Posts by Ariell Kirylo

What To Do? Emergency Tips / Coughing

Cough keeping you up at night? Coughing is the body’s normal reflexive response to various irritants or secretions. In healthy individuals, the cough helps to clear and protect the airways. However, when it becomes persistent, productive, or is associated with other bothersome symptoms, it may indicate a more significant condition. Many people experience a cough as part of the “flu” or upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or sinusitis. However, if your cough is worsening, productive of phlegm and accompanied by fevers, you may actually have a lower respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia. This requires prompt antibiotic treatment and close follow up. Infections are by
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Lacerations

Cut your finger instead of the avocado? Finger lacerations are a common injury, often occurring during the rush of meal preparation. Some lacerations can be quite painful and even cause damage to the underlying vessels, tendons or nerves. If you cut your finger, immediately apply pressure with a clean towel and elevate the wound. If the cut is superficial and bleeding controlled, thoroughly (and gently) clean the wound with running water making sure there is no remaining debris. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and dress with a sterile bandage. If the wound is deep, open, or continues to bleed, you need more complex wound care and stitches. You may also
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Flu

It is peak flu season and we are seeing plenty of it! Symptoms of influenza include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue and body aches. If you are experiencing any of these, come visit one our clinics for a flu test and possible treatment. While there is no cure for the flu, there are certain antiviral medications that can shorten the duration of symptoms. They work best if started within 48 hours so don’t delay! Remember, this illness can become very severe and lead to dehydration or respiratory complications. If you have consistently high fevers, are unable to keep fluids down, or
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Sprains & Strains

Watch out for the slippery sidewalks and stairs this winter season. Falls are common and can result in various injuries such as ankle sprains and strains. When the ankle is twisted, rolled or inverted (most common), the ligaments can be stretched or even torn. This causes pain, swelling and decreased range of motion at the ankle joint. If you think you have experienced an ankle sprain/strain, it is important to visit one of our clinics for an official evaluation as you could actually have a bone fracture or serious ligament damage. For home treatment, remember the mnemonic: RICE R-Rest the
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Trying to lose weight for the New Years? Consider measuring your Vitamin D

By Preventative Medicine and Wellness Expert, James Yang, MD, MPH Vitamin D deficiency in the winter is very common with one study showing that 28 percent of women had deficient levels and 33 percent had insufficient levels of vitamin D.  Multiple studies have suggested that your baseline Vitamin D levels may affect whether you are successful at weight loss while on a diet. The most recent study by Dr. Shalamar Sibley showed that low levels of Vitamin D affected the magnitude of weight loss on subjects given a low-calorie diet.  In particular, Vitamin D levels  “did in fact predict abdominal fat loss in particular, and both
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What to Do? Emergency Tips / Food Poisoning

Holiday festivities have you running to the bathroom? With all the parties and celebrations, food poisoning is common this time of year. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating and low-grade temperatures. Fortunately, this condition usually does not require any specific treatment and is self-limited. It is extremely important to prevent dehydration. Try small frequent sips of clear fluids and electrolyte containing beverages. Avoid milk containing products, tobacco and alcohol as these may worsen symptoms. Once you are able to tolerate solids, start with bland foods, complex carbohydrates(potatoes/breads) and lean meats. If your symptoms are lasting more than a
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What to do? Emergency Tips / Depression

Got the blues this season? You’re not alone. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, depression and anxiety are common this time of year. As it gets colder and there is less sunlight, it’s important to take steps to maintain a healthy mind and body. Make sure you continue an exercise program, eat a balanced diet and incorporate stress relieving activities into your week. Try something new like volunteering or visiting old friends. You might just find some cheer while bringing joy to someone else. Please remember that depression and anxiety are serious conditions. If you or someone you know is struggling with
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Frostnip

Don’t let Jack Frost get the best of you this winter. Make sure to keep bundled up, especially if you are on certain medications(beta-blockers), are a smoker, or have chronic medical conditions that decrease circulation (such as diabetes or Raynaud’s disease). Frostnip can start at 0 °C (32 °F) and progress to worsening frostbite where there is serious damage. Prevention is key! What to do if you think you have frostnip (mild frostbite)? -Get out of the cold -Remove wet clothing -DO NOT massage or rub the area as this can cause further injury -Use warm water 40-42°C (104-108F) to rewarm the area, not direct dry
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Metro Care Wishes You All the Best This Season!

  The holiday season is a perfect time to give thanks for our health and the health of our loved ones, both physical and mental. Metro Care’s presence in your community is to provide you and your family with both peace of mind and body, resting assured that the health of you and your loved ones is our motivation. From all of us at Metro Care, we thank you for trusting us as your #1 local urgent healthcare provider, and we look forward to making 2014 your healthiest year yet. -MIPC Team  
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Did You Know?

Hug to Heal Be generous with hugs this season! Hugging has shown to be an effective and costless way to promote healing in ourselves and our loved ones.  The recommended dosage of hugs per day is four. Hugging has been said to promote healing in the following ways: Hugs boosts oxytocin levels, healing feelings of loneliness, isolation and anger Hugs boosts serotonin levels, elevating our moods with happy feelings leading to positive thinking Hugs release muscle tension and stress, promoting relaxation and allowing our bodies to heal quicker
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