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How Is Asthma Diagnosed & Treated?

Call Fast Track Urgent Care in Maryland at 800-417-1164! As a condition that affects more than 25 million Americans, asthma is a disease you should take very seriously. You might have asthma if you have breathing difficulties, coughing fits, chest tightness, and/or shortness of breath. While you may think mild symptoms of asthma are a nuisance, a flare-up could be

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

The summer is finally arriving again, and it’s easy to forget just how important consistent hydration is. The excess heat makes it easy for your body to lose fluids. Proper hydration is essential to a multitude of functions such as joint lubrication, body temperature regulation, digestion, and more. In the following, we investigate a handful of ways to make sure

Is It Necessary to Get a Sports Physical?

Although a sports physical is a standard examination required by every high school athletic program in the country, you are certainly advised to get one even if you participate in post-high school intramural competitive activities. This pre-participation exam is meant to significantly reduce any unfortunate accidents that are tied to preexisting conditions in the athlete. It is not unheard of

3 Ways to Prevent Spring Allergies

Winter has seemingly been a long one this time around, but spring is almost here. Although the cold will soon be gone, now you have to worry about another problem: the allergies that the blossoming flowers and blooming trees often bring. It’s a good thing, then, that there are quite a few ways to prepare in anticipation of the irritation.

4 Reasons STD Tests Are Important

One of the most surprising statistics for people who are unfamiliar with the current climate of STDs is that nearly 50% of sexually active adults will have contracted a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25. Although this is probably a bit shocking, as you might have surmised, most of these STDs are quite curable. Even the few that aren’t

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy During the Winter

The winter season is in full swing, and along with the seasonal tidings and warm treats comes the potential for sickness. The cold and flu tend to overrun the unprepared during the final months of the year and the first few months of the new year; however, there are precautions you can take to protect the little ones. With naturally weaker immune systems,

The Most Common Myths About Cold & Flu Season

Every year, as flu season makes its way, you’re probably reminded frequently about various half-truths and outright untruths about how you can get it, what it does, and how to protect yourself from it. This article is intended to set the record straight so that you head into the months of potential sickness well-prepared, whether you choose to get a

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Do I Really Need a Flu Shot Every Year?

As the fall season rolls around, it brings with it the usual increase in instances of the flu virus and associated illnesses. Of course, since summer is over and you’re back in work or school, the days of being able to lounge around and sleep it off are also coming to an end—which is where the flu vaccination comes into the

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

When you have a medical issue, your instinct might be to call 911 or head straight to the emergency room. However, in many cases, an urgent care center is the better choice. Learn the difference between urgent care and emergency rooms to ensure you know where to go the next time you or a family member requires medical attention.