Should I Get Tested for STDs?

December 28, 2020

Every adult who is sexually active should get tested regularly for STDs. This will help you understand your own physical health, but also the health of your partner. In 2018, over 1.7 million people tested positive for chlamydia. If you know you have an STD, you should always use protection, and talk to your partner. STIs can also cause problems later in life if they are not dealt with. AFC Urgent Care Springfield offers ...

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Is Bronchitis Contagious?

December 28, 2020

Bronchitis happens when the tubes that carry oxygen to your lungs become inflamed or swollen. It can happen chronically, where the symptoms are reoccurring or never go away, or it can be acute, where symptoms go away in a few weeks. Acute bronchitis is contagious because it is caused by a bacteria or virus. Chronic bronchitis, however, is not because a specific lung irritant normally causes it. If you think you are experiencing bronchitis or ...

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Common Winter Health Problems & How to Prevent Them

November 16, 2020

Winter in New England and other northern states means it’s time to turn in the lawnmower and sprinklers and to bring out the snow blower and warm clothes. With temperatures dropping and the chance of snow rising, we are reintroduced to another season of defrosting windows and slippery sidewalks. Winter brings on a whole new list of potential sickness and injuries. Here are a few common winter health problems and tips on staying safe ...

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Are You Washing Your Hands Properly?

December 31, 2019

Handwashing is something that we learn at a young age and use for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get a little lazy over the years and years of hand washing. It may seem silly to reevaluate the way you wash your hands after so many years of doing it, but it’s always a good idea to take a step back and check in! Common Handwashing Mistakes There are three ...

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Shoveling Safety Tips

December 31, 2019

The winter can be a wonderful time of year. Families all over the world come together to enjoy what can be a winter wonderland. As snow blankets homes and cities, one can forget just how dangerous winter can be. While the holidays may come and go, the inconvenience of the snow lingers long into the New Year. Understanding Heart Limitations While it may seem like snowfall increases yearly, and it’s getting harder to shovel ...

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How Do You Fix Incontinence?

November 16, 2019

With Bladder Health Month this November, our team at AFC Urgent Care Springfield wants you to start paying attention to a part of your body you might not think about until you go to the restroom—your bladder. There are several bladder problems out there, including cystitis, overactive bladder, and interstitial cystitis. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about urinary incontinence, an incredibly common medical condition. What Causes Urinary Incontinence? Both men ...

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What Drinks Are Good for Your Bladder?

November 15, 2019

November is Bladder Health Month! We don’t often think about our bladders until something is wrong, but this month provides the opportunity to learn more about keeping the bladder healthy. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Springfield offers some perspective on the topic. What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Issues? While many of us think about our health in terms of eating better foods and exercising more, it can also mean ...

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Getting in Shape at Home

December 28, 2018

New Year’s has passed, have you started working towards your resolutions? If you’re still trying to find the time or motivation to begin your healthier lifestyle this year, we’re here to help. Losing a few pounds this year can be achieved in the comfort of your own home with the right exercises. Of course, you should pair these daily exercises with a healthy diet and a good sleep schedule to see the ...

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Slipping on Ice

November 30, 2018

Slipping and falling on ice can cause serious, even fatal, head and bone injuries. Walking is not usually a treacherous activity so it can be easy for people to become overly confident when moving across ice and snow. When temperatures are dropping, keep all of these tips in mind to avoid slipping on ice. What to wear Wear appropriate shoes with good traction. Rubber-soled shoes or boots with deep grooves are usually the safest options ...

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Building an Immune system

November 30, 2018

Everyone’s least favorite season is here: cold and flu season. Is your immune system ready to battle the viruses and bacterium? Here are 5 common tips that will help you build a healthy immune system. When it’s working correctly, the immune system is the body’s ultimate defense against disease. Bone marrow produces white blood cells that use infection-fighting antibodies to attack antigens. The immune system is incredibly complex, and it has been ...

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