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Allergies or a Cold: What’s Got You Sick?

There’s a reason people say they’re “under the weather” when they aren’t feeling their best. Now that it’s officially springtime, allergy season is in full swing. Sneezes, stuffy noses, and itchiness are becoming more prominent, but not all sniffles are the same — it can be hard to determine the cause of your symptoms. The early signs of a cold and the onset seasonal allergies can be very similar, so how can you tell what’s got you sick?

Check out our infographic below to help you figure it out!

Concussion Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Head injuries are scary and not something to be taken lightly. Even something that might seem like a minor fall or bump can have serious impacts on your health, so it’s important to take any harm to your head or neck very seriously. When it comes to types of brain injuries, the most common and least severe is a concussion. A concussion occurs when your brain is jostled within your skull, resulting in bruising to the soft tissue, injury to blood vessels, and potential nerve damage.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

If you’ve recently sustained any bumps to the head, a concussion is a possible side effect. While you might not have any cuts or bruises to the exterior of your head, there could possibly be something more serious going on internally. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’ve recently taken a hard hit to the head and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion or dazed feeling
  • Clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound
  • Sluggishness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Memory loss

Concussion Treatment

When it comes to your health, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It’s no different with a concussion; if you believe you have sustained a traumatic head injury, seek medical attention as quickly as possible. The severity of your concussion will greatly constitute the treatment plan your doctor chooses, so catching it early is important as well. For grade 1 and grade 2 concussions, doctors normally recommend waiting until symptoms are completely gone before returning to any physical activity.

For more serious concussions, grade 3, your doctor will first evaluate your memory and concentration skills. Next, he or she will check your coordination and reflexes before potentially ordering an MRI or CT scan to rule out any internal bleeding or further head injury. After assessing the severity of your concussion, your doctor will work with you to develop an appropriate course of action.

Concussion Diagnosis at First Care Clinics

First Care Clinics value customer experience and convenience over all else. We are fully equipped to help diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries and ailments and are often cheaper and quicker than traditional emergency rooms. Our goal is to provide you and your family with top-of-the-line medical care that won’t break the bank or add stress to your schedule today. Contact us today or visit our website to find a location near you.

 

What You Need to Know About Chest Pain

Chest pain can come in a variety of forms: sharp, dull, burning, concentrated, or widespread. Chest pain can have many causes — the most serious, of course, being a heart attack. However, the tricky thing about this kind of pain is that it can stem from dozens of different issues, making it hard to tell what’s going on without seeing a healthcare professional.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease accounts for about 1 in 3 deaths in the United States. That’s about 2,300 Americans daily, which is an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. It’s more important than ever to stay educated on heart health and warning signs; so, in honor of February being American Heart Month, we’re going over the different types of chest pain and when you should seek assistance from a medical professional.

While chest pain is typically related to the heart, it can often stem from problems in your lungs, esophagus, ribs, and other parts of the body. Here some causes and symptoms of chest pain, broken down by location:

Heart-Related Chest Pain

Every year, millions of Americans experiencing chest pain are seen by medical professionals, but only 20 percent of them are diagnosed with a heart attack. There are several heart-related causes of chest pain that are not caused by a heart attack, including Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), myocarditis, pericarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse, and more. Either way, if you’re experiencing these symptoms of heart-related chest pain, you’ll want to see a doctor as soon as possible:

  • Pressure, fullness, or tightness in the chest
  • Pain that radiates to the back, neck, shoulders, jaw, and one or both arms
  • Irregular pain: chest pain that gets worse with activity, goes away and comes back, or varies with intensity
  • Chest pain that lasts longer than a few minutes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, and/or vomiting

Warning signs of a heart attack include squeezing and/or pressure in the center of the chest, shortness of breath, sudden nausea, heat flashes or cold sweats, unusual fatigue, or pain or any other atypical feelings in your arms, jaw, and back. If you suspect that you may be having a heart attack, go to your nearest emergency room.

Other Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain may also be caused by different structures in the chest other than the heart or vessels, including:

  • Starting at the skin, certain rashes such as shingles can cause pain
  • Inflammation of the chest wall, the muscles, bones, and joints, from such things as cough may cause pain
  • Lung and bronchial infections such as pneumonia can cause chest pain
  • Reflux in the esophagus and even gas in the upper intestines can be felt as significant chest pain

First Care urgent care clinics are prepared to evaluate and manage a variety of conditions such as these.

When should you see a healthcare professional?

It’s always a good idea quickly to see a medical professional if you have chest pain lasting longer than a few minutes — there are so many different causes of chest pain that are hard to identify, so you don’t want to take the risk in case the cause of your pain is life-threatening. In the case that your pain is emergent, or you suspect you are having a heart attack, it’s best to seek emergency medical help immediately.  

For further information, check out the American Heart Association website, or reach out to us at First Care to learn more about how we can help.

Urgent Care: How It Works

Trying something new when it comes to your health can be scary; you never know if you’re visiting a quack or a legitimate professional. That’s no reason to avoid urgent care clinics, though. More often than not, urgent care clinics are cheaper than the emergency room, provide more applicable care with shorter wait times, and there is no appointment needed; however, if you don’t understand exactly how urgent care clinics work, you might be hesitant to try one.

Find a First Care Clinic Near You

The first step is finding an urgent care clinic near you. At First Care, we have locations throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Kentucky and Indiana residents can rest assured they are close by any of our emergency care clinics. First Care is also frequently adding new locations, so check back on our website often.

Just Walk In: No Appointment Necessary

At urgent care clinics like First Care, no appointment is necessary to be seen by our medical professionals. All of our employees are highly trained and up to date with any special credentialing and training requirements. Our state of the art equipment and medical facilities are guaranteed for functionality and cleanliness, so you never have to worry about trading convenience for quality of care. At First Care Clinics, we provide you with top of the line, cutting-edge medical care.

Provide Your Insurance Card and Photo ID

First Care Urgent Care Clinics accept most all forms of major insurance, and any urgent care copay is significantly less than those of the ER. While we handle the billing process for you, you should contact your insurance provider to be sure of any potential cost savings available for your individual plan. You should also bring with you the following: payment for copay, any parental authorization forms, a list of your current medications, a list of any past surgeries, and a list of any allergies.

No insurance? No problem!

Insurance is not required at First Care. We offer incredibly affordable rates compared to hospitals and emergency rooms.

Get Better Faster at First Care Clinics

First Care visits typically last under an hour, which means you can quickly get on with the rest of your day. We understand your busy schedule and are passionate about providing friendly, quality care in the most efficient way possible. Visit any of our locations today or contact us to learn more.

Urgent Care and Walk-In Medical Services by First Care Clinics

Sometimes you have a medical problem that isn’t as life-threatening as a heart attack but still can’t wait for an appointment with your primary care physician. For illness or injury that can’t wait, but doesn’t exactly constitute a trip to the emergency room, urgent care clinics are the way to go. Not only will you save hours in the hospital waiting room, you’ll probably save thousands on emergency room bills as well.

First Care: Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinics Throughout Kentucky and Indiana

First Care Clinics are fully equipped to help patients with urgent, walk-in, and occupational medical services. Found throughout Kentucky and Indiana, our urgent care clinics are open seven days a week, and no appointment is necessary to see one of our nurse practitioners. Multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing, and digital x-ray capabilities make it easy for us to diagnose and treat you as quickly as possible (the wait times at First Care Clinics are usually less than an hour), but we can also save you money. The average cost of a visit to a First Care Clinic ranges from $35-$100. Conversely, an ER visit could cost $1,900 or more depending on where you go and what services are performed — and that’s without being admitted to the hospital. Likewise, a new uninsured patient appointment to a primary care doctor could be costly — averaging around $160 — but that will vary greatly depending on the severity of your visit, what labs are performed, what state you live in, and your type of insurance.

Emergency Care Services at First Care Clinics

Going to the emergency room is costly — almost seven times more than a primary care visit or going to an urgent care center, according to this 2012 report by the National Center for Health Statistics — especially when your medical condition isn’t life threatening or doesn’t require immediate stabilization. In the United States, 63% of the 128 million ER visits a year, in fact, aren’t life-threatening emergencies, and only 11% of those ER visits result in a hospital admission. The result of these unnecessary ER visits includes the rising cost of healthcare and longer wait times for those actually experiencing life-threatening or traumatic medical issues.

Rather than go to the ER for non-life-threatening emergencies or minor injuries, (like sprains, or evaluation of flu symptoms, or simply being in need of care after regular office hours), find your nearest urgent care clinic. From common illness and injury to diagnostic care and occupational medicine, First Care Clinics are prepared to have you on the way to feeling better. When patients get the right care in the right setting, everyone wins.

*If you or someone near you is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or a severe injury, please seek help at your nearest emergency room.

Common Illnesses

You don’t plan when to get sick, but when you do, it can be hard to book an immediate or same-day appointment with your primary care physician. At First Care Clinics, same-day urgent-care services aren’t a problem. No appointment is necessary; we’re open for walk-ins seven days a week and until 8pm. When you can’t afford to wait a few days for treatment, but you aren’t experiencing a life-threatening emergency, First Care Clinics are prepared to treat any of the following illnesses:

  • Allergies and Minor Allergic Reactions
  • Cold and Flu
  • Cough and Bronchitis
  • Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion
  • Ear Infections and Ear Wax Removal
  • Eye Infections, Pink Eye, and Styes
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
  • Rashes and Poison Ivy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sinus Infections
  • Skin Conditions
  • Sore Throat and Strep Throat
  • Upset Stomach
  • Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

Common Injuries

Unless you’re bleeding uncontrollably or have a protruding broken bone, most common injuries can be treated at any First Care Clinic. If you’re unsure of whether or not your injury requires emergency care, however, it’s always best to air on the side of caution. If your injury is too minor for a trip to the ER, though, First Care has you covered. First Care Clinics’ urgent care teams are prepared to treat any of the following common injuries:

  • Bites
  • Burns, Cuts, and Scrapes
  • Eye and Ear Injuries
  • Foreign Object and Splinter Removal
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Insect and Bee Stings
  • Sprains and Strains

Diagnostic Care

At First Care, we understand how frustrating it is to have to wait for off-site laboratory testing results, which is why we have on-site testing at all First Care Clinics. From x-rays to EKG’s, we are fully prepared to provide any of the following diagnostic procedures:

  • Blood Glucose
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • H. pylori Test
  • Mononucleosis (Mono) Test
  • Onsite Digital X-ray
  • Rapid Flu and Step Test
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine Pregnancy Test

Occupational Medicine

First Care Clinics provide quick, convenient occupational health solutions to get you on your way as quickly as possible. From pre-employment screenings to injuries on the job, First Care Clinics provide any of the following occupational services:

  • Drug and Alcohol Screens
  • Employment Physicals and Exams
  • Lab Testing
  • TB Skin Testing
  • Workers’ Compensation

Let First Care Clinics Help You

First Care Clinics are devoted to delivering top-notch, reliable healthcare through impeccable customer service, convenience, and affordability. With First Care, you’ll never worry that you’re trading quality for affordability, as we’re always committed to bringing you the best possible care. Contact us today to learn more about our urgent care services, or find a First Care Clinic near you.

Why Should You Go to Urgent Care?

So, you think you may have the flu. You’ve had chills, a fever, body aches, and congestion since yesterday…but it’s 6:30 pm on a Friday, you can’t get in to see your primary care physician, and it’s not urgent enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. What do you do? You go to a walk-in urgent care clinic like First Care, receive a thorough evaluation of your flu symptoms, and get the care you need to start feeling well again!

What is urgent care?

Think of walk-in urgent care clinics as the level between the emergency room and visiting your primary care doctor. They focus on urgent needs, not emergent needs (like an emergency room provides), but not on chronic disease management that your primary care provider offers. Urgent care clinics are for when you’re too sick or injured to wait for your doctor, but it’s not life-threatening enough to go to the ER.

What are the benefits of going to an urgent care clinic?

First of all, it’s faster. Many people spend more than three hours in the ER during their visit, compared to an hour or less at an urgent care clinic. It’s also much cheaper than the emergency room — most urgent care visits cost between $35 and $100. Additionally, you don’t need an appointment — you can just walk right in and be on your way home in no time.

When can I go to urgent care?

First Care Clinics are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

Where can I find an urgent care clinic near me?

First Care currently has 13 open urgent care clinics in Kentucky and Indiana. Find your clinic here: https://firstcareclinics.com

Kentucky Urgent Care Clinics:

  • Bardstown, KY
  • Corbin, KY
  • Danville, KY
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Henderson, KY
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • London, KY
  • Madisonville, KY
  • Middlesboro, KY
  • Somerset, KY
  • Winchester, KY

Indiana Urgent Care Clinics:

  • Bedford, IN
  • Seymour, IN

Have any questions about what we can treat, payment options, insurance we accept, and more? Feel free to contact your local First Care clinic!

 

We provide walk-in medical, urgent care, and occupational medicine services to our community.

We are relentless about transforming the delivery of healthcare through outstanding customer service, convenience, and affordability. We provide walk-in medical, urgent care, and occupational medicine services to our community.

Equipped with multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing, and digital x-ray capabilities, we provide treatment for a wide variety of common illnesses, injuries, and conditions.

Common Illnesses

  • Allergies and Minor Allergic Reactions
  • Cold and Flu
  • Cough and Bronchitis
  • Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion
  • Ear Infections and Ear Wax Removal
  • Eye Infections, Pink Eye, and Styes
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
  • Rashes and Poison Ivy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sinus Infections
  • Skin Conditions
  • Sore Throat and Strep Throat
  • Upset Stomach
  • Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

Diagnostic

  • Digital X-ray
  • Lab Testing
  • Rapid Flu and Strep Tests

Occupational Medicine

  • Drug and Alcohol Screens
  • Employment Physicals
  • Workers’ Compensation

Minor Injuries

  • Bites
  • Burns
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • Eye and Ear Injuries
  • Foreign Object and Splinter Removal
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Hand and Foot Injuries
  • Insect and Bee Stings
  • Lacerations and Open Wounds
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains

 

Pricing and Insurances Accepted

First Care accepts most major health insurance plans. To find out if we accept your insurance, call the clinic today.

  1. Commercial Insurance
  2. Medicaid Insurance
  3. Medicare Insurance
  4. $89 Self Pay Rate