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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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.  

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.

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
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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.

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

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 22 – 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is meant to help shatter myths surrounding drugs and alcohol and further educate people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use. Therefore, Five Star ER is sharing five common myths and misconceptions about drugs and alcohol.

MYTH: People with high a tolerance for alcohol can drink more and still be okay.

FACT: If you need to drink more to feel the same “buzz,” that is not a good thing! It means that the alcohol you drink is affecting your body negatively. You will still be getting drunk even if you don’t feel it. This means you will drink more and potentially cause more damage.

MYTH: Coffee sobers you up.

FACT: Coffee does not sober you up. The only thing that can sober a person who is under the influence or intoxicated is time. The caffeine in coffee can mask the feelings of drunkenness, but that does not mean you are still not drunk. Food has a similar effect, and can delay when you feel drunk, but it does not sober you.

MYTH: Beer doesn’t get you as drunk as hard liquor.

FACT: If you drink one ounce of beer compared to one ounce of hard liquor, this may be true. But 12 ounces of beer has the same alcoholic content as 5 ounces of wine and 1 ounce, or a shot, of hard liquor. It is important to pay attention to the size of your drink and the alcoholic content by volume (ACV). Some beers can have an ACV as high as 12% and will get you drunk much quicker. A mixed drink often has more than just 1 ounce of hard liquor, and will have a higher ACV.

MYTH: There’s no harm in trying drugs just once.

FACT: While this may be true for some people, it is not always the case. Trying drugs is always a gamble. You can become addicted to drugs from trying them just once. Depending on the drug, you could also overdose the first time you try it.

MYTH: People don’t have to go to the ER for being drunk.

FACT: Emergency room visits for alcohol intoxication have increased by more than 50% in the last decade. Not only are these visits more frequent, but the ER stays are lasting longer, too. Binge drinking is a problem for many Americans, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Five Star ER encourages everyone to drink responsibly. However, if an emergency arises you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Don’t Try a Fad Diet in 2018

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69 percent of fad diets failIf you’re like 21% of Americans, your new year’s resolution may be to lose weight or get in better shape. Those are great goals, but reports say only 9% of people who set resolutions for themselves felt they actually achieved them. One reason people won’t meet their 2018 health resolution is because they try a fad diet.

Fad diets are popular in the U.S., with the average American adult trying to implement a fad diet four times a year. However, 69% of fad diets fail, and 65% of people who lose weight on a fad diet gain it all back. Some popular fad diets today are the Keto-diet, which severely limits the amount of carbohydrates a person eats in a day; juice cleanses that replace meals with fresh squeezed juices; and Whole 30, which limits processed food and other types of food deemed unhealthy for 30 days.

If you have heard of, or tried, these diets you may have seen quick success, but may not have been able to keep the weight off. Erin Ippen, a registered dietician nutritionist, says fad diets only work because “they cause initial weight loss but are not sustainable and rarely lead to long-term weight loss. For low-carb diets specifically, they change the way you metabolize nutrients, so most weight loss is a result of water weight instead of fat loss.”

Some of these diets can also have serious health repercussions. “When you restrict certain food groups, you can miss out on essential nutrients, which can negatively affect your health,” Ippen advises. For example, the keto-diet limits your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are extremely important to the function of your body, because carbs are broken into glucose in the blood stream. Your brain, vital organs, and exercising muscle can only function with glucose in the blood stream. Without that glucose, your body makes alternate fuel sources, like ketones. Ketones occur in the blood when your body doesn’t have enough energy so it begins breaking down fats in the liver, then muscle, and causes your blood to become more acidic, and you are in a state of ketosis.

Ketosis occurs in people with anorexia, as well as diabetics with sustained high blood sugars, otherwise known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is very serious and requires immediate medical care. The keto-diet advertises ketosis as a healthy, metabolic state. They claim your body will adjust to a state of ketosis, but instead you can cause serious damage to your internal organs; prolonged ketosis can result in becoming unconscious, seizures and even death.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fruity breath, excessive thirst or urination, weakness, fatigue or nausea and vomiting you may be in ketosis and need immediate medical attention. If you are dieting and experience dizziness, lose consciousness or experience low blood sugar, you should also seek medical help.

If you are serious about losing weight in 2018, ditch the fad diets. They often cause more harm then good, and could even land you in the ER. Talk to a nutritionist to figure out a healthy weight loss plan for yourself, and make small changes over time so you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

How to Make Health a Priority: National Health Education Week

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October 16-20 is National Health Education Week! Five Star ER encourages everyone to take control of their well-being and learn new ways to improve their health. Knowledge is a proactive and powerful health tool, so here are five actionable ways to learn more about your health this week:

  1. Take a Healthy Cooking Class

An easy way to take control of your health is to learn to make healthy, homemade meals. An unhealthy diet contributes to over 650,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and can leads to diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Learning to make healthy meals that include lots of fresh, green vegetables and are low in fat can help keep you and your family in good shape and prevent obesity-related diseases.

  1. Learn your Family’s Medical History

Knowing your family’s medical history can help you learn more about your risk for certain diseases, and lead you to make healthy choices that may help prevent those same issues for yourself. If you can, the easiest way to learn your family’s health history is to talk to your family members, including extended family, for any illnesses they may have that can be hereditary like high blood pressure, cancers, and more. Be sure to write down any information so that you can refer to it later.

  1. Have an Annual Physical

An annual physical can often be the first step to learning what you may be at risk for, or what illnesses you may already have. Many insurance companies fully cover one physical a year with your primary care physician, and the annual physical can be an important tool in learning about your own health.

  1. Research any Current Diagnoses

If you are one of the 133 million Americans with a chronic condition, like diabetes, depression, or asthma you should be doing research to stay up-to-date on your condition. Through knowledge not only can you better advocate for yourself but many chronic illnesses are manageable with proper detection and treatment. When doing research, you should look to reputable websites and sources like government resources such as the National Institute of Health, or talk to your doctor.

  1. Learn What to do and Where to go in a Medical Emergency

Creating an emergency plan can help you be better prepared for any situation. You should have a plan which includes a kit with basic medical supplies, like band-aids and aspirin. You should also know the closest place to go to seek medical emergency care. Five Star ER offers on-site laboratories and diagnostic tests, like CT scans, so you can get answers faster. And with several Austin locations along major highways, Five Star ER is a great choice when emergencies happen. Learn where you closest Five Star ER location is here.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

 

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Don’t Bring Foodborne Illness to Your Next Get-Together

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If there is one thing Texans are known for, it’s BBQ and summer backyard get-togethers! But what many people don’t know is that the warmer weather can invite a lot of unwanted guests to your next cookout, picnic or outdoor party in the form of bacteria and foodborne illness. Yes, you read that right: foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. The reason why is twofold: (1) bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures, and (2) preparing food outdoors makes safe food handling more difficult.

“People think of burns and other grilling mishaps when they think of outdoor food emergencies this time of year, but in reality, emergency rooms see many patients during the summer who get sick from eating salads and other food that has been in the heat too long,” said Marysol Imler, RN, vice president of Five Star ER.

Cooking Outdoors

One challenge of cooking outdoors is the lack of safety controls that an indoor kitchen provides such as a refrigerator and a sink to wash hands and food. Foodborne bacteria grow fastest at temperatures between 90 and 110°F. During the summer months, the warmer temperatures and higher humidity are ideal for bacterial growth. This means that food items that are not properly cleaned, cooked or stored can lead to someone getting sick.

Before your next outdoor party, picnic, BBQ or camping trip, review these four simple steps to keep food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill.

Clean: Make sure your hands are clean and wash them often to prevent the spread of germs!

  • If possible, wash hands under running water for at least 20 seconds using warm water and plenty of soap.
  • If a sink is not available (say you’re camping), bring water for preparation and cleaning or pack clean, wet, disposable washcloths, moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.

Separate: Keep raw and cooked foods away from each other! Improper handling of food, kitchen tools and surfaces can cause microorganisms to transfer from raw to cooked food. Cross-contamination during preparation, grilling, and serving food is a prime cause of foodborne illness.

  • Use separate plates and utensils to keep foods separate.
  • When packing items in a cooler, use bags/wrap to keep raw meats and their juices from coming into contact with other foods.

Cook: Use a thermometer to prevent foodborne illness. Food safety experts agree that food is safely cooked when it is heated for a long enough time and at a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Using a food thermometer is the only way to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, seafood and egg products.

  • Cook all raw meats and poultry to the minimum safe internal temperatures:
    • Poultry (whole, pieces & ground): 165 °F /74 °C
    • Ground meats: 160 °F /71 °C
    • Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts & chops): 145 °F /63 °C

Chill: Foods left out and not stored properly are a breeding ground for bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

  • Cold, refrigerated, perishable foods like luncheon meats, cooked meats, chicken, and potato or pasta salads should be kept in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice, ice packs or containers of frozen water.
  • Consider packing canned beverages in one cooler, and perishable food in another cooler, because the beverage cooler may be opened frequently causing the temperature inside of the cooler to fluctuate and become unsafe.
  • While driving, keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car. Once outside, place it in the shade or out of the sun whenever possible.
  • Preserve the cold temperature of the cooler by replenishing the ice as soon as it starts to melt.

 

Friends, family and food: nothing is better and more fun than summer get-togethers! But if things end up a little less than fun, we’re here to help. We’ll get you in and out and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us! Find the Five Star ER location nearest you.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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