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Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Tues, Jul 15, 2021


The team at Advanced EmUrgent Care is proud to announce the addition of Blue Cross and Blue Shield as an In Network provider of its Urgent Care services starting today. This means that the residents of West Volusia and for those visiting the region can now be seen as an Urgent Care patient and use their insurance benefits for all services provided. From the basic upper respiratory complaints, traumatic injury calling for xrays, to the more complicated chest pain complaints calling for EKG assessment; all Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients are welcome to visit our comfortable setting and be treated by our courteous and professional staff. Advanced EmUrgent Care is open 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Monday through Friday our hours are from 7am to 7pm and weekends 7am to 3pm. We look forward to continuing to serve the great residents of Volusia County and welcome our newest in network provider Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Poison Ivy

By: Kim Del Campo,
Tues, Jun 29, 2021


Summertime poses an increased risk of coming into contact with poisonous plants. Common plants found out and about Florida are poison ivy and poison oak.

When the skin comes in direct contact with an irritating or allergy-causing substance, contact dermatitis can develop. Exposure to poison ivy and poison oak causes more cases of allergic contact dermatitis than all other plant families combined.

People of all ethnicities and skin types are at risk for developing poison ivy dermatitis. The severity of the reaction decreases with age, especially in people who have had mild reactions in the past. People in occupations such as firefighting, forestry, and farming are at a higher risk of poison ivy dermatitis because of repeated exposure to toxic plants.

Poison ivy and poison oak plants contain a compound called urushiol, which is a light, colorless oil that is found in the fruit, leaves, stem, roots, and sap of the plant. When urushiol is exposed to air, it turns brown and then black; plant leaves develop small black spots.

There are several ways that you can be exposed to urushiol:

  • By touching the sap or rubbing against the leaves of the toxic plant at any time of year
  • By touching something that has urushiol on it, such as animal fur or garden tools
  • By breathing in smoke when toxic plants are burned
  • Ginkgo fruit and the skin of mangoes also contain urushiol and can produce symptoms similar to poison ivy dermatitis

Skin treatments — For some people, adding oatmeal to a bath, applying cool wet compresses, and applying calamine lotion may help to relieve itching. Once the blisters begin weeping fluid, astringents containing aluminum acetate (Burow's solution) and Domeboro may help to relieve the rash.
Antihistamines — Antihistamines do not help to relieve itching caused by poison ivy dermatitis. Some antihistamines make you sleepy while others do not. The ones that make you sleepy (eg, diphenhydramine [sample brand name Benadryl]) can help you to ignore the itch while sleeping, but the quality of sleeping is worse than normal, and patients scratch just as much during the night as if they were not taking an antihistamine.
Steroid creams — Steroid creams may be helpful if they are used during the first few days after symptoms develop. Low-potency steroid creams, such as 1% hydrocortisone (available in the United States without prescription) are not usually helpful. A stronger prescription formula may be helpful, but such steroid creams cost more and are less helpful than taking steroid pills or receiving an injection.
Steroid pills or injections — If you develop severe symptoms or the rash covers a large area (especially on the face or genitals), you may need steroid pills (eg, prednisone) or injections (eg, triamcinolone acetonide, budesonide) to help relieve itching and swelling. Pills are usually given for 14 to 21 days, with the dosage slowly decreased over time. When pills are stopped sooner than 14 days, it is common for the rash and itching to reappear.

If you or someone you know needs help with a skin irritation please feel free to contact our office 7 days per week for our medical professionals to assess and treat it for you.

What is COVID?

By: Michelle Tutt, MSN-FNP-C, BSN, RN
Mon, Feb 8, 2021


COVID 19 is a virus that was first identified years ago. It is a respiratory virus that is associated with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
It is similar to so many illnesses that we have known about and treating for many years but it has some qualities that are making it unique and challenging to treat. We are learning more and more every day about the virus.

 

What are the symptoms to look for?

The symptoms that we are seeing is what is making this a challenging medical adventure for all of us.

 

Keep an out for these…

  • severe headaches
  • fevers
  • cough
  • sinus and nasal congestion
  • body aches
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • nausea and vomiting and diarrhea
With all of these different symptoms, it’s not a surprise that it has been so challenging for the public and the medical community

 

At Advanced Emurgent Care we follow the most updated recommendations from the CDC for care and treatment of COVID. The CDC recommendations are as follows...


If you test positive for COVID, the CDC recommends you quarantine for 10-14 days.  After 10 days, your viral load (the amount of virus in your body) is so low you are no longer considered contagious.

 

What does that mean for you?

After 10 days, you may return to what we now call “normal life.”
That means coming out of quarantine, wearing your mask, maintaining a 6-foot distance to help prevent the spread of air droplets from person to person and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Make sure you are washing your mask or changing out disposable masks regularly
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching soiled surfaces

CDC no longer states that you need 3 negative tests to return to work, again, after 10 days your viral load is low enough that you are no longer considered contagious.

The CDC no longer recommends immediate treatment with antibiotics or steroids for mild cases of COVID. Treat your symptoms, stay hydrated, take medication for body aches or fever. Notify us at Urgent Care or your PCP if you feel you are getting worse and need further treatment or concerns that you may need to be seen at the ER.

 

HERE AT ADVANCED EMURGENT CARE WE OFFER RAPID AND PCR COVID SWABS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AND HEALTH, PLEASE CALL OR COME IN FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS .