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3 Reasons You May Need to Visit a Walk-In Clinic This Summer

Summer is the time of year where we all crave adventure. From family vacations to the beach, weekend hikes, to boating on the lake, it’s the time of year to get up and active. We utilize our weekend free time to get out and explore nature. Of course, with all the things to do and things to get into outside, chances are something will happen that will warrant a quick visit to the doctor’s office. Yet, if you experience a minor encounter that needs attention, there’s no reason to put your summer on hold and spend hours waiting in line at the emergency department. That’s why we think a walk-in clinic might be a good place to visit this summer if any of these three things occur. 

1. You Experience An Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions come in many forms and for various reasons; it’s usually pretty easy to identify when someone is experiencing one. While you should always try to be aware of your surroundings when outside, sometimes it isn’t as easy to identify the plants that can cause an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy or poison oak. Some of us have highly sensitive skin; we can get rashes just by brushing up on plants and leaves, even if the reaction is just short-term. Then of course, there are children. Children can be fearless when it comes to digging in the dirt and playing in piles of leaves. They can unknowingly find themselves playing in poison ivy; by the time a rash occurs, it will be too late! 

Luckily, situations like this can be easily treated with a quick visit to a walk-in clinic. Minor allergic reactions can be itchy and uncomfortable, but fortunately, we are able to treat them and help get you feeling better. 

2. You Get a Tick Bite 
It can be alarming to find a tick attached to you after spending a day outside and enjoying nature. While some ticks can have pretty serious side effects, others are often harmless and don’t cause prolonged symptoms or any at all. If you do find a tick attached to you or someone else, make sure you know how to remove it properly. Use tweezers to ensure you remove it entirely, then clean the area afterward. It’s advisable to visit a walk-in clinic and see a doctor if the tick has been on you for more than a day, if you notice symptoms, or a rash occurs. It is normal to have a little redness around the area after it’s removed, but if it doesn’t go away or if it worsens, you should have it looked at. 

A doctor will be able to prescribe antibiotics to treat infection, if necessary, or advise you on further steps to take. 

3. You Catch a Summer Cold
Even though colds are mostly prominent in the winter and early spring months, it is still possible to catch a cold in the hot summer months. A summer cold is simply a cold like you’d have during any other month. It can spread from person-to-person, so washing your hands is important to avoid the spread of germs. Ou might feel lousy, get the sniffles, and have a coughing fit. Visiting a walk-in clinic will give you the opportunity to discuss your symptoms with a doctor in order to be given a recommendation for the best route of treatment. Usually, colds will go away within a week or so, but only if you take the time to properly care for yourself! 

This is certainly not a comprehensive list of reasons you may need to visit a walk-in clinic this summer! If you find yourself experiencing any minor ailments or illnesses, you can visit PrimeCare in Searcy to have a doctor take a look, without having to schedule an appointment ahead of time.