This post is sponsored in collaboration with the Texas MedClinic. All thoughts expressed are my own.
There’s a new urgent care in town. The Texas MedClinic Spring Branch location has opened its doors at Singing Hills. This location is conveniently located at Hwy 46 and 281 and operates 7 days a week from 8 AM to 11 PM. I was invited to preview the new location last month and sit down with Dr. Gude to learn more about how these clinics operate to provide the best care for patients.
Texas Medclinics have been my go-to alternative when we have an after-hours situation or can’t get into our doctor’s office fast enough. It’s a pretty normal occurrence for someone in my family to be in need of after-hours care. We’ve had 6 Texas Medclinic visits just this year. A broken collarbone, 2 ear infections, strep throat and the flu (twice). If you’ve read my post Everything You Need To Know About Texas MedClinic you know that we stay far away from all emergency rooms as much as possible. Those long waits and the obscene amount of medical bills that don’t stop showing up long after that visit are more than enough reason for me to opt out of the ER when it’s not a life-threatening situation. The Texas MedClinic quickly became a trusted option for my family when we received quality care and didn’t have to pay emergency room price tags. Personally, I don’t like to wait it out when it comes to my kids. I want them to feel better as soon as possible. I have been that parent that takes their child to an emergency room for a non-emergency. It’s a sigh of relief to know that there are alternatives like the Texas MedClinic that’s devoted to caring for patients at any age. I can check-in online and not subject my child to a waiting room for hours.
When we sat down with Dr. Gude I left with a better insight as to how the Texas MedClinic operates. Contrary to how I was raised, the need for antibiotics is not as crucial as I once thought. The over-prescribing of antibiotics can actually do more harm. That was hard for me to process because I was raised taking the pink stuff every time I saw my doctor. Learning the there are instances where you should let your body do the fighting and understanding that a virus does not respond to antibiotics was a key takeaway. You can read more about Dr. Gudes stance on antibiotics.
Data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The study analyzed antibiotic use in doctors’ offices and emergency departments throughout the United States. CDC researchers found that most of these unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for respiratory conditions caused by viruses – including common colds, viral sore throats, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections – which do not respond to antibiotics. These 47 million excess prescriptions each year put patients at needless risk for allergic reactions or the sometimes deadly diarrhea, Clostridium difficile.
The researchers also estimated the rate of inappropriate antibiotic use in adults and children by age and diagnosis… “Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs, and if we continue down the road of inappropriate use we’ll lose the most powerful tool we have to fight life-threatening infections,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
As we head into flu and cold season this chart is great to help us understand what our snot means.
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