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Should You Go to An Urgent Care Center or the ER for an Animal Bite?

Accidents are inevitable in life. If your accident involves a bite from a stray animal or family pet, it’s important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible to prevent infection. But where should you go for treatment? Fully equipped immediate care centers like Fast Track Urgent Care are a convenient and affordable place to receive animal bite treatment in

How Long is a Sports Physical Good For?  

There’s plenty of rules to remember when it comes to preventive healthcare. For instance, you should (ideally) visit a dentist twice every year, receive an exam from a primary care provider annually, and start considering routine cancer screenings around age 40. But, do you know how often your child needs a sports physical? Let’s take a closer look at how

How Long Does Strep Throat Last?

It’s no secret that strep throat can make you feel miserable. If you (or your child) are currently dealing with this unpleasant illness, you’re probably wondering how long it will last and when you can expect relief from lingering symptoms. Strep Throat Fast Facts The duration of strep throat can vary from person to person, but most people feel significantly

Patient Action Network

Patient Action Network (PAN) The Patient Action Network (PAN) has been created to harness the power of the patient-physician relationship in a positive, constructive way to reduce administrative red-tape and hoops physicians must jump through to access the care that they know is BEST for their patients. When patients sign up for PAN, they will become informed and empowered to take

How to Protect Yourself Against the Flu During Holiday Gatherings

‘Tis the season to spread joy, not the flu virus! Odds are, you’re preparing to host or attend at least one Friendsgiving, office Christmas party, Hannukah dinner, gift exchange, or another holiday gathering in the next few months. Unfortunately, the holidays coincide with flu season, which leaves up to 20% of Americans sick every year according to the Centers for

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What Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?   

“Bronchitis” typically refers to acute bronchitis—a common viral infection that triggers swelling and mucus production in the lung’s airways. It’s also known as a chest cold. The symptoms of bronchitis can vary from person to person, but usually include a combination of the following: Frequent coughing that may produce mucus Wheezing Sore throat Chest tightness, especially when breathing in or

What Does a Back-to-School Physical Involve?  

Autumn signals a return to football tailgates, closed-toed shoes, jackets, and of course, school. If your child is due for a back-to-school physical, you may be wondering what exactly this exam involves and why it’s so important. The details of a back-to-school physical can vary based on your child’s age, overall health, and whether they’re playing sports. Generally speaking, though,

Is Telemedicine Right for You?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a whole new vocabulary. One such newly fashionable term is telemedicine—virtual healthcare that allows a patient to consult with a medical professional “face-to-face” from the comfort of home using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. There are several benefits to this approach, including: Zero risk of catching or spreading germs in a

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Sunburn

Summer has arrived in Montgomery County, at last! While the risk of winter-related illnesses like influenza is on the decline, warmer temperatures usher in problems of their own, including sunburns. A sunburn is the body’s inflammatory response to excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Most sunburns can be addressed at home by applying some soothing aloe gel and temporarily avoiding

What Months Are Allergy Season?

We all know what allergy season involves—endless sneezing, watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose—but do you know when allergy season is, exactly? There’s no straightforward answer to this question, as allergy season can vary by area, and different allergens peak at different times. Generally speaking, however, allergy season typically begins in the springtime and wraps up in the fall.