Why Test for HIV?
HIV testing shows whether a person has HIV. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 13 to 64 years old get tested for HIV at least once and that people at high risk of infection get tested more often.
What are the risk factors for HIV?
Risk factors for HIV infection include having unprotected sex (sex without a condom) with someone who is HIV positive or whose HIV status you don’t know, having sex with many partners, and injecting drugs and sharing needles, syringes, or other drug equipment with others.
The CDC recommends that all pregnant women get tested for HIV as early as possible during each pregnancy.
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.
Urine drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. It can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs. The medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care can administer these tests for you. Please call our offices to make an appointment.
Why Urine drug test?
There are a number of different bodily specimens that can be chemically tested to detect evidence of recent drug use. Although some state laws dictate which types of tests can be used, a number of options are technologically feasible. Urine is the most commonly used specimen when testing for illicit drugs.
The results of a urine test show the presence or absence of drug metabolites in a person’s urine. Metabolites are drug residues that remain in the body for some time after the effects of a drug have worn off. It’s important to note that a positive urine test does not necessarily mean a person was under the influence of drugs at the time of the test. Rather, it detects and measures use of a particular drug within the previous few days and has become the defacto evidence of current use.
Because alcohol passes rapidly through the system, urine tests must be conducted very quickly after alcohol consumption to ensure any degree of accuracy. For this reason, urine tests are generally not helpful in detecting alcohol use as opposed to illicit and prescription drug use, which is more easily traced in urine.
Advantages of Urgent Care over Emergency Room
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.
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.
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.
Doctors Immediate Care is pleased to provide comprehensive travel medicine to our patients who travel internationally. Immunization and medication prescriptions are available on-site. The services are rendered based on CDC recommendations, individual health status and travel circumstances.
Make copies of your passport, air tickets, all credit cards you take with you, and any other documents to facilitate reporting a loss and replacing them. If you are planning on traveling outside the country, there are many things you need to prepare in addition to Passports and visas. You would also need to get vaccinated as it’s required by most countries before you travel.
What types of travel vaccines are there?
Travel vaccines are divided into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. Requirements for each country are different. Plus, there are different schedules for adults and children. The physicians at Doctors Immediate Care can advise you as to which ones you should have. It’s important to remember that most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks. A traveler who is not vaccinated is at risk for infection.
You may need additional vaccines if you are travelling outside the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information to assist travelers and their healthcare providers in deciding which vaccines, medications, and other measures are necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.Visit CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/travel or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
What is B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, also known as cobalamin.
It plays a vital role in brain function and the production of DNA and red blood cells.
Chemically, vitamin B12 can exist in a number of different forms, but all of them contain the mineral cobalt.
The vitamin can be stored in the liver for a long time, so it may take a few years for a deficiency to develop.
Why are people B12 deficient?
The recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin B12 is 6 micrograms per day.
Deficiency is common, especially in people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
In fact, it’s thought that up to 90% of people following these diets have a deficiency.
This is because B12 is only found naturally in animal foods.
However, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who are deficient. Even some meat eaters don’t absorb it very well.
Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 depends on a protein produced in your stomach, called intrinsic factor.
Intrinsic factor binds to vitamin B12, so that you can absorb it into the blood. People who don’t produce enough intrinsic factor can become deficient.
If you believe you have a sexually transmitted disease, (STD) it’s important to be tested and get proper treatment right away. The board certified physicians at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment today.
The STD Lab Panel contains the following tests:
- Chlamydia Test
- Gonorrhea Test
- HIV-1 Antibodies Test
- Syphilis Test
- Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type I
- Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type II
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis B Core Antibodies Total
- Hepatitis C Antibody
Insured Patients – Some or all of included services may be covered by your insurance plan. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment. As a courtesy, we will file a claim on your behalf to insurance companies we are in-network with.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
These STDs often co-exist in the same infected individual and can be passed simultaneously to a sexual partner. Since treatment for each of these conditions may differ, it’s an excellent medical practice to test for both if either one is suspected. Furthermore, these serious STDs may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, if they are not treated, they can cause pain and serious health problems, such as arthritis and infertility.
Syphilis is a serious bacterial infection. It’s usually passed from one person to another by sexual contact. If it’s not treated, syphilis can lead to permanent brain, nerve, and tissue damage.
Genital herpes is a common STD caused by a virus. The virus is called the herpes simplex virus or HSV. It causes painful blisters that break open and form sores in the genital area.
HIV-1 Infection and AIDS
HIV is the abbreviation used for the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), a life-threatening disease.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver. The liver becomes inflamed and tender. It may also become swollen. Areas of liver tissue may be destroyed by the inflammation. Hepatitis B is a serious, sometimes severe and even fatal type of hepatitis. In addition to being a sexually transmitted disease (STD), Hepatitis B is a blood-borne pathogen and exposure to the blood of an infected person may result in infection.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver. The liver becomes inflamed. Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. The virus is spread mainly through contact with infected blood. Sometimes it’s spread through sexual contact.
Companies need health care solutions that are both effective and affordable
At Doctors Immediate Care, we understand this, and strive to provide quality care at the lowest prices. Our process works by employing tactics and procedures that reduce the amount of time spent off the job, while minimizing medical expenses.
Occupational health problems that occur on the job can include:
- Cuts, broken bones, sprains and strains
- Loss of limbs
- Repetitive motion disorders
- Hearing problems caused by exposure to noise
- Vision problems
- Illness caused by breathing, touching, or swallowing unsafe substances
- Illness caused by exposure to radiation
- Exposure to germs in health care settings
In business, having a healthy workforce is vital to a company’s success. Small health issues can develop into larger concerns when they lead to missed work, injury on the job, lower efficiency and loss of income. Keeping employees healthy impacts the bottom line and helps companies large and small maximize their potential for greater success.
Doctors Immediate care is your partner in creating healthy employees. If you’re interested in learning more about the Occupational Medicine program at Doctors Immediate Care, please connect with our team to schedule a meeting and get more information.