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

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.

Our Top Myths about Donating Blood

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Our Top Myths about Donating Blood

Do you believe myth number 8?

January is National Blood Donation Month. Check out our top seven myths about donating blood.

blood donation mythsNumber 1

Myth: Blood banks can stockpile blood.

Fact: 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.

Number 2

Myth: The best time to donate blood is in times of crisis.

Fact: 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.

Number 3

Myth: Age is a deterrent to blood donation.

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

Number 4

Myth: When there is a requirement, blood can be manufactured.

Fact: Blood is not something that can be manufactured. It can only come from healthy human beings.

Number 5

Myth: Giving blood is time consuming.

Fact: The time taken for a single donation session is normally not more than an hour or so. We’ve put together a list places to donate blood in Austin, so you can find a location closer to you. Check it out here.

Number 6

Myth: Being a vegetarian, means that the blood does not have enough iron and cannot be donated.

Fact: Vegetarians can donate blood. The iron needed is taken from body stores and once a balanced diet is maintained is replaced after donation. This usually normally takes a month or so.

Number 7

Myth: There is limited blood in the body and it is unhealthy to give some away.

Fact: Only about 350-450ml of blood is taken during a donation session. There is enough blood in the body to donate it without any ill effects. The body makes new blood after donation.

Number 8

Myth: Giving blood hurts.

Fact: You may be soreness where the needle was inserted.  However, this is a reminder of how you helped save a life.

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.

 

 

 

 

Donate Blood in Austin: List of Locations to Donate

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January is National Blood Donation Month – donate your blood this month. We’ve put together a list of locations to donate blood in Austin and the surrounding areas.

LIST OF LOCATIONS TO DONATE BLOOD IN AUSTIN

  • SOUTH AUSTIN We Are Blood 3100 W. Slaughter Lane Austin, TX 78748
  • NORTH LAMAR We Are Blood 4300 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
  • ROUND ROCK We Are Blood 2132 N. Mays, Suite 900 Round Rock, TX 78664

 

 

Blood donation locations in Austin, Texas.

REASONS TO DONATE BLOOD:

  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
  • Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds.
  • For example, hospitals need more than 110,000 units of blood, platelets and plasma each year.
  • Donated blood expires in 42 days.
  • Donated platelets expire in 5 days.
  • In your lifetime you will likely need a transfusion of blood, platelets or plasma.
  • One pint of blood can help save up to 3 lives.
  • Four million Americans would die each year without life-saving transfusions.
  • Trauma-related injuries use 45 units of blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 units.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • Many cancer patients need blood donations during their chemotherapy treatment.

BLOOD PLASMA DONATION SERVICES:

  • AIRPORT BPL Plasma 5789 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
  • NORTH EAST BioLife Plasma Services 14415 Owen-Tech Blvd, Austin, TX 78728

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.

This blog content from Five Star ER 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 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.

 

 

Top Safety Tips When Buying Holiday Toys

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Best Advice to Buy Kid-Friendly, Safe Presents

When buying toys this holiday season, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. Here are our top tips when purchasing gifts.

1. Purchase age-appropriate toys.

Read the labels on toy packages to decide if the toy is safe for a child’s age. Make sure the label says the toy is nontoxic—especially if the child is prone to putting things in their mouth.

2. Look for potential hazards.

For instance, loud toys can damage a child’s hearing. Watch for dangling strings or ribbons that can cause strangulation, and remove any hazards if the gift is for a young child. While small toy pieces are okay for older children, they pose a choking hazard for young children, especially children three years and under.

3. Think twice about flying toys.

Toys that shoot things into the air may injure eyes or be choking hazards.

4. For young kids, avoid toys that need to be plugged in.

It’s best to stick with battery-powered toys for younger children. Always keep any button-sized batteries away from younger kids, which could be very dangerous when swallowed.

5. Beware of high powered magnets.

High-powered magnet sets are typically marketed towards adults and contain safety warnings about their risks. However, these super-strong magnetic balls can be attractive to children, and incredibly dangerous if swallowed.

6. Don’t forget the helmets!

If you’re buying a riding toy, bike, scooter, or other similar toy, include the safety gear. There are great helmets geared towards kids.

Read our other toy safety tips here, and our safety tips for decorating with Christmas lights 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.

 

Most Common Health Issue Googled by Each State

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Frequent health concerns searched in Texas

Most common health issues googled by state.

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look and see what Americans googled most this year. According to a study by Medicare Health Plans, we’re not only able to see the most searched health issues, but we can look at the topics broken down by each state.

What’s the most common health concern googled overall? ADHD, or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD also happens to be the most frequently searched health topic in Texas.

Curious about the rest of the country? Check out the list below.

  1. Alabama — pneumonia
  2. Alaska — UTI
  3. Arizona — Hashimoto’s disease
  4. Arkansas — endometriosis
  5. California — syphilis
  6. Colorado — syphilis
  7. Connecticut — quarter-life crisis
  8. District of Columbia — HIV/AIDS
  9. Delaware — hypertension
  10. Florida — HIV/AIDS
  11. Georgia — syphilis
  12. Hawaii — Hashimoto’s disease
  13. Idaho — Escherichia coli
  14. Illinois — syphilis
  15. Indiana — ADHD
  16. Iowa — binge drinking
  17. Kansas — diabetes
  18. Kentucky — hepatitis A
  19. Louisiana — HIV/AIDS
  20. Maine — rabies
  21. Maryland — ADHD
  22. Massachusetts — ADHD
  23. Michigan — endometriosis
  24. Minnesota — hemorrhoids
  25. Mississippi — genital herpes
  26. Missouri — ADHD
  27. Montana — hypertension
  28. Nebraska — anorexia
  29. Nevada — skin cancer
  30. New Hampshire — ADHD
  31. New Jersey — breast cancer
  32. New Mexico — PTSD
  33. New York — breast cancer
  34. North Carolina — ADHD
  35. North Dakota — ear infection
  36. Ohio — syphilis
  37. Oklahoma — diabetes
  38. Oregon — HIV/AIDS
  39. Pennsylvania — syphilis
  40. Rhode Island — lupus
  41. South Carolina — endometriosis
  42. South Dakota — insomnia
  43. Tennessee — strep throat
  44. Texas — ADHD
  45. Utah — Hashimoto’s disease
  46. Vermont — opioid use disorder
  47. Virginia — ADHD
  48. Washington — body dysmorphia
  49. West Virginia — porn addiction
  50. Wisconsin — ADHD
  51. Wyoming — flu

When emergencies happen, you want the best care fast. Five Star ER is open 24/7 to take care of you.

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

Ice Skating Rinks in Austin & Ice Skating Tips to Avoid Injury

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Ice Skating is a time honored tradition during the winter months. Before you go, read our safety tips. We’ve also included a list of local ice skating rinks in Austin, Texas. Check it out below. Happy skating!

General Safety Tips

  • Be aware of the blades on the skates, especially while putting your ice skates on and off.
  • Before you step on the ice, look for the direction everyone else is moving (clockwise or counter-clockwise.)
  • Remember that everyone has different skill levels. Be aware of your surroundings, and be respectful of other skater.
  • If you’ve never been ice skating before, or it’s been a long time since you’ve been on the ice, take a  lesson or two to get comfortable with the basics. (More on this below.)

tips to avoid injury ice skatingWhat to Wear

  • Dress for the conditions. If you’re going to an outdoor rink, check the weather and wear the appropriate clothing items.
  • Even if you’re skating indoors, you should consider wearing a hat and gloves. Remember that the ice on the rinks is very cold.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Lace your ice skates appropriately – skates should be snug to help you keep your balance, but not too tight.
  • Beginner skaters of all ages should wear a helmet.

Be Sure your Skates Fit Well

  • Always make sure the ice skates fit you properly.
  • Ask for another size or different skates if you feel uncomfortable.  
  • Your feet and ankles must be supported correctly to prevent twisted ankles or blisters.

Take an Ice Skating Lesson

  • During lessons, you will learn how to fall correctly to avoid injury.
  • For example, you’ll learn to fall backwards instead of forwards because this lowers the chance of injuring your head or wrists.
  • Get comfortable with the basics before trying more complicated moves such as jumping, spinning, or skating backward.

List of Public Ice Skating Rinks in Austin

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Best Tips to Avoid a Trip to the Emergency Room this Holiday Season

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The last thing you want to do during the holidays is to have an emergency. However, many people end up in the emergency room for reasons related to holiday decorating. Check out our best tips to avoid a trip to the ER this holiday season.

Tips to Avoid Falls

Did you know that one of the most common reasons people end up in the ER during the holidays is from falling off ladders while decorating? Falling off ladders can cause lacerations, sprains, or more serious injuries like broken bones.

  • Make sure all ladders are on level ground and sturdy enough to hold your weight, plus the weight of any decorations you are carrying.
  • Make sure your  ladder is at least three feet taller than where you will be hanging items, so you do not have to climb to the top of the ladder or over-extend yourself.
  • The ladder should also be at least three feet higher than your roof line.
  • Always have someone spot you and help hold the ladder steady to increase stability and safety.

Tips Stay Safe Hanging Holiday Lights_CropTips to Avoid Fires

  • Do not place any trees (real or artificial) near fireplaces, radiators or other heat sources; this is a major fire hazard.
  • Even if a tree is labeled as “flame retardant” or “flame resistant,” it can still catch on fire.
  • Water real trees often to help reduce the risk of trees drying out and catching fire.

Tips to Avoid Electric Shock

  • Check all of your holidays lights for any damage, like frayed wires, cracked sockets, or loose connections.
  • Throw away any damaged lights because this can start an electrical fire – they shouldn’t be used.
  • While replacing any bulbs in your lights, always unplug the lights first to reduce the risk of electrocution.

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Five Star ER is open 24/7 to take care of you.

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Why Cleaning Your Fridge can Improve Your Health

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How does a clean, organized refrigerator relate to our general wellness? 

Today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Yes. It’s an actual day.) We collaborated with Erin Mursch, the owner of Organized for Good. She’s a professional home organizer based in Austin, Texas, and she sharing her advice on how to clean and organize your refrigerator. But before we know how to properly organize our fridge, we have to know why cleaning your fridge can improve your health.

Healthy Fridge means a Healthy Body

The food we put in our bodies directly impacts all aspects of our health. We all know this, but it’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives and develop unhealthy eating habits. On days like today, we need to take a step back, clean out our fridge, and remind ourselves how important it is to take care of our bodies.
Need a reminder? Let’s start with one of the most important organs in our body — the heart. Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in America — nearly 610,000 people die of heart disease every year. (That’s 1 in every 4 deaths.) A diet that’s high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease. On the other hand, eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. You can lower your chances for heart disease by maintaining a healthy diet. Remember that the best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health.
Clean Organized Refrigerator Healthy Food

Avoid Cross-Contamination

As you are cleaning out your fridge, remember to keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge. This avoids cross-contamination, which can help protect you and your family from food poisoning.

How to Organize your Fridge

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? Does that seriously need a holiday?” I thought the exact same thing. But after further reflection, cleaning out the fridge is one of those things that doesn’t get done precisely because it doesn’t have an official day. Have you noticed that the little tasks you can take care of any time are the things that we never seem to get around to? We’re so busy, we have to carve out time in our schedules for literally everything. So today, I invite you to take the time to slow down and remove this from your mental to do list. Do it the right way, and it will feel like such a relief. Plus, with the holidays just around the corner, you’ll be glad you made space and took inventory of what you need to use up before the ice box is stocked with turkey and stuffing.

Naturally, as a Certified KonMari Consultant, my approach to cleaning out the refrigerator is inspired by the Queen of TIdy herself, Marie Kondo. Here is how to KonMari your fridge in 7 simple steps:

1. Commit to tidying your fridge.

Every journey begins with a single step, so decide that today is the day your fridge gets cleaned out, and affirm it. I’d block at least 30-40 minutes for this project. Less if there’s not much in there, more if it’s totally stuffed. If you share a fridge with others in your household, communicate your plans to them and get them involved if possible.

2. Envision your goal.

Take a moment to visualize your tidy fridge, full of all the things that you want to be eating as part of your healthy lifestyle. Imagine the fresh, crisp air, and the bright, white clean surfaces inside your beautifully organized fridge. That’s what we’re aiming for.

3. Take everything out & categorize.

Yes, remove everything from the fridge. This will allow you to see and personally handle each item currently taking up real estate in the fridge.

One of the KonMari Method fundamentals is to tidy by category, not location. So rather than randomly placing your fridge contents wherever they happen to land, group items by category and place them along your countertops, table, or other clean kitchen surface.

dressings and condiments
fruits
vegetables
beverages
eggs
meats and cheeses
leftovers
hummus, yogurt, other tubs and jars
other

4. Discard.

First, take a broad view of your fridge contents. Which are the largest categories? Does anything surprise you? Are you eating in accordance with your vision for your ideal healthy lifestyle? Don’t judge yourself, just notice. Then, get to work.

The next KonMari Fundamental we’ll apply to our refrigerator is to finish discarding first, and to decide what to keep by asking whether it sparks joy. Category by category, examine each item, check expiration dates and ask yourself if you truly want to consume it.

Food waste is no joke. If there is food that is still edible, see if anyone you know wants it before trashing it. If it’s ready to eat, offer it to a homeless person. My dog is another worthy recipient of scraps, so if you have pets, that’s an option too. Then, any remaining food waste that is unwanted or past its prime should be composted, and containers rinsed out and recycled. (Learn about Austin’s curbside composting program here.)

5. Clean out.

Now it’s time to truly clean out the fridge. Wipe down the shelves, crisper drawers and door compartments with a vinegar cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and water and add 6-10 drops of essential oils for a great smell. I change up the essential oils by season- my favorite blends for the kitchen are pink grapefruit with lemongrass & sweet orange, or rosemary with cinnamon & peppermint. There are a lot of wonderful natural and great smelling products out there if you’re not into DIY, but since this is where we store our food, I avoid using bleach and other strong industrial chemicals. If you want to next level your natural DIY, check out Bon Appetit’s citrus vinegar cleaner.

6. Assign a home to each food category.

Wipe down containers when you return them so sticky bottles don’t muck up your clean surfaces. Where you decide to place each category depends on the design of your fridge, but use your best judgement to match the shape of each type of container to the best available space. Keep what you use most often in the easiest to get to zones. And here is a super specific guide to the best way to store your fruits and vegetables to maximize their freshness and taste.

Remove unattractive packaging and face labels towards the front so you can quickly see what it is. If you want to corral items that tumble over easily, opt for clear bins like these from Container Store. In this space, it’s important to see everything you have so food doesn’t get forgotten and go bad.

7. Maintain.

What good is a clean fridge if it doesn’t last? First, if you share your fridge, communicate your organization system and get on the same page about where items need to be returned after each use. If you notice leaky containers, swap them out immediately, and clean up spills as they happen — it doesn’t get easier once things evaporate and get sticky. Maybe invest in glass storage containers so your tupperware woes can be a thing of the past while you’re at it.

Finally, make a habit of inventorying your fridge every week before grocery shopping. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry, and know what you have so you don’t buy more than you can eat. You’ll save food waste and money. There are all sorts of apps for shopping lists, but I use a post it. Do what makes the most sense to you.

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Diabetic Emergency: How to Save Someone’s Life

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Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association,  2015 alone, nearly 79,535 people died from diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes can quickly turn into a diabetic emergency. Therefore, it’s important to how to save someone’s life by following the simple steps below.

 

diabetic patient checking blood pressure doctor nurseHyperglycemia – Blood sugar level is too high

Signs & Symptoms in a diabetic emergency:

  • increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach pain
  • Fruity breath odor
  • A very dry mouth
  • A rapid heartbeat

Hypoglycemia – Blood sugar level is too low

Signs & Symptoms during a diabetic emergency:

  • Shakiness or nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion

Very extreme cases can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures and coma.

What to Do if Someone is Having a Diabetic Emergency

It’s important to assess the situation because a diabetic emergency can be caused by two very different reasons. If the person is unconscious or unresponsive, always call 9-1-1 first. However, if the person is responsive, you can help them to test their blood sugar. This will help determine the right kind of help to offer. Low blood sugar is generally considered anything less than 80 mg/dl. A high blood sugar varies, but if the glucose meter says 250 mg/dl or above, it is considered high.

High Blood Sugar Reaction

If a diabetic is having a high blood sugar reaction, do NOT give the person any food because it could worsen the situation. More importantly, get them to an Emergency Room near you, as quickly as possible. They will be given the proper medical treatment to safely lower their blood sugar.

Low Blood Sugar Reaction

If someone is having a low blood sugar reaction, give them fast-acting carbohydrates to eat or drink. This could be juice, fruits, or soda. (Many times, diabetics will carry such food with them in case of a diabetic emergency.) Wait with the person and have them continue to test their blood sugar every 10 minutes.

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