Can Undiagnosed STDs Cause Long-Term Side Effects?

July 15, 2023

You never want to think about the possibility of getting sick. It’s never fun to feel unwell, but it can cause anxiety if you aren’t sure what is causing your symptoms. That is certainly true when it comes to STDs! Sexually transmitted diseases can not only make you feel uncomfortable, but they can have a significant impact on your health later in life if they aren’t treated properly. Our AFC Urgent Care ...

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When Is Tick Season?

July 1, 2023

We love the summer season for many reasons, but not for the increase in bugs and creepy crawlies in the area. The summer temperatures make us crawl out of our homes and into the sun, and the same goes for mosquitoes and ticks! Ticks can be found at any point in the year in North Carolina, but they are more prevalent during the late spring to early fall. If you discover a tick on your ...

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Does a Fracture Need to Be Treated?

June 15, 2023

Accidents happen—there’s just no way around it! Whether you are running around the kitchen getting dinner ready and you trip over one of your kid’s toys again or misstep coming down a ladder and fall, injuries can occur at any point. If you ever wonder whether an injury is just a mild sprain or something more serious, that’s where we come in. Our team can evaluate the injury site, and we ...

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How Can I Support My Brain As I Age?

June 1, 2023

Getting older is just a fact of life. Every birthday you experience is a blessing, but that doesn’t change the fact that certain health conditions or ailments can be more common the older we get. This is why it is so important to take care of your body and mind throughout your entire life! A healthy body and brain can help support you during this aging process and can help you avoid certain cognitive ...

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Can I Prevent Getting Sunburned This Summer?

May 15, 2023

A warm summer‘s on its way to the Hickory community, and we can’t be more excited! There is always so much to do and wonderful weather to enjoy in the summertime around here. As you get ready to enjoy another summer of memories with your family, don’t forget your sunscreen. Getting sunburnt is never fun, and even though the burn is only temporary, it is dangerous to your skin and your overall ...

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How Do You Contract Salmonella?

May 1, 2023

A salmonella infection is a form of food poisoning that affects your intestinal tract. It can cause some really unpleasant symptoms and make you feel really sick for a few days. Salmonella infections happen when you ingest contaminated food or water. This type of illness shares similar symptoms with common stomach bugs, so it can be hard to tell what you are suffering from initially. If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, check out our latest ...

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Can My Allergies Be Treated at AFC Urgent Care Hickory?

April 15, 2023

As the flowers bloom and the trees begin to bud, it’s clear that it is springtime once more! Another clear indication of the change in season are those itchy, watery eyes and runny nose. Spring allergy season comes right along with the warmer temperatures, meaning many of us head indoors or make alternate plans to help minimize our symptoms. Seasonal allergies can be really frustrating to deal with! We want you to be feeling ...

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Can I Treat an Ear Infection at Home?

April 1, 2023

If you have small children in your home, you probably know all about ear infections! They are one of the most common infections that children contract. It is also possible to get an ear infection as an adult, so knowing how to find relief if you or someone in your house is experiencing ear pain is crucial. Thankfully, ear infections are usually easily treatable at home. Our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team explains all about ...

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How Can I Get My Kids to Sleep More at Night?

March 1, 2023

Sleep is important for everyone, but it is especially important for your kids! Not only does proper sleep help them grow and develop, but it can also help them be more attentive and concentrate better during the day. We know that getting your kids to sleep more at night can often be a struggle, but working with your kids to create a healthy sleep routine will only be beneficial for everyone in your home. Our ...

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Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis and Pneumonia the Same?

February 15, 2023

If you start to develop a cough throughout your day, it is not uncommon to wonder where your cough will lead. A simple cold could be on the horizon for you, or you could be in the beginning stages of a bronchitis or pneumonia infection. Both bronchitis and pneumonia are infections that affect your upper respiratory systems and can cause severe symptoms if left untreated or unaddressed. We can help determine what type of infection ...

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