• A Patient’s Guide to Allergy Skin Testing

    Have you been suffering from watery eyes, sneezing, or hives? If so, then you may be affected by allergies, for which your primary care physician in Atlanta may recommend allergy skin testing. Keep reading to learn about this type of test and what you can expect. allergy - testing

    Why It’s Done

    One of the most important steps toward managing your allergies is understanding what’s causing them. It’s for this reason that doctors often advise their patients to take an allergy skin test. Skin testing allows your doctor to test you for many different allergens in a single clinic appointment.

    How It Works

    Allergy skin testing uses concentrated, liquid forms of some of the most common allergens, such as animal dander, mold, pollen, dust mites, and some foods. When these allergens get under your skin, they may trigger a rash that causes it to itch and become irritated. This process happens when you’re exposed to something that you’re allergic to, and your immune system produces antibodies and chemicals that attempt to fight off the aggravating substance. It’s this reaction that informs your doctor that you’re allergic to a particular allergen.

    What to Expect

    There are 3 primary types of allergy skin tests. During the first, called a scratch test, a nurse or doctor will clean your skin with alcohol, label different areas of your skin with a pen, and then place a drop of each allergen extract on your skin according to the labels. Then, your skin is gently scratched to let the allergen through the skin’s outer layer. Intradermal allergy skin testing involves injecting a small amount of a suspected allergen slightly under the skin. Finally, a patch test may be performed, which involves wearing a patch with the allergen on your back or arm.

    When You’ll Get Your Results

    Scratch and intradermal tests are usually completed in a one-hour clinic appointment, during which your doctor can inform you of what allergens your skin reacted to. Patch tests typically take about 48 hours and are often used to test for delayed reactions.

  • Chancroid: Its Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

    Doctors near Atlanta who offer STD testing and treatment see a broad range of sexually transmitted diseases, and one of the less common ones is called chancroid. Continue reading to learn about this condition’s causes, symptoms, and treatments. STD - chanchroid

    Causes

    Chancroid is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that’s caused by the Haemophilus ducreyi bacteria. This disease isn’t diagnosed too often in STD testing clinics in the United States, but it’s more commonly seen in Africa and Southwest Asia. Most people who receive this diagnosis in the US have traveled to areas where chancroid is more common.

    Symptoms

    After becoming infected with chancroid, a person will develop a small bump on his or her genitals in 1 day to 2 weeks. Within a day after the bump first appears, it will progress to an ulcer that can be 1/8” to 2” in diameter. This ulcer is soft, painful, has sharply defined borders, and has a base that bleeds easily and is covered by a gray or yellow-gray material. Men often have just 1 ulcer, while women tend to have 4 or more. In men, common locations for the ulcer include the scrotum, foreskin, and head, opening, or shaft of the penis. In women, the labia majora are the most common locations for the chancroid ulcers, but they can also develop on the labia minora, the perineal area, or on the inner thighs.

    Treatments

    To diagnose chancroid, your doctor will examine the ulcer or ulcers, check your lymph nodes for swelling, and perform STD testing to rule out other possible diseases because there is no blood test available for chancroid. If you’re diagnosed with a chancroid infection, then you will be prescribed an antibiotic. Also, any swollen lymph nodes may need to be drained using a syringe or local surgery. It’s possible for chancroid to resolve on its own, but treatment with antibiotics can help the lesions heal more quickly and reduce scarring.

  • What to Expect from an Abscess Incision and Drainage

    Abscesses are infected pockets of tissue and pus that accumulate under the skin. They almost always require drainage to resolve the infection and prevent it from recurring. Because abscesses typically become progressively worse and can cause a more dangerous infection if they are left untreated, it is important to seek urgent care if you think you have one. Here is a look at what you can expect from the abscess drainage procedure.  Abscess - incision

    Pain Control

    Most people who seek abscess incision do so because the abscess is painful. In some cases, the physician at the urgent care facility may recommend that you receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the abscess. Some abscesses are resistant to anesthesia, and the inflammation can make the numbing injections more painful than they are normally. For this reason, some people may opt to have the abscess opened without anesthesia or to take a sedative before the procedure. Your physician will review all of your options and help you make the right choice for you.

    Incision and Drainage

    Your physician will make a small incision in the abscess, which allows the pus inside to begin to drain out. For many people, pain relief is immediate. Because the incision can close up before the drainage is complete, a small drainage tube may be placed at the site to keep it open, or it may be packed with bandages to prevent it from closing before the drainage is complete. If the abscess is not drained completely, it could come back.

    Drain Removal

    You will need to return to the urgent care facility to have the drain or packing removed within a day or two of the incision procedure. Your physician will advise you when to return and what kind of aftercare you may need.

    Perimeter Clinic provides walk-in urgent care treatments for everything from abscesses to stomach bugs. Get on the road to wellness as soon as possible when you need care by visiting us for your non-emergency urgent care needs in Atlanta. You can learn more by calling (678) 904-5611.

  • The Basics of Pubic Lice

    Pubic lice, sometimes called crabs, are usually transmitted through sexual contact. If you suspect you have pubic lice, you can easily get diagnosed and treated at an urgent care clinic. Often, if you have pubic lice, your physician may recommend that you get STD testing to ensure that you do not have another sexually transmitted infection.

    Pubic lice can be present around the genitals in the form of an egg called a nit, a small crab-like louse called a nymph, or a fully grown adult louse that looks like larger crab than the nymph. Pubic lice survive by feeding on blood, and they can cause itching and irritation around the genitals. Some people only discover they have pubic lice when they actually see nits or crawling lice. Although most cases of pubic lice are spread through sexual contact, in some cases, they can spread through sharing a towel or bed linens with an affected person.

    If you think that you have pubic lice, don’t delay treatment. Perimeter Clinic in Atlanta offers walk-in urgent care so you can get a fast diagnosis and begin treatment. You can find out more about our urgent care clinic by calling (678) 904-5611.

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  • Your Blood Pressure: Understanding the Numbers

    One of the most important indicators of overall health is your blood pressure. Every time you see a medical provider, whether you are having a physical with your primary care physician or seeking urgent care for an emergent need, you will have your blood pressure taken. Here is what your blood pressure says about your health.

    Blood pressure readings are expressed as two numbers: your systolic pressure over your diastolic pressure measured in mm Hg. Normal blood pressure is below 120 over below 80mm Hg. If your numbers are over 125 over 95 or more, then you have high blood pressure. The higher those numbers become, the more at risk you are for heart disease and stroke. Your physician may recommend blood pressure medication if your high readings persist. If you seek urgent care and your blood pressure is significantly elevated, it could indicate that your body is under stress in some way or that you are experiencing a heart crisis.

    Your primary care physician at Perimeter Clinic in Atlanta can help you manage your blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medications as needed. Call us today at (678) 904-5611 to make an appointment for a physical or to learn more about our walk-in primary care services.

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  • What You Need to Know About Traveler’s Diarrhea

    One of the unfortunate side effects of traveling can be the dreaded Montezuma’s revenge, or traveler’s diarrhea. Although there is no specific travel vaccination that can protect you from traveler’s diarrhea, there are things you can do to avoid it. Watch this video to learn more.

    Traveler’s diarrhea is frequently caused by infectious organisms found in water and food. You can dramatically reduce your risk of exposure by following safety protocols. Undercooked meat and fish, tap water, ice made with tap water, and fruits and vegetables washed with contaminated water are all common culprits. Be careful about where you eat, peel any fruits and veggies you eat, drink bottled or canned drinks, and order beverages without ice. Wash your hands frequently.

    At Perimeter Clinic , in addition to urgent care, we offer travel medicine at our walk-in clinics in Atlanta to help you stay healthy when you go abroad. Find out more about travel vaccinations and our other services by calling (678) 904-5611.

  • Understanding Occupational Health

    Occupational health is concerned with the relationship between work and overall health. Having an active approach to occupational health can help employees and employers alike minimize absences and perform more efficiently. A robust workers’ compensation plan that involves a relationship with a walk-in clinic can be an important part of an overall occupational health program.

    Watch this video to learn more about occupational health and its importance in the workplace. Investing in employees’ health and ensuring that nothing in the work environment compromises the well-being of employees will reduce workers’ comp claims and improve the company’s productivity.

    For workers’ compensation cases , Perimeter Clinic offers the convenience of walk-in care by providers who are experienced in these kinds of cases. We’re committed to treating workers and getting them back on the job fast. For more information about our urgent care clinic in Atlanta, call (678) 904-5611.

  • Baby Care: What to Expect at Your First Few Doctor Visits

    Frequent doctor visits are a part of life for new parents. A pediatrics primary care provider will see your baby at regular intervals throughout the first year of his or her life to ensure that your little one is developing as expected and that he or she gets the necessary vaccinations. Here is a look at what you can expect the first few times you take your baby to a pediatrics primary care doctor. baby - doctor

    Tracking Weight and Height

    Keeping track of how your baby is growing is an important part of pediatrics care, especially during these first few visits. The doctor will ensure that your child is gaining weight and growing as expected and not either gaining and growing too much or too little. If your child does show signs of falling outside of the expected range for growth and weight gain, then your doctor will try to determine why with further tests or by recommending changes to your child’s eating schedule.

    Discussing Developmental Milestones

    Your baby’s primary care doctor will ask you questions about developmental milestones he or she expects your little one to meet at specific times, from holding his or her own head up to engaging in eye contact or babble with you. As with growth, there are certain benchmarks that are usually met by babies with specific age windows. If your baby doesn’t meet them, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong, but it may mean that the doctor will try to find out why.

    Answering Your Questions

    For new parents, these first few visits are often filled with questions about the best way to care for their babies. Your baby’s doctor will expect and welcome all of your queries and can offer valuable advice, not to mention peace of mind.

    Perimeter Clinic near Atlanta is pleased to offer primary care for patients of all ages. Get walk-in urgent care when you need it, or schedule an appointment for a physical for yourself or your child by calling (678) 904-5611.