Navigating Deer Tick Bites and Lyme Disease Concerns

April 29, 2024

Deer ticks have emerged as a pressing issue in the Northeast, posing a persistent challenge for outdoor enthusiasts. As spring and summer roll around, tick populations surge, particularly in Massachusetts, where vast woodlands provide the perfect breeding ground for these pests. Yet, deer ticks present more than just a nuisance. They also harbor Lyme disease, a grave ailment with potential long-term repercussions if untreated. If you're anxious about deer tick encounters, AFC Urgent Care ...

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I Didn’t Use Protection! Am I At Risk For Contracting An STD/STI? April Is STD and STI Awareness Month

April 1, 2024

Having unprotected sex is one of the fastest ways to contract an STD or STI. In light of April being the month that brings awareness about the dangers of STD’s and STI’s, the message is very clear to brush up on your knowledge about the different types of diseases/infections, how to reduce your chances of contracting one and the importance of getting tested to know your status. Regardless if it’s April ...

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Be Kind To Your Kidney And Learn About National Kidney Awareness Month

February 27, 2024

Welcome to March, a special time dedicated to National Kidney Awareness! At AFC Urgent Care Springfield, we're deeply committed to raising awareness about kidney health and providing our community with valuable insights. Let's journey together as we uncover the functions of the kidneys, understand Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), recognize its symptoms, explore tips for kidney health, and learn how we can assist in testing for CKD. AFC Urgent Care Springfield has created this ...

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How To Know The Difference Between Strep Throat And Covid-19

February 1, 2024

Can a sore throat be caused by COVID-19? Indeed, COVID-19 can result in a sore throat, but it's important to note that it differs from Strep Throat. In our current era, every symptom often triggers thoughts of COVID-19, yet we must not overlook other illnesses, particularly during the winter season. The flu, Strep throat, and colds are among the various winter ailments affecting us. To provide clarity, AFC Urgent Care Springfield is offering a ...

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Vomiting? Diarrhea? You may have Norovirus!

January 2, 2024

You’re vomiting, you have diarrhea, and you just can’t figure out why. Could it be your favorite restaurant that got you sick? The restaurant itself couldn't have gotten you sick, but maybe you got the stomach flu aka Norovirus from there.  AFC Urgent Care Springfield has created a guide to help you understand what Norovirus is, what symptoms to watch out for, and how to prevent it! We’re here to help ...

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What to do about Christmas Tree Syndrome

December 1, 2023

Winter is here, the holidays are making their presence, and the chance of snow is high. If you constantly find yourself catching a cold during the winter holidays, it's possible that you have an allergy to Christmas trees. More precisely, your allergy might be related to something associated with Christmas trees rather than the tree itself. Christmas tree syndrome is a real thing and AFC Urgent Care Springfield has created a guide for you ...

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American Diabetes Month: What You Need to Know

November 6, 2023

When November hits, fall comes to an end, the cold arrives, the next thing you know, the holiday food and sweets are just around the corner. November is also American Diabetes Month, for a reason. It’s the month to learn more about Diabetes, and dig deeper into this chronic health condition. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S. AFC Urgent Care Springfield has a guideline to help you understand ...

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RSV and The Flu: A Comparative Guide for Understanding and Prevention

October 1, 2023

In the world of contagious diseases, Influenza (commonly known as the flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are two names that often come up. Both are viral infections that mainly target the respiratory system and are notorious for their contagious nature. They share several common symptoms including coughing, fever, and a runny nose. However, it's essential to recognize that they also have distinct differences in their epidemiology, risk factors, and potential complications. AFC Urgent ...

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Immunizations And Back To School Physicals: Is Your Child Ready For School?

August 14, 2023

As we celebrate "National Immunization Awareness Month" in August, it's the perfect time to prioritize your child's annual physical to ensure they are well-equipped for the upcoming school year. This isn't just any routine physical—it plays a crucial role in promoting immunization awareness and safeguarding your child's health. AFC Urgent Care Springfield is committed to providing comprehensive care during back to school physicals, aligning with the mission of this important ...

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Conquering Swimmer's Ear: Your 3-Step Guide with AFC Urgent Care Springfield

July 5, 2023

Splish splash, and now my ear hurts. Why?  Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is a prevalent infection that affects the outer ear canal. It occurs when bacteria or fungi thrive in a moist ear environment. While swimmers are commonly affected, it can also be caused by excessive sweating, humid conditions, or ear canal injuries. AFC Urgent Care Springfield understands the confusion around swimmer’s ear, and the concerns around getting it this ...

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