Annual, Regular CheckUps, Not Just for Back to School

Regular checkups have great health benefits that far outreach the immediate results of the visit. In addition to staying on top of your health, and having a healthcare professional check on your overall condition. From the Center for Disease Control, “Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking...

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What is heatstroke?

heatstroke

What is heatstroke? From the Mayo Clinic, “Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of...

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Tips for Staying Hydrated

staying hydrated

Staying hydrated in the summer months does not have to be challenging. Sure, those sugary, flavored sodas and fruit drinks taste good, but good old water will keep you hydrated and safe this summer. From the Mayo Clinic, “So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for...

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Spoiled Food Causing Tummy Issues?

Feel a bit ill after the last picnic or camping trip? Did you leave your food in cooler a little too long? If food is not cooked to the proper temperature, or if food is not stored at the proper temperature, it is possible that unwanted ‘things’ can grow on our tasty summer treats. Don’t worry, it is easy to avoid stomach illness due to tainted food. The Food and Drug Administration has a simple four-step process for eating healthy....

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Got a Case of Severe Sunburn?

There is still a lot of summer left, are you out enjoying the sun and the warm weather? Have you ever had too much sun?  Too much sun means bright red skin that might itch and peel after a day or two. Severe sunburn, or “sun poisoning” affects your whole body, not just your skin. From  WebMD,  “severe sunburn or sun poisoning can cause symptoms such as the following: Skin redness and blistering Pain and tingling Swelling Headache Fever and...

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Immunizations

immunizations

                With 'Back to School' on everyone’s mind, don’t forget to make sure child’s immunizations are up-to-date. To attend public schools in the state of Maryland, your child must be current on their immunizations. Often times parents do not know what these immunizations acronyms means. - DTap/DTP/Tdap/Dt/Td is an abbreviation for Tetanus(lockjaw), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria (respiratory disease). - IPV is the Polio vaccine. - MMR = Measles, Mumps, Rubella - Varicella =...

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Time for Physicals

                        Can you believe it is already August? Where did the summer go? As you plan your final summer getaways remember that U.N.I Urgrent Care has SIX locations to get you ready for back to school and back to work. Whether you are starting a new job, heading off to college, or getting the kids ready for fall sports, U.N.I has you covered...it's the time for physicals. Various fields...

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Tick Bites

Maryland is tick country. If you are outside in grass areas it is good to know how to avoid ticks and what you should do if you find yourself with a tick bite. Are ticks dangerous? Ticks are not poisonous, however, their bites can cause allergic reactions and they may care a variety of blood born diseases. How to check for ticks? Ticks like warm, moist, dark areas of the body. They can often be found in the groin area,...

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Avoiding Sunburn

Everyone loves a good tan! That’s what summer seems to be about, isn’t it? However, avoiding overexposure to the sun is critical for preventing bad tans and sunburn. Why is this important? Overexposure (and that does not mean a burn) can lead to skin cancer.  Spending too much time in the sun is not healthy for your skin cells. #1 Wear lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants. What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UVR)?...

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Beach Safety

Heading to the Beach? Let’s do it right! Here are some tips on how to be safe at the beach! #1 Bring plenty of sunscreen and lightweight clothing to protect you from the sun! You will need to have ways to escape the sun so be sure to bring ways to cover up. Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen as well to keep your skin looking youthful. Tents, tarps, sunshades . . . make sure to check yourself and...

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