Urgent Care for Lacerations

The words “lacerations” and “cuts” are often used interchangeably, although technically they have slightly different meanings. While both indicate that there has been a wound that breaks the skin, lacerations generally indicate a deeper injury. On the other hand, a cut usually indicates more shallow or superficial wound and will naturally heal without attention from a medical professional.

If you have a cut or laceration that may need medical attention, visit Bayside Urgent Care Center for treatment. Our medical staff is expert at treating these and other non-life-threatening emergencies.

We are located in Clearwater, Florida, and we’re always accepting new patients. No appointments are necessary.

What Are Symptoms or Complications of Lacerations?

The following are some of what you may encounter with a laceration:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Inflammation, redness, and swelling around the wound site
  • Fever and chills
  • Pain
  • Exposure of underlying tissues (fat, tendon, muscle, or bone)

You should seek attention from a medical professional for yourself or a family member if any of the following occur:

  • The bleeding will not stop

  • Blood is spurting out of the wound
  • The cut is on or near the eye

Seek immediate care at the nearest Emergency Room or call 911 if you have any partially severed toes or fingers or if you are experiencing signs of shock, such as:

  • Clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Shallow or rapid breathing

What are the Symptoms of the Flu?

Most people who get sick with the flu experience mild symptoms. The most common of these symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion and runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough and other respiratory symptoms

Less common symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and vomiting. Once you come into contact with the flu virus, it usually takes about 24-48 hours (the incubation period) until you may notice symptoms. You can spread the flu for seven days after you experience symptoms.

What is the Rapid Flu Test?

The most common test for detecting the flu is nasal cultures. When the practitioner collects the culture, they insert the swab and run it along the back of your nose to get a mucus sample. Then they run the rapid test on the sample, which takes about 15 minutes while you wait. In addition to the rapid flu test, we will also perform a physical exam to check your vital signs, heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat, among others.

How is the Flu Treated?

If you are diagnosed early (within 48 hours after symptoms show up), specific medication like Tamiflu can help ease your symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness by a few days. Unfortunately, after the first two days, these meds won’t do as much for you.

Also, since the flu is a viral infection, you should not take antibiotics. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and do not affect viruses.

With most cases of the flu, give your body time to let the illness run its course. You may find that over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen can provide some relief. Before taking medication, check with Bayside Urgent Care or with your doctor.

How Long Does the Flu Last?

Usually, the flu lasts 3 to 7 days, but it can sometimes persist longer than a week. Young children and the elderly tend to experience more severe symptoms and can take longer to recover. This population can also be more susceptible to complications such as pneumonia and dehydration.

How to Avoid Getting the Flu

The best way to avoid the flu or any viral illness is to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer with soap and warm water. The following are other preventative steps you can take:

  • Eat healthily, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Disinfect and clean frequently used surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other essentials.
  • Take flu antiviral drugs as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

We also recommend getting the flu vaccine that is available every September through November at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and clinics. While the vaccine won’t protect you from every strain of the virus, it can help decrease the severity of flu symptoms if you contract the virus.

Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance?

Yes. We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers. If you are underinsured, uninsured, or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, our services are reasonably priced, and we offer flexible payment plans.

Rely on Bayside Urgent Care Center When You are Sick!

Our center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, and Tampa. If you are experiencing symptoms detailed above, visit our office or call.

*Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. Always head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing very serious or life-threatening problems. Read What is Urgent Care for more information.

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