Are Ticks Dangerous?

March 30, 2024

by Olivia Miller | Mar 30, 2024 | Family Health As you gear up for your outdoor adventures around Ooltewah, it’s crucial to consider the potential threat posed by ticks. These tiny arachnids, often lurking in grassy areas, can hitch a ride on unsuspecting hosts, including us. Understanding their behavior and the risks associated with tick bites is essential for safeguarding your family’s health while enjoying the great outdoors. What are Ticks? Ticks, closely related ...

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Should My Child Be Vaccinated Against Measles?

March 13, 2024

by Olivia Miller | Mar 13, 2024 | Family Health Enrolling a child in school represents a huge lifestyle change. Parents suddenly must worry about school supplies and lunches, and minimizing the impact of pick up and drop off times on their workday. In Hamilton County, there is another issue for parents of immunocompromised students to consider—the growing number of school-aged children who remain unimmunized against diseases such as measles. In 2000, after a vaccination campaign ...

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What Does Your Skin Look Like If You Have Syphilis?

February 26, 2024

Syphilis cases are on the rise in the U.S. and are the highest they have been since 1950. Hamilton County has seen an increase on par with national statistics and, like other counties, has had to contend with a national shortage of the antibiotics used to treat it. In Tennessee, the number of Stage 1 and Stage 2 syphilis cases rose 86% between 2017 and 2021. With cases increasing across the nation, people are ...

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Are Bronchitis and Pneumonia Dangerous?

February 1, 2024

Both bronchitis and pneumonia share similar symptoms, and it can be hard to tell the difference between them or know what might require medical assistance. A deep cough accompanied by the production of a lot of colored mucus can be a sign of acute bronchitis, but it may also be something else, like a lung infection. If left untreated, both bronchitis and pneumonia can turn into more severe and sometimes life-threatening infections. At AFC Urgent ...

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How Long Do Kidney Stones Last?

January 31, 2024

Kidney stones, impacting nearly one in 10 Americans each year, present a common and often painful condition that requires essential knowledge for effective management. What is a Kidney Stone? Renal calculi, or kidney stones, are solid formations that originate in the kidneys. They develop when certain waste products struggle to dissolve properly in urine, leading to the creation of crystals due to an imbalance in waste and urine volume. Over time, these crystals accumulate more ...

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How Can I Reduce My Child’s Ear Infection Pain?

January 23, 2024

As Ooltewah, Tennessee, experiences winter, a subtle chill in the air adds a touch of coziness to the season. It’s the perfect time to explore the Biology Trails on White Oak Mountain, enjoy family activities at the Imagination Station, or savor a cup of coffee in the welcoming atmosphere of Oaks Coffee House. As you embark on winter adventures, make sure to equip your family with everything you need to stay healthy this season ...

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Why Is My Skin So Dry?

December 29, 2023

Why Does My Skin Get Dry When It’s Cold Outside? As winter settles across Ooltewah, Tennessee, a chill in the air adds a touch of coziness to the season. It’s the perfect time to hop on the Biology Trails and explore White Oak Mountain, take the kids to play at the Imagination Station, or sip a cup of coffee in a cozy corner at Oaks Coffee House. However, the winter air also brings ...

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Do humidifiers help prevent the flu?

December 15, 2023

Preventing the Flu with Humidifiers Whether you reside in Ooltewah or are just passing through this holiday season, experience the welcoming atmosphere of this vibrant community. Explore McKay’s Chattanooga the used bookstore and record store or head over to the Local Goat for a locally sourced meal sure to impress. Take an adventure to Harrison Bay State Park or relax with a cup of coffee at Best Coffee Trailer. No matter how you celebrate ...

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Can I Avoid Getting Sick Over the Holidays?

November 15, 2023

It’s finally the holiday season once more, and we aren’t complaining! We love all of the community events in the Ooltewah area, the increased time spent with family and friends and celebrating the holidays that are near and dear to our hearts. Naturally, we all want to avoid getting sick at this time of year so as to not miss out on all the fun. However, illnesses are always lurking around during the ...

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Is It the Flu or RSV?

November 4, 2023

Diagnosing yourself can always be a little tricky, especially at this time of year. Many different infections share similar symptoms, so having a cough or body aches doesn’t automatically mean that you have a cold or the flu. It could also mean RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, which can be a serious upper respiratory infection. RSV causes thousands of hospitalizations every winter season across the country, so knowing what to look for and taking ...

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