In many cases, patients who’ve experienced trauma to a bone will pass it off as “only a fracture” and not a break, and not seek medical treatment. But the truth is that any bone trauma requires medical attention.
Broken Bones and Fracture Treatment Require the Same Attention
Whether a patient refers to the damage they’ve received as a fracture or a break, the body’s response is the same. The lining of the bone contains an abundance of nerve endings that cause pain. When a trauma occurs to the bone, the muscles that surround the affected bone begin to spasm to isolate movement – your body’s own way of preventing further damage. But even if you can move the injured area, it does not mean treatment should be avoided. Here are some things you can do prior to coming to Medco ER & Urgent Care:
- If there’s bleeding associated with the trauma, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth
- Do not try to realign the bone – instead, try to immobilize the area until it can receive bone fracture treatment or broken bone treatment
- Use an ice pack to minimize swelling to the area and to provide pain relief
- If the person who has suffered the trauma is displaying signs of shock (such as feeling faint or having difficulty controlling their breathing), have them lie down in a position that places their head lower angle than the rest of their body and if possible elevate the legs.
Healing Time for Bone Fractures
The time required for a bone fracture – or a bone break – will depend on several different factors such as:
- The type of break or fracture
- The patient’s age
- Underlying medical conditions
- Overall health status
Generally, most patients are able to achieve functional healing in about eight weeks.
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Food poisoning can cause serious illness that can sometimes be fatal if not treated properly. With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that more than 48,000 people get sick each year from some type of food-related illness, more and more people are wondering whether what they’re experiencing at home is indeed food poisoning — and if it is, what type of food poisoning treatment should be pursued.
The Timing of Food Poisoning
The symptoms of food poisoning will present themselves within the first 36 hours of ingesting contaminated food. However, it’s important to point out that some cases of food infection may not appear until much later – sometimes up to one week after the food has been ingested.
The Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Although food poisoning usually presents itself with stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, other pathogens can manifest in symptoms as wide-ranging as what’s shown below:
- Loose stools
- Bloody diarrhea
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
Some of the above symptoms signal a type of food poisoning called botulism and require immediate food infection treatment from a facility such as Medco ER & Urgent Care. Some other symptoms include:
Food Poisoning Remedies
Most severe forms of food poisoning will require medical intervention if the symptoms have not cleared on their own within a day or two. If you are experiencing diarrhea, it is very important to stay hydrated. While solid food intake may make you feel worse, you might try drinking broth, tea, or coconut water in addition to regular water intake to avoid dehydration and restore lost electrolytes. Try to avoid drinking sugary beverages since they can make symptoms of diarrhea worse. Once your stomach starts to settle down, reintroduce bland foods in small quantities. These include plain toast, bananas, rice, non-creamed soups, and unsweetened oatmeal. If you are experiencing severe symptoms or if your symptoms persist over a long period of time, seek medical help.
At Medco ER & Urgent Care, our facilities are designed to treat food poisoning and it’s symptoms at any severity. Our locations in Plano and Frisco are open 24/7 and our compassionate staff is always standing by, available to help at any time. There are no appointments needed and with our minimal wait times, you will be back to feeling better, faster.
Any time the immune system faces a threat, there’s the risk of infection. Infections most frequently occur in and around wounds, in the skin, and along the respiratory and digestive tracts. Although sometimes dismissed as minor health conditions, infections can become serious quickly and may even become life-threatening.
Signs and Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of infection is a fever. A temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever severe enough for medical attention. Fevers also produce other signs, such as reduced appetite, chills, lethargy, and aches. If you are experiencing signs of a fever, even at a lower temperature, coupled with other symptoms of skin, urinary, respiratory, or digestive tract infections, you should seek treatment at a Medco ER & Urgent facility in Plano or Frisco.
Recent cuts or surgical wounds are at higher risk of infection because it exposes the tissue under the skin to germs and bacteria that can grow and prevent the wound from properly healing. Skin and wound infections might appear swollen or irritated and feel warm to the touch, firm, or painful. An infected may also produce pus or discharge, a yellow crust on top, or foul odor. If you have a red streak that runs from your wound toward your heart, it is very important that you seek medical help immediately as your infected wound may have become life-threatening.
Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections most often happen due to hospital visits, personal hygiene issues, or sexual activity. The signs of a urinary tract infection are relatively easy to spot and include pain or burning while urinating, changes in urination frequency, and changes to the smell of urine. Although easily treated, urinary infections do pose the risk of causing kidney infections and even kidney failure. This is why while there are over the counter medications and treatments to soothe the symptoms of a urinary tract infection, it’s important to see a doctor that can prescribe you the proper antibiotics to treat the infection.
Respiratory Tract Infections
Most often, respiratory tract infections occur as a complication to colds, sinus issues, or other illnesses. Respiratory infections are usually accompanied by coughing, phlegm, a runny nose, discolored mucus, scratchy or sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, congestion, and sneezing. While there is a wide range of respiratory tract infections with varying symptoms, some infections, such as Strep, can be very contagious. If you think that you may have a respiratory infection, it’s important to be treated promptly to prevent the development or a more severe condition and to prevent the spread of the infection to the public.
Commonly referred to as stomach flu, Gastroenteritis is an infection of the digestive tract that can be caused by ingesting contaminated food or contacted with someone else who is infected. Symptoms of Gastroenteritis are watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. It’s important to see a doctor if you are unable to keep liquids down for 24 hours, you have been vomiting for more than two days, you showing signs of dehydration, you have blood in your vomit or bowel movements, or you have a fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you think you’re experiencing any of these conditions, contact a Medco ER & Urgent Care near you in Plano or Frisco so that we can help you avoid more serious complications. If symptoms worsen, including higher fever, unconsciousness, or severe pain, know that at all of our locations, we have minimal wait times and have staff standing by to help you immediately, 24/7. We are here to provide you and your family with the fastest professional care for any condition at any time.