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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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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When Should I Get My Flu Shot This Year?

October 25, 2023

Can you believe it is already time to start talking about influenza? This year went by fast, and we are already starting to see flu cases rise around us for the season. Getting your flu shot early in the season helps give you the best protection against the most common strains of the flu for this upcoming year. Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team explains more about the flu and how to stay healthy ...

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What Is Causing My Sore Throat?

October 2, 2023

No one wants to get sick, but it can be especially frustrating if you start to experience symptoms that are common across many illnesses. Is it COVID-19, strep throat, the flu or just a simple cold? A runny nose or a fever is probably not enough to diagnose yourself on your own, which is where we come in! Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team can evaluate your symptoms and offer a more reliable and ...

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Is COVID-19 Still Circulating?

September 15, 2023

It certainly has been a tumultuous few years dealing with the pandemic and various strains of the COVID-19 virus. We are grateful that the number of infections have dropped dramatically over the years, but it is still circulating throughout our community. In fact, there has recently been a rise in cases in the South. That means we all need to be vigilant and remember our prevention strategies so we can stay safe and healthy this ...

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What Causes Falls at Home?

September 1, 2023

It is normal to experience all kinds of changes to your body as you age. While getting older is certainly a blessing, it can bring about challenges that you didn’t expect, including at-home falls. Falling or tripping when you were younger was often not a big deal and you would hop back up with maybe a bruise. When you are older, though, that same fall could lead to a serious injury like a broken ...

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