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Comprehensive map to the Clinic from Flooded Areas (ZIP code 77084 & 77449)

Due to extreme flooding last week portions of Highway 6 and Eldridge Pkwy have been shut down until Mid-May.  This means people living in the Bear Creek and Katy area don’t have direct access to see our ER physicians.

No worries, we have create a detailed map on how to reach us from Katy and Bear Creek areas (77084 & 77449)

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You Aren’t Eating Enough Vegetables!

Do you remember when your mom used to force you to eat your vegetables when you were little? Well I hope that habit stuck with you.  According to Karl Tate from livescience.com 91% of Americans do not meet the daily recommendation of vegetables.  If you live in the Houston, Katy, or Sugar Land area of Texas, here are some great tips to stay on top of your nutrition.

Vegetables can help not only prevent a numerous amount of diseases, but they will also give you loads of energy! It is best to consume at least 5 portions of vegetables daily to meet the requirements for your daily vitamin intake. How much is a portion? Well according to BBC News 80g is just the right amount. It is best to eat them raw because the vitamins are more potent, of course you can also boil them, put them in a stew, or even juice! Inc
reasing your daily intake can help prevent colds, the flu, and cancer because they will help boost your immune system.

Great Way to Consume Veggies, Juice Them!

A great way to consume your vegetables is by juicing them. Here is a recipe for a high greens why-juicing-doesne28099t-workjuice that will give you a lot of energy:

Cucumbers

Cabbage

Celery

Romaine lettuce

Broccoli

Parsley

Wheat grass

Optional: Pineapple to add a bit of sweetness

The best thing about these vegetables is that they’re all affordable and you can make at least 6 juices with one buy.  Eating your vegetables coupled with a healthy lifestyle prevents common illnesses like diabetes and a host of heart-related diseases.  It can also boost your immune system and help you become better resistant to common aliments like the flu and sinusitis.  You can add as much or as little of each ingredient to this juice; even if you don’t like celery, just add 2 sticks and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!

If you like this article, please check out more on our blog page. West Oaks Urgent Care is dedicated to being your neighborhood health resource.

Is it a cold or sinus infection?

Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

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WebMD Feature

Watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing: How long these symptoms last can be a clue to what’s causing your congestion. Is it a cold or a sinus infection?

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If it’s a cold virus, you may find yourself close to a tissue box for several days. Most of the time, colds get better on their own in 10 days or less.

Cold Symptoms

Colds bring on a nasty mix of symptoms that can really wear you down. They can include:

Treating Your Cold

Because the common cold is a virus, antibiotics won’t help. But over-the-counter medications may make you feel better.

“The remedies you choose should be targeted at specific symptoms, so something for your headache, for your congestion, for your fever,” says Camelia Davtyan, MD, a professor of medicine at UCLA.

Davtyan also stresses getting plenty of fluids and rest. The latter, she recognizes, is often hard.

“Getting enough rest can be a problem, because people don’t want to skip work and they have so many things to do,” she says. You may also have a hard time staying asleep at night because you can’t breathe through your nose.

Davtyan recommends sinus irrigation. A neti pot helps thin mucus and flush out your sinuses with a mix of distilled water and salt.

“People who irrigate when they have a cold usually do better,” says Davtyan.

Sinus Infection

When your nasal passages become infected, that’s a sinus infection. And they’re harder to

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Sinus cavities become inflamed during a Sinus infection

get rid of. Viruses, bacteria, or even allergies can lead to sinus infections.

Colds don’t usually cause sinus infections, says Davtyan, but they do offer a breeding ground for them.

“You touch your nose a lot when you’re sick, and each time you bring more bacteria to the sinuses,” she says. “Because your sinuses can’t drain, the bacteria stay there and grow.”

Sinus Infection Symptoms

Look for the following symptoms:

Treating Your Sinus Infection

If you think you have a sinus infection, you may need to see your doctor.

“Mostly, these acute infections go away on their own or after a simple course of antibiotics,” says ear, nose, and throat specialist Greg Davis, who practices at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Davis recommends sinus irrigation for sinus infections. It can help ease your symptoms while you wait for the antibiotics to do their job. Steroids, decongestants, and over-the-counter mucus thinners can also ease your discomfort, he says.

See an ear, nose, and throat specialist if your sinus infection doesn’t go away after one or two courses of antibiotics, Davis says.

Some people have sinus infections over and over. The only known risk factors, Davis says, are allergies and smoking (another reason to quit!) In rare cases, an acute infection can become chronic if it’s not treated successfully.

If you aren’t sure if you have  cold, allergies, or sinus infection you can visit West Oaks Urgent Care. Our ER-trained doctors can quickly assess and treat your illness in less than an hour. No appointment needed, come in so we can assess and give you the proper assistance. Call us at: (281) 496-4948

Source: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/cold-sinus-infections?page=2

 

3 Tips for a Safe Workout

By: Katherine G. Turcios, Blog Contributor

Reviewed by: West Oaks Urgent Care

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Working out can be a lot of fun and very safe when done correctly. To avoid exercise injuries, here are a few safety tips you may want to follow in Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land area gyms.

 

Tip #1: Learn Proper Form

If you are not sure how to perform workouts, look them up before you start. This is especially necessary when you are lifting weights because it takes more effort than cardio. Usually on the weight machines, they have a picture showing you what muscle groups you will work and how to properly use the machine. If you are not using machines, and you want to use free weights, YouTube the exercises and watch the proper form performed by another person.

Tip #2: Don’t Test Your Limits

DO NOT go passed your limit, this cannot be stressed enough. If you feel like you’re about to throw up, or even faint, please don’t proceed further. Listen to your body and let it rest when it needs to rest. There are often times when we think that more is better, and that’s not necessarily true because we could be over working our body. From my personal experience, I once kept going because I didn’t think I was done. I was wrong, and ended up feeling so weak that I couldn’t workout for an entire week! So remember, if you do not feel well or you are too tired, please don’t go workout because you feel you “have to”, it’s okay to take a week or two off.

Tip #3: Warming Up is Very Important

Please warm up before you do any type of workout at the gym. This is imperative because this can prevent injuries while weightlifting or engaging in cardio exercises. Try to do something light like jump roping, walking, jumping jacks, or using cardio machines. Do these exercises for at least 5 minutes to get your heart rate up, and you’ll have a great and safe workout! This goes the same when warming down, it is just as important as warming up, again to prevent injuries. Warming down can consist of stretching to get your heart rate down again from a tough workout.

 Lastly, make sure you ALWAYS stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout!

If you ever do get injured during your workout, you can visit your nearest urgent care to help with minor injuries. West Oaks Urgent Care specializes in gym and activity-related injuries.

How to Survive Spring Allergy Season- WebMD

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By Kara Mayer Robinson
WebMD Feature

Every spring, Denise Wilson tweaks her daily routine. Instead of running outdoors, she hits the gym. She puts on the air conditioner rather than open a window for fresh air. And she tucks her contacts into a drawer and switches to eyeglasses.

Wilson, 46, a public relations exec in Brooklyn, NY, says these are absolute musts if she’s going to get through allergy season.

Otherwise she’s bombarded with congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchyeyes, an irritated throat, and asthma brought on by exercise.

“I usually don’t let myself get to that point anymore,” Wilson says. Instead of waiting for symptoms to blossom, she starts her allergy medicine before the season begins.

She’s on to something. When you use meds early you may ease your symptoms all spring, says Bela B. Faltay, MD, chief of service of allergy at Akron General Health System, in Ohio. “With a week or 2 lead time, you’ll feel better all season.”

High season usually kicks into gear when the thermometer hits 60 degrees for 3-4 days. When that happens, pollen from plants starts moving through the air — and your allergy misery begins. It depends on where you live, but that’s typically early April. To get a head start, try taking medication in mid- to late March.

Allergy Drugs

To get one the right one, it might take a bit of trial and error. A drug that works great for your neighbor may be a bust for you.

Antihistamines. These can help if you’re sneezing, have a runny nose, or your nose and eyes are itchy. Some that might cut your misery:

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Decongestants. They can come to the rescue when you’re all stuffed because they shrink the lining of the passages in your nose. You can try a nasal spray or a pill. Some options to choose from:

Decongestants work fast, but they can lead to a “rebound effect,” which means your symptoms may get worse from using them too much. “They can be great in a pinch, once in a while,” Faltay says. To stay safe, stop using them after 3 days.

Nasal corticosteroid sprays. You spritz them into your nose, and they can give you relief

from stuffiness and sneezing. But they may take a few days or weeks to kick in. Examples are:

Eyedrops. They work fast — about 15 to 20 minutes — when your eyes are itchy and watery. And they may prevent symptoms, too. But for some folks, they may cause stinging or a headache.

Some you can try are:

Allergy Shots

You may want to look into these if meds don’t get the job done. Your doctor will give you a series of injections — over months or years — that contain a little bit of the pollen you’re allergic to. Just like getting a vaccine, your body builds up a defense system that keeps pollen from causing symptoms.

Don’t expect instant results. “It’s a very slow fix,” Faltay says. “It takes 6 months to a year to see reliable effects.” You’ll probably stay on them for 3-5 years. After that, your body will keep ignoring your allergy trigger.

Home Remedies and Alternate Treatment

Nasal irrigation . That’s just a fancy way to say rinse out your nose with salty water. It can be a huge help when you’re all stuffed up. Put a saline mix — either store-bought or homemade — into a neti pot, bulb syringe, or squeeze bottle, and then flush out your nasal passages. To make your own rinse, mix 3 heaping teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda. Then add it to 1 cup of lukewarm distilled water or boiled water after it’s cooled down.

Acupuncture . Some studies, but not all, suggest it eases symptoms. If you try it, experts recommend you begin 2 months before allergy season kicks off.

Herbs. Some people swear by herbal remedies like goldenseal, butterbur, and stinging nettle. But they’re not proven to work and may trigger side effects.

Allergy Testing

Want to get to the bottom of which types of pollen trigger your symptoms? Try allergy testing.

With a skin test, your doctor pricks your arm with different things that cause allergies and waits for a reaction. If you get redness and swelling, you’re allergic. Or you can get a blood test.

No matter the trigger, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Pay attention to pollen counts, stay inside when you can, and shower after being outdoors, Faltay says.

Grocery shopping Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolution

1289937-largeBy: Katherine Turcios

West Oaks Urgent Care Marketing Specialist

Do you have a hard time keeping up with your diet when trying to lose weight? If so, here are 5 tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping at your nearest Katy and Houston area grocery stores.

Tip 1. Stay away from the middle isles

Usually when you go searching in each isle, you find a lot of foods that taste great but bad for your health. Things like cookies, chips, and other foods that are highly processed and full of fat are in these isles. The outer isles are where you find fruits, vegetables, proteins, and dairy, which are essentials for women’s health.

 

Tip 2. Have a grocery list

When you go to the grocery store, always have a healthy grocery list by your side. This will ensure that you don’t go to the unhealthy things because you don’t know what else to buy. Plus, you’ll have more time for your fitness activities.

 

Tip 3. Frozen vegetables are ok

If you’re not a big vegetable eater, or you just always seem to buy vegetables and they always go bad; buy frozen ones! Don’t make a habit out of buying them, but as long as they don’t have any ingredients aside from the vegetable itself, it is a great and healthy buy.

 

Tip 4. Buy some fruit pre-cut

Often times at grocery stores, there is a small section that have fruit that is already cut up and ready to eat. If you are always on the go or you don’t like cutting fruit, this is a perfect way to get your daily serving of fruit.

 

Tip 5. Buy snacks

Snacks are essential when you’re hungry but not hungry enough to eat a whole meal. Buy things such as mixed nuts, Greek yogurt, string cheese, a protein bar (make sure it doesn’t have a lot of sugar), baby carrots, and you can even eat a little bit of dark chocolate!

Remember that we all have different taste buds and you have a variety of options; figure out what works best for you.

5 Great Reasons for using an Urgent Care during the Holidays

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One of our nurses attending a patient

By Oscar L. Orias and Dr. Muhammad Emran

The winter months are a busy time for urgent care centers and ERs.  The reasons are due to a higher risk for flu, common cold, and holiday decorating accidents. It is also a time when many family doctors and pedestrians are closed for the holidays. This leaves people looking at the different healthcare options.  Urgent care can be a great selection, especially if their condition isn’t life-threatening but needs prompt treatment. It can also save you money, since urgent cares are usually a fraction of the cost of a freestanding ER.

Here are 5 great reasons for using an urgent care this holiday season:

  1. Most Urgent Cares are In-network with your private insurance. Urgent care co-pays are much less than emergency department co-pays. Urgent care centers can verify your insurance coverage and let you know what your total cost will be BEFORE you are seen by the doctor. Emergency departments and freestanding ERs cannot tell you what the full cost is before a visit. The total cost may be over $3000 for simple injury or illness. At urgent care, the cost is a fraction less. For patients who do not have any insurance coverage at all, West Oaks Urgent Care as well as other urgent care clinics offers discounted pricing option.
  1. Open (almost) every day. Many primary care and pediatrician offices in the Houston, Sugar Land, and Katy area are closed for weeks at a time over the Christmas break. However, our urgent care clinic is open almost every day. We even offer extended hours on weekends and evenings. Our doctors are supported by experienced nurses and x-ray technicians on every shift, just like hospital ER.
  1. No long waits. Most patient who come to urgent care are busy professionals, have children, or just do not have the time to sit in a waiting room. Hospital emergency room wait times can be as much as 4 hours. For people who have stomach issues, have a rash, or a severe cough, this could be much longer since the emergency department takes ambulances at a higher priority. Plus, you may be exposed to other people with more serious health issues such as the flu, pneumonia, or pink eye while waiting with other sick people for hours.
  1. Life’s minor emergencies. Nobody plans on getting into a car accident, cutting a finger with a knife, or falling from a ladder while hanging Christmas lights. Your family doctor or pediatrician may not feel comfortable doing stitches, reading x-rays, or giving IV fluids. Our urgent care like others, usually have experienced doctors on staff. These doctors are comfortable in quickly take care of your wounds, food poisoning symptoms, and interpret x-rays confidently. They are also certified in treating your child for any minor emergency situations that arises.
  1. Easy accessibility for out-of-state travelers. If you are visiting from out of state and leave your blood pressure medicine behind, our doctors can help refill your medication. Urgent cares are a great quick option for travelers that need refills or get seen by a doctor. Also they cost a fraction of hospital and freestanding ERs and usually better at treating hypertension, diabetes, or chronic conditions.

 

If You suffering from the following: severe bleeding, compound fracture, possible stroke, chest pains, or shortness of breath please call 911 and go to the ER immediately.

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