Am I At Risk For Lyme Disease? I Spy A Little Deer Tick On You!

May 5, 2022

Am I At Risk For Lyme Disease? I Spy A Little Deer Tick On You!

I spy with my little eye a small black legged deer tick on the back of your knee! Am I at risk for Lyme disease? Let’s find out together. AFC Urgent Care Dedham is currently seeing patients coming in for tick bites and lab work to determine if they have Lyme disease or not. Deer ticks are the ones that carry Lyme disease and they’re in abundance this time of year in the ...

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Why You Should Get Tested For STDs and STIs: Avoiding The Spread

April 1, 2022

Why You Should Get Tested For STDs and STIs: Avoiding The Spread

STD and STI testing should not be ignored or put off. Why? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections ( STIs)  are very common and are growing concern in the U.S. Over 26 million people are diagnosed each year with an STI or STD. The 2 fastest growing groups?  Ages 15 to 24, Seniors and the Elderly. “According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, cases ...

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How To Prepare For Spring Allergy Season 2022

March 14, 2022

How To Prepare For Spring Allergy Season 2022

Achew! We’re now approaching spring allergy season. Some of you are ready to enjoy the outdoors while the rest of you are going to have to prepare for a sudden explosion of pollen and other allergy triggers this spring. If you’re like the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, you know it’s accompanied by watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and more.  Where’s the relief?  At AFC Urgent Care Dedham ...

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How Is A Sore Throat From COVID-19 Different From Strep Throat?

January 31, 2022

How Is A Sore Throat From COVID-19 Different From Strep Throat?

Is my sore throat from COVID-19 or from strep throat? What’s the difference?  For starters, COVID-19 is a viral infection and like the flu, colds or other viral infections, these often are accompanied by respiratory symptoms. Strep throat is not like your common cold, flu or COVID-19. It’s actually caused by a bacterial infection to the throat and tonsils. We get that it’s confusing, but don’t always assume it’s COVID-19 ...

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Rapid Testing After The Holidays: Which One Should I Get?

January 7, 2022

Rapid Testing After The Holidays: Which One Should I Get?

  Getting a Rapid COVID-19 Test after the holidays? Which one should you get? Not all Rapid tests are the same. You may have heard of a Rapid PCR test and the Rapid Antigen test. Some of you may also have seen or bought an “at-home” rapid test as well. Using the right COVID test will help provide you with the “proof of test” needed to return to your normal routines. AFC Urgent Care Dedham will ...

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Christmas 2021 Gatherings: COVID-19 Safety Precautions To Keep In Mind

December 2, 2021

Christmas 2021 Gatherings: COVID-19 Safety Precautions To Keep In Mind

  December is going to go by quickly and before you know it we’ll be in 2022! We just made it through Thanksgiving, and that was exhausting, and here we are in Chanukah already. We hope that you are being safe and have been following COVID-19 safety precautions. After all, December has the most holidays in one and you’re probably going to have back-to-back holiday gatherings. The good thing about ending 2021 is that ...

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Are You Borderline Diabetic? Know The Risks, Symptoms And Prevention

November 2, 2021

Are You Borderline Diabetic? Know The Risks, Symptoms And Prevention

  Did you know there are millions of people affected by diabetes and millions who are not aware that they’re borderline diabetic. In light of Diabetes Awareness Month, AFC Urgent Care Dedham encourages people to take care of their heart health!   Some of you may not know the risks and symptoms which could lead to one of the more serious types of diabetes. For this reason, it’s important that you manage these symptoms now ...

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Flu Shot Or COVID-19 Vaccine? Avoid The Twindemic By Getting Both

September 30, 2021

Flu Shot Or COVID-19 Vaccine? Avoid The Twindemic By Getting Both

“Should I get the flu shot OR get the COVID-19 vaccine?” This shouldn’t be a question. Both vaccines protect against two entirely different viruses. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19 and getting a COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you from any of the flu strains this winter. Hopefully in the future one will emerge, but for the time being, we need both vaccines. HOWEVER, if you get both a COVID-19 ...

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Angry Bee Season Is Here: How To Treat And Avoid Bee Stings

August 24, 2021

Ouch! Mom, I got stung by a bee!   Kids are going to be kids. It’s the end of summer and they want to be outside as much as they can before school starts. But, they’re still outdoor dangers to be aware about, especially during the later half of summer into early fall.   Did you know, the end of summer into early fall is known for “angry bee” season? It’s not your imagination ...

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Back To School Physicals: Preparing Your Child For In-person School

August 17, 2021

Back to school means going back to the doctor. Why? Because school is now in-person and your child needs to prepare for the unexpected colds, flu, injuries and playing sports.   Whether they decide to play a fall sport or they need to renew immunizations, a back to school physical will cover all of that. Your child’s health is important and getting this more comprehensive physical will help them (and us) get a better picture ...

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