under seven. Also, be careful around bubbling cauldrons of grease.

General Ambrose Burnside

 Ambrose Burnside

After serving the Union in the Civil War, Burnside went on to become the Governor of Rhode Island, a United States Senator, and, most notably, the namesake of his distinctive facial hair.

How to Avoid

Don’t travel back in time to the Civil War era; shave, or at least trim, your beard. 

Got a minor burn that needs medical attention? Come to FastMed Urgent Care– we can get you the help you need. Our average visit time is just one hour.

Advanced Urgent Care Now FastMed Urgent Care

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New Name, Same Great Care

Advanced Urgent Care Now FastMed Urgent Care

Advanced Urgent Care, the fourth largest urgent care operator in the state of Arizona is now part of FastMed Urgent Care.

FastMed acquired Advanced Urgent Care April 1 with the shared goal of providing patients greater convenience in high quality, affordable ambulatory urgent care in Arizona.

All sites are open weekdays 8 am - 8 pm and most locations weekends 8 am - 4 pm, with holiday hours listed on individual clinic pages.

For a complete list of FastMed locations nearest you, click on the FastMed office finder here.

See the map below for the locations of FastMed Urgent Care’s newest locations.

View FastMed Urgent Care Locations - AUC in a full screen map

Norovirus Makes Resurgence in NC

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FastMed is seeing a resurgence of norovirus cases at clinics throughout the state specifically in western North Carolina.

“We are seeing a measurable increase in the number of norovirus cases at FastMed clinics,” said Dr. Melvin Lee, Chief Medical Officer for FastMed Urgent Care in North Carolina.

The norovirus is very contagious, and while use of hand sanitizers and washing hands with warm, soapy water on a regular basis can fight infection, the virus can live on surfaces for weeks and be spread to others days after contracting it. Outbreaks often occur in buildings where large numbers of people are in close proximity, such as homes, schools, workplaces and public places or areas with crowds.

In Asheville North Carolina, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that tests have confirmed an outbreak of the norovirus at an Asheville elementary school. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services urges the public to be aware of the symptoms and take precautions to avoid spreading the virus. Confirmed outbreaks started in the fall of 2013 and could last long into spring of this year. The Centers for Disease Control said 21 million Americans get the norovirus each year.

There is no vaccine or medication for the norovirus, Antibiotics will not help if you have norovirus, because antibiotics fight against bacteria, not viruses.

Signs and symptoms usually begin 24 to 48 hours after first exposure to the virus, and last one to three days, however those infected may show no signs or symptoms. Norovirus carriers are still contagious and can spread the virus to others.

Symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever, headache and fatigue
  • Stomach cramping and chills
  • Body aches
  • Respiratory system symptoms include lung congestion and a sore throat

Avoid dehydration - Drinking plenty of fluids is particularly important for young children and the elderly because they're more vulnerable to dehydration. They'll need urgent medical treatment if they start to show signs of dehydration, such as a headache, dizziness or lightheadedness.

Rest and Recovery – Allow your body to fight the virus and limit your exposure to others in public places or areas with crowds.

Hygiene – Wash your hands often and limit contact with objects that others use that you could contaminate.

Do not prepare food while infected – Do not prepare food for yourself or others during and 3 days after recovery.

Clean Contaminated Surfaces – use bleached-based cleaners as directed on any and all surfaces contacted by someone with the norovirus.

Wash Clothing Thoroughly – Immediately remove and wash clothing that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. Handle soiled items carefully to avoid spreading virus. And use the strongest appropriate laundry detergent cleaner possible.

the CDC to remember key steps in avoidance and recovery from the norovirus

FastMed's NC Chief Medical Officer Featured in Urgent Care Leader Whitepaper

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Chief Medical Officer for FastMed in North Carolina, Dr. Melvin G. Lee, was 1 of 15 leaders making a significant impact in the urgent care industry to contribute their perspectives to the McGuireWoods LLP white paper titled 2019 and Beyond: Perspectives of 15 Urgent Care Leaders in association with Urgent Care Association of America.

The purpose of the white paper was to share insights on current trends in urgent care and what urgent care will look like in the next five years.

Melvin G. Lee, MD, CMO FastMed North Carolina“Urgent care operators should not focus on growth for growth’s sake. Rather, the quality of patient care services should be paramount,” said Dr. Melvin G. Lee. “Urgent care will always have a place in the system, as it fills a void between emergency rooms/higher acuity services and family practice.”

To read the 2019 and Beyond: Perspectives of 15 Urgent Care Leaders white paper, click here.

FastMed Urgent Care offers DOT (Department of Transportation) Commercial Drivers Exams

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Get ready to drive! FastMed Urgent Care offers DOT (Department of Transportation) Commercial Driver medical exams and provides health services for any commercial driver who requires a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

For your DOT physical exam, turn to FastMed Urgent Care. We're open 365 days a year with convenient locations near you. Use our ZipPass online check-in program, or just walk right in. There's no appointment necessary!

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What Causes a Nosebleed?

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Got a bloody nose? Perhaps you’ve been doing one of the following.

Trekking through the desert

Trekking through desert

“[W]hen your nasal membranes dry out,” says Mayo Clinic, “they're more susceptible to bleeding and infections.”

Picking Your Nose

According to Mayo, this and the aforementioned dry air are the most common causes of nosebleeds.

Experimental Face-Swapping Surgery

MedlinePlus, a website of the National Institutes of Health, doesn’t specifically mention face swapping – it just refers to facial or nasal surgery. But can you think of a more fun facial surgery example than the 1997 action film Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage?

Getting Punched In the Nose

Getting punched in the nose

This is known in the medical community as “a bad idea.”

Using a Lot of Nasal Spray

Nasal spray

Of course, Mayo says that the common cold can also cause nosebleeds. And MedlinePlus says that blowing your nose very hard can cause a nosebleed, too. So basically, if you have a cold, be careful, and watch out for a bloody nose.

Playing the Nose Flute

Mayo says a foreign body in the nose can cause bleeding, but the nose flute does not look dangerous on that front.

However, playing a nose flute near people will almost certainly increase your risk of getting punched in the face.

If you have a nosebleed, Mayo Clinic recommends sitting up, leaning forward, and pinching your nose. MedlinePlus says you need medical attention for a bloody nose if the bleeding lasts over 20 minutes, you think your nose may be broken, or you’ve sustained a head injury.

Once you decide to seek medical help, your choice is clear: you could sit around waiting in an emergency room, or you could get speedy medical attention at FastMed Urgent Care, where the average visit time is just an hour.

Nose bleeding as you read this article? Think you might need treatment? Find your nearest FastMed Urgent Care location and come on by.

White Tanks Little league supports FastMed Urgent Care in Surprise, AZ

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Thanks to Macaroni Kid Surprise/Peoria/El Mirage and the White Tanks Little league for supporting FastMed Urgent Care in Surprise, AZ.

Macaroni Kid and its family of Publisher Moms are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in their communities each week. Check out Macaroni Kid's list of communities and sign up to receive your free weekly newsletter.

It all started with two old friends sharing a good meal and a great bottle of wine. From that conversation, Macaroni Kid was born and we started publishing a weekly newsletter giving moms and dads the scoop on all the weekly events in their community. From there it's grown to hundreds of other communities across the Country.

FastMed's Jason Williams Receives TBJ Health Care Heroes Award

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This year, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) held the 13th annual Health Care Heroes Awards. The awards program recognizes various leaders in health care field. This year, TBJ honored 13 inspiring individuals who proved themselves to be trailblazers in the health care industry.

FastMed Urgent Care’s founder and CEO of the Eastern Region, Jason A. Williams, MPAS, PhD is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star award. According to TBJ, the rising star award goes to someone who “shows real promise in the fields of scientific research or in the practice of medicine”.

Congratulations, Jason, on an award well deserved!

Read more about Jason's award here.

March 18: North Carolina Winter Weather Advisory - FastMed Clinic Delays

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March 18, 2014 - FastMed Urgent Care clinics in following North Carolina communities are on delay until 9 am.
Please check back frequently to receive up-to-date clinic delays and hours. 

  • Burlington
  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Greensboro
  • High Point
  • Henderson
  • Kernersville
  • Statesville
  • Winston-Salem – off of Old Country Club Road
  • Winston-Salem – off of Stratford Road