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Every month, Dr. Sandy Vieder of Lakes Urgent Care answers your questions about timely health issues.

From asthma to flu shots, sports injuries to seasonal health topics, Dr. Sandy Vieder, Medical Director and co-owner of Lakes Urgent Care, answers questions asked by his patients every month.



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Allergies

Preparing early for the oncoming allergy season can significantly reduce your allergy symptoms once the season begins. The best way to prepare is to consult with your primary care physician now and allow her to provide you with guidance for your specific allergy symptoms. Very soon, pollen levels will begin to escalate as our weather warms and the plant life around us comes back to life. It may be advisable to begin preventative allergy medications now. This can help prevent early inflammation and the cascade of allergic reactions you may face before they spiral out of control. If you’re unsure of the source of your allergies, see you doctor right away and get tested. Knowledge of what types of allergens trigger your symptoms can help refine medication treatments and help you reduce exposure. The CDC and our local health department can be excellent sources of information for activity and peaks with particular types of allergies and pollens.

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Prevention is always worth a pound of cure! If you are able to determine the specific allergens that trigger your symptoms, this can help you reduce or potentially eliminate exposure to the elements that cause you grief. If tree pollen is your source of misery, it may not be possible to eliminate exposure. That’s where treatment with preventative medications can make a significant difference, especially if you start before your symptoms begin.
In your home, keep windows closed and rely on your home’s heating and cooling system along with good quality air filters and dehumidifiers to reduce symptoms while indoors or sleeping. When coming in from any outdoor activity, showering and changing your clothes can help reduce your exposure to allergens.

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Perennial allergies refer to specific allergens that cause an allergic reaction year-round. Common examples include pet hair or dander, food allergies or medication allergies.

In contrast, seasonal allergies typically occur with weather changes that allow for new environmental plant, mold, insect or grass growth. Locally, pollen and mold season can begin as early as February and last through November. Now is the right time to begin discussions with your physician about the preventative measures you can take to keep allergy symptoms from activating your immune system. And this can help you avoid the dreaded return of sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes. Lakes Urgent Care can also be a resource if you do not have a primary care physician. We can help guide your preparation for seasonal allergies or arrange for allergy testing. With appropriate preparation and recognition of triggers to avoid, everyone can enjoy the coming warm, sunny months ahead!

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Allergies

Preparing early for the oncoming allergy season can significantly reduce your allergy symptoms once the season begins. The best way to prepare is to consult with your primary care physician now and allow her to provide you with guidance for your specific allergy symptoms. Very soon, pollen levels will begin to escalate as our weather warms and the plant life around us comes back to life. It may be advisable to begin preventative allergy medications now. This can help prevent early inflammation and the cascade of allergic reactions you may face before they spiral out of control. If you’re unsure of the source of your allergies, see you doctor right away and get tested. Knowledge of what types of allergens trigger your symptoms can help refine medication treatments and help you reduce exposure. The CDC and our local health department can be excellent sources of information for activity and peaks with particular types of allergies and pollens.

Category: Allergies

Prevention is always worth a pound of cure! If you are able to determine the specific allergens that trigger your symptoms, this can help you reduce or potentially eliminate exposure to the elements that cause you grief. If tree pollen is your source of misery, it may not be possible to eliminate exposure. That’s where treatment with preventative medications can make a significant difference, especially if you start before your symptoms begin.
In your home, keep windows closed and rely on your home’s heating and cooling system along with good quality air filters and dehumidifiers to reduce symptoms while indoors or sleeping. When coming in from any outdoor activity, showering and changing your clothes can help reduce your exposure to allergens.

Category: Allergies

Perennial allergies refer to specific allergens that cause an allergic reaction year-round. Common examples include pet hair or dander, food allergies or medication allergies.

In contrast, seasonal allergies typically occur with weather changes that allow for new environmental plant, mold, insect or grass growth. Locally, pollen and mold season can begin as early as February and last through November. Now is the right time to begin discussions with your physician about the preventative measures you can take to keep allergy symptoms from activating your immune system. And this can help you avoid the dreaded return of sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes. Lakes Urgent Care can also be a resource if you do not have a primary care physician. We can help guide your preparation for seasonal allergies or arrange for allergy testing. With appropriate preparation and recognition of triggers to avoid, everyone can enjoy the coming warm, sunny months ahead!

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Have a seasonal allergy action plan and think preventative. When you use medications early, you may ease your symptoms all spring. Finding the right combination of treatment might take a bit of trial and error:

Antihistamines can help if you’re sneezing, have a runny nose, or your nose and eyes are itchy.

Decongestants can come to the rescue when you’re all stuffed up because they shrink the lining of the passages in your nose. You can try a nasal spray or a pill format, but be aware of potential rebound effect with long-term use, as they are best used for periodic relief.

Nasal corticosteroid sprayed into your nose, can give you relief from stuffiness and sneezing. These are very effective when used regularly, but they may take a few days or weeks to kick in.

Always consult with your primary care physician if you take other routine medications to avoid potentially problematic interactions.

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Unfortunately, the answer is yes.  An earlier and longer growing season for trees and plants will increase pollen levels, which in turn could significantly exacerbate allergies, asthma and other chronic respiratory illness. Our March warmth started the blooming and pollination process much earlier than normal.  If you are miserable and feeling the effects and symptoms of seasonal allergies, you’re not alone. Tree pollen, mostly from Cottonwood, Maple and Juniper trees are causing the most grief right now.

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Exposure to different allergens or bacteria can help your immune system develop antibodies and other useful proteins that can aid in fighting infections in the future. There is also evidence to suggest that having pets in the home may help children develop antibodies slowly over time. There is certainly nothing wrong with children playing in the dirt outside, but this should always be followed by good sanitary habits including washing hands and exposed areas with soap and water. Cleaning up after play also helps prevent any significant infections from developing initially with contact.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Staying in front of allergy symptoms by utilizing your treatment program before symptoms begin is much more effective. It’s also very helpful to take note of specific triggers that may initiate allergy symptoms. If there are certain seasonal milestones that always seem to give you trouble, such as spring-flowering trees or cottonwood season, it’s always best to take your medication and initiate your prevention program before those triggers come into full bloom.

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Pillows accumulate many asthma- and allergy-provoking items such as bacteria, pollen, mold, and dust mites. In general, most experts in this field recommend replacing pillows every 3-5 years at most. It can also be helpful to cover your pillows with allergy-proof protective coverings. And don’t forget to wash your pillowcases at least once a week to keep them free of these allergy-provoking elements.

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It’s always best to consult with your primary care physician for direction in creating the best treatment approach to seasonal allergies. Zyrtec is certainly an excellent antihistamine that generally does not cause sedation. Your doctor can tell you if you may also benefit from adding additional elements to your treatment program such as a nasal steroid spray, which is also now being offered as an over-the-counter choice.

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It can be difficult to determine whether your symptoms are due to a common cold or allergies. However, the most distinct difference is that allergy symptoms generally only cause nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing, without the other typical symptoms of the common cold such as fever, headache, muscle aches and sore throat. Allergy symptoms may also cause sinus congestion that manifests itself as pressure behind the cheekbones and mild to moderate pressure or headache in your forehead just above the eyebrows.

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"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."

Jessica

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:12:30+00:00

Jessica

"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."
"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough and no-nonsense doctor I've ever been to!"

Gail

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T14:55:59+00:00

Gail

"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough and no-nonsense doctor I've ever been to!"
"They are in and out and they mean business, love it here"

Manuela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-11-29T10:22:39+00:00

Manuela

"They are in and out and they mean business, love it here"
"The staff was wonderful with my 11 month old daughter. They were fast, thorough and very helpful. The office was clean and they got us in quickly to the room and the doctor came in shortly after. I had to call them back to get a different prescription because our pharmacy was out. The doctor gladly called a new one in and even called me back to tell me that everything was now good. I will definitely recommend them to friends and go there in the future if needed."

Emily

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:10:09+00:00

Emily

"The staff was wonderful with my 11 month old daughter. They were fast, thorough and very helpful. The office was clean and they got us in quickly to the room and the doctor came in shortly after. I had to call them back to get a different prescription because our pharmacy was out. The doctor gladly called a new one in and even called me back to tell me that everything was now good. I will definitely recommend them to friends and go there in the future if needed."
"We've been to Lakes Urgent Care many times and I have never had anything but a great experience with friendly staff, quick service, and accurate diagnosis. Yesterday my son was there with another bout of Strep Throat. I had lots of questions and the doctor was friendly and answered all of them with patience. I have always been satisfied there. I would recommend it to anyone."

Marla

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:04:51+00:00

Marla

"We've been to Lakes Urgent Care many times and I have never had anything but a great experience with friendly staff, quick service, and accurate diagnosis. Yesterday my son was there with another bout of Strep Throat. I had lots of questions and the doctor was friendly and answered all of them with patience. I have always been satisfied there. I would recommend it to anyone."
"In and out within an hour with a sick young child. The staff was very friendly and worked hard to gain the child's trust so they could run some tests. I will be going here for all my urgent care needs!"

Robin

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:14:55+00:00

Robin

"In and out within an hour with a sick young child. The staff was very friendly and worked hard to gain the child's trust so they could run some tests. I will be going here for all my urgent care needs!"
"Fast service and very friendly staff! Had a good experience! Kim and Hailey were awesome helpful and very friendly! Highly recommend!"

Tania

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:08:16+00:00

Tania

"Fast service and very friendly staff! Had a good experience! Kim and Hailey were awesome helpful and very friendly! Highly recommend!"
"I was seen quickly, less than 5 minutes. Very professional. They sent my prescriptions to my pharmacy so I could pick them up quickly. Very satisfied."

Janet

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:06:38+00:00

Janet

"I was seen quickly, less than 5 minutes. Very professional. They sent my prescriptions to my pharmacy so I could pick them up quickly. Very satisfied."
"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."

Jennifer

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T13:12:19+00:00

Jennifer

"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."
"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."

Erika

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:15+00:00

Erika

"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."
"I had gone in for a broken toe, to make sure it wasn't worse then I thought. Facility was very clean. Front desk was great. Got me in. MA was in and quick. Dr. was great, did a thorough exam for an broken toe. X-rays. All the staff was personable, friendly, and fast. Glad I found them."

Adrienne

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T14:25:07+00:00

Adrienne

"I had gone in for a broken toe, to make sure it wasn't worse then I thought. Facility was very clean. Front desk was great. Got me in. MA was in and quick. Dr. was great, did a thorough exam for an broken toe. X-rays. All the staff was personable, friendly, and fast. Glad I found them."
"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."

Lea Anne

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:26:59+00:00

Lea Anne

"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."
"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."

Dodie

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:29:51+00:00

Dodie

"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."
"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."

Ray

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:11:37+00:00

Ray

"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."
"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."

Anthony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:52:20+00:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."
"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"

Gail

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:07:36+00:00

Gail

"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"
"I went to Lakes Urgent Care after my doctor suggested going to an ER and let me tell you I was SO impressed by this facility. The location is so convenient, the facility is so clean and the staff was incredible. They are running a well-oiled machine! The doctor went through a thorough exam and made me feel that all my questions and symptoms were addressed. I would recommend this place to family and friends and of course know where I will be going the next time I do not feel well. Thank you Lakes Urgent Care!"

Heather

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T14:52:21+00:00

Heather

"I went to Lakes Urgent Care after my doctor suggested going to an ER and let me tell you I was SO impressed by this facility. The location is so convenient, the facility is so clean and the staff was incredible. They are running a well-oiled machine! The doctor went through a thorough exam and made me feel that all my questions and symptoms were addressed. I would recommend this place to family and friends and of course know where I will be going the next time I do not feel well. Thank you Lakes Urgent Care!"
"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."

Greg

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:38:59+00:00

Greg

"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."
"During a recent visit to the Detroit area, I experienced sudden and debilitating pain in my left hip. I had no idea what was wrong and was concerned that I would not be able to make the trip back home to Los Angeles. To my extreme relief, the staff at Lakes Urgent Care was able to diagnose and treat my problem quickly and efficiently. I found the staff to be compassionate and professional, and the facility clean and comfortable. I would recommend them to anyone needing urgent care."

Leslie

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:10:49+00:00

Leslie

"During a recent visit to the Detroit area, I experienced sudden and debilitating pain in my left hip. I had no idea what was wrong and was concerned that I would not be able to make the trip back home to Los Angeles. To my extreme relief, the staff at Lakes Urgent Care was able to diagnose and treat my problem quickly and efficiently. I found the staff to be compassionate and professional, and the facility clean and comfortable. I would recommend them to anyone needing urgent care."
"My primary care doctors were on vacation and their office staff recommended Lakes Urgent Care. 1st time going and was promptly seen and diagnosed with scripts. Friendly staff and open late. Would definitely recommend."

Tony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:07:29+00:00

Tony

"My primary care doctors were on vacation and their office staff recommended Lakes Urgent Care. 1st time going and was promptly seen and diagnosed with scripts. Friendly staff and open late. Would definitely recommend."
"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind--and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go. ...the staff at Lakes (owners included) made my wife and I feel so confident in their physicians. We were seen in a matter of 5 minutes which is unheard of, and I just can't explain enough how positive of an experience it was. As long as I live where I do, I'll never worry about where I'm going if urgent care is what my family needs."

Anthony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T14:21:29+00:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind--and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go. ...the staff at Lakes (owners included) made my wife and I feel so confident in their physicians. We were seen in a matter of 5 minutes which is unheard of, and I just can't explain enough how positive of an experience it was. As long as I live where I do, I'll never worry about where I'm going if urgent care is what my family needs."
"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."

Amanda

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:54:48+00:00

Amanda

"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."
"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."

Annette

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:45+00:00

Annette

"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."
"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"

Pamela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:07:01+00:00

Pamela

"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"
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