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FastMed Partners with Winston Wildcats Football

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FastMed Urgent Care has become the 2016 sponsor and official urgent care provider of The Winston Wildcats professional indoor football, supporting the players needs for urgent medical treatment and injury prevention education.

“We are excited to partner with The Winston Wildcats to provide their players with access to quality, affordable healthcare and injury prevention education,” said Reuel Heyden of FastMed Urgent Care.  “FastMed is committed to supporting local sports in our communities to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.”

The partnership means that Wildcat football players will have access to walk-in medical treatment at any FastMed location. FastMed has 7 convenient locations in the triad and over 53 locations in North Carolina. FastMed offers urgent treatment of sports injuries as well as pre-participation physical evaluations (PPEs).

“We look to partner with organizations that have a commitment to the well-being of our athletes, the individuals and the families in the communities we serve,” said Roderick Hinton, Owner of Winston Wildcats.  “This will be a great partnership and valuable relationship as FastMed and the Wildcats follow the same beliefs of serving the community.”

About Winston Wildcats:
Sports Xtras is proud to present both the Winston Wildcats of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Carolina Wranglers of Charlotte, North Carolina. Both teams are unique in game styles and plan to represent their cities proudly. The Winston Wildcats season will begin in 2016. For those who enjoy the sport of indoor professional football, this is where you will want to be! Visit www.winstonwildcats.com for more information. 

Valley Fever

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 Valley Fever

Unlike, say, boogie fever, valley fever is an actual illness that can cause chest pains, coughing, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Valley fever is caused by fungi found in the soil around the southwestern United States, particularly in Arizona. When the soil is disrupted (by severe weather or construction, for example), the fungi become airborne and can be breathed into the lungs, causing valley fever.

Valley fever is usually mild, and may cause flu-like symptoms such as chills, headache, and fatigue. You may also get a red, spotty rash on your lower legs. This rash can be painful, and could later turn brown.

Older adults are more at risk to develop valley fever, as are Filipinos, Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asians. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable during the third trimester, and so are women who have just given birth. As with most illnesses, people with a weakened immune system, like those with AIDS, cancer, or Hodgkin lymphoma, are also more at risk for developing a more severe form of valley fever.

If you’re suffering from flu-like symptoms, come to FastMed Urgent Care. As Arizona’s premier urgent care facility, we’ve seen our fair share of valley fever cases. We can identify your ailment and, if necessary, prescribe antifungal medication to treat it.

FastMed Hosts Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting in Rockingham, NC

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Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting in Rockingham, NC

On March 25, 2015 FastMed was proud to host its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event at its new urgent care in Rockingham, North Carolina.

“We are pleased to have FastMed’s new urgent care as a chamber member,” said Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce President, Emily Tucker. “We welcome them to the community and wish them success as they fill a vital role in Rockingham’s health care system.”

FastMed provided tours of the clinic, lunch and hosted a Q&A. Speakers included: Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris, Richmond County Commissioner John Garner, Vice Chairman for the Richmond County Chamber Terry Lewis, and First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital President John Jackson.

“My support is personal, as I was a patient of FastMed and experienced their quick, personal care first hand,” said John Garner, Richmond County Commissioner.  “They had me in and out in less than an hour and I was feeling great in a few days.”

Speeches at FastMed in Rockingham, NC

FastMed in Rockingham opened its doors to patients December 29, 2014 and has already helped Rockingham residents recover from the aggressive 2015 winter flu season.

Serving the Richmond county area, the clinic will provide easy access to urgent health care. FastMed is located less than a mile from First Health Richmond Memorial Hospital and will serve as a support for urgent and emergent injuries and illnesses that can’t wait for a family doctor, but aren’t emergencies requiring a visit to the ER.  FastMed provides adult and pediatric urgent care services seven days a week, 365 days-a-year with extended hours.

FastMed offers onsite digital x-rays for evaluating injuries and onsite lab services for rapid strep tests, flu tests and instant drug screens.  FastMed also performs annual physicals, sports physicals, DOT physicals and seasonal vaccinations.

The clinic accepts all major insurances and provides a Discount Program for self-pay patients.  For a complete list of insurances accepted, please click HERE.

FastMed in Rockingham holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Accreditation in Ambulatory Health Care, providing higher quality patient outcomes through standards in clinical systems, customer service, electronic medical records, health screening procedures, immunization processes, patient discharge and billing.

Local residents of Rockingham are encouraged to stop by the new urgent care, meet the medical providers and staff, take a list of services and get a tour of the clinic.

FastMed in Rockingham is located at 1262 East Broad Avenue in front of the Lowes Home Improvement between Pizza Hut and McDonalds. Click HERE for directions and contact information.

For more information about FastMed Urgent Care, its mission, treatment services, a complete list of locations or questions, please visit www.fastmed.com or call the clinic at 910.817.9200.

FastMed Urgent Care in Rockingham is now open

FastMed Reviews the Atkins Diet

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 FastMed Reviews the Atkins Diet

There’s no substitute for good old-fashioned exercise when you want to lose weight, but billions of dollars a year are spent on diet beverages, diet books, weight coaches, and other accoutrements to help people reach their weight goals. One of the most well-known diets is the Atkins diet, created by Dr. Robert Atkins. Here, FastMed reviews the Atkins diet, so you can make an educated decision about whether it’s right for you.

The Theory

The body uses the carbohydrates and sugar you consume to burn energy. When you cut back on carbohydrates, the body burns fat instead. This is called ketosis, because ketones are produced when the body uses fat rather than carbohydrates for energy. Atkins believed that it takes more energy to burn fat, so you expend more calories when you’re in ketosis, but some research shows that this may not be the case, and that the positive results could be partially due to the fact that ketosis naturally suppresses the appetite.

The Diet

There are four phases to the Atkins diet. The first phase (Kick-Start) is designed to help your body transition from using carbohydrates for energy to using fats. This phase lasts until you’re within 15 pounds of your goal weight, or at least two weeks. During this phase, you’ll eat between 18 and 22 grams of carbohydrates per day. For reference, that would be either one slice of multi-grain bread, one small apple, or two cups of skim milk.

The second phase (Balancing) slowly adds carbohydrates back into your diet, since eating only 18-22 grams of carbohydrates per day is not sustainable long term. In this stage, you follow the ‘carb ladder’ by slowly introducing healthy foods like nuts, berries, whole milk, and beans into your diet. Each week, you add 5 additional grams of carbohydrates to your daily total as you determine your personal carb balance.

The third phase is meant to ‘fine-tune’ your diet so you can eventually find something sustainable for the rest of your life. You remain in this phase until you have reached your goal weight and maintained it for a month. In phase 3, you continue to increase your carbohydrate intake as you introduce new foods from the carbohydrate ladder.

Phase 4 is Lifetime Maintenance. This is how you are supposed to eat for the rest of your life. It involves keeping a close eye on your weight and carbohydrate intake. If you begin to gain weight, you cut back on the carbohydrates until you’re back at your goal.

The Research

Several studies have shown that obese people on a low-carbohydrate diet lose more weight than those on a low-fat diet. A low-carb diet can also significantly decrease certain cholesterol levels, including triglycerides. In one study, participants on a low-carb diet lost more weight and reported that they felt less hungry than subjects who were on a low-fat diet.  Ketogenic diets (in which 80-90% of the calories come from fats) have demonstrated positive effects on the brain, and have even been used as treatment for epilepsy.

Criticism

Some scientists believe that the reason a low-carb diet works is because people replace the carbohydrates with protein, which makes one feel fuller and leads to a reduction in overall caloric intake. Others have found that the supposed ‘metabolic advantage’ from ketosis (Atkins’ idea that burning fat expends more energy than burning carbohydrates) doesn’t actually exist. A one-year study in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that while subjects on a low-carb diet lost more weight than those on a low-calorie, low-fat diet, the difference wasn’t significant after a year. It also points out that, without professional assistance, many people had trouble sticking to the diet and even gave up.

One of the biggest issues with research into the Atkins diet is that the definition of a low-carb diet varies widely. Lowering your carbohydrate intake will probably help you lose more weight than low-fat diets, but you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough fiber and calcium. If you exercise quite a bit, this diet may not be for you, as your muscles need carbohydrates for fuel.

On the whole, the Atkins diet isn’t a bad choice. It’s difficult to stick with in the long term, however, and while it may help you to lose weight, you’ll also want to make other healthy lifestyle changes, like moderate daily exercise.

Are you concerned about your weight? If you’re thinking about starting a diet or weight loss program, talk to your doctor at FastMed Urgent Care. He or she will do a thorough checkup, and guide you to a weight loss plan that’s right for you. Remember, even if the number on the scale doesn’t change dramatically, you could still be making vast improvements to your cholesterol, blood pressure, and other important numbers. Your doctor can measure this data for you, so you can see the true effects of your dietary changes.  

Ambulatory M&A Advisor: Urgent Care Expansion Success Stories, FastMed President Provides Insights

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FastMed Urgent Care Expansion Success

Ambulatory M&A Advisor received insights from FastMed's President, Kyle Bohannon, on experiences, driving factors, and tips for urgent care owners who are ready to consider expanding. 

“We began expanding into new communities very deliberately in conjunction with a multi-state de novo expansion initiative, which began in June 2011.  This decision was driven primarily by a desire to deliver the FastMed model and brand to medically underserved areas in need of quality, affordable care,” Kyle Bohannon, President of FastMed Urgent Care says of his business’ reasons to expand.

For the complete article, click here: Words of Wisdom From Urgent Care Expansion Success Stories

Apples vs. Oranges: The Loser Gets Juiced!

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They say you can't compare apples and oranges. PSH! Of course you can - and that's exactly what we've done in this epic showdown. Watch these two heavyweights go toe-to-toe to determine once and for all which is the healthiest fruit!

Everything You Need to Know About Fevers

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 Fever

You wake up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, heat steaming off your forehead. You take your temperature and see you have a fever! But what exactly does that mean? Unlike the flu or a cold, a fever is generally a symptom of something, not its own illness. How can you determine what’s causing your fever? When should you go see a doctor? And how should you treat it?

What causes a fever?

The average healthy body temperature for a human is 98.6°, but you may run a little hotter or cooler than that. Take your temperature when you’re feeling healthy to determine what’s normal for you.

The hypothalamus regulates your body temperature. When white blood cells come into contact with the bacteria or viruses that may make you ill, chemicals called pyrogens alert the hypothalamus to raise your temperature, giving you a fever.

There are many reasons you might have a fever, and they range in severity. Arthritis, heat exhaustion, and malignant tumors can cause fevers, but so can a bad sunburn or certain medications. Don’t panic if you have a fever and can’t identify the cause; in many cases, it will go away on its own and you may never know what caused it.

When should I see a doctor?

In adults, a fever isn’t usually concerning unless it goes above 103°. Of course, even mild fevers shouldn’t last more than three days. Come to FastMed Urgent Care if your fever lasts longer than that, or if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe throat swelling
  • Skin rashes
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Other severe, unexplained symptoms.

Because infants have difficulty regulating body temperature, you should not wait to seek care until your baby or child has a fever of 103°. Here are the recommendations on when to see the doctor based on your child’s age.

Newborn to 3 months – A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take an infant’s temperature, and because fevers can be particularly harmful to infants, this is how you should measure your child’s body temperature. If the baby’s rectal temperature is 100.4° or higher, you should see a medical professional.

3 months to 6 months – In older babies, you may prefer to use axillary (armpit) or oral thermometers. If your baby has a temperature higher than 102°, or has a lower temperature but seems excessively irritable or lethargic, call your doctor and explain the symptoms, as well as the method you used for taking the baby’s temperature.

6 months to 2 years – If your infant has a temperature above 102° and it lasts more than a day, the child should be seen by a medical professional. If other symptoms are present, like diarrhea, a cold, or a cough, you may not want to wait that long – head to FastMed Urgent Care.

2 years to adulthood – As long as your child is responsive and seems fine, a fever shouldn’t be an issue. If the child appears listless or irritable, or has symptoms causing him or her significant discomfort (like a severe headache or vomiting), you should call the doctor or go to your local FastMed Urgent Care.

How should I treat my fever?

In some cases, the fever may actually be helping your body fight off an infection. Certain viruses and bacteria are vulnerable to higher temperatures, so when your body warms up, these illness-causing pathogens are killed off. The Mayo Clinic states that if you don’t have any other symptoms and your fever is below 102°, you shouldn’t use any fever-lowering drugs unless your doctor advises it.

If the fever goes over 102°, you can take over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin. Children and teens should not take aspirin as it may cause a rare disorder known as Reye’s syndrome.

If your fever is caused by an illness, like strep throat, your doctor will prescribe medication (like an antibiotic) to treat the illness. As you heal, your fever will go down on its own.

Fevers can be confusing because they are often indicative of an underlying health problem. The guidelines for treating fevers are complicated, particularly for children and infants. If you’re concerned about a fever, or you notice any unusual symptoms, call or come to FastMed Urgent Care. We’ll discuss your symptoms to determine the underlying cause of the fever, so you don’t have to worry.


 

References

Fever, Mayo Clinic

Fever Facts, WebMD

Why does your body temperature rise when you have a virus such as the flu?, How Stuff Works

 

Yeast Infections

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 Yeast infections

Yeast infections aren’t just a concern for women. We all have small amounts of Candida (the type of yeast that causes this infection) in our bodies, but an overgrowth of this yeast may result in an uncomfortable infection. These fungal infections can be found on your skin, genitals, throat, mouth, and even in your blood. In fact, some forms of diaper rash are actually caused by yeast infections.

A yeast infection is a more specific term for candidiasis, the fungal infection that results from too much Candida in the body. If the infection occurs in the mouth or throat, it is commonly called thrush. If it is located in the genitals, it is known as a yeast infection. And if the yeast infection enters the bloodstream, it is called invasive candidiasis. The symptoms, testing, and risk factors vary depending on where the yeast infection is located.

Thrush

Thrush is an overgrowth of Candida in the mouth, throat, or esophagus. It is most commonly found in the very young (babies less than one month old), the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Candida organisms thrive in warm, moist places like the mouth, so people who wear dentures may be more likely to get thrush. Cancer patients often undergo treatments that weaken the immune system, so they are also more susceptible to thrush. It is rarely found in healthy adults.

The telltale symptom of thrush is white patches on the tongue and in the mouth. Your mouth may appear red, and you might have soreness and difficulty swallowing. Oral thrush can also cause cracking at the corners of the mouth. It is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms. The doctor may perform a cell culture, but a positive result alone wouldn’t be enough for a diagnosis, as some levels of Candida are found in every human mouth. Once diagnosed, thrush is easily treated with prescription antifungal medication.

Genital Yeast Infection

Nearly 75% of women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Changes in hormonal balance or vaginal acidity can cause Candida to multiply, resulting in a yeast infection. Pregnant women or those taking hormone therapy are more at risk due to higher estrogen levels. Diabetes or HIV can also increase your risk. Although it is rarer, men can get yeast infections, particularly if they are not circumcised. Symptoms of a yeast infection in men include a red rash on the penis and an itching or burning sensation on the head of the penis.

Vaginal yeast infections can cause extreme itchiness, soreness, and redness in the genital region. Normal vaginal discharge is transparent or cloudy white, but a yeast infection can cause thick, white discharge with a cottage cheese-like consistency. Sexual intercourse may be painful, and if you believe you might have a yeast infection, you should refrain from sex until you’ve seen a doctor, as yeast infections can be passed between sexual partners.

A genital yeast infection is diagnosed via a pelvic exam and cell culture. A sample of vaginal secretions may be examined to see if an abnormally high number of Candida organisms are present. Some symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of a urinary tract infection or an STD, so you shouldn’t self-diagnose. Although over-the-counter treatments are available, studies show that two-thirds of women who buy these medicines don’t actually have a yeast infection. If you use this medication when you don’t have a yeast infection, the yeast can become resistant to it, making it much more difficult to treat if you do get an infection. Once the doctor confirms the diagnosis, he will suggest some type of antifungal treatment. This can be a cream, tablet, ointment, or suppository.

Invasive Candidiasis

Although Candida is prevalent in the human body, it should not be in the bloodstream. When Candida enters the bloodstream, it can then spread to other parts of the body, causing an infection. Like oral candidiasis, this infection is rare in adults without risk factors. People who are most at risk include intensive care unit patients, surgical patients, people with a catheter, very low birth weight infants (under 2.2 pounds), and people with weakened immune systems (such as HIV/AIDS patients or people undergoing cancer treatments). This infection is most often seen in people who are or have recently been hospitalized.

Symptoms of invasive candidiasis depend on where the infection has spread in the body. The most common symptoms are fever and chills that do not improve after treatment with antibiotics. It is diagnosed through a blood culture, and treatment requires several weeks of oral or intravenous antifungal medication. This is a very serious condition that can lead to organ failure and even death if untreated.

A yeast infection of any kind – oral, genital, or invasive – is not something to be taken lightly. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed here, go to your local FastMed Urgent Care so a health care provider can examine you and provide the correct diagnosis and treatment.


  

Resources

Candidiasis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Candidiasis (Yeast Infection), WebMD

Vaginal Infections, Student Health Services UC San Diego

Vaginal Yeast Infections Fact Sheet, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services