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How to Tell When Your Child Athlete Needs to Visit Urgent Care

sports injuriesAthletes, including youthful student-athletes, suffer injuries all the time. With so many scrapes and bruises, how can you tell whether or not your child’s sports injuries are worthy of a trip to Urgent Care? Here are some of the most common types of sports injuries and their symptoms.

Acute

Acute injuries are typified as minor injuries — they aren’t life-threatening, but your child may need to take some time to recover. This ranges anywhere from bruises to fractures. A contusion may result in swelling, but there’s nothing an urgent care can do for the sports injury but prescribe ibuprofen and an ice pack. If your child is unable to walk because of their sports injuries, it is always better to be safe than sorry and bring them to a walk-in clinic. In fact, 80% of urgent healthcare clinics provide care for fractures. The doctor will be able to diagnose the issue and prescribe medication, put on a cast, or supply stitches or a splint to help the injury heal.

Chronic/Overuse

If your child has been playing a sport for a long time, they may damage the part of their body that is used most often. Rotator cuff tears are a common sports injury in tennis, while runners can tear their meniscus. This repetitive overuse strains the muscles and joints and can even cause the wearing of bones, leading to fractures, especially in the feet and shins. Always make sure your child has a period of rest after practicing a sport and try not to let them play too many sports at once. Visit an urgent care facility to find out the cause of the problem and get advice on how to prevent sports injuries in the future.

Concussion

Concussions are classified as a traumatic brain injury, regardless of how mild or severe they are. They can be caused when your child is hit with blunt force, such as with a soccer ball or baseball bat. They can also be caused by a hard fall on the ground or if your child gets knocked against a wall in a game. If your child seems dizzy or dazed after a sudden blow to the head, take them to your nearest urgent care center. If your child loses consciousness, they must go to the ER to stop any brain damage. After a concussion event, it is important that your child does not hit their head or return to their sport for the recommended amount of time suggested by your doctor.

Consider these factors before taking your student-athlete to a family health practice or urgent healthcare office.

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Bug Bites and Stings to ‘Bee’ Aware of this Spring

Bug Bites and Stings to ‘Bee’ Aware of this Spring

Children often catch seasonal illnesses on a regular basis. In fact, children catch between six and 10 cold each year, on average. But with the warmer weather here, there are other health concerns to be worried about. While getting outside to enjoy the warm weather is a great idea, it also poses the risk of getting bitten or stung by bugs. Most bugs are harmless, but there are instances when a family health doctor should be consulted. This article is going to cover a few common bites and stings and how to avoid them.

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Playing Sports This Spring? Watch Out for These Common Injuries

Playing Sports This Spring? Watch Out for These Common Injuries

Sports are a great way to stay in shape, build life skills like teamwork and communication, and overall just have fun. However, like with any type of physical activity, spring sports pose the risk of injury. Because of this, young athletes, their parents, and coaches should all be aware of some common spring sports injuries and how to avoid needing urgent healthcare when possible. This article is going to discuss a few of these injuries and how they can be prevented.

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Be Aware of These Common Causes of Injuries This Spring

Be Aware of These Common Causes of Injuries This Spring

With spring finally here, many people are ready to get outside and enjoy their favorite spring activities. Unfortunately, some of these activities can cause injuries if they’re not done correctly. If you’re ready to jump back into your favorite spring activities, this article is going to discuss a few common causes of injuries in spring so you can avoid them this season.

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Spring is Coming… Are You Ready for Allergy Season?

Spring is Coming… Are You Ready for Allergy Season?

Winter has its fair share of seasonal illnesses. The flu, stomach bugs, and the common cold often plague each household at least once during the season. Fortunately, the end of flu and cold season is near! Unfortunately, that means allergy season is coming up quick. Many adults and children suffer from allergies each spring. In fact, a 2014 National Health Interview Survey found that 8.4% of children in the U.S. suffered from hay fever, 10% had respiratory allergies, another 5.4% from food allergies, and a total of 11.6% suffered from skin allergies. While allergies are one of the ongoing seasonal illnesses, this article is going to discuss a few ways you can help your family get prepared to face allergy season.

Do your spring cleaning
After being cooped up in your house all winter, it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning. While pollen is a major contributor to seasonal allergies, dust and other debris in the air in your home can worsen symptoms. It’s important to remember that dust collects on everything — so vacuum and wash carpets, curtains and furniture. Additionally, it’s important to change your air filters on a regular basis. Clean air filters will ensure the air quality in your home is as high as possible.

Keep the windows closed
While it may be tempting to fling open the windows at the first sign of warm weather, this is only going to worsen allergy symptoms. The slight breeze you’ll be enjoying from an open window will also bring pollen into your home. So to make sure your family has a safe place to hide away from the pollen, keep the windows closed as often as possible. Furthermore, investing in an air purifier may help keep allergens out of your home too. Dust, pollen, and pet dander can all be easily removed from your home with the help of a quality air purifier.

Visit a family health doctor
Before allergy season gets into full swing, consider taking your kids to a doctor. Childrens injuries, illnesses, and allergies should all be addressed by a doctor to determine the severity. While allergies are one of the most common seasonal illnesses, severe allergies can lead to breathing problems and other conditions. Because of this, any children with allergies should be seen by a doctor.

All of the sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes associated with allergies can make a person absolutely miserable. Even though there’s no magic cure for allergies, there is plenty you can do to ensure your family is ready to tackle allergy season. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you and your family experience less severe reactions this season.

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

5 Natural Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

When it comes to seasonal illnesses, there are none more dreaded than the flu. With aches and pains, a high fever, and an upset stomach, the flu can leave you feeling your worst. In fact, about 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of flu complications each year. Because of this, it’s important to do everything you can to protect you and your family from one of the worst common illnesses. To help you keep your family health in top shape, consider following a few of these tips.

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5 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Immune System 

5 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Immune System 

With cold and flu season on the horizon, you may be wondering what you can do to strengthen your immune system to prevent getting sick, or recover more quickly if you do come down with something. You have probably already heard plenty of advice on eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise, and avoiding smoking and too much alcohol. But here are some surprising additional ways you can up your resistance to getting sick:

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