Practicing Safer Sex: STD And STI 101 And How To Avoid Contracting One

April 1, 2024

In today's world, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) pose prevalent health concerns that necessitate attention and proactive management. At AFC Urgent Care Natick, we recognize the significance of addressing these concerns and providing accessible testing services to our community. To further aid in understanding the importance of STD and STI testing, AFC Urgent Care Natick has compiled a comprehensive guide along with strategies for prevention. Recognizing the Risks Each year, millions of ...

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National Kidney Awareness Month: A Deep Dive into Kidney Health

February 27, 2024

March heralds the onset of National Kidney Awareness Month, an occasion to shine a spotlight on the intricacies of kidney health—a cornerstone of our overall well-being. This month provides an invaluable opportunity to explore the multifaceted dimensions of kidney function, ranging from recognizing the risks and symptoms of kidney-related ailments to acknowledging the tireless dedication of our kidneys in maintaining our vitality. AFC Urgent Care Natick is committed to fostering awareness of kidney health ...

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COVID-19 vs Strep Throat: What Could My Sore Throat Be?!

February 1, 2024

"I heard strep throat is a symptom of COVID-19?" This question might be making rounds on the internet, but it's essential to clarify that strep throat and COVID-19 are distinct illnesses. The key difference lies in their causes – strep throat results from a bacterial infection, while COVID-19 is a viral infection. Understanding this can be perplexing, but not every sore throat is indicative of COVID-19. At AFC Urgent Care Natick, we encounter patients with ...

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Understanding What Norovirus Is And How To Protect Yourself

January 1, 2024

In the previous year, norovirus cast a shadow over some of our beloved local dining spots, affecting numerous individuals in the community. Recognized colloquially as the stomach flu or bug, norovirus is an intestinal virus capable of causing acute gastroenteritis. Its high contagion factor stems from person-to-person contact, contaminated food and water, and tainted surfaces. Given its seasonal prevalence and historical recurrences, staying informed about hygiene and health measures is paramount. AFC Urgent Care Natick ...

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I Think My Christmas Tree Is The Reason I Feel Sick: Christmas Tree Syndrome Edition

December 3, 2023

As the festive season draws near, many eagerly anticipate adorning their homes with a Christmas tree. However, what if that cherished tree turns out to be the cause of your seasonal sniffles and sneezes? Over one-third of American households embrace the tradition of bringing a Christmas tree into their homes during the holidays. If you find yourself dealing with a runny nose and itchy eyes after setting up the tree, you might be experiencing a ...

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American Diabetes Month: Prioritize Your Blood Sugar

November 6, 2023

November is here, and with it, the holiday season. Last year, many of our holiday gatherings were canceled, but this year, it's looking like we can indulge in Grandma's stuffing and holiday sweets and treats. However, before you dig into the feast, it's essential to consider your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can loom as a health risk, potentially putting a damper on the celebrations. AFC Urgent Care Natick wants to ensure you ...

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AFC Urgent Care Natick’s Helpful Tips For This Flu and RSV Season

October 1, 2023

Influenza (commonly known as the flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are two names that often come up when discussing the colder winter months and holiday parties. Both are viral infections that mainly target the respiratory system and are notorious for their contagious nature. They share several common symptoms including coughing, fever, and a runny nose. However, it's essential to recognize that they also have distinct differences in their nature, and risk factors. AFC ...

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Back To School Immunizations And Physicals: School Is Right Around The Corner!

August 14, 2023

Can’t get an appointment with your child’s primary care for a physical? How about a quick vaccine update for your college kid? Time is ticking this month and before you know it, we’ll be in September. Let’s help you cross immunizations and back to school physicals off your checklist!  Whether they decide to play a fall sport or need updated immunizations, a physical at AFC Urgent Care Natick will help cover ...

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Preventing Swimmer's Ear: A Comprehensive Guide to Protect Your Ear Health

July 5, 2023

Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is a common infection that affects the outer ear canal. It occurs due to prolonged exposure to moisture, making it a concern for swimmers and individuals in humid environments. To help you prevent this uncomfortable condition, AFC Urgent Care Natick created a comprehensive guide to safeguarding yourself from swimmer's ear. Understanding The Causes Of Swimmer’s Ear Swimmer's ear is primarily caused by the invasion ...

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Urgent Care for Broken Bones & Fractures: What Urgent Care Treats

June 12, 2023

If you have a broken bone or a fracture, urgent care may be able to help. Learn the different types of fractures (broken bones), what we treat, and when to go to the ER vs. urgent care. How Do You Know a Bone is Broken? Every year, millions of people break a bone. Broken bones typically result from a trauma like a fall, car accident, or sports injury. Medical conditions such as osteoporosis or repetitive ...

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