What Does Mucus Color Mean?

May 13, 2024

by Isaac Zefo | May 13, 2024 | Healthy Living We’ve all been there—trying to go about our day when a sudden stuffy nose, sinus pressure, and discolored mucus disrupt our plans. Whether you’re an avid runner sidelined by green mucus or a rock climber hampered by yellow mucus, understanding what these changes mean can help you better manage your health. Let’s explore the fascinating world of mucus and what its colors can ...

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What Does Fiber Do?

April 27, 2024

by Isaac Zefo | Apr 28, 2024 | Healthy Living In the hustle and bustle of daily life, ensuring your family gets enough fiber can be a challenge. With picky eaters and busy schedules, it’s easy to overlook this essential nutrient. However, understanding the importance of fiber and incorporating it into your diet can have profound benefits for your health. So, what exactly does fiber do, and how can you ensure you’re getting enough? The ...

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Do I have Psoriasis?

April 13, 2024

by Isaac Zefo | Apr 13, 2024 | Family Health Are you grappling with that irritating itch and irksome skin that’s putting a damper on your day? It’s not just about feeling uncomfortable; it can really cramp your style, especially when you’ve got summer adventures planned. But before you resign yourself to feeling miserable, let’s figure out if it’s psoriasis or eczema causing the chaos. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is like a ...

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Why Do UTIs Occur?

March 27, 2024

You may find yourself in a scenario where you’re eagerly anticipating an outing with your children, only to be sidelined by lower back pain and a relentless urge to urinate. It’s frustrating, and you’re looking for answers – could it be a urinary tract infection (UTI)? What is a UTI? To understand UTIs, let’s start with the urinary tract basics. It comprises the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra – a system responsible for ...

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Can I Treat an Ear Infection at Home?

March 8, 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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Will a Tanning Bed Help My Psoriasis?

February 23, 2024

If you are lucky enough to regularly hike Baker’s Mountain Park with its nearly six miles of trails you likely go well prepared with sun protection in the form of a hat, sunscreen, and perhaps specialized clothing. You take particular care to avoid the sun’s most intense rays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you have psoriasis, you may experience some relief from your symptoms during hiking ...

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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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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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