What Causes Bronchitis?

February 3, 2024

Respiratory illnesses are running rampant and acute bronchitis is one of the most common and contagious, but how do you know if you have it? There are two types of bronchitis—acute and chronic. Most cases of acute bronchitis are diagnosed during cold and flu season. The differences between the two types of bronchitis are highlighted below. What Is Bronchitis? Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes which carry air to ...

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Can I Treat an Ear Infection at Home?

January 24, 2024

If you’re a parent with little ones at home, you’re likely familiar with the discomfort of ear infections, a common ailment among children. However, it’s important to note that adults aren’t immune to this issue—it’s essential to know how to alleviate ear pain for anyone in your household who might be affected. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hickory is here to help you navigate ear infections Best Ways ...

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How Do You Contract Salmonella?

January 17, 2024

Salmonella infection, a type of food poisoning, targets your intestinal tract and can trigger a range of unpleasant symptoms, leaving you feeling quite ill for several days. Due to recent salmonella outbreaks in the U.S., it’s important to know how to avoid salmonella and what symptoms to expect. You contract salmonella infections by consuming food or water tainted with the bacteria. The symptoms often mimic those of a typical stomach bug, making it ...

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What Should I Do If I Burn Myself While Cooking?

December 22, 2023

How Should I Treat Kitchen Burns? Trading take-out for home cooked meals in 2024? As many people focus on health at New Year’s cooking at home becomes part of everyone’s resolutions. While cooking at home is great, don’t forget to let yourself have an occasional restaurant treat. Hickory has incredible local eateries, so consider treating yourself to brunch at Café Gouda or a dinner at Olde Hickory Station. Whether you’re aiming ...

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Why Is My Skin So Dry?

December 16, 2023

Why Does My Skin Get Dry in the Winter? As winter approaches, Hickory residents might find themselves dealing with that dreaded dry, parched skin. Whether you’re checking out cool planes at the Hickory Aviation Museum, hunting for treasures at the Hickory Furniture Mart, or just trying to keep up with the daily chaos, dry skin can quickly go from a minor nuisance to a major irritation. This winter, be proactive and take some preventive ...

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Is It Possible to Stay Healthy During the Holidays?

November 15, 2023

Oh, the holiday season. All of the delicious food, cozy nights on the couch and flowing drinks can make this a wonderful time of year to revel in another season of life surrounded by friends and family. However, all of this celebration can be hard on your body! Running around getting everything done ahead of time can put a strain on your immune system, and feeling sluggish after too many celebrations can end in a ...

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Will RSV Affect My Baby’s Breathing?

November 4, 2023

RSV can seem like a scary virus for new parents to be aware of, and unfortunately, it sometimes is. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, can cause some serious breathing issues for your newborn or infant. While anyone can become infected with RSV, it disproportionately affects small children and older adults and can even be life-threatening in severe cases. Our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team wants you to be prepared as we head into RSV season ...

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Do I Need to Get My Kids Vaccinated Against the Flu This Year?

October 24, 2023

Being a parent during the height of the cold and flu season can be really challenging. Navigating sick kids, keeping a clean house and calling in to work yet again because your youngest spiked a fever in the middle of the night can have us all dreaming of the warmer months ahead. No one wants their children to get sick at this time of year, but it is incredibly common as so many different infections ...

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What Should I Do if I Feel Sick This Season?

October 1, 2023

As we enter into the heart of cold and flu season, it is important to be on the lookout for any signs of illness for your entire family. A single cold or the flu could sneak in and spread throughout your household if you aren’t careful. While it is impossible to completely prevent illnesses, taking preventive steps can help you stay healthy. This is especially true when strep throat, the flu and COVID-19 cases ...

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Can Anyone Experience Serious COVID-19 Complications?

September 15, 2023

We can almost guarantee that if we asked you if you knew someone who had a serious or even deadly COVID-19 case over the past couple of years, you would say yes. It affected our entire country in ways we could have never imagined. We are so grateful that cases haven’t reached the peaks that they did back in 2020 and 2021, but COVID-19 is still out there and can still make you really ...

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