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All About Allergies

Nasal allergies are the most common manifestation of allergies. Typical symptoms include:

Nasal congestion

Clear runny nose

Itchy nose

Itchy throat and post-nasal drip

Crease across the top of the nose from constant wiping

Excessive sneezing

Dark circles under eyes

Persistent cough, often rattling

How do you tell if your child has allergies or just a simple cold?

You notice that your child’s nose has been running for a few days. He begins sneezing, develops an occasional cough, and has to blow his nose frequently. You ask yourself, “Could this be allergies? Or is it just a common cold virus?”

Many parents bring their children to the doctor with this very question. In reality, during the early stages of these symptoms, it doesn’t really matter if this is an allergy or a cold. Neither condition needs an antibiotic and the child doesn’t need to be in the office.


Now, if you really want to know whether your child is suffering from allergies or just a cold, you are going to have to wait and see if symptoms persist longer than one to three months – this is perhaps the single most important indicator of allergies. For an allergy test, visit our office!

Spring Sports Clearance

Your student athlete is likely prepping for exciting spring sports like baseball, lacrosse, and track & field. But before you hit the field, make sure they have the right clearance! Most schools require a sports clearance examination before they can participate in any athletic events. Stop by Xpress Urgent care for your spring sports exam!


The exam checks the following stats for athletes:

  • heart health
  • range of motion
  • lung health and history of asthma
  • visual acuity
  • height & weight
  • past injuries or illness
  • concussion history


Stamped paperwork is included.


Make an appointment or walk-in to our clinic to meet with a clinician. At your appointment, you can expect a full body physical examination, including:

  • Reviewing your athlete’s health history, including history of head trauma
  • Ensuring your child’s immunizations are up to date
  • Conducting an exam to determine if your athlete is able to safely participate in sports activities


Sports clearance examination fulfills camp and sports health form requirements. This is not intended to replace your child’s annual physical exam by his or her primary physician.


Come visit us before the season starts so your athlete is ready to play safely!

Symptoms of the Common Cold

Do you think you’ve gotten a cold? Symptoms can come on 1-3 days after you’ve been infected with the virus.


A cold virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks.

It also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, like doorknobs, pens, or phones. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you’re likely to catch a cold.


You may have a cold if you have a combination of the following symptoms:

Runny or stuffy nose

Sore throat



Slight body aches or a mild headache


Low-grade fever

Generally feeling unwell (malaise)


Many common colds will run their course after a few days. However, in some cases, you should consult a doctor.

For adults — seek medical attention if you have:

Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)

Fever lasting five days or more or returning after a fever-free period

Shortness of breath


Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain


Most people with a common cold can be diagnosed by their signs and symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have a bacterial infection or other condition, he or she may order a chest X-ray or other tests to exclude other causes of your symptoms.

First Aid Essential For The Car

Accidents happen, but its important to be prepared. A well-stocked first aid kit is a must have for a car or backpack that you take with you on hikes or outings. Even if the wound is more serious, taking efforts to clean and protect it with items from your kit can help you safely arrive at our urgent care center.



Tweezers are the safety way to remove splinters or ticks. Remember to thoroughly disinfect them with alcohol before and after each use.


Hydrocortisone cream

For itchy bug bites or rashes, carry small tubes of hydrocortisone cream. This topical steroid provides relief from itching and reduces inflammation.


Pain relievers

Pain relievers are a necessity to relieve pain and bring down fevers. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are popular over-the-counter pain relievers.


Gauze and tape

For small cuts and scrapes, gauze pads can be used to apply pressure until the bleeding stops. When used with tape, gauze can serve as bandage to cover and protect wounds. Adhesive bandages of a variety of sizes are also recommended.


Wipes or solutions for wounds

Before you apply a bandage, you need to clean scrapes or wounds. Antiseptic wipes or sprays are convenient for cleaning injuries when there’s no clean water nearby. Sterile water or saline, such as contact lens saline solution, is good to have for flushing out eye injuries and can be used on other wounds.

Common Holiday Injuries Urgent Care Can Treat!

During the busy holiday season, visiting an urgent care center as opposed to the ER or doctor’s office will get you in and out quickly for your Cold and Flu, Sore Throat, or Sinus Infection. In addition to these common cold-weather illnesses, there are many injuries that happen frequently during the holidays and the cold months. If you’re suffering from a non-life-threatening injury, come visit us!

Sledding accidents
We can provide X-Rays and stitches for minor sledding accidents, or if you slipped and fell on the ice!

Burnt fingers
With all that holiday baking, it can be easy to forget a pot-holder. For minor burns to skin, we can provide treatment.

Accidents from playing indoors
When all that kid energy is stuck indoors, accidents can happen. If someone might need stitches for an X-Ray, come on by.

Sports injuries
We treat sports injuries for winter sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. Whether it’s a twisted ankle or a sprain, we provide quick, effective and affordable treatment solutions.

Nausea/food poisoning
With all those holiday potlucks, you may accidentally eat someone you’re allergic to or something that wasn’t cooked properly. If you come down with food allergies or food poisoning, our professional team can help.

Do You Have The Flu?

Flu season begins in early fall, peaks around January and February, and continues until April or May. The Flu is one of the most common illnesses people complain of. The first step to avoiding the flu is getting a flu shot. If you didn’t get your shot, or unfortunately get infected with a strain that the vaccine didn’t protect against, the flu can be very frustrating. Flu is a viral infection so it does not respond to antibiotics, which only work with bacterial diseases. A respiratory illness, it spreads easily from person to person and can be picked up from infected surfaces. The most common flu symptoms include:

Sore throat
Muscle and body aches
Stuffy head and nose
Coughs (can start as a dry cough but turn more serious)
Fatigue or feeling weak
Fever (102° or more)

Diarrhea and vomiting can also accompany flu, although this is more common in children than in adults. Anyone with reduced immunity who shows symptoms of flu should contact their doctor, and if you have green or yellow mucus, very severe headaches or difficulty breathing you should contact the emergency room without delay.

Symptoms typically last for a week, and can be treated with over the counter medicine. Reduce your fever with a pain reliever like ibuprofen, and take antihistamines and decongestants to help breathe easier if you’re congested.

Typically, with some medicine to reduce your symptoms and some rest and fluids, you’ll be in top shape soon enough. However, your body may not be able to fight off the flu on its own, and in that case you should see your doctor. The signs for that include:

Difficulty breathing
• Chest or stomach pain
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Severe vomiting

Time for a Flu Shot!

School is back, the temperature is cooling, and people are starting to get sick. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s time to do it! A quick vaccination will help you healthy and moving all season long.

A flu shot lowers the risk of children being admitted into the emergency room by 74%, according the CDC. Decreasing your chances of a hospital visit is not only good for your health, but also for your budget. Emergency room visits are expensive – much more than a one-time flu shot!

A flu shot is not the only way you can protect yourself from getting the flu. You can try to avoid contact with sick individuals, wash your hands, stay hydrated and exercise. Getting a lot of rest is another key to flu prevention. A well-rested body is a strong, healthy body.

If you or your child do start to feel sick, make sure you stay at home. Don’t spread it! Try not to go to many public areas, where you could pass on your germs to others.

Visit us today and get protection from the flu! With minimal wait time, we’ll get you in, out, and on with your day. The fastest way to health is with a visit to Xpress Urgent Care!

Why Choose Urgent Care?

An urgent care center is extremely helpful for many reasons. These are the most important factors why people choose an urgent care clinic over other options:
1. Affordability
The rising costs of traditional healthcare are driving people to seek out alternatives. Urgent care clinics are simply cheaper, on average, than other options, and 80% of emergency room visits could just as well have been handled at a walk in clinic. Furthermore, they accept most forms of insurance and usually provide big discounts to those who are without insurance coverage.
2. Faster Service
Waiting at an ER can take several hours, but you can likely receive care in 30 minutes or less at an urgent care center. The Xpress Urgent Care center is open on the weekends and is Metro accessible, so care is just a few minutes away.

3. Greater Convenience
Without any hassle of making an appointment and following a strict schedule, it is simply more convenient to use a walk in clinic for things like immunizations, flu and cold treatments, pediatric care, medical lab tests, and X-ray services. Mandatory physical exams for school, sports, or work are also commonly done at walk in clinics due to the ease with which it can be accomplished.
4. Access to a Quick Diagnosis
Sometimes, it is clear that you don’t need to make an ER trip, but neither are you sure exactly how serious your condition is. A walk in clinic can quickly diagnose you so you know what steps to take next.

ER vs. Urgent Care

When seeking medical care, it may be difficult to determine if you need to go to the Emergency Room, or if you can visit us at Xpress Urgent Care. Did you know only 29% of emergency room visits require emergency care? Visiting the emergency room is also 2 to 3 times more expensive then going to an urgent care clinic or visiting your doctor’s office.

The majority of urgent conditions are health issues that cannot wait for the patient to visit their primary care physician.

When to call 911 or visit the ER:

Potential Heart Attack
Potential Stroke
Major head or neck injury
Trouble or stopped breathing
Major Broken Bones
Severe Allergic reaction

When to visit Xpress Urgent Care

Minor sprains, strains, and cuts
Minor infections, rashes, and sore throats
Minor broken bones
Diagnostic services including x-rays and laboratory tests
Colds, flu, earaches, sore throats
Physical exams for school, sports, work

Xpress Care does provide Wellness Physicals, School Physicals and Pre-Surgery(Pre-Op) Employment Physicals on walk-in basis. You do not have to have an appointment for these visits. Just walk in. We can also fill your regular prescriptions if you have recently moved from another city, state or Country.

Summer First Aid Tips

As the weather warms up and everyone heads outside, injuries can be common. Be prepared for minor accidents this summer by brushing up on your first aid knowledge.

Bee Stings
If someone is stung by a bee, gently push out the stinger using a blunt-edged object. You can also use your fingernail, but take care not to squeeze venom back into the skin. Clean the wound, apply a cold compress, then dab on a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to relieve the pain.

Poison Ivy
Washing exposed areas with soap and water within five to 10 minutes of contact should prevent a breakout. If you don’t get to it in time, a cool bath laced with baking soda or oatmeal will rinse the rash-spreading oil. Afterward, apply calamine lotion to ease the itching. Be sure to wash all clothes (including sneakers) and sheets, as well as your pet’s fur; the potent oil can adhere to fabrics and other surfaces for up to a month, posing a risk of reinfection. If the rash starts oozing or the skin is swelling, call your doctor.

Minor Cuts
Be sure to keep a small first aid kit in your car or beach bag to ensure you are prepared for any incidents on the go. Bandages, disinfectant wipes, and a hydrocortisone cream are good things to bring with you. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray!


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