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.

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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.

 

Best Flowers to Plant in May

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Perhaps you are one of those gardeners that is fully prepared each season to plant fresh, new flowers. Or, maybe you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum, not remembering to buy flowers until the season is nearly over. If you’re worried you’ve waited too long to plant spring flowers, fear not, you can still grow many types of plants in May.

Sunflowers

One of the most popular annual flowers is the sunflower. Known for their cheerful color, sunflower seeds take four to six days to germinate when they are planted in the middle or end of May. This will allow them to fully mature by early September at the latest. When properly maintained, a sunflower can grow to be 4 to 5 feet tall.

Marigolds

Another popular annual flower commonly grown in May is the marigold, coming in between 8 and 36 inches tall. This flower is known for being easy to care for and vibrantly colorful. Oftentimes marigolds are used to deter insects and other pests that commonly damage fruits and vegetables. Marigolds do best when given full sun exposure.

Zinnias

When planted in May, this flower typically blooms in late June or July and can appear in a variety of colors and sizes. Normally, zinnias will grow to be 2 to 3 feet tall, performing best when given partial shade in well-draining, fertile soils.

Health Benefits of Gardening

In addition to creating a nice landscape for your home, gardening also has a number of health benefits. Recent studies have shown that gardening for as little as 30 minutes can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Planting and maintaining flowers can also help you get fresh air and allow your blood to start moving. Digging, planting and weeding are a great light exercise for the elderly or those who have disabilities.

Even if you’re an inexperienced gardener, you can grow and maintain a healthy garden by following these simple tips. For more helpful tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog.

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 Does A Fever Mean?

Thermometer.jpgUsually a symptom of an underlying condition, a fever is not an illness itself. Although you most likely don’t need to seek medical attention based solely on a fever, it is important to determine the cause of the fever. Many times, it is the body’s way of defending against an infection.

Fevers do not usually get high enough to be considered dangerous, although the body’s temperature can rise to a dangerous level with hyperthermia, an extreme temperature often caused by a heat-related injury. When the body is experiencing hyperthermia, it is no longer able to control its temperature.

So let’s take a look at what causes a fever in the first place:

  • Common infections like a cold or gastroenteritis
  • An infection of the ear, lung, skin, throat, bladder or kidney
  • Conditions that cause inflammation
  • Side effects of drugs
  • Cancer
  • Vaccines
  • Blood clots
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease

Treating a fever will vary depending on what is causing it. For instance, if the fever is being caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics would help treat it. Typically, over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, Advil, Motrin and Aleve will alleviate a fever.

To determine the cause of a fever or if additional treatment is required, please visit your doctor.

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.