Don’t let the cooler weather fool you, mosquito season is not over. More than a pest, these buzzing insects can carry and spread dangerous diseases to both humans and animals. Here in Michigan, health officials are advising residents to take precautions after several residents became infected with the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The only way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to avoid being bitten by them.
Until the nighttime temperatures consistently fall below freezing, The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued the following recommendations to protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites:
Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET or other EPA- approved product to exposed skin or clothing, always following the manufacturer’s directions for use
Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas
Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes out of buildings
Empty water from mosquito breeding sites such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs For those that work outdoors or cannot avoid being outdoors at dusk or dawn, be diligent about using insect repellent, and cover as much of your skin as possible.
If you’re concerned about or experiencing symptoms from a mosquito bite, reach out to your primary care physician: Make An Appointment
We’ve all been there as patients; sick on the weekend, trip and twist an ankle. What do you do if your primary care doctor is gone for the day or weekend?
Non-life-threatening emergencies can be treated at an urgent care. If you’re having a life-threatening emergency such as chest pain or a serious head injury, a trip to the emergency room is in order.
What is considered an emergency?
severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
compound fracture (bone protrudes through skin)
convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
fever in newborn younger than 3 months old
deep knife or gunshot wounds
moderate to severe burns covering a large area of the body
severe head, neck or back injury
severe abdominal pain
signs of a heart attack (chest pain lasting longer than two minutes)
signs of stroke (loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech)
suicidal or homicidal feelings
What is considered a non-life-threatening urgent medical condition?
accidents and falls resulting in extremity or minor head injury
sprains and strains
breathing difficulties (mild to moderate asthma)
bleeding/cuts (requiring sutures)
eye irritation and redness
fever or flu
vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
severe sore throat or cough
minor broken bones and fractures (fingers, toes)
skin rashes and infections
urinary tract infections
mild to moderate allergic reactions
If you’re in doubt, get it checked out. Sometimes you may feel fine after a trip or fall, but could/will feel worse the next day when inflammation and pain set in.
IHA Call Center Triage Nurses and Office Triage Nurses can be utilized to assist in decision making on where to go. Call us first: 734.995.2950
IHA has three urgent care locations and one after hours location, all open after normal work hours and on the weekends, with slightly altered hours on holidays. Click here for a comprehensive service list for our locations.
With the recent snow that blew through and the temperatures that are going to stay low over the next few days, many of us are still digging out our cars or way out of our driveways. Anyone can end up with frostbite or hypothermia, it’s important to know the risks of frostbite and hypothermia, especially for those that are at higher risk and are more susceptible to extremely cold weather. Some groups that be at higher risk include:
Very young children and our older senior population
Diabetic patients and other with conditions leading to poor circulation
Patients with heart conditions or those who take beta blockers
Don’t Ignore Shivering!
When you’re exposed to cold temperatures your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will use up your body’s energy, resulting in hypothermia. Some warning signs of hypothermia include:
If you notice any of these signs, please seek immediate medical attention.
Frostbite is literally the freezing of body tissue; fingers, toes, ears and nose are the most vulnerable. Frostbite is caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, or shorter exposure to extremely cold temperatures. The warning signs of frostbite are:
Red or pale skin
Frostbite and hypothermia can be prevented; here are some tips to help keep you safe:
Limit the time you’re outside in cold, wet or windy weather
Stay well hydrated
Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing
Wear a hat or headband that fully covers your ears
Wear mittens rather than gloves
Wear socks and liners that fit well and wick moisture
We’re excited to announce the opening of the brand new IHA Domino’s Farms Medical Center. The state-of-the-art 42,000 square-foot building, located on Whitehall Rd. near Earhart Rd., is the new home to a variety of IHA practices, including a new Urgent Care location, open 14 hours a day Monday-Friday, and 10 hours Saturday and Sunday. Other patient-centered programs and services being offered are: pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, certified nurse midwives, dermatology, pediatric neurology, imaging and ultrasound, travel medicine, physical therapy and lab services. We look forward to welcoming you to this new kind of medical center – one that is centered on you!