By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2009
Matt Tucker, D.O., Mark Perdue, P.A.-C, or Joe Huddleston, D.O., (not pictured) are always on hand at Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare to handle traumas that befall you or your family members this winter.
Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare is an urgent care center with the goal of making quality healthcare convenient for you and your family. They provide extended daily hours plus weekend hours in their unfaltering commitment to serving the health needs of Claremore and surrounding communities.
Matt Tucker, D.O., Joe Huddleston, D.O., and Mark Perdue, P.A.-C, specialize in urgent care services that include everything from strep tests, rapid influenza, urinary infections, pregnancy and glucose to treating minor lacerations, fractures and sprains. They also administer sports and pre-employment physicals and radiography with digital imaging. The staff is extremely proud that Mark Perdue, P.A., scored in the top one percent nationally on his recent National Physician Assistant Board Certification Exam.
With winter almost here, Dr. Tucker reminds us that colder weather brings on a new list of accidents and illnesses. ImmediateCare sees a lot of patients who have been outside working and playing in the cold elements. Winter activities may include shoveling snow, trimming, cutting and hauling tree limbs, sledding, and ice skating. Mr. Perdue cautions us to be careful when using chainsaws and axes, and when shoveling snow or ice. Winter accidents occur quickly, and it’s easy to find yourself on your way to the emergency room. A little thought and precaution can go a long way in keeping your family safe.
In addition to wintertime injuries, certain illnesses are more common when the seasons change. Respiratory illnesses including viruses and the flu are particularly prevalent during the winter. That may be, in part, because a lot of us like to spend more time indoors, where we get exposed to more airborne germs.
Dr. Tucker stresses, “One of the simplest ways to stay healthy is to make sure everyone in your family washes their hands – frequently.” One should wash after coughing, sharing toys or shaking another’s hand. Something as simple as blowing a runny nose helps prevent the spread of viruses. “Also,” adds Mr. Perdue, “if you eat well and get plenty of sleep, you’ll be less likely to get sick because your body will be more resistant to viruses and other germs.”
Even though the thought of getting a sunburn this time of year seems strange, snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Use sunscreen, dress warmly with layers of clothing, and be sure to remove layers that become soaked from snow or rain. Try to avoid cotton clothing; it doesn’t provide much warmth. Fabrics such as wool are most effective.
Kids have so much fun playing outdoors in cold weather that they often forget to come inside to warm up. Children are at a greater risk for frostnip and frostbite than adults. Frostnip is an early warning sign preceding frostbite. The skin is left white and numb and mainly affects extremities. If fingers, toes, nose, cheeks or ears become very cold and begin turning white or yellowish gray, immediately take the child to the nearest emergency room. Simple precautions to prevent frostnip include dressing warmly, wearing a cap and gloves, and not spending too much time outside when the weather is extreme.
Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The location is convenient, and the staff is friendly and courteous.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.