Are Syphilis Sores on Your Hand Contagious?

February 26, 2024

Syphilis infection rates have risen to their highest levels since the 1950s and the Charlotte area has the highest incidences in the state of North Carolina. Charlotte is ranked 13th in the nation of 100 cities studied. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that conjures up images of painful sores and which spreads through sexual contact between two people. Most cases in the U.S. are diagnosed among men (or those assigned male at ...

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How Common Is Bronchitis?

February 13, 2024

Did you know that more than 3 million people get sick with bronchitis each year in the United States? For most, the inconvenience lasts just a week or two and the rest required while recovering makes it the perfect time to binge your favorite shows. Below, our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team provides more information about bronchitis and provides tips on how to best deal with the symptoms. What Is Bronchitis? Bronchitis is an inflammation ...

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How Long Do Kidney Stones Last?

January 30, 2024

Understanding Kidney Stones: Formation, Symptoms, and Treatment Kidney stones are a common and often painful condition that affects many individuals. Optimizing your knowledge about their formation, symptoms, and the latest treatment options can empower you to navigate this health challenge with confidence. What Triggers Kidney Stone Formation? Kidney stones, or renal calculi, form when certain waste products in urine do not dissolve properly, leading to an imbalance that causes crystals to develop. Over time, these ...

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How Can I Reduce My Child’s Ear Infection Pain?

January 23, 2024

Gastonia, situated in scenic Southwest North Carolina, is a gem with its natural beauty and historic small-town charm. Recognized as a three-time All-American City and a U.S. Conference of Mayors Top Livability winner, it’s a community where families are thriving. Parenthood brings its own set of challenges, including dealing with common issues like ear infections in young children. If your little one is experiencing the discomfort of an ear infection, fear not. AFC ...

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Does Cold Weather Make Your Skin Dry?

December 28, 2023

Why Does My Skin Get Dry During the Winter? As winter settles across Gastonia, North Carolina, a chill in the air adds a touch of coziness to the season. It’s the perfect time to enjoy innovative dining in Uptown Charlotte, learn more about the natural world at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, or enjoy lakeside views at Rankin Lake Park. However, the winter air also brings an unpleasant dryness that can leave your ...

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How do humidifiers help prevent the flu?

December 14, 2023

Can Humidifiers Prevent the Flu? As winter arrives in Gastonia, NC, it is important to focus on staying healthy to make it a happy holiday season. Whether you are a local or just visiting town this season, take a trip to the African American Museum, or go on an adventure to Crowders Mountain State Park. Grab a bite to eat at Webb Custom Kitchen or get a boost of energy at Canal Coffee Company. If ...

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Can I Stay Healthy During the Holidays?

November 15, 2023

The family gatherings are starting, the boxes of decorations are being pulled out and you are dusting off that holiday sweater that always wins you first place at the ugly sweater party. There’s no doubt about it, the holidays are here! While you may be excited to celebrate with friends and family, this time of year can also be really frustrating because of all of the different illnesses circulating. A single infection could cause ...

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What Happens When You Get RSV?

November 5, 2023

RSV season is here once more, so it is important to refresh your memory on what this pesky illness is and how to prevent your kids from getting it. While anyone can contract RSV, it disproportionately causes severe illness in small children and infants. Having sick kids in your home is never fun, but it can be especially dangerous if your little one comes down with RSV. Our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team wants your ...

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Do You Need the Flu Shot Every Year?

October 24, 2023

The weather is changing, the leaves are starting to fall and there is pumpkin spice-flavored everything on the store shelves. There’s no doubt about it, fall is here to stay. The change in season can be a great time of year, but the colder months bring their own challenges when it comes to your health and wellness. Influenza cases are rising already in our community and we want you to stay as healthy as ...

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How Can I Tell If I Have COVID-19 or Strep Throat?

October 1, 2023

So, you woke up with a sore throat. We are sorry you are feeling sick! Different illnesses can cause all kinds of symptoms, but a sore throat is typically a sign that something is going on. While you may suspect that you are getting sick, a sore throat is a really common symptom! That can make it hard to diagnose yourself at home because it could be COVID-19, influenza, a cold or even strep throat ...

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