Salmonella Outbreaks Have Been Making News! What You Should Know

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35 individuals across the country have fallen ill from an outbreak of salmonella, a bacterial pathogen. Of those individuals, 11 were hospitalized with a resulting infection. Food-borne illnesses, while accounting for a a lower percentage of deaths than other illnesses, are a particular concern given their random appearance and often preventable nature. The bacteria, like salmonella, causes what 1.2 million people per year experience as food poisoning. Given the common nature of these types of illnesses, you should know what to watch for, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.

Varieties of salmonella are bacteria that are found in many common food items along the supply chain. These bacteria originate inside humans and animals in most cases, so the problem is a lack of sanitation by workers somewhere between the farm and your table. The current outbreak, from North Carolina, has been traced to rodent activity at a production facility. Feces is a common vector for this bacteria. Dirty water, improperly butchered meat, and unsanitary facilities are among the sorts of factors that influence the spread of this bacteria.

It is common, with 1.2 million cases per year and of which 1 million of which are from food related causes. It is usually seen in patients as a classically unpleasant food poisoning: diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps that resolve in 4 to 7 days. Advanced cases may involve dehydration and hospitalization due to the infection spreading, requiring antibiotics. “Food-borne illness is one of the most unpleasant and common causes of intestinal distress that we see in our practice, but one which is treatable. However, the causes are preventable but very often not through the fault of the patient.”, notes Dr. Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care in Columbus, OH. It may not be impossible to prevent in cases with unfamiliar foods or cooks, but there are steps you can take to drastically reduce your risk.

Outside the home, try to dine at restaurants known for their quality or fresh ingredients and a record of high standards. Properly cooked and prepared foods, cooked to the correct temperatures, are usually safe to eat and feel confident in. Where you have doubt, you may find that avoiding eggs and meat proteins may reduce your risk of bacterial contamination. The restaurants themselves can prevent the spread by having tight quality control of their suppliers, practicing proper hand sanitation and cooking items to proper temperatures.

At home, much of the same rules apply. Cook the food fully, wash your hands, and watch for particularly at-risk food items. If you’re buying from the grocery store it’s important to keep your ears out for any recalls or improperly stocked food items, such as past sell-by date items. While not directly related, it can reflect that stores commitment to quality.

Salmonella and similar functioning bacteria are a common risk, but not one that can not be mitigated or treated. Reports of large outbreaks at particular facilities are concerning, and you should pay attention just in case you are ever prevented. If you encounter symptoms that go beyond the standard boundaries of normal illness, please visit a medical facility like Scioto Urgent Care or visit a hospital for further treatment. These illnesses can be treated but should not be taken lightly.

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.

 

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Columbus, OH 43235
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Phone: (614) 789-9464
Fax: (614) – 789-9575

Seasonal Allergies Bloom in Central Ohio

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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

Back to School Means Reminders on Handwashing

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handwashing-banner1 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.”

“Can I Eat This?” The Truth About Expiration Date Meanings

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The first thing you should know is something that can be boiled down to one sentence. Expiration dates (with minimal exceptions) do not refer to the safety of a product at all. “Sell by” dates are primarily a dialogue between stores and manufacturers and producers. It refers to when an item is to be removed from shelves for reasons of quality control, not safety. That means, it’s not going to hurt you, but it’s a way the company can control for best taste. If you see “Best by”, it’s a similar message to you. It means that is the date at which taste quality begins to decline, not that it is unsafe. For more distinctions, read this great summary from WebMD. If you’re dealing with something like milk after the date, just take a small taste or look at the consistency. If it’s bad, throw it out. If it’s clearly still the same, don’t waste. Read More

Coca-Cola Funds Misleading Research About Obesity

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Shockingly, Coca-Cola has funded research that wants you to believe that drinking soda does not increase chances of obesity. The company funded institutions that try to shift blame for obesity from diet to a lack of exercise, which many health experts view as misleading. Proper, balanced diets with a reduction in calories (such as sugary sodas) is essential in combination with frequent exercise recommended. “Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’– blaming fast food, sugary drinks and so on,” the nonprofit’s vice president and scientist Steven N. Blair said in a video. “And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”Get the fully story here.