Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Cold and Flu Survival Guide | A&P Urgent Care

On average an adult comes down with 2 or 3 colds each year and not recieving the annual flu vaccine puts you at risk for the flu as well. Here are a few tips to keep the colds away this winter.

1. Eat yogurt for breakfast to assist your digestive tract with probiotics

2. Open a window when someone at home is sick to circulate the air and get the germs out

3. Eat mushrooms to increase T cells and decrease inflammation

4. Not stand or sit by someone sneezing and coughing

5. Don’t touch your face

6. Sleep 7 hours a night

7. Use a Neti Pot to flush germ particles out of your sinuses

8. If you start feeling a cold coming take a Zinc lozenge

11. Tapping on your breast bone around the 3rd rib will release T cells to sttack germs in your bloodstream

12. Drink lots of fluids

13. If you think it is the flu get a prescription for Tamiflu as soon as possible

14. Eat Elderberry extract

15. Take probiotic supplements to recover faster and have less symptoms

16. Use a humidifier

17. Eat spicy food to clear your sinuses

18. Inhale essential oils

19. Don’t go to the gym when you are sick, if you want to workout go on a walk

20. Gargle salt water to kill bacteria in yout throat

21. Eat warm chicken soup to help your throat and white blood cells

22. Eat honey because it has antimicrobial elements and soothes sore throats

23. Eat a popscicle for a sore throat

24. Sit up as much as possible. Lying down collects mucus in your sinuses and chest and can lead to a secondary infection

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Flu Shot Facts

Flu Shot Facts | A&P Urgent Care

Flu season officially started last week and can last through March in some areas. You should get the Flu shot as early as you can because it take the body about two weeks to begin producing antibodies after the vaccine has been administered. You can go to any local pharmacy and sometimes your place of work will bring in a doctor to give Flu shots to keep their employees healthy. While most people that encounter the Flu will just require rest some people are more prone to complications. Pregnant women, the elderly, the young, and people with other health conditions such as asthma are at a increased risk and should recieve the Flu vaccine to guard against these issues. When you get a Flu vaccine you are not only protecting yourself but people around you as well, if you work with children under 6 months old you should get the vaccine to protect the children too. If needles are a scary thought for you there are new ways to reieve the vaccine. You can have a nasal spray, intradermally, or a cell-based vaccine.

Click here to read the full article by Anna Almendrala on Huffington Post.

Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals

Germs Spread Quickly in Hospitals | A&P Urgent Care

Most people fear hospitals because of all the germs lingering in the air when you enter an emergency room. Dr. Marco-Felipe King from the UK created GIFs showing how quickly germs spread from person to person in a hospital room. He and his colleagues at the university of Leeds created  hospital rooms with 4 patients inside and released bacteria. They watched the bacteria travel several feet using tempeture seeking video. The biggest culprit and sending germs around the room was the ventilation system and how close an infectious patient was to the air vent. Another surprising discovery was that when doctors work with one patient in one room there are fewer germs on their hands as compared to one doctor treating multiple patients in one room. Infectious diseases spread easily and you should avoid entering a hospital unless absolutely necessary to not increase your risk of catching other illnesses.

Click here to read the full article by Korin Miller on Yahoo Health.

Sleep Affects Your Chances of Catching a Cold

Sleep Affects Your Chances of Catching a Cold  | A&P Urgent Care

 

Germs that cause the common cold are always around us but a new study says that it’s how much you sleep that determines if you are actually going to be affected. 164 healthy wore sleep trackers and were given a live virus inserted into their nose. Their research showed that people who slept 5-6 hours a night were 4x as likely to get sick. Statistically 39% of people who slept less than 6 hours on average got sick while 18% who slept 7 or more got sick. There are obviously other factors cause determine how likely you are to get sick like regular exercise, stress, and lifestyle choices but this seems to show that sleep directly affects your immune sysytem response.

Click here to read the full article by Allison Aubrey on NPR.

What to Know About Urgent Care Centers

What to Know About Urgent Care Centers |

Urgent Care Centers are becoming increasingly popular for health problems that are too urgent for a doctors appointment but not severe enough to sit in the Emergency Room. There are approximately 7,000 Urgent Cares in the U.S. with 600 more opening each year. Urgent Care locations are commonly found in strip malls  that are convenient to visit and you can usually see a doctor within 30 minutes. They are also convenient for your wallet. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that in 2009 the average ER bill for illness was $570 while an Urgent Care bill was $155. So if you have a sprained ankle. the flu, or any other minor but serious problem head to an Urgent Care location to get treated quickly and save some money.

Click here to read the full article by Mandi Woodruff on Yahoo.