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12/Dec/2019

Ah, the holidays. It’s the season that many of us look forward to all year long. And with all the good food, friends, and gifts, it’s no wonder. But along with the extra holiday festivities come extra opportunities to put you and your kids at risk of injury or illness – some of which can send you to the emergency room.

This holiday season, we at Laredo Emergency Room are all for making merry – but we do recommend you navigate the season with care and caution because of holiday risks like these:

  • Overeating. What would the holidays be without all your favorite seasonal treats? We get it. But patients come to Laredo Emergency Room frequently for nausea and stomach pain, and the sad truth is that overindulging in those festive foods can turn you into a humbug with indigestion, nausea, and excess gas. Instead of giving yourself permission to go overboard because it’s the holidays, approach the season’s goodies with a dose of moderation. Go ahead and enjoy reasonable portions of all your holiday favorites – and then skip the foods that simply aren’t worth the pain and weight gain.
  • Alcohol. Holiday parties also serve up plenty of opportunities to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages – and to overindulge in them. While this can result in hangover symptoms like headache and nausea, the consequences of drinking too much also can be deadly. Drinking in excess can put you at risk for alcohol poisoning, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency room treatment. Aside from that risk, drinking too much can be deadly for others if you drink and then choose to drive. If you plan to drink at holiday parties, be sure to set a limit for yourself and have a designated driver help you get home.
  • Travel. With holiday travel comes risk associated with getting out on the highways or airways at one of the busiest times of the year. To minimize your risk of a vehicle crash, be sure you are well-rested, using your seat belt, and taking frequent breaks throughout your road trips. If you are flying, reduce your risk of blood clots by standing and walking around in the plane at least once every hour or two. Be sure to use your seat belt however you travel.
  • Decorating. If you’re in fierce competition with the neighbors to see who can put up the most holiday lights in your yard, we’re rooting for you. But keep in mind that this kind of decorating comes with serious health hazards. When climbing ladders, make sure you have a helper holding the ladder at its base for stability and don’t try to carry too much up at once. Check all light strings and electrical extension cords for shorts and other signs of damage – and don’t overload your electrical panel’s circuits.
  • Cooking, candles, and fire. All season long kitchens across Laredo are warmed by the hustle of cooking and the ovens and stoves that make it all come together. But Laredo Emergency Room sees our fair share of burn victims, so we urge you to use care while cooking for your loved ones. And while candles and fires add a festive glow to the season, they also pose a significant burn hazard. Keep fireplace screens in front of blazes and opt for battery-operated candles.
  • Medical office closures. Throughout the holidays, many primary care physicians and even urgent care practices close their doors in observance of the holidays. This means it’s important for you to have a holiday season plan for your emergency care. Know that Laredo Emergency Room is here for you 24/7/365 to treat emergencies throughout the season for you and your family.

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12/Dec/2019

If you’re like many people, you find the thought of joining a gym alluring. You envision a community of people encouraging you to be your best. A convenient location. Sparkling clean equipment. Everything you need to keep you motivated and coming back for more. But how do you really find a gym that’s right for you?

As it turns out, even though there are a lot of great Laredo gyms out there, selecting one that works for you is more difficult than driving down the street and dropping in the first gym you see. In addition to location, there are a number of factors you need to consider in choosing a gym that will give you the best chances at success.

Location – Of course it’s great if the perfect gym is in your neighborhood, but that’s not always the case. Regardless, a gym can’t be so far away from your home or work that it’s difficult to go to regularly. You may also find that finding a gym closer to work gives you the opportunity to work out during lunch or rush hour. Consider also whether you need a gym that allows you to go to multiple locations.

Type of workout – Laredo gyms are not all the same. Some focus on cardio. Others on obstacle courses. There are cross fit gyms. Pilates and yoga gyms. Those with weight machines by the hundreds. The list goes on and on. You may already know what type of workout you prefer and would rather choose a gym that specializes. Or you may be open to trying lots of different types of exercise and need a gym that offers a variety to keep you motivated.

Equipment – Regardless of what type of gym you choose, be sure to inspect the facilities and equipment. Is it clean? In good condition? Is there enough to accommodate plenty of members during peak times?

Staff and Services – Also consider whether the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Do they have a Laredo personal trainer to help you reach your goals? Do they offer childcare if you need it? Are there classes? Consider whether all your needs match up to the services offered.

Price – And of course price is a huge factor. If you can’t afford to keep up the monthly payments, you won’t be able to maintain your membership. Choose a gym with a reasonable and flexible monthly payment option. Some even offer family or employee discounts – and it never hurts to simply ask for a discount.

Before You Sign – Once you’ve narrowed your list of Laredo gyms to your top choice, ask for a guest pass and visit the gym during the time of day when you’d be most likely to go. Read every page of the contract you sign to be sure you’re comfortable with all the gym’s terms.

Laredo gyms offer our neighbors countless ways to get and stay healthy – which, when you exercise safely, can reduce your chances of needing to visit us at Laredo Emergency Room. And we’re good with that.

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12/Dec/2019

As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise, it’s becoming known as the new silent killer. And because about 10% of all adult emergency room visits stem from diabetes-related symptoms or complications, what you don’t know about diabetes could hurt you … or even kill you. So, as we celebrate American Diabetes Month in November, there’s never been a better time to know more about diabetes, what to watch for, and how to live vibrantly with it.

Why awareness matters

In the United States, an estimated 84 million people live with diabetes, and in addition to being one of the leading causes of trips to the emergency room or urgent care, it’s also one of the leading causes of death. Because symptoms often don’t appear until the condition is somewhat advanced, many people have diabetes or pre-diabetes and don’t even know it.

Who’s most at risk

Advancing age puts people at risk for type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, as more than 85% of those with diabetes are age 45 or older. You’re at high risk for diabetes if you are overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or if diabetes runs in your family.

Children and young adults are more often diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which tends to run in families. Pregnant women can get gestational diabetes and are typically tested for it near the end of the second trimester.

What you can do

If you have any risk factors for type 2 diabetes, get tested regularly. All that’s needed is a simple blood test. If the results show you have diabetes or pre-diabetes but have not yet experienced symptoms, this gives you an early opportunity to get the disease under control.

In addition to following orders from your primary care physician, the following tips can also help:

  • Think of food as fuel for a healthy lifestyle. Too often, people who need to lose weight in order to get their diabetes (or risk for it) in check head straight into the latest fad diet. While such diets may help you have a short-term success, they are often so restrictive that most people can’t – and shouldn’t – stick with them for the long term. Instead of depriving yourself, plan your meals to include healthy fats, whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of vegetables and fruits. You’ll feel satisfied and be able to stick with it for life.

  • Get preventive care. Keeping a regular schedule of checkups can help your primary care physician identify subtle symptoms or problems lurking in the background – so you can address them early and avoid trips to urgent care or the emergency room.

  • Increase your physical activity in manageable steps. Find small opportunities for adding activity to your day, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator – or parking at the back of the lot and walking farther. Gradually adding more and more exercise to your routine is the best way to incorporate it into your lifestyle for good.

The best news about type 2 diabetes is that it can be reversed – with the right care and lifestyle. So be aware of your risks and talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have.

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12/Dec/2019

Let’s face it, the beginning of the school year is a hectic time. Teachers and parents are stressed, and there are a million and one things to keep up with. Meanwhile, all of the kids are running around just trying to have fun or stay on task! It’s easy to see how germs and sickness can spread in the hustle and bustle of everything going on during this back-to-school time of year, but sick kids can mean sick families, which can lead to missed school days and time off of work. If trying to keep your school-aged children healthy all the time seems like a daunting task, don’t be afraid, there are simple things you can do to help prevent sickness before it gets to your household.

Boost Your Immune System

There are several easy ways that you can boost your immune system without a lot of forethought or planning, the first of which is just maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle. If you have the basics like not smoking, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet covered, you’re already well on your way to having a healthy immune system. There are also certain types of foods that can help to give your immune system a boost, foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. You can start with a traditional glass of orange juice for vitamin C, but including foods like berries, nuts, dark chocolate, and green tea can all help you eat your way to better health and immunity.

Teach Good Hygiene Habits

Helping school-aged kids form good personal hygiene habits can play a crucial role in fending off germs and sickness. Teaching your kids to wash their hands after meals, going to the restroom, playing on the playground or with other children can help eliminate unwanted germs and bacteria from their skin. Basic hygiene habits like regular showers, brushing teeth, and washing their hair are also essential in maintaining a healthy level of cleanliness and promoting disease prevention.

Take Preventative Measures

The majority of schools in the U.S. require all students to be fully vaccinated before they can attend, but there are other preventative steps that parents can take to keep their families protected from school-borne illnesses, like having regular check-ups and making sure every member of the family is getting their annual flu shot. Even if you feel like you or your family is perfectly healthy, it’s important to get your flu shot every year to improve your chances of avoiding the dreaded influenza virus.

We hope you have a happy and healthy new school year, but if you do need emergency medical care this school year, Laredo Emergency Room will be here for you and your family 24/7/365.

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12/Dec/2019

When it comes to your child, emergency room visits are considered a part of the package – and millions upon millions of children are seen in ERs like Laredo Emergency Room each year, mostly from unintentional injuries like falls, burns, drowning, poisoning, suffocation, and vehicle crashes. Accidental falls dramatically outrank any other cause of nonfatal injury until the preteen years – and fatal injuries are most commonly caused by suffocation for babies, drowning for toddlers, and vehicle crashes for older children.

With the number of emergency room visits children require, it’s important to know that not every illness or injury is an emergency… but here are some more urgent symptoms to look for, especially in the midst of illness or following an injury:

* Fever that doesn’t respond to medication with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a baby 2 months or younger, 102 degrees in older babies through 3 years, and 104 degrees in older children.

* Crying that’s inconsolable and constant following an injury

* A bulging or sunken appearance of the soft spot in younger babies or continual rubbing of the head in young children after a fall – or any bruising on the head of a baby less than 2 months old

* Appearance of loss of balance or slurred speech

* Unequal pupils

* Vomiting that comes on after injury or is severe, ongoing, or contains blood

* Significant fatigue or difficulty waking after a fall

* Choking, trouble breathing, or turning blue

* A deep cut and profuse or nonstop bleeding

* A non-blanching, widespread rash over the entire body (if it doesn’t turn white or disappear for a few seconds when you press it, it is non-blanching)

* Stiff neck accompanied by fever and light sensitivity, which can indicate meningitis Keeping Young Children Safe Despite all the unavoidable trouble our curious little ones can get into, there are many ways we can help keep our children safe.

* Supervise young children at all times, especially during active play

* Teach children, even toddlers, how to swim or float

* Insist your children wear helmets for all physical activities like biking and roller skating

* Buckle up your children in seat belts for every trip, no matter how short, and have them ride in the proper seat for their sizes

* Put babies to sleep on their backs, not their tummies. Swaddling can help them stay in the right position Even with these safety measures, accidents happen.

Whether you have an older child or a newborn, emergency room visits are almost inevitable. To care for your baby Laredo Emergency Room can examine your child and treat a variety of emergency conditions, including severe infections, dehydration, and serious injuries. We know that worrying about your child’s health is a natural part of parenting – and we’re here to provide child emergency care and help take some of life’s worries away for parents like you.

 

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12/Dec/2019

Here in Laredo, the summer seems like one long heat wave. And though staying out of the heat is often our best defense against heat-related illness, it’s not always possible. That’s why Laredo Emergency Room sees many patients every year, especially in summertime, for heat exhaustion, dehydration, and the more serious heat stroke.

Dehydration

Starting with the most common, dehydration affects almost all of us, especially in a heat wave. The saying that “if you’re already thirsty, you’re already dehydrated” is true. Common symptoms of dehydration include a cotton-mouth sensation and thirst – but other symptoms include inability to focus and fatigue.

Many, many people are mildly dehydrated regularly and don’t know it. Watching for symptoms and staying ahead of thirst by regularly drinking water even when you don’t feel thirsty can help. But on the other end of the spectrum, severe dehydration can be serious. When this happens, symptoms range from absence of or darkly colored urine, very dry skin, dizziness, rapid heartbeat and breathing, confusion, sunken eyes, and fainting. In these instances, Laredo Emergency Room can treat dehydration effectively with intravenous (IV) fluids. We can also perform a variety of simple tests to identify whether there is a more significant underlying cause of the dehydration.

Heat Exhaustion

More serious than dehydration alone, heat exhaustion often goes hand in hand with it and comes with many of the same symptoms, including dark-colored urine, dizziness, and fainting. It also adds nausea or diarrhea, heavy sweating, fatigue, headache, clammy skin, and muscle cramps to the list.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion should immediately seek a cool, breezy, and shady place to rest, rehydrate with water or sports drinks, and use cool compresses to the back of the neck and other parts of the body. If there isn’t improvement within an hour, seek emergency treatment.

Heat Stroke

The most serious of these heat wave ailments, heat stroke is a serious medical condition that sends more than 4,000 people to the ER each year in the United States. Heat stroke can cause death or damage to muscles and internal organs, including the brain. A signature sign of heat stroke is a core body temperature of at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit, combined with symptoms such as nausea, fainting, lack of sweat, red and hot skin, rapid heartbeat, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and even loss of consciousness.

When heat stroke is suspected, seek emergency care at Laredo Emergency Room right away. Until professional care can be given, attempt to lower the affected person’s body temperature by wetting the skin or, if the heat stroke occurred due to rigorous exercise, by applying ice packs.

Prevent Heat

Injury In spite of the summertime heat in Laredo, there are ways to help keep your cool and avoid heat injury, including wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothes, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, drinking extra water or sports drinks, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and avoiding outdoor activities in the middle to late afternoon.

The summertime heat and dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke go hand in hand, so take some simple measures to keep yourself cool when temperatures rise. And if you should find yourself experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, Laredo Emergency Room is here to help.

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12/Dec/2019

When it comes to your eyes, it’s not so easy to take a breath and consider whether a bit of redness or discomfort is an emergency or not.

So, is it?

The answer may be in a study undertaken by the University of Michigan, which revealed that less than 7% of eye-related emergency room visits were true emergencies. What’s more, nearly one in four eye-related ER visits during the study period were for mild, common, non-emergency conditions like pink eye and puffy eyelids.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we see our fair share of non-emergency eye complaints like pink eye, too, so we want to help our patients avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room by sharing with you more insight on how to tell whether what’s bothering your eyes is a real emergency.

When to Seek Treatment

We recommend you come to Laredo Emergency Room for emergency eye care for the following eye symptoms:

* Sudden light sensitivity, vision loss, or blurring of vision in one or both eyes, with or without pain

* The sudden appearance of floaters, flashes of light, or the appearance of a dark spot in the vision

* Eyes that suddenly don’t move together or pupils that are dilated/constricted unequally

* An object in your eye that won’t come out after irrigation

* A bulging eye

* Bleeding in or from the eye

* Severe pain, swelling, and redness, with or without other symptoms such as nausea

* Severe headaches, especially with affected vision

* Physical injury, such as penetration, scraping, cuts, or burns to the eye, or chemical injury to the eye

Preventing Eye Emergencies

Because symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches can also indicate health issues that can ultimately affect your vision, Laredo Emergency Room recommends that you have regular visits with a primary care physician to make sure chronic conditions are kept under control or caught and treated early.

Regular visits to an ophthalmologist or optometrist also can help catch problems like glaucoma before it damages your sight. You can also prevent serious eye conditions and injuries by wearing protective eye safety goggles or sport glasses during a variety of activities such as working with tools and heavy equipment, activities like biking, sports that involve flying objects such as tennis, racquetball, or baseball, and hobbies like woodworking. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of germs that cause the common cold and also prevent the spread of eye infections, too.

Eye First Aid

In the instance that you do experience an eye injury, there are steps you can take right away before heading to the emergency room. These include:

* Shielding the eye with something like a cup that won’t put pressure on the eye if it is injured

* Cold compress applied to an eye that has been struck with a blunt object

* Irrigation with water for 20-30 minutes for eyes splashed with chemicals. This can be done by holding your eye open with your fingers while placing your eye under a faucet of running water.

Where to Go for Eye Emergency

We know in the midst of an eye emergency that thinking about where to go adds even more stress to an already stressful situation.

 

If you need emergency eye care, the skilled team at Laredo Emergency Room can provide the treatment you need. For more health tips, follow us on Facebook!

Laredo Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


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12/Dec/2019

Group exercise classes are all of the rage these days. On every corner, you see a new cycle studio, Crossfit gym, dance class, or kickboxing gym pop up due to the high demand for these types of workouts. But what is it about these classes that makes them so popular? Why are masses of people flocking to dark studios with loud, pumping music to get their sweat on? Both young and old, fit and working-on-fit alike have found value in working out with others for a multitude of reasons, mainly motivation, encouragement, accountability, and maybe even a little psychological and physiological boost.

Motivational Boost

It’s no secret that the New Year’s resolutions that you made 7 months ago might be waning, which is the perfect reason to give your motivation a jump start by signing up for a group workout class. Participating in classes like this can give you the opportunity to be encouraged by your classmates, as well as your instructors who know how to push you to your limits when they see you fatiguing out or not hitting correct form. You’re also more likely to work harder if you see everyone around you pushing for the same goal. Call it a competitive edge, but this positive, competitive desire to want to keep up with the people who are working hard around you can lead you to push yourself harder than you would when working out by yourself. Working out at a high intensity produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people stay motivated and stick to their workout routines!

Team Mindset

This might not be a scientifically proven fact, but it seems to us that it would be a lot harder to miss a 6am boot camp when you have a few friends in the group who are relying on you to be there, texting you the night before or the morning of asking if you’re ready for the workout. Accountability to people other than yourself can be encouragement enough to get to that workout you’ve been planning on, and the camaraderie that is built in these classes will keep you coming back. The social aspect of these communities can also be a huge benefit as an excellent place to meet new people who have the same interests and fitness goals as you do.

All in all, if you are feeling the need for a new, renewed feeling of motivation and accountability that comes with a community feel and mindset, these group workouts could be just what you’re looking for. Use Google to find local classes and workouts that fit your schedule, and don’t be afraid to mix it up between different types of classes to keep things feeling new and fresh!

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