Can You Get a Physical at Urgent Care?

Although physicals are anything but urgent, unless they’re overdue, you can still get one yearly at Coastal Urgent Care of Ruston.  Nearly 44 million people get physicals every year. Whether it’s needed for work or sports, or you’re just hoping to stay on top of your health, regular physicals are highly recommended for everyone.  Why … Continued

Can You Have Coronavirus Without a Fever?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an upper respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While most people who are infected will experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover on their own, some will become seriously ill and require urgent medical care. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory … Continued

How Do You Know If You Have an Ear Infection?

Ear infections are often considered a childhood disease, but as much as 20% of ear infections occur in adults, so it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms. It’s also important to know when to call or visit a doctor. If your child is more than 6 months old and their symptoms are mild, you … Continued

Does Urgent Care Do STD Testing?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread from one person to another during any type of sexual intercourse. They’re very common and may not always cause symptoms. If you or a loved one is concerned about a possible STD, then you may be wondering, “Can urgent care do STD testing?” Coastal Urgent Care … Continued

How to Keep Your Child from Getting the Flu This Fall

Preventing flu in children is more important than ever as we begin a new in-person school year during a pandemic. Doctors warn the convergence of the COVID Delta variant and flu viruses may overwhelm already stretched pediatric hospital wards this fall. Children’s hospitals regularly fill up with pediatric patients struggling with influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus … Continued

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke: What’s the Difference?

Summers are getting hotter, and extreme heat is becoming more common across the United States. Blistering heat and record-high temperatures increase your risk of serious heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but what’s the difference? The main difference between heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke is that heat stroke is the most severe heat-related … Continued

Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer

Summer months mean higher temperatures, plenty of outdoor activity and, of course, sweating. Feeling thirsty yet? The sensation of thirst is one of the earliest signs you may be dehydrated. Another early warning sign is the color of your urine; the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are. Many people over the age of … Continued

Are You Allergic to Insect Stings?

Summer is almost here. Now that more people are vaccinated and restrictions are being lifted across the country, it’s time to enjoy being outside with friends again. But before you head out for that long-awaited barbeque or picnic, don’t forget to apply insect repellent, especially if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to insect stings. … Continued

Heat Exhaustion: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures and is often accompanied by dehydration. There are two types of heat exhaustion: water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion heat exhaustion occurs when a person is exposed to high temperatures without sufficient fluid intake. Symptoms often occur over a … Continued

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

Spring is finally here, and though some parts of the country are still shivering, it’s time to start preparing for allergy season. In fact, if you are one of the nearly 25 million people in the United States who are plagued with seasonal allergies, you may already be sneezing, coughing, wiping your runny nose and … Continued