Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, and Lakewood is no different. Whether visiting Bear Creek Lake Park, hiking through William F. Hayden Park, fly fishing fishing, or just enjoying the outdoors, be sure to wear insect repellent to deter stings and bites.
We regularly have patients arrive at our Lakewood urgent care locations, for treatment of insect bites and stings. Although these stings and bites are rarely serious, they can be painful and uncomfortable. The following insect bites and stings are common in the Greater Denver area, so be on the lookout and use bug or insect spray while you and your children are participating in outdoor activities, particularly during the warmer months.
Common Insect Bites and Stings in the Lakewood, CO Area
How do you know if you or your child have been bitten or stung?
Oftentimes, you or your child will feel immediate pain from an insect bite or sting at the moment it occurs. However, the insect might not always be easily visible, so you may not know exactly what bit or stung you. If you or your child experience the following symptoms, we recommend visiting our urgent care in Lakewood as a walk-in, or calling to schedule an appointment.
Common Insect Bite and Sting Symptoms:
Small red bump appears around affected area
Blistering on or around the bite/sting
One or several hives
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How To Protect You And Your Family From the 2018-2019 Flu Season
It’s flu season in Denver and you are are trying to protect yourself and your family from contracting it this year. Although the flu is generally active in the United States until about May, here is are some tips on avoiding it as a resident of Denver and its suburbs.
Be proactive when it comes to flu season. Even with millions of people taking flu shots, there are many millions more who refuse, forget, don’t bother, or don’t understand the importance of the shot. So every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 20% of the US population comes down with the flu. That means 1 in 5 people you know is carrying the virus – yikes! They are contagious from day one, and for five to ten days after they show symptoms.
When does flu Season start in Denver?
2018-2019 flu season is expected to run from late September 2018 through May 2019 . However, the flu season can start earlier and last longer depending on the year. In general, Denver’s flu season lasts 8-9 months every year. Here’s the kicker – the colder and wetter the climate, the longer the flu hangs around (sorry residents of Colorado).
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
Since the flu and the common cold all share similar symptoms – coughing, eye fatigue, fever, general muscle pain, headaches, and overall discomfort – it is easy to assume you have one or the other. One of the most important things you can do when you or your family start feeling under the weather is to visit a Metro Urgent Care of Denver and get tested for the flu. The biggest differentiator is the timeline regarding the onset of symptoms. Flu symptoms usually arrive suddenly – one day you feel fine and the next you feel awful. In contrast, a common cold builds over a few days. Another telling symptom is fever, which serves as a key flu symptom not shared by early-stage colds.
Am I safe from the flu virus?
You may be thinking you are safe – you stay at home, you work in an isolated area, you seldom get sick, and you have never had the flu, but none of that matters. Maybe a loved one brings the virus home from work or school. Maybe you are subject to abnormal stress or have been working too long and hard, you miss some sleep. If for any reason your immune system is compromised (even a little), it can be an open door for you to get the flu.
Can A Good Night’s Sleep Really Help Prevent The Flu?
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation allows di-muramyl peptide, a protein, to accumulate in the spinal fluid. This peptide comes from bacteria in the body, suggesting that lack of sleep may enable bacterial growth. Di-muramyl peptides also cause fever. So if you are sleeping less than you should, you make it easier to catch the flu.
How Sugar Intake Affects Whether Your Body Can Fight The Flu
You are even more at risk if you take a sweet snack to boost your energy. We learned over forty years ago that vitamin C is used by white blood cells as part of their arsenal against viruses and bacteria. White blood cells, therefore, need to accumulate vitamin C – in fact, 50 times more vitamin C than normal cells. Now look at the ingredients of that sweet snack. How many kinds of glucose (aka: sugar) does it have? Oh, and they also list sugar separately. Since sugar and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, they compete for space in the cell. What regulates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that regulates the entry of vitamin C. The more glucose in the blood, the less vitamin C that can squeeze into those cells. And diabetics especially need to pay close attention to their blood levels. Any reading over 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. That means when you have high blood sugar, your struggling immune system cannot take in enough vitamin C to help fight the flu.
You have taken all the necessary precautions so you don’t get the flu. Or have you?
You are taking precautions this year more than ever, so you and your family don’t come down with the flu. You quit smoking because you know damaged lungs make you more susceptible to repertory infections. You are a hugging person, but you are avoiding people who like to hug and plant a kiss on your cheek. You are working out at home and avoiding the gym because you know flu germs are everywhere. You wash your hands correctly, often, and know that antibiotic gels help. You have locked the alcohol away for the next nine months. You have safely put the over-the-counter flu medication way in the back of the cabinet because you know that taking the medication too soon is ineffective and can actually increase your chances of catching the flu. So you should be good to go right? The truth is, all of the aforementioned preventatives are fantastic in reducing your chances of getting the flu. However, we highly recommend a flu shot to truly prevent your chances are getting it.
Quick Flu Shots For You And Your Family at Metro Urgent Care of Denver
If and when you do catch the flu (and without the shots, the odds are in favor you will), we will be happy to help you. Feel free to book an appointment by phone, walk in or book an appointment online. We would rather you were on a wellness and health program with regular physicals and immunizations, but we will see you when you are ill. If you are curious as to which location is closest to you, visit our location finder page, and select from one of our many convenient Denver Urgent Care locations below:
How Does The Cost Of Urgent Care in Denver Stack Up Against A Visit To The ER or A Regular Doctor’s Office?
Are you and your family trying to figure out whether Denver urgent care is cheaper than a visit to your Primary Care Physician or a trip to the ER? Read on!
Denver Urgent care centers like MUC offer patients a huge time-saving benefit over traditional medical facilities. With precise & patient-focused attention, urgent care treatment is a preferred alternative to emergency rooms and primary care physician (PCP) appointments. Urgent care is gaining popularity, particularly with time-stretched individuals and families in the Greater Denver area and suburbs.
With walk-in appointments and affordable rates, families can stress less on both the amount of money they are spending, and the flexible scheduling during busy weeks. Individuals and families with busy schedules can choose to schedule an appointment, check-in online or simply walk into any of the urgent care centers when it’s most convenient for them.
How Much Does A Visit To A Denver Urgent Care Clinic Typically Cost?
But what about the typical cost of urgent care treatment? Despite many rumors to the contrary, recent data suggests that expenses for urgent care are significantly lower than the equivalent ER procedure or treatment. If you are curiously asking, “How much do urgent care clinics cost?” we’re here to show you how visiting an urgent care center can save you money.
Not only will you be saving money each time you visit, but your health expense budget will thank you in the long run. The funds you are saving by visiting Metro Urgent Care of Denver will add up, and can be used for other important matters of your life. No one can argue against an increase in their spending money! How does this sound for reduced cost? According to a debt advocacy group, visiting an urgent care facility can save patients a considerable amount of money.
The study showed that the cost of urgent care averaged out around 72% less for allergy treatment and 82% less for urinary tract infection medical care.
When Urgency Is Vital
It’s not always possible to predict when you will get ill or suffer from an injury. When you get a cut, suffer from a burn, become sick, or have to deal with any kind of detrimental medical situation that needs to be taken care of in a short period of time, people tend to think of an ER visit first. The cost for urgent care is so much lower (on top of the service and timeliness being much better), so it’s smarter to opt for urgent care over an ER visit most of the time. Both facilities can provide the treatment you need, but only one can be the cheaper option.
Hidden Benefit of Urgent Care Centers
Since time is money, here’s another hidden benefit of urgent care centers: with their versatile diagnosis and treatment options, many immediate care facilities can provide immediate blood work, x-rays, and other common medical procedures. Instead of traveling to specialized locations (which happens a lot for ER and PCP appointments), urgent care includes multi-faceted care all under one roof. Additionally, these services can usually be completed in one appointment!
Co-pays are typically much cheaper at Denver urgent care facilities. It may not seem like a big deal, but a $50 difference in copays can add up over time; if you opt for 10 urgent care visits over traditional medical treatment, that’s a $500 savings right off the bat. MUC works with many insurance companies, to ensure affordable rates for our patients.
Is It Cheaper To Visit Urgent Care If You Don’t Have Insurance?
For families and individuals that do not have insurance, Metro Urgent Care also provides very affordable rates for walk-ins and appointments. If you’re worrying and asking, “How much does urgent care cost?” the answer is always going to be that it’s cheaper than having to go to the emergency room or other traditional medical solutions. You can always give us a call to learn more about the rates of specific treatments, check-ups, and tests for the urgent care center near you.
More Affordable Across the Board
Responsive care, higher rates of customer satisfaction, lower overall costs—there are plenty of reasons to consider urgent care for you and your loved ones. No matter what part of the city you are in when you need medical attention, the choice is easy: Metro Urgent Care of Denver. Our fast-growing network of immediate care centers has all of your urgent medical needs covered. We have more than 40 facilities across the Southwest U.S. region, so top-notch care is only a short drive away! For a list of Metro Urgent Care centers near you, check out our list of locations near you!
More Than Just Reduced Costs
When you visit any Metro Urgent Care facility, day or night, week or weekend, you’ll be treated with an unparalleled level of service. You won’t be treated like a number, nor will you be “processed” as quickly as possible just to get the next patient in, like at other medical facilities. When you are visiting our urgent care centers, you’ll be treated like a person who needs attentive care.
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We thought it was time to remind you of how it easy it is to come and see us. And it’s as simple as that. Just walk-in or check-in online at metrourgentcare.com. It’s one of the reasons we started Metro Urgent Care. To keep healthcare as simple as possible for you. Which is why we’re always improving wait times, prices, and your overall experience with us. Enjoy your day and remember, we’re just a walk-in or check-in away.
Health Warning! We love you, Colorado. And that also means we want you to take care of yourself. We’ve seen a heavy uptick in patients with the flu and it turns out, we’re not the only ones. Influenza is making its way across the U.S. this month as record low temperatures are here to stay.
It’s a long season and we have yet to see the extent of this year’s flu numbers. However, we’ve heard that more than 36 states have already reported increased numbers compared to that of past years. With a flu shot, you’re reducing your risk of illness by as much as 75%.
Historically, we’ve seen the peak of flu season in February. Which means that it’s starting early and it may be a tough year for all of us. Please please please take care of yourself and get your flu shots. If not for yourself, do it for your family because this nasty virus can spread in an instant.