The winter season has a lot of perks, but the spike in viral infections is not one of them. When the temperatures drop, viruses like the common cold and influenza tend to spike and linger throughout the entire season. When you start feeling ill, it can be hard to determine what you are suffering from on your own. We can help! Our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team can help diagnose your condition, and we can work together to come up with a treatment plan. Read on →

Influenza is making the rounds, and the cold and flu season is in full swing in the new year already. Because of this, it is important to refresh your memory about the most common symptoms and some treatment options if the flu enters your home this season. We want your entire family to stay healthy this year! If you haven’t yet, come see us for your annual flu shot. In addition, check out our latest blog all about influenza brought to you by our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah team below. Read on →

If you or someone in your family is fighting off an illness, chances are that a fever may make an appearance. Fevers are a natural reaction to illness in our bodies, so seeing a high temperature on a thermometer should not be an immediate cause for concern. Not all fevers can make you feel sick, so even if you officially have a fever, you don’t necessarily need to treat it unless you are experiencing side effects from it. Read on →

When the weather gets colder, the flu becomes much more prevalent and widespread. While some people will only experience mild symptoms, others can become seriously ill and even be at risk of death due to complications. We are so grateful that the flu vaccine exists! It has been effective against the flu for over 50 years, and a shot is recommended every year to protect you from serious illness. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah staff explain why a yearly shot is crucial for your health. Read on →

When you are pregnant, there is so much on your mind. Planning, preparing, dreaming about your child and taking care of yourself can occupy your entire day! Along with all of the preparation comes an increase in bodily changes. With so much change happening in your body, a resulting symptom like headaches can be common throughout each trimester. While most headaches are only a minor nuisance, some can indicate a serious problem called preeclampsia. Read on →

Being a parent is certainly a hard job! In addition to taking care of your children on a daily basis, the cold and flu season brings extra challenges to your home. One illness in particular that worries many parents is respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. While anyone can contract RSV, it is especially dangerous to infants, small children and those who are immunocompromised. If your little one starts to exhibit some cold-like symptoms, it may indicate the beginning of an RSV infection. Read on →

We owe a lot of our improved health in the last century to the development of antibiotics. They are an incredibly effective tool at tackling certain illnesses, and they reduce the rate of death due to infection complications significantly. But it is important to know that they are only helpful against bacterial infections, so you need to know what illness you are suffering from in order to seek the appropriate treatment. Read on →

If you find yourself in a particular dizzy spell, it can be unpleasant to get up and move around! Feeling off-balance can make daily life difficult. When you have vertigo, that sensation is increased greatly and can be debilitating. Vertigo is much more than just a simple case of being dizzy. Your entire world and surroundings will feel like they are moving and it can make it impossible to get around or move your head without making it worse. Read on →

Scoliosis can be an uncomfortable and painful condition that affects the entire body. If you have scoliosis, it means that your spine is more curved than it should be. The vertebrae that support your back are typically interlocked in a straight line, but if you have scoliosis, your spine is “S” or “C” shaped. The majority of scoliosis cases don’t have a known cause, so the best course of treatment is usually symptom management, especially if you are already a full grown adult. Read on →

Discussing your sexual health may not be at the top of your list of favorite topics of conversation, but it is incredibly important to your overall health! Sexually transmitted diseases are very common in the United States, so know that you are not alone if you think you may have contracted an STD. If your partner tells you that he or she has an STD after you have been together for a while or if you start to have some concerning symptoms, it is important to get tested as soon as possible. Read on →