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Should I Bring My Child to a Walk In Clinic for the Flu?

Posted on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Should I Bring My Child to a Walk In Clinic for the Flu?It’s pretty much a given that our children will pick up the flu at some point throughout the school year from all the coughing and sniffling students in their classrooms. So, how does a parent know when to bring their child into a walk-in clinic for the flu or a terrible cold? The flu and colds are both caused by viruses (not bacteria), so symptoms may last four or five days then you could be on your way to recovery. That said, both illnesses can morph into more serious conditions, including sinus infection, bronchitis, pneumonia, and strep throat. Drive to an eMedical Urgent Care walk in clinic near you if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent sinus pressure
  • Worsening sore throat
  • Cough followed by yellow or green phlegm
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ear pain
  • High fever

Walk-In Clinic vs ER

Severe influenza problems are most common in children under 2 years. In addition, children with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications. How do you know when it’s better to go to an urgent care center versus the ER? Read more about the common emergency room and walk-in clinic differences on our recent blog post, “Walk-In Doctor’s Office vs ER [INFOGRAPHIC].”

Protect Yourself from the Flu Virus

Flu shots are your best protection against the flu epidemic. And because the influenza virus(es) changes every season, it’s important to get your child vaccinated every year. Take your child for regular check-ups and stay up to date on their immunizations. Protect yourself and your family; talk with the pediatric-trained doctors at eMedical Urgent Care about the benefits of getting the flu vaccine to keep your child healthy. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can do more to fight the flu with a few healthy steps.

How do you know if it’s the flu, food poisoning, allergies or the common cold?

Symptoms of the flu usually develop within two days of exposure, but a person can spread the virus before they begin to develop symptoms. The common cold is a respiratory illness that can be caused by many different viral infections. I's often confused with the flu. There is no cure for the common cold or for the influenza virus. There are, however, treatments available to lessen the severity of the symptoms. As a parent, how can you tell if your child is dealing with a bout of food poisoning or the onset of the flu? They both have very similar symptoms. A doctor at your local urgent care office should be able to help you determine from which he or she is suffering, but always assume your child contagious and take the proper precautions. It can also be difficult to differentiate between the common cold and allergies. Parents should be on the lookout for specific symptoms covered in our recent blog post, “Is Your Child Suffering from the Common Cold or Seasonal Allergies?

Get Medical Treatment Right Away

Most of our pediatric physicians are parents too, so we understand the importance of keeping our tiny humans happy and healthy. After school, or on weekends, we‘re here. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis without appointment. Our convenient hours are designed to fit your schedule. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.

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Study Finds That Coffee Can Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

If you love coffee and would like to drink more of it, there is some good news from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers claim in a 2014 study that drinking more coffee can actually lower your risk of diabetes. The study looked at 20 years of health and diet data for more than 100,000 people (a pretty convincing sample size) to determine if consuming caffeinated coffee and green tea could indeed affect type 2 diabetes. The researchers discovered that drinking an extra cup of coffee or two per day reduced a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 11 percent. Conversely, people who reduced their caffeine habits by drinking eight ounces less per day saw a 17-percent rise in type 2 diabetes. The stark difference between these two groups of people demonstrates pretty solid evidence that coffee consumption does indeed affect the risk of type 2 diabetes. Also, people who drink lots of coffee (24 ounces or more), according to the study, were 37 percent less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than their non-coffee-drinking counterparts. Unfortunately for you tea or decaf coffee drinkers, the study didn't show any conclusive evidence that an increase in the consumption of these drinks would decrease your chances of developing the disease. But, other studies have shown that both of these beverages can help prevent the disease. “Our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk,” said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. “Most importantly, they provide new evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit can affect type 2 diabetes risk in a relatively short period of time.” If you are looking for a magic number for your daily coffee intake, Bhupathiraju suggests somewhere between 3 to 5 cups per day. Contact eMedical Urgent Care if you have questions about your health. At eMedical, we are ready to quickly and efficiently treat unscheduled walk-in patients. Offices are located in Berkeley Heights, NJ and Middletown, NJ and are open 7 days a week.

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