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Is my child too sick for school? How to know

It’s not too hard to imagine that after dinner one night, your child just looks under the weather. You take her temperature and you see that it’s around 101 degrees. You have her drink some warm water with lemon and send her to bed early to get some sleep. When she wakes up in the morning, she’s still got a mild fever, 99.5, but she is acting normally – eating breakfast, doing her normal morning routine.

You suspect she’s fine but you’re still not sure if you are putting others at risk. Sometimes it’s easy to know whether to keep your child at home and take her to an urgent care center, but sometimes it’s not so cut-and-dried. Here’s a few tips to help you decide.

Fever

Send her:

If your child is over 4 months old, has a temperature of less than 101, isn’t having problems drinking fluids and says she feels pretty good, you should send her to preschool or school.

Don’t send her:

If your baby is younger than 4 months old and has any fever at all (above 98.6 degrees), bring her to our urgent care center Spring Hill to have her checked. For such young children, any fever indicates an infection; not only will she be considered contagious, she will won’t feel good participating in that day’s activities. Keep her home until she is fever-free for at least 24 hours.

Vomiting

Send her:

One trip to the bathroom is surprisingly not much to worry about for kids. It usually indicates either a bad reaction to something they ate or choking on something – not that they are sick with the flu or other infection.

Don’t send her:

If there have been two trips to the bathroom to vomit within 24 hours, keep her home. You shouldn’t feel the need to bring her to the urgent care center right away.  If she shows any signs of dehydration (including peeing less than usual, not producing tears when crying or isn’t producing spit), then start by trying to give her small sips of water or other liquid frequently. If it continuously causes vomiting, or if the vomiting hasn’t subsided after a couple of days, visit a doctor.

Diarrhea

Send her:

If the stools are only a little loose and she’s acting normally, you can feel safe sending her to school.

Don’t send her:

If she has diarrhea more than 3 times a day or they are so water that the diaper will overflow, keep them home. This is usually the sign of a contagious infection. Keep an eye out for dehydration and visit an urgent care center Spring Hill if you notice blood or mucus in the stool.

Sore throat

Send her:

This is one of the trickiest to judge. You don’t want your child to be so distracted by an aching throat that they can’t focus at school, but usually sore throats are just the effect of post-nasal drip. Send her if there’s no fever.

Don’t send her:

Sore throat plus fever is a different story. If your child has additional symptoms like swollen glands, a fever, a headache or stomachache, don’t let her go to school; bring her to our urgent care center. These symptoms are often associated with strep throat, which requires antibiotics before a return to school.

Stomachache

Send her:

Again, if this is the only symptom and it’s not accompanied by vomiting, your child should be OK at school.

Don’t send her:

Stomachache plus is cause for concern, i.e. stomachache plus vomiting, diarrhea, or fever as well as lethargy. This can signal gastroenteritis, although sharp pain can also be a sign of constipation. If you suspect that your child has gastroenteritis, make sure she drinks water – but hold off on visiting the doctor until after a few days. If you suspect constipation, stop in and we can check her out.

Colds

Send her:

Runny noses are minimal cause for concern, and a minor cough shouldn’t send you into fits of worry. If that’s all your child has, send her to school.

Don’t send her:

A hacking cough or a phlegmy one are both reasons to keep your child home from school. Wheezing, fever and lethargy are also causes for concern. If the cold persists more than 3 days and over-the-counter treatments aren’t helping, stop into our urgent care center Spring Hill to see if it’s something more serious. We don’t prescribe antibiotics for colds, but we do want to make sure your child’s cold hasn’t morphed into pneumonia or bronchitis.

You really don’t know?

If you really aren’t sure about the severity of your child’s symptoms, we’re here for you. Call us or pop in before you make the decision. We are here to help.

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.

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High speeds and wipeouts – what can happen on the water

Afternoons on the Gulf are the best way to beat the heat, whether you’re splashing around or taking part in water sports. Of course, water sports come with their own set of risks. What are they and what should you do about them? We tell you in today’s article.

Water skiing injuries

Water skiing injuries are often orthopedic in nature, whether that is sprains and strains from overextended muscles and joints or worse, ligament tears. Where are the most common injuries? Not surprisingly, knees and shoulders. If you are holding onto the tow rope with bad form or you let go with one arm and the boat speeds up unexpectedly, you can dislocate your shoulder or tear muscles and ligaments around the joint. Regarding your knees, even if there is a quick release feature on the skis that is meant to save your joints in case of a wipeout, sometimes it still doesn’t let go. That means that your knee is probably still going forward while your ski isn’t – a surefire way to sprain it or tear a stabilizing ligament.

How can you protect yourself? First of all, start slowly. Make sure that the captain is experienced in towing skiers so that he doesn’t make sudden turns, cut into wakes or otherwise put you at risk. If you have an experienced captain and you still get injured, get back on shore and head in to your Spring Hill urgent care center to get it checked out, and if need be, get a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

Tubing injuries

Most injuries on tubes come from collisions between bodies and water: contusions, sprains and strains. According to a study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, the most frequently injured body parts from tubing were the head and the upper extremities (as you put your arms out to “brace” the fall), while the most common injuries were sprains and strains and soft tissue injuries. Although impact with water was the most common source of injury, impact with another tuber was also quite frequent for younger children.

Make sure you keep one person to a tube to minimize injury in the case of a wipeout, and again ensure you have an experienced captain who knows how to avoid wakes and dangerous turns. If you or your child are injured while tubing, make your first stop on land our urgent care center Spring Hill.

Jet skiing

Although the exhilaration of riding a jet ski can’t be matched by other water sports, the level of injury from jet ski crashes also generally remains unmatched. That’s because jet skis’ speed, combined with their lack of regulation, means that there might be a lot of high-speed traffic on the water. A crash at 30mph an hour can hurt; a crash at 50mph can severely injure you. Most jet ski injuries are brain, head and spinal cord injuries that come from crashing into the water or into other jet skiers at high speeds. Depending on how fast you’re going at the time of the crash and the way you land, you could be critically injured.

Since you are the captain this time, our advice to avoid crashes is to slow down a bit, even if you like the thrill of going fast. Secondly, never operate a jet ski after having a drink – your judgment will be impaired and you may not be able to react in time to avoid a collision. If someone you know crashes and they are unresponsive and/or they cannot move their head, feet or arms, call for an ambulance immediately. If the person is responsive and moving, but not 100% him or herself, drive them immediately to our Spring Hill urgent care center and we will advise you on next steps.

We love water sports, but we want you to love them responsibly. Avoiding injury is the best situation, but if you do get injured, stop in to our walk in clinic Spring Hill to get treated fast. We are open 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.

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When something seems off “down there”

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If you are like most people, your only concerns about going to the bathroom are whether the toilet is clean and if there is enough toilet paper. But sometimes, you may ask yourself why not much is coming out, despite the urge to urinate. Or perhaps you look in the toilet afterwards and see it is cloudy or – gasp! – pink or red. If you’re not feeling 100% down there, there could be many reasons for it, but the main reason is a urinary tract infection, or UTI.

 

In this article, we’ll learn about UTIs, how to prevent them, and what to do if you get one.

 

Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

 

The urinary tract includes your urethra, bladder, ureter and kidneys. If harmful bacteria make it into any of those, they grow and multiply – causing the symptoms mentioned above, and more. Women are more susceptible than men, due to their anatomy. UTIs are most frequently caused by E. coli, which is present in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is important to know that they most commonly begin in the urethra (urethritis) or bladder (cystitis), and that they have several typical symptoms:

 

  • An urge to urinate constantly, despite there not being much urine
  • Burning during urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Discolored urine (pink, red, or brown, indicating blood in the urine)
  • Pelvic pain

 

There are other infections and problems which present with similar symptoms, so if you are experience any of the above, stop in to our Spring Hill walk in clinic to get a full diagnosis.

 

An ounce of prevention

Whether you’ve never had a UTI or you get them frequently, there are some steps you can take which will minimize your risk.

 

  1. Drink plenty of fluids. This is not only healthy for your body generally and digestive system in particular, it’s excellent for your urinary tract. Frequent (but not excessive) urination ensures that anything potentially harmful isn’t sticking around for long.
  2. Beware of your wipe. Since the bidet hasn’t taken off in the US, we have to be more careful about our hygiene. Wiping from front to back ensures that there is minimal chance of E. coli from the GI tract making its way to the urethra.
  3. Use the bathroom after sexual intercourse. Although you may not feel an urge to urinate, it is worth trying, to ensure that you’re flushing out any foreign fluids from the area.
  4. Beware of what you use down there. Whether it’s your choice of birth control or your chosen sanitary product for that time of the month, be aware that increased interaction with foreign substances or irritants can increase your chances of UTI.

 

Treatment – Urinary Tract Infection

When you stop into our Spring Hill walk in clinic and meet with the doctor, he or she will most likely have you give a urine sample. Analyzing the sample will ensure a diagnosis the majority of the time. Because we have a lab on-site, we can quickly determine what the problem is. If it is a UTI, the most common treatment is antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is necessary to take them the full course, even if you begin to feel better after 2-3 days. This is because it’s necessary to ensure all harmful bacteria have been eliminated – and to prevent them from mutating into something worse.

 

It is also worth supplementing your diet with natural probiotics like sauerkraut and unsweetened yogurt, or a prescription probiotic. These will ensure that good bacteria aren’t destroyed during the antibiotic treatment, making you more susceptible to yeast infection and other complications.

 

If you have recurring UTIs, you may need a different approach to treatment. In the case that you experience something “not right” after finishing antibiotics, you can once again stop into our Spring Hill walk in clinic – no appointment necessary – and we will determine a new strategy for diagnosis and treatment.

 

LifeGuard Urgent Care

If you live in the Spring Hill area, we encourage you to pay us a visit and discuss your symptoms. We are open seven days per week with no appointment necessary. Simply show up, and we will take care of you. To learn about other services that we provide, visit our website.

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Addressing your allergy symptoms and finding relief

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Endless sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy throat – for many of us, spring is no picnic! It’s the start of allergy season and all the accompanying symptoms. Even though allergies are a chronic condition, it’s worth knowing that you can also visit your urgent care in Spring Hill or Brooksville, wherever is closer to you, should you have an unexpectedly bad reaction or if you’re not getting relief from over-the-counter solutions. What is causing your misery? We look at two facets of the allergy problem.

 

Pollen-induced allergies

Living in the South in spring is as much work as living in the North in winter – every day, you have to clean off your car from mounds of that lovely yellow dust. If you’re lucky, its presence doesn’t make your nose go crazy.

 

If you’re not lucky, it’s because your body recognizes pollen as an intruder – something dangerous that should be attacked. It does this by releasing histamines, which cause those ever-familiar symptoms of runny nose and itchy eyes. Although antihistamines are usually effective, sometimes the over-the-counter version isn’t strong enough.

 

If you are taking the recommended dosage and you’re not seeing relief, pop into LifeGuard Urgent Care Brooksville and let us help. We can help you find a different solution, like a nasal spray, and also write prescriptions for stronger medicine, if you need it.

 

Allergy-induced asthma

Especially if you have unmanaged allergies, you may be at risk of developing allergy-induced asthma. Usually allergy symptoms stay in the head – runny nose or congestion and itchy eyes – but sometimes, they move south to your chest, leading to asthma symptoms. This condition is characterized by wheezing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.

 

If you experiencing any of these symptoms and you’re also having allergy problems, go to your Spring Hill urgent care facility and find relief. Our physicians will examine your lungs and airways and find a solution which works for you.

 

Urgent Care Spring Hill – LifeGuard Urgent Care

LifeGuard Urgent Care is located on 491 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill and is open 8am to 8pm everyday (including Saturdays and Sundays!). We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

This article was written on behalf of the practice by RedCastle Services. RedCastle specializes in Online Marketing for Doctors, including Medical SEO, SEO for doctors, and Medical Website Design. Contact RedCastle Services today to find out how we can help your practice increase its number of online patient referrals.

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Spring Hill walk in clinic- Do you know what the most common job-related injuries are? Part 2

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Every year hundreds of thousands of accidents happen at work. Some of them end up only in bruises; others can lead to permanent health damage or even death. The risk of getting injured depends to a great extent on the type of a job an employee performs. Construction workers are far more likely to get seriously injured than people who work from home. Nonetheless, certain accidents and injuries occur across many different employment sectors. In one of our previous articles, we described the five most common job-related injuries we treat at our Spring Hill walk in clinic. Today, as a continuation, we are sharing four more accidents that people experience at work.

1. Chemical exposure

In certain workplaces, employees are exposed to hazardous substances in many different forms, e.g. fumes, gases, or vapors. Even though most people believe that toxic chemical exposure occurs only in factories, tunnels, gas stations, and construction sites, the truth is that office workers may be exposed to chemicals, too, in the form of paint, cleaning chemicals, etc. There are various symptoms of fume inhalation:

  •      Itchy eyes
  •      Burns on the skin
  •      Fever
  •      Chills
  •      Heart palpitations
  •      Rashes
  •      Nerve and neurological injuries

Keep in mind that inhalation is not the only kind of chemical exposure, as it can also occur through skin contact and swallowing. If you believe that you have been exposed to any type of toxin at work, don’t wait until the first symptoms start bothering you; visit our Spring Hill walk-in clinic where we will ensure that your health is not at risk. Remember that some toxins may cause permanent brain damage: The sooner you act, the better for your health.

2. Loud noise exposure

Being exposed to high levels of noise may result in permanent hearing loss. Loud sounds may damage inner ear cells or cause nerve damage. In some cases, short exposure will cause only a temporary change in hearing, e.g. ringing in ears or tinnitus, which usually goes away by itself after several minutes or hours. However, it’s important to note that there is no rule which says that only long-term exposure contributes to permanent hearing loss. Sometimes, it can occur instantly due to intense or explosive sounds. Loud noise has a few more negative health effects, too: stress, increased heart rate and blood pressure, reduced productivity, and concentration. People most at-risk are those who work in noisy environments, such as factories, mines, building construction sites, and road construction sites. Unfortunately, the Hearing Loss Association of America reports that about 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the workforce or in educational settings.1

3. Falling from heights

People who work on elevated structures, such as roofs, ladders or scaffolding, are in danger of falling, usually due to faulty equipment or slip and fall. With not much room for error, it takes just a second to fall, but the injured employee may struggle with the terrible effects for years. It’s no secret that some falls end up fatal. This is why it is so important to properly protect yourself when working on elevated structures. Using rails, appropriate gear, and proper training may save your life.

4. Cuts and lacerations

Our Spring Hill walk in clinic is often visited by patients with cuts and lacerations. There are multiple office devices that may cause their user to wince in pain – even such seemingly innocent things like a paper cutter, scissors or that glass of water. It is not that hard to cut or tear the skin; yet sometimes it’s not so easy to make it stop bleeding if the wound is deep. Lacerations to the head may even be life-threatening. Besides stopping the bleeding, the biggest concern after getting a cut or laceration is infection. Symptoms like fever, excessive swelling or pus serve as an alert to visit your doctor’s office right away.

Did you get injured at work? We will help you get back on your feet in no time at our Spring Hill walk in clinic

Regardless of whether you had a minor accident or you got seriously injured, if your condition is non-life threatening and doesn’t require going to the emergency room, we are here to help you. At our Spring Hill walk in clinic, our experienced physicians will provide you with immediate diagnosis and treatment. Why would you suffer if you can get help right away? We will make sure that you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

Remember, no appointment necessary, you can just walk in and get the care that you deserve.  

1 http://www.hearingloss.org/content/basic-facts-about-hearing-loss

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Spring Hill Urgent Care – Don’t let the flu ruin your New Year’s resolutions and plans!

The Holiday Season is always full of joy, preparations, family reunions, and gingerbread cookies. Near Year’s resolutions kick in soon after but we all need to stay in a good health in order to make those resolutions materialize. However, for some people this season means dealing with the flu and its nagging symptoms, such as fatigue, chills, fever, sneezing, or body ache. Who would like to go through all that during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year? In today’s article, we are sharing some useful tips about several things you can do to avoid getting the flu, and enjoy a fruitful and prosperous start to 2018! 

Get a flu shot in Spring Hill

The first thing you should definitely consider to prevent the flu is getting a flu shot. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that everyone above the age of 6 months should get it. About two weeks after receiving the shot, your immune system will begin producing antibodies in the blood that are meant to give you protection against the types of flu viruses that were present in the shot. Please keep in mind that there are certain groups of people who are more at risk for getting a flu than others, e,g. pregnant women, anybody with chronic medical conditions (asthma, cancer, kidney disease, or HIV/Aids), people over 50 years of age, health care staff, Native Americans / Alaska Natives, etc.

If you are wondering where to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, swing by LifeGuard Urgent Care where we will give you the shot immediately.

Keep your environment clean

Whether or not you decide to get a flu shot in Spring Hill, there are a few other things you can do to avoid getting sick. One of them is keeping your environment clean. It doesn’t matter if it’s home, work, gym or school, below you will find a few examples of what you can do to make sure your surrounding is germfree:

  •     Make it a routine to disinfect those surfaces that are touched a lot;
  •     Get rid of any clutter that may collect dust and dirt;
  •     Clean keyboards, and phones;
  •     Sanitize your desk and doorknobs especially if you work with a person who is currently sick;
  •     If you work out, don’t use germy mats;

Clean your hands

Even though you can’t see them, there are hundreds of germs on your hands from touching things. You should wash your hands often and properly with soap for at least 20 seconds. This is important especially when you have contagious people around you who decided to come to work instead of recovering at home. If you don’t have time to constantly go to the bathroom to wash your hands, you can use an easier solution and purchase tiny hand sanitizers that will fit in your purse, or a backpack. Hand sanitizers come in many different scents and colors, and they make a perfect stocking filler!

Don’t get too close

There are some people who will never miss a day of work unless they are absolutely dying. Even the flu is not able to discourage them from coming in. Stay as far as possible from such co-workers because they are highly contagious and, as you may expect, they spread their virus. Try to avoid shaking people’s hands as they transfer tremendous amount of the flu germs.

Don’t wait until it’s too late!

We always educate our patients on a number of precautions they should take to avoid getting sick. There are many more things they can do to prevent the seasonal flu than mentioned in this article, such as: cover their mouth and nose, sip on some tea or natural juices, or get enough sleep, etc. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage everyone to get their flu shot in Spring Hill as soon as possible. That is definitely the very first step that should be taken to protect themselves.

Contact Us to schedule your flu shot in Spring Hill todayor simply drop in!

Our Medical Team at LifeGuard Urgent Care wish you a happy and HEALTHY 2018!

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Urgent Care Spring Hill – where can I find a good urgent care in Spring Hill?

Urgent care is an increasingly popular alternative to the emergency room. This rising trend has occurred for several reasons. Perhaps most importantly, the waiting times at urgent cares are often much lower than in most ER’s. This is even more true if your condition is triaged as “not urgent”, which can leave you sitting in the ER waiting room for hours.

Secondly, urgent cares are much more affordable than emergency rooms, which can be a very important factor depending on the type of insurance and co-pay arrangements you have. Of course, for serious, life-threatening emergencies you should still choose the ER, however for everything else you should consider your local urgent care center.

Where can I find a good urgent care in Spring Hill?

For those of you living in Hernando County and looking for an urgent care center in Spring Hill or Brooksville, you should consider Lifeguard Urgent Care. As the leading Spring Hill urgent care, the center offers treatment for all non-life threatening conditions, ranging from flu shots to headaches, back pain to abdominal pain, and even auto and work-related injuries. The center is also fully equipped to perform onsite diagnostics, such as X-rays, EKG’s and DOT physicals.  Our Board Certified physicians – along with their team of clinical support staff, have many years of experience treating both complex and simple urgent care conditions in the Spring Hill area. We accept most insurances and also offer very affordable self-pay rates, including flu shots in Spring Hill for just $15.

I do not live in Spring Hill – can I see the doctor online?

Absolutely. Lifeguard Urgent Care Center in Spring Hill now offers patients the option of seeing the doctor online. This gives patients the convenience of getting an expert opinion without having to physically be in Spring Hill. It’s ideal for when you are on holiday, yet still want your local doctor’s opinion. Or simply when you don’t live in Spring Hill or are too sick to make it to our urgent care center.

The process is very simple. To see our doctor online (which we call “telemedicine”), you can Click Here to find out more and even schedule an appointment.

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