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Stay hydrated this summer

Velocity Care explains the dangers of dehydration and provides information on how to keep your family well-hydrated during the hot summer months

What is dehydration?

The dictionary definition of dehydration is “a harmful reduction in the amount of water in the body.” This occurs when there is more fluid leaving the body than entering, and it can have dangerous consequences to your health.

Your body is made up of more than 75 percent water. To stay healthy and hydrated, you must maintain this...

  July 12, 2017   Dehydration 0 Comments   Read More

5 things you should know about pregnancy tests

Velocity Care takes a look at some of the most common questions about pregnancy tests and gives you the answers you need.

Scientists developed the first at-home pregnancy test in the late 1960s. It offered women the convenience of checking for a suspected pregnancy at home, without a visit to the doctor’s office. Through scientific and technological advancements, pregnancy tests are more accurate now, although they essentially work the same as when they were first introduced.

  July 9, 2017   Pregnancy 2 Comments   Read More

Understanding arthritis: Learn the 4 common types and how to manage the pain

Velocity Care unveils some of the mystery behind this prevalent and painful condition

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Anyone from children to the elderly can suffer the symptoms. Living with arthritis is difficult, and it prevents countless people from enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle. You can manage the pain from this debilitating disease and minimize the effects – and the earlier you begin treatment, the better.

  July 8, 2017   Joints 2 Comments   Read More

What you need to know about mononucleosis

Velocity Care wants you to have the facts on mono to help protect yourself against this contagious disease.

Often referred to as the “kissing disease,” mono is extremely common and very contagious. Today we’ll explore the symptoms of this disease and learn ways to keep your family safe from contracting it.

  June 30, 2017   Illness, Disease 0 Comments   Read More

What is a tonsil stone?

Velocity Care explores the signs and symptoms of tonsil stones

Many people have never heard of tonsil stones. This affliction affects close to 10 percent of the population, and the number continues to grow as fewer people are receiving tonsillectomies.

  June 26, 2017   tonsil stone, tonsil 1 Comment   Read More

Sleep soundly tonight

Velocity Care looks at the symptoms and causes of insomnia and the amazing benefits of a good night’s sleep.

There is nothing better than lying in bed at night after a long day and drifting off to sleep. Unfortunately, for many, sleep isn’t something that comes easily. More than 70 million people in North America alone suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Whether you have difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep, sleep issues can pose a threat to your health and well-being...

  June 22, 2017   Sleep 0 Comments   Read More

What is tonsillitis?

Tonsils are the first responders; learn what happens when they’re infected

Your tonsils are two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of your throat. They’re designed to be a barrier for your throat. They trap germs and bacteria before they can get any further in your body, and they produce antibodies to fight off any infections. There are times, however, when your tonsils themselves get infected. This is tonsillitis.

Because of the similar symptoms, many people have trouble...

  June 16, 2017   tonsil 2 Comments   Read More

Oh, my aching ear!

Velocity Care explores the painful but common affliction of earaches

What is an earache?

Earaches are a common affliction, especially in young children, and are one of the top reasons for urgent care visits. This painful condition may feel like uncomfortable pressure in the inner ear or it may cause a burning or sharp stabbing sensation. The symptoms of an earache can range from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful.

There are many conditions that can cause an earache to occur. Often...

  June 13, 2017   Earache, Ear 0 Comments   Read More

What are ingrown hairs?

Anyone can get ingrown hairs, but they’re especially common with curly or coarse hair. Learn what you need to know to prevent them for popping up.

If you’ve ever shaved any part of your body, you may have noticed a bump or two that appeared in that area post-shave. Odds are, those bumps are ingrown hairs

An ingrown hair occurs when a hair that was growing normally curls up and grows back into your skin. While harmless, ingrown hairs can be frustrating to deal with. If they pop up on your...

  June 12, 2017   Ingrown hairs 0 Comments   Read More

Solving the mystery of your tonsils

Have you ever wondered what your tonsils are for? Velocity Care explains the purpose of this mysterious body part..

You probably know that your tonsils are located somewhere in your throat. But do you know their purpose? And why do so many people have their tonsils surgically removed?

  May 27, 2017   Illness 0 Comments   Read More

How do I treat abscesses and boils?

What are they and what are the symptoms?

Has your skin ever become inflamed for what seemed like no apparent reason? Your skin has tons of bacteria on it, which are usually harmless. However, sometimes bacteria travel down the hairs on your skin to the hair follicle or even enter the skin through openings like scrapes and cuts. When this happens, you may get an infection known as an abscess or boil.

  May 22, 2017   Abscess 0 Comments   Read More

A guide to summer activity safety: 4 ways to stay safe while spending time outside this summer

Velocity Care looks at the safest ways to approach summer fun

Summer is almost here, which means in addition to all the summer-related activities, there are hazards to contend with. Even if you or your kids are just in the backyard, there could be something harmful to your health lurking around the corner. While having fun in the sun, keep these four safety concerns in mind.

  May 18, 2017   Summer, Outdoors 0 Comments   Read More

Hand, foot and mouth disease

With the rising incidence of this disease in Louisiana and Arkansas, Velocity Care gives you the information you need to keep your family healthy.

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) was once extremely rare in North America, with most cases occurring in Asia and Africa. A strain of this disease, however, has become quite common in the United States, with recent outbreaks occurring in the South. HFMD is contagious and usually affects children under the...

  May 16, 2017   Illness, Disease 0 Comments   Read More

5 ways to keep kids safe while swimming

Velocity Care provides tips to stay safe at the beach or pool

As the days heat up, swimming pools and beaches begin to look more inviting. You can make many wonderful summer memories while outdoors relaxing by the pool with family and friends or building sandcastles near the ocean. Swimming is a huge part of summer fun, but it’s important to remember swimming safety, especially when children are with you. Here are five tips to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe summer out in...

  May 14, 2017   Sports, Swimming, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

Understanding hives

Velocity Care in Louisiana and Arkansas explores the causes and symptoms of this uncomfortable skin condition

What are hives?

Hives, also known as urticaria, are an uncomfortable condition that appear on the skin. Red, raised welts are the characteristic sign of hives, and each of these individual welts usually lasts no longer than six to 12 hours, causing the rash to constantly change appearance, shape and sometimes location on the body. Hives usually come on quite suddenly and can last...

  May 12, 2017   Allergies, Allergy 0 Comments   Read More

What are common tennis-related injuries?

6 ways you can prevent injuries while playing tennis

Tennis is a sport that appeals to people of all ages. It’s easy to learn and it’s fun to practice. Tennis is a great way to stay fit: You can burn anywhere from 250 to over 600 calories in an hour while playing! Since it’s such an active sport, injuries are common; so it’s important that you’re informed and know how to prevent getting hurt.

  May 11, 2017   Sports, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

Lumbago: How to prevent or reduce lower back pain

Velocity Care helps you keep your back strong

Millions of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most common reasons people take time off from work, and it’s one of the top reasons for disability claims. Understanding lower back pain and how to prevent it is a step toward ending the suffering and living a pain-free life.

  May 4, 2017   Injury 3 Comments   Read More

How sports injuries impact children

4 ways to protect your children from sports-related injuries

Michael had a long day at his baseball tournament in the middle of the summer. After three hours of back-to-back games, he became groggy during his championship game due to dehydration. Because his head wasn’t in the game, he injured himself while sliding into home base.

Children are at a higher risk for injury than adults when it comes to sports like basketball, football, baseball and soccer because they’re still developing and...

  April 30, 2017   Sports, Outdoors, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

4 dangers lurking in your backyard

Velocity Care shares what to look out for when you spend time outside

With warmer weather approaching, outside activities become more frequent. While it might be a perfect day to have fun in the sun, it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers that can affect your family’s health in your own backyard.

Here are four things to be mindful of when you or your children spend time outdoors.

  April 27, 2017   Outdoors 0 Comments   Read More

Breathe easy knowing the signs of sinusitis

Learn to identify the symptoms of a sinus infection and what treatment options are available to you

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is another term for a sinus infection. It occurs when the sinus cavities, which are normally filled with air, become blocked and filled with fluid and mucus. This can happen for many different reasons, such as the common cold, allergies, polyps in the nasal cavities or a deviated septum. When the sinuses become blocked, they hold germs and bacteria, causing...

  April 24, 2017   Allergies, Sinus infections, Allergy, Sinus 1 Comment   Read More

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Learn about Parkinson’s disease and its symptoms

Most people have heard of Parkinson’s disease, but they don’t really know too much about it. It’s important to be aware of what it is, why it occurs and some of the symptoms to look out for.

  April 22, 2017   Parkinson's 1 Comment   Read More

The hard-to-swallow truth about pharyngitis

Velocity Care explores the causes, symptoms and treatment options for pharyngitis

What is pharyngitis?

Pharyngitis is the medical term for a sore throat. You can get pharyngitis from a virus (such as the common cold or the flu) or from a bacterial infection (such as strep throat). Symptoms range in severity from a mildly irritated throat to a severely sore throat – where talking and swallowing are extremely painful. Pharyngitis occurs when a virus or bacteria infect the throat area, causing...

  April 18, 2017   Sore throat 5 Comments   Read More

Are you sniffling and sneezing? It may be a URI

Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for an upper respiratory tract infection

Upper respiratory tract infections are the most common illness seen in the United States and account for millions of visits to urgent care clinics each year. A number of viruses and bacteria can cause these infections, and they can produce a whole range of uncomfortable symptoms. Since you will most likely experience an upper respiratory tract infection several times in your life, it’s important...

  April 12, 2017   Infection 0 Comments   Read More

How to keep your family safe during Easter

Know what precautions to take during Easter activities

Easter egg hunts are a classic activity during spring. Dyeing eggs, hiding them, hunting for them and enjoying holiday food together can all be really fun activities for the kids and the family. To avoid illness or accidents during the festivities, it’s important to take precautions and be aware of danger while you’re having fun this Easter.

  April 4, 2017   Safety 0 Comments   Read More

Types of stomach issues: What’s the stomach bug?

Here’s what’s causing your upset stomach

You’re preparing for a big meeting when you start to feel nauseous. Initially, you think it’s simply nerves, then your stomach begins to hurt and you rush to the bathroom as you realize you may have diarrhea.

Most likely you have a touch of norovirus, which is often referred to as the stomach bug. Norovirus is on the rise in the Shreveport, Louisiana area. In fact, it’s something we see many patients for in our Louisiana clinics.

  April 3, 2017   Stomach 0 Comments   Read More

Allergies vs. asthma: Giving you the facts

Velocity Care explains the differences between these two similar conditions as you enter this year’s allergy and asthma season

Allergies and asthma are conditions that affect the respiratory system, and they often have similar symptoms and triggers. Both conditions are extremely common throughout the United States, with an estimated 18 million Americans suffering from allergies each year and nearly 1 in 12 people (or 25 million Americans) experiencing asthma.

  April 1, 2017   Allergies, Asthma/Emphysema, Allergy 0 Comments   Read More

3 tick-borne diseases and their symptoms

Velocity Care provides tips on what symptoms to look for and how to keep your family safe from tick-borne diseases

With the onset of global warming and therefore milder overall temperatures, tick populations are steadily increasing, especially in Louisiana and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, ticks are responsible for the spread of more diseases than any other insect; and due to the climate in this region, they are active all year round. These tiny insects are usually found in grassy, wooded...

  March 24, 2017   Illness, Disease 0 Comments   Read More

Do you have an asthma action plan?

Learn how to control the symptoms of asthma and prevent an attack

Asthma is a lifelong disease of the respiratory system. The cause of asthma is unknown, and while it can’t be cured, you can control the symptoms and reduce the number of attacks using an action plan.

According to the CDC, more than 264,000 adults and 97,000 children in Louisiana had asthma in 2008. If you or a loved one is suffering from asthma, meet with your urgent care doctor to formulate a strategy to minimize attacks...

  March 21, 2017   Asthma/Emphysema 0 Comments   Read More

How to prevent soccer injuries

Use the right strategy and equipment to prevent injury

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It’s fun to watch, and kids and teens love playing it because it’s easy to learn and exciting to participate in. However, it’s a contact sport and injuries are common. Usually, injuries are minor, like scrapes and bruises, but knee and ankle injuries as well as broken bones and concussions can happen.

  March 20, 2017   Sports, Injury, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

Do you have hidden poisons lurking in your home?

Learn what chemicals and substances in your home pose a risk to the health of your family

Under the kitchen sink … in the bathroom … in the laundry room … in the garage. Think of all of the different areas of your home where cleaners, chemicals and pesticides lurk. You know that many of these items are dangerous and lock them away, however, there are other items in your home that you may not realize could pose a serious threat to your health. Some of the most common household items are...

  March 16, 2017   Poison 0 Comments   Read More

7 myths about poison and what you should do in case of an emergency

Velocity Care uncovers the truth about common household poisons

Knowing the truth about poisonous substances and what to do in a poisoning emergency can mean the difference between life and death. There are many myths and misconceptions about poisons, some of which could impact your life or the lives of your loved ones if you believe them to be true.

  March 15, 2017   Myths, Poison 0 Comments   Read More

When should you visit Velocity Care?

Learn more about the differences between an urgent care center and the emergency room

You have just sustained an injury or are in acute pain. Perhaps your child has a fever and your regular doctor’s office is closed. If you’re like most people, you think you need to head to the emergency room of your nearest hospital. If you’re in North Louisiana  there is probably a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center close by, and we can help.

Emergency rooms are time-consuming and expensive. In most...

  March 8, 2017   Urgent Care, Velocity Care 0 Comments   Read More

Why is brain injury awareness so important?

Louisiana and Arkansas clinics raise awareness for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Often, children don’t wear helmets when riding their bikes or when skating around the neighborhood. What’s worse, as they grow and start riding further and faster, they wear their helmets even less. Both children and adults tend to believe they’re invincible. However, did you know that 40 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. happen due to a fall?

Understanding what causes brain injuries is...

  March 3, 2017   Head 0 Comments   Read More

What are common baseball injuries?

Keep young athletes injury-free in Little Rock and Shreveport

You teach your kids that in order to excel at a sport, it’s important to practice. Often, parents expect their children to practice year-round so they can perform at their best. The problem is that with many sports, including baseball, this can lead to overuse injuries. An overuse injury occurs when you use certain muscles repeatedly, which causes a lot of strain on them. Injuries can also occur because children aren’t...

  March 2, 2017   Sports, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

5 types of stomach issues

Learn more about symptoms and treatment of common GI problems

Gastrointestinal (GI) issues will affect everyone at some point in their lives. Common stomach issues can range in severity from a mild problem that will easily resolve on its own to a much more serious problem that requires ongoing medical treatment.

There are five common types of stomach issues that can impact your daily life. Learn more so you know what to describe to your physician when seeking care in Shreveport, Louisiana.

  February 27, 2017   Stomach 0 Comments   Read More

Do I have an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa?

Learn the anorexia nervosa symptoms to help those in Shreveport

Have you ever felt that you look fat in something you’re wearing, even though those around you say you’re imagining it? It’s very common, especially for women, to have a distorted self-image.

While many struggle with self-image, a critical issue arises when someone takes unhealthy actions to try and fix this imagined problem. One such way is through anorexia nervosa. Men and women with anorexia nervosa excessively cut down on...

  February 24, 2017   Disease 0 Comments   Read More

Why eating disorders awareness is important

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 23 to March 1

Our society holds women to a beauty standard that is unattainable. Magazines and social media portray how a beautiful woman “should” look using retouched images of extremely thin women. When young women compare themselves to these images, they may start to develop unhealthy eating habits to reach this ideal.

  February 23, 2017   Disorder 0 Comments   Read More

2 reasons you might be getting dizzy

Learn more about which type of dizziness you are experiencing

Dizziness is a common sensation that most people experience from time to time. You may feel dizzy in a car or on a boat due to the movement. You may also get dizzy from standing up too quickly or when you are having blood drawn – or for no apparent reason.

The feelings most commonly associated with dizziness are lightheadedness and vertigo. Determining the type of dizziness you’re feeling is helpful if you want to know the cause,...

  February 22, 2017   Disease 0 Comments   Read More

The painful facts on kidney stones

If you are suffering from kidney stones and live in the Shreveport or Little Rock area, Velocity Care is here to provide you with the information you need

One in 20 people will experience the symptoms of kidney stones at some point in their lifetimes, and this number has been steadily increasing over the past 30 years. Kidney stones can cause severe and sudden pain and often require urgent care. Here is information to help you if you are suffering from kidney stones.

  February 17, 2017   Kidney 1 Comment   Read More

Take good care of your heart

Improve your health with heart screenings in Shreveport, Louisiana

We recognize February as the month of love, which is why it’s a great time to celebrate your heart and evaluate your heart health.

The term heart disease refers to several conditions that impact the health of your heart. Most heart conditions occur when plaque builds up in your arteries, reducing blood flow and increasing your risk for a heart attack, heart failure or stroke.

According to the CDC, heart disease is a leading...

  February 15, 2017   Heart 0 Comments   Read More

4 diseases you never believed were real

Learn about unusual diseases that you didn’t know existed

The world of medicine encompasses many types of illnesses, including some that sound made up. Four diseases you never believed were real include: rabbit fever, cat scratch fever, beaver fever and alien hand syndrome. Read on to learn more about these very real illnesses and their symptoms.

  February 14, 2017   Disease 0 Comments   Read More

Safe medicine disposal

Learn how to properly dispose of your old medicines

Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to clean out your medicine cabinet and get rid of expired medications and those you no longer need. Keeping old medicines around can be dangerous, especially if they are in reach of children. Knowing how often you should clean out your medicine cabinet and how to properly dispose of medicines will help to avoid accidental ingestion and even abuse of medication.

Prescription drug abuse is a rising issue in...

  February 8, 2017   Medicine, Safety, medication 0 Comments   Read More

How often should you clean out your medicine cabinet?

Medication expiration dates matter

You hear your child coughing as he plays in the next room. After listening for a few minutes, you decide it’s bad enough that you should give him some cough medicine. Then, you discover the medicine expired three months ago. Now you must load your child into the car to purchase new medicine to ensure you aren’t risking his health by giving him expired medication.  

Keeping track of the expiration date of medicines and properly disposing of them is important...

  February 6, 2017   Medicine, medication 0 Comments   Read More

What medicines should I have in my medicine cabinet?

Velocity Care shares the importance of a well-stocked medicine cabinet

It’s the middle of the night and you wake up with a sore throat. You slowly start moving to the medicine cabinet to search for some sort of relief. You shake the bottle only to find that nothing comes out. Now you’re stuck suffering in pain until a store opens or you can get to the doctor.

Have you ever found yourself sick without the medication you need to feel better? How often have you discovered the medicine you have...

  January 27, 2017   Health, Wellness, Medicine 0 Comments   Read More

What causes eczema?

Learn the symptoms, causes and treatment options for this common skin condition

More than 35 million Americans will suffer from eczema at some point in their lives. This irritating, itchy skin condition is most common in children under the age of 5, but may appear in anyone at any age.

  January 20, 2017   Illness, Skin, Allergy 0 Comments   Read More

Suicide prevention is an important conversation to have

Velocity Care shares how to be there for someone in need

Suicide is a difficult subject. It’s often thought of as something that you shouldn’t talk about openly – until it’s too late. Suicide rates are on the rise in the United States. It’s the 10th-leading cause of death, with nearly 45,000 people losing their lives to suicide each year. These high numbers are proof that suicide needs to be something that we can talk about freely. Suicide prevention is an important conversation to have and...

  January 18, 2017   Illness 0 Comments   Read More

How to stay safe when playing basketball

Keep your children, teens and teammates safe while having fun

With its fast-paced rhythm, basketball is a great sport for children, teenagers and adults to enjoy for exercise and to play during the cold winter months. However, sports-related injuries often occur while playing basketball. Learn how to stay safe when playing basketball. 

  January 16, 2017   Sports, Sport safety 0 Comments   Read More

Should I worry about the mumps?

Mumps cases are on the rise in Little Rock, Arkansas

The U.S. began vaccinating against the mumps in the 1960s, when there were more than 180,000 reported cases each year and many more unreported cases. Since that time, outbreaks continue to decrease nationwide, and on average, the figures now range from the hundreds to a few thousand cases per year.

  January 13, 2017   Illness, Immunizations, Mumps 0 Comments   Read More

The many faces of depression

Velocity Care looks at 6 types of depression and how they differ

Many people believe there is only one type of depression and that everyone who suffers with this illness falls into the same category of symptoms and treatment options. This, however, is not the case. There are many types of depression and each is unique.

  January 12, 2017   Illness 0 Comments   Read More

What causes depression?

Depression isn’t your fault; eliminate the stigma associated with this condition

Do you ever experience feelings of unexplained sadness, hopelessness or a loss of interest in everyday activities? You aren’t alone. These feelings could be an indication of a medical condition called depression, and researchers estimate that it affects more than 15 million American adults.

  January 10, 2017   Illness 0 Comments   Read More

Why is your thyroid so important?

Understanding the thyroid gland and how to keep it healthy

 What is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck along the windpipe, just below the Adam’s apple. It has two lobes on either side, each approximately 6 centimeters long, connected by a small bridge called the isthmus.

Why is your thyroid so important? The thyroid is responsible for creating three different hormones and releasing them into the bloodstream. These hormones help...

  January 7, 2017   Thyroid 0 Comments   Read More

Why are my hands, feet and nose always cold?

Learn more about a sensitivity to the cold

Have you noticed that your hands, feet and nose are always cold? You may see notches appear on your hands, and your hands or feet may turn white or red as the temperature cools – even when you’re in an air-conditioned space. And find yourself asking 'why are my hands, feet and nose always cold?' If you suffer from these symptoms, you may have a disorder called Raynaud’s phenomenon.

  January 5, 2017   Illness, Raynaud's phenomenon 1 Comment   Read More

Buy over-the-counter medications from urgent care clinic

Receive care and medicines at single urgent care visit

To give you the best care possible and save you time and money, Velocity Care’s urgent clinics in Shreveport (Mansfield Road and Youree Drive) and Bossier City are pleased to now offer you over-the-counter medications, including:  

  December 30, 2016   medication, Over-the-counter 0 Comments   Read More

Vaccines aren’t just for kids

Adults should verify which shots they need as they age

Most people associate vaccinations with children. And it’s true, as children grow, vaccines are extremely important. Vaccines aren’t just for kids though. Do you know that vaccines are just as important for adults?

Some of the shots we get as children wear off as we age. This means you may be at risk of contracting different strains or new diseases. No matter your age, you need shots to protect yourself from serious and deadly diseases.

  December 29, 2016   Vaccines, shot 0 Comments   Read More

When to call poison control

Information you need in a poison emergency

You and your son are outside playing with a ball. As you turn to grab the ball, your son puts a berry from the holly bush in his mouth. Racing to take it out of his mouth, you immediately begin questioning if the plant is poisonous and what steps you should take next to ensure your son’s safety.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), poison can be anything someone eats, breathes or gets in the eyes or on the skin...

  December 27, 2016   Poison 0 Comments   Read More

Benefits of visiting an urgent care clinic

You need a walk-in clinic you can trust

Sometimes, you have a medical problem that isn’t a full emergency and yet you need it treated sooner than you can see your primary care doctor. These are urgent medical needs and are best treated at a walk-in urgent care clinic.

An emergency situation is one in which a person’s life is threatened or the injury may cause future impairment. Urgent care clinics treat medical issues requiring care within 24 hours that are not life-threatening emergencies.

  December 22, 2016   Urgent Care 2 Comments   Read More

Protect your family from whooping cough

Velocity Care shares insight into this highly contagious illness

All it takes is one tiny, airborne droplet contaminated with pertussis bacteria to cause weeks of terrible coughing and severe cold or flu-like symptoms. Pertussis – known as whooping cough – is becoming more common, especially in babies under 6 months of age and older adults who haven’t updated their immunizations.

Protect yourself, your family and those around you by learning the symptoms and causes of whooping cough and how...

  December 20, 2016   Cough 0 Comments   Read More

Give safe toys as gifts to prevent health risks

A checklist to help you give age-appropriate, safe toys and gifts for children

While toys are fun for children of all ages, careless purchasing decisions can have harmful consequences. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms across the U.S. treated an estimated 251,800 toy-related injuries in 2014.

December is “Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.” Prepare for a safe gift-giving season by reviewing these eight tips before you shop.

  December 15, 2016   Toddler, Child 0 Comments   Read More

Identifying an abscess

When is it time to visit an urgent care clinic to seek treatment for an abscess?

What is an abscess?

An abscess is an infection under the skin that is caused from bacteria that have entered the skin through an inflamed hair follicle, sweat gland or tiny rupture in the skin or tissue. The inside of an abscess will begin to fill with pus and dead skin cells, which causes the outer skin to become red, swollen and very tender.

  December 12, 2016   Abscess 0 Comments   Read More

Don’t get caught without the shot: Importance of the tetanus shot

Why you and your family should get vaccinated

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is an infection caused by dangerous bacteria that affect the brain and nervous system. These bacteria are found worldwide in the soil and in human and animal feces. Infection occurs when the tetanus bacteria enter a wound and can cause serious symptoms such as tightness or uncontrollable spasms of the muscles in the neck and jaw, difficulty swallowing and painful and involuntary spasms of other muscles throughout...

  December 8, 2016   tetanus, shot 0 Comments   Read More

6 easy ways to avoid dry skin during the winter

Learn how to keep your skin healthy over the cold, dry winter months

Cold temperatures; dry, winter winds; blazing furnaces and fireplaces; it’s no wonder so many people suffer with cracked, sore, dry skin in the wintertime. Today we will take a look at the most common causes of dry skin and how you can keep your skin soft and supple all winter long.

  December 6, 2016   Winter, Skin 1 Comment   Read More

6 common skin concerns and what to look for

Velocity Care provides information on the six most commonly seen skin conditions and their symptoms

The skin is our body’s largest organ, covering up to 2 square meters and making up nearly 15 percent of our body weight. It helps to protect our internal organs and regulates our body temperature. We expose our skin to so many environmental factors and external elements; it's no wonder that there are so many different conditions that can affect it.

Here we take a look at six of the most...

  December 5, 2016   Skin 0 Comments   Read More

Why caring for a wound matters

Walk-in clinic shares valuable wound-related lessons

When you accidentally scratch or cut yourself, you may not consider it a wound. Usually, the word wound makes people think of a large gash in the skin. Surprisingly, there are a number of different types of wounds. And no matter the type, the greatest risk is an infection, which is why proper wound care matters.

Keep reading to learn about the types of wounds, how to care for wounds and when to seek expert care.

  December 2, 2016   Wound, Care 0 Comments   Read More

Should you stay home from work or school?

13 symptoms of illness that you shouldn’t ignore

Children, teenagers and adults find that when they get sick, it’s hard to know whether to stay home to rest or continue with daily activities. Many people are concerned with calling into work or school for fear of missing out or using up too many sick days. However, for the safety of your classmates and co-workers, it’s important to recognize when you should stay home and not risk getting others sick.

  November 30, 2016   Illness 0 Comments   Read More

What an ear infection looks like

Velocity Care understands the pain of an ear infection

Ear infections are quite unpleasant. They can cause a great deal of pain and make it difficult to eat and sleep. An ear infection is caused by fluid trapped in the middle ear. It’s a secondary infection, similar to bronchitis, and usually stems from bacteria or a virus that causes the swelling and congestion of Eustachian tubes, nasal passages and the throat.

The Eustachian tubes control air pressure in the ears and drain fluid from...

  November 23, 2016   Infection, Ear 0 Comments   Read More

4 tips for staying healthy over the holidays

Keep yourself and your family in good health this holiday season

The holidays are upon us once again. It’s a wonderful time to spend celebrating with family and friends, but nothing can ruin the cheery mood of the holiday season as quickly as an unexpected illness. By following these four easy tips, you can ensure that your family stays healthy and happy throughout the holidays and well into the new year!

  November 21, 2016   Holidays, Tips 0 Comments   Read More

Your family’s health history is important

Learn more about your family's health to protect yourself

Whenever you go to a new doctor, you fill out a variety of new patient forms and are frequently asked about your:

  • Mother’s health.
  • Father’s health.
  • Siblings’ health.
  • Paternal grandparents’ health.
  • Maternal grandparents’ health.

You may be left wondering what you forgot. Did you accurately name all family illnesses? Which conditions are actually important to mention? Knowing your family’s medical health history allows your...

  November 17, 2016   Health, Family 0 Comments   Read More

Caring for burns?

Learn when to seek professional care for your burn

It’s the holiday season and you are cooking a nice meal for your family. As you are pulling the perfectly cooked roast out of the oven, your unprotected arm grazes the side of the oven and immediately, you feel the pain of the burn. You quickly assess and wonder, “What's the best way for caring for burns? Do I need to see a doctor?”

  November 15, 2016   Burns, Burn 0 Comments   Read More

What is gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Velocity Care offers facts about the signs and symptoms of GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD) is a common disease that affects nearly 7 million people in the United States alone. Researchers expect that 20 to 30 percent of the adult population will experience some form of this disorder at some point in their lives.

In the U.S., we recognize November 20-26 as National GERD Awareness Week. Velocity Care would like to do its part to help raise awareness of this disease.

  November 11, 2016   Heartburn, GERD 0 Comments   Read More

When to get an X-ray

Velocity Care shares information about X-ray capabilities

When most people think of X-rays, they think of broken bones. However, an X-ray shows so much more than simply a sprain or fracture. 

  November 9, 2016   X-ray, Tips 0 Comments   Read More

Get the facts on diabetes

Velocity Care explains the different types of diabetes and their symptoms

Although diabetes is a disease that has existed for thousands of years, it is only within the last century that we have really started to understand it and the effects that it can have on the body. Doctors can now differentiate between the types of diabetes and provide individualized treatment plans depending on which type a patient has.

  November 7, 2016   diabetes 0 Comments   Read More

National Diabetes Month: Learn the facts on blood sugar

Velocity Care explains the importance of blood glucose levels to ensure you stay informed

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes and educate those affected by this disease on the importance of maintaining steady blood sugar levels. Learn the facts on blood sugar to know what signs you should look for and when to see a doctor.

  November 2, 2016   blood glucose, diabetes 0 Comments   Read More

Halloween safety tips for kids

Velocity Care shares tips to keep kids safe while they trick or treat

For children, Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year. Velocity Care wants your family to have a safe and happy Halloween. We’ve compiled a list of ways for kids to stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Follow these nine tips to prevent injuries and remain safe this Halloween: 

  October 26, 2016   Safety, Halloween 0 Comments   Read More

Keep your body mobile: Take care of your joints

Velocity Care looks at the importance of joint health as you age

Joints are comprised of connective tissues, which connect our bones and cartilage and allow us to bend and move. There are numerous types of joints throughout our body, such as ball-and-socket joints (as found in our shoulders), hinge joints (in our fingers), condyloid joints (like those in our wrists) and many more, which, when working properly, give us the ability to move as we should. The health of our joints is very...

  October 25, 2016   Health, Arthritis, Joints, Muscles 0 Comments   Read More

4 of the most common gynecological problems

Velocity Care explores the signs and symptoms of some of the most common women’s health issues

A woman’s body is an amazing thing, capable of bringing life into the world. However, along with this amazing capability come health issues that are specific to women alone. Learn more about four of the most common gynecological issues and their symptoms.

  October 20, 2016   Urinary tract infections, Women, Yeast Infection, Menstration 0 Comments   Read More

Understanding your medical billing: What does ‘allowable charges’ mean?

Make sense of the charges associated with your medical care

Being sick or taking care of family members when they are ill can be stressful enough without the hassle of dealing with medical invoices and insurance companies. At Velocity Care, we strive to make your visit as stress-free as possible by helping you understand some of the key terms that insurance companies and medical professionals use including what does allowable charges mean. Understanding your medical billing is important...

  October 18, 2016   Allowable charges, Medical Billing 0 Comments   Read More

How to tell the difference between a sore throat and strep throat

Velocity Care shares ways to ease a sore throat

As the weather changes, a common complaint often heard is that of a sore throat. Many people may automatically assume they have strep throat. However, there are a number of other reasons for a sore throat including allergies, colds and postnasal drips, which can lead to a sinus infection.

  October 14, 2016   Illness, Sore throat, Sick, Strep throat 0 Comments   Read More

Ready to make a difference? Join our team!

Velocity Care is hiring talented, passionate health care professionals

Today, more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment from urgent care centers. Walk-in urgent care clinics offer outstanding professional medical care with the convenience of extended hours and minimum wait.

As Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center continues to grow, we are seeking compassionate, talented, licensed individuals to provide exceptional care for our patients.

  October 14, 2016   Hiring, Jobs, Employment 0 Comments   Read More

What you need to know about Crohn’s disease

Velocity Care explores the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease

Researchers estimate there are more than 1.4 million Americans who are currently living with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s. That means nearly 1 out of every 200 people in this country is suffering from the symptoms of this disease. We look at the signs and symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease and explore the treatment options available for those who are living with it so you have a basic understanding...

  October 11, 2016   Disease, Chron's disease 0 Comments   Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month can help save lives

Prepare a breast health plan

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder that your breast health is important. One in eight women born today in the U.S. will receive a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives; breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women. Early detection can be life-saving because in its early stages, the cancer hasn’t yet spread to other parts of the body. It’s important to prepare a plan for your breast health.

  October 6, 2016   Breast cancer 0 Comments   Read More

Flu season is upon us

Velocity Care looks at ways to stay healthy this flu season

As the weather begins to turn cooler, we see an increase in infection rates of the flu virus. Usually beginning in mid-October and lasting until March, flu season can affect 5 to 10 percent of the adult population and 20 to 30 percent of children across the globe. With such a high risk of infection, it is important to be aware of what symptoms to look for and how to keep yourself and family healthy all season long.

  October 3, 2016   Flu 0 Comments   Read More

Get the facts on how your medications interact with certain foods

Velocity Care takes a look at the 6 most common foods that you should avoid while taking medications

Talking with your doctor or pharmacist is always a good idea before taking any new medications. It’s important to know the correct dosage and whether you should take medicine with food or on an empty stomach. You should also be aware of what foods you should avoid, because certain combinations of food and medicine can cause your medication to be less effective or even cause serious adverse...

  September 30, 2016   medication, interaction 0 Comments   Read More

What is a sinus infection?

Learn the symptoms and treatment options for a sinus infection

With the change in weather comes the unfortunate chance for illness. You may feel achy, experience a headache and a fever and deduce that you’ve caught a cold. Most of the time, a cold runs its course in about 10 days, sometimes less.

  September 28, 2016   Health, Infection, Sinus 0 Comments   Read More

The facts on medical billing

Velocity Care explains the process of medical billing

A trip to an urgent care clinic can often be a stressful experience to begin with, without the confusion that the billing aspect of the visit can cause. Velocity Care wants your trip to the walk-in clinic to be as stress-free as possible. Here we explain the billing process of your visit so you know how we determine medical charges and what happens when we submit claims to your insurance company.

Five steps to the medical billing process

  September 24, 2016   Medical, Insurance, Billing 1 Comment   Read More

What you need to know about yeast infections

Learn more about yeast infections and how to care for this women’s health issue

Yeast infections are very common. An estimated 3 out of 4 women will experience one at some point in their lifetime. This type of infection occurs in the vaginal area, where it is moist and dark – the perfect environment for fungal yeast to grow. Also known as candidiasis, these infections can be very uncomfortable, but are usually easy to treat.

  September 22, 2016   Infection, Yeast Infection 2 Comments   Read More

Ovarian cancer awareness

Signs and symptoms of this silent killer

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Velocity Care wants to provide you with the information that every woman needs to know about this often-silent disease.

  September 20, 2016   Cancer, Women, Ovarian cancer 0 Comments   Read More

Healthy habits that benefit all ages

Velocity Care shares 4 habits to improve your quality of life

Velocity Care listed our top four habits you can have to improve your quality of life. These habits aren’t mutually exclusive; when you implement one healthy habit you improve your entire well-being, and these are healthy habits that benefit all ages.

  September 19, 2016   Health, Exercise, Diet, Sleep, Habits 0 Comments   Read More

Louisiana urgent care clinic

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center opens new walk-in clinic

Residents in Natchitoches have a new way to receive medical care in a timely manner with the opening of a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center opening at 307 Keyser Ave.

  September 16, 2016   Clinic, News 0 Comments   Read More

Stop the sting

Velocity Care gives you the facts on the health dangers of bee stings and spider bites

Bee stings and spider bites are a common occurrence that you can usually treat at home with over-the-counter remedies. There are some situations, however, that require medical attention, and Velocity Care is here to inform you when a visit to the doctor is in order to stop the sting.

  September 15, 2016   Bee sting, Spider Bite 0 Comments   Read More

How to fight inflammation

Velocity Care discusses the dangers of chronic inflammation

Many people don’t understand inflammation and how it impacts the body. Chronic inflammation can cause serious issues in your health. You may even be making an inflammation issue worse without knowing what triggers it. Velocity Care offers important information about what causes inflammation and how to reduce a chronic case.

  September 12, 2016   Health 0 Comments   Read More

5 most common autoimmune diseases

Explore the signs and symptoms of the most common types of autoimmune disorders

What is an autoimmune disorder?

Our immune systems work to keep our bodies healthy by attacking invading cells such as viruses or bacteria that could potentially make us sick. In some instances, however, the immune system may malfunction and begin to attack healthy cells in the body. This is called an autoimmune disorder, and it is unknown what the exact causes of this type of disease are.

  September 6, 2016   Health, Disease, Wellness, Disorder, Autoimmune 0 Comments   Read More

Utilize a current medication check list

Prepare for your visit with the doctor by keeping track of what medicines you take

When seeking medical care, it is important to know what medications you take regularly. If your physician determines you need antibiotics or a prescription to care for your illness, he or she needs to know what you currently take in order to prescribe to you the proper medication and dosage. Some medications react differently if mixed or consumed with other medications. To ensure you don’t see an adverse...

  September 2, 2016   Medical, Medicine, Prescription 0 Comments   Read More

4 reasons why eating your fruits and veggies is important

Velocity Care provides you with the facts on nutrition to help you make the healthiest food choices for your family

Growing up, most of us were constantly reminded to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whether from our parents, our doctors or even from commercials on TV. There is a reason why eating your fruits and veggies is important. There are a number of health benefits that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide. We created a list of benefits you and your family can get from...

  September 1, 2016   Healthy eating, Fruit, Vegetables 0 Comments   Read More

School lunches to pack or to buy?

Make an informed decision to pack or buy lunches

Parents want to be sure their children are eating nutritious lunches at school that give them the fuel they need to stay focused through the day. Many parents ask what's best, school lunches to pack or to buy? Is it better to pack a homemade lunch or have your child purchase lunch from school? Velocity Care offers some information to help you decide.

  August 28, 2016   Children, Food, School, Child 0 Comments   Read More

How to tell if your child needs glasses

Velocity Care offers important tips for healthy eyes

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about 80 percent of preschoolers don’t receive vision screenings and nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems.

August is eye health and safety month and a great time to get your child’s eyes examined (and your own eyes too).

  August 25, 2016   Children, Health, Eyes, Child 0 Comments   Read More

Recommended sleep for children

7 steps to establishing a sleep routine

For a variety of reasons, parents often forget or overlook the bedtime routine. Lack of sleep can be detrimental to kids’ health and their ability to stay focused, especially during the long school day.

The recommended sleep for children lengths vary according to age. Learn how much sleep your child should get each night with our infographic.

  August 22, 2016   Children, Sleep, Child 0 Comments   Read More

Teach healthy hand-washing techniques

Velocity Care explains the necessity of properly washing your hands

One of the most important ways to stay healthy is simply through washing your hands properly. Hand-washing is an essential way to stop the spread of germs and prevent some of the common illnesses found in children. 

Proper hygiene begins at home.

  August 17, 2016   Children, Health, Hands, Adolescent, Safety, Child 0 Comments   Read More

Heat can pose a serious threat to your health

Velocity Care shares the signs and symptoms associated with exposure to high temperatures

Along with summer comes beautiful, sunny days and warm weather. As temperatures rise, however, excessive time spent outdoors or prolonged physical activity in the heat can pose a serious threat to your health. Velocity Care takes a look at the causes and symptoms of heat exhaustion to help you and your family stay safe and healthy.

  August 15, 2016   Heat, Heatstroke 0 Comments   Read More

7 common back-to-school illnesses

Velocity Care shares typical school-related ailments

With the start of the school year quickly approaching, parents often forget that once school starts, an onset of various illnesses can occur that they must combat. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center compiled a list of common illnesses and how to best prepare for (and hopefully avoid) these ailments throughout the school year. 

  August 12, 2016   Children, Health, Illness, School, Child 0 Comments   Read More

What are the best ways to get ready for school?

Tips and advice to help you handle getting back into the fall-through-spring routine

Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. It’s time to switch gears and adjust your child’s schedule for the school year. Parents of school-aged children need to be aware of sleep schedules, food intake, potential stressors and extracurricular activities. Ensuring you have a handle on the factors that affect your children will help you (and them) get ready for school.

  August 10, 2016   Children, Health, Wellness, School, Child 0 Comments   Read More

Health tips for kids in school

Velocity Care offers ways to start the school year healthy

It is important to kick off the school year on the right (and healthy) foot.

Many parents feel overwhelmed with all there is to do before school officially starts. Having a checklist is a great way for you and your little ones to get ready for a terrific year.

  August 4, 2016   Children, School, Child 0 Comments   Read More

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Velocity Care discusses the benefits of immunization and highlights the most important vaccines that doctors recommend

National Immunization Awareness Month occurs every August to help bring about awareness of the importance of receiving regular vaccinations. Throughout the years, strict immunization policies have brought many life-threatening diseases under control. Polio, smallpox, tetanus, yellow fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles are all rarely seen illnesses that, prior to...

  August 2, 2016   Children, Health, Vaccines, Child, Immunizations, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

10 illnesses contracted from animals and insects

Velocity Care provides insight on diseases commonly passed from animals and insects to humans

Man’s best friend can cause surprising illnesses in humans that stem from more than just the common dog bite. Diseases passed to humans from animals with vertebrates are called zoonoses. All animals could potentially be contaminated at some point in their lifetime with pathogens that can impact a human’s health. Diseases transmitted to humans through insects are called vector-borne diseases and can...

  July 27, 2016   Health, Illness, Disease, Vaccines, Medical, Animals 0 Comments   Read More

What is hepatitis?

Be aware of the facts to help prevent hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it causes approximately 1.45 million deaths each year.

World Hepatitis Day is one of only four official disease-specific world health days. In 2010, WHO declared July 28 World Hepatitis Day.

There are five different hepatitis viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.

  July 26, 2016   Disease, Vaccines, Adult, Infection, Hepatitis 1 Comment   Read More

Do I suffer from anemia?

Velocity Care explains anemia and its symptoms

According to the American Society of Hematology, anemia affects more than 3 million Americans. Those most diagnosed with anemia include preschool-aged children and pregnant women.

  July 18, 2016   Children, Health, Women, Anemia, Blood 0 Comments   Read More

Should I see a doctor before traveling?

Enjoy a vacation without medical complications

Planning for a trip can be fun as you research the sites you want to visit and activities you want to enjoy. With all the excitement of a pending trip, some things often get overlooked – like your health.

  July 13, 2016   Health, Travel, Vaccines, Diarrhea 0 Comments   Read More

How to stay injury-free this summer

Velocity Care looks into the 5 most common types of summer injuries and offers advice on how to stay safe.

The sun is out; the weather is warm; the birds are singing; and summer has finally arrived! Along with all the glorious aspects of summer, however, comes a whole host of health hazards that you need to be aware of when spending time outdoors.

  July 12, 2016   Summer, Sunburn, Poison Ivy, Heatstroke, Accident, Swimming 0 Comments   Read More

What is high blood pressure?

Velocity Care looks at the dangers of high blood pressure and offers advice on how to keep your numbers in check

What is the definition of blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that the blood in your body exerts on the walls of the vessels and arteries as it passes through. As the heart pumps, it pushes blood through these arteries, exerting a certain amount of force against them. This force is known as blood pressure. The higher the pressure, the more force that is...

  July 10, 2016   Health, High blood pressure, Senior, Adult, Blood pressure 0 Comments   Read More

Does my child have a concussion?

Velocity Care shares signs and symptoms of a concussion

It’s a Saturday morning and you are cheering on your child’s team as they take the lead. You watch from the sidelines as your child races toward the goal, only to see him on the ground the next moment from a hit. The coach rushes to your child’s side. He shakily gets to his feet. You wonder: Does he have a concussion?

  July 8, 2016   Health, Head, Injury, Concussion 0 Comments   Read More

Is it possible to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses?

Velocity Care explains how to keep your family safe

The West Nile virus … malaria … yellow fever … and now the Zika virus. For such a tiny insect, the mosquito causes more human suffering and anxiety than perhaps any other organism. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne illnesses sicken hundreds of millions of people each year. There are only two places on Earth without mosquitoes (Antarctica and Iceland); the rest of us will have to learn to tolerate and adapt to the...

  July 5, 2016   Health, Illness, Summer, Wellness, Infection, Mosquito 0 Comments   Read More

Firework safety tips

Velocity Care offers tips to stay safe while enjoying your fireworks

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s extremely important to know the proper handling techniques when working with fireworks. Independence Day is the largest celebration with fireworks throughout the U.S., and Americans spend millions of dollars on explosives across the country each year. These incredible displays of light and sound can be breathtakingly beautiful, but they can be extremely dangerous as well.

  June 30, 2016   Children, Health, Teen, Adult, Adolescent, Toddler, Burns, Safety, Fireworks, Child, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

What is a urinary tract infection?

Learn to identify, treat and prevent a UTI

If you’ve never had one, you may not know what a urinary tract infection is and therefore, not know the signs, treatment or ways to prevent one. It is important to know the facts about urinary tract infections.

  June 28, 2016   Health, Urinary tract infections, Kidney, UTI 0 Comments   Read More

What you should know about sinus infections

Velocity Care shares information about causes and symptoms of a sinus infection

You feel so stuffed up that breathing is labored and the pain is almost unbearable. No, it’s not a cold or the flu. Most likely, you have a sinus infection.

Also called sinusitis, a sinus infection has numerous causes and symptoms that can be agonizing. With help from Velocity Care, you can learn more about this condition and how to manage it.

  June 22, 2016   Sinus infections 0 Comments   Read More

Stay safe at work

Six most common contributors to workplace injuries and tips on how to stay safe while on the job

Many of us spend the majority of our time at work, and we all want to stay safe and healthy while we are there. There are more than 2 million reported workplace injuries and close to 5,000 work-related deaths each year in the United States. Stay safe and injury-free at work by being aware of the common types of accidents and by taking precautions to prevent them.

  June 20, 2016   Health, Occupational Health, Workers compensation, Safety, Job safety 0 Comments   Read More

Is it poison ivy?

Velocity Care explains all you need to know about this misunderstood plant

If you were to come across poison ivy, would you recognize it? More importantly, would you know what to do if you came in contact with it? Many people believe they know exactly how to handle poison ivy – until their memory and skills are put to the test in an actual encounter.

  June 17, 2016   Health, Hands, Summer, Teen, Adolescent, Arms, Legs, Poison Ivy, Adults 4 Comments   Read More

How to care for burns

Know what to do if you receive a burn

You are in the middle of baking when the kitchen timer goes off. The cookies in the oven are ready to come out. As you pull them out of the oven, your hand grazes the cookie sheet, and you yelp in pain. Inspecting your hand, you see a red mark beginning to appear. What do you do next?

  June 14, 2016   Health, Teen, Adolescent, Toddler, Burns, Burn, Child, Sunburn, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

4 concerns about men’s health

Velocity Care takes a look at common health concerns affecting the male population

There are many health issues that become more prevalent as we age. For men, some of these issues are of specific concern. Here we look into frequently occurring problems that affect men and their health.

  June 13, 2016   Men, Men's Health, Prostrate Cancer 0 Comments   Read More

Can I get sick in the summer?

Common summertime illnesses and how to prevent them

Many people associate viruses and sickness with cold weather, but there are still common illnesses that can affect you in the summer. The most common summertime viruses are enteroviruses (stomach bugs) and parainfluenza (respiratory bugs). It’s also possible to catch a rhinovirus (common cold) in the summer, so be sure to always wash your hands.

  June 8, 2016   Health, Illness, Summer, Travel, Teen, Adult, Adolescent, Toddler, Heat, Sick, Foodborne illnesses, Heatstroke 0 Comments   Read More

Diarrhea: Preparing for the worst

Velocity Care shares what to do when diarrhea happens to you and your family  

Your stomach starts to rumble and you make a mad dash to the restroom only to discover you have a case of diarrhea, the name for loose and watery stools.

  June 6, 2016   Children, Health, Hands, Stomach, Senior, Teen, Infant, Adult, Adolescent, Toddler, Diarrhea, Dehydration, Vomiting, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

Does this need stitches?

Velocity Care explains how to tell if a cut or wound may need extra attention

Your child was playing outside and got a nasty looking wound. Perhaps you were doing work around the house and accidentally cut yourself with a sharp tool or kitchen knife. These kinds of mishaps happen to everyone from time to time. How do you know if it’s serious enough for a trip to the doctor and stitches?

  June 2, 2016   Children, Health, Hands, Senior, Teen, Adolescent, Toddler, Medical, Wound, Arms, Legs, Laceration repair/stitches, Child, Cuts, Stitches, Face 0 Comments   Read More

Know the signs of dehydration

Learn how to listen to your body and stay healthy in the heat

The record for the longest amount of time without sleep is 11 days. A person can live for a few weeks without food. Your body can only go about three to four days without water.

  May 31, 2016   Children, Health, Outdoors, Teen, Wellness, Diarrhea, Nausea, Dehydration, Active, Family, Staying active, Runners, Vomiting, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

Your summer vacation safety checklist

Velocity Care offers 5 things to consider before heading outdoors

The sunshine and sandy shores are beckoning. You can almost hear the waves crashing as you imagine the sun on your face and the sand between your toes. The days of summer are finally here – it’s vacation time.

While you're dreaming of all that fun in the sun, don’t forget: safety first – including your health safety. It’s important to be properly prepared for your trip to the great outdoors in order to keep you and your family...

  May 27, 2016   Children, Health, Summer, Teen, Adolescent, Toddler, Tips, Safety, Beach, Family, Child, Velocity Care 0 Comments   Read More

Exercise outside the box

Velocity Care shares different ways to work out

As you get older, you may spend more time sitting in front of a desk or in front of a screen – computer, TV or movie – and you may spend less time being active. For many people, exercising can be a dreaded task. If you make it fun, you may not realize how much exercise you are really getting, and you can greatly improve your health.

We compiled a list of different ways that you can get back to exercising while having fun!

  May 24, 2016   Health, Fitness, Exercise 0 Comments   Read More

5 common illnesses that your baby may contract

Velocity Care shares the most common sicknesses young children get

Welcoming a new baby is so exciting! During the first few weeks of life, infants are more susceptible to germs and bacteria since their tiny immune systems are still developing. As a parent, you should be aware and informed of illnesses your baby may get.

  May 19, 2016   Children, Health, Illness, Infant, Toddler 0 Comments   Read More

The dangers of food allergies

Velocity Care provides you with vital information on food allergies and how to keep your family safe

It seems food allergies are becoming much more common. Avoiding the triggers and knowing the symptoms of an allergic reaction are important in keeping our families safe.

Velocity Care wants you to be prepared if you or a member of your family has an allergic reaction to food.

  May 17, 2016   Health, Senior, Teen, Adult, Toddler, Diarrhea, Nausea, Food, Allergy, Kids, Vomiting 0 Comments   Read More

5 common health myths exposed

Velocity Care sorts out the fact from fiction

When it comes to health and wellness, there are a lot of misconceptions, and it is hard to know what information is true. Velocity Care helps dispel these lies and brings you the facts about five common health myths.

  May 12, 2016   Health, Myths 0 Comments   Read More

Know the signs of a stroke and save a life

Velocity Care explains how to recognize when someone is having a stroke

If you or someone you care about were having a stroke, would you know? If your answer is no, you are not alone. Research has shown that more than 30 percent of Americans are unable to recognize signs of a potential stroke. May is National Stroke Month, so Velocity Care is here to explain the signs of a stroke and what to do when faced with this life-threatening situation.

  May 9, 2016   Health, Senior, Adult, Stroke, Adults 0 Comments   Read More

Fun ways to keep kids active while school is out

Velocity Care shares ideas for summertime fun, both indoors and outdoors

When school is out, it can be tough to find things to do to keep your kids active. Keeping your children active is an important part of encouraging an overall healthy lifestyle because it improves brain health and physical health. That's why we put together a list of fun activities to do during those long summer days.

  May 5, 2016   Children, Summer, Fitness, Teen, Exercise, Adolescent, Toddler, Active, Family, Staying active, Child, Kids 0 Comments   Read More

Staying safe in the sun

Velocity Care explains what you need to know about the dangers and warning signs of too much sun exposure

You’ve packed your picnic basket and made sure you have all the equipment necessary for fun in the sun. While you are making plans to spend more time outdoors this summer, don’t forget about safety.

Small amounts of sun exposure are essential for the production of vitamin D. However, too much time in the sun can lead to sunburn, diseases and even death. Make sure you stay safe when...

  May 3, 2016   Health, Safety, Sun 0 Comments   Read More

Infographic: The difference between prescription and OTC medicine

Velocity Care compares the two types of medications

There are a variety of medications available to treat and cure a range of symptoms. Most fall into two broad categories: prescription or over-the-counter (OTC). According to the FDA, medications serve many purposes in health care. Diagnosing, treating, curing and preventing diseases are some of the reasons people take medication. The main differences between prescription and over-the-counter drugs are shown below in the side-by-side...

  April 28, 2016   Medicine, OTC, Prescription 0 Comments   Read More

Immunizations: A health intervention

Velocity Care shares the importance of vaccines

Everyone remembers that series of doctor's visits and shots as a kid and those dreaded few seconds of pain before you got a sticker and lollipop. Little did you know you were playing a part in one of the world’s biggest fights against disease.

  April 25, 2016   Health, Disease, Vaccines, Immunizations 0 Comments   Read More

3 ways to keep your kids healthy

Velocity Care shares the importance of maintaining healthy habits within the home

Keeping your kids healthy sounds easy enough, but in today’s fast-paced, tech-savvy world it can be difficult to keep them away from fast food, video games and even the television.

  April 21, 2016   Children, Kids, Healthy 0 Comments   Read More

Do allergies have you sniffling and sneezing?

Stop the suffering that seasonal allergies cause

As the temperatures begin to rise and spring showers help to make the gardens bloom, many people begin to suffer from seasonal allergies. In the United States, it is estimated that allergies affect more than 17 million adults. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center can assist individuals suffering from rashes and other reactions related to allergies.

  April 20, 2016   Health, Allergies, Allergy 0 Comments   Read More

Breathe easy today

Velocity Care provides information and treatment options for asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that usually develops in childhood and affects close to one in 12 people in the United States. It causes a narrowing and inflammation of the airways. This inflammation can make the airways very sensitive and can cause them to swell and create more mucus. This increase in mucus and swelling can narrow the airways even more, making it very difficult to breathe.

  April 13, 2016   Asthma/Emphysema 0 Comments   Read More

Itching and redness and rashes, oh my!

Velocity Care looks at common rashes and skin irritations that children experience

It is extremely common for toddlers and children to experience rashes and skin irritations. As they grow and begin to explore the world around them, children can easily come into contact with new substances that cause allergic reactions or irritate their young, sensitive skin. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center treats patients of all ages for allergies, including rashes and other allergic reactions. You can...

  April 11, 2016   Children, Skin, Rash, Child 0 Comments   Read More

What you need to know about health insurance

Velocity Care provides insight on how to shop for a health care plan

In the market for a new health care plan? With medical expenses at an all-time high, it’s important that your insurance plan fits your needs. Finding the right coverage for you and your family can be difficult and expensive.

  April 9, 2016   Health, Insurance, Value Card 0 Comments   Read More

Do you have IBS?

Velocity Care provides you with the knowledge you need about Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a disorder that affects up to 23 percent of the world’s population or approximately one in seven Americans. Symptoms of this disorder may come and go sporadically, and its cause is still unknown. The main goal of IBS awareness month, which is recognized in April, is to help spread the word about this disorder and to support those that are suffering from it,...

  April 6, 2016   Health, Health issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS 0 Comments   Read More

Mold: The health danger lurking in your home

Velocity Care discusses the dangers of mold in your home

Our home is the place that most of us go to escape the stress and worries of the outside world. What many of us don’t realize, however, is that hiding behind our walls and in the unseen corners of our house can be a danger that may actually be hazardous to our health. It is estimated that mold affects close to 25 percent of American homes, and yours could be one of them.

  March 31, 2016   Health, Health issues, Mold 0 Comments   Read More

What you need to know about heartburn

Velocity Care provides you with information on treating and preventing the uncomfortable symptoms associated with heartburn

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a condition also known as acid reflux. It occurs when stomach acids begin to push back up into the esophagus and throat, causing an uncomfortable and sometimes painful burning sensation in the upper abdomen, chest and throat areas and often leaving an unpleasant taste in your mouth. If left untreated, chronic acid reflux can lead to...

  March 29, 2016   Stomach, Acid Reflux, Heartburn 0 Comments   Read More

Skin tags: What they are and how to get rid of them

Velocity Care shares information about skin tags and common ways to remove them

Skin tags are small, benign growths that generally cause no pain or discomfort. They are, however, annoying and can occur anywhere on the body. The most common areas skin tags appear are on the neck and armpits; they are thought to develop on areas of the body where skin tends to rub together or against your clothing.

  March 25, 2016   Health, Skin 5 Comments   Read More

All about the ear

Four common ear problems and what can cause them

Our ears have three main parts: outer, middle and inner. The outer ear collects sounds and includes the ear canal, where earwax is produced. The middle ear takes sound waves and turns them into vibrations that are delivered to the inner ear. The inner ear has a small, curled tube called the cochlea that creates nerve signals that the brain understands as sound. All of these parts are necessary for hearing.

  March 22, 2016   Infection, Healh, Ear 0 Comments   Read More

5 ways more sleep will improve your health

Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health; find out why

We are all guilty of not getting enough sleep. It seems there isn’t enough time in the evenings for most people to do everything they need or want to before bed. From the kids’ homework and bedtime routines to cleaning up or finishing the work you brought home, there’s always something we need to do before we can finally hit the hay. Whatever the reason you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s negatively affecting your health.

  March 18, 2016   Wellness, Sleep, Healh 0 Comments   Read More

4 safety tips to keep dangerous items away from your children

Velocity Care shares the importance of National Poison Prevention Week

Every parent understands the struggle to keep harmful objects out of children’s reach. One minute they’re playing with their toys in the living room and the next, they’re in the kitchen pulling everything out from under the sink. Children learn through touch and taste, so it’s important to be aware of the dangers that can be found right at home.

  March 15, 2016   Children, Prevention, Safety, Poison 0 Comments   Read More

This one’s for you, the patient

Velocity Care celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week is all about you, the patient. Were you just thinking, “Wait, isn’t health care always about the patient?” That it is, but everyone could use a little reminder now and again.

Providing health care to patients is an important job, but it’s more than just a job, it’s caring for someone’s life. As the patient, it is vital that you and your physician work together to help reduce harm and negligence within the health care system....

  March 12, 2016   Health, Safety, Urgent Care, Patient 0 Comments   Read More

Should I be worried about my moles?

Important information on the health of your skin from Velocity Care

Moles are normal, pigmented groups of cells that form together to make a small, round area of skin. Moles are usually soft to the touch, can be slightly raised and can range from light brown to almost black in color. Moles usually appear in childhood and can darken due to sun exposure in adolescence or during pregnancy.

  March 8, 2016   Health, Moles, Urgent Care, Sun 0 Comments   Read More

Strains and sprains: What you need to know about soft tissue injuries

Velocity Care helps you determine the difference between a strain and a sprain

Soft tissues are often the first parts of the body to get injured in an accident or while participating in physical activity or sports. These soft tissues are most commonly known as connective tissues. They surround the bones and organs in the body and are made up of tendons, ligaments, fibrous tissue, skin and membranes. The most common injury to the soft tissue are strains and sprains.

  March 7, 2016   Sprains, Urgent Care, Injury, Strains 1 Comment   Read More

Keep your kidneys healthy

March is National Kidney Month

Velocity Care has information that you need to know about your kidneys and how to keep them healthy for March’s National Kidney Month and into the future.

  March 2, 2016   Health, Kidney, Care 0 Comments   Read More

How to prepare your child for visits to an urgent care center

Velocity Care offers ways to calm your child’s fear of the doctor

Let’s face it, going to the doctor or an urgent care clinic can be a very scary thought for children, especially if they’ve never been before. Many adults fear visiting the doctor (and the dentist) due to their own experiences as children. Velocity Care understands the importance of successful visits at a young age to ensure that health care is maintained throughout life.

  February 29, 2016   Children, Urgent Care, Child, Doctor, Fear 0 Comments   Read More

Is it a food allergy or a food intolerance?

Velocity Care helps you understand the differences between a food allergy and a food intolerance

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy usually occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a food as a harmful substance and begins to attack it. Food allergies usually come on quite quickly after eating a certain food and can range from mild to severe. They can include symptoms such as hives, rashes, difficulty breathing or swelling of the mouth or tongue, and a person can...

  February 26, 2016   Allergies, Intolerance, Allergy 0 Comments   Read More

All about fevers

How to care for a fever and know when to seek medical treatment

While fevers aren’t strictly for flu season, they are definitely a common side effect. Velocity Care has the information that you need to properly identify and treat a fever and also to know when you should visit a health care professional. We are here to help when someone you love has a temperature spike.

  February 23, 2016   Fever, Health 0 Comments   Read More

Bronchitis: A secondary infection

Velocity Care provides you with the basics of bronchitis

Remember that cold you had last week, the one that had you miserably congested? The fever, chills and sore throat have passed, but as the week progresses, so does your cough.

Another week passes, and you can still feel that lingering congestion in your chest. The cough is relentless and is starting to hurt. Maybe that cold isn’t done with you yet, or maybe, it’s bronchitis.

  February 18, 2016   Health, Bronchitis, Cough 8 Comments   Read More

5 tips on how to care for yourself and your family when sick with the flu

Flu season is in full swing

It’s flu season and many people are suffering from the symptoms of this virus. Fever, chills, headache, body aches, sore throat and fatigue are all common ailments that can accompany the flu. Sometimes it is difficult to know just how to help someone who is experiencing these symptoms, but by following the tips below, a speedy recovery is just around the corner.

  February 16, 2016   Health, Flu, Care 0 Comments   Read More

3 simple ways to save lives

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center shares the importance of National Donor Day

When you think about saving a life, you most often think about rescuing someone from a burning building, from drowning or from some other type of emergency situation. But saving someone’s life can be much simpler than that. You don’t have to be Superman to be a hero. Little things can make a huge impact.

  February 11, 2016   Health, Awareness, Organ donor, Life 0 Comments   Read More

Is it heartburn or a heart attack?

Know the difference between indigestion and a heart attack

Everyone has felt it at least once, that intense burning sensation that ignites in your chest. The pain is so sudden it’s terrifying. You think you’re having a heart attack, but then you remember those hot wings you ate for lunch and that soda on the side. Must be heartburn and not a heart attack, right?

  February 10, 2016   Heart, Heartburn, Heart attack 0 Comments   Read More

Reducing high cholesterol for a healthier life

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your body that helps in hormone and vitamin D production. It also aids in producing the bile acids that help your body digest fat. However, your body only needs a small amount of cholesterol to perform these functions. Higher amounts can potentially lead to serious health issues.

  February 5, 2016   Cholesterol 0 Comments   Read More

CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high suspect influenza patients

Flu season is here

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center received a Center for Disease Control health advisory regarding severe influenza illnesses reported.

  February 2, 2016   Flu, Urgent Care, Healh 0 Comments   Read More

Keep your heart healthy

Velocity Care shares ways to care for your heart

As the dizzying rates of heart disease continue to rise, it’s easy to feel bewildered and scared as to how to react. But keeping your heart healthy is not as difficult as it may seem. By combining some good old-fashioned common sense and the latest wisdom from medical professionals, you can easily adopt the type of lifestyle that can help you prevent heart disease, and you’ll also be equipped with the knowledge to help the ones you love. Heart...

  February 1, 2016   Health, Heart 0 Comments   Read More

Does this look infected?

How to care for a minor wound and spot an infection

At some in our lives we all suffered from minor cuts or scrapes. These minor injuries generally heal on their own with no real medical intervention necessary. However, if bacteria enter into the wound, they can cause a potentially serious infection. Velocity Care offers advice on caring for minor wounds and knowing when you should seek medical attention for an infection.

  January 28, 2016   Wound, Infection, Urgent Care, Care 2 Comments   Read More

How long will I have to wait?

Velocity Care values your time

When you or your family needs urgent treatment, time is of the essence. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Centers keep wait periods short by having emergency doctors on staff at all times.

  January 27, 2016   Urgent Care, Hours, FAQS 2 Comments   Read More

All about snake bites

What to do if a snake bites you or a loved one

There are a wide variety of snakes living in the southern United States. Generally, snakes will only bite if you provoke or startle them. More often than not, if you ignore them, they will ignore you. It is important to be aware of your surroundings when outside, especially near bodies of water and areas of overgrowth.

  January 25, 2016   Health, Urgent Care, Snake bites 0 Comments   Read More

5 tips for easing your child's fear of the doctor

Velocity Care provides insight to ensure a stress-free urgent care visit

It is very common for toddlers and children to be fearful of visiting the doctor, especially if they visit an urgent care clinic and aren’t familiar with the physician. This fear often develops from past visits that included painful vaccinations, blood tests or other health care services. With some simple preparation and support from mom and dad, a child’s fears can easily be dispelled and a trip to a walk-in clinic can...

  January 21, 2016   Children, Health, Child, Doctor 0 Comments   Read More

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center provides you with the information you need to know about thyroid disease

What is your thyroid?

The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, that is shaped like a butterfly. It produces several different hormones that are important for functions like growth and brain development, temperature control, how fast your heart beats and how the body uses and stores energy.

  January 18, 2016   Thyroid 0 Comments   Read More

6 changes for a healthier life

Make 2016 your happiest, healthiest year yet

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make some changes and start some new habits that will help to create a happier, healthier you. Here are six easy-to-follow tips from Velocity Care that will help you start the new year off right by making a positive impact on your health.

  January 15, 2016   Health, Healthy eating, New Year 0 Comments   Read More

5 signs that it’s time to see a doctor about a cold

Tips from Velocity Care to help you get through this year’s cold season

With this year’s cold season upon us, many people are suffering the symptoms of the common cold. Most colds last about a week and can be managed at home with lots of fluids, rest and some over-the-counter remedies. There are circumstances, however, when a trip to the doctor is in order and Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center is here to help you determine when it is important to make that visit.

  January 13, 2016   Health, Flu, Cold 0 Comments   Read More

Certified Urgent Care by the Urgent Care Association of America

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center shares what it means to be certified

Many people often wonder, what is an urgent care facility? One of the best ways to describe Velocity Care is that we are walk-in clinics that make excellent health care more convenient and affordable for you and your family. The Urgent Care Association of America’s Certified Urgent Care (CUC) program confirms that the Velocity Care Treatment Center locations on Youree Drive and Chenal Parkway meet a nationally...

  January 11, 2016   Urgent Care, Walk-in 0 Comments   Read More

4 ways families can stay active indoors

Velocity Care shares tips on staying active in bad weather

Staying active is essential to good health, and it also can be fun. When most people think of ways to be active, they only think of being outdoors – like going for a run or taking the family to a local park. When the weather isn’t great, people often choose to stay inside, and therefore become less active. But even if the weather is bad, your family can still be active. And as a bonus, indoor activities with your family bring you...

  January 7, 2016   Lifestyle, Stay active 0 Comments   Read More

7 important steps to get rid of head lice

Velocity Care shares insight for treating head lice in school-aged children

For school-aged children, who often share brushes, hats and other items, the risk and fear of lice is a common concern for parents who look to their doctors for advice on how to treat an infestation. As an urgent care clinic, we provide ways that you and your family can be on alert to prevent such an infestation.

  January 5, 2016   Children, Health, Lice 0 Comments   Read More

What happens when I leave the urgent care center?

Know what to expect at a Velocity Care clinic

What happens after a Velocity Care emergency medicine physician evaluates you in an urgent care clinic? First, the physician will discuss your diagnosis with you before you leave. This is the time for any questions or concerns that you have for the physician. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident with your health and treatment.

  December 30, 2015   Urgent Care, Care 0 Comments   Read More

3 healthy New Year’s resolutions

Use these resolutions to start the year off right

Getting healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for adults and their families. The motivation behind getting healthy is clear: Being healthy will help you live longer and feel better both physically and mentally. This time of year, many people run into the question: How do I get healthy? We at Velocity Care have come up with three workable New Year’s resolutions that could help you stay healthy for the year to come.

  December 28, 2015   Health, Resolutions, Exercise 0 Comments   Read More

5 food safety tips for the holiday season

Velocity Care shares tips to safely enjoy holiday meals

As the holidays approach, we look forward to feasting with our families and spending time cooking and baking in the kitchen. Delicious meals shared with loved ones is part of what brings joy to this season, but food that is handled or prepared incorrectly can bring illness instead.

Here are five helpful tips from Velocity Care to keep you happy and healthy during the holidays.

  December 22, 2015   Food, Healh, Foodborne illnesses, Food poisoning 0 Comments   Read More

How to set up a Medical ID on your iPhone

Velocity Care shares information on a lifesaving app

Most people carry their cell phones with them everywhere – from the breakfast table to bed. Since your phone seems to make things easier and you always have it with you, be sure your iPhone is set up to help you in the event of a medical emergency.

  December 19, 2015   Health, Emergency, Phone, Contacts, Apps 0 Comments   Read More

Velocity Care now open 7 days a week

Emergencies don’t wait and neither should you: Prompt, personalized medical care every day

Velocity Care understands that accidents and illnesses can occur any time, so immediate access to medical care is critical. That’s why we extended our hours at all of our walk-in clinics to provide urgent care seven days a week.

  December 18, 2015   Urgent Care, Hours, Walk-in 0 Comments   Read More

What can vitamins in your foods do for you?

Tips from Velocity Care for getting the nutrients you need

A visit to any pharmacy or health food store can leave you overwhelmed with the vast assortment of different vitamin and mineral supplements available. How do you know which ones to choose when faced with so many confusing options? Before you buy, take a look at the foods you ingest. It is important to note that enjoying a healthy, varied, whole food diet is the best way to receive nutritional benefits.

  December 15, 2015   Health, Vitamins, Wellness, Food, Healthy eating 0 Comments   Read More

3 health-related winter myths

Velocity Care uncovers the truth about staying healthy during the winter

The seasons are changing, so it’s time to get ready for an all-new set of health benefits and dangers. Winter not only changes what you wear, it also brings its own set of assumptions about how to keep healthy. There are several health-related myths that spring up during the winter that many people believe are true. Here are three such myths.

  December 11, 2015   Health, Winter, Weather, Myths, Season 0 Comments   Read More

5 things you didn’t know about your bones

Velocity Care describes interesting facts about the 206 bones in your body

Do you drink two glasses of milk per day? You may think that’s enough, but two glasses are only about half of the calcium your body needs to have strong bones. Without strong bones or any bones, your body would just be a blob. Bones provide a structure for the body and protect some of the most vital organs.

Velocity Care compiled a list of five interesting facts to help you have healthy bones:

  December 6, 2015   Health, Wellness, Bones, Broken Bones 0 Comments   Read More

5 habits that may harm your eyes

Velocity Care reveals common habits that are bad for your eyes

When you were a child your mother probably warned you: “Don’t look directly at the sun.” Now that you’re older, you know how harmful UV rays are to your eyes. Velocity Care reveals five common habits that everyone seems to do that might be harming their eyes. Now is the time to change these bad habits to protect and improve your vision.

  December 4, 2015   Health, Eyes, Wellness 0 Comments   Read More

Increasing awareness, education and prevention are critical to World AIDS Day

Understanding HIV/AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease that affects more than 1 million Americans, and it severely lowers the body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.

  November 30, 2015   Disease, Sexually transmitted diseases, AIDs, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

Decrease stress to improve your health

Velocity Care describes how stress affects the body and ways to ease it

While the holidays are a leading factor in stress, they aren’t the only source of stress in our lives. Some say that the three biggest life changes a person can undergo are moving, getting a new job and having a new baby, and they are the changes which also cause the most stress.

Below, Velocity Care created a list of some ways that stress can impact you physically and emotionally as well as ways to decrease the amount...

  November 25, 2015   Health, Headache, Relaxation, Stress 0 Comments   Read More

How to tell the difference between a cold and the flu

Tips from Velocity Care for staying well this season

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler and more and more people are feeling the effects of colds and flus. It is often easy to mistake a cold for the flu, which is one reason we are here to help you. Velocity Care can help prevent sickness and even offer ways to treat your cold and flu symptoms.

How do I know if I am suffering from a cold or the flu?

  November 23, 2015   Health, Flu, Cold, Family 0 Comments   Read More

3 of the best health apps for smartphones

Velocity Care reviews health-related apps to help you get and stay healthy

Health-themed apps are gaining in popularity; it seems that no matter the health issue you want to track or cover – whether it’s healthy eating, staying fit, meditating or getting good sleep – there are plenty of apps to help you out. Instead of wading through the zoo of app store clutter to find the ones you need, check out the three apps below to help you stay healthy and happy.

  November 18, 2015   Health 0 Comments   Read More

5 common first aid myths busted

Velocity Care provides science-based practices for common first aid issues

Popular culture is very good at spreading trends and disseminating bits of information that are not always based in fact. For example, the television show Friends caused many to believe that urine can treat jellyfish stings. However, this first aid technique is not as effective as many people assume.

Here, Velocity Care has compiled a list of five common first aid errors, along with the correct, science-based practice...

  November 17, 2015   First aid 0 Comments   Read More

5 ways to avoid getting everyone in your office sick

Velocity Care shares office etiquette on managing illness and work

Taking time off of work isn’t always fun when it’s actually necessary, especially if it’s necessary because you’re not feeling well. In those situations, you may feel pressure to go to work anyway, and you aren’t alone: 90 percent of office workers occasionally show up to work sick.

  November 12, 2015   Sick 0 Comments   Read More

7 ways to eat right this holiday season

Velocity Care shares tips on how to avoid overeating this holiday season

The holidays are a time for celebration, giving thanks and spending time with the ones we love. Unfortunately for many of us, the holidays can also be a time for overindulgence, resulting in unwanted weight gain that can be hard to lose over the winter months.

  November 9, 2015   Holidays, Diet, Food 0 Comments   Read More

What are the options for treating high blood pressure?

Velocity Care discusses nutraceuticals for heart health

High blood pressure affects a great number of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 70 million American adults (one in three people) suffer from high blood pressure. This affliction can cause damage to arteries which, if left untreated, can lead to an aneurysm, heart attack, kidney failure, stroke or eye damage.

  November 5, 2015   High blood pressure, Wellness, Heart, Blood pressure 0 Comments   Read More

Why you and your family need the flu shot

Velocity Care explains why the flu shot is important

As fall makes way for winter, the flu virus comes along for the ride, but be aware: The visit is not so friendly.

The flu entails a high risk and rate of death from the disease. From 1976 to 2007, this virus was the cause of nearly 49,000 deaths in the U.S. Currently, there are three common types of the flu virus currently spread among people: influenza A, the H1N1 virus; influenza A, the H3N2 virus; and influenza B viruses.

  November 2, 2015   Health, Flu, Illness, Wellness 0 Comments   Read More

4 common causes of a sore throat

Velocity Care reviews symptoms of and treatments for sore throats

A sore throat is often the first sign of a variety of illnesses that can range in severity from mild to serious. Sore throats commonly occur as the seasons change; however, that isn’t the only defining factor in determining an illness. Here, Velocity Care listed the top four common sore throat causes and various treatment options below.

  October 28, 2015   Illness, Sore throat 0 Comments   Read More

The painful truth about arthritis

What is arthritis and how can it affect you?

More than 50 million people – both adults and children – suffer through the agonizing pain of the joint inflammatory disease known as arthritis. While arthritis is a very common disease, most people still have very little understanding of what it is and how it impacts them.

  October 26, 2015   Illness, Arthritis 0 Comments   Read More

Allergies: Stop the suffering

Velocity Care reviews allergy types, symptoms and treatments

Are you suffering from a rash, hives, itchy skin, sneezing, runny nose or watery eyes? If you said yes to any of these afflictions, it may be the result of an allergic reaction.

Allergies are common and can present with a wide variety of symptoms, from mild discomforts to extremely dangerous episodes. Below, Velocity Care describes allergies, their causes and some symptoms that everyone should be aware of.

  October 19, 2015   Health, Allergies, Illness, Fall 0 Comments   Read More

Pink, itchy eyes? What you should know about conjunctivitis

Velocity Care’s guide to understanding the common medical condition

Conjunctivitis, aka pink eye, is the most common of eye infections. It can be especially troublesome for children because of its contagious nature.

  October 16, 2015   Illness, Eyes, Conjunctivitis, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

What is an urgent care clinic?

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center is here to help you

What do you do if you are ill and your primary doctor’s office is closed or you don’t have enough time during thework day to schedule an appointment? Consider visiting an urgent care clinic.

  October 14, 2015   Health, Urgent Care, Clinic 0 Comments   Read More

7 uses for Halloween candy

What to do with leftover candy besides eat it

It’s that time of year when candy takes over many aspects of life. From parties at school or church to nights of festivities, it can be overwhelming, and sugar levels are bound to skyrocket through the roof. Trick-or-treating on Halloween night is one of every child’s favorite activities, but once it’s over, parents have the predicament of figuring out what to do with all that candy their children have collected. At Velocity Care we came up with...

  October 7, 2015   Children, Fall, Food, Halloween 0 Comments   Read More

Velocity Care extends hours to care for you 7 days a week

Emergencies don’t wait, and neither should you

Emergencies don’t adhere to normal weekday business hours; accidents are called accidents for a reason: No one plans for them to happen. Since nobody decides when to get sick or when that DIY home improvement endeavor will go more than a little bit wrong, Velocity Care is extending its hours to care for you and your family seven days a week.

  October 5, 2015   Health, Urgent Care, Hours, Clinic 0 Comments   Read More

Keeping safe on Halloween

Velocity Care offers tips and tricks for Halloween night safety

As Halloween approaches, it’s a good idea to discuss safety tips with your family and others who might be taking your child out to trick or treat.

This post offers plenty of tips that will ensure your Halloween is an exciting and safe day.

  October 2, 2015   Children, Fall, Safety, Family, Halloween 0 Comments   Read More

Emergency medicine: A speciality of its own

Velocity Care can give you the emergency medical attention you need

Need medical attention but your primary care doctor is unavailable? Not to worry: Velocity Care has everything you need without the ER cost and wait. Let our highly trained staff take care of you.

  October 1, 2015   Health, Urgent Care, Clinic 0 Comments   Read More

Breast cancer: October’s biggest scare

Velocity Care explains the importance of self-checks

October is known for Halloween, ghouls and scary stories. Well, what’s scarier than breast cancer? Work to overcome those fears because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  September 30, 2015   Breast cancer, Cancer, Illness, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

Ouch! That’s hot!

Caring for minor burns

There are few injuries that are as painful and aggravating as a burn. Whether you accidently placed your hand on a stove, touched a hot curling iron or sunbathed for too long, that excruciating sting can often linger for several days and sometimes even weeks. Although minor burns are uncomfortable, they are common and definitely treatable if you take the proper steps.

  September 23, 2015   Wound, Burns, First aid 0 Comments   Read More

Why are X-rays such an important diagnostic tool?

Velocity Care doctors use X-ray vision to find and treat the problem

In 1885, a German physicist discovered electromagnetic radiation and found that electromagnetic rays could penetrate through skin and soft tissues to illuminate the inner structure of the body. This physicist, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, devised a method of capturing the skeletal images on photographic paper, resulting in a groundbreaking discovery that completely transformed the way that physicians diagnose patients. Today,...

  September 22, 2015   Health, X-ray, Exam 1 Comment   Read More

Obesity: America’s big problem

What is obesity and how can it affect you and your family?

With more than 30 percent of the population of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Little Rock, Arkansas, reported as obese, both cities rank in the top 100 fattest cities in America.

  September 17, 2015   Health, Exercise, Diet, Obesity, Prevention, Well 0 Comments   Read More

Broken bones: Common signs and treatment options

Visit Velocity Care to receive quality, timely treatment for your injuries

From falling off the monkey bars to falling down the stairs, broken bones are one of the most common injuries for both children and adults. As such, it is important to recognize the signs of a broken bone and follow the proper course of action when an injury occurs.

  September 14, 2015   Wellness, Broken Bones, Injury 2 Comments   Read More

Benefits of using urgent care

Velocity Care can save you time and money

While your primary care doctor is usually your first stop when you’re feeling ill, that isn’t always an option that fits into your needs or schedule. There are a number of benefits to seeking care at an urgent care clinic.

  September 11, 2015   Health, Urgent Care, Clinic 1 Comment   Read More

Save a life this September

Velocity Care talks about the warning signs and how to help someone in need

September is suicide prevention month. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1 million people die from suicide each year. While it is difficult to understand what drives so many people to take their own lives, those with suicidal thoughts are in so much pain that they can see no other way to escape suffering that, to them, has become unbearable. Most people who commit suicide truly believe that...

  September 10, 2015   Health, Prevention, Suicide 0 Comments   Read More

Battling the stomach bug

Velocity Care shares ways to treat a common illness everyone dreads

The stomach virus, or viral gastroenteritis, is an affliction we all have at least a handful of times in our lives – both as children and as adults – and is generally non-life threatening. However, it is still important to monitor yourself and your children closely to make sure it doesn’t develop into something more serious.

  September 8, 2015   Health, Stomach, Illness 0 Comments   Read More

All about sprains, strains and other sports injuries

Velocity Care shares ways to prevent and treat common athletic injuries

The long summer days of relaxing in the sun without a care in the world are coming to an end; vacation is over and it’s time to get back to your daily routines. If you’re an athlete, that includes your athletic training routine. But before you grab your running shoes and hurry off to the gym or field, make sure you take the proper health precautions to prevent an injury.

  September 3, 2015   Feet, Sports, Medical, Injury 0 Comments   Read More

How to pack a healthy lunch

Tips on how to assemble healthy lunches for you and your children

It’s important for you – as well as your children – to have lunches that will help you stay focused and able to complete the tasks you need to accomplish throughout the day. While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, lunch is just as important. Eating lunch keeps your metabolism going, which helps you maintain a healthy weight. Proper nutrition will also help prevent you and your children from getting...

  August 31, 2015   Children, Health, Adult, Diet, Food, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

What is an EKG and why would my doctor order one?

A noninvasive way for doctors to check your heart for damage

One of your most vital organs is the heart, a muscle that functions as a pump and is comprised of four chambers. A natural electrical system causes the heart to contract, which pumps blood throughout the body.

Sometimes there are issues with how the heart pumps blood and, when that happens, the best way to evaluate this vital organ is through the use of an electrocardiogram, which detects issues with the body’s natural electrical...

  August 25, 2015   Health, Heart, Adult, EKG, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

Value card offers savings for Velocity Care patients

New program saves money at each visit

At Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center, we are here to serve you with the best care with little to no wait. As we receive feedback from our patients, we continually work to improve the services we provide and offer you new services to enhance your care.

  August 20, 2015   Health, Insurance, Urgent Care, Payments, Value Card, Clinic 0 Comments   Read More

How much water should you be drinking every day?

Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day

It is a vital requirement of life that we keep hydrated, and the best way to do so is by consuming water. But how much water is necessary to stay hydrated? The answer to this is: There isn’t a set answer.

Your water intake depends on several factors, such as:

  August 18, 2015   Health, Wellness 0 Comments   Read More

Ingrown toenails: A pain in the foot

Common causes of and treatments for ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails, known medically as onychocryptosis or unguis incarnates, are a painful condition that occurs when the sharp corner of the nail digs into the skin at the end or side of the toe.

Generally, the first indication of an ingrown nail is pain, redness and swelling where the nail is digging into the skin. Any toe can have an ingrown nail, but the big toe is usually the one affected. Ingrown nails are common in adults and...

  August 13, 2015   Health, Feet, Ingrown toenails, Injury 0 Comments   Read More

What to expect when vaccinating your child

Velocity Care answers your vaccine questions

Getting a child vaccinated can be tough for parents to deal with, considering all the information you need to wade through about vaccination requirements, the misinformation about vaccines in the media and the common fear of needles.

We created a quick guide that will help you through the vaccination process.

  August 10, 2015   Children, Health, Vaccines, Wellness, Prevention 0 Comments   Read More

Let’s get physical

August means time for a checkup

As the first day of school quickly approaches, parents typically have one pressing thought they can’t get out of their minds: There is so much to do to get ready. Your children may need new school supplies, uniforms, permission slips and, yes, an annual physical.

Though an annual physical may seem like a burden, it is extremely important that your children see a family physician or pediatrician prior to beginning the school year. After all, all parents want...

  August 6, 2015   Children, Health, Prevention, Family, School, Physical 0 Comments   Read More

Avoid these common illnesses in school-aged children

Let’s get healthy

Parents of school-aged kids often wonder, “What kind of sickness is my child going to come home with this week?” A big concern that parents have with children getting sick is the number of school days they’re going to miss. Previous studies from the CDC state that 40 percent of children ages 5 through 17 have missed three or more days of school in the past year due to illness or injury. In addition, children across the country miss roughly 22 million cumulative school days...

  July 29, 2015   Children, Parents, Health, Illness, Prevention, Family, School 0 Comments   Read More

5 secrets to a healthy school year

Kick off the school year right: the healthy way

As the new school year rapidly approaches for many area children, Velocity Care wants to help you start off on the right foot with tips on beginning the school year the smart way. Here are a few great ways to keep your children healthy throughout the year:

  July 25, 2015   Children, Health, Wellness, Exercise, Prevention, Family, School 0 Comments   Read More

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