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Bites and Stings | Premier Urgent Care Centers of California, Inc.

Spending time outdoors can increase your risk of getting bitten or stung by pesky insects. While many bites or stings are generally nothing more than an annoyance, in some cases they can be serious or even life-threatening. Whether you are bitten by mosquitoes, bees, or spiders, keep these dos and don’ts in mind.

  1. Do Be Aware of the Signs of an Allergic Reaction 

Minor itching, swelling, and skin irritation are common with many types of bug bites. Generally, these symptoms may be treated using a topical anti-itch cream or antihistamine. However, an allergic reaction is very serious and possibly life-threatening.

What Is Rheumatic Fever?

Rheumatic fever develops as an inflammatory reaction to illnesses like strep throat and scarlet fever. The reaction comes from failing to treat these infections adequately. You might not even notice the signs of rheumatic fever until you have had it for weeks.

Do you think you might have rheumatic fever? This guide will help you learn more about the condition as well as what you should do about it.

What Are the Symptoms of Rheumatic Fever?

Rheumatic fever symptoms typically emerge within four weeks of experiencing the symptoms of strep throat. The symptoms of strep throat include sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and nausea.

Summer Colds and Flu: What You Need to Know

The summer means sun, warm weather, and beach vacations. The winter chill may have left the air, but that doesn’t mean the cold and flu have gone away. Even though these respiratory viruses tend to be more common in the winter months, you can still get sick in the summer too.

What do you need to know about a summer cold or flu? If you’re feeling stuffy, have a sore throat, have a fever, or are experiencing similar symptoms, take a look at how to care for yourself when sick during the summer months.

Panic Attacks and Urgent Care

When you have never had a panic attack before, the symptoms may feel like a lot like a heart attack. You may have no idea what is happening to you, which is absolutely frightening. After all, nobody expects to suddenly feel like they can’t move and can’t breathe.

While a panic attack may feel pretty scary, it is harmless most of the time. The problem is that frequent panic attacks may be a sign of a bigger medical issue. Some people require medication to manage panic attacks and the symptoms that come with them.

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.