Dr. Freeman visits Studio 512: Tips for Making a First Aid Kit

Whether you require an urgent care walk-in visit or you want to schedule an appointment for Botox and fillers, the Downtown Doctor has you and your family covered. They can also make sure we know exactly what our first aid kits need,in case we need to do a little at home mending and medicating. Downtown Doctor is located at 1611 West 5th Street #180, Austin, Texas 78703. They have a Walk-In urgent care and easy free parking. You can call 512-391-9400 to make an appointment or go to FreemanMedicalClinic.com for more information.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside….

sunscreenAlthough the weather is getting (somewhat) cooler, the sun is still shining bright here in Austin. However, even on overcast days, don’t forget about the importance of quality sunscreen during the winter.

Not all sunscreens are created equal:

When we talk about sunscreens, there are 2 main categories to think of – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens are found in most makeups, moisturizers, and foundations these days. They work by absorbing or scattering the sun’s rays. These take about 20 minutes to absorb into the skin to be effective and can be made of a number of different chemicals. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, create a physical barrier on your skin to block the sun’s rays and are effective immediately after application. Physical sunscreens are made of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Each one of these ingredients is not completely effective without the other, but together, they give you protection against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun.

What’s the best sunscreen for me?

That’s easy – a physical sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. A GREAT option is SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. This sunscreen is great for all skin types, is lightweight, water-resistant, and has a universal tint that works with all skin tones. It provides broad-spectrum protection with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to help protect you from the sun’s rays that can contribute to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. This retails for just $34 and is available without appointment from the Downtown Doctor clinic in downtown Austin.

Remember sunscreen is just one component to your daily skincare routine. Don’t forget about your daily moisturizer and antioxidant serums as well!

We want you to look and feel your best all winter long – try it out today! Also makes great gifts!

Do you have time for the flu?

Blowing NoseFlu season is upon us! Check out these flu facts to help keep you and your loved ones well this flu season. If you suspect that you are ill with flu, please call for an appointment at Downtown Doctor, a family medicine clinic in the heart of downtown Austin!

  • The influenza “flu” virus is seasonal. The typical flu season runs from October to May, usually peaking between December and February.
  • Symptoms of the flu may include:
    • Fever, Chills, Body aches, Cough, Runny Nose, Headache, Fatigue, Sore throat  
  • What can I do to help prevent the flu?
    • Flu Vaccine!
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
    • Cover your cough/sneeze
    • Regularly sanitize countertops, door knobs, and other frequently contacted locations in your home
  • What flu vaccine is available at Austin family practice clinic Downtown Doctor?
    • Quadrivalent (protects for 2 Flu A & 2 Flu B viruses), preservative free
    • High Dose (recommended for age 65+ and those with chronic illness)
    • These are NOT a live vaccines and can NOT make you sick!
  • What to do if you suspect you may have the Flu?
    • Schedule an appointment at Austin family practice clinic Downtown Doctor to be seen for your symptoms, there is a rapid influenza test that can confirm the presence of the influenza virus.
    • Flu virus is treated with symptomatic treatment, fluids, and rest.
    • There are antiviral medications (ex: Tamiflu) available that can help your body fight off the virus but should be started within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
    • Since flu is a virus, antibiotics are NOT helpful