What Happens During a Heat Stroke

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During summer, the risk of a heat stroke is significantly increased. If you’re planning to be outdoors during the hottest time of the year, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke and what exactly happens to your body during one.

What Is A Heat Stroke?

A heat stroke, a form of hyperthermia, occurs when your body temperature rises abnormally high (104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and is accompanied by other physical symptoms. It’s not uncommon for a heat stroke to be confused for heat cramps or heat exhaustion, two other forms of hyperthermia; however, these are much less severe. You may also hear a heat stroke referred to as a sun stroke. Heat strokes should not be confused with an actual stroke. The term “stroke” is normally used to describe a decreased oxygen flow to the brain.

How Do You Identify A Heat Stroke?

Many people misidentify heat strokes as heart attacks since the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of a heat stroke may occur quickly and without warning. They include high body temperature, flushed skin, increased pulse, trouble breathing, confusion, agitation, seizure and more.

How Can You Prevent A Heat Stroke?

If possible, avoid physical activity in hot weather. If physical activity is unavoidable, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. Loose, lightweight clothing and hats can help keep you cool. Never leave infants, children or pets unattended in a car that’s not in use as this can lead quickly to a heat stroke or even death.

If you believe you are suffering from a heat stroke, it’s imperative you seek medical attention immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Practicing Pool Safety

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While the pool can be an enjoyable way to cool off during the hot days of summer, it can also be dangerous. Many people think children are the only ones at risk of drowning, but the truth is that even adults can drown when proper pool safety isn’t practiced. If you are planning to spend time poolside this summer, there are a few rules you should follow to ensure a safe, fun swimming experience.

Follow the rules. This may seem like a no brainer, but the pool rules should always be obeyed.  Typically, rules will include no running, pushing or dunking.

Swim with a buddy. People of all ages, even adults, should always make sure there is someone else in or near the water any time someone is swimming.

Learn CPR. This is a smart thing to do no matter what. Knowing CPR could be the difference between life and death, especially in a drowning situation.

Steer clear of pool drains. If a drain is faulty, limbs, hair or clothing can easily become entangled in it. If you are a pool owner and are concerned your drain is faulty, contact your pool service provider to have your drain inspected.

Keep a first aid kit nearby. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit with scissors, bandages, antibiotics and other safety supplies near the pool.

If you own a pool and are looking to practice proper pool safety, there are a few things you should do. First, install four-sided fencing that will keep your pool separates from the house and additional yard area. Secondly, keep the pool and deck clear of toys, balls and other items that may encourage children to play in the pool unsupervised.

For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How To Treat Dehydration

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When your body loses too much fluid, dehydration can occur. This may happen when you stop drinking water or if you lose large amounts of water via diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or exercise.  If you’re not drinking enough, you may also experience muscle cramps and feel faint.

If you’ve just started to become dehydrated, your body may be able to reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues; however, by the time you’ve reached severe dehydration, won’t have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs. While this can be a life-threatening condition, it can also be treated before it reaches a serious level.

If you are working outside and become mildly to moderately dehydrated, you should immediately stop your activity and rest. If you’re in direct sunlight, move into the shade and lie down. Try to drink a rehydration drink as soon as possible. It’s important that you rest and take it easy for at least 24 hours after you’ve experienced mild dehydration.

When you’re treating your mild dehydration at home, there are a few symptoms you should watch for. More serious dehydration, decreased alertness, dizziness or lightheadedness and decreased urination are all reasons to seek medical attention.

To avoid dehydration, it’s essential that you drink plenty of water before, during and after you are planning to be active.  Consider bringing a container of water or sports drink any time you will be exerting yourself for one hour or longer, especially outdoors, and try to drink at least once every 15 to 20 minutes.

If you believe you are suffering from moderate to severe dehydration, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Best Summer Vacation Destinations

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With school out, many families take advantage of the summer to go on that much-needed vacation. Even those without kids will often get away from the heat of summer and travel somewhere cooler. Whether you’re going solo, with friends or with the family, there are a few summer vacation destinations that can’t be beat.

The Beach

This may sound like a no brainer, but there are a variety of beach types that appeal to travelers during the summer. If you’re looking for a great family trip, Ocean City in Maryland may be for you. This summer destination boasts a wide beach, mini golf courses, ice cream shops galore and a fun boardwalk. For a romantic getaway, consider the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands feature snorkeling excursions, kayaking tours and scenery that can’t be beat.

Ski Retreat

Most people only think to go skiing during the winter, but summer is actually a great time to escape the heat and head for the mountains. Whistler in British Columbia is great for both families and couples. In addition to skiing, Whistler offers a number of summer activities like kayaking, canoeing and even swimming.

City Life

If you’re looking for somewhere to explore, a city like Boston, MA or Portland, OR is a great choice. In Boston, you can take your family to world-class museums and catch a game at Fenway Park. Portland offers a very different experience with plenty of green spaces and the notorious Saturday Market.

Nature Adventure

If you’re an outdoor lover, consider somewhere like Jackson Hole, WY. One of the most loved summer vacation spots, Jackson Hole offers gorgeous mountain scenery and plenty of hiking trails that will keep you from ever getting bored. Many people even set up camp at Grand Teton National Park for a true outdoor experience.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How To Keep Your Ears Healthy During Summer

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Most people are more aware of their ear health during the summer when they are in and out of the pool regularly. Everyone’s heard of the dreaded “swimmer’s ear,” but few people know how to maintain proper ear health. There are several things you can do to keep your ears healthy during the summer and beyond.

Keep Your Music Level Reasonable

Hearing damage from personal devices, such as headphones and television, can cause you to think other people are “mumbling” when they speak; however, it’s probably not them, it’s you. When you are exposed to high volume levels for a long period of time, it can slowly wear out the tiny hair cells of the inner ear that are supposed to convert sound into nerve signals that go to the brain. The way to gauge your volume: if someone else can hear your device, it’s too loud.

Don’t Clean Your Ears Too Much

Because most people spend a lot of time in the pool throughout the summer, they’re worried about bacteria getting in their ears. To remedy this, they will end up cleaning their ears too much. However, pushing a Q-tip into your ear can actually cause the wax to be pushed farther, which then compacts it. If you’ve happened to impact earwax inside your ear, you should contact a doctor to safely remove it for you.

How To Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is caused when the bacteria-filled water and warm wax inside the ear combine. If you are suffering from swimmer’s ear, your ear may begin to itch before it becomes sore and painful. You should seek medical attention so a doctor can properly clean everything out. Your doctor may use a cellulose sponge that carries the prescription drops to the infection.

If you believe you are suffering from swimmer’s ear or hearing loss, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Benefits of Eating Avocado

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Many people don’t think of avocado as a fruit, but believe it or not, the highly nutritious food is, in fact, a fruit and not a vegetable. This little green fruit is often praised for its abundance of healthy fats, which have long been known to provide ample health benefits. In case you’re still on the fence about eating avocado, here are five benefits you receive from this fruit.

  1. Avocados have more potassium than bananas. Most people go straight for bananas any time they have a cramp, but avocados actually contain 100 grams, or 14% of the recommended daily value, in one serving (3.5 ounces). Bananas, on the other hand, have 10% of the RDA per serving.
  2. Eating avocados can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many people are worried about eating fats because they think it will raise their cholesterol; however, avocado actually works to lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (the “good) cholesterol.
  3. Avocados can help prevent cancer. Although limited, some studies show that avocado can both reduce the risk of cancer and minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
  4. Avocados hold a laundry list of nutrients. Among the nutrients in avocados are Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
  5. Eating avocado can help you lose weight. Because they are high in fiber and low in carbs, avocados are a great food to eat if you’re looking to shed a few pounds.

If you’d like to incorporate avocados in your diet, consider cutting one up in a salad, eating it as guacamole or even spreading one on toast for a healthy breakfast option. Because they take some time to ripen, it’s important to make sure that it feels slightly soft when you select your avocado. For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

What Services Does Denton Regional Urgent Care Offer?

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Urgent care facilities have become increasingly popular the past few years as people come to experience their efficient and affordable care. Because every minute counts when injuries and illness occur, urgent care facilities can offer the same expertise as a hospital or primary care. For those in Denton County, Denton Regional Urgent Care is an excellent option for medical care, open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 7 pm on the weekends. Denton Regional Urgent Care offers the below services:

Urgent Care

Our physicians are specially trained in urgent care and are available after hours and on the weekend. And we are backed by the expertise of Medical City Denton (formerly Denton Regional Medical Center), Denton County’s only designated trauma center. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we treat minor emergencies and accidental injuries, strep throat, fevers, the flu, upper respiratory infections, earaches, muscle strains and sprains, eye injuries, burns, broken bones and much more. To see a full list of our urgent care services, click here.

Occupational Health Services

Denton Regional Urgent Care offers a wide range of occupational health services to keep your employees healthy and productive. We are proud to provide a low-cost alternative for non-emergent healthcare services. Our occupational health services include workplace injury treatment, post-accident screenings, substance abuse testing and breath alcohol testing, flu shots and immunizations and x-rays.

Sports Injury Services

At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we know your game can’t wait. Whether you are an elite athlete or an avid amateur, we offer convenient access to the expert care you expect, right when you need it–even after hours or on the weekends. Sports injuries we treat include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, scrapes, lacerations, stitches and contusions. We also perform X-rays and sports physicals.

School Physicals

Physical exams are required for participation in a variety of activities, such as sports, camps and Boy Scout trips. These exams are performed by a qualified medical professional and designed to identify any health conditions that would make participation in certain activities dangerous.

Flu Shots & Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the best way to dramatically reduce your risk of getting a variety of serious illnesses. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer seasonal flu shots, as well as many other common vaccinations. Please call (940) 239-9737 for a complete list.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.