Prepare for Flu Season Now

October is right around the corner, and the holidays quickly following.  With kids back in school, and more opportunities to spend time with family and friends, now is the time to ensure that you and those around you are protected from flu. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.—so it’s important to get vaccinated now, before the flu begins circulating in our community.

According to the CDC; below are several examples of the benefits for flu shots:

  • Flu can be a serious illness, even for otherwise healthy children and adults. While most people will recover from flu without complications, anyone can experience severe illness, hospitalization, or death. Therefore, getting vaccinated is a safer choice than risking serious illness for yourself or those around you.
  • The flu vaccine CANNOT give you the flu. Flu shots do NOT contain flu viruses that could infect you and cause flu illness. Flu shots either contain flu vaccines viruses that have been “inactivated” (or killed) and therefore are not infectious, or they do not contain any flu vaccine viruses at all.
  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu. Flu vaccines can reduce your risk of illness, hospitalization.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also help protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Piedmont Urgent Care is available every day from 8AM -8PM to provide you and your family members a flu shot.  Not a patient of Piedmont Family Practice?  No problem.  All patients are welcome on walk-in availability basis.  Now is the time to receive your flu shot to be protected throughout the flu season.

Piedmont Urgent Care is located at 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101B, Warrenton, VA. “Walk-in Availability 8AM – 8PM Everyday with your Trusted Community Providers for the Expected, Unexpected and Everything in Between.”  540-347-5200

Labor Day –Why Do We Have the First Monday Off in September?

According to the Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

There is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.  Regardless of how proposed it, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

That’s how we came to having the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Piedmont Urgent Care is open and working to serve you today for;

  • Flu, Strep and Mono Tests
  • EKGs
  • Splinting sprains & strains
  • Laceration repairs
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Wound care
  • School & Sports Physicals
  • Child Wellness Check-ups
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Nebulizer treatments and more.

“Walk-in Availability 8AM – 8PM Everyday with your Trusted Community Providers for the Expected, Unexpected and Everything in Between.”

Happy 4th of July!

The providers and staff of Piedmont Family Practice and Urgent Care would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July.  Should you need medical assistance today, Piedmont Urgent Care is open from 8AM – 8PM with walk-in availability.  We hope everyone stays safe and healthy today!

With today’s heat, if you’re going to be outside for extended periods of time, please remember the following:

  • Wear plenty of sunscreen or if able, seek shade
  • Keep activities to a moderate level and increase rest periods
  • Drink plenty of water every 15 to 20 minutes
  • Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol
  • Water!  Water!  Water!

Enjoy good Food, Family, Friends and Fireworks!  Happy Independence Day!

Sports Physicals Available Everyday

Before your son or daughter is able to take part in team sports, they will need to have an updated sports physical.  Piedmont Urgent Care is open 7 days a week from 8AM – 8PM and can accommodate your child’s need for a sports physical.  Piedmont Urgent Care is here to assist you with your non-emergency medical needs when it’s convenient for you.  You can reach us at (540)347-5200.

Summertime and Ticks

Summer break is here, allowing us more time to spend outside.  Whether you like to play sports, lounge poolside, go camping and fishing, or explore new places, you need to protect yourself and your family from ticks.

How to protect yourself from ticks

  • When able, wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • If you are hiking in the woods, stay to the middle of walking paths.
  • Use an insect repellant that has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  These will also help prevent mosquito bites!
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, if possible. A natural alternative to repellents is to use oil of lemon eucalyptus.

After spending time outdoors, remember to check yourself and your family for ticks. Ticks are likely to be found on the legs, in the groin, in the armpits, along the hairline, and in or behind the ears. Deer ticks are very small, so look for new “freckles”.

What to do if you find a tick on yourself or someone else

If bitten by a tick, it’s important to remove the miniscule arachnid as soon as you can.

  • First, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible with clean tweezers. The closer to your skin you grasp the tick, the easier it will be to remove the head and the body of the tick in one piece.
  • Pull gently and slowly to remove the tick. If possible, save the tick in a container of alcohol to show your doctor.
  • Wash your hands and cleanse the bite with soap and warm water. Dry the bite, then dab with rubbing alcohol to prevent infection.

*NEVER use a match to get the tick to back out, as this can cause it to regurgitate infected fluids into the wound.

What to look out for after being bit by a tick

If the tick was removed without you knowing it, such as in the shower or random scratching, you might be left with only a small bite mark. Within three days of a tick bite, the most common identifying mark is a dime-sized red spot. This is caused by an allergic reaction to the tick’s saliva.

Tick bite marks can start off looking like any number of insect bites like a mosquito bite.  If you know you were bitten by a tick, draw a circle around the site of the bite with a ballpoint pen to record the original size. Keep an eye on the bite site for changes over the next 36-48 hours. If the size of the bite expands, becomes redder, or develops a raised appearance within that time, you should seek medical advice as this could be a sign of Lyme disease.

Piedmont Urgent Care is open every day from 8AM – 8PM with walk-in availability; no appointments are necessary.  Located at 493 Blackwell Road, Warrenton, VA.  Phone:  (540)347-5200.   Piedmont Urgent Care strives to provide top-notch care with minimal wait time for all of our patients, however; walk-in availability does create varying waiting times.   When you need non-emergency medical attention, Piedmont Urgent Care is available every day to address your medical concerns.

Is Urgent Care What I Need?

Maybe you’ve seen our ads, read our social media posts, and possibly have driven past Piedmont Urgent Care facility.  If you’re unsure of what Piedmont Urgent Care provides, here’s a quick synopsis.

Many people see their primary care physician when needed and view a hospital’s Emergency Room for emergencies.  What do you do when your primary care physician’s schedule is booked and you don’t feel your illness or injury is worth the time and money of an ER visit?  Piedmont Urgent Care is your happy medium option.

Piedmont Urgent Care is a medically equipped facility staffed with medical experts that can treat most emergencies.  The difference between the Emergency Room and Piedmont Urgent Care is that we do not have surgical units, cannot treat serious and life-threatening emergencies, heavy-duty medical requests like blood transfusions and any other requirement demanding intense anesthesia.

What can Piedmont Urgent Care treat?

  • Flu, Strep and Mono Tests
  • EKGs
  • Splinting sprains & strains
  • Laceration repairs
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Wound care
  • And so much more…

We can provide sports and school physicals, child wellness checkups, nebulizer treatments and other services when it’s convenient for you.  Our trusted community providers are available 8AM – 8PM every day with walk-in accessibility.  No appointments are needed to be seen and treated as quickly as possible to get you back to your normal routine.

When you seeing your primary care physician isn’t convenient and your illness or injury does not warrant a trip to the Emergency Room, come to Piedmont Urgent Care, 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101B, Warrenton, VA 20186, 8AM – 8PM Every Day.

Grand Opening March 15

Piedmont Family Practice is happy to announce the Grand Opening of Piedmont Urgent Care, formerly known as Family Docs on Call, on Thursday, March 15th at 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 101B, Warrenton, VA.

The Urgent Care facility is located next door to the Wound Care Center on the lower left level of the building.  Anyone in our community, regardless of being a prior patient of Piedmont Family Practice, is welcome to walk-in anytime between 8AM – 8PM to be seen by our trusted community providers.

Piedmont Urgent Care will be open everyday from 8AM – 8PM and will provide urgent care for injuries and illnesses, lab tests, x-rays, school, sports and employment physicals, as well as primary care for patients without a regular physician.

A private event will be held on Wednesday, March 14th for the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening.  Doors will open to the public on Thursday, March 15th.