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How to Tell If You Have the Flu

how to tell if you have the fluMany viruses can make people feel miserable, but influenza strains can be particularly dangerous. Every year, Americans have plenty of options when it comes to low-cost shots, but everyone should know the warning signs and telltale symptoms of the flu so they can seek medical treatment right away. The flu is potentially deadly to some people, especially very young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems or immune system disorders.

Similarities to Other Viruses

The influenza virus causes many symptoms similar to other viral infections like the common cold, such as coughing, headaches, and a fever. While the common cold usually causes sneezing, sore throat, and congestion, the flu often causes intense body aches, fatigue, and a high fever lasting several days. A cold can build up symptoms gradually over several days while flu symptoms generally have a rapid onset.

The common cold may only result in minor complications whereas the flu virus can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions like pneumonia. Medical researchers have identified more than 100 types of cold viruses, and the influenza virus mutates on a regular basis, requiring the medical treatment community to develop new vaccines every year. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, so most people who develop the flu simply let the sickness run its course while treating the symptoms. However, some antiviral medications such as Tamiflu can help symptoms and shorten recovery time for some patients.

Flu Treatment with Tamiflu

Oseltamivir, commonly sold under the brand name Tamiflu, is an oral antiviral medication that can reduce symptoms like stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, chills, muscle aches, and coughing and shorten recovery time by one to two days. Tamiflu works best when taken as soon as symptoms appear, or even as soon as an individual confirms exposure to the flu. To treat the flu, prescribing doctors generally advise two tablets each day for five days. To prevent flu symptoms after exposure, one tablet every day for ten days is the usual prescription.

Premier Urgent Care in Chicago can provide Tamiflu prescriptions to patients who test positive for influenza. Flu symptoms can develop very quickly after exposure, so prompt treatment is necessary if you want to avoid a week or longer in bed with awful symptoms. Tamiflu is a low-risk medication with minimal side effects, but it may not be appropriate for patients taking certain kidney medications or blood pressure medications. Our healthcare providers can discuss with you if you are an appropriate candidate for the medication.

If a family member or coworker recently developed the flu, it’s a wise idea to get tested for exposure, especially is you or your child is in a high-risk population, and begin treatment with Tamiflu before symptoms appear and disrupt your life. Premier Urgent Care offers several options for flu prevention and treatment, so consider a flu test if you believe you’ve recently been exposed to influenza.

For more information on the influenza and other injuries and illnesses visit our urgent care services page or https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

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The Best Hand Washing Techniques

best hand washing techniquesThink about how often you (or your children) were sick when you first started school – exposure to multiple other children, as well as all the bacteria and viruses they carry, often leads to increased occurrences of illness. Now that school is out for the summer, children are spending more time at home, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t exposed to germs. Consider their time back-and-forth from the playground, the soccer field, and indoor gyms, leaving them exposed to a whole new set of germs. One of the simplest and most effective methods for stopping the spread of germs and protecting yourself from them is proper hand washing technique.

Yes! There’s a right way to wash hands! Keep reading…

When to Wash Your Hands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer guidance concerning some of the most common situations when hand washing is a necessity:

  • Wash your hands before handling any type of food. This prevents germs from transferring from your body to your food, which others might share.
  • Hand washing should be part of your cooking routine – before, during, and after. Regular hand washing between phases of cooking can help prevent cross-contamination and food borne illnesses.
  • Wash your hands after touching any type of bodily fluid, your own or anyone else’s. For example, wash your hands after changing your child’s diaper or after caring for someone who is sick and vomiting.
  • Hand washing can also prevent the spread of germs between people and their pets. Wash your hands after handling any type of pet food, treats, toys, or bedding. 
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet, treating a wound, coughing, or sneezing.

How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

While it’s vital to know when to wash your hands, you must also know how to wash them the right way:

  1. Rinse your hands with warm running water.
  2. Apply soap and lather your hands entirely, including between your fingers and the backs of your hands.
  3. Scrub for about 20 seconds. An easy way to time this is to hum or sing the “Happy Birthday” song in your head while you wash.
  4. Rinse your hands well.
  5. Dry them with a clean cloth towel, paper towel, or air dryer.

Staying Clean When Hand Washing Is Not an Option

Surprisingly, many people simply forego hand washing when it seems like it’s not feasible. If you find yourself outdoors for an extended amount of time or you use a portable restroom without hand washing facilities, a bottle of hand sanitizer can help keep your hands clean and spread germs. However remember… hand sanitizer is not a replacement for proper hand washing.

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What Is Pink Eye?

what is pink eye - child with pick eye

If you or your child has an itchy eye that’s red and irritated, knowing the difference between pink eye, (also called conjunctivitis), and a simple allergy or irritant can be crucial. Pink eye spreads extremely easily and knowing the difference could help you identify and address an infection before it gets worse or spreads to others.

What is Pink Eye and How to Identify

Pink eye, medically known as conjunctivitis, entails the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent whitish membrane over the eyes. This inflames the blood vessels of the conjunctiva, causing a reddish or pinkish coloring in the whites of the eyes. Human eyes are very sensitive and may redden due to various types of irritation. Causes can include bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxic or allergic insults.

Pink eye has a few unique symptoms:
  • Pink eye can affect one or both eyes. Allergies and other airborne eye irritants typically affect both eyes at once, (but conjunctivitis is an infection that may only affect one eye—this fragment seems unnecessary).
  • Redness from pink eye typically causes an itchy or gritty feeling in the affected eyes.
  • Conjunctivitis often causes excessive tearing.
  • Pink eye causes a crust to form over the eyelashes of the affected eyes, especially during sleep. This may actually cause the eyelid to feel “glued” shut upon waking, requiring cleaning before the person can open the affected eye.
  • Pink eye, when caused by bacteria, will have a thick, purulent drainage that can be white, green or yellow.

Prevention and Treatment for Conjunctivitis

Several home remedies can alleviate the symptoms of pink eye, such as using a warm compress over the affected eye to reduce itchiness and swelling, removing contact lenses, and proper hygiene. Depending on the type of conjunctivitis a person has, these remedies may help overcome symptoms. However, some types of conjunctivitis will require medical intervention. If pink eye causes pain, fever, or changes in vision, the affected individual should seek medical care immediately.

Conjunctivitis symptoms can appear due to allergies or exposure to some airborne irritants, such as smoke or chemical fumes. In most cases, symptoms will subside after moving away from the source of the irritation and proper cleaning. People who suffer from allergic conjunctivitis often find relief from over-the-counter allergy medications such as antihistamines For example, taking a shower after spending time outdoors and using antihistamines may alleviate the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis from pollen exposure outdoors.

For other types of conjunctivitis caused by viruses and bacteria, help from a doctor may be necessary for symptoms to improve. You should also take steps to prevent the spread of viral or bacterial conjunctivitis as they are extremely contagious. Replace any bedding and pillowcases used by the person with pink eye and have everyone in the home refrain from touching their eyes. Frequent handwashing can also help stop the spread of the viruses and bacteria that can cause conjunctivitis.

For more information on pink eye visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/conjunctivitis/index.html.

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Burn Prevention Tips and Treatment: A Summer Guide

Burn Prevention Tips

Summer is a time for campfires, barbecues and spending time in the sun; people of all ages enjoy these activities, and for the most part, come away happy, healthy, and uninjured. However, some of the most enjoyable summer activities present a risk for burns.

Burn Prevention Tips

Protect yourself and your loved ones this summer with these simple burn prevention tips.

Sunburn

One of the most common injuries seen during summertime is sunburn, which is essentially a type of radiation burn caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunburn is not only uncomfortable (or even painful at severe levels), consistent unprotected overexposure to sunlight can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer. Always use sunscreen with a high SPF rating whenever you plan to spend any extended time outdoors. Be sure to reapply with the proper amount (most people use far too little) at regular intervals and after swimming or bathing. There are a number of UV blocking shirts and hats that provide significantly more protection than regular clothing.  

RELATED ARTICLE: Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke – Do You know the Difference?

Cooking Burns

Summertime means grilling with friends and family for many Americans. Whether you cook indoors or outside this summer, be cautious around hot cooking equipment such as stoves, gas grills, charcoal grills, and smokers. These devices can easily cause serious burns or even start fires if left unattended or mishandled. Never leave grills or other hot cooking equipment unattended. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep a fire extinguisher close to all cooking areas. Once the charcoal is lit, NEVER spray additional lighter fluid on it. The fire can trail up to the bottle and explode in your hand!

Burns from Open Flames and Campfires

A bonfire can be the perfect way to end a fun summer day, but open flames always present a fire and burn injury risk. A sudden gust of wind can send flames flicking toward those around a campfire or bonfire, and the wind may also carry away flaming bits of kindling that can cause fires elsewhere. If you build a campfire or bonfire, use stones around the base to keep embers and kindling at the bottom of the fire from blowing in the wind. Have dousing materials at all times, and never leave any open flame unattended.

Hot Surface Burns

Your kids may enjoy the local playground, but visiting midday or in the afternoon after the metal surfaces, ladders, and slides have been baking in the sun all day can easily mean severe burns from contact with hot surfaces. If you take your kids to a playground with any type of metal equipment, try to time your visits earlier or later in the day, either before the equipment has a chance to heat up or after it has been able to cool down from the midday heat.

Be sure to keep first aid supplies nearby or have some type of emergency plan. Most burns require immediate medical attention. If the pain from a burn does not subside within ten to twenty minutes or after taking over-the-counter pain medication, or if the burn entailed serious visible damage to the victim, they may require immediate medical care. Feel free to call Premier Urgent Care at (773) 891-2890 with any questions. As always, for more information, visit https://premierucchicago.com.

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Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke: Do You Know the Difference?

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke
One of the most well-known risks of venturing out in the summer is the effect heat can have on the body. Primarily, heat causes two kinds of injury – heat exhaustion and heat stroke – but many people do not know the difference. This post will outline the effects heat exhaustion and heat stroke have on the body and how dehydration and failure to rest can lead to both. In addition, we will describe preventive measures such as proper hydration, resting in shaded areas, and wearing light, loose clothing.

Generally, heat stroke is more serious than heat exhaustion.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • General weakness
  • Increased heavy sweating
  • Weak but fast pulse or heart rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Risk of fainting
  • Cold, clammy skin

Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • Elevated body temperature above 103 degrees F
  • Rapid and strong pulse or heart rate
  • Loss or change of consciousness
  • Hot, dry, red or moist skin

Certain things can aggravate heat-related illness, such as dehydration, wearing tight or heavy clothing, and drinking alcohol.

Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

The CDC gives us these helpful tips to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion this summer.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned space as much as possible. If you do not have AC in your home, walk around a shopping mall or visit the public library, as just even a few hours spent in air conditioning can aid your body in staying cooler when you do eventually venture back out into the heat.
  • Limit outdoor activities to when it is coolest outside, such as first thing in the morning or in the evening. Rest often in shady areas to give your body a chance to recover. 
  • Avoid exercising outside during the heat. If you do have to work or exercise in the heat outdoors, start slowly and pick up the pace on a gradual basis. If you become weak, faint, lightheaded or confused, stop all activity and go indoors.
  • Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when going outdoors.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care is your source for attentive, high-quality healthcare throughout the South Side Chicago area. Our urgent care services are quick, convenient, and compassionate, thanks to a highly-trained staff and board-certified physicians and physician assistants. If you have a healthcare emergency, from heat stroke and heat exhaustion to anything else, call us at 773-891-2890.

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How to Avoid Child Drowning

Adult practicing CPR - Prevent Child DrowningIn this post, we look at child drowning. Children experience drowning risks that differ from adults – many children drown because they are curious and unsupervised. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages one to 14, and three children die each day from drowning, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there are ways to prevent child drowning.

Keep reading – In this post, we…

  • Detail ways to prevent children from accessing the water unsupervised, such as pool fences, pool covers, and removing tempting toys from pools.
  • Detail prevention tips for parents, like swimming lessons, encouraging children to jump feet first and staying within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Encourage parents to learn lifesaving measures. 

Barriers to Entry

Install a fence around your pool. Many states require pool fences, especially for in-ground pools. The fence should have a locking mechanism that cannot be opened by a small child. Above ground pools should have foldable and lockable ladders, but even that may not be enough. The top piece of advice is: know where your children are at all times. Supervise them when outside, and install alarms on any doors that could be opened onto the pool area by small children so you are alerted if they venture out.

When the pool is not in use, remove all tempting toys and floats from the water. Kids are curious and love to play. They may not understand the inherent danger of playing with toys near the pool or climbing on an innocent-looking float until it is too late.

Finally, when pool season is over for the year, install a properly fitted, rigid pool cover that keeps debris out, as well as children and pets that could fall into the pool area.

Child Drowning Prevention

Teaching your kids how to avoid drowning is the best way to keep such a tragic event from happening in the first place. Make sure they know about the dangers of unsupervised swimming and that a caregiver must be watching over them in the pool at all times. They need to know how to swim in the event they do fall into the pool. Enroll them in swimming lessons at the local YMCA or gym, or host them at your own pool with a certified swim instructor.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/swim-lessons.aspx

Also, encourage your children to jump feet first, especially into water they have never been in before or where they can’t see the bottom, such as a lake. Keep little ones within arm’s reach at all times.

If you do not know CPR, what are you waiting on? Learn it! You could save a life in the time it takes the paramedics to arrive on the scene.

As parents, we should learn lifesaving measures to prevent accidents from happening in our own pools and at pools of neighbors and friends. Make sure the pool area is equipped with life vests and make sure the kids know how to use them. Take a CPR course yourself so you can provide lifesaving techniques to a child before paramedics can arrive.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care Center provides high-quality healthcare throughout the Chicago area, with urgent care services that are quick, convenient, and compassionate. We have a staff of highly trained and board certified physicians and physician assistants who can address the immediate healthcare needs of your whole family. To learn more, call us at 773-891-2890.

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How to Avoid Drowning

Drowning Dangers - Man Being Pulled from Water before DrowningOne of the best ways to beat the heat and have fun this summer is to go for a swim. Swimming provides excellent exercise and is a vital part of many family vacations and recreational opportunities offered in the summer. However, summer is the time of year when you and your loved ones are most at risk for drowning. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, with drowning being the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Keep reading for tips on how to avoid drowning, such as:

  • Using life jackets
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining proper emergency equipment

Wear a Life Jacket

As adults, we tend to think that only kids need life jackets. But even if you know how to swim, life jackets are a critical component for enjoying a day out on the water. Life jackets should be worn during water sports including boating and jet skiing. Wearing a life jacket can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 50%.

Avoid Alcohol

Among teens and adults, alcohol use is involved in 70 percent of deaths involving water recreation and 20 percent of boating deaths. It’s best to stick to water and fruit juice for hydration while swimming, boating and boarding.

RELATED ARTICLE: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Know How to Respond to an Emergency

If you notice someone is missing, check the water first. If you see someone drowning, it is best to “throw before you go.” Throw a flotation device to them from boat, dock, or pool deck. If you enter the water, approach the victim from behind. A drowning person will panic, latch onto you, and possibly take you under with them. If you own a pool, make sure you have flotation devices in the pool area and the pool skimmer on the deck. You can use the pool skimmer to pull the person to the edge.

If you do not know CPR, what are you waiting on? Learn it! You could save a life in the time it takes the paramedics to arrive on the scene.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care Center provides high-quality healthcare throughout the Chicago area, with urgent care services that are quick, convenient, and compassionate. We have a staff of highly trained and board certified physicians and physician assistants who can address the immediate healthcare needs of your whole family.

Check in next week for the second in this two-part series on drowning.

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5 Common Summer Sports Injuries – Are Your Kids Playing It Safe?

sports injuries - soccer player holding injured kneeOne of the best ways to keep kids up, out, and active this summer is to encourage sports participation. Whether it involves organized team sports or a little informal one-on-one competition, sports are a great way to prevent kids from becoming couch potatoes. However, summer sports are not without risk. Here are several common sports injuries you might encounter during the summer months, as well as several tips and techniques to avoid visits to the doctor’s office.

1. Sprains and Strains and Tendon injuries

The most common sports-related injuries in children (and adults) are sprains and strains. Sprains involve ligament damage and strains involve muscle damage. They each can range from very mild to severe. Sprained ankles can occur on the basketball court or while just running around the back yard. Proper footwear is a good start to help prevent ankle sprains, but sometimes they are inevitable. Imagine after a jumpshot you land on an opponent’s foot. You will likely injury your ankle. You or your child may be running full speed for a loose ball and feel an immediately pain in a muscle, such as the hamstring (posterior thigh). That would be a muscle strain. Dynamic stretching and having your body properly warmed up before strenuous exercise is a great way to prevent that. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is an excellent place to start with treating the injuries initially.

Some of these injuries are due to sudden movements and others due to repetitive movements. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis, respectively are overuse injuries. The best way to prevent them is through proper technique and training methods. Once the injury occurs, it often requires rest, anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen or naproxen), and physical therapy exercises.

2. Broken Bones (Fractures)

There is virtually no limit to the ways a child can fracture or break a bone with summer physical activities. Whether it’s from a trampoline, skateboarding, football, or a bicycle accident, these injuries can be serious if not treated appropriately.

Some fractures are obvious with an unnatural deformity, like an S-shaped curve in a child’s forearm. Others can be subtle and occur from overuse during sports when a child doesn’t give his/her body time to rest between games or activities. An example of that would be a stress fracture in a runner’s foot or gymnast’s lower back. The best ways to prevent fractures are to use protective equipment and get plenty of rest between exercises.

RELATED ARTICLE: 3 Common Summer Injuries for Kids

3. Eye injuries

Children who play sports and are active during the summer also run the risk of eye injuries. A thrown ball can strike a child in the face, and debris can get into the eyes when swimming.

You can prevent eye injuries with protective wear, such as goggles. If your child has an eye injury, you should take him/her to an emergency room or urgent care center as soon as possible for an immediate exam. In rare cases, some eye injuries can have long-lasting effects and threaten a child’s vision.

4. Dehydration

When the temperature rises, it becomes much more dangerous for young bodies to exert themselves when not properly hydrated. Dehydration increases the likelihood of muscle cramps and other overuse injuries.

The simple solution is to avoid soda and caffeine, and drink plenty of water before, during, and after heavy physical activity.

5. Head injuries

Head injuries can be serious and, thankfully, they are not as common as some of the other summer sports injuries listed here. But, they do happen and can result from any contact sport – hockey, football, or soccer.

You can prevent these injuries by requiring that your child wear a helmet to participate in these sports. If there is a possibility of concussion, such as headache, fogginess, or memory difficulty after head trauma, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.

If you do run into trouble this summer, you will not have to deal with it on your own. Premier Urgent Care has convenient office hours and is available to see you and/or your child whether you have an appointment or not. We’re located in the Hyde Park/Kenwood area and offer free parking for our patients.

Visit https://premierucchicago.com to learn more about different types of health facilities, such as urgent care clinics, to help you decide which facility can best treat your condition at the appropriate time and with the right resources.

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3 Common Summer Injuries for Kids

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Soon your children will be home for the summer. They will be playing outside and (inevitably) injuring themselves. There are many common summer injuries for kids, but the question many parents ask is, “What should I do if they happen?”

Some injuries aren’t serious and can be treated at home, but others require the attention of a medical professional. Here are a few common summer injuries for kids and tips for helping them stay safe.

Trampolines

It’s nice outside and the kids want to bounce. They love the trampoline, but it can be dangerous if they are not careful.

A few tips to keep your children safe on trampolines:

  • One person jumping at a time
  • Always supervise your children
  • Do not allow somersaults
  • Cover the springs with padding
  • Keep children under 6 off the trampoline

If you are unsure a trampoline is safe for your child, it may be best to keep them away or consult your child’s physician for more information.

Lawn Mowers

Most kids love to help mow the lawn or ride the mower for fun, but this can be dangerous if they are not properly supervised. To protect your children from injuries, it is important to keep these ideas in mind:

  • Children under 12 should not operate a mower (despite what your parents made you do)
  • Young children should be safely away from a mower as it can launch harmful debris (sticks, rocks, etc.)
  • Always wear protective eyewear, use ear protection, and wear appropriate footwear

This is not an exhaustive list by any means but just some common contributors to mower injuries.

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Playgrounds

Children love to visit playgrounds and parks in the summer. There are slides and jungle gyms and myriad fun objects to climb on, swing from, and play with to and keep kids entertained. But what about the hazards of a playground?

Keep your children safe with these rules for playground safety:

  • Do not allow children to play on wet equipment
  • Do not go down the slide with your child (a common cause of lower extremity injuries)
  • Remove drawstrings and hoods from clothing that could catch on equipment
  • Ensure your child is wearing proper footwear

Many things can happen to a child at the playground. It is important to think about safety with your children, with regard to their clothing and play habits.

Kids will be kids and they will find ways to hurt themselves that few can predict. However, it is important to follow safety practices no matter where you are or what your child is doing. Following the tips above steps will help prevent many potential injuries to your children.

Helmets should be mandatory and pads are strongly recommended when riding a bike, skateboard, or scooter. Water safety should not be ignored but is a separate topic that requires its own list of tips. Dangers seem to be lurking at every turn. It is impossible to prevent all injuries but some simple precautions can significantly help reduce the chances.

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4 Ways to Speed up Your Urgent Care Visit

reviewing patient information to speed up urgent care visitPatients often choose to visit urgent care centers because they prefer to avoid the long waiting periods associated with ER services and days-long waiting for their primary care service providers. Because of this increased demand, urgent care centers can get busy and have some wait times, albeit much shorter. Is there anything you can do to minimize this? Follow these tips to speed up your urgent care visit.

Online Check-In

Technology in the medical field not only has made healthcare delivery more effective, but it has also increased convenience for healthcare providers and patients. Many urgent care centers have websites where you can check-in online. This process is even easier if you are a returning patient to the clinic, because most of the information may be on file or in an online account. Online check-in saves time at the location and can guarantee you faster service.

Writing and Gathering Information

A great amount of time is spent looking over your relevant medical information before the actual visit. Show some consideration towards the receptionist, physician, and other staff, and bring as much of your medical information and documents as possible. In general, most urgent care clinics will require you to bring one of the following forms:

  • Valid identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Insurance card (to verify your plan’s coverage and associated co-pays)
  • Method of payment (cash, check, card, etc.)
  • Completed patient forms.

In addition to your documents, you can bring in brief notes describing any symptoms or aspects of your current condition with as much detail as possible. Sometimes, your memory might get hazy, so writing down this information can help the healthcare provider immensely.  

Filling Out Forms Online

Just like with an appointment check-in, technology has expedited the process of filling out forms. Some urgent care clinics allow you to fill out the required forms online as you check-in. You can complete these forms from the comfort of your home and the information can be seamlessly uploaded by the time you arrive at the urgent care.

Resolving Billing

Another way to prevent potential delays and surprises right before your clinic visit is by resolving your financial information before the visit. Research methods of payment for the specific clinic you are visiting and arrive with the currency or method at hand. Also, urgent care clinics accept most forms of insurance, but double-check to ensure the chosen clinic accepts your insurance. Premier Urgent Care Chicago accepts most insurances except Medicaid.

Proper preparation will shorten your wait time, allow the healthcare provider to take better care of you and allow you to get back to the things you need to do.  

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