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  • Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others

    Posted on November 25, 2015 by in Heath Care News, News

    Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others - MinuteMed Walk In Clinic

    Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in 7-10 days or so. Protect yourself and others by taking simple steps.

    Common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. Each year in the United States, there are millions of cases of the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.

    Most people get colds in the winter and spring, but it is possible to get a cold at any time of the year. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. Most people recover within about 7-10 days. However, people with weakened immune systems, asthma, or respiratory conditions may develop serious illness, such as pneumonia.

    Rhinoviruses

    • cause colds
    • trigger asthma attacks
    • have been linked to sinus and ear infections
    Father and son washing hands

    Help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washing hands often with soap and water.

    Other Viruses

    Other viruses that can cause cold-like symptoms:

    Call your doctor if your child has symptoms that last more than 10 days.

    Many different viruses can cause the common cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common. Viruses that cause colds can spread from infected people to others through the air and close personal contact. You can also get infected through contact with stool or respiratory secretions from an infected person. This can happen when you shake hands with someone who has a cold, or touch a doorknob that has viruses on it, then touch your eyes, mouth, or nose.

    How to Protect Yourself and Others

    You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
      Scrub them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
      Viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick.
    • Stay away from people who are sick
      Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold through close contact with others.

    If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to prevent viruses from spreading to other people:

    • Stay at home while you are sick
    • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
    • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing
    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose
    • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and objects such as toys and doorknobs

    There is no vaccine to protect you against the common cold.

    Young girl with feverHow to Feel Better

    There is no cure for a cold. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use medications as directed. Talk to your doctor before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines, since some medicines contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Learn more about symptom relief.

    Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily. Learn more about when antibiotics work.

    When to See a Doctor

    You should call your doctor (MinuteMed Locations) if you or your child has one or more of these conditions:

    • a temperature higher than 100.4° F
    • symptoms that last more than 10 days
    • symptoms that are severe or unusual

    If your child is younger than 3 months old and has a fever, you should always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend therapy to help with symptoms.

    This snippet was taken from the CDC website.  The complete article can be seen at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Rhinoviruses/index.html

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    If you’re looking for high quality, personal service you’ve come to the right place. At MinuteMed Walk-In Medical Clinic (Lafayette Walk In Clinic) & Urgent Care in Lafayette, Louisiana, we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy. Walk-Ins are welcome or you can go to our “Contact Us” page and give us a call to schedule an appointment!

    MinuteMed is conveniently located with three locations in Lafayette, LA - Johnston Office, Ambassador Office and Verot Office. Let us put our experience to work for you. Our rates are competitive, with no hidden fees and no long wait times. Our employees are friendly and will be there to help you every step of the way.

    Lafayette Medical Services from MinuteMed Walk in Clinic & Urgent Care Facility is designed to provide affordable and timely minor medical and primary care to individuals in our community. Our Acadiana Walk In Clinic will offer services of experienced and friendly physicians and nurse practitioners to provide patients with thorough assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of minor ailments, as well as screening, preventative medicine, and health education.

    Our services include but are not limited to:

    • Minor illnesses such as Respiratory Illnesses, Eye, Ear, and Nasal Infections, etc.
    • Minor Injuries such as Muscle Strains, Wounds, Burns, Bites, etc.
    • Skin conditions such as Lice, Rashes, Fungal Infections,
      Sunburn, etc.
    • Wellness and Physical exams
    • Laboratory Test and Blood Work Interpretation
    • Flu, Tetanus, and TB Vaccinations
    • Screening for Breast and Prostrate Cancer, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol
    • Wart, Skin Tag, and Mole removal, Abscess Drainage, and Laceration Repair
    • Joint Injections
    • Laser hair removal
    • Botox Injections – Headaches, Excessive Underarm Sweating, and Wrinkles
    • Juvederm- Lip Enhancement and Facial Filler
    • Aviation Medical Examiner – We will be performing Pilot Physical Examinations and Health Certifications
    • In Home Sleep Study Testing and Treatment
    • School Physicals
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    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic Accepts All Private Insurances if not currently Enrolled we will attempt to include your insurance Company and charge you at the Insurance company rate.

    MinuteMed Walk In Clinic does not accept Medicare or Medicaid

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    WHAT IS PROMEDX?

    ProMedX is a state-certified healthcare membership policy which allows policy holders to receive minor medical care at a discounted rate.

    Who Can Sign Up For ProMedX?

    Those without any healthcare coverage. Those who only have major catastrophic or high deductible policies. Small business owners as part of a benefits package. Business owners looking for a less expensive option for minor medical care for their full-time or part-time employees. Business who are self-insured.

    What do I Get If I Join?

    Policy Holders pay only $20 per office visit. Your policy benefits include The office visit.  Treatment of your minor illness and injuries including but not limited to – allergy symptoms, coughs, flu-like symptoms, pink eye & styes, sore throat, urinary tract infection, skin conditions, cuts & lacerations, sprains & strains. Any required in-house lab work (US, UPT, rapid strep test, blood sugar, flu test, urine drug screen). Discounts on in-house prescription medications. Annual influenza vaccine (no office visit charge). Annual physicals for work or school and Much More.

    What is the Cost for ProMedX?

    Individual policies cost is a reasonable $50.00 per month per yearly contract effective the next business day. $20.00 exam fee per visit. $200.00 per month for a family of 4 or more. Optional $120.00 per member sign up fee. ($100.00 activation fee plus $20.00 exam fee. Allows policy to take effect same day and covers full price of your visit). May cancel the policy at any time after six months with written notice. You will not be denied a policy due to previously existing conditions.

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