Why Your Cold or Flu Won’t Go Away

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Common Reasons Your Cold Won’t Go Away

Do you ever get a cold that lingers on for weeks? Or perhaps you come down with the flu and it knocks you out for a long time? The common cold and the flu share many features: they’re both caused by viral infections, have similar symptoms, can be treated at home, and can last for a seemingly long time. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases say that an average cold can last 7 to 10 days. However, in some cases, it can linger for several weeks. If you are one of those people who struggle to kick the cold or the flu, here’s where you could be going wrong.


Common Reasons Why Your Cold or the Flu is Lingering:

  • Stress

Stress is a major immune suppressant and something that we experience every day. There’s no hiding from stress, but you can work to minimize the effects of stress. If you’re already ill, you can try meditating, writing, talking to a friend, and practicing mindfulness to ease your tension levels. According to the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, stress can make the body highly vulnerable to diseases.

  • Exercise

Sure, skipping your workouts may make you feel agitated or irritable, but if you have a fever or a cold, you must reschedule your gym dates and let your body heal. It’s best if you don’t exercise while you are ill, as physical exertion will only hinder your progress. If you have a cold that is above the head, you may be able to introduce your training sessions slowly. However, if you have body aches and chest congestion, it’s best you stay in bed until you are fully recovered.

  • Sleep

When suffering from a cold or the flu, it’s important to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night to allow the body to replenish itself. Even the healthiest of us fail to get enough rest on a nightly basis, but it becomes increasingly more important when fighting a virus. Experts say that lack of sleep can suppress the immune system like nothing else, so make sure you are sleeping well before, during, and after getting a cold.

Even though a cold and the flu can last several days and sometimes even weeks, be mindful to notice any signs of complications. Severe symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • High fever
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

If you have any of these symptoms, you should promptly seek medical attention.

For all of your health concerns and medical needs, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. We welcome walk-in patients. Call us at (949) 536-7892 or visit us here to get started!

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Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

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Know the signs of an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions (hypersensitivity reactions) are responses of the immune system to a normally harmless substance. In essence, it’s the body’s way to responding to an ‘invader’. When the body senses a foreign substance, called an antigen, the immune system is triggered. The body’s reaction to the allergen comes across visually as an allergic reaction.

Allergens may cause an allergic reaction when they land on the skin, eye or are inhaled, eaten or injected. A reaction can occur in several different ways:

  • Seasonal allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Year-round allergy (e.g. Dust, animal dander or mold)
  • Triggered by touching certain substances (e.g. latex)
  • Triggered by insect bites or stings

A mild allergy, such as hay fever, can produce symptoms such as:

  • Watery, runny eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion

Luckily, these symptoms are rarely life-threatening. However, instances can occur when someone can have what’s known as anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that needs immediate medical treatment.

Anaphylaxis symptoms can include two or more of these symptoms.


  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing, wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest

Heart and Blood Vessels

  • Chest pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weak but rapid pulse
  • Dizziness


  • Pale or flushed skin
  • Hives or welts
  • Itchy skin
  • Sweating 


  • Swelling of the throat, face, lips or tongue

Stomach and Digestion

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you or a loved one experience any symptoms of anaphylaxis, visit Sand Canyon Urgent Care. If a higher level of care is needed, our triage staff and/or providers will direct patients to the appropriate specialist or to an emergency room for further treatment. Call us today for more information!

Quick Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

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Healthy, Fast, and Filling Breakfast Ideas for Busy School Days

School is back and session and that means you, as a parent, have incredibly busy mornings. It can seem like there simply isn’t enough time to feed your child breakfast and get him or her out of the door in time. However, as the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you would be doing your child’s development a disservice by letting them skip breakfast every morning.

Breakfast is a must to help our kids do their best at school. Many studies have found that there is a link between eating a healthy breakfast and higher achievement on standardized tests, improved concentration, and classroom behavior. Breakfast doesn’t have to be extravagant – just a bit of substance can help your kids get out the door with full bellies and brains eager to learn.

Although mornings can be a crunch, there are a few quick and easy breakfast ideas to make busy days a breeze.

  • High protein granola bar and a piece of fresh fruit
  • Toast a bagel, cover with a light coating of cream cheese and add two or three slices of apple
  • Whizz up ½ cup milk, a frozen banana, ¼ cup of oats, ½ cup of blueberries, and a few ice cubes in a blender for a delicious blueberry smoothie
  • Put a banana on a stick, dip it in yogurt, and then roll it in granola. Place it on wax paper and freeze for 1-2 hours or overnight
  • Make the night before: Breakfast sandwich made with an English muffin, jam, and peanut butter
  • Make the night before: Oats, soaked in soy milk with fresh berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon and left to chill in the fridge overnight
  • Make beforehand: Roll apple chunks, raisins, cinnamon, flaxseed, soya milk, and oats together. Roll into bite-sized balls, and bake in the morning for a hot oatmeal breakfast treat.

If you have more time in the mornings, whip up some whole wheat pancakes or frittatas to keep your kid full until lunch.

To ensure that your child is getting the right nutrients, let the team at Sand Canyon Urgent Care help. We provide the medical attention that has your child’s best interest in mind. With facilities in Irvine and Stanton, we can help treat your child quickly. We welcome walk-ins and have an expert team of medical professionals ready to help you.

Tips to Dodge Dehydration in Winter

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How to Stay Hydrated in Cold Weather

Although cool winter days can be a welcome change to the summer’s stifling heat, you may not have realized that you’re more at risk of dehydration in winter than in summer. Dehydration is often thought of as a summer health problem, but the risk can be more threatening during the cooler months.

The body is made up of 70 percent water. It is essential for our health to maintain that level of water to regulate the metabolism. If this percent drops, the heart will be deprived of fluid and will need to pump harder to circulate the blood, decreasing the blood volume. For preservation, the body directs blood flow to the body core and the organs. To prevent dehydration in cold weather, check out these tips.

  • Keep Sipping

We lose water throughout the day from respiration and perspiration. Just because you’re not sweating as much as during the cooler months doesn’t mean you’re staying hydrated. You may feel less thirsty when you’re cold than when you’re warm, but try to make it instinct to keep sipping on water. Set your watch or phone alarm to ping every 15 to 30 minutes and have a big swig of water. If you don’t feel like drinking cold water, opt for a warm, non-caffeinated drink, such as a hot tea.

  • Eat Your Water

Believe it or not but your diet can help you stay hydrated when you’re not guzzling down water. Food counts for 20 to 30 percent of our daily water intake. Aim to eat more water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and eggplant. Other water-rich foods are brown rice, black beans, and quinoa.

  • Know Common Symptoms of Dehydration

It can be harder to recognize dehydration in winter, which makes it more dangerous. Keep in mind these symptoms that could indicate you’re not reaching your fluid requirements:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Irritability

If you do get dehydrated this winter despite your efforts, IV hydration can help. IV fluids start to rehydrate you immediately and works faster than drinking water. If you’re in need of hydration therapy, contact Sand Canyon Urgent Care. With facilities in Irvine (949 -417-0272) and Stanton (714-604-2850), we are ready to help.

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Stretches That Can Help You Relieve Pain

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Practices These Easy Stretches to Alleviate Joint Paint

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from aches and pains, you know how difficult everyday tasks can be. Many people find that stretching reduces pain and allows them to go about their day without or lessened pain. If you’re sitting down at a desk or driving a vehicle all day, your body will need some release to alleviate pain. If you’re aching, the good news is that you’re just a few simple stretches away from relief. Take a look at these five stretches that can help prevent back and neck pain from hindering your day – and health.

Hamstring Stretch

Begin by sitting on the floor with one leg straight and the other bent. Maintain a flat back, lean forward by hinging from the hip, and aim to catch the big toe. Repeat on the other leg. Hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds.

Hip Swings

Stand next to a sturdy chair, holding on to it with one hand for balance. Bend your knees slightly and start to swing your outer leg back and forth. Keep your back straight and try not to arch your spine. Move to the other side of the chair and repeat with the opposite leg.

Cat-Cow Back Stretch

Begin on all fours. As you inhale, drop the belly towards the floor, arch your back towards the ceiling, and look up. On the exhale, arch your back towards the ground, drop the head, and look towards the thighs. Repeat three times.

Seated Lower Back Stretch

Sit forward in your chair, bringing one of your knees up to your chest. Catch your shin in your hands and pull it gently into your chest, keeping your back straight. Hold for 30 seconds. Relax and repeat with the other leg.

Head Tilt

While sitting, relax your shoulders and look straight ahead. Tilt your head to one direction. For reinforcement, push your head down gently with your hand. Bear in mind, this should not be uncomfortable or painful. Repeat by tiling your head the opposite way.

A few simple stretches can help keep your joints and muscles pain-free. If an injury does occur, visit your closest Sand Canyon Urgent Care facility. Call our Irvine location on (949) 417-0272 or our Stanton urgent care on (714) 604-2850. We welcome walk-in patients and offer a wide variety of medical treatments.