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Pre-Travel NAAT COVID Testing for Travel Between US & Japan

COVID-19日本への旅行のためのテスト

Vitality has successfully tested thousands traveling to Japan since August 2020. We are a trusted partner of Japanese communities and provide the clearance testing needed for travel between the US & Japan.

We are closely following the Japanese Government’s requirements and use the latest required test certificate from the Japanese government.

私たちのテストはすべての航空会社によって認められています
日本政府からの最新の必要なフォームを使用します。
2020年8月以来、日本への何千人もの旅行者のテストに成功しています。

 

Steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with Vitality on our website.
  2. Get tested with Japan approved either (NAAT) NEAR or RT-PCR technology.
  3. Receive your COVID results report in Japanese format via E-Mail or in person.
  4. Vitality completes the Japan Certificate of Testing for COVID-19 and sends it via E-Mail or given in person.
  5. Fly Safely and stress-free!

Which COVID-19 Tests are Allowed for Travel to Japan?

  1. Rapid nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) technology  – ID Now by Abbott. Results < 1 hour.
  2. RAPID Automated RT-PCR (NAAT). Results < 2 hours.
  3. RT-PCR (NAAT). Results < 12 hours.

On March, 09, 2022, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan authorized non invasive collection method “Nasal Swab”.
* Nasal, Nasopharyngeal swabs and Saliva are the only collection methods accepted by Japan.

We selected this particular technology for Japan Pre-Travel testing due to its high accuracy and its acceptance by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).


Why Choose Vitality Urgent Care for Travel Between USA and Japan Testing?

  • Vitality understands and meets all the requirements for certificate of testing for entering Japan.
  • Trusted partner of multiple Japanese communities and ANA travel agencies
  • Multiple Locations in Chicago, Arlington Heights and Naperville
  • We specialize in countries with complex documentation requirements like Japan
  • Custom documentation in Japanese format are provided at no additional cost “Japan Certificate “
  • FDA Authorized Testing  Technologies
  • Guaranteed Timely Results
  • Mobile testing available – we can come to your home or office/site
  • Available for both individuals and groups

Price Menu

  • $150 RT-PCR COVID-19 – < 2 hours 
  • $200 – (NEAR) (NAAT)  Covid 19 < 60 min (Japan only)

Please note that COVID tests done solely for travel reasons are not submitted to your insurance and you must pay out-of-pocket for your coronavirus test.


Vitality Locations and Partners

Pre-Travel Covid testing is by appointment only.

We offer convenient collection options with our CLIA Certified laboratory partners, allowing us to deliver expediated results within hours of your appointment.

We offer a few convenient locations by appointment only

The travel experience looks a little different now, and we’re here to help you arrive prepared!


Keep travel safe and COVID-free!


Pre-Travel COVID exam

 

Vitality Urgent and Primary Care is a Nurse Practitioner-owned company that has a financial interest in ancillary services such as clinical lab services and diagnostic testing, provided by our partner affiliates.

Laboratory test

POOLED COVID-19 TESTING FOR ORGANIZATIONS

  • The Most Affordable COVID-19 Screening Program for Organizations through innovative complex sample pooling*.
  • Accurate and compliant results.
  • We utilize high complexity laboratories and perform Gold-Standard RT-PCR for as low as $55 test.
  • Specimen collection is performed via a non-invasive nasal swab or Saliva.
  • Results availability within 8 hours or sooner!

*Pooling samples involves mixing several samples together in a “batch” or pooled sample, then testing the pooled sample with a diagnostic test. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested using the same amount of resources. For example, four samples may be tested together, using only the resources needed for a single test.

 

Businesses We Service

  • Field Industry (Preferred Partner Cinespace Chicago Film Studios)
  • Colleges, Universities, Education institutions, Schools K-12
  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Government
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Retail Stores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Hotels
  • Gyms and Health Clubs
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Television Production
  • Transportation
  • Couriers and Delivery
  • Healthcare Offices
  • Home Service Workers
  • Schools and Daycare
  • Travel
  • Delivery & Logistics
  • Real Estate
  • IT Companies
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COVID-19 Testing for Schools, K-12, Colleges and Universities

Vitality provides Schools (K-12), Colleges, and Universities, with access to safe, reliable, and efficient COVID-19 testing solutions.  Our focus is to cater the most comprehensive, flexible, and scalable on-site COVID-19 testing for educational institutions while maintaining focus on student’s and faculty’s induvial needs.

Educational Institutions COVID-19 – Vitality Advantage

  • Vitality is a preferred Local Partner for multiple Educational institutions.
  • Programs tailored to the specific needs and budgets of educational organization.
  • Event implementation within 24 hours or less.
  • End-to-end sample collection solutions with staffing-only, or test kit provision and training by student-friendly clinicians.
  • We offer a variety of test types, modalities, staffing and other solutions.
  • Local Company with robust experience in organizational healthcare solutions.
  • Multiple off-campus locations for a more convenient testing experience.
  • Screening and testing is conducted by trained vetted professionals strictly following CDC and OSHA protocols.
  • Vitality partners with multiple local extensively vetted laboratories.
  • RT-PCR testing with results ready in under 8 hours.

Testing options:

  1. Nasal non-invasive – collections either self-collected or administered by highly trained personal clinicians.
  2. Saliva – Self collected COVID-19 Test offers exceptional accuracy for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Which tests does Vitality Urgent Care Offer and Why?

  1. RT-PCR (Real-Time PCR) COVID-19 (can be performed with either a nasal, saliva, or oral swab): Results < 8 hours.
  2. RT-PCR (Real-Time PCR) COVID-19 Xpert® Xpress SARS-CoV-2 is a rapid real-time RT-PCR test developed by Cepheid: Results < 2 hours.
  3. ID NOW ( Abbott)  molecular COVID isothermal amplification testing: Results < 15 min
  4. QuickVue SARS Antigen Test: Results < 15 min

 

 

Vitality assisted more than 100 organizations to responsibly bringing their populations back to the workplace and campuses. We are proud to be the preferred partner for multiple educational institutions and have been providing comprehensive turn-key Covid – 19 containment services from the beginning of the pandemic.

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Understanding STIs: An In-Depth Look at Prevention, Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that are primarily passed from person to person during sexual contact. The most common STIs identified worldwide are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV/AIDS, and trichomoniasis, as well as emerging STIs like Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma. Grasping their symptoms, knowing the right time to test and retest for these infections, understanding treatment options, and acknowledging the importance of retesting—even after successful treatment—can greatly impact your sexual health management.

Symptoms of Most Common STIs

Although some STIs can show no symptoms, below are common symptoms associated with each infection:

  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Symptoms may include unusual discharge, a burning sensation during urination, and in men, pain or swelling in one or both testicles. Women may experience pain during intercourse, lower abdominal pain, or a low-grade fever.
  • Syphilis: This infection often begins as a painless sore on the genitals, rectum, or mouth. As it progresses, it can lead to rashes, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue.
  • Herpes: Herpes is characterized by outbreaks of blisters and sores around the mouth or genital area. The virus stays dormant in the body between outbreaks.
  • HPV: Some types of HPV can lead to genital warts, while others may not cause symptoms but can lead to various cancers.
  • HIV/AIDS: Early symptoms of HIV/AIDS include flu-like symptoms. As it progresses, it can lead to weight loss, fever, night sweats, and fatigue.
  • Trichomoniasis: This STI can cause itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, and some discharge from the penis in men. Women might notice itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a thin discharge with an unusual smell that can be clear, white, yellowish, or greenish.
  • Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma: Many individuals with these infections don’t experience symptoms. However, when present, symptoms can include burning or pain during urination, urethritis, or more complex reproductive and urinary tract disorders.

Testing and Retesting for STIs

Determining the right time to test for an STI post-exposure depends on the specific infection. General guidelines are:

  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Test 5 days weeks after exposure or for any symptoms.
  • Syphilis: Test 1-3 weeks for primary syphilis.
  • Herpes: Test 2 weeks to 3 months after exposure.
  • HPV: No approved test for men; women should have regular screenings as part of Pap tests.
  • HIV: Test 1-3 months after exposure.
  • Trichomoniasis: Most people are diagnosed when a partner reports symptoms; testing can occur as soon as symptoms are reported.
  • Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma: Testing should be considered if you have symptoms or risk factors like multiple sexual partners or unprotected sex.

Retesting after treatment is crucial to ensure the infection has been completely eradicated and to check for potential reinfections.

Treatment Options

Treatment plans differ based on the STI:

  • Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis: These bacterial infections are typically treated with antibiotics.
  • Herpes and HIV: These viral infections can’t be cured, but their symptoms can be managed with antiviral medications.
  • HPV: Treatment often focuses on managing symptoms and regular monitoring for potential cancer development.
  • Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma: These infections are generally treated with antibiotics; however, antibiotic resistance can be an issue, particularly with Mycoplasma genitalium.

Understanding the intricacies of STIs, from their symptoms to their treatment options, is essential for managing your sexual health. Always remember the mantra: “Get tested, get treated, and get retested”. Knowing your status empowers you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make informed choices.

To support your sexual health management, consider getting tested today at our partner labs, which provide low-cost, fast turnaround time, and easy scheduling for your convenience. Knowing your status not only empowers you to make informed choices but also contributes to overall health.

Empowering Your Health Journey: Direct-to-Consumer Laboratory Testing with Vitality Express Labs

Updated: June 27th, 2023

Understanding and managing your health can feel like a daunting task, but with the advent of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Laboratory Testing, it doesn’t have to be. At Vitality Express Labs, we are excited to embrace this empowering approach, allowing you direct access to a plethora of lab tests, giving you valuable insights into your health and wellness.

Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Laboratory Testing: A Closer Look

DTC Laboratory Testing represents a shift in healthcare by enabling you, the consumer, to order your own laboratory tests without a traditional physician’s referral. This concept placing the control of healthcare into your hands.

The Benefits of DTC Testing with Vitality Express Labs

At Vitality Express Labs, we believe that knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. Here are the key benefits of using our DTC testing services:

Empowerment and Control: You get to choose what you want to learn about your health, on your timeline. You’re in control of when and where the testing occurs, and who gets to see the results.

Affordability: The testing is more affordable then regular medical visit. The elimination of doctor’s visit fees, potential facility fees, and savings on time and make DTC testing an economical option.

Speed and Convenience: There’s no need to wait for a doctor’s appointment to get tests ordered. You can order tests at your convenience and present to the lab for final collection

Privacy and Confidentiality: We adhere to strict confidentiality standards. Your results are shared with you and only you, unless you choose to share them with others.

Proactive Health Management: With access to testing, you can catch potential health issues early or monitor existing conditions effectively.

Wide Range of Tests: We offer a broad selection of tests, allowing you to investigate various areas of health and wellness.

Quality and Accuracy: We partner with top-tier laboratories that comply with all industry standards to ensure you receive the most precise and reliable results.

The DTC process involves four simple steps:

Selection: You can choose from a broad range of tests based on your specific health concerns or needs. This could be anything from general wellness tests to more specialized screens such as genetic testing, cardiovascular health, allergy panels, or disease-specific tests.

Sample Collection: Depending on the chosen test, you may either visit a local collection center to provide your sample (like blood or urine).

Analysis and Results: Your sample is sent to a laboratory for comprehensive analysis. The findings are then consolidated into an easy-to-understand report, which is made accessible to you through a secure online portal.

Consultation: Post receiving your results, it’s advisable to discuss them with a healthcare professional who can provide expert medical advice, interpretation, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations based on the findings.

 

While DTC testing is an incredibly empowering tool, it’s important to remember that it is not a replacement for regular healthcare provider visits. It’s a resource to keep you well-informed and engaged in managing your health.

Take control of your health journey today with Vitality Express Labs. Your health is in your hands!

Urgent Care

Exciting News: Vitality Urgent Care is Relocating to a New, State-of-the-Art Facility!

Hello to our valued patients and community members!

We have some thrilling news to share with you all regarding our urgent care relocation. Vitality Urgent Care is on the move! We are excited to announce our relocation to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility at 56 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove. Our doors will be open at this new location starting January 22, 2023.


New Address, Same Exceptional Care

Our new address, strategically chosen for its accessibility, offers the same high-quality, patient-centered care you’ve come to expect from us, now enhanced with even better facilities and services. The move is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible healthcare experience to our community.


Extended Hours for Your Convenience

Understanding your busy schedules, we’ve extended our operating hours! Now, we’re available from 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday, and 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. This means more flexibility for you to receive care when it’s most convenient.


Innovative Digital Radiology Suite

We’re proud to introduce our new digital radiology suite. This cutting-edge technology ensures that you receive the most efficient and accurate imaging services possible. Whether it’s for diagnosing injuries or monitoring treatment progress, our digital X-ray capabilities are here to provide swift and reliable results.


On-Site Laboratory Services

In addition to our radiology suite, our new facility boasts an on-site laboratory. This enhancement means faster turnaround times for many tests, allowing for quicker diagnoses and treatment plans. Our lab services play a crucial role in our commitment to comprehensive, one-stop medical care.


Why Choose Our New Facility?

  • Convenient Location: Easy to reach with ample parking, our new facility at 56 W Dundee Rd is set to become a central healthcare hub for Buffalo Grove and the surrounding areas.
  • Extended Hours: We understand that healthcare needs don’t always fit into a 9-to-5 schedule. Our extended hours are designed to accommodate your busy lifestyle.
  • Advanced Medical Technology: With our digital radiology suite and on-site laboratory, we offer fast and accurate diagnostic services.
  • Comprehensive Care: From minor emergencies to routine check-ups, we’re equipped to handle a wide range of medical needs.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our new facility at 56 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove, starting January 22, 2023. Your health and well-being remain our top priority, and we look forward to continuing to serve you with even greater capacity and convenience.

Visit our newly relocated urgent care facility at 56 W Dundee Rd starting January 22, 2024, or contact us for more information!

X-Ray Urgent Care

The Cost of X-Rays: Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

When faced with the need for an X-ray, whether due to a sports injury or a sudden health concern, understanding your options can save you both time and money. X-rays are a critical tool in modern medicine, offering a glimpse beneath the skin to diagnose fractures, infections, and other conditions. With advancements in technology, particularly digital X-rays, Vitality Urgent Care has made the process more efficient and cost-effective than ever. Let’s break down why choosing Vitality Urgent Care for your X-ray needs is a smart, budget-friendly decision.

What Are X-Rays Used For?

X-rays can image almost any part of the body, including bones, teeth, and chest, to diagnose various conditions. Digital X-rays, which are used at Vitality Urgent Care, offer a clearer image and faster results than traditional X-rays, enhancing the accuracy and speed of diagnosis.

  • Upper Extremities: This includes fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, humerus, and radius. Whether it’s a sports injury, a fall, or chronic pain, our X-rays can pinpoint the issue accurately.
  • Lower Extremities: We cover toes, foot, ankle, leg, knee, tibia, and femur. From sprains and fractures to more complex conditions, our team is equipped to provide the diagnostics needed for effective treatment.
  • Chest/Lungs: Vital for diagnosing respiratory issues, infections, or injuries, our chest and lung X-rays provide crucial insights into your pulmonary health.
  • Spine: Including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, our spinal X-rays can help diagnose issues related to back pain, injuries, or degenerative conditions, facilitating targeted treatment plans.
  • Skull: We also offer X-rays for the head or nose, crucial for assessing injuries or conditions affecting the skull and facial structure.

What is the pricing for X-Ray

Location of Service: X-rays at Vitality Urgent Care are significantly less expensive than those performed in an Emergency Room (ER). Most X-rays (up to 2 views) are available as add-ons to office visits priced at $60, making this critical diagnostic tool both accessible and affordable. This pricing model ensures that the additional cost of an X-ray does not become a barrier to receiving the care you need.

Seamless Integration of Care

When you visit Vitality Urgent Care for a medical concern, the ability to add an X-ray to your office visit streamlines your care process. This integration means you can receive a comprehensive evaluation and necessary diagnostics under one roof, without the need for multiple appointments or locations. Our digital X-ray technology enhances this experience, offering quick and clear images that aid in accurate diagnoses.

The Advantage of Digital X-Rays at Vitality

Choosing to have your X-ray as an add-on to your office visit at Vitality Urgent Care not only saves you money but also capitalizes on the benefits of digital X-ray technology. Digital X-rays offer several advantages over traditional film X-rays, including:

  • Faster Results: Digital images are available almost immediately, allowing for quicker diagnoses and treatment plans.
  • Better Quality Images: Enhanced image quality helps in making more accurate diagnoses.
  • Cost Savings: The efficiency and reduced material use of digital X-rays contribute to their affordability.

No Appointment Necessary, Just Walk-In

At Vitality Urgent Care, we understand that health concerns don’t always follow a schedule. That’s why our services, including X-rays as add-ons, require no appointments. You can walk in for an office visit and, if necessary, receive an X-ray during the same visit, ensuring that your health concerns are addressed promptly and efficiently.

Why Choose Our New Facility?

  • Convenient Location: Easy to reach with ample parking, our new facility at 56 W Dundee Rd is set to become a central healthcare hub for Buffalo Grove and the surrounding areas.
  • Extended Hours: We understand that healthcare needs don’t always fit into a 9-to-5 schedule. Our extended hours are designed to accommodate your busy lifestyle.
  • Advanced Medical Technology: With our digital radiology suite and on-site laboratory, we offer fast and accurate diagnostic services.
  • Comprehensive Care: From minor emergencies to routine check-ups, we’re equipped to handle a wide range of medical needs.
RSV treatment and prevention

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment

RSV symptoms: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that can affect individuals of all ages, with most children experiencing it by age 2. While typically mild in adults and older children, RSV can cause severe complications in infants, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. RSV typically follows a seasonal pattern, with outbreaks commonly occurring in fall, peaking in winter, and concluding in early spring. This seasonality is crucial for understanding the timing of preventative measures and heightened awareness.

Symptoms of RSV

Symptoms usually appear 4-6 days post-exposure, presenting as mild cold-like symptoms in adults and older children, such as:

RSV Symptoms in Kids:

  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Difficulty in breathing, indicated by chest retractions
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Poor feeding and decreased activity
  • Irritability and unusual tiredness (lethargy)

RSV Symptoms in Adults:

  • Congested or runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

Older Adults:

  • Similar symptoms to adults, but with higher risk of severe complications
  • Increased breathing difficulties
  • Higher risk of developing pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Potential cyanosis (bluish color of the skin due to lack of oxygen

Transmission and Risk Factors for RSV

RSV is highly contagious through respiratory droplets. Young children, especially in childcare, and adults over 65, or those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk.

Prevention and Protection

Effective prevention during virus season includes:

  • Regular handwashing.
  • Avoiding close contact with sick individuals.
  • Disinfecting surfaces.
  • Not sharing utensils and cups.
  • Maintaining smoke-free environments.
  • Cleaning toys frequently.

Vaccination and Protective Measures

  • During Pregnancy: Vaccination in late pregnancy is recommended to provide passive immunity to the infant.
  • Infants: Specific vaccination protocols are in place for young infants, particularly those at high risk or born during RSV season.
  • Older Adults: Vaccination for older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions, to reduce the risk of severe RSV complications.

Vitality Urgent Care’s Role in RSV Management

Vitality Urgent Care is essential in managing Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), particularly during peak seasons. Our services include:

  • Rapid Testing: We provide quick and accurate RSV testing, crucial for timely diagnosis and distinguishing RSV from similar respiratory illnesses like flu and COVID-19.
  • Age-Specific Treatment: Understanding that RSV impacts different age groups uniquely, Vitality Urgent Care offers tailored treatment plans. These are based on patient’s age, severity of symptoms, and individual health needs.
  • Preventive Guidance: The care team also advises on managing symptoms at home and preventive measures to curb the spread of RSV. This includes hygiene practices, avoiding contact with infected individuals, and recommendations for household safety. Recognizing RSV symptoms and implementing prevention methods is vital for protecting vulnerable groups. Vitality Urgent Care plays a crucial role in providing rapid testing and treatment guidance, ensuring the best care for those at risk of RSV.
Concussions

The ABCs of Concussions: A Parent’s Guide for School Sports Safety

The excitement is in the air as children head back to school and sports. But as parents, how prepared are we for the potential risks like concussions that come with the territory? This guide will help you understand the ins and outs of concussion management.

Initial Assessment: What to Watch For If you’re ever on the sidelines and something seems off with your child, remember the golden rule: “When in doubt, sit them out!” Watch for subtle signs like delayed verbal responses, discoordination, or emotional shifts.

Diagnosis: More Than a Bump It’s not merely a bump on the head; a concussion involves a change in memory or mental status. Recognize that diagnosis can sometimes take time, especially if symptoms don’t manifest immediately.

Cognitive Rest: Debunking the Myths Think cognitive rest is essential for recovery? Think again. If your child doesn’t experience symptom worsening during cognitive activities like reading, then it’s generally fine for them to continue.

Neuropsych Testing: Helpful but Limited Though valuable for concussion management, neuropsych testing doesn’t predict the length of recovery and isn’t usually a factor in deciding on neuroimaging.

Long-term Risks: Unraveling the Connection Concerned about long-term risks? While there’s a correlation between neurocognitive diseases and repeated concussions, the relationship is complex and likely involves various factors like genetics.

Return-to-Play: A Step-By-Step Guide To get your child safely back into sports, follow a step-wise approach. Your child should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours at each stage before progressing to the next.

Your child’s safety is our priority. Being well-informed about concussions can make all the difference.

Common Summer Rashes

Navigating Through Common Summer Rashes

Updated: June 15th, 2023

Summer is a delightful season filled with picnics, swimming, hiking, and soaking up the sun. However, the joy of summer can sometimes be marred by the onset of uncomfortable skin rashes. These rashes can be caused by a range of factors including heat, sun exposure, plants, and waterborne parasites. In this in-depth guide, we will explore the symptoms and treatments of common summer rashes, highlighting the services of Vitality Urgent Care in providing effective and timely treatment.

Recognizing and Treating Common Summer Rashes

  1. Heat Rash (Prickly Heat): Heat rash is a common issue in hot, humid weather, particularly in individuals who sweat profusely. The condition occurs when sweat ducts become blocked, trapping the sweat under the skin. Symptoms can include small blisters or red lumps, and a prickly or intense itching sensation, often in areas where clothing causes friction.Treatment: Keeping the skin cool and dry is a primary step. Using an over-the-counter calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can alleviate the itching. In severe cases, a medical practitioner may prescribe stronger treatments like topical steroids.
  2. Sun Rash (Solar Dermatitis): Sun rash is a reaction to excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. It’s common in people who are photosensitive. Symptoms usually include a red, itchy rash that can develop into blisters or hives on the sun-exposed areas of skin.Treatment: Mild cases can be treated with cold compresses, soothing creams, and aloe vera. Severe cases may require topical steroids or antihistamines. Avoiding sun exposure and using sunblock are effective preventive measures.
  3. Swimmer’s Itch: Also known as cercarial dermatitis, swimmer’s itch is an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites that infest freshwater lakes and ponds. The parasites can penetrate the skin, causing red, itchy bumps or blisters.Treatment: Over-the-counter creams and antihistamines can help relieve the itching. In more severe cases, a healthcare provider may recommend prescription-strength creams or pills.
  4. Plant Rashes (Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac): These rashes are an allergic response to the oil, urushiol, found in these plants. The rash typically presents as a red, itchy rash that can blister, and it follows a linear pattern where the plant brushed against the skin.Treatment: Rinsing the skin immediately after contact can reduce the severity. Topical creams and oral antihistamines can relieve the itching. In severe cases, you may need prescription medication from a healthcare provider.

At Vitality Urgent Care, we are dedicated to providing immediate, high-quality care for all your summer health concerns, including pesky skin rashes. Our skilled healthcare professionals can promptly diagnose these rashes and initiate appropriate treatment.

In addition to offering over-the-counter solutions, we can provide prescription treatments for severe or persistent rashes. Our team is equipped to prescribe topical steroids, oral steroids, and antibiotics if a rash is severe, widespread, or infected. We also provide education about preventive measures and skincare routines to minimize the risk of summer rashes.

Urgent Care Today

Emergency Department or Urgent Care Center?

Updated: March 20th, 2023

Urgent care centers and emergency rooms are two most common options for medical care but with important differences. It is crucial to understand the differences between these facilities to make informed decisions about where to seek medical care. Below we will explore the differences and determine which option is best for your needs.

Urgent care centers are designed to provide medical care for non-life-threatening conditions that require attention but are not serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Urgent Care facilities typically open extended hours, including weekends and holidays, making them a convenient option for patients who cannot get an appointment with their primary care physician or who need medical attention outside of regular office hours.

Emergency rooms, on the other hand, are designed to provide immediate medical attention to patients with life-threatening conditions or severe injuries that require more extensive medical care. Emergency rooms are open 24/7, and they have the resources and equipment necessary to handle a wide range of medical emergencies.

Key Differences Between Emergency and Urgent Care Centers

  • Severity of Condition: Urgent care centers are designed to treat non-life-threatening conditions such as minor cuts, sprains, and colds, while emergency rooms are equipped to handle life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and severe injuries.
  • Wait Times: Urgent care centers typically have shorter wait times than emergency rooms, and patients are often seen within an hour of arrival. Emergency rooms, on the other hand, prioritize patients based on the severity of their condition, so wait times can be much longer.
  • Cost: Urgent care centers are generally less expensive than emergency rooms, and typically accept most insurances. Emergency rooms, on the other hand, can be very expensive, and patients may be responsible for a large portion of the bill if they don’t have adequate insurance coverage.
  • Equipment and Resources: While urgent care centers have basic medical equipment, emergency rooms are equipped with more advanced equipment such as CT scanners and MRI machines, as well as a wide range of medical specialists.

Summary of Key Differences

Urgent Care Centers Emergency Rooms
Severity of Condition Non-life-threatening Life-threatening or severe injuries
Wait Times Shorter wait times Longer wait times
Cost Less expensive More expensive
Equipment and Resources Basic medical equipment Advanced equipment

Vitality Urgent Care is privately owned and located is located conveniently in Arlington Heights, Illinois. One of the key advantages of being independent, it allows us focus on providing personalized comprehensive care. Our medical personal takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns, and work in developing a treatment plan that meets specific needs. This personalized approach helps ensure that patients receive the best possible care.

 

We offer a range of medical services, including treatment for illnesses and injuries, physical exams, vaccinations, occupational health, DOT Physicals, DOT / Non DOT drug screening and laboratory tests. We accept most types of insurance and offer a self-pay option for patients without insurance. Our pricing is transparent, and we strive to provide high-quality medical care at an affordable price.

Nausea from stomach bug or food poisoning?

Updated: March 7th, 2023

We all experience stomach troubles from time to time, but when you’re hit with sudden and severe symptoms, it can be hard to know what’s causing your discomfort. Two common culprits of acute gastrointestinal distress are stomach bugs and food poisoning. While both can cause similar symptoms, they have different causes, treatments, and prevention methods.

Let’s dive into the differences between a stomach bug and food poisoning, how to identify which one you might have, and what to do about.

Stomach Bugs:

  • Caused by a viral infection in the stomach and intestines
  • Highly contagious and can spread through contact with infected individuals, contaminated food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces
  • Symptoms usually develop within 1-3 days of exposure and can last up to 10 days
  • Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, and fatigue
  • Treatment typically involves rest, staying hydrated, and over-the-counter medications like anti-nausea or anti-diarrhea drugs
  • Prevention methods include washing hands frequently, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and thoroughly cooking and storing food properly

Food Poisoning:

  • Caused by consuming contaminated food or drink
  • Can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins produced by bacteria or other microorganisms
  • Symptoms can develop within a few hours to a few days of consuming contaminated food and usually last up to 48 hours
  • Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever, and headache
  • Treatment typically involves rest, staying hydrated, and sometimes antibiotics or other medications to relieve symptoms
  • Prevention methods include thoroughly cooking and storing food properly, washing hands and surfaces often, and avoiding cross-contamination of food

How to Identify Which One You Might Have:

  • Consider the timing of your symptoms. Stomach bugs usually have a longer incubation period, while food poisoning symptoms can develop quickly after consuming contaminated food.
  • Think about any recent exposure to potential sources of infection. Did you recently travel or come into contact with someone who was sick? Did you consume any questionable food or drink? Did you take antibiotics recently?
  • Consider the severity of your symptoms. Stomach bugs can cause severe symptoms but tend to resolve on their own within a week or so. Food poisoning symptoms can also be severe but typically resolve within 48 hours.

What to Do About It:

  • Stay hydrated. Both stomach bugs and food poisoning can cause dehydration, so it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to replace any lost fluids.
  • Rest. Your body needs time to recover, so it’s important to take it easy and get plenty of rest.
  • Seek medical attention if symptoms are severe or last longer than a few days. Vitality Urgent Care may be able to prescribe medication to relieve symptoms or provide further treatment if necessary.
  • Take steps to prevent the spread of infection. If you suspect you have a stomach bug, avoid contact with others and wash your hands frequently. If you suspect food poisoning, dispose of any remaining contaminated food properly and clean any surfaces that may have come into contact with it.

Take Away:

While stomach bugs and food poisoning can cause similar symptoms, they have different causes and treatment methods. By understanding the differences between the two and taking steps to prevent infection, you can minimize your risk of developing gastrointestinal distress. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or symptoms that last longer than a few days, it’s important to seek medical attention to ensure proper treatment. Vitality Urgent Care providers are knowledgeable in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and ready to get you better faster.

Health Tips from Vitality Urgent Urgent Care

Updated: March 4th, 2023

As a leading provider of urgent care services, Vitality Urgent Care is committed to helping individuals maintain good health and wellbeing. We will share some valuable health tips that to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

  1. Practice Good Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. This includes washing your hands regularly with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and avoiding close contact with others when you are sick.

Good hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs and reduce your risk of contracting illnesses such as the flu, colds, and other infectious diseases.

  1. Stay Active

Staying active is crucial for maintaining good health. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and improve your mood and mental wellbeing.

Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, at least five days a week.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for good health. Lack of sleep can lead to a range of health problems, including fatigue, irritability, and a weakened immune system.

Most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Try to establish a regular sleep routine, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime, and create a comfortable sleeping environment to help promote good sleep.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining good health. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and keep you feeling energized and alert.

Try to limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and foods high in saturated and trans fats, which can contribute to a range of health problems.

  1. Manage Stress

Stress can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Chronic stress can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular disease.

Learning to manage stress is essential for maintaining good health. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  1. Stay up to Date with Preventive Care

Staying up to date with preventive care, such as routine check-ups and screenings, is essential for maintaining good health. Regular preventive care can help detect health problems early when they are more treatable and can reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases.

Talk to your healthcare provider about recommended screenings and tests based on your age, gender, and overall health status.

  1. Practice Safe Behavior

Practicing safe behavior is essential for maintaining good health. This includes wearing seat belts while driving, wearing helmets when cycling or participating in other high-risk activities, and practicing safe sex to reduce your risk of sexually transmitted infections.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors for a range of health problems, including lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Quitting smoking can help reduce your risk of these and other health problems and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

If you need help quitting smoking, talk to your healthcare provider about resources and strategies that can help.

  1. Stay Connected with Others

Staying connected with others is essential for good health and wellbeing. Social isolation and loneliness can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health and can increase your risk of chronic diseases.

Try to make time for social activities, connect with family and friends, and participate in community events to stay connected and maintain good health.

Summary

Maintaining good health requires a commitment to healthy habits and practices. By following these health tips, you can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, improve your physical and mental

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.

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.

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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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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.”

   

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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

Urinary Tract Infection

How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infection is a UTI. It is caused by germs getting into the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The urethra is a tube at the bottom of the bladder. Urine flows out of this tube. The germs enter the urethra and then spread in the bladder. Urinary tract infections are much more common in women.

Types of urinary tract infections

  • Bladder infection is when the lower urinary tract is infected.
  • Kidney infection is in the upper urinary tract.

Signs of Urinary Tract Infection

  • Pain during urination
  • Urgency to urinate
  • Urinating more frequently
  • Soreness over the bladder or lower abdominal muscles
  • Strong odor
  • Cloudy Urine
  • Blood in urine

 Signs and symptoms that may indicate a further spread of infection to kidney or blood may present as:

  • Back pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
    If you have any of these symptoms, tell your healthcare provider right away. Kidney infections are serious. They need to be treated promptly.

How can UTIs be prevented?

After a bowel movement or after urinating, wipe from front to back.
Wash the skin around the anus and the genital area.
Avoid using douches, powder, and deodorant sprays.
Drink plenty of fluids (including water) to flush bacteria out of your urinary system.
Empty your bladder as soon as you feel the urge or about every 2–3 hours.
Try to empty your bladder before and after sex.
Wear underwear with a cotton crotch.

Treatment or Urinary Tract Infections

If you are experiencing any common symptoms of UTIs or suspect you may have a UTI, your best course of action is to get a urine test with Vitality Urgent and Primary Care. Our team will help assess the seriousness of the infection and, if necessary, prescribe an appropriate course of antibiotics. This will keep the infection from spreading to the kidneys, where it can become serious or even life-threatening.

Vitality Urgent and Primar Care House Calls are open extended hours seven days a week, 365 days a year, making it easy and convenient to get help for a wide range of women’s health needs. Simply call schedule an appointment online and our team member well be seeing you in 1 hour.

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/

Is it already the Influenza (Flu) season?

Is it already the Influenza (Flu) season?

Influenza, or flu, is an infection caused by the influenza virus. It affects your throat, breathing tube, and lungs (the respiratory system). It spreads from a person who is sick to some other person from close contact. Flu may cause rapid onset of:

  • Fever over 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat Tiredness
  • Throwing up

How Does the Flu Differ From the Common Cold?

Flu and the common cold are very similar, but the flu is like the common cold on steroids. Even in a healthy adult, influenza can become life-threatening due to various complications such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Heart problems

A cold, on the other hand, tends to be milder and less likely to cause serious complications. Simply put, when you have the flu, you will feel much worse. For most individuals, the flu symptoms start to disappear in about five to seven days after illness onset.

How to prevent or fight the Flu?

  • Keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers also work to kill the virus.
  • Do not get too close (kissing, hugging) to people who are sick.
  • Do not share cups, food, drinks, or silverware with anyone who is sick.
  • Get a flu shot each year.
  • If you think that you may have flu call your health care provider to inquire about early initiation of antiviral therapy.

The Bottom Line

When you’re dealing with symptoms of Flu-Like symptoms and you want a quick relief of your symptoms. While there are plenty of things you can do yourself to help your body heal and prevent further infections, the best course of action is usually to have an evaluation by a medical professional and possible prescription of anti-viral medication. If you don’t relish the thought of taking time out of your day to sit in a germy waiting room, order urgent care visit to your home and relax at home instead!

 

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Google Reviews for Urgent Care Thank you Vitality HouseCalls! The service is great. Rod was very courteous and did an excellent job of coming to our house to treat my husband who could not get out of bed. He had exceptional bedside manners and provided us with the first dose of medications so we did not have to travel to pharmacy at night. It was a very positive experience in otherwise stressful situation.

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I used this service for a severe sinus infection that would not go away. I needed to get looked at on a Saturday, so it was very convenient to have Vitality Mobile Urgent Care come to my home. The Doctor even called me the next day (which I did not expect) to check up on how I was feeling. I needed a change in antibiotics and she called it right away into my pharmacy! The fee was the same I would have paid anywhere else and much lower than an ER visit. Thanks, Vitality Mobile Urgent Care!

Artem S. ( Yelp)

The medical house calls service is amazing. We used the service at least three times due to convenience. It is easier than conventional urgent care and less expensive than most regular doctors visits. The visit usually lasts about 30 minutes and the doctor is very calm and attentive. We will definitely use the service again.

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I was visiting Chicago area for work and staying at Rosemont. After eating and in a local restaurant I develop some kind of stomach sickness and needed urgent medical attention. I was not sure where to go or what to do, so I googled urgent care and was pleasantly surprised to find the service they provided. I was seen within 1 hour, right in my hotel room. The medical provider was very attentive, he examined me and quickly diagnosed me with a stomach virus. I was planning to go to the local emergency room and the medical house call service definitely save me time and money. thank you.

Aleksandr K. ( Yelp)

I was suffering from a bad sinus infection on Sunday and contemplating about going to emergency room. Saw multiple yelp reviewed for medical house calls and thought to give it a try. Scheduling appointments were really easy, i was seen in about 1 hour. The doc asked me multiple questions about my health and current symptoms. He was able to accurately diagnose the problem and send electronic prescription. He even gave me his personal phone to call for any questions. Follow up call 2 days later was greatly appreciated.

Allergies Vitality urgent and primary care

Allergies – Nose, Eyes, Skin or Other

What are allergies?

  • An allergy is when your body’s immune system overreacts to something that you eat, drink, breathe or touch.
  • Allergies may cause symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy red skin or hives, cough or wheezing, sore throat, sneezing, or even upset stomach.
  • People can have an exaggerated allergic response that may lead to swollen lips, tongue, throat, mouth, chest pain, tightness or difficulty breathing.

 Treatment

  • Treatment for allergies depends on your symptoms and often can be managed conservatively by using nasal sprays, eye drops, oral antihistamine medications and eliminating triggers.
  • If home treatment fails to yield desired results than an evaluation by the medical provider may be necessary to avoid complications.

The Button line

When you’re dealing with symptoms allergy-like symptoms, you want a quick relief of your symptoms. While there are plenty of things you can do yourself to help your body to adapt to the allergen, the preferred course of action is usually to have an evaluation by a medical professional. There are multiple medication medications that may help patients to control and lessen their allergy symptoms.If you don’t want to take time out of your day to sit in a germy waiting room, order urgent care visit to your home and relax at home instead!

We provide urgent care services for adults, children, and infants. Simple at-home urgent care is often all you need. Simply give us a call to schedule a time and location that’s convenient and time convenient for You,

Labs

Advanced Laboratory Testing in Buffalo Grove, IL

Vitality Urgent Care, located in Buffalo Grove, IL, offers a comprehensive suite of laboratory testing services for both adults and children. Specializing in advanced rapid PCR molecular testing, our facility provides accurate and timely results for various respiratory conditions, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care. Our clinic is open every day, with hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and weekends from 8am to 4pm, making us available 365 days a year for your urgent testing needs.

Leading-Edge Testing Services Include:

  • Advanced Rapid PCR Molecular Testing: Specializing in the detection of a wide range of respiratory conditions, our advanced PCR testing delivers fast and accurate results, helping diagnose illnesses like influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 efficiently.
  • Urine Tests: From urinalysis for UTI or kidney issues to pregnancy and drug screenings, our comprehensive urine testing services cover a wide array of diagnostic needs.
  • Blood Tests for Comprehensive Health Insights: Our lab performs a variety of blood tests, including Metabolic Panels (CMP), Complete Blood Counts (CBC), Thyroid Function Tests (TSH), Hemoglobin A1C for diabetes management, Lipid Panels for cholesterol monitoring, and more. Specialized tests like Troponin for heart issues, D-dimer for clot detection, and BNP for heart failure are also available.

Why Vitality Urgent Care is the Preferred Choice for Laboratory Testing:

  • Speed and Accuracy: Our state-of-the-art PCR molecular testing offers rapid results with unparalleled accuracy, ensuring you get the diagnostic information you need without delay.
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Capabilities: From respiratory pathogens to a full spectrum of urine and blood analyses, our laboratory is equipped to address a wide range of health concerns efficiently.
  • Family-Friendly Care: We provide a comfortable and caring environment for patients of all ages, with services tailored to meet the needs of both pediatric and adult patients.
  • Extended Accessibility: With flexible hours every day of the year, we ensure you have access to urgent and routine laboratory testing when it matters most.

At Vitality Urgent Care in Buffalo Grove, IL, we’re committed to leveraging the latest in diagnostic technology to enhance patient care. Our advanced rapid PCR molecular testing for respiratory conditions exemplifies our dedication to offering cutting-edge healthcare solutions. Whether you’re facing seasonal flu symptoms or require comprehensive health screening, our clinic is here to provide the expert care and support you need.

Visit Vitality Urgent Care today for all your laboratory testing requirements. Experience the convenience, speed, and reliability of our advanced testing services, designed with your health and well-being in mind.

Common Illnesses

Immediate Care for Common Illnesses at Vitality Urgent Care, Buffalo Grove, IL

At Vitality Urgent Care in Buffalo Grove, IL, we understand the urgency when you or a loved one falls ill. That’s why our clinic, open 365 days a year with hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm, is dedicated to providing prompt, reliable treatment for a variety of common illnesses. Catering to both pediatric and adult patients, our experienced medical team offers the compassionate care you need, when you need it.

Cold and Flu Relief

From the first sign of a sniffle to full-blown flu symptoms, we’re here to offer the relief you need to get back on your feet.

Urinary Tract Infection Treatments

Rapid diagnosis and effective treatments for UTIs help alleviate discomfort and restore your wellness.

Sprains and Strains Care

Our clinic specializes in the immediate care of musculoskeletal injuries, ensuring proper healing and recovery.

Minor Cuts and Burns

We provide expert wound care for minor cuts and burns to prevent infection and promote healing.

Skin Rash and Infection Solutions

Vitality Urgent Care treats a variety of skin conditions, from rashes to infections, with tailored treatment plans.

Asthma and Allergy Management

Manage asthma flare-ups and severe allergies with our specialized treatments and support.

Stomach Flu and Gastroenteritis

Effective remedies for stomach flu symptoms are available to help you overcome nausea, vomiting, and dehydration.

Ear Infection Treatments

Quick, effective care for ear infections eases pain and tackles the root cause of the issue.

Sore and Strep Throat Relief

Our rapid testing for sore and strep throat gets you the answers and treatments you need without delay.

Eye Infections and Injury Care

Immediate treatment for eye conditions, including infections and minor injuries, ensures your eye health is promptly addressed.

Why Choose Vitality Urgent Care?

Vitality Urgent Care is your go-to clinic for urgent medical needs in Buffalo Grove, IL. Our extended hours and availability 365 days a year ensure that you have access to quality care when you need it most. Whether you’re seeking pediatric urgent care for your child or need adult medical services, our clinic is equipped with the latest in medical technology to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

Don’t let common illnesses slow you down. Visit Vitality Urgent Care for fast, effective treatment in a compassionate and caring environment. Your health and comfort are our top priorities, and we strive to ensure you receive the best possible care every day of the year.

Nose / Throat

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions are common ailments that affect the ear, nose, and throat, as well as related structures in the head and neck. Vitality Urgent Care is well-equipped to handle multiple ENT conditions. Here are some of the key ENT conditions that can be treated in an urgent care setting:

  • Sinusitis: This condition involves inflammation of the sinuses, often due to an infection. It can lead to symptoms like facial pain, nasal congestion, and a reduced sense of smell. Vitality Urgent Care can provide medications to treat the infection and relieve symptoms.
  • Ear Infections: These are often caused by bacteria or viruses, leading to symptoms such as ear pain, hearing loss, and fever. Vitality Urgent Care can provide antibiotic therapy and pain relief as needed.
  • Swimmer’s Ear: This condition involves inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal, often causing pain and redness. Vitality Urgent Care can provide treatments to alleviate pain and fight the infection.
  • Tonsillitis: Inflammation of the tonsils can cause a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms. We can provide symptomatic treatment and, in recurrent cases, can refer patients to a specialist if needed.
  • Pharyngitis (Sore Throat): This condition can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Vitality Urgent Care can provide pain relief and antibiotics if the cause is bacterial.
  • Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever): Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, and an itchy or runny nose. Vitality Urgent Care can provide antihistamines, decongestants, and advice on avoiding allergens.
  • Laryngitis: Inflammation of the voice box (larynx) often leading to a hoarse voice or loss of voice. We can provide treatment to relieve symptoms and identify any potential underlying causes.
  • Vertigo: This condition causes a sensation of feeling off-balance and can be related to issues in the ear. We can help diagnose the cause and provide treatment options.
  • Nosebleeds: Though they can often be managed at home, persistent or severe nosebleeds may require medical attention. We can help stop the bleeding and provide advice to prevent future nosebleeds.

HOW CAN VITALITY URGENT CARE HELP?

  • Rapid Care: As an urgent care center, Vitality is designed to provide swift treatment for non-life-threatening conditions, including ENT disorders. You don’t need an appointment, and wait times are generally much shorter than in a hospital emergency room.
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Services: We offer a range of diagnostic services, including otoscope examinations, throat swabs, and allergy tests, which help in the accurate diagnosis of various ENT conditions.
  • Qualified Professionals: Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is ready to provide compassionate, personalized care tailored to your needs.
  • Follow-Up Care: We not only provide immediate care but also guide you on how to manage your condition at home. We can also coordinate with your primary care provider or a specialist for further treatment if needed.
  • Affordability: Urgent care services, like those provided at Vitality, are significantly less expensive than an ER visit, making healthcare more accessible.

Remember, while urgent care is a great resource for non-emergency situations, ENT conditions that involve severe pain, significant hearing loss, difficulty breathing, or symptoms of a severe allergic reaction should be treated as emergencies and warrant a visit to the nearest hospital ER.

Ear infection

Seeking ear infection treatment in Buffalo Grove? Vitality Urgent Care is your trusted destination for immediate relief and comprehensive care. Specializing in both outer and inner ear infections, our skilled medical team offers advanced ear pain relief solutions from 8am to 8pm, ensuring you receive the care you need without the wait.

Ear Infection Symptoms: Ear Pain, Decreased Hearing, or Popping

 

Ear infections, manifesting through ear pain, decreased hearing, or a popping sensation, can significantly impact your quality of life. These conditions, often resulting from allergies or the common cold, cause redness and inflammation in the ear canal. Vitality Urgent Care is equipped with the latest technology for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, making us a leading urgent care in Buffalo Grove for ear infection solutions.

Who is at Higher Risk for Ear Infections?

 

Certain factors increase the likelihood of developing ear infections, including exposure to smoke, a history of ear infections, or attending daycare. Vitality Urgent Care provides personalized strategies to reduce these risks, offering pediatric urgent care services tailored to the unique needs of our younger patients.

Advanced Ear Infection Treatments and Prevention Strategies

 

At Vitality Urgent Care, we utilize a comprehensive approach to treat ear infections, focusing on both symptom relief and preventive care. Our treatments include medications for pain and antibiotics for bacterial infections. Additionally, we advocate for preventive measures like pneumococcal vaccination and breastfeeding to help guard against ear infections.

Choose Vitality Urgent Care for Your Ear Infection Needs

  • Extended Hours: Available from 8am to 8pm, we’re here when you need us the most.
  • State-of-the-Art Diagnostics: Our facility uses cutting-edge technology for swift and precise ear infection diagnosis.
  • Experienced Healthcare Professionals: Our team is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of ear conditions.
  • Personalized Care: We offer treatment plans customized to each patient’s needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

 

Located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Vitality Urgent Care is dedicated to providing high-quality ear infection treatment and preventive care. If you or your loved one is experiencing ear pain or other symptoms of an ear infection, don’t wait. Visit us today to benefit from our expert care, tailored specifically to the needs of the Buffalo Grove community. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

Respiratory

Vitality Urgent Care understands the discomfort and concern that comes with respiratory illnesses. Our dedicated medical professionals are here to provide prompt, comprehensive care for a range of respiratory conditions, ensuring you or your loved ones receive the attention and treatment needed without the long wait times of traditional emergency rooms.

Common Respiratory Conditions We Treat

  • Asthma Exacerbations: Asthma attacks can be frightening and dangerous. Our clinic is equipped to provide rapid relief and management strategies to help control your symptoms.
  • Acute Bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes can lead to coughing, wheezing, and chest discomfort. We offer diagnostic and treatment services to alleviate your symptoms and prevent complications.
  • Pneumonia: Prompt treatment of pneumonia is crucial. Whether viral or bacterial, our urgent care can provide the necessary evaluations and start you on the path to recovery.
  • Upper Respiratory Infections (URI): Common but uncomfortable, URIs include the common cold, sinusitis, and pharyngitis. Our team offers efficient diagnosis and symptom management.
  • Influenza (Flu): The flu can lead to severe complications if not treated promptly. We offer flu testing and treatment, as well as preventive flu shots during the flu season.
  • COVID-19: In these challenging times, access to fast and reliable COVID-19 evaluation and testing is vital. Our clinic adheres to strict safety protocols to ensure the well-being of all our patients.
  • Cough: Persistent or severe coughing can be a symptom of various respiratory conditions. We provide thorough evaluation and treatment to manage cough, identifying and addressing its underlying cause.

Our Advanced On-Site Diagnostic Capabilities

At Vitality Urgent Care, we’re proud to offer advanced digital radiology and X-ray services on-site. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to quickly diagnose a range of conditions, from bone fractures to respiratory illnesses, ensuring you receive the most effective treatment plan without delay. Our commitment to utilizing the latest medical technologies means you can expect high-quality, efficient care tailored to your specific needs.

Why Choose Vitality Urgent Care for Respiratory Illnesses?

  • Immediate Access: Minimized waiting times mean you receive care quickly.
  • Advanced Technology: Our latest medical equipment ensures accurate diagnosis.
  • Experienced Professionals: Extensive expertise across various respiratory conditions.
  • Personalized Care: Tailored treatment plans meet your individual health needs.

For anyone in Buffalo Grove or the surrounding areas seeking reliable and efficient respiratory care, Vitality Urgent Care is your trusted health partner. Our doors are always open, ready to offer the prompt and professional medical attention you and your loved ones deserve. Visit us today and experience the difference in respiratory care with Vitality Urgent Care.

Skin

Urgent Care Skin Treatment Services at Vitality: Comprehensive Care for Acute Skin Conditions

Skin, as the body’s largest organ, serves as a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. It often reflects the internal state of the body, revealing signs of underlying health issues. At Vitality Urgent Care, we recognize the importance of skin not only as a protective barrier but also as a mirror to your general health. Our clinic is a trusted community resource, renowned for effectively managing a wide range of skin-related concerns.

Our team of healthcare professionals is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating various skin disorders. We understand that skin issues can range from minor irritations to symptoms of more serious health conditions. Therefore, our approach is thorough, compassionate, and tailored to each individual’s needs.

Our services are designed to be time-efficient, understanding that our patients value prompt and effective care. Whether it’s a sudden rash, a persistent skin condition, or a concern that may indicate a more systemic issue, our clinic is equipped to address these needs with the utmost care and professionalism.

Acne Treatment

Our urgent care skin treatment services provide comprehensive acne care. We understand the impact of acne on both skin health and self-esteem. Our treatments are tailored to your unique skin type and severity.

Eczema Management

Vitality’s skin treatment services offer relief for eczema. We focus on reducing itching and inflammation with prescription topical medications and lifestyle advice to manage eczema triggers.

Psoriasis Care

We include specialized services for psoriasis. Our approach involves topical treatments and referrals to dermatology specialists for advanced cases.

Skin Infection Treatment

Our clinic provides urgent care skin treatment services for skin infections like cellulitis or impetigo. We focus on effective antibiotic treatments and wound care.

Hives Relief

For immediate relief from hives, our urgent care services include antihistamines and steroids to reduce allergic reactions and provide comfort.

Shingles Management

Shingles treatment is a key part of our services. We offer antiviral medications and pain management to aid recovery.

Allergic Skin Reactions

We provide quick relief for allergic skin reactions. Our urgent care skin treatment services include antihistamines and topical creams to alleviate symptoms.

Burns and Wound Care

Our clinic handles minor burns and wounds with utmost care, offering cleaning, dressing, and pain management as part of our urgent care skin treatment services.

Ringworm Management

Treating ringworm effectively is part of our urgent care skin treatment services. We provide both topical and oral antifungal treatments.

Rosacea Care

Our urgent care skin treatment services help manage rosacea. We focus on topical treatments and lifestyle modifications to control symptoms.

Scabies Treatment

Scabies treatment is an important aspect of our urgent care skin treatment services. We offer creams and lotions to eliminate mites and provide guidance on preventing re-infestation.

Heat Rash Relief

Our urgent care skin treatment services include treatments for heat rash, focusing on cooling lotions and creams and advice on preventing further outbreaks.

Poison Ivy/Poison Oak Rash Management

We offer topical creams and oral medications to soothe rashes caused by poison ivy or oak, a key part of our urgent care skin treatment services.

Vitality Urgent Care: Your Skin Care Provider

As a leading urgent care center, Vitality offers rapid skin condition treatment, comprehensive skin assessments, and compassionate care from a team of experienced healthcare professionals. We prioritize making healthcare accessible and affordable, with urgent care skin services costing significantly less than an ER visit.

While we are well-equipped to handle many skin conditions, remember to seek immediate emergency medical attention for severe burns, deep wounds, or a rapid spread of skin infection. Trust Vitality Urgent Care for all your skin care needs—we’re here to help.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal (GI) conditions are common ailments that affect the digestive system, encompassing disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Vitality Urgent Care is well-equipped to handle multiple gastro intestinal conditions. Here are some of the key GI conditions that can be treated in an urgent care setting:

  • Gastritis and Gastroenteritis: These conditions involve inflammation of the stomach lining and the digestive tract, respectively. They can lead to symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Vitality Urgent Care can provide symptomatic relief and help identify the underlying cause, whether it be infection, foodborne illness, or another reason.
  • Food Poisoning: It’s caused by consuming contaminated food or water, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. In severe cases, it may cause dehydration, which would require immediate medical attention. Vitality Urgent Care can provide rehydration therapies and medications to control symptoms.
  • Gallstones: They are hard deposits in the gallbladder that can cause severe abdominal pain. While chronic gallstone disease may require surgical intervention, an urgent care center like Vitality can help manage the acute pain and refer patients to a specialist if needed.
  • Peptic Ulcers: These are sores that develop in the lining of the stomach, upper small intestine, or esophagus. They can cause severe discomfort and, in some cases, bleeding. Vitality Urgent Care can provide diagnosis and treatment, including medications to reduce stomach acid and protect the lining of the stomach.
  • Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower part of the rectum and anus. They can be painful and can cause bleeding during bowel movements. At Vitality Urgent Care, we can provide treatments to help shrink hemorrhoids and alleviate symptoms.
  • Diverticulitis: This condition occurs when the small pouches in your digestive system, primarily in the lower part of your colon, become inflamed or infected. Vitality Urgent Care can provide antibiotics, pain relievers, and advice on dietary changes.
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease): GERD is a chronic condition where stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. At Vitality Urgent Care, we can provide lifestyle guidance and medication to manage GERD.
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion): This can cause a variety of symptoms, including stomach discomfort, heartburn, and nausea. At Vitality Urgent Care, we can help identify the cause of dyspepsia and recommend treatments.
  • Acid Reflux: This condition, also known as heartburn, can cause a burning pain in the chest after eating. Urgent care can provide immediate relief and long-term management strategies.
  • Anal Fissures: These are small tears in the lining of the anus, often caused by hard stools or diarrhea. They can be quite painful but are treatable in an urgent care setting.
  • Esophagitis: This is inflammation that may damage tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that delivers food from your mouth to your stomach. Vitality Urgent Care can help diagnose and manage this condition.

How can Vitality Urgent Care help?

  • Rapid Care: As an urgent care center, Vitality is designed to provide swift treatment for non-life-threatening conditions, including GI disorders. You don’t need an appointment, and wait times are generally much shorter than in a hospital emergency room.
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Services: We offer a range of diagnostic services, laboratory testing, and EKGs, which help in the accurate diagnosis of various GI conditions.
  • Qualified Professionals: Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is ready to provide compassionate, personalized care tailored to your needs.
  • Follow-Up Care: We not only provide immediate care but also guide you on how to manage your condition at home, including dietary changes and medication management. We can also coordinate with your primary care provider or a specialist for further treatment if needed.
  • Affordability: Urgent care services, like those provided at Vitality, are significantly less expensive than an ER visit, making healthcare more accessible.

Remember, while urgent care is a great resource for non-emergency situations, GI conditions that involve severe pain, persistent vomiting, bloody stools, or significant unintentional weight loss should be treated as emergencies and warrant a visit to the nearest hospital ER.

Medication Refills

We can provide medication refills for a variety of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure diabetes, gout, migraines, etc. We do not provide refills for controlled substances such as opioids or benzodiazepines.

Many of the refills can be done via Telemedicine Visit

 

 

Musculoskeletal

Expert Orthopedic Urgent Care Services in Buffalo Grove

We specialize in a comprehensive array of musculoskeletal conditions. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with advanced digital X-ray services, making us the go-to destination for patients seeking immediate and accurate musculoskeletal diagnostics and treatment.

Leading orthopedic Conditions Treated at Our Urgent Care

  • Sprains and Strains: Offering rapid relief and recovery strategies for muscle and ligament injuries.
  • Back Pain Relief: Specialized treatments to alleviate acute back pain and restore mobility.
  • Arthritis Management: Expert care focused on reducing pain and improving joint function.
  • Fracture Treatment: Quick stabilization and diagnosis of minor fractures with on-site digital X-ray capabilities.
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis Care: Effective solutions for tendon and joint inflammation, ensuring pain relief and functional recovery.
  • Joint Pain: Evaluation and treatment in joint pain
  • Gout: Diagnostic and treatment for gout arthritis with on site medications.
  • Muscle Contusions (Bruises): Targeted care to minimize pain and speed up the healing process.

Advanced Digital Radiology X-Ray Services On-Site

Vitality Urgent Care stands out with our on-site digital radiology X-ray services, enabling us to deliver prompt and precise imaging for a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. This cutting-edge technology is a cornerstone of our diagnostic process, ensuring that our patients receive the most accurate and efficient treatment plans possible.

Why Vitality Urgent Care is Your Top Choice for Musculoskeletal Care

  • Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Care: From diagnosis to treatment, we offer a full range of services for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Immediate Access to Advanced Diagnostics: Our digital X-ray services ensure that you receive a fast and accurate diagnosis without the need for external referrals.
  • Expert Medical Team: Our healthcare professionals are experts in musculoskeletal medicine, offering personalized care tailored to your specific needs.
  • Safe and Effective Pain Relief: With a focus on nonopioid treatments, we prioritize your safety and comfort throughout the recovery process.

 

Vitality Urgent Care in Buffalo Grove, IL, is dedicated to providing exceptional musculoskeletal urgent care. Whether you’re dealing with a sprain, arthritis, or any other musculoskeletal condition, our team is here to support your journey to recovery with the highest level of care.

 

Visit us today and experience the difference at Vitality Urgent Care – your trusted partner for fast, effective musculoskeletal treatment and recovery. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we’re committed to helping you heal and regain your strength with the best care possible.

IV Fluids, Labs & Medications

 

We can perform a variety of advanced tests on-scene to get to address complex cases.

TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES

IV placement, IV fluids, breathing treatment, sutures, staples, splint, lancing of an abscess, pack or cauterize nose bleeds Etc

MEDICATIONS & SUPPLIES

Tylenol, anti-inflammatories, IV antibiotics, IV fluids, prednisone, , antiemetics, anti-diarrhea & anti-nausea medication, laxatives, stool softeners, heartburn prevention, glucose gel, anesthetics, migraine cocktail, antihistamines and more.

TESTS

Blood tests on-site, strep test, flu swab, urinalysis, urine cultures,  pregnancy test,12-lead EKG,  rapid infectious disease testing and more.

Work Notes

Schools, employers and other officials usually require a doctor’s note when you are absent from responsibility due to an illness or medical condition. During the COVID 19 pandemic, employers are even more hesitant and unsure about the safest way of you returning to work. Vitality can direct employes and provide a return to work instruction with an excuse work note in order for you to resume your employment in a safe manner.

There are many other reasons you may miss work and our providers can discuss the best way to return to work with proper documentation.

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Sore Throat or Elusive Strep

What is pharyngitis or a sore throat?

Pharyngitis indicates inflammation of the throat. Depending on the cause, patients may have other symptoms, such as fever, headache, runny nose, cough, hoarseness, and rash.

What causes it?

Viruses and Bactria may cause a sore throat Strep throat, caused by the group A Streptococcus bacteria is the most common treatable cause of pharyngitis. Besides infections, cigarette smoking, allergies, dry air, and excessive coughing or yelling can also cause pharyngitis.

How is it treated?

  • Pharyngitis caused by strep throat is treated with an antibiotic.
  • Pharyngitis caused by a virus does not respond to antibiotics.

When you’re dealing with a sore throat, you want a quick relief of your symptoms. While there are plenty of things you can do yourself to help your body help fight with a viral infection, the preferred course of action is usually to have an evaluation by a medical professional. Vitality Forever Mobile Urgent and Family Care has the capabilities to test, diagnose, and treat a sore throat or a strep in Northwest Suburbs (Illinois) and Great Chicago Metropolitan area. We provide the essential urgent care needed for adults or children 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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Why Urgent Care at Home

Get quality care in the comfort of your own home and say goodbye to uncomfortable waiting rooms.

Vitality Urgent and Primary Care makes medical care at home quick, easy, and affordable!

Who may benefit from Urgent Medical Home VIsits?

  • 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, elderly parents or yourself around. Let us help you prevent waiting long hours in illness infested waiting rooms and bring urgent care to you.
  • 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 most emergency room and urgent care centers.
  • Those who are too ill to visit your primary care provider office, who would prefer an immediate visit in the comfort of their own home
  • 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.
  • Travelers who are away from home for business or recreation and require medical treatment from a house call physician.
  • Elderly individuals who have difficulty traveling to or waiting in a doctor’s office.
Impact Medical House Calls

What the Research Says About the Impact of House Calls on Patients

A slowly growing body of literature on the impact of medical house call programs concludes that these programs are effective in reducing hospital and emergency room use and improving patient quality of life and well-being. A 1999 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that elderly house call participants reduced their use of hospitals by 65 percent with cost savings of 50 percent over similar patients who receive their care through a traditional office-based practice.1 A 2004 study of a medical house call program in the mid west found that the program: (1) improved patients’ medication and health management; (2) helped families feel  more informed about the patients’ medical conditions and relieved of the burden of transporting patients to the doctors; (3) reduced hospital and emergency services use; and (4) enabled far more patients to die at home rather than in a hospital. The study also interviewed office-based physicians who expressed relief that they could concentrate on caring for their patient caseload without worrying about managing complex homebound patients over the phone.2 A 2006 evaluation of the Visiting Nurses Association of Cleveland’s house call program found the program helped in preventing functional decline and reduced hospitalizations. Patients and referral sources also expressed high levels of satisfaction with the program.

1. Naylor, M. et al. (1999). Comprehensive discharge planning and home follow-up of hospitalized elders. Journal of the American Medical Association, 281, 613-620.

2. Muramatsu, N., Mensah, E. and T Cornwell, T. (May 2004). A physician house call program for the homebound. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, 30(5), 266-274.

3. Anetzberger, G., Stricklin, M., Gauntner, D., Banozic, R. and Laurie R. (2006). VNA house calls of greater Cleveland, Ohio: Development and pilot evaluation of a program for high-risk older adults offering primary medical care in the home. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 25(3-4), 155-66.