Hiking Safety: When to Go to Urgent Care for Poison Ivy Treatment
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by ClearChoiceMD
1M ago
The Northeast is rich in natural beauty. Whether you’re hiking, walking on trails, camping, or just enjoying the great outdoors, it’s important to be aware of poison ivy and know what to do if you develop a rash. Many rashes are mild and can be cared for at home. Some may be more severe; in this case, visiting urgent care for poison ivy treatment is a good choice. Knowing when to see a doctor for treatment is essential. If you are experiencing a rash and have the following complications, you should visit urgent care: Your rash is severe or spread over large areas of your body. Your rash is s ..read more
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Bee Season is Here: When to Go to Urgent Care for a Bee Sting
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by ClearChoiceMD
1M ago
With bee season upon us, it is important to know what to do if you or a family member is stung. For most, bee stings are a minor annoyance. For some, the reaction to a sting can be more severe. For others, it can be life-threatening. ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care can provide excellent care for many bee stings. If you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, call 911 and get to an emergency room. A severe reaction—sometimes called anaphylaxis—is characterized by the following symptoms: Swelling of your neck, face, or mouth. Lightheadedness. Fainting. Seizures. Loss of consciousness. Difficult ..read more
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Recreational Water Illness: How Urgent Care Can Help
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by ClearChoiceMD
2M ago
As we head into the warmer months, we in the Northeast love to enjoy longer days in the outdoors. But as beach days and trips to the pool begin to fill our calendars again, it is important to keep safety in mind while having fun in the sun. One potential risk to be aware of is recreational water illnesses (RWI). Recreational water illness is caused by ingesting small pathogens—bacteria or viruses—from contaminated water, including pools, lakes, oceans, rivers, and hot tubs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2015 and 2019, 208 outbreaks of recreational ..read more
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ClearChoice MD Staff Spotlight: Daniel Joseph, Physician Assistant
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by carewellucdev
3M ago
At ClearChoice MD, we’re on a mission to provide exceptional urgent care for our communities while supporting our outstanding team members. Our staff spotlights are an opportunity to introduce you to the providers and clinical staff who make our mission of excellent care a reality. In this spotlight, we focus on Daniel Joseph, PA. Meet Daniel Joseph, PA Daniel has provided exceptional care to our patients in Vermont for three years. When not seeing patients, he can be found enjoying life in Vermont. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, traveling, backpacking, working on his farm, and spendin ..read more
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ClearChoice MD Staff Spotlight: Brandy Hall, Nurse Practitioner
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by carewellucdev
3M ago
At ClearChoice MD, we are on a mission to provide exceptional care to the communities we serve. Our providers and staff members provide excellent care and do so with compassion and dedication. Our staff spotlights enable us to introduce our outstanding staff. This spotlight focuses on Brandy Hall, Nurse Practitioner and Lead Provider. Meet Brandy Hall, NP Brandy earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Rivier University in New Hampshire and became certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). She practiced as an NP for four years before joining ClearChoice MD, where she has cared for p ..read more
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A Culture of Caring
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by carewellucdev
5M ago
At ClearChoiceMD, our mission is to provide our communities affordable, compassionate, exceptional patient care. After practicing emergency medicine for over 20 years, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care’s founder, President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marcus Hampers saw an abundance of overcrowding in the emergency room for non-life-threatening illness and injury. With this observation, he saw an opportunity to offer affordable, high-quality care in an alternative setting. As a result, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care opened its first center located in Berlin, VT in 2014 and as of 2021 has grown to inclu ..read more
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When to Visit Urgent Care If you Think You Have RSV
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by Lynne Turmel
1y ago
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has overwhelmed hospitals over the past few months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says cases may have finally peaked in New England and other parts of the country. That’s good news, but it’s not time to let your guard down yet. RSV is still out there, plus influenza is rampant across the United States, and the CDC is monitoring an uptick in COVID-19 cases as well. All three respiratory viruses are highly contagious and share many of the same symptoms making it difficult to tell the viruses apart. In the second in our series of blogs on r ..read more
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8 Ways to Boost Your Immune System
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by Lynne Turmel
1y ago
News of a possible tridemic – or tripledemic – has dominated the news in recent weeks. Pediatric units across the country are faced with an alarming surge of children hospitalized with respiratory synctyial virus, more commonly known as RSV, and influenza. This surge comes as COVID-19 cases are starting to rise as well. So, how do you stay healthy with so many germs circulating? To answer that question, it’s important to understand the role the immune system plays. Your immune system is responsible for defending your body against infection and disease. It fights everything from cold and flu vi ..read more
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October Is No Cost Flu Shot Month
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by Lynne Turmel
1y ago
Influenza is already circulating in parts of the country making now the best time to get your flu shot. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, flu season has been relatively mild, but the reprieve may be over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns of a potentially severe flu season ahead. Flu experts look to the Southern Hemisphere to predict what will happen in the Northern Hemisphere. Australia just had one of its worst flu seasons in years. And, here in the United States, influenza is already spreading across parts of the country. In a typical year, the CDC estimates ..read more
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Quidel Rapid Lyme Disease Tests Now Available in all ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care Centers
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by Samantha Hosking
2y ago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 476,000 people across the country contract Lyme disease each year. The Northeast has had some of the highest incidences of Lyme in the U.S. in recent years, and that trend is likely to continue as tick season begins earlier and earlier due to warmer winters. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of the blacklegged tick, commonly known as deer ticks.  Many people who contract Lyme disease never see a tick, a tick bite, or the “bulls-eye” rash most commonly associated with the disease. They may just feel the symptoms o ..read more
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