March 4: Due to the winter weather creating, snow, rain and sleet all across parts of North Carolina roads, please click HERE to find your local North Carolina clinic and check for opening delays.
Have you ever gotten hurt or felt sick and wondered, “Should I go to the doctor, or the ER?” In a lot of cases, the answer is clear. You should go to FastMed Urgent Care!
If you’re suffering from any of the 10 medical conditions listed below, there is no reason to wait for hours in an Emergency Room waiting area. At FastMed Urgent Care, we’ll help you get back to normal faster, so that you can focus on the things that are important to you.
Have you ever had a stomach flu or stomach bug? Officially known as gastroenteritis, these stomach illnesses can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While they are not related to the influenza virus, they can make you just as sick for just as long.
Norovirus infections are extremely contagious and are the most common cause of gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, norovirus contributes to about 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths each year.
How Can I Prevent the Spread of Norovirus?
Norovirus is foodborne and spreads through contact with infected persons, contaminated food or water, or contaminated surfaces. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom or touching trash and before handling food. If you’re sick, it's best to let others prepare your food for you. Assuming you're well, remember to always wash fruits, vegetables, and seafood before eating. Of course, none of this matters if you are preparing your food on a contaminated surface. Clean and disinfect cutting boards and preparation tables before and after preparing food.
What Are Some Symptoms of Norovirus?
Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains and cramps, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fever. In most cases, symptoms will develop 12-48 hours after exposure and will typically last 2-3 days. Because it is extremely contagious, you should refrain from handling food for an additional 2-3 days after you feel better.
How is Norovirus Treated?
Due to the fact that it is a virus, norovirus cannot be treated with antibiotics. Currently there are no drugs that treat the virus itself. The main thing you will want to focus on is preventing dehydration caused by vomiting and diarrhea. Drink lots of clear liquids. Pedialyte is also a great option for both children and adults. Norovirus can be exhausting, so get plenty of rest and limit your activity for a speedy recovery.
The Centers for Disease Control and local health officials across the country have issued an urgent warning today about an H1N1 swine flu outbreak. With over a month left to go in the flu season, we are already seeing record numbers of illnesses and fatalities. This year’s flu isn’t just dangerous for the very young or old, rather it’s affecting people of all ages. More than 60% of people hospitalized are between the ages of 18 and 64, and 60% of fatalities occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 65. In the past, this percentage has been much lower, around 35% to 45%, thus indicated the severity of this year’s outbreak
CDC director Tom Frieden released a statement saying, “Flu can be serious for anyone, and it can kill. Vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself.” At FastMed Urgent Care, we agree, and are ready with rapid testing and plenty of H1N1 vaccine so that you and your loved ones are prepared and safeguarded for this outbreak.
With 64 fatalities occurring before the outbreak began, this may be a record season for flu fatalities in North Carolina. Comparatively, in 2013, 59 people died during the entire season, and there were only nine fatalities in 2012. A Duke study reported that the average age of those hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center from Nov. 1st to January 8th was only 28.5, skewing much younger than usual. 40% of patients needed intensive care, compared to only 20% in 2009. If you are in North Carolina, come to your local FastMed Urgent Care and get vaccinated. We have locations around the state, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem. It could be a matter of life and death.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has also reported a spike in flu activity. According to the department, more than 90% of cases this year are the H1N1 strain. This year’s flu is widespread across the state of Arizona, including Mesa, Tucson, Phoenix, and Tempe. Protect yourself and your loved ones from this potentially deadly virus. At FastMed Urgent Care, we’ll get you vaccinated against flu strains including H1N1. Isn’t your health worth it?
Feb. 14 - North Carolina Winter Weather Advisory: Please check FastMed's individual urgent care clinic website pages for updates on delays.
Due to severe winter weather across all of North Carolina, all FastMed Urgent Care centers in North Carolina will be closed February 13.
Please check back regularly for up-to-date news on FastMed closures.
Safety and Caution – Stay Home if Possible
North Carolina state and local officials are urging residents to stay off the roads to avoid hazardous conditions and allow DOT crews to treat the roads. Thursday could continue to see a wintry mix of ice and snow fall, with snow and precipitation from Wednesday turning to ice on the roads, making travel hazardous. If possible stay home and exercise extreme caution and safety when driving.
Feb. 12 - North Carolina Winter Weather Advisory: Please check FastMed’s individual urgent care clinic website pages for updates on closures and delays.
If you’ve ever had a cold or known somebody who did – which is to say, you’re a human on Planet Earth - you’re familiar with Cold Voice. It’s that low, sultry voice that makes getting sick almost bearable.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, vocal changes (or disappearances) during a cold are due to two separate things:
Some colds swell the vocal cords, causing them to rub together. Colds also can dry up mucus, which is supposed to act as a vocal cord lubricant.
Wow - getting a cold sounds downright sexy! And while you should probably rest your voice in most cases, you might want to make an exception for Valentine’s Day in February. What better way to make the most of your cold voice than by singing one of these Barry White tunes to your beloved?
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
Just like when you have a cold, you can’t get enough fluids.
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
We don’t expect you to think of FastMed Urgent Care with quite this level of adoration – but we do strive to give you the best possible care!
Practice What You Preach
Fair warning: you’re going to have a pretty deep cold voice to successfully mimic Barry at the beginning of this track.
Just the Way You Are
Sure, this is a Billy Joel tune, but you haven’t heard it until you’ve heard it from Barry. And remember: a true lover will love you just the way you are - even if that means you’re sniffling a lot.
By the way – there are steps you can take to get your normal voice back. The University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia recommend drinking fluids (but not caffeine), avoiding antihistamines and analgesics like aspirin and ibuprofen, not clearing your throat too often (it can make your vocal chords swell), and resting your voice (Barry White songs excepted, of course).
You can also go to FastMed Urgent Care for medical attention. We treat everything from colds and coughs to step throat and the flu.
Just promise us this: if you do lose your cold voice, don’t go to crazy lengths to get it back: