Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the USA

Medical records in the USA show that there has been an increase in the number of people who contracted Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in 2018. The following paragraphs tackle the rising numbers of STD/STI rates.

The CDC has found that STD rates increased for the fourth year in a row, hitting a new record high in the United States, NPR reported. According to the article, the CDC reported nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2017, which is an increase of 200,000 cases over the previous year. Chlamydia remained the most common sexually transmitted disease, with more than 1.7 million reported cases, the article stated. According to health officials, gonorrhea cases increased 67% between 2013 and 2017, and syphilis increased by 76% over those 4 years. For full article, click here…

By twelfth grade, 65% of high school students will have engaged in sexual intercourse, and one in five sexually active teens will have had four or more sexual partners. These numbers continue to rise after high school. Teenagers and young adults are a vulnerable population because they make decisions and act in ways that put them at greater risk for STIs.

Young people are more likely than any other age group to:

  • Have multiple sex partners
  • Engage in unprotected sex
  • Use drugs and alcohol at high rates
  • Engage in high risk behaviors while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

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Many sexually transmitted infections have no symptoms, but can still be passed from person to person. A lot of people who have an STI do not even know it. They may look healthy, and still have an STI. The only way to know for sure is to get tested – to have regular sexual health screenings by your health care provider.

Signs and Symptoms of STDs / STIs:

Patient may develop lesions near groins, and over genitals, severe pain on urination, for being in contact with a person inflicted with sexually Transmitted Disease or develop pain during intercourse.

In case of women, these symptoms may not be visible, or they may face abdominal pain and fever as well. People who have willingness to have regular sex are advised to go in for preventive care tests for right identification periodically. You can knock the doors of Doctors Immediate Care for a perfect clinical analysis, lab testing, and follow-up for the existing problems of STD testing.

Most people refuse to get tested due to fear of the results. This is the reason why several individuals get on with their lives not knowing that they have contracted an infection or a disease that is sexually transmitted. It is important for people who are sexually active to get tested regularly because it would ensure that your health and well-being are secured. The article below provides some tips on how to reduce stress and worry while waiting for your test results.

What you can do:

It can help to remember that worry and anxiety are emotional issues and there are things you can try that can help you manage your emotions when you are worrying a lot.

  • Stop looking for more answers on the Internet: Searching the INTERNET for information can often make your anxiety worse because it is full of information that is outdated or incorrect. Getting the wrong information can increase your worry.
  • Try deep breathing and breath counting: Bring your attention to your breath; breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in, push the air down deep into your stomach. Slow down and count the rhythm of your breath. Read full article here…

Why approach us for STD Testing and other Tests?

Some insurance plans do not cover your STD testing and this may create additional expenses for you. Doctors Immediate Care has made full arrangements for the people to get tested without any embarrassment, or shell-out money in plenty. When your insurance claims for STD testing, Drug Screening, or Alcohol Screening are not met by insurer, then the best way is to buy Self-pay patients coupons, or Health Pass schemes to gain benefit from us on money and time. Our hospital care solutions have tied up with other lab testing institutes who promise us to extend high quality service at an affordable cost. This benefit is something that Doctors Immediate Care extends to you too.

When you are traveling abroad, the US law makes it mandatory to those travelers to have vaccinations done accordingly. In such case, our vaccination center provides all necessary travel shots or flu shots during flu season to prevent communicative diseases. Our full time physicians are board certified, practice effective patient management, and never ask for any unnecessary tests that would increase your medical expenses.

Sensitive tests, such as drug screening or alcohol screening can be provided for lesser costs. We maintain total transparency in billing sections and keep your medical records confidential. For more details on our services you can just click on us.

Got body aches? The medical professionals at Doctor’s Immediate Care can help. Call the office in your location to make an appointment.

Body aches, pains, soreness, and tenderness can affect one, two, or many parts of the body. It also may feel like your entire body is painful or tender to the touch.

Body aches and pains can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.


Why is my whole body aching?

Hyperstimulation can cause the body’s muscles to remain tight even though the immediate threat has passed. Headaches, muscle pain, muscle tension, tight muscles, body aches and pains, and stiffness are all common symptoms of stress-response hyperstimulation. This can also be a cause of persistent body aches and pains.

Why does my body ache and I feel tired all the time?

Chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition that causes you to feel exhausted and weak, no matter how much rest or sleep you get. It often causes insomnia. Because your body doesn’t feel rested or replenished, CFS can also cause aches in the muscles and joints throughout your body.

What can cause unexplained muscle pain?

The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. Systemic muscle pain or pain throughout your whole body is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication. Common causes of muscle pain include: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome.


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.


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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Are you experiencing the symptoms of diabetes, or have you been diagnosis and in need of a doctor’s care? The physicians at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.

What is the goal of treatment?

The major goal in treating diabetes is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar (glucose) without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is treated first with weight reduction, a diabetic diet, and exercise. When these measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars, oral medications are used. If oral medications are still insufficient, treatment with insulin is considered. Adherence to a diabetic diet is an important aspect of controlling elevated blood sugar in patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has provided guidelines for a diabetic diet. The ADA diet is a balanced, nutritious diet that is low in fat, cholesterol, and simple sugars. The total daily calories are evenly divided into three meals. In the past two years, the ADA has lifted the absolute ban on simple sugars. Small amounts of simple sugars are allowed when consumed with a complex meal.

Therapies

Weight reduction and exercise are important treatments for diabetes. Weight reduction and exercise increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, thus helping to control blood sugar elevations.

Popular medications for type 2 diabetes are designed to:

•Increase the sensitivity (response) of cells to insulin, •Increase the insulin output by the pancreas, •Decrease the amount of glucose released from the liver, •Decrease the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine, •Slow emptying of the stomach to delay the presentation of carbohydrates for digestion and absorption in the small intestine.

The Popular Therapy for type 2 diabetes, consideration should be given to:

•The magnitude of change in blood sugar control that each medication will provide •Other coexisting medical conditions (high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) •Adverse effects of the therapy •Contraindications to therapy •Issues that may affect compliance (timing of medication, frequency of dosing); and •Cost to the patient and the healthcare system. It’s important to remember that if a drug can provide more than one benefit such as lowering blood sugar and have a beneficial effect on cholesterol it should be preferred. It’s also important to bear in mind that the cost of drug therapy is relatively small compared to the cost of managing the long-term complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes. Varying combinations of medications also are used to correct abnormally elevated levels of blood glucose in diabetes. As the list of medications continues to expand, treatment options for type 2 diabetes can be better tailored to meet an individual needs. Not every patient with type 2 diabetes will benefit from every drug, and not every drug is suitable for each patient. Patients with type 2 diabetes should work closely with their physicians to achieve goals that provides the greatest benefits while minimizing risks. Patients with diabetes should never forget the importance of diet and exercise. The control of diabetes starts with a healthy lifestyle regardless of what medications are being used. 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.  

Young doctor and his assistant preparing a botox treatment around the eyes of a mature woman lying on a table in a beauty clinic

Doctors Immediate Care Inc provides Botox cosmetic treatments. Call your local office to make an appointment.

Why Botox?

Men and women alike experience the break down of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin causing facial lines and wrinkles. After many years of laughing, squinting, frowning and smoking, the skin around the eyes, mouth and forehead will begin to develop expression lines. These lines can make you look older, tired and stressed. Up until recently these lines have been very hard to treat effectively. Now there’s BOTOX cosmetic, which minimizes the facial motion that is creating these wrinkles.

Benefits

The greatest benefit to injectables like BOTOX is that the results are instant. You don’t have to wait weeks or months to see the dramatic effects!

How long does it last?

BOTOX will noticeably improve lines within 2-3 days and will last for four months. Some patients choose to regularly schedule BOTEX injections every four months, while others chose to get BOTEX treatments for special occasions or once or twice a year.

On which areas of the face and body do you use Botox?

The most common areas are the glabellar line (between the eyebrows), the forehead, and around the eyes. Not only does Botox minimize the appearance of lines, it also lifts the eyebrows to open the eyes.

 

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What To Understand About Arthritis and How To Deal With It

Arthritis affects the people of all ages. The common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness that may vary over time. Arthritis makes life painful, causing trouble in physical activities and get worse with age leading to disabilities.

Regardless of age or sex arthritis can cripple anyone. Although, nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children have fallen victim to arthritis in America, most people are little aware about this disease and the type of arthritis they suffer.

Osteoarthritis or degenerate arthritis:

It is one of the most common forms of arthritis affecting millions across the world. When the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears away, it rubs against one another and commonly causes pain in the joints of knees, hands, hips and spine. There is no any common cure for Osteoarthritis. You can control its effect only by:

  •  Maintaining a healthy weight
  •  Regular physical activity balancing rest
  •  Avoiding excessive and repetitive movements.
  •  Using other therapies and treatment.

Inflammatory arthritis:

When human immune systems mistakenly attack the joints and body tissues it is called rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis. Besides attacking the joints it can affect other organs and parts of the body like eyes, skin, lungs and blood vessels. The symptoms get worse over time with the progress of the disease.

Infectious or septic Arthritis:

It is often caused by the infection of bacteria or viruses into your joints. Joints may become infected with germs or viruses travel through the bloodstream or directly through any injuries. Prompt treatment is necessary to clear the joint infection and prevent the spreading of infection.

Metabolic Arthritis:

The Human body produces uric acid and sometimes its amount increases more than the required. The extra amount of uric acid remains within the body because the body can’t discharge it quickly enough. It creates some needle like crystals in the joint, causing sudden episodic joint paint. It’s also called Gout attack. Controlling the uric acid level in your blood is the only way to get rid of Gout.

Is there any possible prevention?

Research is still underway to find a solution of Arthritis. Right now, it is a kind of disease where true prevention seems to be impossible. However, one can reduce the effect of arthritis and can slow down its progress by taking some caution.

  •  Maintain a healthy weight with regular physical activity.
  •  Eat healthy food, eat less, and do more aerobic exercise.
  •  Water exercises are best for arthritis sufferers.
  •  Quit smoking and drinking alcohol specially those who suffers Gout.
  •  Avoiding excessive and repetitive movements .
  •  Strengthening the muscles around the join for added support.
  •  Use some therapies and medication to help reduce pain and inflammation.
  •  Don’t delay to see a doctor if you have joint symptoms.

These are the things that can be done to preserve joint function and regain pleasure in life with no more pain. Arthritis is the no 1 reason causing disability among many people across the world. It might seem simple or its symptoms may not be severe for you during the initial period. But at any point of time it shouldn’t be ignored and it’s a good idea to visit your doctor as early as possible.

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7 Questions When Choosing an Urgent Care

It’s time to go to Urgent Care when your regular doctor is not available. Urgent care centers treat those injuries which are serious enough but do not fall under the purview of an emergency department. In the article below, we try to answer questions related to Immediate Care.

With over 7,000 urgent care centers across the U.S., it goes without saying that the urgent care market is booming. And it’s easy to see the appeal. As health care costs continue to rise, urgent care facilities provide an attractive alternative to the high price tags and long waits at emergency rooms.

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In our Northern Colorado stomping grounds, the exponentially rising population is only adding fuel to the already roaring urgent care industry – spurring the development of more urgent care and related facilities that range from hospital-affiliated and independent urgent care centers to retail clinics and freestanding ERs.

(Fun fact: the Front Range now has 50 freestanding ER departments, the third largest number of these facilities in the nation.)

With this overwhelming proliferation of options in our area, it can be difficult and downright confusing for patients to know where to go for fast, convenient, and affordable urgent care services. More info here… Now you know the questions which you should ask.

The next question to answer is: “Under which circumstances should you visit Urgent Care?” Let’s look at the same in detail below.

Reasons To Visit Urgent Care

Working to feel your best every day is just one thing you’ll want to do. The key to making this possible is by addressing certain medical conditions as these arise. It’s ideal to visit an urgent care in your area if you have a health emergency so you can get immediate attention. Being aware of some common reasons to do so may be helpful.

Ear problems

Suddenly not being able to hear as well as you once did may create a great deal of anxiety for you. This could be due to many factors, but it’s possible you may need to have the wax removed from your ear canal.

Seeing a professional to get this done is one of the things an urgent care provider can do, and you may leave hearing and feeling a lot better once you do so. Read more here…

Choosing to go to an Urgent Care facility instead of the Emergency Room has its perks. However, you have to be careful in assessing whether your illness or injury really requires Urgent Care attention or if it is life-threatening.

Here are some things that people who visit Urgent Care clinics enjoy:

Shorter wait times

Wait times at most urgent care clinics average between 10-35 minutes, with many having less than a 15- to 20-minute wait time. This is significant. According to Pro Publica, the average length of time that people in the US spend in the emergency department—from when they get to the ER to discharge/admissions—is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Many urgent care locations also offer online check-in and calling ahead, much like making an appointment with a primary care physician the day of. Where once people would bear through a flu to avoid long wait times, meaning staying sicker longer and missing more work, the convenience of urgent cares have made this unnecessary.

Lower costs

There is a significant difference between costs for outpatient care at urgent cares vs. emergency departments at hospitals. In fact, ER hospital visits are 4x more expensive than most urgent care treatments for non-life threatening illnesses. See full article here…

Knowing about Urgent Care clinics and the benefits of going there instead of the Emergency Room can make a lot of difference when it comes to expenses and the waiting time that you have to allocate in order to get treated. However, it is important to stress that lowering possible costs should not be at the expense of the person’s health. Remember: assess the situation wisely!

Related resources:

13 Things Urgent Care Center Docs Won’t Tell You
Urgent care centers grow with demand for convenience
5 Major Advantages of Urgent Care Over Hospital ER’s

 

 

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.

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