Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke in Kids

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As the summer months are approaching, there’s one thing most of us are dreading — the heat. Austin averages 16 days a year when temperatures reach 100 °F or more. Heatwaves with temperatures in the 100s typically occur anytime from June to September. With the monthly average high ranging from 92°F-97°F, it’s important to know the various kinds of heat illnesses, and how to prevent heat cramps, heat exhaustion & heat stroke in kids.

Heat Illness Heat Exhaustion Heat Stroke Heat Cramps

Let’s start with prevention.

How to Prevent Heat Illness:

Protect kids from heat illness by doing the following:

  • Teach children to drink plenty of fluids before and during activity in hot, sunny weather — even if they’re not thirsty.
  • Dress children in light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Always apply sunscreen when outdoors — even on cloudy days.
  • On hot and/or humid days, schedule any heavy outdoor activity before noon and after 6 p.m.
  • Teach kids to come indoors, rest, and hydrate immediately whenever they feel overheated.
  • Read about the various forms of heat illnesses, and what to do if your child has symptoms.

Heat Cramps

What are heat cramps?

They are brief, painful muscle cramps in the legs, arms, or abdomen. Heat cramps may occur during or after exercise in extreme heat.

How are Heat Cramps caused?

When you sweat during intense physical activity, your body loses salts and fluids, which causes a low level of salt. The cramp is caused by the low level of salts.

Who is at risk?

Kids are particularly at risk for heat cramps when they aren’t drinking enough fluids.

Although painful, heat cramps on their own aren’t serious. However, cramps can be the first sign of more serious heat illness, so they should be treated right away to help avoid any problems.

What should I do if my child gets heat cramps?

Put your child in a cool place to rest, and have them drink fluids. If possible, give fluids that contain salt and sugar, such as sports drinks. Gently stretching and massaging cramped muscles also may help.

Heat Exhaustion

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a more severe heat illness that can occur when someone in a hot environment, and they haven’t been drinking enough fluids.

What are symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Symptoms include:

  • increased thirst
  • weakness
  • fainting
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • irritability
  • headache
  • increase sweating
  • cool, clammy skin
  • elevation of body temperature, but less than 104°F (40°C)

What should I do if a child gets heat exhaustion?

  • Bring the child to a cooler place indoors, an air-conditioned car, or shady area.
  • Remove your child’s excess clothing.
  • Encourage the child to drink cool fluids containing salt and sugar, such as sports drinks.
  • Put a cool, wet cloth or cool water on your child’s skin.
  • Call your doctor for advice.
  • If your child is too exhausted or ill to drink, treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids may be necessary.

If left untreated, heat exhaustion can develop into heatstroke, which can be fatal.

Heatstroke

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat illness. Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency.

In heatstroke, the body cannot regulate its own temperature. Body temperature can soar to 106°F (41.1°C) or even higher, leading to brain damage or even death if it isn’t quickly treated. Prompt medical treatment is required to bring the body temperature under control.

What causes heatstroke?

Factors that increase the risk for heatstroke include overdressing and extreme physical activity in hot weather with inadequate fluid intake.

Heatstroke also can happen when a child is left in a car on a hot day. When the outside temperature is 93°F (33.9°C), the temperature inside a car can reach 125°F (51.7°C).  Within 20 minutes, the internal body temperature can soar to dangerous levels.

What to do if someone has heatstroke?

Call for emergency medical help if your child has been outside in extreme temperatures, or another hot environment and shows one or more of these symptoms of heatstroke:

  • severe headache
  • weakness, dizziness
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • loss of consciousness
  • seizure
  • no sweating
  • flushed, hot, dry skin
  • temperature of 104°F (40°C) or higher

While waiting for help:

  • Get your child indoors or into the shade.
  • Undress your child and sponge or douse him or her with cool water.
  • Do not give fluids unless your child is awake, alert, and acting normally.

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Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

 

Disclaimer:

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Moreover, of you have medical questions, seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider. Never disregard professional medical advice. Don’t delay medical treatment because of something you have read on the internet. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.  

Donate Blood at Five Star ER

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Five Star ER is hosting a Blood Drive

During the summer months, when schools are out of session, blood drives are vital to our community. Five Star ER is hosting a mobile blood drive with We Are Blood on May 29th. Give back to your community by donating blood.

Sign-up for an appointment here: https://www.wrbdonor.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/55789

Date: May 29

Time: 2pm-4:30pm

Location: Five Star ER, 8721 Manchaca Rd • Austin, Texas 78748

Blood donation locations in Austin, Texas.

Find a location to donate blood near you.

Read the Facts about Donating Blood

Blood is a living tissue

It is perishable and must be handled with care. Moreover, blood must be stored in special nutrient solutions to maintain its life-saving properties. Nevertheless, each unit of blood can only be stored safely for up to 42 days. Platelets last only five days.

Blood Donors are Always Needed

Having a safe and ample blood supply from donors who give frequently is the best preparation for a crisis – whether it is a catastrophic event like 9/11 or a patient’s private battle against cancer.

Many People are Eligible to Donate

A person who is fit and healthy, and below age 60 can donate blood.

Donating Blood doesn’t take a lot of time

The time taken for a single donation session is normally not more than an hour or so.

ABOUT FIVE STAR ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Moreover, never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the videos is solely at your own risk.

 

 

 

 

Vaccines are Vital to the Health of Our Community

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Vaccines save millions of lives each year. However, there are about 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world. Moreover, the world has seen multiple outbreaks of measles, diphtheria and other vaccine-preventable diseases within recent years. Vaccines are vital to the health of our community. We want to remind you how important it is to protect people of all ages against preventable diseases.

 

vaccine important city of Austin HealthyVaccines keep our community healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations to provide protection against many diseases and infections. Some of these include influenza, pneumococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), and hepatitis A and B.

They prevent certain diseases

Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. Some of these include diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rotavirus, rubella and tetanus.

Vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems

People who have cancer, HIV/AIDS, type 1 diabetes, or other health conditions have weakened immune systems. Therefore, when an entire community is immunized properly, those with weakened immune systems are better protected against certain preventable diseases.

Diseases spread quickly

People can travel around the world easily, which makes it easier to spread diseases. If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak. 

Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away

The viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines.

Vaccines are safe and effective

Vaccines are among the safest medical products available and can prevent the suffering and costs associated with infectious diseases.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

Disclaimer:

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Moreover, of you have medical questions, seek the advice of your physician or a qualified health provider. Never disregard professional medical advice. Don’t delay medical treatment because of something you have read on the internet. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.  

Signs of an Eating Disorder

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It is important to be aware of the warning signs of an eating disorder. The earlier an eating disorder is detected, the better chance the person has for recovery. Below is a list of various warning signs. However, this isn’t a checklist. A friend or family member with an eating disorder generally won’t have all of the signs and symptoms.  

The warning signs will be different depending on the person and the eating disorder. This is just  a general overview of the types of behaviors that may indicate a problem. If you think someone you know has an eating disorder, contact the National Eating Disorder helpline: (800) 931-2237.

warning sign eating disordersPhysical Changes that Might be Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder

  • Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and/or down
  • Stomach cramps
  • Other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Abnormal labs such as anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low white and red blood cell counts
  • Dizziness, especially upon standing
  • Fainting/syncope
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (caused by induced vomiting)
  • Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity
  • Dry skin and hair, and brittle nails
  • Swelling around area of salivary glands
  • Fine hair on body, also called lanugo
  • Cavities, or discoloration of teeth, from vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Yellowish skin (in context of eating large amounts of carrots)
  • Cold, mottled hands and feet or swelling of feet
  • Poor wound healing
  • Impaired immune functioning

Weight Concerns

  • Their primary concern seems to be about their weight, shape of their body, or their diet
  • Expresses a desire to lose weight or look different
  • Discusses food often
  • Talks about healthy or “clean” eating frequently
  • Talks constantly about their diet or what they did or didn’t eat
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance

Exercise Habits that could be Markers of an Eating Disorder

  • Person exercises a significant amount, but doesn’t increase their caloric intake
  • Obsessed with working out
  • Doesn’t take “days off” from physical activity
  • Expresses anxiety or is upset if he or she cannot exercise

Warning Signs around Food & Eating

  • Obsessed with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
  • Have new diet, including cutting out entire food groups
  • They skip meals
  • They eat small portions of food at regular meals
  • Becomes inordinately upset when unable to control a situation related to food
  • Becomes unusually interested in cooking
  • Doesn’t eat the food he or she makes
  • Eats a different meal than the rest of the household
  • Strange behaviors during or after meals
  • Makes excuses to use the bathroom after a meal
  • Seems uncomfortable eating around others
  • Doesn’t eat around anyone else or eats in private
  • Has strange rituals with food that seem abnormal (i.e. they eat only a particular food or food group, chew excessively, or don’t allow foods to touch)

Mood Changes that could be Signs of an Eating Disorder

  • Person seems more depressed, anxious, irritable or fatigued than usual
  • A note about mood, particularly with teenagers: Almost all teenagers experience mood fluctuations during adolescence. However, depression and anxiety can be a sign that is connected with eating disorders. Monitor a teen’s mental health, especially if you have concerns about their eating patterns

Energy Changes can Signify an Eating Disorder

  • Person appears to have energy and/or is less interested in the activities they used to enjoy
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Seems sad or down all the time
  • Or, someone has taking on too many responsibilities and/or activities and doesn’t take a break
  • Can be connected to perfectionism

What to do if you think someone has an eating disorder

If you think a friend or family members might struggle with an eating disorder, here’s what you can do:

  • Contact the National Eating Disorders helpline: (800) 931-2237
  • Don’t panic.
  • Talk to a trusted health professional, such as a physician, pediatrician or a therapist.
  • Start the conversation with the person by gently express your concerns to him or her
  • Remind them that you are always available to listen and/or talk.
  • Let them know that you love them

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

Disclaimer:

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Moreover, of you have medical questions, seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider. Never disregard professional medical advice. Don’t delay medical treatment because of something you have read on the internet. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.

Measles: Symptoms, High-Risk Groups & Complications

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At least five cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year. All the reported cases involved children between 12 and 21 months old. The public should be aware that measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It is important that people are aware of the symptoms, high-risk groups, and complications.

measles-symptoms-complicationsWhat are measles?

Measles are:

  • viral disease
  • caused by the rubeola virus
  • highly contagious

There is no specific treatment for measles. Therefore, prevention of measles is the best option. The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (aka the MMR shot).

Moreover, the measles vaccine prevents many cases of measles around the world. In addition, if measles enters an area where people have never been exposed, the result can be disastrous.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.6 million people who have not had the vaccine die of measles every year.

How are measles transmitted?

Measles can be spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Moreover, it is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.

How contagious are the measles?

If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. In addition, the measles virus can live for up to two hours in the area where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.

What are symptoms of measles?

Symptoms of measles can appear 10-12 days after infection.

Symptoms of measles include:

  • High fever
  • “Three c’s”:
  • Cough
  • Conjunctivitis (or pink eye)
  • Coryza (or cold)
  • Small white spots on the inside of the mouth
  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Rash on the face and upper neck, which spreads downwards
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Dry, hacking cough

Who is at risk of getting a severe case of measles?

  • malnourished young children
  • children with insufficient vitamin A
  • children with weakened immune systems (i.e. children with HIV/AIDS or other diseases)

What are complications of measles?

  • Ear infection
  • Severe respiratory infections, such as Pneumonia, Bronchitis, laryngitis or croup
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling)
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe dehydration
  • Death

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

Disclaimer:

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Moreover, of you have medical questions, seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider. Never disregard professional medical advice. Don’t delay medical treatment because of something you have read on the internet. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.  

 

Symptoms of Pneumonia: When to Go to the Emergency Room

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Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make it difficult to breathe due to inflammation, fluid, and pus. However, symptoms can vary, and it is important to know when to see a doctor or go to the Emergency Room. 

 

Symptoms of Pneumonia emergency rooms

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF PNEUMONIA?

Adults who were healthy before developing pneumonia typically have moderate symptoms. However, your medical history and overall health can affect the severity of symptoms. For instance, people with chronic medical problems may be more likely to develop severe symptoms.

Here are some pneumonia symptoms to look for:

  • Extremely high fever (up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit) with quick onset
  • Severe chills and/or sweating
  • Chest pain, congestion, or tightness
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • A loose, wet cough that produces thick brown, green, yellow, or white phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  • **See below for more symptoms that signify a medical emergency.

If you feel you have either of these conditions, it’s important to contact your doctor to prevent the illness from getting worse.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A DOCTOR?

See your doctor if you are having:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent fever of 102 F (39 C) or higher
  • Persistent cough and if you’re coughing up pus or blood

WHO IS AT HIGH-RISK FOR HOSPITALIZATION?

Some people are at are at greater risk of needing hospitalization with pneumonia. If you have conditions like asthma, heart disease, or endocrine and kidney disorders, you should seek medical treatment immediately if they experience pneumonia symptoms. In addition, the following people are at high-risk for hospitalization, and should see a doctor.

  • People over 65 years old
  • Children younger than 2 years with signs and symptoms
  • People with an underlying health condition or weakened immune system
  • People receiving chemotherapy or  taking medication that suppresses the immune system

WHEN IS PNEUMONIA AN EMERGENCY?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regardless of which condition you fall ill to, if you feel the following symptoms, you may be facing a medical emergency. Do not wait! Immediately seek medical attention at the nearest emergency room if you experience

  • Severe chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • Gurgling sounds in the throat
  • Severe dizziness
  • Confusion or lethargy
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe fever
  • Severe headache
  • Bluish skin color
  • Bluish color of the lips or fingernails

Other articles you might be interested in:

FLU SYMPTOMS & WHEN TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM

Read more about Pneumonia from the Mayo Clinic here.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

Disclaimer:

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Moreover, of you have medical questions, seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider. Never disregard professional medical advice. Don’t delay medical treatment because of something you have read on the internet. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.  

 

 

 

Glaucoma: When Symptoms become a Medical Emergency

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Are you experiencing the worst eye pain of your life? It could be a type of glaucoma that requires immediate medical attention. There are various types of Glaucoma. Learn about the different types, and which symptoms are a medical emergency.

Acute Closure-Glaucoma or Narrow-Angle Glaucoma

Symptoms often come on quickly. Symptoms can be:

  • The worst eye pain you’ve ever felt.
  • Severe throbbing eye pain
  • Headaches, often occurring on the same side as the affected eye.
  • Halos around lights
  • Blurry or foggy vision
  • Eye redness
  • Dilated pupil
  • Nausea & vomiting

Acute Closure-Glaucoma or Narrow-Angle Glaucoma is type of glaucoma that is a medical emergency. This type of glaucoma must be treated by a doctor within 6 to 12 hours. Otherwise, it could bring severe permanent loss of vision, blindness, and even a permanently dilated (enlarged) pupil. Therefore, you need to see a doctor immediately because damage to the optic nerve may begin within a few hours.

glaucoma medical emergencyOther types of Glaucoma include:

Open-Angle Glaucoma

  • The most common type of glaucoma.
  • However, some people don’t have symptoms until they’ve already lost a significant amount of vision.

Chronic Open-Angle Glaucoma (COAG)

  • Many times, the first sign is the loss of your side vision, or peripheral vision.
  • In addition, the loss can happen slowly, and some people don’t notice the change.

Congenital Glaucoma in Infants

This typically shows up between newborn to first few years. Symptoms include:

  • Tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyelid spasms
  • A larger cornea and clouding of the normally transparent cornea
  • Habitual rubbing of the eyes
  • Squinting
  • Keeping the eyes closed much of the time

Other forms of Glaucoma:

Read more about other types of glaucoma here.

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Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition. In other words, never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the videos is solely at your own risk.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

 

Flu Symptoms & When to go to the Emergency Room

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Some of the most common questions we receive around this time of year is about the flu, also known as influenza. We’re covering  flu symptoms, how the flu is different than a cold, various complications from the flu, high-risk groups, and when to go to the Emergency Room. Note: If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest ER immediately.

What is the Flu?

  • Also known as influenza
  • Contagious
  • Caused by a virus
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Mild to Severe
  • Can be fatal, especially in high-risk groups (see below)

How is the Flu different from a cold?

  • Flu is not a cold
  • Flu comes on suddenly, but a cold comes on gradually.
  • A fever and/or headache is common with the flu. However, it’s more rare to have a headache and/or fever with a cold.

What are Flu Symptoms?

Common Flu Symptoms are:

  • High Fever
  • Headache
  • Aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Joint & muscle pain
  • Dry cough/Chest cough
  • Dehydration from vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Sneezing (not as common)
  • Stuffy nose (not as common)
  • Sore Throat  (not as common)

What are flu symptoms in children?

Children can have any of the symptoms listed above. However, they can often have additional symptoms that should be monitored closely.

  • Vomiting is more common in children with the flu
  • Crying without tears
  • Inability to eat or drink (dehydration)
  • Fever with a rash
  • Trouble urinating

What is the difference between flu and cedar fever?

Read our article here about the differences between flu and cedar fever.

How long do symptoms last?

  • Most people recover in a few days to less than two weeks
  • Some people can have complications like pneumonia
  • Some complications can be life-threatening and result in death (Please see list of complications below).)

What are serious complications from the flu?

Some serious complications can be triggered by the flu.

  • Sinus infection
  • Ear Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Inflammation of the heart
  • Organ failure
  • Sepsis

High risk factors for complications:

People with a high-risk of developing complications from the flu include:

  • Children under five years old, and especially those under two years
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Postpartum women (up to two weeks postpartum)
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • Patients with chronic illnesses like asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and diabetes
  • People who are very obese

Should I go the Emergency Room (ER) for the flu?

You should immediately go to the closest Emergency Room if you are experiencing:

  • Severe flu symptoms
  • Severe headache
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Coughing up yellow or green mucus

How can I fight the flu?

Read our article here about how to fight the flu.

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Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the videos is solely at your own risk.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

 

Thyroid Storm: What Everyone Should Know

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While a thyroid storm is rare, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms, especially if you or someone you know has hyperthyroidism. Everyone should know the causes, signs and symptoms of a thyroid storm. If you think someone you know if having a thyroid storm, go to an emergency room immediately.

 

thyroid stormCauses of a thyroid storm

Thyroid storm develops in people who have undiagnosed hyperthyroidism, or severely under-treated hyperthyroidism. It is marked by the extreme overproduction of the two hormones produced by the thyroid gland.

Some people with hyperthyroidism can have a thyroid storm after:

  • surgery
  • stroke
  • trauma
  • severe emotional distress
  • congestive heart failure
  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • pulmonary embolism

Symptoms of thyroid storm

Symptoms of a thyroid storm are sudden and severe. Sometimes the symptoms can be so extreme that people aren’t able to get help on their own. If anyone you know is having these symptoms, go to an emergency room immediately. People experiencing thyroid storm need immediate treatment, because it is life-threatening and get worse quickly.

  • Fast heart rate
  • High fever
  • Persistent sweating or dehydration
  • Palpitations, chest pain, and shortness of breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Shaking
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Anxiety, confusion, nervousness, or deliriousness
  • Stupor or unconsciousness

Prevent Thyroid Storm

If you have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, the best way to prevent a thyroid storm is to take your medications as instructed by your doctor. Go to all your appointments with your Endocrinologist, and get blood work orders when requested.

Disclaimer

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the videos is solely at your own risk.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

 

List of $4 Prescriptions at Wal-Mart

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Many patients are unaware of the $4 prescriptions available on many common medications. Please see our list below of all the prescriptions at Wal-Mart and other local pharmacies. (Some of the prescription medication prices range from $4-$9 for a 30-day supply.)

Note: These medications and prices on this list are subject to change. This list is current as of 1/10/2019. Please check here to see if your prescription medication or cost has changed.

Prescription $4 Wal-MartCholesterol

Atorvastatin 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Atorvastatin 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Atorvastatin 40mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Fenofibrate 145mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Gemfibrozil 600mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Simvastatin 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Simvastatin 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Simvastatin 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Diabetes

Glimepiride 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glimepiride 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glimepiride 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Glipizide 5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glipizide 10mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glipizide ER 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glipizide ER 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glipizide ER 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Glyburide/Metformin 2.5/500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Glyburide/Metformin 5/500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 500mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 850mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin 1000mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metformin ER 500mg
120 tablets
360 tablets
Metformin ER 750mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Pioglitazone 15mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pioglitazone 30mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pioglitazone 45mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24

Family Planning

Norethindrone 0.35mg
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24
Sprintec 28 Day
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24
Tri-Sprintec
28 tablets, $9
84 tablets, $24

Heart Health & Blood Pressure

Amoiodarone 200mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Amlodipine 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amlodipine 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amlodipine 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Atenolol 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Benazepril 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Benazepril 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Bisoprolol 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Carvedilol 3.125mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 6.25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 12.5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Carvedilol 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Cilostazol 50mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Cilostazol 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Clonidine 0.1mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clonidine 0.2mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clonidine 0.3mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Clopidogrel 75mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Digoxin 0.125mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Digoxin 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 30mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 60mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem 120mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Diltiazem ER (24 hour) 120mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Doxazosin 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 2mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 4mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Doxazosin 8mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Enalapril 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Furosemide 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Furosemide 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Furosemide 80mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydralazine 10mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydralazine 25mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydralazine 50mg
90 tablets
270 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Hydrochlorothiazide 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Indapamide 1.25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Indapamide 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Irbesartan 150mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Irbesartan 300mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Isosorbide Mononitrate ER 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Isosorbide Mononitrate ER 60mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lisinopril/HCTZ 20mg/25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Losartan/HCT 50/12.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Metoprolol ER 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Metoprolol ER 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Metoprolol Tartrate 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metoprolol Tartrate 50mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Metoprolol Tartrate 100mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Minoxidil 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ramipril 2.5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Ramipril 5mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Ramipril 10mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Torsemide 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Torsemide 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 37.5mg/25mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 37.5mg/25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets, $24
Triamterene/HCTZ 75mg/50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Valsartan/HCTZ 160/12.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Valsartan/HCTZ 160/25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 120mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 180mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Verapamil ER 240mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Warfarin 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 2.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 3mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 6mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 7.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Warfarin 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Mental Health

Amantadine 100mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Amitriptyline 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Amitriptyline 75mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Buspirone 5mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Buspirone 10mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Bupropion 75mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 150mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion ER/SR 200mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Bupropion XL 150mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Carbidopa/Levodopa 10/100mg
90 tablets, $9
270 tablets, $24
Carbidopa/Levodopa 25/100mg
90 tablets, $9
270 tablets, $24
Citalopram 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Citalopram 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Citalopram 40mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Divalproex DR 250mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Donepezil 5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Donepezil 10mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 30mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Duloxetine 60mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Escitalopram 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Fluoxetine 10mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Fluoxetine 20mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Fluoxetine 40mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Lamotrigine 25mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Lamotrigine 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Lamotrigine 150mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Lamotrigine 200mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levetiracetam 500mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Lithium Carbonate 300mg
60 capsules
180 capsules
Lithium Carbonate ER 300mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Lithium Carbonate ER 450mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24
Mirtazapine 15mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Mirtazapine 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Mirtazapine 45mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Nortriptyline 10mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Nortriptyline 25mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Nortriptyline 50mg
30 capsules
90 capsules
Olanzapine 2.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 7.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 10mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 15mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Olanzapine 20mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Oxcarbazepine 300mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Paroxetine 20mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Paroxetine 30mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Paroxetine 40mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.125mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 0.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Pramipexole 1.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Primidone 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Primidone 250mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 50mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 200mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Quetiapine 300mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Risperidone 0.25mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 0.5mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 2mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 3mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Risperidone 4mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Ropinirole 0.25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 0.5mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 1mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 2mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 3mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Ropinirole 4mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Sertraline 25mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Sertraline 100mg
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Topiramate 25mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 50mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 10mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Topiramate 200mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Trazodone 50mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trazodone 100mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trazodone 150mg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Trihexyphenidyl 2mg
60 tablets
180 tablets
Trihexyphenidyl 5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 37.5mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 75mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine 100mg
60 tablets, $9
180 tablets, $24
Venlafaxine ER 37.5mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Venlafaxine ER 75mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Venlafaxine ER 150mg
30 capsules, $9
90 capsules, $24
Zonisamide 50mg
60 capsules, $9
180 capsules, $24

Thyroid

 

Levothyroxine 25mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 50mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 75mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 88mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 100mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 112mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 125mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 137mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 150mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 175mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets
Levothyroxine 200mcg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Vitamins & Nutrition

Folbee
30 tablets, $9
90 tablets, $24
Folic Acid 1mg
30 tablets
90 tablets

Disclaimer

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.