Is Heartburn the Same as GERD?

March 27, 2024

Have you found yourself experiencing discomfort after indulging in your favorite foods lately? Perhaps you’ve noticed bloating or a warm sensation creeping up your esophagus after a night out with friends. If so, you might be grappling with heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What is Heartburn? Heartburn and GERD often share similar symptoms related to eating habits, food choices, or medication intake. Heartburn, scientifically termed gastroesophageal reflux (GER), occurs when the lower esophageal ...

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What’s the difference Between a Cold and a Sinus Infection?

March 9, 2024

The fields of east Tennessee are beginning to come alive with bits of green popping through the soil and soon, the fields will be bursting with all manner of colorful blooms. Many are joyfully anticipating their first-of-the-season visit to local tulip fields where they can pick vibrant bouquets and tangibly celebrate the arrival of spring. Some of us are expecting with trepidation other signs of spring such as nasal congestion, sneezing, and sore throats but ...

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How Do Adults Become Lactose Intolerant?

February 18, 2024

Are you planning a trip to the historic Mayfield Dairy Farms old-fashioned ice cream parlor but have some concerns about enjoying your favorite ice cream? Have you begun to experience unpleasant intestinal issues after eating it? You may be experiencing the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Physiological Changes with Age As we age, our bodies begin to reduce production of the enzyme lactase. Lactase is the enzyme the small intestine needs to break down and digest ...

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What Are Kidney Stones?

February 8, 2024

More than half a million Americans will go to the emergency room with kidney stone-related issues each year. An estimated one in ten Americans will get a kidney stone in their lifetime. We’ve all heard about kidney stones, but what are they, how do we get them, and how are they treated? What Is a Kidney Stone? A kidney stone is a hard deposit made up of minerals and salts that form inside your ...

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What Happens If I Get Salmonella While Pregnant?

January 24, 2024

A safe and healthy pregnancy is a top priority for any mother-to-be. You want to practice proper exercise, diet, and follow health recommendations to keep your baby well. The Athens community has plenty of opportunities to promote health and wellness during pregnancy. Talk to your OB/GYN about safe exercises while pregnant and stay active at local fitness centers such as Athens-McMinn Family YMCA or take a walk on the Eureka Trail for some free ...

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Do I Have Bronchitis?

January 12, 2024

Bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, can turn a simple cough into a frustrating and uncomfortable experience. While many may associate it with a bad cold, understanding the causes and available treatment options is crucial for effective management. Common Bronchitis Symptoms Cough Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color—rarely, it may be streaked with blood Fatigue Shortness of breath Slight fever and chills Chest discomfort Types ...

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How to Get More Vitamin D in the Winter

December 28, 2023

Defeat the Winter Blues: Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by Boosting Vitamin D Levels Have you ever heard that sunshine makes you happier? It’s actually true, and there is a scientific explanation for why. Our bodies need a lot of different vitamins to maintain health, and vitamin D is one of the essentials naturally found in sunlight. Hike or bike the Eureka Trail this winter or visit the gardens at Sunshine Hollow for a ...

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What to Do If You Burn Yourself While Cooking during the Holidays

December 10, 2023

Holiday Kitchen Safety: What to Do If You Burn Yourself While Cooking The holidays bring a lot of travellers through Athens this time of year, whether to visit family or to venture out to the nearby Smoky Mountain National Park. It’s a busy time for everyone finishing up holiday shopping at shops like Greeks Bearing Gifts in downtown Athens or grabbing a quick bite to eat at local favorites like Jenkins Restaurant and Deli ...

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What Illnesses Are Common During the Holiday Season?

November 15, 2023

The holiday season has arrived in the Athens area once more, and we are so excited to get started celebrating. No matter what holidays you observe or how you choose to celebrate, chances are that you will be spending a lot more time with friends and family at this time of year. All of this extra time means that the risk of getting sick increases as well, which can be problematic and can interrupt your ...

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What Does an Upper Respiratory Infection Feel Like?

November 5, 2023

Upper respiratory infections become much more common in the fall and winter months, and we are already seeing a spike in different infections across our community. While there are many different upper respiratory infections, RSV is one of the most common illnesses that impact us during this time of year. It has the potential to make certain populations really sick, so knowing what symptoms to look for is crucial. Read on as our AFC Urgent ...

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