For Your Information: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Your Health

I have a stuffy nose and sore throat, what should I do?

  • Most colds are caused by a germ called a virus. Antibiotics do not help viral infections. If you have only had your symptoms a day or two and do not have a fever, most treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms. For a stuffed up nose you may take a nasal decongestant and/ or antihistamine as directed on the package. For coughs that are not associated with shortness of breath or pain, you may take a cough medicine as directed on the package. It is important to read all package information before taking any medication and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the contents of the medication. You should drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Keep warm and rest. If you have a low grade temperature (<101) than you could take a non-aspirin pain reliever (i.e.-tylenol) as directed on the package. DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE. Again, be sure that you are not allergic to the medication.
  • I think that I have sprained my ankle, what should I do?
  • The only way to tell if you have fractured a bone is to have an x-ray done. If you do not feel that there is a high probability that you have done that than it is suggested that you care for your injured ankle like a fracture until it has been evaluated in the clinic.
  • I have a rash and I do not know what it is from, what should I do?
  • Rashes can be caused from a variety of reasons. They can be from localized infections, skin irritations, allergic reactions, viral infections, etc. the list goes on and on. It is difficult to make any guess without actually looking at the rash so it is best that you make an appointment to be seen. By applying any type of topical cream, ointment etc. you may change the appearance of the rashso it it best to inquire at the clinic before using anything. If you feel you have developed hives, or have had a rash that has already been evaluated, -hot showers are not good - the heat dilates the blood vessels near the surface of your skin and make the rash worse.Tepid or even cool showers for the itchy rash are best.

  • I have been urinating frequently and it hurts when I pass my water, what should I do?
  • Urinary frequency, burning and urgency are all symptoms of a urinary tract infection. These can occur in both male and female, but more commonly among women. Most urinary tract infections are the result of a bacterial infection which would require an antibiotic to treat. Therefore you should be seen in the clinic as soon as possible. Your urine will be tested and if positive for bacteria you will be started on an antibiotic right away. Prompt treatment of urinary tract infections is necessary to prevent complications such as a kidney infection. These symptoms can also be indicative of another infection in the absence of a urinary tract infection (i.e. yeast infection, STD's).

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