While the staff at Urgent Care of Mercer County treat all sorts of illnesses and injuries, some are more common than others. Of those common diagnoses, some are quite preventable! Save yourself a headache – learn about some of the most common urgent care visits, and take these precautions to save yourself a trip.

Vaginal Yeast Infection

A vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is an imbalance of yeast in the vagina. Yeast is naturally occurring in the vagina; It’s only when the balance is thrown off that yeast begin to multiply and cause issues. The telltale signs of a yeast infection include vaginal itching, burning, and swelling. Although yeast infections involve the genitalia, it is not a sexually transmitted disease; you don’t have to be sexually active to get a yeast infection.

How To Prevent It:

Although most yeast infections are easily treated, the best medicine is still prevention! One of the simplest (but not necessarily easy) ways to avoid yeast infections is to keep excess sugar out of your diet. Yeast feeds off of sugar, and consuming too much makes it easy for yeast to multiply and cause infection. Similarly, if you’re a diabetic, make sure you keep your blood sugars within range. Many women also get yeast infections after taking a course of antibiotics prescribed by their doctor. Antibiotics can throw off the bacteria levels in the vagina, lessening the amount of good bacteria. Whenever your doctor prescribes you antibiotics, invest in probiotics to keep your levels balanced. It’s important to note that men can get yeast infections too by having unprotected intercourse with a woman who has candidiasis. Men should use protection, such as condoms, when having intercourse with a new partner to prevent yeast infections.

UTI

A UTI, or urinary tract infection, is an infection of some part of your urinary system. Common symptoms include a burning sensation while urinating, cloudy urine, or urine with blood. UTIs can be more menacing than some other equally common infections, as it can attack or spread to important organs like the kidneys. More commonly, UTIs can be successfully treated with a course of antibiotics. Women are more susceptible to UTIs than men, but it affects both genders. 

How To Prevent It:

This is one of those cases where you don’t want to ‘feel the burn’, as UTIs can be quite uncomfortable. For women, be sure to urinate and wash up after sexual intercourse. Bacteria can enter the urethra during intercourse, so if you practice anal sex, do it after vaginal intercourse – the bacteria found in the anus can cause a UTI if vaginal intercourse is performed following anal intercourse. Many women have sworn by cranberry juice for decades as a way to prevent (and allegedly even cure) urinary tract infections as well. A simple tip is to wipe front to back in the bathroom, to prevent bacteria from the anus from spreading to the vagina.

Pink Eye

Professionally known as conjunctivitis, pink eye is a very common and very contagious infection that causes a red or pink tint in the eye, hence its name. Common pink eye symptoms include red and irritated eyes, eye itchiness, discharge from the eyes, and watery eyes. While pink eye is typically easy to cure, it can spread to multiple people very fast.

How To Prevent It:

Let’s start with the prevention tip that may come naturally: wash your hands! Bacteria from your anus, mouth, and other parts of the body can cause conjunctivitis, meaning that if you wipe after a bowel movement and then touch your eye without washing your hands, you can contract pink eye. It’s good practice to avoid touching your eyes in general, as your hands come in contact with so many germs on a daily basis. Never share your eye cosmetics, like mascara and eyeshadow, no matter how much you love your bestie. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to clean them regularly and never share!

Illness Treatment in Hamilton & Trenton, NJ

These three common urgent care diagnoses may seem harmless enough, but no illness is a welcomed illness. Should you have any symptoms like the ones listed above, or need urgent care for any reason, let the expert physicians at Urgent Care of Mercer County take care of you. No appointment is needed; We welcome walk-in patients with open arms.