Being Deer Tick ‘Aware’ About Lyme Disease

May 5, 2022

Being Deer Tick ‘Aware’ About Lyme Disease

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but deer ticks do! Lyme disease, if left untreated, can cause long term side effects on your joints and nervous system. It’s definitely not a disease you want to get this spring or summer.  Where do people even get bitten by deer ticks? It just so happens that deer ticks love the grassy plains and wooded areas in the northeast. Massachusetts in particular is like a playground for ...

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Why Is It Important To Get Tested For STDs and STIs?

April 1, 2022

Why Is It Important To Get Tested For STDs and STIs?

Sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs) impact millions of people every year. Many people don’t even know they have one and continue to spread infections due to misinformation about STDs and the stigma around them such as  being judged or discriminated against if you do have one. This is why this STD awareness month, we want to focus on removing the fear around testing and encourage singles and couples to get tested ...

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Spring Is In The Air And So Are Spring Allergies!

March 14, 2022

Spring Is In The Air And So Are Spring Allergies!

Are you sneezing and wheezing more often lately? The winter cold, flu and COVID-19 wave that ravaged the country was a doozy. Now, we are enjoying longer days, more sunshine and nature’s reproduction cycle at work. Which is to say, pollen season is upon us. Just look outside. Cooler states like Massachusetts started to see plants release pollen in February and March. Trees are also now producing allergens and by early summer, grasses will ...

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Sore Throats And Strep Throat: It’s Not Just COVID-19

January 31, 2022

Sore Throats And Strep Throat: It’s Not Just COVID-19

COVID-19 is not the only winter illness to worry about this winter. You can’t forget about colds, flu and even strep throat. Lately, we’re seeing patients coming in for sore throats and everyone is thinking it’s COVID-19. COVID-19 cases have been rising over the past two months, but it doesn’t mean that every sore throat is COVID-19 related. Strep throat is another infection you should be worrying about this winter season ...

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What’s With All The Rapid COVID-19 Tests? Which One Should I Get?

January 7, 2022

What’s With All The Rapid COVID-19 Tests? Which One Should I Get?

  As we watch the Omicron variant make its way across Massachusetts,  we have seen a huge uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past two months. If you attended any gatherings over the holidays, chances are you may have been exposed. Some schools are taking precautions by going all virtual in January, leaving the rest up to us to be smart about reducing the spread. AFC Urgent Care Saugus is providing COVID-19 testing in order to ...

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3 Safety Tips And Precautions To Take When Celebrating The 2021 Holidays

December 2, 2021

3 Safety Tips And Precautions To Take When Celebrating The 2021 Holidays

Who else is ready to celebrate the holidays and wrap up 2021? This year we had some ups and downs: electing a new president, getting vaccines for COVID-19, and shifting coronaviruses, all meant to keep us on our toes!  The main concern is how are we all going to celebrate safely when there are back-to-back holidays? We just made it through Thanksgiving and we just began Hanukah. Christmas and Kwanzaa are around the corner.  We ...

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Are You Worried About Developing Diabetes? Here’s What You Should Know

November 2, 2021

Are You Worried About Developing Diabetes? Here’s What You Should Know

  Does the question ‘Do you have a family history of diabetes?’ sound familiar?  If so, then have you checked your blood sugar levels lately? Being diagnosed with diabetes often leads to other health complications that can increase your risk for other diseases and health complications. It can be a rabbit hole. There are also millions of people who are not aware of the symptoms or signs of diabetes and are borderline diabetic.  In light of ...

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Avoid The Dreaded Twindemic By Getting Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccine

October 4, 2021

Avoid The Dreaded Twindemic By Getting Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 and the flu is one twindemic you want to avoid. This year the CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot in September or October, before the flu season begins. As symptoms for both viruses often overlap,  you don’t want to avoid a flu shot or the COVID-19 vaccine this year.  Why? Schools are now in session and kids are the most common germ spreaders ...

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Avoid The Dreaded Twindemic By Getting Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccine

September 30, 2021

Avoid The Dreaded Twindemic By Getting Your Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 and the flu is one twindemic you want to avoid. This year the CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot in September or October, before the flu season begins. As symptoms for both viruses often overlap, you don’t want to avoid a flu shot or the COVID-19 vaccine this year.   Why? Schools are now in session and kids are the most common germ spreaders ...

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How To Avoid Getting Stung By An Angry Bee This Season

August 24, 2021

Bees, bees, everywhere!   Welcome to angry bee season. You know, the latter half of summer into early fall where you start to see bees in all sorts of places. It’s not your imagination. They are also aggressive during this time of year because they are approaching the end of their life span. So, watch out! They’re ready to sting at any given moment.   AFC Urgent Care Saugus is seeing an influx in people ...

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