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Woman with ear pain

How do you know if ear pain is serious enough to see a doctor?

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Earache is a common problem, particularly in children. It can be worrying, but it’s usually caused by a minor infection and will often get better in a few days without treatment.  What are the signs and symptoms of earache? Earache can be a sharp, dull, or burning pain in the ear that comes and goes […]

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sinus pain

Timely Treatment for Sinus Infections

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Do you feel like your cold symptoms are lingering longer than usual and you have pain and pressure in your face and your head hurts? It’s possible that you could be dealing with a sinus infection rather than a common cold.  At the first sign of a sinus infection, take action! At Exemplar Care, we […]

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tick bite symptoms

What do I need to know about tick bites?

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Should I be concerned about a tick bite in Iowa? If you live in Iowa, you know that ticks are a common problem, especially during the summer months. While most tick bites are harmless, some ticks can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, which can cause serious health problems if left untreated. So, it’s essential to […]

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Heat Exhaustion

What is Heat Exhaustion?

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When your body undergoes overexertion in hot weather, it sometimes isn’t able to efficiently cool itself to retain a normal temperature. Exemplar Care is equipped to administer IV fluids when appropriate, which helps to replenish the liquids and electrolytes (sodium) that your body needs to function.  Did you know that the average body temperature is […]

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stomach pain

“Stomach Flu” Cases Continue to Rise in the Midwest

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What is Norovirus (“stomach flu”) and how does it affect you? Norovirus sometimes called the “stomach flu” is a seasonal virus and the Midwest is experiencing the greatest impact this norovirus season.  What are the Symptoms of Norovirus? The symptoms of norovirus usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Some people may also experience […]

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Emergency Room (ER) vs. Urgent Care – Where Should You go?

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What if you or a member of your family experience an illness or injury after hours, on the weekend, or you simply can’t wait for a doctor’s appointment? Choosing between an ER and urgent care can often be very confusing, especially if you find yourself suddenly ill or injured. When to Visit an ER Emergency […]

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Understand the difference between Cold and Flu

Do I Have a Cold or The Flu?

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What is the difference between a cold and flu? The common cold and influenza (flu) are both contagious respiratory illnesses that share similar symptoms, making it difficult to tell the difference between them, especially during the cold and flu season (late fall to early spring). The key difference is that they are caused by different […]

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Symptoms of Strep Throat

What Do You Need to Know About Strep Throat?

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What is strep throat? Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils that is more common in children than adults but does affect individuals of all ages. Commonly mistaken for a sore throat or common cold, especially during the winter season, strep throat accounts for only a fraction of sore throats. The […]

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When are stitches needed?

Does my cut need stitches?

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Scrapes and cuts are a part of everyday life, and most can be treated at home. Other cuts and scrapes may leave you wondering, do you cover them up and leave them to heal or do I need to visit a doctor or urgent care for a few carefully placed stitches? Stitches give added support […]

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How to relieve a UTI and keep it from coming back

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can burn, and cause multiple trips to the bathroom, making them both painful and disruptive.  What is a UTI? UTIs are the second most-frequent bacterial infection and they occur in your urinary system, which includes the bladder, urethra, kidneys, and uterus. However, UTIs most commonly impact the urethra and bladder. Women are at a […]

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