The holiday season has arrived in the Athens area once more, and we are so excited to get started celebrating. No matter what holidays you observe or how you choose to celebrate, chances are that you will be spending a lot more time with friends and family at this time of year. All of this extra time means that the risk of getting sick increases as well, which can be problematic and can interrupt your holiday season in an instant. Read on →

Upper respiratory infections become much more common in the fall and winter months, and we are already seeing a spike in different infections across our community. While there are many different upper respiratory infections, RSV is one of the most common illnesses that impact us during this time of year. It has the potential to make certain populations really sick, so knowing what symptoms to look for is crucial. Read on →

Can you believe it is already time to start talking about influenza? This year went by fast, and we are already starting to see flu cases rise around us for the season. Getting your flu shot early in the season helps give you the best protection against the most common strains of the flu for this upcoming year. Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team explains more about the flu and how to stay healthy this year, so read on to learn more. Read on →

No one wants to get sick, but it can be especially frustrating if you start to experience symptoms that are common across many illnesses. Is it COVID-19, strep throat, the flu or just a simple cold? A runny nose or a fever is probably not enough to diagnose yourself on your own, which is where we come in! Our AFC Urgent Care Athens, TN team can evaluate your symptoms and offer a more reliable and accurate diagnosis. Read on →

It certainly has been a tumultuous few years dealing with the pandemic and various strains of the COVID-19 virus. We are grateful that the number of infections have dropped dramatically over the years, but it is still circulating throughout our community. In fact, there has recently been a rise in cases in the South. That means we all need to be vigilant and remember our prevention strategies so we can stay safe and healthy this fall and winter. Read on →

It is normal to experience all kinds of changes to your body as you age. While getting older is certainly a blessing, it can bring about challenges that you didn’t expect, including at-home falls. Falling or tripping when you were younger was often not a big deal and you would hop back up with maybe a bruise. When you are older, though, that same fall could lead to a serious injury like a broken bone or a head injury. Read on →

Most health professionals will tell you that a well-rounded diet and exercise are crucial to your health. That is certainly true, but don’t forget about your daily routine! Poor habits, like smoking, have a direct impact on your overall health and can cause some serious health issues for you later in life. Tobacco is highly addictive, and it can be really hard to think about quitting. However, putting down the cigarettes for good will only benefit you and your family in the long run. Read on →

Diagnosing and treating illnesses often takes some investigative work. While some illnesses are pretty straightforward and can be diagnosed with a simple physical exam, others require a bit more digging in order to find the right diagnosis. In order to do so, we have to have a few different diagnostic tools under our belts. One of these tools is our state-of-the-art lab we have right on site! This lab helps us run a wide variety of tests in-house so we can provide you with results quickly. Read on →

If you enjoy spending time in the Great Outdoors, chances are you have encountered at least a few bug bites in your life. While most of them are just a mild annoyance and a bit itchy, they are normally nothing to worry about. However, if you don’t see what bit you immediately, it can be a bit worrisome! Allergic reactions can happen at any point, even if you have never had a reaction to something before. Read on →

Contracting an STD is a common issue across the country! While the nature of the illness can be sensitive, it should be treated just like any other illness you come down with. Testing for it and treating your symptoms will help prevent the STD from getting worse, and it stops the spread from person to person. Your sexual health impacts your overall health, so you should always make it a priority. Read on →