Experienced mid-level providers and family medicine physicians (David Saxon, MD, and I) provide walk-in care without appointments at Baptist Health Prime Care when illnesses and non-life threatening emergencies pop up.
Tick and other insect bites
We’ve treated many people in recent weeks concerned about tick bites and prevention.
The most common are wood or dog ticks — brown or black, some with a white spot — that can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever. See us if a bull’s eye rash and flu-like symptoms or fever develop within two to four weeks; but first you should remove the insect. Apply a cotton ball with dishwashing liquid for several minutes until the tick detaches. If not, pull the tick straight out with tweezers or your fingers. Wash with an antibacterial soap, and apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment one time.
Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks, tiny brown ticks that are almost impossible to pick off. Remove these by scraping off with a fingernail or anything with a smooth edge. Mark your calendar, and see us or your doctor if a rash or flu-like symptoms develop within 30 days.
Bees and wasps also can cause problems if they trigger an allergic reaction. A severe reaction may cause hives, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing and swelling of the face, throat or mouth. Severe reactions are not common, but they are serious. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you get exposed to poison ivy or oak, wash your skin with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. You have about 10 minutes to wash the oil off your skin to avoid a rash. Also, scrub under your nails to avoid spreading poison ivy to other parts of the body.
Use a cold compress to relieve itching or try calamine lotion, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamine. Call your doctor if the rash is near your eyes or covers a large part of your body.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke
As temperatures rise, so can the chances for heat exhaustion when people work or exercise in a hot, humid environment. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening condition that can cause brain damage or damage to internal organs.
Seek medical help for heat exhaustion if the person is confused or unable to keep fluids down. Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone has suffered a heat stroke.
Baptist Health Prime Care also can provide all physicals for your child’s sports teams or school requirements without appointments.
We’re open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays with designated parking on the main campus of Baptist Health Paducah, 2501 Kentucky Ave. Phone: 270.415.4860.
– William Conyer, MD, family practice physician