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Skin Irritation: Why Are You Red and Itchy?

You’re red, itchy, and have bumps all over your body. What’s going on? Chances are, you’re having some sort of dermal (skin) reaction. The key is figuring out if it’s an allergy, lack of moisture or something more serious.

Pruritus, the clinical name for itchy skin, is a major pain — literally. But it’s not the only irritation that patients present with.

Unless your red, itchy skin is accompanied by serious symptoms such as swelling, difficulty breathing or the feeling that your throat is closing up, a trip to the ER probably isn’t necessary. Keep in mind, those serious symptoms (swelling, difficulty breathing) often indicate a medical emergency. Whether you have a diagnosed allergy or not, get professional medical attention immediately.

When your skin condition is uncomfortable, but not severe, an urgent care clinic can help. What types of skin issues do these clinics routinely see? Take a look at the irritations that often irk patients.

5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Flu

Flu season typically winds down once spring comes, but in a late-March report, the CDC reported that the 2018 flu season is raging on with a second wave of illness. This means the risk of illness has not passed for you or for your family members.

It’s still important to do all you can to protect yourself from the influenza virus, and the first step towards protection is knowledge. Here are five key facts everyone should know about the flu.

  1. Influenza Is Primarily a Respiratory Illness

Many people like to say that they have the flu when they’re dealing with an upset stomach. While stomach bugs are sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, this is not actually influenza.

Feeling Sick? Signs You Should Go to Urgent Care

When you just aren’t feeling well, you may find yourself wondering what you should do about your symptoms. Many people tend to just suffer through their illness to see if it will go away on its own.

However, there are some symptoms that should be cause for concern and should send you to urgent care as soon as possible. Get to know some of these signs and symptoms. Then, you can head to urgent care when you are struggling with these issues.

6 Signs That a Burn Needs Medical Attention

Minor burns are a fact of life for anyone who cooks, lights candles, or enjoys fresh air and sunlight. Many of these smaller burns can be treated at home with cool water and a sterile bandage.

However, burns that are not properly cared for are at high risk of serious infection so it’s important to know the difference between a burn that you can handle at home and one that requires professional medical attention.

In this blog, we list six signs that you should see a doctor for your burn.

Does Your Cut Require Urgent Care Or The ER? Ways To Tell

When you cut yourself, whether you are out playing sports or you are in the kitchen with a knife, it can be a frightening and worrisome experience. What can be even more troublesome is trying to determine where you should go to get your cut looked at and treated.

If you have a cut and are trying to decide whether you should go to an urgent care clinic or the emergency room, get to know more about some of the ways you can tell. Then you can get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

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


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.

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