Urgent care in Germantown, MDJust as common as sunburn

If you were asked to name the most common warm weather infirmity that is treated at urgent care clinics, chances are that sunburn would be the overwhelming answer. However, there are two or three other health problems that are just as common, and usually are more serious. Warmer temperatures and longer days send us out and about to enjoy camping trips, family cookouts, swimming, amusement parks, beachcombing, hiking, and a host of other activities.

Without fail, every year we expose ourselves to more germs, push our bodies a little harder, and partake in activities that may result in mishaps that leave us in pain. Urgent Care Centers can get you back in the summer fun as fast as possible, but remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You are definitely better off avoiding these common summertime illnesses and injuries in the first place.

Asthma attacks

Those who suffer with chronic asthma live under the threat of an impending asthma attack at any time. However, they also realize that there are certain conditions that can make attacks more likely, and if you can be aware of those conditions or triggers, you can decrease your chances of an attack, or decrease the severity of an attack. In the spring and summer you can expect higher levels of pollen and air pollution, which combines with high humidity to create conditions that may trigger asthma attacks more easily than when it’s cool outside. It is important to pay attention to those reports. Air quality conditions are usually reported in the local weather forecast, and like most everything else today, there are a number of cell phone apps that can keep you informed. Wherever your plans may take you, make a note as to the location of the nearest urgent care center that can have you or your child breathing easy.

Swimmer’s ear

It makes no difference where you swim; in a lake, a manmade pool, or in the ocean, nearly everyone enjoys a cooling dip when the temperatures start to rise. Competitive swimmers spend a tremendous amount of time in the water during the warm weather season. Swimming is an activity that provides a good time for everyone but a case of “swimmer’s ear” can ruin the fun. Your ears are designed to channel water out of the outer ear canal, but constant immersion from swimming or diving can create a pressure imbalance in which pockets of water can become trapped in the ear. Bacteria thrive in the warm and wet environment, so if you were swimming in a pool that’s not treated properly, or that hosts a lot of microorganisms, your ear canal can become the perfect breeding ground for these germs. Although this may not be as serious as it sounds, swimmer’s ear needs to be addressed. It is most often cleared up with some special ear drops that are available at any urgent care center.

Food poisoning

Nothing says that the warm weather has arrived more than breaking out the grill and outdoor cookouts. Inviting friends and family over for food and drinks is the makings of a classic summer evening. Hopefully, you and your friends are responsible cooks. Food must be properly handled in the warmer weather, especially when it comes to uncooked animal products. These days, most packaged meet has handling instructions on the package. Be sure to follow those instructions closely. Keep the meat cool until you cook it, and once you cook it make sure it is prepared at a high enough temperature to kill bacteria. Make sure all your meat is cooked completely done. If you suffer with the symptoms of food poisoning, get in to the nearest urgent care center as soon as possible.

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to general healthcare and occupational medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for fevers or any non life-threatening health issues.

Urgent care in Germantown, MDIllness and injuries that need immediate attention

Urgent care centers are ideally set up to handle injuries that occur after hours and that are not life threatening, but needs attention quickly. For example, perhaps your child has not been feeling well all afternoon. It is a weekday evening and you were hoping that he or she would make it until tomorrow so you could get in to see the pediatrician. However, by 7pm, your child only seems to be getting worse. You decide that it is just too uncomfortable to wait until tomorrow to see a doctor. The question before you is, “Should you take your child to an urgent care clinic, or to the emergency room?” Consider the following suggestions that may help you decide what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Life threatening emergencies

There is no question that any life-threatening emergency should be handled in the Emergency Room (ER). The safest way to get to an emergency room for a life threatening issue is to call 911. Life-threatening emergencies include:

  • breathing difficulties
  • asthma attacks where the victim is wheezing too much to count to ten
  • a baby is wheezing too much to drink or nurse
  • severe trauma
  • seizures
  • allergic reactions
  • head or neck injuries

Situations for urgent care

If someone has an injury or illness that is not life-threatening, but needs attention quickly, and your doctor’s office is closed; an urgent care center is the most likely the place to go. Medically speaking, going to an urgent care clinic is similar to your physician’s office, but with a few added services. Here are some of the most common conditions that are treated at an urgent care clinic:

  • simple lacerations and wounds
  • fractures, sprains, and strains
  • ear, nose, and throat problems
  • fevers, and common pediatric illnesses
  • stomach flu
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • rashes and infections
  • Minor burns

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to general healthcare and occupational medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for fevers or any non life-threatening health issues.

Sports physicals in Germantown, MDSpring sports and camp physicals

It’s time for spring sports and you might have a middle school or high school athlete who needs to complete the Pre-Participation Physical in order to participate. If your primary care physician is overbooked, or you cannot schedule a timely appointment, bring your child into your local Urgent Care Center for the required sports physical. Most of us look at this as a mere formality, a minor hurdle that must be made when your child only wants to play ball or go to camp. Without sounding overly dramatic, the reality is that a sports physical for your child might save her or his life.

The purpose of pre participation physicals

Pre-participation physical exam is intended to screen these young camp attendees and athletic competitors for undetected health issues that may pose a risk when they play intense sports. The approach is to rule out or evaluate any medical conditions, or provide treatment before your child competes or participates. Some of the health risks that are screened may include:

  • Orthopedic problems
  • Asthma or pulmonary dysfunction
  • Undiagnosed heart conditions
  • Spinal anomalies
  • Lesser issues that still cause concern

The two parts of an exam

As a parent, you should not approach the physical as routine. You want to make sure that your child is seen by a competent physician who will assess your child’s health systematically and pragmatically. The bottom line for these exams is to ensure that your child is in good health and fit enough to meet the demands of their sport of choice. In order to protect your child from undiscovered physical issues, sports physicals should consist of two parts:

  1. A comprehensive personal and family medical history.
  2. A general medical exam by a health care professional.

When these two dynamics are scrutinized by the physician, the detailed background of your family’s medical history combined with the assessment of your child’s physical condition can be of great benefit. You should be there to provide detailed and valuable insight and knowledge of family health history during the exam. If an issue should be detected, the doctor is then able to recommend the appropriate treatment or therapy that will give your child the best chance to practice or compete without concerns. Just as importantly, you will have peace of mind knowing that your child is in the best possible physical condition.

Convenient and comprehensive sports physicals in Germantown

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. If you cannot get a timely appointment for a sports physical exam through your primary care physician, Medical Access provides convenient walk-in service for every member of your family. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs, and provide the appropriate services. Care will range from preventive medicine to urgent care, even if it requires x-ray and lab services. Plan ahead and get the youngsters in for summer camp physicals at the same time.

Injury treatment in Germantown, MDToo much fun in the sun

As the weather warms up, it is inevitable that we will be providing injury treatment for patients who have either spent too much time in the sun or did not take steps to protect their skin. Most of us grew up thinking of sunburn as a painful consequence of summer activity. However, scientific studies have revealed that the risks associated with excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can have serious effects on our health. This is particularly true when it comes to young, sensitive skin. Dermatologists tell us that just one severe sunburn can potentially double your child’s chances of getting melanoma later in life.

Fortunately, we also know that the regular use of sunscreen during the first 18 years of life can reduce a child’s chance of getting skin cancer by 78 percent. That is significant because skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than two million people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year. That is more than the incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

The Skin Cancer Foundation reminds us that sunscreen should always be used and applied liberally. Consider the following tips for sunscreen use below:

  • If you cannot apply sunscreen all the time, be sure to use it when the sun’s rays and heat is most intense; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunscreen need to be applied about 30 minutes before going out during this time of day.
  • It is important to cover all of your skin that will be exposed to the sun. This includes the back of your knees, on the ears, around your eyes, your neck, and scalp.
  • Select only sunscreens with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Check the label to ensure that it is what is known as “broad spectrum” SPF. This means that it will block both UVA and UVB sunlight. UVA rays are responsible for sunburn. UVB rays are largely responsible for causing wrinkles.
  • Don’t skimp when it comes to the use of sunscreen. Shake it well before applying, and then lather it on.
  • Infants need sun screen too. We suggest that you start using sunscreen for your children as early as 6 months of age.
  • It is important to remember that insect repellent can reduce a sunscreen’s SPF by as much as 30 percent. If you are using insect repellent along with sunscreen, use a higher SPF, and reapply it fairly often.

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for fevers or any non life-threatening health issues.

April Newsletter

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April 2015 Newsletter  April Newsletter from Medical Access and Germantown Primary Care

 

Spring is here!  As the flowers start blooming and trees budding, we are also seeing improvements here at Medicalaccess Urgent Care and Germantown Primary Care Associates.

Since our opening a little over a year ago, we have hired additional clerical staff and also added to our medical providers. We added electronic medical records, and worked to streamline our processes. We have listened to your comments and are continuing to develop our systems to give you the best patient experience when you visit us.

We are listening to you and your comments, and would like to hear more.

We have created a Survey for you:

Please complete this brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q9JGR7Z

It will only take 3-5 minutes of your time, and will greatly help us to continue to improve your patient experience at Medicalaccess Urgent Care and Germantown Primary Care Associates. We look forward to reading your honest feedback.

Thank you for your continued patronage and loyalty, and for sending your work colleagues, friends and family to see us. We will continue to do everything we can to provide the best patient care for you.

Sincerely, Manbir Takhar, MD. Medical Director

 

KOMIC KORNER      

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It’s Spring!  Eat Right!

Thai Chicken with Basil Stir Fry

Ingredients

 

  • 1 Qt water
  • 2 C uncooked jasmine rice
  • ¾ C coconut milk
  • 3 T rice wine vinegar
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 ½ T fish sauce
  • ¾ t red pepper flakes
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 Med onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, halved and cut into ½” strips
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 ½ C chopped fresh basil
  • 5 green onions, chopped

1.    Put rice in a medium pot with water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 20 minutes.

2.    In a medium bowl, mix coconut milk, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce and red pepper flakes.

3.    In a wok or skillet and over medium-high heat, warm olive oil.  Gently stir in ginger, onion, and garlic, cooking together until lightly browned.

4.    Mix in the chicken and cook three more minutes, until browned.

5.    Gently stir in coconut sauce and cook until sauce is reduced to about 1/3 original amount.

6.    Mix in mushrooms, basil and green onions and cook until heated through.

7.    Serve over warm rice.

 

April 2015 Calendar

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

Significant Dates

  • April 2 – Holy Thursday
  • Arpil 3 – Good Friday
  • April 4 – 11 – Passover
  • April 5 – Easter and Passover
  • April 12 – Orthodox Easter
  • April 15 – Taxes due!

 

Semi-Significant Dates

  • April 7 – World Health Day
  • April 10 – National Siblings Day
  • April 16 – Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • April 22 – Administrative Professionals’ Day
  • April 24 – Arbor Day

 

Really Insignificant, but Fun April Days

  • April 2 – Tweed Day
  • April 7 – No Housework Day
  • April 11 – Barbershop Quartet Day
  • April 15 – National That Sucks Day
  • April 23 – Talk Like Shakespeare Day

 

Urgent Care for Knee Injury in Germantown

Get checked to avoid complications

If you have suffered a recent knee injury, it is important to get urgent or immediate care to avoid serious complications. Knee injuries are not just for professional or college athletes, there are many different ways to injure a knee such as falls, twisting injuries, car accidents, and work place repetitive use. Your most important consideration is to make sure that you have not suffered a fracture. If you have any concern that there is a fracture, you should go to an Emergency Room or an Urgent Care Center for an x-ray.

Until you reach a doctor

The most obvious sign of knee injury is pain. Sometimes the pain can be so excruciating that it is difficult to move, on or walk on the joint. Our knees are a complex combination of bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Once you experience pain, it is important to take steps to prevent causing more damage before you see a doctor. Consider the following:

Rest and elevate

You should avoid putting any weight on the leg until you know what is wrong or until you start feeling better. If swelling develops in the joint, lie down and keep the leg elevated on some pillows. If it is absolutely necessary for you to walk, use a cane or crutches to keep from placing weight on the leg. Rest is crucial, especially during the first 24-48 hours right after an injury. However, it is also important to move the leg periodically, as prolonged inactivity can put you at risk to develop a blood clot in the leg.

Ice the joint

Ice is a natural and very effective anti-inflammatory. Be careful not to ice your knee for more than 20 minutes every hour. Protect your skin and soft tissues by placing a towel between your skin and the ice pack. There are numerous anti-inflammatory medications available; however, you should not take anti-inflammatory medication until speaking to a doctor or health care provider.

Treatment at an urgent care center

If you feel the need to go an Emergency Room after a knee injury, you can expect the following:

  1. Examination – You will be examined by a doctor or health care provider. He or she will determine if there are any urgent conditions that require further testing, treatment or admission to a hospital.
  1. X-Ray – You will most likely have an X-ray to rule out the possibility of a fracture. If you do have a fracture, the urgent care physician will determine if you can go home, or if you need to be referred to an orthopedic surgeon. After leaving the urgent care clinic, your primary care doctor or orthopedic surgeon will examine you and determine if an MRI is necessary.
  1. Discharge Home – In most cases, patients are able to return home without the need to be admitted to the hospital. After a knee injury, it is very common for the urgent care doctor to send you home with a knee immobilizer that prevents you from bending the knee until you are seen by your primary care doctor or orthopedic surgeon.

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for fevers or any non life-threatening health issues.

Occupational Health ServicesOccupational medicine for any size business

The Occupational Health Services provided by Medical Access Urgent Care provides comprehensive occupational medical services to employers and businesses of every size throughout the Germantown area. Flexible hours and skilled medical providers make occupational medicine available to your employees every day, including weekends. You cannot underestimate the importance of your employees enjoying optimal health. Our occupational health services underscore the need for your employees to fully return back to work following treatment.

The staff and doctors at Medical Access are committed to keeping employers informed regarding the employees’ medical condition and work status. Our clinicians have the experience, and understand the importance of compassionate and accurate management of the injured worker. Treatment by our urgent care and occupational medicine specialists will save your company time and money by reducing expensive emergency department visits, and by getting your employees back to work safely and as soon as possible.

Occupational medicine that keeps employees productive

Medical Access urgent care clinics offer a full range of occupational medicine services for your business. The primary focus is on keeping your employees healthy, and when they are sick or injured, providing the treatment that they need to get back to full productivity as soon as possible. We can establish or assist with the workman’s compensation process should they experience a work-related injury. Consider the many services and procedures available through our occupational health services:

  • On site drug screens
  • Breath and blood alcohol testing
  • Hearing loss evaluations
  • Respiratory fitness evaluations
  • Pre-employment exams
  • DOT certification exams
  • Strong return to work philosophy
  • Fit for duty examinations
  • Designated worker’s comp program

Beyond the many occupational health services we offer, your employees are more likely to seek treatment because of short average wait times for treatment, along with the flexibility of walk-in treatment. In addition, insurers and employees will pay only a fraction or the medical cost compared to emergency room charges.

Convenient, occupational medicine for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our employees, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff is trained to carefully and quickly assess patient needs and provide the appropriate services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for occupational health services or any non life-threatening health issues.

Urgent Care and Treatment for Fevers in Germantown MD

Urgent care for fevers

It almost seems that urgent care clinics are designed with fever treatment in mind. Few things can upset parents more than a baby or toddler presenting with a fever. Believe it or not, a fever can be a sign that good and bad things are happening in the body at the same time. Have you ever been sick for a few days and then woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat? Perhaps during the same episode of sickness, you had the chills so bad that you could not stop shaking? In both cases, you were dealing with the symptoms of a fever. A cold or the flu are distinct illnesses that are caused by viruses or bacteria.

A fever is almost always a symptom of something, not its own illness. When a fever develops, a quick trip to your Germantown urgent care clinic will learn the cause, and how you should treat it. There are many reasons that patients come down with a fever, and the reasons can range in severity. On the serious side of the scale; arthritis, heat exhaustion, and infection can cause fevers. Less serious fevers can be caused by sunburn or certain medications. Do not panic if you have a fever. In many cases, it will go away and you will be no worse for wear.

Fever in adults

In cases where adults have a fever, there is usually no cause for concern unless it goes above 103°. Visit an urgent care clinic in cases where mild fevers persist for more than three days, or if your fever is accompanied with any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Throat swelling
  • Skin rash
  • Confusion
  • Labored breathing
  • Intractable vomiting
  • Seizure

Fever in infants

Infants have difficulty regulating body temperature. When an infant has a fever, do not wait to seek care. A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take your infant’s temperature. If your baby has a rectal temperature of 100.4° or higher, you should see a medical professional.

Treatment for fevers

In some cases, a fever is the body’s way of fighting off infection. Some viruses and bacteria cannot thrive in higher temperatures, so your high body temperature may kill of such pathogens. Common procedure is that if a patient does not show any other symptoms, and their fever is below 102°; do not use any fever-lowering drugs unless your doctor advises it. If the fever goes over 102°, visit your Germantown urgent care clinic for immediate care and the best recommendation for your situation.

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care for fevers or any non life-threatening health issues.

Diagnostic testingThe seriousness of diabetes

Did you realize that the best urgent care centers in Germantown are working on the front lines in the battle against diabetes? According to the Center for Disease control, diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the United States. That is an astounding 10 percent of the population. Diabetes is the medical term for a group of metabolic diseases which causes individuals to have high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. If an individual’s blood sugar levels are high over a long enough time period, it will have serious effects on many parts of the body. Diabetes is associated with such complications as heart disease, stroke, loss of vision, circulation problems, and kidney failure.

Type II diabetes

Type II diabetes is distinctive as a disease that prevents the cells of the body from using insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. It let the body’s cells use the sugar in the blood stream for energy. When insulin cannot do its job, or there is not a sufficient amount of insulin, the cells of the body cannot get the glucose needed. This will cause high levels of sugar to build up in the blood. Over time, this extra sugar will damage your blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, and eyes. The effects of diabetes can go undetected or without symptoms for a long time. Unfortunately, nearly 30 percent of those who are diabetic do not realize until they begin to display serious symptoms such as heart disease, loss of vision, or nerve disease.

Type II diabetes is preventable or controllable

Type II diabetes is preventable, and certainly manageable by making proper lifestyle choices. Type II diabetes is most commonly attributed to five factors:

  1. excess weight
  2. lack of exercise
  3. unhealthy diet
  4. smoking
  5. excessive consumption of alcohol

Consider the following ways that you can lower your risk:

  1. Change your diet.
  2. Reduce your sugar intake
  3. Avoid saturated fats
  4. Quit smoking

The American Diabetes Association has designed a self assessment test to determine your potential risk factors for pre-diabetes. The top urgent care centers in Germantown also can provide confidential diagnostic testing by simply walking in; not appointment necessary. The doctors at the urgent care clinic can offer preventative tips and encourage those at high risk to speak with their primary care physician.

Convenient diagnostic testing for diabetes in Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. For blood sugar testing and concerns about diabetes, Contact Medical Access today.

Seeking Urgent Care in Germantown MDWalk in clinics versus emergency rooms

Urgent care clinics can be found in just about every city, servicing the needs of all patients including pediatric care, school and work physicals, immediate medical care, geriatric care, and occupational health services. Many of us were raised when the only way to get urgent care or after hours treatment was to go to an emergency room. The main problem with attending an ER for urgent care is that Emergency Rooms are designed to handle emergencies… this makes walk in care at the ER inefficient and overpriced. This raises the question as to when it is most appropriate to seek care at an urgent care clinic, and when to go to the ER. Consider the following general guidelines:

When to seek treatment at an ER

Emergency rooms are an essential part of the healthcare system, and are invaluable for saving a life when something is truly an emergency. If you or a family member has been involved in a serious car accident, have suffered a head injury with loss of consciousness, has stopped breathing, or is having seizures, it is best to dial 911 and get to the emergency room right away. If there is ever any reasonable doubt, but you are not entirely sure; it is best to play it safe and go to the ER.

When to seek treatment at an urgent care center

The answer is actually fairly straightforward. Urgent care centers are designed to handle any walk in services when you cannot be seen by your doctor in an appropriate time frame. If you or you’re a member of your family has a non-life-threatening illness, condition, or injury, then it is perfectly appropriate to seek care at an urgent care center. Nearly all of the best urgent care clinics can treat patients with the following symptoms: allergies, asthma attacks, minor burns, cold and flu symptoms, minor cuts, dehydration, diarrhea, earache or ear infection, minor head injury without loss of consciousness, insect or animal bites, headache, nausea and vomiting, sprains or strains, stomach pain, and urinary tract infection. In addition, if you need special services such as immigration physicals, DOT Physicals, or have been injured on the job; the top urgent care centers in Germantown have qualified physicians on staff.

Urgent care centers are a great resource and should figure prominently in your plan for your family’s health care. In addition to providing competent care, urgent care clinics will save you money and time compared to treatment for non-life threatening issues in an emergency room.

Convenient, walk-in care for Germantown, MD

We all want the best for our families, especially when it comes to healthcare and preventive medicine. Medical Access provides convenient walk-in care as an alternative to long waits in the emergency room. Their friendly staff will carefully and quickly assess your needs and provide the appropriate services, from preventive medicine to x-ray and lab services. Their facilities are fully staffed and equipped in order to meet the demands of their patients and their healthcare needs. Medical Access also presents the most complete Occupational Health Services to serve the needs of the business community. The goal is to help minimize lost work time and keep your employees healthy and working.

Dr. Manbir Takhar is the Chief Medical Officer, and has been associated with Medical Access since 1999. She is qualified to treat almost any type of injury or illness that may present itself. In addition to these qualifications, she is also a Civil Surgeon and Medical Review Officer. This designation is granted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, making Medical Access one of the select facilities for immigration physicals. Call them today or simply drop in, as no appointment is needed to receive timely, quality urgent care.

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