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The Proper Care and Keeping of Scabs

Most people have experienced scabs before, and scabs are generally good indicators that a wound is healing. The thick crust may not be attractive, but it provides temporary shelter for the healing and growth going on underneath.

Scabs can be positive signs of healing, but some wounds do not form scabs unless they dry out. It is typically a better sign if a scab does not form at all. Of course, some wounds simply can’t be helped and will form scabs on their own.

Scabs are a combination of dead skin cells, dried blood, dead bacteria, and serum. They provide a protective barrier, but they also need to be taken care of properly to avoid issues like infection and scarring.

This guide will walk you through some ways you can take care of your body in order to promote proper healing of scabs.

Common Health Hazards of Outdoor Music Festivals

For many music lovers, summer can mark the beginning of a months-long parade of outdoor festivals, block parties and other musical events. Seeing your favorite bands and performers live can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and dedicated festival-goers may begin blocking out their work and social calendars months in advance, as soon as tour dates are announced.

However, nothing can ruin the ambiance of a jam-packed festival more quickly than injury or illness, and when you’re dancing and drinking under the hot sun with tens (or hundreds) of thousands of other festival-goers, you may be at greater risk.

Read on to learn more about some common health hazards that can strike at the least opportune time, as well as how you can best treat any problems that arise.

When You Should Choose Urgent Care

Anyone who’s ever gone to an emergency room with a relatively minor medical condition has likely experienced the frustration of being forced to wait. Unfortunately, in some cases, this may deter you from seeking out care in the future, and you could end up trying to handle a situation yourself that requires more hands-on treatment.

Rather than allowing yourself to slip between the cracks and fall into an unfortunate situation in which you’re not receiving the treatment you need, it is important that you open your eyes to alternative options like an urgent care center.

Urinary Tract Infections: From Mild to Severe

It doesn’t matter what your age is: adults, teens, children, and even newborns can develop urinary tract infections (UTIs). But once you recognize the symptoms, you need to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible to prevent complications. Waiting too long to seek medical care gives the bacteria time to spread upward to the kidneys or into the bloodstream, from which it can travel to other vital organs of the body.

When Your Cold Isn’t a Cold: Signs You Need Further Treatment

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The most widespread illness in America is the common cold. You’ve probably had a cold a couple of times each year for as long as you can remember. Because the cold is so common, however, many people can dismiss the progression of more serious symptoms that require urgent care and medication.

You don’t want to go to the emergency room only to be diagnosed with a bad cold, so urgent care is usually the best bet if you are starting to think your cold is more serious than your first thought. Here are some signs that indicate your cold is more than a cold and that you should seek medical care.

Foot Injury: Is It Sprained or Broken?

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If you’ve experienced a foot injury and now have trouble putting any weight on your foot at all without pain, you might be wondering if you need additional emergency care. Feet are very complex. It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you’ve simply sprained your foot or if you’ve actually fractured one of the bones because both injuries cause swelling and bruises. 

This guide should help you know how to tell which is which and what care you should seek. Broken bones can be addressed at your local urgent care facility, and sometimes even sprains should be examined by a doctor, depending on how serious they are. 

Symptoms of Cellulitis

Could That Bump Be a Staph Infection? 6 Symptoms of Cellulitis

Skin irritations come in numerous shapes, sizes, and textures. If you have a history of acne, eczema, or another chronic skin condition, you may not think twice when you notice a new bump.

But when a bump exhibits symptoms that aren’t at all what you expect from common skin irritations, you may wonder if the sore could come from a more serious condition.

Bumps, rashes, or sores can indicate the presence of a bacterial infection. In this blog, we’ll discuss six symptoms of one of the most common types of bacterial skin infection: cellulitis.

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Avoid Medical Debt: Why Choosing Urgent Care Is the Smartest Choice for Your Wallet

When you need medical care but your doctor’s office is closed, the ER seems like the only option. The combination of the high cost and long wait and billing time can result in thousands of dollars in medical debt for emergency-room patrons. Even medications and minor consultations cost hundreds of dollars.

You can save money and avoid stressful medical bills by choosing urgent care instead.

Signs of Headache

Have a Headache? 7 Signs You Should Seek Medical Care

For many people, headaches are a normal, occasional part of life caused by innocuous circumstances like a change in stress or barometric pressure. These everyday headaches often respond to hydration, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication.

But a serious, sudden headache may not respond to at-home care options. If your headache persists in spite of your at-home efforts or exhibits any of the following seven symptoms, seek professional medical care.