Tips for Avoiding Lyme Disease and Deer Ticks This Summer

May 1, 2024

  Ticks can quickly put a damper on any outdoor fun. Whether you're hiking in the woods or just enjoying your backyard, the risk of encountering ticks is ever-present, especially in Connecticut, known for its population of deer ticks carrying Lyme disease. These tiny, unwelcome visitors are not only sneaky but can pose a threat if they go unnoticed for more than 36-48 hours, putting you at risk of contracting Lyme disease. To ensure you ...

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Between Passion and Caution: Understanding the Risks of STDs/STIs in Sexual Encounters

April 2, 2024

Despite the pleasure it brings, sexual activity can carry the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs). While treatable, these conditions demand serious attention as untreated cases can lead to severe health complications, including infertility. At AFC Urgent Care Torrington, we offer confidential STD and STI testing,  especially as statistics indicate a concerning rise in numbers. To combat this trend and safeguard against infection, we've developed a comprehensive guide covering STDs ...

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National Kidney Awareness Month: Embracing Kidney Health for a Healthier You

February 27, 2024

March is National Kidney Awareness Month, and the month is dedicated to the kidney for a reason. Shedding light on the importance of kidney health and raising awareness about kidney-related conditions is crucial. At AFC Urgent Care Torrington, we're committed to providing valuable information and support to our community. Join us as we explore the functions of the kidneys, the impact of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), common symptoms, tips for kidney health, and how ...

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How To Tell The Difference Between COVID-19 And Strep

February 1, 2024

We’re all aware that COVID-19 has not only impacted us, but the whole world. It’s fair to say that 3 years into this deadly virus, we know more about COVID-19 than we did before. That being said, not every symptom we feel will lead COVID-19. COVID-19 is part of our lives, but so is Strep throat and many other illnesses. Strep throat can be minor, but it can be very painful as well ...

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Guarding Against Norovirus: Prevention and Treatment Guide

January 1, 2024

As we navigate the winter season, dodging various illnesses, one formidable adversary to watch out for is norovirus, commonly known as the "stomach flu." If you've managed to avoid its clutches so far, consider yourself fortunate. Last year, our cherished local eateries bore the brunt of a norovirus outbreak, prompting closures and affecting many in our community. Reflecting on this, AFC Urgent Care Torrington steps in as your local authority, offering insights on preventing ...

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Preventing Christmas Tree Syndrome for a Festive Season

December 2, 2023

At AFC Urgent Care Torrington, we prioritize a healthy and joyful holiday season for you. Imagine adorning your Christmas tree without the concern of an allergic reaction casting a shadow over your festivities. Christmas Tree Syndrome, an allergic response to both real and artificial trees, has the potential to dampen your holiday spirit. Fear not, as we provide guidelines to safeguard your celebrations and ensure a season free from sneezing and sniffles. Understanding Christmas Tree ...

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American Diabetes Month: Diabetes Awareness and Prevention

November 6, 2023

November marks American Diabetes Month, a special time to join efforts aimed at increasing awareness of this chronic condition. People dealing with diabetes must tackle daily challenges, constantly monitoring their blood glucose levels and adhering to a strict diet. But what if you could contribute to easing their burden? Imagine having the power to make life simpler for those who face the constant struggle of monitoring and carb counting. That's why AFC Urgent Care ...

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Navigating Flu and RSV Season: AFC Urgent Care Torrington's Health Guide

October 1, 2023

As the seasons transition, ushering in cooler weather and vibrant foliage, they also introduce some uninvited guests: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). AFC Urgent Care Torrington is committed to keeping you and your family healthy, well-informed and prepared this holiday season with our guide on understanding the differences between flu and RSV.  What Exactly Are the Flu and RSV? Influenza (Flu) Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness ...

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Annual Physicals And Immunizations: Add It To Your Checklist!

August 14, 2023

As we observe "National Immunization Awareness Month" in August, it is essential to prioritize our children's health. This is the perfect time to renew immunizations and schedule annual check-ups, ensuring our elementary and college students are prepared for potential health risks in the upcoming school year. With our kids being exposed to various germs, it becomes crucial to prevent the spread of these germs to immunocompromised family members. Whether your child is heading off ...

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Conquer the Pool: A Comprehensive Guide on Swimmer's Ear Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

July 5, 2023

With the summer season in full swing, engaging in water-related activities is a popular way to beat the heat. However, it's important to be aware of the risk of swimmer's ear, a common condition that can cause discomfort and disrupt your summer plans. At AFC Urgent Care Torrington, we prioritize your ear health and are here to provide valuable insights into swimmer's ear, as well as effective prevention and treatment options. What ...

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