The beauty of spring in Columbus is that plants come alive with color and beauty, but for some people, all of those new beginnings herald the return of pesky allergies. Pollen from trees, plants and flowers explode with the new sprouts, and send many people’s bodies into a haywire state. An easy solution to allergies is staying indoors with air conditioning and minimizing contact with the outside world. However, most people don’t want to spend this beautiful time of the year in misery. At Scioto Urgent Care, we feel it’s very important to let those people know what forces are at work and how to cope and thrive in the new season. Allergies are a common ailment, ranking as the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the country with 50 million sufferers. Put simply, allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to specific triggers. Pet allergies, food allergies, and seasonal allergies work on the same basic principle. Why do some people have certain allergies and others not? The truth is anyone is susceptible to allergies and it simply varies. Seasonal allergies can be relatively severe but do not often result in life-threatening situations. Seasonal allergens, as they are called, can cause coughing, sneezing, throat irritation in varying degrees of severity. The chronic nature of these symptoms can be demoralizing. Suffers can take solace in knowing that with the proper approach, these ailments can be minimized and life can proceed at an active pace. Similar to preventing a sunburn, the easiest way to avoid allergies is to avoid exposure to it. Staying indoors, staying away from plant heavy environments, and avoiding irritation of your eyes/skin via your hands are the basic approaches. But, we know you don’t want to be left behind. “For many allergies sufferers, it is a cloud that can impact their quality of life in ways that have to be taken seriously.”, notes Dr. Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care. Medications and methods to stay in the game include medicines in periodic pill form, nasal sprays and other antihistamines. These medications are available over-the-counter and in higher strength prescription formulations. If you want longer lasting treatment of your allergies, a visit to an allergist can be helpful. They can provide information related to what specific allergens are affecting you, treatments and immunizations with allergy injections. Most cases of allergies can be brought under control with simple over the counter methods. “If the symptoms are severe and making patient miserable, we want them to know we have ways to help.”, advises Dr. Pesa. If you need relief and have tried simple measures, talk to a physician who can discuss what options are available. Scioto Urgent Care has seen many of these cases, and expects an increased number of visits as Spring progresses. Relief may be only a conversation away, so there’s no reason to endure the misery in a time that should be celebrated for beautiful weather and outdoor fun. ### About Scioto Urgent Care Scioto Urgent Care is one of central Ohio’s leading urgent care facilities. Located on the Northwest side of Columbus (near Dublin & Upper Arlington) the urgent care center has been treating patients since early 2004. Scioto Urgent Care is a convenient health care alternative when your regular family physician is closed or you can’t get a timely appointment. The Northwest Columbus urgent care location is open everyday, including weekends and holidays. You do not need to be a regular Scioto Urgent Care health care patient to enjoy our convenience and medical care. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in and receive care when you need it most. Media Contact: Marc Pesa, Scioto Urgent Care 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235 Phone: (614) 789-9464 Fax: (614) – 789-9575
A new study out of Wake Forest University looked at head impacts that don’t lead to a clinically diagnosed concussion and their effect on the developing brain. It found measurable brain changes in children after a single season. Our very own Dr. Marcus Pesa was featured in the report. Read the story and watch the video.
What You Should Know About ZikaColumbus, OH- A traveler returning from the Caribbean unknowingly became the first person in the state of Ohio to carry the disease which has spawned international concern, notably due to an upcoming Summer Olympics to be held in Brazil. There has been a lot of talk about this disease, but Ohioans should be aware of how it may affect them, directly and indirectly. At Scioto Urgent Care in Columbus, we felt we should share some helpful information. Zika is a virus that has been widely known for approximately 50 years, but it is unclear why we are now seeing these clinical symptoms. Zika infection, in most people, is a non-specific infection consisting of rash, low temperatures, and joint/muscle pain. Currently, the main concern for Zika is with pregnant patients, as it has become known that there is a definite causal link between Zika infection and microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where the head of a baby is smaller than normal. “Patients who are either pregnant or planning to become pregnant should take special precautions regarding Zika.”, advises Dr. Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care on Sawmill Rd. in Columbus. “Early involvement of OB-GYN is essential for patients Zika positive and pregnant.”, he continues. There is also a suspected link between Zika and an uncommon neurological disorder called Guillan-Barre syndrome. In this syndrome, a patient’s own immune system begins attacking the peripheral nerves which induces weakness that can be life-threatening. What are your chances of becoming infected with Zika? “It is almost always transmitted via a mosquito vector but recently has been shown to be transmitted sexually, perinatally and through blood transfusions.”, notes Dr. Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care. The carrier mosquito is the Aedes Aegyptii and it is mostly found in tropical climates, and becomes increasingly uncommon the more temperate the climate. It can possibly be found in Columbus, but is not the predominant mosquito here. For a temperate climate such as ours, it’s perhaps more likely a person will be sick as a result of travel to tropical and sub-tropical zones, or sexual contact with an infected person in the area. Now that you know what is Zika is, and how it is transferred, we want you to be able to protect yourself. The best way to avoid the virus outside is to avoid the bite. The mosquito breeds in standing water and feeds mostly at dusk and dawn. Wear long sleeves and DEET containing mosquito repellent. If you are traveling in a climate conducive to this mosquito, you must take these steps. A little prevention can avoid many complications down the road. If you are pregnant, avoid travel to known Zika hotspots, and if you are unable to avoid such travel, be vigilant and stick to our protocols. If you know someone who is infected or displaying symptoms, avoid sexual contact. At Scioto Urgent Care, our goal is the health of patients and as proud residents of Columbus, the general health of our community. We hope this information will be helpful in putting this virus into context and helping with any fears about its spread based on news coverage. One of the best actions for viruses such as Zika is information and prevention. Armed with these tools, your health can be safeguarded.
###About Scioto Urgent Care Scioto Urgent Care is one of central Ohio’s leading urgent care facilities. Located on the Northwest side of Columbus (near Dublin & Upper Arlington) the urgent care center has been treating patients since early 2004. Scioto Urgent Care is a convenient health care alternative when your regular family physician is closed or you can’t get a timely appointment. The Northwest Columbus urgent care location is open everyday, including weekends and holidays. You do not need to be a regular Scioto Urgent Care health care patient to enjoy our convenience and medical care. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in and receive care when you need it most. Media Contact: Marc Pesa, Scioto Urgent Care 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235 Phone: (614) 789-9464 Fax: (614) – 789-9575
Columbus Ohio – The holidays are a time for celebration and parties with loved ones, but it can put pressure on those for whom parties can be a potentially problematic situation. For people with drinking or substance abuse problems, the holiday season sees a marked increase in attendance at social gatherings where alcohol is served and alcohol is often given as a gift. With such a prevalence, those who’s lives are in a period of recovery, this is can be a minefield. For both those in recovery and those for whom these people are treasured family and friends, there are steps to take. If you are an individual who is on their journey of recovery, the increased access to alcohol (wines, beers and holiday cocktails) can be a threat to hard won gains. Not only that, if there is any disruption to a patients recovery, it can cause further effects. Not only is there a danger that progress could be eliminated, others could be in danger to due to alterations in behavior and the commonly noted incidence of DUI during the holiday season. Therefore, not only is the individual in question in danger, but decreased awareness on the roads can cause harm to others. The good news? This is a problem that can easily solved. It’s often hard to avoid these social situations, but it’s perfectly acceptable to reach out to friends to inform them of your unique situation so they can plan accordingly. For example, accommodations can be made at the party or gifts can be more appropriately given. If you were going to give a nice bottle of wine, instead consider an array of fine teas, hot chocolate, cider and coffee mixes. Delicious, and appropriate. The above can be great strategies for the holiday season, but here are some final suggestions:
- Don’t pressure anyone to have a drink.
- Stock alternatives.
- Like a stadium event, stop serving ¾ of the way through the party.
- No drinking and driving under any circumstances.
###Media Contact: 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235 United States of America Phone: 614-594-9774
Columbus-Ohio – When the the temperature falls and the snow is on the ground, it’s a great time to be outside and enjoying all of the fun activities winter allows. At this time of year, everyone is looking forward to the holidays and a crisp fall breeze. Unfortunately, one of the unique challenges that winter presents can get in the way of relaxing holiday vacations. We’re talking about increased risk to your body that comes from an often invisible or hidden threat, ice! The good news is that there are precautions you can take to make sure you avoid leg, torso and head injuries. First, some background on the problem. Ice results from the freezing of liquid to a solid state under circumstances of cold and win, and temperatures under 32 degrees. It often lies in wait beneath a dusty of powdery snow or other material. One false or too confident step can easily result in a loss of traction and a fall. When you were young, you may have paid scant attention to ice, snow and a frozen surface. You could slide, and even fall down, without much more than a bounce and a brush of the snow. However, as people age, their bodies become more sensitive to injury from such incidents. Not only that, there is a certain level of responsibility in adult life, such as lost work time, quality of life, that can not so easily be brushed aside. In the Central Ohio climate, these are real threats. Even without snow, a late fall ice patch is certainly possible. “As the calendar moves into November and December, we see many more of these injuries. In particular, we see an increase in head injuries, ankle, feet and leg injuries. Further, we often see wrist injuries from attempts to stem the fall!”, notes Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care of Northwest Columbus. How can these injuries be prevented? Well, luckily the solutions are well known. The first option is avoidance. If you see an ice patch, don’t risk it. If you see an area that has snow, but no visible ice, assume ice is present and proceed accordingly. If you can not avoid it, proceed slowly with short steps and deliberately with the required caution. If you are a winter scenario, one of the key things to remember is that footwear can save you in many cases. Wear shoes with proper tread and grip, and you will be in a safer situation. If you find yourself in a situation where the fall is unavoidable and in progress, there are steps you can take to have the fall result in minimal injury. If you are falling, believe it or not there are steps you can take to fall “the right way.” On your way down, protect your head and avoid locking your legs or arms in a stiff position, as an impact with limbs in such a position causes increased pain. If you are falling, protecting your head and staying loose, the final step to remember is to remember to fall on your side. As the fall is progressing, try to transition into a tuck and roll to spread the force of the impact over a larger area. After falling, make sure to take your time rising to your feet on a surface with traction. If you have taken all of these precautions, you can substantially reduce your risk of injury resulting from slips/falls. If you suffer an injury that does not recede, please stop by a Scioto Urgent Care location to get your condition evaluated. “If detected and diagnosed in a timely fashion, recovery times can be shortened and un-neccesary pain can be avoided.”, says Dr. Pesa.
###About Scioto Urgent Care Scioto Urgent Care is one of central Ohio’s leading urgent care facilities. Located on the Northwest side of Columbus (near Dublin & Upper Arlington) the urgent care center has been treating patients since early 2004. Scioto Urgent Care is a convenient health care alternative when your regular family physician is closed or you can’t get a timely appointment. The Northwest Columbus urgent care location is open everyday, including weekends and holidays. You do not need to be a regular Scioto Urgent Care health care patient to enjoy our convenience and medical care. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in and receive care when you need it most.
###Media Contact: Scioto Urgent Care 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235 United States of America Phone: (614) 789-9464 Fax: (614) – 789-9575
Kids are notorious for their ability to (unwittingly) transmit germs at school. One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is so simple. Proper handwashing! It not only prevents sickness from affecting your child, but you too! Check out this great guide from the CDC: Go to CDC Tips “Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.”