10 Common Outdoor Injuries & How to Prevent Them

May 13, 2024

by Julianna Atchley | May 13, 2024 | Family Health As the weather warms and nature beckons, many of us eagerly embrace outdoor activities, from sports to leisurely strolls. However, with increased activity comes a higher risk of injury. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the top 10 common outdoor injuries and how to prevent them: 1. Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains can occur unexpectedly, whether you’re an athlete or simply navigating uneven terrain. They are the ...

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Should I be Worried about Norovirus?

April 28, 2024

by Julianna Atchley | Apr 28, 2024 | Walk In Clinic After work, as you are picking your child up from daycare you are told that three children and a staff member are currently out ill. There is concern that norovirus is making its way through the center. You are handed a sheet with basic information and a warning while being asked to make sure your child and all family members increase your efforts to follow handwashing ...

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Can Babies Have Seasonal Allergies?

April 14, 2024

by Julianna Atchley | Apr 14, 2024 | Family Health With the arrival of spring, the days are filled with warm air and sunshine, bringing the perfect opportunity for outdoor activities and open windows. However, as you enjoy this refreshing weather, you may notice that your baby seems more congested or less comfortable, leading you to wonder if they might have seasonal allergies. What Are Seasonal Allergies? Seasonal allergies, also known as “allergic rhinitis” or “hay fever ...

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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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