5 Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep With Allergies

iStock_000056574944_MediumBecause allergies are typically worst right before dawn, getting a good night’s sleep can often be a challenge if you suffer from allergies. In fact, studies revealed that 75% of people with allergies wake up regularly in the middle of the night, while 93% have difficulty sleeping. If you suffer from allergy symptoms of any kind, keep reading to discover five tips for a good night’s sleep.

  1. Keep windows closed: Although it’s normal to keep windows open during the summer months to allow cool air in, you should resist this urge if you suffer from allergies.
  2. Keep pets off the bed: While you may be used to letting your dog or cat on the bed at night, they may also be contributing to your allergy symptoms. Establish a new nighttime routine so they feel comfortable sleeping on a bed on the floor.
  3. Shower before bed: To make sure all pollen is off your body, it’s a good idea to take a shower before going to bed each night, especially during allergy season. Be sure to wash your hair each night as well.
  4. Avoid mite exposure: Because dust mites are a common cause of allergies, use plastic covers for your mattress and pillows to shield against mites.
  5. Leaves clothes in another room: If you’ve spent any time outdoors, it’s a good idea to put your clothes in the laundry room at the end of the day so the pollen does not irritate you during the night. Additionally, wash clothes after each wear.

If you suffer from allergies and would like additional information on minimizing symptoms, consider discussing a treatment plan with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to provide you a quick and easy experience.

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.

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5 Common Household Products that Can be Dangerous

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Keeping a clean home is a priority for most people. These days, there is no limit to the number of cleaning products, home improvement products and kitchen essentials on the shelves to choose from. However, some of these products may be more harmful than they are good.

  1. Extension Cords: You will find at least one extension cord in just about every home in America. They are a great resource when working outdoors or if you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet, but in need of electricity. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these high-voltage cords are a huge fire hazard. Additionally, most people don’t replace their cords often so they tend to wear out, which makes them even more dangerous. Check your cords regularly for frays and try to minimize unsupervised use indoors.
  2. Flaking Paint: Older homes, even those built as late as the 70s, may have been painted using lead-based paints, which are extremely hazardous when they begin to flake. In fact, inhaling these particles can result in lead poisoning. It’s important to get paint tested for lead if you plan to repaint an older home.
  3. Mothballs: Although a common household item, these balls contain naphthalene that has been proven to destroy red blood cells and cause cancers in animals. Unfortunately, no evidence has been provided that this causes cancers in humans as well, so these products remain on the counter.
  4. Non-Stick Cookware: Non-stick pots and pans are convenient and allow for a mess-free cooking experience. However, these products contain polytetrafluoroethylene, which had been linked to cancer and other harmful health effects in humans.
  5. Toilet Bowl Cleaners: While a great way to keep toilets clean, toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive ingredients that can burn the skin and eyes. They are also very dangerous if mixed with other types of cleaners.

If you have concerns a product in your home has caused you or your family harm, it’s a good idea to talk with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available, so you will be back on your way in no time.

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 Ways to Ease Back Into Exercising

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If you’ve spent any time away from working out, you most likely know how difficult it can be to get back into a routine. For most people, fitness levels begin to diminish after only two weeks of not working out. When you decide to return to working out after taking only a few weeks off, there’s a good chance you’ll tire more easily during your exercise routine. But don’t worry, below are five ways that you can ease back into exercise to regain your fitness level. 

  1. Don’t overdo it. While it may be tempting to leap back into your normal workout routine, you should begin slowly. For example, if you’re used to running five miles a few days a week, start back with two miles instead. Work your way back up to five miles in the first few weeks as you gain back your fitness.
  2. Put it in your calendar. If you schedule your workouts a few days a week, you are much less likely to find an excuse to not work out.
  3. Pack your bag. Whether you like to work out before work, during lunch or after your workday, having your gym bag prepared can be a good reminder that you have a workout planned and there’s less of a chance you will back out.
  4. Find a buddy. As you ease back into working out, it’s a good idea to find an exercise buddy who can keep you accountable. Knowing you have made plans to work out with someone else is not only a fun way to exercise, but a good way to keep yourself motivated.
  5. Think outside the gym. Most people think working out has to take place in the gym, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Find an outdoor activity you like, such as walking the dog or playing tennis with a friend, and incorporate those exercises into your routine.

If you have questions about getting back into an exercise routine, consider talking with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

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 You Need to Know About Stroke Symptoms

Stroke

Strokes are a very scary, traumatic event. If you don’t know what the symptoms are, you may hesitate to seek treatment and could potentially allow more damage to occur. Be in the know about stroke symptoms and what you should do if you or someone you know suffers from a stroke.

What Happens

A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is blocked. Someone suffering from a stroke may lose control over movement, perception, speech and may even lose consciousness. Most strokes are caused by the brain’s blood flow being blocked. These are called ischemic strokes and are a result of a stationary clot or a traveling clot. A hemorrhagic stroke or bleed of the brain is the cause of the second type of stroke. This type of stroke occurs when the blood vessels get weak. Uncontrolled hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common cause of a hemorrhagic stroke.

What are the Symptoms

Typical symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body
  • Abrupt loss of vision
  • Sudden dimness of vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unexplained dizziness
  • Facial drooping or slurred speech

What to Do

If you or someone you know is suffering from stroke-like symptoms, medical attention should be sought immediately. As soon as you arrive at the emergency room, a CT scan should be done to determine if there is bleeding in the brain. This will identify the type of stroke that has occurred.

If you have questions or concerns about stroke symptoms, make an appointment to speak with a medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to offer you a quick and efficient experience. Note that anyone suffering stroke symptoms should be taken to an emergency room immediately.

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.

 

3 Healthy Meals to Make in Minutes

Family Preparing meal,mealtime TogetherWe all want the time to prepare a healthy gourmet meal each day, but the reality is that busy schedules most often prevent that from happening. Even if your schedule is full, it doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a healthy meal quickly. Below are three meals that you can make in minutes for your family.

Overnight Oats

One of the quickest breakfasts you can make is a jar of overnight oatmeal. Prepared the night before, this breakfast is perfect to grab and go during those hectic mornings when you’ve hit snooze one too many times. To make overnight oats, simply pour one serving of old fashioned rolled oats into a mason jar, then add an equal amount of your choice of milk, yogurt, or any other dairy substitutes. Top the jar off with frozen fruit and let it sit overnight (8 hours is recommended) for an easy breakfast the next morning.

Chicken Salad

Another easy make-ahead meal is chicken salad. Make a big batch on Sunday and use it for lunch throughout the week. Many people use canned chicken, while others prefer rotisserie chicken. If you use a rotisserie chicken, simply make sure it is diced. Chicken salad can be made with whatever add-ins you like, but popular additions include diced apples, raisins, walnuts, celery, onions and even avocado. Eat with crackers, on a sandwich or by itself for a protein-filled lunch.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This dinner option is great for families as it allows everyone to top their potatoes with whatever they want, making it completely customizable. Because most ovens can be set to turn on at a certain time, you can let your sweet potato cook while you’re on your way home. By doing this, you can simply pull the potatoes from the oven when you’re ready to eat, then top it off with anything you’d like. One of our favorite recipes includes scrambled eggs, cilantro, avocado, salsa and Greek yogurt.

For more healthy tips, check out the Denton Regional Urgent Care Center website regularly.

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

 

Your Master Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring is a time for fresh starts. Flowers are in bloom, the weather is finally warming up again and it’s the perfect time for a good deep clean of your home. Spring cleaning allows you to get rid of things you no longer need or want and organize everything you plan to keep – all while dusting in places you haven’t thought about since last spring.

Below are a few suggestions to make sure you get the most out of your spring cleaning.

Wash window treatments

Wooden blinds can collect serious dust throughout the year and should be wiped with a damp cloth. Draperies and curtains, which also notoriously collect dust, should be cleaned either in the washing machine or taken to the dry cleaner. Be sure to check labels to clean properly.

Clean ceilings

Although it seems unusual, ceilings and walls need to be cleaned also. Use a vacuum to remove dust first, then move onto a solvent-free degreaser if necessary as surface grime can be difficult to remove with just soap and water.

Deep clean rugs

While rugs without backings require professional cleaning, synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be cleaned using a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Be sure rugs are completely dry before stepping on them again.

Polish hardware

Often overlooked, window hardware and doorknobs collect plenty of fingerprints and grime over time. Use a liquid polish for mildly-tarnished surfaces; however, heavier work may require a paste or cream.

Dust everywhere

All of those hard-to-reach places that are avoided throughout the year should be addressed during spring cleaning. Be sure to dust the tops of ceiling fans and window cases, as well as molding that is often ignored.

Clean air ducts

Air ducts should be cleaned at least once a year. Also, this is a good time to make sure your air filters have recently been replaced. It is suggested filters are changed every month or so.

When dusting and scrubbing, be sure to use solid surfaces to stand on. If you require any medical attention while spring cleaning, contact Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in available to offer you a quick and efficient experience.

 

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.

When Are Stitches Needed?

iStock_000044021306_Medium.jpgAfter you’ve suffered a cut or gash, you need to determine whether or not stitches are needed. The longer the wound remains open, the greater the risk of infection, so medical attention should be sought immediately. It’s a good idea to get your wound closed up within 6 to 8 hours after the injury occurs. Most serious wounds will require either stitches, staples or will need to be closed with a liquid bandage.

So how do you know when stitches are needed? There are a few key things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to seek medical attention after getting injured.

  • How deep is the cut? If the wound is greater than ¼ inch deep, it may need stitches. Also, if you can see yellow fatty tissue, or even bone, it’s time to see a doctor immediately.
  • How wide is the cut? If the edges of the wound are close together or look like they need to be pulled together in order to cover the exposed tissue, the cut may require stitches.
  • Where is the wound located? Any time the wound is located on an area of the body you move frequently, there is a good chance you will need stitching to keep the wound from re-opening. For instance, if the wound is located on one of your knees or fingers, consider getting it stitched up.

If you end up seeking medical care for the wound, you should also ask your doctor about whether or not a tetanus shot is needed. Tetanus shots last no more than 10 years, so check with your doctor to see if you need a tetanus booster.

If you’ve suffered a serious cut or gash, consider seeking medical attention at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

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.