- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 22:40
- Written by Super User
Masonboro Urgent Care thanks the community of Pleasure Island, Masonboro area and south Wilmington for their continued support of their community health care clinic. The facility is at 6132 Carolina Beach Road, Suite 8, Wilmington. For details or to contact, call 910-794-4947 or visit the website at masonborourgentcare.com.
By: Candace Lookingbill
Masonboro Urgent Care is a primary and urgent care center that serves the needs of Pleasure Island, Masonboro and south Wilmington areas.
It provides stat lab testing, IV fluids as well as x-ray and EKG facilities. These have helped many people avoid the trip to the emergency room as they are able to treat most minor emergencies. The physicians, Dr. Mitch Meyer and Dr. James Worriax are available most weekdays between 8a.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday 8a.m. to 3p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Some weekend shifts and the occasional weekday shifts are covered by competent and experienced physician assistants who are able to contact one of the physicians at any time should a problem arise. One of their physicians is always on call for the patients.
As flu season approaches, not only do they offer flu and pneumonia shots, but also antivirals and IV hydration for those who need them. Of course they offer x-rays for suspected fractures and can either care for your orthopedic problem or send you with a CD copy of your x-ray to the specialist of your choice.
The flu season, be aware of some of the signs and symptoms of the flu. Advice for the flu season from the CDC website is: People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms, fever or feeling feverish with chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), and persons who live in facilities like nursing homes What should you do if you get sick? If you become ill with influenza symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. Most people are able to recover at home from flu without medical care. However, some people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications. They are children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old; people 65 years old and older; pregnant women; and people who have asthma, neurological and neurodevelopment conditions; chronic lung disease; heart disease; diabetes; weakened immune system due to disease or medication
If you (or your child) are in one of the groups above and develop flu-like symptoms, consult a health care provider to get advice about seeking medical care. Also, it’s possible for otherwise healthy people to develop severe illness, so any one concerned about their illness should consult their doctor. There are “emergency warning signs” that should signal anyone to seek medical care urgently. In children, fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish skin color; not drinking enough fluids; not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough; fever with a rash. In adults some signs may be difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting.
The providers at Masonboro Urgent Care give the following advice: If people are in high risk groups they should be immunized. If they have not yet been immunized they should see us or their health care provider for immunization. If a member of a high risk group becomes ill they should see a health care provider for treatment. If anyone develops any of the emergency warning signs they need to see a health care provider immediately to be assessed and treated. Unfortunately, even with the best medical care, people die of the flu every year.
Masonboro Urgent Care is a community-centered clinic that supports the Pleasure Island and Ashley High school by participating in events such as Island Day, Trick or Treat Under the Sea (which they came in second this year), and sponsoring the Ashley High School Athletic Booster Club and a Ashley High School Athletic Department Award. The care center also offers discounted sports physicals for the local schools and athletic organizations and donates sports physicals at the request of coaches to those who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
Masonboro Urgent Care thanks the community of Pleasure Island, Masonboro area and south Wilmington for their continued support of their community health care clinic. The facility is at 6132 Carolina Beach Road, Suite 8, Wilmington. For details or to contact, call 910-794-4947 or visit the website at masonborourgentcare.com