What Is Causing Your Sore Throat? Is It Strep or COVID-19

February 1, 2024

Recently, our AFC Urgent Care center in New Britain has been attended by individuals presenting symptoms resembling strep throat. Importantly, these symptoms are not necessarily linked to COVID-19 or the flu. Strep throat is a distinct type of winter illness that can induce throat discomfort and more, making it crucial to undergo a rapid strep test as the initial step towards proper treatment. To assist you in managing concerns and distinguishing strep throat symptoms from ...

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Winter Wellness: A Guide to Norovirus Prevention

January 1, 2024

As winter approaches, it's essential to arm ourselves against potential health threats, and one such concern is the norovirus, commonly known as the stomach flu. A local restaurant in our community experienced a significant norovirus outbreak last January, resulting in temporary closure and widespread illness. This infectious virus, causing symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, fevers, and cramps, can spread rapidly, making avoidance a top priority this season. AFC Urgent Care New Britain has created a ...

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Christmas Tree Syndrome: The Suspect Behind Cold-Like Symptoms

December 2, 2023

Embracing the festive season with a Christmas tree is a cherished tradition in over one-third of American households. However, this joyous occasion can take an unexpected turn if you find yourself battling allergic reactions, such as sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. Welcome to the world of "Christmas Tree Syndrome" – an allergic response to your tree, be it real or artificial. Various factors could trigger the allergic reaction sparked by your Christmas tree, ranging ...

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The Rising Concern: American Diabetes Month Sheds Light on the Growing Threat of Diabetes

November 6, 2023

Diabetes is a mounting health issue, and you surely want to avoid falling victim to it! During American Diabetes Month, AFC Urgent Care New Britain aims to educate those at risk of developing diabetes. Regular blood sugar checks and prevention are crucial, especially if it's been some time since your last health screening. Understanding Diabetes And The Different Types: Diabetes is a severe, chronic condition impacting how your body processes food into energy. It ...

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Protecting Your Health: AFC Urgent Care New Britain's In-Depth Guide to Flu and RSV

October 1, 2023

Since we’re changing seasons, we are also welcoming the cool breeze and vibrant foliage as well as unwanted illnesses: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). AFC Urgent Care New Britain is your steadfast partner, dedicated to equipping you and your family with knowledge and preparedness to learn more about the nature of these two viruses as well as how to avoid them. AFC Urgent Care New Britain created a guide so you can ...

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Immunization Awareness Month: Check off Vaccines And Check Ups

August 14, 2023

August is a critical month for renewing immunizations and scheduling annual check-ups. Why is this important? Well, with the upcoming school year, it's crucial to prepare our elementary and college students for potential health risks. Our children will be exposed to various germs, which could be brought home and pose a risk to immunocompromised family members. Whether your child is heading off to college or joining a sports team, a back to school physical ...

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Swimmer's Ear: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention at AFC Urgent Care New Britain

July 5, 2023

Swimmer's ear, medically known as otitis externa, is a common infection that often affects individuals who frequently expose their ears to water, whether through swimming, bathing, or excessive sweating. This condition occurs when moisture remains trapped in the ear, creating an ideal environment for bacteria or fungi to thrive and cause infection. Certain factors, such as excessive earwax, damaged skin in the ear canal, and the use of irritating devices, can increase the risk ...

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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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Embracing Men's Health Month: Empowering Men to Prevent Health Issues and Injuries

May 31, 2023

June is an important month that emphasizes men's health awareness, workplace safety, and the celebration of Father's Day. It serves as a reminder to focus on the specific health needs of men, with the aim of enabling them to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. AFC Urgent Care New Britain has come up with a guide to help you understand more about men’s health and why it is important.  Addressing Age-Related Health Issues ...

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Here’s What Happens During a Physical for Sports Exam

May 11, 2023

Physical for sports exams, also known as pre-participation physical examinations (PPEs), help determine whether a person is physically fit to participate in organized sports activities. This physical exam aims to identify any possible medical conditions that could put the athlete at risk for severe injury or illness during practice or competition. Sports physicals are typically done annually, though some states may require more frequent exams based on age and the type of sport being played ...

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