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.

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.