Is It the Stomach Bug or the Norovirus?

April 28, 2024

by Julianna Atchley | Apr 28, 2024 | Walk In Clinic After a long day at work, you arrive at your child’s daycare only to be greeted with unsettling news: several children and a staff member are sick, and norovirus is suspected. You’re handed an informational sheet and urged to step up handwashing routines for your family. With a family picnic just days away, you can’t help but worry about the potential disruption. What ...

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Are Babies Affected by Seasonal Allergies?

April 13, 2024

by Julianna Atchley | Apr 14, 2024 | Family Health Ah, springtime—the city is awash in fresh colors holding the promise of much summer fun! As you are working your way through the annual springtime sprint reacquainting your children with what’s new at all the local parks, you have noticed that the baby is more congested and fussier than normal. Is it just a coincidence? You aren’t sure, but it seems as if they ...

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Can I use tanning beds for psoriasis treatment?

March 6, 2024

Can I use tanning beds for psoriasis treatment? If you are seeking adventure—anything from skydiving, to ziplining, to fishing—Sevierville is sure to please! The warmer months of summer bring with them plenty of outdoor opportunities and loads of sunshine. If you suffer from psoriasis, you have likely discovered that the sunnier months of the year provide a measure of relief from your symptoms. Perhaps you’ve even taken matters into your own hands ...

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How Are Acute and Chronic Bronchitis Different?

February 8, 2024

When we hear people say they have bronchitis we might assume there is only one type, but did you know that there are two types of bronchitis—not one? The bronchial tubes carry air to and from the lungs and bronchitis is an inflammation of their lining. Bronchitis can take two forms, acute and chronic. The two forms are contracted differently, and they are treated by different methods. What Is Acute Bronchitis? Acute bronchitis, or ...

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How Serious Are Ear Infections?

January 23, 2024

How Serious Are Ear Infections? As a parent, the frequency of ear infections in children is likely something you’re familiar with. Remarkably, the National Institute of Health reports that by the age of three, 83% of children will have experienced at least one ear infection. But just how severe can these infections be? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville is here to provide some insight. What Causes an Ear Infection? Children often suffer ...

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Is a Salmonella Infection an Emergency?

January 17, 2024

Is Getting Salmonella an Emergency? Food poisoning is far from pleasant and often inconvenient. Imagine one moment you’re sharing laughs and enjoying tasty takeout with friends; the next, you’re clutching your stomach in agony, battling some seriously intense gastrointestinal symptoms. As salmonella outbreaks are on the rise, it’s important to know what symptoms to look out for and how to determine if the infection is an emergency. The thought of contracting food ...

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How Should I Treat a Minor Cooking Burn?

December 30, 2023

How Should I Treat a Minor Cooking Burn? As New Year’s resolutions ignite a focus on nutrition and well-being, many envision ditching takeout for home-cooked meals. While preparing your own food offers undeniable health benefits, remember to savor restaurant experiences too! Sevierville has several culinary gems like Applewood’s and its iconic apple butter and Five Oaks Farm Kitchen’s dinnertime charm. Enjoy getting back into the kitchen in 2024 but remember to keep ...

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Why Is My Skin So Dry?

December 16, 2023

Why Does My Skin Get Dry When It’s Cold? Whether you’re a long time resident of Sevierville or a visitor exploring Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, experiencing dry skin during the peak of winter can be incredibly inconvenient. It can be distracting when you’re strolling through downtown Gatlinburg or commuting between work and home in Sevier County when your skin feels itchy, tight, and uncomfortable. East Tennessee is no stranger to humidity in ...

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How Can I Prioritize My Health Over the Holidays?

November 15, 2023

The holiday season is a special time of year in the Smokies, and we are so grateful to live and work here, especially now! While we all make plans to visit family and attend social gatherings, staying healthy becomes even more important so you don’t miss out on all the fun to be had. Infections can pop up seemingly out of nowhere and impact not only you but your entire family in just a ...

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Are All RSV Infections Dangerous?

November 3, 2023

It’s that time of year again when your friendly AFC team refreshes your memory about RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus. This pesky illness is not only a nuisance in our community, but it can also be dangerous or even deadly for your newborns and infants. Our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team understands the risks associated with RSV, so we explain more below about this particular virus and what to watch for in terms of ...

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