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.

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Winter Workout Motivation

iStock-502808850.jpgShorter days and colder temperatures make working out much less appealing, especially if you typically perform your workouts outdoors. But most people tend to eat more during winter, especially during the holidays, so it’s smart to keep up the hard work through winter. If you’re lacking motivation to work out during the winter months, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself going.

Keep Consistent

Put your workouts on the calendar so you set a pattern. This will help you think of your workouts as an appointment, which isn’t optional. For added encouragement, try finding a workout buddy or group class so you’re held accountable for your workouts.

Wear the Right Clothes

This is especially important if you’re planning to work out outdoors. Be comfortable and safe by investing in high-quality clothes and accessories. Good mittens, ear warmers and a packable vest are good to have as well. Bonus points for clothes that are both warm and cute!

Set Goals for Spring

Keep yourself moving during winter by signing up for a race at the beginning of spring, making it an absolute necessity to work out even when it’s cold out. If you’re not a runner, come up with a number of pushups or miles to walk each week and work to complete that by spring.

Become a Morning Person

Because it gets dark so early during the winter, working out first thing in the morning is one way to ensure your workouts get done. This prevents you from making excuses at the end of the day.

If you’re planning to begin an exercise routine, you should consult a doctor to make sure you’re in good health. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care for a general health assessment. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.

 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 Broken Bones

Broken arm -  thumb upWhat is a broken bone?

Although bones are extremely tough, they will split or break when they endure more pressure than they can stand. When any bone breaks, it is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it’s known as an open fracture or a compound fracture. A hairline crack in the bone that results from repeated forces against the bone is called a stress fracture.

Causes of a broken bone

So first, let’s determine what causes a bone to break. The main causes of broken bones are:

  • Falling from a height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Direct blow
  • Repetitive forces, often causes by running

 

How is a broken bone treated?

A doctor will carefully examine the injury and determine the best type of treatment. The most common treatment for a fracture is cast immobilization, which will allow the broken bones to heal. In some cases, metal pins or screws need to be placed into the broken bone.

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care, where we offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.

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.

Strep Versus Sore Throat

thyroid function examinationWe’ve all been there. You wake up with that burning sensation every time you swallow and all you want to do is eat something cold to soothe the pain. Most often, a sore throat from a cold will go away on its own within a day or two, but if you’re dealing with strep throat, you may be in for a much more miserable illness. So how do you know if what you have is a sore throat or strep throat? Comparing the symptoms of each is a good start.

  • Symptoms of Sore Throat

Sore throats, which are caused by either a virus or bacteria, are often accompanied by other cold symptoms. If your sore throat is caused by a cold, you will likely also experience a runny nose, cough, mild headache and body aches, fever and consistent sneezing.

  • Symptoms of Strep Throat

Strep throat is always caused by an infection of bacteria and has very distinct symptoms that can be easily diagnosed. If you’re suffering from strep throat, you will likely have a severe sore throat, loss of appetite, pain when swallowing, red tonsils with white spots and a fever.

  • Treating Sore Throat And Strep Throat

Because there is no cure for the common cold, there is no way to cure a sore throat caused by one either. Your best bet is to drink warm liquids, gargle warm salt water or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you think you have strep throat, you should be tested immediately so treatment can begin. Once you’ve been diagnosed with strep throat, you will be given antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Antibiotics can be given as either a pill or a shot. Penicillin and amoxicillin are two antibiotics commonly used to treat strep throat.

If you are experiencing symptoms of strep throat, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

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.