Beating the Flu Blues

So you got your flu shot. You’re always careful about washing your hands. You take good care of your health generally, eating well and getting plenty of exercise and sleep.

And you still got the flu.

It’s not fun, but with the right care, you can get through this bump in the road. Here are a few tips to help make your time under the weather a little more pleasant – and with any luck, a little shorter as well.

Get Plenty of Rest

There’s no magic cure for the flu, but rest is the closest thing we have to it. If you can, take a few days off from school or work. Park yourself on the couch and just relax. Think of this as an opportunity to finish reading that book, binge-watch your favorite show, or simply recover from the holidays.

Don’t Spread the Misery!

Whenever you interact with others, try not to get them sick. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use hand sanitizer often, and disinfect all surfaces as frequently as you can. And when all else fails, simply keep your distance from other people.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Don’t worry – you can drink far more than just water. Most fruit juices and sports drinks are a great way to get more fluids. Pick your favorite flavor and enjoy. The old standby, chicken noodle soup, is also a great way to increase your fluid intake, although other broth-based soups are just as good.

Use Over-the-Counter Remedies

If you have a fever, medicines containing ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen can help you find relief. An expectorant can make it easier to cough up (and get rid of) that nasty mucus. But use caution when treating children and young adults. Don’t give over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to children under 4, and no one under the age of 19 should take aspirin.

Know When to Come to Us

While the flu usually goes away on its own, sometimes medical intervention is necessary. At Immediate Medical Care, we can provide treatment for troubling cold and flu symptoms. Here are a few signs you should come to us right away:

  • Your symptoms get worse or don’t go away.
  • You have a high fever (more than 102F in adults and older children, more than 100.4F in infants younger than 3 months).
  • You experience wheezing, vomiting, or shortness of breath.
  • You have an earache, or fluid drains from your ear.
  • You experience thick mucus that’s yellow or green in color – along with facial or forehead pain – for more than a week.

The flu may not be fun, but it doesn’t have to put a kink in all of your plans. Let us help you beat the flu so you can get back to living your life. If the flu is bothering you, stop by any Immediate Medical Care location today!

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Staying on Top of Your Health

Fall is a transition period between hot summer days and cooler winter nights. This transition period is a very popular time for illnesses. The kids have returned to school and are exposed to all kinds of germs from their classmates. Flu season is coming around, and in general, people tend to be too busy this time of year to stop in for a fast-medical checkup or flu shot. In the hustle and bustle of our crazy lives, it is essential that we all make sure to stop in to for a checkup, flu tests, cancer and HIV screenings, well-woman exams, physicals and immunizations to avoid any potential health risks.

The doctors at Immediate Medical Care in Pasadena, TX are committed to helping our patients receive the medical attention they deserve. We cannot stress the importance of receiving regular medical checkups and well visits to your doctor enough. Chance are, many illnesses can be avoided through immunizations and check-ups to pick up on early signs of illness – and therefore, treat the symptoms sooner.

Regular Medical Checkups

The doctor is not just for when you are feeling ill. At Immediate Medical Care of Pasadena, we also provide fast and convenient medical checkups and physicals for you and your entire family. Staying on top of your health before any possible illnesses strike is the key to living a healthy life and preventing ill visits to the doctor. Stop in today for convenient medical checkups, annual physicals, school physicals and more.

HIV and Cancer Screenings

Regularly checking up on your health is critical to living a long and healthy life. Immediate Medical Care offers patients quick HIV testing and thorough cancer screenings to prevent any future complications. These conditions are better treated early on – make sure you stop in and get your screening today!

Women’s Health Checkups

Getting regular checkups is important to maintaining good reproductive health. We offer well-woman exams as well as pregnancy tests and more to ensure that you are staying on top of your health. Our qualified medical professionals will help you through the process and thoroughly perform exams to ensure good health.

Immunizations and Flu Tests

Getting your flu shot and necessary immunizations is essential to maintaining great health. We offer a variety of immunizations to keep you healthy and prevent serious illnesses. Stop in today for all of your immunization needs.

Waiting in the Emergency Room?

Emergency room wait times have been an issue since the early 2000’s.  Patients, from those suffering from fevers to broken bones, are forced to sit in waiting rooms while the staff handles other patients and tasks.  The small but heavily equipped clinics like Immediate Medical Care are the solution.  We can take care of any non-emergency issue instead of your having to wait for hours at the ER and then paying their huge bills.

Minor sports injuries, fractures, lacerations, burns, are ideal situations for you’re to visit us instead of the ER but we also handle many other types of injuries and illnesses.  In addition, we offer occupational healthcare, wellness care, and family services like routine checkups and school physicals.    IMG_6627.JPG

Don’t pay ER fees for non-emergency room care.  We gladly accept most major insurance carriers, HMOs, and PPOs.  Visit our website and see our numerous locations including our Clear Lake office.