Covid-19: How to Protect Yourself & Others

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Know how it spreads



  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

      MORE INFORMATION HERE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

COVID-19 and Antibody Testing Available

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Looking for a coronavirus test?  Scioto Urgent Care is ready for you.

We currently have two types of testing.  Available during regular hours:

1. COVID-19 testing if you think you actively have the virus.  This is a nasal swab test is for people who currently have the symptoms.  It is sent out for analysis and the results are usually back in 2-3 days depending on the day it goes out. This test is the best to help rule out active infection and insurance usually covers both the visit and the cost of the test. 

2. Antibody testing – an in office antibody test is for all the people who believe they had Covid-19 sometime in Feb/March and want to know if it was this virus.  Keep in mind times insurance doesn’t cover this test since its for an illness you had it in the past.  This blood test with while you wait results costs $95.  Point of care tests are while supply lasts and may not always be available.  

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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Scioto Urgent Care

Marc Pesa
4760 Sawmill Road
Columbus, OH 43235
United States of America

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

Zika Virus Makes First Appearance in Columbus Via Caribbean Traveler

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What You Should Know About Zika
Columbus, 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.
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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

Addiction and the Holidays

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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.
This time of the year is traditionally a season for friendship, love and kinship that can strengthen helpful bonds. With that in mind, give thought to others who are on a journey of recovery and set good examples. With the considerations above, you can give one of the best gifts you can give, the gift of support. And if you have previously struggled with addiction, you can solidify the gains you have already achieved. ### About Addiction Therapy Services Addiction Therapy Services (ATS) is a team of professionals committed to helping people recover from addictions to opioids and other related substances such as Heroin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Morphine, and Codeine. The clinic is staffed by Board Certified Physicians and professional counselors with experience in addiction treatment. Counseling is a required component of our program and is available in-house at the time of your appointments. At Addiction Therapy Services, we do not treat just your symptoms, but we work with you to achieve recovery early on, through your stabilization, and when you transition at the end. We are concerned with your whole recovery journey and strive to offer you the best in medical services, counseling, support, and education to help you and your family get back the life you deserve!  

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