We all know what it’s like to get sick. Coming down with a cold, the flu or an infection is commonplace and, while it may be unpleasant, we know how to treat ourselves and feel better fast. That might not be the case when it comes to injuries! While scrapes and bruises from time to time are not a big deal, injuries like broken bones can be really painful and even a little scary to experience. Read on →

It is a blessing to age, but that doesn’t mean aging doesn’t come with challenges from time to time. Our bodies and minds change as we get older, and there’s nothing wrong with that! While some changes are inevitable, there are things you can do to help support your body and brain to make these changes a little easier. By keeping your brain engaged and challenged every day, you can support a stronger memory and reduce your risk of dementia. Read on →

Cancer is a serious and sometimes scary disease. Some forms of cancer are more common in certain populations, while skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time. Overexposure to the rays of the sun is the most common reason that skin cancer develops, and the cancer can appear on any part of your body. Our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team wants you to be aware of any changing spots on your skin, so we explain what to look for when it comes to skin cancer below. Read on →

Getting sick can be a scary situation no matter what you are sick with. Our bodies all respond differently to illness and while one person might have minimal symptoms with a certain illness, you might react much differently. Infections range in severity, and it is important to keep an eye on how you are feeling. This is certainly true with a salmonella infection. Our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team explains more about salmonella infections below, so read on to learn more. Read on →

The time has come for warmer weather, sunnier days…and seasonal allergies. Although spring is a fresh start for many, it can cause troublesome allergy symptoms as the trees and flowers start to bloom. More than 80 million Americans experience seasonal allergies, making it one of the most common conditions. As pollen enters the air, your symptoms will start to appear and won’t go away until the pollen levels drop again. Read on →

Ear infections are a really common type of infection, especially in small children. They can be standalone infections or be caused by another illness. In any case, they can be downright painful! They can cause a variety of symptoms, and they can be really uncomfortable while your body works to overcome the infection. Our AFC Urgent Care Gastonia team explains all about ear infections and the pain they cause below, so read on to learn more. Read on →

We are proud of the way the healthcare industry shifted and changed during the course of the pandemic. All of the adjustments, virtual visits and telemedicine options allowed people the resources they needed in a safer environment. With the pandemic’s emergency status is set to expire in May, there will be some changes to healthcare practices, including some aspects of telemedicine. We have good news, though! An in-person visit to AFC Urgent Care Gastonia will always be available and will continue to provide all of our patients with an efficient and high-quality visit. Read on →

Life gets so busy that it can be hard to focus on slowing down and going to sleep. Whether the cause is working long hours or the fact that you just can’t stop watching your favorite show, losing hours of sleep is common for many adults across the country. Regardless of whether you are immediately feeling the effects, not getting an appropriate amount of sleep can be harmful for your health over time. Read on →

Experiencing an upper respiratory infection can make you feel pretty miserable. While infections like pneumonia and bronchitis can cause a wide variety of symptoms, one that they both share is the arrival of a deep cough. It can be hard to diagnose yourself at home, so it is important to come see us when you don’t feel well! Both of these illnesses are respiratory conditions, but they may need to be treated differently in order for you to fully recover. Read on →

The winter season can be hard on us all. The colder temperatures, wicked winter weather and less sunlight all work together to make us dream of warmer summer days. While the winter may have you looking forward to the spring and summer, it can also make you feel more sad or down at this point in the year. While it is common to experience occasional bouts of sadness or symptoms of depression during the winter, there is actually a diagnosable condition called seasonal affective disorder that affects up to 20% of the population during the winter season. Read on →