Advantages of Urgent Care over Emergency Room 

5 Major Advantages of Urgent Care over Emergency Departments

 Urgent Care Centers openThe Firsted in the 1970s are recommended for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries which are not life-threatening, still requires immediate attention and proves to be a very good alternative to hospital emergency rooms.

If you are not in a life threatening situation, an urgent care center will provide you with right care, at the right price, with the right level of convenience.


 1. Save Time: Generally the wait time in Urgent Care clinics is usually much shorter as one can be expected to see a provider in usually 30 minutes or less in compared to Emergency Rooms.  Urgent Care Centers are open beyond typical office hours in rural, urban and suburban areas.

The range of services provided are very safe and efficacious and are much broader in Nature to make the life of the patient more comfortable and convenient in comparison to Emergency Rooms which are operated at 24×7, urgent care centers also called as walk-in clinics (As one can walk-in Without an appointment) may not be open all night, and have their own hours of operation to treat patients on first-come, first-served basis for most medical conditions. Most of the clinics are now offering online schedule for appointments in order to avoid additional delay time. In the United States of America, 70% of these centers open by 8:00AM or earlier and 95% of them shut after 7:00PM.

 2. Save Money:  Services provided by the urgent care clinics are easily affordable and not expensive when compared to Emergency Room visits in terms of cost, as There are no hidden charges, doctor’s fees, staff fees, bed rents, etc.,

A Recent study shows emergency room costs are approximately 700% more than the cost for the same level of quality medical care received at an urgent care facility.

 3. Lower Co-pay:  Also medical insurance covers these clinical charges. Patients can check with their Insurance Provider or the Urgent Care Clinic to determine if their health care insurance plan is covered and what their co-pay will be.  Generally co-payments are low for these types of services when compared to ER.

 4. No Facility Fee: In Urgent Care center, you can submit your Insurance claim and you receive a single bill which is very less compared to any Emergency Room. Emergency and hospital owned urgent cares charge you both a facility fee and a fee for the physician’s service which is a huge amount compared to any Urgent Care center.

 5. Closer to You: Urgent Care centers are very near to your house as 75% of urgent care centers are located in suburban areas and the average number of urgent care clinics in USA is 9,300. You need to travel to urban areas to find any Emergency room as 55% of Emergency Rooms are located in urban areas and the average number of Emergency rooms is very less compared to Urgent Care centers in USA.

Why Urgent Care:

Urgent Care Medical Services generally aims in providing the right care, to speed up recovery and prevent a condition from getting worse, are not destined to replace primary physicians or hospital emergency rooms, But created to fill the gaps when the person is unable to obtain a timely appointment with the Doctor or when their offices are closed.

When to choose Urgent Care over ER:

The major determining factor when selecting whether to go for urgent care center or emergency room depends upon the type of symptoms the patient is experiencing.

(a). Emergency Room is recommended only for  True medical emergencies or when health conditions of the patient are life-threatening like the examples linked to chest pain, shortness of breathing, heart attack, unconsciousness, head injury, abdominal pains, Severe bleeding, major fractures, serious traumatic injury etc.,

(b). Urgent Care for health concerns  related to Headaches, cold and flu like symptoms, Skin Lesions, Minor Burns, Neck and Back pain, eye and ear Infections, Bronchitis, strains and sprains, men’s health, women’s health, pneumonia, lacerations, etc.,

Quality and Trust:

Before selecting any Urgent Care Center for its quality and to place a trust on them, one can check for the qualification of the staff, whether they are certified or not so as to provide the services. Generally, these centers include highly trained, certified physicians, nurses, well-trained physician assistants and medical assistants. For professional specialization, the American Board of Urgent Care Medicine offers several short-term courses and programs for the doctors and nurses.

The Urgent Care Center Accreditation (UCCA) Program accomplishes the accreditation of urgent care centers by setting standards, measuring performance, and providing consultation and education where needed. The accreditation certificate is a symbol to others that an organization is dedicated to supplying high-quality care.

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Doctors Immediate Care offers low cost vaccinations. Please call your local office to make an appointment.

What vaccinations does Doctors Immediate Care provide?

Doctors Immediate Care can provide Hep B, HIB, DTaP, IPV, Prevnar, Rotatek, CBC and lead level, MMR, Varicella, Meningococcal , HPV #1, HPV #2, HPV #3, Gardasil, Zoster( Shingles).

Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy. They protect us from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Please call our offices to schedule an appointment.

Read answers to common questions to learn more about vaccine safety, the recommended schedule, how vaccines protect your child from 14 diseases by age two, and more.

Q: Are vaccines safe?

A: Yes. Vaccines are very safe. The United States’ long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. Currently, the United States has the safest vaccine supply in its history. Millions of children safely receive vaccines each year. The most common side effects are typically very mild, such as pain or swelling at the injection site.

Q: What are the side effects of the vaccines? How do I treat them?

A: Vaccines, like any medication, may cause some side effects. Most of these side effects are very minor, like soreness where the shot was given, fussiness, or a low-grade fever. These side effects typically only last a couple of days and are treatable. For example, you can apply a cool, wet washcloth on the sore area to ease discomfort.

Serious reactions are very rare. However, if your child experiences any reactions that concern you, call the doctor’s office.

Q: What are the risks and benefits of vaccines?

A: Vaccines can prevent infectious diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. Without vaccines, your child is at risk for getting seriously ill and suffering pain, disability, and even death from diseases like measles and whooping cough. The main risks associated with getting vaccines are side effects, which are almost always mild (redness and swelling at the injection site) and go away within a few days. Serious side effects after vaccination, such as a severe allergic reaction, are very rare and doctors and clinic staff are trained to deal with them. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children. The only exceptions to this are cases in which a child has a serious chronic medical condition like cancer or a disease that weakens the immune system, or has had a severe allergic reaction to a previous vaccine dose.

Q: Is there a link between vaccines and autism?

A: No. Scientific studies and reviews continue to show no relationship between vaccines and autism.

Some people have suggested that thimerosal (a compound that contains mercury) in vaccines given to infants and young children might be a cause of autism. Others have suggested that the MMR (measles- mumps-rubella) vaccine may be linked to autism. However, numerous scientists and researchers have studied and continue to study the MMR vaccine and thimerosal, and reach the same conclusion: there is no link between MMR vaccine or thimerosal and autism.

Q: Why do vaccines start so early?

A: The recommended schedule protects infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they come into contact with life-threatening diseases. Children receive immunization early because they are susceptible to diseases at a young age. The consequences of these diseases can be very serious, even life-threatening, for infants and young children.

Q: Haven’t we gotten rid of most of these diseases in this country?

A: Some vaccine-preventable diseases, like pertussis (whooping cough) and chickenpox, remain common in the United States. On the other hand, other diseases vaccines prevent are no longer common in this country because of vaccines. However, if we stopped vaccinating, the few cases we have in the United States could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases. Even though many serious vaccine-preventable diseases are uncommon in the United States, some are common in other parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with international travelers anywhere in your community. Children who don’t receive all vaccinations and are exposed to a disease can become seriously sick and spread it through a community.

Q: Why does my child need a chickenpox shot? Isn’t it a mild disease?

A: Your child needs a chickenpox vaccine because chickenpox can actually be a serious disease. In many cases, children experience a mild case of chickenpox, but other children may have blisters that become infected. Others may develop pneumonia. There is no way to tell in advance how severe your child’s symptoms will be.

Before vaccine was available, about 50 children died every year from chickenpox, and about 1 in 500 children who got chickenpox was hospitalized.

Q: My child is sick right now. Is it okay for her to still get shots?

A: Talk with your child’s doctor, but children can usually get vaccinated even if they have a mild illness like a cold, earache, mild fever, or diarrhea. If the doctor says it is okay, your child can still get vaccinated.

Q: What are the ingredients in vaccines and what do they do?

A: Vaccines contain ingredients that cause the body to develop immunity. Vaccines also contain very small amounts of other ingredients. All ingredients play necessary roles either in making the vaccine, or in ensuring that the final product is safe and effective.

Q: Don’t infants have natural immunity? Isn’t natural immunity better than the kind from vaccines?

A: Babies may get some temporary immunity (protection) from mom during the last few weeks of pregnancy, but only for diseases to which mom is immune. Breastfeeding may also protect your baby temporarily from minor infections, like colds. These antibodies do not last long, leaving your baby vulnerable to disease.

Natural immunity occurs when your child is exposed to a disease and becomes infected. It is true that natural immunity usually results in better immunity than vaccination, but the risks are much greater. A natural chickenpox infection may result in pneumonia, whereas the vaccine might only cause a sore arm for a couple of days.

Q: Can’t I just wait to vaccinate my baby, since he isn’t in child care, where he could be exposed to diseases?

A: No, even young children who are cared for at home can be exposed to vaccine preventable diseases, so it’s important for them to get all their vaccines at the recommended ages. Children can catch these illnesses from any number of people or places, including from parents, brothers or sisters, visitors to their home, on playgrounds or even at the grocery store. Regardless of whether or not your baby is cared for outside the home, she comes in contact with people throughout the day, some of whom may be sick but not know it yet.

If someone has a vaccine preventable disease, they may not have symptoms or the symptoms may be mild, and they can end up spreading disease to babies or young children.  Remember, many of these diseases can be especially dangerous to young children so it is safest to vaccinate your child at the recommended ages to protect her, whether or not she is in child care.

Q: Do I have to vaccinate my baby on schedule if I’m breastfeeding him?

A: Yes, even breastfed babies need to be protected with vaccines at the recommended ages. The immune system is not fully developed at birth, which puts newborns at greater risk for infections.

Breast milk provides important protection from some infections as your baby’s immune system is developing. For example, babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of ear infections, respiratory tract infections, and diarrhea. However, breast milk does not protect children against all diseases. Even in breastfed infants, vaccines are the most effective way to prevent many diseases. Your baby needs the long-term protection that can only come from making sure he receives all his vaccines according to the CDC’s recommended schedule.

Q: What’s wrong with delaying some of my baby’s vaccines if I’m planning to get them all eventually?

A: Young children have the highest risk of having a serious case of disease that could cause hospitalization or death. Delaying or spreading out vaccine doses leaves your child unprotected during the time when they need vaccine protection the most. For example, diseases such as Hib or pneumococcus almost always occur in the first 2 years of a baby’s life. And some diseases, like Hepatitis B and whooping cough (pertussis), are more serious when babies get them at a younger age. Vaccinating your child according to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule means you can help protect him at a young age.

Got a runny nose? Sneezing? The medical professionals at Doctor’s Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

What is a runny nose?

A runny nose is excess drainage produced by nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels in the nose. This drainage may range from a clear fluid to thick mucus. Runny nose drainage may run out of your nose, down the back of your throat or both.

The terms “rhinorrhea” and “rhinitis” are often used to refer to a runny nose. Strictly speaking though, rhinorrhea refers to a thin, relatively clear nasal discharge. Rhinitis refers to inflammation of the nasal tissues from a number of causes, which usually results in a runny nose.

Nasal congestion may or may not accompany runny nose.

Why do I suddenly have a runny nose?

Runny nose can be caused by anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. Infections such as the common cold and influenza. Allergies and various irritants may all cause a runny nose. Acute sinusitis or sinus infection can cause a runny nose.

How long does a runny nose last?

Usually there is no fever; in fact, fever and more severe symptoms may indicate that you have the flu rather than a cold. Cold symptoms typically last for about 3 days. At that point the worst is over, but you may feel congested for a week or more.

Why do I have runny nose every morning?

In most cases, when you have allergic rhinitis, you sneeze again and again, especially after you wake up in the morning. The drainage from a runny nose caused by allergies is usually clear and thin. But it may become thicker and cloudy or yellowish if you get a nasal or sinus infection.


If you think you may have asthma, or if you do have it, the medical professionals at Doctor’s Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow, swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.

Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with the medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.

What are the early symptoms of asthma?

– Frequent cough, especially at night
– Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
– Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
– Wheezing or coughing after exercise
– Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
– Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
– Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
– Trouble sleeping

Can asthma kill you?

Asthma is Serious. Asthma is a serious disease, and can kill if it is not treated the right way. One large study showed that in the children who died of asthma, one third of them had mild disease! When it is treated the right way, people with asthma can live normal, active lives.

Can asthma go away on its own?

The wheezing is treated just like asthma, but it goes away by itself, usually by age 5 or 6. Most kids who have symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath beyond that age are considered to have asthma, and they may always have it. But for about half of them, symptoms go away around adolescence.

How long do asthma attacks last?

The duration of an attack can vary, depending on what caused it and how long the airways have been inflamed. Mild episodes may last only a few minutes; more severe ones can last from hours to days. Mild attacks can resolve spontaneously or may require medication, typically a quick-acting inhaler.

What is the main cause of asthma?

Asthma triggers. Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste.

What are the symptoms of severe asthma?

A severe asthma attack can cause symptoms such as:

– Shortness of breath
– Can’t speak in full sentences
– Feel breathless even when you lie down
– Chest feels tight
– Bluish tint to your lips
– Feel agitated, confused, or can’t concentrate
– Hunched shoulders, strained abdominal and neck muscles
– Feel that you need to sit or stand up to breathe more easily


 

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What is a food allergy?

When you have a food allergy, your body thinks certain foods are trying to harm you. Your body fights back by setting off an allergic reaction. In most cases, the symptoms are mild—a rash, a stuffy nose, or an upset stomach. A serious reaction can be deadly.

Allergies tend to run in families. You’re more likely to have a food allergy if other people in your family have allergies like hay fever, asthma, or eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Food allergies are more common in children than adults. About 7 out of 100 kids have them but only about 2 out of 100 adults do. Children often outgrow their food allergies, but if you have a food allergy as an adult, you will most likely have it for life.

What are the symptoms?

Food allergies can cause many different symptoms. They can range from mild to serious. Your mouth may tingle, and your lips may swell. Other symptoms include:

•Cramps, an upset stomach, or diarrhea
•Itchy skin with red, raised bumps called hives
•Stuffy nose, wheezing, or shortness of breath
•Dizziness or lightheaded

Kids usually have the same symptoms as adults, but sometimes a small child will cry persistently, vomit, have diarrhea, or not grow as expected. If your child has any of these symptoms, see your doctor.

Some people have symptoms after eating even a tiny bit of food. As a rule, the sooner the reaction begins, the worse it will be:

•Your throat and tongue may swell quickly
•You may suddenly start wheezing or have trouble breathing
•You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit
•You may feel faint or pass out

Note: If you have (or see someone having) any of these symptoms, call 911 right away.

What foods most often cause a food allergy?

A few foods cause most allergies. A food that causes an allergy is called a food allergen. Usually it is the protein in a food that causes the problem.

•Eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, and fish cause most problems in children. Most kids outgrow allergies to milk, wheat, eggs, and soy by the time they are 5. But kids rarely outgrow an allergy to peanuts or fish.
•Peanuts, tree nuts (like walnuts or almonds), fish, and shellfish cause most problems in adults.
•If you are allergic to one food, you may also be allergic to other foods like it. So if you are allergic to peanuts, you may also be allergic to soybeans or peas.

How is a food allergy diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical exam. Your doctor will also ask what symptoms you have.

If your doctor thinks you could have a serious food allergy, you may have a skin test. The doctor will put a little bit of liquid on your skin and then prick your skin. The liquid has some of the possible food allergen in it. If your skin swells up like a mosquito bite, your doctor knows you are allergic to that food. Your doctor may also do blood tests to look for the chemicals in your blood that cause an allergic reaction.

How is a food allergy treated?

The best treatment is to never eat the foods you are allergic to. Learn to read food labels and spot other names for problem foods. For example, milk may be listed as “caseinate,” wheat as “gluten,” and peanuts as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein.” When you eat out or at other people’s houses, ask about the foods you are served

If you do eat a food you are allergic to, medicines can help. You may be able to stop a mild reaction by taking over-the-counter antihistamines. You may need prescription medicines if over-the-counter drugs don’t help or if they cause side effects, such as making you feel sleepy.

Next Steps

Poor health can significantly affect your life. Improve your life by creating good health habits. Call your local office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for evaluation and testing.

When to See an ENT Specialist 

Do you find it difficult to hear properly or do you feel pain in your ear? If you answered yes to any of the two questions, then it’s about time you go to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor also known as an Otolaryngologist. In the article below, we look at various scenarios.

We all know that an ENT focuses on problems concerning the ear, nose, and throat, but what specifically warrants a call to a qualified ENT?

What is an ENT?

Let’s start with the acronym basics:

Ear: Ear disorders, such as hearing impairment, ear infections, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus and pain in your ears are all conditions that should be assessed and treated by an ENT.

Nose: An ENT’s expertise includes the nose, nasal cavities and sinuses and problems affecting smell, breathing and physical appearance.

Throat: Conditions that affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing and digestion should all be addressed by an ENT.

An ENT’s role extends to issues surrounding the neck and head that are ENT-related. These include diseases, tumors, trauma, and deformities of the head, neck, and face. They can also perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to address issues in these areas. 

Signs You Should Visit An Ear, Nose And Throat Doctor

Sinus Pain

Your sinuses take up a large portion of your face and can become inflamed and very sore when problems are present. As such, if you experience sinus pain that lasts for a few days, then you should see an ENT specialist. Sinus pain includes pain in your face, ear, upper teeth region, and nose. Go and see your ENT doctor and they will diagnose the source of your sinus pain and find the best treatment plan for you. Read the rest of the article here.

Runny Nose 

Your nose will run when there is excess drainage produced by nasal tissues and blood vessels. This can happen due to irritants and inflammation from colds and allergies, from an infection such as sinusitis, or from a blockage in the nasal cavity. Drainage runs throughout your sinuses, so it can come out of your nose or down the back of your throat. 

An ENT doctor can talk to you about your symptoms and examine you to determine what’s causing your nose to run. Some conditions and corresponding treatments an ENT can offer include: Get complete information here…

Basically, any type of pain that you experience in your ears, nose, or throat qualifies as a reason for you to visit an ENT specialist. Most cases that ENTs receive are related to hearing loss. ENTs conduct various tests in order to diagnose a patient for hearing loss. In the following article, we will look at the tests in detail. 

5 Types of Hearing Tests

More than 48 million Americans have diagnosable hearing loss; according to the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, that’s roughly 15 percent of the American population. To diagnose hearing loss, an individual should schedule a visit with an audiologist.

Diagnosis occurs through hearing tests. There are five common tests audiologists use to diagnose a patient’s hearing loss. These tests include:

  • Pure-tone test
  • Speech test
  • Middle ear test
  • Auditory brainstem response
  • Otoacoustic emissions

Read about each test in detail by clicking here…

Once the tests are done, the doctor will prescribe appropriate medicine which will help a person in recovering. 

It is important for us to determine where pain or discomfort comes from. If the source of such is coming from the ears, nose, or throat, the person should book an appointment to see an ENT specialist.

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place from Dec 7-13th every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the NIVW in 2005 to highlight the significance of an influenza vaccine. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent this influenza referred as the flu. It typically peaks from December to February and last as late as May and it’s the peak-time to get the flu shot.

Vaccination to keep away from the Flu

The Flu viruses are spreading and the people are getting sick. If you don’t want to be one among them, then get the flu shot now to enjoy the year-round with your friends and family without the “flu fear”. Vaccination is the best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. It is very important to get the flu vaccine every year.

Who needs the Flu shot?

According to the CDC, everyone, from 6 months to older will have to get the vaccination to protect themselves against the contagious flu. Some children from 6 months through 8 years will require two doses for complete protection. And the Children of this age group who are getting the shot for the first time should get two doses spaced at least 28 days apart. Your child’s Doctor can better tell you if your child requires two doses.

Types of Flu Vaccine

There are several options for this 2014-15 season:

The Trivalent flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and influenza B virus.
The Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and influenza B virus.
Ask your Doctor to know which vaccine to get.

Where can I get the Vaccination?
If your doctor’s office is closed, you can find the nearest locations where the flu shots are available like local health department or pharmacy. You can use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to trace the nearest flu vaccine location by simply entering the zip code.

Check if you are at High Risk

The flu related complications can lead to one’s death. The People at high risk include:

• Pregnant women
• People with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, heart disease.
• Children under 5 years, and those of 65 years and older
• People living in nursing homes and such long-term care facility
• People around those who are at high risk like health care workers, household contacts
• And also caregivers

CDC has a complete list of the people who are at high risk of serious flu related complications, check hereand also check here if you should get vaccinated.

Get your flu shot today! Get it to live the year-round happily with your loved ones, without the “flu fear”.


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When you get sick and are in need of urgent care you only want the quickest service available in your area, whether its during the week or weekend, care becomes an urgency no matter what.

A trip to an immediate care clinic is just what the doctor ordered.

Immediate care facilities are more popular and becoming known for assisting those with an urgency by walking in and waiting. Most are equipped with state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat most minor injuries and sicknesses.

To Wait or Not to Wait

When a patient is feeling sick, they do not want to wait hours and hours to see a doctor at an emergency room, and immediate care clinic is your best choice by searching for an urgent care clinic near you, you can get the immediate care within minutes.

Most immediate care facilities are equipped to handle most minor sicknesses of life in and out in a hurry. Search Doctors Immediate care near you, they have facilities that are perfect for the times in life when stitches are required for a cut and any non life threatening emergency happens, when broken bones must be treated and you need a few stitches.

When minutes matter, and you need non emergency immediate care, seek help at an urgent care facility like Doctors Immediate Care because that is all you may have time for.

Find a Location Near You

With many locations in the greater Chicago area, you’ll find clinics in Lombard, Lisle and Lincolnwood areas for immediate assistance.

Immediate care facilities are equipped with state of the art equipment to diagnosis and treat the minor injuries and sicknesses that make life a problem. When a patient is feeling bad, they do not want to wait hours and hours to see a doctor at an emergency room.

Instead, most immediate care facilities are equipped to deliver the minor sicknesses of life in and out in a hurry. Immediate care facilities are also perfect for the times in life when stitches are required for a cut.

Immediate care facilities are also excellent for the times in life when broken bones must be treated.

Urgent care facilities, on the other hand, are important for the minor sicknesses and quick visits.

When minutes matter, and you need non emergency immediate care, seek help at an urgent care facility like Doctors Immediate Care because that is all you may have time for.

Has a cold got you down? The medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

How does a cold start?
It usually begins with a sore throat or sneezing, and before you know it, you’ve also got these symptoms:

Runny nose (clear and watery)
Sneezing
Fatigue
Cough

You usually don’t get a fever with a cold. If you do, it may be a sign you’ve got the flu or an infection with a bacteria.

What is the first sign of a cold?

The first sign of a cold is usually a sore or irritated throat and is typically followed by early symptoms such as a headache, chilliness or lethargy. These develop quickly and can last one to two days. During the first few days, your nose may also start to run.

How long does a cold last for?

Cold symptoms usually start 2 or 3 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. People with colds are most contagious for the first 3 or 4 days after the symptoms begin and can be contagious for up to 3 weeks. Although some colds can linger for as long as 2 weeks, most clear up within a week.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

How does a cold start?

This can happen by direct physical contact with someone who has a cold, or by touching a surface contaminated with their germs and then touching your nose or mouth. You can also catch it from infected droplets in the air released by a sneeze or a cough.

How do you know you re getting a cold?

Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:

1. Runny or stuffy nose
2. Sore throat
3. Cough
4. Congestion
5. Slight body aches or a mild headache
6. Sneezing
7. Low-grade fever
8. Generally feeling unwell (malaise)


Types of Physical Exams

Your primary care provider (PCP) conducts regular tests to determine the status of your overall health. One can discuss changes or problems during those meetings with your PCP. In the following article, let’s look at various types of Physical exams.

Primary care health screening

Many students schedule a periodic physical exam to check on their health. Primary care health screenings are covered by the student health fee and has no charge.

Third-party-requested physical exam

This is a physical examination required by a third party, usually a potential employer or a study abroad program. This type of physical is not covered by the student health fee and has an additional charge. If lab tests or immunizations are required to complete this physical, there is also a charge for those.

Peace Corps physical exam

This is a specific type of third-party physical with an extensive physical exam. It is not covered by the student health fee and has an additional charge. There is also a charge for any immunizations required to complete the exam. Read the complete article here…

The next question which arises is what exactly happens during the Physical exam?

What are the areas of your body that the examiner inspects? In the following article, we look at it in detail.

The Physical Examination and Health Assessment

Many people who visit the doctor or health care provider’s office wonder: “What are they doing?”, “What are they looking for?” During a physical examination, there are many things that your health care provider may be looking for as they are gathering cues and clues during the short time you are in the office. Some of the clues are based on the spoken information that you provide, or they may be based on physical examination findings.

During a health assessment, diagnosing an illness, disorder, or a condition is like a puzzle. Diagnosis often includes laboratory studies, radiology studies to look at certain organs, and the physical exam itself.  This process is called data collection. Before modern technology, it was important for health care providers to perfect their physical examination techniques, because x-ray machines, scanners, and echocardiograms were non-existent.

In a physical examination, there are many things that your health care provider can find out by using their hands to feel (palpate), stethoscope and ears to listen, and eyes to see.  Findings that are present on the physical exam may by themselves diagnose, or be helpful to diagnose, many diseases. The components of a physical exam include:

Physical Examination and Inspection

Your examiner will look at, or “inspect” specific areas of your body for normal color, shape and consistency. Certain findings on “inspection” may alert your health care provider to focus other parts of the physical exam on certain areas of your body. For example, your legs may be swollen. Your health care provider will then pay special attention to the common things that cause leg swelling, such as extra fluid caused by your heart, and use this information to help them make a diagnosis.  Common areas that are inspected may include:

  • Your skin – to look for bruising, cuts, moles or lumps
  • Your face and eyes – to see if they are even and “normal”
  • Your neck veins – to see if these are bulging, distended (swollen)
  • Your chest and abdomen (stomach area) – to see if there are any masses, or bulges
  • Your legs – to see if there are any swelling
  • Your muscles – to check for good muscle tone
  • Your elbows and joints – check for swelling and inflammation, if any deformities are present. Click here to know more…
  • Once your physical examination is done then it’s time to wait for reports and an update from your doctor.

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