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Stay away from sunburn this summer!

Summertime should be full of outdoor activities & enjoying the sun! However, we have to be careful when we are exposing ourselves to the suns rays! Did you know the most common type of cancer is melanoma skin cancer? Melanoma is mainly caused by sunburn. This article will give you some tips & tricks to beat sunburn!

What is sunburn? & How do I get it?

The sun has 3 types of UV rays (ultraviolet light) that it emits.

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

Only 2 of these rays actually make it to the earth’s surface ( UVA, UVB).  These rays contain radiation, & our skin can only take so much before it burns. Yes, sunburn is actually a radiation injury that happens on a cellular level. People forget how harmful sunburn is because it is so common.

How can I protect myself?

The best way to beat sunblock is to always be mindful of when you are going on in the sun & how much exposure you might get. We all have different skin types & different amounts of exposure to the suns rays. Sunblock is the best way to prevent sunburn when outside for an extended period of time.

I put on sunblock & I still burnt


Putting on sunblock once when you are outside is not enough.  If you are tanning/doing sports/ swimming, you need to re-apply every time you are done sweating or swimming. Sunblock does not stick to the body for long & being wet will cause it to run off leaving you exposed to the UV rays.

If you have experienced sunburn, come down to Instant urgent care today & get excellent service & treatment today!

New Month, New Health Goals

You don’t have to wait until December 31st to set out a list of unattainable goals for the new year!  You can start right now!

The top of the month is the best to to set out a few goals, so when you look at all you’ve accomplished for the entire year, you’ll back and be amazed at all you’ve done!

Want a better way of keeping track of your achievements?  Here are a few tips to ensure you’ll get everything you’ve set out to do for the month!

Set concrete goals

Was your goal to be “healthier?”  Figure out what healthy means for you, whether that means changing your diet, exercising more, or increasing your water intake.

Put in on your calendar

We all have the same24 hours in a day and 365 days a year to accomplish goals we have set for ourselves.  Make your new goals a priority and put it in your calendar and think of these time blocks as appointments, so you know you won’t cancel or put off.

Try A 30-Day Challenge

Break up goals you want to accomplish by doing them in 30-day increments, so you’re not overwhelmed and can focus on small goals as time goes on.

Track your progress

Keeping log of your progress will be a source of motivation when you need to reflect on how much you’ve accomplished from where you started.

Don’t give up

It can be easy to throw in the towel when you’re not seeing any progress, but resiliency is key when it comes to accomplishing your goals.  Instead of getting discouraged, acknowledge your mistakes and recommit to your goals.

Ready to tackle the month ahead?  Sometimes minor injuries or illnesses can set you back, but Instant Urgent Care is here for any of your minor hiccups so you can get back into your routine with ease!  For more information on the services we provide, please call to speak  with one of our medical professionals at 408-687-4806.

Urgent Care: Myths Vs. Facts

When a sudden illness or injury arises, seeing a doctor becomes a priority when home remedies don’t seem to work.  When your regular doctor is unavailable when you need treatment after hours or on the weekend, a visit to an urgent care center could be a better choice.  Misconceptions about urgent care centers might raise a few eyebrows about the quality of care you’ll receive.

Here are a few common myths about urgent care.

Myth #1: Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Are the Same

Some people tend to lump emergency rooms and urgent care centers in the same category because both types of facilities can handle acute medical conditions.  However, urgent care centers are equipped to handle minor ailments that aren’t life-threatening.  Urgent care centers are fully equipped to handle non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as influenza (the flu), the common cold, strep throat, sprains and strains, and bruises.

Myth #2: Urgent Care Doesn’t Provide Quality Care

One major misconception about urgent care centers is that they don’t offer the same quality care like that of your primary care physician or a doctor at an emergency room.  Most urgent care centers are staffed with doctors, nurse practitioner, and physicians who have years of experience working in emergency medicine.

When you visit an urgent care center, you can be rest assured that you will be seen by a doctor, nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.

Myth #3: Urgent Care is Expensive

Urgent care is a cost-effective alternative to a visit to the emergency room.  Before visiting an urgent care center, review your insurance policy to ensure your urgent care visit will be covered.  While you may be responsible for costs outside of your insurance policy, your cost for treatment will be far lower than what you would have paid for an ER visit.

Myth #4 Urgent Care Centers Don’t Take Appointments

Urgent care centers provide the convenience that you can walk in and receive treatment without an appointment.  While you can’t always prepare for an unexpected injury or illness, booking an appointment before your visit can speed your wait time and help you see a provider within a reasonable time frame.

Myth #5: An Urgent Care Doctor Won’t Understand Me As Well As My PCP

When it comes to having someone who understands your medical background and ongoing medical issues, it is always recommended to develop a relationship with a primary care physician and to see them regularly.  But when something comes up and your PCP is overbooked, a walk-in clinic might be able to serve your needs in the same way any family care practice could.

Urgent Care Treatment at Instant Urgent Care

At Instant Urgent Care, we provide treatment for a range of injuries and illnesses on walk-in basis for our patients.  We also have a convenient check-in online feature to secure your spot.

Visit us at a location nearest to you!  We’re located in San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 408-687-4806.

June is Men’s Health Month

“Men take better care of their cars than they do themselves…”

If you’re a man, you probably have heard this saying before, but if you’ve been neglecting your health and putting more energy toward fixing your car than getting your health in check, no is the time to do it!

June is Men’s Health Month, celebrated annually to ensure men are taking care of themselves mentally and physically.  Here are a few tips on how you can take charge of your health!

Have a Regular Wellness Exam

As you age, regular wellness physicals are critical to determine underlying medical conditions that can be treated with early detection.  At Instant Urgent Care, we provide general wellness exams and a number of other physicals such as DOT, pre-employment, and sports to ensure that you’re in good health and can handle any given task or participate in an activity.

Routine Vaccinations

Along with having a regular wellness exam performed, you should also stay up to date with your vaccinations, as they are a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent life-altering diseases.  At Instant Urgent Care, we offer vaccinations for influenza, measles, hepatitis A and B, whooping cough, and more on a walk-in basis, which means you’ll never have to book an appointment to be seen by a physician.

Diet and exercise

Including a proper diet and exercise regime into your lifestyle can refine your overall health and reduce your chances of being diagnosed with chronic health conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more.  Invest in your body by becoming more mindful while grocery shopping and dining out, as well as consider signing up for a membership at your local gym or participate in exercise classes.

Listen to your body

You may avoid seeking medical attention out of pride, but if you’re not feeling like your normal self, you may want to reconsider.  At Instant Urgent Care, our staff of well-seasoned medical professionals have experience with treating a range of non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses to get you on the road to a speedy recovery.  When you can’t book an appointment with an out-of-reach primary care physician, or you don’t want to be hit with an expensive ER bill, visit our urgent care center.

Men, keep your health in check and visit Instant Urgent Care for preventative services any day during the week.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 408-687-4806.

How to Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer

Keeping kids hydrated can pose a few challenges… They may not like the taste of water and prefer sugary drinks.  And sometimes an overlooked spill could lead to an injury from slipping and falling.

Symptoms of Dehydration in Children

Depending upon a child’s sex and age, he or she should drink at least 10 cups of water a day.  Other factors of dehydration include physical activity and air temperature as well as humidity level.

Some symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Extremely dry mouth
  • Decreased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Crying without tears

Causes of Dehydration in Children

Dehydration is not just a summer health concern.  It can happen any time during the year with common causes including fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive sweating.

Don’t wait for your kids to tell you they’re thirsty before offering them water.  Here are a few tips to ensure that they get their recommended intake of fluids with these five tips.

Offer it up

Sometimes it’s as simple as asking if they’re thirsty and making sure water is readily available.  Be sure to pack a water bottle before they head for the day and keep one handy for yourself.

Create a reminder system for drinking water

Whether you set a timer on your phone when you’re out with the kids, or if you create a chart on the refrigerator, create a system that helps track when it’s time to take a drink to ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day.

Include water-based fruits and vegetables in their diet

Many fruits and vegetables are great sources of water as well as being a nutritious snack.  Be sure to pack lunches that include fruits and vegetables with a high-water content such as watermelon, strawberries, celery, and cucumbers.

Make water easily accessible

If your little ones are unable to reach the sink or the water tap in your refrigerator, consider setting up an easy-to-reach water dispenser in your home to encourage them drink water.

Make sipping fun

Just like anything your child doesn’t want to do, you have to entice them and make it fun and exciting.  Make sipping fun by letting them pick out their own drinking cups and reusable bottles in their favorite colors or decorated with their favorite animated characters.

If you think your child may be dehydrated, be sure to visit an urgent care center immediately.  You can also discuss concerns about hydration during pediatric wellness exams.

6 Surprising Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration usually occurs when the body has insufficient fluids to function properly.  While mild dehydration may just make you feel a little tired and thirsty, severe dehydration can lead to fainting spells, blood clots, seizures, and other complications that can lead to seeking medical attention.

Normal symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth and throat, dizziness, fatigue while other signs of dehydration aren’t as obvious.  Here are six surprising signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Bad Breath

Dehydration can prevent your body from producing enough saliva, which can cause bacteria overgrowth in your mouth, a side effect being bad breath.

Dry Skin

Even if you applied lotion before you left your home for the day, being dehydrated can also cause dull, dry skin.

Dry Eyes or Blurred Vision

When you’re exercising, or have been outside for a while, overall body fluid goes down, which can result in dry eyes and blurred vision.


If your work load isn’t already giving you a headache, not drinking enough water might be the cause of it, too.

Muscle Cramps

A nice summer day might be ideal for a pick-up soccer game, but if you’re not hydrating throughout play time, being dehydrated can also cause muscle cramps.  As the muscles work harder and harder, they can seize up from overheating.

Fever and Chills

When you’re severely dehydrated, you may experience fever and chills which can make you even more thirsty.  If your body temperature reaches 103°F, you should seek medical attention quickly.

How to Tell if You’re Dehydrated

It’s a no-brainer that if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.  But there are other ways to check if your body is dehydrated:

Check your urine: If you’re well hydrated, your urine will be mostly clear, or a tine of yellow.  If your urine is a darker yellow, or even orange, be sure to stock up on some H2O.

Test your skin: If you can pinch your skin, and it doesn’t revert to it’s normal position after a few seconds, you might be dehydrated.

If you’re feeling dehydrated, or suffering from symptoms of dehydration, be sure to visit any of Instant Urgent Care’s locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 408-687-4806.

Does My Child Have Seasonal Allergies?

If you think your child might have seasonal allergies, there’s no doubt you’re suffering too!

There’s nothing worse than watching your son or daughter struggle with an illness. Parents of young allergy sufferers often have questions about their children’s symptoms. Below, you’ll see a selection of frequently asked questions and their respective answers.

What are the most common allergy symptoms?

Children who are dealing with seasonal allergies typically suffer from the same symptoms that plague adult allergy sufferers. Watch for nasal congestion, clear nasal discharge, and watery eyes.

Most kids will also have sore throats and low-grade fevers. They are also likely to act lethargic. If your son or daughter is old enough to tell you how he or she is feeling, have a conversation about his or her symptoms, especially those that may not be immediately apparent by merely observing his or her behavior.

Do we need to schedule a doctor’s appointment?

Generally, when parents think their children are suffering from allergies, they ultimately make the decision to visit their pediatricians. Doctors can recommend prescription treatments that are not readily available on the shelves of local drugstores.

Although you do not have to put your son or daughter on prescription medication, many children find that their symptoms are greatly relieved once they start taking medicine.

If your child is suffering from particularly severe allergies, an allergy test may be required. This will help you and your doctor develop an effective treatment plan that meets your family’s unique needs.

What can I do at home?

Whether you’ve decided against visiting a doctor at this time or you’re simply looking for additional steps you can take in your own household, it’s sure to be a relief to know there are a lot of things you can do to help your child at home.

The first step is to make sure you’ve removed any allergy triggers from your house. If, for instance, your child is allergic to a particular sort of house plant, you shouldn’t keep any at home.

You should also make an effort to find homemade remedies that will make your son or daughter feel better when his or her symptoms act up. Maybe, for instance, you’ll discover that tea with honey works wonders when your child’s throat hurts. 

But for times when you’re unsure about your child’s symptoms, visit one of Instant Urgent Care’s locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, or Sunnyvale for evaluation and treatment.

How to Cure Spring Allergy Symptoms at Home

Seasonal allergies are miserable any time of year, but they are often hardest to deal with in the springtime.

After a long winter, the birds are finally chirping, the sun is out, and the weather is just calling you to come outside. Unfortunately, you’re stuck indoors fighting a sore throat, a fever, and sinus congestion.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though! Even if you don’t take prescription allergy medicine, there are plenty of things you can do at home to get rid of your allergy symptoms and get back to enjoying your life. Five of the best home spring allergy remedies are detailed here.

Tea with honey 

One of the most popular at-home spring allergy remedies is tea with honey. This not only soothes sore throats, but can have other health benefits as well. Herbal teas, for instance, often contain ingredients that will bolster your immune system, preventing you from getting other illnesses on top of your allergy symptoms.

Vitamin C

Loading up on Vitamin C is a tried and true way to cure all sorts of ills, including a multitude of spring allergy symptoms. This vitamin is a natural antihistamine and antioxidant, so it can help you feel better quickly and safely. It’s a good idea to consult your doctor before taking Vitamin C; this way you’ll know how many milligrams are the best choice for your age, weight, and gender.

A saline rinse 

Saline rinses, such as the popular Neti Pot, are a great way to clear out your sinuses without visiting a doctor’s office. Once your sinuses are less congested, you’ll be able to breathe more easily and your allergy symptoms should start to dissipate. Be aware that you may have to use a saline rinse multiple times over the course of an allergy flare-up; make sure you use fresh, purified water with each use.


Over the last several years, essential oils have enjoyed a surge in popularity. If you happen to have an oil diffuser in your home, you’re likely to find that aromatherapy is a great way to treat your allergy symptoms. Some of the most popular oil combinations to open airways and encourage general relaxation are mint with lavender and mint with eucalyptus.

Stay hydrated 

Drinking water might not be the first thing you think to do to alleviate your spring allergy symptoms, but you’ll find that it is extremely effective. Not only does proper hydration thin mucus, making it easier to clear your airways, but it keeps your throat moist, preventing it from getting too scratchy and irritated.

These are just a few ways you can relieve springtime allergy woes without leaving the comfort of home. It may take some trial and error to figure out which combination of remedies works best for you, but don’t give up because it will be worth it in the end!

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, be sure to seek treatment from the physicians at Instant Urgent Care.  We have four easily accessible locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale. We’ll make sure that you can enjoy the rest of the season in ease rather than always feeling the need to sneeze.  Visit us today – no appointment necessary!


Top Four Spring Cleaning Tips For Allergy Sufferers

If you have seasonal spring allergies, spring cleaning might be more of a chore for you than it is for most people. Some common spring cleaning tactics can actually make your allergies worse instead of better. How’s that for tough luck?

Fortunately, there are plenty of steps allergy sufferers can take to keep their homes allergen-free, while still getting them ready for fun in the sun all spring and summer long! You’ll find our top four tips in this guide.

Invest in Allergen Barrier Bedding

Pollen and other outdoor allergens can easily make their way into your bed, even if you just lay your clothes on it after a long day outdoors. Buying allergen barrier bedding is a great way to combat common allergens from making you sick while you sleep.

Pro tip: Covering furniture in entryways and mudrooms with washable slipcovers is another excellent way to prevent allergens from entering your home.

Keep Your Windows Closed

As appealing as it can be to let fresh springtime air in by opening your windows, it’s not a great idea for allergy sufferers. Pollen can quite literally invade your home through open windows, so it’s best to keep them shut as much as possible.

If you want to freshen your home naturally, try putting some orange slices in water on your stove or using essential oils in a diffuser.

Make Sure Bathrooms Are Mold-Free

Bathrooms can be veritable petri dishes for bacteria and mold, thanks to their steamy, wet surfaces. To make sure your bathrooms aren’t harboring mold that is making your allergies worse, regularly clean all surfaces and grout with a product specifically engineered for mold removal.

Wash Winter Clothes

If you stow your winter clothes as part of your annual spring cleaning routine, make sure you run them through the washer first. This gets rid of any allergens that may be present in the fibers. You should also purchase zippered bags for storage; this will keep your clothes dust-free until cold weather sets in again.

Spring cleaning is a rite in many households. Hopefully these tips will make it easier for you to stay healthy while you get your home prepped for warmer weather!  

If you still experience a flareup, be sure to visit Instant Urgent Care for treatment.  We knew seasonal allergies can get the best of patients during this time of year, which is why we’re here to make sure you can wake up and smell the roses without reaching for a tissue.  For more information about our services, please call us at 408-687-4806.

Do I Have Seasonal Allergies or a Cold?

Both the common cold and seasonal allergies can make you feel miserable! Treatment for the two ailments differs, so it’s important to figure out which is afflicting you prior to trying any remedies to get rid of your symptoms.

This helpful guide features a few key differences and treatment options for colds and allergies alike. By the time you’re done reading, you should know what steps to take to get rid of your illness and be back on the road to good health!

How Do Cold and Allergy Symptoms Differ?

Cold and allergy symptoms can be extremely similar, which is part of the reason people often struggle to tell which issue they are dealing with. No matter what the problem is, for example, you’re likely to experience a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes.

If you have a cold, however, the odds are good that you’ll also have muscle aches and a low-grade fever.

You should also pay attention to the color of your mucus (it’s not as gross as it sounds!) Yellow or green nasal discharge usually signals a cold, while liquid indicates non-infectious allergies.

How Do I Get Diagnosed?

Although you can make an educated guess, there’s no way to be 100% certain whether you’re suffering from a cold or allergies unless you visit a doctor. It does bear noting that f you’ve already been to a physician regarding your seasonal allergies in the past, you will probably be well-equipped to recognize them when they flare-up annually.

If you don’t want to consult a physician for one reason or another, the longer your symptoms persist, the less likely it is that you have a cold.  The common cold generally lasts from 7 to 14 days whereas allergies can plague people for weeks.

What Are My Treatment Options?

There are a variety of treatment options for both cold and seasonal allergy sufferers.

Since the common cold is caused by a virus, there are no antibiotics to treat it.  Most people find that over-the-counter congestion/cough relievers and fever reducers help them feel better.

Allergy sufferers can also benefit from taking over-the-counter medicine, but many ultimately opt to ask their doctors about prescription medications that are specifically designed to keep seasonal allergy symptoms at bay.

Both cold and allergy victims may also want to try certain homeopathic remedies, such as herbal tea infused with honey.

Remember, even though it may not feel like it when you’re in the throes of your illness, both cold and allergy symptoms will eventually pass and you’re sure to be back to doing all of your favorite activities soon!  But if you want to alleviate your symptoms sooner than later, consult with a physician at Instant Urgent Care to discuss treatment options.

Seasonal Allergy Treatment at Instant Urgent Care

At Instant Urgent Care, we treat seasonal allergy symptoms such as:

  • Watery, itchy, puffy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Coughing

For more information about our seasonal allergy treatment, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 408-687-4806.