Getting older comes with many different perks and wonderful life experiences, but the possibility of losing your memory is certainly not one of them. It can be scary to think about forgetting your loved ones and your precious memories of a life well-lived. Unfortunately, dementia is a really common condition that affects more than 55 million people worldwide. While you can’t control your genetics, there are things that you can do to help reduce your risk of the disease. Read on →

Avoiding injury is something that we all strive to do. Not only can injuries be painful, but they can disrupt your daily life while you are healing. While certain injuries like minor cuts or strains will heal on their own, more serious injuries like broken bones need to be treated in order to heal properly. If you suspect a broken bone after a particularly big fall or impact, come see us. Read on →

It’s not fair that food poisoning, and salmonella specifically, often appears after a fun dinner out with friends or after a home-cooked meal with your family! One minute you are enjoying a tasty meal and good company, and the next, you are doubled over in pain and looking for the nearest bathroom. Salmonella infections are a type of food poisoning that is found in contaminated food or water. Once ingested, it can make you feel pretty miserable for a few days while your body battles the bacteria. Read on →

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means! School will be out, kids will be running around and the warm summer sun will be shining down on us once more. While that thought may be exciting to many people, it is important to take precautions to prevent sunburns on yourself and your children. Even though the sun does feel nice on our skin, avoiding overexposure is critical for your long-term skin health. Read on →

If you have kids in your home, you know just how fast they grow! One minute they’re tiny newborns, and the next, you are chasing them around your house as they learn to walk. We all want to do right by our kids, and by providing them with a healthy diet, you are doing just that. A variety of nutrients is important for your children’s overall growth, but calcium is especially important for building strong bones. Read on →

Spring is here already—can you believe it? We are ready to embrace the warmer temperatures and beautiful sunny days, but those of us who experience seasonal allergies are not excited for the pollen! Seasonal allergies tend to reappear in the spring time as pollen from trees, flowers and weeds is more prevalent in the air. Thankfully, seasonal allergies aren’t life-threatening, but they can still be annoying. Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team wants to help manage your seasonal allergies this year, and we explain how to do it below. Read on →

The healthcare industry has certainly gone through some major shifts over the past few years. The pandemic changed the way we operated in virtually every way—literally! The pandemic’s emergency status is set to expire in May, and while that is good news, it will also change the way telemedicine operates. Thankfully, things won’t really change too much around here. The benefits of an in-person visit to AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah can’t be beat! Read on →

Ear pain can be caused by many different things, ranging from minor inconveniences to severe infections. If you start to notice mild pain or a feeling of pressure in your inner ear, keep an eye on your symptoms. One common reason for ear aches is an ear infection. If you are concerned about your ear pain, don’t hesitate to come in to see us for an evaluation. Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team explains the pain associated with an ear infection below, so check it out. Read on →

Are you dreaming of the warm summer months? We sure are! While we wait out the rest of this winter with the hope of spring on the horizon, it is important to check in with your mental health from time to time. Mild bouts of sadness or feelings of occasional loneliness are typically just a part of life, but lingering or worsening feelings could indicate an emerging seasonal affective disorder diagnosis. Read on →

Both bronchitis and pneumonia share similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell on your own what you are suffering from. While you may know that a deep cough that produces mucus might indicate a lung infection, we have the tools and equipment necessary to provide you with a more accurate diagnosis. If left untreated, bronchitis and pneumonia can turn into more severe infections that are actually life threatening. Read on →