Flu Season in San Diego

With the change in seasons comes cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, communicable diseases. Influenza is a virus that has found a way into the spotlight year after year and can be particularly dangerous, especially for the very old, and very young folks in the population. Though there are many strains of the Influenza virus, all cause respiratory distress and can provoke other dangerous symptoms such as high fevers, chills, and dehydration. Along with these symptoms come others that are typically attributed to the common cold such as runny nose, cough, congestion, and headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms that persist for longer than five days, you should contact your physician. Though many healthy adults can fight off the infection with just minor symptoms, a person’s condition can deteriorate rapidly if the infection is severe.

 

San Diego Flu Season Specifics

In San Diego county, the 2016-17 Flu season saw 87 fatalities, which included 2 children. Already as of late October 2017, there have been over 220 cases reported, which is a dramatic rise from last year. This increase in reported cases might be a dangerous sign that the 2017-18 Flu season could prove more deadly than previous years.

 

Flu Prevention

flu season San Diego As with many other viral and bacterial infections, vaccinations have been proven to provide safe, effective prevention from this disease. The Health and Human Services Agency and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important that those who have weakened immune systems, are pregnant, elderly or living with anyone in these populations seek a flu vaccine. Along with vaccinations it is strongly recommended to practice frequent hand-washing and staying home when feeling sick. If all contribute to practicing prevention, we can save lives.

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How To Best Deal With An Allergic Reaction

More than 50 million adults and approximately 40% of children in the United States suffer from allergies every year.  Due to these high numbers, it is important to understand allergic reactions and how to deal with them.

Here are some of the most common allergies, the symptoms, and how to treat the more serious allergic reactions:

The Most Common Allergens:

Some of the most common allergens that adults and children suffer from in the US include:

  • Insect Bites & Stings
  • Foods such as peanuts, eggs, and seafood
  • Trees
  • Pollen
  • Medications
  • Latex

 

The Most Common Symptoms:

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It is important to visit a walk-in clinic in San Diego and get tested for allergies if you have been suffering from welts, headaches, sneezing, etc, and haven’t a clue where the symptoms are coming from. Some of these allergies can be quite dangerous if not addressed.

There are many different symptoms brought on by allergens and you should take note if something doesn’t seem right.  If you are on a new medication and believe you are developing a reaction, immediately notify your doctor.  If you will be traveling to another country, you should be tested for allergies.

Outdoor Reactions:

Pollen is probably the most common along with plants and grass, which will cause runny eyes, congested sinuses, and sneezing.

 

Indoor Reactions:

The most common indoor reactions can be pet dander, mold, dust, cigarettes and/or cigars.  Chemicals in carpets can also cause an allergic reaction, so if you have new carpet and notice symptoms, there is something to consider.

 

Common allergy groups and the symptoms:

Food:

If you consume a certain food and start experiencing a tingling sensation in your mouth, on your tongue and lips or you discover swelling of your throat, chances are you are having an allergic reaction. Hives are very common symptoms and are extremely uncomfortable, causing constant itching. In severe cases, you may experience anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction and can be life-threatening.  It affects many areas of the body including your heart, circulation, skin, airways, etc.  It only takes a few minutes of exposure to the allergen but in some cases can react even hours later.

 

Medications:

This usually takes place with itchy hives, rashes, wheezing, or facial swelling. Before prescribing any medication, your doctor will usually ask if you have experienced allergies from a medication in the past. If you have never taken this medication, read the label to understand the side effects. It is extremely important that your report an allergic reaction to your doctor in a timely manner.

 

Insect Bites & Stings:

Usually, you will experience hives, a red and swollen area around the bite or sting, itching, coughing, or shortness of breath.

Severe reactions can lead to very serious conditions, known as anaphylaxis, and can be life-threatening. These symptoms will arise quickly and should be addressed immediately!

  • Breathing Problems
  • Tightening of the Throat
  • Swelling and/or Hives
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Fainting Or Becoming Dizzy

Some people will experience a rapid pulse or worse yet, their heart will stop beating!  It is always wise to contact your doctor if you are experiencing a serious reaction to any of the mentioned allergens.

 

Caring For Your Allergies:

common allergiesFortunately, most people who have experienced allergic reactions are aware of it and are prepared to take action. Mild to average symptoms can be easily managed with medications or lotions.  On the other hand, if you suffer from severe reactions, you are running the risk of anaphylaxis and must seek medical help immediately!  Your doctor or an emergency care center/hospital will treat you and get you on a medication very quickly.

If your symptoms are serious or persist, visit your nearby urgent care center in San Diego. At Medical Care San Diego, their physicians are ready to assist you with no appointment necessary!

If you are aware of allergies you have issues with, the best policy is to stay away from the source. If you accidentally come in contact with the allergen, antihistamines or decongestants may help. Understanding your allergies will potentially keep you out of harm’s way. It is always a good idea to get tested and find out if there are allergens that affect you and how serious the reactions will be. There are kits available that people carry with them for severe reactions such as bee stings or bites. Ask your doctor about getting a kit if needed.

Why You Should Always Apply Sunscreen

During the summer months, everyone is heading outdoors, going to the beach, and doing many other activities that expose their skin to the rays of the sun.  If you do not take precautions to protect your skin from the sun, it can lead to serious skin damage.

If you do not use a good sunscreen, you could experience sunburn, wrinkling and even potentially develop Melanoma.  Here is some valuable information that you should know about melanoma and how you can protect your skin while enjoying your time outdoors.

 

Melanoma:

melanoma la jollaYou probably have heard of melanoma but might not fully grasp how dangerous this condition is.  Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that, if not quickly treated, can lead to death.  This form of cancer spreads alarmingly fast and though less common than other forms of skin cancer, it’s on the rise!

Melanoma is caused by overexposure to the sun and/or ultraviolet radiation.  People with fair complexions such as redheads and blonds, those with blue or green eyes, are at the highest risk of developing melanoma.  Although the risk will increase as you age, it can also affect younger, healthier people.

 

The Signs:

Melanoma can first appear as a mole that will slowly increase over time.  Everyone has a mole or two or a birthmark, but if you have discovered a new spot, and have spent time outdoors without skin protection,  you should set up an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible!

 

The Dangers Of Sun Exposure:

The sun produces ultraviolet rays (UV) as well as UVA, UVB, and UVC. These rays are broken down as follows:

 

UVA:

95% of ultraviolet rays that reach the earth’s surface are from UVA.  It penetrates the second layer of skin, causes damage, wrinkles, and premature aging.  UVA is used in tanning beds as well – So Beware!

 

UVB:

These ultraviolet rays affect the top layer of your skin.  It causes sunburns and is directly linked to skin cancer.  It can burn unprotected skin in less than 15 minutes and damages your skin’s DNA.

 

UVC:

This radiation comes from a short wave C range and cannot penetrate dead skin. But it can damage superficial tissues of the eye.  Though this can cause a great deal of discomfort, it is normally gone in a short period of time.

 

The Highest Risks From Ultraviolet Rays:

There is an increase in exposure during the summer months, at higher altitudes, and during the sun’s highest point during the day.  The sun’s reflection off sand, water, and snow can affect your skin very quickly.  Any activities on the water such as swimming, surfing or sailing will reflect these rays off the water and can harm unprotected skin.  Many people think they are safe from skin damage from UV during the winter months. Actually, if you ski during the winter months, you are at high risk if your skin is not properly protected.  The reflection of sun rays off the snow is very intense.  You can limit your exposure by covering exposed areas with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.

 

Sunscreen SPF Levels:

You might think the higher a sunscreen’s SPF is, the safer you will be.  Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.  SPF15 blocks approximately 94% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 45 blocks approximately 98%.  There are no sunscreens that will protect your skin 100%.

 

When To Apply Your Sunscreen:

It is highly recommended that you apply a water-resistant lotion approximately 30-minutes before going outdoors.  You should reapply the lotion at least every 2-hours and directly after sweating or swimming.  If you come out of the water and dry off, immediately apply another layer of sunscreen.

Keep in mind, only one application of sunscreen will not protect you all day long.  You should apply a new layer throughout the course of the day.  If you work outdoors, wear protective garments and hats.

Carefully apply a lotion around your eye area, making sure you do not get it in your eyes.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eye tissue from UVC.

 

Sunscreen – How To Apply It Properly:

Sunscreen comes in three different applications from sprays, to sticks, or lotions.  Apply a thick layer to your skin and if using a lotion make sure you shake it well before applying.

Make sure you apply enough sunscreen to cover all areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun.  This includes your back, legs, neck, shoulders, arms, and ears.

 

In Conclusion:

Outside of wrinkles and tougher appearing skin, Melanoma is a serious affect from the rays of the sun.  This time of year is a great time to spend outdoors with family and friends.  Make sure your skin gets the protection it deserves and enjoy the beach and summertime!

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Tips for Staying Safe at the Beach This Summer

With summer right around the corner, families and friends alike are taking off to the beach for fun and relaxation.  Before loading your car with coolers, sand castle shovels, and beach balls you should take the advice of Dr. Mann, lead physician at the Medical Care San Diego, to ensure your stay healthy and safe.

Dr. Mann’s Advice for a Healthy Day at the Beach

The Sun Can Be Your Friend Or Harm You:

Not only are sunburns extremely painful but they can be a dangerous health risk.  Spending too much time under the harmful rays of the sun can lead to melanoma.  Melanoma is a very dangerous skin cancer growth on the skin caused by the sun or in tanning booths.  It normally resembles moles that are either black or brown but can also be blue, white, red, purple, or pink. An estimated 10,130 people in the United States will die from melanoma annually.  Before heading to the beach, make sure that you purchase a sunscreen lotion that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and has the highest possible SPF.  Should you suffer from allergies or various conditions caused by chemicals, purchase a PABA-free child’s sunscreen.  Melanoma is no laughing matter and all necessary steps to avoid developing it should be taken very seriously.

 

Do You And Your Children Know How To Swim?

Anyone who goes into the water should know how to swim and children should be accompanied by an adult who can swim.  According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 10 children will drown, 140 will end up in the emergency ward and at least 36 more will be hospitalized.  Dr. Mann strongly believes that children who have minimal swimming abilities should be equipped with swimming fins. It will help your children stay above the water and protect them from strong ocean currents.

 

Non-Pro Surfers Take Note:

You might be an excellent swimmer and proficient in surfing and body-boarding, but if you do not stay alert and watch out for shore breaking waves you could be dragged into the bottom of a big wave. This can be extremely life-threatening due to injuries to your head if slammed into the sand. Dr. Mann has pointed out that if you are thrown head-first into the sand you can seriously injure your neck and spine causing death or paralysis. Unless you are a pro surfer, you should stay away from areas that have larger shore breaks. If you are new to the area, find out where these areas are and stay away from them. Take it from the pros, if you start to experience a wipeout, cover your face and head with your arms, curl up into a ball, and roll along with the ocean to prevent spinal and head injury.

 

Stay Away From Piers:

When swimming, stay far away from piers where others may be fishing. If you are a swimmer, you do not want to have a fish hook penetrate into your skin or in your head. These are very serious lacerations that will end your day at the beach and instead put you in the emergency room to have it removed. Also, fishing lines are almost invisible under water, they can catch a swimmer off guard and entangle them in the line very quickly.

 

Advice Regarding Fishing from a Pier:

If you fish from a pier, you should pay attention to any possible swimmers in the area and show caution. If within earshot, advise swimmers they are roaming into a fishing area and they should move away from the piers. Also, when casting, use an underhand cast vs arching off your back.

 

These are just a few cautions you should take before heading to the beach. Use common sense, do not wander too far out in the ocean as the waters are very deceiving. You could end up further away from the shore than you thought you were. Lifeguards spend countless hours rescuing people from the ocean, don’t be one of them. And remember to always apply sunscreen!

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2017 Flu Deaths in San Diego, CA Surpasses 2016

According to the latest data available, the total number of deaths caused by flu in 2017 has been 68. This includes seven deaths reported in San Diego County in the week ending on 12th March, 2017. The number of casualties in 2017 up until this March has already surpassed the total deaths caused by flu or flu related conditions in 2016. Given the fact more than six weeks remain in the flu season, even more deaths are anticipated and hence all medical administrators are urging for proactive remedial measures instead of seeking treatments after being infected. Urgent Cares are being especially bombarded with flu patients as these clinics remain the most effective centers for treating this illness. Compare this with Emergency Rooms only treating 3% of San Diego’s flu patients.

It’s important to know that there are certain groups of people who are more vulnerable to contract the flu. More evidently, of the 68 dead this year, only three had no underlying medical conditions. Most people affected were above the age of sixty-five and almost everyone was in the range of thirty one to ninety eight years of age. It is evident that middle aged adults, seniors or those with prevailing medical conditions are the most vulnerable. If you are in these target groups, it’s important to stay vigilant this flu season and invest in more medicinal therapies to help boost your immune system, including Vitamin B shots, taking vitamin pill supplements, and regular exercise.

While there has been a significant increase in flu related deaths, it has been coupled by a drop in the number of influenza cases being diagnosed and confirmed by laboratories across the county. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, has said that influenza activity is on the decline but the number of flu-related deaths would be reported in coming days. She has warned people not to be complacent and that everyone should get vaccinated. Dr. Wooten cautions the citizens of San Diego and surrounding areas that the flu season lasts well into April and can also stretch into May.

Going by the health data compiled from all labs across the country, there have been two hundred sixty cases of flu confirmed by the labs for the week ending on 12th of March. The week earlier there were around three hundred twenty-seven cases diagnosed and confirmed.

If you believe you have the flu it is important to get tested ASAP! At Medical Care San Diego we accept walk-ins for flu testing, no waiting around! Come visit us today, we are here to help!

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A Flu Vaccination Is Your Friend! Why You Should Get a Flu Shot in San Diego

In this day and age, it seems to get more difficult to tell the difference between truthful information and

what is pure publicity.  Over the past number years, the subject of the Flu Vaccine has been a concern for everyone.  There are people who really do believe that it’s simply another way for pharmaceuticals to get rich!  WRONG!  The bottom line, the Flu Vaccine really does work!  No Propaganda, No Hype, Just Factual. Get your flu shot in San Diego today! Medical Care San Diego is here to help!

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This Is Why It Works:

When your immune system discovers the vaccine in your body, it builds up your body’s ability to fight the flu virus protecting you from becoming seriously ill or even from dying!

Recent studies have shown that the flu vaccine prevents people from landing in the hospital.  For some time now, the emphasis has always been on flu vaccines for elderly people but that’s just not the case anymore.  The flu vaccine will protect all age groups.

Flu Vaccination has reduced hospitalization for influenza in the following three age groups:

  • 50 to 64 – a reduction of 63.9%
  • 65 to 74 – a reduction of 61.0%
  • 75 and Up – a reduction of 57.3%

 

Here are several reasons why not getting a Flu Vaccination is NOT a good idea:

  • No one wants to get sick!
  • Illness impacts your life, it takes time out of your life, keeps you down for a good period of time and the flu is actually quite painful!
  • It costs money, you miss out on work, can lose income, and you must pay for medications, doctors, and in some cases hospitalization.

 

On top of the above, the flu is a contagious disease that you will spread to others.  Getting a flu shot in San Diego is actually a selfless act, it’s an act of love!  You will protect your family and friends, people you don’t even know and will spread to babies and grandparents very easily.  Just about everyone would do whatever it takes to protect their children, moms, dads, and grandparents.

Even with good health insurance, your copay is not going to be cheap and I’m sure you have better things to spend your money on!

Those who listen to propaganda are fooling themselves!  They have been led to believe a flu shot will only make you more likely to come down with the flu!  WRONG!  Don’t put yourself, your kids, your parents or grandparents in harm’s way by denying flu vaccinations.

Do yourself and everyone else a big favor – Get a flu shot in San Diego and play it safe! Visit our urgent care in San Diego today!

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