Infections

A doctor prepares an injection for HPV

HPV: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Our staff gets a number of questions, from people of all generations, about HPV. It seems for all the buzz words out there about sexually transmitted concerns, vaccinations, cancer linkage, and risk factors, that there is less clarity than could be. Our job is to treat our patients, but also to inform our community to the best of our ability.

A diagram shows the difference between a healthy eye and a pink eye

Healthcare Handbook: Pink Eye

You wake up in the morning, rub your eyes, stumble to the bathroom, and look into the mirror. Your sunny disposition quickly turns to worry as you squint your eyes and look closer. Your eyes are pink and you are unsure why. Integrity Urgent Care has the information you need about pink eye and whether you should be worried about this common ailment.

A sick woman lies on the couch and pinches her nose

First Aid Handbook: Sinus Infections

Have you ever had a cold that just wouldn’t go away and seemed to last for weeks? Or have you ever woken up with a throbbing headache in your forehead or under your eyes? If so, you may have been experiencing “sinusitis” or a sinus infection. The -itis ending on a word, particularly in a medical context, refers to an inflammation or infection of that area or body part.

a diagnosis sheet has measles written

The Latest News About Measles

If you’ve heard about measles in the news recently, you’ve heard correctly. In a press release dated March 8, 2019 The Texas Department of State Health confirmed 11 measles cases in Texas so far this year. Seven counties documented one case each and Harris County (Houston metro area) has recorded four. For reference, a total of nine cases were confirmed in Texas in all of 2018 and only one in 2017.

A sick child lays in bed with his teddy bear

Is it a Cold or is it RSV?

It’s that time of year – if you don’t have a cold or haven’t had one yet, it seems only a matter of time before you or your kids will have one. You probably know that colds are caused by a wide range of viruses, which is the main reason why we can’t ever seem to stop catching one. You may have also heard of a specific virus known as RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the specific viruses which causes mild, cold-like symptoms.

A woman inspects her lip for cold sores

First Aid Handbook: Cold Sores

Many people – both children and adults – experience sores or blisters in and around their mouth from time to time. Cold sores – also called fever blisters – are a common group of sores caused by the herpes simplex (HSV-1) virus. The tiny, fluid-filled blisters most frequently appear on or around the lips but may also occur inside the mouth or nose. They should not be confused with canker sores, which are not contagious.

A man wrapped in a blanket coughs on a couch

First Aid Handbook: Upper Respiratory Infections

Now that fall is here, it’s not uncommon to wake up one morning with that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat or find yourself having a sneezing attack at work. While many of us may experience seasonal allergies at this time of year, colds and upper respiratory infections may also be the cause of symptoms like these. The upper respiratory tract includes the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, throat, and larynx and an infection may occur in any or all of these passageways.

A man blows his nose while sitting on the couch

First Aid Handbook: Preventing Fall Flu

Fall officially begins with the autumnal equinox (this year on September 22), when even in Texas our thoughts turn to pumpkin spice [everything!], harvest festivals, scarecrows, sweaters, and [of course] football. While you may not think about flu season until the weather really starts to feel like fall, the best time to get your annual fall flu shot may be earlier than you think.