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5 Ways to Cure Back-to-School Blues

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Get Ready for Back-to-School

Now that summer is drawing to a close, parents are beginning to prep their child for the back-to-school season. If your child (and perhaps yourself) are feeling blue that summer is over, check out these tips that can get you back into the school routine in no time.

Send your kids off to school with a super nutritional breakfast. Getting back into the swing of school is helped by energy and nutrition. Oatmeal, fresh fruit, eggs, nuts, or even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are great ways to start the day and will continue that to energize your child for the rest of the morning!

Prepare the night before. Make mornings as easy as possible. A simple bit of preparation can help to get your child out of your door on time and eliminate potential pitfalls. Take out clothes, pack lunches and ask your child to pack their backpack the night before. This will help make mornings a breeze.

Make coming home fun. Have a tasty treat waiting for your child when he/she returns home from school. Homemade cookies, a fruit platter or a delicious berry smoothie are sure ways to make any child smile!

Have dinner together. Gathering around the family table provides a great opportunity for everyone to reconnect after a long day. Asking questions about their friends, what they learned, and what they enjoyed gives kids a chance to talk about their day.

Reinforce good habits. Catch your child being good throughout the week and praise him or her on their good behavior. Positive reinforcement will help to sustain your child’s good habits.

You can help boost your child’s mindset with these tips. We can provide the medical attention to take of their bodies! If your child is injured, take him or her to Sand Canyon Urgent Care. With facilities in Irvine and Stanton, we can help treat your child quickly. We welcome walk-ins and have an expert team of medical professionals ready to help you.

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How to Know if You Have A Sore Throat or Strep Throat?

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Sore Throat? Find Out If It’s a Cold or Strep Throat

Sore throats are very common and can be triggered by things like viruses, bacteria, allergens, postnasal drip, or even smoke. Generally, sore throats resolve on their own. However, sometimes a sore throat can indicate a larger health concern. Strep throat is caused by a streptococcus bacteria and is contagious. Be sure you know the differences between the two so that you can stay on top of your health and wellbeing.

Sore Throat

Pharyngitis (sore throat) is usually caused by viruses. There are many different viruses that cause a sore throat, including allergies. If an allergy is triggering a sore throat, this can be resolved by treating the allergy with over the counter medications. If it is a virus, the throat pain may be present for 3 to 5 days.

Sore throat symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Running nose
  • Sometimes a fever

What is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the back of the throat. Streptococcal bacteria are highly contagious. They can spread through airborne droplets when someone with the infection coughs or sneezes, or through shared food or drinks. You can also pick up the bacteria from a doorknob or other surface and transfer them to your nose, mouth or eyes.

Strep throat symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

As opposed to a cold or the flu, strep throat generally doesn’t trigger a cough or a runny nose. While it can present itself in any individual, younger children may face additional symptoms, including abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting without any complaint of a sore throat.

Generally, strep throat is not an emergency and a swab to test for strep is recommended so that overprescribing of antibiotics can be avoided. At Sand Canyon Urgent Care, our staff will provide treatment for common family illnesses and injuries. For minor to moderate injuries and medical issues, visit usCall us today for more information about our Irvine and Stanton centers.

Pink Eye Facts: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

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What You Should Know About Pink Eye

“Pink eye” is a term that may sound scary but this common eye problem is easily treated and, with a few simple prevention techniques, can often be avoided. While any individual of any age can get pink eye, preschoolers, schoolchildren, college students, teachers, and daycare workers are particularly at risk for this contagious type of eye infection. Read on for facts about pink eye that you should know.

Causes of Pink Eye

There are different types of pink eye, including viral and bacterial. Viral pink eye is caused by viruses like adenovirus and herpes virus. Generally, this clears up without treatment in 7 to 14 days. Bacterial pink eye, however, is caused by bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pneumonia. The individual can benefit from taking antibiotics, which should start clearing up the infection within 24 hours. Without antibiotics, most cases of bacterial pink eye improve within 10 days.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

Both viral and bacterial pink eye cause the same general symptoms, including:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Swelling
  • Burning or irritation
  • Crusting of the eyelids or lashes
  • Discharge from the eye

Treatment of Pink Eye

Although most cases of bacterial and viral pink eye will heal on their own without treatment, individuals can relieve the symptoms by

  • Using artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to prevent dryness
  • Washing away the discharge with a wet washcloth or tissue
  • Removing contact lenses and only wearing glasses until the symptoms are gone
  • Taking antiviral medicines – some viral pink eye may respond well to medicines
  • Using antibiotic eye drops
  • Refraining from touching or rubbing the eye

For all of your health concerns and any of your medical needs, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. We welcome walk-in patients. Call us at (949) 536-7892 or visit us here to get started!

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5 Life-Changing Habits

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Healthy Habits to Adopt Immediately 

For most of us, living a healthy lifestyle comes naturally. Others, however, need to work on improving their health and well-being consistently. Oftentimes, the essentials of healthy living are overlooked and overcomplicated. Fortunately, a few simple and healthy habits can change your life for the better. Intrigued? Read on.

  • Drink water upon waking

Water is important – no, essential – for our overall well-being. Sleep dehydrates the body so drinking water first thing in the morning is even more vital. A glass of water not only refreshes you when you wake up, but it also hydrates the organs and gets them off to a great start. Aim to drink around eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but more if the weather is extremely hot and you are sweating a lot. Active lifestyles call for a higher water intake.

  • Get enough sleep

Majority of Americans are not getting enough sleep and go about their day being sleep deprived. An average adult should be getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep helps your body recover, reset and restore.  So to ensure your overall mental and physical well-being, it is vital that you get enough sleep. If you consistently feel tired, lack concentration, and have a weakened immune system, re-evaluate if you are getting enough sleep every night.

  • Eat healthy food

It is easier said than done, we know. However, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, bland, or expensive. Your food intake should consist of a healthy combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, and seeds. Avoid packaged and processed foods, including sugary drinks and sodas. Read the nutritional labels and be mindful of the sugar and sodium content in what you eat and drink. Changing to healthier eating will not only benefit your body, but you will also notice a change in your overall energy levels.

  • Be social

Friends and family make life worth living. There are many benefits of being social and engaging in conversation with friends and family. Aim to stay social (not just on social media), even when you don’t feel like it. More often than not you’ll be glad you attended a social event.

  • Stay active

Exercising regularly doesn’t mean you spend hours in the gym. Figure out what you like to do to get your heart pumping and then stick with it. Whether you like running, practicing yoga, working out with a personal trainer, hiking trails, or attending an exercise class, start doing an exercise routine that you love. Mix it up and be consistent for 20 days –  that is the secret to making any habit stick.

Here’s to your health and happiness! For all of your health concerns and any of your medical needs, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. We welcome walk-in patients. Our onsite diagnostic and lab facilities help us to best serve you and your loved ones. Call us at (949) 536-7892 or visit us here to get started!