Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Leaves are falling and summer is winding down, but autumn brings little relief for many allergy sufferers.  Ragweed pollen troubles millions of people with allergies.  The pollen may not grow where you live, but it can travel hundreds of miles on the wind.  Don’t confuse allergic reactions with cold symptoms.

Viruses cause colds while allergies are caused by a person coming into contact with allergens – substances in the environment, like ragweed or mold, that cause an allergic reaction to that person.

Allergy and cold symptoms are similar in most people, but there are differences:

  • Fever is common with a cold
  • People suffering from allergies do not have a fever.
  • Cold symptoms usually last 3 – 7 days
  • Allergy symptoms may last an entire season.
  • 8 am to 10 pm every day at all Patient First medical centers – walk in anytime.
  • Fast Track Flu shots are for patients who are not allergic to eggs, who do not wish to see a physician, and who are at least 4 years old.

Flu season is also near.  Protect your family with a flu shot.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated.  It is the best way to fight the flu.  You can get a flu shot with little or no wait at Patient First.  The Patient First Fast Track Flu Shot Program features:

  • Protect yourself against four flu strains with our quadrivalent flu shot.
  • If your insurance covers flu shots at Patient First, pay only the copay (which is often $0) or $35, whichever is less.  A self-pay flu shot costs $35.

Patient First physicians are available to answer your questions about allergy, cold, and flu treatment.


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About Patient First

All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays.  Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician.  Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.