We provide care for many minor emergencies including: cough/cold, asthma, flu, sprains/strains, stitches, fractures, allergic reactions, dehydration, migraines, school/sports & pre-employment physicals, workers comp, immunizations, travel consultations, and much more!
Some exciting news, Island Urgent Care in Kapahulu is NOW OPEN!! Feel free to stop in and pay us a visit. We're located near Waikiki at 449 Kapahulu Ave #104 just down the road from Rainbow Drive in.
Nearly everyone has heard of the chicken pox, but have you ever heard of shingles? The two in fact come from the same virus! After an individual contracts the chicken pox, the virus lies dormant within the nervous system for what is usually many years. Shingles is when this dormant virus "awakens" causing extreme discomfort for the individual. Thankfully, shingles is treatable with a physician's help. If you suspect you may have shingles, please pay us a visit! We can help!
Sometimes patients come in suspecting that their infant or toddler has a cold or the flu. With a good line of questioning and a careful evaluation, your physician may deduce that your child actually has hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is often caused by the coxsackie virus, meaning the illness is not treated with antibiotics. Below is more information on hand-foot-and-mouth disease!
Happy Halloween! Here at Island Urgent Care we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe Halloween. A few quick safety tips so that you and your family can enjoy the evening: 1. Make sure any face paint used is non-toxic. Typically face paint used for theatrics is the safest. 2. Check your children's candy before they eat it and throw away any unwrapped candy 3. Be vigilant when crossing the street, just because you see the car doesn't mean they see you Attached is an infographic with a few extra safety tips. Have a wonderful Halloween!
We know, we know, you've been taught how to wash your hands a million times. But we can't emphasize enough the importance of hand washing as flu season fast approaches! Many people default to hand sanitizer, thinking it a more effective alternative. The problem is that many are unaware that while hand sanitizer kills the more susceptible bacteria on our hands, it leaves behind the strongest of the bacteria which can ultimately make us extremely sick. Hand sanitizer is a great alternative when you're in a pinch, but it's no replacement for hand washing: a physical removal of germs from your hands.
When it's an especially windy day it's not uncommon to see Portuguese man of wars washed up on the shore. Also common, are their pesky and painful stings caused by stinging cells lining their tentacles. Although it's a common belief that urinating on the area will relieve the pain Mayo Clinic indicates that rinsing with salt water, vinegar, applying a baking powder paste, or taking an over the counter pain reliever will work just as well, if not better!
With the beginning of the new school year a common ailment in kids (and adults!) is conjunctivitis, more commonly known as "pink eye." Conjunctivitis is a condition in which the conjunctiva or white part of your eye becomes inflamed. Often the eye(s) will become sticky, itchy, or watery. There are several types of conjunctivitis, so antibiotic drops are not always the answer. Thankfully here at IUC we have the proper tools to examine your eyes and properly diagnose you!
One of the important questions we ask if a patient comes in complaining of a fever, is if they have been in any fresh water streams or rivers recently. Why? As some of you may know, Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted from Hawaii's fresh bodies of water. If you have open cuts on your body, avoid fresh water so that you may avoid contracting it. If you develop a fever and other flu like symptoms and have been swimming in or drinking from Hawaii's fresh water streams, pay us a visit so we can get you on the proper antibiotics as soon as possible!
If you've spent a significant amount of time in the ocean swimming or surfing, you've probably seen the ominous spines of a wana poking up from the reef. We frequently see patients with wana spines stuck in their feet from a day out in the water. While most wana spines either dissolve or fall out on their own, the spines do occasionally lead to infection. If you notice any redness or warmth, please come in and see us! For more information on marine animal related injuries, check out the book "All Stings Considered" by Craig Thomas and Susan Scott, addressing first aid treatment and advice on when to seek higher care.
Flu season is just around the corner, and Island Urgent Care is more than prepared. We now have the flu vaccine in stock! Just come in and ask for a flu shot. Most insurance companies completely cover your flu vaccine, meaning you might be able to get it for free! The flu vaccine is recommended for all individuals over 6 months of age, including pregnant women. Contrary to popular belief, the flu shot can NOT give you the flu! Here's more information on the influenza virus!
Have you heard of the superbug? Scientists and Doctors suspect that in the near future, we will encounter a "super bug," a completely antibiotic resistant bacteria. MRSA (a type of staph infection) is an example of an antibiotic resistant bacteria, responding to treatment only to specific antibiotics. We can combat this by treating ONLY bacterial infections with antibiotics! Here's some more information that might help you determine whether or not you need antibiotics:
When prescribed antibiotics for a bacterial infection, we often recommend that our patients take either a probiotic pill, or consume some food containing probiotics an hour after taking the antibiotic. This helps to avoid bacterial infections that can actually be CAUSED by antibiotics! Probiotics can come in a variety of forms including kim chee, yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles and much more! Just look for a label indicating the product contains live and active cultures.
As mentioned in a previous post, we offer FREE one-time EKGs for sports physicals on kids age 12 and over. This is an $89 value or more. Here's an informative article from The New York Times describing the importance of screening young athletes for heart conditions. "While it can strike those who are sedentary, the risk is up to three times greater in competitive athletes. According to some experts, a high school student dies of cardiac arrest as often as every three days." http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/heart-risk-in-athletes-is-gaining-attention/?_r=0
CPR, when performed correctly by a bystander can improve a patient’s chances of survival. If you are untrained (or trained but rusty) and find yourself in a situation requiring CPR, experts recommend utilizing hands-only CPR. This means no rescue breaths. Have someone call 911 immediately, and begin pushing hard and fast on the center of the patient’s chest at a rate of about 100 pushes per minute. You might help to save a life! CPR training is extremely important, and could ultimately help you to save the life of a stranger or loved one. Follow this link to find a CPR training course today! http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/FindaCourse/Find-a-Course_UCM_303220_SubHomePage.jsp
Skin cancer is far more common thank you think. Living in a state with an abundance of sunlight and no real winter has its perks, but there are also a few downsides. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected this summer with SPF 30+ broad spectrum and water resistant sunscreen!
A frequent complaint we see at our clinics during the summertime is an angry, itchy, red rash after eating mangoes. Many of our patients are surprised to find out that the rash causing agent found in poison ivy, urushiol, is also found in mango skin, bark, and leaves. For more information on the common mango rash, check out this article by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Aug/26/il/FP508260316.html
Growing up, many people are taught that the important symptom representing a heart attack is chest pain. Today medical professionals know that not all heart attacks present in the same way. In fact, they can present very differently in men vs women. A patient can be suffering a heart attack, and not exhibit chest pain at all! It’s important to know the signs of symptoms, and call 9-1-1 if you have any doubts. #heartattack #hearthealth #myocardialinfarction #health #islandurgentcare
Smoking directly correlates to heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the United States (and Hawaii!). According to the CDC, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US, accounting for every 1 in 5 deaths. The benefits of quitting are numerous and nearly instant. Here’s how your health improves after quitting!
As the weather heats up and summer approaches, it's important to make sure you're applying sunscreen! Truthfully, we should all be using sunscreen 365 days a year. Here is some advice on what to look for in your sunscreen. Hint: Check out our Instagram @IslandUrgentCare for frequent health infographics and tips!
A healthy diet is an important aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle! Many Americans aren’t eating enough whole fruits and vegetables. Here’s some information on how you can lead a more balanced diet!
Check out our very own Dr. Boonprakong in this Premier Traveler Segment! http://www.premiertravelerusa.com/Around_the_World__Segment_10/76/2439.aspx