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.

Safe Workouts For Senior Citizens

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As people get older, it can become more and more difficult to stay active. However, exercise offers a number of benefits for seniors, allowing them to stay healthy longer. Exercising on a regular basis can help to prevent diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer as well as to maintain a healthy weight.

Many older adults are worried that physical activity could actually harm them, but studies show that a lack of exercise can cause people to lose their ability to do things on their own.

When looking to work out, it’s important that senior citizens include both aerobic activity and strength training. Aerobic exercises are key to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing energy levels and, of course, burning some serious calories. Meanwhile, strength training is a great way to build muscle and stay lean.

Aerobic exercises that are safe for senior citizens include:

  • Walking briskly
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Playing tennis
  • Running

Strength training exercises that are safe for senior citizens include:

  • Slow squats
  • Light weight lifts
  • Push-ups
  • Leg raises

As mentioned previously, all exercise, no matter how strenuous, should be monitored closely. In addition to exercising, it’s important to maintain flexibility by stretching. It’s smart to stretch before any endurance or strength training exercises. Try sitting close to the front end of a chair, leaning back on your hands. Raise your legs out in front of you, stretching your feet and ankles by extending your feet forward, then away from your body.

If you are looking to begin a new exercise program, it’s important to check with your doctor first. 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.

Signs Of A Broken Bone

SportsInjury.jpgDespite what most people may think, it can actually be difficult to determine whether a bone is broken. If the bone is displaced, of course, it’s easily identified; however, if the break is small or you’ve suffered a crack (also known as a fracture), it can be harder to tell. It’s important to identify the signs of a broken bone so medical help can be sought as quickly as possible.

First, let’s determine the different types of breaks that bones can suffer:

  • Non-Displaced Fracture: Any time the bone is partially cracked or cracked all the way through, but stays in its place so it’s properly aligned, it’s called a non-displaced fracture.
  • Displaced Fracture: If the bone snaps into two or more parts then moves so that the two ends are no longer aligned, the break is known as a displaced fracture.
  • Open fracture: Perhaps the most difficult break to witness, an open fracture happens when the bone breaks through the skin. With an open fracture, there is often a risk of a deep bone infection.
  • Closed Fracture: This type of fracture occurs whenever there is no puncture or open wound in the skin.

Although the severity of symptoms will vary depending on the type of fracture, at least one of the symptoms below will typically be experienced if a bone is broken.

  • Swelling or bruising over a bone
  • Deformity of an arm of leg
  • Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied
  • Loss of function in the injured area
  • In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin

If you believe you have experienced a broken bone, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid furthering injuring the area. 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 U.S. Cities For Allergy Sufferers

Couple walking with bike.As the temperatures increase, so do the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies. Allergy sufferers fight through the tree buds and flower blooms, sniffling all the way. And just when relief is in sight, it’s time for fall allergies and ragweed season. So what cities in the United States are best for allergy sufferers?

First, let’s determine what makes a place “allergy friendly.” Pollen count is a huge consideration when establishing the best cities for allergy sufferers. Basically, the more pollen that’s in the air, the more symptoms you will experience. Another thing to consider is geography. For example, cities in the mountains are typically less allergy prone than valleys. Finally, being in the city versus the country can play a factor. Staying in the city, away from the flowers, grasses, crops, etc. may offer some temporary relief.

It’s important to note that those who tend to suffer from seasonal allergies will likely suffer no matter where they live. While you may experience a temporary relief from the allergens that normally cause symptoms, you will eventually start developing sensitivities to the allergens wherever you are. With that in mind, if you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer looking to escape for a week long vacation or getaway, there are some places that may offer relief from your everyday sniffles.

Based on the temperate weather swings, here are the top 10 cities for those suffering from allergies:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Seattle, Wash.
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Sacramento, Calif.
  5. Albany, NY
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Stockton, Calif.
  8. San Jose, Calif.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Daytona Beach, Fla.

If you are dealing with allergies and are in need of some relief, consider seeking medical care. 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.

8 Most Common Food Allergies

allergy foodIf you are allergic to a specific food, your body thinks that food is something that could make you sick. Therefore, when you eat that food, your body’s defense system tries to protect you. Food allergies may result in a mild skin rash or itchy eyes. For some people, it can leave them gasping for breath. It’s extremely important to identify any food allergies you or your child has to avoid serious symptoms.

What Foods Cause Allergies?

There are eight foods that cause about 90% of food allergies. These foods are:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil nuts and pecans
  • Soy
  • Wheat and other grains, which can include gluten
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Symptoms of Food Allergies

An allergic reaction to food can happen as quickly as minutes after the food’s been eaten and up to hours later. Those experiencing a food allergy can experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, dry or itchy skin rash
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing or a dry cough
  • Itchy, water, red eyes
  • Itchy mouth or inside of ear
  • Funny taste in the mouth
  • Upset stomach, cramps, vomiting or diarrhea

Severe reactions, which are most commonly linked to peanut, nut, fish and shellfish allergies, can include the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen lips, tongue or throat
  • Feeling weak, confused or passing out
  • Chest pain or an uneven heartbeat

Looking for Hidden Triggers

Those who’ve recently developed a food allergy (or even those who’ve suffered for awhile) can find it difficult to identify what foods to avoid. The following foods can often include ingredients that may trigger an allergy:

  • Baked goods, such as cakes and cookies
  • Water-packed tuna
  • Salad dressing
  • Hot dogs

If you believe you’re suffering from a food allergy, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality 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.

Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

AllergySeasonal allergies affect more than 67 million people. If you’re one of these people, you know how miserable allergy symptoms can be. Allergies are defined as a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance, also known as an allergen, forcing the immune system to overreact. Knowing the signs of allergies is crucial to treating them quickly.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

There are a number of symptoms linked to seasonal allergies that can be experienced in a combination of ways. These symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • nasal congestion
  • coughing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • itchy throat
  • stomach ache
  • itchy skin
  • hives
  • fatigue
  • irritability

How Are Seasonal Allergies Diagnosed?

Most often, a skin test is used to identify specific allergies. Scratching the skin so a doctor can observe your body’s reaction to each allergen, the skin test could help prevent a future allergic reaction which could be life threatening.

Seeking Relief For Seasonal Allergies

While it may not be possible to completely prevent seasonal allergies, there are a number of things you can do to seek relief during their peak. First off, know your allergy triggers (this can be done through the skin test). Secondly, see your doctor or an allergist for a prescription. Antihistamines can help prevent more histamine, a chemical that is released when you’re experiencing an allergic reaction, from being released. He or she will likely recommend a nasal spray as well, which can help reduce the inflammation in the lining of the nose. Finally, it’s a good idea to check pollen counts any time you plan to travel. Typically, pollen counts are lower near the ocean or bays.

If you believe you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality 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.

7 Ways to Treat Indigestion

Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at ParkMany people look at indigestion as something that happens when eating too much food or eating food that is high in fat and difficult to digest. But the truth is indigestion can be symptomatic of an underlying problem, like ulcers, gallbladder disease or a reflux disease. It’s important to identify if you’re suffering from indigestion and, if so, what may be causing it.

Symptoms of Indigestion

  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Gas and belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme fullness during or after a meal
  • Burning in your stomach
  • Belly pain

If you’re feeling stressed, it may exacerbate symptoms. Also, some people may experience heartburn along with indigestion, caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus.

Causes of Indigestion

While lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking or eating too fast) can cause indigestion, it is often caused by an underlying condition. Diseases such as irritable bowl syndrome, thyroid disease, pancreatitis, GERD and ulcers are often responsible for indigestion. Medications can play a role in causing indigestion as well. If you’re taking aspirin, birth control pills, steroid medications, antibiotics or thyroid medicines and frequently experience indigestion, it’s worth asking your doctor if the two may be linked.

Treating Indigestion

Some people may not require treatment at all as indigestion often goes away on its own in a matter of hours. However, if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to try a few things that may prevent indigestion or at least help treat the symptoms:

  • Avoid eating late at night
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Drink beverages after meals instead of during them
  • Try not to chew with your mouth open as this causes you to swallow too much air, adding to indigestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • If the above changes don’t help, talk to your doctor about altering your medication

If you believe you’re suffering from chronic indigestion, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality 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.