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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Travel-related Health Issues

Plan ahead for delays, changes in weather or other emergencies. Place a small amount of your daily medications in a bottle for your carry-on bag that can take you through a two-day delay. Put your regular medication bottles with your checked baggage. Check the weather, consider that it may change, and bring clothes that allow for layering.

Make sure everyone stays adequately hydrated and drinks plenty of fluids each day, especially when traveling to warmer climates. Bring along plenty of hand sanitizer to reduce your exposure to contaminated surfaces. Also bring a travel package of sanitary wipes and clean commonly touched surfaces in your hotel room, like the TV remote. Finally, do your best to maintain regular sleep and exercise habits.

Bring good shoes for hiking and swim shoes for beach and water activities. Pack exercise clothes so that you can maintain your exercise routine in the hotel gym. If visiting somewhere with a high altitude, contact your physician for altitude sickness medication or see us at Lakes Urgent Care. Make sure that everyone is up to date on any needed vaccinations including the influenza vaccine.

Check the local resources in the area where you are traveling to determine any particular health risks. In the Caribbean and Central America, be wary of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika. In the African continent, Malaria is more prevalent. Prevention of both of these illnesses can be achieved by utilizing insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET. If you are sleeping in an outdoor environment, always use mosquito netting. There is also an increased risk of contracting hepatitis when traveling to these same areas, so if you have not yet been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, we strongly recommend doing so. Both of these vaccines are available at Lakes Urgent Care or through your primary care physician or local health department. Pay attention to the local news stations and weather forecasts during your visit, and avoid outdoor activities if severe weather conditions are expected. Additionally, cold and flu-carrying pathogens cover many surfaces such as desks, door handles, and phones. Keep yourself protected by washing your hands with soap and water often or carrying a hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Be prepared before you leave. If traveling out of the country, find out exactly what your health insurance company will cover. Medicare does not cover hospital or medical costs outside of the United States so you will likely require a supplemental insurance plan or have to pay cash and then seek reimbursement. Contact the nearest US Embassy for a list of physicians and medical facilities that they recommended and trust. The US consulate can also be of assistance if you require the transfer of funds or require repatriation. Give strong consideration to purchasing a global medical transport insurance policy, such as MedJet Assist, that can help a sick family member that requires hospitalization.  There are several companies that offer reasonably priced family plans that can provide significant piece of mind if someone becomes ill outside of the country or more than 150 miles from home.

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Travel-related Health Issues

Plan ahead for delays, changes in weather or other emergencies. Place a small amount of your daily medications in a bottle for your carry-on bag that can take you through a two-day delay. Put your regular medication bottles with your checked baggage. Check the weather, consider that it may change, and bring clothes that allow for layering.

Make sure everyone stays adequately hydrated and drinks plenty of fluids each day, especially when traveling to warmer climates. Bring along plenty of hand sanitizer to reduce your exposure to contaminated surfaces. Also bring a travel package of sanitary wipes and clean commonly touched surfaces in your hotel room, like the TV remote. Finally, do your best to maintain regular sleep and exercise habits.

Bring good shoes for hiking and swim shoes for beach and water activities. Pack exercise clothes so that you can maintain your exercise routine in the hotel gym. If visiting somewhere with a high altitude, contact your physician for altitude sickness medication or see us at Lakes Urgent Care. Make sure that everyone is up to date on any needed vaccinations including the influenza vaccine.

Check the local resources in the area where you are traveling to determine any particular health risks. In the Caribbean and Central America, be wary of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika. In the African continent, Malaria is more prevalent. Prevention of both of these illnesses can be achieved by utilizing insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET. If you are sleeping in an outdoor environment, always use mosquito netting. There is also an increased risk of contracting hepatitis when traveling to these same areas, so if you have not yet been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, we strongly recommend doing so. Both of these vaccines are available at Lakes Urgent Care or through your primary care physician or local health department. Pay attention to the local news stations and weather forecasts during your visit, and avoid outdoor activities if severe weather conditions are expected. Additionally, cold and flu-carrying pathogens cover many surfaces such as desks, door handles, and phones. Keep yourself protected by washing your hands with soap and water often or carrying a hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Be prepared before you leave. If traveling out of the country, find out exactly what your health insurance company will cover. Medicare does not cover hospital or medical costs outside of the United States so you will likely require a supplemental insurance plan or have to pay cash and then seek reimbursement. Contact the nearest US Embassy for a list of physicians and medical facilities that they recommended and trust. The US consulate can also be of assistance if you require the transfer of funds or require repatriation. Give strong consideration to purchasing a global medical transport insurance policy, such as MedJet Assist, that can help a sick family member that requires hospitalization.  There are several companies that offer reasonably priced family plans that can provide significant piece of mind if someone becomes ill outside of the country or more than 150 miles from home.

Modern day aviation gets a bad rap when it comes to illnesses associated with commercial flight. The truth is, the air in airplane cabins is actually filtered very well every 3 to 5 minutes with HEPA filters. The primary reason you may get ill is because you are flying in close quarters with a crowd of people, and several of them likely have an infection like the common cold or flu. Germs spread through the air before it gets circulated, resulting in exposure. In reality, the nozzles blowing air above your seat may actually mitigate the effects of germs from those around you who may be coughing or sneezing.

Breaking away from your typical routine of exercise and fitness can certainly be interrupted by a great vacation. Keep in mind that schedule changes, alcohol consumption and dietary changes contribute to falling off your typical routine.

However, if you get a little bit creative you can find some ways to burn off those extra calories and maintain aerobic fitness. Take stairs instead of elevators, do simple things like push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups to help keep your muscles toned. Take your extra leisure time to go on a long walk or find a new and exciting place to go for a run. You’ll definitely feel better about yourself and your overall fitness when you return home and get back to the daily grind!

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"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
2016-12-21T11:13:15-05:00

Erika

"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."
"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
2018-05-22T14:38:59-04:00

Greg

"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."
"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
2016-12-19T12:54:48-05:00

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

Pamela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:07:01-04:00

Pamela

"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"
"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
2016-12-21T11:07:36-05:00

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"
"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
2016-12-21T11:12:30-05:00

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."
"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"

Zoe-Michelle

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:59:03-05:00

Zoe-Michelle

"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"
"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
2017-06-07T14:29:51-04:00

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."
"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."

Sandi

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:04:47-05:00

Sandi

"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."


"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"



Zeina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:38:25-05:00

Zeina

"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"
"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
2016-12-21T11:13:45-05:00

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."
"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."

Tina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:07:50-05:00

Tina

"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."
"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
2017-07-21T13:12:19-04:00

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."


"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."



Nicholas

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:47:35-05:00

Nicholas

"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."
"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"

Julia

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:06:27-05:00

Julia

"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"
"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
2017-06-07T14:26:59-04:00

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."
"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
2016-12-21T11:11:37-05:00

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
2016-12-19T12:52:20-05:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."
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