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COVID-19 Antibody Test performed via Quest Labs

COVID-19 Antibody Test performed via Quest Labs

In these unprecedented times, Vitality Urgent Care is committed to ensuring the health of our patients through access to quality care and timely information. Today we are glad to announce that Vitality offers an FDA-authorized COVID-19 Antibody Test performed via Quest Labs.

What is COVID-19 Antibody Testing?

COVID-19 antibody testing is a serological blood test that may indicate whether a person has been exposed to COVID-19 and has potentially developed antibodies. This may indicate some possible immunity to COVID-19.

Who Should Get this Test?

The antibody test is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You must be symptom-free for at least 10 days to receive the test and cannot currently have symptoms (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing, coughing, loss of smell).

How does COVID-19 Antibody Testing work?

For the patient, this is a standard blood test that is done at Quest Labs. The test is highly accurate, according to a study by Abbott Labs. Once completed, results are available within 24-48 hours.

How do I get the test?

You will need a doctor’s order to receive the test. Simply book an appointment with a Vitality Provider who can determine whether you qualify. Once you have the doctor’s order, visit a local Quest diagnostics service center to have your blood tested. You will receive results in as soon as 24-48 hours.

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – We Offer Advanced Testing for COVID-19 Illness and Antibodies.

Updated: April 30th, 2020

COVID-19: How Vitality Urgent Care House-Calls is Responding?

We are taking care of your urgent health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic so you can avoid crowded healthcare settings and limit your exposure to others.

  • We take safety seriously and have adjusted our process for screening patients over the phone
  • Our teams wear surgical masks, gloves and eye protection for every patient encounter, plus gowns and booties in some cases
  • We have also enhanced protocols for disinfecting our kits and cars
  • For now, we cannot treat senior living community residents with upper respiratory symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms are cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

If I have COVID-19 symptoms, does this mean I definitely have COVID-19?

No. These symptoms can occur because of a common cold, flu, pneumonia or other health issues. But, they can also be COVID-19.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as high fever or shortness of breath, call 911 immediately. If you think you might have COVID-19 and have mild or no symptoms, then book a Vitality and enter your symptoms (such as cough, fever, etc.) and a Vitality provider will carry out a remote virtual visit house call. A remote virtual house call is easily performed via secure video chat to help determine your risk level for COVID-19 and to provide needed resources for further care.

Can Vitality Provider do a test for COVID-19?

Yes! Vitality providers can perform respiratory specimen collection for COVID-19 TESTING at commercial laboratories right in the comfort of your own home. Same-day appointments guaranteed. Our providers come fully shielded head-to-toe in disposable protective equipment to ensure the safety of both, patients and staff. All patients will be screened to meet CDC clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 testing. Please keep in mind, the turnaround time for test results in commercial labs in 3-4 days.

Do you test for COVID 19 Antibodies?

Yes, we do! We Partnered with leading laboratory and currently offer COVID-19 Antibody Test via Quest Labs.

COVID-19 antibody testing is a serological blood test that may indicate whether a person has been exposed to COVID-19 and has potentially developed antibodies. This may indicate some possible immunity to COVID-19.

What if I need a provider for a routine medical need and I don’t have any symptoms related to COVID-19?

Book and receive a house call as you do now. Remember an overwhelming majority of people who need a provider don’t have COVID-19 and the last thing you should do if you’re sick is expose yourself to others in a doctor’s office, ER, or urgent care setting. Using Vitality is the safest way to get quality healthcare in the privacy of your own home.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 like symptoms?

Book a Vitality house call and we will first do a remote house call – a Vitality provider will talk with you by phone or video and help you to determine the next step in your evaluation.

What is the cost of a remote virtual house call (telemedicine)?

Remote house calls (telemedicine) are covered by most insurance plans at no cost or a very low co-pay. Typically, you would just pay your applicable co-pay. For self-pay patients, a Vitality remote house call consult would be $49.

What happens on a remote house call?

Vitality provider speaks with you and either provides the care you need, sets-up an in-person house call, or identifies you as at risk for COVID-19 and provides you resources for further care.

What happens if I am identified as at risk for COVID-19?

If you are identified as at risk, then Vitality would help you to contact your local health department and facilitate further testing/ treatment.

Some people are saying it’s all hype – how serious an issue is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a serious illness that is especially dangerous for people over the age of 60 and those with diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory issues.

Should I be scared?

No, but you should be prepared. The best ways to protect yourself are the simplest – use hand sanitizer or wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water as frequently as you can, stay away from crowds and public places, and avoid exposure to those who might be exposed.

For more information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

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Illinois Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

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Why Choose Us?

We are committed to improving how people experience healthcare!

From blisters to bacterial infections, sore throats to sinusitis, UTI to GERD, and pink eyes to throbbing ears and bleeding laceration. When you think about it, the human body is like a machine that sometimes needs to be examined by proferssionals

That’s why there’s Vitality Urgent and Primary Care is an exceptional option for those everyday issues that happen to everyone, we offer a unique kind of healthcare company by providing the following:

Convenient locations for patients in the comfort of their home, work, hotel or anywhere.
Extended hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.
We made it easy to schedule an appointment and let you save a spot in line simply by going online.
We accept most major insurance plans and also offer easy self-pay options.
And we fill the prescriptions and complete needed lab work during the visit!

It’s a range of services that not many healthcare providers can match.

Sunburn Treatment

Sunburn Treatment Made Simple

While we are excited finally getting the swimsuits and getting out for a nice pleasant natural tanning experience. Too much sunbathing can actually be very dangerous to your skin in a way of causing sunburn, contribute to fasted skin aging and cause other complications such as skin cancer.

However, if you do get a sunburn, there are few things that can be done to alleviate the symptoms.

Taking A Bath with Cool Water:

The very first thing that you can do as soon as you get a sunburn, is to cool your body down. If you’re at the beach or a pool, then try taking a short swim into the water and let your skin cool down. It’s better to just dip yourself in water than applying any soap or body wash as the chemicals might worsen your skin condition. Just make sure that you are not in contact with the water for too long as it might make your skin very dry.

Applying Aloe Vera Gel:

Even after taking a shower you may have a burning sensation on the sunburn area. One of the best ways to soothe your skin is to apply an Aloe Vera cream or gel . With its soothing properties, Aloe Vera not only treats the sunburn, but it also moisturizes the skin by the presence of active components, like Salicylic acid, vitamins, and minerals.

Let the Skin Blisters Heal on Their Own:

Sunburn can also cause blisters all over the skin, but don’t worry as this is a part of the healing process. While many of you might get irritated by this, do not pop the blister as they are protecting your skin from catching germs or infection from somewhere else. You can try wearing loose clothes which lets air pass through.

 Stay Hydrated:

Staying hydrated is one of the most important steps in healing sunburn process. Your skin needs water to regenerate and to become more elastic. It is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water per day.

Children Pay Outdoors

Get your children outside!

Spring is here and it is time to get children outside. Research has shown that there are many benefits to children playing outdoors, here are few benefits!

 

Learning -Playing outside helps children to develop their learning abilities. By putting educational equipment outdoors, children are soon learning through play, which is a fun way of helping children to learn new information and skills. As well as this, outdoor learning encourages children to think of learning is an ongoing process instead of just something done in the classroom.

Creativity -Outdoor play is great for encouraging children’s creativity. Away from the constraints and confinement of indoor play, being outside children’s imaginations are often stimulated by the objects around them and they quickly tap into their creativity.

Health -There are numerous health benefits to playing outside. With more room to play in, children are often more active when outside, which helps them to build strong bones and good fitness levels, while also enabling them to burn off extra energy and calories. As well as this, being in the sunshine, even in winter, means children naturally absorb vital vitamin D, a lack of which can lead to Rickets.

Social skills – As outdoor spaces are usually less crowded than indoors, it is less intimidating and helps children to naturally come out of their shells and be more social. This means that children will be more willing to join in games and activities, while they will also be more likely to talk to different children and make new friends. This all encourages children to learn social skills and how to interact with other children away from adult supervision.

Well-being – Giving children the freedom of playing outdoor helps them to feel happier and calmer. As already stated, being outside means that children naturally get vitamin D, which is proven to help improve moods and create a positive mental attitude. The freedom outdoor play also encourages children to get rid of built up energy, particularly if they tend to be fidgety when sitting for long periods of time, this leads to them becoming calmer and ultimately helps them to be more focused when in the classroom.

Independence– The large space in which to play means that when outside children are often away from direct adult supervision. This helps them to learn independence when socially interacting with other children, as well as learning to play by themselves. They learn how to take turns playing games, to pick themselves up then they fall, and how to negotiate unfamiliar equipment, resulting in children learning how to be independent and self-reliant.

Explore – Often outdoor play equipment has a little more risk than indoor toys. Whether it is encouraging children to use slides they might be a little afraid to go down, or to try challenging play trails; outdoor play equipment can help children to learn to push their boundaries and become good at risk assessment. It also teaches them to explore new games and become confident in learning to try new things without being guided by adults.

Seven benefits of outdoor play for children

Please review few Ideas on how to get children outside for playtime

Active Games

  1. Driveway Toy Car Race – Grab any type of toy car and a couple sticks of sidewalk chalk. Draw your start and finish lines and the lane markers in the driveway, and let the races begin.
  2. Glow in the Dark Bowling – Pop glow sticks into 10 bottles of water to make bowling pins you can use at night.
  3. Obstacle Course – Use objects you already own like jump ropes, boxes and hula-hoops to create a backyard course. Your kids will be entertained and put their skills to the test. Encourage your children to change up the course with their own ideas.
  4. Lawn Twister – Use circular stencils and spray paint the game board onto your lawn for outdoor fun.
  5. Balloon Volleyball – Set up your court by using a jump rope (or any rope) to divide your yard in two. Use a balloon for the ball and have players alternate serves. The first to 21 is the winner!

Back to Nature

  1. Favorite Park – Get a map of your local parks. Visit them all and vote for your favorite one.
  2. Stargazing – Learn about the constellations and print out a few star maps. One night you can spread out a blanket and look for these recognizable groups of stars.
  3. Nature Walk – Go for a walk and collect items from Mother Nature. Back at home make a collage out of the found items.
  4. Picnic at a Park – Take the kids to a state or national park to teach them the importance of preserving beautiful land. Take a journal or sketch pad along to document the experience.
  5. Farmer’s Market Visit – It’s a great opportunity to sneak in a little education about nutrition and get them more interested in the food they eat. Let your children pick something new to try.
  6. Camp Out in Your Backyard – Your family can enjoy the great outdoors with the comforts of home close by. Build a fire to roast hot dogs and melt marshmallows for s’mores.

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Pediatric Rashes

Common Skin Rashes in Children

It is common for children to have various skin rashes. More often than not, rashes on child’s skin are not a cause for worry. They are often caused by changes in temperature or allergies. However, skin rashes can develop due to a certain type of illnesses. Hence, if your child seems unwell, you are advised to promptly seek medical assistance. In this article, we shall be focusing on the common types of skin rashes in children. Ultimately, the information should help parents identify the rashes and their causes.

Bacterial skin infections

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is often characterized by red swollen rashes that are often painful to the touch. Accompanied by feverish symptoms, the affected skin area may feel also hot and uncomfortable. As harmless as skin rashes can be, cellulitis needs to be treated by a certain type of antibiotics. This is because this condition, unlike others, affects the inner layers of the skin.

Impetigo

Impetigo is highly contagious, and unfortunately, very common. It can occur in two forms: bullous and non- bullous. Despite that each type affects different body parts, they are both characterized by sores and blisters with a honey-colored crust. The good news is that impetigo is often easily treatable through with topical antibiotics.

 

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is a manifestation of bacterial infection that often starts as a sore throat and caused by strep bacteria. Your child may experience feverish symptoms before the rash develops. The rash is often itchy and red in color with sandpaper appearance. Scarlet fever needs to be rapidly recognized and treated with appropriate antibiotics to avoid complications.

Fungal / Mites Skin Infections

Ringworm

Ringworm is a highly infectious condition that can affect any part of the body. As the name suggests, this condition often manifests on the skin in a ring-like shape. For treatment, visit the pharmacy for antifungal medicine or consult with your healthcare provider.

Scabies

Scabies is a treatable yet highly contagious skin condition caused by mites. Characterized by red and intensely itchy blotches in various body parts. Scabies can be treated through the use of prescription lotions and creams.

Viral Illness

Chicken Pox (Varicella Virus)

Chickenpox is an illness that often a thing of the past due to very effective vaccination. The viral infection is often characterized by itchy spots that may develop all over, or on specific parts of the body. The spots often turn into blisters before drying up into scabs on the skin. Lotions and gels are often used to reduce the discomfort and itchiness. Antiviral medications may be used early in illness to decrease complications and skin scarring.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

As the name suggests, this skin condition affects the hands, foot, and mouth. This condition manifests in the form of blisters and painful oral ulcers. Notably, it is highly contagious and can be spread from child to child easily. To help the child get better, keep them hydrated, pain control and ensure that they are well fed.

(Fifth Disease) Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Easily categorized as a viral infection, this skin condition manifests into noticeable skin blotches on the skin. It mainly affects the skin on both cheeks, hence the term slapped cheek syndrome. It is often harmless and should disappear in a few weeks.  Usually, the illness is harmless and focus should be on treating fever and itching.

 

Inflammatory skin conditions

Urticaria (Hives)

This type of skin condition is often caused by different allergens that act as a trigger to the body. In response, the body releases high levels of chemical messengers. As a result, the skin develops bumpy and itchy rashes. t can be treated and managed by antihistamines like Benadryl or Claritin. Sometimes, body can develop excessive response and require more emergent approach with epi-pen and close monitoring by healthcare professionals

Eczema

Children are likely to develop atopic eczema, which often manifests behind the ears and neck just to mention a few. The skin is often dry, red and itchy. it can be treated through the use of skin lotions, creams, and prescription steroid ointments.

 The bottom line

When children experience an unknown rash and you want quick relief and peace of mind. While there are plenty of things you can do yourself to help alleviate symptoms, the preferred course of action is usually to have an evaluation by a medical professional. Vitality Urgent & Primary care has vast experience in the diagnosis of various pediatric rashes and available 7 days per week.  We provide the essential  Urgent Care in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Simply give us a call to schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

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Telemedicine or Virtual Health on Demand

Telemedicine or Virtual Health connects patients to medical providers via smartphones, tablets, and computers – making access to Healthcare easy, timely and more affordable.

Vitality Urgent and Primary Care is proud to offer express virtual health solution designed to make getting health care convenient. Our board-certified providers meet with you in Virtual office during Face-to-Face through secure video technology. Patients can use smartphones, tablets or computers and downloading application is not required.

Without Insurance

Our Price for Virtual Visit $49


With Insurance

We’ve partnered with the leading health insurance companies to ensure that your care is covered under your current plan. We currently accept, BCBS PPO, United Health Care PPO, ATHENA PPO. Price varies depending on your benefits.

 

Our Promise is simple:
”If you aren’t satisfied, for any reason, we’ll refund your cost. Because we believe that customer satisfaction is a big part of good health.”

Who can benefit from Urgent or Primary Care House Call ?

  • Patients who don’t want to wait hours in an emergency room or urgent care facility.
  • Caregivers who do not want to spend time driving your sick children around. Let us help you prevent waiting long hours in illness infested waiting rooms.
  • Those who would prefer not to be exposed to other patient’s germs or illnesses at a traditional doctor’s / urgent care or doctors office.
  • Patients that would like to avoid taking time off work and prefer to be treated in the comfort of your own home after a busy day.
  • Individuals who are unable to make an appointment with their primary care provider within a suitable time-frame.
  • Those who want to pay less than the rates charged at the most emergency room and urgent care centers.
  • Individuals who are too busy at home or work environment to take time away for a medical office visit.  We bring you Visiting Doctor or Nurse Nurse Practitioner at Home, hotel or anywhere.
  • Those who are too ill to visit your primary care provider office, who would prefer an immediate visit by a Visiting Doctor or Nurse Nurse Practitioner.
  • Travelers who are away from home for business or recreation and require medical treatment from a house call physician.

Do you treat Children?

We do. Vitality Providers are Board Certified in Family Care and treat children 6 months and up. Please contact us for younger children and we may be able to help.

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Halloween Safety from Vitality Urgent and Primary Care

Celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.However, sometimes too much fun can be dangerous.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

 

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costume

About Vitality Urgent and Primary Care

Vitality Urgent and Primary Care sends Medical Care to your home in Illinois. We provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive health care services 365 days per year. Vitality Urgent and Primary Care also provides successfully treated more than a million patients since the opening in 2013, and is one of the largest Mobile House Calls operators in Illinois. For more information about the services, hours of operation, insurance and prices http://www.vitalityforeverhealthcare.com/

( Information from CDC was used in this post )https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/index.htm